Raw Redux (October 22nd, 2012): Resignations, Allegations, and a Whole Lot of Confrontations

Good afternoon. (Hopefully this doesn’t go up sooner or later, but in the case it does, change the wording to the appropriate form.) It is I, your trusty recapper, Bobby here (apologies if that upsets anyone), but I have been asked to fill in for Cryssi this week on the Raw Redux, and to be honest, I’m ecstatic that I was asked on this week of all weeks. Last night’s Raw, on many levels even beyond just the Divas, reminded me of my sweet ceremonial bliss that was a certain yellow roped show. And for that, I thank the powers that be. Diva wise, we had no match, and I’m perfectly fine with that because segments do so much more than matches in terms of the Divas. I’ll take two minutes of speaking and a brawl over a two minute match any day of the week!

We had quite a few confrontations, in a Raw that seemed to revolve around the love life of AJ Lee following accusations that she had been caught hooking up with a Superstar during her reign as general manager. In addition to that, everyone’s favorite Queen Diva, Vickie Guerrero provided quite the catalyst against our sweet Jersey gal, AJ; Plus Kaitlyn, Eve, and Layla got involved in a good old fashioned backstage fight by the makeup table! And since nothing can go wrong with that, let’s begin!

A Jersey Girl’s Loss of Power: Business Dinner or More…

We return to Raw, just near the second hour’s start, as Vince McMahon stands in the ring with the woman who rose to power so quickly unlike anything we’d ever seen before, the woman who idolized this company from such a young age, the woman who was in her teens when Vince and Stephanie had one of my personal favorite feuds ever… the woman named AJ Lee! AJ does not look happy, in fact she sort of resembles my reaction when I see Naomi’s entrances on Raw get cut. Mr. McMahon informs us that AJ had a meeting with the Board of Directors earlier regarding her tenure as general manager. From there, he hands the mic off to AJ and she unveils what happened!

AJ states that because of allegations that she fraternized with a WWE Superstar, she is hereby resigning as general manager of Raw! She confirms that the allegations are false, but understands that she’s done a lot of scandalous things that could attribute to firing her, such as attacking Vickie Guerrero and Paul Heyman. That’s the reason why AJ decided to resign. She feels that people may consider her mentally unstable, but deep down, AJ feels that people like a crazy chick! This elicits a nice reaction from the crowd, complete with a “Yes” chant! AJ knows this is coming to an end a little sooner than she wanted, but goes on to tell us about her story growing up near the Jersey town they’re in, as well as her rise from poverty to power.

She thanks the WWE universe for accepting her and all of her quirky ways, before thanking Vince as well, complete with a hug! Suddenly, Paul Heyman interrupts and walks down to the ring as he trashes AJ’s life story in the process. (Seriously?! Just a few weeks after proposing to her? Not a good near-husband Paul.) Heyman then argues to Vince that he should be the new general manager of Raw, but Vince has another idea in mind. With that, he reveals the new managing supervisor of Monday Night Raw… Queen Diva, Vickie Guerrero! The crowd immediately erupts with boos, as out walks Vickie with a big smile on her face.

AJ looks upset with this decision, as Paul just seems shocked in general. Vickie shakes Vince’s hand and takes the microphone, but I can barely hear her over the insanely loud amount of boos she is getting. (Amazing) Vickie tries to thank the Board of Directors for the opportunity she is being given, as Paul chimes in and tries to sway Vickie’s mind in favor of all things CM Punk. She disregards Heyman’s banter, instead combating that with the announcement that she has booked Sheamus vs. CM Punk in the largest lumberjack match in history for the main event! This infuriates Paul to no end, as he simply gives up and leaves the ring to the sight of Vickie laughing.

