SmackDown Redux (March 14th, 2017): Blurred lines

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Just over a fortnight to go, and the ladies of SmackDown Live are ready to fight. This week’s SmackDown Live gets onto the fast-lane for Wrestlemania as one match is updated and another is added. Exciting times, exciting times…

We start things off for the ladies as Becky Lynch takes on Natalya in a Singles contest! The match is pretty intriguing and we see Natalya play the cowardly heel role whilst Lynch is all about action. The match comes to a quick close however as Becky locks in the Dis-Arm-Her and forces the Queen of Black Harts to tap out.

Whilst celebrating, Becky then turns around and receives a boot to the face, courtesy of the Princess of Staten Island, Carmella! Continuing her disruption, ‘Mella then repeats the same move on Natalya and then walks to the back with James Ellsworth by her side.

Dasha Fuentes then confronts the duo backstage, asking for an explanation. The Princess of Staten Island tells her that she is entering herself in the Women’s title Wrestlemania match, as she believes that she is the most worthy of the SmackDown Women’s championship.

Later on in the show, Mickie James faces off against the SmackDown Women’s champion, Alexa Bliss!

The match is fairly slow, but both women show some aggression on each end. There are moments where both parties feel frustrated with their opponent and are determined to win the match, but in the end, it’s a Mick Kick that leaves Bliss on the ground for the three-count.

On Talking Smack, Mickie James discusses how she felt robbed from her title opportunity. She says that despite not having a one on one match, she will becoming the Women’s champion at Wrestlemania. She also discusses the fact that her first Women’s title win was on April 2nd, and with the upcoming match also being on that date, she feels extra lucky going in.

Carmella then interrupts, claiming that James wasn’t even the most impressive woman on the show tonight, so being impressive during ‘Mania is unlikely. She reminds everyone on the show that it was Carmella who’d knocked out both Becky and Natalya in one night. She then says that after having gold on her hat and her necklace, she is bound to get gold on her waist.

She then gets interrupted by Natalya, who claims to be “the best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be.” The Queen of Black Harts says that despite being hit from behind tonight, she’ll have eyes at the back of her head at ‘Mania. She then reminds Mickie that she ran her out of WWE years ago, and that now it’s Natalya who is the leader of the locker room.

This then causes some laughter from Becky Lynch who says that Natalya is “leading a locker room full of snakes.” Lynch then reminds everyone that she beat James twice in one night, as well as defeating Natalya tonight as well. Although, Neidhart says that Becky “beat a girl who had food poisoning,” so she shouldn’t brag too much.

Pretty soon, Alexa Bliss shows up and blames Daniel Bryan for the carnage that is going on. She claims that none of the women around her could ever beat her, so there’s no point of having the “personal attack” of a match anyway.

We also see a war of words during an episode of Miz TV, hosted by The Miz and Maryse, and featuring guest stars… The Miz and Maryse! The Miz emphasizes how phoney John Cena and Nikki Bella are, but mostly allows his wife to take control. And this is where things are supposed to get interesting!

Maryse calls out Nikki, claiming that the two used to be best friends and were supposed to star on Total Divas together, alongside Brie Bella and Kelly Kelly. The Sexiest of Sexy then reveals that the Bellas told Maryse and co. to not sign a contract as they can get a “better” one. Later on, Maryse found out that the Bellas were going to appear on RAW and Total Divas whilst WWE cancelled their contracts. Yikes!

After a bit more trash talk and exposing, Cena’s music blasts through the sirens and himself and Bella run out to the ring, leaving Maryse and The Miz dashing out. Nikki immediately grabs ahold of a microphone and insists that she speak, and not John. Bella immediately states that her and Maryse were “never best friends,” and if the rumors regarding her blocking the contract were true, then with all of the current power she holds, it would make no sense for Maryse to be in the company today. After gaining the crowd’s approval, Nikki then insists that her and Maryse battle it out in the ring. The Miz decides to decline and tells her that that only John can make matches, not her. Ouch!

Before attempting to close the show, SmackDown Live General Manager Daniel Bryan storms out to stop The Miz. He stated that The Miz claimed that Miz TV would’ve been “special” yet it resulted in The Miz talking trash, getting called out and running away, like every other edition of the show. Bryan then insists that as he cannot punch The Miz in the face, he’ll use his role as GM to his advantage, as he creates a match. And here we hear the announcement for The Miz & Maryse vs John Cena and Nikki Bella at Wrestlemania 33! Hoorah! The “it couple” are quickly seen screaming in frustration whilst Cena and Bella are prancing and hugging in the ring.

On the SmackDown Live Fallout, The Miz complains about the biased booking of SmackDown. He states that when Cena and Nikki want a match, they get it, but it doesn’t work like that for The Miz and Maryse. The pair then emphasize how everything they say about Cena and Bella is true, and is a “real life situation,” before grumpily walking off.

Thoughts: This week, like many recent episodes of the show, is pretty hit and miss.

The Becky and Natalya match is surprisingly a pretty good hit. Going in, I expected it to be just like all of their other matches and not offer anything new. And although for the most part it was pretty repetitive, we did see a more cowardly side to Natalya that made the match a lot more enjoyable. For what it’s worth, the match was great. It was a good way to keep the crowd invested, and after being a pretty tough battle, it was a wonderful way to push Carmella.

The Princess of Staten Island has been constantly overlooked, so by having her knockout two of the best competitors of the division – especially after a great match – only makes her look incredible.

My one concern however, is the fact that Carmella’s inclusion felt pretty rushed. If we were to really see Carmella as a dominant force – even in a cowardly way – some mic time would have been pretty useful. If she could call out the division, or even spend more time beating on already vulnerable opponents, then we could take her a lot more seriously.

The problem that this ‘Mania match faces is the fact that it feels as though everyone is just being thrown together without a story. WWE need to invest in character development here as that is what the story is missing the most. We need to see the women have hatred for one another and have an intriguing reason to be in the match. So far, most of them feel as though they’re just being thrown together so that everyone is included. And although the Backlash match is pretty much the same thing, we’re getting completely different vibes here.

For Backlash, each woman was allowed consistent time to talk and develop her story. They were each introduced as threats at the very beginning of the draft, and pretty soon we saw a lot of the relationships develop. However here, there isn’t much going on besiddes Alexa and Mickie, which in itself, isn’t all that great either.

The issue with these two is that they didn’t have enough time to develop on screen for us to feel attached. The pair worked well together, but due to their short amount of time as a duo, there wasn’t much room for them to grow. So with them breaking up, it’s hard to pick a side as SmackDown isn’t really making us care for whomever goes out on top. We want to see either woman come out on top because we care for said woman, not because we care for the feud. It’s everything prior to this that makes us root for someone, and I can only refer to that as lazy booking.

Mickie turning on Alexa could have easily been a last minute placement. The pair could go in as an AJ Lee/Tamina type duo (because at this point, the AJ comparisons aren’t even a concern, so why not?), and then on the SmackDown before – or even during the match – Mickie could turn on Bliss. This would feel like more of a shock and then we wouldn’t have to deal with the awkward aftermath building up to the contest. Instead we can focus on that after a bigger turn, rather than something that was fairly weak.

And lastly, the Miz TV segment. Ah, the controversies this is causing…

For the past few weeks it’s felt as though The Miz hasn’t been doing too well on the actual SmackDown shows. This week is an anomaly. The Miz really anchors the hatred himself and his wife have for Cena and Bella, and it makes the whole situation feel way more believable than it should. However, the downside comes with the material that Maryse is dealt with.

Maryse isn’t the worst talker on the mic, but she isn’t the best. So with this in mind, she needs good material to make her segments interesting. The fault here is that SmackDown are trying to make the scenario feel as real as it can be, yet are using Total Divas storylines and rewriting them. On the first episode of season six, we find out that it’s Brie who texts Maryse and has all of the conversations with her. Yet in SmackDown, suddenly it’s Nikki who did all of that. Maryse does do a great job, though, but it’s hard to take it seriously when Miz is spilling information that feels real whereas we have legitimate proof that goes against everything Maryse is saying. It’s understandable that the show is scripted, but it’s made clear – especially through the Talking Smack segment from last week as well as tonight’s Fallout clip – that the aim is for it to feel real.

I do however, enjoy Bella’s work. I live for the moments that she gets to put the haters’ words to rest and she did exactly that tonight. Nikki makes Maryse come across as the jealous and bitter ex friend that we need to see her as. And after the past few weeks of just the Mizanins getting the upper hand, it’s refreshing to get a mix of both.

What are your thoughts on this week’s episode? Are you excited for the upcoming match? Let us know your views in the comments below!

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  • LaurenYorkStan

    MARYSE LEGEND
    ALEXA ICON

    • Welchy

      YAS

    • Justin Bebier

      Alexa Icon of bad matches? Still waiting for a good one. (Alexa did drop Mickie on her head with the first hair whip/beal)

  • LaurenYorkStan

    Maryse slayedT that Miz tv segment omgggg my Ladies Summer Rae and Maryse knows how to turn up Miz TV.
    Alexa did well Mickie was a bit off last night maybe ring rust but the match was great.
    The ladies was so funny on Talking smack
    Smackdown as whole is just a terrific show my favorite show on tv tbh

  • comradecena

    I really hope Becky wins at WM if Naomi isn’t back.

  • Wicked Bliss

    A part of me wants to believe everything Maryse said is true and I want her to win. This week, Maryse owned Nikki.

    I think they are revealing the other entrants to the womens championship match one at a time. Since we have 3 weeks left my guess are Tamina, Naomi, Eva then in WM itself Asuka will be revealed as the final contender. And that is what you call unpredictable.

    • Rose

      Yeah Asuka isn’t being called up to smackdown she’s scheduled matches all through NXT after takeover. Some tour or something but yeah she’s booked this summer. Secondly she wouldn’t go to smackdown anyway. Just like we thought LIV was being called up because she had matches on RAW.

  • Phenomenally AWESOME

    “I do however, enjoy Bella’s work. I live for the moments that she gets to put the haters’ words to rest and she did exactly that tonight.”
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7da6d2ece0629f2a3bb92851e908de0fab4d6bfc14730406e13bdf5f31bbe1b5.gif
    Maybe we were watching a different show because I felt like Nikki’s comeback was weak plus her and John’s hugging segment and over acting just makes them seem fake. We’re supposed to cheer for Nikki and John but I find myself cringing and rolling my eyes every timer they are on screen together.

    • You’re not supposed to root for them just because they’re faces. That’s why both sides have arguments and you choose which one you support.

    • wwepassion

      Well Nikki does shut haters up, Here comeback wasn’t weak but it’s def not as strong because she has said pretty much everything she needed to say over the last to feuds she was in. She made her point.

      • Phenomenally AWESOME

        U sure because I still see a woman who is basically a female Cena now. She doesn’t have her own identity

        • wwepassion

          LOL that is comedy doll. She has her own stop being petty. Guess I can be petty too and say Naomi has her husbands identity.

          • Phenomenally AWESOME

            I’m playing don’t take it seriously but u can see the similarities with John and nikki. Get ur panties out of a bunch

          • wwepassion

            Girl you meant that until I reminded you of Naomi and her man lol. I’m cool, You see similarities with Naomi her husband too.

          • Phenomenally AWESOME
          • Seraphina Rosenhart

            Wait, what similarities? Naomi has a glow gimmick and is a face. Her husband is a heel. And they have very different movesets from each other too….

          • C Mack

            What? Lol. Any reason to insult Nao, I swear!

          • wwepassion

            Are you blind, she insulted Nikki’s first so I played her game and shut her down because she knew I had a point. I don’t see you defending Nikki….how typical

          • C Mack

            Thought you were just reaching in order to make a point. How typical would that be?

          • wwepassion

            Huh?

        • wwepassion

          Also if she was a female Cena why hasn’t she been champ yet and why has she been pinned by 2 rookies in important matches? OOPS!

        • Sable’s Bumps

          well Nikki has been trying for that ever since the “fearless” motto came around. shes desperate.

      • limfox

        You’re an interesting character tbh. And I mean that with all due respect. The women you bash and the women who you try to defend really are comical tbh lol

        • wwepassion

          Uh huh….

    • Cathy Kelley.

      Her promos are really bad and that’s that.

      • Sable’s Bumps

        she needs one liners, thats it. anything beyond a sentence and she sounds dumb.

