After retaining her title last week, SmackDown Women’s champion Natalya has got to be feeling proud of herself. But with Charlotte Flair making her return to the blue brand, how does this reshape the division? Let’s check out what happened last night!

Flair walks out to the ring, happily tagging fans’ hands as she walks down the ramp. She then grabs ahold of a microphone and thanks the WWE Universe for their support of her father Ric Flair. Ric recently went through a “life or death” situation, and although everything is okay, it definitely left its mark on the former Women’s champion. She states that she now understands just how short life is, and aims to make every moment from this point and throughout matter. But before she can get on, the Queen of Black Harts struts to the ring.

Despite being glad for Flair and her father’s wellbeing, Natalya takes this moment to have a “celebration of women.” Neidhart says that it’s been “women” that have lead “the charge” throughout history, as she references Florence NightingaleOrphan Winfrey and the women of the Mae Young Classic. And we as a community need to celebrate women like this – by focusing on Natalya – an image of her holding her championship is then revealed to the crowd. Humble as always, Nattie.

Neidhart describes herself as a woman whom “completed the journey” – something Amelia Earheart couldn’t accomplish.

Charlotte then thanks the champ for the “inspiring” speech, as it prompts her to challenge Neidhart for the SmackDown Women’s title! Cue the desperation in Natalya – and Becky Lynch, of course.

Before Lynch gets into why she’s really here, she decides to get under Natalya’s skin first. The Lass Kicker describes Natalya as “the craziest there is, the craziest there was, and the craziest there ever will be.” As corny as it is, it does manage to work its way into Natalya’s mind. Lynch then moves on to what she really wants: and that’s the SmackDown Women’s championship. As much as she openly appreciates Flair and her father, the one thing the besties disagree on – in Becky’s opinion – is that the title belongs to her.

But before Charlotte can react, the Glowtastic Naomi comes out (to a great reaction, by the way).

Naomi tells the champ that she doesn’t represent “all women” – or even the women on the blue brand. And in fact, the only thing she represents is her “stank cats!” Natalya is extremely offended by this, of course. But anyway, since Lynch and Flair are doing the same, Naomi demands a title match.

And then – finally – Tamina makes her way to the ring. The Ravishing Revolution continues!

Lana, whom is by Snuka’s side, tells Natalya to not listen to the “disrespectful, pathetic villagers” in the ring. And although Neidhart is grateful for Lana “respecting” her, the Ravishing Russian dismisses this, and calls her a “crazy cat lady.” Noooow she’s really mad! As Lana makes her way to the ring to state that it’s Tamina’s time for a title match, Natalya is seeing storming out the ring. She yells at the women to be quiet and celebrate women by focusing on her – she’s the most ironically funny person ever. Natalya insists that she’s “not a crazy cat lady” and that she will be the champion forever. That is, until General Manager Daniel Bryan comes out…

Bryan announces that in tonight’s main event, Naomi, Becky Lynch, Tamina and a returning Charlotte Flair will compete to fight Natalya for her championship at Hell In A Cell! Let the competition begin… and Neidhart’s mini breakdown.

So let’s jump right to the match!

As soon as the bell rings Tamina aggressively shoves Charlotte into the corner, followed by a takedown of the other two competitors. Snuka is seen dominating for a while, even after we return from a commercial break. Charlotte then uses her arms to whip Tamina to her knees, which does take a while. Becky soon takes advantage of it by kicking Snuka to ground. A leg-drop by Naomi then follows, leaving Tamina vulnerable.

The other three women then focus on one another now that their biggest threat is down. They each switch between which woman is controlling the match, each impressing the crowd as they go on. Some standouts include Naomi’s Fired Repeated Kicks followed by a Stunner and Lynch’s Dis-Arm-Her.

Snuka soon rejoins the contest by knocking down both Naomi and Becky (whilst Flair rolls to the outside). This is then followed by each competitor taking over the match at a quick pace. Becky and Charlotte seem to know each other’s moves so well that they reverse a lot, whilst Naomi’s quickness scores her some moves and Tamina’s power takes down her opponents.

At a poignant moment, Charlotte has Naomi and Tamina knocked down together, managing to score herself a Moonsault onto both of them. Unfortunately the pair kick out of her separate pins, but the damage is still evidential.

We eventually hear a “this is awesome” chant to the crowd once all four women are laid out – and it truly is an awesome contest.

Towards the end of the match Lana decides to pull Naomi out of the ring to help her friend. Unfortunately for the Ravishing Russian, she falls victim to a kick to the head. As the former champ attempts to get back into the ring, a Superkick from Snuka knocks her back out. But this only proves to be a distraction for Tamina as a Big Boot from Charlotte takes her down and gives Flair the pinfall victory! Looks like it’ll be Flair vs Hart again at Hell In A Cell…

Backstage, Charlotte expresses how excited she was to get back in the ring and to win her match. She reminds us of how well she knows Natalya, citing her victories at NXT and on the main roster last year. Flair says that she is now “bigger, faster [and] stronger” than she was last year, and as she has a lot to prove due to her necessity to hold the SmackDown Women’s championship for the first time, she needs to be completely ready for the battle.

