Below are spoilers to tonight’s episode of SmackDown taped from Manchester, England.

Spoiler

* Naomi, Charlotte Flair, Lana and Tamina Snuka are all out to watch Becky Lynch finally get her hands on James Ellsworth. Ellsworth is out with Carmella. Big pop for Becky during her entrance

* Becky Lynch defeated James Ellsworth. Ellsworth does a lot of stalling early on, which just pisses Becky off. She goes for an early Disarm Her attempt. Fans chant “where’s your chin?” at Ellsworth. Becky takes Ellsworth down for some holds and taunts him as she out-wrestles him. Ellsworth shoves Becky out of the ring for some big heat. Becky comes back with offense but Ellsworth tries to leave and the rest of the female Superstars prevent him. Becky eventually makes Ellsworth tap to her finisher

* SmackDown Women’s Champion Natalya interrupts Charlotte Flair and Shane McMahon backstage, complaining. This leads to Shane making Flair vs. Natalya for next week’s show. The winner will face RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss at Survivor Series.

(Source: Wrestling INC)

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  • Rosanna

    Bye omg Charlotte has a 90% of winning Nattie has 10%. Hopefully Carmella cashes In soon after! I don’t have time for a 5th reign. If Sasha can’t get it Charlotte shouldn’t either.

    • A One of a Kind Collectible

      Charlotte’s 5th reign would have a bigger impact ‘historically’ as she’d be the only women to hold NXT, Divas, Raw and SD women’s championships respectively. Only one other woman can achieve this goal and that’s Paige, sooo my gut says Charlotte will 100% get her 5th reign and it will probably be before Sasha get’s hers.
      However this historic moment should NOT take place on SD, should be a PPV

      • Sasha and Paige can both reach that achievement

        • Wrestling.fan.from.France

          Not Sasha since she didn’t win the divas championship.

          • Shit you’re right haha! My apologies. I just keep picturing that iconic moment when she returned and laid out Becky and Charlotte and held the title up!
            My apologies

          • Wrestling.fan.from.France

            That great moment!

          • She received the best pop of her career. And we all thought it was finally her time…

            Narrator: “they were wrong”

          • A One of a Kind Collectible

            I honestly think Becky should have won it that night (Royal Rumble 2016) would have made it more interesting ah well. Still an epic moment for Sasha! But yes only Paige can be the one to match Charlotte

          • conan_kun

            Thanks goodness Becky and Sasha didn’t win divas champ since divas title sucks.

    • Wrestling.fan.from.France

      Sasha will get hers… Their career isn’t linked so I don’t see why she can’t have a 5th reign because Sasha doesn’t LOL

  • OJ Von Erich

    So it’ll be Queen vs Goddess…

    I guess Smackdown had to win something at Survivor Series.

  • Rosanna

    Wwe continues to disrespect James the man has kids. Stop making him look ridiculous and put him in real matches along with Carmella.

    • NoWayHoeSay

      ??

    • perceval

      Bah Gawd, that man has a family!

  • Michael Max

    So with the Char and Nattie match it’s not for the title? If Charlotte wins then doesn’t her facing Alexa defeat the purpose of the whole PPV being champion versus champion?

    • #FlairfortheGold

      Yess hun, it does.
      P.S: You’re still really cute?

  • OJ Von Erich

    I hope Lynch vs Ellsworth isn’t a quick match with lots of stalling & running away only to end with a quick finish, let Becky prove she can really give the guy a beating & out wrestle James without looking like a joke/squash.

  • ???

    Becky should get more opportunities she’s damn over with the crowd !

    Carmella needs to cash in Natalya at SS and wins the title then feud with Becky Lynch ! These two have good chemistry !

    It obvious that Charlotte will win next week , thank goodness because Natalya vs Alexa will be damn boring plus Charlotte and Alexa each are the number one woman in their respective brands .

  • MK126

    The more important news of these tapings is that AJ beat Ginger

    • Wrestling.fan.from.France

      I may get back into the World title scene… But only when Ginger is fully away! That guy killed that brand.