    • Nikki’s Sister

      It’s because you and many people in the iwc don’t like Nikki and Cena as individuals or as a couple. It’s not that hard to figure out lol.

      • MeddlingDiva

        Sorry but Its cringing that Nikki is always the aggressive kisser

        • Nikki’s Sister

          She’s not though lol. Cena is almost always the one pulling her into kisses.

          • MeddlingDiva

            Key word: Almost

          • Nikki’s Sister

            Well I only used almost because there’s only one time (so far) she was the aggressor and that was after they beat Carmella/Ellsworth and even then he still dramatically pulled her over to kiss her before Maryse/Miz attacked.

          • MeddlingDiva

            True. But it also happened when they got the match for WrestleMania. Just wish their kisses was as natural on Total Divas lol

          • Maddox

            The problem is that both are strong individual characters on their own and we are not used to see them in storyline couple, the backstage moments with Cena and Mickie James years ago were also weird and yet they were dating then. Just imagine if Undertaker and Michelle McCool were an onscreen couple with their respective characters, same scenario Lool

          • MeddlingDiva

            Oooh yes I remember. That’s when I was a fan of Cena lmao

      • Sable’s Bumps

        i think Cena is gay and Nikki is his desperate beard, riding his coattails.

        • Nikki’s Sister

          Um… ok

    • QueenSableBomb

      Oop tea

    • Welchy

      Oop

    • howie_ruhl

      Tea.

    • Randall

      I LOL when I read that part. We we were definitely watching 2 different shows because Nikki wasn’t good at all on the mic.

    • limfox

      Yeah, I feel like her hugging Cena was a missed opportunity for her to have an intense stare down or come off as a legit/serious threat.

      Luckily she has 2 weeks to make some sort of an impact, something that doesn’t include hugging or kissing on Cena

      • Phenomenally AWESOME

        That’s what I mean when I say it feels fake and forced, Cena laughs off Miz like he does every opponent and Nikki can’t stop hugging and kissing john all the time.

        • Maddox

          Actually Cena current character laughs off opponents he thinks are beneath him (Didn’t laugh off Lesnar, Punk, The Rock and AJ styles after they beat him), annoyI got but it’s par of his character. Nikki on the other hand, I’ve got no excuse for lol

    • SAME. BOOOOOO BABYFACES.

    • Wicked Bliss

      I feel like John and Nikki are trolls. Their responses are weak and unbelievable. While Maryse and Miz are the only ones who take this feud seriously. Maryse and Miz are like the WWE universe telling truth about Nikki and John and I like it.

    • Sable’s Bumps

      exactly. The Miz and Maryse are coming off as the good guys here haha, i LOVE IT!!!!! and yea put the haters to rest? PFFFFFFF.

  • Femme Fatale Venus Fly

    Hmm…that match card seemed to be missing something.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9bb20cc80c013c878c5f2c7e21b73871045f1688e4be404f8ca8931621558d45.jpg

    Ah, that’s better. (FINGERS CROSSED!)

    • Gail-Rollins Fan

      Just paste Naomi over Carmella and that would improve it a ton.

    • TheG.O.A.T

      Queen! She’ll be back in time

  • Wicked Bliss

    I want to bring this up. Last month (I’m not sure when) people said Alexa botched her insult to injury to Naomi. But with her match with Mickie, she did the same thing but this time Mickie evaded. At least its clear that the botch was not Alexa’s fault.

    • Ryan #KingOfCreative

      You cant really say whose fault it was in all honest

      • Steve B

        No matter what to the majority of these people, especially Alexa fans, everything is Naomi’s fault.

    • Justin Bebier
      • Wicked Bliss

        Only the last one thats why she moved close to give space for naomi to evade the knees but she didnt.

    • Dionte Brown

      Naomi was literally laying in the ring. She did not move. So yes the botch was on Alexa it’s not that big of a deal as botchs happen

      • Wicked Bliss

        Okay if that is what you believe, I have to respect it.

        • C Mack

          Believe? That’s what we literally JUST watched in the gif lol

          • Wicked Bliss

            Yes we watched naomi did nothing when she was supposed to move.

          • C Mack

            Ugh. Not tonight.

    • Steve B

      Too bad Naomi didn’t roll onto her side and sit up a little while Bliss was in mid air causing her to land awkwardly.

  • Phenomenally AWESOME
    • Cathy Kelley.

      Queen of exposing.

    • Welchy

      Queen!

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    • hisdefsoul

      Literally me

    • Sable’s Bumps

      i honestly like Maryse a lot more than Nikki. Nikki is a self involved nouveau riche wanna be try hard beard who seems lost and at the end of the day, sad. Maryse is a fierce bitch and i believe the bellas really did screw maryse and kelly over. I would LOVE if Kelly came back, and her Micke, and Maryse had some bitter divas era stable.

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  • Another great show. Two nice matches, Carmella made her presence known and the mixed tag match should be good. WM should be great.

  • wwepassion

    This roster is bomb! That being said the match with Alexa and Mickie was a bit off on chemistry but what ever. Maryse I love her but she IMO was rusty and nervous, Miz had to help her a bit which is ok I guess. She had a few good lines bit Nikki really put the promo over between the 2 and got straight to the point. Cena seems really bored with this, Nikki is more happy than he is probably. I hope they add a stipulation to the championship match because just a plain match is too basic. They are still winning over Raw though.

    • Randall

      To me after re-watching it seemed like she was getting emotional because her former bestfriend did her wrong…but then again she could have been nervous.

      • wwepassion

        LOL it didn’t even happen though, so it wasn’t emotion it was nerves.

  • YonceLuvsDivas

    I actually was blown away last night by Maryse and her promo. She always was a good mic worker but she never had that promo to make me go WOW! Last night she finally gave it to me. Although most of it was said before on Total Divas she definitely gave delivery that carried.

  • Randall

    REALLY…it was both Brie and Nikki who backstabbed her, so I don’t think it makes a difference if she’s referring to Nikki or Brie. I thought Maryse did a good job on the mic, she seemed to show some emotion…Nikki Bella on the other hand doesn’t come off as believable. Every story she’s been involved with her mic work has lacked. That’s just my opinion. I’m curious to what the Bella’s story is? They haven’t really explained what happened. It was obvious that they were very close at one point. I’m sure everyone has seen the video below but I’ll just share in case you haven’t.
    Bella’s talk about Maryse around 1:40
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?list=PLnsWpMonHBNEH5yuSYPouyNOuh_NVhi0V&v=3odh2MHOSAM

    • WWE planned a multi-Diva tag match but they nixed it and offered the Bellas contracts only.

    • wwepassion

      It’s already been explained, some of you are trying way too hard to make the Bellas look like bad guys. You guys honestly think they had that much power when Brie couldn’t even win the title, and it took Nikki 2 years to win the title since she returned and still hasn’t won the womens title. Maria put this to rest and said it was a misunderstanding. Let it go.

      • Randall

        Personally I’m just curious to what the Bella’s side of the story is. They haven’t really elaborated on what went down. Maryse’s story has been consistent. I really do like the Bella’s but let’s be honest when they came back no one really cared tbh.

        • Gail-Rollins Fan

          I CARED! They were rubbing all over Cody, and my gay ass wasn’t appreciating it..
          https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/db9acb8a0093b76f4666d9306254de4c1334f1e07d95fc193523e944e6baff53.gif

          • Kira_cx

            lmao!

        • wwepassion

          It’s beyond squashed and they are using to add feul to the fire for their feud. You say no one cared when they retuned Yet they got a pop when they returned….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUxWr5lAN-c

          • Randall

            Lmfao…I had to put earphones on to actually hear the little pop…I’m not going to go into in argument about the Bella’s I actually started to like them once they improved in the ring.

          • wwepassion

            Doesn’t matter I still proved you wrong when you said no one cares…..checkmate

          • Randall

            Oh gosh you must be a child anytime your saying you proved me wrong. Like was it really that serious for you to post their return video? If you think they got a decent reaction that’s your opinion. I don’t have time for a childish argument over the Bella’s. I’ll let you continue to comment on all of the anti Bella comments. Deuces!

          • wwepassion

            Yea run because you’ve been proven wrong lol

          • Randall

            That’s hilarious ? ????

    • BlaamLaambb

      Rendall finally someone bringing this clip up.. it’s crazy huh how Bellas did that to Maryse, Kelly and Maria! We all know Maryse is spilling the truth

    • Don Prima

      That was a nice video! I love videos where the Superstars tell stories of what goes on outside the ring. It seems as if everyone (the women at least) have more fun backstage than onstage.

      I sometimes feel most Superstars don’t even care about their win/loss record, how many Championships they’ve won, iconic moments, etc. The camaraderie between everyone is rewarding enough.

  • TabbyK

    Maryse’s promo wasn’t as good to me as everyone else keeps saying it was. She didn’t seem emotional, it seemed like she needed cues from Miz to keep going because of how she kept awkwardly pausing after 3 or 4 words. The ending lines were good though. Nikki’s promo wasn’t great either but her execution was better than it’s been in a while. I did like the line about stealing money but that’s about it.

    • wwepassion

      People are over praising Maryse odd promo because they aren’t fans of Nikki. Simple as that lol

  • TabbyK

    Both matches were. Not as excited about SDs women’s championship match as I should be. I wish they would’ve just gone with a fatal 4-way instead of this every available woman crap. I don’t want their match to be a mess while Raws women’s championship match puts them to shame.

    • Angelica Marie MoNae

      Don’t get your hopes up on that if Nia is involved in the match lol.

    • Mark

      Hmmm… When has SD’s women’s championship matches ever even came CLOSE to Raw’s women’s championship matches? LOL. Raw will put them to shame, like usual.

      • limfox

        Yeah tbh we’ve yet to have a SDL women’s championship match be on the same caliber, wrestling wise, as a Raw women’s championship match

        • Mark

          I wonder why. Mickie and Beckys 2 out of 3 falls match was way better than the usual SD matches but still not as epic as I hoped it would be. Something is not clicking with the girls behind the scenes when it comes to performing in the ring

      • TabbyK

        Raw has the match quality but with joint PPVs this is the first time we’ll be having two women’s championship matches on the same card. At Summerslam there was tag match but Nikki’s return was the main topic. At Survivor Series they were all in a tag match which was just bad and at the Royal Rumble there was a tag match again.

        So the chance to directly put them to shame is high. Raws WC match will be handled like last years and unless Asuka is one of the people joining this match SDs WC match will be handled like the TD tag match.

  • Gail-Rollins Fan

    Maryse and Nikki did well. At least the crowd was buying what they were selling, unlike Mickie/Alexa who got crickets..

    I love Alexa but I’m starting to hope that she loses the belt at Wrestlemania and stays out of the title picture for a while. Her character work is flawless, but she is part of the reason we’ve yet to see a really great match from the Smackdown side. She either needs to step up her game with her ringwork as a heel, or she needs to be a babyface. I think it’s evident with her that she’s not quite experienced enough to be calling things as a heel. As far as Mickie goes this just further proves what I’ve always said in that she isn’t capable of carrying greener opponents to their “best” like Gail, Lisa Marie Varon, and Beth (or other women of her tenure) can.

    Natalya’s michinoku driver on the outside was the highlight of the evening for me even though her constant taunting and yelling at the crowd to “shut up” when they’re not even really making noise continues to bring her matches down for me. Less really is more with the taunts, and with someone as talented in the ring as Nattie, she really doesn’t need to resort to such cheap attempts at getting heat.

    Carmella’s involvement (as per usual) cheapens the whole division. I can’t take anything she does seriously, and seeing her lay out Nattie & Becky was simply laughable..

    I’ve said it before but after Wrestlemania I think the division could use some resets as far as heel/face alignments go. I’d have Naomi, Nikki, and Alexa on the face side with Becky, Mickie, & Tamina playing the heels. Nattie could really go either way. Carmella can be whatever keeps her out of the ring the most.

    • Welchy

      The Carmella comment is so spot on lol

    • Allyn

      Hmmm this reset idea does sound pretty good, but would people buy Alexa as face and Becky as heel?? I’m all for it, it would definetly keep me even more entertained, but people do love face Becky.

    • Angelica Marie MoNae

      I think they are maybe making Alexa hold back a little bit to be honest. I seriously think they are building her similar to Trish, giving her the title a little early to get her early build up just like Trish’s first run. That’s why I think they may be holding her back a little just so people can really see her grow in a similar way we saw Trish.

