SmackDown Redux (February 5th, 2010) – New Champion, Same Drama

With a new Women’s Champion crowned at the Royal Rumble in Mickie James, it seemed like a new era for the SmackDown Divas division. Not quite. Despite a new champion, we still have the same three-way problem though slightly altered: Beth Phoenix wants the title, Michelle McCool wants the title and Mickie James wants to keep the title. A three-way match between these two had been teased in the early weeks of January but somewhere along the way, the focus shifted back to Mickie and Michelle leading to the Rumble. But now it looks like we’re once again on course for a triple threat scenario. New champion Mickie found out on SmackDown this week that being champ ain’t easy:

Mickie has been Women’s Champion five times now but how many times has she gotten to give a post-win promo? Not many. Already, her fifth run is off to a great start as Mickie gets to do the whole “We did it!” pow-wow that we see from the men. As can be expected from such a paint-by-numbers speech, just as she talks about anyone challenging her to go ahead — she’s interrupted. The Glamazon, Beth Phoenix, fresh from using her feminine wiles~ to eliminate Khali in the Rumble match, is out to boast about doing so. Really, Beth? You’re going to brag how you acted slutty like it’s a good thing? I kid. Kinda. Tangent: I didn’t really comment on the whole Beth-Rumble thing so I’ll do it here. I think it’s great that she was in the Rumble and got a big moment but of course it had to be played out with the most cliched tactic in the world. Somewhere a woman is burning her bra in anger.

Anyhoo, Glamazon says she can take Mickie’s title whenever she wants and as things are about to pop off, out comes Vickie Guerrero. Hey Striker, where are the fat jokes for Vickie? Anyway, Vickie says it’ll be the two of them versus the ‘true number one contender’ Michelle McCool and Layla.

Out come Lay-Cool in cute matching hoodies and for a second there I thought they were gonna emulate the Beautiful People entrance but thankfully, they didn’t bend over and touch their toes. Michelle McCool surprisingly graces the SmackDown ring with her presence this week, her first full-length match on the show it seems in quite some time. And if the prospect of Beth vs Michelle isn’t tantilising, I don’t know what is. Beth shoves Michelle to the mat with great force before picking her up effortlessly and tossing her to the canvas. Beth throws Michelle into the corner and hits her with a butt bump and shoulder blocks. Michelle counters with a low dropkick to Beth’s knee, taking her off her feet and giving McCool some momentum.

McCool is now in control, dropping a few elbows in the knee joint of Phoenix before going for a quick cover. The former Women’s Champ then applies the awfully named ‘Make a Diva Tap’ or ‘MAD T’. For a former school teacher… that’s the best you could do? Beth flicks Michelle off and the two then stumble to their feet at which point Phoenix runs at Layla in the corner, knocking her off the apron.

Back in the ring, an angered Michelle goes for a strike but Beth blocks it and grabs McCool running into her team’s corner and crashing her into the turnbuckles. Mickie tags in and applies an armbar on Michelle but out of no where, her tag team partner Beth clocks her and she falls to the canvas. Beth then follows through and wipes McCool’s clock clean too.

Beth walks off, leaving her partner at Lay-Cool’s mercy. Layla tags in and goes for a pin but Mickie counters into a small package and sneaks a victory at the last second.

After the match, cue questionable facial expressions and lingering death stares between the Divas.

Fresh off her star turn at the Rumble, it seems the focus is once again firmly on Beth Phoenix with her factoring into this feud more than ever. I said last week that I wanted Mickie to win the title, the ‘Piggie’ jokes to be over and for the emphasis to be put on Beth — and that’s exactly what we got. The focus has thankfully shifted from making fun of Mickie to adding the Beth dynamic. She’s not quite Team Mickie, she’s not quite Team Michelle — she’s out for herself and can’t be trusted by either party. This should make for an interesting three-way feud.

The promos from Mickie and Beth were pretty by the numbers and nothing special, though adequate. I would have really loved to see some more Lay-Cool here, especially after what happened to them at the Rumble. A backstage segment with a Superstar making fun of them, maybe Mickie giving them a taste of their own medicine with blown-up pictures of their ‘caking’ — something backstage with those two would have been great.

There’s honestly not too much to take away from this week’s show, we’ll have to see how it develops over the coming weeks. I wouldn’t say this was a standout week for SmackDown as has been the case recently. I think this week was average/adaquete for now.

