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It’s the fourth of July so patriotism is in the air! With a women’s title match coming up, as well as the fallout of the Money In The Bank Ladder match, SmackDown’s women’s division has some things to get through. So let’s get down to business!

Before the show airs, our favourite announcer Lilian Garcia sings a beautiful rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner”.

Following this, though there are no official clips, a dark match between Charlotte Flair and Natalya takes place. Though the match didn’t make it to television, it was highly praised and Flair was ruled victorious after inserting the Figure Eight Leglock!

So now that that’s out of the way, let the show begin!

After the return of John Cena is put aside, the F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S Carmella skips to the ring, with James Ellsworth by her side. Ellsworth takes to the mic first, announcing that he is “cancelling” Independence Day. And instead of celebrating America, we’re all going to celebrate something “way more important,” which is a “Carmellabration” – fine by me!

‘Mella then speaks and immediately laughs at the thought of the audience thinking anyone but her would take home the briefcase. And, in the words of the Rolling Stones, “you can’t always get what you want, unless your name is Carmella.” Somehow I don’t quite remember the quote going that way. She then brags about how she is going to take down the champion Naomi, and before you know it, out comes the SmackDown Women’s champion herself – with a new, special lit up version of her title!

Naomi states that even though Carmella can cash in her briefcase at “any time and any place” she isn’t “shook or scared” because her glow “will always be on.”

The champ then switches her attention to James “Ellsworthless,” stating that somebody else has some business to deal with here… So out comes Mr SmackDown Live General Manager himself, Daniel Bryan!

After having a bit of fun with Carmella’s buddy, Bryan announces that due to his interference in last week’s match – the one in which he was supposed to be banned from the arena – James is being fined a whopping $10,000! Aaaand… he’s suspended for the next thirty days. To top that off, if he doesn’t abide by the rules, then Carmella will be stripped off of her Money In The Bank contract – delightful! Struck by the news, ‘Mella drags Ellsworth out of the ring, making sure her contract isn’t taken away from her.

So now that that is out of the way, cue Lana and let’s begin the Women’s championship match!

…And then end it.

As soon as Lana enters and the bell is rung, Naomi inserts the same submission she did at Money In The Bank, and causes Lana to tap straight away. It’s as if Naomi is trying to break a record with these matches, huh?

As the champ celebrates her victory, Tamina quickly runs to the ring and a long, awkward pause takes place. She stares the champ down and then forces the hurting Ravishing Russian to walk out with her. Weird.

On Talking Smack, Naomi discusses her win with Daniel Bryan and Renee Young. She says that she’s ready for more competition, and if she got to choose her opponent at Battleground, it’d be Charlotte. The champ believes that as their latest title match was ruined by the Welcoming Committee, they didn’t get to see which of the two was the better competitor. And as Charlotte is one of the “best of the best,” Naomi wants to fight fairly against her.

She also states how she was a little bewildered by Tamina’s showing. Naomi reminds us of how the two used to be close during their Team B.A.D. days, but since then they grew apart. And whilst Naomi took on a more “positive” outlook, Tamina has remained a little bitter. So is it because of jealousy? The champ doesn’t know, and she definitely does not care.

Naomi discusses the struggle of having to get the special title, and how she feels like a star. And, if you have a title like the one below, could you even blame her?

At another point in the night, the First Lady of SmackDown Live Maria Kanellis and her husband Mike Kanellis are interviewed by Renee. They’re asked about their message of love, and the two reiterate how love is “powerful” and “timeless”, but not everybody can get it. And whilst they talk, a bang is heard – and a wild Sami Zayn appears to be stretching his legs! Zayn, as his adorably dorky self, quickly apologizes and compliments the message that the Kanelliss’ are trying to spread. He rambles on and on, and it’s only once his music hits that he has to rush away!

The couple are however, not impressed by his antics, as he has “ruined” their moment. Also, the camera backstage ended up cutting off, all because of the power of love…

We do catch up with the two on Talking Smack, and they have some more words to say – you know, other than “love”.

Whilst the two seem more interested in staring at one another, we do get some kind of answers from them. Mike states that before he found Maria, he was doing the same thing over and over again, which is the “definition of insanity.” So because of her impact on him, he wanted to take her last name. Also, as they’re so “ahead of the curb,” they wanted to start some form of revolution – so that’s another reason behind the surname taking.

When asked about their game plan, they say that it is to prove that “love can defeat the evil that is within WWE.” Mike discusses how much “anger” and “tension” he can feel in the locker room, so therefore he wants to end that. As he used to be the same, he wants to wake everyone else up from this feeling he once shared.

Thoughts: So there wasn’t a lot of wrestling content this week for the women. And whilst on a normal week I’d be livid, it did end up being pretty entertaining.

The Lana and Naomi saga has felt like a never ending nightmare of WWE not knowing what to do with either party so just sticking them together. But in fact, it’s worked well for both sides. Naomi needs to be presented as a tough champion. She had a rough few weeks of being taken down by the Welcoming Committee, and needs to be looking tough. And the perfect way to make her look great without ruining the credibility of a woman that also needs it is to pair her with Lana.

And this isn’t me saying that Lana doesn’t deserve credibility, but that just isn’t her character. Clearly she’s the spoilt jobber that isn’t near anyone’s level, yet deems that she is. And seeing her getting taken down by Naomi during three matches in a row – two of which were a squash – aided both of their characters perfectly. Now we know that Naomi is pretty good at what she does, whilst Lana is all hype.

And then we have Tamina.

Tamina has gone through years of playing the “bodyguard” role. From standing behind AJ Lee for her time as Divas champion, to being the muscle that always takes the losses for Team B.A.D., she’s had it pretty rough. And it feels as though we’re going back to square one… or maybe we aren’t.

This time round, it wasn’t AJ screaming at Tamina to grab her title. Nor was it Tamina carrying a beaten up Team B.A.D. member. This time, she enforced her rules. She yelled at Lana to get up. She ran into the ring and controlled the scene. This time it feels different. This time it feels as though Tamina will be the leader, and her ally will be the one helping her – sort of like Carmellsworth, except with someone that can legally fight. It’ll be interesting to see what SmackDown do with Tamina. And after being the best member of both Money In The Bank Ladder matches, it’ll be a shame if her talent goes to waste yet again.

The other segment of the night was a pretty interesting one. Filled with comedy and pantomime-esque actions, it was a great way to start for the women. And it definitely opened doors for the 2x Miss Money In The Bank. Since winning the briefcase, Carmella’s heat has come from multiple directions. Part of it has come form her own actions, but a (somewhat) larger amount seems to come from James Ellsworth. Ellsworth is a funnily annoying character whom we all love to see lose. But his involvement with the first ever female Money In The Bank winner has lead to him receiving more of the attention. Crowds do care for the both of them, but whenever something happens to him the reaction seems to be louder. So seeing him being taken away will be a great thing as Carmella will now be generating her own heat. She’s done well so far, but now that’s going solo we’ll get to see much more of just her, rather than seeing her share the spotlight.

Unfortunately for the fans at home, we didn’t get to witness Charlotte Flair take on Natalya. Whilst the pair tend to have great matches against one another, this was probably for the best. As mentioned last week, I would love for the two to feud. It felt right and we left off at the correct point. So if we can get some more build up that isn’t revolved around on-screen match after match, we may see something fresh from the pair. However, seeing the Flair vs Hart saga take place at SummerSlam may be the better stage, as last year’s antics proved to be worthy of such.

To end the review, let’s discuss the Power Couple themselves, Mike and Maria!

What’s blossoming here feels very natural. The pair aren’t joining WWE to win titles just yet, they’re here to simply boast about their love. The Kanellis’ are so in love that championship gold isn’t on their mind – instead they just want to spread their message. And with their connection to Sami Zayn… a feud is on the horizon.

Sami is an adorably innocent character that just wants to be the best wrestler he can be. He’s constantly being taken down by the evil characters that exist around him, and he’s hardly ever allowed to get his shining moment. And could the Kanellis’ continue that streak? And will they do it to just Sami?

Well, if we take our minds back to a few weeks ago when Sami Zayn had a little moment with another female Superstar… could a budding partnership be in the air? Seeing Sami Zayn and Becky Lynch teaming up would be a fantastic way of getting the two most easy-to-root for talents against upcoming heels. So why not? And it’ll give us a chance to see Maria in the ring again… So, why not?

What did you think of this week’s show? What feuds shall blossom now?

  • iOwnThatSonOfABitch

    Here’s what I’m trying to figure out.