      • John Finnie

        Trish was a face & she had jazz Molly to work with who made her good & restrictions weren’t in place then
        Alexa as a face champ could have went down the Trish road but she’s a boring 2x heel champ after she looses she needs to stay away from the title; I’d move her carmella & natalya to raw & have askua bayley Emma to SD the main thing is keep charlotte away from the rising Sun because she would burn it down lol

        • Angelica Marie MoNae

          The only difference is their alignment but the build has been similar. Who has Alexa worked with really so far? Becky and Mickie, two experienced vets to help her look good. I don’t think she has been boring at all she has by far the most interesting women’s title reign out of the two titles short lived histories to me. Why send Nattie to raw so she can be tossed on a shelf like Alicia? No thanks, I’m good with everyone where they are at.

          • John Finnie

            I mean I’m happy who’s on Sd but someone will have to move sometime I said nattie because raw has the great long matches where nattie thrives…. I worded it wrong about alexa she isn’t boring she is just a little stale she needs to add another something
            .. The huge difference between Trish and Alex is the era

          • Angelica Marie MoNae

            I would prefer if the women stayed where they are right now but I know there will eventually be another draft. Each of the women on smackdown, with the exception of Nikki Bella, are either brand new or extremely underutilized and SmackDown has done such a good job with each of them imo and they all need more of what smackdown can offer them for now before moving to raw. I hope smackdown eventually gets Alicia fox eventually so they can finally do something worthy of her.

          • John Finnie

            I meant after the draft oh no it’s all for the taking at WM so they all deserve the spot

    • GOD STRATUS•

      ?????

    • John Finnie

      Agree about carmella I’m sick of the “let’s get everyone on the show” mentality WM should be for the stars the surprise returns & the BEST at there game & carmella is the only one that needs to stay away from a WM match

  • glassjaw

    LOVED Smackdown last night. Okay, so bearing in mind I’ve inhaled a bottle of red wine: Maryse was truly electric. She could sell condoms to a nun with her mic work. Nikki’s not cutting for me in the promo work, but that’s maybe more fault with the creative.

    Becky and Nattie had a lovely match. Mickie and Alexa was okay, though the lack of crowd heat reflects the poor story woven between the two since Mickie returned to WWE.

    At Wrestlemania, would like Alexa to drop the title to Naomi, Becky or Mickie in that order.

    • Gail-Rollins Fan

      As much as Nattie has been making me cringe lately with her character work, I’d rather see her get her Wrestlemania moment over Mickie (and even Becky whom I love). Plus I don’t want Mickie to tie Trish’s record.

      • glassjaw

        Nattie has been so pointedly awful with her character work it makes me wonder if it’s kind of intentional. When she started spouting how she ran Mickie out of WWE years ago I buckled. I don’t mind if it’s Mickie or anyone else, but I would like to see Trish’s record broken at some point. Trish is an icon, nothing will change that, but I do believe WWE need to put someone on the same plateau.

        • Gail-Rollins Fan

          I think Charlotte will break the record, and deservingly so. Mickie is already the most decorated women’s wrestler of all time even without winning another WWE Championship.

          • conan_kun

            Charlotte will be 16 or more times women champ in future

  • hitesh khanna

    YASS MARYSE SLAY!! Though to make it more realistic, why not mention maria’s name who actually has been exposing the bellas since day 1 since that night?

    • Nikki’s Sister

      Because Maria stopped accusing them of blocking contacts and wants to move on. She said the whole thing was a misunderstanding and already made amends with Nikki.

    • Because Kelly is most likely returning.

    • Luna Lovegood

      Maria didn’t expose The Bellas like you claim. Everybody has been saying the samething about The Bellas so this isn’t new.

  • Nikki’s Sister

    Promo seg was cool even though I’m tired of “shoot” promos especially when it comes to Nikki’s feuds. Since Miz and John have been carrying the verbal half of this feud it was good to hear the women directly address each other for more than one line. Both sides got to share their story and the crowd seemed into it enough.

    Liked Becky vs Nattie, didn’t like Carmella’s involvement. I know they needed a way to add her to the match but I cringed at her taking out both Becky and Natalya.

    Alexa vs Mickie was decent but the crowd reall sucked the life out of this match. Heel vs heel is tough to pull off but they did a good enough job.

  • conan_kun

    Kelly Kelly wanna shows up during mixed tag match?
    https://twitter.com/TheBarbieBlank/status/842034049690419200

    • Gail-Rollins Fan
    • Nikki’s Sister

      No thank you.

    • Montel Porter
      • TheG.O.A.T

        ??

      • Gail-Rollins Fan

        Kelly’s best moment <3

    • howie_ruhl

      But for real, Kelly coming back at Wrestlemania as a heel to aid Maryse would by far be the most interesting she’s ever done since she having a kayfabe crush on CM Punk.

      • John Finnie

        If mickie james can’t get ovations as a former champ who was the face of the division for years after her return what do wwe think fans will be like when one of the worst in that era returns?? To me she will have to turn heel this time because true fans will know it’s only for a TDrole & will just not respond to her after the initial shock of her return

    • Angelica Marie MoNae

      Yassss!!!!! If this doesn’t hint at a comeback idk what is lol! I already got hints when she tweeted out agreeing with Mickie. Then more when she appeared at raw. Now this!

      • John Finnie

        I think it’s been confirmed she signed a 3 year deal & is indicting Beth at WM ….. I think

        • Angelica Marie MoNae

          The 3 year deal was a rumor that hasn’t been confirmed yet. I wouldn’t have expected Kelly to induct Beth but it makes sense since Kelly and Beth had more matches than Beth had with the other women combined lol. That also hasn’t been confirmed though. The only thing confirmed is that she is going to be at wrestlemania signing autographs and going to Beth’s induction.

          • perceval

            There’s a reason they name dropped her, here.

          • Angelica Marie MoNae

            Oh I know lol I’m 99% sure she is coming back lol I just don’t get my hopes up off of rumors, I like confirmations lol.

          • John Finnie

            Thanks for the update I think like the rumour mickie signed a 3 year deal maybe true for OK I be happy if I’m wrong though lol
            Really did Beth have more matches against KK than Melina or mickie.

          • Angelica Marie MoNae

            Lol I hope it’s true!

          • John Finnie

            Me too

    • Seraphina Rosenhart

      YAAAASSS!!! I really want her back. I know she wasn’t the greatest wrestler, but she showed a lot of potential. If she could train with Sarah Amato first and build a moveset, she could be really good.

    • perceval

      #fearthereturn

  • Bryskers

    “You beat a girl who had food poisoning tonight” highlight of the whole show for me. The Talking Smack segment was so funny. While it highlighted the fact that the girls don’t actually have real “heat” which forced them to rely on catty and petty insults, it also entertained the sh*t out of me.

    Nikki promo wasn’t as bad as some make it to be, but it could have been better. It’s always the same issue with her : she sounds scripted, and since it’s criticism that she received pretty much her whole career, it’s really strange to me that she doesn’t manage to inject some genuine emotion into this kind of promos. It’s the perfect occasion for her to get “real”. I guess it is what it is, it didn’t hurt the whole thing for me, I still enjoyed it. Maryse really tried to sell this feud, she did a good job as well. Glad John didn’t get to talk :-)

    I enjoyed both matches. It was a good week.

    • howie_ruhl

      My thoughts exactly. I mean, Charlotte barely has half the number of years Nikki has in this business and she’s still LEAGUES ahead of her as an actress and an in-ring storyteller.

      • wwepassion

        Hmmmm Charlottes dad is a HOFer and she’s been trained properly and given the world to improve. Remember she was terrible? Yea that didn’t matter because WWE pushed her so hard and gave her so many big matches and moments that she learned a lot and I’m proud of her. That being said don’t come for Nikki because she is a good wrestler, story teller and decent talker. Typical Bella’s hater

        • limfox

          lol whenever someone has a critique we’re “hating”

          You’re probably those typical SJWs who cry racism/sexism/[insert here]phobia at everything that doesn’t align with your opinion lol

          • wwepassion

            Uh huh…..

        • Bryskers

          Ok but also no. Don’t act like Nikki did not have many opportunities to step up her mic work. Girl has been featured in many high profile storylines, programs and segments. She’s been a key element of Smackdown since Summerslam and she still comes off as underwhelming on the mic. So your “WWE pushed her so hard and gave her so many big matches and moments that she learned a lot” argument is invalid here, considering how much WWE gave Nikki and how little she learned (on the mic department)

          • wwepassion

            Did you not read anything I said. If your are trying to compare Charlotte and Nikki’s opportunities plus Charlotte having a HOF dad you are hilarious

          • Izzy4lw

            that argument doesn’t quite work though – Nattie is terrible on the mike with a HOF uncle AND father, and Tamina has a HOF father as well – yet they are two of the most underutilized women of the past 10 years.

          • wwepassion

            Nattie has been killing it what are you talking about and before that she had no where near Charlotte kind of opportunities so again my point goes to the majority of women. So yes hun my argument is valid

          • Bryskers

            Uh uh, i’m not comparing anyone, I just pointed that the hypocrisy in your argument. And by the way, I don’t understand how Charlotte having an HOF dad is relevant at all in this discussion (which is about mic skills)
            You said that Charlotte improved because of the focus the company put on her, which is absolutely true, but you also ignored all the opportunities Nikki had during her carreer to step up her mic game, implying that she hasn’t received as much opportunities as Charlotte (it’s a least, the way I understood your comment.)

            And if you truly think that Nikki received less opportunities to improve in that departement than Charlotte, then YOU are the hilarious one, considering she’s been one of their biggest star for many years, and has been in many high profile feuds/segments, before and after her hiatus. Not saying she can’t talk, but after all this time, she should be better at this. That’s just what it is.

          • wwepassion

            I don’t think you’ve been watching wwe at all because no one besides Sasha and sort of Bayley got anything near charlottes opportunities. Sweetie Nikki did not get the matches nor basically every night get to talk so don’t even try it babe because that is a lie and you know it. Yes her having a HOF dad has a part in it and if you think not you are delusional. He teached her everything and for you to try and deny that being a huge part is pathetic and makes this debate worthless.

          • Bryskers

            Oh please. How delusionnal do you have to be to really think Nikki Bella should be included in the conversation of the misused women. Nikki has been a key element of the Smackdown roster since Summerslam. She feuded with Carmella and Nattie, two feuds where she had PLENTY of mic time and promos, and now she’s feuding with freaking Miz/Maryse alongside John Cena, two of the best mic workers ever, and you have the nerve to tell me she doesn’t get opportunities ? :’)
            Bottom line : like it or not, Nikki had plenty of chances to improve on the mic and still sounds ungenuine and scripted as hell.

            And if Ric taught Charlotte everything she knows, he must have been a very bad teacher, since, like you pointed out yourself : she wasn’t very good at first.
            Maybe John could step in and teach Nikki how to sound convincible :)

            You are at least right on one thing : this debate is worthless. Like any debate with you I noticed. Next time i’ll know not to bother. Good day/night/whatever.

          • wwepassion

            Your first paragraph I’m going to ignore because it makes no sense to my point and you are putting words in my mouth. So basically you are saying Charlotte should be great over night because of Daddy? Yea that makes sense? You can have the knowledge which she does from daddy but this is not an over night process. She was given the spotlight when she was green AF but that helped her learn a lot. She was in several takeover matches and before those matches had weeks to practice it unlike Nikki and the main roster women, she had her dad by her side until she got more comfortable, she main evented several times, she talked basically every night, she had the company up her ass since day one so don’t you dare try to compare Nikki with her or anyone else.

          • Bryskers

            What do you mean my first paragraph makes no sense to your point ? You implied Nikki didn’t get the opportunities to improve on the mic and I proved you wrong by giving you examples of feuds where she had a lot of promo time. High profile feuds, feuds that creative clearly focused on, I might add.
            But for some reason you chose to ignore that argument and dismiss it to nitpick about Charlotte and her dad, which says a lot about this debate.
            Also, talking about Takeover matches and how Charlotte got time to practice unlike Nikki is totally beside the point. Frankly, I don’t really care about how Charlotte improved ’cause that’s beside the point as well. You might be righ about Ric for all I care, it doesn’t change the fact that you are wrong when you’re implying Nikki didn’t have as much opportunities to improve her mic skills. Love Nikki, but that’s not on the company, that’s on her.

