With WWE's next pay-per-view, Bragging Rights, just around the corner, fans are speculating as to what may occur during Natalya's second in-ring meeting with Unified Divas champion Michelle McCool. I have a few thoughts on this feud and the upcoming title rematch.
In their last meeting at Hell in a Cell, Natalya won, but it was via disqualification thanks to Layla removing her shoes and tossing them into the ring as McCool was locked in a sharpshooter. I definitely don't see a repeat of this happening this coming Sunday. It would be too predictable and redundant, to say the least.
However, I wouldn't rule out a victory by Michelle that ends up being less than kosher, so to speak. I don't see her losing this time around, and, at the same time, I don't see her victory happening cleanly, either.
McCool's LayCool cohort, Layla, has proven herself as a worthy ally time and time again. She provides a much-needed distraction for her partner in crime and is quite effective in that role. Think back to when Michelle defeated Melina in the Divas Unification title match at Night of Champions. Although she pretended to be angry and claimed to want nothing to do with McCool or the match due to the less than fair decision that led to Michelle being the one competing, Layla showed her true nature as well as her worth to her BFF.
While the referee's back was turned due to Natalya being up on the ring apron, the London native took the opportunity to sneak into the squared circle to attempt to attack Melina. While the Paparazzi Princess saw the sly would-be ambush, she managed to hold her own and fight back, yet that didn't matter. McCool took full advantage of the distraction and capitalized by delivering a kick that put Melina out for the three-count.
Of course, I don't foresee the same type of scenario occurring in Michelle's match with Natalya. I do see Layla distracting the referee in some way, and McCool managing to deliver a cheap shot of some kind, possibly with a foreign object (such as the title belt).
As much as I would love to see Natalya win on Sunday, I don't have high hopes for it becoming reality. Throughout the past three weeks since the last pay-per-view, we have witnessed much more of the third generation diva mixing it up with LayCool. Usually, the duo would try to use their number advantage to overpower Natalya, who has appeared in the ring alone for a promo or following a singles match between one member of LayCool and another diva. Each time, the attack attempts have failed, with Natalya standing strong and tall while LayCool would turn tail and run.
Recently, Natalya has had a group of divas—the Bella Twins, Melina, Gail Kim, and Eve—come out to her aid when she has seemed on the verge of being in trouble. The group went straight after LayCool and foiled any plans they had to teach the Canadian diva a lesson. The five won't be there at Bragging Rights, though, since it hasn't been announced that the title match will be of the lumberjill variety. Natalya would also be one ally short, since, judging by last night's NXT, it appears that Nikki Bella is now a heel again. She will have to go it alone, which is where LayCool get really dangerous.
This past Monday on RAW, when the BFFs took to the ring when Natalya was giving a speech, the ambush initially worked, and Michelle insultingly locked her nemesis in her very own submission maneuver, the sharpshooter. I am going to go out on a limb here and predict that, very possibly, this may be the way McCool wins on Sunday. It would be a huge slap in the face of not only Natalya, but her entire family. Quite possibly, she will use a foreign object to weaken her opponent before she gets her in the hold.
All that being said, I definitely feel the odds are in LayCool's favor at Bragging Rights. Natalya is powerful, dominant, and probably the best woman wrestler in the WWE today, however, she has gotten the upper hand far too many times during the feud.