Raw Redux (March 26th, 2012): Eve and Kelly Face Off in a Night of Divas, Dancing and Delight

Welcome everybody to another edition of the Raw Redux!~ As I type this, I believe Cryssi is currently on her way to Miami so here’s to a safe trip to her! On last night’s Raw, we actually managed to get not only a lot of Diva appearances, but also a match that didn’t feel like a “blink and you miss it” type shtick between Kelly Kelly and Eve Torres. Our loyal Glamazon and Divas Champion, Beth Phoenix stood tall in Eve’s corner for the bout, as fellow Divas, AJ, Naomi, Cameron, Rosa Mendes, Brie, & Nikki Bella also made their presence felt throughout the night in a variety of different ways. So like always, let’s scroll on down and get into things shall we?

Out to the arena we go, and yes, SHEEEEEEE looks good to me graces us all with it’s captivating presence. Not only that, but so do both Eve Torres and a Mad Men-esque looking Beth Phoenix! Judging by their choice of attire for this evening, we can assume Eve will be wrestling in a singles match, and it’s soon revealed that her opponent will be none other than Kelly Kelly. We return from a commercial to find out that a song called “Girl Gone Wild” by Madonna will be a WrestleMania theme this year. Out from the back next comes Kelly Kelly, who looks great in a new gear type. Kelly poses for the fans following a match graphic promoting this Sunday’s big tag team bout involving these three ladies and Extra’s Maria Menounos.

The bell then sounds as Kelly orchestrates a “Hoeski” chant from the crowd. Beth distracts her, but not enough to be attacked by Eve as she scores with a jackknife cover for a close count. Eve then takes the advantage with a nice kick to the face, before beating her down on the canvas and slamming her into the corner. Eve then proceeds to choke Kelly on the corner as Beth screams for Kelly to apologize to Eve for the earlier chant. Torres continues on with a nice choke in the corner for a two count, as she then locks in a submission hold and the crowd starts to get behind K2!

Kelly then fights out, but Eve knees her in the stomach. She sends K2 off the ropes, but the fiery blond comes back with the whirlybird headscissors! Kelly then goes for some punches in the corner, but Eve slams her off and ascends to the top rope. She goes for it… and YE– NO! Kelly rolls out of the way and Eve misses the moonsault! K2 then rolls Eve up for the victory out of nowhere and heads up the ramp to celebrate her stunning victory over the conniving Eve.

We head backstage later on to see Brie and Nikki Bella arguing about who to support between Teddy and Johnny. Oh, and hey, I see Abraham Washington in the background! They are suddenly interrupted by the Long Island Iced Z, Zack Ryder. Brie calls him a loser, but Nikki tries to defend Zack as Brie claims she changed her feelings towards Zack, to which Ryder replies stating maybe she should change her face. What he doesn’t realize at the time is that he just basically shot himself in the foot with Nikki, being they are twins and well… share the same face. Both women head off, but suddenly in comes Eve!

Ryder tries to apologize to Eve, to which she claims she forgives him and it was a heat of the moment type deal on SmackDown due to the stress of WrestleMania. She then asks what hotel he’s staying at in Miami, and he replies that all of Team Teddy were going to stay together. She faults this, being that she was hoping he would stay at hers! He leans in for a kiss, but she stops him and says to wait until after WrestleMania for the big celebration they will have! Oh my…

Ahem… LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!

Cameron and Naomi (God, I love typing that name in these Raw Reduxes) grace us with their angelic voices as they welcome the only living, breathing Funkasaurus in captivity, Mr Brodus Clay, to the ring! We pan to a shot of a beautiful disco ball, and then to the even more beautiful duo that is the Funkettes! Naomi (it will never get old) and Cameron pop out from the back in some shiny red gear, as they incorporate a few new moves to their dance group! The three strut down the ring, before the ladies hop over towards the ring apron and execute their butt to butt pose.