            This is going nowhere anyway and i’m over it. This is my last response to you and I mean it this time. Be-bye

          • wwepassion

            I’m no even going to read this novel because I’ve repeated my point over and over. SD is more successful and even raw knows it which is why they address it in interviews. Oops!

      • Rodney Holston

        To each their own but while I can agree that Nikki can sound scripted, I personally hate Charlottes whole “I’m going to scream talk thru this entire segment cause I’m a bad guy” thing she does.

        • ThePaigeturner

          I personally don’t get all the Charlotte is great on the mic talk. She gets flustered by the crowd and has very clearly forgotten what to say many times.

      • limfox

        Yeah Charlotte surpassed Nikki MILES ago

    • ?K . A . T ?

      I died when Nattie said that and then Becky responded with “well that explains the smell”.

  • conan_kun

    Smackdown almost always give all women at least 2 segments and matches with credible time. Moreover, Smackdown women division is doing what Raw won’t do, every woman for herself, Nia didn’t even attack Charlotte till now when she states she’s the most dominant woman and still unofficially teaming with Charlotte like a lackey.

    • Gail-Rollins Fan

      I like that they’ve saved Charlotte and Nia really crossing until Wrestlemania. It’s going to have a “big fight feel” to it.

      • John Finnie

        I think a nia character needs to be like jazz or karma stay away until you can go for the title come in at the best then just be brutal with everyone heel or face, nia is slow bland and green she should have been kept at NXT till she was as good as a Beth or jazz then made her debut

    • Wrestling.fan.from.France
  • conan_kun
    • PoisonFelino#Watermelondrea

      Becky slapped Nattie back to her cats xp
      I agree about non-gullible Becky. I hope she stays that firy.

      That moment with Mickie and Alexa in the corner at first looked like both women were going for an eyepoke.

      I loved Alexa yelling at Mickie “you are nothing without me.”

  • #BrieForPeace ?

    I knew the minute I read the comments there was going to be Maryse praise all over it. Women’s Wrestling fans have this strange obsession towards her but then wanna pin point other wrestlers in ring skills and talk about their passion… I seriously do not understand the hype people see in her. Fair enough her mic work was decent last night but still before she stood up it was pretty weak. Miz was the star of that segment. While I agree that Nikki can come off as monotone on the mic and really scripted i’m glad she’s given a platform to address these rumours and internet dirtsheets. I’m excited for the match but not really sure how it will pan out without the typical formula for mixed tag matches and Maryse not really being a decent wrestler plus having not wrestled for years. Also i’m not buying the whole Nikki/Cena happy couple because of what’s previously transpired on TD and Cena at this point is coming off as really self-centered and arrogant backing Miz’s claims up.

    As far as the rest Becky still doesn’t do it for me, her in ring work is not necessarily bad but it’s not necessarily great either. Her matches always feel very one dimensional and as if they never get off the first gear. Natalya keeps recycling spots and moves but her character has come leaps and bounds and for once i’m seeing a certain nuance in her work that wasn’t there previously.

    Mickie James has been poorly booked since her return so i’m glad she got a victory over Alexa. However i’d like to see some more susbtance, some more backstory as to why Mickie aligned with someone as unexperienced as Alexa without it being merely because of the title… as a veteran it just doesn’t come off as a believable motive.

    • wwepassion

      Yes, I knew as well Maryse cringe delivery would be praised because she’s a fav here and Nikki would be bashed because she’s hated here and on the IWC period. Becky needs to go heel, Mickie needs to stay by herself and get the rust off. Nattie I am actually liking these past months besides her constant screaming during matches.

      • #BrieForPeace ?

        I don’t feel as if Mickie has ring-rust it’s more like they don’t have a clear idea of what they wanna do with her and how to book her without hurting her and without hurting the rest of the roster. Despite it all, the draft has really put booking walking on eggshells so one doesn’t go over completely and the other doesn’t lose completely either

        • wwepassion

          I think Mickie is a tiny bit rusty in all areas, just a little. I hope after Mania she gets more situated and has a good feud with someone

      • Luna Lovegood

        Becky is good as a baby face then a heel.
        Mickie doesn’t have any ring rust.

        • wwepassion

          Mickie is rusty a tiny bit all around and Becky is boring as face to me.

          • Luna Lovegood

            Do you remember when Becky turned heel in NXT?.

          • wwepassion

            Yea because that’s when Iearned who Becky lynch was lol. She was forgettable as face until she made a name

          • Luna Lovegood

            I remember when she debuted she had a terrible gimmick. I understand your points. But Becky imo is better as a Babyface.

          • wwepassion

            I respect your opinion but history shows that majority made their name by being heel. She even prefers being heel and I’ll bet we’ll see the best Becky in her comfort zone

          • Luna Lovegood

            I respect your opinion as well. I didn’t know she prefers being a heel. Hey we might get a Becky Lynch heel turn this year.

          • wwepassion

            Yea she said she was always heel in the indys so she got comfortable, but she’s not a bad face at all, she actually plays both sides well I just like her heel better. We’ll see what happens since Mickie may be turning face : )

          • Luna Lovegood

            Imo Mickie is better at being a Babyface than a heel

          • wwepassion

            I actually like her heel too because her best work was when she feuded with Trish and in TNA as heel. She’s a good face too.

          • Luna Lovegood

            I 100% agree with you.

          • DivaFactz

            Lmaooo Mickie is far from rusty in the ring….

          • wwepassion

            To you

    • Luna Lovegood

      Do you buy into what reality tv is showing you. Cena and Nikki is a happy couple. And it’s ALL SCRIPTED.
      Becky Lynch is a good wrestler and her matches are good.
      Nattie is good in the ring also.
      Mickies return isn’t a tragedy like you claim.

      • #BrieForPeace ?

        You obviously misunderstood what I wrote therefore i’m not gonna bother going into detail with you

    • TheG.O.A.T

      Yea as a whole the division is missing that edge or Spark its lacking but hopefully in the next coming weeks it’ll be more intense

  • conan_kun
    • Don Prima

      I miss Natalya’s old ring gear.

    • limfox

      Generation transcenders

    • that triple threat was everything

    • Sable’s Bumps

      damn! someone get me some flat belly tea!

  • QueenSableBomb

    Maryse is such a QUEEN. She. Did. That!!

  • Luna Lovegood

    When did Nattie run Mickie James out of WWE?.

  • ThePaigeturner

    Mixed tag seg was cool. Maryse was really awkward at the beginning but managed to pull it together at the very end. Nikki’s delivery was very was hit and miss but it was good enough and she got her point across.

    Don’t care who wins the mixed tag at all but my petty side wants Nikki and Cena to win just for all the faux outrage and meltdowns.

  • Welchy

    Maryse’s promo was SO INTENSE.
    She & Miz truly feed off eachother’s energy. Both have never been better tbh. They are so much better together than apart.
    Home girl was spilling tea left & right on Nikki who’s been getting dragged consistently by a different hand since the draft started lmao.
    Becky vs Nat was cute. They always have nice technical based matches. Carmella was there too.

    Alexa vs Mickie was really good but the crowd SUCKED. Omg had they been at least a little alive the match would’ve felt so much more engaging.

    • Luna Lovegood

      I do agree with what you said about Nikki. Nikki will end up winning the feud with Maryse.

    • ThePaigeturner

      “Carmella was there too” lmao this is me always.

  • Call Up Asuka NOW

    I thought both matches was more on the good side than bad but the crowd sucked all night

  • I Love SD Live! That’s everything, is my good start of the week. The Nikki and John promo was so bad and felt a bit over-acted, in the other hand Miz and Maryse are killing it every single week of this feud. The match of Mickie and Bliss was sloppy in the start but with the progress was better. Nattie and Becky was a good kick-off for the night, counting three women segments was awesome.

    • wwepassion

      Maryse killing it? The needed help by miz it was cringe. She had one good line and Nikki came out and saved the women portion of it by getting to the point with Cena interjecting.

      • Of Course Not! I have to disagree with you, Maryse with one line was better than Nikki and she told her story very well.

        • wwepassion

          Miz had to help tell her story and he wasn’t even apart of what happen between them. Nikki held her own without Cena throwing out words. I’m sorry but my girl Maryse was nervous and rusty

  • Luna Lovegood

    The Miz and Maryse vs Nikki and Cena is SCRIPTED!!!. Y’all ls taking this feud way too seriously.Its to the points getting old that y’all bring Cena and Nikki’s personal life up. Way too much. Cena and Nikki is happy I don’t know why y’all can’t see that.

  • Little Miss Bliss

    Is Mickie heel or face I thought she turned face last week

    • conan_kun

      At least not babyface since she keeps bragging that she beat Trish at Wrestlemania 22 and win the title

      • DivaFactz

        Well it’s Wrestlemania season and her beating Trish for her first championship title AND at her first Wrestlemania was the biggest moment in her career.

  • iOwnThatSonOfABitch

    Even when Raw does something a little different, Smackdown still comes back 10x more exciting.

    I will say though, that crowd during Mickie vs Alexa PISSED ME OFF. I get it, it might be difficult to cheer for Mickie because she literally was just with Alexa, but that’s Mickie FREAKING James. Cheer. Make some noise. I feel as a fan, we were so fortunate to get them to face off right the next week and not even having to wait for a PPV. And it was a great match may I add!

    Smackdown though, seriously sooooo good.

    • Gail-Rollins Fan

      The match wasn’t believable and the crowd picked up on that. Alexa just slammed Mickie’s face into the mat and trash talked the whole time. A legend of Mickie’s tenure should be able to overcome weak offense like that easily. That’s where this “everyone is 100% equal” booking comes back to bite you in the ass.

      • Allyn

        i can’t speak for everyone but I feel like when we say we like the equality of the division we are talking about how every woman on the roster is getting some sort of a story and or ring time. I know that’s what it means for me at least. I like the women on raw I just don’t like that the same matches and storylines keep being recycled week after week. And I do understand that does have everything to do with the fact that half the roster is injured. All that being said I do understand where your coming from based on what we are seeing, some things do indeeed look like they dont add up.

      • wwepassion

        The match had nothing to do with everyone being equal…TF?

      • Crazy. #RIPMae

        Mickie should’ve took control while Alexa was getting dragged. It would’ve made more sense.

  • howie_ruhl

    I’m actually excited for a Bella and Cena match. Thanks to Maryse.

    • Montel Porter

      I wonder if Maryse will learn a new finisher maybe she can do that kick move she used to do.

  • Montel Porter

    Speaking of Mickie her match with Trish at Mania 22 is still IMO the best women’s match I’ve seen at mania.Feud was everything and only two women needed to pull it off!
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    • Gail-Rollins Fan

      Trish vs Jazz vs Victoria and Charlotte vs Sasha vs Becky were better for me as far as the actual matches go. The botch at the end of the Mickie/Trish match soured the whole thing for me. Had it been earlier in the match and not the end it might not have been quite as bad, but alas..

  • OriginalsFan

    First, I agree with the writer that WWE needs to develop character more for WM. Heck, stop putting every women on the roster on WM. IMO, it takes away the value of one having her moment at this historical event. Wheres the Trish vs Christy, Victoria vs Molly, Trish vs Mickie? Every year, they pretty much throw pretty much every single woman in a match. It doesnt propel any character at all, doesnt make us appreciate their hard for “earning” a spot at WM.

    Mickie – her comeback has been quite lackluster in my opinion. To me, I think WWE had a wrong approach for her come back. Having her side with Alexa is such an old trick in the book. Her outfit, Mickie doesn’t come off as a happy-go-lucky face anymore, her energy isnt there, and she certainly did not do that when she came back, so her outfit is out of place. It was weird to me as to why shes wearing that again. She changed her outfit in 2010, prior to her release, so why is she stuck in the past? WWE also made her look weak, she lost to Becky twice, and only won by a cheap shot. Thats no way to build a competitor.

    Nattie – I was hoping that Nattie would have a single storylline with Bliss, given her and Nicki did not last very long, and got cut off by Maryse. But nope, WWE brought everyone and mama involved in the title picture. I also dont understand why she keeps losing…it doesnt make sense the booking logic.

    Smackdown has been doing it right, hpwever, there are flaws. But, beggars can’t be chooser.

    • Gail-Rollins Fan

      Spot on. Especially the first paragraph.

