With Kevin Owens out with a knee injury, Natalya is left without a partner in Team Pawz for the Mixed Match Challenge. With no partner yet announced for her, we look at some possibilities on the Raw brand.
The second season of the Mixed Match Challenge has been very fun so far, with many dance breaks, Alicia Fox meltdowns and just plain hilarity. However, it also feels vaguely cursed since this season seems to have been plagued with injuries. Alexa Bliss and Sasha Banks dropped from the competition due to injury before they even were able to compete, but now Kevin Owens will be out of the competition as well after experiencing a knee injury that will require surgery. This now leaves Natalya of Team Pawz with a mystery partner for next week against the team of Country Dominance. With Mickie James and Bobby Lashley with one win under their belt and a loud mouth Lio Rush in their corner, Nattie better find a new partner and fast.
The most obvious answer would be to reunite Nattie with Shinsuke Nakamura from last season, but with Nakamura being on Smackdown, that is unfortunately not doable for the time being. However, there are plenty of great options on the Raw side to take the place of Owens in the team named for Nattie’s favorite cat, and we’re here to look at five possible options before the secret is revealed next Tuesday.