They all climb into the ring and slide from side to side. Suddenly the #NaomiRumpShake (trend it folks) transpires before my very eyes and the three pose to pyro! We find out that tonight Brodus will be facing Curt Hawkins, which does kind of bum me out because, don’t get me wrong, while I’m beyond thankful the three are back on TV, he needs to get out of these squash matches fast. Nonetheless, Hawkins slides into the ring as Jerry Lawler mistakes his name for the first of an upcoming three times. Lord.

The bell rings as Clay does a shimmy in the ring, sparking Hawkins to run right into a clothesline. He then ducks another one and takes the leg out of Brodus, before scoring with a patented bulldog. Curt goes for a cover, but Brodus fights out and connects with a huge headbutt, then punching him in the stomach and kneeing him in the face. Clay hits the SHEEEEPLEX, and then runs off the ropes with the huge splash for the win! The AMAZING screams of Naomi and Cameron fill my ears with sunshine and joy, as they run into the ring elated for Brodus’ win. From there, they hope all over him and the spotlight hits as the trio gets FUNKAY.

Also check out AJ, as she stands ringside AND gets involved in a tag team match pitting Randy Orton & Sheamus against Daniel Bryan & Kane:

AND also check out my favorite freakin’ Costa Rican, Rosa Mendes, who tries to aid Primo in toppling the Big Show:

Thoughts: An okay-ish Raw this week, match wise. I did appreciate that it got more than the usual 20 seconds, but I feel like Eve is not yet used to portraying a heel in terms of wrestling. A lot of her moveset has had to be taken away and transitioned into a more slow, dominating style and it will just take time. Turning her heel was the best thing that could have ever happened to her though, and she’s nailed it every week in terms of character development.

Also, I don’t understand why Kelly was victorious tonight. Don’t get me wrong as I really like Kelly and her new gear was awesome, but if she can beat Eve by herself when Eve had backup, what does Maria Menounos bring to the table? I think having Beth distract Kelly for Eve to sneak the win would have been the better option as it would’ve built to the tag more in that Kelly couldn’t essentially overcome a two on one scenario, so bringing in Maria is what would’ve helped set the stage.

I want to discuss the WrestleMania match for a little bit, also, so indulge me. I know I preached before about my thoughts on the match, and yes, it does just feel like a random tag that we could see on any show. To be fair though, in terms of ring work, I feel this match has the most potential to be the best Divas ‘Mania match since Mickie and Trish faced off at WrestleMania 22. You have Beth Phoenix, who has consistently put on stellar pay per view matches for over half of the past year; Eve, who has improved drastically and can put on great matches on her own merit; and Kelly, who has proven that she can step up her game when needed at the big events. What we’ve seen of Maria in the past honestly was solid, but to her unfortunate injury, I’m guessing Kelly will work most of the match anyways.

I guess what I’m trying to say is, yes, I do wish this match actually felt special and not just something that could be booked on Superstars or Raw, but I’d rather see a good match that surprises everyone due to a lack of build up than a match that gets so much build and then disappoints when it comes down to it. I believe that the four of them can deliver on the big stage, and I’m insanely excited to see what they pull out. Personally, I’m hoping for Maria Menounos to just bust out a 450 splash and shock the world!

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  • No Holds Barred

    with the way WWE are building up this match, it seems they want another Melina vs Ashley rather than a Mickie vs Trish or a Trish vs Jazz vs Victoria

  • koshiro

    Kelly winning here gives me a LITTLE hope that the Heels will win on Sunday..

    I mean.. Beth just CAN’T lose this match

    • TibarnEl

      No, she really can’t. Beth and Eve need this one to look credible, otherwise Beth’s current shtick would be a waste of time, and Eve’s heel turn will look flimsy.

  • ricky_says_hi

    i think they gave Kelly the win because they want the heels to win at WrestleMania. you know with the last minute momentum shift. perhaps Maria was meant to be on the show and Beth would have interfered and Maria would have stopped her, thus getting Kelly the win. but Maria’s injury stopped her from appearing. honestly at the Smackdown tapings they should just get Maria to announce her injury and a partner to replace her. give the spot to a diva who deserves it like Natalya or Alicia

  • Teri

    Wow, the match lasted for over 2 minutes.. and both Kelly and Eve got full entrances. Hell, they had a commercial break and we still managed to see Kelly’s entrance. I’M SO IMPRESSED

    Kelly looked like she was wearing something out of the 2003 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show (the opening segment with all of the cool, shiny superhero outfits)

    Anyway, is it just me or is Eve starting to lose her heat? Sort of weird considering she had massive heat last week on SD. Perhaps the crowd was just extra shitty lastnight?