Carmella is also seen backstage with James Ellsworth, whom, is still on a leash. Dasha Fuentes asks ‘Mella about her treatment of Ellsworth, and she explains that she needs to keep him in check. On top of that, she’s also taught him a few tricks such as barking, sitting and playing dead. Looks like she has everything she needs to make sure she gets the championship, I suppose.

Thoughts: What a match! What a main event! The women, on a whim, are given the opportunity to close the show and they truly knock it out of the park! Each woman is given their time to shine and they all deliver! Whilst some parts could be better, the match does its job to showcase the talents and make the title worth fighting for.

Making Tamina appear as the biggest threat is a smart choice. She’s supposed to be seen as a threat, but the past few weeks haven’t exactly done a lot to aid that vision. So, the best way to overcome that is to make sure that she shines in this contest. Flair, Lynch and Naomi all make it a point to target Snuka at the beginning. These three stars (sort of) team up to take her down, ensuring that they can have a better chance of winning. And although Snuka doesn’t walk away with the victory, allowing her to be the threat that is targeted and dominates throughout makes her come across as powerful as needed.

Snuka needs time to truly be the star of the show, so before she takes home the biggest crown, she needs to prove herself to the audience.

Playing with Lynch and Flair’s friendship is something that showcases their strengths and their weaknesses. By being friends for a while, this allows the pair to understand how the other works in the ring. And although that comes with the knowledge to know what the other will do next, it stops either from prospering very much. At times we see either woman so focused on bringing the other down that one of them may face defeat. Just like when the two are in the corner and we see Becky clotheslined by Tamina, Lynch clearly focuses so much of her energy on Flair that she forgets to think about those she isn’t too comfortable with. But fortunately for the more accredited star (what, with five title reigns in the books) she is able to take advantage of the situation and spear Snuka to the ground. Their friendship does have its benefits, but it also exemplifying their weaknesses, as well as highlighting which of the two is the better in-ring competitor.

Naomi’s work in the match is an interesting one. Like Flair and Lynch, her and Tamina have a history. But as they’ve spent a lot of time apart, Naomi has learned less and less about her ex ally. Snuka has clearly taken the time to study the former champ and is able to knock her down when she isn’t looking. Naomi however falls victim to a lot of Snuka’s attacks, whilst most of her attacks on Tamina are due to the work of the other two competitors.

This match also proves that – much like last week – Naomi isn’t too good with the numbers game. An outside distraction proves too much for her as this is what causes her loss. So whilst Naomi has flashy moves and connects with the crowd, she needs to focus on working multiple women at once and understanding their individual tactics.

I must say, though, that the star of the night is Natalya. She may not compete in the ring, but her mic work is hilarious and she plays her character wonderfully. I can’t help but adore how she is the only person that takes her seriously, as even the General Manager and Lana mock her. The whole over-the-top ego and her easily deflatable confidence makes her reign so unique. It takes what makes a good heel – the cockiness and cowardice – whilst combining it with her one of a kind self absorbed personality and odd humor to make her stand out.

The idea of another Flair vs Hart feud is exciting, as this time it feels different. This time round, Natalya is a lone wolf and doesn’t associate with her ex-uncle Bret Hart. And as Flair is a good guy now, the idea of Ric cheating for her doesn’t feel relevant. Now we’ll get to see Charlotte be Charlotte and Natalya be Natalya in a good battle.

Hopefully, Neidhart can finally score a big win over Flair that isn’t in a three minute pre-callup/tag-team match. Natalya deserves to look good as a champion, and defeating Charlotte – one of the best right now – will be a brilliant way to solidify that.

What do you think of tonight’s events? Is Charlotte the right winner? Are you Team Flair or Hart? Let us know your views in the comments below!

  • YonceLuvsDivas

    The match was goo! I’m in love with smackdown and what they do for the women. I’m pretty sure they’ll make the Flair vs Hart feud fresh.

    • Natalya’s revenge.

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    • Jaded

      The arena was half empty yet Naomi’s reaction was so loud.

      • YonceLuvsDivas

        That’s how you know you slay!

  • ???

    The match was decent , but wasn’t it too short for a main event ?

    The segment was cute, nice to see Charlotte and Becky back!

    Charlotte: I love her, but she doesn’t connect with the crowd well in a face role.. she’s much better as a heel .

    Natalya : She did improve in the mic, she’s very funny though lol

    Becky : She’s the ultimate baby face !! Her mic skills are just screaming baby face.

    Lana : Best woman talker in the SD women division hands down! Glad she returned to the manager role she just doesn’t fit as a wrestler .

    Glad Charlotte won, but with her winning we may not see hell in a cell match because she already did that with Sasha last year !

    Becky is great but has no chemistry with Natalya .

    Naomi already had her chances so she needs to take a break .

