SmackDown Redux (February 28th, 2017): Standing up for love

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Hey all! Sorry for the late post – it’s been a busy day! So let’s get into it:

It looks as though SmackDown pretty much confirmed all of their matches for ‘Mania this year in this one episode – and, I’m not complaining! After seeing what matches we’ll most likely be getting, I’m suddenly really excited for the Big Night to arrive…

On the top of the show, The Miz and Maryse talk to John Cena on Miz TV. The segment features some comments about Cena being a “part timer” and how The Miz has been here working hard whilst John has been in Hollywood. The former Intercontinental champion then goes on to say that Cena gets whatever he wants, because he sucks up to all the right people. Sound familiar yet? John however fires back by saying that if he could get whatever he wanted, he’d be fighting The Undertaker during ‘Mania season, rather than being across from The Miz. Ouch. The Sexiest of Sexy takes offense to this and decides to stop Cena on his way out. She tells him that he will never be half the man her husband is and she ends up slapping him across the face. John, however, is unbothered, as he warns her of the mistake she made… And… wait for it… You can look, but you can’t touch! An angry Nikki Bella storms to the ring, but the “it couple” quickly run off.

But Bella refuses to let them go without some words as she tells Maryse: “You mess with my man, I’m gonna break you bitch, you hear me?”

It’s on!

Later on in the night, the pair are about to be interviewed by Renee Young but are soon interrupted by the very fabulous, Carmellsworth! Carmella tries to mock Bella but soon finds herself in the firing line. So, as usual, she tells James “Jimmy” Ellsworth to sort the situation out. James tells Bella to not talk to his girl that’s a friend like that – and ends up being booked in a mixed tag match next week with the three competitors next to him. Yikes.

We end up having our only women’s match of the night being a 2 out of 3 Falls contest between Mickie James and Becky Lynch!

The match is a lot like their other matches, except with a slightly bigger dose of aggression.

Mickie ends up getting the upper hand as she forces a Mickie-DT and gets the initial pin-fall victory. Lynch soon evens to playing field as she rolls up her opponent for the win.

The match then remains even for a while, that is, until Alexa Bliss pops up to distract Becky. Unfortunately for the Wicked Witch of WWE, when James goes to attack a distracted Lynch, the Lass Kicker moves out of the way and knocks Bliss from the ringside apron, to the ground. Ouch.

Becky then rolls up James, is then reversed into another pin, and then reverses that into a Dis-Arm-Her. Mickie then taps out, awarding Lynch with the overall win.

Following the match, Lynch boasts about how happy she is to have beaten James, not once, but twice in one night. She goes on further to say that she’s even happier that she was able to do it on her own accord – with no tricks – and will soon do it again to become champ at ‘Mania.

At another point during the night, Natalya meets up with Alexa Bliss backstage. The Queen of Black Harts announces that she will be taking the title away from Bliss, and though the champ isn’t pleased, Natalya is more than confident with her words.

On Talking Smack, Natalya reiterates her conversation with Bliss, and demands a one-on-one title match as she beat Nikki Bella by herself last weekDaniel Bryan has other plans, but allows her to remain a little delusional for now, sorta.

Thoughts: All in all, this was a good episode. From the top of the show we’re given great women action – and it appears that everything we see pushes forward its respective story.

I’ll start with the first segment. Whilst the men pretty much say everything every other guy has ever said when fighting Cena, it doesn’t really matter that much. It’s clear that this moment was meant to be for the women more as the most significant moments involve both Maryse and Bella.

I really appreciate how they’re still anchoring Bella’s Fearlessness as she has absolutely no hesitation to defend Cena. It’s also great that we don’t see her as the Damsel-in-Distress that the show can easily fall for. Instead of Cena saving her, she ends up saving him. She knows that he will never hit Maryse, but is fully capable of doing it for him. And thus, giving Nikki an important role to play with here.

Either pairing is doing well for what they’re worth. Cena and Nikki are the adorable couple that the crowd loves, whereas Maryse and The Miz are the ones we love to hate. Both combinations are working perfectly, and after the stellar buildup we’ve been seeing from either party over the past few months, it’s clearly proven to be worth it all.

The Becky and Mickie drama feels as though it’s been going on for way too long. I will admit, whilst their matches aren’t bad, they aren’t as good as I’ve wanted them to be. I can still rewatch them and be entertained, but I can’t help but feel a little underwhelmed. The concept of a veteran like James facing a strong “newbie” like Becky is a dream match we’ve all thought about. But now that it’s happened multiple times, it doesn’t feel as though it’s ever reached the hype it should have.

But I will praise the storytelling.

We’re clearly getting a multi-woman title match this year at ‘Mania, so we need to have some tension between a few of the ladies. It’s no good having a ‘Mania match for the SmackDown Women’s title where the only thing connecting them all is the actual belt. Having some sub-rivalries throughout makes it a lot more interesting, and that’s what these two are successfully doing.

And speaking of the title picture, Natalya and Alexa are definitely going to be great additions to it.

Natalya has built some great heat and a fanbase over the past few months. She’s been able to gain some more haters as well as allowing herself to grow as a competitor in the company, and this can only aid the upcoming title picture. Whether she’s in the ‘Mania match or not, what she’s doing is allowing people to be invested in the matches leading up to it. After her incredible performance last week, people are interested in seeing where she’ll go next. And, if anything, this makes the title picture that much more entertaining.

What are your thoughts on the episode? Are you excited for ‘Mania? Let us know your views in the comments below!

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  • Joseph

    So now Nattie is a face?

    • Womensor

      I don’t think so. Maybe they are lookin for a heel vs heel little storyline, cause I think the principal plan is wait for Naomi to win back the titlte (at WM or after).

    • TabbyK

      Nope. Still heel.

      • Crazy. #RIPMae

        Heyy

  • MiguelAngl

    Great night for SDlive girls. Wish Emma come to SD with the trade after mania

  • Bryskers

    Despite the secondhand embarrassment Cena and Bella gave me in that cringy backstage confrontation with Carmellsworth, I must admit that It is very fun to see them together and satisfying to see the women be featured in a storyline with John and The Miz, two very big superstars.
    While it was mostly about the boys, both Maryse and Nikki were super fierce here, and the whole segment sold me on that Tag Match. I’m excited to see how Nikki and John are going to work together next week against Carmella and James. It should be a pretty fun build.

    I agree with the writer about Mickie/Becky. Peraphs my expectations were too high for this pairing. Their matches aren’t bad at all, but they didn’t clicked as much as I’d hope. I would have liked Mickie to win the feud, It’s still very frustrating to me that she only won a single match since her return. But oh well.

    Nattie vs Alexa should be fun too. Another good week for the blue brand.

    • Justin Bebier

      Becky never won a feud in her career. Mickie was brought in to put over people . Did you not see her match in NXt? Becky needed wins more, she just lost in back to back smackdowns for god sake.

      • Bryskers

        Mickie can’t put people over if she has no credibility. What does Becky gains from that victory ? Not much. They have been in a match together 5 times and Becky was on the winning side 4 times. She did not need that win. Plus, a loss never hurted Becky, as she is better at fighting from underneath. Mickie should have been established as a bigger threat.

        • Justin Bebier

          Losing to Dana after Wrestlemania never hurt her? It sure did hurt me. Becky already established Alexa. Now she has to establish Mickie too? Mickie already lost to Asuka. If Becky loses to Mickie it makes her look weaker then the NXT champion. So you’re ok with Becky never winning a feud? How does that help Becky. Mickie winning dirty like all of Becky’s matches doesn’t help Mickie. Everyone has done it, even green Alexa and Dana. Mickie has a resume. Becky has one that she’s loses a lot. They need to change that.

          • Bryskers

            I get what you are saying, it’s kind of a lose-lose situation here, but I still maintain than Becky would have recovered faster from a loss than Mickie will. I haven’t notice a difference in the reactions Becky gets, but I sure hell noticed the underwhelming reactions Mickie got since her return, and booking her in that way won’t help anyone.
            (And looking weaker than the NXT Champion doesn’t mean much. Asuka is on another level, both Alexa and Bayley look weaker. Charlotte was the only champion who was booked like she could be an equal.)

          • Justin Bebier

            When Mickie turns face they can have a video package for her of accomplishments then build her up again. Look Nikki is probably leaving soon and Naomi has been injured a lot this year. They need to make a big/top babyface for Smackdown. Becky has been losing for most of her career. It’s getting tiring and needs to stop. Becky needed to beat someone big and win a feud especially after putting Alexa over for 6 months.

  • Femme Fatale Venus Fly

    Once again, EVERY WOMAN shined last night, whether it was by couple minute segments or a ten minute match, these women are the most entertaining division in all of wrestling right now.

    And poor Raw, a 20-minute segment alone outshined their whole show before their PPV. So so sad!

  • J_123

    i think that Alexa Bliss vs Mickie James vs Becky Lynch is going to be the match for wrestlemania

  • OJ Von Erich

    The Smackdown women are killing it, I’m so hyped for WrestleMania, I genuinely see each woman on the roster getting a moment for the Smackdown Live brand & I don’t care what anybody say’s, this is the one match I’m really looking forward to:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c9a02dc3ec8199b821dfaed205cf42f9e968d76647269ffda2a7e79138cf3eab.jpg

  • OJ Von Erich
    • Maddox

      Well I thought it wasn’t Orton posing to the burning WYatt house but hat works too be too

    • saul de la efe

      am i the only one who thinks the miz looks like Quasimodo from disney?
      https://media.giphy.com/media/MqwBMXeGBfQU8/giphy.gif

      • Windyhawaii

        Yes

      • Sable’s Bumps

        i get it, but i still think the miz is hot and if he sat on my face i wouldnt care.

        • saul de la efe

          oh me too, it ust looks as him sometimes, is his smile i guess haha im not taking anything away from that beef cake

          • Sable’s Bumps

            lol i totally know what you mean

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    • MK126

      Maryse lookin like “damn I need something stronger than a lead pipe”

    • Steven5812

      Bella Slut thinks she’s going to lose her meal ticket. :/

  • Luna Lovegood

    I can’t stand The Miz or Maryse.

  • TabbyK

    Smackdown’s writers are so good they’ve actually got me interested in a mixed tag match. The segment was good and the one thing I really liked about it, was that the women were defending the men instead of vice versa.

  • conan_kun

    They managed to use all available women on SD again. Are they going for Alexa vs Becky vs Mickie vs Natalya at Mania, poor Naomi may miss Mania which held at her hometown. Becky overcame the odd and won 2 out of 3 falls despite Alexa’s distraction, that’s how they should book Becky, no more gullible loser please. Mickie may break away from Alexa soon and Natalya steps up to challenge Alexa’s title. If it’s Raw, they won’t let any woman other than Horsewomen and somehow Nia on title picture.