    • redsandman99

      There are a lot of crowds lately that really suck. Last night’s show was pretty lackluster too, which did NOT help anything.

    • RayneWoman

      Atlanta crowds are usually very boring. So no, Eve is not losing heat.

      • Teri

        thank god <3

  • redsandman99

    With all the reports of Kelly and Eve actually having good matches at house shows, I found myself disappointed with this effort. I don’t know if they’ve gotten comfortable with the seven to ten minutes they’re reportedly getting at the house shows, it was just an off night or maybe the people doing the reporting were being generous…

    Kelly needs to change the way she does her headscissors. She runs off the ropes WAY too slow for it to believable. Character wise, turning heel was great for Eve but I agree that she needs to get used to wrestling the new style.

    Wrong woman definitely won. Kelly winning was just dumb and makes me worried about what we’re going to see at Mania. Hopefully the girls will bring their A game (Kelly in particular) and hopefully we do get Layla wrestling instead of Maria.

    • LadyGoDiva

      Hey its the WWE we don’t usually get the best women’s wrestling matches anymore on RAW or SD sometimes I feel lucky that we get a longer match on a PPV.

  • Liam ‘

    If Beth loses this Sunday wouldn’t it end her PPV victory streak? Match has no hype whatsoever. Gone are the days when the Divas Division actually meant something…now it’s an excuse to go for a quick 20 second piss break. And no one say it’ll be better. We’ve been saying this for over a year now.

    • Liam ‘

      Oh and nice attire Kelly. Now please polish your move set and don’t spin too much during the head scissor takedown. It screams fake.

  • Teri

    Does anyone know if the Bella’s have been taking acting classes lately? They sound so rehearsed whenever they talk.

  • TorrieWilsonFan03

    Layla needs to come back, Maria Menounos just can’t win, she’s evil!

  • Melina&Mickie4ever!

    To be honest I enjoyed this match. I really like Kelly’s gear. And tonight she came off as a serious competitor. I hope we get a superstars match with them sometime soon.

    And has anyone noticed that all of Beth’s Mania matches were tag teams lmaooooo

    • redsandman99

      I have noticed that. Poor girl. It’s really too bad the WWE can’t get their heads out of their butt and have her defend the title instead. She already said she wants to have a title match at Mania and I think we would all enjoy watching that more than what we are probably going to end up getting with the tag match.

  • Bethinho

    i find it hillarious that there´re people that still question the outcome of the match this sunday,lol.
    with Maria wrestling or at ringside,with other diva in her place,whatever the scenario,Beth and Eve will LOSE the match,period!

  • RayneWoman

    I guess I am the only one here who didn’t find K2′s attire that appealing.

    The heels have no choice but to win this Sunday. Both of them have momentum right now ( Eve being a heat magnet and Beth being a dominant champion ) If they lose, their credibility will be fully diminished.

    BTW, Nattie has been sending a few tweets about a surprise during WM.Will this lead to something?

    • Liam ‘

      She also tweeted that she kinda stole Beth’s championship.

      • number1AngelinaLovefan

        Yeah i saw that she said ” Beth should keep this closer to her” or something like that Nattie has pretending to steal the Divas tittle out of Beth’s suit case

        • number1AngelinaLovefan

          *Was*

  • LadyGoDiva

    I have a problem with the Eve vs Kelly match.First off Kelly was very sloppy and slow as Eve was almost dominating her. The match lasted two minutes and from the reports I’ve been hearing that they’ve been wrestling in matches more longer.But it was great to see Eve and Kelly wrestle to see what will get at Mania despite the predictions of it being called a train wreck.

