NXT Watch (October 12th, 2011): New Night, New Hair, Same Greatness

Welcome to another exciting edition of the NXT Watch!~ There may be a new day and time that the show airs, but never fear, for our rivalry between perky spitfire, AJ, and Sherri Martel circa AWA gear wearing, Maxine, is as hot as ever. They face off once more tonight to see who can better the other in one on one competition. Will AJ prove she can best her foe here tonight? Or can Maxine continue her reign of dominance as NXT’s top Diva? Let’s find out!

As we are in the midst of a verbal argument between Derrick Bateman, Maxine, Titus O’Neil, and Percy Watson, Matt Striker comes out and announces that Maxine will face AJ coming up next! We return from a commercial for the upcoming ladder match DVD (featuring an OVW classic between Beth Phoenix and Katie Lea) to see Maxine snap AJ back first on the second rope in an awesome looking neckbreaker. She covers for a two count, before throwing AJ where half of her body is on the ring apron and the other half in the ring. She bends AJ over the bottom rope until she reaches the appropriate count to let go, before viciously pounding on the plaid clad diva’s chest.

Maxine screams at the referee and drags AJ back to the center of the ring for a one count, before applying a beautiful dragon sleeper as the crowd begins to chant “LET’S GO AJ”. William Regal informs us about Maxine’s cousin, as AJ begins to fight back with punches to the face. AJ tries to Irish whip Maxine, but she counters and drops AJ throat first on the top rope. Maxine slams AJ face first into the canvas, before applying a choke hold where she digs her knee into the back of the underdog.

Maxine picks AJ up and Irish whips her into the ropes, but AJ comes back with a kick to the face. She tries for some momentum, but Maxine stops her with a running elbow to the face for a close count. She picks AJ up and hits a nice snap suplex for a two count, before going back to the Dragon Sleeper as Jack Korpela questions Maxine’s ulterior motives in her relationship with Derrick Bateman. AJ starts to fight back, but Maxine is too powerful in her dominance.

She tosses AJ into the corner, as we find out Maxine dyed her hair red because John Laurinaitis likes red heads (oh lord). Maxine becomes relentless on AJ, just beating her down. She climbs to the second rope and begins punching AJ in the face, but she takes her head off the game for a second to play to the crowd, which is just enough time for AJ to throw her back first into the canvas. Maxine gets to a vertical base, as AJ climbs to the top rope and leaps off with a beautiful crossbody for a one count.

Clothesline by AJ, followed by a slide under the legs into a reverse spin kick! Two count for AJ, as both women try their hardest to get a victory. AJ begins fighting back with an assortment of punches, until the devious Maxine capitalized with a hair pull backbreaker. She sends AJ into the corner and goes for a roll up but AJ rolls through it and lands a SICK shining wizard for the victory! AJ celebrates as the dance worthy theme hits, and Maxine seems disgusted with what has just transpired.

Thoughts: Another stellar match between AJ and Maxine. They probably have some of the best chemistry amongst the divas for me as I enjoy all of their matches together (which most of the time proves challenging for me when its a match that happens so frequently). Part of the positive is that they actually get a good length of time to wrestle each bout, which helps tham stand out from the usual 2 minute tag match on Raw. I would like to see Kaitlyn, Aksana, or Naomi come back to NXT, but I’m really enjoying seeing AJ and Maxine go at it.

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

    Good Promo ,Good Match = GREAT NIGHT .

    Maxine looks hoot with red hair :D js. These have a bright future in wrestling btw.

  • StarInferno

    great match!!! looks at maxine makes me missed my old red hair :/

  • Melina&Mickie4ever!

    I love aj, I love aj, I love aj , I love aj ,I love aj , I love aj..LOL

    Another stellar match indeed.

  • corndogagenda

    The freaking INTERNET show has better (Diva) matches than the longest-running weekly episodic television series in U.S. history!

    Up is down, left is right, backwards is forwards…I’m so confused.

    • shameronstar

      Yea, reminds my Shinji’s shikai ability.

