NXT Watch (April 24th, 2013): A Tale of Two Chickbusters

Hello everyone, and welcome to this weeks NXT Watch! I promised you all last week in the comments section that it was time to get these recaps back on track with the trusty purchase of a Hulu Plus account… and thus here I am. Granted, I’m a day behind from last weeks, but as soon as I got home from class, I searched far and wide for a video to include so I could get started (since I can’t exactly embed the Hulu Plus player), and I was left with nothing at all. I tried, and I’m sorry if I have failed you. But the good news is some hours later I managed to track down a video. It was too late to make Thursdays posts, so here we are on this Friday morning.

…Okay now that I’ve explained myself to you all and lifted myself off the floor from my pleading to accept my apology and forgive me for Youtube and Dailymotion’s heinous actions in delaying this weeks recap, let’s get down to business. This week the Divas we’re used to seeing take a break, for tonight we have a special “Champions Clash” edition of NXT where various titles will be on the line. Luckily for us, the Divas Title is included in said rulebook, and Kaitlyn will be putting her gold… err, pink and silver up for grabs. Her opponent? Why none other than the woman who has the most NXT based history with the hybrid Texan native, she sometimes goes by “babe”, “buttons”, “shortstuff”… or anything that doesn’t involve a certain five letter word beginning with ‘C’, AJ Lee!

From the moment these two first laid eyes on one another, it was a rocky start. We all remember the brilliance that was NXT season three I hope, because I certainly do. Kaitlyn and AJ didn’t really get along the first two weeks, but soon after they formed a close bond that lasted for many more years to come. The trouble started during AJ’s (best) romance, her relationship with Daniel Bryan, where Kaitlyn was constantly trying to help Lee see that she didn’t need to go crawling back to her man. Several slaps and very brief matches later, we’re back at NXT and ready to see these two collide for the Divas Championship in what can truly be described as a full circle moment.

-30 points for no AJ entrance

Sorry, I just had to get that out there before I began. If you’re wondering what my point system goes towards, well not really anything. They’re kind of fake points… think “Whose Line Is It Anyway” style. Anyways, Kaitlyn gets an entrance to AJ sitting in the ropes like she just recently teleported there nonchalantly and wasn’t noticed by any of the fans sitting ringside. I will say +10 points for panning to a close up of AJ’s eyes just as Kaitlyn’s theme song claims “behind your eyes I see the fear”, so you’re on your way to attaining a positive score NXT. We get special intros for the Divas which is a big plus as it makes the match feel special, so there’s another +15.

The crowd is definitely mixed on who they want to cheer for, but before they can begin any chants, the bell rings and the two shake hands. This form of solace doesn’t last long through, as AJ then proceeds to smack Kaitlyn right across the face to seemingly dismiss the honorable gesture, which does nothing but fire both shades of Kaitlyn’s hair up enough to Irish whip her friend turned foe into the corner and strike with a back elbow. AJ gets tossed around a bit, before using her sly ways to scurry out of the way and allow Kaitlyn to collide shoulder first into the turnbuckle post. A kick by miss Lee, which brings her to target the injured body part with a variety of submissions including a fujiwara armbar!

AJ with a beautiful bridge, but Kaitlyn is able to break out of the hold long enough… whoops, nevermind. AJ remains in control with a slap to the face, as Kaitlyn fires back with a stiff clothesline. She hits a back elbow and goes to town on AJ with some shots, but AJ gets a huge set of boots as she hops to the top rope and off it with a crossbody. Kaitlyn rolls through and transitions into a DDT, but only gets a two count. Our champ now charges for AJ, but Lee drops the rope and Kaitlyn goes flying to the outside. A sly smirk from the Devil’s Favorite Diva while sitting criss-cross style and giving me reminders of her third best romance (Sorry Punk, but Kane is definitely #2 behind Bryan).

Lee signals for a sleeper hold in shades of Dolph, but Kaitlyn flips her out. AJ then gets a nice kick and an even nicer shining wizard for just a two count which seems to anger her as she goes for her first documented Divas Title reign. Suddenly, Kaitlyn shoves AJ back into the ropes and nails a huge spear! One… Two… Three marks the spot as Kaitlyn defeats AJ and leaves with her title in tact. Now the only question that remains is if they’ll meet again down the road?

