The Divas division in WWE is experiencing a renaissance on television, as they have been entrusted with more time and focus from the creative team.
With Triple H supporting their charge from behind the scenes, they have been repaying this faith with excellent matches that have been well-received by fans.
With three stables being formed within the division feuding against one another, their match at SummerSlam will be a triple threat tag team elimination match featuring the nine Divas involved in this gang warfare.
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SummerSlam being four hours long this year, these athletes should be given plenty of time to tell a story and make this contest as good as possible, rather than the potential convoluted cluster a match of this nature could easily become.
However, whilst there are few doubts over the quality of the bout or the ability of most of the performers involved, the real decision in question is which team will emerge victorious, and perhaps more importantly who will be the Diva to score the decisive pinfall?
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Team PCB's Momentum
Team PCB of Paige, Charlotte and Becky Lynch are unquestionably in the best shape heading into SummerSlam as far as results on television are concerned.
Charlotte in particular has been booked as a dominant force in the Divas division since arriving from NXT, having only been pinned once in a confused manner against Naomi and Sasha Banks.
The genetically superior Diva has made all three members of Team Bella tap out since Battleground, as well as Naomi on a recent edition of SmackDown. This suggests that she will be leading the charge for her faction at SummerSlam, with Paige and Lynch relegated to supporting roles.
Due to this wave of momentum they are riding on, it is hard to look past their stable as being the outright winners come SummerSlam. It appears fairly obvious that Charlotte has been pegged as the eventual star to burst out of this tag team war and into the spotlight on her own, and this will almost certainly begin in this bout.
Furthermore, whilst Paige, as the established main roster worker of Team PCB, has been taking the falls in matches opposite Team Bella or Team B.A.D, their faction has more to lose in defeat than other members of the rival units.
Team Bella has Alicia Fox and Team B.A.D has Tamina to take the falls to protect the true "assets" in each of their respective stables.
Also, whilst it might be attached with the label of a match to establish dominance within the Divas division, this contest has zero consequence attached to it. Nikki Bella's Divas Championship is not at stake and there are no stipulations in place for the eventual winners or losers. As such, there is no need for an "established" name like Paige, Naomi or the Bella Twins to secure the victory.
In the end, it will come down to whether WWE goes the expected route of giving Charlotte the win to begin her rise to the Divas Championship picture, or they pull a swerve and have Sasha Banks standing tall at the conclusion.
They are the two forces being pushed to the summit, and there is zero doubt in my mind that it will be one of them with their hand raised in the end.
The booking of the match should go something like this: all three teams perform strongly to begin with, as Paige gets worn down by members of Team Bella and Team B.A.D. Eventually the action spills over so everybody starts brawling around the ring and on the floor, until Nikki eliminates Tamina and her team from the equation.
This protects Banks and Naomi, and a follow-up could be Banks interfering after they're eliminated to take down Charlotte and Nikki, before being dragged away by referees. It would present her as a legitimate threat for the Divas Championship going forward, even in defeat.
Then, after five more minutes of wearing down Becky Lynch, Charlotte tags in, cleans house, and forces Nikki to tap out to the Figure-Eight, establishing herself as the champion's biggest threat to outright dominance, leading to a title match between the two at Night of Champions.
Who do you think should win the Divas Elimination Tag at SummerSlam? Leave your comments below.
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