WWE.com has ranked their Top 25 matches of 2010. The final two are unranked, and fans can vote to see who is #1. Here is the list below.
25. Alberto Del Rio vs. Rey Mysterio – Smackdown
24. Evan Bourne and John Cena vs. Edge and Sheamus – RAW
23. The Miz vs. Jerry Lawler – RAW
22. Rey Mysterio vs. Jack Swagger – Money in the Bank PPV
21. Michelle McCool vs. Beth Phoenix – Extreme Rules
20. Elimination Chamber for the WWE Championship – Elimination Chamber PPV
19. Christian vs. Ezekiel Jackson – Royal Rumble PPV
18. John Morrison vs. Sheamus – Falls Count Anywhere Match – RAW
17. Chris Jericho vs. Goldust – WWE Superstars
16. Rey Mysterio vs. Undertaker – Royal Rumble PPV
15. Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz vs. John Morrison – Hell in the Cell PPV
14. Edge vs Christian – RAW
13. Shawn Michaels vs Rey Mysterio – Smackdown
12. Sheamus vs. Randy Orton – Hell in the Cell PPV
11. Royal Rumble Match – Royal Rumble PPV
10. Daniel Bryan vs Chris Jericho – WWE NXT
09. John Cena vs Wade Barrett – Hell in the Cell PPV
08. Smackdown Money in the Bank Match – Money in the Bank PPV
07. Evan Bourne vs. Chris Jericho – Fatal 4-Way PPV
06. WWE vs Nexus – SummerSlam
05. Elimination Chamber Match for the World Heavyweight Championship – Elimination Chamber PPV
04. Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk – Extreme Rules PPV
03. John Cena vs. Batista – Extreme Rules PPV
Tied for first place -
Shawn Michaels vs Undertaker – Wrestlemania 26 PPV
Dolph Ziggler vs Daniel Bryan – Bragging Rights PPV
You can vote at http://poll.wwe.com/bestmatch/
Tonight was the final episode of NXT Season 3. The winner of the final voting and guaranteed WWE Contract is Kaitlyn (whose pro was Vickie Guerrero). She defeated Naomi (pro: Kelly Kelly).
Also, Season 4 of NXT was officially announced, and will continue to be a web show. The following pros/rookies will be on the show:
Rookie: Johnny Curtis
Pro: Chris Masters
Rookie: Byron Saxton
Pro: Ted DiBiase
Rookie: Brodius Clay
Pro: Dolph Ziggler
Rookie: Jacob Novak
Pro: Daniel Bryan
Rookie: Derrick Bateman
Pro: Alberto Del Rio
Rookie: Conor O’Brian
WWE Smackdown taping
Report by Jason Ferrara
Smackdown opens with Kane talking about Edge taking Paul Bearer. Kane states he is human, celebrates holidays, loves Thanksgiving and really needs his father back. Edge makes him say sorry, beg, and doesn’t give him back
1. Kofi Kingston beat Jack Swagger in a King of the Ring qualifier.
2. Alberto Del Rio beat Big Show by count out in a King of the Ring qualifier.
A promo is shown with Edge and Paul Bearer in the bathroom.
3. Drew McIntyre beat MVP in a King of the ring qualifier.
4. Kelly Kelly beat Michelle McCool.
Edge is in the stands with Paul Bearer and calls out Kane. Edge threatens to throw Paul down the stairs. Kane ran up to get him, but Edge leaves
Rosa Mendes makes Hornswoggle a turkey but burns it. Jack Swagger yells at the bird and threatens him. Hornswoggle tries to eat the eagle.
5. Dashing Cody Rhodes beat Rey Mysterio in a King of the Ring qualifier.
Alberto Del Rio opened the show with a promo, slamming the Legends and talking about beating Slaughter Monday night. MVP came out to stick up for the legends. Del Rio told MVP that the reason he likes the legends is that he’ll never be one, while Del Rio already is one.. MVP challenged Del Rio to a match, but Del Rio said no, because MVP “couldn’t handle him”. Del Rio said that since MVP wants a fight, he can fight one of Del Rio’s teammates on Sunday, Drew McIntyre.
MVP beat McIntyre after hitting the Drive-By.
This was followed by another Edge-Paul Bearer vignette.
Kaval was in the ring, and Dolph Ziggler came out cutting a promo on him about all his “internet fans” think he’s “special”, but Dolph’s going to show them that he’s not.
Kaval beat Dolph Ziggler in the match
He then reminded Ziggler that he was the season 2 NXT champion, and the champion got a championship match at a PPV of his choosing. He then announced he was going to face Dolph for the Intercontinental title at Survivor Series.
This was followed by another Kane backstage bit trying to find Edge and Paul Bearer.
LayCool beat Kelly Kelly and Natalya after Layla pinned Natalya
This is followed by a backstage bit where Edge used Paul Bearer as bait to attack Kane and then drove off with Paul Bearer.
Big Show beat Tyler Reks with a chokeslam.
Rey Mysterio beat Alberto Del Rio by DQ after the rest of Team Del Rio ran in to attack Mysterio. The rest of Team Mysterio made the save, then Teddy Long came out to announce a “Survivor Series Preview Battle Royal”, since all 10 men in the match were already in the ring.
Eliminations in the battle royal:
Chris Masters eliminated Cody Rhodes
Tyler Reks eliminated Masters
Kofi eliminated Reks
Drew McIntyre eliminated Kofi
Del Rio eliminated MVP
Big Show eliminated Drew
Rey eliminated Del Rio
Big Show eliminated Jack Swagger to win the match, then the two of them celebrated to go off the air
Sources: Wrestlezone.com and PWinsider.com
1. Alberto Del Rio beat Kofi Kingston by submission.
2. Natalya beat Layla by submission in a non-title match.
3. David Otunga beat Edge in a lumberjack match to remain in Nexus.
4. Dolph Ziggler beat MVP to keep the Intercontinental Title.
5. Big Show beat Kane in a non-title match.
Source: Pro Wrestling.net
Sources: Pro wrestling.net and Allen Myles
The show starts with Paul Bearer and Kane at Undertaker’s grave. Kane said that the saga is over and his brother is never coming back. He adds that Taker is gone and is condemned to an eternity of agony, and he asks the fans to thank him for removing Taker and his false hope from their lives.
Kane said that he is the heartbeat of everyone in the audience, and the devil’s favorite demon. He said the time for mourning is now. He tells the fans to bow their heads for a moment of silence for his brother.
Alberto Del Rio comes out and interrupts Kane. Del Rio tells the crowd that it’s a tragedy…that he never had a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship. Del Rio said the only funeral we’re going to have is for Kane’s title. Del Rio then attacks Kane. Rey Mysterio runs out, so Del Rio split. Mysterio gets the 619 on Paul Bearer. Kane then throws Rey out of the ring. Kane turns around and is caught with a spear by Edge.