    I only hope that after ‘Mania things will get better from here because the next PPV is Extreme Rules and we’ve gotten way better matches and I still can’t get over the terrible year we’ve had last year. And whoever is next in line for the divas title can they get take it away from Beth because I’m eager for anybody to be divas champion now.

    Seeing AJ interfere in the tag team match makes wonder if she’ll turn her back on DB at ‘Mania?

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/999xander999?feature=mhee Sherri Martel Fan

      I just can’t take Kelly Kelly seriously at all. Her running the ropes just looks silly! Her roll up wasn’t good either. This woman has been with WWE for 6 years & she’s still on this level? Not good at all.

  • http://xlittlemissobsessive.tumblr.com/ kellytrishfan

    Apparently, Eve got do a promo before the match which I’m guessing (for whatever reason) they had her do during the commercial break o.O But anyways, loved Kelly’s attire. Didn’t think the match was that bad, it was decent and botchless. But the houseshow reports just put a lot of hype behind these two, I was expecting something a bit better but that could be said just being a houseshow match Divas are given more time, as opposed to a Raw show even though these two got a fairly amount of time (considering this was Raw) Also found it odd with Kelly winning, seeing as Eve was winning on the houseshows. I don’t want to make any guesses with the heels winning, as Beth had the momentum going into her PPV match with Kelly when she (Beth) won.

  • wwe141

    I say change the divas match at Wrestlemania to a Triple Threat Match for the Divas Title: Eve vs Kelly vs Beth Phoenix; I think it could be a good match, Beth and Kelly had very good ppv matches last year and Beth and eve,so I think the 3 of them could pull it off

    • RayneWoman

      Don’t bet on it. The WWE will still find a way to make this a tag match if Maria can’t compete.

  • RayneWoman

    Oh, and I still want Sheamus and AJ together. IMO they would look cute together. :-D

  • number1AngelinaLovefan

    Nattie said this o Twitter “What would you rather see on @EveMarieTorres? Pinup Strong Cradle or Sharpshooter? #teamnatalya”

    She also posted a Twitvid of her saying “watch it Beth i am watching your tittle”

    This could be a sing for her Being in the Match this Sunday! Please Please i really Hope

  • jen07201

    *Crossing fingers* Please come back on Sunday Layla please please.

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

    A couple of things;

    1. “Heyyyy-eyyy-eyyyyyeyyyey. Girl gone wild, giiiggigirl gone wild” I still think this should be eve’s theme lol. Maybe with some remix :p

    2. Beth, Eve, & Kelly, were on point last night. They brought the fierce :))) . Kelly especially, as you can see from my gravatar.

    3. The crowd SUCKED last night -_- . I found it unbelievable that eve had so much heat last week & this week she had almost none… yup, crowds fault. Thank you kelly for getting them chanting “Hoeski”.

    4. The match, I found it to be decent. It was botch free, no awkward spots, the only problem is that it was sloooowwww. Too slow. Kelly was like in slow-mo, but so was eve. I’ve said this before & I’ll say it again, eve NEEDS to play the crowd during her matches. Not just go out there & wrestle, insult the crowd. Keep the heat baby.

    5.Rosa, baby, you’re hot but give me a call. I need to teach you how to salsa, bachata, merengue, duggie, everything.

    Now, ‘mania is right around the corner. I am pleading for maria to get replaced by nattie, layla, tamina, heck even foxxy holyday. If she gets replaced, the match has more potential because another WRESTLER will be in it. So guys, pray .. please. But I know she’ll get replaced ;)

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

      How could I forget this; Beth, how can kelly go out of the ring & you go in, AT THE SAME EXACT TIME?! Jesus, you should’ve pulled her hair & then she would get away. Anything else would’ve been better than that! oh, wwe, you make her look bad.. sometimes.

      • Teri

        I think Kelly was supposed to wait for Beth to come in until she rolled out. You could tell Beth immediately went in as soon as she noticed that Kelly was going out so that it wouldn’t be even more dumb and awkward, haha

      • jen07201

        Maybe Beth would’ve pulled Kelly’s weave off if she pulled her to the ring.