Thoughts: I’m kind of undecided how I felt about this match to be honest. It seemed like some parts were really good and unique, but then others didn’t really mesh well and kind of looked a little messy. I’m a big supporter of both ladies, but the match would probably go a little bit above average for me. It wasn’t as great as I was anticipating, but I did feel it was definitely not bad by any means, and better than just being okay. I know AJ has been stuck managing for God only knows how long so I’m sure she has to get back in the groove of things competition wise, so that could’ve played a part in some areas. I can respect if people feel differently than me, and I definitely see how. Like I said, I don’t think the match was bad by any means if my thoughts sounded a little too harsh at times, just more that I didn’t feel they had the best chemistry together is all. (Although AJ has probably taken my favorite of Kaitlyn’s spears thus far so A+) And to be honest, in some strange, twisted way, I’m kind of glad I didn’t think this match was the best thing since sliced bread because I’ve always felt like each match in a feud should top the ones that came before it. Peaking in your first encounter can hurt a feud early on as the matches have a lot to live up to, so while I did think this match was pretty solid, there’s definitely more they can do together and I really hope we get to see it.

Speaking of AJ, since this is the first time I’ve really done a redux on her in a while, I just want to chat about her current role etc. For starters, I’m really bummed with what’s happened to her since her huge saga last summer. I mean don’t get me wrong, she’s still in a lot better shape angle/appearance wise than most of the other Divas who struggle to see TV two, three or even four times a month, but that role was so hot and it built her into a Diva the crowd really got behind and became invested in which is something a female hasn’t really had in a long time. I enjoyed watching a lot of her post Punk/Daniel things at the time, but looking back on it with the knowledge I have now, having her removed from the GM position due to the whole Cena scandal was really the start of where things took a turn for the worst. I just don’t think she had the same excitement between with John or Dolph that she did with Kane, Punk, and Bryan.

I guess it was the whole having no idea what was going to happen last summer since they were doing so many things with her I didn’t really envision a Diva getting to do in this day and age, and just wanting to see how they could one up themselves (i.e. the infamous table spot). With Dolph, she’s basically kind of one-note now in terms of her antics on a weekly basis. I mean she walks out to the ring, stands ringside, and maybe distracts the referee if we’re lucky. She does still have her quirks and facial expressions that I enjoy watching, but I just think she’s so much better than what she’s currently doing. I’m not sure even turning her on Dolph would make the crowd react positively for her due to how split the fans are on him. I understand that reverting back to her original persona can be seen as a step back to something we’ve already seen as opposed to moving forward which is how all characters should be, but I just think this was a case of pulling the trigger on turning her into a heel way too fast when it wasn’t needed. If it were up to me, she would’ve been inserted into the division as a babyface for good right around the time Tamina attacked her at Survivor Series. None of the Cena/Dolph stuff would’ve happened, and with how much the crowds reacted to her fresh off the summer of AJ hype, it could’ve helped to get them to react to the other Divas in turn.

With Kaitlyn, it just seriously sucks that they put so much (in my opinion) into her winning the title only to pull this MIA shtick for an unfathomable amount of weeks. I mean you can probably count her number of TV matches on one hand since winning the Divas title and that’s ridiculous. I don’t even care that the division was small and the heel side was really weak for a while, there could have been something done. I was personally enjoying her story on SmackDown with Layla, but then you’d get to Raw in the same week and you wouldn’t even know there was anything brewing between them so it was just like why even bother if you don’t continue it onto your priority show? Her reign, like many others, has been uneventful. And, again like many others, it’s for reasons beyond her control.

I’m really starting to think the powers that be have a drinking game to see how many weeks they can keep whoever holds the Divas Title off TV and take a shot each time they succeed because this isn’t the first time it’s happened. (Though I would say it’s the worst occasion of it taking place since it feels like she’s been off TV a lot longer than some of the others that spring to mind who may have been off for one or two weeks at a time.) Hopefully they do something with Kaitlyn from here on out. I’m not sure if I want to see her go up against the Bella Twins in all honesty, but there aren’t many more choices if tonights match counted as AJ’s battle royal title shot so that’s most likely where it’s headed.

…Okay guys, my rant is over. I’m not usually like this, but we all have our weeks where we just want to get some things said and this is likely my only shot since these two Divas don’t frequent NXT that much anymore. Next week I should be back to my chipper self and hopefully on time again so enjoy! Leave a comment if you agree or disagree with me. Tell me what you’d do with AJ and/or Kaitlyn from here. Just give me some fun creative ideas so I can picture them in my head and live out what a great feud this could be.