      • MK126

        I cant take someone seriously as champion when they were a jobber for their entire career before being fired

  • Hoooshi

    Another spoiler says Carmella superkicked James after the match and left alone. Why is he still a thing in the division? Just let Carmella be alone already.

    Charlotte vs Alexa sounds more interesting than Nattie vs Alexa, so hopefully Charlotte wins the title next week.

    • conan_kun

      Because Carmella can’t get over on her own without James.

      • Hoooshi

        tbh even the heat for him died a bit

    • OJ Von Erich

      I’m definitely here for Carmella kicking James to the curb.

      • Hoooshi

        Me too, but I think this will only happen when she wins the title

    • Jonny

      I think initially he was used to get Carmella over, it worked so he can go now!

      • Hoooshi

        It’s way past time for him to go

    • ???

      I think it’s not a title match , it’s just that the winner will face Bliss .

      • Hoooshi

        Nope, it is a title match

        • ???

          Is it ? Damn this is too bad because I don’t want Carmella to cash in Charlotte and Sasha her

      • conan_kun

        It’s title match as they’re doing Raw champ vs Smackdown champ

  • OJ Von Erich

    Even though I struggle to invest in Becky Lynch as a character, she’s insanely good & over with the crowd, I look forward to seeing the UK audience to give her a massive (somewhat homecoming) pop!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/00a0c9fc8534b70bb4ef4414a17fa4a486165c482aa2763846d14f5fa23144fd.gif

    • MK126

      She looks so good in that gif. I think its just when she has her hair parted to one side that she looks a mess lol but I do agree with how over she is with the crowd. Even when she isn’t on tv for a while and then randomly pops up she still gets cheered

    • She’s the most natural baby face they have in WWE. It just works

  • A One of a Kind Collectible

    I pray for Charlotte vs Alexa, that way the queen can finally put a stop to this goddess tomfoolery. Plus they’re the two IT girls, so who doesn’t want to see them compete!

    • #FlairfortheGold

      Lol my two faves in the same ring? I’d root for Charlotte though! Although the DDT has knocked out everyone on its path, with the honorable exception of Queen SLAYomi?????

      • A One of a Kind Collectible

        I would LIVE if Charlotte just jumped back to her feet after the DDT… Although it would render it useless and make all the girls that took it look weak AF, BUT would still LIVE

  • conan_kun

    Charlotte may win the title next week, Natalya refuses to be part of Team Smackdown, thus vacant 5th woman will keep it mystery until Survivor Series, it reveals to be Paige or some NXT woman.

    • A One of a Kind Collectible

      I read somewhere (Can’t remember where off top of my head) people saying having Paige return at a top 4 PPV is ‘too risky’ as the crowd may be dead for her. To which I thought, Nikki got a HUGE pop when she returned, with even the smarks who once hated her giving her praise.

      Paige was the OG internet darling, she has never had a problem getting a reaction, so I find it laughable when they said the crowd wouldn’t respond to her

      • NoWayHoeSay

        That’s just some hater bullshitting LITERAL shit they will save her for big ppv if anything

        • A One of a Kind Collectible

          I think they’ll probably try and treat her a best as possible, she has had a rough 2 years, but she is still one of the youngest girls on the roster. And still has so much star potential

      • John Finnie

        I think what they meant was….. risky by what the crowd may chant at her ie ” you suck” & with the “rumoured texts by paige & woods being leaked” if thats true.. i cant find them but keep hearing about them this past week!! Then they may wait till tue after Ss
        I hope the texts are false because if not then it seems bad timiming or someone is out to get her (maybe brad)
        Anywho i hope natalya retains after all it was natalya that help Char get to be a queen so 1 match with Alexa as long as nattie wins ccould be pretty good

        Also what if MJ gets another title shot on monday & wins MJ vs Nattie or MJ vs Char id rather those matches than an Alexa vs match

    • Francisco Baguer

      You know I don’t to want to see that. The only way I can take Flair Jr as champion is if it leads to Carmella cashing in and wins the title at SS.

      • perceval

        That would be really lousy booking, so Vince might do it.

