Raw Redux (April 30th, 2012): Thanks for the Memories, Bellas

It’s another happy Monday people and it’s time for another live-blog edition of the Redux that won’t be posted until late tomorrow afternoon. Not my problem, clearly, because I’m not the publisher, but who really cares, right? I expect Raw to be semi-explosive tonight thanks to the awesome title change at last night’s Extreme Rules. Layla is our new Divas Champion thanks in part to Twin Magic being a big ole fail last night. Nikki Bella lost her title thanks in large part to Brie being pinned. What type of fallout will we have tonight… if any at all?! This is Raw, to be honest.

In the meantime while I stuff my face and drink a refreshing Coke Zero, I’m going to go unlock the Kelly Kelly sticker on Get Glue! How divalicious is that?

So Raw opens with Brock going cray cray on Triple H and “breaking” the COO’s arm. Lee (@theregoeskitty) tweeted: “if that submission breaks your arm than Sheamus must’ve fcking died last night.” I concur. I find it completely adorable Sheamus is backstage checking on Trips though.

Here comes Eve Torres looking nerd hot in her fierce business suit and glasses. I will wear my glasses every single day now. She announces that there will be a series of beat the clock matches tonight to determine the number one contender to the WWE Championship. I really love the way she looks right now. Incredible. You go Eve!

Abbie (@FaithLoveSoul) tweeted this about Eve’s new look: “Loved the addition of the glasses! Very executive.” Totally. I’m completely digging her status right now as this hot executive chick. Despite the fact she is one of the more solid girls wrestling-wise on the roster, I like this role for Eve. She’s one of the very few girls who could pull this off and it keeps her fresh in the minds of the fans. I absolutely love it.

Diva Dirt’s very own Jake (@JakeVerterano) tweeted: “I’m loving @EveMarieTorres in the glasses, reminds me of some vintage @StacyKeibler.” That’s really the best way to describe Eve to me right now. Stacy is my favorite vintage Diva (and my own personal role model). Eve is totally giving off Stacy K. vibes! Love, love, love this comparison.

One last tweet on the subject of Eve, and I encourage all of you to participate in this movement: “#EveGotGlasses is my new hashtag for the night. Please help in trending it worldwide! #WWE #RAW.” That is via of our very own Bobby (@SunnyDewhite), ladies and gentlemen.

Raw comes back from commercial break and the slam of the night is from Extreme Rules. Highlights of Layla winning the Divas Championship, so I’m assuming we’re getting Divas! Rematch time for the Divas Championship is our match tonight. The twins will face each other and Layla, and the twins are not happy with one another. The bell rings for the match to begin and Nikki and Brie start off by shoving one another. Layla takes advantage of this and drop kicks Nikki. She goes flying into Brie. Brie falls out of the ring. Layla rolls up Nikki for the win.

Oh.

A tweet that was just retweeted onto my timeline says, “Layla wins faster than Sheamus at WrestleMania #RAW.” That pretty much sums it up.

With all the drama surrounding the Bella Twins and whether or not their contracts are up, if they are leaving, what a shitty send-off. I’m going to be totally biased right now and say that I’m really annoyed by this. Brie and Nikki are two of the better girls on the roster and what a crappy way for them to go out. I truly hope that this isn’t the end for them because now I just want to see more. They can’t go out this way in my mind, bickering with each other and losing in like five seconds. That’s really, really annoying. A tweeter asked me if I would rather see them get destroyed by Kharma and to that I say, yes. I would much rather see them get destroyed by Kharma because at least it would make more sense. I poke fun at the people who literally beg every week for Kharma to make her return but damn. Now I feel like one of those people. At least it would be a bit of retribution for Kharma, and a sensible demise for the Bella twins. Thanks for tweeting me with that question, Jefferson (@officespacejk)!

In other news, several people have pointed out that Layla has beaten the clock. Why not? Why the hell not?