  • Luna Lovegood

    Nikki should’ve went to the ring sooner than she did.
    Mickie vs Becky was good.
    I think Mickie will be champion next.

    • conan_kun

      I’m okay either Natalya, Mickie, Becky or returned Naomi to be next few champs

      • Luna Lovegood

        I agree. I think that we will see a new Women’s Champion at WrestleMania.

  • TabbyK

    Forgot to mention that Natalya has been doing some her best heel work lately. Playing the delusional overconfident heel has been doing wonders for her.

  • conan_kun

    Mickie is lack of crowd reaction since she returns, they should have let Mickie return as babyface instead of her to be revealed as La Luchadora and aligned with Alexa which should have given to Emma, let Mickie return to help Becky to even the odd against Alexa and Emma. And Mickie’s reason for solely blaming Becky instead of Charlotte, Bayley and Sasha for women revolution doesn’t make too much sense since Becky is the least relevant of Four Horsewomen.

    • Cathy Kelley.

      This could have been perfect, this heel Mickie is pretty meh so far for me, and the crowd is confused. I still don’t understand why Emma is on Raw, I feel bad for her.

    • Dylan Gutierrez

      If anything, Mickie should have targeted Sasha and Charlotte because they are the ones claiming “revolution, history.”

      It’s a shame seeing her generate little to no reaction at all seeing how talented and charismatic Mickie is.

      • Instant Classic ?

        It would make so much more sense but her partnering with Alexa who has such a strong Trish resemblance against Becky who had a less part than them in building that narrative makes it even better on playing with Mickie’s “delusional crazed obsessed” side…I’d LOVE to see Mickie cleverly use Alexa to embark on her mission of taking down the women of the revolution one by one in an epic huge story line with certain other recruits

    • Joseph

      Mickie wants to work as a heel cause she never had a chance to shine as a heel in WWE.

      • conan_kun

        Even so, they should have let her return as babyface first to embrace the crowd then turn heel later

    • PoisonYourMind #PYM

      Yeah Mickie definitely should have returned as baby face. The crowd needs to remember how to react and love her again. It’s a far different crowd than 7 years ago when Mickie was in WWE and sadly most probably don’t know about her TNA heel work and don’t know how to appreciate her. Hopefully she ends up turning face on Alexa and snatching the title off of her at Mania.

    • Mitchell Roberts

      When she did the Mickie-DT, the crowd couldn’t have cared less :/ pretty sad rly

    • Sable’s Bumps

      shes glorified enhancement talent at this point. sad.

  • Shady

    Commerical breaks butchered the match which is sad. The same happened to Beth vs Candice ironically but on a smaller scale

    Nattie vs Alexa is so fresh because it’s heel vs heel. I was just rewatching Gail vs Madison back from 2012 out of excitement. Hope they deliver something similar

    The Miz TV promo dragged on too much, took up a lot of time that should’ve been given to the womens match. I hope the Nikki vs Carmella portion next week is good

  • Nikki’s Sister

    I was excited for Becky vs Mickie but their matches have been so bland their first interaction showed potential so did their first match but everything after that has been a little boring for me. This week probably wasn’t their fault because of the ridiculous ad breaks but still.

    Cool to see Nikki and Cena in the ring together. I think this is the first time in over decade Cena has actually seemed enthusiastic to be working a storyline with a woman. Looking forward to the mixed tag next week I lowkey hope Nikki pins Ellsworth.

    Here for Nattie vs Alexa because Nattie has been doing some of her best work in the ring lately and she’ll definitely get a solid match out of Alexa.

  • OJ Von Erich

    Obligatory First Lady Of 205 Live Alicia Fox mention:

    Love how she yet again stole the show last night, I mean, she ate flower’s & the crowd were chanting “WE WANT FLOWER’S” over the men’s match, as she threw flower’s into the crowd.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fbb952448ba0376ae769f7c59b28f14fd6ee5d5224c6552e3b83b66cfac0b3a6.gif

    Also, is it me or is Alicia Fox more desired than the Cruiserweight Championship?
    1. Cedric Alexander
    2. Noam Dar
    3. Rich Swann

    • king valor

      I want foxy to win the title in some wrestlemania 205 live anything goes match and she just wins it lmaoo

      • conan_kun
        • PoisonYourMind #PYM

          That’s an insult to Jackie. If you guys don’t remember Jackie was hella strong. Alicia definitely isn’t nearly as strong as her and I wouldn’t buy Alicia beating a man. That would just not be believable at all and not in a good way.

          • Jackie was very short while Alicia is tall so don’t go there. Alicia towers over most of the CWs.

          • PoisonYourMind #PYM

            Being tall has nothing to do with it… Jackie was able to hang with the guys that’s a big deal and something that’s held highly backstage. Alicia is NOT on Jackie’s calibur, and would NOT be able to believably beat a guy. She should not win the cruiserweight title.. that would be terrible for the division. Alicia can’t even beat most of the women.

          • PoisonYourMind #PYM

            Dude…. No you can’t literally be serious thinking Alicia is a credible contender for the cruiserweight title just because she has been managing Noam Dar. She can’t even beat most of her fellow women superstars unless it’s Dana on Superstars!!!

          • Jacqueline was off TV for 5 months before she returned and won the CW title. Anyone can do it if they want it. Simple as that.

          • PoisonYourMind #PYM

            No! Not anyone can do it.. she held the title very shortly too because she lost it less than 2 weeks later. Like I said, Jackie had experience wrestling men and she was also looked at backstage as a VERY tough woman. Alicia is NOT a Jackie.. I’m sorry but Alicia winning it ISN’T happening I can bet money on it.

          • You’re just backtracking now and tha’s the truth. In WWE anything goes whenever and however they want it, no matter how illogical it may seem. Just see Ellsworth pinning AJ Styles on multiple occasions.

          • PoisonYourMind #PYM

            He didn’t do it cleanly and their both men… Alicia winning the cruiserweight title is a very long far away shot. I mean you can hope for it all you want I just know for a fact it will never happen.. No way in hell would Alicia winning the title help the title anymore than it has already kind of flopped. Right now, Neville is the only credible talent to hold the Cruiserweight title to give it the importance that it needs.

          • Neither Alicia would need to win cleanly. She could be in a multi man match and just kick someone out and pin someone to win.

            I’m not saying she will win but like I said, anything goes in WWE. If they want it, it will sure happen no matter how stupid you think it is.

          • PoisonYourMind #PYM

            Well of course in some alternate universe if they wanted it… but that could be said about anything someone wants to happen.

          • Of course. It’s wwe.

          • Sable’s Bumps

            with your logic, Maryse should be challenging Dean Ambrose for the intercontinental title. She COULD win…..

          • Duh. Godfathers Ho won the hardcore title and she wasn’t even a member of the roster. They want it – it happens.

          • Organization XIII

            “Alicia can’t beat most of the women .” As if results aren’t pre-determined lol

          • PoisonYourMind #PYM

            But how would she beat a man? It would be stupid. Stone cold wouldn’t wrestle Marc Mero because Sable Sablebombed him. It makes the man look weak and could really ruin his career.

          • Organization XIII

            I dont think it would ruin a man’s career. Everything is fictional. It’s fantasy. & it’s not like Alicia couldn’t simply just kick a man in the nuts & he’d be down for the count.

          • Sable’s Bumps

            right? A jobber from the womens division wins the cruiserweight title? way to destroy the division.

          • Sable’s Bumps

            her height is irrelevant. Alicia is thin, Jackie was thicker and tougher, harder hitting. Alicia vs a guy would look stupid.

          • It’s not. Jackie was so small and realistically would’ve been man handled by them easily. Alicia has the size advantage over her to at least look credible (but we know Jackie is an amazing talent).

          • Sable’s Bumps

            Just because Alicia is tall it doesnt mean she will look credible against a man with 3 times her muscle mass. It will ruin the credibility of any man she goes against. It’d be like when Sable powerbombed Marc Mero. He lost a shot at a main event match with Stone Cold because of that being so unrealistic. Jackie had history wrestling men and knew how to make it work, Alicia cant even hit her finisher correctly. And please just stop with your ridiculously long winded responses, you take this way too seriously.

          • Size > someone small with more bones. That’s why Hornswoggle beating people never worked.

            We’re talking about realism here and if you were to put Alicia and Jackie vs a random man, most would say Alicia would have a chance over someone so petite. Ok done.

          • Instant Classic ?

            I would fucking stan if Foxy got to do something incredible like that but I’d see them selling it like Terri with the Hardcore title

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            hey do you have twitter

          • PYM #TheRoadTo5

            yes a personal one

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            oh I thought you had a WWE one

          • PYM #TheRoadTo5

            no

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            stfu

        • ThePeaceVibe.

          I loved when they let Jacqueline win the belt, but I enjoyed Madusa (granted it was WCW) as cruiserweight champ. I believe Daffney held it at one point as well.

      • Geek God

        Yes! She can lose it in her 1st defense, i just need her to win or soooo bad! She’s too involved in their division to not just eventually got a match or great moment out of the cruiserweight division

    • PoisonFelino #Watermelondrea

      She ATE them?!! Wtf hahaha
      Gotta check that out
      I love Foxy, she’s hilarious and Noam isn’t too bad to look at either xP

  • HOLLA

    I am so in love with Nikki oh my god what a woman

  • Cathy Kelley.

    SD about to do a heel against heel feud, Raw wishes.

  • King K.

    Mickie needs to turn face, she isn’t connecting with the crowd, and there are too much heels on SDL, and Naomi being injury prone and Nikki taking time is the best idea, and I would put Tamina or Emma as faces

    • Joseph

      If you’re gonna turn anyone face its gonna be Alexa.

      • King K.

        I’d love that but she is doing a great job as a heel.

        • Joseph

          We know we are going to get a Mickie vs. Alexa feud so thats the perfect time to do it.

  • Thiago Oliveira

    Can someone explain the point Mickie James has returned??? The 5 Time Women Champion who has already defeated Trish Stratus, Lita, Victoria, Gail Kim, Melina, Beth Phoenix, Michelle McCool… Currently can ONLY WIN a match cheating or by distraction another woman.
    THIS IS RIDICULOUS!

    • Wicked Bliss

      To be the next jobber for the fresh talents. Just sad.

    • See Gail Kim. Mickie is there to put others over atm, I’m sure she’ll get back on top soon.

    • Instant Classic ?

      Lol this ain’t Victoria/Molly-class jobbing (and hopefully it doesn’t become that)

      • PoisonYourMind #PYM

        LOL ikr… I’m just gonna keep complaining on here in hopes that creative reads these sites comments so that doesn’t happen.

