NXT Redux (July 17th, 2013): A Night of Style and Flair

Greetings all, and allow me to welcome you to another one of these here NXT Reduxes. If you walked in expecting to see the finals to our ongoing Women’s Championship tournament, well I’m sorry to disappoint you because that match actually takes place next week.

This time around, we’ve got an occasion that I’ve been waiting what seems like an eternity for, in the debut of none other than Charlotte! I’ve been hearing a lot of good things from live event-goers regarding her performances in the ring, and so it’s finally time to see for myself. She’ll be taking on robot queen, Bayley, which proves to be an excellent selection for someone’s first televised opponent.

We’ll start in three… two… one…

We spot Bayley currently in the ring when she’s happily interrupted by the entrance music of none other than the nature boy, Ric Flair! The crowd erupts so loud that my eardrum feels like it just burst, as Flair steps down the entrance ramp and into the ring.

He grabs a microphone and rallies the crowd up, claiming how proud he is to be here because he both loves this business, the wrestlers who bust their butt to make it, and most specifically because tonight he gets to watch his daughter, Charlotte, make her debut! He introduces her as some upbeat and addicting music hits.

Out she finally walks after all this time we’ve waited, and she doesn’t skip a beat in her entrance alone. She nails a front flip (I’m not a gymnast so we’ll go with that), before sliding below the ropes into a split formation! Charlotte blows a kiss and gives her dad a hug, as he steps out and allows her to get down to business.

The bell sounds as Charlotte slips off the ropes and lets out a “WOO!” Bayley is over the moon to be here tonight, as they lock up and Charlotte applies a wrist lock. Bayley rolls out and applies one of her own, but Charlotte cartwheels through and takes her down! Bayley hilariously smiles to Ric and calls Charlotte the nature girl, before the pair lock up again and exchange holds until Charlotte ducks a clothesline and executes one of the most unique pinning combinations I’ve seen. She dubs it Charlotte’s Web, but Bayley refuses to be entangled as she kicks out.

Bayley with a jacknife for a two count, then into a backslide for another close call. A roll up gets yet another, as her bow has seemed to fall out. Ric now removes his jacket, but Bayley hits a kick and after making sure Charlotte’s okay, nails a beautiful exploder suplex for a two.

Charlotte is now sent into the ropes, but she flips right over and lands on the ring apron! She ducks a punch, slams Bayley’s head into the corner, leaps in, and hits a clothesline! From there, she nails a beautiful flipping driver for the victory as Charlotte reigns supreme in her debut to the delight of her father.

Thoughts: Hallelujah! It’s about time we see Charlotte make her debut. I’ll be honest and say that I loved this match. Bayley consistently amuses me with how flat out amusing she is as she checks on her opponents before hitting moves and walks around with a smile on her face at all times.

Charlotte didn’t get to show too much, but she showed just enough to let us know that she’s going to be a force in this division. Every move was so fluid and unique that I’m practically clamoring to see what else she has in her repertoire, and I completely get that she didn’t show too much because this was her debut and she should look a little newer to make her win even more impressive.

With the more matches she gets though, I’m expecting to see a lot more from her and I can’t wait. A+ Charlotte! Completely made the wait worth it (but you’re never allowed to not wrestle on a taping ever again as I need at least a monthly fix).

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  • divaindemise

    No hyperbole here, I’m afraid: it was an enticing glimpse into the athleticism, if not the full wrestling potential, of Charlotte, anchored by the reliable skills of Bayley – who is a hell of a promising talent in her own right. So in conclusion, short and sweet, and with the addition of Flair at ringside, somewhat touching.

  • http://www.twitter.com/wwestarlee wwestarlee

    I loved this match &great job charlotte. & bayley is growing on me. As far as charlotte’s ring gear am I the only one who feels she should change it?

    • Nostalgia

      I think she should wear pants similar to ones Torrie Wilson used to. Her ass isn’t great. Not to be sexiest but its very flat and it makes her bottoms seem baggy

      • http://www.twitter.com/wwestarlee wwestarlee

        Lol i right, or like the ones kelly use to wear because shorts arent for everybody

      • divaindemise

        Agree with Nostalgia. Like McCool, Charlotte’s build is distinctively athletic; she has a very long torso and strong shoulders. This attire reminds me of Taryn Terell’s, which I think is similarly awful.

        • http://www.youtube.com/user/QuaintKawaiix Francisco

          i must have to agree i hate her outfit, its too short and non fitting for her since she has large shoulders and torso, not to be mean though, i find her a very attractive/distinct looking girl! but her attire isn’t working for her

          • http://www.twitter.com/wwestarlee wwestarlee

            it makes her look really masculine, shes a gorgeous girl but that attire has to go, sometimes divas have hard time picking attire but she’ll get it

  • redsandman99

    Nice debut for Charlotte. Love Bayley as always.