1. Daniel Bryan defeated Dolph Ziggler (with Vickie Guerrero). Vickie dresses like a cougar and has a dog collar on. Ziggler gets the early advantage, but Bryan fires back with a series of punches and kicks, and then hit a clothesline.
Ziggler has the sleeper applied, but Bryan countered out of it and hits the ref accidentally. Dolph hit the Zig Zag for the three count, but the ref was out. Vickie tries to interfere, but Dolph turned around and gets nailed with a kick that leads to the win
Josh Matthews tries to interview Paul Bearer, and Paul rants until Kane comes from behind and stares at Josh until he leaves.
Kelly Kelly was looking into a mirror when Cody Rhodes enters the room and said he needs the mirror more than she does. Big Show enters the scene and challenges Rhodes to a match. Cody declines, but says that he would face him if he could get a partner. Kelly whispers in Show’s ear and he smiles.
2. Jack Swagger (with Eagle mascot) defeated Kaval. Swagger won with the ankle lock.
The Divas Halloween costume contest is up. Teddy Long and Hornswoggle then come out. The Bella Twins dress as Batman and Robin. Alicia Fox dresses as Cleopatra, Kelly Kelly is Little Bo Peep, Rosa Mendes is a leprechaun, Melina is Spider Woman, and LayCool dresses as Lady Gaga and Beyonce. Teddy then turns the contest into a match.
3. The Bella Twins, Kelly Kelly, and Melina vs. LayCool, Rosa Mendes, and Alicia Fox.
Kelly wins after hitting the K2 on Rosa.
Edge and Rey Mysterio talks about the Triple Threat they have set for later. Edge says it is not about unity tonight. He continues by saying he won’t discriminate when it comes to beating Rey Mysterio or Albert Del Rio to become No. 1 contender.
Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre talk about how pathetic Nexus is. Cody then says he and Drew will now be known as The Dashing Ones.
4. Big Show and Kofi Kingston beat Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre after Show chokeslams Cody.
Drew left as Cody was laid out while Kofi and Show celebrated the win. Cody recovers and called Drew back. He tells Drew he was in his way and he’ll win titles without him. Drew tells Cody to get out of his face. Cody announces that the Dashing Ones are finished.
5. Edge vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Alberto Del Rio to become No. 1 contender
Edge beat Rey Mysterio and Alberto Del Rio to become No. 1 contender. Good match and everyone was given a chance to show their stuff. There were a lot of near falls before Edge speared Del Rio for the win. Afterwards, Kane came out and stared down Edge. Kane then held up his title belt to end the show.
Bragging Rights came to a close last night with Randy Orton still WWE Champion and new Tag Team Champions within the Nexus. What will Wade Barrett say and do to John Cena after his involvement in the match? And what will Cena do as one half of the new tag champs?
Also, already advertised is a rematch of Daniel Bryan vs. Dolph Ziggler, which was by far the best match of the night at the pay-per-view.
Hey folks, Drew Koscelek here covering for Bill Wentz, whom is enjoying a night off and celebrating a birthday. Happy Birthday, Bill!
Nexus wastes no time walking out to the ring as the show begins, with John Cena and Tag Title in tow. Cena stands away from the group. Wade Barrett thanks the Cena-chanting audience. He asks the audience to “simmer down.” He introduces the most dominant group in the history of the WWE: The Nexus. He introduces each member one by one. He says they did the unthinkable, when their actions caused the burial of The Undertaker. He says they “had their reasons” for helping Kane. Barrett says he defeated Randy Orton later that night. He orders John Cena to explain what happened in the match. Cena says Orton was about to beat Barrett down, so he interfered and saved him from losing the match.
Barrett has a different perspective – he says he was about to win the match when Cena ran in and laid his hands on Barrett for no reason. Cena reminds Barrett he was told that if Barrett didn’t win the match, Cena would be fired. He never specified. Barrett isn’t happy with the logic. Right on cue, the GM chimes in to many boos.
The GM says that since Barrett technically won the match, he’s intitled to a future rematch. There will be a special enforcer, however, and that person will be chosen by the winner of Randy Orton vs. Any member of Nexus.
Barrett wastes no time in choosing Cena to represent Nexus in the match.
Otunga takes the mic, says there’s some unfinished business. He says Cena ignored him during the entire match, and hit him with an Attitude Adjustment afterwards. He says Cena should be fired on principal alone.
Barrett agrees and decides that the Tag Titles will be defended amongst Nexus members now – Otunga & Cena vs. Slater & Gabriel, right now!
The ref comes out and the titles are on the line!
The bell rings, but before they even begin, Barrett interrupts. He says The Nexus doesn’t fight amongst itself. He says someone must do the right thing, and that means laying down in the middle of the ring. Barrett orders Otunga to do it. Otunga doesn’t like it, he pleads with Barrett, but Barrett gets in his face. Reluctantly, David Otunga lies in the middle of the ring as Heath Slater makes the cover to win the Tag Titles.
Winners: Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel
Well, there was no match at all. Total storyline advancement. I’m really not sure where they’re going with this angle any more. Otunga is going to start dissenting now, I guess? Maybe he’ll start to buddy up with Cena? I don’t know. The group just looks weaker and weaker each week.
After break, we get a recap of the Daniel Bryan/Dolph Ziggler exchange from Raw last week. Did anyone catch their match last night at Bragging Rights? I watched it just before the show, and it was great.
Anyhow, Vickie Guerrero and Kaitlyn walk out onto the stage. Guerrero says Ziggler was cheated out of the match. She says Ziggler is going to embarrass Bryan tonight.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Daniel Bryan
Before the match even begins, CM Punk’s music hits. He walks down to the ring, but the bell rings anyhow. I can only hope this may lead to a Bryan/Punk match. Punk jumps onto commentary as Ziggler and Bryan trade armlocks. Bryan hits a fierce kick and locks in a Mexican Surfboard, before working it into a chinlock stretch. Punk mentions that Bryan trained with Shawn Michaels but noone ever talks about his time with William Regal. Dropkick by Bryan and a 2-count.
Ziggler hits a kick to the gut and starts working Bryan over. Bryan leads Ziggler in and tosses him over the top rope with his feet. Bryan runs the ropes and leaps out of the ring, landing on Ziggler as we cut to break.
When we return, Ziggler and Bryan are trading hits. Ziggler eats a running clothesline from Bryan, followed by a running dropkick. Bryan gets a 2-count. Bryan unleashes with a flurry of kicks. Ziggler ducks one, but he doesn’t duck the follow-up. Bryan gets another 2-count. Ziggler wiggles out of a Lebell lock. Bryan gets Ziggler up on the top rope and hits a Hurricarana that Ziggler rolls into a pin. Gorgeous move but it’s worth only two.
