WWE Superstars Redux (March 22nd, 2012): Odd Couples Make For Excellent Matches

Why hello there, and welcome to a sensational edition of your Superstars Redux. If you can’t tell by that perky intro, I’m in a pleasant mood today. Part of that has to do with WrestleMania Week being a mere few days upon us, and the other part is because we got an exceptional match tonight on Superstars. It was a case of odd pairings, no doubt about it, as former rivals, Beth Phoenix and Eve Torres, teamed up to take on — again, former rivals — Tamina Snuka and Natalya. Which odd couple will come out on top? Let’s scroll down and have a gander…

SHEEEEEEEEEEE Looks Good To Me graces my ears, but unfortunately, the crowd doesn’t seem to agree as they present Eve with a chorus of boos as she makes her way out to the ring for this tag team bout. Following her grand entrance comes the woman she will also team up with at WrestleMania, Divas Champion, Beth Phoenix! Phoenix doesn’t get to do her trademark flip into the ring though, for she is taken off guard by “TA-MI-NA” Snuka! Snuka steps down the oh my, her tag team partner, Natalya steps out. Divas of Doom colliding? On Superstars?! Am I in some sort of odd fantasy land?

The two Divas pose for the fans, as Nattie and Beth decide to start the match out. A large “hoeski” chant erupts, while the radiant opponents guide the crowd along with it. Beth tries to let Natalya out of her ring, almost reluctantly. Natalya plays along and pretends to exit, but as the Glamazon turns her back, Nattie scores with a roll up! Beth is in shock! Natalya with a headlock, charged off the ropes into a beautiful crucifix roll up. Beth immediately breaks the pin attempt, but that doesn’t stop Natalya from her amazing kip up. GOD, can we please get a singles match between these two?

Beth’s jaw drops, as Natalya plays along and sprints about the ring. She applies a waist lock until Phoenix slams her out of the ring and tags in Eve. Torres climbs down the ring steps, before kicking Nattie in the back and tossing her back in the ring. Torres then attempts a pin to no avail, as she sends Natalya into the corner and continues the pain with a Stratusfying choke hold. Neidhart tries to make the tag, but Eve goes for a pin. Natalya breaks out instantly, which then provokes Eve to lock in a fancy double arm choke submission. Natalya lets out an earth shattering scream as Tamina cheers her partner on. Finally, Nattie is able to get out as she NAILS Eve with a discus clothesline and tags in Tamina!

Snuka hops in the ring and scores with a huge clothesline. A chop soon follows, before dropping Beth with a Samoan Drop. Tamina then ducks a fist attempt, runs off the ropes and hits an awesome running double chop to the head. She waits for Eve to get up before proceeding to drop her with a body slam. The crowd gets behind her as she ascends to the top rope! Beth tries to intervene, but Snuka kicks her off to the outside. This was just enough for Eve to recover though, as she tosses Tamina to the canvas and climbs to the top rope herself. From there, she leaps off and scores with the Moonsault for the victory! The two vicious Divas taunt their victory, as I continue to long for the day we see Beth and Natalya square off.

Thoughts: This match honestly sets itself apart from the one last week for me. I know before I said that I couldn’t really get into Superstars matches because they just happen to happen with no rhyme or reason, but there was something different. I think honestly, I loved that Beth and Natalya were able to give us some story during their part with Beth not wanting to face her (former?) partner. Those are the things Superstars matches lack that I’ve been wanting more of so tonight was a welcome change of pace.

I also think because this is a match we’ve never seen before and the pairings were so unique, I was able to really invest in it more than I am when we see something that’s already happened multiple times. I didn’t know what to expect with the ring work. All four have proven themselves to be anywhere from capable to amazing in terms of putting on matches, and it really showed tonight.

The prospect of seeing Beth and Natalya finally face off, even if only for a few moments, was something that I want to see more of for sure. I kind of like how they at least showed Beth not wanting to fight against Nattie, rather ordering Tamina to enter instead. Having Natalya be the one that was all about wanting to square off really makes me think that after the Mania stuff is done, we could finally see a feud between the two. They normally always go the route of an Extreme Rules style match for the following pay per view (albeit more catered for Divas) and I could think of two better candidates to compete in this year’s event.