        • Instant Classic ?

          Lmao

    • PoisonYourMind #PYM

      I mean that’s kind of what “carrying the torch” means you want the newer talent to look stronger than the old.

    • Sable’s Bumps

      ive been thinking the same thing. its like they brought Mickie back just to be a glorified jobber. its bad.

  • Michael Burmeister

    I fully expect that the match will be announced as “Alexa Bliss vs. Becky Lynch vs. Natalya for the Smackdown Live Women’s Championship”…at the contract signing, Bryan will intentionally avoid using the term “Triple Threat.”

    Once the contracts are signed, Alexa’s going to complain to him that “There must be some kind of mistake…this is going to be a Triple Threat…so why does the contract state a FATAL FOUR-WAY?” Then Bryan explains, “I never said it would be a Triple Threat…remember, only three of you need to be here tonight…because our fourth participant doesn’t need to be. She has a rematch clause already set, and I’ve just gotten word that she has been cleared to compete, so you best be on your guard…it IS her hometown, after all.”

    And then the lights go out…and a soft neon light lights up…and a massive pop follows.

    • Dylan Gutierrez

      What kind of amazing storyline writing is this?

      I literally just imagined it and lost my weave.

    • Dionte Brown

      Just take my wig already!!!!!!

      • It snatched my edges totally, fully and completely.

    • C Mack

      Bruhhhhhh…I need you on the writing team ASAP

    • Allyn

      Yes I like! A lot!!!!

    • Zayniac. #Emre

      Me gusta.
      I like this.
      Ich mag das.
      Ben bunu sevdim.

      Like dear lord I need to learn more languages to express my good feelings I have for this idea! WIG

    • PoisonYourMind #PYM

      Erase Naomi’s flop ass. Add Mickie cutting a pipebomb on all those hoes.

      • Dionte Brown

        Flop??? is this word really still a thing? I’m sure it died about 3 years ago.

        • Cailum?

          The word flop has never died?? what planet have you been living on?

          • PoisonYourMind #PYM

            lol ikr… and the definition of it is Naomi.

    • QueenSableBomb

      damn WWE gotta hire you

    • Sable’s Bumps

      stop teasing us you bastard.

  • OriginalsFan

    I feel kinda sad for veterans like Mickie James…and I want this match to be the last because it does not do Mickie any good. Just end it, and let Becky take a break, go away for a bit and come back fresh. Shes now becoming a boring baby face
    Nikki and maryse – the attitude, the passion, everything was really good in the segment…so no complains there
    Nattie — i miss that laugh so much. I really wish they would continue this route for her, make her the next champion…she needs it badly.

  • TorrieTrishStacyLita

    Nikki and Maryse I am SO here for. Not to mention I never thought we’d see Nikki and Cena tag. This is so amazing. As for Mickie/Becky: pack it up girls. I’m so frustrated because I don’t inderstand the purpose of brining Mickie back for Becky to just bury her. Beth Phoenix of all people is getting inducted into the hall of fame this year while Mickie (the most deserving Hall of Fame spot for her generation) is getting squashed by a rookie newbie each week. Idc this is much worse than the Piggie James angle in my opinion.

    • conan_kun

      Don’t you understand what’s the meaning of squash and bury, Mickie lost in close fights, not less than 2 minute without much offence

      • TorrieTrishStacyLita

        Girl go’on. I said what I said! ?

    • Justin Bebier

      Bury? She pinned Becky clean for the first fall for the first time in like 8 months. Becky never won a feud in her career. Mickie is 37 years old. Why the fuck would she win a feud against Becky? How do you people not get this? When Mickie starts losing to Carmella or Alexa clean then that’s buried.

      • TorrieTrishStacyLita

        What you mean “you people”. It’s my opinion. Don’t get in too deep boo ?

  • wwepassion

    The show was great for the women, but Becky and Mickie have been a bit underwhelming. They need to move on, Nikki and Maryse were queens and I hope the men don’t overshadow them too much though. I hope Nattie gets a title reign because she is getting the best push she ever got and is adapting to it. Alexa vs Nattie IMO will be nice to see.

  • Phenomenally AWESOME

    I have a feeling that Cena’s lack of emotion will ruin this rivalry, I know he’s supposed to think Miz is beneath him but Cena’s facial expressions when they talk really annoyed me.

    Maryse and Miz have a ton of ammo they can use to belittle Nikki & johns relationship. Talk about John giving her a dog instead of a baby, making her sign a contract to stay in house, (even though it’s overkill RN) talk about how he won’t marry her, talk about johns OCD, Say the only reason Nikki was longest reigning divas champion was because maryse wasn’t there to take the title from her. Hell I can come up with a better promo than “aye John u have a small peen” lol. I did like the Segment though.

    I’m ready for this heel vs heel rivalry between Alexa and nattie but I kinda had my hopes up for tamina to come in and “make a statement” and say some like if my sister in-law can’t fight u for the title then she will.

    • Edwards1992

      I thought I was only one. Cena facial expressions was annoying me.

    • Robann

      Nao’s not her sis in law, she’s her cousin in law lol. But I see what you’re saying.

    • Sable’s Bumps

      hes such a douche he cant even hide it anymore.

  • Jinx25

    The only issue I have with the Miz/Maryse & and Cena/Nikki segment is that there was no continuation from Maryse’s interference last week; Nikki only came out to defend her man instead of sticking up for herself. Is Cena more important to Nikki than the fact that Maryse injured her and cost her a match? They could have done something to touch on that fact that there was already some tension between the two.

    • ThePaigeturner

      Yes that was weird but I guess that was their way of introducing Nikki and Cena as a kayfabe couple? I can’t see them ignoring the tension between Nikki Maryse for too long. At least I hope not.

      • Jinx25

        I hope your right and they don’t ignore the tension between the two otherwise Maryse’s interference in the Natalya feud seems a little pointless.

  • ThePaigeturner

    I love both but I’m over Mickie vs Becky tbh. Also I want to know what people thought Mickie would be doing when she came back because to me it was clear she was gonna spend her time putting the newer girls over.

    Miz/Cena/Maryse/Nikki segment was a lot better than I thought it was gonna be. I wish we had a little more onscreen interaction between Nikki and Cena before this storyline because watching them together was kind of awkward.

    I’m probably the only one but I like the Carmella/James pairing. They were funny in their seg with Nikki and Cena.

  • Justin Bebier

    The people blaming Becky and Mickie for his feud being lackluster. It’s not their fault and no shit it’s been lackluster. There first match was with 3 weeks of build. Now it’s been 3 weeks and 3 matches with no title and little build. Becky or Mickie haven’t even had promo time ever since the dual contract signing.(before EC match) They are obviously rushing this feud for some reason, maybe due to Naomi’s injury. I still don’t even get why they’re feuding and Mickie is getting little reaction right now.

  • Geek God
  • saul de la efe

    i just want naomi to be healed by a miracle and get back in time for WM! PREACH!
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  • Kvngbalor

    Mickie return just feels like a flop she has one win under her belt just one besides JBL commentary downplays her accomplishments and accolades she plays second fiddle to Alexa i mean im watching SD with my mom and she says ” poor Mickie she’s been gone for so long with no mention that these kids don’t boo nor cheer cuz they don’t know her ” she’s getting that NXT call up reaction when a NXT star is called up and go through weeks of silence only noise made is by NXT viewers and it’s sad this is why Mickie return deserved video packages it deserved hype videos it deserved a huge segment and last but not least she should of been a face

    • saul de la efe

      she should had returned as a face, video package and specially not as la luchadora, cuz that was like a “clown/mascot” sort of thing, something at the level of santina marella.. mickie needed to come back and challenge either alexa or charlotte at RAW

    • PoisonYourMind #PYM

      you can’t use Mickie and flop in the same sentence…. she’s not really flopping but, the crowd isn’t fully invested in her because she should have returned as a face so the crowd can learn how to love her again.

      • Kvngbalor

        Actually i can use the word flop because its my opinion and im a big time Mickie stan so far her run hasn’t given anything her matches with Becky are ok but not great nor memorable i was honestly expecting more from the two

        • PoisonYourMind #PYM

          Big time Mickie fan but you’re gonna call her a flop?

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          • Kvngbalor

            Yep its called being real you can be a fan without being delusional i said what i said my opinion isn’t changing you can post a thousand gifs and u still stand by what i said it’s 2:14 my time sweet dreams ?

          • PoisonYourMind #PYM

            delusional? how has she been flopping, tbh she has been booked strong literally week after week. Becky beat her at EC with a quick rollup and last night she did another quick rollup, and then the second she beat her but uncleanly because Alexa got involved… it wasn’t in Becky’s favor because Alexa’s distraction didn’t work but still there was some type of interference. Mickie still looks strong, so she hasn’t really been flopping. She may not have as loud of a crowd reaction because she’s a heel and creative kind of introduced her back into the division in a half assed way. So if she’s “flopping” (in my opinion she really isn’t because the biggest flop Naomi was able to win the title) it’s not really her fault and since Naomi was able to win the title literally anyone can now.

          • Kvngbalor

            I didn’t read any of that your so pressed i got another notification from u before i could even respond to your first comment i can’t ???? at 3:00 am go to bed

          • PoisonYourMind #PYM

            go to sleep then like nobody asked you to respond… tf? lol

          • Kvngbalor

            But u desperately looking for one typing essays that’s not even getting read ?

          • PoisonYourMind #PYM

            If you can’t read a paragraph then why are you even here?

          • Kvngbalor

            That’s the point i don’t want to read them your opinions mean nothing to me a diva dirt troll browsing through comments looking for a argument … Some life you have. And im sure you’ll give me another paragraph or ten what else do you have to do

          • PoisonYourMind #PYM

            I’m a troll because I disagree? I’m gonna defend Mickie if anyone tries coming for her… hellooooo. You keep saying you’re leaving yet you’re still here.

          • Kvngbalor

            But your not disagreeing we’re not even talking about Mickie lmao and never said i was leaving i said go to bed and sweet dreams … ?

          • PoisonYourMind #PYM

            This whole convo started over Mickie… um…

          • Kvngbalor

            Bout to watch NXT respond your paragraphs later

          • PoisonYourMind #PYM

            and btw, being real? you’re not a big time Mickie fan then if you’re able to call her a flop. so bye. look at Naomi if you want to see what a true flop is, there’s plenty of other’s too but Mickie isn’t one of them.

        • Instant Classic ?

