Tonight on SmackDown Live (Dec 26th), Ruby Riott took on Naomi in a one-on-one match.

In a pre-taped segment prior to the match, Riott announced her entrant to the Royal Rumble match. She says that Rumble is just a fancy word for riot and come next month, she will be last woman standing at the Royal Rumble.

During the quick match-up, Naomi and Riott trades fists of fury which came to an end after Riott landed a knee to the midsection and dropped Naomi to the mat.

Riott scooped up Naomi, looking for a bodyslam but Naomi was able escape by slipping from behind. She dodged Riott’s attack and headed to the ropes to land a springboard Enziguri for a two count.

From ringside, the other two members of the Riott Squad, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan, jumped to the ring apron to try and help Riott out but they were knocked off by Naomi. However the small distraction was enough for Riott to attack Naomi from behind and then deliver the Riott Kick for the win.

Post match, the Riott Squad continued their attack on Naomi until the SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair ran in to make the save. Flair started off strong but the numbers game eventually got to Flair, giving the Riott Squad the advantage.

Afterwards, Natalya music hit and she is accompanied by Carmella, Lana and Tamina for a brawl with the Riott Squad, eventually chasing the group away.

During WWE’s SmackDown Fallout, Natalya placed entry to Royal Rumble as well and has set her sight for the Women’s Title at WrestleMania.

What did you think of this week’s SmackDown? Are you excited to see Ruby Riott enter the Royal Rumble? What do you think will happen on next week’s SmackDown? Let us know in the comments below!

  • Brittany Smith
    • NOT Released Emma

      Ruby’s finisher isn’t trash.

      • Rodney Holston

        No but 1/2 the cruiserweight division uses pelé kicks as offense. It’d be better as a signature.

        • E-Force

          Well the problem here is that not a girl besides ember sold that correctly… The weakest finisher? No, I’d give that one to pamela’s

        • Chargod Flair #5x

          I agree that it would be a better signature move, although it being used to finish a match is exceptional. Let Ruby get established as a tough competitor first… then she can move to to perhaps another move. Her finisher should ideally be something she can do to just about everyone.

      • Brittany Smith

        It is to me. It’s just really really basic like she needs a new variation of it or just a whole different finisher cause I haven’t seen anybody sell that thing

        • NOT Released Emma

          Charlotte and Naomi sold her move perfectly.

          • Brittany Smith

            I think they coulda done better tbh

    • TheMissingIconicMember

      I mean at least it’s better than Alexa’s forearm and ddt

      • ???

        The DDT is better, the forearm only been used once and it’s just as bad as Ruby’s finisher!

        Bayley’s finisher is horrible too.

        • TheMissingIconicMember

          Yeah I’d say that Bayley’s finisher is the worst

          • Chargod Flair #5x

            Y’all are dumb for real… how is a belly to belly a bad finisher for a woman?

          • C Mack

            Because it’s basic and it only looks worthy of being a finisher when Sasha sells it.

          • Nathan

            I’d say alexas ddt and forearm aswell as peytons fisherman duplex are the weakest

        • Chargod Flair #5x

          Yep so horrible… meanwhile women used to do slaps and not even have real finishers.

          • Jaded

            Like the widow’s peak, Molly go round, jazz’s power slam, Lita’s monosault, Trish’s stratisfaction?

          • C Mack

            Only Terri, The Kat, Debra, etc… Even Torrie and Sable had real finishers

          • Randall

            Wasn’t Torrie finisher a DDT?

          • MK126

            It was a running tornado DDT but she also had the facebuster and she did a springboard back elbow once or twice

          • C Mack

            DDT, Tornado DDT, Bella Buster

        • MK126

          I cant stand Bayley’s finisher. When she did it to Paige on Monday it looked like she just gently put her down. She needs to add some OOMPH to that impact

          • perceval

            Maybe they have to be gentle with Paige?

          • MK126

            But that’s all the time. I mean even Alicia had more impact when she used it against Bayley. I understand it goes with her hugging thing but another finisher would be better or if Bayley did it from the middle rope

        • Gerg

          I dont get the hate on the Bayley to Belly. If sold like Alicia or Sasha its good.

          Do people not remember the Rock’s finisher being a theatrical elbow drop and the rock bottom being a slam?

          • ???

            LOL but I only talk about the women’s finishers but yeah even The Rock’s finisher doesn’t make sense at all at it just as bad as Bayley’s xD! But WWE can be fantasy sometimes.

          • Gerg

            Yeah, I miss the fantasy/soap opera aspect of WWE’s product. I was watching Netflix’s GLOW and they brought up exaggerated storytelling. WWE is trying too much to be on ESPN lol

    • Chargod Flair #5x

      People will complain about any finisher that doesn’t involve nearly breaking someone’s neck. Her finisher is fine.