Overall tonight’s match was refreshing, solid, and had a bit of story included. I approve!

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  • moogle

    Eve as heel, Nattie as face and Beth as heel; perfection!

    I like the team of Natalya and Tamina… it just makes sense and they kind of fit.
    Nattie against Beth were flawless as expected and this match showed us how much Tamina and Eve had improved in the past year, all 4 did amazing!

    And lol Eve is becoming one of the biggest divas in a long while! Anyone to mess with both ZACK RYDER and JOHN CENA are going to be truly despised by the WWE universe pahahaha

  • JJ

    Except for the whiffed Moonsault a very good match. Natalya in particular was superb, but Beth and Tamina were also spot on.

    I reiterate my desire to see Beth vs Nattie; the opening to this match was great! I hope they get the Extreme Rules PPV spot.

    Also, I have to take my hat off for Scott Stanford. His attention to detail for the divas matches, filling in information we would never get otherwise, is greatly appreciated!

    • https://twitter.com/#!/StephMCK2 StephMC

      “His attention to detail for the divas matches, filling in information we would never get otherwise, is greatly appreciated!” – Very good point! If WWE does an all Divas show, Scott Stanford and Jim Ross should sign up ASAP! Beth v Nattie is THE match we ALL want to SEE! I can just imagine it already n almost screaming to see the end result!!! Their interaction was so breathtakin to watch!

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

      I agree with you on the scott standford part, everything else too but that especially. He IS what a commentator should be. I like how he actually gave us some ground to where nattie & beth were in their friendship. And by the way nattie & beth were acting, it all made sense. So yes, he’s a great commentator indeed.

  • xX-Zoey-Sky-Xx

    Eve reminded me so much of heel Trish Stratus, from the chokehold, to the submissions even her mannerisms in this match. The moonsault to Tamina at the end looked painful. But Eve’s heel turn has done her the world of good. When she was a face she was bland but now she’s got some new flavour, shes hot and spicy now.

    I always liked Nattie as a face, she just seems more fun and playful.

  • Spike7000

    Match was ok. Tamina and Natalya got pops especially when both went up against Beth in the match

    Eve pretty much ruined the ending with that botched moonsault. The whole ”What Eve wants, Eve gets” is nothing but a failed rehash of Sunny’s quote ”What Sunny wants, Sunny gets”

    I can’t wait until after WM for the upcoming feuds with Beth, Natalya, Tamina and the re-arrival for Kharma

    • number1AngelinaLovefan

      So what? Sunny was really nothing special…Eve is WAY better than Sunny

      • https://twitter.com/#!/StephMCK2 StephMC

        @number1AngelinaLovefan Haha i so agree with u! Eve is better than Sunny especially in the ring! Sunny is good on the mic but Eve’s persona is way better!

      • ricky_says_hi

        Tamina was at fault. She was too far out of position for Eve to land on her. the cameras were cutting to Eve on the top rope and that would have been her cue to roll herself a bit further in. but the last time she took the moonsault perfectly

        • https://twitter.com/#!/StephMCK2 StephMC

          Exactly! I agree with @Ricky_Says_Hi

          U knw Tamina should’ve positioned nearer to the turnbuckle n wen eve posed, she almost fell off so its not her fault. i think that she didn’t botch it.

        • Raekon

          Tamina had positioned herself the way she should. Recheck the moment after she gets dropped by eve and you will see that she turns to the right position.

          Crawling on her back more closer would make the whole action look totally fake and most of all bad.

          The Problem wasn’t the Range as you could see.

