Raw Redux (March 25th, 2013): The “Hamster” May Be Dead, but the Division is Showing Signs of Life

FINALLY!!!!! The Raw Redux has returned to Diva Dirt! This is truly a momentous occassion. I was starting to wonder if I would ever write one of these things again, truth be told. Khaleesi-esque Reduxes are about as rare as the WWE Champion appearing on WWE programming these days, and that is a whole lot of rare. I reckon with two weeks until the big show, the WWE decided to throw us Diva fans a bone, much like The Rock decided to show up to work. Good things come to those who wait, right?

While the Diva road to WrestleMania is still up in the air, last night provided us with some nice little teasers so to speak of what could potentially be our Diva match (should we even get one). The Funkdactyls, Naomi and Cameron, continued to build their mini-feud with Brie and Nikki Bella with a catfight at ringside. Then something happened that all Divas want to see. AJ Lee, our resident “it” girl (who isn’t really the “it” girl anymore because her storyline with Dolph Ziggler and Big E. still sucks), reminded us as to why she was so awesome this past summer in a backstage segment with Kaitlyn, the girl who holds the Divas Championship. Remember her? Anyway, lets kick things off with the Bellas and Funkdactyls.

It was inevitable that these two duos would end up feuding and even though I haven’t really seen the SmackDown segments, it seems like they are developing a nice little feud. I really liked the catfight, but I’m a bit confused as to why Cameron and Naomi were the ones who started it. They’re the faces, correct? The Bellas were checking on their man, and not trying to intentionally interfere in the match. That’s probably the only thing about this that bugs me. Picking a fight for no reason seems more like something Brie and Nikki would end up doing, rather than Naomi and Cameron. The distraction ended up costing Brodus and Tensai the match, so I’m curious to see if that’s going to go anywhere. I highly doubt Brodus will get on to them for starting something on purpose, but you never know with the ‘E.

Other than me probably over-analyzing this situation, I really enjoyed it. No one was more excited than me when the Bellas returned because I love them. And Cameron and Naomi as a tag team is exciting. Having seen them compete together in person made me a believer. Cameron can play the face in peril really well, and the crowds LOVE Naomi. I think a match between the Bellas and the Funkdactyls is on the horizon, and I think it’s going to build towards ‘Mania. But more on that a little later! The backstage segment between AJ and Kaitlyn planted some seeds for the future, and led to a match. Lets take a look at the segment first.

First of all, as much as I loathe the fact AJ and Dolph Ziggler are in this terrible relationship together, I really appreciate the fact that the WWE isn’t simply forgetting all of AJ’s many ex-boyfriends. To me, it doesn’t make sense that Ziggler and Big E. have this tag team title shot at WrestleMania, but it does. At least it’s not completely random, even though it is. That’s a mouthful, I know, but follow me.

The segment itself was golden. Granted, I’m not sure why Kaitlyn was randomly in the lockerroom with Daniel Bryan and Kane, but like everything else, we’ll roll with it. The greatest line I have ever heard, “…the wheel is spinning, but the hamster is dead,” was spoken from the mouth of our champ. And I’m not even going to lie, I laughed. I laughed by butt off, and it was great. I also made a mental note to use that line one day. It was brilliant. The catfight was nice. AJ attacked like a rabid little dog, and I loved the water fountain spot. I also like the fact DB dropped the line that AJ hadn’t targeted Kaitlyn’s title at ‘Mania. She just might down that now, especially since she got another victory over the champ. Lets take a look at that.

This match was basically exactly what it needed to be to leave us wanting more. Kaitlyn clearly dominated from the short time they were in the ring together and rightfully so. Despite her lack of television time, she’s still the champ and holding that title means that she is the top Diva on the roster. She’s beautiful and powerful, and she tossed the smaller AJ around like we would expect. It made sense. What also made sense was the way AJ ended up getting the win. Side-stepping a spear attempt to send Kaitlyn into the barricade was brilliant. It came off looking sick, and it made this current incarnation of AJ look so, so smart. And in my opinion, since she just has to be a heel right now, that’s the type of heel she needs to play. Her being able to score an easy count out victory gives Kaitlyn an opportunity to try and rectify that and prove AJ’s win was an accident. It also gives AJ a rightful claim at the number one contender’s spot.

We all want to see a match between them at WrestleMania, right? Do I think that’s going to be the WrestleMania match?