    Tamina needs to build momentum first .

    Carmella just doesn’t have “it” to be a champion, she’s just boring and the crowd doesn’t care about her . Yeah she’s good in the mic but meh, I think she’ll be way better as a manager just like Lana !

    The right woman won !! They’ll definitely kill it at HIAC !!

    Overall, not bad episode at all !

    • Joseph

      The crowd likes Charlotte and they are not going to turn her heel after what she went through.

      • ???

        Yes they do , but what I mean is that she just doesn’t have the charisma as a face .. a bit boring too , definitely not as good as she’s heel !

        • Joseph

          She was getting stale as a heel even if she stayed heel when she moved to SD it would have lasted maybe a couple of more months.

    • conan_kun

      I have no idea why WWE officials are very high on Carmella and Alexa, just because they’re pretty faces who are only good on mic so they get a free ticket without being good in wrestling while they never high on Bayley, Sasha and Becky, prove that WWE has poor taste in wrestling.

      • Mike

        They’re both pretty blondes who can talk on the mic without being too skilled at wrestling aka Vince’s favorite. Charlotte of course is the exception

      • Jaded

        They are not really that pretty to be honest, compare them with the likes of layla ,Mariah, bellas ,Kelly, eve, trish ,Stacy etc

      • Wrestling.fan.from.France

        It’s quite obvious why they are high on Alexa. Carmella on the other hand, I am still wondering what do they see in her tbh…

  • BLKLTR05

    This is a good way to use Charlotte: as a way to prop up others and make them look good. The girl is talented yes, but she doesn’t need the championship. She should lose at HIAC and put over Nattie in a way she has never done before. Charlotte shouldn’t be in the title picture until next year around Wrestlemania time BUT don’t have her win at Wrestlemania. She already had her WM moment and it should go to another woman, say Tamina or Becky. Charlotte shouldn’t win the SD Championship until next Summerslam that way it has been a while since she was champ and it’ll feel like she clawed her way back up to it and it will actually mean something rather than “oh look, another reign for Charlotte…”

    • #RiotWithRuby

      I would honestly love to see an Underdog Charlotte storyline. It would make her title win more meaningful compared to her other wins.

      • BLKLTR05

        I don’t think that at this point she could ever be considered an underdog. I would say book her as a woman who can’t seem to get back to her old glory. Something in her is making her choke when the title is on the line. But you are right in saying that it would make it more meaningful and honestly I think it would propel her as an ultimate babyface with the fans.

      • She’s decorated too much to ever been seen as a underdog

        • Organization XIII

          Ok! Like underdog where? lol

          • Only under dogs on SD is Carmella & Lana

          • Organization XIII

            Exactly & Becky. Cuz she always gets one upped

          • Right.

    • Francisco Baguer

      Finally the only person who I come across that understands about Flair Jr. I don’t like her and I don’t want to see her win the belt after she was gone for 6 weeks. I can see Shanya or Ronda cost her the match to set up the big Survivor Series match between the WWE Horsewomen vs MMA Horsewomen which will then lead to a Wrestlemania match between Ronda and Flair. That way she’ll be far away from the title picture and allow everyone else a chance at the spotlight,

      • BLKLTR05

        In the beginning, I did not like her but she has proven to be quite adept at wrestling and she is entertaining but I don’t think she needs the title at this time. Others there are more deserving and they should be champs for a while, not just for a couple of weeks.

        • Francisco Baguer

          Your right she doesn’t need the title. She was already over-pushed and shoved down last year and so far she hasn’t been the same. I liked your idea of waiting till next year’s SummerSlam that way I wouldn’t mind it because she was doing other things and feud with other people. If she actually earned her shot instead of winning just one match, then fine.

    • PoisonFelino#Watermelondrea

      Agree completely
      Also your avi had me thinking “THIS IS ASUKA’s NEW MASK!” XD

      • BLKLTR05

        Can you IMAGINE?! hahahaha! That would be hilarious…

        • PoisonFelino#Watermelondrea

          It definitely would and I wouldn’t put it past her. I would scream till my lungs hit the tv.

    • Jaded

      Very sensible comment ,She shouldn’t get any title at least for the next two years.

  • Match of Year Maker

    Awesome match! The RAW girls now get a hard work to outshine this match because was phenomenal!

  • DivaLicious?

    OMG! What a cringeworthy segment for the women? First off Charlotte looked amazing ?

    The promos cut from each women was completely cringeworthy too the fullest. Nattie being the worst. She sounds too scripted. I face palm myself when ever she open her mouth????? When she cut her promo on the ramp whining like a big baby????? Her face expression and all cringe.

    Becky lynch comes out too corny jokes like always that don’t get anybody laughing whatsoever. It’s hard to understand what she is saying at time. Just gotta stop with the jokes & the awkwardness. I was embarrassed.

    Naomi wasn’t too bad. I didn’t almost wanna mute my tv. Which is a plus for Naomi.