      • Spike7000

        Not a surprise of a response like this

        Hahahahaha..sigh….in what way is Eve better then Sunny. Sunny although she did not compete in the ring she did it all in her time

        Pretty funny I say my opinion about a part of the match and the ”fans” attack..gasp..XD

        For those that still think Tamina is ”green”, she said in a recent interview that she was trained by Jimmy Snuka, Afa Sr.’s school WXW, and the Rock

        • Valese

          Eve was the one who guided Tamina through that fall and it wasn’t as if Tamina could move from where she had landed. Also was it me or was Eve the weakest link in this match? She was slightly sloppy… Well at least she brought crowd interest.

      • norisclouds

        rofl Sunny one of the first female draws in WWE history?

        The first diva?

        Eve is better than Sunny?

        Did you see Sunny’s promos?

        Ignorance, pure ignorance. Eve doesn’t compare to Sunny in that department.

  • http://www.twitter.com/johndern JDernTrishStratusFan

    I guess I’m just extremely confused by the Divas right now. There has been NO build up or reason for Nattie turning face all of a sudden. Her and Beth were the hop heels for months, then all of a sudden weren’t seen together for weeks, not Nattie is a face and Beth won’t face her. I just don’t get it. No build up, no reason, no nothing.

    And Nattie and Tamina are teaming now? Weren’t they both just in a feud a few weeks ago? WWE creative must think no one pays attention to the Divas and can change whatever they want, when they want or they think the fans are just flat out stupid. Either way, none of this makes sense.

    I love Eve as a heel. I’ve always been a fan of her, I just don’t see how all of a sudden her and Beth are working together after ONE interaction in a backstage segment, then with Maria/Kelly.

    I’m just not buying it. Not happy with it. These Divas deserve way more time to have these story lines make sense and to work.

    • http://www.twitter.com/johndern JDernTrishStratusFan

      top*** heels

  • Bethinho

    i didn´t like the match.yes,Beth and Natalya´s intercation was cute but that was it.
    Beth did very little in the match and ended being outwrestled by Natalya and specially by Tamina.i was hoping for her,being the Divas Champion,to do a LOT more but the focus was a lot ore on Eve.

    • https://twitter.com/#!/StephMCK2 StephMC

      Very true! x Its funny how the challengers outdo’s the champion! but I guess its sending a message that beth’s has serious, tough challenges who are increasing now like tamina, nattie, layla and kharma! i actually liked the match but i guess thats my opinion! n i do agree with the focus on Eve as she seems to be growin on a lot of us as well as be the next “wwe’s golden girl” like trish n lita! Im happy that Beth has got airtime tho, she deserves it! but that moonsault in the end, really killed it altho the interaction between beth n nattie was rather interesting than cute.

      • Bethinho

        it´s not about the challengers,it´s about what Beth is doing/has done.even when she wins matches she doesn´t showcase anything special and in this she didn´t do anything at all,yet she was samoan dropped,tried to interfere with Tamina but failed…and still it´s supposed to believe she did good?

        • RayneWoman

          ‘even when she wins matches she doesn´t showcase anything special and in this she didn´t do anything at all’

          Uhmmm…how? She is being showcased as a dominant champion. Dominant means ‘Ruling, governing, or controlling’ which she has been doing pretty much when it came to matches and title defenses. In this match however, Eve was the main attraction. Beth was going up against her best friend. She didn’t want to fight, so she didn’t do much. And Tamina’s samoan drop on Beth build her up as a credible threat to the title. If I am misreading things in your comment, what special thing does Beth need to do?

  • Flawless

    Nice match, and CANNOT WAIT for beth vs nattie!! oh and what if natalya is marias replacement for WM? cos she keeps tweeting about a surprise at WM.

    • Flawless

      & loving nattie as face, she’s so much better as a face. hope this raw we see beth in a match with some storyline continuation. (doubt it though lol)

      • https://twitter.com/#!/StephMCK2 StephMC

        Haha i agree! WWE needs to pull a swerve pronto! I love Nattie as a face and she’s really fun n playful in the ring which makes fans like us invest in her more! She deserves a title reign by that, i mean a lengthy one!

  • Melina&Mickie4ever!