Speaking of why the hell not, Nikki Bella (@thebellatwins) just tweeted: “Note to self… Don’t argue with your twin sister at the beginning of a title match! I’m going to ask Johnny for a rematch!! N #RAW #WWE.” THIS GIVES ME HOPE!!!!

Up next we have our Funkettes, Cameron and Naomi, with their pointless fake dinosaur, Brodus Clay. I’m starting to loathe him thanks to my unprofessional bias towards Diva Dirt’s own Prince Dolph. But nonetheless, the Funkettes are sporting their red outfits tonight. I don’t really like the red outfits, especially after seeing their outfits last night at Extreme Rules, but it is what it is. Am I in the minority thinking that Naomi and Cameron need to start getting involved these matches a little bit? This gimmick is starting to get stale but with all the peons in the crowd cheering it and the people like Bobby supporting it on Twitter, I reckon we will continue to have to suffer with it. I totally went heel there but guess what, I DON’T CARE. To make it worse, children were just brought into the ring. I do not like children. At all.

Our very own Melanie (@MelanieLDN) seems to echo my thoughts about wanting more from the Funkettes — Naomi in particular. She tweets; “Naomi could possibly be a great title contender against Layla. #WishfulTweeting #Raw”. Yeah, it probably is wishful thinking and but anything is better than Brodus Clay at this point. I’m being really hateful right now, but that’s what happens when you beat Prince Dolph when you shouldn’t. I’m a very, very bitter person. And Naomi is being so wasted right now.

So I don’t sound that hateful, I’m going to throw in a pro-Brodus and the Funkettes tweet. CHIKARA’s beautiful Veronica (@Veronica_MM1) tweets, “I wanna dance with Brodus! Or the sexy Funkettes… Hmmmm”. To that I say, Veronica… you are better than that! The Funkettes and Brodus couldn’t even handle you. Adore you, girly!

Backstage, Eve is with Johnny Ace. She is giving Big Johnny a pep talk. During her speech, she has to remind Johnny where her eyes are which is amazing. Johnny and Eve are incredible together. They may be my new favorite male/female pairing, and no people. I’m not even joking. This segment is amazing. Quoting Melanie again, “Eve is serving up her best Sandra Bullock in Blind Side/Michelle Pfiefer in Dangerous Minds pep talk! Love it! #Raw”. Yup, that basically sums it up.

With another beat the clock challenge coming up, Randy Orton, A SMACKDOWN SUPERSTAR WHO SHOULD BE ON SMACKDOWN, comes to the ring. He’s facing Raw’s Jack Swagger which means a lovely Vickie Guerrero sighting. Now normally, I agree with everything Vickie says. I do. She’s the QUEEN. But when she makes her introduction for Jack Swagger she calls him the most handsome. EXCUSE ME!? Swagger is not the most handsome man in your stable, Vickie. That distinction belongs to Prince Dolph. Despite how amazing your sparkly turquoise top is, I will NOT give you a pass for that ridiculous comment. As if.

“BREAKING NEWS: http://WWE.com has learned that The Bella Twins have been fired from WWE. http://wwe.me/aCpQ2 @TheBellaTwins #Raw.”

OH KILL ME NOW.

FFS DOUBLE KILL ME NOW. GO BACK TO SMACKDOWN RANDY! Why does he have to beat the damn clock?!

God, I have got to pull it together. There is a tag team title match on next and that means I’m going to have to recap Rosa Mendes and her fashion. I got this. I got this. I got this. Here we go! That crazy, catchy music hits and Rosa is out and strutting her stuff like usual. I’m not that crazy about her outfit tonight but she is making it work for her. I like it, but for some reason, it isn’t working for me together. I want those boots though. Rosa, if you read this Redux, please tweet me where you got those boots. Thanks! You can find me at Twitter handle @allHAILkhaleesi.

In fact, Rosa, you and I should go shopping together. You’re going to need some retail therapy now due to the fact you just cost your men the tag team titles. Ugh. Speaking of Rosa and the boys, they’re walking backstage and arguing with one another. Abraham Washington approaches them and Rosa agrees that they should talk. Why would you want to talk to him, Rosa? He’s trying to take your job. Do you want to join the Bellas in the unemployment line?