    WWE has been blatantly obvious that they want this eye candy/sex appeal character for awhile now. First Eva, then Emma, and now Lana. They finally get a good thing going with this idea they have had for awhile now, but instead of going to the moon with it, they are making Lana look like nothing in the ring with 3 losses now. Have they changed their mind again? Because if they try to say Lana doesn’t fit the bill ala Emmalina, they are dead wrong.

    She is losing reactions because they are having her continuously be squashed. I don’t get it.

    • I agree with what Abir said, they wanted to show Lana as all hype. She talked the talk, but couldn’t walk the walk. Meanwhile Naomi did and now Lana is where she is right now. But don’t be discouraged, it looks like they have something for her still with this Tamina storyline!

    • Raleex2

      Lana is a success, but her character isn’t going to be championship material for a while. That’s ok, because it builts her character and enhances Naomi. Lana is supposed to be over just because of her looks and most likely SmackDown is going to start using Rusev, Lana can maintain her character while escorting Rusev once again.

  • Did y’all not hear the reactions Naomi got? The girl is OVER. She’s at top of her game right now. Long title reign, successful defenses, customized title look, she’s glowing!
    https://68.media.tumblr.com/ce4fd40e769f9e4e8df17541d0463715/tumblr_oslp9po01c1vwrwoko2_500.gif

    • Crazy. #RIPMae

      She looks so good here.

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    • ??BADANDBO$$Y??

      yassssss boris

    • wwepassion

      Over with one crowd compared to multiple dead crowds for her doesn’t make her over lol, she should be more over after all these months but she’s not let’s be honest.

      • KellyKellyisbeast

        Umm wait what? Lol have we been watching the same product? Cause girl Naomi has gotten way more pops than just one I can easily assure you

        • wwepassion

          Pops ? I can barley hear them TBH, you gotta admit they have died down.

      • Nao mob

        One crowd? What show are you watching? She gets a good reaction at basically every crowd. Can’t deny that she’s over

        • wwepassion

          You gotta admit her reactions has died quick.

          • Nao mob

            Gotta admit you’re delusional

          • Exactly ?????

          • wwepassion

            Get a new comeback

          • ??BADANDBO$$Y??

            get a new girll to obsess about you already got sasha and naomi on your list who’s next ???

          • Mike

            Probably Ember Moon once she gets called up lol

          • Larissa

            Alexa on yours sooo?

          • ??BADANDBO$$Y??

            ………. uhhhh nope

          • wwepassion

            Says the person obsessed with me lol.

          • ??BADANDBO$$Y??

            ………….no

          • wwepassion

            Yes

          • ??BADANDBO$$Y??

            no

          • Nao mob

            The hell are you talking about? I haven’t commented on this thing in like a month. A lot of people just happen to think you’re delusional. Prob cause it’s true

          • wwepassion

            Why would I care about other people?

      • What have you been watching the last 3 months? Nao gets great pops every week.

        • wwepassion

          Lol

        • wwepassion

          Duh, it’s me, just like duh it’s y’all exaggerated Naomi fans.

          • I exaggerated nothing, but you claiming she never gets pops is what exaggerating is.

          • wwepassion

            Did I say never? Nope you did. I said her reactions has died down. you and all the others exaggerate and pretend Naomi is some big star lol she’s not at all.

          • yes, if last night is what you consider reactions dying down, then you really don’t watch the weekly shows at all.

          • wwepassion

            Dear stop acting like her reaction was something spectacular lol. Calm down hun she is not a super star and you know it.

          • Stop repeating the same thing all over again. Naomi is over and that’s the bottom line.

          • wwepassion

            Naomi is over but not over like a star as you are pretending she is. Be honest lol

          • Robann

            So you countered your whole point lmfao you just said a few comments above that she wasn’t over and her reactions are dying down. This is what happens when you lie and troll so much that you forget what the original lie was. Your girl is getting HUGE pops, consistently, and is getting her named chanted on a regular basis. Get over it.

          • wwepassion

            Clearly you can’t read dear because I said her reactions are dying in my original comment, lol you thought you had me but sorry boo ya don’t. I also said she’s not a star so maybe you should learn how to read or read slowly.

          • Robann

            I can definitely read. But you clearly can’t hear if you ever thought she had “dying” reactions lol.

            “You thought you had me”….lmfao and I still do. You’re such a trooper attempting to stick by your lies while everyone proves you wrong. That’s awesome!

          • wwepassion

            I clocked you easily lol, nice try nothing you say will make Naomi a star or gain reaction….oops!

          • Robann

            Clocked? LMFAO where bih! And I don’t need to say anything to make her a star. Her pops, reactions and glowing title does that job for me. The company believes her enough to give her the privilege of having a own customized title BELT, not just the nameplates. That alone makes any of your delusional ass opinions irrelevant. Oops!

          • wwepassion

            Moron everyone customizes the title, unlike Naomi most don’t make it look like a damn toy. She will never be a star at this point, she will always be mediocre at best so deal with it.

          • Robann

            You hold on to that dream realllll tight, sweetie. Hold on to it and keep on believing and just maybe, it’ll come true in another life. While you’re at it, get your eyes and ears checked out, okay? ??

          • wwepassion

            I have and results came back that I stand corrected.

          • KatyaMenelli

            Because she is a big star. WWE certainly agrees with us.

          • wwepassion

            Big star? Lol stop reaching.

          • KatyaMenelli

            Oh, but Alexa is? Lmfao you’rethe one who needs to stop the reaching.

          • wwepassion

            Yes she dear Alexa is, the fact that you are bringing her up shows you are threatened lol. Naomi does not compare to the stardom of Alexa please stop.

          • KatyaMenelli

            Okay bitch you’re delusional. Alexa is struggling to have to match of the caliber of Naomi. Last night was a step forward, but then tonight this bitch botches her finisher. Nuff said. You’re either delusional or retarded to think Alexa is a big star and Naomi is not. Alexa wishes she could wrestle as good as Naomi. Miss me with that bullshit. And if you reply, I want FACTS instead of personal attacks as usual. Otherwise, don’t reply because I just got off work and I’m ready for fight. What’s up?

          • wwepassion

            Again you bringing up Alexa on a Naomi topic proves deep down you know Alexa is above her.

          • KatyaMenelli

            Bitch, where? See? That’s why I have problems with you. You stay on Naomi post, but your ass is nowhere to be found until someone critiques Alexa. Case in point here. I said that because A. It’s true. And B. I knew it would get under your skin. Your reaction proved deep down(and higher up) that Naomi is clearly above Alexa Overall. Thanks for that dumbass comment of yours.

          • wwepassion

            This is beyond comprehension old lol. You already lost. It took you 11 days to respond. Yea I would to if I had to dig up crap to make flopomi look good.

      • TorrieTrishStacyLita

        No. Just no

      • Organization XIII

        Since when have the televised events featured one specific crowd?

        • wwepassion

          Since all the other televised crowds are dead AF

          • Organization XIII

            You’re dedication to trolling honestly amazes still to this day

          • wwepassion

            You can’t deal with the truth not my fault

          • Organization XIII

            The truth you living ain’t of this world sis

          • wwepassion

            Good one lol

      • Gods_Giift

        You must’ve missed Backlash, MITB… every Smackdown taping yeah.. Her reactions are huge. She gets a pop when the lights first go out, then another one when the blacklight hits then she usually gets ANOTHER pop once she slides down the ramp and her tron lights up the arena. She’s very over. More consistently over than any other female babyface rn.

        • Larissa

          Becky def is the most over but continue

          • Gods_Giift

            I aint tryna whoop yo ass on a whole new site go on lil boy

          • Larissa

            You tried on the last and got dents in ya head like a car ran into ya

          • Gods_Giift

            Enjoying ya ban?

          • Larissa

            Yes lol

          • Larissa

            Enjoying your lung cancer from allem blunts?

          • Robann

            As of now, thassa lie. A big lie. Both women get huge pops, stop it.

          • Larissa

            Girllllll??

          • Robann

            Girl what?? You and passion are on a roll with these trolling ass comments lol get it together

          • Larissa

            Ew lol don’t compare me to him I’m just giving some hoes a taste of they own medicine. & just because my comment doesn’t agree with yours, doesn’t mean it’s trolling lololol I can show you trolling

          • Robann

            You’ve already showed me Ma, this ain’t the first time we’ve bumped heads. You can’t wrap your head around the fact that people hate Naomi solely because of her race (not you, I know you don’t). That mindset is a troll all in itself lol :)

          • CuCelchy

            You still look like one but go awf Grumpy ole troll

          • CuCelchy

            Sike I don’t feel like fussing bout Trin rn. Gotta put these Sasha stans in check

        • wwepassion

          Do you know what over means? Yea Naomi is not the definition of it. Her reactions die each week.