    • Marcia Brady

      Couldn’t agree more!

  • conan_kun
    • I remember when I saw it on tv it said something about Psycho Mickie

  • 3???????

    Wwe over doing the word “bitch” like ?????

  • Luiz Giem

    I truly liked last night’s Smackdown, I don’t see why so many people are hating on it but here are my two cents.

    The Becky vs. Nattie was a good match, it feels like we’ve seen this combination too much before but they were entertaining. Carmella showing up at the end of the match wasn’t the biggest of the statements but it was kinda shocking and is a very logical move for Carmella’s character.

    Alexa vs. Mickie, guys, I loved it. I know some of you hated it but for me it was everything that Mickie’s matches against Becky weren’t. I think Alexa and Mickie have a great chemistry together and I would love to see a deeper feud between them both. I loved that Mickie got the win and hopefully a face turn will make her the huge star she was.

    The Talking Smack segment was a huge mess. Becky was funny af and made me laugh with her jokes but other than that it was a mess.

    About Maryse, well she was on fire last night. I don’t care if she blamed Brie on Total Divas, both shows are scripted and don’t forget that most of the people who watch Smackdown and RAW don’t watch Total Divas. I thing Maryse did it very well despite the language barrier and her statements about Nikki Bella just made the feud more personal and I’ve been enjoying it a lot because of The Miz and Maryse.

    I’m excited to see if there will be some surprising entrants for the Women’s Match at WM. Naomi, Tamina, Eva or even Asuka, I’m excited! I know a multi-women match at the biggest PPV isn’t the ideal but I’m fine with the WWE using as many women as they can (as long as there’s some logical booking) since those girls deserve the spotlight.

    • Welchy

      I agree with this especially Mickie Vs Alexa

      • Luiz Giem

        Thank you! I think the match was fresh and considering both of them are heels that’s the pace you should expect. I don’t get why so much hate.

  • I loved everything every woman did on Smackdown tonight. This was an A+ show. It actually has me itching to see Maryse in the ring, even though I am not expecting much. I’ll say it now, the minute she hits Nikki with the French TKO I will probably pee. Haha.

    Can’t wait for next week, excited for Wrestlemania. Wouldn’t mind if they do add Tamina and Eva to the match, if Naomi isn’t going to be in it I wouldn’t mind seeing Asuka make her main roster debut either. The segment they had of her on NXT tonight was real cute. I think she is ready for the main roster.

  • Allyn

    MARYSE?? Side note, I hope these two women are working on some good move sets I really don’t want to see a lot of hair pulling and punching and rolling around on the floor I want to see some wrestling.

    • We don’t have to worry about Nikki..but Maryse (whom I’m a fan of but for this feud I’m on Nikki’s side) hasn’t been in action in years. Lets hope we don’t see that from HER.

  • Also it seems to me like Mickie is still a heel, just no longer aligned with Alexa.

  • Addy

    Love Maryse but if they bring that trash K2 back for her ass… cancelled.

    • limfox

      Legendyse and Legend Legend are best friends so it would work out for both of them

      • Addy

        Can you believe someone just called K2 a legend? Sad.

        • perceval

          Hmm… We are facing the prospect of K2 retiring Nikki Bella. It’ll be… Interesting around here if that happens. :)

  • Angelica Marie MoNae

    I really enjoyed smackdown as always! I can’t wait for the title match and the mixed tag match. To an extent I’m excited for the raw title match as well because I know Sasha, Charlotte, and Bayley are going to deliver even if they have to over come all of Nia’s weaknesses…. I just hope that after WrestleMania they split the 3 of them up to branch out and do their own things without each other and bring the other women back to freshen things up and fill things up and spread the focus around.

  • I’m really appreciating how Smackdown isn’t limiting the heels to only have beef with the faces. This episode especially highlighted this point, followed by Talking Smack, which did as well. Thank you SD Live!
    *Side note: I wish Mickie & Carmella would get better reactions from the crowd.. I loved how Carmella attacked after the match but the crowd didn’t make much noise.

  • Kelly/Asuka???RainbowGoddess!

    Why is that majority of the DD staff are such Nikki butt kissers. They are so biased when they do their reviews on here smh

    • Luna Lovegood

      You want the DD staff be Maryse butt kisser’s?.

      • Gabriella Panajotova

        How about no butt kissers? Call it down the middle. :D

        • Luna Lovegood

          No arguments here I agree with you.

    • wwepassion

      Aren’t you satisfied with all the hateful comments below about Nikki. Damn let her breath, I don’t get you Bella haters I really don’t. This big ass article and all you’re worried about is them saying nice things about Nikki? TF?

      • Kelly/Asuka???RainbowGoddess!

        Did you ever followed your own advice Passion?! Did you ever give AJ Lee at chance? Did you ever let her breath? You are still the biggest anti-AJ Lee mark in the women’s wrestling community. Don’t you be coming at me pretending you are a saint! Try to practice what you preach boo!

        • wwepassion

          Bitch it’s 2017 who the fuck cares about Aj. Unlike you Bella haters I praise Aj here and there….oops! Nice try.

  • abcburak

    When Naomi won the championship the title was real. Then she used replica one and alexa keeps using the replica too. Just why?

    • ashley

      WHY?

  • Wrestling.fan.from.France

    “You don’t get to make up matches Nikki! Who do you think you are? John Cena?”
    Line of the entire thing! http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ma61v0zgZr1rcg3xpo1_250.gif

    • Kelly/Asuka???RainbowGoddess!

      The Miz lmao He won tonight!

    • Robann

      I legit cackled loudly when I heard him say that. Hilarious lol

  • Ronnieboi_M

    I do like Cena & Nikki. But I’m biased cuz I LOVE Maryse. She has so much charisma that it overshadows wrestling ability or mic skills. Although she has both to a certain degree. Anyway for me, it would suck for Maryse and Miz to lose JUST because it’s Cena & Bella’s last rumored match. It’s Maryse’s ONLY match. She deserves to win. Side note, I don’t get why Nikki sounds somewhat believable on TD but her promos…not so much.

  • Gabriella Panajotova

    Honestly, Nikki’s mic work is weird. She drags out words like how most heels do and her tone doesn’t seem natural at all. Maryse won the mic battle easily.
    Not overly excited about the match. I feel like it’s too predictable.

    Mickie vs Alexa was a good match. Both looked viscious as ever, I really enjoyed it.

    • wwepassion

      Maryse won the mic battle? Lol the girl needed miz to keep interjecting

      • Gabriella Panajotova

        It was Miz’s show, they purposefully did like an interview. Stop reaching. Maryse was better on the mic. Nikki is better in the ring, so stop being so pressed about Nikki not being accepted as this perfect 10 that you think she is.

        • wwepassion

          Let me know when miz isn’t helping her and she isn’t pausing every 4 sec. Nikki was better than her and didn’t need help.

          • Gabriella Panajotova

            Pausing is done for dramatic purposes and it actually worked. Why are you like this? You always have to argue just for the sake of it. Nikki is not a good talker. You don’t agree? Well, too bad.

          • wwepassion

            People like you are why I speak up, her pauses were for dramatic purposes? Oh please what a stupid excuse. You don’t like me speaking out? Too bad

        • That is a really delusional Nikki fan. Maryse has always been way ahead of both Bellas on the mic.

  • Wrestling.fan.from.France

    The SD Women’s championship picture is truly bad at the moment.
    This pretty much feels like a lazy and rushed booking for WM. There is a big lack of story, some girls’ involvement drags down the credibility of the match. Carmella is paired with a joke and last week, was used to job for the company couple, Nikki and Cena and now all of the sudden, she’s a creadible and logical threat for the title? That’s why this idea of every girl available isn’t so good.

    Both matches were from bad (Mickie vs Alexa) to just okay (Becky vs Natalya) and both were uninspiring.
    Mickie vs Alexa was so ugly, sloppy action, no chemistry, confusing story and alignement from the two… Why should we care? This was rushed and should have been handled much better. This needed a slow burn the way they are doing with Sasha for example (but less long tho because it wouldn’t have been needed) to develop the on-screen relationship and then surprise everyone with one turning on the other.
    Mickie is totally wasted. Truly, her booking is absolutely atrocious. She doesn’t feel any more important than any other girls and she is supposed to be a legend…

    Becky vs Natalya was okay yet boring. I said my piece on Carmella’s inclusion which I didn’t like but really, this match I felt, like most of Nattie’s matches, never got out of the first gear it seemed like. Always dissapointed when those two hit the ring together when I shouldn’t because they are supposed to be the two best in-ring workers we have.

    Either way, the build combine with the structure of the match isn’t making me feel any kind of interest or excitement for WM tbh.

  • Wrestling.fan.from.France

    The Miz and Maryse were truly made for themselves!
    Seriously, while the content isn’t so original and I am not that much of a fan of it all, they are drawing me into what they are saying with a stellar mic work and great character portray and most importantly, great facials expressions! You can feel the intensity in their eyes and their word and makes things much more convincing. The Miz is truly the breakout star of SD and Maryse’s inclusion to its character really improved his overall persona. She has such a presence and great facials.
    Here she was pretty fantasic. Her whole delivery, her change of tone when needed and her facials, this was all I needed to be attracted by her. So good!

    Now, when Nikki and Cena arrived, this is when things got less good. See, this was nice to put the spotlight more on Nikki for once and the women in general and not just their men but Nikki did a poor job. Her promo wasn’t good at all, she’s not natural at all, it feels forced and the content didn’t help.
    This couple continue to look “fake”. No chemistry which is weird in itself, choreographed kiss and love scenes, I feel no sympathy for them. Zero. Totally rooting for the Miz and Maryse and that’s unfortunate that they are only here to “job” in the end.

    • Kelly/Asuka???RainbowGoddess!

      Being together doesn’t fit their WWE characters, that’s why Nikki and John look so awkward and forced on camera tbh On total divas/bellas they are not portraying their WWE personas but being themselves somewhat. On TV they look like a mess and extra

      • that’s pretty much it. they’re totally different inside the ring and it doesn’t click

    • glassjaw

      See, problem I’ve always with Cena is that the more he tries to be amusing the more obnoxious he gets. Like when he was overreacting when Nikki was on the mic. It’s just offputting.

      • Rodney Holston

        Yeah but Cena tends to do that quite often so idk why people are shocked. One of his biggest criticisms is how obnoxious he comes off despite being this super Face of the company.

        • glassjaw

          I’ve never liked Cena. Ever. Great worker, but overrated. And, personally, I’ve always felt that he has all the charm of a rat dangling from a chandelier.

          • Bryskers

            NNNN You made me choke with the rat part. But I agree with everything !

      • Wrestling.fan.from.France

        Yeah, it’s definitely not working in this situation, it makes this look forced. It’s things like this that makes me feel that this is poor acting when they are supposed to be an actual couple… That’s sad when Cena had just as much chemistry with AJ lee than his actual one…

  • Pearlita Marie McGee

    “she will becoming the Women’s champion at Wrestlemania.”
    DIVADIRT, PROOFREAD YOUR ARTICLES BEFORE POSTING. FOR AN ESTABLISHED NEWS SITE, THIS IS EMBARRASSING.

  • PoisonFelino#Watermelondrea

    Foxy is always rocking the hottest outfits during 205 Live just like Layla when she was managing Summer during Slayers.

  • PoisonFelino#Watermelondrea

    I liked both matches but I would’ve preferred for them to be longer and a little more action packed.
    I didn’t like that Mickie dominated so much by Alexa as it seemed unbelievable that Mickie wouldn’t come up with something against the mostly weak offense. And I hated the dead crowd.
    Most short tv matches feel like throwaway matches with not much replay value which is a shame.
    Specially with a multi-woman match for WM we need each woman to showcase their talent and stand out.

    I like the fact that we get a multi-woman match at WM for SD because this is what SDL is all about and it’s the right thing for the current state of the women’s division. It only needs the right booking to be great like the Backlash match.
    I think that all the women need the chance to talk in good segments to build the match up in the right way. Flesh their characters out more.

    • Wrestling.fan.from.France

      Yeah, Alexa’s offenses can make matches look very irrealistic.
      When she throw people all arround the ring knowing that she is very petit and that she doesn’t possess some unbelievable strength or that she chocks people like she did with Mickie here, so weird and not realistic/credible at all.

      When it comes to the crowd, is it really their fault? I mean, they were just confused because they didn’t know how to react to both of them considering the rushed break-up.

