Naomi, who currently serves as a backup dancer for Brodus Clay, stepped in for Kaitlyn, who was not at the event due to travel issues. According to a report, Naomi won the match thanks to help from her fellow dancer Cameron. The same report stated that it had been considered one of the best Diva matches of the year.
Fans tweeted about the match, some upping the ante and calling it “one of the best Divas matches in years”. Natalya retweeted one such tweet, while giving a resounding “Of course!” to a fan’s question asking if she’d like to see Naomi wrestle on Raw or SmackDown in the near future.
Even those outside the Divas division took notice. Ricardo Rodriguez, best known as Alberto Del Rio’s personal ring announcer, tweeted high praise, saying, “Beyond proud of @NaomiWWE For stepping up huge last night at the Smackdown Live Event vs Natalya.”
Of course, all of this is just buzz and won’t necessarily translate to an immediate in-ring push for Naomi, but with this kind of a response to a house show match, you can bet that WWE officials took notice.