Raw is killing me tonight. Kane versus Khali in a beat the clock match is not helping me whatsoever right now. My good friend Nessa just pointed out this gem to me: “The fact Ryder and Dolph were on Superstars and Khali is on RAW is a crime. #RAW”. That is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Neither of them beat the clock, thank God.

Final beat the clock match features Daniel Bryan. Is it to much for me to hope for an AJ sighting?! Probably. Nothing is working for me tonight. I hate tonight. I feel like a dark cloud just descended over my head and it started pouring down rain. Jerry Lawler is wrestling. I’m done.

And no, there wasn’t any AJ sighting. Boo.

That looks like it’s going to do for Raw tonight. My feelings about the show are easily summed up tonight. Everything was a bit of a hot mess. The Bella Twins are gone, leaving a void in the roster that I can only hope the Anti-Divas in FCW end up filling. Everything else seems to be in limbo. Our manager girls did their usual schtick tonight and it was great. And sadly, DB and AJ had no continuation and there wasn’t even a mention about her creeping after him last night at Extreme Rules. I’m kind of deflated right now and rightfully so. Tonight was a decent Raw, but it had nothing to do with any of my people and that makes me sad.

I’m really going to miss the Bella Twins. It’s official, they are gone, and it sucks. I have no doubt that both of them will be successful in whatever they choose to pursue next, I’m just really disappointed that it won’t be wrestling anymore. They have never gotten the credit they deserved inside that ring. Those girls were good and the people who refuse to see it are the same people that refuse to give any Diva credit. I guess my only consolation is that the Bellas are seemingly going out on their own terms even if their departure is anti-climatic. I would have enjoyed something more, but we don’t always get what we want. I got to meet the Bellas at WrestleMania in Atlanta last year, and it wasn’t the greatest experience. I didn’t really get to say much to either of them, or even do my cool Diva Dirt name drop. It was early morning, the line was moving fast, and both girls seemed tired. It didn’t even matter to me. I got to see them in person and that was really cool. Beautiful, talented women. They look incredible on camera and in person they’re stunning. The Bella Twins, Brie and Nikki, will be missed on television more than most people will care to admit. I’m already at a loss.

Brianna and Nicole, thank you for the past four years of memories. You were fresh, different, innovative, and you worked your asses off to try and get better with every single match. Good luck with the next chapter in your lives.

Until next week… Cryssi out!

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  • OwenMccool

    Good luck to The Bellas!

  • Choko

    I will miss The Bellas. WWE messed up, they should’ve brought back Kharma after Layla won.

    Also I’m so happy for Layla’s success, hope she has a lenghty reign and that they make her the next big face diva. She got what successful face divas Trish, Lita, Mickie and Melina had, they just need to give her time and let her cut promos.

    She also needs a new theme song, or maybe a remixed version of this one. Her current theme will lead to her getting no reaction because people will think that she is Michelle McCool. Also I understand that Layla is a face, but she doesn’t need to run like this to the ring. She can walk fast instead. Also why isn’t she doing her traditional in-ring entrance anymore.

    • Air-Bourne

      I wanted her to return with her original them Nasty Girl.

      • 04bia

        actually shes been getting decent reaction, with “not enough for me” theme. i bet when they heard the theme at EC they thought it was michelle mccool!

        • Choko

          @AIR-BOURNE Nasty Girl is a little to naughty for her. I mean the lyrics to that song wouldn’t really fit with her now that she is a top diva.

        • Air-Bourne

          Yeah the lyrics aren’t really for a face but it’s a lot more upbeat than “You’re not enough me” which IMO is a bit narcissistic with lyrics such as “just another man in love with me” and that song will always be tied to Michelle and Laycool so i would just prefer for Layla to get her own identity.