Ziggler fires back with a superkick and gets a 2-count. He misses the Zig Zag. Bryan rolls Ziggler up, who reverses it. Another 2-count. They trade punches from their knees. Ziggler hits a sweet reverse exploder suplex. 2-count. CM Punk is loving this match. So is the audience.
Ziggler goes for the sleeper hold. Bryan reverses it and goes for the Lebell Lock. Vickie grabs Ziggler’s leg and drags him under the rope, but the ref didn’t see it as Ziggler taps out and Bryan gets the win.
Winner: Daniel Bryan
Postmatch, CM Punk stands up to clap for Bryan, and Ziggler slips in to take advantage of the situation. Bryan spins around before Ziggler can make a move, and Ziggler bails out.
Excellent, excellent match. Not quite as good as their match the night before, but a definite treat for those whom may have missed it. Further proof that a good wrestling match between good wrestlers that the fans can get behind is a winning formula.
Back from break, our announce team plugs Toby Keith, whom is hosting tonight.
Cue up a package about how awesome WWE is. They talk about the Wrestlemania Reading Challenge, which is intended to help young students become interested in reading.
Backstage, Toby Keith gives The Bella Twins copies of his new CD, while they give him a toy belt. Santino interrupts and sings a song. He sings about his first love, spaghetti. Sheamus interrupts him and calls him a disgrace. He says he’s an embarrassment to himself and the Raw team. He challenges Santino to a match, to prove he’s not a wimp. Santino accepts.
Wade Barrett and John Cena argue backstage about the title switch. Barrett reminds Cena that he’s in charge. He says the only reason he’s employed is because Barrett allows it. Cena vents his frustrations, says he’s nothing but an errand boy, and it’s not him. He just gave up a championship. He says there’s no difference between being fired and quitting, and he tears off the armband. Barrett tells him to hold up, and says he has a solution. He says if Cena beats Orton, he will make Cena an offer he cannot refuse, one that benefits both men. He reminds Cena he’s in his corner.
Good exchange. They gotta do something with this angle, so I hope this ends up being good.
Flashback to Friday where Laycool made fun of Natalya, and we apparently have a women’s tag match.
Laycool vs. Melina & Gail Kim
Melina and Layla start things off. Melina does a diving hair pull (I’m not really sure what to call it) and gets a 2-count. Layla and Melina hit colliding cross-body blocks and the ref counts as both are down. Melina goes for a pin, but Layla hit a blind tag. Michelle McCool hits a sloppy kick to the head and scores a pin on Melina. Gail Kim never even stepped off the apron.
Pathetic “match.” What else can I say?
Jerry Lawler reminds us to vote next Tuesday, and backstage, The Miz and Alex Riley walk to the ring.
When we return from break, The Raw leader at Bragging Rights walks to the ring. The Miz says he’s accomplished more in his career than everyone in the arena could dream of achieving ever. He says no matter how superior he is, he can’t work miracles. He says he lasted longer than all other Raw superstars and yet they still failed. He says his talent doesn’t just speak volumes, it “speaks Awesome.” He says that he’s the Poster Child of the new Smackdown vs. Raw game. “Eat your heart out, Tetris!” Hilarious.
He shows a different edit of the cover featuring only The Miz on the cover. He blames his team, Rey Mysterio, and Smackdown. He taunts Rey and says he’s the only person on “Monday Right Raw” (not a typo) that’s awesome.
So who comes out to the ring? Eve Torres.
Miz says she doesn’t have to apologize for the Divas, just for her horrible taste in men, horrible taste in music, and hair extensions that don’t match. Eve cuts a decent promo calling The Miz a “fifteen minute flash in the pan, brainless, laughable, thick-headed, half-witted, uninspired, frog-faced loser.” Miz taunts the audience and tells them the Packers aren’t going to the Super Bowl. Eve interrupts him and tells him he’s the furthest thing from awesome, and he’s ugly to boot.
Alex Riley’s had enough and tells her to “shut the front door already.” Riley says he doesn’t speak Gucci, but the reason the rest of the Raw locker room isn’t out there is because they’re all “tip-toeing their way toward unemployment.” He tells Eve to head back to the locker room and see if anyone on the team wants a piece of the captain.
So R-Truth comes out and sings. Eve dances with him. Miz and Riley look disgusted. R-Truth says he wants a piece of Mr. Kermit.
The GM “dings” and calls a match.
The Miz vs. R-Truth
R-Truth goes on the offense immediately and clothesline The Miz out of the ring as we cut to commercial.
When we return, Miz is in charge with a headlock. R-Truth gets a 2-count on a roll-up. Miz mounts Truth and unloads with fists to the face. He clamps on a stretch. Truth works out of it. Miz goes for a back body drop but Truth spins it into a body press. 2-count for Truth.
The action goes back and forth. Truth gets on a roll with some clotheslines and a leg lariat. He front-suplexes Miz and gets a 2-count. Truth catches Miz’s leg and hits a Stunner-like move for a 2-count. Truth elbows Miz off the apron and into the announcer table. Truth tosses Miz back in, and when the ref isn’t looking, Alex Riley gets involved and attacks Truth. Eve steps in and slaps Riley in the face. Truth runs the ropes and attacks Riley outside. He goes for his finisher on The Miz, but Miz dodges and hits Skull Crushing Finale for the win.
Winner: The Miz
Good back and forth match between two of WWE’s biggest future stars. Riley and Eve played their parts well too.
After a break, Toby Keith comes out to the ring flanked by the Bella Twins. He talks about being in the arena, and the Packers, and some other stuff. He introduces Sheamus, and his opponent, Santino Marella, who peeks out of the side of the entrance ramp before taking his time walking to the ring. Toby Keith walks over to him and pumps him up.
Sheamus vs. Santino Marella
Santino does a split to dodge a clothesline, but it’s not long before Sheamus begins decimating Santino. Sheamus goes for the Braugh kick, but Santino just sort of falls over. As Sheamus is choking Santino, John Morrison runs out to the ring. Santino can’t stay on his feet. Morrison tries to talk Sheamus out of it. Sheamus sets Santino up against the turnbuckle and goes for the Braugh kick for the third time, and Santino falls out of the way. Sheamus gets caught in the ropes, and Santino rolls him up for the pin and the win.
Winner: Santino Marella
I guess they’re pushing a Sheamus losing streak or something, not sure what the purpose was. John Morrison being involved was odd, unless they plan on having Sheamus feud with Morrison, which could be good for both of them.
By the way, Knucklehead comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray next week. I think it played for one weekend, in six theaters. The turnaround was definitely quicker than Legendary.
