So Battleground approaches and once again the blue brand is having a multi woman
match to determine who will get a title shot at Summerslam for the SmackDown women's
Now...first of all...is Naomi defending the title at Battleground? It seems that
Carmella doesn't have any plans as of yet...so I guess they could book that match.
Second of all...Summerslam is in Brooklyn this year and that means that Carmella
is possibly/probably going to be cashing in her Money in the Bank contract in her "hometown"
for a huge pop/moment (And we all know how much Mr. McMahon loves his "moments")
So I will now go through all five ladies and analyze just why they may...or may not
be going to Summerslam...and to be fair I'll be doing it in alphabetical order. I'm not
playing favorites...even though everyone knows who my favorite is.
Naomi vs. Becky Lynch
Now I'm sure Naomi vs. Becky Lynch would be a fantastic match and it would make Naomi
more of a credible champion if she scored a clean win over the Irish Lass Kicker...and hell...
I'd be over the moon if Becky actually won the title for a second time.
As over as Naomi is at the moment...I doubt they'll put her in a match against Becky because
come on...everyone loves Becky and a face vs. face match will no doubt divide/confuse the crowd.
So in the end while the match would be great...the other elements needed for a traditional title
match aren't in place.
Naomi vs. Charlotte
This in my mind is the "Money Match" and the most likely for the Summerslam card.
These two ladies had a couple of solid matches when Charlotte first arrived on the
blue brand and thanks to the Welcome Committee (THAT IS A SHIT NAME!) they have
I can't see the WWE leaving Charlotte out of a title match at Summerslam and even
Naomi has stated she wants to fight Charlotte again.
Charlotte had an amazing 2016 and perhaps the WWE creative team has decided that
its time for some of the other fine ladies of the WWE to take the the spotlight and
center stage at Summerslam.
So in the end...this seems like the most likely outcome...but it isn't a guarantee.
Naomi vs. Lana
Well...no...we just saw this match three times and two of them were squash matches.
No disrespect to Lana because I appreciate her for becoming an active member of the
women's division...but...no more title matches.
But...no...no buts...no more title matches for Lana.
Naomi vs. Natalya
Now automatically this match would make more sense from a booking point of view. Two
experienced and underrated performers, one a face and one a heel, being given a chance
to excel and entertain on the second biggest stage in the WWE calendar year.
In my opinion Natalya is deserving of a run as women's champion and I honestly believe
she is the most underrated female wrestle on the roster. Her technical skills are second
to none in the entire division and her in-ring style is somewhat the opposite of Naomi's.
As the WWE has shown in the past...they may not consider Natalya as Champion material...
which is of course total bullshit. Plus would a Naomi/Natalya match really get the crowd
So in the end...I guess it depends if the WWE is finally going to give Natalya a chance.
Naomi vs. Tamina
Now this is the wild card match and it does appear the SmackDown creative team are building
some momentum for Tamina. She has recently pinned both Naomi & Charlotte in tag team matches
(both thanks to Lana) and it seems that Tamina & Lana are being paired up together with Lana
possibly playing a similar role that she did as Rusev's valet.
It is worth noting that Tamina is the oldest member of the women's division (she's 39) and
if the WWE is going to give her a push/title run...it would make sense for them to do it sooner
rather than later.
There is also some history between Naomi & Tamina which would provide some extra "layers"
for a big match build.
Much like Natalya...would the WWE really give Tamina a big Summerslam title match and
possibly a title run?
So in the end...Tamina is being built up for something...but is it a Summerslam title match or
a simple feud with Charlotte?
Also on a side note...with Carmella not being involved in this match it means that useless
waste of skin James Ellsworth won't around to ruin this match...unlike the 2 Money In The
Bank Ladder Matches which in my opinion were greatly degraded by his interference.
So...who do you think will win at Battleground? Which match would you most like to see?
and do you think Carmella will cash in and claim the title at Summerslam?
Leave your thoughts, comments and opinions below and as always...I'll see you around the traps.