SmackDown Redux (July 29th, 2011): The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

SmackDown is starting to become hit or miss when it comes to Diva matches, but this week we were lucky enough to get one… even if it was the same match we’ve seen several times in the the past. This week. Alicia Fox, who has been on quite the winning streak as of late, leads her team of Tamina and Rosa Mendes into battle against Natalya and her proteges, AJ and Kaitlyn. Can Alicia and co. pull out a win this week or will Team Natalya (finally) be victorious? Check out the match below and find out:

We kick things off with Natayla already in the ring working out their strategy for the match. Alicia, Tamina and Rosa are out next and Alicia is rocking pigtails yet again. I guess having her weave ripped out once was enough for her, huh? Natalya and Tamina get into position to start the match and the official signals for the bell.

Nattie starts things off by getting right in Tamina’s face and talking some trash. Not intimidated in the slightest, Tamina piefaces Natalya and goes for a slap. Natalya blocks the slap and dishes out one of her own, before charging at a stunned Tamina full speed. Tamina tries to cut off Natalya’s momentum, but Nattie slides between her legs and goes for a crucifix pin. Unfortunately for Nattie, she can’t manage to get the Polynesian Princess’ shoulders to the mat. Natalya quickly converts into a sunset flip for a quick one count.

Tamina tries to take Natalya down with a kick, but it’s blocked and Natalya takes her down and goes for the Sharpshooter. Tamina quickly fights out before Nattie can lock it in and hits her signature Samoan drop, nearly sending Natalya through the ring. Instead of going for the pin after her finisher like most people would, Tamina drags Natalya over to her corner and tags in Alicia, who goes right to work, slamming Natalya into the mat, before going into the pin for the nearfall.

Not giving her opponent any time to breathe, Alicia whips her legs around and locks in a leg-scissors. Unfortunately for Fox, Natalya easily overpowers her and hangs her in the “Tree of Joey Lawrence” (Thanks Prazak and Danger) and levels her with a dropkick to the gut. Nattie crawls over to her corner and manages to tag AJ, who speeds up the pace considerably.

Right out the gate AJ evades a charging Alicia and retaliates with a flying clothesline/tilt-a-whirl headscissors/Shining Wizard combination and goes for the pin, which prompts Rosa and Tamina to rush the ring, saving their leader from defeat. Nattie and Kaitlyn come to AJ’s rescue, and the Divas take the fight to ringside, leaving AJ and Alicia in the ring.

Alicia whips a dazed AJ across the ring and charges, but AJ counters with an elbow to the face and goes to the high risk district. AJ comes flying off the second rope with a crossbody, but Alicia dodges and hits her scissors kick to pick up the win for her team.

A pretty good showing for the Smackdown Divas going into the battle royal on Monday. It’s so rare that the SmackDown Divas get included in these Raw battle royals, so I think it was important to make the blue brand Divas look like credible contenders going in, which I think was achieved.

As for the actual match, with the exception of the slightly botched scissors kick ending, it was really good, even if it was a bit predictable. Definitely the best tag match these Divas have had against each other.

Last, but certainly not least, we have to discuss Alicia’s dominance on SmackDown and what it means for the upcoming battle royal. With the recent string of wins lately and the lack of challengers on Raw, it seems almost certain that Alicia Fox is being groomed to have a feud with Kelly Kelly and possibly even a second reign as Divas Champion. Believe it or not, I would actually like to see this feud happen. I’ve enjoyed most of the matches that Alicia and Kelly have had together and I think they could put together something decent at SummerSlam. Also, if Alicia does win at SmmerSlam, it would bring the butterfly belt back to it’s home on SmackDown and give Divas like Nattie and AJ an opportunity to work in a championship program.

Anyhoo, great week for the SmackDown Divas. Hopefully, one of them can be the last Diva standing on Monday Night Raw and make their way to SummerSlam. GO TEAM SMACKDOWN!!!

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  • http://youtube.com/stephenpeppard stephenpwwe

    I hope Alicia wins but i heard who is rumored to win. And i hope it’s not true.