      • Brittany Smith

        Tbh it’s way to basic she needs like a submission or something. I don’t always like flashy finishers but I don’t like the kick I haven’t seen anyone sell it good once

        • Chargod Flair #5x

          How is it basic I think she does it really impactful. Trish did a roundhouse, Charlotte does a big boot, Tamina does a superkick. What is so wrong?

          • perceval

            And really, a head kick is way more believable than a slap or hitting someone with your butt. Ask Ronda Rousey about the believability of head kick finishers… assuming she can even remember that Chick Kick.

          • Brittany Smith

            Everyone hates the rear view, even Naomi stans as a finisher it is TRAGIC

          • Brittany Smith

            And that shade to Ronda LMFAO?????

          • perceval

            Just illustrating that a head kick is one of the most realistic finishers in the division, and will actually finish an opponent, as many victims of Holly Holm and Cro Cop can attest. :)

            So, of all the finishers, don’t knock the head kick. Plus, my favorite woman wrestler used it as a finisher, so you know I love seeing the Chick Kick win mma fights. :)

        • perceval

          They need to watch Mickie sell a kick.

          https://youtu.be/47m4FkoWg14

      • Jaded

        The finisher is trash just like bow down to the queen.

    • Damn!

      It’s not the worst but her Heidicarrana was way better IMO

    • Omar Zaal

      She has a Diving Senton Bomb as a finisher, but you don’t need to be using big spots for every single TV match. Too risky Ruby and other won’t be with us for long.

  • Darryl lee

    Good God her promo was bad.
    And what’s the deal with natalya? She said she’s Turning her back on the fans and this was her follow up? Well, what a waste.

    • NOT Released Emma

      Ruby’s promo wasn’t bad.

  • NOT Released Emma

    Yasss Ruby is in the Women’s Royal Rumble.

  • conan_kun

    Her too

  • conan_kun
  • NIKKISAWA

    God SD is fvcking trash right now, i need my 2016/early 2017 division with 3 single storylines back again!!!

    • E-Force

      There are a lot of missed opportunities here.
      1. It’d be so nice to see tamina’s growth, I feel like could be a loveable face again just like in 2012.
      2. Naomi is their greatest star right now, even more than Charlotte, they should’ve booking this girl for the a tittle match again.
      3. It’s to the riott squad to go solo. It’s time to Sarah start to hunt and then jump out of riott’s boat. Leaving riott and Liv together. Then Liv is left behind by Ruby, who says Liv is a weak link. Liv turns face. Sarah becomes a tweener and a lone wolf, her gimmick? A hunter.
      4. Carmella needs to showcase her abilities, a feud with Becky, a tittle shot match against Charlotte.
      5. I see a lot potential in Lana, she’s not bad at all and that’s why I feel like she should be involved with the division as well.
      6. Nattie’s pretty stale right now, it’s time to let her comedic side aside and start playing games like a mature woman, she’s a killer in that ring she should’ve been powerbombing every girl in the roster.

      • NoWayHoeSay

        So you want 8 separate storylines.. right

      • Jo9834

        Honestly 2017 has been a huge let down for the women in terms of booking. Right now, there are NO number one contenders or title feuds on Raw or Smackdown, which is a huge issue. The titles have become secondary and yet, all these women are building up to chase a title at WM? It makes no sense.

        Carmella could easily be teasing a cash in on a weekly basis, even align with the Riott Squad, promising Ruby the first title shot if she can take Charlotte out for her,

        Lana and Tamina need to quit it, Lana needs to go back to Rusev, Tamina needs to make a statement again, preferably away from the ring.

        Nattie, just stop. Everything. Im sorry, but they’ve booked her to look like a joke, a meltdown promo followed up like nothing happened.

        Charlotte, Naomi and Becky are all fine the way they are. Minus Naomi’s loss today, all three look like stars .

        • Jaded

          I don’t see anything wrong with her loss today. How many times have the riot squad pinned the actual champion Charlotte.
          She was even protected by making it a distraction.

        • Looking Glass

          Becky looks like a star? Haha ok. She is attacked constantly, she barely wins. Becky has less credibility than Bayley at this rate, I’m surprised they still put the dry ice on for her.

          • Super Mateo

            In 2016 she did look like a star until Alexa dropped her through a table in December. Then in 2017, Becky’s booking became atrocious. She hasn’t looked like a star since 2017 started.

          • perceval

            Exactly. Becky is a jobber, as is every babyface on Raw except Asuka. How are faces expected to stay over when Vince insists on booking them like 3MB?

          • Justin Bebier

            It’s amazing how over Becky is with her dreadful booking. Becky’s last singles feud was in February FFS. This division has been trash ever since.

          • Everyone’s last singles feud on SD has been February. They didn’t even do anything with Nattie vs Naomi/Charlotte to make them look like ”feuds”. So don’t make it about Becky being held back when the entire division has been.