Food for thought: How long do you think Mickie’s Divas Championship reign will last?

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  • theregoeskitty

    what was with everyone coming out to early in this promo, first Beth then Vickie, so much for a Beth face turn

  • THETommyTommy

    I think this was a nice hit on the refresh button for the angle but I’m kinda hoping it isn’t the predictable three way where Beth comes out on top and Mickie gets a ridiculously short/average reign as /Women’s/ Champ. :)

    I’m hoping for a Mickie/Natalya feud heading into Rumble so we can see some new blood hold the Championship cause the way things are going there won’t be any new champions in the Divas division any time soon with Maryse nearly undoubtably winning the Divas Championship and Michelle and Beth as the only challengers to Mickie.

  • TrishMelinaFan

    Wow,I loved this week’s Smackdown.My favorite Diva until Melina comes back,Beth,really was the standout,and she owned her spot like noone else could.I loved the way she and Michelle stared eachother down before Beth knocked Layla off the apron,who always seems to sell being thrown out or off the ring very well.I also enjoyed her smile before clocking Michelle.This is what I love to see in wrestling,using your character to drive the wrestling forward,and this is what we got this week.

    Overall,great Smackdown.

  • Team Laycoolness!!!

    OH sweet jesus Layla looked HOT here! yeah I also thought there was gonna be some sort of Beautiful People style entrance here… haha they both looked at each other in a way that hints at the fact they knew it would look that way hahaha was good to see Michelle actually get involved again and yeah I feel the whole “Piggy James” storyline could’ve done with a little more closure or something??? but we shall wait and see what happens there and like I always say I’d love for Layla to get involved in the running for the championship… and ideally win it and do a Stephanie McMahon Helmsley with it (refuse to defend it) that’d be hilarious XD

  • Litaker61

    I really don’t think I can stomach Beth vs Mickie #7734, heres hoping Laycool stay involved or even give Natalya a shot cause the Beth/Mickie scenario has been done to death.

  • Mace

    The match was too short to be anything decent. It was clear that there was limited crowd reaction due to 2 heels being in the ring (i suppose u can call Beth a heel still). The problem I see with smackdown is that it tends to focus more on storyline development than actual matches lately, why cant we have the best of both worlds?

  • justbringit

    Beth is the star in the making, that’s for sure. She’s going to win the title by Wrestlemania at the latest. Wouldn’t be surprised if she somehow “retires” Mickie, if all the rumors are true. I would suggest they don’t have her talk to much in the future though. She has a great look, but when she starts talking she sounds like any other diva. It kills her mystique. Chyna had the same problem. The strong, silent type is the way to go.

  • TheKid45

    I guess Vince watches TNA because Lay-Cool is a clear TBP rip-off.

  • chrisP

    Funniest part of the segment: The fans are booing the hell out of Vickie and are continuing to do so as she announces Laycool. Then Michelle’s music starts, and all of those boos just stop. Awesome.

    Too bad Layla is made into such a chump as she’s a lot of fun to watch.

  • mah

    never been excited about a divas storyline since…dont rememebr but long ago
    this week’s match was made to keep the feud goin nothing more and i think it served its purpose very well

  • Mikas

    “I guess Vince watches TNA because Lay-Cool is a clear TBP rip-off.”

    You are aware that TBP didnt invent it? They themselves are a “rip-off” of similair acts, not to mention several tv series like Mean Girls.

  • Slapshot

    The heat Vickie gets is truly amazing.

    Mickie’s reign ?
    Her single comes out the 16th, a tv taping day.
    Think Vince would whack her, just like her last night on Raw vs Jillian ?
    Wouldnt that be so Vince ?

  • Paparazzi8o8

    I liked this weeks smackdown i wonder what there gonna do next week.
    and it seemed kinda weird that MICHELLE came out kinda happy. i was expecting
    for her to come out with that classic B$!%*H YOU BEAT ME ON SUNDAY AND THOUGHT THAT YOU WHERE GONNA GET AWAY WITH IT I DONT THINK SO look on her face.

    VICKIE and her “excuse me…I SAID EXCUSE ME!!!” is hilarious :)

  • Mr.Glamazon

    Loved the segment b/c it was more serious and there was little mention of the Piggy James stuff…time for these girls to give us great work in the ring ’cause they have set up the story very well.

