SmackDown Redux (October 4th, 2013): AJ Talks the Talk, but Brie Walks the Walk

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s SmackDown Redux!

Just a few days ahead of challenging Divas Champion AJ Lee at Battleground, #1 contender Brie Bella is looking to build some momentum on the blue brand, as she faces off against Aksana. Can the newly engaged diva knock off the Lithuanian bombshell? Check out the match below:

We kick off the match with Aksana already in the ring and Brie follows shortly after with her twin sister, Nikki in tow. The official signals for the bell and our match is underway.

The Divas lock up and Aksana muscles Brie into the ropes, but Brie catches her follow-up kick and sends her flying across the ring. Brie takes her opponent down with a flying clothesline, but only gets a two count.

Aksana tries to go back on the offensive, whipping Brie across the ring, but eats a dropkick and a kneestrike to the face for her trouble. Brie tries to keep the pressure on Aksana, chasing her across the ring, and gets thrown throat-first into the middle rope by Aksana.

Aksana sees her opportunity and unleashes a flurry of stomps and a few elbow drops for a nearfall, followed by a modified headlock. 

Brie fights her way back to a standing position, only to be yanked back down to the mat with a handful of hair. Getting a bit overconfident, Aksana does her patented sexy (?) crawl, before nailing Brie in the face with a kick fire another nearfall.

Brie struggles to her feet once again, blasting Aksana with a few forearms, but Aksana gets the better of her, pinning her in the corner. After a couple of shoulder blocks from Aksana, the referee intervenes and Brie seizes the moment and hits a modified Bella Buster off the ropes to pick up the win.

Post-match, Brie and Nikki celebrate in the ring, but AJ Lee and her enforcer Tamina come out to rain on their parade with a promo on their match at Battleground.

Thoughts: I’m never really excited to hear about an Aksana match, if I’m being completely honest, but I thought both ladies did pretty well. I especially loved Brie’s new spin on the Bella Buster. The match was short, sweet and it got Brie some momentum going into her title match on Sunday, so I think it did its job well.

As for AJ’s promo, it wasn’t exactly that infamous pipebomb promo, but I thought it was still a solid promo. Still not quite sold on the AJ/Tamina partnership, but we’ll see if it comes into play during the title match on Sunday.

Well that’s all for now,  kiddies. Come this time next week, we could have a brand new champion! Are you #TeamAJ or #TeamBrie? Pick your side in the comments below. Until next time!

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  • BorisG

    Finally the redux. Brie’s finisher was sick, hope she uses it more like this. Sad to see Aksana jobbing. She reminds me of Candice with short hair like this. That AJ’s promo was pointless.

    • sheba

      agree really pointless promo

    • Aleksandra

      IDK why they got idea to use that promo.

  • sheba

    not feeling the tamina aj partnership at all. it’s really lazy and borring. the small crazy girl with the large silent bodyguard *yawn* i was feeling brie in this match i hate to say it but she growing on me. i enjoyed the super bella buster, i dont think brie will win sunday though but saying that i wouldnt mind seeing the title on someone else i think aj has a had a great run not much else left for her to do :s

    • sheba

      * adding * weve had a year/two of aj being the diva thats getting all the spotlight i really want to see someone else get the ‘aj’ treatment. an unexpected diva like alicia fox, naomi or layla

      • BorisG

        Yeah totally agree. Tamina and Natalya should be pushed too.

  • https://twitter.com/_EricHolt_ Eric Holt

    Going into the match, I did have my doubts that the match was going to be good. However, the match was better than I expected, which is a good thing. I thought both ladies did a great job and had a decent amount of chemistry. And it was great to see Brie do the Bella buster from the top turnbuckle, and I hope she continues to do the Bella buster from the top turnbuckle from now on because to me, it looks a lot better than just the standard facebuster. The promo that AJ did was okay. Nothing too special. I just cant’ wait until Battleground tomorrow night to see what’s going to happen!

