Natalya def. Becky Lynch

Becky Lynch vs. Natalya: SmackDown LIVE, Aug. 15, 2017

Just five days before challenging Naomi for the SmackDown Women's Championship at SummerSlam, Natalya renews her rivalry with Becky Lynch.

Primed for her SummerSlam title bout with SmackDown Women’s Champion Naomi in what might be the biggest opportunity of her career, Natalya first had to renew her heated rivalry with Becky Lynch on Team Blue.

Natalya perhaps had a bit of extra motivation, as Naomi watched on from the commentary desk while she clashed with The Irish Lass Kicker. Lynch brought the straight fire as expected, but Natalya was able to douse the flames, rolling out of the way of Becky’s top-rope leg drop and claiming the submission victory after locking in the excruciating Sharpshooter.

Looking to make a statement, Natalya reapplied the painful hold after the bell, refusing to let go until Naomi rushed into the ring, causing the third-generation Superstar to flee. Naomi and Natalya didn’t come to blows on SmackDown LIVE, but you can believe they will throw down in their title match this Sunday at SummerSlam.

After Natalya left the squared circle, Carmella arrived with James Ellsworth and held up her Money in the Bank contract before reminding Naomi and Natalya that no matter who wins the title on Sunday, the champion would be vulnerable.

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