NXT Watch (October 24th, 2012): Divas of the Present Meet the Future Once More, But Who Will Emerge Victorious?

Greetings all, and welcome to this week’s NXT watch. I’ve lost track of time when it comes to the black roped shows use of the females as of late, but that doesn’t mean they’re gone for good, as we are treated to tag team action! Former Divas Champion, Layla will team up with the woman whose many face/heel turns have lead me to believe she’s nearly as bipolar as Carrie Mathison of hit Showtime series, Homeland, Alicia Fox. Together, they will face off against NXT females, Audrey Marie and fan favorite, Paige. Which Diva duo will come out on top? Let’s find out!


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The upbeat, perky, insatiable theme of Layla hits, and out walks both she and Alicia Fox for this tag team bout. Following the rocker entrance theme of Paige, both she and Audrey Marie step out looking just as ready to compete tonight. I’m not quite sure who is what when it comes to dispositions, but this match is beyond fresh and never before seen that I don’t even care! The bell sounds as Paige and Alicia kick things off. The crowd, almost in routine now, chants for this raven haired lady, as she and Fox trade attempts grappling for position. Paige with a nice armdrag, following it up with an equally nice dropkick. Into a flipping roll up for a near fall, as Alicia then takes control with a sick backbreaker for a two count as Paige kicks out.

Paige with a kick to the face, as she hits a reverse monkey flip and in comes Audrey and Layla. The crowd now gets behind our salsa’ing former Champion, who flips Audrey over like a bolt of lightening. Audrey takes Layla down, as Layla does the same for a set of near falls. Marie goes for a kick, and then ends up turning it into a one legged monkey flip! Layla with her bridging roll through pin for a two count, as Audrey then scores a jacknife for another near fall. Layla nails Audrey with a huge kick to the jaw, but the Divas will not stay down. Layla with another kick, before tagging in Alicia who decimates Audrey with a stiff clothesline to the face. Fox then continues to dismantle Audrey Marie like a rag doll, good lord.

Alicia with a bridge pin for a two count, before applying a chin lock as the crowd gets behind Audrey to tag in Paige. Audrey tries to fight out, but Fox continues the advantage. From there, Alicia goes for a suplex, but Audrey rolls through into a near fall and flies into a tag to Paige! Layla comes in as well and kills Paige with a clothesline and a dropkick! She hits her crossbody for a two count, as she then accidentally boots Alicia. Paige now takes control and goes for the RamPaige, but Layla fights out and Audrey blind tags herself in. Paige turns it into a bodyslam and tells Paige to get out of the ring, as Marie then lays on top of Layla for the pin… only Layla flips it over and gets the three count over Audrey! Paige does not look amused with the white and purple clad Diva, as this match comes to a close.

Thoughts: I absolutely loved this match. Like I said above, it was fresh and didn’t feel like anything we’d seen before, plus it seems like Layla is finally the woman who can steal some of the chants away from Paige! The action was great, and I was particularly impressed with Audrey throughout as well. Clearly she’s the weak link of the four due to experience, but I felt she held her own out there and even got to show a little character towards the end as she stole the impending victory away from her own partner. The part where Alicia and Audrey were legal would have to be my favorite though because that was beyond brutal. I don’t know if Audrey accidentally stole Alicia’s fancy fox hood or something, but she pissed Fox off in a way that I’ve not seen Alicia act in a long time through the intensity. Overall this was a great match and I love how NXT is giving us so many of these as of late.

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  • fahkyooh

    Aubrey’s outfit is a big Maryse copycat, but a tackier version of Maryse’s old Smackdown outfits.

    I was very impressed with everyone in this match EXCEPT Aubrey Marie. I really do not KNOW what the WWE see’s in her at all. She’s very, very average looking and very awkward in the ring. Not as bad as past Divas like Ashley or Maria, but seriously, for all the training Aubrey has had she is just awful. She’s so bad she brings people down in the ring with her, although Alicia and Layla managed to work through Aubrey’s sloppy ring work.

    If you pay attention, the only time the match kind of gets a little bad is when Aubrey is in the ring. Fire her, bring Paige to the main roster, turn Alicia Fox heel. Thank you.

    • Raekon

      Yeah she is THAT “awful” that she sold Laylas pinning combination perfectly where Eve and Alicia had problems with in their past matches vs Layla. <_<

      Also outfits like that existed long before Maryse cause Chyna, Alundra Blaze and others already wear very similar attires so I don't know why you would call her a copycat of Maryse to even start with.

      For the 1 year she is in the division she is doing well in my opinion.
      It's ok if you don't like her but coming up with excuses like that to prove your point is not quite fair.

      • Clarke

        Ivory as well, at Summerslam 1999 she wore an outfit that Maryse clearly copied.

    • DIVASKO

      FAHKYOOH,I agree with you in all.

      • TheLadySamantha

        I feel sorry for anyone who’d want to imitate how Maryse looks.

    • Clarke

      *AUDREY, damn get the name right girl.

  • redsandman99

    I enjoyed the match. Audrey Marie does nothing for me really but I didn’t find her too bad here. I’d love to see Paige and Layla wrestle one on one.

