The Raw Women’s Championship is the premier women’s championship in the WWE. While this may seem unfair to SmackDown, a brand which has a pretty rich history with women’s wrestling since 2016, the Raw Women’s Title is still the number one. It has taken the title history and legacy of the title that was unveiled at WrestleMania 32 and has been carrying it out pretty well. 2019 in particular has been the year where the Raw Women’s Title completely dwarfed the SmackDown one, after Becky Lynch started pursuing Ronda Rousey on Raw instead of Asuka on SmackDown, the woman who beat her for the title. Now that we are finally exiting the post WrestleMania period, we have to see new and fresh feuds for the title heading into SummerSlam. This was put in stone as Lynch finally moved on from her Lacey Evans rivalry and now has to battle the test of Natalya at the biggest show of the summer. This is the Wrestling Hub and today we will be looking at Why Natalya Became the Number One Contender for the Raw Women’s Championship?
On the latest episode of Raw, Alexa Bliss, Natalya, Naomi and Carmella all faced off in a fatal four way elimination match in which the winner would have the opportunity to challenge Becky Lynch for her Raw Women’s Title at SummerSlam. This match was actually pretty long for a Raw match, easily crossing the 20 minute mark. The first elimination happened when Alexa Bliss rolled up Carmella after she took Naomi and Natalya down. The second elimination was a similar affair, this time saw Natalya eliminate Naomi. Natalya would go on to eliminate Bliss by making her tap to the Sharpshooter and thus officially getting a match against Lynch.
The Lynch and Natalya dynamic isn’t one I get. They have feuded before as SmackDown superstars, but considering how Lynch has managed to keep a hold of her post-Mania popularity, it’s odd to see them pair her against a relatively solid but not as popular wrestler. Natalya is definitely the gatekeeper of the women’s division and is a true veteran, but whether she will be compelling enough in a role opposite Lynch is something we have to wait to see. WWE do have time to build this match up, but considering how cluttered their programming is, it seems unlikely that it will get the love that it needs for it to become a more attractive match. The result also seems like a foregone conclusion, unless this is a bridge to introduce the return of Ronda Rousey. Natalya was her on-screen best friend and maybe this is a way they reintroduce that character. Rousey has made her desire of wanting to come back apparent off late and maybe this would be a good way to reintroduce her. Natalya vs. Becky Lynch doesn’t have the requisite fire that it needs, but a clever build will be something that can change this story. This is a solid, even though it is underwhelming.