    Then Tamina music hits *which at this point – my tv is muted because she just sucks on the mic. Thank god she didn’t speak. Tamina just needs to retire and take care of her kids. She doesn’t have the “It” too be the champion. nobody cares

    Lana is the best talker on SMACKDOWN LIVE! In the women’s division That’s a cold hard fact!

    Match was ok. Congrats to Charlotte

    • BLKLTR05

      You are a ray of fucking sunshine aren’t ya! haha! But in all honesty, I kind of agree with you on everything except Nattie. That’s EXACTLY how whe should be doing her promos. It just works for me, idk… Becky really should stop with the corny jokes but without them she doesn’t really have a character and Tamina is improving so I’ll give her that. Lana is by far the best talker on Smackdown though, male or female. Too bad she can’t wrestle all that well.

      • DivaLicious?

        Nattie promo shouldn’t be like that. She literally sounds like she cry baby who was whining about not being able to get some chocolate chip cookies out the cookie jar. So she takes it out on her mom AKA women’s division. She needs that attitude when she was in a feud with Nikki Bella. Where the hell did it go? Did Nikki Bella take it with her too Hollywood? It’s unbelievable man.

        They can give Becky a character without the corny 5th grade jokes. maybe just turn her heel.

        it really doesn’t matter if people think Tamina has “improved” in the ring. The WWE universe just don’t care. I’m pretty such they rather not see her wrestle in any wrestling organization. She just sucks! It’s not working at all. It’s crickets when she comes out.

        I’m putting together a new stable in wwe 2k18 with Tamina & Carmella called – The Cricket squad ?

        • Organization XIII

          The universe does care if they react to what she’s doing in the ring so there’s that

        • John Finnie

          So the plan was for a triple threat naomi vs becky vs Charlotte so Wwe cares (sort of) enough to put her in the ME again….
          Shes 40 she willl retire this or next year lets just leave her alone i mean there were/are worse than her who got no reaction & shes liked by everyone backstage; you know the ones that matter

    • Jaded

      Honestly Naomi’s promo was the worst.
      Charlotte looked half decent, but I’m so over her using her family tragedies to portray TV stories.
      The one with Reid being the worst.

      • John Finnie

        I know Taminas dad just died & they have not used that as a way to get over BUT Charlotte gets the Dads going to be fine line
        Wwe suck ass big time

    • Crazy. #RIPMae

      She needs to retire to take care of her kids? Well, maybe she needs her job to take care of her kids, you know?

    • John Finnie

      Thats why shes in wwe to Take care of her Kids the woman has done all sorts of jobs to look after her kids….show some respect to a mother who works hard to give her kids the best she can & remember she just lost her father (not that wwe mentions that) so she needs this job more than most women on the MR

  • conan_kun
    • Wicked Bliss

      Not to mention they called Tamina Lana

  • Looking Glass

    Back to rushed feuds and bad storytelling. Did Charlotte need to interrupt Nattie’s promo before she won contendership rights? SD is supposed to be the unpredictable brand, the brand of opportunity and this was just everything we had in the last decade. If they had Charlotte win this week and interrupted Natalya next week that’s BUILDING but what they did this week by hammering it altogether was rushing. Becky and Tamina got jobber entrances which you’d never see in a typical male dominated main even, Tamina’s storyline has been nixed and there’s only so much Becky Lynch I can take that just rinses and repeats the same moves without any actual character or feud progression. So much for first ever SD Women’s Champ.

  • #FlairfortheGold

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Charlotte isn’t overrated. That title belongs to 4 out of the 5 Women involved in the Raw Women’s title match at No Mercy. Char has at least taken a break from the spotlight while 4 overrated ass hoes (no disrespect Bliss) have consistently hogged it for the longest of time…2 of which have been there since Flair was there and still continue to hog the spotlight from others such as Mickie

    • A?.

      I agree. I really don’t mind Charlotte getting a title shot now, when she went to SD, after her huge push, she kinda became irrelevant and it allowed other women to get some spotlight, so it’s good to see her back. Can’t say the same about Sasha and Bayley (Alexa too, but mostly those two especially Sasha who has been in like the title picture since 2015).

    • Vid Trim

      It’s rumoured that Paige will go to SD once/if she returns

    • Jaded

      You are right, I think it’s time Nia had a title run. She is the only belivable person to challenge Asuka

  • A?.

    I guess SD is going back to its good old days, I’m so here for it. Let’s hope they keep it up, I was getting bored but this week was amazing!

  • Don ?

    The “crazy cat lady” nickname they gave Natalya was absolutely hilarious. ? I hope the women tease Natalya more with it. I sometimes wish Natalya would tap back to her roots as far as her appearance and presentation goes. I really liked her Divas of Doom ring attires. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6f37a0c0330af259ce229cfc5eee7b748b8172fa34c9d59edf456788015cce70.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5b558c6849428b9e5d2e0f3dbb4fb5bc1a1d0c0e3ca4f0fc8ea4deaaf36e2bfc.jpg The cat suits she sports now are kind of a hit or miss for me. I also miss her “Yeah Baby” theme. It’s sounds lot more intense than “New Foundation.” Anyways, I’m hoping Natalya retains at HIAC against Charlotte. I want to see more of Natalya as champion and hopefully she’s booked to look more dominant in subsequent weeks.