We get a video package about the Stand Up for WWE campaign, featuring many of the newer talent talking about their dreams of being in the WWE and how they watched when they were kids.
Backstage, Slater and Gabriel are flashing their new titles in front of Barrett, when Otunga asks to speak to Barrett alone. He wants to know why Barrett humiliated him. He says Barrett couldn’t get the job done last night and did it to take the heat off his loss. Otunga threatens to reveal why they really attacked The Undertaker.
Barrett ponders this for a second and beckons someone off camera to walk up – it’s Husky Harris and Michael McGillicutty, decked out in Nexus gear. Barrett has decided to officially induct them into Nexus. He reminds Otunga that you’re “either Nexus or you’re against us.” Otunga needs to make a decision now. He says he’s Nexus.
Good exchange, just raises further questions. I’m glad to see Harris and McG in there. I like the way Otunga is playing off Barrett too. Really teases the idea of him stepping out of the group and going on his own, or possibly even helping John Cena.
Next week, our guest host is Pee Wee Herman. I’m not nearly as excited about this as Jerry Lawler is.
Here comes The Cena. His Nexus Armband is still on the wrong arm, and he still has his own theme music and t-shirt. Wade Barrett joins him. Randy Orton comes out shortly after.
John Cena vs. Randy Orton
This feels mildly familiar. The two lock up a few times. Orton gets the best of Cena and works knees and punches to the face. Cena fights back with punches of his own. Randy Orton floors himself, dodging a shoulder block from Cena. Pretty cool spot. Cena ends up outside the ring, and ORton follows. Barrett sneaks up behind him, but Orton cuts him off and Barrett retreats as Cena rolls back in. Commercial time.
Back from break, Orton has a headlock on Cena. Cena stands up and powers out. He goes for an Attitude Adjustment, but Orton reverses and DDT’s him. Orton for a pin, gets 2.
Cena dodges a clothesline and makes his huge comeback. Shoulder block, Five Knuckle Shuffle, misses another Attitude Adjustment. Failed RKO attempt. The two are going back and forth. Orton hits a body slam. Orton sets Cena up for the DDT off the ropes, but Cena counters and tosses Orton outside.
Barrett steps in to get involved, but Cena runs over and pushes Barrett to the ground. He tells him “No way, not in my fight.” Cena almost got ambushed from behind by Orton, but he was able to dodge and send Orton into the barrier. He rolls Orton in and Cena goes to the top. Leg drop and a 2-count.
Cena goes for another Attitude Adjustment but Orton counters again. Cena locks in the STF. Orton crawls to the ropes. Barrett pulls the rope further away, and Cena releases the hold and gets in Barrett’s face. He doesn’t want Barrett getting involved. Cena climbs into the ring and Orton hits a dropkick. He plants Cena with a DDT from the rope. He sets up Cena for an RKO, and Cena counters. Cena hits the Attitude Adjustment, but Orton kicks out.
Cena picks up Orton, and Orton hits an RKO. Cena bounces out of the ring. Orton slips out of the ring and drags Cena back into the ring. He sets Cena up for a punt to the head. Barrett drags Cena out of the ring by his foot, and then clotheslines Cena. Orton gets disqualified.
Winner: John Cena via Disqualification
Same finish as last night, but different people.
Randy Orton begins attacking Wade Barrett and Nexus runs out. They all attack Orton, John Cena jumps in and starts attacking Nexus. Barrett grabs a mic and yells at Cena, tells Nexus to leave the ring, Barrett says Cena won, so Barrett chooses John Cena to be the special referee for Barrett’s rematch. Barrett says if he doesn’t win the WWE Title at Survivor Series, John Cena will be fired on the spot. However, when he wins the title, John Cena will be released of all duties and obligations he has to The Nexus.
Well, overall it was a pretty decent Raw. Kind of story-heavy, but they managed to fit in a few good matches as well. I’m pretty excited about the prospect of a CM Punk/Daniel Bryan feud. I like that the Cena/Nexus angle appears to have an end in sight, because they really haven’t played it out too well lately. I’m disappointed, once again, in the women’s division.
Thanks for joining me tonight folks. Make sure you tune in again next week!
The show begins with Theodore Long in the ring with the members of Team RAW vs. Team SmackDown. Long said that he was going to allow the Bragging Rights teams to make the matches tonight. The Miz picks a Six-Man Tag Team Match with himself, Ezekiel Jackson, and Sheamus against Big Show, Kofi Kingston, and Rey Mysterio. John Morrison picks Alberto Del Rio, and Jack Swagger gets Santino Marella.
Big Show, Rey Mysterio, and Kofi Kingston beat The Miz, Ezekiel Jackson, and Sheamus
Jack Swagger beats Santino Marella.
Alberto Del Rio beat John Morrison
Natalya and Kelly Kelly beat LayCool. Before the match
Edge vs. C.M. Punk ended in a no-contest
WWE Champion Randy Orton beat World Heavyweight Champion Kane.
After the match, Undertaker came out from a hole that he cut in the ring before pulling Kane inside it. The two then got out and brawled, but Kane managed to escape.
Sources: David Sherman and Pro Wrestling.net
WWE Smackdown taping in Portland, Ore.
Teddy Long started the show in the ring, no pyro. He announces the matches to determine Team Smackdown for Bragging Rights.
Undertaker is shown standing on the outside of the arena up on the edge of the Rose Garden.
1. Rey Mysterio beat Cody Rhodes to earn a spot on Team Smackdown.
Big Show, Hornswoggle, and Kaval have a backstage segment. Kaval wants to be on Team Smackdown. Big Show says he can join if he beats him tonight.
Paul Bearer promo with a buried alive match tease.
2. Jack Swagger beat MVP to get a spot on Team Smackdown.
Undertaker was shown outside up on the roof of the arena again.
3. Alberto Del Rio beat Chris Masters to get a spot on Team Smackdown.
4. Edge beat Dolph Ziggler to win a slot on Team Smackdown.
Undertaker is shown on the roof overlooking the city.
5. Kaval survived a five-minute challenge with Big Show to get a spot on Team Smackdown.
Tyler Recks came out while Kaval was still in the ring, and challenged him to a match in order take his slot on Team Smackdown. Kaval accepts so Teddy made it official.
6. Tyler Reks beat Kaval to win his spot on Team Smackdown.
Dashing Cody teaches us how to maintain fingernails.
Taker is shown in the backstage hallway with purple lighting around him.
Last week, the Rookie Divas suffered through musical chairs and a talk-the-talk challenge. AJ won the Musical Chairs competition and rocked the Talk-The Talk challenge. Will she dominate again this week? What fate awaits the other diva hopefuls? (more…)
Last week, there was an obstacle course, a joke off, and a gong. Wait, a gong? Yes, that’s right. Michael Cole took it upon himself to call the show crap. Well, he might be right, but who’s gonna fill his shoes now?
