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FCW Watch (July 8th & 15th, 2012): No Disqualification Match – Paige vs. Audrey Marie

Hello again all, and welcome to the final FCW Watch as the show has effectively been removed from the Brighthouse Network and shall be replaced with NXT. Let me again apologize for the lateness, but honestly I just seem to never have the right moment to sit down and write one of these. I guess that can be the one positive in it being removed since it won’t fall by the wayside anymore. But nonetheless, on the July 8th episode, we had a Raquel Diaz promo (which is something we’ve grown accustomed to seeing), and then on the final episode, Paige and Audrey Marie square off with an interesting No DQ stipulation. I have not seen the match as of writing this, but ever since it was announced, I have my doubts on the level of extreme they will go or whether or not it will just mean no counts to five on hair pulling. I guess the only way to find out is to jump right in!

We head to the ring where Caylee Turner introduces this as a first time ever No DQ Divas match! Coming up first is Audrey Marie who bounces around like a perky ray of Texas Sunshine. Following her comes the entrance of the dark and talented, Paige, who looks ready to go from the start. The bell sounds and Audrey pounces on her from the get go! A bodyslam follows for a two count, before grabbing at Paige’s hair and slamming her down. Marie applies a headlock into a body scissors, as Paige tries to counter into pin attempts to no avail. Finally Paige breaks out of it and goes to town on Audrey.

Marie accesses another headlock, but Paige counters into a Back Suplex for a near fall. Jim Ross makes a bold statement in claiming he believes we will one day see her as the WWE Divas Champion! She begins choking Audrey in the ropes and then scoring with a few knees to the face. A hook of the leg gets another close call. The crowd tries to get behind Audrey, but Paige doesn’t let them phase her as she begins kicking and punching Audrey! She ducks a clothesline and goes for a boot, but Audrey catches her and swings her leg down, thus forcing Paige to collide face first with the ring. Audrey now begins to make her comeback and imitates Paige’s infamous scream!

Audrey with a nice neckbreaker for just a two count, as Jim Ross mentions KFC to my delight. Marie attempts a front dropkick, but Paige holds onto the ropes. From there, she just beats Audrey to no end with methodical kicks and snapping her arm off the ropes. Paige seems a bit angered that she can’t muster the three count, as the crowd begins chanting tables! Paige heads outside and grabs a steel chair, but Audrey boots it out of her hand! Paige goes to get it again, but Audrey stands on it and hits a nasty DDT for the win. Audrey celebrates the final female win on the FCW TV show, as Paige looks to be a bit sore from that finishing maneuver.

Also, check out Raquel Diaz’s promo from the July 8th show below:

Thoughts: I thought the match between Paige and Audrey was great. It was very back and forth, even if the No DQ stipulation was hardly ever in play. I know I say it a lot, but I truly believe Paige is one of the brightest prospects in developmental period. She has the skill, she can work a mic, and she’s got age on her side being that she’s so young compared to a lot of the other Divas. The future looks bright for her and I pray to God it works in the way we hope. Audrey, I still feel she is much better than given credit for. No, she’s not on Paige’s level or anything, but she’s not the worst in FCW by a long shot. Granted, I do wish more weapons were involved, but I kind of expected it to be like this when the stipulation was announced anyways so I guess I wasn’t disappointed, being that I didn’t enter thinking they would pull out tables or kendo sticks etc. All in all though, I enjoyed the final Divas match and I think both women put on a great showing.

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