Happy August SmackDown fans and welcome to this week’s SmackDown Redux! Josue here as our usual SmackDown correspondent Abir will be taking some time off these next few weeks. Let us all enjoy and make the most of this last month of the summer season! On this week’s SmackDown, the SmackDown Women’s Champion Naomi teams up with Becky Lynch to take on the team of Natalya and Carmella. Let’s watch how the semi-SummerSlam showdown unfolds.

Before we get to our scheduled tag match, we catch up with Mike and Maria Kanellis. The residential “Power of Love” couple makes their presence felt following Aiden English’s, surprise, win over Sami Zayn to confess the only thing they love more than each other is seeing Sami lose! And that one liner is pretty much all we get from the Kanellis’.

We move on to our tag match and the heels are already in the ring awaiting their opponents. Becky makes her entrance but boy do I miss the smoke that came with her entrance! Naomi makes her signature Feel the Glow entrance next and with all our competitors now in the ring, we’re ready to get things started with Becky and Natalya.

Becky traps Natalya to into an early armbar but Natalya finds relief by running to the ropes to break the hold. Becky stays in control with a kick to midsection and taking Natalya down with a drop toe hold. Becky takes Natalya to Naomi’s corner where a tag is made along with some team work: Becky landing a running forearm while Naomi provides a big leg drop on Natalya for a two count.

Natalya calls for an unofficial time out, which is used as an excuse to make a tag to Carmella. Naomi dodges a clothesline and kicks away at Carmella. Ms. Money in Bank puts a stop to the kicks by catching one of them and then slapping Naomi across the face but Naomi responds with a dropkick. Naomi then returns the favor with a slide-in slap to Carmella.

Natalya distracts Naomi from the ring apron, which allows for Carmella to regroup herself and make a tag. The heels toss Naomi headfirst to the mat then target her legs before Natalya goes for the cover for a two-count.

Natalya switches gears by slowing down Naomi with a sleeper hold and then following up with the Sharp Shooter! The SmackDown Women’s Champion endures the submission and is eventually able to crawl her way to the bottom ropes for a much needed rope break.

In the midst of the rope break, Carmella tags back in the match and immediately locks in her Code of Silence submission on Naomi. Naomi reverses this to a submission of her own, prompting Natalya to run-in to make the save but Becky neutralizes her with a Bex-Plex.

Left alone, Carmella taps out awarding Team Glow Fire with the win!

Next week, Carmella gets a chance to get even with Naomi in a ONE-ON-ONE match-up! Hoorah for the singles match-up again. Hoorah for the singles competition!

During SmackDown’s Fallout, we also find out that next week, Lana will challenge Charlotte Flair to a match – all in an attempt to make up amends with Tamina for costing them their tag team match last week. Will Charlotte accept?

Thoughts: This tag match was pretty short and sweet; nothing completely terrible (or memorable) but there was also almost no story progression here. With SummerSlam considered one of the ‘Big 4 PPVs’ and the chance of seeing a fresh feud between Naomi/Natalya, I’d like to see these two be given more interaction with one another, much like the backstage promo we saw last week with each Superstar declaring why they’re more worthy of holding on to the SmackDown Women’s Championship.

Having followed and covered Mike and Maria’s run with Impact/GFW all of last year, I do have to admit that their current stint with WWE right now just feels stale right now. They’ve been running the same line since their debut and this Sami Zayn feud isn’t doing any favors to anyone in this feud so far.

The Lana/Tamina interaction was interesting as Lana had no problem acknowledging that she was (and still is) the weak link; something she has never truly admitted to before. Tamina’s facial expressions as Lana explained her aspirations to be a more ‘ravishing’ version of her were hilarious! While I do still wonder where WWE are taking this pairing of Tamina/Lana, pushing Lana into these big matches is risky given how fans have reacted to her matches so far. She just isn’t ready to compete full-time so I don’t see Lana getting over Charlotte, even through any help from Tamina. I am however interested in seeing how Charlotte will respond, given her already feelings towards Lana.

If the rumors are true of some main roster Superstars heading to NXT after SummerSlam, Lana is one name that should certainly be considered. I think Lana certainly has potential to be a Superstar in the Women’s division but as with anything, it takes time and investment.

What did you think of this week’s episode of SmackDown? Where do you see the Tamina/Lana allegiance going? What do you think will happen on next week’s show? Let us know in the comments below!

  • conan_kun

    If Becky is legit injured her right knee last week when she needs Charlotte helping her down the ring, can’t they let Charlotte work the match instead of let her do the match with injury, it’ll be a huge blow for SD women division too if she’s out of action for a while when she’s the best pure female babyface in the entire women division. Or Becky just selling her kayfabe knee injury suffered during 2nd women MITB match, but is there any point for doing kayfabe injury for her
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cd33348e915a22e18d9c48d14708bd8f3124419b13964f311c588d2c7533ca25.gif
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d3f58a31e988672fcf828cd6cc0c6d57b67bc5b70ae2e89e57c643f8fb2eec27.gif

    • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

      Becky doesn’t seem injured. Idk what’s up but if her leg was really hurt and she still wanted to wrestle then she wouldn’t be limping around trying to make it obvious. So I’m not sure what’s up with her.

  • Crazy. #RIPMae

    Naomi and Natalya need some time on the mic next week. Backstage segments and tag matches won’t cut it for them. I want to see them go all out on the mic and maybe even brawl around the arena or something. Give us something iconic before SummerSlam!

  • Naomi looks soo strong and I love it. She hasn’t competed a lot as champion but when she does, they make sure she looks like a champ that she is!
    Good to see Carmella finally in action, loved her trying to be sneaky on Nattie. Hopefully next week with the return of Ellsworth they can pick things up (since they haven’t continued anything with her), and it will also be in Canada so hopefully Nattie gets to do something.

    • This is Naomi’s BEST year tbh, she hasn’t been pinned at no ppv & has like a 3 or 4 ppv streak 1v1. Idk what some these people up here talking about.

  • Also loved Tamina and Lana story progression, Tamina is so good at facial expressions. But the segment was only 1 minute long, idk why they couldn’t fit it into the show.

  • Crazy. #RIPMae

    Naomi vs Carmella needs time. I want to see nearfalls and false finishes. Show everyone why Naomi is the champion and why Carmella is Miss MITB because right now Carmella just holding the briefcase isn’t doing much for me. She needs a good showing next week to show that she’s a good fit for Miss MITB.

    • GOD STRATUS•

      Don’t hold your breath. Naomi can’t carry anyone

      • Jes Lennox

        We just saw her carry Lana 3 times.

        • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

          That wasn’t a carry. Their MITB match which was the only match of their’s that went over a minute was not good.

          • Jaded

            Still way better than Lana and Charlotte’s exchange at battle ground

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            salty? and Tamina was involved with it too so that’s bringing it down even more.

        • GOD STRATUS•

          Listen to pretty young man below

      • Crazy. #RIPMae

        What exactly do you mean by carry? Because if Naomi can pull out a good match from ROSA MENDES I’m pretty sure she could pull one from Carmella too. Even in her matches vs Lana, her selling was great.

        • GOD STRATUS•

          This Rosa Mendez stuff your talking about. …. Back to where it came from …. Naomi only shines with someone whose more experienced or more over. Period. Her squashes of Lana were terrible as is her finish in which you can’t tap out of

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            The match was good. Naomi shines whenever she gets the chance to shine as you could see in her match vs Charlotte. And please don’t say Charlotte is more experienced than Naomi. Lana is green… what do you expect? Do you expect a 5 star match out of Lana? Let’s see how well Charlotte does next week since you’re complaining about Naomi’s matches with Lana.