Let’s find out!
In case you need a reminder about how bad this was, we start off with a recap of Vickie Guerrero throwing a fit, and clips of Michael Cole blasting the show and hitting his gong before walking off.
Fireworks kick us off as Josh Matthews reveals his new broadcast partner: an empty chair! “Take your TV off mute and enjoy this hour of Cole-free television!” With gusto, Josh!
And then CM Punk’s music kicks in. Punk comes out to the ring wearing his wrestling gear, with a sports coat over the top. Is Punk going to the commentary booth? Yes he is! He puts on the headset and tells Josh Matthews to shut up. He explains that he knows people thought he hated NXT but he loves Season 3 because he loves women. He says it’s no fun being arrested or being in a car accident but when it happens to someone else, you gotta watch. Punk kicks it over to Matt Striker, who introduces the Rookies!
Striker welcomes the ladies and tells them in two weeks we have our first elimination. As Striker is listing the Rookie’s accomplishments thus far, Vickie Guerrero interrupts. She comes out to the ring, shrieking. She says what Kaitlyn did last week was impressive, but it was because of Vickie that she did so well. Tonight, she’s facing Jamie. And to make sure she succeeds, she has brought some friends to help coach her.
Out comes Laycool, with matching Diva’s Championship Belts. They flatter Vickie and tell Kaitlyn to be thankful to have her as a pro. They take credit for Kaval winning Season 2, and suggest Kaitlyn pay attention. They pick on Jamie for having The Bella Twins as pros. They run down each Rookie one by one.
Kelly Kelly has had enough! She comes to the ring and suggests it be a three-on-three tag match: Kelly Kelly and Naomi and Jamie vs. Laycool and Kaitlyn! Laycool agrees as the pushing begins!
But first, our first competition.
But first, our first commercial!
CM Punk on commentary? Yes, please! He’s hilarious so far. I’m definitely enjoying this. The rest, so far? Par for the course.
Back from break, Striker says we’re going to test speed and coordination with our first competition: Musical Chairs.
Just a reminder, whomever has the most wins in competitions will be immune from elimination. So far, Naomi is in the lead with two wins. Jamie and Kaitlyn have one win each.
And so, the musical chairs begin with the most god awful music I have possibly ever heard. First elimination is Kaitlyn. Jamie is gone next. CM Punk wonders if Cole is covering a war. Maxine is gone next. She starts fighting Aksana, but A.J. jumps right in. They break it up, and Aksana is eliminated. Down to Naomi and A.J. The ref gives the win to A.J., because she sat first, even though Naomi had a better seat. In a surprising turn, Naomi is the first Rookie to NOT beat the tar out of A.J. randomly, and she gives her a hug.
A.J. celebrates in the ring and on stage. Later on, she’ll be in a match against Maxine!
Back from break, Matthews and Punk banter back and forth about Punk’s lovely jacket. They introduce a video about Aksana. She came to the United States in 2001, didn’t know any English, and has won various fitness championships over the years. She was a little bit more muscle-bound back then. I like her much better this way. Just a personal preference. She thinks the most important part of being a Diva is being smart, because if you’re smart, you can be sexy and powerful.
Backstage, Goldust comes up to Aksana and asks if she’s seen the video they just showed. He said it was awesome. Aksana appears to be holding back tears, however. Supposedly there’s some issues with her working papers, and there’s a possibility she’ll be deported. Suddenly it hits me that Goldust is going to marry her. Well, he doesn’t say that, but let’s be honest here, this is WWE. Anyhow, he encourages her to focus and win her match tonight. He demonstrates his “breathing” technique.
Back to our illustrious announce team, they recap Raw and the upcoming Hell in a Cell PPV.
Maxine and Alicia Fox come out to the ring for their match. We kick to commercial before her opponent comes out.
Lame backstage skit, but Goldust is pretty funny. Just filler.
A.J. and Primo come out after the break!
A.J. vs. Maxine
Maxine goes for the hair pull pretty quickly. A.J. hits a shoulder block, cartwheels, and hits an arm drag. Maxine uses the ropes to her advantage and locks in a headlock. “Vintage Maxine” according to CM Punk. Maxine hit sort of a brain buster, but A.J. rolls over and gets a pin for the win!
Actually was a pretty good match. Both women had some good offense and it was kind of fresh and different from most Divas matches. Punk and Matthews had some great commentary, too.
Michael Cole interrupts the celebration and walks out onto the stage. He asks for the audience’s attention, and they boo him. He encourages the audience to boo. He says the ones that boo are in the minority, because there is a silent majority out there. He gets all the tweets and texts. He says he has people begging him to return to NXT. He says he had an epiphany – NXT without Michael Cole is unwatchable. Thus, for all his loyal fans, the Cole-miners, he’s coming back. He thanks CM Punk (who tells him the show is bad with or without Cole), Josh Matthews, and everyone else. Michael Cole has returned to NXT. Cole hugs both Punk and Matthews and takes the center seat. Looks like we have a trio of announcers now.
The Michael Cole stuff is pretty interesting. I like seeing the transformation of Cole. He was stale, now he’s… well, not stale. And frankly, he and Matthews had some great banter. I wonder if Punk will be staying up there permanently, however.
Back from break, Cole is buttering up CM Punk, almost ignoring Matthews, who sends us over to Striker. It’s time for the second challenge. He says it’s going to be the Talk the Talk challenge. 60 seconds to speak on a random topic. Oh boy, it’s my favorite!
Jamie is first. Her topic is “teeth.” Jamie ditches the teeth talk and talks about her sexiness, strength, and motivation. She has a good promo but it’s not on topic, so whatever.
Naomi is up next. She has ring gear finally! Her topic is “toupee.” She draws a blank and gets booed immediately. She says she can’t think about anything to say about a toupee, but she’s here to wrestle (which draws a much bigger pop than Vinnie Mac would ever admit to). She’s here to prove how good she is in the ring. She wants to have a match.
Striker says she’s been disqualified. Jamie has been disqualified as well. Neither of them were on topic.
A.J.’s topic is caffeine. Obviously, she’s a caffeine junkie, and she admits it. She says she doesn’t need caffeine for this natural high. She says the motivation to be in WWE gets her up in the morning. She says “caffeine perks you up, but I’m natural dynamite, baby.” Hot. And very well done. The announce team approves.
Aksana’s topic is llama. Punk says he needs subtitles. Aksana compliments Matt’s blue eyes and acts like she doesn’t know what a llama is. She wants Striker to show her what a llama is. Striker says she can talk about a camel instead. She doesn’t know what a camel is either. She gets buzzed.
