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Total Diva Fallout (Episodes 8.04 and 8.05)

Welcome to the Total Diva Fallout, which recaps the latest edition of Total Divas! This week, another double episode edition, with a look at “Paige’s Secret” and “Pink Hair Don’t Care.”

“Paige’s Secret,” had some good stories, one of them being an emotional one involving Brie learning that she can no longer breastfeed Birdie Joe. Though Paige had her story, the main one to me was Nattie’s attempt to prove that she can be a good hostess, as she attempted to put together a barbecue at her house. Unfortunately for the Queen of Harts, the gathering was the definition of Murphy’s Law: whatever could go wrong, did. No food in the house, that was brought by Titus O’Neil, and worse yet, Lana was supposed to arrive with Nattie’s parents, except Lana and Ellie were having the time of their lives drinking. Oh boy!

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I mentioned Paige; her story had Nia attempting to set her up with her brother. Paige clearly was not interested, but it’s not because of him. As Paige revealed early in the episode, she has a boyfriend, but it wouldn’t be until the near end of the episode that Paige finally revealed the truth to Nia and Nattie. Seeing Nia’s brother actually brought back memories, because he had a strong resemblance to Vincent, who Total Divas fans remember as Cameron’s boyfriend.Image result for lana pink hair wwe

“Pink Hair Don’t Care,” was another episode that had Lana attempting to stand out to get TV time. I love Lana’s passion, but at times she has moments that make some viewers believe that they’re watching an episode of I Love Lucy. Playing the part of Ethel Mertz in Lana’s latest plan was Nattie, as she helped Lana with her latest idea: dyeing her hair pink. The reason for this is due to a continuous “problem” in the Women’s Division: too many blondes. Needless to say, it was a bit of a mess, and after the dye job was finished, Nattie gave her honest opinion: she didn’t like the look. Lana ended up ditching the idea, especially after Mark Carrano met with her and informed her that she would be on TV working an angle!

 

Paige was shown dealing with people harassing her over her scandal last year, where suggestive photos of her were leaked. She revealed the tough time she had dealing with the incident to the Bellas, and that led to a climactic scene where the Bellas and Paige were shown using sledgehammers to smash a used car. I loved that scene; it was so, so amazing! And it was emotional hearing what Paige has gone through, and she has gone through quite a lot in the last year or so. But she is standing strong and enjoying her role as SmackDown’s General Manager.

That’s the Total Diva Fallout! Until next time!

 

Women’s Wrestling Wrap-Up

Welcome to the latest edition of the Women’s Wrestling Wrap-Up, which recaps everything in women’s wrestling from the past week, beginning with Monday’s Raw.

We saw a very heated war of words between Ronda Rousey and the Bellas, which ended with Ronda fighting off the Bellas’ private security while the twins ran off. Before this, Tamina Snuka made her return to Raw, as she and Dana Brooke were defeated by Ember Moon and Nia Jax. During the match, it was announced that the four women, among many others, would be featured in a battle royal at Evolution, with the winner receiving a future championship opportunity. The match’s aftermath saw a confrontation between Tamina and real-life cousin Nia Jax, with Ember and Tamina actually teaming up to toss Nia over the top rope. Ember attempted to do the same to Tamina, but Dana tossed out both women. We also saw a match between Natalya and Ruby Riott end in a brawl that included the rest of the Squad and a pair of Horsewomen (Bayley and Sasha Banks), and another confrontation between the Alexa/Mickie duo and Trish & Lita.

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SmackDown 1000 took place the next night, and there was no women’s action, other than Charlotte and Becky Lynch brawling after the latter’s appearance on The Cutting Edge. The next day was the premiere of NXT UK, and that featured some women’s action:  Toni Storm defeating Nina Samuels in singles action. On NXT, Nikki Cross’ match against Bianca BelAir was interrupted by the returning Aleister Black, who received the name of his attacker, and Lucha Underground saw Reklusa defeated by Pentagon Dark, while Taya went after Matanza. Regarding the Mae Young Classic, Io Shirai, Toni Storm, Rhea Ripley, and Meiko Satomura all advanced to the tournament’s Final Four.Image result for jordynne grace wwe

Impact saw Taya victorious over Katarina, but after her match, she had some biting words for Tessa Blanchard regarding her title contest at Bound For Glory, stating that she no longer respects Tessa. Later on, Allie defeated Alisha Edwards in singles action, but the match saw the darkness within Allie begin to take over, as she viciously assaulted Alisha during and after her match, with Allie suddenly becoming apologetic afterwards while a shocked Kiera Hogan tended to Alisha.

