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Natayla’s Heel Turn

Not sure what was more shocking during the Money in the Bank (MITB) pay-per-view (PPV): Dean Ambrose’s cash-in, or Natalya’s heel turn. Dare I say, Nattie turning on Lynch just may have been a tad more unexpected, given how much of a fan favorite she is, and just how well she plays a face; not to mention, her popularity on Total Divas.

So how will Natalya fair as a villainess?

Well, she debuted as a heel in the WWE women’s division (as a singles competitor) to begin with. Not to mention the fact that Nattie has flip-flopped between heel and face in the past, so this new status, is definitely not new territory for the superstar.

Going back in the WWE history vault a bit, Nattie’s MITB heel turn reminded me a bit of Trish Stratus’ turn during Wrestlemania XX in 2004. Sure, Trish had played a heel before, but when she sided Christian against Y2J, her heel character of bad girl, had evolved significantly.

And that turn was just as shocking as Nattie’s, if not more, simply because Stratus’ was on the ‘grandest stage of them all’; but in the weeks following, despite the fact that Stratus had garnered a tremendous amount of heat for what she had done to Jericho, she just didn’t seem heelish. I wasn’t sold on the part. I’m certainly not putting down Stratus, she is absolutely at the top of my list when it relates to favorite female wrestlers. Her mic work was solid, she evolved significantly when it came to craft, was highly athletic, and is known as one of the greatest. She just made a better face than heel.

So, what’s my point?

The matches between Nattie and Becky are undeniably going to be incredible. These two women know each other, and have known each other for a long while. The program can draw in their history together, past friendship; and both women are incredible in the ring. As it relates to matches, I’m not too concerned.

As it relates to building a story, and the promo aspect of the program, I have some doubts.

Only because Nattie is such a natural-born face. But unless Nattie can really sell her villainous ways, and make everyone believe she is a heel, in term of character, this may not be the best move. Much like Trish’s turn, as it stands now, post-MITB and RAW (June 20th edition), Nattie’s heel status does not feel organic.

This could all change. As we lead up to WWE’s brand extension draft, and their next PPV (Battleground), I’m sure Nattie and Lynch will have plenty of opportunities to further explore their program, and expand on it. While Nattie’s heel turn was shocking, and perhaps the unexpectedness of it all is the reason for my skepticism; it’s nothing that a solid promo and a few matches for Nattie as heel, can’t wipe away.

WNZ fans, what do you think of Natalya’s heel turn at MITB? Leave your comments below!

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  • cp munk

    I like the idea of Natalya being a heel. It’s something different and shakes up the women’s division a little bit. Hopefully it all goes somewhere

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