          I kinda agree about their matches, on one hand I love how technical they are and but they’re trying to showcase the story of the youngster trying to prove she’s just as good if not better than the vet and the vet trying to prove she can keep up with her, still perform better than her and that she always has tricks up her sleeve that nothing but experience can teach…but it feels like the same story every match and by the sounds of it that story isn’t translating that well to screen for some which I can see

    • glassjaw

      They’ve unwisely relied on the laurels of Mickie’s former glory to get her over, forgetting that it’s been over 6 years and with a different landscape of women’s wrestling. Mickie’s doing an okay job defining a character for herself, mostly through her experience telling a story in the ring. But the pairing with Alexa still feels random and Mickie, even now, is simply too damn good to be playing second fiddle.

      • Kvngbalor

        Exactly i would of rathered her return and be heel against Nikki

  • PoisonYourMind #PYM

    Mickie vs Becky was nice, but Mickie NEEDS to start winning. Like come on!! Creative on SD is making her seem like she’s flopping even though she isn’t… How is she gonna start getting the crowd behind her if we have to keep seeing Becky… Someone who Mickie could out wrestle blindfolded…. beat Mickie nearly every time they face off. I’m really hoping Mickie eventually turns face on Alexa soon and snatches the title off of Alexa eventually… It probably won’t be at Mania which I’m fine with Alexa deserves to successfully defend her title at Mania. But the ppv after is when I’ll be all for Mickie taking that title off her so she can get the #ReinventionOfMickieJames in full motion. I really liked the Cena/Miz back and forth promos and the Nikki and Maryse involvement just added to how good the whole segment was. I’m excited to see Cena and Nikki team up and also I’m excited to see Maryse get in the ring. I hope she’s been training to wrestle. This wasn’t a great episode of Smackdown for me in general, I just thought they built the show up way too much just for us all to be let down. I may just be biased because Mickie lost yet again, and I really wanted her to beat Becky so that she’d solidify her spot in the title scene. I think Natalya might be involved at Wrestlemania, if not she’ll probably get a title match sometime before Wrestlemania and I hope Alexa beats her, however heel vs heel is kinda awkward. So I guess we’ll just have to see where things go.

    • The crowd isn’t supposed to be behind Mickie, she’s a heel. But she will start winning soon, she’s signed a 3 year deal, no need to do everything within first few months.

      • PoisonYourMind #PYM

        Well, I mean getting the crowd behind her as in people to start giving her better reactions, like she’s gets reactions but I feel like she deserves a much louder response. I think part of it has to do with her attires.. I really think if Mickie started wearing more of her TNA look I think the crowd would start taking her more seriously.. I guess you make a good point about them not having to do everything in the first few months, but you don’t want someone to start getting stale because then they might never be able to reclaim their spot if they get pushed too far to the bottom of the barrel.

        • She’ll get crowd to cheer once she turns face and I’m sure Alexa vs Mickie will be in the works soon. One step at the time.

          • PoisonYourMind #PYM

            I don’t mean cheer. I mean just louder reactions, and I hope so.

        • Justin Bebier

          How are either Becky or Mickie going to get the crowd behind them with 3 matches in 3 weeks with no promo time? WWE is rushing this feud probably because of Naomi’s injury. Becky needs wins, she never won a feud in her career for god sake. She lost in 2 straight weeks, why would they make it 3 for a women who’s 37 years old. She already lost to Asuka.

          • PYM #TheRoadTo5

            To give Mickie some more wins.. She needs to be taken more seriously.

    • Instant Classic ?

      Right now she’s doing the right thing and trying to help solidify and further establish an up-and-comer so maybe some day about 10 years later we can mention them in the same breath as decorated champions. As much as I adore Mickie that’s pretty harsh on the Beckster O.O I think we saw the best of her so far at Unstoppable but she was on a meteoric rise around the mid ’00s before she got life-alteringly injured, call me crazy or overly optimistic but I think she could’ve gotten signed around the same time as Mickie and been just as successful IMO

      • PoisonYourMind #PYM

        Becky didn’t really start being considered good until she started gaining a character around the time Sasha won the NXT title.. She was not very popular on the indies and was nothing notable.

        • Instant Classic ?

          She had so much hype around her signing because people remembered how good she was before she went on hiatus after that injury, I agree her first character was a silly stereotype but after she dropped it and starting getting into her grove after breaking away from Sasha she exploded again, especially after introducing the steam punk character. People starting taking notice of her during the Fatal 4 even but that match with Sasha officially put her on the map, in NXT that was arguably the best technical match she had

          • PoisonYourMind #PYM

            outside from maybe this site… I don’t think the buzz was that huge, and yeah like I said when she sided with Sasha for a little bit in the leading weeks to the Fatal 4 way, and she had those backstage segments with Sasha kind of questioning her ability to show character was when she really began becoming the Becky Lynch she is today. I think I remember her saying in an interview Finn Balor helped her get signed by WWE.

          • Instant Classic ?

            I scoured the internet for notably big reactions but I don’t know how to show you to prove that her signing was a big ass deal lol, nowhere near Asuka level but I’d say her, Becky, Paige and Ember had the biggest hype for a female recruit in NXT. But I can guarantee you her earlier work would wow the hell out of you and maybe make you think these are two completely different girls. She retained a lot of the same style and fire she had back then but she was considered one of the best young talents of her generation. Even the match from which she received that terrible injury was great and she pushed through it like a beast. Maybe I’m being over dramatic but I can’t help but think the state of women’s wrestling on both the European and North American front would’ve been drastically different had she continued at the rate she was going

          • Instant Classic ?

            ***indy wrestling*** Let me not be TOO dramatic lol

          • PoisonYourMind #PYM

            I don’t even think Paige or Ember’s were that big of a deal imo. Ember I have heard of outside of WWE and gained her hype from the indies. However Paige and Becky became huge in WWE. Not that I’m saying Ember was as Huge as Becky and Paige now but she was a name I had heard of before “Adrienne Reese”.

          • Instant Classic ?

            Yeah I see what you mean, I think Becky and Paige were huge in the sense of “these girls are very talented workers and will be a great asset to the company” where Asuka and Ember like you mentioned having some familiarity with her were much more established and expected to deepen the talent pool.

          • PoisonYourMind #PYM

            I didn’t even know who Kana was before she was signed.. I really am only familiar with her work in WWE. However, once she was signed and started molding into the Asuka persona I started seeing her indy work floating around.

          • Instant Classic ?

            To be completely honest I didn’t start to get on the Kana craze until LATE in the game after she got signed, it’s really hard with all the freelancing talent and interpromotional matches to follow someone on the circuit especially joshi talents but OMG!!!! for heaven’s sake and everything good in this world if you ever get bored or want to kill some time with some riveting goodness, definitely check out her vs Masaki Ohata, vs Hiroyo Matsumoto and her feud and matches with Arisa Nakajima (you might’ve already seen one of them)

          • Instant Classic ?

            AND her team with Triple/Sadistic Tails

        • glassjaw

          She had a fine reputation on the indies before the injury to the cranium which almost ended her career. As part of the SHIMMER alumni, her matches with Daizee Haze are still cited as some of the strongest to this day.

          • PoisonYourMind #PYM

            I had no idea who she was prior to being signed by WWE. Then again, I don’t pay a huge amount of attention to women’s wrestling on the indies, especially back then because they probably happened somewhere around 2008-2009 ish.

          • glassjaw

            When SHIMMER was in its infancy, she was one of the promotion’s more notable talents. Nattie Neidhart, too, had a match there. But she suffered an injury which seemingly spooked her from returning to in-ring action for a long time.

  • Wicked Bliss

    Wow now I’m on for Nikki and Cena vs Miz and Maryse although we all know who will win. Alexa’s interview was pure gold!! Heel vs heel? I’m not sure if thats a good idea specailly for WM.

    • conan_kun

      No way they did Alexa vs Natalya at WM, they need a babyface in the match, at least Becky will be added in for sure, perhaps Mickie too after the miscommunication in 2 out of 3 falls.

      • Wicked Bliss

        Fatal four way (Mickie vs Alexa vs Becky vs Natalya) would be a good idea BUT raw is already having fatal four way and its unlikely to have two women fatal four ways.

        • conan_kun

          Wrestlemania 20 with two tag team Fatal 4 Ways for Raw and Smackdown tag title indiviually

  • Instant Classic ?

    The match was good and I appreciate how they’re putting emphasis on the competitiveness of this feud but something just feels off. Mickie’s done everything right returning in this role, the perfect
    characterization backed with good solid mic work selling herself as the
    bitter but still crazed vet hellbent on tearing apart the 4HW because
    she believes they tried to bury her legacy and to top it off she hasn’t lost
    a step in the ring. The way I see it is this is a way for Mickie to simultaneously put Becky over and further solidify her while also
    showcasing that she can still hang with the fresh meat. But the big problems I
    see are that 1) It’s been 7 years since she was an active competitor in WWE and many of the younger fans probably don’t care to binge her career’s work at once or explore outside of the company, so for them it weakens the impact of the story line, 2) Mickie was beloved enough to get fans to turn on Trish in some instances, though the booking also didn’t help, so when having Mickie return to regular TV as a heel against one of the most popular girls on the program right now with that generational gap AND as someone creative desires to be boo’d, I can see how it affects her overall reactions. 3) Creative are starting to get lazy on continuing to develop the story line even further with neglecting to add more depth. Mickie didn’t get over with the fans just by having occasional mic segments and competitive matches, she had this combined with great segments and her ability to engage the audience whether it be through her psychotic antics or her lovable peppy charm.

    • Crazy. #RIPMae

      Heyyy

      • Instant Classic ?

        Hola ???

        • Crazy. #RIPMae

          who’s this

          • Instant Classic ?

            Gosuk Adik ;D

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            want to chat on a discussion post? women’s wrestling site

          • Instant Classic ?

            Does it by any chance have the name “Divas” in it??? O.O *sigh* I tried that before and didn’t like the kind of person I became, which is ironic considering what I just said lmaoo but yeah I’m trying to kick those bad habits and straighten out my netiquette for good. There were so many nice great people and it was fun but over there I saw one too many fights, attacks and personal digs than I could stand. I realized that a place without some exercised approach to following reasonable regulation and applied rules brings out the worse in people sometimes and buries the needlessly said boundaries on here, and if it can’t be changed or helped than there’s no point staying there bitching all the time about “respecting each other” (what a silly concept I know lol). It wasn’t like I was a regular or anything, I mean I had tons of fun there but it just became too much and after awhile I just stopped going :(((

          • Crazy. #RIPMae

            um scc we don’t have divas in the name but we’re RW

          • Instant Classic ?

            I found it and subscribed, TYsm for the invite <3333333333

  • Another great show and why I love SD. It’s SO GOOD. Every girl matters and each storyline flows so smoothly.