Impact promoted the upcoming debut of a new Knockout without revealing her identity, but those of us who read the dirt sheets know who it is: Jordynne Grace. Some info on Jordynne:  she’s 22 years of age, but she has already had a few years of wrestling under her belt. She is only 5’1″, but she has a muscular frame and acts as a powerhouse character, regardless of where she’s heroic or villainous. Jordynne has competed as a villainess at Women Superstars Uncensored, where she captured the Spirit Championship from Kiera Hogan. WWE fans caught a glimpse of Jordynne when she appeared backstage during the Great Balls of Fire PPV in 2017. Sadly, Jordynne revealed on Twitter that she is rehabbing an injured ankle, but she did participate in the Impact tapings before her injury befell her.

I had a feeling that Evolution would feature a Battle Royal. However, I thought that the Raw women would have their matches, the SD women would have their separate matches, and the BR would feature a number of NXT and NXT UK women, some eliminated MYC women, and some alums. Instead, the BR features the rest of SD’s women, as well as Raw representatives, Alicia Fox, Dana Brooke, Nia Jax, Tamina, and Ember Moon. It was also announced that a number of alums and Hall of Famers would be in the Battle Royal, including Molly Holly, Michelle McCool, and Hall of Famers Ivory and Alundra Blayze. It was reported that a number of SD women are not happy with being relegated to the Battle Royal, and I can’t say I blame them. With the inevitable addition of a match pitting Nattie, Sasha Banks, and Bayley against the Riott Squad, we could see three matches from the Raw side, while SD only has the title match.

A new week begins with the final countdown to Evolution, which will include the semifinals of the Mae Young Classic! Until next week!

The 2nd Mae Young Classic Review (Episode 6)

Welcome to this review of Episode 6 of the 2nd Mae Young Classic! Last week, the second round of the tournament kicked off, and it saw Lacey Lane, Meiko Satomura, Toni Storm, and Rhea Ripley all advance to the quarterfinals! The latest episode concludes the Sweet 16 and competes the field for the Elite Eight, as Evolution draws closer!

The episode began with Io Shirai facing off against Zeuxis in a very interesting battle. It was Io Shirai who ended the opening round by defeating Xia Brookside, while Zeuxis defeated Aerial Monroe to advance. Along with her technical prowess, Zeuxis brought her villainous attitude to her contest against Io, and appeared to be in full control of her opponent. However, the masked marvel’s attempt at a moonsault fell short, but Io’s didn’t; the Genius of the Sky landed her moonsault perfectly and defeated the evil Zeuxis to advance to the quarterfinals.

Deonna Purrazzo vs Xia Li was Match #2, the match I was the most excited for. Deonna defeated Priscilla Kelly to advance, while Xia Li bested Karen Q in a very interesting match. I figured that this contest would be full of passion, heart, and a relentless offense, and it didn’t disappoint. Both women went all out in their match, so much so that it was really anybody’s guess who would win and advance. Deonna put all doubt aside, as her Fujiwara Armbar managed to force the Chinese phenom to submit, setting up a quarterfinal match-up between Deonna and Io Shirai.

The third match pitted a pair of 2017 alternates against each other: Tegan Nox and Nicole Matthews. Tegan kicked off this year’s tournament with a victory over Zatara, while Nicole Matthews (a former SHIMMER Champion) defeated Isla Dawn to advance. Nicole figured that she would go through Tegan like she did with Isla, but she found herself battling a formidable opponent in Tegan. She would also come up short in her quest, as Nicole would be on the receiving end of Tegan’s Shining Wizard, placing Tegan into the quarterfinals against Rhea Ripley.

