SummerSlam left us with a new champion, and now weeks later, we could be finding another new one. In tonight’s episode, the Queen of Black Harts will defend her SmackDown Women’s title for the very first time. Will the former champ rise to the occasion, or will the Hart Dungeon graduate retain her throne?

Before the match begins, we take a quick look at some special members of the crowd. YouTuber Inanna Sarkis is posing for the cameras, and then UFC fighter Ronda Roussey is also shown.

When we get to the action, Carmella is on commentary, holding James Ellsworth with a leopard print leash. Uh, maybe we should ignore this for now.

The match quickly begins – with no entrances for Naomi or Natalya, by the way – and we get into a few grapple holds. We see Naomi aim to get the better of Natalya by copying her taunt. The two throw aggressive moves at one another, sharing a great set of combinations – one ending with both of them hitting a drop body on the other.

We eventually see Naomi take charge of the match. At one point she kicks Natalya right on the bridge of the nose, sending her into a daze. Taking advantage of this, the challenger sits the champion on the middle rope, implanting a heavy leg drop on her neck. Ouch. Neidhart’s days could be numbered…

Unfortunately for Naomi – and the crowd, apparently – Natalya kicks out. The bad luck continues for the challenger as her attempted Split-Legged-Moonsault results in Natalya moving out of the way. Neidhart then tries to lock her opponent in the Sharpshooter but is kicked straight out of the ring. And this is where things get a bit intense.

With Natalya outside of the ring, Carmella confronts her, taunting the champ to spike a reaction. So, Miss Money In The Bank gets pushed back. But the real action takes place when Naomi jumps on the group, though the Queen of Black Harts dodges the attack.

So with Naomi’s attention now on Carmella, an awake Natalya slams her head into the outside ring post. She then tosses the challenger into the ring for a Sharpshooter, forcing her to tape. And there we have it, Natalya retains the title!

A frustrated Carmella and a distraught Naomi look on as Natalya walks away with her crown.

Thoughts: Making Naomi tap twice to Natalya was a great decision for multiple reasons. We need to see Neidhart as a tough competitor, and making the toughest woman on the roster tap does exactly that. Natalya is dismantling everything that Naomi has been building for herself since joining the blue brand. She’s over shining the “glow”, she’s forcing her to give up in the form of a submission, and she is restoring “dignity” into the title that Naomi put work into gaining and rebranding. Natalya is aiming to erase everything that the babyface worked so hard to accomplish. And so far, the antagonist is ruling this story.

The storyline for these two has (probably unintentionally) been laid out for them for a while that it’s somewhat poetic. After fighting for a chance for years – and then achieving her goal – Naomi is no longer the champ, her “glow” is being stopped, and her one chance at getting back on top is now over. She’s overcome a lot since the days of the Funkadactyls; the Glowing one has won the SmackDown Women’s championship twice, reigned victorious at Wrestlemania in her hometown, walked into SummerSlam as the champion, and more. Through all of these years of hard work she’s performed in top tier matches, changed the crowd’s opinion on her, ended friendships and formed alliances. She’s been tossed aside for years on end for the newer women, and she’s overcome it by creating her own space in the spotlight. Yet throughout all of that, the person that managed to dethrone her was somebody that she knew her entire career.

From ‘Total Divas’ and managing their boys at Wrestlemania 31, to rebuilding SmackDown Live and competing for the Women’s title, they’ve been by each other’s side and fighting against one another for a while. And at the end of it all, the real threat to Naomi’s time on top was Natalya; the women she’s trained with, fought with and fought against.

So where does Naomi go from here? She has to find a way to overcome this person that she’s known her entire career. She needs to dig deep into their history and figure out her biggest weakness. And two things that this match proved is that Natalya doesn’t like the numbers game (though Naomi does struggle with this too). Could Naomi reclaim the title in a Triple Threat with Carmella? When ‘Mella got involved, Natalya seemed threatened, and knew that her time as champ was at jeopardy. So if Miss Money In The Bank is allowed to legally get involved in a title match, Neidhart could find herself struggling.

Something else that this match proved was that Neidhart is easily frustrated and made vulnerable by imitation. A simple duplicated taunt resulted in Naomi being able to get into her mind and take control of the match for a while. With this knowledge, could Naomi become a 3x Women’s champion with the use of the Hart Dungeon’s Sharpshooter?

Or maybe Naomi won’t be getting a proper run with the title for a while as the Princess of Staten Island is standing very closely. Carmella is the reason that Naomi loses this match as if the challenger’s attention remained on her opponent, she could have taken charge.

So at this point, the title is anyone’s game. Naomi and Natalya know more than enough about the other to take home the crown, but Carmella is sneaky and can use her distraction techniques to overthrow both of them.

A Triple Threat at Hell In A Cell would be a great next step. And even if Natalya or Naomi come through with the win, Carmella could insert a vicious beatdown and then cash in the briefcase… Who knows?

What tonight’s events could do with however is more time. A big match feel would make Natalya’s win feel a lot more surprising, rather than an average win. It would make the feud feel special, rather than passable. But instead we receive a five minute segment of Dolph Ziggler entertaining a grand total of zero people with a segment he not only did last week, but also does at the beginning of the show. Way to get the priorities straight.