      • Shan

        Dude, you watch/read way to much manga/anime. Bleach now?

  • Poison_Ivory

    I only wish these matches were on RAW, so people could see that the Divas CAN wrestle, when given enough time and focus.

  • WWFoverWWE

    It was good until AJ did her finisher, I don’t think it even hit Maxine

  • chrisP

    AJ managed to have a decent match despite the Resthold Queen’s efforts to make the match as boring as possible. Props to AJ for having a great showing with pretty much no help.

    • http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/WWE_Divas/ art

      its not maxine that scripts the rests holds but at least it got the crowd behind aj…

      • chrisP

        “its not maxine that scripts the rests holds but at least it got the crowd behind aj…”

        Don’t care whose idea it is. It’s boring, especially when it’s often the same hold being repeated. It also just gives off the vibe that Maxine or someone else thinks she’ll screw up if she tries to do moves so she sticks to restholds since you can’t really botch those.

        • dunk20

          Go in a real fight Chrisp. You are annoying. This match was really great comparing to what we are used to see nowadays. Just stop bitching! Restholds are ALRIGHT!!!!

          Maxine really is growing on me. I hope she gets called to the main roster soon, she is just great to watch. I used to dislike AJ, but thanks to Maxine I am finally seeing how great they both are.

        • http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/WWE_Divas/ art

          the writers who write the matches..at least the crowd wasn’t dead they got behind aj..maxine is getting used to having matches since the ones shes had on the all diva nxt were all awful,shes working hard to improve & at least the submission looked real *to aj’s flexibility*…

        • Mikas

          Heels in WWE (and mainstream wrestling in general) have always used hold like this. This is only a problem when it ruins the flow of the match, which wasnt the case in this match. If it was a 2-3 minute match then its better not to use holds, but this match had plenty of time.
          And she used 3 different variations to keep things somewhat interesting, so i dont see a problem with this, its not like these holds are her only moves. This match was much better than the usual WWE/TNA matches we see on tv.

        • squared.circle

          I agree with Chrisp. Just b/c the matches put on at NXT are better than we we’re used to on Raw, doesn’t mean ppl shouldn’t point out what needs to be improved. Maxine has personality, but watch the match again, and you’ll find her use of rest-holds is dull/repetitive. I feel like i’ve watched this match before, b/c Maxine has the same sequence of holds every time these two have squared off. But, that’s just my opinion, of course.

        • http://twitter.com/Sassmacher Envy

          What Dunk20 said.

  • http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/WWE_Divas/ art

    aj should get a push shes getting over & matches against beth & nattie thats not a 1-2 minute wont work but i think she could soon be the most over diva…

    maxine keeps impressing me shes been training hard & i think she deserves a smackdown roster spot because she can feud with alicia & aj or team with beth & nattie…

    • Anthony

      I agree with your comment about AJ getting a push, I also think if they invested in her a little bit she can be the most over diva they have. Shes young, cute and relatable.

  • squared.circle

    “I got my guitar and microphone”

    OMG, A.J.’s theme is horrendous lol. I don’t know how I managed to miss that.
    Loving Maxine’s new hair, but that doesn’t change the fact that the girl is boring as hell in the ring. Change it up a bit. When she’s in control, the match has this lethargic feel to it. A.J. pretty much made this one.

    Decent stuff, much better than what we see on t.v., that’s for sure.

  • http://youtube.com/stephenpeppard stephenpwwe

    I lol’d when I read NXT’s top Diva.
    Really enjoyed this match a lot. Hoping Maxine wins next week with her new finisher :)

  • Anthony

    Maxine looks hot as a redhead. She really isn’t a bad wrestler at all, her finisher from a few weeks ago was awesome. I hope when this never ending season of NXT is all said and done she gets a spot on Smackdown.

    It’s weird to think about, but with the exception of Beth and Natalya, and I guess Tamina, AJ is the only other diva who comes from a wrestling background.