The main event and the final second round match of the tournament pitted a former WWE Divas Champion against a former Impact Knockouts Champion. Kaitlyn, in her first WWE match back after four and a half years, defeated Kavita Devi to advance, while Mia Yim defeated longtime nemesis (and fellow former Knockouts Champion) Allysin Kay in her opening round match. As expected, Mia acted as a heel in her bout against Kaitlyn, and this match saw so many close calls, as well as a shocker: Mia kicking out of Kaitlyn’s spear. After escaping the spear, Mia’s Soul Food finisher managed to take down her fellow former champion and place Mia into the Elite Eight. This surprised me, because I myself thought that they would have Kaitlyn (at least) reach the semifinals. I am still hoping that this isn’t the end of the road for Kaitlyn and that she continues wrestling; even making a full WWE return.

So who was in attendance? Three of the UFC’s Four Horsewomen–Jessamyn Duke, Marina Shafir, and former NXT Women’s Champion (and MYC finalist) Shayna Baszler–were shown in the crowd, as well as current NXT North American Champion Ricochet. 32 women started this quest, and we are now down to the final eight women remaining. With just two Wednesdays left before Evolution, the entire quarterfinals should take place in the next episode, and the week after will feature the semifinals. The quarterfinal matches are as follows: Meiko Satomura vs Lacey Lane, Mia Yim vs Toni Storm, Tegan Nox vs Rhea Ripley, and Io Shirai vs Deonna Purrazzo.

The finals of the Mae Young Classic will take place at Evolution on October 28.

Total Diva Fallout (Season 8, Episode 3)

Welcome to the Total Diva Fallout, which recaps the latest episode of Total Divas! In this edition, it is a look back at the episode, “The Real Nicole.”

Now, despite the episode’s title, the Bellas are hardly featured. The main story involves Lana, as she is looking to be featured on WWE TV in an angle. Unfortunately, her attempt landed her in hot water, as material of her and Rusev out on the beach together caught Mark Carrano’s attention. The couple received the signature Mark Carrano talking-to, though let’s face it, if Creative had given Lana something to do on TV, this wouldn’t have happened. What I loved was Lana addressing the fans and asking for their thoughts on what Lana’s look should be. I have said this before in the past, I truly love Lana’s drive.

Naomi’s story had Jimmy Uso attempting to curb her sweet tooth, as she had been eating a lot of sugary stuff lately. It hasn’t been easy, as we’ve seen Jimmy uncover a lot of Naomi’s sugary treats, and it has led to both of them trying out natural honey with no sugar. This, to me, was a filler story. It was pretty darn entertaining, but it was still filler, just something for the show. What wasn’t filler was Natalya’s aftermath of her WM wardrobe malfunction, and it came just as she was set to be placed in a storyline with Ronda Rousey. She overcame the backlash, which wasn’t long but still damaging, and her angle with Ronda has gone well entering the present day.

Speaking of Nattie, I was among many who couldn’t help but express heartbreak for her as we saw her father, the legendary Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, featured. The Anvil passed away just a few months ago, and a dedication was shown at episode’s end.

That is the Total Diva Fallout; until next time.

The 2nd Mae Young Classic Review (Episode 5)

Welcome to this review of Episode 5 of the 2nd Mae Young Classic! After a captivating and exciting opening round, the second round of the tournament got underway, as Evolution draws near.

For the second straight episode, Hiroyo Matsumoto kicked off the action, this time against Toni Storm in the second round’s opening match. Hiroyo defeated Rachel Evers to advance, while Toni Storm defeated longtime foe Jinny to reach Round 2. This was a back and forth battle between two phenomenal competitors, and just like last week, Hiroyo brought her ruthlessness and displayed villainous aggression towards her opponent. Despite the evenness of the match, this time, Hiroyo would come up short, as Toni rolled her up for the victory, placing the Aussie sensation into the Elite Eight.

