Natalya vs. Becky Lynch: Winner and Reaction from WWE Battleground 2016

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 25, 2016

WWE Diva Natalya™ enjoys the Friskies® Create & Taste Kitchen on Thursday August 20, 2015, in New York, New York. With fun activities pitting two distinct Friskies products against each other, this friendly competition will ultimately benefit shelter cats via Friskies meal donations. (Brian Ach/AP Images for Friskies)
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Becky Lynch entered WWE Battleground with revenge on her mind after former friend Natalya double-crossed her, but The Queen of Harts was victorious in a grudge match Sunday night.

WWE broke down how the match ended:

WWE Stats & Info noted an interesting fact regarding Natalya's win: 

Bleacher Report's James Moffat wondered what the win meant for the SmackDown brand moving forward: 

Becky and Nattie joined forces at Money in the Bank to take on common enemies in the form of Charlotte and Dana Brooke. After losing to the villainous duo, however, Natalya snapped and attacked The Irish Lass Kicker.

Nattie's betrayal was the latest in a long line of heartbreak for Lynch during her time on the main roster. She was a member of Team PCB with Paige and Charlotte when she initially made the jump from NXT, and they both turned their backs on her as well.

After getting duped yet again, the fire-haired native of Dublin vowed to tap into her aggressive side to prevent similar situations from arising in the future.

Becky found herself up against the craftiest women's wrestler in WWE, though, and Nattie used her wealth of experience to her advantage during the lead-up to Battleground.

That was most apparent on the go-home episode of Raw, when Natalya interrupted a tag team match pitting Becky and Sasha Banks against Charlotte and Dana.

Nattie weakened her opponent prior to their pay-per-view showdown and expressed a great deal of confidence as the match approached:

Following WWE's brand split, Sunday's bout was significant for both Becky and Natalya. The women's division is wide-open on SmackDown, and there is room for challengers to emerge.

While WWE has expressed a commitment to women's wrestling over the past year, it has struggled to produce multiple quality storylines at once.

The rivalry between Becky and Nattie had great potential, but they were absent from television at times and were overshadowed by other programs.

That was out of the wrestlers' control, but Lynch and Natalya took fate into their hands with regard to the quality of their match and worked hard to produce a memorable encounter at Battleground.

The fact that Natalya, 34, came out on top was surprising since Becky, 29, is a younger competitor who seemed to be trending upward, but there is a need for quality heels, and Nattie's victory helps in that department.

Even so, Lynch has "multitime women's champion" written all over her, and one can assume her talent will allow her to overcome Sunday's defeat in the near future.

         

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