    • PoisonFelino#Watermelondrea

      I prefer her current attires tbh, But I agree that not all of them are great.
      I definitely miss her old theme. It was perfect for her with the laugh and the “yeah, baby”. Also she should bring back her “when you mess with the best you go down with the rest” line and her old moveset.

    • MK126

      If they wanna pursue this whole “crazy cat lady” thing for Nattie they should have her bring her cats with her to the ring like Torrie did with Chloe and use them to distract the ref to pick up some wins lol

  • GEO

    Whew what a great match! The SD Womens division is looking bright. I hope the Charlotte vs Nattie feud brews into a HIAC match. It doesn’t seem impossible since we had a MITB this year. After all SD is the land of opportunity. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2b5a99de3661bdaef3218278b09aa4504f3d46f6b73bb0e49db6f5eb27e4f243.gif

  • DayOneISH!

    Natalya looked like a complete idiot out there last night.I HATE when she talks all soft and light like that and none of those girls were out there taking her serious and she’s supposed to be the top heel?

    And she doesn’t play the comedic heel role well either she’s better off playing what tamina is and lana should be natties mic talker.Im trying really really hard to be excited for this nattie vs Charlotte because that Smackdown women’s belt needs those matches to really put that belt on the map but then I see who’s the Money In the bank winner and I’m not getting my hopes up.

  • Jes Lennox

    Although I’m fine with Natalya being champ, the last thing I wanted was another Bret vs Ric feud. They really missed the opportunity to build a Naomi vs Charlotte feud. Having them try to 1-up each other in the ring would’ve been amazing & it didn’t need to involve the title.

    Can they turn Becky heel or something? There is no reason why she shouldn’t be doing something.

    They need to hurry up & have Carmella lose her cash-in try at the hands of Ellsworth & send him on his way. I realize he is her crowd reaction, but I’m over her carrying this briefcase around. She also should’ve been a factor if they want people to care.

    The one thing I actually loved about all this, none of the women were made to look weak.

    • Diva_Fan

      I’m pretty sure Carmella’s cash in will be successful they won’t have both MITB winners have failed cash in’s .

      • Organization XIII

        Plus Carmella’s successful cash in would be more eventful than her unsuccesfully doing so ‘cuz no one sees Carmella as threatening

    • Joseph

      WWE is not gonna have two failed cash ins. Becky isn’t turning heel with Paige coming soon she will be heel on SD.

      • conan_kun

        I bet Iconic Duo may move to Smackdown before year end, so Paige may still be babyface on Smackdown.

        • Joseph

          Rather have Paige as a heel cause it makes sense.

          • conan_kun

            But she’s babyface before she’s injured, I can’t see the crowd buys her as heel after she’s out of action more than 1 year, example Lita once out with long injury in 2002 to 2003.

          • Joseph

            She can be a heel have her cut a promo saying whatever she needs to say.

  • DayOneISH!

    And where’s this ravishing new tamina we were supposed to see? One match against a jobber and does the same moves,same attire,same entrance music ooooooo she bad now!
    https://media.giphy.com/media/x2tP4oWbGQwus/giphy.gif

    • The Earl of Lemongrab

      I’m having really having mixed feeling with these two teaming up. I like the two of them together and Tamina not being just a bodyguard. But I don’t really get the reason of them being together, also they could make them look more of a team. Make Lana wear a leather jacket or somethin or make Tamina wear more color.

      • DayOneISH!

        This is like Alexa and Mickie James all over again.

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    • A?.

      I’m screaming! They’re just trying to make her look dominant.

    • mckenzie

      ? she bad now

  • CHarley

    The Women Killed it. Been a Women’s Wrestling fan since 2002 ! Fell In love with Lita.

    Been a Diva Dirt Ghost follower since 2008. But now seeing this match Made me want to actually make an account and compliment the Smackdown Product. I love it. Back when I started RAW was the show but now I have to say Smackdown takes it !

    Also shoutout to survivivor series 2008 [I think if I am correct] when Maryse was the sole survivor for Team Smackdown and put up a terrific outing during the [bubonic plague age for the women]

    • albert albie aldahawi

      That’s my fav ss match cause of candice lol

      • CHarley

        Candice was a cool addition to the locker room when she started improving in ’07 too bad her career ended so ubruptly she had potential! I loved ber in SvR07

        Also I loved the match because Maryse herself was showing promising improvement. She had all 4 eliminations in that match. Her moveset wasn’t so generic “heel diva” either ? that french TKO

    • ???

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    • Jaded

      She was improving so much then, I wonder what happened. The back Heel kick up Beth was so perfect in timing and precision.