  • http://twitter.com/sieghrt sieghrt

    All Hail the British Divas!
    (sorry, I just feel that I needed to say these words)

  • javiousmckenzie

    Layla has become so generic and bland to me her moveset comes off so choreograped dashing clothesline kick spin kick kick crossbody kick roll up pin kick facebuster kick layout or chick kick pin oh and a few dance moves in between

    • Raekon

      Welcome to the main roster of the WWE. :p

      Compare all the moves Kaitlyn as a recent example pulled on NXT, Superstars and FCW with what she is mainly pulling on SD and Raw and you will see what I mean. ;)

      Same goes with AJ, Natalya, Beth well actually everyone on the main roster. :/

  • javiousmckenzie

    Layla stole nothing from Paige Bobby lets not reach Layla got a chant against Audrey not Paige. Paige is going to end up like Lita when Lita debuted the fans fell in love with her she was the fans golden girl I see Paige following that

  • Lushh

    SDR spotting at 1:54…atleast i think

    • DIVASKO

      not is her =(

  • DIVASKO

    Alicia has improved a lot,the same for Layla,Paige is f*cking awesome like always and Audrey……

  • shameronstar

    Really good tag match here! Everyone including Audrey did nice here! I wish they didn’t make Audrey stop using her bad country accent. The whole cowgirl thing was actually kind of a assuming gimmick for her, and would have helped her stand out more as a character, but she’s actually pretty solid for someone whose only been wrestling for a year or so!

  • http://worldelitewrestle.proboards.com FOREVER FLAWLESS!

    I liked the match, and while I’m nowhere near an Audrey fan, I don’t think it’s fair to try and analyze her performance when she was in the ring with 3 women who have way more experience than she could ever dream of having. It’s just like when Caylee Turner was teaming with Kaitlyn to take on Tamina and Paige – she came out as the weak link simply because she was the least trained, so obviously she had the least expertise.

    Either way, is it just me or did anyone else not see the double dropkick from Layla and Alicia to Audrey and Paige as seen in the picture of the post? I may have just missed something, but I’m pretty sure I didn’t see it lol

    • shameronstar

      I thought I was the only one. The match must have been edited down or something because if it was they did a darn good job!

      • Lita-Sault-666

        Hah! I too was looking out for the double dropkick. The match must have been edited and they did it really well too.

        On another note, how great was this match! Can’t wait for Paige to be called up to the main roster so we can see more matches like this know a regular basis. That being said she’d get more time on not than either raw/smackdown/superstars :/. Fml.

  • wweandtnadivafan

    lol Alicia Fox has had the most face/heel turns in history

    • Piledriver’ Tavios

      Rosa? xD Lmfao!!!

  • kreece

    People who bash Audrey Marie really annoy me. They don’t even give her a chance. Her attired are similar and yes she’s pretty generic looking but with time she’ll become her own character.
    Really food performance by them all, I’m overly impressed with my girl Alicia in recent months

  • WWFoverWWE

    I want to see a new Naomi match soooooo badly. It’s just not fair :((((

    The match was okay. Not sure what direction Audrey is going but she needs to be more original. Paige is good but her ring gear really needs some spicing up. Alicia seems to be going through the motions at this point because her purpose is really lacking at this point.

  • LucTempest

    Was it just me, or did both Layla and Alicia seem like heels here? Especially Layla with her nonchalant kick to the back of the head and then posing and facial expressions.

  • miickeyzreal

    Nice match but I hated the way Layla won the match. Please Layla is running for the belt today so she is on another level! I loved Alicia a lot and the mix that Paige and Layla have in the ring… WOW! Layla can’t retire without a match with Paige in WWE for the Divas belt!

    • Lita-Sault-666

      I think that way she won was perfect and suited the situation well as she had just hot tagged herself in :).

  • divaindemise

    A 5 minute singles encounter minimum between Layla and Paige, please.

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

    i liked the aggressiveness from alicia & layla,alicia banging audrey’s face into the turnbuckle that hard clotheslines,laylas kicks to audrey were stiff & she needs to bring it like this on the main roster…
    funny that layla got a chant over paige,i want these two to have a one on one….
    when did layla & alicia drop kick both their opponents at the same time….

  • http://facebook.com/mykael.kennedy mykel1990

    This was a fabulous match to me, it was hard-hitting, well-executed, and showed us some sass and personality. Alicia Fox, man, she was kicking some major ass in there! That forearm shot to the slamming the head into the turnbuckle, she was just a beast in there! All four women put on a great match-up, and showed that the Women’s Division can get crowds into their matches, and they can also deliver.

  • MrForeverMelina

    Wow Alicia go ahead, making leaps and bounds in the ring, she really impressed me here

  • bxradimus

    Usually I cannot stand her, but Alicia looked pretty good here. She showed a lot of aggression which only proves that she should be a full on heel.

    I like Layla’s kicks, glad to see her using them. And Paige looked good as always.

    The only downfall is Audrey. They fired Sofia but kept her? Doesn’t make much sense.

  • http://cmpunkscrazychick.tumblr.com xoxoRKOxoxo

    Paige was awesome so was Layla and Alicia overall very good match!! Audrey I really want to like her she isn’t bad but she’s not amazing either maybe more time will help her some people don’t adapt as fast as others. I wish WWE would give the Divas of the main roster the time they give the NXT Divas! I mean that match was 7 minutes (give or take a few) and it was entertaining!
    Another thing I wish Regal was on commentary for the main roster they focus on who’s in the ring they talk good about the divas!!!

  • funtimeseany

    Good match overall but I feel like Audrey was really sloppy. Layla wasn’t on it either. Paige and Alicia were great though. Audrey, so far, just does nothing for me and is as generic as they come. Her country gimmick may have been a Hardcore Country rip off, but at least it made her stand out from the other NXT Divas. That white attire does nothing for her, or her body shape.