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  • iLUVValets

    So that bullshit battle royal really did lead to a match on NXT. A divas TITLE MATCH ON NXT of all places. Divas champion or not I was really looking forward to this title reign. Kaitlyns Reign HAD ALL THE POTENTIAL IN THE WORLD to make the division LIVE again. Like WHY ARE THEY HIRING ALL OF THESE GIRLS IF THEY AREN’T GOING TO DO ANYTHING WITH THEM. I just keep holding on and saying “Well it might get better from here” but it never does. Is their a reason to have faith in the division anymore?

    • k2evecrew

      The match was advertised before the battle royal even happened , they’ll probably give AJ her match at extreme rules

    • redsandman99

      This match was taped months ago and the episode still featured Antonio Cesaro as United States champion. They didn’t even edit in a mention of the battle royal so I don’t see this counting as that match.

      • iLUVValets

        Oh my bad, but still why have the divas champion on NXT.?

        • jcarcano12

          It was aa special

        • redsandman99

          It was a special championship edition and NXT only has two titles (and one of their tag champs is injured so that couldn’t be defended). Plus they taped like five episodes during this session and I think they used AJ and Kaitlyn (along with Naomi, Cameron and the Bellas in an episode a few weeks ago) so they didn’t have to use their NXT divas in like three or four matches in one night.

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

    Not so surprised… AJ is not ready for the title and she is not the kind of challenger that can make Kaitlyn shine and offer awesome championship matches.

    • JamieKym

      AJ isn’t ready for the title? That’s like saying Nicki Minaj isn’t trying to be Lil Kim. Did you not see the belt on Bellas, Kelly, and Eve?

      • EVEROCKS

        Why the Nicki Minaj cheap shot? LOL but exactly. How can you say A.j. isn’t ready when KELLY KELLY has been a champion? If anyone in the division is ready for the belt, it’s A.j.

      • Timalee

        i read the nicki minaj line and Starships came one LOL

    • BillyGP

      AJ is ready for a title run.

      • k2evecrew

        Nicki minaj> lil Kim
        Kelly kelly >>>>>>>>>>>>>> lil Kim

  • vdcvt

    So was this the end of the AJ vs Kaitlyn feud? If so, it feels like they just prematurely dropped in. It actually could be knowing WWE, just throw in a random battle royal so AJ could win then lose. I really enjoyed the Layla heel turn tease too, hope they go somewhere with that.

    • vdcvt

      dropped it*

      • PhoenixFire

        NXT Matches are taped weeks in advance to wwe raw. This happened weeks, if not months ago.

        • MiWiRo

          They put a banner on the bottom of both the IC and US Championships saying ‘This is taped months before’ + when it was Bo Dallas vs Barrett they were focusing on the Royal Rumble feud between Barrett and Dallas on how Dallas eliminated Barrett! So it must be 2-3 months behind!

        • coleyjillianaksana

          Yeah You Can Tell Its Old Because Kailtyns Theme Isnt Spin The Bottle Anymore.

  • redsandman99

    People forget how long ago this was taped. Also, since it only airs on TV internationally, it really has NO bearing on how regular WWE TV works. The only time they’ve even mentioned it was when the Shield debuted. They even have acted like Big E Langston hasn’t really wrestled when he’s their champion on the show for pete’s sake.

    Now with that said, I thought it was a decent first outing. They haven’t really wrestled since a couple one on one matches in FCW (not counting that match on Smackdown since that wasn’t really much of a match) so maybe it didn’t have a huge groove going. But if they can get an extended program like Kaitlyn and Eve did (and actually work the house show loop together too and stop putting Tamina in those title matches), their matches can get better and better much like and Kaitlyn and Eve’s did.

  • richies88

    Kaitlyn Title reign has to be worse in any championship history. its 2nd to the TNA knockout tag team title belt.

    Like she wasn’t even seen

    • coleyjillianaksana

      Very Stale Reign Like Beth Pheonix or Kelly Kellys

    • EVEROCKS

      I think WWE has caught on to that and is trying to give AJ the belt.

      • DivaMatches

        Her rgn is worse than Layla’s, and Layla’s was the worst lol its a shame cause Kaitlyn’s my fave current diva but im sorry its time for Aj to take it from here

        • EL ROYALTY

          Layla’s title reign is a far cry from Beth’s, Kaitlyns, and Eve’s 2nd title reign. Don’t act like it was that bad.

