Charlotte Flair is kicking off the show tonight. She said it’s been seven days since she arrived on Smackdown Live and she’s already lost patience. She asks if Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon are on summer vacation already, or perhaps binge watching the Fast & Furious, because she’s fastly growing furious. Charlotte demands to be put in a match for the Smackdown Women’s Championship, and is cut off by Naomi. The champ says Smackdown Live doesn’t have queens, but they do have champions – and you’re looking at one. Naomi says she hates to see Charlotte out here begging for opportunity, and wants to do this right here and right now. She drops the title and decks her in the face, and the two brawl until a referee comes out and gets in between them.
Out comes Shane McMahon, who says we’re going to see a fight here tonight, but challengers have to earn their opportunities. If Charlotte defeats Naomi tonight, she becomes the number one contender. Naomi turns her back to talk to the fans and Charlotte immediately rushes the ring and lays her out from behind. She tries to pose with the title, but Naomi recovers and goes on the attack again, dumping her from the ring. The two stare each other down as Naomi holds her title in the air.
Charlotte is shown on her way to the ring, but she runs into Natalya, Carmella, James Ellsworth and Tamina Snuka. They mock her and say how grateful they are to just be in the “presence of greatness”. Charlotte walks past them but is roughed up a bit on her way. The tension mounts…
If Charlotte Wins She Becomes #1 Contender
Charlotte Flair vs. Naomi
The challenger goes on the offensive immediately. She puts her in a headscissors and does her mat stomp technique. Charlotte hits a splash in the corner and puts the boots to the champion. Naomi gets a few shots in but is quickly caught in a side headlock. Charlotte hits her with a chop, and Naomi responds with a stiff kick to the leg. They go back and forth trading chops and kicks, and Noami gets the better of the exchange and does her rapid fire kicks. They both go over the top rope to the floor as we cut to a commercial.
Charlotte has the champion in a body scissors as we come back from commercial. She breaks the hold and hits a back suplex for two, before dropping an exposed knee to the jaw several times. Naomi shows signs of life and tries to hit a sunset flip pin, but Charlotte just drops another knee on her face to break it up. She goes for the knee again but Naomi rolls out of the way and hits an enzugiri to create her first opening of the match. She throws a dozen elbow shots and hits a hurricanrana, followed by a float-over stunner, heading to the top rope and coming down with a crossbody for a nearfall. Naomi tries for the Rear View, but Charlotte kicks her in the back and hits Natural Selection for the win!
Winner: Charlotte Flair
Charlotte is walking backstage after her victory, and again walks into the group of heel women (and James Ellsworth). She smiles and gives them a “woo” as she walks off, and the heels do not look happy.
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