  • Looking Glass

    I’m probably in the minority but I wasn’t really a fan of the match, it felt slow with only a few actual moves completing it, the rest being pin falls. Charlotte was impressive for her first match, but I don’t know part of me feels like she’s a bit of a spot monkey – her finisher is essentially a bulldog, but she does a cartwheel and people are amazed. I feel like WWE watered down the Divas so much that we look at this and think whoa! When it reality, Melina and Gail – hell even Kelly Kelly had been doing similiar stuff in their matches. It just felt like a bit much, I wanted to eyeroll because it’s like okay you don’t need to do do all those flips to just hit her – we get it you’re athletic. Bravo!

    I didn’t hate the match, I just still find Bayley bland and overrated for being an indie girl and Charlotte just needs to go five seconds without doing cartwheel.

    • divaindemise

      I agree with you regarding the minset of cartwheels and frontflips = OMG NEXT DIVAS CHAMPION FTW!!!!11 It’s discouraging for someone like, say, Naomi, who is equally adept at playing the spot monkey as she could be in a really technical match.

      And I even agree that Charlotte’s performance in this match highlighted little of the basics but more of the flashy orientated spots that used to dominate the 2 minutes of Diva action over the last two years on most RAW matches. It seems to me that because the division has been condensed to the point where the women are expected to be as flashy as possible in order to elicit any modicum of reaction.

      • http://www.twitter.com/wwestarlee wwestarlee

        i think we people see flashy moves they automatically think shes the best and next to be champ which completely wrong. you have to be able to speak,play both sides (heel and face in order to be champ material imo. but shes good in the ring

        • http://www.twitter.com/wwestarlee wwestarlee

          lol i meant some people ugh typos

    • http://twitter.com/DirrtySexyFunny Satisfaction

      The AA is essentially a firemans carry takedown. The People’s Elbow is essentially an elbow drop. In WWE, it doesn’t really matter what the finisher “essentially” is, it’s how it’s executed and how flashy it looks which makes it great.

  • Johnyfaction3

    That’ was very fun to watch. That finisher is soo cool. I do think that Charlotte should change her look a bit. She looks too tan, do something with her hair and her ring gear needs change because she is pretty muscular and it looks too small on her. I think she should wear like pants michelle used to wear or something else. I like Charlotte alot and she has alot of future it’s weird seeing someone her size do so many flips. I do wish she used more hard hitting moves.

    • divaindemise

      Her overall look and build reminds me of Madison Eagles. I’m not advocating gimmick infringement, but basically yeah :)

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/brunoamamaria foxlive

    Charlotte is soo amazing, i am a fan alredy <33

  • charovnica

    I really enjoyed Charlotte’s athleticism.Also the way she is physically build…I can imagine her doing crazy bumps in future if she’s let to.
    We have to see how she’ll do with promos and translating a character,but she definitely has mad potential.

    Bayley is so adorable,but I feel that she needs to have that one moment when if you cross her the wrong way in the ring she’ll bite your face off. :D

  • shameronstar

    I wasnt old enough to appreciate Ric Flair in his prime but Ill probably be a fan of his daughter! She did very well for a rookie and one thing I noticed is the little things i between the flashy moves was the way she moves around the ring like a wrestler! Also, Charlotte’s Web was a brilliant innovation and clever name, and she gives off this Alundra Blayze vibe like they could be mother and daughter. Charlotte could be a great face because I like her smile and she has this confidence and presence like she could be an American heroine!

  • VeteranArmy

    I actually find Charlotte smoother than Naomi in the ring. Granted it’s just one match. While her gymnastics background is impressive, it’s really Bayley who carried her to this very enjoyable match. I’m not really sure how I feel about Charlotte’s cartwheel cutter finisher, it’s kinda cool looking, but it always kinda awkward looking too. Anyways, I totally dig Bayley, who have show she’s a terrific worker and very loveable in her fan girl gimmick. Especially as the match started to move alone, she got more aggressive. Gotta that big of edginess to that persona.

    In conclusion, fun match, Charlotte looked promising, Bayley looked amazing. And Wow, Charlotte does have her father’s nose.

  • DJ8946

    I’d like to say that no Divas has ever used some of the moves that Charlotte did so that impressive. If you say Charlotte can’t wrestle then you’re stupid. There are certain style of wrestling. Not everyone has to be a submission technician like Nattie, a high flyer like Naomi, or a powerhouse like Beth. You have brawlers llike Kaitlyn & Paige or people that use their gymnastics skills like Charlotte.