Once he’s out of sight, Queen Diva realizes that there is another person in the ring behind her… AJ! She spins around and begins degrading AJ for losing her job so quickly and not being right for this job due to her immaturity and little girl dress clothes! Vickie then brings the allegations to the forefront, in that AJ not only fraternized with a talent… but she also had an AFFAIR! This simply disgusts Miss Guerrero, who orders AJ to go backstage and clean out what is now her former office! AJ looks like she’s about to snap, but begins to slowly exit the ring as told. Suddenly though, she twirls her head to the side and spins around with a slight smile… before pouncing on Vickie and going psycho! The two roll around the ring beating the crap out of each other, as AJ nearly strips Vickie of her shirt! Vickie then begins spanking AJ as Vickie runs out of the ring and heads to the back. AJ buttons her top up and then collects her thoughts as she skips up the ramp! Good lord.

Backstage again, we spot Santino Marella talking to AJ about how he felt she did a good job as general manager. She thanks him, before being interrupted by John Cena! Cena asks if she needs anything to let him know, as she is just at a loss that this happened. She doesn’t feel the allegation that took her down was right, as Cena can’t believe AJ just stood out there and took it without fighting back, or hiring Alicia Florrick to represent her. (Okay, my own words on that one.) John asks for a name of the guy, and she reveals that it’s him! He seems confused, but AJ reveals that she didn’t fight it because she didn’t want to drag his name in it. Cena asks if it was the business dinner they had, and doesn’t know how anyone can think that was an issue. AJ agrees with him, but thinks it was Vickie who did it. She begins to break down, but Cena consoles her and says he will take care of her… that of which I’m sure teenage AJ never thought in her wildest dreams would happen with then, white rapper John Cena one day.

After the break, Cena then approaches Vince McMahon to get more information. He can’t believe Vickie got AJ’s job for that lame date garbage. Cena downplays the corporate B.S. and wants the truth about what happened, which Vince reluctantly tells him that there was some incriminating evidence to support Vickie’s claims. John continues to seem dumbfounded, but Vince lets him know that AJ was a ticking time bomb and it just so happened this was what took her down. He claims Vickie’s job position is probably just interim, and it is what it is. With that, Vince rides off into the sunset with his limo.

After the next break, John is now confronting Vickie! She tells him he can’t just barge into her office like this. He then calls her a backstabbing liar, but she refutes that by stating she will not be given attitude just because his little girlfriend AJ Lee-Cena can not separate business from pleasure. John says it was strictly a business dinner, and that VIckie cost a girl her job that she loved! Vickie believes that perception is reality, and that John asking AJ out on a date got her fired, and the reality of that is that he was the one who cost AJ her job. Cena walks off, as Vickie is left smiling and pleased with herself.

The Case of the Great Mystery Attacker Now Causing Even More Diva Dissension

Eve is shown on the phone backstage, talking to someone we don’t know, but for my own interest I’m going to pretend it’s Paula Deen. She runs down AJ’s long list of male friends in WWE, even namedropping Primo! Kaitlyn walks up behind her, which forces Eve to end her conversation. Kaitlyn feels that Eve shouldn’t be discussing unprofessional behavior, when the Divas Champion is the one who arranged for someone to be attacked from behind. She brings up the blonde wig, and adds that it’s the one Eve had Aksana attack her in… WHAT?! She saw the email on Eve’s iPad, which upsets our champion that Kaitlyn went through her personal belongings.

Eve tries to leave, but Kaitlyn pulls her back and tells her to drop the little nice girl act… stating she’s still the same caniving witch she’s always been. With that, Eve pulls back and smacks her across the face! Kaitlyn fights back and throws Eve on the table nearby! She pounds away at Torres, until Layla and a bunch of refs come in. Layla pulls Kaitlyn off, as Eve then goes after Layla and all three end up in this brawl for all that ends with Brad Maddox intervening and keeping them all separated!