    One of my favorite matches this year. Beth ,Natalya and Tamina all got some pops while Eve got some heat. I got so xcited when I saw that Beth and Natalya were starting off. I’m glad wwe is telling a story with Beth and Nattie and not have them just face off and forget about their past.

    I hope after Mania we finally get Beth vs Natalya. Kharma should return when or of Nattie beats beth for the title. Kharma could give Beth her kharma ,Beth leaves for a month or too. Kharma fueds with Natalya for the summer… Then Beth returns as a face to team up with nattie again to go against kharma. ^_^

    • https://twitter.com/#!/StephMCK2 StephMC

      :’) GAWSH my heart was beating wen I witnessed the incredible interaction between Beth Phoenix and Natalya. ^_^ If only they had the WM28 match spot instead. I just can’t wait after WrestleMania cos we get better feuds durin that time. I keep rewinding the button to watch Beth n Nattie face off again – u can tell that Beth still sees her as a friend while Nattie is honestly the REAL challenge for Beth all along with the returning Layla and Kharma. But I think Beth v Nattie would be more interestin tho since they have good chemistry with each other.

  • Teri

    No idea why, but I smiled during the entire match.

    PS, Yes, Tamina is still somewhat green yadda yadda yadda, but damn.. when Tamina brings it, she freaking BRINGS IT.

    • https://twitter.com/#!/StephMCK2 StephMC

      this is the match we need for wrestlemania! tamina n nattie vs beth n eve! x this gotta be one of my fave matches in 2012 n ur rite bout tamina! she really is amazing in n out of the ring! x gawsh i love nattie as a face!

  • Lita-Sault-666

    Loved this match. These teams were great, loved Natalya as a face with that type of ‘I’m going to show you up’ sort of persona about her inring character during this match. I’d love to see more of this from her.

    Eve was as amazing as ever, her heel gimmick change is definitely the best thing that could have happened to her. Her character is so much more interesting now. The moonsault was clearly a bit off, hitting Tamina with her legs but I think that has a little to do with the heel-like posing before the launch.

    Beth & Tamina were as good as ever, the dinamic between all four in this match was great, would love to see some more between these 4! :).

    • https://twitter.com/#!/StephMCK2 StephMC

      Haha i agree with everything u said! I loved the match too! This match should’ve happened at WrestleMania along with K2 or Layla (preferably Layla since every1 wants her back – including myself!) Haha! Gawsh I miss Layla n Kharma, its really cool to see that she is almost back at wwe. I think the Diva that stole the show was Eve!

  • WWFoverWWE

    I wish Eve actually looked different from her face self, theirs no difference in anything besides her attitude.

    • https://twitter.com/#!/StephMCK2 StephMC

      Very good point. IMO I think it’s her theme song but I like it cos it suits her. but i do get ur point tho! she needs a new look like a new hairdo with the “short bangs” like last year or colour it darker. but i still like her! haha

  • LadyGoDiva

    I liked the match as well not only because we saw what to except in a Beth vs Nattie match but I feel bad for Nattie because she thought it was “friendly compatition” but in all reality Beth is being a cocky champion and Nattie damn well deserves a shot at title.

    I predict a Six Pack Elimination Challenge for the divas title?
    Beth vs Nattie vs Layla vs Aj vs Tamina/Kharma?

  • https://twitter.com/#!/StephMCK2 StephMC

    I knw im goin way beyond but who cares! I think at WWE Survivor Series 2012, I want to see the Past Divas face against the Current Divas in a Tag Team Elimination match! Maybe something like this… Trish, Lita, Madusa, Michelle McCool and Melina vs Nattie, Beth, Eve, Tamina and Layla! – This will be epic but off course it will be unlikely lol! Me n my wildest dreams…

  • Jhonmarco

    Good match. Probably the best match of 2012 from the divas, granted that’s not saying much. These girls put in WORK. Especially Natalya & Tamina. While Eve’s heel turn has been wonderful, I really wish she’d commit to it more. Besides the attitude change, it’s the same gear, same music. Besides that good stuff here & yes great heat for Eve. That is how you got a girl booed!

    • mariah.

