Last Tuesday on Smackdown Live, we have heard a blockbuster news from the commissioner, Shane McMahon.
He named five women from the Smackdown women’s division to be part of the first-ever women’s Money in the Bank ladder match on June 18th. Excluding the champion Naomi, all the present members Charlotte, Natalya, Carmella, Becky Lynch and Tamina got the opportunity to compete in it.
As per the previous planning, Naomi was supposed to defend her title with a new number one contender at the Money in the Bank PPV. But, the match got cancelled on the Tuesday Night’s show due to a chaos breaking out ringside. All the five participants beat the hell out of each other prior to the match.
Now, quite expectedly, the Smackdown women’s champion, Naomi does not have any challenger, right now. There’s a question over her status at the upcoming PPV on June 18th. Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer threw some lights on the matter in his recent reports.
He stated that unfortunately, the Glow of Naomi will not be lit on that evening since WWE creative does not have any backup plan for her. So, while her companions from the Smackdown roster will tear the house down making history, she will have to sit in the locker room and watch it.
Meltzer also stated that the previous planning for Money in the Bank PPV was to conduct two women’s division matchups. The first one was to crown Natalya vs. Naomi for the title match. The other match would be the ladder match containing four of the remaining female superstars.
But, the idea was nixed out since the writers did not want to host the first-ever women’s ladder match with only four participants available for it. There was some talking to call a couple of talents from the NXT roster to fill up the spots but chances are less that things will go that way.
So, it will be quite a heart-breaking experience for Naomi to get excluded from the card. She is a fighting champion and surely does want to put up a fight on any given night.