    • WWFoverWWE

      lol tell me, i don’t know xD

      • http://youtube.com/stephenpeppard stephenpwwe

        If i tell you someone is going to complain and moan. Do you have a
        Twitter? lol

        • WWFoverWWE

          no I don’t have a twitter, just say the name please xD

        • Francisco

          I have a twitter xFranciscoMatax :) Tell me :D

    • Francisco

      Tell me too! Please! Or atleast tell me the site you got it from! I really wanna know! :D

      • SeraphimJester

        It’s Eve Torres. I can give you the link

        • K2&NattieFan

          It´s Eve Torres. who she is talking about, but I hope its not her!

        • http://youtube.com/stephenpeppard stephenpwwe

          By she i wondering if you were refereeing to me ?
          Because if you are I’m a dude…..

        • WWFoverWWE

          if it’s just a rumor, then what’s the big deal? it’s not like it’s confirmed she’ll win right?

        • http://youtube.com/stephenpeppard stephenpwwe

          I bet she will.
          Even on the power 25 it says ” Kelly’s friend ” for Eve.
          There going with the betrayal storyline.

        • K2&NattieFan

          Yes I was sorry, i didnt know!
          I really want Alicia or Beth to feud with Kelly!

    • http://vetaj.blogspot.com NurseBetty

      I rather it be Eve instead of Alicia, because we know the title is NOT coming off Kelly Kelly anytime soon. I hope its Eve and maybe a heel turn.

      I can dream.

      • Raekon

        your wish will probably be granted.

        It was almost confirmed by eve itself when she said in her interview that she has “a few more title runs to do” to bring up the divas division again. x_x

        My wish and biggest dream would be to bring back the womens championship and add it to smackdown, additionaly tag belts for the divas so there is more to feud about in overall instead of random matches for nothing.

        • http://vetaj.blogspot.com NurseBetty

          Thats not my wish, just a dream.

          My wish is for the divas division to become relevant again.

        • jonboi

          my wish is to have divas who work there ass off getting credit instead of these 4 moves divas who can only work a 3min match thats my wish also to see gail & AJ get a title run this year or early nxt

  • SeraphimJester

    HELL NO. IT’S EVE AGAIN.

    • http://youtube.com/stephenpeppard stephenpwwe

      I did a spoiler just to not make anyone made and then you say it xD

      • SeraphimJester

        Apologies. :P I was just mega-shocked. The Diva Division is doomed. :(

        • http://youtube.com/stephenpeppard stephenpwwe

          Very true.
          I.HATE.EVE.TORRES.
          And don’t call me a hater I AM A HATER OF HER AND THE OTHER MODELS !!! Lol
          Why cant they just give us Gail and Beth >.<

      • SeraphimJester

        Agreed. This decision is just going to infuriate fans. The WWE creative are anything but creative. Apparently they are planning on turning her heel….just like that. And what is annoying is that she spotaneously manages to grab the title without any built up storylines. Her first reign was attained by a NORMAL match on Raw, and her second was when she was randomly picked for the Royal Rumble match, and yet she had no relevance to the other characters.

        • http://youtube.com/stephenpeppard stephenpwwe

          Omg your awesome lol
          I miss the old days :[
          But i guess in a few years it’s going to be Rosa vs Aksana for the Diva’s title……. so worse is to come xD

      • SeraphimJester

        Lol. Thanks :D I place the blame on the stupid PG rating for these Mundane Diva Matches we are getting. What happened to the Chicago Street Fight: Trish against Victoria? Or the Armageddon style match at Survivor Series for the Women’s Championship? Trish vs Lita at Survivor Series. The WWE is sinking, and it’s pretty evident through their revenue. They SERIOUSLY need to do another WWE Invasion storyline between Smackdown and Raw. The WWE Invasion was when Wrestling was at its pinnacle. Those were the days.

        • http://youtube.com/stephenpeppard stephenpwwe

          They should have brought the Diva’s title around in 2002-3 when Torrie,Sable,Nida,Dawn,Shaniqua were around.