          • GOD STRATUS•

            I think no higher of charlottesville’ than I do bayely … Becky being my least favorite hw … But she is over and Drew interest. Not saying her vs Naomi was much of anything to begin with. But I digress … You should too Sasha krew member

  • Rosanna

    Is it me that every time there’s a main feud going on and a side feud I get more interesting into the side feud? What’s going on between Lana & Tamina seems to be catching my eye more than than the main title feud. So far Naomi has been a strong champion so I’m interested on what’s going to happen at SummerSlam. She can’t win matches and suddenly loose unless it’s a dirty tatic.

  • conan_kun

    Lana should go back to performance center or be Rusev’s manager again, Tamina may choose to reunite with Usos and wrestle too, and then bring Asuka, Nikki Cross, Billie & Peyton or some women from Mae Young Classic to Smackdown? as Smackdown is lack of real talented wrestlers, Charlotte and Becky should not be wasted to do matches with green woman. NXT should be developmental brand for building up greener rookie to begin with, not for already established women who have many years wrestling experience on other wrestling promotion to waste their prime on there.

  • YonceLuvsDivas

    I just gotta say Tamina is so freaking beautiful!!! Her facial expressions are hilarious. But by god she is so beautiful in the face.

    Lana does not need to go back to NXT I think she’s fine. The problem is she’s been given too much. When you look at Carmella last year WWE gave her things that would ultimately help her build in to a stronger performer. She didn’t do too much but it was enough. Lana needs exactly that! I think this face turn WWE is planning needs to happen quick. She can be billed as the underdog blond girl next door. Make her the new Torrie Wilson. Have her be that easy target for heels to go after and bully around. Maybe by later on she can reunite with Rusev and take down Mike and Maria.

    • Edwards1992

      I thought i was the only that thought that. Tamina is very beautiful, and she look very powerful in the face.

      • Dylan Gutierrez

        She needs to lose the jacket. That shirt she wore underneath complimented her so well.

      • YonceLuvsDivas

        She’s got that strong and sexy look like Victoria. I’ve always been obsessed with her beauty ever since DD announced WWE signed her years ago.

    • George

      Agreed Tamina looks stunning as ever<3

    • Windyhawaii

      Agree 100 percent. I hope no one gets sent to NXT they already have 8 billion women there and about 3 and half get used every five weeks so more getting sent wont do crap to help.

      • PoisonFelino#Watermelondrea

        PREACH!

      • YonceLuvsDivas

        Right nobody on the main roster needs to go! They just need better ways to connect with the crowd.

      • A?.

        This!

  • GOD STRATUS•

    I really do hate that the title doesn’t bend properly like wtf is that ? Overall. I really don’t see how this is much better than Raw. Tag matches and a champion without a focus… Mess

    • that champ looks stronger than Alexa as shown in this match so no focus my ass

      • GOD STRATUS•

        Looking strong and having focus are totally different things.

        • the match did that

        • Crazy. #RIPMae

          What focus does Alexa have? Screaming all she’s doing is being on commentary or managing wow that’s a lot of focus!

          • GOD STRATUS•

            Im not defending Alexa …. That much is clear. Both of them have been booked as backseat riders to wherever the hell we’re going

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            And Smackdown is doing better at booking than Raw’s booking

          • GOD STRATUS•

            Not by much

  • GOD STRATUS•

    & stealing Sasha’s running slap smh

    • Crazy. #RIPMae

      Sasha didn’t make the running slap and Naomi SLIDES Sasha doesn’t. Besides, when was the last time Sasha did the slap? ?

      • GOD STRATUS•

        It’s a heel move

        • Crazy. #RIPMae

          It’s a simple slap how’s that a heel move? Plus I recall Naomi getting her slap back on Carmella after she hit her. Naomi’s slap is all over twitter now (even nonwrestling stans are using her slap as a gif) so clearly she knows what she’s doing.

          • GOD STRATUS•

            Sasha uses it as a heel move … Or have you forgotten the reason I posted anyway ? And I don’t care about gifs sweetheart. New age info packed moving stills got it

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            SASHA uses it as a heel move but that doesn’t mean everyone else has to use it as a heel. Not everything revolves around Sasha, hun. Well that’s you stop complaining over a simple slap if you don’t care.

          • GOD STRATUS•

            Everything DOES revolve around Sasha or have you lost your loyalties ?

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            No I’m not a delusional stan who thinks everything is about Sasha. I don’t just stan Sasha I stan other girls too and for you to credit Sasha for using a SLAP first and talk about Naomi “stealing” the move is uncaused for.

          • GOD STRATUS•

            Uncalled for yes. I was just informed her variation was first. So simmer much like your ” stanning ” for Sasha. Smh traitor lol

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            So because I stan Sasha I have to always praise her and only her like you do? ? No sweetie just shut up you’re delusional.

          • GOD STRATUS•

            She’s not the only woman I praise. & You can come to as many conclusions as you’d like … I said what I said.

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            Girl and idgaf what you said you can’t tell me who I like gtfo thinking you run shit just stfu and say what you “said” somewhere else because you replying to me won’t get you anywhere. Now as I said I’m not delusional.

          • Mike

            Revolves around Sasha and Naomi cmon sis get it right lol

          • GOD STRATUS•

            Ok ok Sasha and Naomi lol

          • Mike

            And this is why you’re my fave ??

    • Gracious Kim

      don’t do that sis especially when Naomi had to stop using the double knees and give it to Sasha to accent her moveset.

      • PoisonFelino#Watermelondrea

        Omg I was thinking about the double-knees too

      • FlawlessMickie ?

        When did Naomi ever do it?

        • Gracious Kim

          Few of her matches against Nikki and Paige respectively. I’m seeing an execution on Alicia too but that might be a reach.

          Look it up henny.

          • FlawlessMickie ?

            Naomi would have still been copying off of Sasha.

          • Gracious Kim

            How ho, when Naomi has been using the double knees since circa 2015-16 and Saucer didn’t start using until she moved up to the MR around Wrestlemania season…now quit the shit

          • FlawlessMickie ?

            Sasha was using the double knees throughout her NXT career? Are you fucking stupid?

          • Gracious Kim

            No mfer but you are. Sasha used the running knees to standing opponent via turnbuckle but never to a grounded opponent until she hit the the main roster.

            And this one is clearly from Team Bad era and obviously they wouldn’t be using the same move simultaneously so I encourage your dumb ass to find a match of Sasha in NXT using this movie…I’ll wait https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/eac2dff05cd451d515a19c57f5dedb4e56df2a86be58ccd35ea3954fa0e8fcac.gif

          • Gracious Kim

            And this match is from 2014 asswipe. Saucer had only just developed a solid moveset.
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/96992a3b63f77ebb958719acb5674e6d8c7507f20c145cf8bc7669a2dc9ba24b.gif

          • FlawlessMickie ?

            Okay? And it’s not like Naomi was good at it that looks ugly. who tf is Saucer? like are you mentally challenged? Sasha has been doing it since 2014 too.
            http://i.imgur.com/rizE9e9.gif

    • Jaded

      Naomi did that move to aksana way back in 2014 ,when sasha was still jobbing to paige .sis, you know I love you, don’t try to though.

      • PoisonFelino#Watermelondrea

        People always trying to discredit the women at any chance.

      • GOD STRATUS•

        Lol fine. I think I remember that match up too … Okay Naomi got it ?