Maxine is up, with the topic of “foot.” Maxine says she belongs on top in WWE. She says she’ll use her foot to squash A.J. on the way to the top. Decent.
Kaitlyn is up. “Ignition” is the topic. She says she was told to picture the audience in their underwear. She picks random people and tries to figure out what they’re wearing. She says one guy’s underwear gets her ignition running. It’s worse than it sounds. Awkward.
CM Punk says he’s not wearing pants and that’s how he watches NXT every week. Wow.
This show has turned into Mystery Science Theater 3000.
A.J. gets a great pop. The rest get booed. Well, Kaitlyn gets a mixed reaction. A.J. wins, earning her second victory!
After break, our final match of the night (which is starting after 11pm, by the way) begins.
Kelly Kelly & Naomi & Jamie vs. Layla & Michelle McCool & Kaitlyn
Josh Matthews zings us with a great line about a fake Facebook comment: “Michael Cole makes Mike Adamle sound like Gordon Solie, from BoomerSooner32.” Punk pipes in and says that Adamle can run a triathalon and he’s 74. Well, he’s not that old, but this is great. The three pick on each other as the match starts.
Kelly and Layla kick it off and waste no time. Quick tag to Jamie. Layla steals her flower and does all sorts of muscle-posing taunts. Jamie is not amused, and pushes Layla around. She hits a nice bodyslam and Layla tags in Kaitlyn.
Kaitlyn hits a spear on Jamie, but misses an elbow. Jamie tags in Naomi, and Kaitlyn tags in Michelle McCool after cornering Naomi. Naomi sneaks in a rollup and hits some very nice dropkicks. Irish Whip to the corner, and she hits a rolling kick over the top rope. Layla interferes and McCool gets the chance she needs. Belly-to-belly suplex, and McCool goes for a tag to Kaitlyn. Kaitlyn runs in before the tag is made, and the ref makes her go back, so the tag is made official and Kaitlyn goes for the pin. Naomi rolls it over and scores the pin for the win!
Winners: Naomi & Kelly Kelly & Jamie
After the match, Layla and Michelle McCool are not impressed. McCool kicks Kaitlyn in the face as Vickie shouts at her.
Too short of a match, but we saw a few glimmers of awesomeness here. Naomi was impressive. Jamie wasn’t really in the ring long enough (again) and Kaitlyn did well too, though she’s being dragged along in the storyline more than anything. I like what I see from all three of these girls, and now that Naomi looks like a wrestler, I can take her seriously when she says she wants to wrestle.
CM Punk on commentary was amazing, which should be no surprise to any old school ROH fans. He says he’ll be back again next week. This makes me happy. The show has officially turned into Mystery Science Theater 3000, and it’s sad to think I might enjoy the commentary more than the show, but it’s pretty freaking hilarious.
A better night of NXT overall, though. And I’m not gonna lie – I’m happy that my girl A.J. took another win.
See you next week, folks!
Welcome to this week’s edition of The NXT Report! Let’s jump right in. Michael Cole and Josh Matthews remind us that the first elimination is in three weeks, and as he’s talking, Vickie Guerrero comes out to the ramp, flanked by her Rookie, Kaitlyn.
Vickie says she’s decided to invite someone onto the show to make her proud, since Kaitlyn embarrassed her last week. Here comes the Intercontinental Champ, Dolph Ziggler! Dolph, Kaitlyn and Vickie walk down to the ring, and Dolph apparently is getting ready for a match.
Right on cue, out comes Primo and A.J. Looks like we’re getting a mixed tag match.
Primo & A.J. vs. Dolph Ziggler & Kaitlyn
The bell rings and Dolph and Primo lock up. Primo hits a nice dropkick, and Dolph quickly tags in Kaitlyn. Cole talks about how A.J. was homeless for a few years as she and Kaitlyn go at it. Kaitlyn goes for a hair pull, but A.J. kicks her in the head. Meanwhile Matthews criticizes Cole’s tweed jacket, and Cole says he doesn’t get paid enough “to call this stupid show” and that’s why he’s wearing tweed. Nice!
Kaitlyn tags in Dolph and Dolph keeps A.J. from reaching Primo. A.J. doesn’t like it and slaps Dolph in the face a few times before getting the hot tag on Primo. Primo unloads and hits some impressive offense on Ziggler. Out of nowhere, Dolph hits the Zig Zag for the pin.
Winners: Dolph Ziggler & Kaitlyn
Kaitlyn gives Ziggler a huge hug and Vickie Guerrero is not amused.
Decent match. A.J. has some spunk and that’s good. Kaitlyn worked pretty well here too. Dolph and Primo did just fine in their roles.
We kick over to Matt and Josh who bicker back and forth before introducing a package on Maxine. She’s got an impressive heritage, has done modeling in the past, and says she’ll be your best friend until you’re her enemy. She wants 100% power.
Up next, a joke off!
What the hell is a joke off? You know what? Nevermind. I’m sure there’s a thousand dirty jokes for that.
When we return, Matt Striker is standing in the ring with A.J. and Kaitlyn. He begins to introduce the rest of the rookies. Once again, Naomi looks like she’s ready to perform in an 80’s workout video. Ugh. Buy some ring gear, lady.
Striker welcomes them to week number two. It’s time for our first challenge of the evening. He reminds us that whomever wins the most competitions will be immune from elimination in three weeks. Tonight’s competition is joke-telling contest. Whomever tells the funniest joke wins.
Wow. Who thought of this one?
A.J. is first. The fans shit all over this before her joke is over. It’s a blonde joke. I’ve heard it before. A.J. is cute, though, and I’m ok with it. Aksana is up next. I wonder what language it’ll be in. Immediately she starts talking in Lithuanian. She gets booed, so she tells us in English. Cole laughs it up. Jamie says she’s gonna need the help of the audience. She gets the crowd into a Knock knock joke, and they eat it up.
Naomi says HEEEYYYYY DETROITTTT. She tells a horrible dog joke. Maxine says she has five jokes in the ring with her right now. She picks one – A.J. She says A.J. is like a girl scout, and girl scouts don’t make it in the WWE, so she hands her a $20 and tells her to go bring her some Thin Mints. A.J. rips up the $20 and the two start pushing each other. The crowd likes this!
Kaitlyn is the last one. She picks on A.J. too. She starts telling a knock-knock joke and ends up slapping A.J. in the face. A.J. pounces!
They break up the fight and Striker goes for the votes. Jamie gets an overwhelming response and takes the win!
Out of nowhere, Michael Cole stands up and beats the hell out of a gong. Matthews calls him Neil Peart. Awesome! Cole says all of the Rookies should be gonged. Striker should be gonged. Everyone in Detroit should be gonged. He says aside from himself and Matthews, the whole NXT Show should be gonged!