        • Raekon

          Victoria VS Lita cage match, Luna vs Jaqueline vs Ivory vs sable hardcore match! The good old days. :(

      • SeraphimJester

        You’re gonna make me cry. (sniffle) :P Everytime I hear those names, I remember how good the divas division was. Don’t get me wrong. There have been some Diva Matches that were up to standard with the golden age of divas:

        1. Melina vs Michelle Mccool Night Of Champions 2009
        2. Melina vs Mickie James Backlash
        3. Maryse vs Michelle Mccool Divas Championship (Maryse’s first reign)
        4. Eve vs Maryse Divas Championship Match (Eve’s First Reign)

        These Matches were worth watching.

        • DarkMaverick87

          There is another match from our current era that is ALWAYS overlooked but I think it stands nicely against the golden age era of divas: Beth Phoenix vs Alicia Fox vs Kelly Kelly vs Gail Kim. It happened on RAW and it was won by Gail. All the women played their roles well. There were so many great spots, too. Check it out!

        • Raekon

          Yep, I loved that fatal four way match and it was one of Kellys best matches ever. :)

        • WWEAddictful

          Kelly was better before than now, that all of her moves are copied from other divas….

      • SeraphimJester

        :O I remember Shaniqua. LOL. She was like Kharma. Terrorizing all the divas. It was brilliant. Do you remember Nidia, and Jamie Noble? Divas back then provided SO much more entertainment.

  • http://www.youtube.com/RingVixens Teri

    So Eve is going to get a shot at the title?

    /facepalm

    • SeraphimJester

      Lol. Exactly how I am feeling. I would rather see her have the title over Kelly Kelly though. It would have made more sense if it was Alicia Fox.

      • http://www.youtube.com/RingVixens Teri

        I totally agree, I’m 100 percent down for Eve being our reigning champion over Kelly, but I’m just a little frustrated and confused when we have women like Natalya, Alicia, AJ, Melina, and Beth on the roster.

        • SeraphimJester

          In a way, it’s refreshing to have Eve go for it. I had an epiphany, and I just realized that Eve is 26, roughly the same age Melina was when she made her debut, and wasn’t really popular. After a while she racked up championships and although many people felt she did not deserve them, she has become one of the most innovative champions in the divas division. Eve still has a long way to go. Kelly Kelly in my opinion is better off as a valet.

        • K2&NattieFan

          I hope holds the title for at lesat the end of the year, because I´m sick and tired of super short reigns, with no story!

        • K2&NattieFan

          *Kelly holds the title

        • SeraphimJester

          @K2&NATTIEFAN Honestly K2, Kelly Kelly is not popular amongst the fans in sense of wrestling. Her execution is not up to par with other divas. Eve’s execution is exceptional however her character needs work, but she’ll be able to pull it off. I wonder what happens if Eve turns heel. Some divas would have to turn face.

        • K2&NattieFan

          Yeah I would love to see Eve turning heel, it would help her very much (I think)!

        • SeraphimJester

          Agreed. It’s so ironic nowadays because ages ago Diva faces were idolised, and heels were hated. When I was ye high I thought it was real so when Dawn Marie popped up on my TV screen, and Stacy Keibler (During the Invasion Era when I fully supported WWF over WCW) I wanted Torrie to destroy Dawn for messing with her dad lol :P . This heel turn would do Eve some seriously good though. :)

        • K2&NattieFan

          Because now face Divas are very boring!

        • SeraphimJester

          I second that. Face divas actually suck now. Melina was amazing as a face diva though.

        • Raekon

          I doubt they will take the title away from kelly THAT soon.

          Most of all since she is the face of the company for years and were in each and every promotion what made her also very popular to the audience.

          I guess eve will turn heel so they have a storyline together but kelly will retain at summerslam.

          They could still involve alicia so eve would be the enemy in raw and alicia the enemy in SD so Kelly will have to be overcautios watching her back from both sides.

          If they put it together the right way, it could be a good feud and add up a good build up in a creative storyline that would give the division something to do and also more wrestling time so its a good thing in overall.