The lack of Tamina and Lana is also frustrating. Two weeks ago, the “Ravishing Revolution” began and Snuka started her reign of dominance. She dismantled a rookie and swore to make her legacy known. Yet two weeks on, she’s yet to make an appearance. The women’s division is moving on without her and she doesn’t even feel like an afterthought because there isn’t enough build around her for anyone to think of her. Audiences are more inclined to ask about the whereabouts of Charlotte Flair or Becky Lynch before they think of the supposedly dominant Tamina. And that’s a problem. Why start this story if we’re not going to see it consistently? Tamina is a good wrestler and Lana is a wonderful mic worker, let them combine their skills on a consistent basis and we will see things work.

What did you think of tonight’s events? Did the right person win the match? What direction should the division take next? Let us know your views in the comments below!

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  • KellyAJNaomi#Slay

    WWE did Naomi and Natalya so dirty from the no entrance to about 3 minutes like really? How they get more time on SS but not SD? Cause of Vince fucking Mcmahon why not take time away from AJ Styles and Tye cause lord knows nobody cared about that match. Anyways I’m glad Naomi didn’t win I love her but Nattie needed this win and Naomi can feud with Tamina and Lana while Nattie goes against either Becky or Charlotte next

    • Michael Burmy

      NaoMob since ’10 in here…from a supposed fellow member, I don’t like the tone of your comment…so I just wanted to ask you this?

      Are you in or out?

      • And where does it say she has to? She can be happy for other women as well, Naomi had a 4 month title reign, although not well-booked, she had her time, and now it’s finally Nattie’s time. We don’t need another fast title change like we get on Raw.

        • Michael Burmy

          I’m sorry…it’s just that, I waited SEVEN YEARS for that reign, and I’m not sure if I have it in me to wait another seven years…

          • Well calm down, she has had two title reigns so far. She had to lose eventually. I know it wasn’t the best booked, but they don’t need to rush to put it on her again.

          • Michael Burmy

            Can’t they see? WWE’s sponsors are LINING UP to promote her, and even non-sponsors want to be part of her brand.

            Her as the top lady of Smackdown is best for business…they are leaving LOTS of money on the table by putting her at the back of the line.

            But you never addressed my point, in which I get my Sirius Black on: “I did my waiting!! SEVEN YEARS OF IT!!!!”

          • She was the top lady for 4 months.. how long did you want it to go? She had her time, now it’s someone else’s and the same thing you said about Naomi is applied for Nattie. We’ve waited.. 7 YEARS! She had to lose eventually and just because she lost doesn’t mean she’s gonna be overlooked.

          • Michael Burmy

            But as I said, I don’t know if I have it in me to wait another seven…

          • Naomi will most likely not be in the WWE in the next seven years…

          • Michael Burmy

            I know…so are you saying she’s never gonna be champ again?

            Because if so…I’ll get to the “acceptance” point eventually…and we’ll always have ‘Mania 33.

          • She most likely will, she’s popular, over and sells merch.

          • saul de la efe

            he asks all these questions as if you were fucking creative/decision top team member with all the answers ahahah

          • Nattie fans also waited seven years. Don’t be greedy!

          • Michael Burmy

            OK…what’s the secret to your patience? (I could use it for the next seven years)

          • I mean, there’s not much anyone can do about it…

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            It’s been the same time for Nattie. She hasn’t been champ for 7 years herself.

          • Jaded

            Naomi started wrestling on the main roster in 2013 ,where exactly did you get seven years?

          • Michael Burmy

            Seven years since NXT Season 3…

      • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

        And btw Naomi didn’t really become a true part of the division until very late 2012.

        • Danny?

          Naomi was in NXT in 2010

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            But didn’t get the call up until mid 2012 when she was just a valet. Her match with Eve at TLC 2012 was when she really became an active wrestler.

          • Danny?

            Yes but we can still have been a fan since 2010.

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            Not what I mean but ok

          • Danny?

            Naomi has been underutilised her whole career

    • perceval

      More likely a triple threat with Nattie, Naomi, and Tamina for HiaC.

    • saul de la efe

      We all waited seven years for naomi to shine, but she got an amazing title win in her hometown… at wrestlemania i think you can´t go bigger than that, yes her reign was “meh” but it was definitely an achievement she deserved

      now is natalya’s time and after hers, someone else will have her tiem too…

  • Monkey Tennis

    Nattie’s in a weird position right now. She’s Women’s Champion. She’s won clean in two title defences, including a rematch against a former champion. On paper, it sounds like everything is all about her in the division right now – particularly given the absence of much of the roster.

    And yet, somehow she still feels completely irrelevant. There’s still been no real focus to her reign beyond Carmella sort of teasing a cash in. And Naomi’s title rematch had zero build and next to no interaction between herself and Nattie. Like much of what’s happened in the SD Women’s Division lately, it just felt like lazy, bored booking.

    The match itself was alright. But it was treated as little more than filler by creative and the crowd reacted (or more specifically didn’t) accordingly.

    • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

      I think she won clean against Naomi in particular because they plan on finding a new contender for the title.

      • perceval

        But Tamina’s a heel, so they’ll have to keep Naomi as the main challenger.

        • FearlessTea

          Not necessarily, you can have heel vs heel feuds.

    • Crazy. #RIPMae

      This was her second defense?

  • They were so wrong for that, no entrances, half of the match during commercials, and it ended quickly after they were back. For what? The only reason I could think of is that they didn’t want them to overshadow Shayna’s mediocre ass.

    Let’s see what’s next. Maybe we can have someone new challenging like Charlotte and Becky, while Tamina feuds with Naomi.

  • Jo9834

    I love Smackdown, don’t get me wrong, but they have yet to deliver anything close to a solid revolution worthy match (Nattie vs Nikki was the closest thing).

