NXT Watch (February 20th, 2013): One Diva’s Return is Another Diva’s Heartbreak

Welcome everyone! First off, let me start out by saying how great it is to be back on the NXT Watch. You guys may not have even noticed (and I don’t blame you haha), but it’s been a while since I’ve been able to bring forth the developmental greatness that’s been happening. A few weeks ago, I tried to write the post but no videos were available. Last week, Jack stepped in on a double header as school got in the way for me (thank him everyone!), and this week I almost didn’t get to be here as my Internet went out. I’ve got no idea how long it’s back on for, but hopefully long enough for me to do this recap.

Since I was last here, NXT has become the treasure I had always hoped it would be when FCW took over. They’re giving people storylines, they’re giving people characters, and they’re giving people time to actually wrestle good, lengthy matches. What surprised me even, though, is how high profile they’re treating Paige and Summer Rae’s feud. Unlike most of the happenings on Raw or SmackDown, these two are getting a consistent week-to-week build thus far, and I really hope it continues.

Not only that though, but we’re getting TWO… yes, I can’t even believe this, but two storylines for the women on one show. And not only that, but a show that has about 42 minutes a week for their entire roster. We can barely even get some semblance of a feud on the actual shows and they’ve got 3 hours of Raw, 2 hours of SmackDown, plus 1 hour each for Main Event, Superstars, and Saturday Morning Slam to devote. As if you can’t tell, I’m insanely impressed with NXT’s actions, so let’s delve into this week!

This week, Sasha Banks‘ secret admirer gets revealed. We’ve been seeing the notes for the past few episodes now, and while my hopes are still set on it being the debut of Anya in some sort of odd couple pairing, I’ve got open eyes to accept pretty much anyone. Banks also competes in a match against the returning, Audrey Marie, who’s been out with injury for quite some time now. Additional appearances by Paige’s doctor, Dr. Sampson, and the First Lady of NXT, Summer Rae, and that all adds up to us having quite a lot to discuss. In that case, I will waste no more of your time. Ahem…


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*Note: This didn’t air first on the episode, but because the other segments are all in one video and it needs to appear before one of them, I’ve decided to change things up a bit*

We head backstage to still relatively new, yet already improving interviewer, Renee Young. She’s standing by with Paige’s doctor, Michael Sampson, and for some reason I can see these two as an on screen couple. (Side Note: The Sasha Banks love storyline may have taken over my abilities to recap without pairing up every duo that appears on screen.) She asks for an update on Paige’s injury, and after a lot of words I don’t understand, he says she might have Biceps Tendinitis or an A.C. Separation. Overall though, Paige is coming along and they will continue to evaluate her. Inquisitive Renee beats around no bush, and insists on a time frame from Mr. Sampson, but he claims they need a few more days of testing to see where things stand.

We’re back with Renee Young once again, who proudly introduces her guest in that of Sasha Banks. She cuts to the chase once again (which I love about Renee), and gets right into the goodness that is the secret admirer. Sasha is very excited to meet her note giving prince (or princess if it’s Anya like I hope), and here comes another love note on the side of the camera! Sasha reads it out loud:

I can’t wait for you to see the desire in my eyes…

Here comes the big surpri

BAM! Someone lays her out from behind and I spy a pair of female legs. Anya?! They look a little dark to be our six foot Russian, but maybe she went to a tanning place or a beach the night before? Why, it’s actually Audrey Marie. She bends down and grabs Sasha by the hair and jaw, while placing her knee over the back in a trick I’m going to assume her grand-mama taught her on the farm back when she was a cowgirl a few years ago and they needed to round up some dinner. My favorite thing though, is that you can see Renee just standing there in the background because she knows Audrey isn’t in the mood right now and would probably throw her into a camera lens at this rate with all the anger she’s built up.

Audrey states that she’s been out injured, and she can’t believe that Sasha Banks of all things is what they replaced her with. Her new mission in life is getting Sasha out of NXT, and reveals that Banks’ hope at finding true love amongst the locker room is over because the secret admirer was none other than her! (Dun-Dun-DUN!) Marie heads off laughing, as I’m going to assume when the cameras stopped rolling, that Renee then walked over like a reassuring mother and told Sasha that no man or woman is good enough for her, concluding with letting her know that she’s smart, she’s kind, and she’s important.