Rhea Ripley’s match against Kacy Catanzaro was next. Rhea defeated MJ Jenkins to advance to the second round, while Kacy defeated Reina Gonzalez, who is a friend of Rhea’s. Rhea dominated and mocked her opponent throughout, but Mighty Kacy (as Beth Phoenix called her on commentary) fought back against her imposing opponent. It looked like an upset was in the works in this immensely captivating bout. But sadly, there was no joy in Full Sail–Mighty Kacy’s luck had just ran out. Rhea’s Riptide eliminated the American Ninja Warrior alum and placed her into the quarterfinals, a step farther than last year.

Match #3 pitted Taynara Conti against the head-turning talent known as Lacey Lane. Lacey defeated Vanessa Kraven to advance, while Taynara advanced with a victory over Jessie Elaban, already moving farther than she did last year. This was heated even before they stepped into the ring, as the two women got into it when the Sweet 16 was introduced. So it was no shock that they brought it against each other in their second round match, but in the end, Lacey prevailed with the Crucifix Bomb, continuing her Cinderella run in the tournament.

The main event of Episode 5 was a battle between seasoned veterans, as Meiko Satomura faced off against Mercedes Martinez. This is the second MYC main event this year for both women, as Meiko defeated Killer Kelly in the first episode’s main event, while Mercedes defeated Ashley Rayne in the second episode’s main event. To say this was a classic would be an understatement; the combatants had the people in Full Sale in awe, shock, and amazement. Meiko and Mercedes’ match, IMO, was among the best of the entire tournament, and to my surprise, it would be Meiko who emerged victorious after a Scorpion Kick, putting the Japanese phenom into the quarterfinals.

One quarterfinal match is locked in already after Episode 5, as Meiko Satomura’s victory sets up a match against Lacey Lane. The second round will conclude in the following episode, which will feature Mia Yim facing off against Kaitlyn, Tegan Nox vs Nicole Matthews, Io Shirai vs Zeuxis, and Deonna Purrazzo facing off against Xia Li. To be honest, Deonna/Xia is one I’m looking forward to the most; both women are small but lethal, and I think that match will be the best one from Episode 6.

The Mae Young Classic continues every Wednesday until two finalists are decided. The finals will take place at Evolution on October 28.

Straight Up Smack Down

 

Indianapolis was the location for Tuesday night’s Smack Down Live and the main objective was centered around all of the fallout, following Super Show Down from Saturday morning in Melbourne.  The show kicked off with a rematch involving Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair. The stipulation was that if Becky Lynch were to be disqualified, Charlotte would become the new champion. This was a result of Becky’s disqualification, yet subsequent title retention, at Super Show Down.

What a crazy ending to this segment, but at this point nothing should surprise us about the lengths these two superstars will go to! I cringed when Charlotte missed on that moonsault outside of the ring. She could have blown out both of her knees. So the double count out keeps the belt on Becky & satisfies the match stipulation. As a result of this chaos, General Manager Paige made a special announcement regarding the upcoming all female pay-per-view, Evolution:

First ever, huh?  How soon we forget that in June of last year Asuka faced Nikki Cross in a Last Woman Standing match:

Regardless, this should be one heck of a match on the pay-per-view & by all rights, could steal the show.

 

Miz tried to stir up some bad blood between A.J. Styles & Daniel Bryan, but neither superstar took the bait. This forced Miz to lose his cool & spout off another fantastic promo, where he literally called “next” on the winner of this upcoming title match:

Man, he is so good. Miz single-handedly saved this segment from the approaching boredom toward it was headed. The show then segwayed into an A.J. Styles versus Shelton Benjamin match-up:

Daniel Bryan applauding & showing his respect at the end will probably be a clip that becomes part of the video montage prior to this match. If there is a falling out or these two just play the roles in a story of who is the better wrestler, I really feel that moment will be in the beginning part of the compilation.