  • I called Charlotte winning the title ahead of Survivor Series when Champion vs Champion was announced. I’m delighted at the idea of Charlotte possibly getting her fifth Women’s Championship, even if i’m not too excited at the perspective of her facing Alexa at the PPV.

    Chances are ultimately low, especially since Raw’s victory in the elimination match appears to be pretty much locked, but Alexa beating Charlotte with that DDT of doom might be the end of me. But let’s not speak that into existence.

    • #FlairfortheGold

      Girl, it’s gonna happen? I love Alexa a lot! But Charlotte is Queen for a reason. If Flair enters Survivor Series as champ, she’s my pick to win?

  • saul de la efe

    so charlotte wil beat natalya obviously, there was a leaked poster featuring charlotte and alexa bliss, thats a slap to the face at natalya, obviously SS is so preditable women wise

    team sd : Becky, natalya, carmella, tamina, naomi VS team raw alicia, nia, ASUKA, sasha… mickie/pamela?
    raw wins
    alexa vs charlotte
    charlotte wins

    raw has been better than SD lately but fuck botch divisions are BORING

    • perceval

      The decision was probably made when they decided not to air Starrcade. Otherwise, Charlotte would have won the title, then.

      Plus, they may have realized that heel vs heel wasn’t getting people interested.

  • NoWayHoeSay

    In that case Charlotte win, Charlotte vs Alexa with Carmella cashing in on both women

    • Nathan

      Oh hell yeah ???

  • OJ Von Erich

    Okay so this is the way I see it, Charlotte beats Natalya next week to face Alexa.

    Natalya takes part in the 5 on 5 women’s match & Carmella cashes in causing the Smackdown team to essentially lose.

    • A One of a Kind Collectible

      I could see it coming down to Nattie and Auska. Have Auska KO nattie and then have Mella slip in when raw is celebrating. That way Raw technically wins, BUT the moment is all SDLive/Carmella’s

      • perceval

        Um, but Nattie wouldn’t be Champion.

    • Crazy. #RIPMae

      Natalya taking part in the 5 on 5 Women’s match and Carmella cashes in? But Charlotte will be the champion?

  • Monkey Tennis

    OK, so Charlotte wins the title and so is off the team. Nattie either refuses to join Team Smackdown or better yet, just assumes she’ll be on the team. Then, on the night of the PPV, Becky, Naomi, Carmella and Tamina makes their entrances. Finally, out comes Nattie but Becky cuts her off and says the last spot on team SD has already been filled.

    And then we hear that scream.

    That’d work.

    • Monkey Tennis

      Oh yeah, and cos the Asuka effect suggests that Team RAW are likely to win, we need a way to eliminate Paige without making her look weak on her big return.

      So have her eliminate a couple of the RAW team, but then have Nattie attack Paige, leading to Paige’s elimination…. And also Paige’s first feud on SD.

      • Wrestling.fan.from.France

        I would save Paige for a shock factor on the following SD or attacking a participant of Team SD or even Charlotte to set up a feud during Survivor Series so she doesn’t necessarily have to loose on her first night.

        • Monkey Tennis

          Whenever she returns both is and isn’t gonna be a shock (essentially depending on whether people have been keeping up with her twitter and other internet chatter). Right now, those that aren’t expecting it will be shocked whenever she surfaces. And for those of us that are, it’s (hopefully) simply just a case of when.

          But at the end of the day, a return at a big PPV – especially an inter-brand one – has a lot more impact than just a bog standard episode of Smackdown.

          As for Paige attacking Charlotte or a member of Team Smackdown, I guess that depends on whether they wanna bring Paige back as a heel. SD is already heel heavy right now (albeit, that’s including Lana) and I don’t know if that’s the route SD would wanna go with Paige immediately.

          Ultimately, I don’t think Paige being eliminated from the match would diminish her return in anyway, provided it’s something alone the lines of what I suggested above. Obviously simply having her pinned clean would be ridiculous. But allowing her to score a couple of eliminations and then taken out by a sneak attack is basically the best of both worlds.

    • king valor

      i feel like that’d be a perfect introduction playing into nattie’s brattie behavior and maybe betraying TEAM SD after losing to charlotte and not being on the team. Effectively protecting Paige’s return and setting her up with a feud.