  • glassjaw

    All the women on Smackdown are undeniably treated like an integral facet to the show, but that doesn’t mean it’s requisite that I herald everything about it. Firstly, Mickie James and Becky Lynch had yet another very good match – so good, in fact, that it’s hopeful these two will one day have an amplified rivalry over the title, and that Lynch winning a ? falls match isn’t the blowoff. And once again Alexa Bliss delivered one hell of a promo; “I want to thank Naomi for having bad knees and awful coordination” was precisely the close-to-the-bone quip which has characterised Bliss as one of the most natural talkers in the business.

    Then we have Slay Qween Nikki the Contrived joining John Cena as the most manufactured babyface in all of WWE. Where Cena has built a career of playing the facile good guy, Nikki Bella has done remarkably well to distinguish herself as one of the most prominent women’s wrestlers on the strength of being occasionally surprising in the ring and frequently meh as a personality. The mixed tag at Wrestlemania is pure star vehicle, so expect less from Maryse and more of an opportunity to cinch Nikki her big-feel moment to add to her glittering career. Admittedly the match should generate a lot of great heat, though.

    Y’know, thinking about it… my instinct tells me that Asuka, with her own invincible aura at stake, is poised to shatter Charlotte’s PPV streak, but let’s deviate from that: Charlotte started her PPV by defeating Nikki Bella for the now defunct Divas Championship. Come the draft, wouldn’t it be a full circle narrative to ship off Nikki to RAW and settle the score once and for all? Considering Charlotte’s become an unstoppable showgirl in her heel role and Nikki’s amassed more popularity since their last encounter, the hype somewhat writes itself. I’d be kinda down for it.

    • PoisonYourMind #PYM

      I was dying at Alexa’s bad knees and terrible coordination comment, as well lmao. I kinda want a Nikki/Charlotte feud again after they teased it during Survivor Series and Nikki didn’t even get to compete in the match.

      • glassjaw

        Again, I was about to make that same point: Nikki’s receipt for Charlotte kayfabe putting her on the shelf didn’t happen at Survivor Series thanks to Nattie, so that’s another angle they could play on.

        • PoisonYourMind #PYM

          Well Nikki is probably taking a hiatus after Wrestlemania so maybe hopefully that can be a Summerslam feud.

    • QueenSableBomb

      “Frequently meh as a personality” LMAOO if this aint the damn truth ?

  • Wicked Bliss

    So the reason why they paired Camella with James is to be a comedic duo and job to Nikki Cena or Maryse Miz? Why cant they have triple threat intergender tag team match? Lol

  • tstumo

    Totally skipped through the Mickie becky match… and then only to find out Mickie lost… Again… Everything else was great though loves seeing Maryse and Nikki and I’m just loving SD in general Its so much easier to digest and enjoy all around

    • Sable’s Bumps

      i co-sign this.

  • Gabriella Panajotova

    I was for Mickie to win since she’s not having the best track record, but the way they’re going with it I am satisfied with Becks pulling the win. Excited for the Mania title picture.

    Natalya will be the opponent Alexa needs to fill the time till Mania.

    The Miz/Maryse and Cena/Nikki segment sold me on being team Miz and Maryse because Cena came out as a douchebag :D Nikki was freaking smashed all around the arena for the past month or more and he just laughed it off, Cena gets lightly smacked and Nikki is ready to kill a bitch. This actually sells me on the “Cena is an arrogant asshole” narrative Miz tries to push :D

    • It’s only because he got attacked by a woman, she didn’t interfere when he was having issues of his own with men.

      • Gabriella Panajotova

        His reaction when they showed Natalya beating the crap out of her was like he didn’t even care. Not really building him up in my eyes.

        • Like I said, they don’t do much men/women interactions so probably why.

          • Gabriella Panajotova

            I don’t care about the reasoning. It’s the taste it leaves that is bothering me lol

        • wwepassion

          You are trying way too hard. This isn’t real life you know and tbh you sound like a jealous fangirl trying to pretend he doesn’t care about Nikki lol

          • Gabriella Panajotova

            I am not trying anything I am sharing my impression. Feel free to post a comment sharing yours, idk.

          • wwepassion

            You sound like a fangirl jealous that Nikki has Cena so you try hard to make it seem like he doesn’t care about her? Girl….

    • glassjaw

      Miz calling out Cena for having pull power was further reinforced by Cena later booking his own match with Nikki against Carmella and Ellsworth.

      • Gabriella Panajotova

        LOL plot-twist Miz is the babyface and Cena was the villain all along :D I can buy that

      • MK126

        I feel like Miz can actually use that to his advantage. He can claim that his backstage pull allows him to book matches against people he knows he can beat. Carmella/Ellsworth are obviously weaker in comparison to Miz/Maryse so Cena/Nikki are obviously scared to get into a ring with them.

  • Wrestling.fan.from.France

    I am very disappointed with the way they handled Mickie’s return. From top to bottom, this has been lackluster.

    She lost most of her matches and only time she actually beat Becky, she cheated and you know while I get that she is a heel, how can we take her seriously really?

    Now, they decided to have her return as a heel which I like said would be a horrible idea and while they manage to give a decent reasoning to her actions when she returned, why should we hate her? Fans have zero reasons to hate especially considering that she is pretty much not lying.. Simply feuding with Becky isn’t enough to make everyone hate her.

    What is her long-term goal in WWE? She doesn’t seem to care about the title when everyone else does, she was fighting for her “legacy” yet she looses when it count so now, what is she fighting for? Is she gonna be anything than Alexa’s sidekick at this point? Because now more than ever, she feels secondary to Alexa and for who she is suppose to be, it’s quite sad.
    At this point, she just feel like a typical superstar and not the 6 time champion and future WWE Hall of Famer that she is.

    This felt like a way to keep Becky in the spotlight more than anything else and that is disappointing. Their feud is disappointing, lacks much heat and while their matches were good (most importantly the first one), it is missing something. Very dissapointed here with them.

    • Mickie signed a contract for 3 years, no need to rush her at all. She’s there to put others over and will eventually win the title like Jericho.

      • Wrestling.fan.from.France

        Unlike Mickie, Jericho was actually treated like a big deal when he returned in 2012, directly going after the WWE title when he came back.
        However a problem about Jericho over years was the fact the he was JUST loosing to people which wasn’t benifiting any one in the long term. There is a reason why people are saying this is the best Jericho has been booked for a long time because that’s actually the case. This is the most entertaining he has been. Winning the title is one thing, but clearly, it’s his character that has been booked well this time.

        Mickie doesn’t have to go for the title and even win it, but she lacks motives and her credibility isn’t so high unlike with Jericho (when he come back in 2012) due to the story they went with here and most importantly, the way they have been booking her. In order to put someone over, you need some credibility and her constantly loosing when it count won’t help much.

        • Mickie has credibility and just because she loses, doesn’t mean the opponent or she didn’t benefit form it. Crowd’s reaction whenever either woman scored the fall proved it works. Mickie clearly has a motive but she hasn’t been able to put it into reality in full, yet.

          Jericho has been doing the same, feuds here and there. Then he didn’t do something, then entered a new storyline and found something new and freshened his character. If he did everything the moment he returned, there wouldn’t have been much for him to do later, which is why they’re going slowly with Mickie. We do not want her to take over immediately just because she’s Mickie. This is not Raw. If she kept losing in short matches and B shows, like Alicia or Dana, that would be losing credibility, but she’s still featured on SD and in high-profiled matches. Nothing to worry about yet.

          • MK126

            I feel like Mickie’s whole plan is to eventually take the title away from Alexa (obviously duh) but shes doing it like a heel. She made her point that Alexa was the only one that remembered her hard work and dedication that she put into the division before anyone of them got there… before there was an NXT. So rightfully so she gonna want a title shot. Alexa is gonna give her the title shot but may have her lay down and lose (kind of like Madison did to Tara when she won the title) but Mickie will sneak win the belt. Like she told Becky “I’m always one step ahead” and she’ll outsmart Alexa. This could lead to Alexa being an even bigger bitch of a heel AND they can make Mickie that veteran that knows what it takes to win the belt at any given cost. Have her play up the fact how many titles shes won and all the tough competition she faced (having faced 3 hall of famers in her career).

          • That would be perfect and I hope they go with it, or with something similar. They haven’t unleashed the true Mickie James yet, so when we get her, it will be so much better.

          • MK126

            This Mickie is good but when Mickie turns face then she’ll be great. I think the reason why people are saying this heel turn for Mickie is flopping is because she has no one to play off of. When she was heel against Trish their rivalry can’t be described as anything less than amazing. Their characters were great and she really played that obsessive role very well. Her heel turn in TNA was great cause she has Velvet Sky to play off of and she was the ultimate underdog. A heel is only as good as the face you’re in a feud with and I’m not saying that Becky isn’t a good face I just think their chemistry character wise is off. Maybe if Mickie went to RAW and had this character she’d be the uber face we know her as cause (as we can obviously see) its all about the women who basically buried Mickie’s whole era of womens wrestling. If she went to feud with Charlotte then no one would be saying that Mickie is a flop

          • mhm I agree, she could do so good on Raw with Charlotte, I feel they would clash perfectly. but i’d be afraid her booking would be messy since the storylines are not their strong side.

          • MK126

            I think if she went to RAW her booking would be fine. They cant really fuck up a storyline that writes itself but then again…

          • Wrestling.fan.from.France

            She has credibility but not as much as she should and that also has to do with WWE’s booking.

            Clearly, the reactions are not really pointing out anything to me. In my view, Mickie has not benefited from it at all. She came, she talked trash, she lost her first match back (on the pre-show), she lost her first big match with Becky on PPV and lost what seems to be her last match with her. Her reactions are not getting any better and quite franckly, her losing when it count pretty much makes her motives kind of silly to follow. Woman can’t back it even tho she’s been talking about all her accomplissement and great career and things like that.

            Nobody is asking for her to be champion now and I am definitely not asking for it as well for the moment but she needs proper booking and more than Jericho since well, she’s not as over, the fans aren’t familiar with her as much as they were with him.

            You point about her not losing credibility because “she’s not booked the way Raw book some” is laughable in my view. On top of it being some tired shot at Raw, this doesn’t make much sense. Pretty sure Sasha lost some credibility even when being featured. I wouldn’t call anything Mickie has had “high-profile” on top of that and that include her match with Becky.

            So far, Mickie’s return is totally underwhelming to me and that’s a pretty big fan talking..

          • That’s the point. She doesn’t need to destroy everyone just because she talked a lot. It clearly shows it didn’t go as well as she planned and she needs to reconsider her strategies. Becky beat her with a rollup twice and her third loss was by Disarmer after a distraction. She’s still relevant and going. One step at the time and we’ll see where she goes.