      I have a feeling Eve will bust out her new gear and look come Wrestlemania. If you haven’t noticed, she’s been wearing the same two gears ever since she turned heel and has strayed away completely from her other looks. I think she’s just preparing her new look and the green attire is the closest she has to heel attire for now…

  • shannymac

    This match made me realize how much I’ve missed face Nattie. I loved the dynamic between her and Beth, with Nattie being playful and competitive and Beth wanting none of it. They could totally use that to build a feud between them. Nattie wants friendly competition and a shot at the belt, but Beth tries to hold her off with the claim that she doesn’t want to fight her BFF. Really though, she’s just afraid because she knows that Nattie has what it takes to end her reign. It would be fantastic!

  • Jhonmarco

    And get rid of Lawler & Booker & put Scott in there. For once I could stand the commentary. Unlike Booker “WTF” T, Jerry “Perv” Lawler, & Michael “I’ll Give Twitter 20,000 Mentions” Cole.

    • RayneWoman

      ^This. The commentary could consist of Josh Matthews, Scott Stanford, and Matt Striker. They should bring back JR. He was my favorite commentator. He was not annoying like Cole, and he was not a perv like Lawler and Booker (Shucky Ducky Quack Quack anyone…?), and he was energetic (Remember when Eddie Guerrero won the WWE title during WM, JR bought the energy in that match when her got hyper)

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

      YESS ! This^ . It was nice to hear a match without twitter, stutters, & king popping out a b*ner cuz of the girls -_-

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

        And Raynewoman I loved J.R. He used to loose his voice commentating a match!!! I remember when mickie took the title from beth, he literally screamed his head off! The dude is a legendary commentator, imo.

    • Teri

      100% agreed. They need to promote Scott to Raw and SD commentary asap

  • RayneWoman

    -The interaction between Beth and Natalya was great.
    -Eve’s aggressiveness was awesome. For a diva who played a face half of her career, I doubted that she had any aggressive evil side in her. She proved me wrong.
    -The botched moonsault didn’t ruin the flawlessness of the match for me.
    -I hope this is a start for Natalya’s flatulence free, successful career.
    - MAKE EVE AND BETH BFFF!!
    -Tamina and Natalya should become a tag team. They could call themselves ‘The 3Gs’.
    -For a diva who has been in the business for three years only, Tamina has vastly improved.
    Natalya, ditch Beth already. Or better yet, Beth, ditch Natalya. Go solo, both of you!
    -Tamina deserves a rematch.
    -Ratings : 4/5

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

    Best match of the year for me, so far. Best TAG match in a WHILE also. It was refreshing, it felt unrushed. It just flowed. The chemistry was flowing with ease. I loved it. Beth, Eve, Nattie, & Tamina all brought it. The moonsault I’ll accept it because it wasn’t exactly a botch, tamina just was too far away. Its all good. Happens with moonsaults. But everything else was just flawless.

    I can see that eve is either A.Steping her game up, B.She feels more confortable wrestling as a heel, or C.BOTH. I just feel like ever since I saw her wrestling nattie on SD, she felt less forced. She was usually a little slow as a face, as a heel it works for her. I have to agree with everybody saying this, the heel turn is undoubtably the BEST thing to happen to eve. From movesets, to crowd reactions, to just everything. Its all going better for her. I knew she had it in her!

    And I also have to add, the commentary on superstars is just SOOO good to hear. They actually cover about the DIVAS MATCH and whats happening backstage with them & not some twitter follower, cena/rock, john/teddy crap. I love it, just love it. Kudos to scott & josh. They ARE commentators.

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

      Also, the interaction between nattie & beth made wanting MORE! If they left me impressed in what, 2minutes that they were in the ring? Imagine what they could do in a 10+ minute ppv slot. OhmyLoooorddd! Show stealing match indeed.

      • number1AngelinaLovefan

        Shhhh don’t say it’s a “Show Steeler” If WWE think that than the Nattie and Beth match won’t happen. You know WWE won’t let the Divas Outshine the Guys.