          • Justin Bebier

            Naomi feuds – Alexa, Lana, Natalya

            Charlotte – Bayley, Natalya, Dana(didn’t last long)

            Natalya – Nikki, Naomi, Charlotte

            Becky – Mickie James

            Mickie James – Becky, Alexa, Emma

            Carmella/Tamia are the only women who have less feuds then Becky. Carmella atleast has the MITB case and Tamina is Tamina(she’s 40).

            You’re right they don’t have feuds anymore just promoted matches.

          • Like I said nothing what happened ater WM was a feud. The last feuds we had were Nikki vs Nattie/Maryse and Becky vs Mickie. That’s it.
            On Raw the best we got was Mickie vs Alexa, but that’s about it. They didn’t bother at all this year.

          • Izzy4lw

            Becky is the epitome of a babyface tbh – The crowd loves her no matter what, and that momentum hasn’t gone anywhere. If Becky got even half the push Alexa and Charlotte got, she’d be the most over person in the entire division point blank period. Whereas people soured on Bayley and Sasha to some degree and stopped caring, Becky always manages to garner a reaction.

          • Looking Glass

            I wasn’t arguing over whether Becky is popular or not I was debating whether she was ‘a star’. She’s just got by on having come up from NXT, her title run should’ve done her more favours than it has and her overall look/gimmick is just stale. I agree she hasn’t had the effort invested into her that Charlotte and Alexa have but I think it’s laughable she’s been seen as a ‘star’ like Charlotte or Naomi.

          • Izzy4lw

            I think it’s unfair to discount someone’s star power who is purposefully thrown into the back. Is Mickie James a star despite horrible booking and getting beaten by the women’s special slap? yes. Is Sasha Banks a star despite booking that has killed her credibility? yes. Hell, is Nikki Bella a star despite not being on TV? yes. Being a star isn’t reserved for the people who are currently being pushed. There is a women’s hierarchy, and if you were to list the most over women on the roster, Becky would still be near the top, despite having a terrible year booking wise. If you can garner a consistent crowd reaction, you’ve got something, and that cannot be discounted – a ‘star’ is someone the crowd cares about, who can get people behind her (or people to boo the heck out of her depending on alignment) and she’s one of the most consistent on the roster in terms of reaction.

          • Looking Glass

            Mickie is NOT a star, she has star quality because she was released following s controversial storyline and cashed in over at TNA reminding everyone that she was more than Piggie James. Mickie has a rich legacy, but don’t let her return make you think she’s a star because WWE creative sure don’t treat her like one. Booking makes you a star, stars look strong. This is where you’re mistaking star quality for likeability, you might like Becky but you’d be delusional to think that she has been booked to look like a star when you compare her to Charlotte or Alexa (who some may argue have been force fed)

            Sasha has suffered poor booking but she’s also got more of a history with Charlotte and Bayley than Becky ever had in the 4HW. She’s put on more 5 star matches than Becky and she’s held the title a lot more times than Becky. Sasha and Bayley are brands, which is what you want as a face. Becky is not. Nikki is a brand, that’s why she doesn’t need to be on television on a weekly basis for a reaction.

            Also using Nikki is redundant given that she’s a reality television star and in mainstream media generally. Of course she’s going to have star quality if she’s doing press every week.

          • Justin Bebier

            “her title run should’ve done her more favours than it has and her overall look/gimmick is just stale”

            It did do her favors actually, she had her longest feud in her career with Alexa when she had it. The problem is once the feud was over they stopped pushing her by giving her no storylines after. How can her look be stale? What do you want Becky to do, dye her hair blonde and wear a Carmella atttire? Becky has changed her look quite a few times this year actually(Wrestlemania,Backlash Etc..) Her gimmick is a she’s not born to be champion, she’s fights for it. That’s why she’s popular why mess with that if it’s working?

            Her booking is what’s stale.

          • perceval

            Being buried by Alexa hasn’t been good for anyone. Becky, Bayley, Sasha, Mickie… Hopefully, Vince won’t do it to Asuka.

          • Justin Bebier

            It hasn’t but Becky never got pinned clean by Alexa like those others did. They at least protected Becky by making Becky look like the stronger wrestler than Alexa.

          • Looking Glass

            Longest feud in her career isn’t hard given how she was the background character of the 4HW reduced to a lackey and then shot up on the main roster before she had any storylines outside of 4HW.

            Also getting a dread lock doesn’t not constitute as a change of look. I’ve not said I’m not a Becky fan and it is poor creative and poor booking that’s done this to her. Again I’m saying she does not look like a star as someone threw out earlier. A star is likeable sure, aspirational but also dominant and decorated. I wouldn’t say Becky being ambushed by Emma and Dana, Alexa and Mickie, Riott Squad throughout her main roster career makes her seem a star but an easy target.

      • Hoooshi

        “Carmella needs to showcase her abilities” no shade but what abilities? Girl has only her mic work going for her and that is not too hard when SD doesn’t have someone who’s exceptional on it.

