NXT Watch (December 13th, 2012): Sasha Banks Debuts, But Can She Overcome Paige?

NXT121312Hello everybody, and welcome to this weeks NXT Watch. Last time we met, Emma made her TV debut taking on Audrey Marie. Tonight, it’s Sasha Banks‘ turn to step up to plate, as she challenges the enchanting raven haired lady that makes the men weep with the amount of support she gets from fans in Paige! On paper, the high flying Sasha and the brutal Paige look to be a match made in developmental female heaven, but how will it play out?

Let’s take a peek and see!

The music that I can only describe as what a dragon would sound like if it could make non-lyrical beats hits, and out walks the pale powerhouse with porcelain skin, Paige! The crowd erupts with their usual Paige-esque cheers and standing ovations for her sheer British presence, as she executes her trademarked ring apron scream before being interrupted by the sound of a returning Kristal Marshall! Oh wait, it’s just her theme. Out comes Sasha Banks, who looks incredible and somehow makes this never ending reused theme work for her. Once poor Sasha enters the ring, she experiences her first outbreak of chants and emotion for fan favorite (which is an understatement in itself), Paige! The bell sounds and they lock up, as both ladies try to fight for the upper hand.

Paige applies a headlock and screams “YEAH”, which elicits a great response. She then converts it into a flipping legscissors, as Sasha scurries to try and break out of the vicious maneuver. The crowd doesn’t seem to want Banks to leave the hold, as Paige flips it over once again. Finally, Sasha flips out and hits a set of great armdrags before being taken down by the Brit. Banks then nails a vicious slap, before taking it up a notch with a beautiful running armdrag off the top rope!

Sasha goes for the cover, but Paige kicks out quickly and pretty much dismantles the blue and gold clad Diva by simply throwing her head around in the air. I swear only Paige could make shaking someones head look like she’s utterly destroying every fiber of their being. Finally, the Anti-Diva tosses Sasha across the entire ring and kicks the crap out of her in the chest for a two count. Paige then scores with an awesome fisher(wo)man suplex for a near fall, before locking in a double arm. (Thanks Mr. Regal)

Sasha fights out and performs another stunning move, this time in the form of a wheelbarrow victory roll for just a two count. Another near fall follows, as now Sasha grabs Paige by the hair and throws her down the ring. She goes for a move off the ropes, but Paige kicks her in the abdomen and destroys her with the Paige Turner for the win!

Thoughts: Where do I start? I love everything about Sasha Banks. She’s exotic, different in both looks and wrestling style, actually has a good ring name, and was able to make hit song, “Feelin’ Me” not feel like the 20th time I’ve heard a Diva strut out to it. That last one, ladies and gentlemen, is not something you can just teach someone how to do. I want to see more of what she can do in the ring with the NXT Divas though, especially given she seems to have a high flying style judging by both tonight and some of the past matches I’ve caught on Youtube.

The match was also one of the best womens matches NXT has had since moving to Full Sail for me. They actually looked like they were beating the crap out of each other, which is the main thing I love about Paige. When she wrestles, she straight up kicks the snot out of you and beats you senseless. She doesn’t need to pack a lot of things into a match because what she brings to the table looks deadly enough… not to mention she could probably throw rocks at the fans and still get cheered beyond belief. I personally hope to see another match between these two with an even longer time and more of the lucha-esque moves from Sasha because what we got was great and I know what we can get with those added factors would be even greater.

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  • http://www.gailkimsource.com Danni

    I’m with you here, Paige was great as per usual & Sasha Banks has that something about her that makes me really like her .. helps that she’s an Anime dork haha XD

  • http://twitter.com/#!/FrenchFineFierc FrenchFineFierce

    I can’t wait to see Paige come to the main roster and destroy the Diva’s division !!

  • wwe141

    theres no video :-/

    • NY Pollard

      Sounds like a good show. I want the video too. :(

      • wwe141

        just watched it on Youtube, it was VERY good

        • NY Pollard

          I loved the match. Paige has already won me over. She’s so unique and aggressive and I love that she describes herself as the “anti-diva” according to the commentary.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/xFranciscoMvsx?feature=mhee Francisco

    Sasha did great, i’m loving her already tbh, i love high-flyers and i think that its something fresh to see an high-flying diva

  • charovnica

    This match was great! The whole NXT was great,it felt like 10 minutes long cause it was so entertaining.

    Paige is just great and I’ve said multiple times what I think about her,but Sasha was entertaining too.She has the potential to be a great face since she comes across as a very likable person and her move set is something that you expect from a face to be doing in the ring. Overall really hope those two make it big in the WWE.

  • redsandman99

    Very good match. I definitely would love to see another match with these two.

  • NY Pollard

    Alright now I can comment on the match. :)

    This is the first time I see Paige or Sasha wrestle and I must say, they’re impressive. The match itself was pretty slight, but the highlights were Paige’s aggressive streak and Sasha’s athleticism. Sasha reminds me of Gail Kim somewhat with her corner turnbuckle arm-drag. Paige’s outfit reminds me of something Maryse would wear. I enjoyed this and wouldn’t mind seeing a storyline driven match with these two on RAW or Smackdown in the near future,

    Score is 3/5.