  • http://swimmingfoursome.tumblr.com/ xoxoMarysexoxo

    LOL Aksana had her feet on the rope for a second. I love this version of the Bella Buster, it looks more effective than the normal version.

  • MrMexican99

    I don’t like Aksana’s hair!

  • OJ Von Erich

    Nikki Bella has been killing it with her outfit choices lately…

    She is the best dressed diva on the current roster in my opinion!!! ?

    • nismos69

      Well it’s because she can afford to be the best dressed diva on the roster.

    • Wrestling.fan.from.France

      Summer IS the best dressed diva on the current roster ;)
      But even if I hate Nikki, she looks good.

  • LIGHTSOUT

    I really liked Brie’s diving facebuster.

  • Patrick O’Neal

    will Aksana ever get an entrance?? actually wait, will there ever be a Divas match on RAW/Smackdown where all Divas involved get an entrance?

    • Alex Ángeles. ?

      The million dollar cuestion is: Will Aksana win a match this year?

      • Marcum1234

        It makes me feel so bad for Aksana. She has been wrestling regularly for over a year and has yet to win a singles match even on superstars. She is one of the most featured divas of 2013 and has no credibility in the division.

  • OJ Von Erich

    It’s nice to see WWE invest in another diva (even if it’s mainly due to who she’s engaged to) Brie is doing a good job & most certainly making a name for herself, people are starting to recognize her & she’s surprisingly getting a fair bit of support.

    Now if only they’d invest in the rest too!

  • nismos69

    #TeamIDontCareIJustWantAGoodMatchAndAGoodStorylineContinuation.

  • nismos69

    And i love Aksanas hair, it kind if makes her a better wrestler lmao! I don’t know how hahahah

  • PopOff

    I see a swerve tomorrow. Someone will get involved, it could be Nikki turning heel, Tamina being a bodyguard, Natalya turning heel or even Stephanie being corporate. So many options!

    • nismos69

      I love that theres so many options, hopefully wwe uses this to their advantages and suprises us!

  • Kaitlyn.Lover<3

    The match was way better than I expected, Brie is so much better as a face and she is bringing such fire and passion, I´m loving it! And that Super Bella Buster was freaking AWESOME! AJ´s promo was pretty meh and pointless!

  • wwestarlee

    ummm the match was fine imo, would really like to see what aksana can do in the ring she has to have more than 3 moves, she was a bodybuilder for god’s sake. the Aj promo was completely irrelevant and made no sense at all tbh

  • sheba

    i dont even want any a yall to come @ me and try piss me off but has wwe ever been ‘high on’ a diva of colour and given them some heavy ass push like aj’s, lita’s, trish’s or mickie’s because that is what i wanna see .. i am yet to witness this

    • wwestarlee

      i know what you mean lol, i think a while back they were really high on Alicia

      • sheba

        during her vs. divas of doom i am sad that came to an end everyone was in love with alicia fox at that point

    • OJ Von Erich

      Jacqueline is probably the closest they’ve ever come to that.

      • sheba

        around what time was she given this treatment?

        • OJ Von Erich

          Errrrm I dunno, she was on a high when feuding with Sable for the Women’s Championship & when she won the Cruiserweight Championship (Being the only Woman in WWF/WWE to do so)

        • SomebodyCallMyDaddy

          When she feuded with sable

    • loops

      Chyna???? And at the end of the day, its not about race. Its about if you draw money. The Rock is a perfect example of that.

    • SomebodyCallMyDaddy

      I wonder how Alicia’s career would be now if she had never injured Beth in that one match

      • Marcum1234

        She probably would have gotten Tamina’s push.

    • http://www.twitter.com/julesellington5 Jules Ellington

      Race isn’t anything to do with it. There are loads of good Divas that have been wasted Katie Lea, Jillian Hall, Natalya. Layla is of color she was given a huge push, Naomi and Cameron are pretty up there right now. Kharma was also headed for the same. However I really wish Jazz and Jackie would have been a heel dominant team that could have been awesome, they were both as tough as nails.

