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Raw Redux (September 30th, 2013): The Braniel Love Story Takes Center Stage

Today was an amazing day for me. I walked around in a cloud of awesome, totally high off the Breaking Bad finale. Things just kept getting better and better, especially when it was announced that Brie Bella would face AJ Lee for the Divas Championship at the Battleground Pay-Per-View. Brie has been nothing short of amazing lately, making the most of the biggest push of her career. There’s no doubt that there will be a lot of Brie tonight, and if the weeks past have proven anything, it will provide us with plenty of Diva perfection.

Summer Rae is our first Diva sighting of the night and she looks amazing if I do say so myself. Fandango is also wearing his new pink merchandise shirt. As announced earlier, the Susan G. Komen foundation has once again partnered with the WWE and twenty-percent of all merchandise sales will be going to breast cancer research. I plan on buying a ton of this because it’s one charity I support full force, and I love the color the pink! Kudos to the WWE for doing this again.

Unfortunately for our favorite ballroom dancer, Kofi Kingston was able to pick up a victory and we didn’t get to see much from Summer tonight. It also pains me to report that I wasn’t feeling her sequins tonight. But that’s okay, because for like the millionth week in a row, she got a chant and that makes me very, very happy. It also makes me happy that Bray Wyatt came out after this match was over. I love him.

Seriously… I’m available. DM me your number…

Anyway.

To follow-up last week’s perfect, amazing, beautiful, not to mention brilliant backstage segment, Randy Orton decided to creep on the Bella twins once again. While Nikki absolutely slayed in silver, Brie expressed her excitement over getting a title shot against AJ Lee at Battleground. Of course, Randy came in and made it weird.

I’m not even going to lie, I thought for sure Brie was going to respond with a slap right to Randy’s kisser when she looked at Nikki for support. But Brie stood there and she took it, seemingly not wanting to draw the ire of Randy or the McMahons for that matter. What I’m most interested in is the fact that more about Brie and Daniel Bryan‘s engagement was promised for later in the night.

Stephanie McMahon, our goddess and Queen, provided the next bit of Diva goodness. She came out to the ring with her hubby, Triple H, and apparently has a business proposal for the Rhodes family – Cody, Dusty, and Goldust.

Stephanie and Hunter’s proposition for the Rhodes brothers is a match at Battleground. If Cody and Goldust can beat the tag team champions, Seth “Saint Tyler” Rollins and Roman “I’d Hit It” Reigns, they will have their jobs. The catch is, that if they lose, not only will they never work for the WWE again, their father will lose his job down in NXT.

Ohhhhh the drama!

Stephanie continues to be a breath of fresh air on my television screen each and every week. I know that she’s a wife and a mother, as well as a very successful business woman, but she is in a league of her own when it comes to being an onscreen character. Little known fact about me, but I really got into the WWE product during the first McMahon-Helmsley Era. So this second go around not only reminds me of my younger years, happier times when I was a carefree teenager living a debt free life, but it makes me love wrestling entertainment just that much more.

Later on, Brie and Nikki are seen walking backstage towards the ring area. Brie, the new number one contender, will be in action next. She’s going to face Alicia Fox.

Okay first of all, this match KILLED IT. If you didn’t even somewhat like this match then you are just a hater. Alicia looked SOOOOOO good and Brie was nailing everything. Their chemistry was absolutely perfect together and my only regret is that this match didn’t last longer. And that’s saying something because it got a decent amount of time for a Raw match. I’m so excited to see Brie and AJ face off this Sunday, and you better believe that the championess was watching backstage. I’m curious to see if Tamina Snuka decides to insert herself into the picture this weekend, or if she tries to take out Nikki.

I love AJ having solid back-up in the form of Tamina. You guys already know that I’m advocate for having every Diva involved in whatever. Not everyone has to wrestle. While I’m not entirely convinced that Brie will win on Sunday, and if she does I expect the McMahons to take it away from, I’d love to see Tamina get involved and Nikki go out of her way to protect her sister.

Speaking of protecting, Stephanie showed up again to save the Big Show from getting arrested. Earlier in the night, he went postal during an interview with Renee Young and vowed to knock out Triple H.

Does this segment really need to be recapped? Stephanie letting the entire world know that Show’s wife was disappointed that he wasn’t living up to her expectations pretty much says it all. There’s not one single line that Stephanie won’t cross. And we love her for it.

And speaking of love, oh my God. Words can’t even begin to express the love I have for everything that happened at the end of the show. I had a feeling that it would end up being some huge defining moment for Brie, and my goodness. It was absolutely everything I hoped it would be and then some.

When Randy decided to bring Brie up to Daniel’s face, I was literally holding my breath. There’s absolutely no way Daniel was going to stand for that, and I knew it. You guys knew it. The question was, how far could Randy push? Well, it didn’t take much. The beating Daniel took was pretty bad and when Brie ran out there – to stop it, to help, I’m not sure – she was forced to watch the worst part. A lot of people are questioning why Brie didn’t try and shield Daniel with her body, or get physically involved. If Randy Orton gave you that evil, rapey scare would you get involved?!

Remember when he destroyed Stephanie and gave her that creepy kiss?!

Daniel and Brie, bless their hearts. Both of them have title matches come Sunday and I don’t see either match ending well for them. I don’t know what else is going to happen in this amazing saga, but I know that I can’t wait for it. Brie was an absolute star last night and I can only hope that however the Diva’s Championship match ends on Sunday, that it gives both ladies something to build off of.

AJ needs something fresh and new, and the sky is the limit for Brie right now. I have quite a few storyline ideas that would work for both women, and hopefully I’ll be able to write a piece with those ideas some time this week! With that said, I’m going to turn things over to you guys. I know we have a love/hate relationship but I want to know what you guys want to see come Battleground! A lot of you have great storyline ideas and don’t be surprised if I take them and put them together in a piece for the site this weekend.

Until then… Cryssi out!

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