          • Gods_Giift

            They actually don’t they only increase. To do t even try to respond with facts.

            Last week the arena was filled with many Naomi signs, same with this week. Hella people come to the shows wearing her merch. Its even funnier that you’re tyying to come for her popularity this week of all weeks when her pop was undeniable.

          • wwepassion

            Can you stop pretending she’s a star? Last time I checked she was 7th in merch and getting more quiet reactions each week.

          • Robann

            Do you honestly think that? Or are you still trying to keep up this “Naomi sucks” BS?

            “Her reaction die each week” LMFAO where?! Surely it aint on SDL when she dancing and sliding down that ramp, and getting W’s. Just admit that you’re a hater and keep it moving.

          • wwepassion

            You have selective hearing

          • Robann

            You’re trolling. Bye.

          • wwepassion

            Right back at ya

        • KatyaMenelli

          Right! Her crowd reactions? when she was feuding with Alexa was on a whole another level.

      • Mike

        You and these #AlternativeFacts her pops have gotten better and better every week lol bruh what are you watching

        • wwepassion

          Better and better? Get serious dude, she has not been booked good for anyone to be cheering more each week lol. That’s how I know you are lying lol.

          • Mike

            But despite the booking her cheers have gotten louder each week…. like I’m not understanding what you are watching honestly lol. I get u don’t like her and that’s fine but u just straight up lying saying Naomi isn’t over and her cheers haven’t gotten better and better since she got pushed. She may not be Daniel Bryan over yet but with the right feuds she could be on his level but st still doesn’t discredit how over she is now especially considering where she was before.

          • wwepassion

            Dude you have selective hearing because her reactions get more quiet each week which is understandable. I get you like her but be real.

          • Mike

            Lol it’s actually you who needs to get real because her reactions aren’t dying down but we can agree to disagree

          • wwepassion

            Yes they are dying, what exactly is she doing to be getting more cheers each week when she’s been an afterthought for awhile now? Stop being in denial.

          • Mike

            You’re the one in denial but Naomi could become the biggest WWE star in the world and you would still say she wasn’t over and sucked so again we can agree to disagree

          • wwepassion

            You didn’t answer my question.

      • #SimplyJaomi!# 02/12/17

        Girl go away lol. Your hating ass must have high blood pressure with all that salt in your system.

        • wwepassion

          Good one…

      • C Mack

        Haven’t heard her a dead crowd in how long?

        • wwepassion

          Selective hearing you have

          • C Mack

            Guess I picked that up from you.

          • wwepassion

            That’s all you came up with? lol

          • C Mack

            I thought it was pretty good! Lol shut up ?

          • wwepassion

            Lol

    • Jo9834

      That title is a testament to how hard this woman has worked and how invested the company is in her now. I hope she holds onto the title until at least Summerslam where she can drop it to Charlotte or Carmella.

    • Luigi Junior

      Big pop for her! Smackdown was in phoenix last night thats where she won the title the first time.. good crowd

    • LeBoss

      Boris !!!! ?

    • Raleex2

      She’s over and the Glowing title is one of the best things to solidify her as a champion.

    • Naomi, Naomi, Naomi! Im just speechless at what shes become! The first deserving champ we’ve had in a while!! Yes we’ve had other deserving champions in the divas revolution but Naomi is showing that shes at the top of her game and above any other woman! Any other champion we’ve had was lacking something but Naomi has it ALL!!! now the title is glowing!!! ? she is over and I hope she continues to keep making history!!! You glow Naomi! So proud of her!!! Im rooting for you baby girl!!!

  • It’s interesting that Ellsworth won’t be there for a month and I think WWE is testing to see if Carmella can get heat on her own. Let’s hope they can book something for her.

    I really, really hope this isn’t another bodyguard role for Tamina. Like Abir said, she showed out in both MITB matches, so it would be a shame for her to go back to managing. But I agree, she was the one in charge here, so it looks like Lana could manage her this time.

    • Raleex2

      Tamina is definitely taking a Bodyguard role… but the problem isn’t the role Chyna was a bodyguard… it just has to evolve into a menacing title contender.

  • Tenzen

    I hope Naomi and Tamina are given time and opportunity to have a cute little feud, with Lana being the sidekick for Tamina this time.

    Meanwhile, we could have Carmela vs Becky and Nattie vs Charlotte.

    • Raleex2

      I might prefer two, two on two rivalries. Using all women at the same time just makes the division too small. Small tv gigs, backstage segments, and random matches can maintain the presence of divas that aren’t in a rivalry.

  • Crazy. #RIPMae

    Whoops. Naomi did way better here on the mic than the previous weeks. Now that this Lana vs Naomi stuff is out of the way, I’d love to see a Naomi vs Tamina match at BG. The feud writes itself. We could even extend the feud till Summerslam and add an extra person. Naomi is on top and the haters can’t do anything about it but complain. Her and her title is still glowing at the end of the day and that’s all that matters.

  • StraightUpBitch

    I’m so happy for Naomi. She’s waited so long to be the front runner of a division and she finally is, complete with management behind her and fans just loving every second she’s out there. Lana could work as a speaker for Tamina as it’s what she does best and could take Tamina to another level which feels so overdue for my girl Tammy. Carmella is slaying at the moment, and WWE need to make her ditch James in an epic way because she’s clearly the top heel and is selling every moment. And tbf, the only reason I’m interested in Maria’s story line is cause of how cute Sami. That cute little cupcake is an underappreciated beauty who I hope wins this story line and eventually settles on some shorts for his attire. Okay, my thirsty side is showing so I’m gonna go for awhile

    • Okay have him praising her then just DUMP!

  • Aye Mate

    Let’s get the good out of the way: the Carmellabration was tons of fun, because Daniel Bryan is perhaps one of the best written authority figures in WWE history. Also, Carmella’s nuance as she ushered Ellsworth out of the ring was cute. The “Miss first MITB” moniker should be a gimmick she plays to the hilt.

    Then we had an unoriginal narrative development: Naomi again squashed Lana for the purpose of… for fuck sake, assigning Tamina an umpteenth role as enforcer?! If this is the direction, I’m disappointed but not surprised judging by Lana’s NXT live event appearances. Requiring muscle to fulfil the grunt work works within the context of Lana’s inexperience, but it would be yet again a thankless role for Tamina. It keeps her onscreen and a purpose for storyline device, yes, but it’s a recycled trope she’s played before. It would just feel like a dubious reward for someone who put in a peak performance in both MITB matches.

    Also, I love the glowing title :)

  • Monkey Tennis

    “And it’ll give us a chance to see Maria in the ring again… So, why not?”

    Question asked. Question answered.

  • Monkey Tennis

    I remain unconvinced that beating Lana in three matches, each getting progressively easier and quicker doesn’t make Naomi look tough. It doesn’t make her look anything. It’s just… so what?

    As for the Lana/Tamina pairing. It doesn’t jump out as the most exciting partnership – but anything involving Tamina rarely sounds exiciting, so we”l just have to wait and see.

    And no. Just to reiterate, I don’t wanna see Becky tied into some crappy couples/partnership intergender feud. They’re uniformly utterly lame at the very best of times, let alone with Maria as Becky’s opponent. Just all the no.

    • Organization XIII

      I have never seen you post anything positive about any program we have gotten for months. Why do you watch?

      • shumiley

        tbh, they’re negative but it’s usually critical. it’s never really petty complaints cos they usually do have a point. i used to dislike their comments but they’re really just voicing a valid opinion. they point out flaws that some of us don’t see. it’s all in good spirits too, so just let them be :)

        • Don ?

          Agreed. I look forward to Monkey Tennis’ comments at times. It’s nice to see different opinions.

        • Wrestling.fan.from.France

          I agree, it’s mostly critical. You can see that he is trying to raise actual points (even if I don’t always agree). I appreciate that he is able to express his thoughts with actuals points.

          • Aye Mate

            Critical, yet not often constructive.

          • Wrestling.fan.from.France

            Not always, that’s true. Not surprised that many doesn’t like his style obviously because it can indeed rub people the wrong way but I like it for the most part.

          • Aye Mate

            He’s articulate and in a cesspit of gif battles it’s undeniably welcome, but at times even an artful troll is still be a troll nonetheless :)

        • Organization XIII

          It’s not always critical. It’s usually just a bash session. Comments like…”I don’t understand why we have Lana vs Naomi. Just no.” That’s not critical

    • Crazy. #RIPMae

      You’re annoying. Every comment you make it’s about something negative. What do you like because clearly you hate everything so why bother watching if it bugs you that much? You’re probably going to respond to this comment with another pointless paragraph.