 

The WWE World Cup tournament was announced & began taking place this week, for the upcoming Crown Jewel pay-per-view. Superstars will compete in a tournament, that will ultimately name a winner in Saudi Arabia. Raw had a few preliminary matches & Smack Down Live’s first qualifying match pitted Jeff Hardy against Samoa Joe:

I thought this was a smart, sensible way for Jeff to win that didn’t come at Joe’s expense. Joe’s knee injury was a result of his No Disqualification match against A.J. at Super Show Down & it would make sense that the injury had not yet healed.

The second qualifying match involved Randy Orton against…….Big Show?!

Wow this was the first time I’ve seen Big Show on live television since….I can’t remember when. Show looked ok & has a long working relationship with Randy, so they took pretty good care of each other in this match. The ending was great for the villain, with Randy using a eye poke to gain the advantage toward winning the match. A pretty good match by all accounts.

 

Last week, Aiden aired a video clip with a quick cut ending called One Night in Milwaukee. It put Lana in a very bad light, as she was seen approaching Aiden in his dressing room & the last words spoken were her saying, “Aiden, I want you.”  I wrote that I fully expected another quick cut scenario this week from Aiden & he didn’t disappoint:

So that kind of ends this part of the angle then, I guess? I felt that they could have stretched this out another week before the real video was aired, so maybe creative has a different angle they want to use next?  We’ll obviously find out what they come up with next week, but this could also just end up going right to their one on one match at this point.

 

Finally, next week’s Smack Down Live is episode 1,000 for the show. The Undertaker has been announced as a confirmed appearance for the show & so has Rey Mysterio, Jr.! Rey has even been announced in a World Cup qualifying match against Shinsuke Nakamura. By all logic, that sounds like a scenario that Rey should be victorious in.

Thanks for reading!

Women’s Wrestling Wrap-Up

Welcome to the latest edition of the Women’s Wrestling Wrap-Up, which recaps everything in women’s wrestling in the past week, beginning with Monday’s Raw and ending with Super Show-Down in Australia.

Ronda Rousey defeated Ruby Riott just days away from the big three-on-three match at SSD, and later in the program, Bayley defeated Alicia Fox in singles action, just one day away from their participation in the latest edition of the Mixed Match Challenge. Speaking of MMC connections, the following night’s SmackDown saw R-Truth and Carmella defeat Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega, and later on, Asuka defeated Peyton Royce one-on-one, with SmackDown later ending with Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch going at it just days before their title encounter at SSD. The latest edition of the MMC saw Bayley and Finn Balor defeat Jinder Mahal and Alicia Fox, and in the SD based match, Jimmy Uso and Naomi defeated Rusev and Lana.

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On NXT, Lacey Evans defeated Candice LeRae in a grudge match stemming from their confrontation on the previous week. Lucha Underground saw Reclusa introduced as Marty the Moth’s new associate, and Marty later defeated his sister, Mariposa, in a brutal match for his first successful defense of the Lucha Underground Championship. Regarding the Mae Young Classic, the second round got underway, and the first batch of matches saw Toni Storm, Rhea Ripley, Lacey Lane, and Meiko Satomura all win and advance to the quarterfinals. On the following evening’s Impact, Su Yung defeated Kiera Hogan, who ended up placed in a coffin by the Undead Bride, much to Allie’s horror.

Super Show-Down featured a triple helping of women’s action, emanating from Melbourne, Australia. First off, the SmackDown Women’s Championship contest between Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch ended with the villainous Lass Kicker striking her opponent with the title while she was placed in the Figure Eight, resulting in a DQ finish. Becky attacked Charlotte after the match ended, and due to the events, it was announced that Becky and Charlotte will face each other in another title rematch on SmackDown this Tuesday, with the added stipulation that Becky can lose the championship via DQ. Later on, The IIconics competed in front of their home fans and spoke in heartfelt fashion about being back in Australia, before enjoying an epic victory over Asuka and Naomi. The last bit of women’s action featured Ronda Rousey and The Bella Twins emerging victorious over The Riott Squad, despite a debate between Ronda and Nikki regarding who would start the match.