    I don’t know if its how they’re being booked, or the women themselves but on paper Nattie vs Naomi should have been electric. Sometimes all you need is a hot match to make a feud pop (look at Bayley and Sasha or Sasha and Charlotte).

    Carmella holding James by a leash is kind of sexist considering if it were the other way around it would have been pandemonium for the WWE, not really impressed by that.

    The lack of Charlotte and Becky is definitely being felt, I honestly don’t miss Tamina not being on my screen at this point so I was fine with that.

    • ThePeaceVibe.

      Carmella holding James on a leash honestly made me feel awkward. Just seemed really petty of WWE to do that.

    • BLKLTR05

      The problem isn’t the women. It’s the producers of the show deciding to go to commercial in the middle of their match. It’s the producers deciding they don’t need entrances. It’s the producers deciding that Vince McMahon getting a beat down by KO, and that Ziggler promo all needed more time than their Women’s Championship.

  • Disappointing end to a disappointing ‘feud’. The women not given enough time for entrance was the cherry on top of the cake. Nothing to write home about. And I’m taking issue with all the focus put on Carmella. Especially when all that focus led to… well, not much. Now, as the briefcase holder, she should absolutely be featured in some way, but her presence only took away from the Nattie vs Naomi story, which was already underwhelming to begin with. (Not to mention than this heel vs heel dynamic is weird as hell. Like, should I want Carmella to cash-in? Will the crowd care if she cashes in?) Naomi looked like an afterthough the majority of her reign, and it seems like Nattie is headed in that direction as well.. The writers needs to focus more on better storylines.

    I hope Charlotte or Becky challenges for the title next. (and yes, I know there is this 4HW vs 4HW thing) We need them on Smackdown. I don’t think I can sit through a Nattie vs Tamina feud…

  • MrBoo

    “Tamina is a good wrestler…” Haaaaaaaahaaaa

    • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

      Good is pushing it. She’s mediocre.

      • Gabriel S.

        She’s transitioned to wrestling a hoss wrestling style, but I wouldn’t discredit her entire wrestling talent just because she doesn’t do the Superfly Splash anymore. She still has that nasty superkick.

        • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

          she’s still not very good.

    • Who said that?

  • Danny?

    I’m glad Vince got his old ass beat last night because it’s what he deserves for giving the women so little ring time and no entrances and for it being a title match & the finals of the MYC taking place at the end of SD Live on top of that. Disgusting!! Again this match was on it’s way to becoming something great but it was cut short. Nattie retained but where do we go from here now? I honestly don’t think Carmella being soooo involved in the title scene is working. Men MITB holders were never this involved in the title scene before cashing in and it made it a surprise when they eventually cashed in. There is too much focus on Carmella instead of the title and this match was proof of that. If the point of all this is to make a Hell In A Cell match between Nattie & Naomi to keep Mella & Ellsworth out of the equation then fine but after the shit they got last night I ain’t holding my breath. It’s probs just shit booking and the WWE have terrible booking everywhere right now so they need to get it tf together.

  • Wrestling.fan.from.France

    Raw had a women’s match between Emma and Sasha that lasted less than 4 minutes and Smackdown had a title match on top of that who had zero build up basically and lasted a little more than 4 minutes (well, at least from what was shown) with no entrances and half of the match during commercials in the very same night WWE decided it was the right time to put the spotlight on women with the MYC and that’s all we got?

    How much you care WWE? Not that I am doubting HHH’s genuine view on WWE’s future which includes a great and competitive women’s division but that’s embarrassing! Can AJ Lee come back to call out this company like only she can? Seriously, this company is frustrating…

    • And here I was, expecting yesterday to be all about the women, with all these legends and even the cast from GLOW in attendance. Even the finals of the MYC had to be rushed and cut short because of 205 Live. They missed the mark big time on this one.

      • Wrestling.fan.from.France

        I honestly didn’t even got the time to watch the MYC finals yet because I was so busy today but I am dissapointed to hear about it being rushed just to put 205 Live on TV, that very same show who got beat by every single episodes of the tournament last week again…

        • Yeah, Kairi won, then everyone rushed in the ring to give her flowers and all that jazz and suddenly it was over. She didn’t get to speak or anything like in the CWC or the UK tournament. It’s not that big of a deal, but it would have been nice for her to say a few words and celebrate her victory a little more. You could tell that it was because of 205 Live.

        • Danny?

          Apparently they needed to do 205 live cause they need something to provide Hulu with

    • Danny?

      Someone needs to call their ass out cause it’s clear they only invested in the women when it was convenient for them to capitalise on the women in sports interest

    • A?.

      They were praising women’s revolution during the MYC and how better it’s gotten and the future of the division.

      *Had a 4 minutes match hours before*

      • ???

        *3 minutes

        Yeah this is so stupid and conflicting!

    • Hoooshi

      “How much you care WWE?” they don’t.

    • GOD STRATUS•

      Sasha has been calling them out but she’s being called an ungrateful bitch as a result.

      • DayOneISH!

        Agreed and some people here wanted her to keep her mouth shut and just be greatful.They did the same thing with AJ lee when she called out Stephanie.At least Sasha banks and AJ actually cares about the women’s division and not some sable type of female and just out for themselves.

        • GOD STRATUS•

          The truth is with you my darlin. Never let it go ?

  • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

    How is Nattie weak when it comes to the numbers game? It seemed to effect Naomi more. Carmella got up to come at Nattie but Naomi was the one that went into the turnbuckle. Nattie wrestled like a true vet in that match. It’s gonna take more than Naomi and Carmella to outsmart her.