  • Organization XIII

    Naomi has come thru and shown that no matter where you are on the spectrum you can get over with enough investment put into & time given too. Extremely proud of her. She’s been doing amazing with what they have given her to work with.

    Carmella…can’t wait to see what she does without James. Girl’s mic skills are arguably the best from all the Smackdown women so it’s time she showcases that.

    As for Tamina, I’m glad they brought up her & Naomi’s past. WWE always leaves things out for some reason. But hopefully this will set up a feud for Tamina vs Naomi since the history is already built between them

    • IKR, Tamina vs Naomi at BG would be really cute, they did good a few weeks ago, so hopefully with more time, and them mentioning their history it can be even better!

      • Organization XIII

        Deff agree! It would be the most logically thing to do moving forward at this current moment

  • Cole World

    NO we don’t need Maria stinking up the joint in the women’s division on Smackdown with her “Wrestling”.Its bad enough that Lana isn’t doing so well and I’m not here for Carmella being the next women’s champion so no.

    We need More Wrestlers on Smackdown and Maria certainly ain’t gonna help improve it.
    https://m.popkey.co/520e1f/0D9Yv_s-200×150.gif?c=popkey-web&p=usa_network&i=suits-ent&l=search&f=.gif

    • Well sis it’s WWE, should be used to it by now. If you want great women’s wrestling only, go watch some Shimmer and Stardom.

      • Don ?

        I wish I could upvote this 99 more times. More people need to understand this.

        • It’s WWE, and even in this current era, they’ll always feature the less gifted girls as well. It’s just how they operate and I wish people would realize that.

          • Don ?

            Couldn’t agree more.

          • Guilherme Soares

            yes! beautiful runs more than talent here, but i think the pretty ones are more cool on the mic than the indy girls…

          • As I been saying “separate thinking like a fan from how the business is ran”

      • A?.

        Tea been served

      • Cole World

        The crowd WILL NOT accept Maria’s in ring work this time.This is a new era and WWE has rebranded their entire women’s division to make it seem like it’s full of talented women’s wrestlers.

        If this was the early 2000s MLana,Eva Marie and any other girl who wrestles like them would’ve been over and former women’s champion.But this is 2017 the crowd will indeed boo them just like how the crowd isn’t buying Lanas in ring work she’s not gonna get away with her performances same like Eva Marie.And they damn sure will NOT accept Maria’s in ring wrestling.

        I don’t hate Maria she’s fine as a valet just like Lana was not everyone should wrestle.

        • GOD STRATUS•

          Well Alexa bliss & Carmella are doing just fine

          • Cole World

            Bliss is doing ok even though she could be much better.But Carmella…..

            I don’t hate the girl at all as a matter of fact I don’t hate anyone on the roster now.I don’t mean to come off harsh but I just don’t want Carmella to be thrown into the title picture so early in her career what’s the rush with her? Oh I get it because Summerslam is in her hometown and she’s gonna cash it there and get a huge pop.

            If she was Sasha Banks over and selling merchandise then fine go right ahead.But she just needs more time her reactions are not that big compared to Alexa.

    • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

      The story does 50% of the match. If you can’t sell a story you have no bussiness in wrestling. Some girls can outperform any men but can’t tell a story and then nobody roots or hate them. WWE is doing everything well with SD. RAW has talent but lacks of story.

      • Cole World

        No WWE isn’t doing everything well on SD because Lana should have never been in the women’s title hunt so damn quickly.They ruined her in a matter of 3 weeks of being a in ring wrestler.She was fine as a valet Lana didn’t NEED to wrestle.

        And if ANYONE on Smackdown needed some big push it’s Natalya she beats Nikki Bella in the feud and goes nowhere after.She only won 1 match(I could be wrong) on Smackdown since the draft split that’s pretty pathetic.And the only reason she won that match was because Maryse got involved

        • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

          Natalya have won a few matches, her win/loss record is not something that really matter, heels tends to loose a lot unless they are the ones building for a championship or the champion that the division revolves around. With that being said, I kind of agree with you. Nattie should be pushed but I’m not mad with Carmella being pushed or Lana being squashed early in her career. Everything seems fitting, Lana is not a threat anymore but she can grow from there.

          • Cole World

            But who’s she gonna go over in matches?

            Becky can’t keep losing all the time and there’s no way in hell Lana will go over Charlotte.So who’s Lana gonna go over?

            And Natalya and tamina need to be build up as threats for the women’s title but who are they gonna go over? Becky lynch?

    • George

      Maria is so fun to watch and she knows how to tell a story + she has a big name in the wrestling world so she might help with ratings and get someone else over

  • Wrestling.fan.from.France

    Can’t say I cared much for Lana vs Naomi chapter III. This did nothing for me and was simply filler. Nonetheless, the after-match was intriguing but at the same time, quite… odd. It felt sudden but the biggest thing is the concern over the possibility of having Tamina has Lana’s bodyguard or associated with someone. She doesn’t need anyone at this point. Tamina would be better on her own with actual development. Plus, can’t say I want more of Lana. For me, they failed with her already. Entirely.

    Naomi looked lovely tonight. Loved her overall look with this custom WWE SD Women’s Championship. It’s very cool that WWE is so willing to let her do all these things and trust all her ideas (because I’m sure it’s all her and props to her for that).
    Based on the Talking Smack episode, it seems like her Charlotte vs Naomi is still the big match for SummerSlam. Tamina may very well be just a filler challenger because at this point, they are teasing this feud with Charlotte way too much and that’s where’s the money is at.

  • ??BADANDBO$$Y??
    • Aye Mate

      Naomi’s abs – lifegoals.

      • Mike

        She needs to be on the cover of a fitness magazine

        • Robann

          How the Bellas and Sasha (who also have nice bodies) got on M&F covers before she did blows my mind because her ab definition alone blows theirs out of the water. I’m finna write Muscle and Fitness a strongly worded letter lmfao.

      • Robann

        Naomi is goals all around lol. Them abs though…I could never.

    • I was finally here for her whole look cause I been HATING her attire

      • tstumo

        Omg me too. This is the first time in a long time I was happy with her gear

        • That attire style from EC was so blah

  • Vito

    that glowing title is beautiful

  • Vito

    im mad they did lana so dirty with this return, she needs to redeem herself

    • This is their 3rd match lol nope. She’ll improve though.

  • Don ?

    Naomi looked gorgeous last night and her new glowing title is AMAYAYAYZING! She’s looking so much like a champion now and I’m proud of her.

    I’m interested in this potential dynamic between Lana and Tamina. Tamina has such a motherly vibe to her I honestly wouldn’t mind her playing bodyguard/protector/mentor to Lana, but I agree that she needs to step out of that role.

    Loved the continuity on Talking Smack how Naomi reminded everyone of the Team B.A.D. stable with Tamina. That’ll be effective for the weeks to come.

    Again, not feeling Daniel. ?

    • Wrestling.fan.from.France

      I really ain’t either… There is something about him as a GM that I really don’t like. He’s too much… there.

      • James Winters

        hes supposed to be a face but comes off like a bigger bitch than Stephanie McMahon.

        • Raekon

          He is a tweener in several cases.

    • GOD STRATUS•

      Daniel is self righteous

    • Hoooshi

      To me Bryan always comes across as too condescending and the typical dude who will mansplain something to you at the first chance he gets.

      • Don ?

        Exactly. I can’t help but to lean more towards the heels when he berates them. When he said he’d strip Carmella of her MitB briefcase if James breaks his rules I was rolling my eyes. He’s so annoying.

        • Hoooshi

          I get the vibe that he doesn’t want to be an authority figure, he wants to wrestle no matter what, and since WWE won’t allow him he just keeps this gig for the money.

          • James Winters

            bingooooo. they dont want him complaining about the wwe so they hired him. the wwe does that a lot with people.

          • KingsPromise

            I’m sure Brie isn’t about to let him duck out on those good coins and exposure so that he can wrestle (potentially dangerously) in the Indies. She’s likely thinking about their future as well as their brand.

      • James Winters

        agreed, he seems like such a douche, his gimmick shouldve been that of an Amish wrestler.

    • Bryskers

      Daniel is obnoxious as hell and he always sounds bitter (on TS when he’s himself).

    • QueenSableBomb

      I’m not feeling Daniel either. I never really warmed up to him much when he was an active competitor but omg, him as GM is almost unbearable.

  • GOD STRATUS•

    Oh SD

  • ??BADANDBO$$Y??
    • James Winters

      i think its because Tamina is liked by management and they give her a job to do, and all that she really fits is the body guard role. she cant go on the mic and is limited in the ring. they could do more with her but why bother when there are so many others readily available and more talented? Plus she has to be the oldest active wwe womens wrestler, shes almost 40, and shes injury prone.