Evolution is three weeks away and among the matches that were promoted for the event on October 28 was Ronda Rousey’s defense of the Raw Women’s Championship, though her opponent was not announced. This writer may sound like a broken record, but Nikki Bella has been rumored to be Ronda’s challenger for the title. The heavy speculation surrounding the rumor has Nikki turning heel to build up their match, and their debate in the beginning of the three-on-three may have possibly planted the seeds for their feud to begin. The turn didn’t happen at the event, but chances are, Monday’s Raw should see more seeds planted, or maybe we’ll see Nikki flat out attack Ronda and challenge her at Evolution.

Staying on Evolution, it was announced earlier this week that Michelle McCool and Torrie Wilson will appear at next Tuesday’s SmackDown 1000, as well as Evolution. Both women are blue brand staples; Torrie Wilson spent most of her long WWE tenure as part of SmackDown’s roster, while Michelle McCool had her biggest moments as part of the blue brand, including becoming WWE’s first ever Divas Champion. Michelle being announced for Evolution has hopes that LayCool will appear and probably face the IIConics, though it doesn’t look like Layla will return at the event. No word on what Michelle and Torrie will be doing at Evolution, and regarding SD 1000, Vickie Guerrero was also announced for next week’s show. Vickie made waves for years as the villainous General Manager of SmackDown, which also included a storyline relationship with Edge and various feuds with The Undertaker.

A new week begins with the fallout from SSD on Raw and SmackDown, and will end with Bound For Glory in NYC! Until next week!

The 2nd Mae Young Classic Round 2 Preview

After the first four weeks of the second annual Mae Young Classic, the field has been cut in half. The opening round is over, and we are down to the Sweet Sixteen! The second round of the tournament starts this Wednesday, but here is a preview of the eight matches:

  1. Meiko Satomura vs Mercedes Martinez – Each woman main evented an episode of this year’s tournament. Meiko defeated Killer Kelly in the first episode’s main event, while Mercedes defeated former Knockouts Champion Ashley Rayne in the main event of Episode 2. What I love about this match is that this is a battle between seasoned vets, and I would think that these two women will main event one of the two episodes that will feature second round matches. I also expect this to be hard hitting; Mercedes can really deliver a ruthless style, and I think Meiko is capable of doing the same.
  2. Lacey Lane vs Taynara Conti – This is a very interesting one. Lacey Lane defeated Vanessa Kraven in the first episode to advance, while Taynara Conti made up for last year by defeating Jessie Elaban in Episode 4. This will be interesting because we saw Lacey flat out bewilder Vanessa in her match, and I would expect the same demeanor from Lacey as she faces the always no-nonsense Taynara. Should be a bigger personality clash than Taynara’s match with Jessie.
  3. Toni Storm vs Hiroyo Matsumoto – The popular Toni Storm’s quest to go further than she did last year got off to a successful start, as she defeated her nemesis, Jinny, in Episode 3. Hiroyo Matsumoto defeated Rachel Evers in Episode 4’s opening match, which ended up stealing the show. One thing I hope happens is that Hiroyo acts as a very ruthless heel in her second round match. We saw a bit of that against Rachel Evers, and given Toni’s popularity, I would think that Hiroyo would become evil and vicious in an attempt to destroy her opponent.
  4. Mia Yim vs Kaitlyn – Both women competed during Episode 3; Kaitlyn defeated Kavita Devi in the episode’s opening match, while Mia Yim defeated longtime foe Allysin Kay in the episode’s main event. We should see the completion of Mia’s heel turn in her match against Kaitlyn, as she appeared to be more villainous in her character and personality entering the tournament. This match overall will be an amazing one, and Kaitlyn will definitely show that she’s still got it, even though she never really lost it.
  5. Tegan Nox vs Nicole Matthews – This match is a battle between a pair of women who served as alternates in last year’s MYC, but never got the chance to perform. Their chance came this year, and Tegan Nox literally kicked off the tournament with her victory over the evil Zatara in Episode 1’s opening match. Nicole Matthews advanced with her victory over Isla Dawn in Episode 4. This should be a very good bout between two amazing and talented women.
  6. Rhea Ripley vs Kacy Catanzaro – Another competitor who has changed her attitude between tournaments is Rhea Ripley. Rhea turned heel months before this year’s tournament, and she brought her new heel persona in the second-ever match of the tournament, as she defeated MJ Jenkins. As for Kacy Catanzaro, the American Ninja Warrior alum defeated Reina Gonzalez in a David vs Goliath type contest. The interesting note about this match:  Rhea and Reina are allies at NXT live events. Now the tournament doesn’t really allow a lot of room for storylines, but Reina getting involved in a revenge plot against Kacy would be interesting. Regardless, this should be a very good and captivating match.
  7. Io Shirai vs Zeuxis – Io Shirai ended the opening round this past Wednesday with a short but sweet victory against Xia Brookside, while Zeuxis defeated Aerial Monroe in a captivating match in Episode 3. Hopefully, this contest will be longer, because I think this will be one of those matches that everyone talks about. Io, from what I saw, is just amazing in the ring, and so is Zeuxis. Both women give a lot of personality as well, so this match will defintely not disappoint.
  8. Deonna Purrazzo vs Xia Li – Deonna Purrazzo defeated Priscilla Kelly in Episode 2’s opening match, while Xia Li made up for last year by defeating Karen Q in Episode 3. I have to say, out of all of the second round match, this is the one I am most eager for. I’m a huge Deonna fan and have been for a few years; she is just amazing in the ring. I am hoping that Xia Li turns heel for this match, not only because of Deonna’s popularity, but because seeing Xia Li as a lethal villainess would be just amazing.