I won’t be a total jerk and answer my own question, but I will say that if that is our ‘Mania match, I wouldn’t be shocked to see Kaitlyn score an 18-second victory over AJ, giving her a dose of her own medicine. To be honest, I would love that scenario. Dolph could kiss AJ good luck, and Kaitlyn could just nail her with the spear as she turns around, a la Sheamus and Daniel Bryan last year. A furious AJ could blame Dolph for her loss, and in retaliation she costs him and Big E. their tag title match. That is a dream scenario for me, mainly because it would end the bad storyline, but it’s still an option.

However, I don’t see that option being the one we end up with. I do believe with two feuds now, we will end up with AJ and the Bella Twins (and maybe Aksana) take on the team of Kaitlyn and the Funkdactyles (and maybe Natalya). I just don’t see the WWE pulling the trigger on a singles match for the Divas at ‘Mania, which sucks, but meh. We’re used to it. I can also say that as much as I love the idea of AJ losing against Kaitlyn in 18 seconds on the grandest stage of them all, I would hate if that were the only Diva match of the night. If maybe they book the Funkdactyls against the Bellas, or some other multi-Diva tag, I’d take it.

But such is life, we just have to go with what we’re given.

Knowing our luck and how badly we want these girls to get the chance to shine, we won’t get anything at WrestleMania. I’m going to hope for the best and keep my fingers crossed because if we end up with just AJ at ringside for the tag match and Fandango and his dancer getting the only Diva ‘Mania paydays… oh dear. Speaking of Fandango’s dancer, does she even have a name?

I want to call her Sasha Zamolodchikova and pretend her backstory is that she’s a rejected member of the Dancing With the Stars troupe who was wronged by Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke when he competed a few seasons ago. That way it isn’t all about Fandango’s name. It’s all because Jericho was rude to Sasha Zamolodchikova.

OH MY GOD WHAT IF JERICHO BROUGHT CHERYL WITH HIM TO ‘MANIA?!

What if the match turned into a dance off with a shiny mirror ball trophy on the line? Dear God, I think I’m having a moment.

[This part of the Raw Redux has been brought to you by the Bobby Lea Burchill Foundation for Randoms Everywhere.]

And that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Until next time, whenever that might be… Cryssi out!

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  • shannymac

    I read on another site that AJ vs Kaitlyn for the Divas title is looking like it’s going to be on the WM card, but I’ll choose to take that with a grain of salt. I’m just happy to see my favorite pocket princess/geek goddess finally get to step back into the ring at RAW.

    Also, correct me if I’m wrong, but AJ has never actually wrestled on a PPV, has she? She’s been a manager, guest ref, and designated crazy chick, but she’s never actually had a real match. It would be really cool to see her make her official, in-ring PPV debut and WM, especially considering where it’s being held this year.

  • Maxine

    Hopefully we’ll get AJ vs Kaitlyn for WM! :D Can’t wait!

  • Melissa

    Brilliant night. I am happy. Amen.

    • Melissa

      Oh and as far as WM is concerned, I really don’t care what reports come up because it’s too late for management to turn back (regardless of rating spikes/drops). At this point the only question is: singles match for the title or insert them into a tag match.

  • carlos22

    I just call her Fandangirl.

  • richies88

    that match was shite. hopefully if they are going face of at Mania and they are might put on a ok match

    • DJ8946

      The match was good 1st of all. Secondly this was only suppose to be a teaser. You can tell that because Kaitlyn didn’t even clothesline her!

    • GailKim95

      the match was for building purposes ONLY! It wasn’t supposed to be this spectacular match. It played its role so get over it

  • jonboi

    Great match greatbackstage seg & loved the bellas getting a bitch slaped ( I think cameron Hates ?? Bella A she was laying lumps out her). Can some tell me why the Chyna & the HOF article has been put down?? Or is it my BB!!

    • Green As Grass

      It was because Diva Dirt and the rest of us are not sure if the source of the information (Chyna’s Twitter account) is real or not.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/JillianHallTNA TNAknockoutJillianHall

      An earlier published Chyna article has been removed as the validity of her supposed Twitter account cannot be confirmed.

      • jonboi

        Thanx guys :-)

  • DJ8946

    I see AJ vs Kaitlyn & Team Funk vs Team Rhode Scholars. Kaitlyn and AJ will put on a good match w/ Kaitlyn obviously retaining leading into a stipulation match at ER! My only worry is that the crowd will boo Kaitlyn & cheer for AJ. But if you think about Kaitlyn would be the better heel anyways.

    • wwe12divasx

      I see Kaitlyn getting booed since its AJ’s home town but that won’t take away from the match since Trish was the face in her match against Mickie James but the crowd was cheering for Mickie

  • Monkey Tennis

    I don’t have any interest in the Bellas/Cheerleaders not-really-a-feud. It’s just a background rivalry to the men’s feud, so I can’t imagine it’s going to lead to anything on it’s own merits (at least, not on Raw or Smackdown). And ringside catfights are way too 90′s for my liking.