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      • Looking Glass

        The Riott Squad have barely been together a couple of months and you think it’s great storytelling to split them up? Well it’s not. Although I do agree that Liv should go face. In fact between Riott Squad and the Welcoming Comitee, the RS should be the faces.

        • Super Mateo

          They shouldn’t break up yet, but an occasional divide and conquer strategy could work. For example, Sarah hunts down Charlotte backstage. At the same time, Liv is trying to steal Carmella’s stuff from the locker room and gets caught by Carmella. Ruby is taking on Naomi in the ring. Cross the three stories somehow.

    • ???

      Exactly!

      Even Natalya who doesn’t have that great mic skills can be interesting if they want her to be, her feud with Nikki Bella was the best feud of the year and that means the booking play a big part!

      There are alot of storylines that they can do but don’t know what happened to Smackdown, and TBH their booking is horrible even for the men not just for the women.

  • lookwarm

    Natayla’s “turning back on people” WHERE???

    • Jo9834

      She’s turning her back on the people by continuing on and not walking away it seems lol.

    • Jaded

      Don’t give them too much credit, they’ve probably forgotten that promo existed.

  • E-Force

    We should go to Twitter and riot! SD has been worse than trash. Naomi’s returned like a hero just to look weak af today. Are we back in 2011 divas era?
    Tonight the girls had 5min of showing and it wasn’t even interesting. I’m saying this bc I’m sick of terrible booking, I can’t remember the last SD I’ve really liked

    • Chargod Flair #5x

      Please stop. Naomi definitely has room to put over the newer girls. She is a 2x and longest reigning SD women’s champ… and had such lackluster reigns mind you. Naomi isn’t winning the title any time soon (hopefully never again) so don’t get your hopes up sweetie.

      • Jaded

        Lol, Naomi is actully winning the title soon .

        • Justin Bebier

          Naomi’s at the back of the line. Carmella, Tamina and especially Becky will be getting the title soon. Even Ruby has cut in front of Naomi.

          • Brittany Smith

            Tamina ain’t getting no title ever. Becky hopefullt very soon. And I don’t know when Carmella is cashing probably at WM but Tamina is not winning no title

        • Chargod Flair #5x

          Lol she’s not but keep dreaming

          • Jaded

            The glow belt is now available, they’ll put it back on her soon enough.

  • Brittany Smith

    Also even though I don’t like Ruby(she’s starting to grow on me tbh) I’m salty asf that her and Naomi didn’t get at least 8 minutes like really? I wanna see a good match from the SmackDown Women for once. I wanna see Charlotte vs Naomi vs Becky vs Ruby for the Women’s title and them getting at least 15 minutes that would be a match

    • tstumo

      Ruby is growing on me too actually

      • Jaded

        Damn, is that you on your DP?

        • Brittany Smith

          Girl stop being a thot????

    • Super Mateo

      It would be nice to see what Ruby can do without Sarah and Liv constantly hanging around. This is why I hate factions. Each individual doesn’t get her own chance to shine.

      • Brittany Smith

        Exactly. I especailly hate it during debuts because not everyone watches NXT all the time so some ppl don’t know how good Ruby Saran Liv Sonya or Mandy are. Ruby and Paige are the only ones who got singles matches since this whole invasion storyline.

    • perceval

      Well, people here were nostalgic for the Diva era. I guess they forgot what that was.

  • conan_kun
    • Jo9834

      I think they didn’t want to risk any injuries to the girl so close to the event, as going over the top and landing outside is far trickier.

    • Women never really go over the top rope. They can go through any rope & be eliminated most the time.

      • perceval

        They used to. They started letting them go through the middle rope for the Diva Search girls. Ashley insisted on always going over the top rope, anyway, which led to her breaking her leg.

  • QUEEN MARYSE
    • C Mack

      That gif just has me wishing Sarah was still in NXT. She does not fit with Ruby and Liv. I’d rather her be with Ascenion or Bludgeon Brothers if she has to be on the MR

      • Super Mateo

        None of these three women belong together. They’re just so different and there’s been no real explanation of why they’re together.

      • conan_kun

        I prefer Sarah with War Machine which soon to be on NXT.

        • C Mack

          I read that! I’m sure she’d love to be with her fiance

      • Chargod Flair #5x

        The Absolution has a much better look than them. Imo it’s because of Sarah. Or instead of Liv put Nikki Cross in and they would look much more threatening.

        • C Mack

          Right! In a weird way I like Ruby and Liv together. Sarah just……doesn’t go.

          • Chargod Flair #5x

            Tbh. she really doesn’t. Nikki instead of Sarah or Liv would make sense because of that weird pairing of Ruby and Nikki when Nikki kept helping her with Peyton and Billie.

  • Hoooshi

    So we’re back to team this vs team that vs team those? Nice.