Out to the arena we head, with the entrance of the devilish love game player, Audrey Marie. Ever since she shed her daisy dukes and cowgirl hats, Audrey has not been the same fun and bubbly gal we knew and loved — but that’s okay because she’s 10 billion times better playing a heel. The crowd whistles at her, quite a lot, which is a boost of confidence she desires heading into this upcoming bout. After flipping into the ring, the club type music of Sasha Banks hits, and she walks out furious. There’s no posing, smiling, or audience interaction, and the lack of all of that shows both emotion and that she’s been affected by Marie’s actions. Thumbs up!

The referee has to separate them until the bell rings, as Banks goes right to work trying give Audrey a reality show style beatdown. Unfortunately for her, Marie gets a knee to the abdomen and takes her down by the hair. A failed pin attempt, followed up with an arm lock as she taunts Sasha by screaming at her which is my favorite part of heel Audrey. The Scream Queen continues to target the arm and yell hypothetical questions at her downed opponent, but the crowd starts to get behind Banks. Audrey goes for a sidewalk slam, but the ever-so quick Sasha Banks counters into a headscissors takedown! She follows with some clotheslines and a nice dropkick. Banks then attempts a wheelbarrow type move, but instead of hitting it, she hits the canvas face first because Audrey simply drops her down in a sit out facebuster. Ouch… she hooks the leg and that’s all for today ladies and gents. Audrey screams for Sasha to go home, adding in a “bye bye”, as well as claiming this is her house now! It seems that Sasha will have to plot her revenge another day.

If that wasn’t enough for our palette, Renee Young is back once again for a trifecta of appearances. This time she stands with Michelle Obama’s First Lady competition, Summer Rae. With a hand on her hip and the other looking like it’s probably judging Renee on every level since no female can compare to Summer in her own eyes, she doesn’t seem to be in the mood for any fun and games this evening. Renee lets Summer know that she talked to Paige’s doctor and Paige basically has no range of motion in her shoulder. Rae hilariously blurts out that Paige simply has no range of E-Motion in her life. Summer doesn’t get why everyone thinks she’s supposed to feel bad for what she did last week to the fair skinned lady with raven-like hair.

In case we forgot, Paige is the one who demanded the match last week — not Summer. As far as the blond bombshell is concerned, she got exactly what she deserved. The only regret Summer Rae has about last week is that in the midst of slapping Paige around the ring, she chipped her delicately painted nail and now will have to take time out of her busy schedule to get it fixed. However; Now that her top priority competition is out of the way, she is going to set all of her focus on becoming the greatest WWE Diva ever. Before ending the interview, Summer instructs Renee to ONLY refer to her as the First Lady of NXT in the distant future. Following a very chipper spoken “kisses”, Rae walks off to likely plan her next victim. Sasha? Audrey? Renee?! The end of this interview leaves one burning question on my mind:

When is the entire division being called up to NXT?

Thoughts: NXT… you complete me again. I love how much emphasis is being given to everyone on this show. I’ve probably said everything earlier on, but the fact we can get two consistent, separate storylines for the females on a 42 minute weekly show is astounding. I love that Sasha’s admirer was used to reintroduce Audrey as opposed to just having her come back for a match like nothing had happened in terms of injury. While I do really like Audrey, she seems to be the Diva who needs a persona to really showcase herself. Ever since I saw that one live event video, I’ve been questioning why she was kept a face for so long since she does the heel role much, much better when it comes to angering the crowd and showing off charisma in the ring.

Speaking of the match, it was kind of short and mostly a showcase for Audrey, but I’m okay with that considering everything else we got tonight. Audrey winning was the perfect decision because it continues the feud in that Sasha is going to need to get her revenge sooner rather than later. It’s the same way I felt about Summer beating Paige last week. I think if the face wins right off the bat, then there’s nowhere to go in a feud. This gives both storylines some momentum going forward that I hope is not dropped. Part of what I’m loving about NXT right now is the consistency each week. Summer Rae has only had one match in the four weeks this feud with Paige has been going on, but she’s been featured in each of the four episodes. Same goes with Sasha and the love notes. It’s so refreshing to see, and I love it.