    As for AJ and Kaitlyn, this seems a bit ‘too little, too late’ if if it’s going to lead to anything at Mania. Of course, ‘little’ is pretty much what the Divas get these days, so we shouldn’t too suprised. As for the match itself, I wasn’t keen. Sure, AJ’s a heel and Kaitlyn’s the champion, and yeah, Kaitlyn’s bigger, but having the match be so very one-sided just seemed a little off.

    It’s almost as though AJ’s been out of the ring for so long now and has become so establised as a valet, that’s how they’re portraying her now. We’ve basically gone from one of the most talented wrestlers on the roster not wrestling as a valet to one of the most talented wrestlers on the roster not wrestling…as a wrestler. And that’s a cause for concern.

    • AdrianRay

      The Bella’s and Canomi feud is THE feud. They’ve had interactions, they’ve spoken and actually shown a dislike to each other. The men are supporting them, clearly.

      • Monkey Tennis

        It’s not that clear if the men are in the ring wrestling. And the divas aren’t.

        • AdrianRay

          If the men only wrestle for two minutes before the women steal the show, then CLEARLY they’re the afterthought. Have The Funks shown any real reason outside of the Funkadactyles hating the Bella’s to really dislike Rhodes Scholars. If you can over analyze the state of AJ’s in ring ability, then I’m sure you can get this.

        • DJ8946

          Lol Adrian you get me so week. But itis obvious that they are feuding. Otherwise why were they attacking each other?

        • Monkey Tennis

          If the Bellas/Naomi/Cameron stole the show, I think they got away with it, cos nobody noticed. In fact, with those kind of skills, they might have a lucrative career in cat-burglary. Which I guess would be a natural progression from they did on Raw.

          Seriously though, it’s not rocket science. The men wrestled a match. The Divas were a plot device, a distraction to score one team the victory. Their ‘catfight’, if we can even call it that, lasted somewhere in the region of about 10 seconds (and the camera was on them for less than that, before returning to the action in the ring) and didn’t really amount to anything more than Naomi and Cameron jumping the Bellas and immediately getting dragged off.

          If this develops into something more, into something that’s ONLY about the two respective Divas teams, then fair enough. But for now, they’re sharing the spotlight at best. And they’re clearly getting a considerably smaller share than the guys.

        • AdrianRay

          Really? The crowd was dead until the cat fight. The Bella’s had a proper entrance, if they were “plot devices” they would’ve just walked their skimpy asses to the ring beside the Scholars. They are using the men but this feud started thanks to the women. The men may be doing the fighting but the ladies are the focus. Duh.

    • Monkey Tennis

      Are you angling for a job at WWE creative? I can just imagine that’s the sort of thing they try and tell the Divas backstage.

      “OK ladies, This storyline is all about you. The guys are gonna wrestle a match and you’re gonna stand at ringside. And I wanna see some good quality standing from everyone! After about 3 minutes of the guys wrestling, then it’s your turn to shine! We want you to have a quick brawl at ringside, but don’t get carried away – less is more, you know what I’m saying!! And then it’s back to the guys again to finish their match. But don’t forget, it’s all about you. Hey, if it was up to us, the guys wouldn’t even be there. Now you girls have fun!”

      • AdrianRay

        You are just digging for anything to be right, aren’t you? You’re wrong my dear. Face it. This is the WWE, the Bella’s are NEVER going to attack the Funkadactlyes with chairs to prove a point. You with your delusions may be waiting for it, but it won’t happen. Lol

        • Monkey Tennis

          OK, so you agree they’re not feuding then?

          I guess we were on the same page after all!

      • jonboi

        Hae guys what’s the difference between a pessimist & an optimist??? You,s 2. Your both right in what u say, I mean u can see it like @AR the optimist & see the girls getting some air time & a start 2 a feud as a great thing & the storylines about them!! OR u can be the pessimist@MT & think its shit that This is meant to be a feud that looks crap in the making, At the end of the day you both are right its good there’s 2 feuds starting & its crap that it only lasts 2min every few weeks!!

        • AdrianRay

          Lol I love you JONBOI!

        • jonboi

          Thanx x

  • jonboi

    Also there’s a rumour going around that Wwe have droped Laylas heel turn & that Kaitlyn Vs Aj will probably be a Wm title match, so many rumours flying about I’m going to just wait & see what happens.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/JillianHallTNA TNAknockoutJillianHall

      Thank God.