    • Mike

      Now sis you know Naomi and Sasha taught each other moves when they was in Team BAD… Naomi taught Sasha how to get that extra height for them knees… and Sasha taught Naomi how to do a charismatic slap lmao ???

      • GOD STRATUS•

        Lmao. & There it is.

  • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

    Yawwwwwn. No Charlotte. Ready for a new champion to be crowned at Summerslam. Smackdown needs to be freshened up. Naomi is champion and still needs to be put over shows that she’s a weak champion. Carmella and Nattie’s team could have benefited from that win more.

    • Crazy. #RIPMae

      “Still needs to be put over” how dumb do you sound? Weren’t you the one complaining about her losing matches all the time making her look like an irrelevant champion? But now that she’s stacking up wins she’s suddenly a weak champion because she has to be put over…

      • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

        I never complained about her losing. More so, her never having to defend her title at PPVs, also not being booked weekly. Like why is she champion if she’s not showcased on TV as much as the others? she’s been an afterthought unfortunately.

        • Crazy. #RIPMae

          lol you did you were talking about how Naomi is irrelevant because her losing all the time and now that she’s finally winning you’re still complaining. The main focus is on the title now as you can see so she isn’t an afterthought.

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            I have never said that so keep telling yourself that.

        • Jaded

          Charlotte is the only after thought on smack down, everyone seems to be doing something except her.

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            Nope it’s Naomi. Wait Tamina? Eh I can’t remember her name.

    • FlawlessMickie ?

      Naomi is such a bad champion. Can they just put Charlotte in the SummerSlam match and have her win? I’d take that over having to sit through another week of Naomi boring me to sleep. More people care about Charlotte than Naomi for sure.

  • Hugo Banks

    Is Nattie the No.1 contender?? Because I cannot see her as truly one. I know that both of them have a pretty good chemistry but that’s not enough for us.
    They need and deserve better, like a segments, contract signings, promos or even brawls in the arena to put focus on their match… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e1d33b74ad54df263435607f33e9275f3c03928352f1936d47731cea85ee1466.gif

    • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

      Nattie doesn’t carry herself like a legit threat. It doesn’t seem like she takes herself seriously. She’s been there to be the clown of the division. Talks like a little girl, screams “yaaaaaay” at the crowd, every promo she does she has like a humorous tone to her voice that just doesn’t sound threatening. I hope she does win at Summerslam just so she gets another title under her belt but Carmella cashes in on her and beats her. Natalya is the perfect one for this to happen to. She’s basically been the Jillian of the division.

      • DivaLicious?

        Nattie doesn’t carry herself like a legit threat. It doesn’t seem like she takes herself seriously.????????????Exactly! Bingo!!! Cheers ?

      • It’s her character. She’s a delusional, sarcastic veteran.

        • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

          I don’t like it

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            You’re not supposed to like it she’s a heel. Keep booing her that’s what she wants she’s doing her job correctly then if you don’t like her character.

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            But like I don’t think that is a gimmick that gets titles. It has a jobber written all over it.

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            Jinder Mahal was a jobber and won the title so anything is possible. His reign is doing fine right now. Not the best reign but certainly not the worst.

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            His reign hasn’t been horrible but I can’t say I’m enjoying it but he’s only feuded with Randy. So maybe we’ll see what happens when he feuds with Shinsuke. I see him losing the belt to him though. And possibly Corbin cashing in. But back to the women. I just don’t want Natalya as a champion anymore though. I’ve kinda just stopped caring if she would ever win a title again. Basically because it seemed like it would never happen and she’s also had really bad gimmicks. It’s not her fault sure, but that’s just how I feel.

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            It seemed like Naomi would never become champion but look at her now… she’s a 2x SDLive champion and officially the longest reigning Smackdown Live women’s champion. Smackdown is truly the land of opportunity and I’m pretty sure Natalya will have at least one reign sooner or later. She doesn’t need a gimmick because she’s supposed to be this sarcastic pressed veteran who finally gets what she wants and that’s a title match.

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            What I honestly think they’ll do with Nattie is have her win at SummerSlam but have Carmella cash in on her. That way they can say they gave Nattie another title without having to waste much time on her. Tbh I’d rather have Carmella as champion than Nattie. She doesn’t need a long reign or anything but Carmella would be something different.

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            Baron is cashing in at SummerSlam. I don’t think Carmella will cash in. I could see Nattie vs Naomi ending with Nao winning and Carmella coming out ready to cash in but a pressed Nattie attacks Carmella and Naomi simply because she lost. It’ll definitely bring heat to Natalya because the hometown girl (Carmella) didn’t get to cash in. But that’s if the crowd actually cares for Carmella…

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            Maybe they’ll do a double cash in that night? I guess that could happen. But Carmella and Nattie are friends for right now.

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            I don’t think they’ll do a double cash in that’ll just ruin the other cash in moment. Two cash ins in one night is too much. Save the other for another PPV. We don’t want one cash in overshadowing another cash in. Natalya and Carmella are “friends” but that goes back to Natalya’s character. A pressed sarcastic heel who would get mad if Carmella tried to cash in after she just lost so she attacks her to stop her from getting the moment.

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            Then Baron won’t cash in.

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            He obviously will. He has beef with Shinsuke and it’s Shinsuke vs Jinder at SS. Shinsuke will win and Baron will cash in. Everyone knows Shinsuke deserves his moment but Baron the heel coming out to ruin Shinsuke’s first Main title win is perfect. I don’t see Carmella cashing in just yet.

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            “He obviously will.”? It’s not obvious. But I mean it can happen. Shinsuke could easily be a reigning champion for a few months. Corbin can definitely wait, he’s not ready to be champion as it is.

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            Baron could win the title and feud with Shinsuke for a while with Shinsuke gaining the title back. The fans will definitely be on Shinsuke’s side. Working with Shinsuke would do wonders for Baron.

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            Jinder is definitely going to want a rematch if he loses. It’s easier if Corbin just waits. At least with the women, the title scene has been literally the whole division wanting a title shot at once. So Naomi and Nattie could get a rematch with Carmella in a triple threat. Or they could do what they’ve been doing with the women to determine a new number one contender and do a battle royal or something different than a 6 pack challenge.

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            “Naomi and Nattie could get a rematch with Carmella in a triple threat” so can Shinsuke and Jinder not get a rematch with Baron in a triple threat either or? It’s more easier if Carmella waits. The division is already small and for her to become champion with no build won’t do her any wonders. Baron actually has backstory with Shinsuke so it’s perfect.

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            Jinder vs Baron vs Shinsuke on paper just looks ugly and not interesting imo. We need a new women’s champion on Smackdown. So I think it works out if Carmella cashes in at Summerslam. Like I said her reign doesn’t have to be long. It’s rumored Naomi is going to Raw and Sasha to Smackdown so I guess we’ll wait and see.

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            I’m sure the match will be good and that’s all that matters. Carmella needs to wait until she gets her shit together (her reaction and moveset) before cashing in because right now without Ellsworth, she’s basically another heel on the roster. I don’t see her as Miss MITB. And it’s also been said that there is no shake up after SS so both girls will stay on their brand for now.

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            There probably is going to be a shake up. Every major wrestling news site has been talking about it.

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            Even if it is a shakeup Naomi and Sasha switching won’t make sense. Naomi will still be owed a title rematch. There’s also rumors of Cena entering Raw as a free agent after SS so if there’s a shake up, why would he enter as a free agent??