        • Teri

          I don’t understand how WWE creative has yet to implement some sort of weave storyline yet. A large portion of the divas locker room pretty much have an addiction to weave so it would be pretty neat to get a storyline revolving around their weaves sometime soon.

          They could do a program where Alicia is secretly stealing all the girls’ weaves and dying them red so that she wouldn’t be caught. Then Eve or Kelly could catch her and call her out on it. Then Alicia would snap or some shit like that, and beat them up.

          TADA!

          jk

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

          LMFAOOOOOOO!!!!!! A weave storyline ? CUE ALICIA! Im done! lmfaooo Gawdd !

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

          LSHMSFOAIDMB The weave storyline could totally work in these slow months after Wrestlemania lmao.

        • Jhonmarco

          LMAOOOOOOOO!

          A weave storyline? Dead! Teri you’re too much!

        • Teri

          “LSHMSFOAIDMB The weave storyline could totally work in these slow months after Wrestlemania lmao.”

          Ikr? Totally feasible. They could make Alicia out to be some psycho bitch (think Victoria circa ’02, where she would be backstage smelling Trish’s hat or secretly going through Jacqueline’s underwear and ring attire)

          They could cut promos of Alicia sneaking around backstage, looking through everyone’s weaves. She would try them on in the mirror while she has a creepy smile on her face, and then smells and pets them or some weird nasty shit like that. Then Eve and Kelly could catch her in the act or something, and then start bullying/teasing Alicia about her creepy weave obsession. Alicia would cry and run away, yadda yadda yadda

          And what’s great about all this is that it could totally go hand in hand with the BA Star campaign: don’t bully or tease anyone with an addiction! don’t judge a book by it’s cover!!

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

          LMFAOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMFGG~!!!!!

          I can imagine her making those troll faces in a promo;

          Brie&Nikki; *Fixing their make-up & hair.
          *Alicia jumps in. Cue troll face*
          Alicia; Guuuuuurrrrrrrllllll, your weave be looking right!
          Nikki; *whispers* & Yours be looking left.
          Brie; That was really good nikki.

          LMFAOOOOOOOOO. I’d die!

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

          @TERI and EVELOVER LMFAO! I can’t even breathe….that’s hilarious.

          “yours be looking left.” LMAO.

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

          LMFAOO :’)!

  • MiWiRo

    Most heels tend to roll up a failed dive attempt from a face.

    Bit of a role reversal here.

  • melina prez

    Remover when the divas got 5-7 minuet matches on Raw? Yaaaa I do.. But umm since like when have we had that???? Well the match was better than anything on Raw this year(besides eves heel turn) but it still sucked!!! I hope WWE gives the divas at least 6 minuets at Wrestle Mania or I’m gonna be pissed!

  • jen07201

    Worst mistakes ever made by WWE:

    Letting go of Mickie James
    Letting go of Melina
    Not using Gail Kim
    Not using Natalya correctly

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

      Letting go candice.
      Not giving divas time.
      20second matches.
      No storyline.

      Theres alot more… lol

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

        No character development
        Not caring for WM
        No promos on tv
        No backstage interviews ON TV

        yup but i guess we should be happy that we get good things every now and then.

      • RayneWoman

        Not giving them proper storylines
        Considering the divas as fillers
        Not giving them time to build a storyline
        Not using Victoria/Tara properly
        Making Jerry Lawler K2′s ass kisser
        Giving their belt a retarded design
        Letting go Maryse (not a first class wrestler, but a top class personality)
        Not using Beth Phoenix to her full potential

        • jen07201

          Also:

          The stupid Laycool Piggy James storyline
          Giving Natalya that stupid fart gimmick
          Not using Tamina more
          Getting rid of the Women’s championship
          Not getting Kharma any sooner

        • http://ahlanthony.tumblr.com ahlanthony

          Retiring the prestigious Women’s championship.

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

          Woahh! Pause Jen, I liked the piggy james storyline. Yes, it was demeaning & rude but it was the last great storyline we had for the divas. Natalya vs LayCool was good but no where near the emotion piggy james storyline had. The crowd was involved. It was a beautiful thing .