    First Naomi came back from 245215421 injuries in two weeks because WWE realized Charlotte was the only face left, now she’s losing in short matches because it’s not like she’s a former champion who knows how the numbers game work or anything.

    And Nattie turned her back on the people HOW? Again, someone wrote that COC segment and had no idea of what would happen nex, so they ignored it.

    But did you guys hear that the women are making history again????? Did you see how GREAT it is to be a woman in WWE?????? Thank you so much for ending the patriachy WWE, what would we do without you?

    • Izzy4lw

      The problem is exactly that – there’s no faces. Since Charlotte has to be protected and Charlotte’s next challengers will be heels (because once again WWE doesn’t do face/face or heel/heel feuds unless someone is about to turn) that means Naomi is relegated to being the fall girl for the heels to be built up to face Charlotte- its incredibly unfortunate because they could solve this with a face turn or two, but instead we’re left with 3 ugly options: 1) Charlotte takes the falls and looks like a weak champ, 2) Naomi takes the fall and loses all her momentum and steam a-la Sasha Banks, or 3) Naomi and Charlotte beat the heels and kill all credible challengers to Charlotte’s title a-la Raw women’s division and Bliss.

      • Hoooshi

        The fact that Nao and Char are the only faces in a sea of heels and Becky is MIA (which is weird because she was in Chicago last night) just shows how little thought writers put into the division. They knew Becky would need time off to film the movie and even thought of a way of writing her off and bring Riott Squad, but didn’t think of turning someone face before they debuted or right after. I can’t believe these people are paid to do this.

        • Izzy4lw

          Right? it’s booking 11!? though it IS odd that the Welcoming committee came out to…. save the faces? so now I can’t tell if the WC are faces only for the storyline, or if last night was a mass face turn, but then that leaves the Riot squad as the only heels… I’m tired trying to figure out the booking logic, because it’s all so reactionary.

          • Hoooshi

            It made no sense whatsoever, but they need to throw every woman available into one segment to save time and ~women’s revolution~ so here we are. And suddenly the WC are back together after fighting each other for a title shot???? And Nattie turned her back on people but still showed up??? This booking is the worse since the very beginning of this bs revolution in 2015.

          • perceval

            No, the Welcoming Committee waited until the faces were beaten down. They just don’t like the Riott Squad who insulted them.

      • perceval

        Let’s not act as though Naomi is being booked like Mickie, Sasha, and Bayley. She’s been single handedly beating the Riott Squad since she returned. This is the first time they’ve gotten the better of her in over a month, and had to do it 3 on 1. Are Charlotte and Becky the only ones that should fall to those numbers?

        • Izzy4lw

          What I mean is moving forward – a loss here and there won’t effect her, but if Naomi is to be the ONLY face on the roster who isn’t the champ, then in order for a heel to be built up for a feud, they WILL go through Naomi. Or Becky when she gets back. I am not claiming that Naomi should not lose, but I mean that the extreme lack of faces means Naomi is the only one eating pins until Becky gets back, which is probably not the way to run a division. once again, this could easily be fixed with one or two more faces in the mix, but as it stands and because of WWE booking, Naomi is the only person in line to eat pins from the heel team; she will be the Layla to Charlotte’s Michelle as it were.

          • perceval

            C’mon, you know Becky will be the division’s resident jobber. Of course, they could have some matches between the Riott Squad and Welcoming Committee. On Raw, they could have Absolution do something, anything, besides bury the same three babyfaces every week. But, it seems Vince is determined to drive off the audience.

            People wonder why Ronda seems reluctant to commit to WWE. I can guess why. She’s been watching the shows.

          • MK126

            I cant understand why its been Mickie/Sasha/Bayley vs Absolution when they can easily add Fox/Dana to the match instead. It gets old when we’ve had the same 6 women tag 3 times in a row and theres no story or backstage segments to further whats going on. They lost 3 times to the same people. Show some frustration or something. Ask Absolution how it feels to always have the upper-hand on 3 former women’s champs especially when 2 of the 3 members of Absolution are beginners

          • Izzy4lw

            quite simply: because Alicia and Dana have no credibility. So what is WWE doing? sapping what credibility is left of Mickie/Sasha/Bayley to get Paige over to…. do nothing apparently, since Asuka seems poised to be the one to go after the champion next (and finally give Alexa some relevancy)

          • MK126

            But the point is that Sasha/Bayley/Mickie weren’t the only ones attacked. Alicia doesn’t have to turn face and side with them. That whole “enemy of my enemy is my friend” thing would work for her to tag with S.M.B or come to the rescue if one of them is being attacked in the ring. Dana could run out with her. It’s not that hard to get the fans to care for people if actual effort is used

          • perceval

            With the faces getting stomped every single time, never getting their heat back. How does Vince think this will keep people glued to the TV? Whenever we see Mickie, Sasha, and Bayley, we know they’re just jobbing and getting beaten down, again.