        Lol not but really if everybody gets excited for this match and they see this, i bet you any money they would be like “O no They actually want to see a good wrestling match, That might outshine the guys” “SHIT Pull the plug on the match and do something that will SUCK.”

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

        LOLOL! I wouldn’t doubt them doing that. If they make the match happen, it’ll probably be a lumberjill match lol. You already know how the wwe works ;p

        • number1AngelinaLovefan

          O I know when ever it’s a good one on one match…what do they do make it a lumberjill match. Like we all want to see that

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

          I wouldn’t be surprised ,tbh. They’ve done it before, they’ll do it again. I think what comes up to their mind is this; “OMG, we need to give thse girls a paycheck. Ohhhhhhh, lets put them in a lumberjill match. That’ll earn them a paycheck”

          Most of the time, its a last minute thing too.

  • wweandtnadivafan

    Where is alicia? I remember when she had a high win streak. As for Eve, im really starting to like her now. And beth has been divas champion for a long time now >.<

    • RayneWoman

      Mah lawd!! Beth will lose her title soon. Either to Eve, or Natalya, or Tamina. She won’t be champion for long. Happy?

      • number1AngelinaLovefan

        Why i am loving her Tittle run so far i love the whole “Divas…Champ….FFOOORRRREEEEEVVVVVVEEEEEEEERRRRRR thing and she is looking really Dominate i hope it goes on for longer.

        And she beat Kelly’s run already right???

        • redsandman99

          Oh yeah. She’s beat it by quite a bit I think.

        • TheGamergirl22

          I think she should destroy the divas title and replace it with the Women’s belt, then since no one beat her for the divas title (she’ll be the last champion) she can technically say she champ forever.

  • josh101

    I’m just a little scared that when we finally do see Beth vs Natalya in a singles match the wwe will do something shady and make it happen on superstars. Where as we all know it deserves to be on a ppv. but maybe they could do it at Extreme Rules and Kharma could stop by hmmmm………………..

  • JJ

    This was a great match! I loved how the crowd was into it and it felt like a match from the Golden Era of the Women’s Division! This is what WWE needs to do to bring the Diva’s division back on top! I am loving Eve as a heel and it has really improved her over all performance IMO!

  • wangzy

    I love this match….everything was just there, not even the botched moonsault ruined it….this was my WM 28 divas match instead of KK and MM….

  • BAD KHARMA

    LOOOL at Beth during her entrance, she was going for her pose on the corner and suddenly they cut her music and play Tamina´s music and she was like WTF???

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

      I know! I felt bad for her! She was yelling at the crowd and she was just about to get on the turnbuckle and bam Tamina’s music comes on. I was too funny though.

    • RayneWoman

      LOL! Yeah, I know! She was like, “Are you kidding me?” when Tamina’s music hit. Her expression was priceless.

      • number1AngelinaLovefan

        Yeah i noticed that too but also Tamina’s entrace was cut off too by Natalya. Eve and Nattie where the only ones to get a FULL enterance

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

    C’est tres parfait! I love the way they handled the Natalya/Beth situation. Thank Mr. Scott Stanford! The way that Beth and Natalya interacted was just awesome. The fact that Beth threw Natalya out of the ring is justifiable. Natalya is just a superb athlete; I love watching her in action.

    With Layla returning it makes me wish that the WM match were a 6 person tag. Beth,Natalya(with her face/tweenerness) and Eve vs. Kelly, Maria, and Layla

  • Teri

    I forgot to mention, am I the only one who got “Molly/Gail vs X/Y circa ’03″ vibes from this match?

    With that said, this is definetely one of the first real womens tag matches we’ve had for quite a while. No nonsense stinkfaces/ass slaps/whirlybird headscissors etc etc, just 100% womens wrestling.

    • Jhonmarco

      I got the same vibe & I loved it. These 4 girls can easily outdo anything done back then if given the amount of effort those girls in 2003/2004 got. This isn’t even including AJ, Naomi, Kharma, Guerrero Junior, & Paige/Britani Knight. This division has bundles of talent.