Summer Rae’s promo was hilarious. She’s fast becoming one to watch after spending so long as a ring announcer, and I couldn’t be happier for her. She’s got charisma, and from what we saw last week as well as what I’ve seen at a few live events, she can also hold her own very well in the ring. I can’t wait to see her take part in more matches, as well as check out how they can up themselves in the feud with Paige. That opening segment last week was brilliant, and this week was more focused on Sasha and Audrey so I’m good with Summer and Paige’s doctor getting interviews just so we continue to be updated with what’s going on. I’ve got such high hopes for them due to NXT’s writers seemingly not being afraid to give the Divas spotlight and I’m excited to find out where we go from here in terms of both the Summer/Paige and Audrey/Sasha storylines.

And just so I don’t leave you with all positivity since I know everyone wants a little negative in their lives — give Emma more matches because I thrive on seeing that dance!

That’s all for now. Until next week — peace!

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  • AudreyMarieFan

    GO AUDREY!!! I cant wait to see more of her

    • http://www.heartbreakerscommunity.com/index.php WWFoverWWE

      lol Omg

    • ZPZA

      I seriously hope you’re a troll.

      • IStan4RosaAlldayAnyDay

        he’s not trolling

        • AudreyMarieFan

          Im not trolling … I like her get over IT! or don’t comment.

        • JillianHallTNA

          I see the end of the world coming…. No joke!

  • VelvetLoveFan

    NXT needs more Emma! The EMMAlution is growing each and everyday too, haha! No joke.

  • http://www.heartbreakerscommunity.com/index.php WWFoverWWE

    If anything I expect Audrey to be called up as a manager…any suggestions on who?

    • JillianHallTNA

      The Great Khali so Natalya won’t look bad anymore.

  • charovnica

    To be quite honest the secret admirer thing turned put to be a big let down imo.And it could’ve been better if both Audrey & Sasha didn’t have such corny acting abilities.Audrey needs a lot of work on her intonation and some serious confidence,cause as of now she is coming across as very unsure of what is she suppose to do.Her entrance is making me cringe,she doesn’t know what to do with her hands lol As for Sasha….bad acting abilities,but one hell of an athlete.She looks 89742897981 times better in the ring than in those backstage segments and she is very technical…I can watch her simply run the ropes all day and still be okay with it :D I’ll give props to Audrey that at least she is not as boring as when she was a face,but she is still pretty boring.

    • charovnica

      *out

  • DJ8946

    My 2 favorites faced off. Her new hair looks nice & Im glad she isn’t billed form Houston anymore. Also that was a sick reversal. It isn’t her finisher so calm down everyone. The 1 thing I dont like is that they dropped her country gimmick. I wish she was still that cowgirl but a heel.

  • YSOSAYZI

    Sasha is so impressive in the ring, she is so fastpaced and gets emotionally involved in her matches. She’s kind of like Melina and Layla.

  • Johnyfaction3

    I like both Sasha and Audrey, but they are kind of bland. Sasha needs to have more presence imo, and her acting need some improvements. I like the match though. Haha Summer Rae is becoming my new favorite heel, since queen Eve left. She is too funny.

    Btw I keep laughing at how big of a deal they made of Sasha beating Alicia since poor Alicia just loses to everyone these days.

  • http://twitter.com/rodneyclint rodneyclint

    I’m loving NXT. Sasha and Paige as the top faces of the division and Summer Rae and Audrey as the heels. This is good stuff, and with the other girls who either haven’t been on tv in a while or haven’t debuted yet the roster is so strong.

  • KaitlynLover<3

    What I´m gonna say is MY opinion, so if you don´t like it please move forward!

    Both girls are very generic and boring!

    Sasha can´t act, has a generic face diva entrance, generic face diva moveset, no personality, really really boring!