    • Darren C. #Anti-Marks ?

      Maryse slayed everyone in that match. She should have defeated Beth tbh

      • CHarley

        I agree. They really could have built her up as a Main Star for her era. She could’ve been the breakout diva-search contestant. Instead they decided to hype the Glamazon only to feed her to K2 & the rest of the “eye candy” at the time.

        So much wasted potential with that era.

        This time around they have the players just the programmers aren’t doing them justice for the most part.

  • Charlotte is back, all is right in WWE, the women’s division is saved.

    (Amazing to see Becky back too. Hopefully they have something for her.)

  • conan_kun

    Are they undoing every buildup for Tamina, I thought it gonna be Naomi eat pinfall to protect Tamina.

    If they run Charlotte/Natalya title feud with Carmella waiting for a chance to cash in, while Naomi vs Tamina/Lana, then bring Paige and Iconic Duo to Smackdown, like Becky gets outnumbered by Iconic Duo, later Paige helps Becky even the odd.

    The Queen slapping high five to her peasants look strange, like her white meat babyface run in 2015 but she’s much better as babyface now. She was a guest on E&C Pod of Awesomeness a few months ago where she discussed trying to figure out how to stage the face comeback and adjust her style to working as the protagonist.
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    • Joseph

      I like i said before all she is now is a face version of the Queens. Still the same just not a dick to the fans and to Becky, Bayley and Sasha.

  • Victoria&Melina19

    Wasn’t a fan of the segment and didn’t really like Nattie on the mic. The match was okay I felt like it should have been longer, but it’s cool at least they actually had the opportunity. I’m just glad Lana is back to managing that fits her well, and honestly wouldn’t want to see her wrestle.

    Charlotte and Nattie will have a real good match but I am still hoping for a Charlotte and Naomi feud because that was a missed opportunity.
    If it’s true then I am looking forward to what they would do with Paige on Smackdown.

    • Jaded

      Lol Lana isn’t really that bad… She is already far ahead of Eva in half the time. Lok

      • Victoria&Melina19

        Lol She’s better off as a manager tho that’s just me, i feel like she suits a manager role much better. Well I feel like they are pretty much the same lol Eva just came on the MR way to soon. So being ahead of Eva ain’t really saying much for me.

  • What can I say, women stole the show. Everyone did great in the segment and they all got good reactions in the match.

  • Rosanna

    I’m just waiting for Naomi to become a 3x women’s champion and Carmella to become champion.

  • ???

    OMG fuck those sexist assholes who want the dark days of women returning! When we WORKED HARD to let women finally have their chances .. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6caa5e10c4307a4e781902d70582277d0b681d3d1763ebd875e6ce51c945f91e.png

    • KellyAJNaomi#Slay

      Omg I can’t with these ppl

      • ???

        I know right ??!

        It really hurt my feelings as a woman , I fucking hate when men see us as a sex objects!

        Like hellooo this is wrestling!! It’s not a porn!

        • John Finnie

          Im a man & it hurts my feelings that men still think T&A is whats best for the women
          We can have it all sexy women who can out wrestle the men then use sex appeal to get what they want.
          But folk will still blame women for poor ratings NOT the writers & politics backstage who are the ones who are killing ratings

    • Don ?

      “Blood, Tits and Ass!!!!!” What the fuck? ?

      • ???

        That idiot meant he wants the violence and blood in the matches to be back , also the bra and panties. Ew ?

        I will be perfect with violence and blood and the show to be more extreme, but FUCK NO BRA AND PANTIES OR STUPID BIKINI CONTEST ?

  • Diva_Fan

    Really enjoyed the fatal four way all four did great . Tamina really seems to show out and impress whenever in multi women matches I’ve noticed !

    • Right. She was getting them together.

  • conan_kun

    I don’t see Natalya wins clean at HIAC, either wins dirty or intentionally gets DQ or Countout to extend their feud, like when she gets locked in Figure 8, Natalya grabs the referee and throws him into Charlotte to draw DQ.

  • They may not have gotten od enough time but this match was IT! Each of the women did their thing.
    Im proud of them all. I was on the edge of my seat each time & that moonsault Charlotte did was perfect!!!!!

  • Dylan Gutierrez

    Orphan Winfrey?

  • OJ Von Erich

    “ORPHAN WINFREY” – ???

  • TheRealest #ItsBossTime

    Orphan Winfrey hahaha

  • It

    If it wasn’t for Naomi botching almost every move, it would’ve been perfect

  • Organization XIII

    What a main event. Great match. Each woman came in & delivered. Although I’m happy for Charlotte, I’m not really here for another Nattie vs Charlotte feud. This one may surprise me since the dynamics have changed (Nattie as heel & Charlotte as face). I am hoping Nattie retains tho. She needs to retain & then she can lose her rematch if they one

  • Wrestling.fan.from.France

    This route they are going with Carmella and Ellsworth is quite bad. Aside from the actual performance in the backstage segment which was bad, the idea of her being this dominatrix or I don’t know what it is but it’s not good. Now, can’t say that I didn’t enjoy the fact that the focus wasn’t entirely on her being Miss MITB on this episode of SD…

  • #BrieForPeace ?

