Naomi recently defeated Bayley on an episode of WWE SmackDown, and there’s reportedly a plan to finally push her again.
It’s been more than three years since Naomi won the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 33 to a thunderous applause in Orlando, but her reign only lasted a few months after she dropped the title to Natalya at SummerSlam in her first real feud.
But what frustrates fans more than Naomi’s lack of world title triumphs is her lack of television time. Naomi is a legend of the WWE Women’s Division and one of its most talented all-around performers in terms of in-ring work and promos, yet she features sparingly in comparison to her talent. And when she is on the show, Naomi doesn’t get lengthy matches to show her full capabilities in between the ropes.
Fans took it upon themselves to start the hashtags #NaomiDeservesBetter and #LetNaomiGlow in an effort to get the company to listen to how much support Naomi has.
According to a report from PWInsider.com’s Mike Johnson, it sounds like WWE are listening. Johnson reports that the company has heard the pleas from wrestling fans and is prepared to give Naomi a “stronger” push in the “weeks ahead” on SmackDown.
WWE SmackDown can benefit greatly from Naomi’s presence
Naomi recently pinned SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley, albeit in an all-too-brief match. Still, that plants a seed, because after Sasha Banks and Bayley complete their feud over Bayley’s title, Naomi has a case to become the future champion.
But until then, wrestling fans mostly want to see Naomi on TV more, in more matches, and wrestling people other than Lacey Evans, since that can’t go on for much longer. Naomi can win the title when it’s all set up for her, but that push primarily needs to be about giving Naomi more screen time.
As her viral Royal Rumble return showed, Naomi has mainstream star potential and is simply too talented to be off the show. She has a lot to offer on Friday nights, and, hopefully, WWE stick to this reported plan and give her a nice push, starting this Fall.