Wow. Cole cut a heel promo on the show itself? Seriously? I wish this Michael Cole would show up on Raw. He’s far more interesting and unpredictable.
Back from break, The Bella Twins come out to the ring. Jamie stands in the ring and awaits her pros. Her opponent? Goldust! Aksana!
Jamie vs. Aksana
The two lock up and Jamie goes for a wrist lock, showing some grappling skills. Aksana reverses into a headlock, and Jamie elbows out. Aksana hits a bodyslam, then goes for an elbow, but Jamie dodges and works over the arm. Jamie the two push each other and it turns into a cat fight.
Aksana hits Jamie with some elbows, and whips her into the corner. Aksana makes a run at Jamie, but Jamie dodges and gets a roll-up for the pin.
A glimmer of talent from both women in this match, but too short and too many rest holds to really know.
And now, a package about Naomi! She says she’s been dancing since 10. She danced with the Orlando Magic for some time. She also dunked off of trampolines. She tells the other divas to bring their A-game.
Up next, an obstacle course! I can’t wait to see them carry a keg!
By the way, Sharktopus is airing this weekend. With a name like that, it’s gotta be amazing!
Before we get into that, we get a recap of Kane and Undertaker’s feud, plus some Night of Champions info! Also, you can also re-watch NXT tomorrow night on WWE.com. Joey Styles will be in the chat room, and Michael Cole says he didn’t know Styles still worked at WWE!
And one more recap, this one from earlier in the night, when Kaitlyn and Dolph hugged. Kick it backstage, and the two are talking. Dolph says he wins all the time. Kaitlyn says she’s pretty amazing. Vickie is getting jealous. Kaitlyn definitely has eyes for Dolph. Should be interesting.
And it’s time for one more commercial before the obstacle course.
When we return, Striker fills us in on the rules. He reminds us that whomever wins the most competitions will be immune in three weeks time.
No keg carry. I am a sad panda. Hell, they could’ve just had them lug around a case and I would’ve been delighted at the joke.
Kaitlyn is first. Before she can begin, Vickie Guerrero interrupts. She says she used Dolph Ziggler to win her match, so she needs to win this course. Vickie is going to demonstrate how to run the course with perfection. This should be good. Striker begrudgingly allows this. Vickie milks her stretching for all it’s worth. She meditates. Every time Striker tries to count her off, she stretches more. She does pretty well with the tires, and does ok with the barricades (with some trouble with the final one). 10 pushups go down, and she struggles with the balance beam. Just as she goes into the home stretch, she trips and falls. She shrieks at Striker as the clock ticks. She doesn’t even push the cart, and she just screams and walks up the ramp, crossing the finish line at 1:27.
Funnier than I thought it would be. Love or hate Vickie, she knows how to work the crowd.
When we return from another commercial, Kaitlyn finally gets to her run on the course. She scales the hudles fairly easily, and pushes the cart up the ramp (and hops on), finishing in 36.5 seconds.
Aksana has some trouble with the tires. She does the push-ups kind of weak, struggles with the balance beam, and crosses in 37.2 seconds.
A.J. is next. She’s making great time. She struggles with the push-ups, and the ref half-counts some of hers. She does not beat the time, crossing in 46.0 seconds.
Maxine is flying through the course, but the balance beam catchers her and she has to re-do it. She almost beats the record, but clocks in at 39.1.
Jamie is up, and she’s ready to go. She stumbles on the tires. Cole whines about how he was calling Cena vs. Orton on Raw and tonight he’s calling an obstacle course. Jamie blasts the push-ups, but she’s already behind. 36.8 seconds, just barely.
Naomi goes, but the ref makes her re-run the tires. She destroys the hurdles, but the ref makes her re-do the push-ups. She falls off the beam too, and has to re-run that. 57.4 seconds.
Kaitlyn gets the win! As Vickie comes out to celebrate with her, Cole hits his gong again. He grabs a mic and says the show is ridiculous. He says the whole show violates his “journalistic integrity.” He says he was a war correspondent, and now he’s covering this. He says he’s done, he’s had enough, and walks off.
I’m not sure where this is leading, or whom they’re going to get to replace Cole, but it’s an interesting development. Overall, a better show than last week’s. The Rookies are showing more personality and we got to see some entertaining matches, even though they weren’t anything special. The joke-off was a joke of a competition, but the catfights in between were fun, and it seems like all the Rookies are ganging up on A.J.
We’ll see you next week folks!
Welcome to The NXT Report! Tonight we’ll begin our coverage of what could be a very short season. With SyFy expected to end their showings of NXT come October, and there only being 5 divas (Aloisia apparently being released before the show even started), well it should be an interesting, and short, competition.
With any luck, WWE will use this as an opportunity to reboot the miserable women’s division.
We kick off with brand new music for the show, and it’s certainly more inspiring than the last theme song. Baltimore is soaked in purple as Michael Cole and Josh Matthews get ready to “learn how to be divas.” Matt Striker stands in the middle of the ring and introduces the pros.
Kelly Kelly introduces her rookie, Naomi. She’s “sassy, fun and feisty.” Alright. The Bella Twins introduce their rookie with “the tightest body you’ve ever seen,” Jaime. Primo introduces his rookie, A.J. She’s like a firecracker! And a nerd! Alicia Fox introduces Maxine, who has style, class and is the meanest of the mean, apparently. Goldust, whom is going to be the only reason to watch this show, introduces Aksana. Vickie Guerrero interrupts to a chorus of boos. She says she fired Aloisia, and introduces her replacement diva: Kaitlyn.
Striker reminds them they have a long three month (?) journey ahead of them. He reminds us that divas are smart, sexy, and powerful. The rookies will be tested on all of these things as the competition progresses. But right now, he wants to give the rookies a chance to step up and introduce themselves.
Kaitlyn is first. She does a twirl, and takes the mic. She hits on Striker. She introduces herself as “not just the girl next door.” She’s the girl that gave us our first kiss, then gave us a wedgie later. She gets booed pretty bad. She says she’s different and hopes to capture our hearts.
Vickie Guerrero interrupts Striker as he starts to move on. Vickie rips into Kaitlyn, tells her if she’s going to represent her, she’ll have to do better. She makes Kaitlyn do her speech again. She says she’s “so excited to have Vickie Guerrero as her pro, and she will give us all wedgies.” Oh, ok.
Aksana steps up and introduces herself with a thick accent. She calls herself the “billion dollar baby from Lithuania.” She’s here to follow her heart. She refers to herself in the third person the entire time, and breaks into her native tongue. She loves her dog. She loves to go to the gym. She loves black and gold like her pro. “So, WWE Universe, let me entertainment you.” Not a typo.