  • AngelBlissRae

    Hey omg :))

  • AngelBlissRae

    Why all these bitches writing paragraphs? I don’t got time for that shit right now

    • Because we have a lot to say.

      • AngelBlissRae

        IDGAF What y’all gotta say. Shorten those shits and say less please & thank you :)))

        • Then this isn’t the forum for you. If you don’t like reading, listen to a wrestling podcast.

          • AngelBlissRae

            No you need to stfu and stop talking like that to a veteran from DD. You need to get out.

          • I’ve been on here since 2008, so you need to recognise a veteran when you see one. So get out your feelings, and if maybe you could read past a third grade level or had the emotional awareness of someone past one, you wouldn’t have to feel so self important as to dictate what we should and shouldn’t say, or get angry because people call your lame ass out. You can be a veteran of Vietnam, if you’re out of line, you’re out of line. Hope this wasn’t too much reading for you.

          • AngelBlissRae

            Calm down it’s not that serious ???

  • AngelBlissRae

    Ugh lemme get out…

  • Michael Burmy

    *sighs* Since it’s apparent that Nao’s going to the back of the line (DESPITE everything about her saying they should keep her on top-WWE is leaving LOTS of money on the table by doing this…let me just say this.

    We’ll always have Elimination Chamber…and we’ll always have ‘Mania 33.

    • perceval

      Naomi isn’t going to the back of the line. They’ll keep her in the title picture, because the only alternative would be Becky or Charlotte.

  • Peace ??

    No offence to the women because I know how they’re trying so hard, but the bookings are not doing them any favours! WWE need to sort it out! Ever since the shake up both Raw and Smackdown Live just feel like they don’t know what direction to go in.

  • -V

    Naomi’s attire was everything! Her vs Nattie was once again on point & I’m so happy she has these new moves in her arsenal – both the kick & the leg drop were flawless!

  • ???

    WTF with these commercials that ONLY get longer in women’s matches ?

    4 minutes commercial and 3 minutes match ??? Fuck WWE

    • A?.

      And giving more time to that useless Ziggler segment.

      • ???

        I know !! Like WTF ??

        Seriously WWE and Vince SHIT
        McMahon for the love of god , if you desperately hate women’s wrestling just delete it so we don’t have to watch live and stay for hours just waiting for a commercial match .

        • A?.

          Have a two hours show for all the MR women with two titles and I won’t have to tune in to SD and Raw anymore.

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  • Miguel

    The way this review lays it out; it makes sense and is beautiful. The way that I saw it? This match ended their feud that didn’t got personal.

  • Peace ??

    Who here is getting the game? And what are your plans for the women? Same show? Separate the shows?

    Me personally I’m gonna have the women on different shows! I tried having the whole women’s division on one show but it was just a mess!

    Also, the only reason I am asking is because 1) I like hearing other people’s plans. 2) I’m getting bored with the WWE’s booking!

    (This will all change most probably)

    RAW:
    Alexa Bliss – Heel
    Asuka – Heel
    Bayley – Face
    Carmella – Heel
    Dana Brooke – Face
    Emma – Heel
    Mickie James – Face
    Nia Jax – Heel
    Nikki Bella – Face
    Paige – Face
    Sasha Banks – Face
    Summer Rae – Heel

    Smackdown Live:
    Alicia Fox – Face
    Becky Lynch- Face
    Billie Kay – Heel
    Brie Bella – Face
    Charlotte – Face
    Ember Moon – Face
    Maryse – Heel
    Nikki Cross – Heel
    Naomi – Face
    Natalya – Heel
    Peyton Royce – Heel
    Tamina – Heel

    • trishlita721

      Depends if universe mode has improved or that we can do something with the women cause 2k17 was pathetic

    • KellyAJNaomi#Slay

      I tried that too and girl I can’t no more and I hate that for singles you can’t have a women’s title so your stuck with only 3 titles 1 for tag teams for like 30+ women for me it’s
      Raw
      Nikki Cross anti hero
      Asuka face
      Alexa Bliss heel
      Nia Jax heel
      Bayley face
      Sasha Banks heel
      Charlotte Flair heel
      Naomi face
      Tamina heel (I need a jobber for Raw)
      Dana Brooke face (jobber)

      SmackDown
      Becky Lynch face
      Emma heel
      Alicia Fox heel
      The Bella Twins Brie face Nikki heel
      Mickie James face
      Summer Rae heel
      Iconic Duo heel
      Ember Moon face
      Natalya face
      Carmella heel
      Paige face

  • Wrestling.fan.from.France

    I feel the commentary work from women is generally not adding anything… It’s so blah and unisprining, I feel like it’s not used as a good enough plateform to push a storyline or to showcase your skills on there or your character work. I don’t know but I feel like it’s been years since anyone really impressed me on commentary…

    • shumiley

      They’re literally placed there to say “hey look, we’re using our women!”

      • Wrestling.fan.from.France

        It is indeed usually lazy WWE just finding an easy way to feature “everyone” that’s for sure but still, I feel like these girls could do a lot more, a lot better.

        • shumiley

          Definitely. That’s the one thing I’ll blame the women for. Remember that tragic commentary of PCB when the Revolution began nnn

          • Danny?

            It also gave us the ICONIC ‘TINA’ line though

          • shumiley

            ok tbh nobody compares to team BAD on commentary. wish they stayed together for longer.

          • Wrestling.fan.from.France

            Horrible…

      • Super Mateo

        Only 3 women out of 7 appeared yesterday. They’re barely using them.

