Natalya has always been seen as one of WWE’s more consistent performers and when she was brought over to Monday Night Raw to help Ronda Rousey settle in earlier this year, it was made obvious that Nattie had other plans.
Many fans assumed that WWE’s plan was to push the duo as best friends and then have Natalya become jealous of the fact that Rousey had won the Women’s Championship so easily and then eventually turn on her and set up what could have been a fantastic feud.
According to Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer, this was WWE’s initial plan for Natalya after she was brought over to Raw, but her father’s passing in the summer meant that WWE was left knowing that there was no way that The Queen of Harts could become a villain.
Nattie was reportedly supposed to turn on Rousey around this time in their schedule and she would then be the one challenging the former UFC Champion at TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs rather than Nia Jax.
Obviously, Jax’s recent issues with Becky Lynch has allowed her to become a monster heel and now that she has Tamina Snuka by her side, it’s hard to see the two women not being able to overcome the threat of Ronda Rousey.
WWE believed that the timing was wrong for Natalya since they now see her as a sympathetic character so her heel turn was scrapped so that she could step into the current feud with The Riott Squad, a feud that allowed her to be the main event match this past week on Monday Night Raw.
Rousey and Natalya are still seen as close friends on WWE TV, which means that there could be room for a heel turn down the line, but as for right now, it appears that Nia Jax has taken Nattie’s place.