  • DJ8946

    Wow Kaitlyn takes alot of hard bumps! & So far she is has 2 entries in the best spots of 2013. Tessmachers bulldog to the floor, the Knockouts tower, Kaitlyn outsmarting Eve to hit the spear, & this spot.

    • Brandon

      I loved kaitlyns bump into the ring post at elimination chamber. I starting to like this chick ever since she beat eve. She is good at selling moves lol

  • wl75

    Kaitlyn’s been taking some crazy bumps lately- there’s so many ways that water fountain spot could have gone wrong…

    A lot of people are thinking they could go with Hell No/Kaitlyn vs Ziggler/Big E/AJ in a mixed tag Winner Take All match for the tag belts and the Divas title,and I think that might be the best idea- though that 18 second match idea would be pretty funny (though they problem is the crowd is going to be heavily Pro-AJ because it’s her hometown…I don’t think you can have her take a pinfall here. At least if it was a mixed tag and you want the current champs to retain, you can have someone else take the fall)..

    You could do that and still have Rhodes Scholars/Bellas vs Brodus/Tensai/Funkadactyls- they want to give as many people a WM payday as possible, so you can get away with multiple mixed tag matches…

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/neonlights21x neonlights21x

    Boring match and I hope Kaitlyn loses that title soon, I mean she got absolutely no reaction from the crowd whatsoever. So if that isn’t a sign to change the ‘head’ (for lack of a better term) of the division then what is?

    • AdrianRay

      She got a reaction in both the segment and the match. AJ was the one who had less of a reaction.

    • DJ8946

      She got a tiny reaction but what do you expect from someone that not only hasn’t been on RAW in like 2 months & she has a new theme. Not that many people even watch SD! to know that.

  • Brandon

    In the backstage segment, did anyone notice that while kaitlyn was talking to d Bryan, aj was smiling….but as soon as kaitlyn says “the wheel is still spinning, but the hamsters dead” aj immediately looked at kaitlyn and was like “oh hell no”. Lol I see either aj vs kaitlyn, aj dolph big e vs kaitlyn and he’ll no (winner take all), or 8 diva tag with caomi …but I’m expecting caomi Brodus and tensai vs Rhodes scholars and bellas. Anyways to the ppl complaining about the sort match time, it’s good booking by creative because it left us wanting more. Btw props to kaitlyn for taking two huge bumps to the head!

  • revivingophelia

    To be honest, I wouldn’t be surprised if they held off on having Kaitlyn vs. AJ for the title until Extreme Rules and just had them doing something backstage or at ringside for the tag title match at WM. The WWE’s website just announced Miz vs. Wade Barrett for WM, which gives them 9 matches announced so far. The past two WM’s have only had eight matches apiece, so it’s possible the only thing left for them to announce is the pre-show match for the youtube show. And if they do add the divas as a 10th match to WM, it probably won’t get much time. The promos, video packages, and actual matches for Rock/Cena 2, Triple H/Brock 2, and Taker/Punk will eat up a lot of time…

    • DJ8946

      Yeah but including the pre-show the show will probably be 5 hours. Those three matches will take up 1 1/2 hours atleast. They still have time. & Plus if anymatch will be on the pre-show it’ll be a US Title match or Tea Funk vs Team Rhode Scholars.

      • revivingophelia

        The pre-show usually only has 1 match on it. And as I said before, they only had 8 matches in each of the last two WMs and they already have 9 matches announced right now. Of the 8 matches last year, one of them literally lasted 18 seconds. With nine matches already and three of them huge matches (plus the big six-man tag that will probably get decent time and a good video package and possibly promo time), a tenth match will probably not get much time. I’m not saying a divas’ match won’t get added, but if it does, it will probably be short. Especially if the WWE insists on having a musical guest like they’ve done in recent years, which will eat up even more time. Plus there’s usually several backstage segments to get more people to appear and therefore get a WM payday.

        • Nostalgia

          The pre show will be an hour this year

        • revivingophelia

          But how much of that will be eaten up with long video packages for Rock/Cena, Brock/Triple H, and Taker/Punk? I wouldn’t be surprised if half the pre-show was dedicated to promoting those three matches.