  • 09DHK

    Really good match, and great debut for Sasha. It’s kind of a good and bad thing that her opponent was Paige. Good in the sense that Paige is so experienced which probably allowed Sasha to do a lot more in this match than she probably wouldn’t have been able to do with an Audry Marie or Emma, and bad in the sense that since Paige is more experienced she was a a bit of a disadvantage. Something tells me they’re not gonna call Sasha up until Alicia’s gone though, which would suck since Alicia really great and Sasha’s pretty good for a “rookie.” Hope to see more from Sasha!

  • joshmm3

    Great match!! Paige is consistantly awesome!! I hope she is called up and pushed for the divas championship soon. Sasha was good as well. I do miss the rampaige though I thought it was a badass finisher!!

  • DJ8946

    Great match. I think either Skylar and/or Charlotte will debut againist Paige at the next taping because they talked about how she has ran through the division which she has now since she beat Emma at the last tapings. I think that Anya would be the one to either beat Paige or take over NXT once Paige gets called up.

  • MattyM

    Wish Sasha would have gotten more offense but a great match nonetheless, I can see Sasha on the main roster very soon (along with Paige & Audrey). Also if Paige faces Anya in her debut she needs to lose.

  • French.One

    Good match. Sasha gave me vibes of Yvelise but she seemed a little less talented. She has interesting skills since only a few divas have a high flying profile.

  • Nostalgia

    What’s the point of Paige beating everybody? I would hope this leads to Anya debuting and being the one to stop her? Giving her major heat as a heel?

  • shameronstar

    I think Skyler Moon would be a great rival for Paige. Both are mysterious anti divas except Paige is a rough bruiser while Skyler is odd, bizarre, and plays the mind games which would offset Paige!

  • Mr. AJ Lee

    Literallly the BEST NXT divas match shown so far. There was not one thing wrong with this match. Not one thing. First time seeing Sasha wrestle and she is amazing. Of course Paige was great as usual. I think it’s impossible for her to have a bad match. I can’t wait to see what Sasha does in her match with Tamina in a couple of weeks.

  • Crazy_J

    I don’t follow nxt much, but this was a good match. I enjoyed it over the diva’s matches so maybe I should change my tune as far as shows go. Paige is really fun to watch in the ring, I love how she yells/screams. I like her rampaige better than the paige turner or w/e he called it. That would be my only complaint.. it wasn’t a bad move though. As far as Sasha goes, I liked her spunk, she was just as entertaining. I just wish we could see matches like this on WWE tv in the diva’s division.

  • http://cmpunkscrazychick.tumblr.com xoxoRKOxoxo

    That match was awesome! Paige and Sasha seem to work very well together. Sasha looked great in her debut. Paige was awesome again of course. I really liked Sasha’s gear that blue looked good on her.
    Now if only Skyler Moon would debut so I could see her and Paige beat the holy hell out each other I would be happy.

  • LadyGoDiva

    The match was a great the way both Paige and Sasha did together.There is something about Sasha’a ring attire just didn’t click to me.

  • SherriShepherdWWE

    wow what a match, and what a debut, love, love, loved it, if this is the future of the WWE diva division i am totally alright with that!!!!!!

    cant wait to see more of Paige and Sasha, and hopefully, we get to see Skyler and Anya make there NXT debuts soon, as well as Emma apper more

  • Lovedaddio

    Very good match, which is why I wish they’d given them more time. Not surprised about Sasha/Mercedes. She is an absolute natural in the ring. Hard to believe she’s only 20, but she started training at 17 and is as athletically gifted as an Diva WWE has with the exeception of maybe Naomi. WOW, what a match that would be.

    Paige though her look has never appealed to me, is just so over and knows how to work every aspect of a match. From the crowd, to her in-ring persona and move set. I think it’s assured she will be a future star and the anti-diva gimmick will really get over.

    One minor note, Sasha’s extensions have to be the WORST styling job ever done by whoever is doing her hair. Looked like they bought them at the dollar store and clipped them in behind the curtain right before she came out. Why does WWE feel every Diva has to have hair down to her ass. I love Shasha;s natural hair length.

  • darkangels

    what happen to the diva’s title wwe hire a bunch ladies and there’re no titles to go for #?

  • Looking Glass

    “Sasha Banks Debuts, But Can She Overcome Paige?”

    Course not, you posted the spoiler like a month ago. I remember when Diva Dirt use to have witty titles that made it look like more than second’s of thought and stating the obvious had gone into it.

    • Mr. AJ Lee

      I agree with ya. I wait to see the results of PPV matches and stuff like that. And the titles of the reduxs or the pic that they show spoil EVERYTHING!

  • Looking Glass

    Oh here’s the next two years worth of NXT Diva related spoilers – I’ll cut it short – Paige wins every match she’s ever booked in.

  • Divo

    Epic match sasha banks has made me a fan and I’m so looking forward to Paige debuting.

  • corndogagenda

    Dare I say this match was almost too good for NXT.