Ask WWE fans to name the top women superstars in the company and they'll likely say Charlotte, Bayley, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks or Nikki Bella. One name you probably wouldn't hear: Naomi.
That likely stems from Naomi's status throughout her WWE career. She started as a valet to Brodus Clay — she was one-half of the Funkadactyls — and later she was a member of Team B.A.D. Her time as a solo performer has been a fraction of her WWE career.
As a singles competitor, Naomi has shown she can hold her own. And at WWE Elimination Chamber Sunday, she defeated Alexa Bliss to win the WWE Smackdown Women's Championship.
Naomi's win shows just how far she's come in WWE. It also shows how much faith WWE's brass has in her as a performer.
There have been some bumps along the way. During the build to WrestleMania three years ago, Naomi suffered an eye injury. Before the injury, it was believed she was going to be the next WWE Divas Champion. The injury kept her out of action for more than a month and her title shot never materialized.
Until recently, Naomi was one of the most underrated superstars in WWE. She's received more attention lately and more and more fans are realizing that she's not just a "Total Divas" cast member and valet. She's an athlete. Her in-ring work has improved a lot since her debut and with her skill set, there's little she can't do.
Just look at how she finished off Alexa Bliss Sunday. Her split-legged moonsault is one of the wildest finishers in WWE. That's not an easy move to pull off. And she pulls it off with relative ease.
Naomi's future is bright. She can hang with the best of WWE women's division. She's now a champion. Hopefully now fans will mention her name in the same breath as Charlotte, Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch, Bayley and Nikki Bella. Naomi has earned that respect. She's one of the best in the game.