        • SeraphimJester

          @RAEKON Well Melina’s last reign lasted only forty days, and she was cheated out of her title at the Night Of Champions since Michelle Mccool wasn’t the legitimate champion at the time; it was Layla. If this happens to Kelly Kelly, it would not be surprising.

        • Raekon

          I know SERAPHIMJESTER. :)

          The difference though is that Melina wasn’t the face of wwe while Kelly is it in every promotion through years now.

          Since they decided to give her the belt, I don’t think they would take it away so fast from her no matter how good or bad she is in the ring.

          You might be right though so I’ll just wait a see. :)

  • Rhawk

    Meh it was alright for what it was, at least there was no canned-ness in terms of crowd reaction.

    Fingers crossed for the victor of this match as the NEW Divas Champion in 2/3 weeks time. =-)

  • K2&NattieFan

    It´s very funny, you complain because Melina is jobbing to Kelly Kelly (Divas Champion), but when is Natalya and all the others divas jobbing to Alicia Fox theres no problem, you just dont like Kelly and dont like to see her win, and doesnt metter who she beat, I´m a Kelly fan and I know that she needs to learn more moves and improve (and maybe lose one match), but you are so patethic, stop being like that!

    • K2&NattieFan

      PS: I really want Alicia to feud with Kelly, but kelly got to win at summerslam so they can build up a good feud.

      • http://youtube.com/stephenpeppard stephenpwwe

        How are we pathetic,it’s our opinion like you just based yours on Alicia. Alicia may not be the greatest wrestler but she’s twice the wrestler Kelly is.
        But i agree i would like to see Alicia and Kelly feud. Since Kelly is going to be in every storyline for a while.

        • K2&NattieFan

          That´s not it, I dont care about that, for me Alicia can win every week, I dont care, what I´m saying is that people complain because Melina is jobbing and it was just in 2 matches, and natalya is jobbing for weeks and no one complains!

        • http://youtube.com/stephenpeppard stephenpwwe

          Natalya controls most of the match. She’s not dominated for the whole thing. She does all of her moves and loses to a quick pin ,while Melina loses to moves that she can and has kicked out of better one’s.

        • K2&NattieFan

          Ok, I agree with you at some point, bur look, lets stop with this, I´m sick off complaining posts in this site!

        • K2&NattieFan

          *but

        • http://youtube.com/stephenpeppard stephenpwwe

          I agree we’re spamming lol

  • K2&NattieFan

    It is just me who doesnt like of the opening of the new titantron of Alicia Fox?
    and, what says in Rosa Mendes shirt?

    • Mike in Like

      I hate it with a passion. The purple army print makes no sense and it’s so cheesy. It looks like no effort was put into it. =/

      • K2&NattieFan

        you hate with a passion? what that´s supost to mean?
        And yeah I know, I would prefer if they keep the old opening!

        • Mike in Like

          It’s a saying, it basically means I hate it so much that it becomes a passion meaning I can’t get over how much I hate it. lol.

    • K2&NattieFan

      Oh ok, because I´m from Portugal and I dont get some things you say XD

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/bxshadow23?feature=mhum EveLover

    The match was decent, I liked it ALOT actually .Other than the botch kick it was amazing ,and even the botch wasnt that bad . I give my props to alicia with having probably the hardest finisher to execute amongs the divas & she manages to do it okay . Good Night for the SD divas .

    Last night I checked the SD discussion post and it made my Blood boil with some of the comments saying alicia couldnt wrestle just because she botched the kick like come on every wrestler botches ,but its all good :D

    And about the battle royal ,Im even MORE EXCITED that I was before ,because eve is suppose to win :D !!!
    The bright side to this is that . when eve loses the title it will be dropped on beth or nattie or AJ cuz theyr the only face divas. But this is IF eve wins . But Ohh well we just have to wait and see :)

    • http://looklet.com/user/132409/looks desi1999

      I know its like if someone botches a move,they’re a bad wrestler.It’s crazy.And i’m excited for the battle royal!But the diffrence is i hope Eve doesn’t win.It needs to be someone like Alicia or Beth.