  • wwestarlee

    sometimes i wish wwe had a divas MITB match

    • Kaitlyn.Lover<3

      Only sometimes? I always wish that xD

      • wwestarlee

        lol, that would seriously be a great thing for the divas

    • BorisG

      Me too. Knockouts can have it, OVW women can have it, why not WWE Divas. Even it’s PG, they can have it one special events like they have extreme matches on Extreme Rules PPV.

      • wwestarlee

        i know, then the divas can cash in anytime, causing so many surprises,i think it would be great for the divas.

        • BorisG

          It would have been nice, when there were Divas and women’s title and have Diva rumble and she chooses who will she choose to face at Wrestlemania, o face Divas or Women’s Champion.

          • wwestarlee

            i would have loved that idea, that’s why i liked the brand split tbh, both divas on RAW and Sd had a title to fight for

  • nismos69

    I cant wait to play Aksana in wwe14 haha hopefully she has the cat taunt and that kick she does!

    • Kaitlyn.Lover<3

      Hopefully they will let her win in the game xD

      • nismos69

        Imagine if im playing and i go to pin and it says error everytime lmaoo!

        • BorisG

          I hope she has Divo Drop in the game.

        • Kaitlyn.Lover<3

          LOOOL Probably they will put a bug in the game that doesnt let us do the pin with her xD

          • nismos69

            Everytime you got to pin with her she taunts instead hahahahhaa

          • Kaitlyn.Lover<3

            Or crawls xD

  • nismos69

    Aj’s promo was meh, but it wasn’t pointless. Well to me anyway

  • SomebodyCallMyDaddy

    AJs promo was stupid
    Aksana slayed and I loved her attire
    I love the new bella buster and I hope she keeps it permanently like that

    • Marcum1234

      I like it, but it would start to get predictable if she did it like that every time because the opponent would have to go with her into the corner. She needs to pick something up the can be performed at different angles. It makes the show more exciting.

  • wwestarlee

    i like Aksana’s hair, it just looked like it needed to be brushed, it was looking a little stiff

    • Kaitlyn.Lover<3

      When she debuted this hair cut it looked good, but it looked really bad in here!

      • wwestarlee

        i know right? lol looked like she used to much of something that caused her hair to look a little stiff

    • Aleksandra

      Yeah it looked weird.

  • nismos69

    I want to see a bella buster off the second rope! (Aj on the second rope, Brie on the second rope, then brie does a bella buster of it)

  • nismos69

    I got to go pick strawberrys :/’lmao

  • wwestarlee

    i really want to know how aj and brie will work together in the ring

    • Kaitlyn.Lover<3

      They already had singles match.

      • wwestarlee

        they did? oh they did lmao i forgot on smack down and NXT

  • sheba

    i have a feeling they might make brie win for total divas purposes so on the show they can have the climax of brie capturing the title

  • Mark

    Looking at all of this, it’s like, yeah, it’s not “perfect” but the Diva’s division has come SO far in the last few months. Actual feuds with proper time and character development. It’s a big, big deal. Hopefully we continue to move in this direction.

    And I have a feeling they put Tamina with AJ because AJ will defend the title. Tamina will help her get a cheap victory over Brie.

    • Brandon

      They’ve really done a great job this summer and I’ve loved the division sooo much more. Looking back at the past 2 years With a majority of dead crowds makes me want to erase those days permanately lol

      • Mark

        And the two minute 6/8 Diva tag matches with 3 women in the actual match and a roll-up ending. Jesus Christ.

        • Kaitlyn.Lover<3

          Like the 10 Divas Tag that we had just last week, and lasted less than 2 minutes?

          • Brandon

            That pissed me off. But I’m glad they haven’t done quick big tag team matches as much this year…really that may have been the first or second eight-ten diva tag match this year.