    • Emre.

      I love this!

    • wysna

      This is a great idea. So, by default, it probably won’t happen.

    • John Finnie

      That would be great BUT the big factor is Askua & it wouldnt be good for paige to get beat on her return. But this is wwe so ….. unless Natalya does the same as last year attacks paige on the way to the ring, it gets natalya more heat & paige gets a even better face reaction on the tue after

  • Welchy

    Anyways

  • A One of a Kind Collectible

    I love how we all just want Paige to come back and somewhat revive the division!

    • John Finnie

      & yet everyone of us knows it wont make one bit of difference after a week or two & back to buisness as usal

  • Is the match next week for the title or ONLY the opportunity to represent team blue? Either way, it’s odd booking unless Carmella is ccashing in at SS.

    • perceval

      Not really. They’re not going to job out Charlotte at Starrcade, and since it won’t be on the network, she has to be champ going in.

  • Paige…you either return or not…just stop playing with us…

    • BeenAFan98

      I hear she’s taking the last spot on the raw women’s team

      • conan_kun

        Why her over Bayley or Mickie, especially Bayley is one of the survivors of Team Raw.

      • All rumors I’ve seen have her on the blue brand.

  • Monkey Tennis

    With regards to Becky/Ellsworth, I wouldn’t normally read spoilers before watching the episode but after the match was confirmed, I was keen to see how this played out – as it sound like a bad idea, right from the outset.

    It’s just, anything other than Becky blipping Ellsworth instantly was always gonna feel a bit…iffy. He’s a comedy joke jobber who in recent weeks has become even more pathetic. And yes, technically he beat AJ Styles a couple of times but no he didn’t really and, IIRC, the one time Ambrose wasn’t involved, AJ squished him in about 3 seconds,

    I’ll have to watch the match to see how it looks on -screen, but it’s something that’s hard to get excited by. Becky beat someone she should beat with her eyes shut. Maybe if this had happened immediately after MiTB, it at least would have had a storyline aspect to it. And unless there’s more to this that the spoilers have revealed, it’s kinda pointless too.

    Plus, that’s now two weeks on SD without a women’s match.

    • MK126

      Squashed him in 3 seconds and saved his life from getting a broken neck by almost botching a Styles Clash

      • Maddox

        Ellsworth botched it, not AJ

        • MK126

          Thats why i said AJ squashed Ellsworth and then saved Ellsworths life

  • -V

    Soo let me guess.. Charlotte is going to win the title from Nattie next week and then go on to lose to Alexa and her tragic DDT. Yeah, we can all become writers and start working for WWE now.

    • ???

      LOL count me in ! Get ready for some SERIOUS booking for the women

    • Randall

      I’m sure Charlotte will beat Alexa since we already know that Raw is winning the elimination match. Doubt they will have Raw win both of those matches.

    • perceval

      With Asuka on Team Raw, they win, meaning SD wins the other women’s match.

    • Malcolm James

      Haha DDT she going to beat with the women’s slap

    • IconicTrio

      I could bet my chest hair that Charlotte Flair wouldn’t be buried against Alexa Bliss. Nope.

      • -V

        Let’s pray for that.. ?

        • IconicTrio

          I AM praying. My chest hair’s the only thing stopping me from looking like a generic twink :/

    • Typical Heel

      I swear to god Charlotte better not lose to that weak (expletive) who can’t wrestle..

      • -V

        yes, please

  • Diva_Fan

    I called it Charlotte taking the title of Nattie next week thank god . Charlotte vs Alexa is much more interesting than Nattie vs Alexa.

  • Wrestling.fan.from.France

    Nattie finally winning the title… That’s great.

    • Crazy. #RIPMae

      Nattie?

      • Wrestling.fan.from.France

        Oh I meant Charlotte lol

  • OJ Von Erich

    So AJ Styles beat Jinder Mahal to become the new WWE champion…

    James Ellsworth has beat AJ Styles twice…

    Becky Lynch just beat James Ellsworth…

    So this is possible… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d26dd2e06649bb13bcfd23fd6f0631262528efad308bed2d6a1b498531a2a841.jpg

    I’m just putting it out there!