        • Crazy_J

          Whenever I hear the not enough for me theme.. idk maybe it’s just me but it will always remind me of Torrie.

  • redsandman99

    Kharma should have come back to take the Bellas out. I heard plans got changed once the plans got out which annoys me. I understand WWE wanting to try to keep things a surprise but still, sometimes the expected is what’s better.

  • Air-Bourne

    The only thing Eve and Stacy have in common is the glasses, that’s hardly a comparison. I’m sad the Bella’s are gone and i’ll miss them, wish them the best in whatever they choose they do.

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

      I actually get a lot of Stacy vibes from Eve’s new executive administrator role, even past the glasses. Eve reminds me of that secretary role that Stacy had for Bischoff, when she was always speaking for him when he was “too busy” or whatever.

      • Air-Bourne

        Yeah i can see your point but i was comparing Eve to Stacy’s Miss Hancock character. Eve has a more prominent role than Stacy did as she actually has stroke in choosing matches and stipulations on the televised shows whereas Stacy was more of a messenger.

  • JJ

    Chyna’s latest porno has better acting than that backstage segment with Eve. Actually, lousy porno’s have better acting than that. I always thought Eve had untapped potential on the mic but she’s proving me wrong so far. Maxine would have killed in this role…

    Layla needs new music, and they need to start developing her character to get her over as a face. She didn’t really have a chance to really establish her new persona last year, what with the injury. Keep her on Smackdown where she’ll get a little more time than the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it stuff that occupies RAW.

    Goodbye Bella’s. Can’t say I’ll miss them, but some will. They needed to get destroyed by Kharma on the way out, and now we’ll never see that. *Sigh*

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

      “Chyna’s latest porno has better acting than that backstage segment with Eve. ”

      im dead…..lawls

      • xJonFer12494x

        lmfaoo i also nearly died xD

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

      LMFAO at the Chyna comment!

    • Kessuki

      Hahahhhahaarr oh dear me… that top line had me in stitches. :D.

    • Litawasrobbed

      Hahahaha, O. M. G. That chyna comment had me giggling like an idiot.

    • HeyChrissy

      I had to login just to tell you how much I laughed at that

  • Melina&Mickie4ever!

    I respect the fact that they left on their own terms for whatever reason but im upset they are gone :(. Im going to really miss The Bella Twins In The Ring. I wont be hearing “You Can Look But You Cant Touch” and their little dance.lol I wish them the best in their future projects. Im happy tho they decided to leave rather them being released.I also feel wwe dropped the ball on them and didnt use them being twins to their full potential. The Bellas didnt get as much credit as they deserved and watching them grow in the ring , watching Kelly grow to and people not giving them the credit the little credit they deserve shows how much We (myself at times) praised the Indy divas. Oh well *Kanye Shrugs* I guess it is what it is.Bellas you have worked hard The Bella Haters are gonna hate while The Bella Army stands strong. Dueces Bellas !!! ^_^ Im gonna miss you guys.

    (sheesh I wrote a speech)

    • NatalyaFan

      I honestly think they overused the Twin thing. Twin magic got old really quickly and in 98% of all of their matches they did it. Plus the bickering was over the top and made me extremely annoyed with their characters. They had no depth to them other than the fact that they were catty mean girls. They could have gave them opposing personalities ect.ect. but even though I wont exactly miss them they were probably the only divas with an actual gimmick (that ended up being annoying. haha) but I do wish them luck in whatever they decide to do.

  • 04bia

    match was eh! i blinked and missed the match, i think its absolutely ridiculous, these girls need more time. also layla needs a proper build up if shes going to be top face. if shes just gonna win under 2 secs, and have a lousy reign then fans will get bored of her. so i hope wwe creative do something right and give these girls a proper STORYLINE!
    im really happy for laylas success, i feel she’l do well as solo but it seems wierd not seeing her with her flawless bff chelle! i bet michelle is so proud of her right now!

    also thank you to the bellas, i was never a big fan of them, but i appreciate what they’ve done. they certainly werent the worst imo, they were decent in the ring and they had good personalities. i just wished they got more opportunities to showcase their talent in their careers, i mean nikki’s reign should have been booked better. also the video where eve fires the bellas, should have been put on air to show the fans. they should have had a better send off, not in a 20 sec match.

    i wonder whats instore for the divas division now, bellas gone? when is kharma returning? who is layla gonna feud with?