    Audrey acts a little bit better than Sasha, but that´s not to hard, has a generic heel diva entrance, generic heel diva moveset, boring as hell! Even has a face she´s boring! Not to say that her face is really annoying!

    • divafandom

      LOL.

    • JillianHallTNA

      Hahahaha!!! But at least Sasha is better wrestler than Miss Audrey freakin’ Marie… -.-

    • DivaDestiny

      Sounds quite familiar…

    • velvelove

      this from kaitlyn lover lol

      • charovnica

        And this is from Velvet lover…Yeah,all can play that card.I agree with what Kaitlynlover said…both need A LOTA of work before being called up

    • MAXILLIAN

      I agree with this I also find them both generic and boring. And it’s not to say that can’t wrestle. Comparing them to Kaitlyn and Velvet is irrelevant. How can you say Velvet is boring? She has loads of personality (maybe not as much as she use to granted.)

      I find personality in wrestling comes as the whole package, the attire, the gimmick, the history and their wrestling ability.

  • Spike7000

    On TNA note, it looks like Ivelisse had been signed she posted a message about making a debut this week making a IMPACT. In a no-brainer, looks like the Blossom twins were signed also as supposely Dixie offered them deals on the new Backsatge Pass show

    • shameronstar

      FINALLY, new knockouts! The knockouts have been pretty good wrestling wise but they seriously needed new blood for the longest!

    • JillianHallTNA

      YAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now if only TNA signs Jillian!!!!! :D

      • MAXILLIAN

        I really do hope they will!

    • Wolverine

      Not yet,Just Gutcheck

      • Raekon

        She had her gutcheck months ago already but it was off screen.
        Same with Alpha Female, Jillian, Caylee Turner(rumoured) and others.

  • shameronstar

    This isn’t something that usually bothers me but Audrey does seem a bit bland. I mean Sasha acting might be almost at Claire Lynch level but at least they’re something about her that interests me!

  • divaindemise

    Summer Rae’s promo was deliberately annoying in that preppy bitch sort of way. I think she’s going to go far in the division, frankly.

    Audrey usually fails to stand out whatsoever, in my opinion, but I thought she was alright as the vengeful heel. I like Sasha, but can’t with the hair. Just take out the extensions and rock your own, girl.

  • YSOSAYZI

    Johnny Curtis will need a manager.

  • divaknockout0913

    This is developmental so they are training to become better. Everyone is so judgmental sometimes. Geez.

    • DivaDestiny

      Exactly. Thank you.

  • GailKim95

    I liked the match but I kind of wanted Audrey to stick to her swinging side slam finisher as opposed to this one. It is just too soon after Beth for a Diva to use a finisher that is very close to the Glam Slam. Also NXT is awesome with Diva storylines!! Why can’t the main rosters get this kind of focus??!!!??

    • divafandom

      Its not her finisher.

    • JillianHallTNA

      how can Gail Kim kick out of that move when Jillian used it back on WWE Superstars show in 2010 but Sasha can’t kick out from… AUDREY MARIE? LOL are you serious??!!

      • puppies

        It has nothing to do with the toughness of the persona executing the move, it has to do with the person hit by it. And, well, Gail > Sasha (simply due to experience).

  • DIVASKO
    • Green As Grass

      She is 29. I do not understand what your are inferring through the images?

  • Blacklighter05

    This match… UGH! Nothing to write home about. Audrey is just boring, boring, BORING! Sasha is good and I do like her and she has the ability to be a huge star. Audrey, not so much. She’s been in developmental for how long now? And she still can’t connect with the crowd? I’m sorry for ranting but I just don’t see the love for this generic woman. Summer has only been ring announcing and has had ONE match on tv and she’s already leaps and bounds ahead of Audrey. The only ones who could even potentially be called up right now and be successful are Summer, Emma and obviously Paige.

    • JillianHallTNA

      and one other thing that annoys me is that this bitch gets a push while talented women’s wrestlers job to them… The fuck is wrong with this world :S

    • Harry

      Yes, Summer, Emma, and Paige have great personalities and are fine wrestlers. Both Emma and Paige have held titles for extended periods in wrestling organizations in multiple nations. Counting both the main roster and NXT Emma is one of two WWE women who have fought a championship tables match.