        • shumiley

          I’m not defending SD. I’m js they only put women on commentary to show they’re using them, without properly using them.

  • DayOneISH!

    All I gotta say is thank god it’s not Naomi getting cashed in on Carmella.So I’m happy with that.

  • wwepassion

    You can tell wwe didn’t care about this match, I’m glad Nat retained but she’s need new people to wrestle instead of Carmella because when she cashes in it won’t be exciting. Carmella should cash in at mania and be the second person ever to do so, no need to rush.

  • trishlita721

    Honestly I was hoping Naomi would regain the title only because the central fued was between Naomi and carmella but I guess the consistency in that is over.

  • WWE is like that Paula Abdul song “Opposites Attract” when it comes to the women, two steps forward, and two steps back. They had a popular tourney, rush ending, a so-called revolution on the main roster with 2/3 of the women on Raw not getting used, and the ones that are being on TV for next to nothing on a 3 hour show. They have devalued a title, made its picture stagnant and predictable, and have killed otherwise successful women and their gimmicks. Smackdown, thanks Road Dogg, while being inclusive by and large, is hampered by not having personal feuds or side feuds outside of the title, they’re getting less and less time, while each woman is an established character, it would be great not to see a multi-woman or tag match for a while and see the title and champion get strong booking. Then the biggest sin of all; you jobber entrance BOTH competitors for the top prize on your brand’s women’s division? Nay nay, fluffy. We got all this hype for the MYC, and we can’t even get an expo match as a warm up or even post match interviews? WWE, either fully commit to your women, or go back to the dark days, this half-stepping it isn’t working for you or us. If this was food, I’d send the half-baked shit back, so I won’t accept half-baked wrestling or booking with our women.

    • perceval

      The MYC was HHH in charge, Raw & SD are Vince and Dunn in charge.

      • Super Mateo

        Vince McMahon and Kevin Dunn aren’t really in charge. USA’s advertisers are in charge of Raw and SD, and they’re the reason the product is getting watered down. I’m not convinced HHH would do any better in he had the same circumstances Vince does. Triple H’s shows are on the network. If they were on TV, they would have the same problems.

        • perceval

          Well, you have Trip, who pushes for a strong division, and Dunn, the guy who tried to sabotage the Trish-Lita and Trish-Mickie feuds and keeps Becky off the mic because of her accent…

      • Doesn’t matter if Timbuktoo Timmy was in charge, the product across the board is having issues with the women, and it all not being the same person doesn’t mean that the problem isn’t there.

    • TheRealest #ItsBossTime

      Hahaha love the Paula reference and yes this is all so true!

    • John Finnie

      ?? you take two steps forward woman take 12 steps back? & you know ???

  • Kessa Kez

    majority of wrestling fans do not want or do not care to see tamina as a singles competitior or as the champ, her mic skills are poor and wrestling skills are as someone else stated ‘mediocre’.

    i believe her time has gone and the most interesting thing that can be done with her now is a team up with nia jax.

    • DivaLicious?

      You my friend is correct??

      • Kessa Kez

        thankyou darling :)

  • saul de la efe

    really this was the match?
    when i saw carmella facing natalya i was expecting her to lead into a DQ leading a triple treat for next PPV
    or at leas Tamina and lana causing the DQ as a comeback for their “RAVISHING REVOLUTION” which BTW i think has already been dropped watching tamina’s physical condition and her lack of wrestling skills plus lana has lost a lot of momentum/popularity, etc.

    bottom line Natalya and Naomi deseve better than this and SD was doing great with the women’s divsion until naomi’s 2nd run… SAD

    • perceval

      Nah, Tamina and Lana are Total Divas. They’ll be pushed.

      • saul de la efe

        tamina too????????!?!?!!?!?!? i didn´t knew that OMG LOL she is funny AF in real life

      • PoisonFelino#Watermelondrea

        Are u sure Tamina is on Total Divas or are you confusing her with Rusev?

  • I’m just waiting for Charlotte and Becky to return to tv. Smackdown’s women division has been the low point of the show for a while now. Nattie’s title run and feud with Naomi and Mella is not helping the brand.

  • ???

    I can’t be the only one who is damn pissed at WWE’s booking for the women .. NXT became horrible ever since Alexa, Carmella and Nia Jax leave (in 2016)

    Raw was horrible booking wise but very good in matches quality before Charlotte moved to SD now it’s horrible in both ways , SDL used to have strong and good storylines now it’s boring and useless .. ever since MITB things went down hell and they ruined the first ever MITB for the women !

  • DivaLicious?

    The match didn’t do anything for either does nattie being champion. The match was boring too me, didn’t live up too the hype. What are they gonna do with nattie when she looses the belt? Is she gonna go back too fart jokes, talking about her 7 cats, being a jobber etc.. it’s hard to take nattie seriously as a competitor. She been a complete joke the past few years in the WWE. I’m kinda missing Naomi being the champ? And Charlotte & Becky being around. We all know Carmella ain’t ready too be champion. She still has a whole career ahead of her. She needs to work on a stronger move-set & getting over with the crowd by HERSELF first. Ellsworth can’t be there forever.

    • Crazy. #RIPMae

      You kinda miss Naomi being the champ? Yeah, I’m sure you are with your constant hate towards her every week in the comments now you suddenly miss her? Whatever.

      • KellyAJNaomi#Slay

        DivaLicious only had a problem with her booking outside of that they like Naomi you can check past comments they praised her before but was annoyed with how her title reign was

        • Crazy. #RIPMae

          I’m good. From her long speeches on the Smackdown redux, she literally called Naomi boring and was coming for her gimmick every chance she got. ?????