      • PoisonFelino#Watermelondrea

        Yeah, that’s what I mean. She needs to use her size, speed and flexibility to her advantage and “dominate ” in that way if she has to. It just doesn’t make sense for her to be on top of a match by throwing around and choking much bigger opponents for too long.

        WWE didn’t do these women any favors with the rushed break up. It could’ve helped to give Mickie a promo before the match, explaining her agenda.
        But damn, that crowd was so dead and the women didn’t deserve it.
        I would’ve at least cheered for Mickie and booed Alexa since she seems to be the bigger heel atm.

    • glassjaw

      Mickie and Alexa cobbled together a decent enough match given the shabby framework going into it. I’m still not overly sold on Alexa’s ring work as a heel. One thing I didn’t like, however, was Mickie generically reverting back into a babyface – at least with her attitude towards the crowd.

      • PoisonFelino#Watermelondrea

        The match itself was ok. The crowd was straight up dead.
        “Clobbered together” xD funny wording.
        Yeah, I hope Alexa uses her flexibility for more intense moves in the future.
        She could do with sime throat thrusts as well.

        I think Mickie’s still a heel but I guess she was desperate to wake up the crowd. I can believe her as a heel that still wants the crowd to like her or believes that the crowd loves her.

        She seemed quite face-ish on TalkingSmack though. Except for some interactions with Becky

  • vdcvt

    I may be in the minority but I’m still pretty excited for the SD women’s match. I’ve enjoyed the previous matches that involved all / most of the women’s roster for the first women’s title and no 1 contender match. I enjoyed Becky vs Natalya, and it was nice to see Carmella insert herself although a promo would have definitely helped. I also actually enjoyed Alexa vs Mickie. Wasn’t 100% clean, but it was an aggressive match and I liked that aspect, even if Mickie shoulda got more hits in. Still, Alexa smacking Mickie’s head into the post and dropping her to the outside is not a bad way to change momentum, and Alexa finally doing a proper chokehold sto like she did in NXT was great for me haha.
    Still Mickie needs to seriously get a better character, she’s in limbo and her return has not been as great as it could have been. If she’d been the cocky, verge of crazy heel in TNA I would have gotten behind Mickie but her character has been pretty flat. Hopefully WWE either develop her heel character or put effort into making her a fun babyface again. She could even play mind games with Alexa and that would help solidify her still remaining heel or turning face.
    And the mixed match is heating up, the promos have been excellent. I’m hoping the action will be too!

  • ?K . A . T ?

    Maryse had me dying with that facial expression she pulled after she spoke all that smack to Nikki. I freaking love her!

  • Jesus’s brother

    This Mickie James run has been a HUGE flop… Mickie has had bad matches with Becky and now it seems we will see a round of bad matches with Alexa… wtf is wrong with Mickie?!

    • Welchy

      NONE of her matches have been bad. Please stop lol

      • Jesus’s brother

        They weren’t what everyone was waiting for after the match she had with Asuka lol

        • Welchy

          Still FAR from bad. All her opponents ain’t Asuka

    • Justin Bebier

      Becky Vs Mickie was rated the same as Charlotte Vs Bayley at the Rumble.(3.25)How the Fuck was that a bad match? Some of you marks have a rating system of 1 or 5 stars. If it’s not great it sucks. That was also Mickie’s first match with Becky ever. It was a non title and with 3 weeks of build. WTF are you talking about? Sasha Vs Charlotte have faced each other over 200 times and all there great matches were pretty much for the title. See the difference? WWE failed Mickie, that is all.

      • Jesus’s brother

        You could have 10 years of build, if the wrestler suck, you won’t have a great match. Mickie made Becky look bad. And don’t come at me with match ratings because they don’t mean anything lool
        Mickie never had outstanding match except of Asuka one… Becky has.
        So mickie needs to get her shit together because she isnt on a divas division anymore

  • Jesus’s brother

    Those who say Smackdown is better than Raw are some delusional idiots lool Smackdown is a mess with everyone on the title picture!

    • Wrestling.fan.from.France

      How about we stop making it a war? I guess it is too hard to name drop on division without having to bash the other (even tho comparaisons can be totally fine in order to make constructive points).
      Both have their flaws and good aspects and that’s something people should understand.

    • Welchy

      Make me delusional idiot number 1 then

      • Jesus’s brother

        fine

    • wwepassion

      I see you want attention

  • glassjaw

    It’s the way Miz looks at Maryse when she’s delivering her lines, like “that’s my girl”.

    • wwepassion

      More like damn get it out, he was feeding her lines and helping her…. cringe

  • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

    SD is just not doing it for me on this road to WM. The women’s championship match feels so random where everyone gets an opportunity for nothing. This month could have been so smoother if they just made a little tournament to be a contender and set up a one on one match.

    The mixed tag team match is going to be one of the stupidest moments at WM. This is a downgrade for all the wrestlers involved, The Miz who had a great year was delegated to this, Nikki who impressed with matches against Carmella & Natalya is sent to do this, John who could pull up a great WM match with Taker was sent to do this (giving Roman the match), Maryse who could return in a one on one, is going to be returning in a forgettable match. All of this just to give you a total divas moment where Cena engage Nikki.

    • Delroy Coke

      To be honest, if they didn’t have the mixed tag team match…
      Cena would of wrestled Samoa Joe or The Undertaker.
      Miz should of been in WWE title
      Match opportunity
      Nikki Bella should of wrestled against Becky Lynch and Alexa Bliss for Smackdown women’s title.

      Overall I am not a fan of the mixed tag team match, because Maryse hasn’t wrestled in 6 years that’s a major weakness. This is for Total Divas/Bellas sakes in a reality show match at Wrestlemania

      • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

        Thank you, The Miz had a great year but instead of being in the tittle picture or main event picture, he’s there in a mixed tag team match that will do nothing in his career and most people will forget just to remember the total diva moment at the end.
        Nikki could have a really good WM moment, winning the belt maybe but she’s there too for the sake of being proposed. (I hope it happens because if not, is going to be a slap in the face.)
        While Maryse offers a lot of charisma, we know she never was that amazing in the ring, I would love to see her back and if a match with Nikki was a way then let them have a one on one match.

        • Delroy Coke

          To remind people as well they forget WWE and the E is for entertainment. Since it’s a reality show match, there’s a casual audiences want to see.

          • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

            That is true but the E is never forgotten, is actually the most part of the show.

          • Delroy Coke

            Because the hardcore wrestling fans rather see wrestling matches and their favorites like Becky, Natalya, Sami, Cesaro and others. At the same time they are not happy with booking, WWE cater to casual fans, and casual mainstream fans like John, Nikki, Roman, Charlotte, and others

          • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

            Wrestling is the base of it all, Charlotte, Sasha, Becky & Bayley are on top because of that, of course their different type of characters helped. Nikki did earned tons of her fanbase outside of WWE but she proved herself in the ring, that’s what makes her so popular. This match can’t even satisfy the casual fan base like seeing Cena vs Taker (two casual fans favorites) or Nikki vs Maryse in a one on one. At the end of the day Charlotte will have THE MOMENT there.

          • Delroy Coke

            Great point!

          • Delroy Coke

            Exactly! You have a great point in the last three years Nikki Bella improved in the ring and has continued to grow a fanbase at the same time. Charlotte, Sasha, Becky, and Bayley has made women’s wrestling a spectacle. These are positive points by a fans point of view

          • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

            The thing is more casual fans know about Sasha, Charlotte & Becky at this point than they know for the rest of the division.

          • Delroy Coke

            At least we are seeing Sasha, Charlotte, and Bayley in primetime championship match for RAW brand, Nikki in mixed tag team match. In addition with Becky and the rest of Smackdown women for the women’s title

          • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

            I’m into RAW’s match, there’s a story behind and is coming together. The fact that Sasha had to earn the championship match, Charlotte got ger VIP ticket as the heel she is and that Nia is working her way in. That to me is the best you could give me. That’s how you see everyone is hungry for the belt. SD’s matches are not my cup of tea, they better impress me in the actual show. In paper is a mess.

          • Delroy Coke

            Nikki, Charlotte, Sasha, and Bayley are in a primetime Wrestlemania match. But we will see what segement will each women’s match take place at WM

        • Delroy Coke

          I forgot to mention if Nikki was in the title match. It would of been a comeback of a lifetime for sure.

    • I agree with everything you said. I think the tag match is a complete waste of cena, miz, and Nikki.

  • Brie’s Lamaze Coach (BAC)??

    Trash write up. Everything for the women flowed perfectly as far as booking went.

    • Welchy

      Ooop

  • limfox

    Overall, great night for the ladies! I mean, they were hitting the females back to back to back in the first hour: Nattie vs Becky w/ a Carmella appearance then Maryse/Nikki then Mickie vs Alexa. The whole active SDL women’s division was leveraged which was great.

    Now onto the critiques: I feel like John Cena and Nikki Bella, kayfabe wise, have really taken a fall from grace. I mean we have the “longest reigning divas champion” and a man who is tied with Ric Flair for most championship wins competing against Maryse and Miz in a mixed tag match at WM? And this is NOT a dig at Maryse/Miz as if they’re “not worthy” but this could be a SDL tag match – not one at WM. I get that they’re trying to do the TD tie-in since the show has brought them in big bucks (which is of course great news for investors in the company). Also, I feel like Nikki has been losing her “pizazz” tbh. When she hugged John Cena after D Bry announced the tag match was very awkward and seemed out of place for a simple announcement as that…you would’ve thought John asked to marry her with how she was reacting.

    • TabbyK

      I thought she was doing the most but I realised she went for a basic hug and he picked her up.

    • glassjaw

      “Fall from grace” you say… Well, let’s really scrutinise it. Plenty of ammunition fired at Cena and especially Nikki since her return last year has carried a somewhat realistic zing. Primarily the unquestionable pull power both have in WWE. Now, using that ammunition has bred more creative opportunities for promos against them; it’s very difficult for either Cena or Nikki to refute anything Miz and Maryse has said without being somewhat unconvincing. Cena covers his insincerity up with goofy jokes, less can be said for the material written for Nikki. Ironically, the heel couple have more sympathy in this feud. That is the only issue I have with this feud – well that, and maybe the foregone conclusion that Miz and Maryse are definitely losing at Wrestlemania.

  • MK126

    The more they bring up this contract situation the more it confuses me. I dont understand why Maryse or even Kelly Kelly would make up such a story and then keep it going. Maybe at that time they felt the Bellas blocked their return but maybe WWE offered them the contracts and the Bellas said no (to maryse and kelly) but on the sneak took the deals. As for them not being “best friends” they said in an interview after they left didnt they say that Maryse lived on their couch and they helped her with her English? Theres gotta be some truth to Maryse’s story but maybe its entirely a misunderstanding.

    As for the SDL womens title match at WM im looking forward to it more than RAWs. I feel like the vagueness in “every available women on the roster” helps sell the fact that Bliss may not walk out as champ. Its full of surprises and possibilities going foward with the division.

    • glassjaw

      But of course the Bellas wouldn’t have an issue with Maryse and Kelly Kelly being in WWE now – they’re already established mainstream stars. At the time of Total Divas’ inception, I can totally believe the Bellas not wanting them on the show. Maryse and Kelly would have been strong competition for the spotlight, as they were during their WWE run.

      • MK126

        Oh I definitely agree. Kelly and Maryse were WAY more popular than the Bella’s during their initial runs with WWE. I think Kelly and Maryse even had more WM matches than the Bella’s tbh. I can see some truth to their story besides the fact that if it wasn’t true why would they make up this story? Making up this “lie” and keeping up with it for almost 3+ years would be tiring and annoying. Although I could see that if the Bellas had that much backstage pull then why didn’t Brie get the title against Charlotte or why did their WM match get cut? if they had so much pull backstage their match would have made the card regardless of time constraints. It could go either way in terms of what’s believable and what isn’t

        • glassjaw

          I believe the Bellas to be shrewd opportunists. Not bad people by any stretch of the imagination. I also believe they do possess a degree of pull power – perhaps not enough to dictate the entirety of their booking, but definitely some pull.

          • MK126

            I could see that. NIkki’s first title run was only given to her as a way to keep them from leaving if I remember correctly so I can see that they have some pull or at least a strong influence

          • glassjaw

            Well there’s a good point – Nikki’s first title win felt like a complimentary gift, and there was absolutely no purpose to it. Beth Phoenix was heading towards becoming the longest reigning Divas Champion and building up a storyline of having no competition left, which would have cued in Layla’s return at Extreme Rules.

