I make no secret that I am a big fan of Natalya Hart. She comes from the prestigious wrestling Hart family. She has helped personally train many women currently on the roster and previously as well. Unfortunately there has always been something missing with Natalya. She is probably in the top tier of wrestlers, men and women, in the company. Ever since the brand split last year and she was put on Smackdown, I was always wondering if she was going to get the Smackdown Women’s Championship. I honestly think that this year should be the year that she gets it.
I’m no fan of Nikki Bella. I do not have this disdain for her like some people do but can’t say I’m a fan. She recently had a feud with Natalya where it was clear that Natalya had coached her through the matches. This all culminated in a “falls count anywhere” match where it really highlighted the best of their abilities. Natalya has wrestling in her blood and she can help elevate any match that she is in.
All signs point towards Charlotte being the next competitor for the title but there may be shenanigans afoot that cost her the title. Natalya would obviously be the next top heel on the roster and looks to be the leader of a potential faction with her, Carmella and Tamina. Naomi is the current women’s champion and top baby face on the roster and it would be an interesting feud between the two of them. Smackdown likes to blend reality with fiction and there is a history between the two of them that could draw heavily from the past while fueling the feud. It would be much more than the one between Natalya and Nikki.
There is no doubt in my head that Natalya will be the Smackdown Women’s Champion. Ultimately it comes down to a question of when this will happen. She is well liked and well respected by her peers and fans. I just hope that she gets the belt before 2017 ends.