Fans hoping Charlotte will pull off a title victory tonight on SmackDown may be dissapointed— for a few days anyway. Since moving over to the SmackDown brand in the WWE Superstar Shake-Up, Charlotte has yet to capture championship gold. It's surprising, considering that she's a four-time Raw Women's Champion and one-time Diva's Champion.
Natalya held the championship belt since defeating Naomi at SummerSlam 2017, and is set to defend it against Charlotte on this week's edition of SmackDown. The winner will face Alexa Bliss (the Raw Women's Champion), at Survivor Series this Sunday. However, the latest reports suggest Natalya's reign isn't going to last long.
According to Andrew Ravens of eWrestlingNews.com, there is speculation that Charlotte will win the championship at Starrcade, which is set to take place on Nov. 25, 2017, six days after Survivor Series.
Last week, Charlotte revealed that her father, Ric Flair, would be present at Starrcade, so having her win the championship then would make more sense than Survivor Series.
The Nature Boy was hospitalized in August and put on life support, but doctors were able to save him, which they pegged "a miracle." Flair hasn't been seen on WWE television since the Nov. 28, 2016, episode of Raw when he congratulated Sasha Banks after beating Charlotte for the championship.
Flair was also in the main event in nine editions of Starrcade, so having him return to support his daughter is fitting and makes great sense in every aspect. Assuming Charlotte does win the championship, it'll easily be among the most emotional and goosebumps-inducing moments in recent WWE history.
Natalya and Charlotte's rivalry has been one of the best in the women's division. They faced off for the title at the 2016 edition of Payback; Flair was in Charlotte's corner while Bret Hart supported his niece, Natalya. At the time, Charlotte was a heel and Natalya a babyface, but the two have switched statuses.
It's safe to say Starrcade 2017 is already shaping up to be a show that nobody will ever forget.