At Night of Champions on September 16, Layla El will defend her Divas Championship against young up-and-comer Kaitlyn in one of the division's most intriguing match-ups in quite some time.
While Kaitlyn, the winner of NXT season three, will undoubtedly put up a good fight in her quest for WWE gold, we strongly suspect Layla will be walking out of Boston still the reigning Divas Champion.
What to know why? Well, here are five reasons.
As Bryan Alvarez noted last week over at F4Wonline.com, Kaitlyn wasn't actually meant to get a title shot in the first place.
It's a crazy story. A botch at the end of the women's battle royal match on Raw two weeks ago to determine the No.1 contender for Layla's belt—intended winner Eve was meant to land on the apron during a clothesline spot, but accidentally fell on to the floor—meant that Kaitlyn got the nod instead. (Go back and check out the stunned and flustered look on everyone's face after the bout intended, it's hilarious).
With this in mind, it seems highly unlikely WWE's booking team, who didn't even want Kaitlyn in the spot on the first place, will decide to give her the Divas Championship at Night of Champions.
As noted in the previous slide, Eve was originally meant to get the title bout at the pay-per-view and feud with Layla, before the botch in the battle royal scuppered the booking team's plans.
A programme between the pair, over the Divas Championship, has been simmering for quite some time now. Per the storyline, bad girl Eve is ostensibly trying to turn over a new leaf and be a good, hardworking assistant GM and fair, honorable women's wrestler. Few are buying it, especially Layla, who remains distrustful of her former friend's motives.
Despite Kaitlyn getting the nod at NOC, WWE continue to play up the Eve/Layla feud on television (Eve being added to the PPV bout, making it a triple threat, has been hinted at too), and it is clear their angle is far from over.
Considering this, it makes no sense for Layla to drop the title to Kaitlyn at Night of Champions, when the storyline strongly indicates she has a showdown with Eve coming soon.
With her charisma, superb promo skills and solid in-ring performances, Layla is a great deal more capable of carrying WWE's struggling women's division than Kaitlyn is.
Indeed, in spite of all her serious knee problems and erratic treatment at the hands of the booking team, Layla has spent the last few years evolving into one of the best female wrestlers the company has ever had.
Kaitlyn, a model and bodybuilder prior to joining WWE in 2010, clearly wants to learn and tries hard, but she's simply too inexperienced in the ring to be the center of the division, as some of her (awful) matches lately have shown. While they may have treated the women's division shoddily in the past (putting it mildly), even WWE's booking team should realize this and make the call to have her lose at the PPV.
Despite her heightened profile in recent weeks, the WWE Universe remains largely indifferent to Kaitlyn, yet another obstacle in her way as she attempts to gain the Divas Championship.
After all, how can WWE give the belt to someone who is clearly not over with the fans?
This is unfortunate, but not altogether surprising. After all, WWE's booking team has barely used her since she won NXT season three, two years ago.
Following her victory on NXT, Kaitlyn, spent some time on SmackDown, forming the short-lived "Chickbusters" tag team with AJ Lee, before quickly being forgotten about. She then found herself banished back to the internet-only NXT (now called NXT: Redemption) where she participated in a long-running comedy romance angle with Derrick Bateman, Maxine and Johnny Curtis.
Since NXT: Redemption ended, Kaitlyn has made only sporadic appearances on Raw and SmackDown, becoming yet another Diva the company refuses to do anything with.
No wonder the fans can't/won't react to Kaitlyn in her new role as No. 1 Contender; they've barely gotten the chance to know her!
Partly due to WWE's indifference toward their women's division, Layla's reign as Divas Champion has struggled to get off the ground. In fact, apart from a middling series of matches with the equally under-used Beth Phoenix, it's a struggle to think of anything she's done of note since she won the title back in April at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view,
With this in mind, a clean and impressive victory over Kaitlyn at Night of Champions would help to bring her back to relevance in the company.