  • PoisonFelino #Watermelondrea

    So Nikki is fine with Maryse attacking her with e steel pipe but a mild slap to her man is what ticks her off?

    • Windyhawaii

      It makes sense actually, it’s a lot different taking pain then it is to watch someone you care about receiving pain.

      Although that slap really wasn’t a good one, wrestling isn’t perfect and you know what I mean so

      • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

        It makes no sense, she looks like she would do everything for her man but nothing for herself.

        • Windyhawaii

          What you said made no sense. Nothing for herself doesn’t make any sense, by confronting maryse she’s allowed herself a spot at mania and that doesn’t help her?

          • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

            You know this is a storyline right? The storyline makes no sense because she could have confronted Maryse about last weeks attack instead of just a silly slap to her boyfriend.

          • Windyhawaii

            oh that well i get that part. I thought you meant something else, but either way it happened so :/

          • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

            I know, is just that is kind of dumb to not fight back for yourself but then your men is slapped and somehow gre balls. LOL That’s how I felt about the segment.

          • Windyhawaii

            i can understand that, i was just trying to look at it on a more positive note

      • PoisonFelino #Watermelondrea

        Yeah I get what u mean and it would’ve made sense had Cena been in actual peril or pain.
        But he really was just laughing everything off and he’s 5 times the body mass of Maryse so that weak slap couldn’t have been so threatening.
        It would’ve been better for Nikki as an independent person and as woman to stand up for herself after the way she’s been brutalized instead of standing by her man because another chic has some rude words and a weak slap for him.

        I would’ve bought it if Maryse would’ve cost or almost cost Cena a title match or something important like that.

        Aside from that Nikki should’ve come out angry about last weeks attack.

        • Windyhawaii

          that is true actually, that slap was weak and everything. Oh well, i can dream

          • PoisonFelino#Watermelondrea

            Can’t we all xD
            Is that Hope in your avatar? She looks like Becky :O

          • Windyhawaii

            your eyes are right, it is Becky Lynch :P

          • PoisonFelino#Watermelondrea

            Ohh haha it kinda reminded me of Becky Lynch and at the same time hope from X-Men.
            Did u draw that?

          • Windyhawaii

            no i could only wish to have these skills. It’s fan art if you just look up becky lynch animated

    • PoisonYourMind #PYM

      That’s what I was thinking too. They didn’t really address why Maryse attacked Nikki.

      • Wicked Bliss

        Because its pretty obvious. She attacked her because Nikki bumped her during the FCA match.

        • PYM #TheRoadTo5

          But still though. Just because of that?

          • Rainee Toneme

            Actually Nattie threw Nikki into Maryse twice. Maryse ended up covered in powder the first time. The second Nikki, via nattie, shoved her through a curtain. Then there’s the TD drama between Bellas and Maryse.

      • PoisonFelino #Watermelondrea

        Yeah, it’s like the previous week never happened.

  • Monkey Tennis

    Another week, another underwhelming Smackdown.

    Becky vs Mickie was by no stretch of any imagination a bad match. But nor did it feel especially exciting… which you’d kind of expect a two out of three falls match to do. The wrestling was solid enough but there wasn’t much of a story in the match; the falls all came in the order you’d expect and Alexa’s involvement just felt like creative going through the motions.

    To be fair, Naomi’s injury presumably means plans have had to change at the last minute (assuming that this isn’t the weirdest work ever) and now creative are trying to find a new direction for the title. But that doesn’t really excuse the lack of any real narrative for the Mickie/Becky feud, or indeed Mickie’s return as a whole.

    And what happens next? The Alexa/Nattie segment suggests a feud between them may be in the offing, so does that mean Becky/Mickie is going to carry on going nowhere? Or does is signal a potential face turn for Alexa or Nattie? On the one hand, that seems unlikely, but with Naomi out, the face/heel balance on the roster is unbalanced right now.

    As for the whole Nikki/Maryse thing, there’s not much to care about there in terms of the potential mania match. Mixed tag matches don’t interest me at the best of times, but Nikki vs a woman who hasn’t wrestled in a fair few years (and who wasn’t especially good in the ring back in the day) makes for an even less tempting prospect. Not to mention, the nature of the booking last night made it seem like Maryse and Nikki are basically just cheerleading for their respective partners, rather than this feud having anything to do with them.

      • Gabriella Panajotova

        Tried what? Having an opinion that doesn’t align with yours?

        • No, trying to delude himself once again with his hypocrisy. Always coming on here yet not showing up on Raw reduxes because he knows it’s trash and doesn’t want to embarrass himself defending it.

          • Wrestling.fan.from.France

            Pretty sure that he has shared multiple times his opinion about Raw so I don’t really see why you should be this sensitive about him having an opinion about SD especially when he put effort into explaining his points rather than just saying “Nikki is talentless” or “Alexa can’t wrestle” or “Naomi is a botch-machine” or “you tried, this is was great” without much behind it…

          • Yes and he kept saying it’s better or didn’t comment at all when it was trash (which is most of the time) and like most of the users, gets on SD reduxes and types essays on how the show was just ”decent” or ”underwhelming”. So let me write an essay of my own.

            I’ll debunk it clearly. He said this feud won’t be good because Maryse hasn’t wrestled in years, yet in Nikki’s previous feud, she faced probably the best female wrestler on the brand, in many physical bouts, and he did nothing but shit on it. He doesn’t even know what he wants, it’s clear as day that he dislikes anything involving Nikki. And for his second point, I’m pretty sure that the point of every Nikki feud was hating on her success and her relationship, and it will culminate with her and John proving the critics wrong together.

            Not to mention he said Naomi was fake last week and acted like she didn’t cry when she relinquished the title. And this pretty much seals the deal about yet another wrestler he doesn’t like. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/719537d4da16a6a533c44691a29eaf7e628af9b3c36de4523cf8411ff5daa90a.png

            As for Alexa’s challenger, yes, they were caught a bit off guard when Naomi got injured, but since it’s SD every woman is ready to step up. They didn’t go the typical way against Becky like they’d do on Raw but they are planning it against someone who won a feud and will be rewarded for it. Not only it will be someone new but heel vs heel as well.

            Like I said, he, and most users, come here and write essays trying to diminish something that doesn’t exist, just because their fav show with fav wrestlers is flopping. And those same people have blocked half of this community so it’s impossible to interact with them because they don’t know how to stick to their guns once someone disagrees with them. Luckily, you’re not one of them, you’re always open for a discussion, no matter how many times you and I disagree, or anyone else. But it is what it is, shows how everyone really is.

          • OriginalsFan

            Wow!

          • Nikki’s Sister

            Go off!

          • Wrestling.fan.from.France

            Be ready because it might be long…
            If he would think that one show is better would remain his opinion. I don’t see why it should a general opinion that show or division is better than the other even tho we all have our opinions on that.

            Now, tell me when he said that Raw better? And this has to be recent (=February) because as far as I’m concerned, I don’t recall seeing that happening. The only thing you’re doing is assumption out of his comments not being the usual positive SD comment you like to see. There is clear difference between stating things and assuming things out of comments he’s made.

            He didn’t say this feud won’t be good, he said that because of the factors he pointed out, this wouldn’t get HIS attention. Clearly he has shown a disinterest in Nikki Bella as a peformer, it’s no news here. He never connected with her and may never will yet he is trying his best to be impartial from standpoint. He could have said “She’s trash and talentless” like the typical Bella hater yet what he is doing is just stating his opinion with decent manners. Now, people can’t be this sensitive about anything he says about her or anything non-Nikki in general say about her.

            About Naomi, yet again, he made sure to say that it didn’t feel real… to HIM hence the “at least to me” when talking about it. That’s his opinion, we don’t have to agree with it and we express our disagreement but that’s fine. And clearly, I don’t see how this silly thing that was just him playing with words tell that he doesn’t like Naomi. Last time I checked, he wasn’t a fan of her character, not herself. Now, I can’t speak for himself but you can’t as well on that unless you have a clear proof that he doesn’t like her which doesn’t equal a poor assumption of some comments that show pretty much nothing.

            Now, going outside the box doesn’t equal good. I’ll leave it out there because that is something you need to understand when you try to make some point about Raw that have no reason to exist.

            I am open for any debate but I can understand why some people would want or block some people. If he wants to block people, more power to him, he does what he wants. That’s no big deal…

            And one last thing : “Like I said, he, and most users, come here and write essays trying to diminish something that doesn’t exist, just because their fav show with fav wrestlers is flopping.” I seriously can’t with these kind of comments. See, this kind of comment not only makes it seems like there is some kind of war between both shows, but also that you are hater of RAW. Basically implying that SD is perfect and that NO ONE has the right to be negative about that unless he is a Raw mark. It also imply that you something against RAW and most importantly, their women.
            There is clearly a bias opinion about Raw and SD and that has began THE DAY the split occurred. A lot (not all thankfully) want to see Raw fail in order to put the light on SD and are having hard time praising the show when it’s doing good things (yes, it’s NOT always all bad there) and the girls on there have to do with that as well. It’s beyond their booking for a lot so clearly, there is a problem here.

            (Sorry, its longer than expected…)

          • Oh boy, he doesn’t have to word it like that and the fact that he doesn’t like them will still stand. I actually don’t see many people here speak like that when it comes to women (the way you described it). And like I said, he doesn’t want to say the other show is better but keeps denying it has been flopping while writing essays here. Just see on that Ric Flair rumor post.

            He contradicted himself when he said he wouldn’t like it since Maryse will have ring rust but he still hated the feud with Nattie. I already said it about Naomi.

            You need to realize that the fans, including me, refuse to like Raw because bookers still refuse to book all girls in a meaningful way. You saw people praise SD even when Eva was around and there was no title and it’s clear to see why.

            With Raw, we’ve been waiting month after month and nothing moved. Every girl is in the same or worse position since the draft. You still see it’s stagnant. After FL, we know Charlotte will win and that’s yet another reason not to look forward to it.

            SD ain’t perfect but when I compare it to Raw, it’s night and day and that’s why I, and many others, keep praising it because there could always be chance of 4 women being used for the same feud and everyone else in the back.

            Some purposely want to deny that just because the popular women on Raw are stuck with the shitty booking. And that’s the truth tea.

          • Booking 101

            Just FYI, have had talks with him here and he does not hate Naomi. We’ve had several talks about not liking Naomi’s gimmick and how she took a backseat in the beggining of the brand split. He does enjoy the work of the person, not the gimmick and he is entitled to his own opinion just like you are entitled to your opinion.

            He has also never said that Raw was a better show and as stated the problems he finds on both shows.

            This whole attack that people like do here to other people because they have different opinions is just unecessary

          • TabbyK

            This is kind of long so apologies in advance:

            I don’t agree with your last paragraph. There are quite a few negative comments under this redux and hardly anyone is “attacking”, excluding one person.