    • Maddox

      And Alexa has always beaten Becky sooooo… double champ? ?

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      • wysna

        Just the sheer thought of people losing their shit over Alexa being a world champ is all the entertainment I need this evening.

    • Typical Heel

      I wish WWE was more like Lucha Underground!

  • I’d much prefer if Nattie retains and/or Carmella cashes in. But they didn’t rush Char into title pic so I won’t complain.

  • Winter Fresh

    Smackdown is in Charlotte next week so there’s a possibility that Charlotte might win the title in her hometown.

  • Almarpar

    What if Charlotte wins next week and carmella cashes in! Be Alexa v Car at SS.. yeah lets hope not. I think carmella cashing in on Charlotte will happen, itll put over Charlottes as a face massively.

    • perceval

      Natalya:. It’s not fair! I’m fighting an entire city!

    • IconicTrio

      Alexa Bliss Vs Carmella? wrestling and not scrapping? don’t upset me :(

  • Organization XIII

    Charlotte is walking out champion. Calling it now

  • TorrieTrishStacyLita

    If Charlotte wins (which she will) then Mella needs to cash in AFTER the Flair defeats the other homegirl who’s burying the division

  • Lorena

    This basically means Asuka is dominating SS and will be the sole survivor. And it also saves WWE from showing even a bit of Charlotte vs Asuka.

  • Jo9834

    Charlotte SHOULD win next week, Nattie VS Alexa is a sure fire snooze fest at best,

    As for Becky’s match, i’m glad she finally got her wish, but the second week in a row with no womens match on Smackdown?, we’re headed back to the Diva days.

    • Rookie

      I don’t know if I miss the Diva days, but I definatley miss the roster. SOOOOOOOOOOOOO much untapped potential. That roster with Melina, Alicia, Rosa, Tamina, Bellas, Maryse, Beth, Nattie, Eve, Kelly, AJ, Gail, and Kaitlyn could have in my opinion pass the golden era. If only they were given a chance. Sigh.

      • Typical Heel

        Possibly, bc let’s be honest, Trish, Lita, and Victoria were the best things about the golden era, the other women like Molly Holly, Nidia, etc, weren’t as interesting or as charismatic as a lot of the women in the Dark Diva Days Era

  • Geo14

    Charlotte is next.

    Becky ??
    SD Champion ??
    Bayley ??
    RAW Champion ??
    Sasha ??
    Total Divas ??
    Mickie ??
    Charlotte
    Asuka’s streak
    Trish’s record

  • StraightUpBitch

    I don’t wanna give Smackdown too much praise, but I’m here for this episode! Becky tapping Ellsworth to me shows that they’ve finally realised he’s trash as fuck. And they were was no ‘history’ talk. It was Becky getting revenge months later than she should have. The times they’re changing, and it looks like SD is about to be back on top

  • Rookie

    I hope Natalya retains because I really wanna see how Nattie and Alexa work together. You never know, it could surprise us.

  • Tunasha

    I don’t see Nattie winning next week’s match, so at SS Charlotte is going to defeat Alexa and the SmackDown team will lose to RAW, at least that’s the most predictable way!

  • PhiPhiBanks

    Charlotte winning will hopefully lead to some decent fueds/stories on SD.

    However, I can’t say that I am looking forward to a Charlotte/Alexa match.

  • IconicTrio

    I’d take Charlotte squashing Alexa over a Nattie Vs Bliss match.

  • Nikki’s Sister

    Oop Alexa is really gonna defeat every single horsewoman while they’re champions I’m shook.

  • Mmm another boring edition of SD Live! Only if the intergender match was good enough!

  • John Finnie

    Is that why Charlotte is on the SS poster instead of Natalya…..

    • Seraphina Rosenhart

      Probably, lol.

    • Typical Heel

      Sounds pretty obvious now that you mention that lol

  • jbrizzy

    Charlotte is definitely getting the title

  • Angelica Marie MoNae

    Ah so next week is when Charlotte will be getting that predicted title reign to go into survivor series and why Alexa and nattie have gotten nothing to further their match.