Matt Striker zings us with a great one: “Oh, so she loves Double Double E?” Brilliant.
Maxine is next. She asks Aksana what she said. We have our first real heel of the show. She has three senses: business, street, and common sense. She says the average person is lucky to have any of those qualities. She’s not average. She’s a triple-threat “in a skirt.”
A.J. steps up in her perky glory. She says Maxine needs a hug. She says she’s done nothing but dream of being a diva for 13 years. She wants an action figure with exaggerated body measurements. Nothing is going to stop her.
Jaime is up, and she should feel comfortable talking. She speaks with a bit more of a southern accent than we’re used to. She says she’s ready to step out from behind the mic and be a part of the greatest entertainment of the world. It’s her honor to compete for WWE. She never puts less than 110% into anything she does. She looks forward to the hard work and dedication required.
Naomi yells “HEYYYYY.” She thinks the WWE Universe has been missing something for a long time: her. She’s a fighter. She will not back down and will not be intimidated. Talk is cheap, and actions speak louder than words. When it’s all said and done she’ll be a breakout star.
Coming up next, our first competition!
Well, so far, the fans are shitting all over this. On a “professional” level, I’m trying not to tear these girls apart and grade them like meat, but hell, I’m a guy, and I like women. And the Diva’s are pretty much eye candy in WWE’s eyes anyhow, so… based on looks? I’m going with A.J. However, Maxine had the best promo, and I have a sneaky suspicion that Jaime can really work.
When we return, Striker reminds us that in 4 weeks, our first elimination happens. Whomever wins the most challenges will be immune from elimination. The first challenge? A diva’s dance competition.
Let’s get the lame stuff out of the way first.
The audience is the judge. Naomi is up first, and Striker says she needs someone to dance with. Striker asks Michael Cole to come up to the ring. He says Cole is an exceptional ballroom dancer. Michael stands up and starts stretching, revealing red knee-high socks and what look like either ballet shoes or tap shoes. He’s got a top hat on too. Wow.
Cole makes an ass out of himself. Naomi doesn’t even know what to do with herself. I’m getting a bottle of Jack.
Jaime is up next. She does better than Naomi, but this is pretty horrible. Striker tells Cole he needs a break. A.J. steps up, and Striker asks Tony Chimmel to step into the ring to be her partner. “There’s a box of donuts in it for ya.” A.J. grabs his tie and steals the hat. Nice dance. This is the worst non-porno music ever. Maxine is next. She teases a strip-tease with her suspenders. I feel like an absolute pervert typing half of this. Aksana is next. Striker kicks Chimmel out and calls in Josh Matthews, whom runs into the ring quite eagerly. He shakes Aksana’s hand and goes for more of a traditional dance. Striker’s on a roll. “It’s like a bad Bar Mitzvah up here.” Kaitlyn does the robot, then the running man, then all these other horrible dances.
Naomi won by a pretty strong vote from the audience. A.J. was a close second.
Looks like we’re getting our first match of the show coming up in a tag match!
Wow. Just horrible. I can’t wait to see these ratings!
Alicia Fox & Maxine vs. Kelly Kelly & Naomi
Naomi is wearing whatever she must work out at the gym in. It’s horrible. The pros start off, and Alicia starts things off with some offense, but Kelly hits a leg scissors and a hurricarana for a quick 1-count. Tag to Naomi, who locks in a headlock. She spring-boards off the top rope and hits a sunset flip. Fox counters, but Naomi shows some nice aerial work with a good dropkick. Fox hits a strong back-breaker, and tags in Maxine. Maxine pulls the hair and hits shoulder blocks in the corner. She goes for a Bronco-buster of sorts, into a headlock. Suplex and cover. No pin. Tag to Fox.
Fox hits a few kicks in the corner and goes for a headlock. She knocks Kelly off the apron and corners Naomi while the ref is occupied. Tag to Maxine, more shoulder blocks. Naomi hits a roll-up out of nowhere, Kelly misses her cue to run in, and Fox gets to the pin first, but stops cold instead of breaking it up, and waits for Kelly instead. They fight, Naomi gets the pin, and cue the music.
Winners: Naomi & Kelly Kelly
Fox and Kelly fight outside the ring, and apparently Naomi didn’t get the memo, because she suplexes Maxine and goes for another cover. Wow.
Pretty lame match. The tone for the rest of the show has been set, folks. It’s going to be a long three months.
We have another contest, apparently. There are multiple stations around the arena. Six divas, but only five flags at the first station. Looks like they drop by one at each station. Striker tells them to hustle to the first station and await his command. He counts down and they jump the gun. He makes them go back. They run out and all jump for flags. Jaime did not get a flag. She’s eliminated from this contest. Striker makes them all line up again, then they run for the next one. A.J. missed, she’s out. Aksana is next to walk. Maxine faceplants, but somehow makes it over. Kaitlyn is eliminated. Naomi grabs the final flag, eliminating Maxine, winning two competitions so far tonight.
Kind of a cool concept for a competition, and not nearly as lame as the dance-off. I’m surprised Naomi ran away with this one. That girl is quick!
Up next, a mixed tag match!
Before the match begins, we get a video package about Jaime. She’s always been active since a little kid. She’s been weightlifting since high school. She went to nursing school, wasn’t passionate about it, and found her calling in WWE. She names Trish Stratus as inspiration. She wants to be a role model for young women.
Goldust & Aksana vs. Primo & A.J.
It took us a few commercials to get here, but here we go. Primo and Goldust start it off, and the two lock up. Goldust hits a quick arm drag, but Primo pushes him. A.J. jumps around on the apron. Goldust hits a punch to the jaw and tags in A.J. Aksana has to tag in per match rules. She hits a sloppy bodyslam and a sloppy leg drop. She goes for a pin, gets two. She hits a back breaker on A.J. and gets two. A.J. goes for a springboard bull-dog and Aksana botches it, so A.J. kicks her in the gut, runs the ropes and tries again. This time she hits it and gets a pin for the win.
Winner: Primo & A.J.
Vickie Guerrero interrupts and drags Kaitlyn out to the ring. She makes Kaitlyn say her introduction once more. Primo is upset, wants A.J. to have her moment. A.J. tells Vickie to go away. Vickie tells Kaitlyn to attack A.J. A.J. shoves Kaitlyn into Vickie, who has a fit in the middle of the ring and walks off. Kaitlyn chases after her as the show comes to a close.
Well, some of the rookies have some personality. I haven’t seen any ring work that really stood out yet, but we still have more rookies to see. Naomi is incredibly athletic, and has quite a personality. So does Maxine. Something about A.J. I like, but I don’t think she’s going over with the fans. I want to see Jaime work.
It’s going to be an interesting three months…