      • Harry

        The reference , of course, is to the present main roster and the present NXT roster.

        • http://twitter.com/rodneyclint rodneyclint

          Emma is another overrated Indy star. I’ve seen a lot if her stuff now, including nxt houseshow footage and she’s just not that great. Yeah she’s pretty good but she could definitely use some polishing. We don’t even know what’s going on mic skill wise. Also, it’ll be interesting to see if she can get the bad dancing gimmick over.

    • Raekon

      Given to the crowd reactions Audrey got in this match, the show and the live events in general I guess she can indeed get the crowd going very well.

      Don’t mistake it for the lack on getting you going though cause its two different things.

      You as a single person are not the crowd, its just you and your own opinion.
      If you don’t like her that’s fine but don’t overgeneralize things.

      • divaindemise

        I agree with RodneyClint. Emma is alright, but far from great.

  • Lily

    I’m not really a fan of Audrey Marie. I feel as if Summer Rae has recently started wrestling and is already way more of a wrestler and character than Audrey Marie.

    Sara Del Rey should help Audrey a lot more than the other girls because the other girls are at least better than decent in the ring.

    • JillianHallTNA

      Not even Jesus can help this bitch on how to run the ropes. If I would work for WWE right now, I would fire this bitch as soon as possible. Y’all would thank me later….

      • KaitlynLover<3

        loooooooooooool you can´t imagine how much I´m laughing with your comments, you´re so funny xD

        But be prepared to hear people saying that you are being disrespectful and immature!

        • JillianHallTNA

          Aww I’m glad to hear that :’) you’re welcome :*
          I don’t give a shit what will people say, bring it bitches!!! :D

    • Raekon

      If you see matches of Audrey as a face, she can be more technical and high flying aswell so the talent is there.

      She only recently started being a heel (was in FCW for a very short time only) so she will grow overtime.

      In the live events in which she were heel, she was very entertaining and worked greatly.

      Most of all in the triple threat matches vs summer and paige or emma and paige.

  • bxradimus

    Audrey Marie is awful. I really wish they’d just cut her from the roster.

    • divafandom

      How is she awful…

  • NaomiCameronFan

    NXT has got potential A LOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    But storylines are not consistent and are not continious.
    I mean they built the Summer/Paige feud and by looking at the next bunch of tapings for the coming weeks there is no follow up. Granted the matches on NXT are amazing but I dont see the point of these random matches.
    Create NXT Womens title that will help storylines and divide contenders. I think I can speak for dozens of people when I say it was a huge Mehhh to see Audrey Marie was Sasha Banks secret admirer, they could of made a huge moment here to bring in Anya that would have been great. But on a positive side Baylee makes her in ring debut and Kendra has been signed which im looking forward to seeing a little more work on NXT with the divas and I think we will see similar storylines like the Trish/Jazz/Victoria/Jacqueline/Ivory/Molly Era well fingers crossed!

    • redsandman99

      Most likely there’s going to be backstage stuff that continues the Paige/Summer feud. That never airs for the crowd. None of the ones shown these past few weeks weren’t in the spoilers.

  • Melissa

    Oh, Audrey Marie’s heart is still beating? Didn’t know that. Welp.

  • i<3 sable and alicia fox

    I absolutely loved Audrey’s return most people put her down but I always liked her.

  • Melissa

    Summer Rae channeled Paris Hilton’s nasty voice y’all, bless that girl.

    • shameronstar

      I can’t believe I didn’t notice before but Summer actually does look like Paris Hilton a little bit!

  • k2evecrew

    I hope Paige & summer Rae getting pulled up to the main roster after wrestlemania . The nxt divas were entertaining as usual & its crazy how we have 2 storylines & build up on a show that is 45 minutes but we have to pray to see kaitlyn appear on the main show ._. Sasha & Audrey are still in training remember? They aren’t going to be perfect & they can wrestle real good so there’s no reason they should be cut soo quickly

  • divaindemise

    Renee has a likeness to Kirsten Dunst.