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

    I knew one of the Bellas had red hair, just wasn’t sure because of the lightening making it look like such a dark red color, always still brownish-black. Nikki looks good with the hair change <3

    Anyways, not much to really say about the match, is there? I think a lot of people have/are depended(ing) on Layla/Kharma to save the division. But by now, we should all know that it's not the Divas, it's the writing – because it wasn't long before everyone wanted Naomi to be called up and she has yet to perform in a match outside of FCW since her debut or make any change to the Division. All the Divas we have now are capable of changing the Division and making it strong. Look how well Eve & AJ are doing in their roles.

    And, speaking of Eve she looked like such a cutie last night Hoeski Eve. I just think this is a really nice push for Eve, more so than a de-push.

  • jcarcano12

    Raw was lame this week. :/

  • http://www.twitter.com/xTeamK2 The Bella Era ?

    Thank you Bellas. <3

  • AKA_AK

    I loved the little pep talk Eve gave Johnny backstage. Girls really working her gimmick right now.

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

    What they need to do is give layla a new theme “not enough for me” is boring as hell….
    the crowd is starting to cheer her like after she won but i just think less then 10 seconds isn’t enough to help build layla up as champion….
    give her a mic & let her work her magic…

    • perceval

      Theme music hits… Yay, it’s Torrie! Wait, she retired, years ago… It’s Michelle! Wait, that’s not right…

  • richies88

    I am sad they are gone actually. Ok they can be annoying but they played there parts well. I would have rather of a decent match beside a 8 second match and have Kharma comeback implant buster them and the getting fired by Eve (not liking here new role. So Karen Jarrett VP of the Knockouts) But loving her style its stunning

  • Eve4Life

    Is It Just Me Or Will Eve Have Something To Do w/ John L. & John Cenas Match @ Over The Limit?

    Eve Is John L. Executive Administrator & Eve And John Cena Have History In The Past. But, Knowing WWE Creative…It Aint Happening..

  • Raekon

    I hated this match to say the least.

    Having the bellas argue with each other while Layla is simply rolling one up in a triple threat without the other bella doing anything after she fell out was bullshit.

    They could had at least give the kharma/bellas story a closure by letting the match take place normally, then while the bellas are working on layla, kharmas music plays, layla uses the distraction to pick up the win and rushes outside the ring when Kharma enters while the bellas are in the ring confused and scared.

    They see there is no way out and decide to attack, they are working both on Kharma when she gets to clothesline brie, then implant buster nikki, brie attacks again from behind only to run get grabbed and dropped with the awesome bomb.

    Kharma cuts a promo that she fullfilled her dream when it comes to the bellas, the bellas go backstage, the promo with eve takes place and end of story!

    Closure from all sides.

    Really hope that Naomi and Cameron will get a chance as a tag team or solos now but since they are both faces, they still won’t be able to fill the role of the Bellas.

    So Paige and Sofia would be the logical choice in my opinion.
    In case that AJ indeed turns to a heel, they will have another heel to work with and bring back some balance between the heels and faces.

    Rosa and her team had also a segment with abraham washington after their loss in which Rosa showed that they are willing to talk and negotiate with him now. I wonder what this will bring for the team now that they are not champions anymore.

    I just hope they won’t dissappear in the mists but rather be used further.

  • http://twitter.com/rodneyclint rodneyclint

    I liked the Nikki title win, Layla surprise return and takes the belt thing, but only because I thought, ” Surely, they’ll have Kharma come out tomorrow and send the Bellas off with Implant Busters!” But no, the blink and you miss it match and bonus online video ruined it all. Love Lay being back, she looks great but I hope they pick things up soon with the girls. The division is a mess right now.