          • MK126

            I couldn’t even tell you the last time I sat through a one of their live episodes when I just catch what I miss on their Youtube channel or on here.

          • Izzy4lw

            WWE has a babyface problem. Vince and co. cannot manage to build up a credible babyface because they have to all be saints in their eyes, so the crowd gets bored of the good guy. So what do they do? they kill all their babyfaces’ credibility (see Mickie/Sasha/Bayley/Becky/soon to be Naomi at this rate) and let the heels run amok – There was a reason people were confused during Survivor Series as there was only ONE face champion in the entire company. Babyfaces will never get over because WWE forgot how to book them, which means that we get caught in a neverending loop of a white hot babyface having all her momentum stalled, then she goes heel and gets all her momentum back, only to eventually go face and lose it again.

          • perceval

            Not so much being saints, but they need to, y’know, win big matches every now and then. Austin would never have gotten huge if Vince had gotten the better of him every single time, and Austin was booked as just a loser and chump.

          • Izzy4lw

            The issue is that the same story is always told – babyface gets beaten over, and over, and over, and over again, then wins the big one. The problem here is that in the past the babyfaces could fight back; Austin, Trish, Rock, Lita, – all of our classic babyface examples were scrappy and would win despite having the odds stacked against them sure, but in the interim could keep the crowd invested. The booking has become entirely too one sided. The heels not only cheat to win all the matches, but they get the bulk of the promo work as well, so the crowd turns on the babyface, management blames the talent, and the heel keeps the title. There’s a reason the longest reigning champions in recent memory have been heels – Charlotte, Alexa, Nikki Bella, AJ Lee, Maryse, etc. Because face champs don’t get the booking to stay over long enough to constitute a decent reign.

          • Gerg

            I wondering why they couldnt have Lana be the fall girl for one of the Riott Squad members. They already showed a Tamina/Lana/Carmella feud with Riott Squad and advertised a 6 woman tag yet they ignore it

          • Izzy4lw

            Likely that may just boil down to two reasons:

            1. the fact that WWE hates heel/heel or face/face storytelling. They tease it, but haven’t yet pulled the trigger, though It would be smart to do, but someone backstage was likely just like ‘OH HERP DERP LANA IS A HEEL SO SHE CAN’T FACE RUBY 1:1, THAT’S CRAAAAAAAAAZY!”

            2. They want at least Ruby to be built up as a major player in the division, so she won’t gain much as much credibility with a win over Lana as she would with a win over Naomi or Becky. It’s essentially the same thing that RAW is doing – sacrificing the credibility of their top faces to build up a heel challenger – only it makes sense with SD at least because they have a face champion.

          • perceval

            Also, it’s not like they haven’t had successful face vs face feuds in the past. HBK vs Undertaker comes to mind. Hell, they just did Cena vs Reigns. And what was one of Raw’s best matches this year? Sasha vs Bayley.

            The second phase of Trish vs Lita, Survivor Series 2001 – Wrestlemania 18 was face vs face.

            https://youtu.be/LSK5ylxAh9c

            One thing I loved about Trish vs Lita was they always had the same dynamic regardless of who was face and heel. It was always Trish being cocky, smug, and insulting, and Lita getting pissed. This also proves that a babyface doesn’t have to be nice all the time. Trish was Trish, regardless of whether she was face or heel.

    • perceval

      The Riott Squad needed to get their heat back after getting curbstomped the last few weeks. This isn’t a Raw situation where the same three babyfaces are buried week after week after week after week.

  • Victoria&Melina19

    Wow really naomi losing so quick. If the match lasted at least 7-8mins for the women to showcase what they got, then it would have been fine. But to lose so quickly…Smackdown needs to step up in 2018. The last SD of 2017 and its still boring as ever just like how it’s been the last couple of months.

  • Natalya’s promos have come such a long way. That backstage segment was the best she has ever sounded, and it sounds like they might actually do something interesting with her character.

    • Diva_Fan

      They won’t they never do with Nattie ….

    • BC

      People on this site love to hate on Nattie but I always pull for her lol

      • I’ve been rooting for her since her debut. She has flaws, but she is one of the best technical wrestlers in WWE history imo.

      • Brittany Smith

        Actually everyone likes Nattie she just doesn’f have a character to get behind you can only rely on her wrestling to keep u interested

  • Super Mateo

    I’m glad I passed on going to this SD during this visit to the Chicago suburbs. WWE’s writers are clueless right now. They are pushing stories about women’s making history and how women are getting the same treatment as the men…but it all comes off hollow when they have given them so little screen time. There are four shows (Raw, SD, NXT, 205 Live). Raw has a champion who hasn’t had a match in over a month. SD doesn’t have any direction for anybody and 70% of them are heels. NXT cut the women’s match the one time they were on USA and didn’t even have one last week. 205 Live doesn’t have any women’s wrestling. They call this equality?