  • http://www.facebook.com/StaceyJohnWood Acer

    I really enjoyed this match. Loves these two. It’s almost like Maxine is taking a page out of Sheamus’s book with that clutch hold over the rope striking to the chest. LOVE it, and LOVE these two.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/LovableLittleRabbit?feature=mhum Megumi

    Maxineee. <3

  • chrisP

    “Go in a real fight Chrisp. You are annoying. This match was really great comparing to what we are used to see nowadays. Just stop bitching! Restholds are ALRIGHT!!!!”

    I don’t have to agree with you, and I don’t have to like it when someone uses restholds as almost their entire offense. Don’t like it, too bad.

  • http://Twitter.com/Just_Trevon Flybytre

    This Match Is OK I’m Kinda Starting To Like Maxine’s In Ring Work She’s Gettin Better.

  • perceval

    Are we absolutely SURE AJ isn’t Mickie James’s long lost baby sister?

    • Caroline_Shea

      I kind of love you for pointing this out! haha I was asking myself, “who does she remind me of?!” lol

  • bromero329

    i love maxine and shes so fierce. yea she does alot of rest holds but its not her fault they basically script the match in some way. either way i think these two have the best feud since laycool lol. thats sad for wwe , both raw and SD.

    these two have better matches than kelly the bellas lol..

    i hope maxine wins the next match cause i wanna see her finisher again :) .

  • AFox_RoxX

    I thought the match was great, best divas match this week(assuming smack downs match is going 2 meet my low expectations)! Also I just love everything maxine brings 2
    The table, and I’m super excited 2 watch her career play out. I wish I could say the same 4 AJ, but her face character totally annoys, I think she’s great in the ring, I just don’t like watching her when she’s not wrestling.

  • chrisP

    “I agree with Chrisp. Just b/c the matches put on at NXT are better than we we’re used to on Raw, doesn’t mean ppl shouldn’t point out what needs to be improved. Maxine has personality, but watch the match again, and you’ll find her use of rest-holds is dull/repetitive. I feel like i’ve watched this match before, b/c Maxine has the same sequence of holds every time these two have squared off. But, that’s just my opinion, of course.”

    Good point about it being repititive. It does feel like the same match again and again.

    And I’m not picking on Maxine alone as this is becoming an issue with Tamina and the Bellas (though to a lesser extent with them) as well. I actually think it may be a directive from WWE in order to cut down on botches.

    • squared.circle

      “I actually think it may be a directive from WWE in order to cut down on botches.”

      You could be right. Regardless, watching the girls you mentioned above (and I agree that it isn’t just Maxine) is becoming tedious. Heel Diva has become synonymous with “do as many holds as you can”. Doesn’t exactly make for an exciting match.

  • Blonde Bombshell

    i love maxine! she looks amazing with her new hair. aj is so annoying to me..
    nice match.

    • AFox_RoxX

      Agreed!

  • Shan

    I like AJ. I like Maxine. Together their chemistry is electric! I believe it’s safe to say this is miles ahead of what was done on RAW. That said I really want to burn the track for AJ’s theme, It is so annoying!!! Yet strangely it fits her…

    Anyways! This is what I want to see from the WWE DIVAS! This I would tune in ever week to watch!

  • DarkRaven

    Loving Maxine’s hair, reminds me of a younger Victoria. Her attitude is what I look for in a diva, and I for one do not find her boring in the ring. Her moveset is growing and already she looks more comfortable and polished in the squared circle than Kelly. Really want to see her get moved to Smackdown and become the top heel there. AJ perfect as usual.

  • shameronstar

    AJ would look so adorable with that huge divas’ championship dangling around her tiny waist as she bounces up and down in excitement of being divas’ champion.

    • JSciola

      Make it happen, Vince!

  • JSciola

    Is it just me, or did it look like AJ missed the Shining Wizard?

    I hope she brings back The Octopus.

  • wangzy

    where is the NXT winner Kaitlyn?…anyways love the match and i love these divas…I think they got what WWE wants of a diva today…but they don’t waste the time given to them…