WWE TLC Results: Eve Beats Naomi and What It Means
On the pre-show to WWE's Tables, Ladders & Chairs pay-per-view, Naomi shocked the world by winning the women's Battle Royal for the No.1 Contendership to Eve's Divas Championship.
Going in, no one could have expected her to pick up such a notable win, especially since she's spent most of her tenure as a lowly backup dancer—along with Cameron—to comedy act Brodus Clay.
It was then revealed Naomi would get her title shot against Eve (who was at ringside for the match) later on in the show, marking her first-ever match as part of the main WWE roster (she previously wrestled on developmental show NXT in 2010).
Ultimately, Naomi lost in her attempt to win her first Divas Championship. After a decent back and forth, the former cheerleader missed a splash, allowing Eve to capitalize and hit her finisher for the pin.
So, what can we garner from the events of Sunday night? And what is Naomi's future in the Divas Division?
Certainly, WWE should have made the talented Naomi a wrestler a long time ago. As part of NXTs third season, she showed great potential and athleticism, far above what we see from most Divas. She really had something back then, and as we saw here, she still has it now.
That Naomi has spent most of this time relegated to backup dancing for Brodus Clay while awful wrestlers like Aksana and Rosa Mendes participated in matches on a regular basis is a damning indictment of the company's women's division and part of the reason why it has devolved into the joke it now is.
The girls weren't exactly helped here either: WWE chose to rush out the Divas match right after the phenomenal Shield/Team Hell No and Ryback TLC bout. They weren't given a whole lot of time either.
Unsurprisingly, the crowd weren't terribly into Naomi/Eve despite both women making a great effort. How frustrating for them.
But WWE is at least taking steps to rectify the situation and utilizing Naomi properly. Ideally, she'll quit her dance act with Brodus—the company can always find another girl to partner with Cameron—and move on to a feud with Eve for the Divas title.
Certainly, after months of facing Layla and Kaitlyn on television and pay-per-view, Eve desperately requires a new challenger, and who better than Naomi?
Aside from her aforementioned in-ring skills, we saw on NXT that she's got a fair amount of personality and bubbly charisma.
Granted, she may need to polish up her mic skills a bit, but there is certainly potential there for her to be the company's next big babyface Diva.
But the absolute last thing WWE need to do is place her back with Brodus Clay. As fans saw Sunday night, she's simply too good for such a small supporting role and can be much more of an asset as a full-time wrestling performer.
Now, let's hope the company looks at her impressive performance Sunday night and decides to bump her up the card. Heck, she may be just what the Divas Division needs right now.
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