  • jtiera

    I liked it a lot. I love Bayley aka AJ’s long lost cousin, I loved the parts when she kept walking over to flair. Charlotte was great as well I agree that she should change her attire but she has some great moves. I’m just imagining her in a match with Naomi or Natalya.

  • Wrestling.fan.from.France

    Charlotte is AMAZING!!!

    But first let’s talk a bit negatively. Her entrance? Please, never again! I mean it was impressive but she seems a bit force. Her smile and those kisses make me think that she would be a great HEEL not face. She could be a good face but not the kind of face that smile like Layla and throw kisses to
    people. She should be a serious Face not a pretty
    or layla kind of face. Also, she need a new attire because it’s not fit for her body but she seems a bit old.

    Now positive! She has such a presence, DAMN! She
    is really charismatic and confident which is great. I love those Woo she does, she seems really natural at doing it and not just like a girl who copy her father. She seems a lot more natural in the ring than in her entrance, I love her when she was smiling IN THE RING, she seems more natural there. It seems like she was born in the ring, it’s crazy! She was REALLY fuild and HIGHLY athletic. Her athletic backgrounds shows in that match. She wooow the audience with her moves. So unique! I love the
    ”Charlotte’s Web”, it’s a really cool move. and tat finisher was A-MA-ZIIIIIIIING!!! Finally, we have a girl who does something different from the other! This girl is a diamond and even if she didn’t do too much in the match, the less we saw about her was enough! She really good and I know some people are complaining that only does gymnastics moves but it’s ok, plus it was just a debut where she just had to wow people a bit and make people excited about her. She was against a face so it was obvious that she was not going to do more wrestling in that match. She will show more wrestling in her future matches against a REAL HEEL…..or against A REAL FACE if she is a Heel and she will surely be a heel IMO.

    Ric flair did good introducing Charlotte and during the match. The crowd was really into it. The match overall was pretty good, Bayley was really good too and that suplex was awesome. I love her new gimmick and I hope she wins a match. It’s a bit funny tht she never won but I want it to happen.
    She is a really good worker, awesome wrestler amazing gimmick and she plays it with PERFECTION!
    She does not have the DIVA look but WHO CARES?! SHE IS HERE TO WRESTLE NOT TO BE A PRETTY FACE!

    Anyway impressive debut for Charlotte, one of the best in a long time and I predict huge things for her! I’m really excited for next week final between PAIGE and EMMA! Great week for Nxt!

  • i22

    Looks like Naomi has some competition in the athleticism department haha. While the match wasn’t anything special wrestling wise it was a nice way to debut Charlotte . I agree that she needs to change her attire. Her build is very man-like and her current gear doesn’t flatter her body at all. Her ass looked so flat and flabby lol.

  • Wrestling.fan.from.France

    Charlotte is AMAZING!

    But first let’s talk a bit negatively. Her entrance? Please, never again! I mean it was impressive but she seems a bit force. Her smile and those kisses make me think that she would be a great HEEL not face. She could be a good face but not the kind of face that smile like Layla and throw kisses to
    people. She should be a serious Face not a pretty
    or layla kind of face. Also, she need a new attire because it’s not fit for her body but she seems a bit old.

    Now positive! She has such a presence, DAMN! She
    is really charismatic and confident which is great. I love those Woo she does, she seems really natural at doing it and not just like a girl who copy her father. She seems a lot more natural in the ring than in her entrance, I love her when she was smiling IN THE RING, she seems more natural there. It seems like she was born in the ring, it’s crazy! She was REALLY fuild and HIGHLY athletic. Her athletic backgrounds shows in that match. She wooow the audience with her moves. So unique! I love the
    ”Charlotte’s Web”, it’s a really cool move. and tat finisher was A-MA-ZIIIIIIIING!!! Finally, we have a girl who does something different from the other! This girl is a diamond and even if she didn’t do too much in the match, the less we saw about her was enough! She really good and I know some people are complaining that only does gymnastics moves but it’s ok, plus it was just a debut where she just had to wow people a bit and make people excited about her. She was against a face so it was obvious that she was not going to do more wrestling in that match. She will show more wrestling in her future matches against a REAL HEEL…..or against A REAL FACE if she is a Heel and she will surely be a heel IMO.

    Ric flair did good introducing Charlotte and during the match. The crowd was really into it. The match overall was pretty good, Bayley was really good too and that suplex was awesome. I love her new gimmick and I hope she wins a match. It’s a bit funny tht she never won but I want it to happen.
    She is a really good worker, awesome wrestler amazing gimmick and she plays it with PERFECTION!
    She does not have the DIVA look but WHO CARES?! SHE IS HERE TO WRESTLE NOT TO BE A PRETTY FACE!