      • GOD STRATUS•

        Girl the fans are fake lol that’s why wwe believes in 50/50 booking

    • BLKLTR05

      Maybe the issue isn’t Nattie’s past but your perception of her because of shit she was made to do. We all know what she is capable of and out of all the girls on Smackdown, she is hands down, the best wrestler and yes that includes Becky and Charlotte.

  • Liam’

    The only thing I hope for Smackdown is that Natalya has a nice, healthy and long reign that will add more prestige to the women’s championship.

  • Ryan Stratus

    Im enjoying this push for Natalya… Thats all im here for (besides Carmella) but we know the WWE is only going to tease us when it comes to cashing in her brief case.

  • Organization XIII

    Aside fron lack of time & entrance Naomi & Nattie proved once again, that they can put on a show. The match was very entertaining to me. I didn’t want Nao to win here as i hateflip flopping for the title & this victory for Nattie builds for a better story. Hopefully Nattie & Nao can get a HIAC rematch. Make this feud personal as that has been what’s been lacking on Smacmdown as most ppl say

    • Cole Jenkins

      This is definitely Total Divas cast members taking over Smackdown

      • BLKLTR05

        Why even bring up Total Divas? At this point, 80% of the Smackdown Women’s roster is on Total Divas. You literally have to put aside 5 of the 8 women to have a Non-TD on the show.

        • Okay! Most women on TD was on SD anyways

        • GOD STRATUS•

          All roads lead to total divas

          • BLKLTR05

            Apparently so… It’s not even a bad show for what it is. It’s interesting and people actually start to like the women.

          • GOD STRATUS•

            Like the women ? The Bella’s Naomi and Eva Maria have been the only girls to benefit from total divas. Nattie is nattie company girl so by default she’s not in this race. Cos even if she was she’s still not more over than she was before TD

          • BLKLTR05

            Let’s all just be thankful that Eva Marie didn’t win any championships though. It’s a shame women like Alicia and Summer Rae didn’t really benefit from the show. But I do stand behind my statement. The women were liked by more people because of Total Divas. Some people watched WWE wrestling programming specifically for the women because of the show, which is where they first saw these women. And let’s not pretend that when the women are on the show, they usually end up getting some TV time to wrestle so all of them benefit in that way at least.

          • Gabriel S.

            I stand by my headcanon that Summer Rae was a mole sent by the anti-Total Divas to stir up chaos to the cast.

            Her not being invited to Cabo was justified but she did what Aj Lee set her out to do.

            P.S. I know she’s not like that irl. She has quite the head on her shoulders when WWE is not filming her.

  • Mark?

    Naomi calling every spot.

    Nattie walking out still champ thank God.

  • Victoria&Melina19

    Obviously the complaints are the fact that they had no entrance and the match was so short with a long commercial for whatever reason.

    I was actually enjoying the match. What I also didn’t like was Carmella being too involved in the title scene as it showed well in this match.

    • A?.

      Well, she has the advantage with the mitb so she’s trying to play mind games.

      • Victoria&Melina19

        Yeah she does have an advantage, but to constantly do that it gets kinda boring, I’m focusing on the title matches and feuds. So far she’s been teasing that she will cash in that I don’t really care, I feel like she should cash in at Mania, since people think she gonna cash in on Nattie or Naomi it would be better for her to cash in on someone that we don’t even expect, but that’s just me.

        • A?.

          Exactly, she’s just teasing. She probably won’t even cash in until WM or post WM or a big SD show like the rumored Taboo Tuesday, so.

          • Victoria&Melina19

            Yeah she probably will cash in around them times. But it’s who she will cash in on. Hopefully someone we don’t expect.

    • GOD STRATUS•

      Carmella = Alexa … Get with it ppl

      • Victoria&Melina19

        Yeah I’ve noticed that for a while now.

  • conan_kun

    Next week or two, we may see another multi woman No 1 contender match to decide the next contender at HIAC.

    Last week is Naomi, this week is Bayley, next week could be Charlotte, Becky or Sasha
    http://i.giphy.com/media/MTXYsPpjPvLQk/200.gif
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b6493bca1bee432ef854a8d79d085e04905c0e71d6dfed9f59f6bc8028444e37.gif

  • conan_kun

    Does Bryan want to sign Iconic Duo after he missed out on Asuka
    https://68.media.tumblr.com/d0ba8161658f624e5cefb90120bd9d4c/tumblr_ouyrqkN4hv1sh05n8o1_500.png

    • PoisonFelino#Watermelondrea

      He might have confused them with The Bella Twins ooop

  • HBIC

    I’m bored of Naomi and I don’t care about Tamina I hope Charlotte or Becky are the next contenders,

    • Crazy. #RIPMae

      You’re going to get bored of them in the next 2 months and want someone new to come.

      • HBIC

        Not really Natalya and Charlotte matches are always great

        • Crazy. #RIPMae

          Yeah, their matches are always great but their booking was also good or decent in the other matches so we’ll see. Smackdown has messy booking nowadays.

  • TheRealest #ItsBossTime

    It really does seem like this company is trying to sabotage itself and womens wrestling by constantly talking about a revolution yet constantly getting trash matches, trash booking and trash storylines. 2 commercials and a three minute match are definetely not going to do anything to elevate the womens division, and ya’ll also had the nerve to put Shayna in the finals knowing she would only be able to put on an average at best match. Last night could’ve been so much better.