            I can’t speak for anyone else but my issue with some of his comments are not that they’re negative, it’s that there’s an obvious amount of bias behind most of them. Not saying everyone here is impartial but everyone here doesn’t present themselves as being impartial either.

            One example of bias, is his obvious dislike of Nikki and anything pertaining to her. Now I’ve had conversations with this person, where I’ve talked about the bias behind people disliking Nikki. Which, imo is what clouds the way they judge her in general. And I’ve stated many times that it’s fine because no one has to like anyone. But he insisted that wasn’t the case and the reason people don’t like her, is because she simply isn’t good at anything.

            Now in some ways he could be right, but in his case I don’t think that’s true. Becky and Alexa had some of the most uninspiring/bland matches yet his comments were lenient and barely critical because he’s a fan of Becky.

            Whereas Nikki and Natties matches, especially their FCA match, was labelled “boring”. Which again, is fine but even now, while critiquing Mickie vs Becky he avoids using “boring” to describe their match. Again what people like in wrestling, is ultimately subjective but I wish he wouldn’t pretend his critiques are totally unbiased, when in some cases it’s clear they’re not.

          • i wish disqus would let me upvote on this site, but it won’t for some reason. great comment ???

          • Booking 101

            I totally see your point. I do agree that the fact he doesn’t like Nikki as a performer, which is something that he is allowed to, may turn his opinions bias.

            But that bias opinion stands for almost everybody here. Most people don’t like a certain wrestler for a certain reason and that ends up clouding there judgement of something. Let’s not act like almost everyone here doesn’t judged somebody’s performance based on how much they like that particular person. It happens here and it happens everywhere, it’s a thing that people in general do a lot. Is it correct? Not really. When we really think about, it is kind of stupid, but everybody does it.

            But despite some of his more bias comments, he is one of the people that judge things more fairly (and severely) on this site and I do appreciate his comments.

          • The way he just expresses it is really different when it comes to her. He has claimed her gimmick is pointless even when she explained it and the crowd reacted to it, for whatever reason. Specifically when he acted like she wasn’t sad when she relinquished the title.

            But, it is what it is and it’s his opinion like you said. And nice to see you back here.

          • Booking 101

            I personally think her relinquishing the title was probably one of her best moments. Not because I wanted her to give the title, don’t get me wrong, I loved when she won it but because I felt all of that was very real and I felt ten times more connected with her and I’m just so much more invested with her character now. He didn’t feel that way, that’s his opinion and you can agree or disagree, also stating why you agree or disagree.

            And thank you for the welcome back, appreciate it. We don’t always agree with everything but having different opinions and expressing differents points of view is what makes the discussions here more interesting

          • Wrestling.fan.from.France

            Yes, I have seen the Ric flair post where he stated that he found that both shows had great and bad aspect without taking an actual position. I guess you have a problem with not hearing what YOU want to hear… He said nothing here, just stating his own opinion.

            Your point about him contradicting himself doesn’t make any sense at all… Don’t change what he said by the way, he said HE won’t like it because mix tag matches don’t insterest him, because the idea of Nikki vs a woman who hasn’t wrestled in years (and wasn’t good in first place) doesn’t sound appealing and that he felt like women were just supporting characters. That’s ONE reason.
            About Nattie/Nikki, from what I have seen, it’s the story and the booking of these two that turned him off (which I co-sign on that). Therefore, it’s a DIFFERENT reason. No contradiction clearly…

            For many, the reasoning for not liking RAW is mixed with double standards and not wanting the actual girls to succeed rather than anything else. Using the excuse of creative not being great is one thing, but when the girls are personally attacked and blamed for the situation of the division, it’s different.
            What I find pretty funny is when some say they support all the women, want to see everyone succeed yet keep standing here, following the popular trend of bashing Raw just for the sake of putting SD over (no matter the quality of both shows).
            Finding excuse not to like the show, like “so predictable, we know Bayley is gonna win at WM” then she wins at RAW and then it’s like “that was so predictable, that’s why I prefer SD because you would have never seen it coming”.

            This constant need of comparing both shows to talk about one is pretty ridiculous. I see you doing it all the time as if it was needed or logical… “SD was okay yet compare it to Raw, it felt like WM” or “Raw was fine but compare to SD, it was shit and so predictable”. This need of comparing both shows every single time…

            At this point, most people are aware of the state of Raw and SD as a whole by the way but this bias toward Raw keeps continuing… Quite sad.

          • He doesn’t say that because he wrote a whole essay about trying to defend it, then was called out and as per usual it was his respond “but I like both, I’m just realistic” when it’s not. He’s agg and refuses to drag and defend something that’s not there.

            I suggest you go to the most recent SD redux and see how he said the FCA match wasn’t good and it had no emotion, good spots, nothing. CLEARLY the opposite of what he doesn’t like and I don’t get how much different will Maryse vs Nikki be since it’s still the same concept.

            And it’s quite the opposite around here. When it was Sasha and Charlotte getting opportunities it was always “they will open doors, you all wait” and now that it didn’t happen y’all don’t know what to say. Especially when you claim there’s no equality for all women to be used (like they are regularly on SD) but then claim these certain women deserve main events and stipulations to prove they’re equals to the men.

            Double standards coming from all sides. And that’s really the case here.

          • Wrestling.fan.from.France

            That’s just him telling things like it is and EXPLAINING his point of view since people clearly can’t take a negative/different opinion. Stop with all these assumptions about him because clearly, that’s all they are..

            He said that about the FCA and what? People have said Mickie vs Becky from Elimination Chamber was bland and boring, should I come for them? I disagree with them but I am not gonna make it personal like, how old are we? Can’t we take anything? Express your disagreement if you want to but it’s not that serious…

            “and now that it didn’t happen” But It did tho and that’s something you need to understand. It’s because they saw that it was working with Sasha and Charlotte the first time that they allowed more main event to come and more stipulation matches to come. It’s only AFTER the HIAC match that we got to see SD girls getting opportunities in matches like that and get the main event as well. If we are talking about Raw, Bayley has since gotten her opportunity in the main event.

            Yes, equality is an imaginary term that will never fully exist and clearly, if we go by the definition of it, there is NO division male or female that use this notion of equality hence why you have your main event, mid-card and low-card. Now in term of opportunities of matches and stipulation, of course this is much more realistic and they sure deserve to get these kind of opportunities when it’s right. After, yes, not everybody should main event, yes not everyone should have the sam opportunities because that’s the way it is, that’s how life goes and you have to deal with it.

          • He completely said the match was awful and had nothing in it. Go read it. That was no opinion but a Damn bias and I wish he would stop pretending it wasn’t.

            Raw girls have nothing to do with SD. On SD every girl so far has competed in a stipulation match (except Naomi) yet on Raw it was split between same women for MONTHS and the main event was only given to the person we all knew would have it and it was Bayley. No surprise there at all. Let’s see how they do it with ALL women, like SD bookers have.

            You can’t have it both way with your statement. WWE has firmly stated that their main priority is the men’s division and they would always be on top. So why can’t you accept it and deal with it? Because as a fan you fight for more.

            And after everyone lost hope, women main evented a PPV, and in HIAC at that. And every girl started to be used on SD. It is possible only if they want it and we see a difference on both brands.

            The main event/midcard/jobber levels are within the WHOLE men’s division which has 30+ stars so OF COURSE they have to be split into different classes. But, for each class they have a title.

            Main event scene is like the women. 6-8 main stars all relevant and losing to each other and winning against each other. Same with tag teams. Same with midcard title contenders. In a division of just 6 people there is no need for splitting them, like what do you have to split? 2 people for each class? Please

          • Wrestling.fan.from.France

            From what I don’t recall him saying that it was awful, just that it was boring and nothing special (unless you have a concrete proof of him saying that the action was actually awful) which is his opinion and you can disagree with that without being this sensitive about it. I mean, I disagree with him on that but no big deal. Let’s move on that..

            Everything happens for reason and things wouldn’t have been possible for SD if it wasn’t for Raw as well. At the end of the day, it’s Vince who is making the final calls and if it wasn’t for the success of Charlotte and Sasha, others may have never received the opportunities they had. Writers may be different for both shows but Vince is still the one making the final call. It’s all a process…

            There is always a difference between the girls/feuds. Biggest difference you can highlight : While Nikki and Nattie ended their feud in a match in the middle of SD, Becky and Alexa had the the chance to face each other in the actual main event of the show. That’s an undeniable difference of importance within the division. One was bigger than the other. It’s things like this that should reminds you that not everyone is on the same level.. Now if after all I have said, you still disagree, we can agree to disagree on that point.

          • The comment simply stated that the match had nothing redeeming about it. At all. He didn’t say anything was good, therefore, the match was anything but that.

            You’re right, Vince makes decisions, but what others do barely impacts other people in the long run.
            Charlotte and Sasha wrestling won’t give Dana a victory.
            Charlotte and Sasha wrestling won’t give Alicia a push.
            Charlotte and Sasha wrestling won’t give Nia a stipulation match.

            They’re doing it for themselves and until other women get the same stuff, it won’t happen for them until they let them.

            Just because something was in the main event once doesn’t mean it was the better or bigger feud. See that Battle Royal was main event when Nikki vs Nattie happened but the singles match between Harper and Styles the following week, which lead to WM, wasn’t at all. It’s all about how they structure it.

          • Wrestling.fan.from.France

            “He didn’t say anything was good, therefore, the match was anything but that” Pretty much comfirming what I thought, this is just just making assumptions based on his opinion and not actually him saying that the match was actually “awful”. Moving on…

            “They’re doing it for themselves and until other women get the same stuff, it won’t happen for them until they let them.” Oh yeah and I guess NXT women getting 10+ mims matches and killing it showing that women can do it just as good as men if not better, didn’t impact the MR over the time, not at all, right… The women of NXT are the ONLY getting long matches, right… But hey, let’s agree to disagree yet again here.

            Being in the main is indeed a proof of a certain level of importance. Not everybody has the chance to receive a spot in main event of SD in what was pretty much the blowoff match of the feud. “Better” is another notion that I didn’t talk about. It just proves that level of importance of these two feuds isn’t the same. After, if you don’t see it that way, let’s agree to disagree then.

          • Sable’s Bumps

            ….youre crazy….

          • Sable’s Bumps

            The “delete this” replies are getting old.

    • MK126

      2 out of 3 falls matches are definitely exciting… did you not watch Revival vs #DIY? Shit even Candice vs Beth was exciting but we all know how that ended…

    • wwepassion

      Oh look it’s Nikki’s worst hater. You are a sad raw fan who tries their best to put SD down. You actually look silly and petty because if this was raw women you’d pee your pants.

