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SmackDown!: Michelle vs Maryse

This week’s SmackDown! saw the return of Michelle McCool (while Natalya remains ominously missing), as she takes on Maryse in the featured Divas contest. There is a weird “cut” in the match, about half way through the video, the video cuts a part of the match. I really hope that’s not WWE’s editing, because it’s highly unprofessional! Other than that, check out the match below:

Again, another decent match from the Divas of the blue brand. Maryse worked better in the ring than she has in recent weeks (overselling anyone?) with Cherry. The end is a little sloppy with Maryse tapping out straight away, but there was nothing too bad about this match. There wasn’t any obvious botching, while there was some sloppiness in the MelinaJillian match on RAW. However, I must call out WWE, I am not pleased that they have overshadowed the Natalya-Michelle feud with Cherry and Maryse. There is room for both, but if I had to choose between the two, it’s all about Natalya-Michelle. I hope Natalya returns to SmackDown! next week. Or are they blowing off this feud and acting like it never happened because of the WWE Draft? Michelle has gained a lot of traction over the past 6-8 months and many fans (and possibly, those within WWE) would probably love to see her on RAW. But there is still 4 weeks till the Draft, they could easily – and conclusively – end the storyline between Michelle and Natalya before then.

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