    I have very mixed feelings about this episode of SmackDown. Whereas the match was good and the women main evented I can’t help but still feel like the division is very one dimensional and nothing is really being furthered.

    Tamina was paired with Lana for the sake of a change but yet she still comes out the same and they barely look like a team. The concept is not bad but the delivery is being tragic and the fact that they’ve forgotten about this angle for the past 2 weeks really shows how bothered they are with it. But my biggest pet peeve has to be Charlotte winning. Nobody can tell me that she’s not overpushed. Whenever she’s away is the only time the other women get to shine, but once she steps foot in the ring again it’s all about her… AGAIN. Honestly I liked Charlotte vs Nattie’s feud last year and i’m looking forward to see it again but the fact that they make it so obvious that Charlotte is gonna win is what bothers me because she’s so above everyone else. And hopefully Charlotte puts Nattie over this time around because Nattie needs it way more than Charlotte does. Charlotte doesn’t need another reign for atleast another year. She needs to be a part of the division and not be the key choice all the time. Becky and Naomi have lost momentum tremendously and it feels like their characters are wandering somewhere throughout their past success but it doesn’t translate in the now. Tamina feels like she’s always on the cusp of breaking out and showing up but it never quite does it. They need to give her a makeover and make her the HBIC as she calls herself on Twitter or even The Polynesian Goddess like she once called herself. She has the tools to make it work but they actually have to invest in her. Also for some reason I think she works better as a babyface.

    As for Nattie, I love her but she wasn’t good at all in this segment. The delusional heel she’s playing doesn’t seem like she’s actually playing it but it’s actually a product of her not so decent mic skills. That being said whoever wrote her lines gave her no content to work with. The delusional character does fit her but there’s a huge need for better lines, better delivery and make things concrete and define each and every women’s character so we get a clearer vision of who they are, what are they portraying and what their impact is in the division rather than a game of “you became the n1 contender you lost NEXT.” There needs to be actual stories developing with actual motives rather than who is n1 contender. I miss the old SDL in that sense because for example Nikki’s storylines merged so well with eachother and had content (despite being repetitive by the end of it) but it felt like they had a motive to feud whereas now it’s just the basic n1 contender vs title holder association.

  • Wrestling.fan.from.France

    What a fun night! This was literally the best SD episode since I don’t even know how long. Seeing Charlotte and Becky come back was a pleasant surprise tbh. They are needed in this division.

    The promo did its job of reintroducing pretty much everyone and build the main event. It wasn’t perfect per say, wasn’t much of a fan of Naomi’s promo and Nattie’s as well while being decent overall for once was quite cringe at times but the overall segment was fine. The main event was a really nice! Good main event. It’s always great to see some good women’s action on TV and it’s great that they had the main event. Charlotte winning is a great choice and makes up for a fresh feud program since she hasn’t been on TV for ever.

    Good night.

  • Wrestling.fan.from.France

    Last thoughts, on WWE’s use of Naomi, Becky and Tamina.

    To me, Tamina feels like a masquerade. They began some kind of angle only to keep her off TV when they began this new “ravishing mouvement”. On top of that, her last showing was completely awful. I have hard time to care about her anymore and it’s the case for the big majority of people so honestly, if they continue to book her like this, it’s a waste of an angle that could have been saved for someone more capable or simply with more potential.

    Naomi ultimately feels directionless and the biggest problem to me is how thy are handling her post-title run. She hasn’t shown much frustration over her loss of the title, she feels “okay” with it for some reasons. I feel like… she’s just there right now.

    As for Becky Lynch, she’s criminally misused. Her ability to play a babyface is second to none and yet, she’s still without anything. I truly hope that they will find something going for her because she’s too good to be seating in the sidelines.

  • LaurenYorkStan

    Charlotte was sloppy as hell

    • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

      Ur mom

      • LaurenYorkStan

        UMMMMM WHITE TRASH WANNA FIGHT

        • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

          Stfu roach

          • Wes

            this rude ass behavior for what omg THEY’RE CHILDREN ON HERE FOR PEEPSAKE KNOCK IT OFF

      • Wes

        ummm tf

        • LaurenYorkStan

          Oop CLOCKEDT??????

        • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

          Go away you roaches

          • Wes

            no you go away moldy soggy tittie milk face bitch. ugh why your face so expirey

      • LaurenYorkStan

        WHO A,MOTHER FUCKING ROACH YOU SNAGGED TOOTH BALD HEADED ASS HICK ASS BITCH

        • Wes

          xscrea

      • LaurenYorkStan

        YO DADDY IS A TRANNY AND YOU A BASTARD ASS BITCH

      • LaurenYorkStan

        TIKI TORCH CARRYING ASS FILTH

      • LaurenYorkStan

        THAT’S WHY CHARLOTTE LOOK LIKE A MANLY TRUMP

        • Wes

          charkitte ugly

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            Your mom is a fat bitch

        • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

          Go stan big bird rae

          • LaurenYorkStan

            NOT THIS WHEN CHARLOTTE IS BUILT LIKE BIG BIRD

  • Monkey Tennis

    The match was OK. Although what’s prompting some people to label it as “amazing” is a puzzle. This was pretty much Smackdown 101. An almost anonymous champion with a bad promo, all the roster coming out and saying why they deserve a title match (even Naomi, who only lost her rematch last week!) and then yet another No.1 contender match – which ticked all the same old boxes.

    As for Nattie vs Charlotte going forwards, it’s hard to get behind any feud involving Nattie at the moment because her character is so utterly ineffectutal and pointless. She’s not theratening, the not interesting, she’s not entertaining, she’s not anything. She’s a paper-thin creation based on sort of being a crazy cat lady. And that’s it.

    If we’re lucky and the women are given time at HiaC, we might at least get a decent match out of this. But as far as the build up is concerned, I’m really not expecting much out of the next two episodes of Smackdown.

  • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

    IT FEELS SO GOOD TO HAVE THE QUEEN BACK!!!! I’VE MISSED HER SO MUCH! SHE’S HERE TO TAKEOVER SMACKDOWN!
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  • GOD STRATUS•

    Great match

  • Wes
  • LaurenYorkStan

    Tbh Why Poison such a white trash of a trailer park ass bitch, ladies? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d7a21082552de80599613595e77c9d26c43004fc067b3f379883b41c5122b513.jpg

  • LaurenYorkStan

    KDKDKJXJDDJD

  • LaurenYorkStan

    WHO THE FUCK IS ROACHES

  • LaurenYorkStan

    BEATING ASS ON SIGHT

  • Wes

    Antyways ladies is time for me to go i’m done doing charity for the homeless https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cbc810cef5234763119c7dd1bf25bcb6ffd65e738b6a962705fdf5b82d94c7bd.png

    • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

      No one likes u bitch

      • Wes

        HAHAHAA YOU DUMB LOUSY BITCH ARE YOU OUT YOUR GODDAMN RUBIX CUBE HEAD SHAPED MIND YOU TRASHASS BITCH. LITERALLY NO ONE HERE OR ANYWHERE LIKES YOUR HOMER SIMPSON WITH A WIG ON TOP OF HIS HEAD ASS. BITCH THAT’S WHY YO NO LIPS HAVING ASS HAS BEEN BANNED ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS UGH YOU’RE SUCH A DIRTY NASTY FILTHY RACIST PIECE OF SHIT.

        • LaurenYorkStan

          Yaaaass we love #TrueTeaBitch ladies ?????

          • Wes

            scream

        • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

          Lmao ur so mad idek you

  • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

    At least my fav is iconic

  • Wes

    we get it PYM You’re bored but the reality is you have very little friends in your pathetic joke of a miserable life so every day you come home from the “job of your dreams” to start shit on a women’s wrestling forum because you’re a 30-year-old virgin not by choice and you don’t know what to do with yourself other than rub your short pink ugly beef stick to the rhythm of charlotte sloppy flop ass theme and wrestling. ??

    • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

      lmao who are you?

  • LaurenYorkStan
    • Wes

      LMFAO NOT THIS PIC

    • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

      Aw lol if you spent more time in the real world and less trolling wrestling forums your life could be as lit

      • LaurenYorkStan

        You are so sad ??? with that cracked up ass face thinking you somebody model????

        • Wes

          screa

        • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

          lol you could never

          • LaurenYorkStan

            Praise the lordT cause that’s some embarrassing ass shit bitch??

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            And I’ve done more since then too. Wow my life is better than your’s have fun pretending ur summer Rae.

          • LaurenYorkStan

            scream posting pics on yo whack ass insta with only yo mama and your fat ass sister as followers ain’t shit dear ??

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            lmao where did you make that up from? You’ll never know. I’m not sharing anything with you bitch. Now I’ve got a plane to catch. Bye roach.

          • LaurenYorkStan

            I DONT WANNA SEE YO BUSTED ASS SHIT YOU CRAZY BITCH?

          • Wes

            scream

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            The only embarassing is your gay ass pretending you’re a damn woman. Sylvia this is your life.

          • LaurenYorkStan

            Yo ass took 10 hours to come up with that???

  • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

    Btw anyone who reads this don’t believe anything Wes and that psycho ass Lauren York is saying. I have no idea who they are, they think they know my life but I’ve never talked to either before.

    • LaurenYorkStan

      you typed this because???..?

  • Wes

    everything me and @SummerRaeStan:disqus are saying is true tea ladies we have gathered some information from the ladies in the back :D. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d67a333fbdd07f7ebe45f3f5c5e335c85ba47c1276ec3506d9f8a927b3b7c50f.jpg

  • superb sd live this week loved it and WOW what a main event