          • MK126

            That would have been a better storyline for the title… even though Layla’s reign kind of flopped cause of her crappy booking

          • wwepassion

            Bella’s power? Go sit down somewhere because they didn’t even have power to win the title until to Years after they returned, weren’t allowed to respond to the pipebomb and Nikki still isn’t women’s champ. Stop

      • Nikki’s Sister

        I agree to an extent. Nikki said more than once that K2 should be on the show or when asked who she would like to be added Kelly was her first answer. Never said anything about Maryse though…

    • Nikki’s Sister

      I honestly think it’s miscommunication. The Bellas are really adamant that they didn’t purposely try to screw over them over Maryse and K2 feel like the Bellas stole their spots and screwed then out of a contract.

      Then again I also think if WWE wanted Maryse and K2 back nothing would’ve stopped them. Maybe WWE just felt like they wanted the Bellas more because of the whole sisters on a reality show appeal? Either way I don’t think either side is wrong about what happened.

      • MK126

        Well we all know how E! feels about sisters on a reality show… in the end it worked out cause Maryse is on SDL and Kelly is on WAGS

  • fantastic SD Live This week

  • Dreignz

    I miss Heel Nikki, I’m tired so see her as a victim.

    • TabbyK

      Right? It’s so boring.

  • limfox

    Btw, there’s speculation that Eva Marie is returning at WM and may win the title

    • MK126

      I could see her being in the match… just not winning the title. Her announcer did say that she was taking an extended vacation cause she was exhausted when she got suspended. What a perfect way to regain all your heat by not wrestling for months and then coming back in a title match at WM

    • Jouey

      OMG YASSS bitchhh! I prayyy

  • MeddlingDiva
  • Dionte Brown

    I love Alexa’s character work I really really do but she just isn’t doing it for me in the ring .im not saying my fav is the greatest since sliced bread but Alexa’s matches have been really poor. Imo her best match was against Naomi at elimination chamber. Other than that her matches aren’t that great. I was very disappointed in the match between her and mickie. As they both can perform better.

    • Steve B

      Naomi didn’t hurt her leg from the moonsault at EC. She hurt it carrying Alexa for that entire match.

  • mckenzie

    I’m really happy for smackdown because they are the home of the veterans. Divas like nikki maryse natalya and mickie been in the business for over 10 years and its great to see them like nothing changed. I am behind mickie james all the way she is one of the best there is in the wrestling industry and I want to see her take that title. Not only does she had prestige to the smackdowns title but the entire division.

  • MeddlingDiva

    Look like any female wrestler can beat Alexa Bliss.

    Can’t wait for Eva Marie to return. So Alexa win single matches lol

  • A One of a Kind Collectible

    Okay so WWE aren’t really doing good job as building John and Nikki as faces. Miz and Maryse are just saying things that are ture. I’m sure John and Nikki are lovely people and they both do a lot for fans and charity. But Miz and Maryse are destroying them on the mic and are just saying things that are true, they’re hardly being heelish

    • MeddlingDiva

      Add on, The Miz fued with Daniel Bryan is VERY Real

    • wwepassion

      Lol, destroying? Miz yes Maryse nope. She didn’t do great nor say anything true beside a mishap with her return which the Bellas has nothing to do with and in real life is squashed. Nikki has been killing it on her own and Maryse was cringe and needed help from The miz. She got one good line out that had the word bitch in it.

  • GOD STRATUS•

    Divas division 08-14. Smh

  • French TKO

    While I’m usually not a big fan of Bella or Cena, I really think they held their own here. My personal tastes led me toward Maryse and The Miz in terms on which pair I liked listening to more, but that’s not a factor. Cena has always been a decent to great mic worker, depending on the storyline, and Bella has always just been right below the mark of enjoyment for me. She’s come a long way in the 8 years that she’s been on the main roster, not counting the little time she spent at FCW. I’m actually..kinda starting to enjoy listening to her too. I applaud her for her work on Tuesday night. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/13e9904acfded5bcb90f47be9cc069f29a6a8f32a34f829a7c4e1e56b76f0059.gif

    • Cathy Kelley.

      Flop.

  • Shan

    The Miz just has this charisma about him. Like he plays a heel so well. You hate his character but you can’t help but watch. My sis the other night (she watches Total Divas but not wrestling) saw SD and was like ‘What is Mike doing? He doesn’t act like that.’ I just smiled because it was testament to how good he is. Anyways. That said. I feel like I’m supposed to be rooting for Cena and Nikki but I honestly want Maryse and Miz to win. I know it won’t but I would love for them to win. They’re just the more charismatic couple.

  • Izzy4lw

    At this point, I’m more excited for Maryse/Nikki to clash then to have the multi-woman tag match. The buildup thus far for what should be the more important women’s match from SD has been a cluster- Carmella hasn’t wrestled a non jobber in forever so why she has a shot is beyond me, Mickie and Alexa don’t have anywhere near the heat that they should have (Alexa’s character is great but she hasn’t turned it up- this was her sure fire way to keep her title with a lackey at her side who just turned on her, yet we get the same antics as any other match) Becky and Nattie was good, but they also seem stuck in this weird purgatory as characters. What’s the story here? Where’s the WM caliber heat?

    TBH, if it wasn’t for John and Miz’ involvement, I’d say they should pull a swerve and have Maryse win the title next week just so that we can get a WM feud of Maryse/Nikki that makes sense and once again has the high stakes feeling like Victoria/Molly, Trish/Mickie, or Victoria/Trish/Jazz – Instead, it feels like a continuation of the age old tradition of “We’ll throw every single woman in here for the sake of it” that always ends up with nobody in the audience really caring.

    Maryse/Miz and John/Nikki has been underwhelming in the material since the heels’ gripes have been said time and time and time again so at this point those zingers just don’t feel fresh anymore (particularly to Nikki – this is literally the exact same thing that Carmella/Nattie said, so it feels like Nikki has been in Groundhog’s day for the past year – the same feud, the same material, the same “I will prove you wrong and overcome fearlessly!” result) but Maryse and Miz can deliver in a way that others’ haven’t been able to. Cena and Nikki aren’t bad on the mic by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s clear that they’re both outclassed in the material department. Either way, all party’s are delivering and the crowd is eating it up, so I’m here for it.

    Also, I really wish Nikki would go back to sounding like she did in her promo’s with AJ – during that feud Nikki sounded legit authentic and her promo’s were amazing; at that time I had her up there promo wise with AJ and Stephanie, but since then her delivery has gotten wooden. I hope she can shake that next week, because I really need to see some fire from her to match the venom Maryse brings.

  • John Finnie

    Is it just me that thinks in mickie & a few other big returns who claim to be “home” are maybe better of staying away from home because not many people can make an impact the second time around…. I’m glad she’s back but it seems like she knows she will be treated not great;
    I have an issue with nattie saying she “ran mickie out of wwe” I mean just own up wwe & say YOU let go of mickie NOT a performer

    Iv read that people think the JC Bella came off as heelish Not miz mayrse didn’t watch that part so can’t answer
    Wow Becky looks if she has had work done her face is slimmer her teeth a bright white & I’m getting bored of her or of the writing that she has had to work with
    I’m glad the 6 time champ won this match but it wasn’t great for what both can do

    As for the WM match I’m only here for a good match with a stip a surprise return or debut & a title change

  • wwepassion

    Some of you are so petty towards Nikki, yea her delivery is awkward but she still got it done on her own unlike Maryse who kept awkwardly stopping every 4 sec and needed miz to keep interjecting and throwing words in between. Yet y’all are like yes queen slay… really? If that was Nikki y’all would be like wow she needed help from Cena and she kept stopping like she didn’t know what to say. Some of you are obnoxious and straight up petty.

    • Gabriella Panajotova

      They did it like an interview…Stop reaching so hard. Nikki is not perfect, people pointed out how she came across. Just take the criticism and don’t be so butthurt. Nothing serious happened. People constantly point out Maryse’s subpar wrestling abilities, so who cares?

      • wwepassion

        If you can read I said Nikki was awkward so perfect my ass. Some of you are just petty and and delusional. Most are saying how great Maryse promo was? Like are you serious? She couldn’t even talk without pausing and miz interjecting. Nikki delivery wasn’t the best but she didn’t do bad and didn’t need Cenas help yet y’all are tearing her apart as usual. It’s old and yup I’m going speak on it.

      • glassjaw

        wwepassion getting an anal prolapse each time someone doesn’t sing the praises of his fav, what a huge surprise.

        The block feature was a godsend here.

        • wwepassion

          Got something to say? Say to me. Why are you surprised that I’m speaking my mind? Get over it

        • Instant Classic ?

          God bless your honesty, we need more of it here

          • glassjaw

            Trust me, there’s a lot more where that came from!

        • Steve B

          I blocked the same person earlier today LOL

          • glassjaw

            I have a block list longer than Jericho’s at this point. (Doesn’t stop some of them still replying though!)

    • Kelly/Asuka???RainbowGoddess!

      Can you stop being so basic and extra?! Seriously take several seats boo, heck forget the chairs, just sit your butt on the floor and be quiet passion!

      • wwepassion

        I’ve been extra since day one deal with it. Y’all are extra salty so I’m gonna speak on it

  • Shady

    the episode was great all around, but Talking Smack was pure gold! The one liners, the facial expressions, the slick comebacks, everything was just amazing! Frontrunner for segment of the year

  • Robann

    They are just….playing with me. This week’s episode was okay but the women’s title picture is currently all over the fucking place. I’m pumped for both WM matches but something is missing, and I know exactly what/who it is.

    The woman who is supposed to the current champion in the first fucking place *hard eye roll*.

    NAOMI HURRY UP AND COME BACK! Lol

    • Robann

      And to add, its clear as day that they did NOT have a backup plan in case something happened to Naomi after she won the championship, which they always should. Because this is a company that barely let’s their workers take days off causing them to not rest enough and injure themselves more, they should at least have a plan B and C for situations like that. Definitely seems like they just threw everyone in the title picture and I’m not feeling it. Smfh

  • Victoria&Melina19

    Smackdown wasn’t the best, and I don’t like how they trying to fit all the woman on the card at mania. It’s kinda lazy booking in a way. At the same time since Alexa is champ I can’t see her one on one with anyone at Mania, considering the fact that imo I haven’t found her matches great.

    • Gabriella Panajotova

      Yeah, I agree. There isn’t really a standout star now because everyone is pretty much on the same level due to this sort of booking.

      • Victoria&Melina19

        Yeah I enjoy Smackdown but Mania is in a few weeks and they kinda rushing for everyone to be on the card, it’s not properly built since plans had to change.

  • Lushluke

    I’m more excited to see maryse back in the ring more so than anything else on the mania card. PLEASE hit the French kiss, TKO, camel clutch and forward face buster. Xoxoxo

  • B J

    Waiting for Eva Marie to make her suprise return and steal the title.

    Hoping Naomi returns and does it instead.

    • B J

      Also Kelly Kelly BETTER return as HEEL to help Maryse go over Bella!

    • Jesus’s brother

      Yes at eva, no at Naomi… HELL NO at Kelly Kelly

  • Monkey Tennis

    Whilst RAW’s booking at the moment over the last few weeks has been doing a bunch of stuff wrong, Smackdown’s booking right now doesn’t feel like it’s doing anything at all.

    It’s been a week since the announcement of the however-many-people-end-up-being-involved-title-match at Mania and we’re already seeing a lack of any real direction for the match. It doesn’t feel like a number of different stories being told, but no story at all beyond “everybody wants the title”. And that’s it.

    It’s not like there were many options to begin with anyway, but having Mickie turn on Alexa last week already took one potential narrative out of the mix, in terms of would Mickie have helped Alexa retain or been out for herself in the match. That question’s already been answered. In a similar vein, there was no interesting angle to Carmella’s involvement – just a bog standard post-match sneak attack and bam, I’m a serious contender now. Basically, it doesn’t feel like anything is being built here and has pre-show written all over it

    As for Maryse and Nikki… It;s nto for me. Maryse was OK on the mic, although did need a little prompting from Miz on a couple a occassions. The storyline’s blah though… and if I was a Nikki fan, I’d have been a little miffed that after Maryse’s speech that was basically all about Nikki, she ended up coming out with John to his music. Sure, he’s the bigger superstar but that segment was primarily about Maryse vs Nikki so it just felt a little… misplaced… to have Cena’s music play.