      • ??BADANDBO$$Y??

        atleast they can give her a proper feud since smackdown live is “the land of opportunity”

        • James Winters

          i think itd be cool to see her do something different than bodyguard. shes shown in the MITB matches that she can pull off that thuggish brute role, i just think management doesnt see a purpose to invest in her. lets be real, tamina is lucky to have a job with them, im shocked shes still there tbh. she’s like the new Rosa Mendes lol

          • ??BADANDBO$$Y??

            SCRMMM yess she kind of is you never know to be honest…… she never gets crowd reactions merch nowhere to be found i just think she’s there to be there

          • Raekon

            They wasted her for years in the powerhouse that get’s always jobbed out losing all her matches either clean or by rollups and that’s the main Problem with her. She isn’t limited, can pull far more moves then we regularly see her do (I saw a lot more in nxt redemption matches and houseshows from her) and as we all could see, she can still go and do greatly like she did in the mitb matches. She wasn’t called the mvp of both matches for nothing. She was and she can be a star, they just Need to book her correctly and let her pull more of her moveset.
            She was over when they turned her face in 2012 and people loved her warrior princess Gimmick. She also got good reactions of boos in several of her matches as a heel before.
            They would be dumb not to benefit of Taminas past with Naomi and if Lana is only a factor to help Tamina win the title I’m all for it.
            Then let Lana betray Tamina and turn Tamina face in the process so she can reunite with Naomi in a face stable but for the love of god they need to stop jobbing her out to everyone.

  • wwepassion

    This was a mess and a waste of time. I cringe at Naomi struggling to cut a promo, her glow crap isn’t over and it’s silly. Tamina is exactly what Lana needs because she’s too green to be believable at beating anyone.

    • GOD STRATUS•

      She was out of breath lol

      • wwepassion

        Lol I thought I was the only one who heard her gasping

    • ??BADANDBO$$Y??

      you never stop do you ?

      • wwepassion

        Oh I’m sorry I forgot if you aren’t kissing Naomi’s ass on here you are wrong. Get out of here lol

        • ??BADANDBO$$Y??

          ohhh ofcourse you can dislike her but you are really obsessed with the girl……

          • wwepassion

            lol obsessed when I only speak of her when it’s about her. Nice try boo

          • ??BADANDBO$$Y??

            don’t act smart now…… you can choose to talk about someone you like but you always choose to hate on naomi you are obsessed with her even before her title reign and you do this every damnn week like we don’t need thiss

          • wwepassion

            Why are you lying? So pointless, you are just mad because you want everyone’s head up her ass…it ain’t happening boo.

          • ??BADANDBO$$Y??

            Mad ??? Girl i’m here chilling on my bed with some teaa… girl stop you know damnn well you do this every damnn week

          • wwepassion

            You do realize Naomi has an article every week right? I will continue to say what I want while you continue to bitch

          • ??BADANDBO$$Y??

            you do realize there are other girls then Naomi right ???

          • wwepassion

            Hun stop worrying about what I do, if it involves Naomi i will say my opinions just like I do with everyone.

          • ??BADANDBO$$Y??

            opinion ??? sweety nobody asked you to comment the same damnn opinion every week, your obsessed end of discussion

          • wwepassion

            What are you gonna do about it? Nothing but cry and bitch while I continue to do what the hell I want.

          • ??BADANDBO$$Y??

            By this point nobody cares we know you hate naomi keep commenting dumb shit your the one who looks stupid… end of discussion dismissed

          • wwepassion

            That made no sense lol, if I say the same shit them stop always reading my shit Sherlock.

        • Windyhawaii

          You can dislike Naomi all you want, that’s fine, there’s nothing wrong with that. It becomes an annoyance when you basically turn it into an all out mission to pick apart everything she does evrrytime she’s on and I have yet to see you say anything positive. It just comes across as cruel and unessessary at this point.

          • ??BADANDBO$$Y??

            amen amen preach this is what i’m trying to say she acts like she’s gettin paid to do this

          • wwepassion

            Oh please, I don’t have to like a thing she does so stop acting like it. I am not gonna tell what you wanna hear to make you feel better.

          • Windyhawaii

            I’ve been on your side before when people were attacking you for bashing Naomi, you should know that’s obviously not what I’m trying to do. But you cannot deny that Naomi has skill, yet you continue to act as if she’s an absolute zero on every. Scale, when that very clearly isn’t the case at all. Like I said, you don’t have to like her. I know it doesn’t make you a hater, I know it doesn’t make you racist, I’m not saying any of that. But treating her as if she’s a pile of garbage simply because you do not like her is entirely unfair.

          • wwepassion

            Like I said I don’t have to like anything about her it’s not a crime.

          • Robann

            Don’t even bother Windy. I’ve defended and been on his side in the past when people were bashing Nikki Bella in which he whined and and cried about the unwarranted hate she gets, but then he’ll turn around and do it to Naomi. The definition of a hypocrite. Don’t waste your time.

  • Wrestling.fan.from.France

    When it comes to Carmella, well…

    CLEARLY, the impact of the MITB matches on her reactions has been really overestimated because she still comes out to silence or slim reactions and 90% of her reactions overall are due to Ellsworth. Can’t say I have ever been a big fan of her personally. She falls in that category of wrestlers where I just naturally don’t care enough for them or I am naturally unimpressed with their work overall most of the time.

    With that being said, from a booking standpoint, I feel like it’s a waste to take Ellsworth out of the picture this early. Like I said, he is the main reason for most of Carmella’s reactions and I feel like Carmella with Ellsworth vs Becky had to begin. It was only a natural step here. You can make an argument about the fact that it will allow Carmella to get her own heat but as if they have never tried before…

    • why do you think they assigned Ellsworth to her lmao? And no wrestler comes out to heat except Roman and Eva, unless they start talking, like what happened with Rusev or Jinder last night, and Carmella as well.

      • Wrestling.fan.from.France

        Because she was not over and needed something to “push” her heel character more.
        Yes, wrestlers rarely comes out to heat but I didn’t even had to say heat here, I said reactions in general. She barely elicits much reactions. During her promo, the crowd wasn’t reacting that much. It was rather calm most of the time until Naomi came.

        • yes exactly and clearly it worked. but eventually, the partnership will have to end and now they’re testing waters with her. now is the time to try it.
          she got reaction during the promo, not over the charts, but it was there. she baited the crowd well.

          • Wrestling.fan.from.France

            Honestly, I don’t think so. It wasn’t the right time. It’s too soon. The idea of suspending him is one thing, that could have happened down the line but not right now. There was much bigger potential in, like I said, pursuing a story with Becky here for both characters.

          • I think they’re selling that leg ”injury” with Becky, but we’ll see. They can continue her feud with Carmella alone, have her do mixed tag with Sami or probably Charlotte/Becky vs Nattie/Carmella feud, if they plan doing Tamina vs Naomi.

          • Wrestling.fan.from.France

            “Leg injury”?

            But the story wouldn’t have the same heat without Ellsworth here since Becky has just as much heat with him than with her at this point. Oh, and the LAST THING they need to do is involve Charlotte and Natalya. It’s not about putting the spotlight on as much people as possible but about telling an actual story based on recent events. Plus, after MITB, Nattie isn’t supposed to be friend with Carmella again…

          • Yes, when Ellsworth pulled her down and she sold it like she was injured.
            But unfortunately, they can barely do anything with them since they don’t do men vs women, so Becky going on Carmella, who can’t have Ellsworth defend her now, will be better. One on one.
            Didn’t say it will happen, but it could, seeing it. SD writers make a story out of anything so it could work.

          • GOD STRATUS•

            It worked ?

          • did you not just say Ellsworth gives her heat? https://u.cubeupload.com/Javan/naomiobserves.gif

          • GOD STRATUS•

            But if she hasn’t actually retained any if the heat. It didn’t work

          • That’s why they are splitting them for now to see if she can go alone or if they still need to develop their relationship for heat.

  • GOD STRATUS•

    Carmella has no heat without Ellsworth. This will become clear.

    • Windyhawaii

      My worries too tbh

    • he was there to give her heat, now they’re testing waters for her alone.

      • GOD STRATUS•

        It’s probably the worst timing for him to ban Ellsworth seriously

        • Not really. Carmella won MITB 2x and people have taken notice. Now is the time to see if she can get reaction on her own. And if she can, they’ll probably have her get rid of him once he returns.
          If she can’t, they’ll most likely continue the partnership.

          • I need her to drop him & then get reaction but then it’ll probably be cheers ugh.