    • perceval

      The writers are doing what Vince tells them to do. That’s the problem. This is Vince and Dunn all the way.

  • A?.

    Like I said yesterday, WWE always loves to talk about Women’s Revolution but they’re out here booking one minute matches like we’re in 2011. This is literally the Divas Division, or worse, and I’m not even kidding. Tragic.

    • Please don’t remind me of the dark ages :(

  • Justin Bebier

    Single’s match records

    count-out or DQ finishes excluded

    single’s multi-woman matches included if they won or took the finish/were eliminated

    squashes vs local talent excluded

    Nia 11-5 (68%)

    Charlotte 12-7 (63%) (9-2 since moving to SD)

    Natalya 7-4 (63%)

    Alexa 12-8 (60%) (9-3 since moving to Raw)

    Sasha 13-9 (59%)

    Naomi 7-6 (53%) (3 wins against Lana)

    Bayley 8-10 (44%)

    Becky 5-7 (41%)

    Carmella 3-6 (33%)

    Mickie James 4-10 (28%)

    They did Becky so wrong in 2017. Natalya having a better win % than you is wack.

    • What’s wrong with Natalya having a good year for once in 9 years?

      • Justin Bebier

        Natalya had a good year in 2016 already. 3 title matches on PPVs vs Charlotte and beat Becky on PPV after the draft. Then started a feud with Nikki the end of last year.

        • so did Becky from 2016. Feud with Charlotte, w/Sasha vs Naomina, WM 32, then the planned storyline with Emma, then vs Nattie, first SD champ, feud with Alexa, feud with Mickie which she won, WM, MITB where she was the focus, first intergender match in 5 years against Ellsworth, SD team captain etc. She’s been busy too.

          • Justin Bebier

            The problem is with those accomplishments there’s never a payoff. Becky after Wrestlemania 32 lost to Dana Brooke and Emma(before she got hurt). First woman to get drafted to SD but then loses to Natalya on PPV the next week. Wins first ever title then loses her first title feud to a rookie. Wins her first feud from Mickie James then loses and is a afterthought at Wrestlemania, Then she got screwed in MITB twice and after a great promo, Becky is then off SD the next week leading to missing Summerslam and the next month after. Becky beats Ellsworth 3 months to late then Ellsworth gets fired ending that. Becky wins a match to be captain of Smackdown then is first eliminated in match 2 minutes in. Marine 6 is probably the highlight of her year.

            Natalya has 8 singles PPV matches since 2016. Becky only has 4. Natalya has beat Becky on 3 PPV’s since the draft. Yet Natalya is 0-5 vs Charlotte on PPV. It makes no sense.

          • Because Becky is an underdog babyface and is booked like one. Her big moment will come again but it’s not gonna happen if she wins over and over again. I mean look at Nattie who technically had better records but isn’t that important still. It’s all about how you book it all.

  • Bring back storylines and singles feuds pleaseee..

  • Crazy. #RIPMae

    That short, messy match… what was the purpose of that? It made no sense at all. Naomi went from having squash matches with Lana as champion to getting squashed by Wuby Wiot. I expected a good LONG match between Naomi and Ruby but no we get that quick Divas match and segment. But my mistake, it’s Smackdown, you can’t expect greatness out of them anymore.

    • Edwards1992

      Wuby didn’t squash Naomi, if you watched the match you would see that she got distracted and wuby hit her finisher..

      • ???

        But still, it just took Naomi two kicks and BOOM she lost?

      • Crazy. #RIPMae

        That still doesn’t change the fact that the match was less than a minute so what’s your point? Exit my replies now sweetie thanks

        • Edwards1992

          My point is to let you know that wasn’t squash match if some foul play was involved, that’s all I’m saying. Have a good day.

  • Kvngbalor

    Why are they announcing entry as if we don’t know all of them will be in Rumble match

    • Crazy. #RIPMae

      To let the girls hype up the Rumble match so others won’t forget

    • Wrestling.fan.from.France

      Do we know that?

      • Kvngbalor

        With reports from seceral sources saying there will be 25 to 30 women in match its common sense. There’s currently 19 women on main roster who qualify for match i highly doubt 5 or more NXT women and they can’t overdue returns so it’s obvious every women on roster will partake it just seems to me like typical lazy wwe booking only way they know how to further this storyline

        • MK126

          I’ve heard 15-20 women so that may be why the women are announcing their involvement. Otherwise we’d probably just seem some backstage segments like they used to do when they had that bingo cage with numbers 1-30 in it and see the women pick their numbers

        • Wrestling.fan.from.France

          But at the end of the day, reports remain reports. Unless it’s announced, we can guess all we want but we still don’t know how many women will be included. For me, the fact that they are having people announcing their entry for the RR should mean that not all the women would be included and THAT would be common sense to me.