Thoughts: To say I loved the Divas stuff this week would be an understatement. I don’t care how not so great a match between AJ and Vickie might be due to Vickie not being a wrestler, that match potential has got me beyond excited. It’s sort of like Stephanie and Trish Stratus’ early feud where the match wasn’t a technical masterpiece, but it was gritty and entertaining in a way that made it memorable. AJ and Vickie could definitely do something similar to that, given how much the fans enjoy one and despise the other. To be honest, I wouldn’t really be that bummed if this feud built all the way into WrestleMania, because really I would love to see a womens match that the fans are invested in. AJ and Vickie are probably the two women who get the biggest response from a crowd in terms of face and heel, so even if it’s a mixed tag or something, I would honestly enjoy seeing it after lots of build like last night.

I also am really happy with the Kaitlyn/Layla/Eve stuff. I did not like all the interesting things with the mystery attacker angle going on during SmackDown because Raw is the main show and I feel like a lot of it will be lost to a pay per view audience if it doesn’t happen on Raw. This episode brought all the SmackDown things into perspective, and had Kaitlyn step up to Eve and not continue to be confused by her actions. Now I have no idea if Aksana really just got revealed, or if it’s a fake out, but I hope for the latter because I think the story has been built up nicely to just give it away in a simple line like that (which I didn’t even hear when I was watching live.) The one thing I continue to be suspicious of though is that this somehow is going to relate to Aksana and Teddy Long. Teddy was the one who showed Kaitlyn the iPad after all, and I can’t put my finger on it, but I just have this suspicion that their past isn’t quite over now that Aksana is single again. Personally, I hope something big happens at Hell in a Cell, but I’m not sure since Aksana hasn’t even been seen in a long time to give us any sort of clues in order to see if we can take this as a serious accusation or not. I guess time will tell!

So in conclusion, was last night’s Raw perfect for the females in my opinion? No. I didn’t get to see Naomi wrestle or dance after all! But was it the closest to perfect we’ve gotten in a while (probably since the infamous AJ Table Spot 2012 for me)? Why yes, yes it was!

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  • xX-Zoey-Sky-Xx

    omg lol and the Kaitlyn/Layla/Eve segment!!

    -Layla- Kaitlyn get off her!
    -Eve- Attacks Layla
    -Layla- Bitch! Oh no you didnt!
    -Kaitlyn- Charge!!!

  • wl75

    You know if this wasn’t PG era the W in witch would be turned 90 degrees clockwise and a line would connect the three points of the W…and Layla saying “are you kidding?” after Eve attacked her when she tried to break the fight up was great. SD could be interesting- the Askana angle is one I hadn’t thought of.

    Now maybe they’ll have AJ wrestle some matches- her not being in the PWI 50 was understandable (since most of her stuff was non-wrestling), but still, she’s been important this year. There are a ton of ways this could go, and I suspect multiple turns are on the horizion….

  • missawesomeness

    i’m surprised that punk and AJ didn’t have a little segment he could have rubbed it in her face

  • shameronstar

    Raw, diva-wise, was pretty entertaining! I believe the divas could benefit more from a brawl or promo segment from time to time than a random match because the characters get to stand out and develop more! If Aksana really did it the reveal was a bit underwhelming and I hope that they can reintroduce her character and make her secondary to Eve, but if Aksana is scape goat of some sort than Eve’s character is probably almost as manipulative and cunning as Jigsaw from Saw.

    I always look forward to these AJ and Vickie segments mainly because both get consistent reaction and get promo time to display and develop character and plot. Like Bobby said an AJ/Vickie match actually could work. I remember from 2 years ago when Kaitlyn first started and her feud and blow off match on nxt with Vickie was actually relatively entertaining and Kaitlyn was extremely green herself so imagine if a fully trained and experience AJ confronted Vickie in single’s action. Of course, the match would still have to be booked more like a brawl than a wrestling match but the personal animosity between these two would warrant for that anyway!

  • shameronstar

    and the slap Eve gave Kaitlyn was a real bitch move and I loved it. I hope we see more of this Eve in the future, and it was funny when Layla and Kaitlyn went ghetto on Eve and double attacked her, although; nothing will probably top Winter choking Rosita with blinds!