    • Izzy4lw

      Normally I’m generally completely on board with everything you say, except I’d have to take a moment to say that deciding to split Mickie when they did could have made sense IF they were going to make a real programme out of it. Instead we got a match that relied on commentary and a couple shrieks from Alexa to put over their bitterness toward one another. Also Mickie’s sudden alignment as a babyface after getting a cheap shot in on the champion is slightly confusing as well.

      I do agree though that everything is in suspended animation on the way to Mania; as much as I want to get excited for both titles to be defended at the big show, the buildup with SD has seemed anticlimactic and frustratingly by the numbers in terms of booking.

    • glassjaw

      The furious scramble between all possible participants for the title match indicates, to me anyway, that Alexa is possibly dropping it to someone currently not in the bracket: Naomi, Tamina, perhaps even Nikki or a debuting Asuka; in the absolute worst case scenario, Eva Marie.

  • knockoutdivafan

    Well Positives: Can we get a round of applause for Smackdown dedicating a full hour (minus the AJ opening) to their women???? The old NXT writers are doing really good to recreate that magic in the SD women’s division.

    Alexa – It’s obvious that this second reign she wasn’t prepared for. The first time their was decent build up and we got to see her abilities show cased. We can’t really fault her because she is making the best of the situation, but I would love some better moves from her. I was happy to see the Choke STO and the Glitter Blizzard return so that’s a great way to keep it fresh for her.

    Mickie – I love you, but Heel Mickie < Psycho Mickie. We need another strong baby face with Naomi being out. Mickie walk into your purpose! There is a reason why you were the top babyface during your time. It just works.

    Natalya – This heel run has definitely been one of the better ones but nothing compares to her debut. That was the heel I liked. Can she please make her WM entrance with 2Pawz????? Throw back to Torrie Wilson right there. I desperately want a new finisher from her as well. The sit out power bomb is always my fav with her. Maybe she will honor Beth at Mania with a Glam Slam???

    Becky – The real work horse of the division, but I need a break from you. Nothing you are doing is really wrong, but spice it up. Can we get a heel turn?

    Carmella – You work with what you got and the heel gimmick minus the staten island accent is working well. Please get another move besides the super kick. When Tamina comes back she will need it again lol. I want a new finisher from you as well….Hmm Snapmare Driver anyone?????

    Nikki – We have waited for you and Cena to get together, make it worth the wait. I am not disappointed, but I want more. Maryse is killing you.

    Lastly Maryse – I am excited to have you active again. But I am nervous that we are going to get second divas championship reign Maryse instead of the first. She had a lot more in ring ability during her first run than her last. She could easily remind Nikki that she was the Original longest reigning Divas Champion and first person to hold it more than once and that Nikki strived to be just like her because she was jealous. There is a lot to work with. Please give Nikki the Skull Crushing Finale.

    • Justin Bebier

      Nikki is going to be part time, so Becky needs to be a face. Naomi is the only other one. Who are they going to replace her with. Mickie? she barley gets any reaction anymore(which is sad). Becky needs to move to Raw or have someone move to Smackdown. That would spice things up.(Charlotte or Sasha)

      • wwepassion

        No, we don’t need Sasha nor charlotte burying and messing up a good thing we have on SD.

  • Jesus’s brother

    People on dd get mad pretty easily loool, im going to stop before u cry

  • Little Miss Bliss
    • KellyKellyisbeast

      Idg wat they find unimpressive about her

    • Steve B

      Maybe they finally are realizing most people want to see better wrestling from the women in the championship role. She is overrated on the mic too as her slip ups on talking smack made Botchamania

      • wwepassion

        You do realize it’s just a rumor right?

        • Steve B

          KYS

          • wwepassion

            HUH?

          • Steve B

            Back in January Nikki/Cena vs Miz/Maryse was a “backstage rumor” too as was Shane vs. AJ

          • wwepassion

            And? Aj was pregnant then she returned and wrestled remember?

          • Steve B

            That is why my original statement started with the word “MAYBE” which you either ignored or failed to comprehend as the crux of the point being hypothetical. If they bury Alexa or not I don’t care but she is trash in the ring and turning a lot of people off with her poor wrestling work and that is a fact. They called Alexa up too soon and gave her too much for someone who has only been wrestling for a total of 3 years just like Carmella.The next closest person, Naomi, has 8 years of experience and that is a huge gap especially when it comes to ring psychology and chemistry. Not to mention Natty, Becky, and Mickie who all have 15 years or more worth of wrestling under their belts. They shouldn’t have to carry someone as green as Alexa.

          • wwepassion

            Guess what it’s just a rumor, guess what? Alexa is more over than your fav and wrestling isn’t what makes you a star CLEARLY

          • Steve B

            I see you failed reading comprehension. Good luck in life, you will need it if you don’t understand a word as simple as maybe.

          • wwepassion

            Huh? I see you are trying to change the subject because you know Alexa is more over than your fav

          • Steve B

            Putting over people like Alexa is why WWE viewership is 1/6th of what it used to be. People like you who said nothing on here about her until she won a belt then act like you were fans from day one are the worst. The fact that in my previous statement I referenced the origin of this entire dialogue and you said I was “trying to change the subject” is a sad referendum on the general public.

          • wwepassion

            Can you please put up a better argument I mean….TF?

    • Justin Bebier

      Good her push has been a bust. She’s been in the title picture since it’s inception and still gets no reaction. At least Roman and Charlotte gets some heat. Mickie Vs Alexa or even Alexa Vs Naomi was the most quiet i’ve ever heard the crowd. They should of build her up for Becky instead of hot shotting it on her from the get go.

      • Little Miss Bliss

        Alexa is selling good merch tho so she’s popular

    • Black Rose

      To be honest, in my opinion, I think Alexa and Mickie had better chemistry than Becky and Mickie. So i find it so weird they didn’t like the match.

  • Martin Trombley

    God Nikki cant step out of the one tone talk… Brie>Nikki in all aspects of wrestling and how I miss her… As for Maryse’s pauses and such… despite the blind to see Bella fangirls who cant see any wrong… Maryse learned English in like MONTHS to be apart of WWE… It Nikki still can’t speak properly ( as we have seen on TD) and people give Maryse crap? pfffft… sit down…

    • Nikki’s Sister

      So we’re not allowed to criticise Maryse because she learned English almost a decade ago? As for Brie being better than Nikk in all aspects of wrestling lol. She’s a bland wrestler and an even worse talker than Nikki.

      • Martin Trombley

        Criticize all you want… you’re still wrong… I used to be a heavy Bella Bandwagonner when it was Bellas vs Authority and a lot before hand… I was impressed with their improvements in the ring… but after the heel turn of Nikki, the shitty story line with AJ, the shitty ending of the Brie vs Nikki feud, and then the shitty ‘longest reigning divas champ’ storyline, along with nikkis bland as hell mic skills… I was over it… been over it

  • Fearless Nikki

    1. OMG MARYSE SLAYEDDDD! I LOVE NIKKI BUT GIRL U NEED BETTER COMEBACKS!! I’M ACTUALLY SO EXCITED FOR THIS FEUD!!!!

    2. I’M GLAD CARMELLA IS IN THE MATCH. SHE NEEDS TO LEAVE JAMES BECAUSE I THINK HE’S HOLDING HER BACK!!!

    3. MICKIE AND ALEXA HAD A PRETTY OK MATCH BUT THAT MICK KICK THOUGH!! DAMMN!!

    4. I SWEAR TO GOD IF ANY OF THE WOMENS MATCH GOES TO THE PRE SHOW, IMMA BE SOO CHEEESED! THEY DESERVE THE SPOTLIGHT. LET’S ALL PRAY IT DOESN’T GET TO THE PRE SHOW!!!

  • perceval

    I can honestly say that I never thought the most interesting question going into a John Cena Wrestlemania match would be “How does Kelly Kelly play into this? ” :)

  • Steve B

    I feel like the Smack Down women’s title match at mania should have a special stipulation announced at the last minute and it should be a ladder match.

  • conan_kun

    WWE officials are not impressed with Alexa’s in-ring work. It’s being said Alexa has very little chemistry with anyone other than Becky, Becky is credited for the passable matches they have had on TV. Road agents were not happy with Alexa’s match with Mickie on SD
    https://twitter.com/allwrestlingnew/status/842557936002121728

    • Kelly/Asuka???RainbowGoddess!

      Tbh I’ve always felt like Alexa was called up prematurely like Nia Jax. At this moment she won’t be able to produce any 3 star, 4 star or 5 star matches but not saying she won’t ever but she needs more time at NXT. They should just pull an Emma with Bliss after WM and send her back to NXT with Nia Jax to work on their ring work and bring them back next WM season in 2018.

    • PYM #TheRoadTo5

      I honestly thought her match with Mickie this week was mediocre on Alexa’s part. It’s a shame that the road agents aren’t happy with her. She definitely deserves to have a longer reign.

  • tstumo

    Carmella is fine! They’ve been doing the whole James Ellsworth thing with a purpose. Either to have her get the title with his help (which is totally fine) or to break his little heart and garner more heat. Either way it’s a WIN for her. Also her involvement in the women’s title match is also fine. She’s proven she’s an opportunist. it makes sense that she would do what she did. Y’all always want someone to be mat experts and it’s why I laugh when people say they are trish fans when they trashed her until she improved. Same with Charlotte. Nikki was sub par in on the mic and I fast forwarded through Natalya Becky. Natalya has been great though. Mickie… idk she needs she needs to connect with the audience somehow

  • PYM #TheRoadTo5

    As a whole, I thought the show itself was one of the more slower paced Smackdowns I have seen since the draft. While there were two women’s matches, I didn’t very much enjoy either one. Happy that Mickie one though, but that match was SLOPPY, and I think that was definitely on Alexa’s part. Becky vs Nattie wasn’t anything great either, Carmella laying them both out at the end was nice. I really did like the Miz TV segment, I liked Maryse’s pettiness and the Miz was just feeding it. All in all I thought the show was one of the (I hate to say it) boring Smackdowns I have watched in a while, and I’m glad I didn’t actually go to the event because they were in my hometown.

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  • Organization XIII

    Carmella doesn’t seem rushed to me. She was just at EC Chamber scoping out the competition or has that been forgotten? Plus she’s been using Ellsworth slowly but surely to deviously push herself up as a threat even if it has been against mainly jobbers.

    & poor Alexa. I have always liked her but the girl has no chemistry with any of the women on Smackdown thus far one on one. All of her matches have really been stagnant & lackluster.

  • Sable’s Bumps
  • Mandy

    I noticed the same thing with the Maryse segment, it was extremely poor writing on WWE’s part considering Total Divas is their reality show. They even promoted the hell out of Brie and Maryse’s confrontation.

    Normally I cringe when Nikki takes the mic but she was pretty good here. I could have done without her jumping on Cena though, she looked ridiculous!

    • wwepassion

      Cena picked her up she didn’t jump in his arms relax jealous lol

  • Carlos?#canigetarefill

    How can you not like The Miz and The Maryse.. They legit feel like the babyfaces, who are trying to burn down a fuckboy kingdom. Because all of what Miz was saying was true, he went through alot of bullshit but he still prevailed and even has a win over Cena at a mania… MARFUCKINYSE!! You didn’t have to completely sheether that other Nikki! She convinced me of what I knew all along… Nikki is cold like the white walkers. ?? I thought the segment was good. Also was it me or did they need Daniel Bryan to save it for Nikki and Cena because he started clocking tea on Miz real strong ?

    • C Mack

      Fucboy kingdom??? lol I’m dead

      • Carlos?#canigetarefill

        You Gotta call a thing a thing?

        • C Mack

          Agreed lol

  • Ryan Leslie

    Much like when Nia Jax told Sasha Banks that she would have a 30 for 30 after Alexa originally used that line, Maryse’s lines were all recycled from Natalya. Outside of that Maryse is fantastic! I prefer Miz to do most of the talking though. Nikki. Becky, and Natalya all looked fairly strong but the Nikki and John thing is getting cheesy and corny already. Mickie and Alexa was better than most people are giving it credit for, although I wish Alexa would win more!!