Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s edition of the SmackDown Redux!
After clashing on his past week’s Monday Night Raw, former best friends AJ Lee and Divas Champion Kaitlyn face off once again on the blue brand in tag team action. AJ is teaming up with her current boy toy Dolph Ziggler, while Kaitlyn has enlisted the help of AJ’s former flame Daniel Bryan. Will the champions come out on top or will AJ and Dolph overcome AJ’s League of Not-So-Evil Exes? Check out the match below:
We come from break with Team Showoff already in the ring. Kaitlyn and Daniel are out next, accompanied by Kane. As the champions head to the ring, we’re treated to a video package showing the history of these two teams in the past few weeks. With both teams in the ring, the official signals for the bell and our match is underway.
The guys start of the match, but Kaitlyn quickly tags herself in and goes straight after AJ. The referee pulls Kaitlyn off of AJ, allowing AJ to take advantage with a roundhouse kick to the face for a nearfall. AJ follows up with a couple of neckbreakers, but ges another two count. A cocky AJ pulls the Divas champion to her feet and come charging off of the ropes, but is turned inside out by a shoulder block from Kaitlyn, who quickly tags in her partner.
After some more back and forth between the men, Dolph tags in AJ, who attacks Daniel Bryan outside of the ring. As the guys brawl outside of the ring, Kaitlyn tries to pull AJ inside, but AJ hotshots her on the top rope. AJ climbs into he ring to finish off her opponent and eats a spear fom Kaitlyn. Kaitlyn pins AJ to pick up the win for her team and gets revenge for her loss Monday night.
Thoughts: First of all, let me just say how refreshing it is to see four wrestlers who actually follow the rules of a mixed tag match. It annoys me to no end to see Superstars and Divas waiting the other team to make a tag in these matches. Anyhoo, on to the match…
I actually really enjoyed this match. If we’re talking strictly in ring performance, all four competitors did great. However, I want to focus on the storyline.
I know everyone is really excited about the prospect of Kaitlyn vs AJ at WrestleMania in any capacity, I really feel like it’s a case of “Too little, too late”. While I am happy with this storyline for the most part, with ‘Mania right around the corner, I feel like it’s moving at a breakneck pace in order to get Divas on the card. If WWE wanted to have AJ and Kaitlyn feud and face off at ‘Mania, this should have (and could have, honestly) started a long time ago. I don’t mean to complain so much, but it just feels like what could be a fantastic rivalry is going to be cut short, and I can’t say I’m happy about that.