Tonight, we will see current SmackDown LIVE Women’s Champion, Charlotte Flair, put her championship on the line against the woman who put her on the map, Natalya!
Charlotte ultimately won her championship this past month on SmackDown LIVE in her hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. Natalya and Charlotte had a showdown for the championship a few weeks ago, but they wouldn’t be able to determine a rightful winner due to an incoming attack by the debuting Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, and Sarah Logan. It would then be revealed that the championship rematch would go down at Clash Of Champions. However, due to involvement by The Riott Squad and other members of the SmackDown LIVE Women’s Division, it was ordered that the match would become a Lumberjack Match.
Natalya looks to become a two time SmackDown LIVE Women’s Champion by putting ‘The Queen’ to rest and reclaiming her spot on top of the division. For over 85 days, Natalya beat everyone that was put in her way to keep the championship around her waist—after dethroning Naomi back at SummerSlam this year. To Natalya’s dismay, it would be to her long-time rival, Charlotte Flair, that she would lose her belt.
The two have tremendous history and an extensive list of bouts and interactions throughout the years. It would be Natalya who put Charlotte on the map after a historic match for the vacated NXT Women’s Championship at NXT TakeOver in 2014. Ever since, the two have battled for the Divas Championship, RAW Women’s Championship, and SmackDown LIVE Women’s Championship. It’s safe to say these two will leave their all tonight in order to walk out with the championship!
This past October, at Hell In A Cell, Natalya retained over Charlotte, but to a disqualification. Natalya has taken shortcuts ever since. After leaving her team in tag team action weeks ago, Charlotte would take a loss to The Riott Squad. ‘The Queen of Harts’ has been keeping a very close eye on Flair, by being on commentary and showing up to her matches, much like Tribute To The Troops this past week. Will this give her the edge she needs in order to put Charlotte away?
PREDICTION: I’m going to have to go with Charlotte. Ever since winning the championship, Charlotte has been on top of her game. She’s had a few slip ups, but that’s because The Riott Squad, not Natalya. History will repeat itself and Charlotte will retain over Natalya like she has many times in the past. Whether it be by interference by the women at ringside, a swift boot to the face, or a leg wrenching Figure 8, Charlotte Flair will continue to be your SmackDown LIVE Women’s Champion. Well, at least I think so!
What do you think? Will Charlotte Flair keep the title around her waist? Will Natalya pull the unthinkable and reclaim her championship? Will the lumberjacks cause chaos and force a no contest? Let us know in the comments or tweet us!
Make sure you catch all the action at 8 ET/5 PT on the WWE Network!