What a ride these past few months have been for Becky Lynch. After months of doing nothing, she’s finally gained momentum. She picked up victories left and right, and before long, she earned a match against Carmella at Summerslam for the Smackdown Women’s Championship. Lynch would have the chance to regain what she lost nearly two years ago. And then someone showed up. Charlotte Flair.
This is neither the time nor the place to debate whether WWE is intentionally working fans or whatever. Instead, I’ll be looking at it from face value. With the little information I have, I will attempt to predict where this storyline is headed.
After Charlotte showed up, she was given an opportunity to add herself into the Summerslam title match. She did just that. Afterwards, Becky Lynch appeared on screen, and she was visibly upset. This was a very conscious choice by WWE, it seems. They’ve already planted the seeds for the feud, and it writes itself.
I would bet a small amount of money (maybe a dollar or two, if you must know) that Carmella isn’t walking out of Brooklyn as the Smackdown Women’s Champion. After all, she is in the ring with two women who have been at the top of the division before. Sure, Carmella is on top now, but that’s mainly because she’s a cheater. She knows that she is severely outclassed in that triple threat.
If Charlotte wins the title at Summerslam, then both Becky Lynch and Carmella have legitimate claims to a rematch. Carmella’s is in the championship contract, and Becky could say that she earned her match and only lost because Paige got mad and added Charlotte to the match.
If Becky wins, Charlotte doesn’t exactly have a lot of pull to demand a rematch. She would have lost her last three championship matches, all against the same champion, mind you. She disappeared for two months, and got the match after winning exactly one match. It’s hard to create a compelling argument for Charlotte to get a rematch. But she’d probably get one anyway.
Regardless, expect these three to cross paths in some way in the coming months.
If Becky Lynch were to win at Summerslam, it could be the catalyst for a Charlotte heel turn. Maybe Charlotte is frustrated that she keeps on losing.She is frustrated that she cannot beat Carmella, or that her supposed best friend stole her thunder. Never mind the fact that Charlotte had no business being in the match in the first place. Heels are rarely logical and often suffer from delusions of grandeur. Plus, Charlotte doesn’t seem like the kind of person to say “aww shucks, I lost” and then move on with her life.
If Charlotte does turn heel, it could create an interesting next few months as two former best friends and now bitter enemies battle it out for the right to be the best. Sure, it’s not the freshest idea, but it would at least provide some quality matches, especially with Evolution just a couple of months away.
This is another option, especially if Charlotte is directly involved in the decision of the match. Maybe she wins. Maybe she gets pinned by Carmella. Either way, Becky Lynch loses, and the opportunity that was supposed to be hers and hers alone is now gone. It’s enough to make anyone snap.
Lynch, tired of being second place and playing second fiddle to Charlotte, decides to take out her frustrations through violence. It would be like that time when Batista was upset that he couldn’t become champion again, so he attacked Rey Mysterio.
As much sense as this makes, I’m not exactly in favor of it. Becky Lynch is easily the most likable character in the Smackdown Women’s Division, Turning her makes no sense, especially when she has a right to feel upset. It’s all backwards.
Still, it’ll be exciting to see where this thing goes, so I’ll be keeping tabs on the story.