        • k2evecrew

          Umm how was Kelly’s reign stale?? She had a fued with Beth was featured on the main shows and ppvs also other divas like Natalya , eve, alicia , and Tamina got involved .

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

          kellys title reign was bad till she started feuding with beth & even then it wasn’t really that great….

  • Christo82

    Btw if you are a fan of Mens wrestling. Watch Cesaro vs Neville. OMG out of this world and the eye candy is outta this world. Cesaro and Dat ASS. Neville and that compact thick ass body. Lordy

    As far as the match, it was ok. I do think adding Naomi and making it a triple threat feud will enhance it from a storyline perspective and from a wrestling stand point. She can be glue as she and aj have done good 3 way matches before.

  • Connor

    any else notice kaitlyns entrance music change to her old one when she won?

    • KaitlynLover<3

      I did lol It was so stupid!

  • aldo

    the match was good, you can see in some spots that AJ and Kaitlyn have still a lt to train, but they shined in the match. I just hope this is not the end for their feud.
    AJ’s sleeper hold didn’t remind me Dolph, but reminded me Lita, when AJ said Lita was her inspiration, i thought she is using the sleeper in her honor.
    The spear was great. But I didn’t understand why they played the Spin the Bottle theme instead of Higher…
    As for the division, we’ll see where do they do from now…

    • Wrestling.fan.from.France

      Actually they played the Higher theme

      • KaitlynLover<3

        When Kaitlyn won they played Spin the Bottle!

        • Wrestling.fan.from.France

          Oh yeah, sorry :)

  • charovnica

    People need to pay attention a little more. This match was taped weeks ago.The chances are Kaitlyn will defend successfully again next match and then she’ll most likely drop the title to AJ.I love AJ and I think she’ll be interesting as champ,but I just wished a longer chase for the title. But this can build Kailtyn up if it’s done right.

  • Rhawk

    This match was decent at best, but the sad thing is, this match will most likely be better than their future title match.

    • Melissa

      I wasn’t aware you had a crystal ball.

      • Rhawk

        Did I say it will? No, I said ‘most likely’. I take it you have bad eye sight?

        • Melissa

          Exactly. “Likely”. What exactly is supporting your idea that the 50:50 ratio is tipping into “likely” territory? Unless there is some sort of mathematical equation you’ve yet to reveal to us, one can only assume you dropped $20 bucks at your local flea market for a crystal ball.

          I apologize for embarrassing you in terms of clearing up your own comment. To avoid this sort of thing in the future, might I suggest you inject some logic into your statements as opposed to editorializing left and right. In addition, save yourself the trouble of hopping on the defensive train and questioning an individual’s ability to see with their eyes once you’ve come to the realization that someone called you out on your nonsense.

          So much for me having bad eye sight. Bye.

        • EL ROYALTY

          Are you really expecting wonders out of WWE if Kaitlyn and AJ face off at Extreme Rules?

        • https://twitter.com/Oliver_James611 OJ Von Erich

          LOL Melissa & Rhawk need a Laycool/Hell No type therapy session… Chill out!

  • charovnica

    I also enjoyed the match a lot.The finish was nice too.The crowd was into it which made it even better.NXT has great fans!

  • xX-Zoey-Sky-Xx

    Lol looks like their was an issue backstage with theme songs, enters to Higher wins to Spin the Bottle. Unless Kaitlyn actually does have two themes.

  • http://twitter.com/ClydeEDawkins Number One

    Heel AJ vs Face Kaitlyn seems so WRONG! Everything about Kaitlyn just screams heel: her attire, her aggression, and especially her expression (mainly the number of times she’s shown smirking). I still have not given up on a Layla heel turn, but if they’re not going to turn her, I would love for WWE to turn Kaitlyn into a villain, most likely AFTER she loses the title.

    • xX-Zoey-Sky-Xx

      I’d like to see Kaitlyn turn heel, they had so much potential with her before when she almost joined the D.O.D, that said, if she had joined them, would she be champion? Would AJ be the uber heel she is now?

  • jcarcano12

    Love the match and AJ

  • Wrestling.fan.from.France

    AJ was the star of the match, her amazing facial expresions and her really good in-good made my day. AJ (along with Alicia Fox) is by far the best seller in the DIVAS DIVISION! She makes Kaitlyn’s moves so good! She can sell anything with perfection just look at that HUGE spear, One of Kaitlyn’s best spear maybe the best. This match was good and they give them decent time. When they give us a divas championship match in NXT, it’s always good because it’s Nxt and in there, they are allowed to be good. I’m pretty exited to see this match in PPV because it’s can only be better than this match who is pretty good.