  • http://ashmultimedia.wordpress.com melon2617

    Their departure was open ended, so they could always return later.

  • KillerKing

    Good riddance Bellas, no offense but they were just…ugh.

    I don’t really like Eve in this new role, I would’ve rather seen her use Johnny to earn herself a Divas Title shot, so they could but the belt on one of the only relevant Divas in the company. I feel like that might have interested some people but nonetheless, I’m glad she’s getting good camera time and that she’s associated with one of the top names in the WWE.

    And as for Layla, I’m glad she’s back but I wanna see more from her, not 10 second matches. Hopefully WWE has good plans for her. And I’d rather her stick with Michelles old theme cause really…look at the new themes the Divas have been getting lately. They’re absolutely terrible. (AJ, Kaitlyn, Maxine)

    • mariah.

      In regards to Layla’s theme, I always preferred if she used Nasty Boy, but perhaps a house/dance music version like they did for Candice Michelle. I think that would be perfect. I always hated “You’re Not Enough for Me” ever since Torrie used it briefly.

  • NattieX

    WWE loss will be TNT’s gain.. Brianna and Stephanie! v. Brooke and Tara or v. Rosita and Sarita!

    • NattieX

      sorry… TNA’s

  • number1AngelinaLovefan

    Well horrible night for the DIVAS besides the awesome Eve…No Kharma to take out the Bellas ugh so what we knew Kharma was coming back it would of been awesome and the best thing for Kharma but know stupid WWE.

    Although i don’t like the Bellas that much will miss them and they look so good in their new attires….way better than the “Cat” suites and the other Bella looked really good with red hair.

  • xJonFer12494x

    was it just me? or did Eve look uncomfortable “firing” the Bellas? lol. anyways.. I think by the next PPV we’ll be begging for them to return. Every time a diva leaves that has a consitent gimmick, and has decent ring skills that appears regularly on my tv leaves, I die a little inside. eh..thats WWE for ya. Also, other than Victoria/Tara (obvioulsy lol) Layla has been my favorite Diva, and even with that does anyone else think they put the title on her way too soon?? I was getting Melina vibes from when she moved from Smackdown back to RAW and gave poor Jilly the shortest reign ever.

    • norisclouds

      She looked uncomfortable in all of her segments last night. I get the feeling she’s just a shy person in real life and cannot bring her character out for wrestling. Her delivery was stilted, nervous and bad all night, and her body language was awkward and unnatural. If her body didn’t look so good in that outfit, I think she’d get a lot more criticism.

      • AKA_AK

        She was a bit shaky when she was announcing the Beat the Clock Challenge, and it seemed rather unnatural of her because she is a very good public speaker and has proved before she is capable of doing better. Though I thought she did great in the backstage segment with Laurinatis.

  • Bethinho

    sorry but i´m gonna be honest and say i won´t be missing The Bellas.they were never good in the ring and had only relevance when they were involved with the Raw´s guest hosts.
    i like Eve´s new role,she has been doing a good job and i hope the divas can benefit from this.

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

    I’ll seriously miis he bellas. But that match was just, how can I put this, a waste of time.

    About eve, Im one of the ones that thinks that she’s closing up a bit. Like she can’t get her inner bitch out. Her performance was not goot, it was decent, but not like it’s been. I honestly think she did better with the “hoeski” gimmick, which is wierd because considering how she is in real life. Professional, Intelligent, ect. I though she’d KILL IT in the executive role. But oh well, I will give her the benefit of the doubt & hope she’ll get better & better. This is a big opportunity for her and I’d be pretty mad if she just held herself back from reaching her full potential, which she still hasn’t shown.

    Aside from that, in the looks department she totally killed it.

  • mikeparis18

    I don’t think they’re really leaving

  • number1AngelinaLovefan

    By the way totally love the Bellas new Attires too bad we won’t see them again ):