Naomi No. 1 Contender, Bella Twins Hall of Fame and More WWE SmackDown Fallout
On a night highlighted by the women of SmackDown, Friday saw the blue brand present a show that was all about seizing opportunities.
Naomi overcame Carmella to pick up the biggest win of the night. She just needed Carmella to falter so that she could take back control of her destiny.
The Bella Twins also showed up with a far-too-early WWE Hall of Fame induction. Nikki and Brie Bella are important to WWE. They just should have been treated liked the recent stars they are and stepped aside for other legends of the business.
SmackDown's tag team division is stacked, but it is hard to say who will emerge victorious long term in the company as The Usos promised to dethrone champs The New Deay or No. 1 contenders The Miz and John Morrison. It's all a matter of the right opportunity.
Goldberg made his presence felt again, but he still doesn't quite fit on this show. He needs to do the unthinkable because he still feels woefully unprepared to face Bray Wyatt.
It was a nice episode that again began to redefine the blue brand on the Road to WrestleMania. Certain stars stepped up, while others fell woefully short.
Naomi vs. Bayley Should Make It to WrestleMania 36
Naomi defeated Carmella with a split-legged moonsault to become the new No. 1 contender to the SmackDown Women's Championship. She dominated despite The Princess of Staten Island tapping into a resurgence of late.
It was all about the new No. 1 contender. Naomi was all over this match and showed why she still feels like the best option to challenge The Role Model at WrestleMania.
WWE Super ShowDown on Thursday will be the first time these two women fight but certainly not the last. Bayley needs a challenger who can push her, and The Glowing One can be the perfect foil for The Role Model.
The athleticism that is always on display with Naomi is impressive—she just needs to put it all together. It is all about turning that offense into a match that gets people talking. The level must always be elevated, and Naomi must show that she can be more than an athletic showcase star.
She is a storyteller who is waiting for the right inspiration. Maybe Bayley can convince her to become what she was always meant to be.
SmackDown's Tag Team Division Has Become Suddenly Stacked
The Usos asked for the next shot at whoever emerges from Super ShowDown with the tag team gold. The Miz and John Morrison arrived to make fun of their potential future challengers. Jey Uso hit Robert Roode with a superkick in a follow-up eight man tag to show he and Jimmy Uso were ready for a title shot.
With Morrison's arrival and the return of Jimmy and Jey Uso, the SmackDown tag team division has gone from nobody to everybody very quickly.
The New Day are working with the best in the business, and the SmackDown tag team champions have plenty of challengers. It is likely The Shaman of Sexy and The A-Lister will regain long lost tag team gold in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, but that will not take away from the blue brand's depth.
Heavy Machinery may be on the sidelines, but Miz and Morrison, Kofi Kingston and Big E, The Usos and Dolph Ziggler and Roode all could be leading the division. It's a matter of who steps up when the time comes.
If the division gets a moment at WrestleMania, any one of those teams as champions would work.
The Bella Twins Were Inducted Far Too Early
Alexa Bliss announced that Nikki and Brie Bella would be a part of the 2020 WWE Hall of Fame class. The Bella Twins then celebrated the evolution of women's wrestling with The Goddess.
While there was no doubt The Bellas would be Hall of Famers, it feels far too soon to enshrine Nikki and Brie given so many important women are still waiting for their time.
Molly Holly, Jazz and Victoria are still awaiting their earned moment. Mickie James may be an active competitor, but she should be a first-ballot Hall of Famer soon. It is even surprising The Bellas leapfrogged Michelle McCool.
It feels like WWE pushed for Nikki and Bella to get this moment because it would spark more headlines. The two did not often add to the women's division, even when they raised their game.
While Nikki especially got better down the stretch in her career, neither woman elevated the division. They merely went along with whatever mattered in the moment and lucked into a few important stories along the way.
Goldberg Does Not Truly Feel Like a Threat to The Fiend
Goldberg called out Bray Wyatt, and he got The Fiend. The WWE Hall of Famer caught the WWE champion with a Spear, but The Fiend got right back up. The champion disappeared after that.
This was a fine main event segment. However, it did not do its job. Even now, Goldberg feels too much like a filler challenger to get to Wyatt vs. Roman Reigns.
The Eater of Worlds has been pushed to the top of WWE for a good reason. He is entertaining with a gimmick that gets everyone talking at every turn. It is just a shame no one can catch up to his madness.
Goldberg may be able to still go at 53, but it is impossible to believe The Fiend will fail Thursday. He has to make a statement on the Grandest Stage of Them All. Wyatt has earned that.
The legend and the monster will collide, and it will be all about solidifying the champion. It is just a shame that it is going to happen in Saudi Arabia.