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            She’d get her rematch and then the shake up happens. They didn’t say when. Cena won’t be apart of the Shakeup because he is a free agent.

          • Jaded

            There are rumours that Camella won’t be cashing in, management doesn’t believe she is ready.

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            Because you decided to say it just now? ?

          • Jaded

            LMAO, sorry Camella won’t be cashing in, Naomi will have the title for a while.

          • conan_kun

            Naomi, Natalya and Carmella in triple threat, I hope Charlotte and Becky don’t waste time to go against Tamina and Lana, unless Smackdown brings in like Billie and Peyton to feud with them.

          • ???

            Your comment gave me alot of hope ..
            Is there a chance that we will see Nikki as a champion ? I missed her

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            Possibly

          • I think that’s the aim, but you don’t have to like her. As long as she’s not bland anymore.

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            Not in the sense of “I don’t like her she’s mean” more of “I don’t believe in her”.

          • Bayley’s got her pretty far, so never count out anyone.

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            That is true. But that doesn’t excuse Nattie.

          • That’s up to them is all I can say.

      • Mark Wallace

        YES! I’ve always thought this about Nattie. As much as I love Nattie, I can’t take her seriously as a threat because she is not evil enough. I don’t want to see her laughing or smiling or saying her annoying ‘I’m the best there was, the best there is… blah blah’ – I just wish she was more dangerous.

    • This feud just started lol

      • Hugo Banks

        There’s only 2 weeks more left before SummerSlam honey, where do you live?

        • In Brooklyn & if they jam pack all that into y’all still gonna find something to complain about.

    • ok yall are FAKE because last week yall said Naomi needs to compete and when she finally does, you want a segment again.

    • Jaded

      Please sitting through a Natalya and Naomi promo is a torture I ain’t ready to endure

  • conan_kun

    Bellas and Becky are suspects who attacked Breezango, trashed their office and kidnapped Fandango
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DGMpT23XoAAFNOD.jpg

    • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

      So is “blue velvet mcintyre” one of moolah’s wm opponents.

    • Vince Martin

      This segment >>>>>>>>>>> entire Raw

  • DivaLicious?

    I’m sorry, but this Naomi & nattie feud is doing nothing for me. I’m not interested in anything these two got going on right now. Maybe it’s because nattie has NOT been built up enough leading to this feud. She done nothing. It should have been Charlotte, they could have done so much more with that feud. The tag match was kinda boring? Naomi & nattie show no kinda emotion, eager, confidents etc.. the match did nothing. It’s the fact nattie has been treated like dog crap for her whole WWE career that I just don’t care????? They should have gave this feud two months or something to get me really into it. I can see the match a SS being a bathroom break/grab a snack time. Nobody is gonna really be into. Both got no real mic time, no real braw, no REAL BUILD??

    Maria & mike Bennett should just go to NXT. They have DOA. DEAD ON ARRIVAL. They get no crowd reaction. Plus mike looks like curt hawkin twin brother. It’s just not working a complete waste. They should have started on NXT to see if the gimmick would work on a smaller crowd. Because what they did last night was a complete waste of everybody’s time.

    • conan_kun

      Seeing Natalya getting a jobber entrance proves that they didn’t take Natalya too seriously as No 1 contender, perhaps just to extend her PPV in-ring appearance record.

  • Unlike some I didn’t find a problem with the match, we get stories in backstage segments also not just in the ring. I’m legit happy Lana challenged Char, you see a top dog, go for em!
    Can’t wait for next week.

  • Crazy. #RIPMae

    Hopefully Naomi retains at SummerSlam. I’d like to see Naomi vs Nattie continue after SummerSlam. They need an interesting storyline to make fans care about what’s going on. I’m sure everyone knows they’ll kill it at SummerSlam but still we need an iconic storyline involving the women’s champion and continuing the feud after SS is the best thing to do. Also it’ll actually make fans actually care for Carmella’s cash in if the women’s title story is interesting because right now nobody cares that Carmella is Miss MITB. That needs to change and better booking needs to be done.

  • George

    I’m not even feeling like Naomi and Nattie are feuding now.
    Nattie is the 1# contender and that’s it for the story lol at least i want a killer match and Nao drop that title already

  • Some people are so flip-floppy with Natalya. Y’all want her to be this serious, silent, badass heel, but then y’all would call her boring, like you do it with Tamina who has the same traits that I described.

    There’s nothing wrong with this delusional Nattie. She is not bland and she can back it up in the ring as she is the #1 contender. She finally found something that works rather than generic mean heel.

    • Crazy. #RIPMae

      Exactly. Then when she is silent they’ll talk about how she never talks and that she should talk more. Her current role is fine.

      • !!! Can’t ever be pleased.

    • Jaded

      It’s hard to take her seriously ,after that farting gimmick.

      • It’s been 5 years since that, maybe it’s just y’all.

        • YonceLuvsDivas

          Seriously!

      • Robann

        We literally have a woman who at one point was over AF and her gimmick is a “Hugger”. So I don’t believe that for a second.

        • Guilherme Soares

          true!

    • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

      She’s corny and acts like a child. It’s just annoying to me tbh. Maybe that’s her goal. But if it is it’s hard to see her win a title then. Her ring work hasn’t been all that great either tbh. Not that’s it’s been terrible or anything but maybe it’s because I see her wrestling the same women over and over again.

    • Robann

      THANK YOU. Girl is the best women’s tech wrestler in that company and one of the best tech wrestlers overall and people keep disrespecting her smh.

      • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

        I’m critiquing her character not ring work. She’s a ring veteran no doubt. But her heel character needs to step it up.

        • Robann

          “When tech legends and HOFers and damn near everyone in the company says that someone is the best tech wrestler in her division and one of the best in the company, we still say that she’s not.”

          Heard you, fam.

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            Maybe you should go back to school? Because that isn’t what I said?

          • Robann

            I should’ve screenshotted your other response before it was deleted, because know damn well that’s what I was replying to. You said, in simpler terms, that she wasn’t the best tech wrestler even thought it is agreed by everyone in that company that she is. Her name alone means greatness in not only the US, but in Japan as well.

            Don’t act dumb, please.

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            I deleted it because I thought you were talking about Naomi.

          • Robann

            The OP was about Nattie being disrespected though, and I clearly responded and agreed with that first….but okay.

  • George

    I’m here for this Queen to return and win the smackdown women’s championship yees https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6b02223fbfd8c1a721e759eed92e41a9c6be01df575822e1dff01868b19ee3cd.gif

    • i’m ready, her star presence is missed

      • Jaded

        LMAO Bellas and the word “star ” don’t merge well together. Have you watched “confession of a womaniser “?

        • Give it up deelishis

          • Jaded

            Do you wish I died in the womb?

        • wwepassion

          Your comment makes you look stupid TBH because it comes from pure hate no facts.

          • Jaded

            I don’t care enough about the bellas to hate either of them.

          • wwepassion

            Yes you do you do it every chance you get

        • Nikki’s Sister

          The Bellas are stars.

    • Crazy. #RIPMae

      I could see her going to Raw since John is going

    • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

      Keep it

      • GOD STRATUS•

        Seriously tho Nikki is needed. She should’ve won the title at first anyway. And put over Alexa afterwards.

        • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

          I’m glad Becky got to do it though.

          • GOD STRATUS•

            Eh. But she deserved it

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            Way more than Nikki Kardashian

          • GOD STRATUS•

            Eh. I still have a huge holdle in my heart when it comes to Nikki not touching that title once upon her return. It’s a shame really

      • Crazy. #RIPMae

        You want Charlotte to become champion though lol… delusional.

        • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

          I’m not missing Nikki. Her side feud with Carmella and Nattie were cool from this year, but that’s all the work I have liked of her’s. I’ve never cared for the Bellas. I still need a break from her after her Divas title reign.

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            YOU don’t care but other people do seeing how they’re at the top of the list when it comes to merch sales. Nikki needs to return and I don’t even like her like that. Her presence is needed.

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            But it’s MY opinion? You mad? Because I can smell the salt from over here.

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            You’re the only one mad because people think Nikki needs to return, lmao. I don’t even like Nikki but she does need to return to freshen up the division. And if you don’t think that then you’re delusional.

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            How am I mad? I clearly am not. I think you are the salty one.

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            “I’m not missing Nikki…. I still need a break from her after her Divas title reign…”

            That sounds to me that you’re pressed. Her divas title reign was literally two years ago how do you still need a break? You don’t need a break from Charlotte and her four title reigns? Because it seems to me that you want her as champion still. So what’s the problem with Nikki as champion? ?

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            Um Charlotte is my fav duh?? And you want Sasha to be champion over Alexa and even run Alexa’s name through the mud for Sasha so please stop. I was being serious though, no shade. I still need a break from that divas title run.

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            What does that have to do with anything? So because she’s your fave you have to be delusional and not admit that she doesn’t deserve a reign right now? Of course I want Sasha to be champion over Alexa because Alexa as champion with those current ring skills is a mess. I would even like for Nia to win the title over Alexa and that’s saying much. Alexa needs to drop the title and improve outside the title feud then whenever she’s ready she could win the title again.

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            It’s delusional that you can justify that but then get on my case for what you essentially do for Sasha. Except you’re a lot more delusional about it. On every Raw thread complaining “Sasha deserves ..” this and that. You are a full on hypocritical MESS.

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            No you’re a troll with it. You like to put Charlotte above everyone else and only want to see her get opportunities. I would love if Sasha got an opportunity to win the title but if possible, I’d rather give girls like Dana, Nia, Alicia, Emma and Mickie a run with the title seeing as how they still have no title runs with the RAW Women’s championship. It’s okay to want your fave to get opportunities but to only want YOUR fave to get opportunities all the time is ridiculous.

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            Not at all. Below, I’m basically saying how I want Carmella to be the next Women’s champion. So you might be delusional sis.

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            I’m delusional but I’m okay with Nia, Mickie, Alicia or Emma winning the title? Sounds about right! You want Carmella to become women’s champion over Natalya? I see.

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            Yes and I explained why.

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            Talking to you is like talking to a brick you think you’re always right. I’m done talking to you

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            Ok the same could be said to you. That’s why you are still replying to me below so?

          • Jaded

            You just want the title off Naomi, to you it doesn’t matter who takes it, even someone as terrible as Carmella. Probably you think Charlotte has more chance of winning it from her LMAO

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            Why are you so obsessed?

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            Carmella is getting over sweetie, she gets massive heat from the fans. She could definitely become the next champion. Which would be better than Naomi’s boring ass crap trash ass reign.

          • FlawlessMickie ?

            Naomi is terrible and is champion…. Your point?

          • wwepassion

            The title is secondary when Naomi is holding it, there is no excitement to it and you know it. Her pity reign needs to end and go back to a big star for that importance again.

          • Organization XIII

            I like Nikki & I disagree. She doesn’t “need” to return. The roster is actually thriving even while she’s gone

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            We need her again to help make stars out of other girls again. Her presence is definitely needed. Her feuds with Carmella and Nattie were booked well and both girls benefitted from the feud. Carmella actually looked relevant for once and Nattie looked like a legit threat to Nikki.

          • Organization XIII

            Since when was Carmella relevant to y’all? Cuz that was not the rhetoric just last week or the week before

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            I said she looked relevant back when she feuded with Nikki, lol. Where did I say she looked relevant recently? ?

            Point is Carmella was at her best when she went up against Nikki.

          • Organization XIII

            Dont remember you ever saying thst until now but ok

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            It’s literally above this comment….

          • Organization XIII

            But im obviously not talking about this present conservation in reference to Carmella

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            Well she was only relevant in her feud with Nikki that’s all. She’s irrelevant still with this briefcase. She needs better booking.

          • Organization XIII

            I dont think she’s irrelevant but i do agree her booking could be a little better

          • wwepassion

            It’s actually not lol. It has taken steps back and the lack of her presence is showing. They need her.

          • Organization XIII

            Not in the slightest

          • wwepassion

            Yes it has be honest.

          • Organization XIII

            I am being honest. She isn’t needed. It’dbe cute to see her back but the division isn’t missing anything

          • wwepassion

            You aren’t being honest lol, you know damn well things have gone down since she left and her star power is needed. you just don’t wanna admit it.

          • Organization XIII

            I say what I mean & mean what I say. There’s no need to sugar coat my opinion. The division has been just fine. Fans still react to the current women and are invested in what they are bringing. You may personally feel she is needed & that’s fine but that sentiment ain’t reciprocated over here

          • wwepassion

            I don’t believe you lol. you just don’t wanna admit it because everything that has happened besides the mitb was utterly ridiculous and a mess. You have low standards.

          • Organization XIII

            You can believe whatever you want. Still doesn’t change my stance on it. & it was a mess to you because maybe your comprehension level isn’t that high. I’m unsure but I digress on that. & my standards are just that…mine. While you continue to complain I’ll continue to enjoy the show & critique when needed.

          • wwepassion

            actually majorigy see it my way even Nikki haters. They see her presence is missing. Please tell what has improved? I’ll tell you, NOTHING.

          • Organization XIII

            Never said anything improved. Nothing diminished either. & good for you having ppl who agree with. I have ppl who agree with me, so what is your point? Lol

          • wwepassion

            I see you can’t even answer my question because you know I’m right.

          • Organization XIII

            I see thou cant read because it was answered in the first two sentences ?????

          • wwepassion

            No it wasn’t

          • StraightFire

            Is it? She doesn’t need to win the title but these tag matches are not it. Only thing good right now is Naomi.

          • Organization XIII

            Nikki was in tag matches also so im unsure how that’s going to change. We’ve consistently had multi women matches with a few one on ones here & there. That formula has not changed

          • StraightFire

            Not saying we didn’t have tag matches but it was different. Every episode before the shake up, was spent furthering multiple storylines, not just one.

            We had loads of in ring segments, backstage segments, brawls, attacks and almost everyone was involved in their own storyline. Right now there 3 involved in 1 and 4 not really involved in anything. Is this the worst SD has ever been? Hell no and as I said Naomi is the highlight but I wouldn’t describe it as thriving.

          • Organization XIII

            Nikki imo didnt add anything to the mix accept that she was well known. Not like the segments were better than what we have now. Nor were the matches. & loads of segments? I think you guys lie to make a point sometimes. We got 1-2 segments per episode back then as well lol smh

          • StraightFire

            Oh come on lol you know I meant loads in general, not every single night. We had a bit more than the backstage talking segs and interviews that we have now. I mean the last in ring promo with women was maybe a month ago, when we used to get them a little bit more.

            I can’t really say Nikki added nothing, when I know if she was on SD rn, I doubt they wouldn’t give her and someone without a storyline something to do. Being well known is her use tbh.

          • Organization XIII

            But according to yall we had less matches then. So which do yall want? More matches or more segments?

          • StraightFire

            I wasn’t one of those people so I dunno about all that but I’d prefer more stories/segments than tag matches.

