WWE News: Natalya on breaking records, facing Charlotte at Hell in a Cell, Carmella cashing in
What’s the story?
SmackDown Live Women’s Champion Natalya recently spoke to M Live ahead of her upcoming title defence at Sunday’s Hell in a Cell show.
Specifically, Natalya discussed the pair of records she’ll be breaking this Sunday, her storied history with Charlotte and the prospect of Carmella using her Money in the Bank privilege.
In case you didn’t know…
At Hell in a Cell, Natalya will defend her SmackDown Women’s Championship against Charlotte Flair in a match that’s set to break two WWE records.
Having already squared off in NXT, Divas and Raw women’s title action, Natalya and Flair’s imminent meeting for the SmackDown Live Women’s Championship will make them the first women in company history to have competed for four different championship titles.
And on top of that, Natalya also claims that she’ll be setting the record for most pay-per-view matches of any women in WWE history, beating out the current record-holder, Trish Stratus.
The heart of the matter
As well as noting those records she’s set to break on Sunday night, Natalya also talked up her opponent for Hell in a Cell. The champion noted that she puts Flair “on top of the list” of her favourite opponents and that “there’s probably no other women in this industry that I respect more than Charlotte.”
And of course, there was also a parting word of warning directed at a certain Money in the Bank briefcase holder, with Natalya continuing: “Charlotte is not taking my Smackdown Live Women's Championship and neither is Carmella. If Carmella even gets close to me, I promise you I'll be putting her and James Ellsworth in the sharpshooter at the same time.”
Hell in a Cell takes place this Sunday at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI. It’ll be the first WWE show to emanate from the venue since its recent opening in April 2015.
Given that Natalya forced Flair to submit on this past week’s showing of SmackDown Live, don’t be surprised to see the challenger come good in their title match this weekend, as is often the case with WWE’s booking patterns.
While it’s good to see Natalya getting some media coverage for these records she’ll be breaking at Hell in a Cell, it’s a shame that WWE themselves didn’t make more of those titbits heading into the event.
In terms of the match itself, don’t be surprised to see Natalya proven wrong on both accounts, with Charlotte the favourite to take the title from her, and the subsequent possibility of Carmella cashing in a very likely scenario.