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/bxshadow23?feature=mhum EveLover

        Right ! Some people are just pathetic imo b,but oh well loll .And yeah I want Alicia or Beth to win ,they are my picks along with eve also .

  • DarkMaverick87

    Don’t be too excited about that battle royal people. Something tells me all the divas are going to be eliminated rather quickly, or as soon as they all enter the ring, they are going to cut to a commercial break and when the show returns half of them will be gone. Oof… and to think during Trish and Lita’s time I used to read in WWE Magazine that the women’s division could only get better and better.

    • SeraphimJester

      I’ll check the match out that you requested :D . And agreed. I wouldn’t be surprised if the match lasted two minutes. Frankly the creative team doesn’t give two hoots about the divas in order to write a decent match. It’s as if they don’t even want the divas to shine. The same thing happened at the Night Of Champions. Melina, and Michelle were scolded for being too masculine with the fight i.,e. The modified DDT Michelle performed on Melina. When in actualt fact, that got the audience going, and ended up being one of the most memorable diva matches to date.

    • DjayDay

      Althought I hate to sound negative, that commercial comment, doesn’t exactly seem impossible. Even makes sense…sadly. Man, I really dislike the time limits they give the poors girls, and when WWE’s golden girl Eve, who can always seem to turn a negative into a positive, says there in a tough position it defininitly means trouble.

      *Sigh*

  • velvelove

    everyone thinks alicia will win the royal but im still bettin on maryse
    but i really hope it is alicia.

    • K2&NattieFan

      It´s Alicia or Eve who will, win, but I want Alicia!

  • http://twitter.com/StraightEdg3Kid StraightEdg3Kid

    I see Alicia Winning….i mean just look at the summer slam poster! and her recent smackdown
    i want my baby A.Fox to win the battle Royal and pick up the title too

  • http://vetaj.blogspot.com NurseBetty

    I don’t know why people are getting upset that Eve might win the battle royal. We all know KELLY IS NOT going to drop the title anytime soon. So why not let Eve take a lose. She had a reign this year.

    Ee all know Kelly is gonna retain at SummerSlam no matter who she goes against. Whether it be a Bella, Eve, Alicia or Maryse. KELLY IS RETAINING.

    So I rather it be Eve vs Kelly. Maybe we’ll get an actual storyline on RAW and a Eve heel turn.

    • Raekon

      Agree and it looks also like it if the roumor is true and eve will win the battle royal.

      If done right, they could still involve alicia in a triangle feud as eve rooting for the title on the raw and alicia rooting on it on SD.

      This way the champ will have to look both ways and be cautious at all times.

      Heck if that would give the divas actually something to do and more tv time in feuds and storylines again, I wouldn’t care even if a female hornswoogle would enter the ring and feud with kelly. <_<

      Just bring back storylines and feuds for the divas with a good amount of time to wrestle and I'm happy.

      • http://vetaj.blogspot.com NurseBetty

        If done right I don’t want Alicia near this feud. Let the Smackdown divas feud with Smackdown divas at the moment.

        If done right they could tell a good story how is pissed she lost her title Brie and never got her rematch and she feels that Kelly took her rematch which resulted her Kelly becoming champion. Eve could use that the only reason people voted for Kelly was because of her looks and her talent. Go on to say how Kelly isn’t as sweet and innocent as people think.

        This could a bitter jealous feud that could last at least two maybe three PPVs. With Eve getting the upperhand but Kelly somehow wins at the big shows.

        Eve’s a good talker I can see her getting some fans invested a little in this feud.

        • http://vetaj.blogspot.com NurseBetty

          Wow typed too fast. This damn phone. I meant…. “Not her talent”

  • DjayDay

    In my opinion Divas Belt on RAW is getting very stale, very fast. If it’s on Smackdown! it’s a change of scenery. It is amazing after all what a brand change can to do for wrestlers/belts, so I say Alicia. WWE is pushing her hard. Then again, there also showing signs of Beth Phoenix as well, so I could be extremely wrong on Miss Fox.