  • redsandman99

    An AJ/Vickie match is definitely likely coming though I could also see a Cena/AJ vs Dolph/Vickie match happening (or both matches could happen honestly). AJ and Vickie’s issues have been off and on since this summer so I expect some kind of match as a payoff. It could go well as long as they don’t try to make Vickie actually wrestle. The two of them just have to kick the crap out of each other.

    As for the Kaitlyn/Eve/Layla segment, I loved it. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a backstage fight with the divas and not only that but there wasn’t any make-up involved in this one lol. Eve’s nice girl jig is up and I loved Layla’s reaction when Eve pushed her.

  • Ed

    AJ is forced to resign as GM due to allegations that she’s been fraternizing with a male superstar (even though messing around with Punk and Kane, and nearly marrying Daniel Bryan didn’t stop her from getting hired as GM in the first place) and is replaced by Vickie, who has been openly fraternizing (and a lot more) with male superstars for years. Yeah, that makes a lot of sense.

    I swear, the writers must think we’re complete idiots.

    • MickieJamesluvslave

      I know right? Whre is the gic? I know it’s wrestling not Shakespear but at least put sme thought into the story .

      thrilled that there are 2 seperate Diva stories going on

    • WWFoverWWE

      The logic is if you’re fraternizing with someone, it better be on-screen or you’re in trouble :D

  • Minka

    Smackdown>Raw

    Sorry, I’m just tired of people disrespecting the blue brand.

  • Ed

    On the plus side, I really liked the Eve/Kaitlyn/Layla segment. It’s nice to see them finally making an effort to get some of the Divas over as identifiable faces and heels, and not just having them switch back and forth randomly depending on the needs of whatever situation they’re put in (Alicia, Natalya).

  • numero47

    AJ’s resignation was too predicable and so was her replacement. I think Vickie being put back as General Manager is going to be used as a way to separate her from Dolph Ziggler so that he can be pushed further.

    Pleased to see more time has been invested into the Eve/Kaitlyn/Layla storyline and just ready to see when Eve and Kaitlyn will meet in the ring.

    • French.One

      How can time have been invested into the storyline when their segment is shorter than a match ?

      • redsandman99

        I think it was meant that WWE invested the time in actually creating a segment that told a story and had a nice little fight in it instead of just throwing together a random match. This segment along with what else has been going on can easily be used as to why a match will take place on Sunday (hopefully they announce it for the ppv on Smackdown instead of just throwing it on Sunday at the last minute).

  • http://www.twitter.com/xBraveBarbie The Barbie Bitch.

    So nice to see a backstage fight like the good old times! <3

  • GailKim95

    I want a triple threat hell in a cell match at the PPV!!!!!!!

  • Bethinho

    AJ´s resignation was unlogical since Vickie did what she did with Edge on SD and nothing happened,but WWE and logic can´t be in the same sentence.
    Kaitlyn…..nice boobs.

    • Ed

      Also, Teddy Long was “fraternizing” with Aksana (and Kristal Marshall before that) while he was the Smackdown GM and nothing happened to him. Then there was the whole Vickie/Edge thing. But suddenly AJ is forced to resign for doing something plenty of GMs have done before (some quite recently) publicly without facing any consequences?

      Wow. It’s almost as if the writers just pulled this out of their ass without really thinking it through at all…

  • shannymac

    I really don’t think Aksana is a fake out. Maybe I’m just jaded, but I think you guys and gals are reading way more into this storyline than WWE intended you to.

    Eve is evil and manipulative. She somehow conned Aksana (who has never had a clear heel/face alignment anyway) into doing her dirty work. Aksana doesn’t really matter though, because Eve is the main focal point here. Maybe, we’ll get Eve pointing out Teddy and Aksana’s past as a means of clearing herself, and maybe it will even be implied that this is the reason Eve picked her/she went along with it. If you’re looking for anything more than that, however, I’d bet my life that you’ll be disappointed.