          • Organization XIII

            Wll we haven’t really lacked stories. They were always there it jist always involved multiple women which is fine. But there shoukd nce a distinguishing one v one feud as well

        • FlawlessMickie ?

          Charlotte is better than Sasha Naomi and Bellas oop

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            Screaming you wish.

          • Gracious Kim

            Charlotte has the stiffest most shitty moonsault I’ve ever seen. And her selling is a fucking hoot ffff

    • Isn’t her neck still messing with her (I’m not even trying to be shady; that’s a real question)??

      • GOD STRATUS•

        It is

    • Jaded

      Keep it

  • Malcolm James

    I hope the rumors are true about WWE send talents down to nxt because
    Lana,Dana,Nia, Carmella and Alexa Bliss should be the first picks

    • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

      I think all of them will be staying on the Main Roster. Someone they should send down is Summer so she can get back into ring shape, and then eventually come back up. Just hopefully she doesn’t get released down there like Cameron.

  • iOwnThatSonOfABitch

    Naomi is honestly better each week. Girl has really grown into a great champion.

    • These people on here are blind, this has been the best year for her career wise.

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    • Jaded

      So proud of her ,black women winning.

      • Guilherme Soares

        Naomi and Bianca are taking over!

    • Robann

      I mean….if you ask some of these fug haters on here it’s the complete opposite and she sucks. Lol

    • Jorge Hernandez Moran

      Yes she has and that woman deserve every once of success she is getting, after all the bull shit she had to put up with through all these years. And Im so happy that she became the longest reigning SD women’s champion.

    • A?.

      Honestly, I love her so much. The only thing I kinda dislike is her selling, but the rest is just perfect.

  • PoisonFelino#Watermelondrea

    The match was so short and uneventful.
    Natalya should’ve at least attacked and thrown Carmella into the barricades for costing her the match.
    The SummerSlam match still has no real story not much build up. Wtf are the writers waiting for? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/40f0fb7922670f983f95fbb7e4c92fac83120151c638587c8f55ed524e8e6e2c.jpg

  • FlawlessMickie ?

    Charlotte would be such a better champion than Naomi
    http://pa1.narvii.com/6473/69a8053cf9a3b24b50782483c9bddc936c9fd12c_hq.gif

    • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

      Yas girl preach!!

      • Crazy. #RIPMae

        Screaming it’s ridiculous that you have to talk to yourself and agree with yourself on different accounts because everybody else hates you. Like how dumb do you think people are?? Everyone sees you praise Mickie all the time here on this account.

        • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

          Its kind of insane for you to make such assumptions. Your name is “crazy”.

          • FlawlessMickie ?

            she’s a dumbass bitch

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            Pretty sure that’s you. You’re crazy to deny it. Time to go ask DD to see if it really is you!

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            Damn y’all are paranoid

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            Says the racist person . ?

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            Akaskdhskskssjsv what?

  • Lushluke

    Should be Nao vs Charlotte st SS with Naomi winning

  • DayOneISH!

    I have no Reason to boo nattie.And I don’t believe that she’s this delusional vet heel that people are saying she is.

    There’s no excuses for why this feud is boring the creative team should’ve had something planned from the moment Natalya won at battleground.All she’s done is said Naomi is a disgrace and think she tarnished the belt that’s not enough.Next week she’s probably gonna be on commentary just talking trash about Naomi.

    And I still don’t know why I have a reason to care for Tamina and Lanas little alliance.Tamina does nothing for me she’s just there to be there these days.

    • conan_kun

      Exactly, when Becky feuds with Alexa last year, they do contract signing, have a lot of mic time between them, their words are logical and even brawling, that’s how they should do.

  • ssilva872

    I love the gif used for this article.

    Repaying someone for slapping you is always fun to watch. Gail still has one of the best revenge slaps to Trish at Bad Blood 2004.

    As for the match I liked it even if it was short. Naomi came off really strong by surviving two submission finishers and winning with her own. I really hope she can keep her title til at least September’s SD PPV.

  • Wrestling.fan.from.France

    This was a fun match. Nothing else to say about that match. It was fun for what it was but that’s about it.

    Granted, it was very nice to see Naomi in an actual match and looking strong, but at the same time, the storyline progression was inexistent. There is no reason for me to care about the SD women’s championship match at SummerSlam. I have ZERO reason to care about Natalya who, more than ever, looks like a filler opponent for bigger things to come. It’s quite obvious that Carmella is going to cash-in but Natalya is left without much to do in the mean time.

    If you’re not going to do anything with that match, then it’s a wasted opportunity to have Charlotte vs Naomi at SummerSlam which is arguably the biggest match possible on SD for now.

  • #SimplyJaomi!# 02/12/17

    -Naomi doesn’t compete-
    You guys: Naomi doesn’t look like a champion, there’s no focus on her she doesn’t get to showcase herself.
    -Naomi has a match-
    You guys: The feud is boring, they’re not focusing on the storyline we need more segments..

    Do you guys hear yourselves lol..? The feud literally started last week where Nattie and Naomi literally had a segment and now got some in ring time?? There were two major matches + a new major feud started on this weeks episode of SD.. Did you really expect the women to get a lot??

    • Wrestling.fan.from.France

      There needs to be some balance in this case. Having a match that ONLY showcase Naomi and does nothing to showcase the challenger isn’t good. The challenger who, by the way, used her biggest move on Naomi yet wasn’t able to make her submit which honestly made Naomi look strong but why should we believe that Nattie is a threat now for her title?

      Last week, we’ve had a a short backstage segment. This week had ZERO progression basically with this match.
      “Did you really expect the women to get a lot??” You know, a post-match attack could have been just fine in this case…

      • #SimplyJaomi!# 02/12/17

        I wouldn’t say we got zero progression though. The key point you guys have missed is that Carmella tagged herself in. Naomi may have gotten out of the Sharpshooter but who’s to say Natalya wouldn’t have been able to get the win had Carmella not tagged herself in?? That is the story they may possibly follow up with next week. I know it wasn’t a lot and more could have been done, but considering what was booked on this show, I for one, am content with what we got. Everyone complained Naomi hasn’t looked strong and now she does.

        • Wrestling.fan.from.France

          She indeed looked strong and I was happy about it.

          But the progression was simply not there. Honestly, that narrative about Carmella you talked about is something I didn’t see because for me, that’s nothing. Heels do that generally but that doesn’t mean anything really if you ask me. Plus, considering Nattie has never really been a major threat and even before winning the Fatal 5 way, she had the least momentum, she also needs to look like a threat and she doesn’t at all. It’s her only finisher and Naomi has shown to be able to counter it. For me, I have zero reason to believe in her.

          • #SimplyJaomi!# 02/12/17

            You should go and look back at it because they even spoke up about it on commentary. Whether that’s the direction they’ll go in or not is what we’ll find out next week, but personally that’s how I saw it after watching the match. I think next week they’ll shift the focus into building her up as a threat seeing as they’re in Canada.

          • Wrestling.fan.from.France

            Well, either way, they will have to speed up because Nattie has a long way to go before being a credible threat.

      • #SimplyJaomi!# 02/12/17

        A post match wouldn’t have worked here because that would immediately put Becky into the story and therefore trigger yet another tag match. The only alternative would have been Natalya attacking Naomi before the match and Becky having to go in alone.

        • Wrestling.fan.from.France

          A post-match attack could have been backstage. Naomi walking alone in the back after the match or being interviewed and Nattie attacking her from behind.
          Or like you said, attacking her before the match could have been a solution.

