SmackDown Women’s Title Match: Charlotte Flair vs. Natalya
We go to the ring and out comes hometown star Charlotte Flair to a big pop. The winner of this match will face RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss on Sunday at Survivor Series. Flair hits the ring and poses as we go to commercial.
Back from the break and out comes SmackDown Women’s Champion Natalya. We get formal ring introductions from Hamilton. We get a bit of back & forth to start. The go to the corner and the referee warns them. Natalya floors Flair with a cheap shot coming out of the corner as the referee had Flair distracted. Natalya unloads and they end up on the floor with Flair sending Natalya hard into the barrier. Flair brings it back into the ring for a 2 count.
Flair with a big boot. Flair goes for a pin but Natalya escapes to the floor. Flair keeps up the aggressive offense as we go back to commercial with Natalya on the floor.
Back from the break and Natalya has Flair in a surfboard submission. Flair escapes and delivers a big chop to the chest, and another. Flair with more chops until Natalya nails the discus clothesline for a 2 count. Natalya with a kick and a headlock before keeping Flair grounded on the mat. Natalya sends Flair back into the mat and keeps control. Flair comes back with a big spear out of nowhere. Flair with a 2 count.
Natalya sends Flair into the turnbuckles when she goes for the Figure Four. Natalya with more offense and pin attempts as she starts to show frustration. Natalya with some disrespect before going for the Sharpshooter. Flair fights back and covers for a 2 count. Flair blocks another discus clothesline and hits a big suplex into the corner. Flair delivers a big boot from the apron, dropping Natalya on the floor. Flair goes to the floor and climbs up on the barrier. Flair looks to go for the moonsault from the barrier but Natalya comes from behind and launches her into the steel ring post.
Natalya ends up working Flair over some more on the outside before bringing it in at the 7 count. Natalya goes for the Sharpshooter in the middle of the ring. She locks it in and the referee checks on Flair. Flair crawls and goes for the rope but Natalya drags her back. Flair finally makes it to the ropes to break the hold. Natalya unloads as the referee warns her. Natalya charges but Flair sends her to the floor through the ropes. Natalya comes back but Flair nails a big boot.
Flair goes for the Figure Four and bridges into the Figure Eight in the middle of the ring. Natalya taps for the title change.
Winner and New SmackDown Women’s Champion: Charlotte Flair
– After the match, Flair grabs the title and goes wild as she raises it in the air while her music plays. We go to replays. Renee Young enters the ring for an interview with the new champ, asking about her match with Bliss on Sunday. Flair says this is all she’s thought about since the shake-up and it took a little longer than she thought but to win it in her hometown means everything. Flair gets a little emotional as a “you deserve it” chant breaks out. Flair thanks the crowd. Charlotte says she’s going to walk into Survivor Series and make Alexa Bliss bow down to The Queen. Flair says there was a Queen of RAW before there was a Goddess. Charlotte says everyone knows how her dad Ric Flair has had some troubles over the past few months and she knows he’s at home watching like he does every Tuesday, and she knows she’s going to go to the back and get a text from him saying he loves her. Flair says this match was for her dad. Flair’s music hits as the celebration continues. Charlotte heads to the entrance but the music interrupts and out comes WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair for a big pop. Charlotte runs to him and hugs him as they both get emotional.