The Mae Young Classic continues this Wednesday, and will end with the finals at Evolution on October 28.

Straight Up Smack Down

 

Super Show Down is happening this Saturday, live from Australia, on the WWE Network. This should not come as a surprise to any viewer who watched WWE programming over the last few weeks, as they have beaten the message into the audience’s head. Even Paige made it part of her opening monologue on Tuesday night, when Smack Down Live was broadcast from Portland, Oregon.  The crowd in attendance was fired up all night long & was audibly split when Paige said that she intended to fire Samoa Joe for his actions last week:

So the Samoa Joe versus A.J. Styles rematch is on for Super Show Down. I can’t wait to see these two go at it! I might not be up at 5:00 AM on Saturday morning to watch the show live, but I will definitely enjoy this contest over a cup of coffee, a few hours in delay.

 

We were treated to another video on Tuesday night, but this one wasn’t directly spoken to another superstar. No, this video was more of a Candid Camera type recording. Last week, Aiden English promised to past video evidence of Lana’s deceit, entitled “One Night in Milwaukee”:

Obviously, the Milwaukee video ended abruptly & I’m pretty sure that Lana sentence was something like “I want you, to leave Rusev & I alone.” Not a bad angle to use in this feud, so I think the next step will be Lana explaining to Rusev that English cut her off on this tape to make it sound like she didn’t say anything else. Then English should say something like “Oh yeah?  Then I present you with Exhibit B” then proceed to air another edited recording that portrays Lana in a bad context.

 

Our first (or last, chronologically) of four segments involving an impromptu attack by Charlotte Flair, when The New People’s Champ Becky Lynch unveiled her revamped version of the Super Show Down promotional poster:

Ok so we’re getting closer now, to the longest double turn ever but honestly did Becky ever really turn heel? Just because her character got more brash? Outlaws are not always the bad guys and in fact, most of the time they’re the protagonist. This rivalry has not slowed down & I expect WWE to continue having these two superstars feud to both Evolution & TLC later this month.

 

The second impromptu attack was courtesy of…..Tye Dillinger?

The old saying is “be careful what you wish for….you just might get it.” Well Tye Dillinger wanted a shot at Randy Orton & he got it. He got all of it. I enjoyed the creativity of Orton bending Tye’s finger in the turnbuckle tensioner. That was definitely something that you don’t see every day.

 

Miz gave Shelton Benjamin a pep talk in the locker room, prior to his match with Daniel Bryan. Then Miz sat in for commentary during the match. You can guess what ultimately had to happen:

The third impromptu attack of the evening. Miz basically riled up Shelton to give his best offense against Daniel Bryan, in order to soften up Bryan, to make for some easy pickings.  One thing is certain, come Saturday morning these two superstars will get some of the biggest crowd reaction before their match at Super Show Down.