  • PoisonFelino #Watermelondrea

    Natalya:”Alexa, this is all about you…Until I take that title from you.” * pokes Alexa’s nose and walks away laughing *
    This was honestly one of my favorite moments of the night.
    I also Nattie on Talking Smack but when she started talking about Alexa praising Mickie, I was hoping she’d conplain about Alexa tooting Mickie’s horn while it was Nattie who’s been loyal to the company, busting her ass for years without getting any recognition.

    I also liked the Mickie vs Becky match but thought that It could’ve used a few more minutes after the second fall.

  • Wrestling.fan.from.France

    This might have been the best use of Carmella and Ellsworth. Due to Carmella and Nikki’s history, this is only a logical way to go here and Carmella gets to finally get into the ring with over acts that will only allow her to get heat.

    Now when it comes to the Cena/Nikki vs Miz/Maryse thing, this was very well booked here. The women added a lot to the story as well and they quite naturally added them into it. Now, like it was pointed by some, there isn’t much logic with Nikki ONLY coming to protect her man yet say nothing about Maryse attacking her the week before. That was the negative part of that but other than that, it was totally fine.

    • Gabriella Panajotova

      Oh, lol I didn’t even notice that it is so odd. She beat her with a freaking pipe yet she gets more mad about her lightly slapping Cena :D

      • wwepassion

        Don’t blame Nikki blame the writers.

        • Gabriella Panajotova

          I am not blaming her….Stop being so sensitive, Jesus.

          • wwepassion

            Stop being petty

    • Don Prima

      I’m sure they will elaborate on that in future weeks.

      • Wrestling.fan.from.France

        Maybe but still, felt very odd and dumb.

  • fantastic sd live it was much better than raw

  • conan_kun
  • I think I may be in the minority, but I think that Becky and Mickie actually have pretty good chemistry together. They do some beautiful chain wrestling combinations together, the first pin fall of this match was particularly innovative, at least I thought. I kind of see it as them holding back and saving it for the big pay off match, at say, Wrestlemania, so that all the spots are new and not done over. Because lets be real, it doesn’t seem like this is really over yet.

    I also am excited about the potential heel v heel feud for the women’s title, if Naomi can’t be back soon I would like for Natalya to be the next champion, and for Natalya to have the lengthy run like her career needs and deserves.

    • Dez

      I agree that her mic work has totally improved lately. She’s actually getting reactions from the audience & everything.. I really think her Talking Smack segment hurt her a bit though. She wasn’t making any sense & of course, went back to crediting her family’s success– not her own.

  • iOwnThatSonOfABitch

    Why is Mickie losing so much? It’s getting annoying.

    • MK126

      Id like to think that shes perfectly fine with putting Becky over. Im sure Bryan, Shane and Mickie discussed how her return was going to go before she signed her contract. Mickie did say on Talking Smack that her and Shane were really good friends so I’m positive that she knows what shes getting herself into

    • Justin Bebier

      She literally won 2 weeks ago. She even got a clean pin on Becky for the first fall. Do you really think they’re going to have Becky lose in 3 straight weeks? Be real.

  • Organization XIII

    Another great smackdown, Nikki & Maryse were great in there segments. Glad they are letting Maryse speak more. Will be interesting to see her step back in the ring if that’s gonna be the ultimate goal. WWE could have it just be Cena vs Miz with Nikki & Maryse managing.

    Alexa & Nattie >>>>>> Nattie is really improving on her mic work. That laugh….reminded me of her DOD days. & Alexa continues to prove she’s the best woman on the mic at Smackdown.

    Mickie & Becky…the match was fine. It’s the result I had a problem with. Since Becky won, there really isn’t a need for them to continue the feud for them at this point. So where does Mickie go from here? Where does Becky go from here?

  • Windyhawaii

    Poor Carmella…. she’s going nowhere being stuck with Ellsworth and he’s going nowhere being stuck with her.

    Alexa vs Nattie vs Naomi vs Mickie? I like that a lot, let’s hope it’s that. Alexa vs Naomi I’d be just fine with too though considering their elimination chamber match was botchy.

    I know a lot of people feel differently, so trust me I know a lot of you don’t care for her, but I hope Eva marie returns. She has a good character and it’s not as if there weren’t other divas who were originally bad wrestlers who grew to be literally WWE legends, there’s just more hate on her NOW because we’re in the era where just being a model is unacceptable. Sure it’s wrestling, but based on our history with models to wrestlers, plenty of them have turned out to love WWE and everything about it.

    • conan_kun

      Why do you leave Becky out of Mania, you don’t like her? She’s the most over women on SD.

      • wwepassion

        Actually Nikki is the most over on Smackdown and probably even Alexa is more over than Becky tbh

        • Wrestling.fan.from.France

          “probably even Alexa is more over than Becky tbh”
          Delusional… Delusional… Delusional…

          • wwepassion

            Yes I know you are

        • conan_kun
          • wwepassion

            The fact that every Becky fan uses this as proof all the time is hilarious. You left out 70% of her dead fan reaction babe and Alexa was new here and not like she is today so nice try. Also don’t even try to say she is more over than Nikki because that’s a damn lie and you know it

      • Windyhawaii

        Lol I knew I was missing someone. I thought I had Becky in there.

        Make it a fatal five

  • I never though I’d say this, but ever since Mickie came back, she’s had a worse win/loss ratio than NATALYA.

  • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

    SD keeps pushing their storylines and its really working. I expected more from Mickie & Becky, this match felt like cut-out short. Like we didn’t have time to enjoy the last two falls, there was little psychology during this match but the fact that Alexa showed up to keep messing with Becky shows that their feud is far from over. I might also start something between Mickie & Alexa, then Natalya is also added to the mix creating a multi-women championship match. They are going to be personal and also gunning for the belt, SD is doing it right.
    Nikki & Marsye feud is good for the women but honestly this was meant for Renee and Maryse. I don’t expect them to get too much action or being memorable at all. This feels like nothing to Cena & The Miz but everything for Maryse & Nikki. I think they could feud without being in a mixed tag match.

  • That reaction when Nikki came out, then when she delivered that EPIC line to Maryse– damn girl, she just keeps outdoing herself & the reactions from the crowd are solid proof.

  • Cailum?

    Okay Nikki absolutely slayed and only had to say 13 words but SHE DID THAT.

  • Booking 101

    Despite them having good matches, I really don’t think Becky and Mickie have chemistry in the ring whatsoever. Technically their matches are amazing. I don’t think you can pinpoint one mistake in their wrestling but, for me, that chemistry is just lacking. It’s not their fault, you can’t have chemistry with everybody but I will admit I felt a little underwhelmed with their match. Enjoyed Nattie and Nikki much more last week.

    I was a little concerned that they wouldn’t know how to book Nattie after her win last week but it seems she is aiming towards the title, which is great. There are a lot of things I don’t like about her character but I would love to see her get one more title reign.

    Hoping this will lead to the title being defended at WM. When the rumours started circulating that former wrestlers could come back for a tag match, I was starting to see the SD women’s title get relegated to second plan on a big PPV once again, but maybe that won’t happen. But want does seem to happen is another multi woman title match for Mania and, if rumours of the fatal 4 way from Raw are corrected, that makes both title being contested in multi woman matches. Not a huge problem with it but I would enjoy much more for next year if they build a big rivalry between 2 women for the title.

    I really enjoyed the Miz TV segment. Despite stiil being upset that the best they could find for Cena this year was a mixed tag match, the promos are bound to be great. Miz and Cena are amazing, Maryse is also very good and for Nikki… Is it weird I kind of want her to have just one liners then longer dialogue? I feel like if you keep it short and example, she shines a lot more. Don’t think the match will be great (mixed tag matches are very hard to pull off) but if they keep having good segments, I’ll be okay with it.

    Whatever Carmella is doing I’m not a fan of. But not everybody can have the spotlight, so I’m not to mad at it. She is still a little green in the ring so this is also an opportunity for her to keep getting better and show off some new stuff when she has a more serious challenge

    • Bryskers

      Oh hey you ! It’s been a while since i’ve seen you around here. Glad to see you back, I always appreciate your comments :-)

      • Booking 101

        Thank you :D

    • Sable’s Bumps

      Nikki is better with one liners because the longer she talks the stupider she sounds.

      • Booking 101

        I could not agree with that more xD

        She is one of those girls that cannot work with a not very good script, in my opinion. There are people that completely turn a bad script around and, personally, I don’t think she is one of those people.

        JUst keep it simple and short with her and it works a lot more

      • MK126

        Just as long as “You know what”, “I mean I get it” and “OMG NO” aren’t in the promo shes good

        • Sable’s Bumps

          hahahahaha

  • Gail-Rollins

    It’s funny because Nattie is doing great backstage promos, but when you put a live mic in her hand in front of a crowd she’s so awkward..

  • QueenSableBomb

    Honestly I’m such a stan for Maryse. The Girl can blink and I’d be in tears lmao.
    Is it just me or did John come off as little bit of an asshole here? Like, I’m fairly indifferent to him for the most part but here I was like…what’s good

  • Victoria&Melina19

    Becky and Mickie, I enjoy them both. Nikki/Cena vs Maryse/Miz, I’m not sure about this feud but we will see how to plays out in a few weeks, then maybe we can actually figure out why Maryse attacked Nikki since she didn’t address that yet.

    • MK126

      We know why Maryse attacked Nikki. In both recent interactions between Nattie and Nikki, Nattie threw Nikki into Maryse. After Nattie threw Nikki into Maryse during the FCA match Maryse attacked Nikki…

  • Another SD Live! Perfect episode, eith every single episode I feel more and more in love with the Women’s division, they really takeover.
    Alexa acted a bit like a face when she was with a heelish Nattie, something weird is happening here.
    Nikki’s dialogue was priceless, Maryse was fine but I wanted more fire into this storyline.
    I’m sad that Micke James is losing every single match since her return but the match with Becky was good.

  • Sable’s Bumps

    Did Mickie James come back just to lose every match she’s in? I Couldnt even watch this because I knew she was going to lose, because thats all she does. I checked the results here to see if I was right, and whaddya know….Mickie lost. yawn.

  • Raleex2

    SmackDown was extremely interesting, from Maryse and Nikki stealing the show at the promo, the backstage segment with Carmella and James, to Natalya hinting a rivalrty with Alexa. SmackDown is unpredictable, fun, overall the best show for women.

    • conan_kun

      Exactly. While Raw only cares about increasing the number of Charlotte’s title reign and extending Charlotte’s PPV streak, none of the women will get over as long as Charlotte still active plus not using Alicia and Emma to increase competition.