          • #SimplyJaomi!# 02/12/17

            Your first idea was what I would have liked afterwards but I realise that their was a lack of time. Let’s just hope they make up for it next week.

      • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

        “Having a match that ONLY showcase Naomi and does nothing to showcase the challenger isn’t good.” Girl Preach!!! ?
        In addition, why should the champion have to go over in a tag match that means very little? “To make her look strong” her stans might say. But if Naomi is champion and still isn’t looking strong and needs to, then there is a problem and Naomi shouldn’t be champion because her reign is past the 100 day mark and it still feels like she hardly has had a reign and hasnt proved herself to be a strong champion yet. Her time is up and it’s someone else’s now. Carmella and Nattie definitely look stronger than Naomi right now. Carmella having two wins over her also having won the MITB match twice, and Nattie fresh off of winning the 6-pack challenge.

        • KellyAJNaomi#Slay

          Naomi gets a win and she has been put over?

        • Robann

          How is she not looking like a strong champion when she just powered through TWO submission finishers that people usually tap to, and then fluidly transitioned into her own submission finisher in which her opponent tapped out to? I’m not understanding. She hasn’t been in action for two weeks on TV, ya’ll complain. She finally has a match and wins under otherwise losable (not a word, I know) circumstances and ya’ll still complain. I’m just convinced that ya’ll complain about any and everything, whether it is warranted or not.

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            Because it doesn’t happen to people who are booked strong. Charlotte Sasha Becky Bayley the 4HW don’t need that type of putting over because they already look strong and don’t need it. That’s why they stay doing charity and put over the weaker booked women like Lana, Natalya(she isn’t weak but loses all the time)Tamina, Alicia, Carmella, etc. Naomi on the other hand, needs putting over, even as f*cking champion,so she still needs to have Nattie and Carmella (two women that need all the wins they can get) lose to her in a regular tag match on a Smackdown. That’s why Naomi looks weak to me, it’s almost as if she isn’t champion, and is still a contender struggling to work her way up to a title contendership.

          • Robann

            The 4HW have had the luxury of a good build, good feuds, good matches and good storylines down at NXT. That’s the difference. Their hype on the main roster CLEARLY transition over from NXT. You cannot sit there and say the same about Nattie and Naomi who have proven time and time again that they can hang with the 4HW. They were not given the luxury of 10 minute+ matches, they were not given the opportunity to have noteworthy feuds (for f*cks sake Nattie had a FARTING gimmick. FARTING.), nor noteworthy builds (Naomi turned heel, was hot for a few weeks and then went stale to put over the Bellas and Paige, and didn’t get heat again until Team BAD was formed. Sasha’s presence helped IMMENSELY because of her great character build in NXT). So please, stop comparing them because it’s just not the same.

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            What you typed literally had nothing to do with what I said.

          • Robann

            It did, literally.

            Once again, heard you fam.

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            Okay you’re either way off topic or justifying the fact that Naomi is weak because the 4HW have been treated so much better.

          • Gracious Kim

            And you are really dumb af or you don’t pay attention to the product. Bc Carmella has pinned Naomi at least 3 times now as champion alone and Natalya defeated the other two faces and everybody else in that ridiculous #1 contenders match.

            And no other champion, 4hw included are expected to lose during regular tag matches so why should Naomi…

            And this bitch Sasha literally had an undefeated streak from her debut until wrestlemania, without a title, and you’re really complaining that the CHAMPION looks too strong. Dumb as hell.

            Oh and fucking Charlotte, already a 4x champion defeats Naomi in her debut on SDLive, not only defeats her but controls 90% of the matchup, the same 4HW you said is strong enough to be putting the other superstars over…so where was your agenda then? AW

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            Aw are you mad? Yeah Carmella beat Naomi weeks ago but I’m talking about now. Are you mad? What does their accomplishments have anything to do with it? You’re proving my point, talking in circles, and making excuses for Naomi. Typical..

          • Gracious Kim

            What sense does it make for Carmella to beat Naomi a fifth time? Bc that would surely make her look like a strong champion right? ? The fact that you don’t even have to read between the lines worries me..

            Your comments are counterproductive.

            You can’t boast Carmella’s strong booking to detract Naomi’s reign as champion and then turn around and question why Naomi has to win a ‘meaningless’ tag match.

            Your sentiments seem to only apply to Naomi. You’re the one making excuses here.

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            You’re like saying I did things I never did so idk how to argue back to that.

    • Organization XIII

      It’s so exhausting trying to figure out these people’s thought process

    • Womensor

      It’s really funny, cause the same who boo Naomi, are the same who love and cheer for Bayley. And if you prefer to see Bayley’s character (and even in-ring skills) than Naomi’s right now, you are stupid.

    • Robann

      It doesn’t even matter anymore, the ones who simply don’t like her for no good reason will always complain. When she finally does lose the belt they’ll claim to be happy, but get bored and complain of the next champion. They did it with Becky, they did it with Alexa (and they’re doing it with her now), and they’re doing it with Naomi. Flippity flop ass fans smh.

    • wickedtraviesa

      It’s almost as if people want compelling storylines instead of generic filler.

  • #SimplyJaomi!# 02/12/17

    Next week SD will be in Canada which I’m sure they’ll do their best to make Natalya look good and we’ve already got a match booked + James should be returning next week. I’m sure we’ll get some good progression in next weeks episode.

    • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

      Vince typically has the “hometown heros” lose

      • Crazy. #RIPMae

        Natalya isn’t in a match. It’s Carmella vs Naomi and Charlotte vs Lana so she won’t lose anything. I could see her costing Naomi the match. Hopefully it leads to a brawl.

        • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

          Oh yeah I forgot the matches were already announced for next week

  • tstumo

    Lana does not need to go back to NXT. She’s completely fine. Trish wrestled some of the best and she was green as ever. Why is that such a hard concept to grasp. Yes NXT is used for development but she’s already on the main roster and has a character and isn’t even close to Eva Marie bad so people need to be patient and not expect these 5 star one on one matches with her.

    Naomi looked so amazing and she really has come into her own as champ. Remember how unsure people was over her “feel the glow” thing and now it’s really a part of her character and feels authentic. I expect Naomi to lose though at summerslam but wish she could have a one on one with charlotte for the title

    • conan_kun

      Dude, this is not diva era but real women wrestling era, the fans won’t accept any woman who can’t wrestle and just an eye candy.

      • Guilherme Soares

        casual fans? they like this kind of gimmick, and i think it’s a storyline… she was good at money in the bank match…

      • Organization XIII

        So people can’t grow to become wrestler’s? Everyone has to start somewhere. Y’all sound real crazy just now all of a sudden only accepting women who can “put on a wrestling clinic” as yall like to say

      • Seraphina Rosenhart

        People can grow to become wrestlers for sure, but that’s what NXT is for. In Trish’s time, NXT didn’t exist so people had to learn on the main roster. It was also a time where looks got you further than they do now. Trish was a unique case. She improved a ton and was amazing. But most people don’t improve that much just like that. It takes more time for most people. And that’s why I think Lana should be in NXT.

    • wwepassion

      It’s 2017, fans will eat you alive. So yes Lana needs to go to NXT.

  • Organization XIII

    It’s been one episode & already yall are tired of Naomi vs Nattie feud? How do formulate these things? The focus is, as i percieved is Nattie, Nao AND Carmella. Just last week & the week before yall complained Carmella is an afterthought. Now yall complaining that she finally is being integrated WITH BOTH Nattie & Nao? I dont understand what you guys watch or what your comprehension levels are.