    It is extremely rare we see these matches given an hype at all, let alone on RAW, so I am hoping for something entertaining, and atleast longer than 5 minutes. I wouldn’t mind a few entrances either. I don’t mean to nit-pick but I really am hoping for a pretty solid matches. However, don’t quote me on this, but besides one on RAW last year, diva battle royals arent that bad. And with the Smackdown! girls as well. It should be atleast decent.

    I hate souding negative, but I really do hope that this diva battle royal, does put the division on an upswing, as the recent stuff, has been mostly been crap. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not so much the matches its the booking and time limits on these girls. I cant really think of any of the girls, besides Rosa, Kelly, and maybe Brie (who honestly just need some more training) who can’t put on a great match given time.

    P.S AJ looks amazing.

  • hado

    Am I like the only won who found this match boring? This match was just a complete boring fest that in all honestly was a waste of time, I would have liked Alicia/AJ or Tamina/Nattie or Alicia/Nattie on SD. Anyhow, I am like the biggest foxy fan out, but she needs to improve on that scissor kick. She always botches it, lol. Anyhow, hope she still wins on Raw and not the lackluster Eve.

  • Melina&Mickie4ever!

    The Match was Eh…Aj did do great for the little that she did. Glad Alicia picked up the win. Hopefully she wins The Royal Monday. Rumor has it Eve’s suppose to win. I will admit if she does I will be upset. *shrugs* Nothing agianst her though :)

  • http://www.youtube.com/rockinred45mvs RR45

    I liked it…it was pretty decent. Main thing i noticed was how great AJ and Alicia were looking lmao. Come Monday if its between Alicia and Eve…Alicia hands down. If its anybody’s game as in unpredictable, well the usual 5 girls everyone mentions.

  • Raekon

    Decent match, not match to say about it except of I love to watch the SD divas wrestle because they all have a great chemistry with each other and work well together.

    I wished for a longer match with all girls involved but I can only dream right? :/

    Alicia needs to change her finisher in my opinion cause half of the time she misses the spot making it look akward.

    Most of all when people lie on the ground to get pinned after she hit it on their back.

  • Blonde Bombshell

    I hope for a surprise at the result of the battle royal this monday.

  • ilovelita

    It looks like Alicia Fox got a new titantron.

  • http://vetaj.blogspot.com NurseBetty

    What website is this Eve rumor at?

  • art

    i liked the match they had on superstars better then this…

    people also need to learn the difference betweem botch & sloppy..alicias kick was sloppy a botch would mean she missed it altogether..

  • http://aksanahq.com twilson addict!

    I was quite into the match, for what it was. I can not stress enough how good of a match this would be given more time. Also, the rumors on Eve have really pissed me off. I won’t lie, I carried on reading when someone mentioned they knew who it was… but really, Eve? I like her and everything but there are defiantly other Divas who’re more deserving, Alicia Fox in particular. Oh well, Alicia is still SD! top heel. I hope they back this SD! storyline up. The whole ‘We don’t like the new girl’s, because they’re new girl’s’ has nothing. Just the girl’s, nothing all that exciting has happened.

  • crigginz

    Alicia will win!! Why? … beacause
    1) She has a new tron
    2) She has not lost a match in a long time
    3) She has been promoting WWE a lot recently (comic con)
    4) She is on the summerslam ad and poster
    5) She can make kelly look strong

  • DIVAsupporter

    Did anyone of u guys watch Justin Gabriel’s video package? so freakin hot… I love how his trunks seem to be falling off of his body

  • Bethinho

    i don´t care who gets to face Kelly at SS,i just want to see Beth winning it back at Night of Champions that will be held in Buffalo,NY,her hometown.it´s a matter of justice since it was in Buffalo that she lost the title to Laycool due to her injury.

  • melina prez

    Great match 4 the time given ! But i think Alicia will win the 31 contenders battle royal and will win the title in the near future and when Layla comes back ita Alicia vs Layla ! Oh yeah 1 i really dont want Eve 2 win !