  • Hoooshi

    I don’t see what is next from here. Lana and Tamina are MIA, Charlotte and Becky are being kept away for that feud that apparently will benefit everyone (sure Jan), so is the division now only consisting of Naomi, Nattie and Carmella? Somehow SD managed to become worse than Raw.

    • GOD STRATUS•

      The fans wanted all the HW out of the title picture tho. Especially here on DD

      • You know how the flip flopitty flappers are.

        • PoisonFelino#Watermelondrea

          “Flip flopitty flappers” xD I’m screaming

        • GOD STRATUS•

          Floppy ?

          • They love em then hate em or vise verser

  • Can’tGetNo…Stratusfaction

    Big DISAGREE on the suggestion of a triple threat Hell in a Cell. If Sasha and Charlotte’s fell flat as a one-on-one contest, I shudder to think what it would be like with these three (especially, since Carmella is so basic in the ring).

    I do think that Naomi and Natalya could have had an interesting story…the writer of the redux made me think about how linear their careers have been in a way that I never thought of it before, because WWE has never made the audience think in that way.

    Ultimately, though, i don’t think this will be a story of Naomi getting back on top. If anything, the quick loss was a way to get her rematch out of the way so that Carmella is more center focus.

    • GOD STRATUS•

      Love your name ! & Sadly no…. We can’t lol

  • SmackDown! needs new blood; and tbh, this wouldn’t be the issue if THREE of the 4HW weren’t called up so damn early (mainly because in a perfect world, women like Summer, Emma, and Alicia would actually be USED consistently with all the other staple women on the roster). Ember where you at?? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/637d405bafbb96fad202deea8514b6d24dd406fd0a5eeb6683cfaf34a37fbb7d.gif

    • Can’tGetNo…Stratusfaction

      They barely know how to use Ember consistently in NXT, I doubt she’d fair much better with her ambiguous gimmick on the main roster.

    • Booking 101

      Because Summer, Emma and Alicia were so well used before Sasha, Becky and Charlotte came along…

      When the girls debuted on Raw, Emma was back in NXT because she was so poorly used on the main roster, Alicia was the third wheel for Team Bella after YEARS of irrelevance and Summer was stuck in an idiotic storyline with Rusev, Lana and Ziggler also after being so poorly used on the main roster.

      If WWE doesn’t want to use you, then they will not use you. It’s easier if people understand this instead of blaming whoever it is that is at the top. If you are going to blame Becky, Sasha and Charlotte, why don’t you also blame The Bellas, AJ and Paige? They were constantly featured while the 3 women you named weren’t. Are they to blame? Absolutely not!

      You people need to stop playing the blaming game, it’s tiring and quite dumb by now

  • Aye Mate

    When the women can’t get a decent story cause Vince wants to show the world that geriatrics can still bump too. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f091ab1ad3f3f196ddb4b38b1d55960a44759a5b40397bf54915f61b6c88609c.gif

    • Vid Trim

      tbh that beatdown was more interesting, especially to casuals, than anything nattie and Nao could have done in the match.

      • Aye Mate

        Oh it was. Vince is compelling onscreen and Kevin Owens is always reliable in his character work.

        The point is that WWE preceded the supposed importance of their MYC final with a women’s title match that meant nothing. It was horribly incongruent; Naomi and Nattie didn’t receive any modicum of story or build whatsoever. The title switched hands and rematched with no fanfare, which does neither woman any favours nor the title any credibility.

  • Crazy. #RIPMae

    I expected a longer match with more nearfalls and false finishes.. now don’t get me wrong I have no problem with Naomi tapping but she should’ve lasted longer, crawled a bit and grabbed the ropes or something. Give us that big fight feel. But no, Smackdown and their match structures are a mess.

    • Super Mateo

      Emma’s matches on Raw are even worse. She taps out within two seconds of a submission hold being applied.

      • Crazy. #RIPMae

        yeah but I don’t expect much from RAW matches that involve Emma so. I expect a lot from title matches and important matches on RAW and usually they’re good. However for Smackdown.. the wrestling is good but the match is just missing something..

      • GOD STRATUS•

        Only after….. She dominated most of the match.

      • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

        Most women do that for some reason.

  • Kara Stevens

    I’m mad they finally put some shine on Tamina and, then seem to drop the ball. She deserve’s a push and, even title run. I like her and, Lana together.

  • Kiana Taylor
    • GOD STRATUS•

      Divas division

  • GOD STRATUS•

    SdLive is so much better tho ….. Mess

  • GOD STRATUS•

    & where TF is the Raw redux? Or was Nia’s and Alexa’s abyss commentary nothing to write home about ?

  • What the hell happend with SD live!? They pass from having 2 or 3 women matches to have one with the shortest amount of time. Come on’

  • What I’m gonna say is they get 1 more match & then someone gets involved (Tamina) to make it a 3 way at HIAC.
    It seemed so blah because they didn’t even get entrances, SD was lukewarm this week https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4b35c4493a2e2fac495ebf7d8f551c8579231cbe3f986faf250e1df947a2ab22.gif

  • Booking 101

    Yeah… This was… This was bad.

    In the night of MYC final, a night suppose to be all about women’s wrestling, the Smackdown women’s title match was a HUGE let down.

    First of all, no entrances? Seriously? Because their entrances were going to take some precious time of whatever Mahal or McMahon or doing with the microphone on Tuesday. Second of all, 4 minutes? That’s your title match? After the waste of time that was the Lana vs Naomi matches, you NEEDED longer and better matches to happen in order to give back some credibility to the title, while adding to his legacy. But who cares, right? WWE doesn’t!