          • KatyaMenelli

            Right! And there were quite a bit of Carmella signs out there last show

          • Robann

            The crazy thing is she was getting heat before he stepped into the picture when her and Nikki were beefing. Everyone who claiming that she won’t get it without him clearly has memory loss of like the past year or something. I think it’s possible, she just needs to be given the time and opportunity to do so.

    • Jo9834

      For some reason Carmella is just not getting over on her own as a face or a heel, probably due to the fact she’s so limited in the ring. I think a trade to Raw and allowing her to valet for Big Cass would be best, they could be the new age Edge and Lita.

      • GOD STRATUS•

        Here for it

      • KatyaMenelli

        On yes they should!

    • The ‘E must see something in her to give her the briefcase. I just hope she takes full advantage of this opportunity and starts getting better in the ring. Her performances since being called up haven’t been great. She did almost nothing in both MITB ladder matches. She’s really good on the mic yes, but I think they might be realizing the error of their ways by just putting the title on a good talker that can’t back it up in the ring when it’s needed. We will see how her promo/heat draw will thrive without Ellsworthless

  • TorrieTrishStacyLita

    Naomi looked amazing!

  • Hoooshi

    I don’t know if I like the idea of Tamina with Lana, it feels so overdone in the women’s division and Naomi deserves a better feud than this. Sure they are saving the Naomi vs Charlotte match for SS as they should, but Naomi’s reign feels “meh” up to this point.

    Naomi girl, tone down the entrance when you’re about to cut a promo, please. She was out of breath.

    As for Carmella I don’t know what they are doing, but whenever she cashes in she has to do it on a major fan favorite to give her the heat. Maybe Becky or even better, imagine how hated Carmella would be if she cashed in on a far superior wrestler like Asuka.

  • Windyhawaii

    I want to say This is a good push for tamina, but I don’t really know. I don’t see this as a good heel opportunity cause she’ll probably just revert back to a bodyguard, but I see this as an opportunity for her to go face. She could be closing in on a win on Naomi only for Carmella to cash in the contract and win the gold. Then Naomi, Tamina and lana would all have a common enemy as like a temporary Bad and Blonde reunion. Then a cool triple threat for number one contender shot, but if it doesn’t go that route then I just see this as a filler feud for Naomi to defend her title against someone.

    • PoisonFelino#Watermelondrea

      I didn’t even think of that but I actually like your idea.

  • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

    Another good SD! episode! Carmella has the right tone to sound bratty & spoiled, at the same time you feel her anger. She’s a natural with the mic, I just remembered how good she was on the character department since NXT. She has come a long way from that manager to this 2x Ms. Money In The Bank! More importantly, she isn’t the best wrestler and seeing her getting the upper hand somehow and getting heat for her actions with James has been amazing as well.

    Naomi in the other hand proves she’s the best person to loose the belt as a result of a cash in. She’s popular, she’s a hardworker, she’s not afraid and will fight back. She has looked dominant over Lana twice but most importantly she looks wise as well. Getting the belt to be customize shows how high is WWE on her!

    Lana is somehow good for business as well, she’s been squashed but being paired with Tamina will benefit, and no, Tamina don’t seem to be her bodyguard. It felt like she’s taking her under her guidance. So while Lana learns little by little she can help Tamina win matches and become a whorty contender. This is the most interesting I seen Tamina ever! She was in control of the moment and I just wish they will have a time to acknowledge Naomi & Tamina’s friendship. Tamina hating on Naomi because she found success could be personal and intense.

    Let’s see what SD has in store. I was just stating that in order to keep Carmella with the briefcase for some time, Naomi needs a few contenders to feud with and Carmella needs to be busy with Becky.

  • Booking 101

    I’m really confused with this whole Tamina thing. When she showed up I was literally like “Seriously? Another goddam bodyguard role? Can we not do this again?” but then I got the impression that maybe she is going to be the one in control? I’m confused and slightly scared for the future of both. It’s really a matter of seeing what comes out of it.

    Can I celebrate now that Lana won’t have another stupid title match? I was just so done with them and, for me, it just ended up being a waste of time. Granted the other women were involved in better things but can we have some real competition for the girl now? People celebrating that she is the longest reigning SD women’s champion and I really don’t understand why. Days in a title reign mean nothing if the title reign isn’t being good. And it’s not Naomi’s fault. It’s the fact that she hasn’t had the opportunity to defend her title in a serious title match with a good competitor. That’s all I want. I don’t care about days, I care about great matches and defining moments. I’m hoping that the tease of her match with Charlotte from Talking Smack does indeed become a reality.

    On the other story we have Ellsworth getting suspended. It made sense in a storyline point since he indeed broke Daniel’s orders but I got the idea that the segment was more about Daniel sort of “bullying” Carmella and Ellsworth and less about doing what was right. It will be interesting to see if Carmella can generate heat on her own because, thus far, she is still comin out to crickets. I truly hope that indeed changes. No reaction is worst case scenario for anyone.

    Overall I wasn’t particularly excited with this episode but most of it has to do with having to watch another Lana vs Naomi match. Expecting better days for the divison in the upcoming weeks

  • Danny?

    This weeks SD was so much fun, it didn’t need a long match as it was all about the story this week and I’m here for all of it!! The Carmella & Naomi segment was great, the crowd was into it and the ladies done really well on the mic.

    As for the Tamina and Lana situation it’s intriguing. I’m hoping that we are right in saying that Tamina will not be the bodyguard but rather take Lana under her wing and try to show her how it’s done by taking on Naomi at Battleground for the title. That way we see a match with a lot of potential in Naomi VS Tamina where you can reference their past in Team BAD. Exciting times are ahead for SmackDown I hope!!!

  • Rocky1990

    If it’s written well, a Naomi-Tamina storyline could be kinda interesting. Naomi left Tamina in the dust, feeling jaded and giving into this new positive outlook on her career…We will see how it goes I guess…

  • #BrieForPeace ?

    I wish the match had been longer and we could’ve seen more from Lana but I’m glad Tamina is now involved in some storyline. I just hope she doesn’t play second fiddle to Lana and this time around she is the one showcasing what she can really do and improving while doing so. I wish Naomi’s title contour would not be in the center of the W but on the edges of it because it would look better when the lights hit it. Despite her reactions and her being the champion to me there’s still something missing and her reign has been lackluster and really going through the motions. Hopefully this feud with Tamina and Lana will actually give it some substance and hype her up more as a fighting champion.

    As far as Carmella goes I can not fanthom enough how good she is on the microphone. The girl is such a natural and handles the microphone so well, she’s a diamond in rough and I can’t wait until they polish her and make her one of the stars of the division. I was kind of surprised they didn’t follow up the Becky vs Ellsworth thing they have going on, I thought it was gonna be her when Naomi said there was someone else to talk to Ellsworth.

    Overall it wasn’t a bad episode of SmackDown by any means but it felt… too simple. I wanted to see something else, like an interview with Tamina trying to explain her actions. Hopefully this feud is her breakthrough.

  • John Finnie

    It would be pretty cool if Tamina wins the title & then uses Lana to keep Carmella from cashing in’ making out like Tamina learned Alot from being a bodyguard

  • jabril

    The match was this short to favor Naomi’s dominance. Almost like how Ronda Rousey submitted Cat Zingano in 14 seconds. Loved that outcome, Naomi looks so strong !

    • Robann

      Bih I forgot about that lmfaoo poor Ronda :(

  • YonceLuvsDivas

    My girl Naomi is getting everything she deserves and more. I love her new Championship!!! But anyway I agree with the writer on the whole Tamina angle. I do believe this time she’ll be more in control of this partnership, of like Chyna and The Kat back in the day. But down the line I hope to see Tamina turn on Lana and take the spotlight for herself.

  • Victoria&Melina19

    Tbh suspending Ellsworth might not be a great idea since Carmella has been getting most of her reaction from being paired with Ellsworth.

    Love Naomi’s look and her glow title. I am still hoping for her and Charlotte and Tamina and Lana being paired up, I see it as Tamina hopefully being the one to be in control. Just no more Lana getting title shots for a long time.

  • Diva_Fan

    Naomi is really shining the past few weeks. it’s great to see her finally at a great place in her career with crowd and people really connecting and rooting for her. I loved seeing all the ‘Feel The Glow T shirts’ and signs in the audience plus the glow in the dark Championship looked great ! I do hope this is Tamina/Lana alliance will be Tamina in charge and not Lana, Tamina doesn’t need to be a bodyguard yet again and I think it would be good for her and Naomi to feud as there is a lot of history there and the story kind of writes itself .

  • James Winters
    • Same, I want her to have it in different colors.

