Is Naomi set to retain title?
What’s the story
As reported by The Dirty Sheets via our “DS Breaking News” show on YouTube and iTunes, Naomi is set to remain the SmackDown Women’s Champion throughout 2017.
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In case you didn’t know
Naomi won the SmackDown Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 33 in Orlando., taking the title from Alexa Bliss.
The heart of the matter
The WWE are currently planning to keep Naomi as Champion for the remainder of 2017. After defeating Natalya at SummerSlam, she’s currently pencilled in to move onto a program with Tamina.
As we previously reported, the WWE are keen to market Naomi’s new SmackDown Women’s Championship belt, but may face a significant wait. The company were hoping to have the new belts on sale by Christmas and for WrestleMania season, but were informed by toy manufacturers, Mattel, that the belts will not be available by Christmas.
Naomi will defend her SmackDown Women’s Championship against Natalya at SummerSlam in Brooklyn.
Naomi vs Charlotte seems to be the marquee women’s match on the SmackDown brand. It was originally slated for SummerSlam, but plans were changed to Natalya at the last minute. It’s likely that the Charlotte match will now take place at next year’s Royal Rumble or WrestleMania. It will be interesting to see how Carmella’s Money in the Bank will factor into the company’s plans.