        • DJ8946

          & They haven’t annouced a musical guest yet so chances are there wont be except for maybe Lilian

        • revivingophelia

          It’s only been within the past week or so that they’ve really announced the undercard for the show, so you never know…

          And once again, as I’ve said above, I’m not saying that there won’t be a divas’ match added… I’m saying that if they add one, it won’t get that much time. I know WM is 4 hours, but if they have 10 matches on the main card, at least one of them will be cut short, and the divas would likely be the match to lose time. It would probably actually be better for them to be added to the Team Hell No vs. Ziggler/Big E match than to have a match of their own. They’d at least be out there for more than a few minutes then…

          (Also, given their connections, I can’t help but think that the Bellas will appear on the main show… Though that could just be a backstage segment.)

  • http://twitter.com/#!/jayd211 Jayd211

    man that match good and pretty stiff by divas standards that kick from Kaitlyn to AJ and the missed spear really looked like they hurt. not to mention that shoulder block looked sick Kaitlyn destroyed AJ with it

    • jtiera

      I know I thought I was the only one that caught that shoulder block.

    • DJ8946

      AJ’s selling & Kaitlyn’s ability to take hard bumps is what will what their matchs seem more real.

      • Melissa

        Agreed.

  • jtiera

    I love how both of them sell the moves. It makes the match better IMO. Also I saw the ending of the match for NXT and the showed a clip of AJ getting ht with the spear, she really went for it looked like it hurt a little. But hopefully the get the match at mania but for some reason I want it to end in a double count out because aj and kaitlyn started to fight outside the ring. When I say fight I mean kaitlyn throwing aj against the barricade or aj hitting kaitlyn with the title. Or even kaitlyn pulling a roman reigns and spearing AJ over the barricade.

    • KaitlynLover<3

      :O please tell me, where did you saw it??

  • velvelove

    Caomi probably attacked first because the bellas beat them up with pompoms os SD

    • velvelove

      *on

  • Bdawg0701

    How about adding AJ and Kaitlyn to the Tag Title Match with the Divas belt on the line, and (possibly a pre-show) The Funk Bunch vs. Rhodes Scholars? AJ is the cause of the triangle with the three men, so why not?

    • revivingophelia

      Given that they had Kaitlyn appear in the backstage segment with Kane and Daniel last night, giving her something of a connection to them, I could almost see the divas being added to the tag match as more likely to happen than the women getting a match of their own, if only because there’s already nine matches on the card w/out a divas’ match, US title match, or anything with Team Funk/Rhodes Scholars being announced yet.

  • Nostalgia

    Like I said on the discussion post, I was happy with Raw last night. I see Kaitlyn vs AJ at wrestlemania and Team Funk vs Rhode Scholars & The Bellas. And I know this is a stretch buttt what if AJ beat Kaitlyn and as she celebrated in the ring Kharma’s music hits?

    • DJ8946

      Wait until ER! The reunion of the Chickbusters (even if its as short lived one) & Kharma returning would be awesome!

    • jtiera

      That would be great but I always wanted Kharma and AJ to work together cause they got the sadistic thing goin on and then Kharma would turn on aj and that would start a feud between them. It’s reaching but I really wanna see a female stable

  • BorisG

    If it happens Kaitlyn will likely retain, because they had a match on NXT for the Divas Championship that has still to air on April 17.

    • Nostalgia

      They’ve cut matches before, they can again

  • AdrianRay

    I feel adding the Divas to the tag match would be much better for them. It would allow for them to get more time on screen, and it adds history to Wrestlemania. I doubt Kaitlyn and AJ could handle one on one at Wrestlemania without cracking under pressure.

    • Monkey Tennis

      Your faith in the women on the roster does you constant credit.

      • AdrianRay

        My faith. Honey refer to ALL your posts. You’re really stupid.

        • Monkey Tennis

          My lack of faith is in how the WWE treat the women on the roster. Not in the ability of the women themselves.

      • AdrianRay

        Yawn.

  • DJ8946

    Now that I think about it maybe they aren’t ready for that yet. & Having them with in the match tag team all titles one the line will not only give them more time but it’ll help Kaitlyn get over having her team with 2 of the most over superstars.

  • Nostalgia

    Also Lita and Trish were rookies when they first competed for the women’s championship at wrestlemania with Jazz

  • K2Evefan

    The reason naomi and cameron went over and started a fight was because when the bellas “introduced” themselves they attacked them back stage.

  • jen07201

    Awesome line by Kaitlyn “The wheel is spinning, but the hamster is dead.” I really hope to see AJ vs Kaitlyn at WM. It would mean so much for both AJ and Kaitlyn. For AJ facing her ex best friend in her homestate of NJ in a championship match at the biggest stage and her first PPV. For Kaitlyn it would be facing her ex best friend in the first ever Divas Championship match at WM and getting revenge on all of AJ’s attacks on her. It would be a full circle for both since starting in NXT Season 3.