WWE is building up to the Hell in a Cell premium live event on June 5th. With all the recent drama in the company, there may have to be some last-minute improvisation. The SmackDown Women’s Championship could be a particularly interesting development.
At Monday Night Raw, Sasha Banks and Naomi walked out after they were displeased with the way they were being booked. The pair preferred Women’s Tag Team Championship match with Doudrop and Nikki A.S.H. at Hell in a Cell. Instead, they were scheduled to lose to Ronda Rousey and Bianca Belair respectively.
With the status of Sasha Banks and Naomi in limbo, WWE had to scramble for new women’s championship opponents. On Raw, Becky Lynch lost to Asuka in a #1 contenders match for Bianca Belair’s Raw Women’s Championship. The fate of the SmackDown championship scene is still up in the air, according to Dave Meltzer in this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
“There will likely be a few matches strongly pushed on Smackdown this week. A key would be a new Rousey opponent. Unless Naomi or Sasha Banks returns, or they send Rhea Ripley over, the pickings are slim with Natalya and Shayna Baszler as the top contenders. Natalya is friends with Rousey and possibly could have a great PPV match with her since they did a TV match on Rousey’s first run that was very good, and Baszler and Rousey are best friends and it would likely be a dream match for both of them.”
The shortage of top contenders on the blue brand means there are a lot of different things that could happen. If Sasha and Naomi return, one of them could be slotted back into a match with Ronda Rousey. If not, somebody will have to be moved up the card.
Tonight’s SmackDown should be very interesting. The backstage situation with Sasha Banks and Naomi has thrown a major wrench into the Hell in a Cell event. Fans will have to follow the show to see how things will be handled going into the PPV.
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