    Carmella did nothing on commentary and I’m not even going to mention the whole thing with Ellsworth. Don’t care!

    I’m going to give Naomi and Nattie kudos for putting the best show they possibly could with the so little they were offered. Those girls are gems and WWE doesn’t appreciate it.

    Becky and Charlotte are still waiting on the sidelines for something to happen to them. But given how tragic the booking is, maybe it’s for the best. Sometimes it’s better to stay on the sidelines than to make a complete idiot of yourself on tv.

    On other news and probably more positive, Tamina and Lana also didn’t show up. Given how horrific that squash match a couple of weeks ago was, it’s best they stay on the back. I really don’t understand Tamina. She did so great on the MITB matches but when she has a singles match, she appears to forget everything she knows about wrestling. Really don’t understand.

    Not one bit excited for whatever they will be doing at HITC. Pick it up Smackdown, QUICK!

    • MrRatedR2014

      Go DEMAND A SEPERATE BRAND THEN! Ziggy was boring that was the same, but the rest of you said no and they were hell entertaining, not that you feminist care, nor do I care about what you think, and the McMahon segmnet was very entertaining. WWE’s always been men’s house, women just cant draw by themselves or else the Shimmers wold be huge, so they ahve to fit in with the men and ask men to give them a spot between them. Instead of blaming your misfortunes on men, ask WWE to give your women a separate brand so that Raw and SD can be free of women, and concentrate on the men’s nfeud and you get what you want on your beloved women’s brand and we wills see how that draws too. I am sick of women in the main roster now having more than one matches and having longer matches. This crap mainly statred in 2014, with some lesboos tweeting garbage like “give divas a chance”. Before women’s matches would last on average 3 minutes, and more than one women’s match on a show was almost unheard of! Ugly AJ Lee and stupid total divas are also to blame for initiating this garbage “women’s revolution”! Why can’t WWE just have a separate women’s brand so that uninteresting wimpy women do what ever they want and live us alone and enjoy brilliant muscular men’s wrestling feuds and matches, so that WWE does not waste our time with women’s wrestling anymore! (it would have been interesting if they still had bra and pantie matches or bikini matches like during the attitude era, but these boring fully dressed women are not worth watching, and non of the women today are as hot as the likes of Sunny, Terrie, and many other past women were). Women who crave women’s wrestling should start demanding a separate brand for their female crushes, so that they will never appear in the main roster any more and we don’t have to watch boring women wrestling and their girlish feuds on Raw and SmackDown anymore! Call me sexist or any other names, I don’t care, I rather see those as compliments and this is a free world and I have every right to share my opinions and views!

      • Booking 101

        Nice trolling. Now go do something positive with your life and get out of here

        • MrRatedR2014

          I meant what I said, women cant take criticism, lmao.

  • i loved sd live this week awesome matches and moments and not an ad in sight lol

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  • PoisonFelino#Watermelondrea

    So much time wasted on the same repetitive and redundant segments we get each and every week and sometimes multiple times per show by the likes of KO and Ziggy, yet the women can’t get a decent title match that isn’t shorter than the commercial break it is interrupted by.

    However I enjoyed the performance by the women.

    It’s odd that they didn’t showcase the Lana/Tamina story line for two weeks in a row.
    They can’t really blame it on Tamina’s performance in the squash match cause they should know Tamina’s performance level by now.

    • MrRatedR2014

      Ziggy yes that was the same, but the rest of you said no and they were hell entertaining, not that you feminist care, nor do I care about what you think, and the McMahon segmnet was very entertaining. WWE’s always been men’s house, women just cant draw by themselves or else the Shimmers wold be huge, so they ahve to fit in with the men and ask men to give them a spot between them. Instead of blaming your misfortunes on men, ask WWE to give your women a separate brand so that Raw and SD can be free of women, and concentrate on the men’s nfeud and you get what you want on your beloved women’s brand and we wills see how that draws too. I am sick of women in the main roster now having more than one matches and having longer matches. This crap mainly statred in 2014, with some lesboos tweeting garbage like “give divas a chance”. Before women’s matches would last on average 3 minutes, and more than one women’s match on a show was almost unheard of! Ugly AJ Lee and stupid total divas are also to blame for initiating this garbage “women’s revolution”! Why can’t WWE just have a separate women’s brand so that uninteresting wimpy women do what ever they want and live us alone and enjoy brilliant muscular men’s wrestling feuds and matches, so that WWE does not waste our time with women’s wrestling anymore! (it would have been interesting if they still had bra and pantie matches or bikini matches like during the attitude era, but these boring fully dressed women are not worth watching, and non of the women today are as hot as the likes of Sunny, Terrie, and many other past women were). Women who crave women’s wrestling should start demanding a separate brand for their female crushes, so that they will never appear in the main roster any more and we don’t have to watch boring women wrestling and their girlish feuds on Raw and SmackDown anymore! Call me sexist or any other names, I don’t care, I rather see those as compliments and this is a free world and I have every right to share my opinions and views!

  • John Finnie

    I feel for tamina ever since Nia appeared she is with the Rocks mum at all the events. Hof, takeovers, film premierss’ they used to say Tamina is the rock family her kids are his cousins just like Nia
    But Nothing now wwe have a new gabbage patch doll to play with
    # give tamina respect for at least doing this & raising to teenage girlas ffs wwe get the crap together

  • John Finnie

    Right guys & gals out of all the MYC matches, how many were better than any of the womans takeover??