SmackDown Women’s Champion Natalya vs. Charlotte Flair
After her surprise win at Summer Slam back in August, Natalya makes her first PPV defense of the women’s champion against fellow “female wrestler who in some way shape or form calls herself Queen”, Charlotte. The Nature Girl finds herself back on PPV (her last appearance saw her playing soccer with cars) after winning a Fatal Four Way match to become number one contender. Also, Carmella has loomed quietly with the Money in the Bank briefcase, so there’s always the possibility of a cash-in here.
Predictions: Tough to call as we don’t know if/when the Four Horsewomen program is happening or in what form. I’m going to go with a Charlotte win and Carmella cash in, leading to a mini-feud between the Queen and the Princess of Staten Island.
SmackDown Tag Team Champions The New Day vs. The Usos (Hell in a Cell Match)
Though its unfortunate that the Smackdown tag division has essentially been two teams the last few months, the fact that said two teams are the Usos and The New Day has been OK with me. This has been a great rivarly, especially as the Usos have really grown into their heel selves. I’d imagine this will be the last matchup we see from these two mega teams (who have been feuding since May) for some time. Perhaps it’s finally time to bring the Fashion Police and maybe even Gable/Benjamin into the mix.
Prediction: Lately, WWE is obsessed with creating “real” records for their fake sport, one of which is the all time tag title reigns record. The New Day can’t win another title, if they still have the title, so the Usos do the reverse job here and allow New Day to win another title down the road.
United States Champion AJ Styles vs. Baron Corbin
Baron Corbin’s stock dropped seemingly over night (losing the Money In The Bank briefcase, and suffering a quick, clean loss to John Cena at Summer Slam) and has somewhat surreptitiously been built back up as he finds himself in a title match against one of the blue brand’s top performers, AJ Styles. Styles has been pretty quiet of late (apparently he’s working dark matches in lieu of TV matches, to hold the live 205 crowd) so it will be nice to see him dust off his boots, even if it is to fight in this lackluster feud with the lone wolf.
Prediction: I can’t imagine WWE brass has suddenly done that much of a 180 on Corbin. Styles retains.
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