 

Our fourth impromptu attack was handed out by The Bar, as they interrupted The New Day’s pancake cooking show & celebration of Bootysworth:

This was so silly & that’s really all I can say about it. It was just…..whatever.

 

Team R-Mella (R-Truth & Carmella) were involved in a mixed tag match against Team Tranquilo (Zelina Vega & Andrade “Cien” Almas)…..on the same night as The Mixed Match Challenge? Even on just on the surface, wouldn’t that seem to make The Mixed Match Challenge feel less special?

Clearly, WWE is behind the R-Truth/Carmella dynamic & they protected Almas from eating the pin here, so the obvious choice to lose was Vega.  Decent match but Almas should have looked stronger against Truth, in my opinion.

 

Finally, in the Where Are They Now? segment….Asuka went one on one with Peyton Royce:

Again….whatever. I hope there are greener pastures & brighter skies for both of these superstars in the future.

 

As always, thanks for reading!

Total Diva Fallout (Season 8 Two-Part Premiere)

Total Divas is back and so is the Total Diva Fallout! This week is a special edition, as it is review of the two-week, two-part eighth season opener, “Good Girls Don’t Make History,” and “This Is My House.”

First off, with a new season comes new changes to the cast. Regarding departures, Alexa Bliss, Maryse, and Carmella are all off as series regulars. Maryse joined the regular cast beginning with Season Six, and she’s currently doing Miz and Mrs., while Alexa and Carmella were added during Season Seven. The only addition to the show came in the form of a return, as Paige returned as a full cast member. Paige joined the show in the beginning of Season Three, and was a regular until the end of Season Six.

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Paige was the centerpiece of both parts of the opener, as Part 1 saw her attempting to deal with her neck injury, which she suffered in January. Neck injuries are immensely career threatening, and she was shown taking unorthodox measures hoping to become healed, all the while expressing heartbreak over the possibility that her career could be coming to an end. The remainder of Part 1 saw Paige feeling left out when the other girls were talking about WrestleMania and their plans, and Part 2 featured Paige talking with Daniel Bryan, who went through the same thing until he was cleared to return earlier this year. Paige actually participated as a guest commentator at WrestleMania, doing so during the women’s battle royal, and Part 2 ended with Paige’s announcement that she had to retire because of her injuries. I still remember how emotional it was that night, and the emotion returned when I saw it on Total Divas. Having to retire like that, and so young–she’s only 24.

Nia Jax took the secondary storyline in the two-parter, as she had a huge match at WrestleMania. Nia was in a storyline with her former friend Alexa Bliss, which had Bliss mocking Nia’s appearance and revealing that she uses her. Not only did Nia turn face as a result of this, but she ended up as Bliss’ challenger for the Raw Women’s Championship at the event. Both episodes had Nia expressing excitement and some nerves regarding what was undoubtedly the biggest match of her career, mainly due to the fact that she is one of few women to have a one-on-one title match at WrestleMania. She also expressed amazement while watching Ronda Rousey, as she made her WWE in-ring debut at WrestleMania, as she and Kurt Angle defeated Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Nia went on to capture the Raw Women’s Championship at the event, and she was shown being congratulated by the rest of the cast on her hard-earned victory.

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Of course, what would the show be without hilarity, and it was Natalya who delivered some in Part 1. Nattie was enlisted by Brie to help out with her Birdiebee company, and the Queen of Harts’ idea of help was to hand out flyers to fans that included a promise that they would actually meet the Bellas and hang out with them! Oh boy! Needless to say, Nattie’s borderline campaign promise put the Bellas (Brie especially) in a bind when several fans went up to them during a WM promotion and displayed the flyers. The twins were surprised by Nattie’s sales pitch, but it all worked out, as Nikki and Brie were able to fulfill that promise at the near end of Part 2.

That is the Total Diva Fallout for this week! Until next week!

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