    • Shawn Ellis

      Yes i want this attire and hair in 2k18 would be amazing and proper makeup like shes wearing lol

    • Raekon

      Seriously all I want them to do is to get her look like the real naomi for ONCE!
      She always looks like a aborigini skinwise (way too dark toned!).
      They need to finally fix that! As about a attire and even I love this particular one you posted, I highly doubt we will get it in the game since the game is always based on stuff that happen between the end of last year and the mid of this one.
      Unless we get lucky and she get’s an update in the last few months before the game gets released. :)

      • James Winters

        its true, i just want her to have a good attire in the game for once. one that can have the colors changed but still is her unique style.

    • Robann

      I just want them to NOT mess up her face like they’ve done for the past two games. They literally copied and pasted her but made sure other women looked exactly like their real life counterparts….like they did my girl so dirty last year and she even picked up on it. She looked HORRIBLE and it her no justice at all.

      Because of how popular she is, hopefully 2K gets this shit right this time around.

      • James Winters

        yea i was playing as her just yesterday and she looks like she has no make up on and just woke up

  • Troy Rochester

    I’m loving Carmella atm but I’m not sure suspending Ellsworth was the best idea right now. He helps generate a lot of heat for her and I fear without him around the crowd won’t be as invested and give her as much heat !

  • conan_kun

    Naomi may not lose the title soon after she got her personal belt If Carmella wins the title from Naomi, can she do the JBL’s way of destroying US spinner belt to Naomi’s LED light belt to add more heel heat for her
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a728dcd87234abce468b63ee27f1ba9c76d9317468876f94e62b08231fa3d83b.gif

    • James Winters

      wow JBL destroyed that belt? i like him a little now.

    • PoisonFelino#Watermelondrea

      I would love Sage and Tamina as a duo managed by Lana.
      It could work.

      And wow at the belt thing!

      • conan_kun

        And let them feud with Becky and Charlotte, meanwhile let Natalya win the probable next week No 1 contender match and go after Naomi’s title while Carmella is waiting for a chance to cash in.

        • PoisonFelino#Watermelondrea

          I’d love that.
          Give enough time and the right booking, Naomi and Nattie could put on a great match.
          I hope Carmella holds on to that briefcase for quite a few months, never shuts about it and keeps teasing cash-ins.

          And a feud between Tamina/Sage/Lana ans Becky& Char would be interesting.

          I want to see Tamina vs Naomi for the title though.

    • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

      She’ll have it until summerslam I think.

  • A?.

    It’s so crazy how over Naomi is, she went from no reaction to this! I’m so proud of her, and that title is amazing. Anyways, this week was kinda messy, though. That title match made Naomi look weak and Lana even worse, imo. And I seriously hope they don’t give Tamina another bodyguard role.
    P.D: Daniel Bryan is so annoying.

    • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

      Daniel is over. Naomi got a mild cheer.

      • Diva_Fan

        She got a good cheer plus with all the Feel The Glow T Shirts and signs in the audience the girl is definitely over now .

        • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

          Hmm? So someone finally bought her merch? She isn’t that over. The crowd still can’t really connect with her; I sense it. She’s sort of unrelatable in just the things she says and the way she carries herself at times. She also used to be very botch heavy and I don’t think the crowd has forgotten.

          • Diva_Fan

            Ok well we’ll agree to disagree but your obviously not a fan so your opinion is biased .

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            Her pops still aren’t massive.

          • KatyaMenelli

            Finally? Like stop reaching so hard because you’ll hyperextend your arm. Her merch was even selling when she was off TV because she was injured and even before that. Now it’s just that more people are buying it.

    • KatyaMenelli

      I wouldn’t say no reaction, because even back when she first broke up with Cameron, her cheers were starting to grow before she turned heel.

      • A?.

        I mean yeah, but they weren’t that loud, and during her heel run she was getting crickets most of the time.

  • Gods_Giift

    Naomi actually took most of the losses in Team BAD. Tamina was definitely booked stronger especially during their feuds with Paige & Sasha/Becky.

    • She was taking Ls left and right. I thought she was Meek Mill after a while

      • Cabbyhighs

        ???

      • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

        I mean after she pinned Charlotte without being the legal person…. she deserved it.

        • KatyaMenelli

          So she deserved something Becky fucked up? Because Becky was supposed to come in and break the fall. See? Exactly what I’m talking about.

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            But she could have left the ring???

          • Everybody botched that. Naomi wasn’t the legal person, Charlotte should’ve kicked out to save it, and the referee shouldn’t have counted it. The referee calls people out on their botches all the time especially when they are involved. Becky was the only one not really in the wrong, why would she break up a not legal pin? That ending was just a shit show all around.

    • Robann

      RIght. And didn’t she tap out at WM32? She went from tapping out to the Yes Lock to forcing Alexa to tap to her Slayomission at the following WM. True Queen! Lol

  • George

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/61ff046eeeb947181a21aff18a7df275ce33b9a1dabec24833538473ac5ab7cb.gif

    In other news, it’s a possibility for 2k18 that we might get to play up to 8 women in a match(battle royal, tag team etc)
    and this one is a leak rumor bur they say for this year we are getting 20+ PAST LEGENDS WOMEN’S and i imagine we are going to have like a women’s revolution dlc pack yees

  • I love the Naomi’s belt, looks so glowingly good. That match was just a dissapointing. Hope tamina’s push start to rising.

    • George

      Naomi vs Tamina looks like they’re going to use it just to let Mella to build herself with the ms money in the bank gimmick for some time and feud with Becky maybe xd
      so i think Nao is retaining just to feud with Charlotte next lose the belt and Mella to cash in

  • Not that squash lmaooo I need them to do more with her reign cause she longest reigning but it was very lackluster for a bit. Word is Tamina next in line for a title shot.

  • conan_kun

    Charlotte and Natalya compete dark match, while Becky is sitting backstage and annoyed that she is unable to get her hand on Ellsworth in the next 30 days after hearing Bryan’s announcement. Consider SD women got biggest spotlight last 2 weeks, give them a week break to prevent overexposure, this week could be belong to US title storyline on Independence Day with the like of Harper, Rowan, Dillinger on the show since 2 hours unable to get everyone on the show. At least Charlotte is taking backseat a bit in order to let Carmella breakout to be current top female heel after she got a lot of accolade in the last 2 years. Next week could be No 1 contender match to decide Naomi’s opponent at Battleground.

  • QueenSableBomb

    Okay first off, YAAS queen Naomi with the pops and that title looks so cute!
    I’m really starting to like Carmella a lot. Her in-ring skills needs some work but she’s SO good on the mic. I hope she can keep up the heat with Ellsworth gone.

  • Mike

    1. Carmella is so good on the mic and her character especially with Ellsworth is so good! Once she masters her in ring work she’s gonna be a force to be reckoned with.
    2. Hopefully Tamina is using Lana because that would be interesting to watch also I love Lana spoiled overrated character
    3. Naomi is so over it’s amazing and she just looks SO good and hat belt ?? got me thinking she might even b champion after SS win that glow belt I would love to see her as team captain for Survivor Series.
    Great night for the women and Naomi is honestly the best person to be champion over the division atm.

  • Mr. What

    Tamina shows up, and who gives a damn? Why does Tamina care? Why are she and Lana friends again? What do they have in common? Is this really supposed to be a female Shawn Michaels/Diesel situation? Pretty sure Shawn won a few matches before Diesel showed up on the scene.

  • Mr. Giem

    So, I’m gonna give Smackdown a pass because they just wrapped up their stories and last week they ended on a high note but honestly there’s not a lot to say this week.

    I don’t understand what was the point of giving Lana a third championship match if they were just gonna let Naomi squash her, I know it will play out at some point but now that match looked pointless, unnecessary and weird.

    The only positive for me was Tamina teasing a possible feud with Naomi and a partnership with Lana, I really hope that she will be the one in command this time, she deserves something more than a bodyguard roll.

    And finally, I’m dying to see Mike & Maria vs. Sami Zayn! I bet it will be fantastic but the build up has been so slow that it’s frustrating.

  • LeBoss

    But can we talk about that pop Naomi got !!?

    WOW

    • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

      And how Daniel…. the GM… got a monstrous pop.

      • Organization XIII

        lmfaooooooo this is the definition of pressed

      • Robann

        This is a reach. He’s a former superstar that has gotten monstrous pops for YEARS. He’s not someone who literally went from being missued horribly and getting minimal pops to damn near the entire arena cheering for them in a year, like Naomi has.

        Give the girl time, with the amount of loud pops and chants she gets and with good storylines, she’ll get there.

        • KatyaMenelli

          Thank you!

      • LeBoss

        And here go people like you. Just shut up. They both got pops. The crowds loves them both. End of story.

        • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

          Crowd loves Daniel. They LIKE Naomi. Just because she’s a face. Most probably don’t even care.