  • Womensor

    The match was really fun. Also, seeing Naomi resisting the Sharpshooter and reversing the Code of silence was awesome!! And the crowd was so invested in her everytime she hits. The same as Bayley…

    OT: I’m really glad Bayley is injured. I’m sorry for her, really, but she is BORING AS HELL. How can people say Naomi is boring and then cheering for Bayley? Bayley has no progression in her character, and is just Bay… I mean, BORING.

    • Aye Mate

      Did you mean to say you’re glad Bayley is out of the title picture for the time being or did you legitimately mean that you’re happy someone is hurt?

      • Womensor

        I’m not happy Bayley is hurt, I’m happy Bayley (as character) is out of the title picture (I wish). I really hate her, because of the overpush she has. I think Bayley is nothing impressive. I don’t care about her.

        • Aye Mate

          Just clarifying ??

  • Raleex2

    The title of the article should be “keeping it safe”. No story progression is made, but still they gave us another forgettable tag-team match on the road to Summer Slam. There isn’t much to discuss, I don’t feel Naomi’s reign threatened by Carmella’s money in the bank contract, I don’t see Natalya as a difficult contender for Naomi’s title and overall there is nothing going on with Becky or Charlotte. The logical choice for me was that if they are so interested in continue to elevate Lana in the roster, they should’ve picked Tamina as the contender and continue the semi-rivalry Naomi has with Lana.

    • Womensor

      Right now, Charlotte needs vacation. If they don’t have anything for her, better be out, and returns with some hype

  • Womensor

    I think WWE is planing Carmella to win the title at SS. You have right now Naomi vs Natalya AND Carmella. Also, next week is Naomi vs Carmella. I hope Nattie helps Carmella to win the match, and post match beat her. So, at SS, Natalya vs Naomi ends in a tie or something, both of them tired and without energy, so Carmella beat both of them and wins the title.

  • Joseph

    I don’t need Lana stinking up NXT.

  • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

    So SD’s women’s division can become a bit stale at times. I’m glad Naomi is looking as dominant as you can see but then this doesn’t help the contender to look like a threat. It worked well with Carmella, that’s the reason she has the briefcase but Nattie earned that contendership beating Becky & Charlotte.

    Lana’s relationship with Tamina is something fresh, WWE is doing it right with her, she’s loosing matches due to inexperience and she’s getting those you can’t wrestle chants. I see potential in Lana, despite people’s opinion, she shouldn’t be on NXT. Allow her to grow in our eyes like other legends did.NXT TV is better for stars that have failed to make an impact at the main roster. I don’t see many women moving to NXT honestly.

  • Robann

    “Do people still believe that Naomi isn’t one of the most over women in the company? Even with the pops she gets each time she’s even on screen?”

    Yes, yes they do. Sadly.

    • wwepassion

      Most over? Yea only her fans think that. She has brought nothing to the credibility of the title and her pity reign needs to end TBH.

      • Robann

        Who, since Charlotte’s first Raw Womens championship win (in which that is even debatable), has had a good lengthy reign with good feuds on either brand? Sasha? Alexa? Bayley? Becky?

        You know damn well this has NOTHING to do with Naomi and has been a CONSISTENT booking problem on both brands for the past year. But cool, if the girl breathes you would complain about her taking up someone elses air. Sit tf down somewhere passion, I mentioned nothing about your precious Nikki so your opinion isn’t needed (which is exactly what it is. Not factual at all).

        And her pity reign is currently the longest SDL has had. Continue crying every time you see her face on that screen and hear those pops, hater.

        • The Phenomenal Glow

          Yassssss, drag him gurl!!!

      • wwepassion

        Um learn how to read I didn’t mention anyone in my comment, The only pop you hear for Naomi is popcorn when people get up for a snack when she’s on. Like I said she brought nothing to the title and it is not as important a it should be.

  • I really want to see Maria and Mike Vs Cena and Nikki for Summer Slam, that will help Mike and Maria to earn more heat. I really like the feud are building between Carmella, Naomi and a Nattie, I think this will lead in Summer Slam; Nattie winning, afterwards Carnella cash-in.

    • Keep it. We saw Miz and Maryse vs Cena and Nikki at WM…it did nothing. I do want to see them both compete (mike and Maria) however they would never go over Cena and Nikki and it will just make them look terrible and they just debuted. I think Naomi walks out of SS as Champion. She just escaped both her top contender’s submissions. I think they are gonna call up new talents from NXT. One of them may take the title from Naomi. Even with Smackdown’s equal booking, it’s just not believable at the moment that Nattie or Carmella can beat Naomi for the title.

    • The Phenomenal Glow

      I really don’t see Nattie winning…I think WWE wants Carmella to cash in on Naomi. They don’t want a heel/heel cash in but you never know with them.

  • FOXY & FLAWLESS BOSS

    Holy shit I’ve always been a big Naomi fan but seeing the champ step back into the ring for a real match blew my mind and I’m SOLD that a face Naomi vs heel Sasha feud/singles match for a championship would be m o n e y. Her work in this match is unparalleled. I hope Nattie can keep up at SS because traditionally she’s a mat wrestler that I’ve never really seen execute too many face paced bumps aside from her discus clothesline and that jump on the back dropkick move. Hopefully she’ll shock us all.

    • NaNa

      Naw Nattie can def hang with Nao’s fast style

    • Carolution

      nattie has done a draon-canrana. nattie can fly

    • The Phenomenal Glow

      Naomi and Nattie always worked well with each other…I really think they will produce a show stealer at SS.

      All they just need the proper timing and I doubt WWE is gonna give them that which is a huge shame.

  • I love the tag match but i agree with DD there’s no story progression or build up this week and they have to start now cause summer slam is like 2 weeks away so we need some tension between Natty and Naomi.

  • Monkey Tennis

    It’s been a double meh week for RAW and Smackdown. No story progression, both women’s divisions represented by one match and nothing else (and no, the off-air stuff doesn’t count) and neither challenger doing anything new or interesting.

    I said a few weeks ago, the key thing a Nattie vs Naomi feud needed was a Nattie with a new attitude. But it looks like we’re stuck with the same boring, barely a heel, whiny, just completely blah Nattie we’ve had for… I wanna say one hundred and ninety six years?

    OK, I may be a little off on that, but that’s honestly what it feels like.

    • The Phenomenal Glow

      Exactly…it’s like they’re trying to get them on the pre show.

      And if that happens….get ready for another Tweetstorm, WWE.

  • GEO

    I wasn’t expecting much from the match, but it was really good. Not so much on the hype or the story this week though,

  • Mike

    The story this week was furthering tension between Carmella and Natalya, which is weird, but I think this signals mella attempting a cash-in at SS. Don’t think it’ll be successful but will definitely bring the tension to the match. Next week Natalya needs to make a statement in some way to further her and Naomi rivalry as well. I say have her take out both Carmella and Naomi next week to look dominant.

  • NaNa

    Ughhhh I’ve really missed Carmella and Naomi glad they finally got to wrestle they have cute chemistry. Although booking has been a mess I love seeing Naomi improve week by week. Her reign reminds me of Nikki’s. Booking was trash but she showed out and got better.

  • Carolution

    how can they even have carmella face anyone one on one when shes always seen as so weak/loses all the time.
    its a shame tamina will never get a title reign when she’d make a good heel if pushed right/change of music as well.

  • The Phenomenal Glow

    My glow queen never fails to snatch me bald.