At Hell in a Cell on Sunday, SmackDown Women’s Champion Natalya will defend her title against Charlotte Flair. Unfortunately, the match won’t take place inside the Hell in a Cell structure – but the two women are still poised to make history.
Twitter user @bvmbshelled pointed out this fascinating statistic:
— Boris (@bvmbshelled) October 4, 2017
That’s crazy coincidental. Here’s a closer look at the four matches that will put Charlotte and Nattie in the history books!
NXT TakeOver: Charlotte vs. Natalya for the vacant NXT Women’s Championship
Following her main roster debut, Paige was forced to relinquish the NXT Women’s Championship and a tournament was held to crown a new champion. Natalya was among the competitors, and she squared off against Charlotte in the final match at the first-ever NXT TakeOver on May 29, 2014. The match was a battle of the legacies: Charlotte had her father Ric in her corner, while Natalya had uncle Bret Hart in hers – but it was Charlotte who ultimately emerged victoriously.
Roadblock: Charlotte (C) vs. Natalya for the Divas Championship
In March 2016, Natalya was granted a match against Divas Champion Charlotte at the WWE pay-per-view Roadblock. It was initially a non-title match, but Natalya goaded Charlotte into putting her championship on the line just beforehand. Notably, this match was the last televised Divas Championship match; the title was retired less than a month later following the Women’s Revolution.