          • LeBoss

            I will agree with the first two sentences. But they LIKE Naomi because of what she represents. Naomi is the female Daniel Bryan in a sense.

      • KatyaMenelli

        You’re comparing Naomi to Daniel Bryan, who was never booked terribly for 6 and a half years and had to just come up with their OWN gimmick and went from minimal pops to almost the entire arena cheering for them.

        • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

          An entire arena cheering for Naomi? Uh no.

    • Robann

      Queen. Her pops get louder and louder each time she steps out. She’s definitely on Becky and Charlotte’s level in that area alone.

      • LeBoss

        I’m just in shock. Like that pop main event level

        • Robann

          Seriously….I mean I knew she had it in her but to actually see this shit come true? It’s crazy.

          • LeBoss

            I can’t tell you how many times I’ve rewatched it just to hear. The pop again. I almost cried.

      • LeBoss

        Honey I am just the happiest little thing. She truly deserves it !

  • Haraya

    the glow belt make Naomi look like Digimon in evolution stage, completely toy.

  • Cabbyhighs
  • Raekon

    I REALLY hope they won’t have Tamina be a Bodyguard AGAIN!
    They seriously need to finally build her up properly and let her branch out and pose the threat she really can be to the title holder.
    Let her use all her moveset with more powermoves, kneestrikes and headbutts and make her a real aggressive heel until she wins the title, then turn her into a face with her superfly warrior princess gimmick that people liked a lot back then so she can get over again!

    • PoisonFelino#Watermelondrea

      I hope Tamina really gets to show more power moves etc. in the ring.
      And I also hope that Tamina is just taking Lana under her wing instead of being Lana’s bodyguard.

    • Mr. What

      Tamina is only good a bodyguard role. Her move set is very limited come prepare to other. Lana need a bodyguard to hide her skills set. Lana also had bodyguard during her training in NXT.

      • Raekon

        Everyone in the wwe has moveset limitations, it’s how it works there.
        Tamina has more moves then the ones you see mostly and I know it because she pulled several other ones in houseshows.
        Only because Lana had a Bodyguard in NXT it doesn’t mean that she has to have one on the main roster aswell.
        Shoving Tamina into the Bodyguard role again won’t help anyone either.
        It’s time to stop wasting her like that.

  • #SimplyJaomi!# 02/12/17

    I don’t get how these matches make Naomi look weak.. Lana is clearly below Naomi in ring wise, it’ll make Naomi if she actually struggled to beat Lana. Disposing of her quick makes her look strong as she doesn’t have to do much to get the win.

    • conan_kun

      Because Lana is still inexperienced rookie, squashing rookie or jobber won’t make you strong, just like Asuka squashes Liv Morgan won’t mean anything.

      • #SimplyJaomi!# 02/12/17

        Ok, then saying it doesn’t mean much is the correct way to put it. It doesn’t make Naomi look weak though.

        • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

          But Naomi beating Lana this quickly means everyone will be able to do it.

          • #SimplyJaomi!# 02/12/17

            Ok.

          • Organization XIII

            Would that not be believable? She’s not on any of the smackdown women’s level wrestling wise

  • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

    Smackdown was trash for the women. I’d rather see Charlotte vs Nattie over a trash 30 second job. Carmella slayed on the mic though, I’m also confused at the pairing of Tamina and Lana. I don’t want that to be Naomi’s Battleground match. I hope for Summerslam we get back into the Naomi vs Charlotte feud. Lillian also sounded horrible. SCRM She sounded like she was ring announcing half of the words she said.

    • conan_kun

      What the Charlotte smark who hates everything not involving Charlotte.

      • Neutral

        Why do you hate him so much?

        • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

          He hates me?

      • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

        Honestly a women’s match being dark should enrage women’s wrestling fans. But y’all pick and choose who you want to play that card on.

  • a very entertaining sd live loved it

  • Raleex2

    Given the lack of time the women had last night SmackDown still continued to develop Naomi as a dominant champion. I only have one downside of Naomi’s short time as a champion, and is that SmackDown doesn’t really know how to book her. Naomi’s title reign feels unimportant with meaningless title defenses against Lana.

    • Timalee

      i like to think this a transitional period for the title. I think the Lana feud is a filler for the time, while creative make finale touches on the following story line, which will over shadow the lana and naomi one.

      • Raleex2

        Well Naomi deserves at least one good feud before her title run ends.

  • Women’s Revolution

    Naomi is EVERYTHING w/ the Women’s Championship ?????? she’s definitely over with the crowd and is a legit threat in the women’s division. I wasn’t for a round three of defending the championship against Lana ??? but I’m glad she made quick work of her. Curious to see what’s next for her and Tamina???. I’m assuming she’ll use Tamina as an advantage to win matches and eventually get the title.

    Carmella’s ??? always a treat on the mic and ??? her attire like always. Not much to say on the segment but curious to see what she’s going to do with Jane (James) Ellsworth(less).
    Becky Lynch ???is definitely waiting to give Ms. Money in the Bank her one and James will get his in due time.

    Can we expect another Hart ?????? vs Flair ??? feud in Natalya and Charlotte? Their matches in the past were worth investing in and it could keep them busy.

    I loved the little chemistry between Becky Lynch and Sami Zayn last week. He’d make a good tag team partner with her to take on Carmella and James and Maria and Mike Kanellis

    I think the women deserve a break this week after making history the past few weeks. I’m also glad to see them branching out instead of being utilized altogether all the time.

  • Robann

    Can we just take a second to admire how beautiful and over Naomi is right now? Like….I knew she had it in her to get the crowd on her side, she just needed to be given the time to actually do so. She is looking like a LEGIT threat on SDL (although her booking can be questionable at times), and I can argue that she, along with Becky and Charlotte, is one of the most over Superstars on that entire roster.

    The pop she got Tuesday night, the week prior to that….she’s been getting louder and louder pops and chants since Royal Rumble, I could argue. I went to SDL when it was in Richmond before WM when she returned from her injury, and when I tell you the ENTIRE arena was shaking and cheering for her….television didn’t really capture how loud the arena chanted her name. Not even gonna front, I was mad emotional and I lost my voice that next morning lol. It’s just so crazy to know that she went from no reaction to monumental ones, her merch selling like crazy, and people ACTUALLY checking for her in a year.

    I’m interested to see how Tamina is gonna play a role in this new feud. Like I stated before, this doesn’t seem like the typical “bodyguard” role she’s used to doing…this is going to be different. I guarantee it.

  • Timalee

    Now to me, This gave Naomi a really big dominance boost. Yes, it was against Lana, but hey, still gave her a boost anyways.
    Now to those worried that Tamina will be put into the body guard position again. I don’t think so. The way I’m interpenetrating the Tamina and Lana moment, is that Lana is gonna be under Tamina’s wing (her little bitch basically). Tamina is gonna start squaring off with Naomi (hence the dominance push) Lana is gonna help Tamina win the Women’s title. and Naomi and Tamina will feud it out for a good minute, maybe a couple back and forth title exchanges.

  • Nathan

    i like Naomi’s hair a lot more like this

  • jbrizzy

    She looks damn amazing with that belt. I want her to hold it til wrestle mania

  • Blissfit4Life (67 days champ)

    What will the battleground match be?

  • Shady Sequence

    I don’t know if it’s just because I love her but SD without Becky feels so incomplete

  • willh

    NOT ONLY CAN WE FEEL THE GLOW, BUT WE CAN SEE THAT SHIT!!!! NAOMI HAS OFFICIALLY SNATCHED ME BALD WITH THIS TITLE DESIGN!!!

    This is just a testament to Naomi’s journey! She’s been patiently waiting and she’s finally getting all the praise and acclaim that she deserves! I MEAN, DID U HEAR THAT POP SHE GOT FROM THE CROWD?!! I hope Naomi has a lengthy ass title reign because she definitely deserves it!
    #FeelTheGlow
    #SeeTheGlow
    #BlackGirlMagic

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  • TB65

    Lana got so hosed by the WWE, AGAIN. Clearly Naomi did not pin Lana at the last match. The photos and video show that Naomi didn’t pin Lana. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fa3971c977cd9349837a5a185ff365e1109b23c6133e343928b2776cbaa0035f.png In fact, Lana pinned Naomi for way more than a 3 count but the horrible ref waited 2 seconds before giving a 2 and a half count. Lana was in control of that match and she should have won. She will continue to develop and will be a WWE women’s championship sooner than later. In the mean time Lana will manage Tamina to the championship because Lana is one of the best managers in WWE history. Lana is one of the most talented, coolest and styling wrestlers in the WWE. Hopefully Lana or Tamina will be the champion real soon.