    Anyway impressive debut for Charlotte, one of the best in a long time and I predict huge things for her! I’m really excited for next week final between PAIGE and EMMA! Great week for Nxt!

  • Rhawk

    Nice debut for Charlotte. Loved the entrance, and even though she didn’t do very much in her offense, what she did do made me wanting to see more, which is what wrestlers should be doing with their moves more often, to make people more interested in their matches.
    Shame Bayley lost again, poor girl never catches a break on NXT TV… maybe someday?

  • Ambrose-DivaFan

    Loved the match, love Charlotte’s finisher. It was a great debut, and I can’t wait to see what else she has in store for us.

    On another note, I think Bayley is like the cutest thing ever, I absolutely adore her, and she is great in her own right, she has this starstruck cutesy gimmick, and I like it. I think this is the first time I have liked every single Divas in WWE developmental!

  • Spike7000

    No surprise as always of the responses posted, from talking about someone’s physical look to regarding hairstyles or fashion. Perhaps even refering someone as “basic” or “bland” because they are not the like OMG type, whipping their hair a certain way. This is not America’s Next Top Model folks

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/QuaintKawaiix Francisco

      the look is something very very important in a Wrestler, and that’s one of the few things that can make a wrestler stand out… For instance if Summer Rae had a different wrestling gear she would probably have less comparisions to Maryse, right? Its about standing out and looking good, but i definately understand what do you mean and agree!

  • Monkey Tennis

    A decent debut, although it’s clear to anyone with an understanding of wrestling that Bayley did most of the heavy lifting. But as the more experienced wrestler, you’d expect that.

    Charlotte’s got potential, most definitely. For now, she’s a gymnast in a wrestling ring. Hopefully, in a few months or so, we’ll start to see the wrestler emerge too.

  • http://worldelitewrestle.proboards.com FOXY & FLAWLESS!

    I’m just going to say this about her ‘amazing athletic’ moves because I know the IWC like the back of my hand. When Layla retune with her new pin we all were in awe until she hit it 8 weeks in a row and continued using it— then we got tired of it. When Naomi debuted with her high flying arsenal, we were all in awe and loved it and when she kept using it in every match after we complained that she was doing too much repetition. I’m just saying that if Charlotte keeps using her Charlottes Web, sooner or later these comments are going to be filled with “OMG can’t she do something new?” Don’t believe me, just watch.

    Now on the positive side — I think this was a good debut. She showed us enough to leave us wanting more and I was ECSTATIC to see she did not win the match Tamina/Natalya style with her family’s famous move, the figure four leglock. Do I think she will eventually use it? Yes. But I’m glad she did not use in her debut just for a cheap pop because her dad was ringside. Instead she debuted her very own lethal finisher that SHE can be known for.

    • kreayshawn

      Lol @ “don’t believe me jus watch” I said that in a Trinidad jame$ voice.

  • GailKim95

    All I can say is that was a damn good debut. Charlotte could easily become one of the greatest champions ever in the Divas division. That being said I wish she would come to the main roster and form a tag team with Natalya and start a whole “we are legacies” or “our fathers/family made this company” etc., and take over the division. It would give Natalya a much deserved push and hopefully another title run, while also introducing Charlotte as a top contender in the division. Then maybe Natalya could drop the title to Alicia or at least feud with Alicia because Natalya/Alicia matches are always entertaining

  • K2Evefan

    I was definitely impressed with her athletic arsenal. Whomever said she was competition for naomi in the athletic department but naomi entered with athletic competition in alicia fox. Idk why people can forget her when it comes to athleticism did you not see her against nattie in that tag match? Charlotte should be a face and stay a face for now otherwise her debut would habe been pointless because if she turns heel all of her flashy moves here will be retired until she is face again. So I dont see them turning her heel yet. I think she is a natural face just like kelly kelly, I cant wait for charlotte and summer to fued.

    I habe to agree with the majority and say she needs new ring attire. Charlotte was not blessed with hips or ass. She needs something like the chaps kelly kelly and torrie used to wear.

  • Lily

    I want to see Charlotte and Naomi wrestle, that’d be a very flashy yet technical match. New dream match for me.

  • http://fr0stb1te.tumblr.com Roxxxy Andrews

    Charlotte, you have rolls all over your back.

    • Ambrose-DivaFan

      And thats a problem because…???

  • DaDivaQueen

    All the hype for a bunch of cartwheels and flips? :/

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

    Charlotte athleticism is what’s going to work for her & i for one enjoyed her….