        • jen07201

          I know I just hated the bullying an just the way they treated Mickie. I do admit it was a good storyline.

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

          It was deffinetly bitter-sweet. But I have to say, I got into it like a 5year old. I HATED laycool at the time. They did their jobs perfectly, so did mickie.

        • jen07201

          I admire Mickie for going through with the storyline.

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

          That made me admire her more than I already did. She was certantly very professional about it. Just cutting a promo about that in front of a crowd is hard, let alone about something personal like that.

        • jen07201

          My God I miss Mickie so much in WWE. She really had the passion for the storylines and the wrestling.

        • BillyGP

          Michelle McCool said she and Layla gave Mickie all the credit for the Piggy James storyline. Also that they apologized every minute backstage to Mickie for that had to be said and done during the angles. McCool also said Mickie puts in every effort to work with who ever she working with to make the match or storyline go well.

  • Jhonmarco

    Last night was so blah. Girls worked a slow match & Eve still needs to get comfortable with this new character. Like EveLover said Eve needs to work the crowd more! Get cocky girl, brush your shoulders off, whip your extensions/weave/hurr back & forth, something! Not even gonna start on Beth & Kelly’s enter/exit scene, beyond stupid. Eve & Beth need to win Sunday to keep Eve’s momentum & keep Beth strong for Kharma. I miss seeing Vickie draw the heat with her promos on Monday nights :c waaah…

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

      Shoutout to mee :)

      • Jhonmarco

        You already know <3

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

          ;D

  • Goodvibes

    This has to be the WORST road to WM in a long time, aside from the Rock VS Cena and the obligatory Undertaker match, the WWE hasn’t built up this pay per view at all in a way that makes you want to buy it. So far Daniel Bryan and AJ is the ONLY moment I am holding out for as it has the potential to be Epic for lil miss Aj,

    The Diva’s match will suck on more levels than one, its a TAG team match which we can have any day on Raw or Smackdown, also Maria has already competed TWICE on WWE TV so I don’t understand where the draw here would be. Kelly VS Beth in a final one on one show down would have been ten times better even though we’ve seen it one million times before, add a stipulation and give these girls a Wrestlemania moment they deserve,

  • http://ahlanthony.tumblr.com ahlanthony

    I am craving for Naomi and Cameron into some in ring action. They should feud with the Bella Twins. I am also thinking about Brodus Clay turning into some psychopath funkasaurus and start hurting both Naomi and Cameron. That would be an interesting intergender feud and I think they could pull it out ala PMS (Ivory, Jacqueline, Terri) vs. some guys back in their days.

    • http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=-3&id=100000716103622#/Only.the.best.get.through?ref=profi Oliver James #BellaArmy!

      Well they did kinda steal their ring entrance #BellaWannabes

      The Bella Twins have already stated this on twitter, it would be a great backstage segment having all 4 divas (literally) bumping into each other, only for Nikki & Brie to make some sarcastic joke about the Funkette’s who in turn snap their fingers and cut the Bella’s down with some remark that the crowd would love, then The Bella’s would be all set to pounce, until Brodus steps in the way and wiggles his blubber causing the twins to look at him in disgust and start to walk away making the ‘LOSER’ sign at Cameron & Naomi… PERFECT!!! =D

  • lbthewrestlingnerd

    RAW was horrible. The lack of depth on the roster is terrifying.

    • Jhonmarco

      I disagree. It’s more that WWE hasn’t built up enough talent & now all of their top guys are retiring or close to it. We only really Cena, Orton, Punk, & Jericho left. It’s their fault that they felt the need to bury new talent to their top men & now look what we have. A hot ass mess of a roster. Even Jericho mentioned in an interview, it’s crazy how they push the same guys all the time.

      • RayneWoman

        And when they have seasoned vets like Christian in their roster, they don’t use them to their full potential.

      • Teri

        @ Jhonmarco

        100% Agreed

    • Teri

      As a normal edition of Raw, it was mediocre.

      As the final major TV broadcast leading into the biggest show of the year, Wrestlemania… it was a pretty damn shitty Raw.