  • Litaker61

    Really didnt like this match. Guess i just expected better from the two, there was a bad flow to the match. I’m really not kaitlyn’s biggest fan and this title reign has done nothing to improve that. I can see her dropping the title to Aj soon which isnt a bad thing considering how over Aj is, and it might put some spotlight on the division and get the writers to pull their fingers out and actually give a crap about the champion for once.

  • https://twitter.com/Qwon_23 3xplicit

    This match was boring as fuck. Where was the wrestling? Each did like 1 or 2 moves and the rest was submission ugh

  • kio3j2

    Ooooo chile I was livid cause I thought this was the result of that battle royale, but then you guys reminded me that nxt is taped weeks before and is not part of the main wwe storylines. Relief

  • i22

    Was it a 5 star match? No. There was some messy stuff but the potential is defintely there. There was some awesome spots especially from AJ. Loved that armbar like DDT and her Ziggler adopted bridge haha. AJ facial expressions are awesome aswell. The surprise spear at the end was wonderful and AJ sold it like a champ. Out of all the girls Kaitlyn has faced since winning the title she has the most chemistry with AJ. Cant wait to see how they build to the official title match on Raw Monday.

  • Melissa

    Yeah… I’m pretty sure Kaitlyn killed AJ with that spear. Wow.

    • Andre

      That spear was beautiful, reminds me of when Batista broke Elijah Burke in half.

  • DJ8946

    This was a teaser. Why would they give their all on NXT! There match at ER will be way better & this wasn’t even bad.

  • Monkey Tennis

    All those people reminding us to ‘pay attention’ because this match was filmed a few weeks ago, might want to heed their own advice.

    The WWE are very much aware when NXT airs. And they would be equally aware that this week’s episode would feature the title match they filmed back in March.

    Is it not entirely possible that the WWE just booked last Monday’s match on Raw, simply to ‘justify’ AJ getting that title shot? The prevailing argument against that being the case seems to be that people think the WWE wouldn’t put a match on Raw that directly led into a match on a show that doesn’t even air in the US. And for any of the men’s title belts, that’s probably true.

    But for the women’s division? A division that recently had the build up to match at a PPV take place on a phone app!? A division who’s Champion has been seen less on Raw or Smackdown than Maris was seen on Frasier? It seems very plausible to me!

    I’m hoping ithe feud’s not over. But at the same time, I’m not so naive to think that there’s anything that WWE “wouldn’t do” when it comes to the women’s division.

    • charovnica

      The comment about paying attention was because people were complaining that the Battle royal was building for this match –> AJ lost –> not what expected,since probably most wanted to see the title change hands also cause it wasn’t on any of the main shows.This is why we pointed out that this was taped.Their match that the Battle Royal was building to is yet to happen.The NXT show means nothing,since Cessaro is not champion anymore.

      • k2evecrew

        They would’ve put the battle royal over in the commentary if this match was a result of it .

        • Monkey Tennis

          Why would they? Again, people are making one fundamental mistake, and yet one that is surprising given what’s happened to the women’s division the last 5 or so years.

          People are assuming that the WWE care.

    • charovnica

      Oh lol,so we should all be Mr/Mrs negative?I don’t think so.Why do you even watch WWE? I mean,obviously they’re not covering your standards of women’s wrestling.

  • charovnica

    Maybe..you need to expect a little less from a division that is just starting to build itself up again.It’s not gonna become Shimmer or Shine quality all of a sudden.Let’s not kid ourselves.

  • divaindemise

    Honestly, I was underwhelmed. Granted it’s the only time they’ve had substantial time to wrestle, but while the match was decently executed, for all the hype of AJ and Kaitlyn resembling the divine feud, I did not see any chemistry between the two here. Kaitlyn looked nowhere near as into the match as AJ was. That said, the spear looked devastating and AJ’s character work was cleverly done.

  • EVEROCKS

    I know i’m in the minority but, I like Kaitlyn’s theme but maybe thats just because I love rap…LOL

    I would’ve liked this better if it was on Smackdown. Dang that spear was ridiculous!! The chemistry that these two have is awesome. They work really well together. I’m so thankful that Kaitlyn has this ring gear. The shorts attire really didnt fit her body type. Love the A.J. chants.

    • EVEROCKS

      I’m thinking A.J. is gunna get the belt at Extreme Rules.