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

    Brad Maddox almost touched layla downstairs lol….i wish layla or kaitlyn would have called eve a bitch since cena can say it so should the divas….
    now eve is gonna play it like kaitlyn just attacked her…

    • wwesvrrocks101

      yea, i was hoping kaitlyn would call eve a bitch…. but maybe in the near future they bring back real bitch slaps.

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

        i know i want either kaitlyn or lay to call eve a bitch & slap the taste outta her mouth in return…miss the cat fights…

  • MickieJamesluvslave

    Something that seems to be getting lost is Vince telling Cena there in incriminating evidence. Don’t see Vince making that up so what is this evidence? Is it real or phony? If it is phony wouldn’t AJ know andwarn Cena?

  • jen07201

    I liked the fight backstage and that slap Eve gave to Kaitlyn was awesome. Why is Kaitlyn always getting slapped? Vickie, AJ, Maxine, and now Eve have all slapped her.

    • WWFoverWWE

      Because she talks too much.

    • Raekon

      Because she confronting people with what they do instead of being a backstabber.

      People usually don’t like it when someone shows them that they know they are lying or that their behaviour is bad.

  • 09DHK

    The way Aksana was “revealed” to be the attacker sounded more like an ad-lib on the part of Kaitlyn, but I think that’s because the focal point was supposed to be how Eve was in fact the mastermind behind Kaitlyn being attacked. Now that A.J.’s no longer a figurehead, I think she’ll be the one to ultimately take the title from Eve. If that’s true, I don’t see Layla being around for much longer due to her age, which is sad since she can actually wrestle AND this is essentially the start of her solo career.

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

      layla being 35 doesn’t mean she’ll be leaving soon..wwe could keep her till shes 40 plus…if anything i can see at-least 3 more years for layla….

  • VarsityBaseDude

    As much as I like Eve, I like seeing her get beat up too. It is a love hate relationship with her character I guess. Good segment.

  • WWFoverWWE

    I’m really getting tired of AJ constantly bringing up her sob stories to make everyone feel sad for her…it’s really played out.

    The highlight of the night for me was Layla saying “are you serious?” after getting pushed by Eve xD

    • iLUVValets

      I agree, Now her story is very empowering, but damn girl we get it. Aj is just annoying to me now

  • Ed

    Wait a minute… So Aksana was the one in the blonde wig who attacked Kaitlyn? But didn’t they say a few weeks ago that Aksana was the one who found the blonde wig and told Kaitlyn about it? I’m confused…

    • redsandman99

      It didn’t make sense to me either until I remembered that Aksana, while seemingly cunning in her own right (based on what I’ve seen on NXT and FCW) isn’t really that bright. I mean this is the woman that married Goldust to stay in the country on the diva’s season of NXT and then like immediately revealed that reason so he divorced her and she still was having immigration issues at the end of the season. Kind of makes her character one that will stab you in the back but then give herself away.

      That or whoever wrote the segment didn’t watch that Smackdown *shrugs*

      • http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=-3&id=100000716103622#/Only.the.best.get.through?ref=profi OJ Von Erich

        Also it made me laugh how Booker said there was no other women present at the ‘Night of Champions’ event when Aksana was clearly at ringside during the Antonio Cesaro vs Zack Ryder match…

        • redsandman99

          I think he meant there was no other women that had earned the right to be in the title match besides Eve.

  • iLUVValets

    Raw has been on a roll lately. I might actually start watching WWE again

  • http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=-3&id=100000716103622#/Only.the.best.get.through?ref=profi OJ Von Erich

    Hi-5 for the Steph vs Trish feud reference!!! XD (Y)

  • divaindemise

    Eve, Kaitlyn and Layla continue to portray their parts interestingly. I don’t think Kaitlyn intended to reveal Aksana, even unwittingly so, but that she merely fluffed a line. If not, I agree it’s underwhelming but the attacker isn’t the focus; it’s that Eve masterminded it to wiggle into the title match.

  • VelvetLoveFan

    Eve and Aksana vs Kailtyn and Layla on Smackdown this week!