          Now of course it’s WWE so it’s possible that it is just the “best way” to promote the match leading up to it to them but who knows.

  • Robann

    Soooo I get hype to see Ruby v Naomi because i KNOW they’re gonna put on a good match. I just knew they were….and then we get this BS. I’m beginning to think the last good singles matches on SDL were Char v. Becky and Naomi v. Char…..and look how long ago the ish was. Becky was in Chi-town last night so WHY was she not in the segments tonight?

    Ya’ll (WWE) keep pushing this Womens Revolution crap and ya’ll still having repeated multi-women matches and 1 min matches like we’re back in 2010. GIVE THE WOMEN TIME TO SHINE! It’s shouldn’t be that damn hard!

  • Robann

    Turn Carmella face and have her feud with Liv. Eventually turn Char heel and have a face Carmella FINALLY cash in that damn contract. Have Naomi feud with Ruby, Becky feud with Sara, and Tamina/Lana feud with Nattie (at this point idgaf which ones turn face or stay heel). Do SOMETHING Creative! I’m supposed to be excited about a RR match that probably won’t even be 20 minutes yet ya’ll keep giving us crappy women’s segments every Monday and Tuesday. Smh

    • Justin Bebier

      I don’t think Carmella would be a good babyface, she’s better as a heel. I mean Carmella already failed at being a face. Also they won’t be turning Carmella face while she still has the MITB case. Carmella will probably cash it in on Charlotte or maybe Becky if Becky wins it.

      • Like Mike

        Sad thing is, I could see them having her fail her cash in. Which would be sad.

        • ???

          Carmella isn’t my number one diva but I will be pissed off if she failed her cash in after long time of wait.

    • Wrestling.fan.from.France

      The girl has always been struggling when it comes to connecting with the crowd so turning her won’t help her that much let’s be real.

  • iOwnThatSonOfABitch

    So my last comment is waiting to be approved? Because the f word orrrr?

    • MK126

      Probably. Some of my comments have been waiting to be approved for using a curse word in it

      • iOwnThatSonOfABitch

        It’s just not fun here anymore. It’s sad. Diva Dirt is so great to just go on with one another about women’s wrestling and now that even gets hindered.

        Probably just going to remove from my favorites, see if there’s any other good sites to go to ?????

  • & again no #1 contender ?
    TWC should’ve been feuding with TRS while Naomi & Charlotte worry about the title. I mean they did never get to finish their match https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cf88591b17a1b635515ec946a52473eb59dc2c0c8411d614e2772eecd0c0b1a5.gif

  • Laquane Anderson

    Wrestler: I am entering the rumble
    Wwe universe: duh.

    • Chargod Flair #5x

      Especially with the women because there isn’t many of them. Unless they have a lot of former women returning planned.

  • Can’tGetNo…Stratusfaction

    Sooo…Natalya comes back with no follow up to that awkward promo from NOC?? Ugh.

    • 3???????

      U surprised ?

    • Gayomi.

      girl WWE can’t book anything these days we aren’t shocked by their bad storyline continuity

  • ???

    Sheesh, they talk about the women’s royal rumble for like 1000000x time since last week but in Smackdown we still get that bad treatment for our girls .

    Smackdown women’s division is :
    – No storyline
    – No buildup
    – Messy
    – Everyone get dragged in the same segment.
    – Mediocre/horrible matches

    They think they did WOW job with just changing the word Divas to women, I don’t mind if they called them divas or even if they still had the butterfly belt but GIVE THEM SOMETHING GOOD !

  • I hate SD Live’ this days, is so plain and boring, I mean they have the talent but they don’t know how to use it.

    • Sasha ortiz

      Girl me toooo! While watching the royal rumble where randy, Cody Rhodes, and the million dollar son kinda form a legacy faction I got to dreaming- why don’t they turn Charlotte heel, but first make her lose the championship to Carmella lose the rematch because of sneaky Carmella tricks. Have Carmella be the title holder while a fun baby face holds it for a while. I’m thinking Becky would be good, but I would really want someone like Candice LeRae in this fantasy booking. Build this champ as a hard worker and how they’ve worked really hard to get to where they are. Then! Turn Charlotte heel. Have her align with Tamina, Natalya- because although they are great wrestlers in their light they can’t cut great promos so being the bodyguards/strong people suits them in my opinion. If the rumors that tesa Blanchard is signing with wwe then bring her up to! She can be the sneaky, annoying member of a great faction- think x-pac, ric flair. Cal them Legacy Sorority. Have them claim that they should be getting title opportunities and main event opportunities instead of people like Becky/candance because they have wrestling blood running through their veins- they’re legacies and not nobodies like Becky/Candance. Build this feud and run with it! I think it would be hella entertaining and it would allow for majority of the girls to be used- have some join the baby face and tag the heels. Have other feuds. Could be fun…..
      But I can only dream lol

  • Gayomi.

    keep it hope Ruby is eliminated first