  • spiffy

    Vickie is awesome.

    LayCool’s hoodies are awesome. Too bad they didn’t coordinate their ring outfit colors.

    I know Mickie’s trying to promote her country album and all, but I’m getting pretty sick of her competing in the same jeans and top every week. I was sick of her same baggy Aladdin outfit too, but at least it was for wrestling. Hope Beth beats her for the title.

    Lastly, Maria looked hot.

  • rico

    i think vickies boos may have been edited because she was getting mad cheers as well at the event! i cheered my laycool hahaha and i was so happy when layla acknowledged our sign too bad it didnt make tv! but yea this was pretty awesome but it feels so different seeing it live and then on tv.

  • Ed

    Does anyone else find it really weird that Vickie would help Michelle like this? After all the Piggie James stuff, it’s obvious how Michelle feels about “big girls”, so how exactly does that not apply to Vickie all of a sudden?

    • Melanie

      Ed – You make such a valid point, you’d think Vickie [even though she’s a heel like Michelle] would take exception and want to humiliate Michelle. That’d be a fun angle in itself. I’d really love to see Vickie more involved with the Divas, it just feels so authentic that as consultant GM, she’d care about the Divas division.

  • http://Ask Traylon Noble

    I love Mickie so much so I’m happy for her to be in the limelight with the championship. Michelle gets zero heat without Layla no one would be interested in her. The only thing about Michelle that is good is that she is decent in the ring but that’s all. I can’t wait to see how this feud goes but I still want to see Mickie vs. Natalya.

  • mah

    “I guess Vince watches TNA because Lay-Cool is a clear TBP rip-off”
    RBP reminds me alot with Vince’s Devils so they didnt invent it exactly like Mikas said

  • redsoul

    first,and regarding the comments about Beth´s participation in the rumble by Melanie….Beth didn´t act slutty,she follow the “sexy,smart and powerful” way the Divas are currently named,and let´s be honest,we couldn´t expect her to pick Khali up and theow him over the ropes,even if we´re talking about the most physical Diva in the WWE….and to remember that Beth throw some offense on Punk and put him on his shoulders…and i wouldn´t call it slutty…i hope that i don´t get bashed because of this….
    about this week´s SD….reasonable match,Michelle put on some good offense on Beth but this option of the creative team in keep Beth in this acting face/back to heel,this back and forth…is becoming very boring and could hurt Beth herself in the future if they don´t make up their minds about what to do with her.
    a Triple feud seems to be cooked,let´s see how things will happen in the next weeks.

  • Goodnightddtmnm

    Im feeling pretty good so far about Mickie’s 5th Regin! I woudnt gett mad if she lost it soon. But I would like to see her and Natalya go at it…for a couple of months…Natalya could take the belt then when Beth offically turns face then she can fued with Natalya for the title

  • rosarocks

    i dont know i thought this weeks smackdown lacked something. it didnt have the same passion and energy as before. i think i preferred michelle as champ with mickie chasing.

    @redsoul im going to take a wild guess that you have a penis? i think a woman would react differently to what beth did at rr so i see where melanie is coming from. its typical and like she said cliche to have a girl act ‘slutty’, kissing the guy and stuff to get her way. i can see why melanie would be annoyed.

  • redsoul

    rosarocks,i said that because it looked to me(and if i´m wrong i apologyze) an attempt to down the value of Beth´s participation in the Rumble,of course we cannot have equal opinions and i understand Melanie´s point of view,i just wanna to state mine.
    and yes,i´m a man.

  • vonVile

    LayCool’s hoodies are awesome. Too bad they didn’t coordinate their ring outfit colors.

    Now Michelle McCool is stealing AJ Styles’s attire.

  • Ana_Nattie_rules

    I agree with everything on the redux, especially the part that they should have mention more the Lay-cool humiliation. Vickie like it was said, would be great for that part, especially since she was also a victim of the fat and pig jokes. (a thing that I believe Eddie wouldn’t like at all, but is not like they respect Eddie’s death, in fact they used it quite a lot in promotional tactics, which kinda angers me, because I strongly believe that when someone dies they should leave is soul alone to rest in peace.) Even Natalya, an heel, would be cool for it. Making fun of them because they lowered themselves to the point of acting like children.