Battleground in Review: Sisterly Love Brings Brie Down

The evolution of AJ Lee from NXT to the main roster to the main event was something that was basically unheard of for a Diva in this particular era. The “Summer of AJ” brought someone loaded with talent and passion for the business to the next level, and made all of us open our eyes at just how great a Diva can be when given the chance. It’s absolutely fair to say that the New Jersey elevated a division that often over-looked, pushed to the back burner, and never given the proper chance to showcase the talent it’s loaded with. In fact, I would even go as far as saying that AJ provided her peers with the fire and desire to step up their game and get to her level, so that they could have the same chances she was given.

Rubbing elbows with the likes of CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Kane, John Cena, and Dolph Ziggler gave AJ a HUGE push and she took everything she was given and ran with it, doing it to the best of her abilities. A title run was inevitable and the icing on the cake for someone who grew up wanting nothing more than to be a champion in World Wrestling Entertainment.

Brie Bella is currently on a similar path, even if it’s taken her a little bit longer to get to the top. Along with Nikki, Brie has always been unique and different, always giving her all in everything she’s been given. And it hasn’t always been a lot, to be honest. The twins spent copious amounts of time being arm candy for celebrity guests, and running around in limbo with no real storyline. But no matter what they were given to work with, it’s fair to say that both of them did the best they could and always looked amazing. It was sad when they left the company, and a void was definitely left. The polarizing personality of the Bella Twins always left fans split – you either loved them, or you hated them. Either way, you there and ready to talk about them, and that’s exactly what you want when it comes to leaving a mark in a male dominated world.

The Bellas returned, thank God, and returned with a starring role on the show, Total Divas. Total Divas not only gave us a look into the off camera lives of the ladies involved, but it gave us a glance at just how hard it is to make it in the cutthroat world of the WWE. Brie was a standout on the show, gaining a ton of popularity for her humble, simple life away from the cameras and her adorable relationship with Daniel Bryan. Fans took notice, so did the company, and Brie managed to break out on her own as a singles competitor thanks to Nikki’s unfortunate injury.

With AJ already established and Brie being right up there with her, last night’s Diva’s Championship at Battleground was very highly publicized. The match was plugged everywhere and it seemed like everyone was looking forward to seeing what these two ladies were able to put together while the television storylines are pretty hot right now. The only question that was left, when all was said and done, was were these two able to deliver? Lets take a look.

The Bellas made their way to the ring first, looking absolutely flawless. Both were in pink thanks to the WWE’s stance to fight breast cancer during the month of October, and Brie’s ring gear was absolutely amazing. Personally, I might have loved it more than the rainbow gear last month… MIGHT! AJ wasn’t without back-up either. She had her bodyguard, Tamina, in tow.

AJ started the match off with a slap right to AJ’s kisser and then went crazy. She was all over the champ with her punches, and just kicking AJ’s butt to start off with. AJ took the high road and rolled out of the ring to regroup, and when Brie went after her, Tamina inserted herself into the picture. There wasn’t anything physical, but she stopped Brie from going for AJ, which gave her client the chance to get back in the ring. Brie followed suit, and got herself in a position to go for the first cover of the match.

AJ kicked out.

Brie continued to dominate, which left AJ a little desperate. When the challenger went to the outside of the ring, AJ seized the moment. Brie was brought down by a dropkick and then slammed absolutely brutally into the ring post. Brie bounced off the post like she was nothing and took a pretty sick fall to the outside. AJ got her back inside the ring, hooked the leg, and went for a pin.

Brie kicked out.

AJ stayed off offense for awhile, and started to soften up Brie’s arm for the Black Widow Submission. At one point, AJ locked Brie in a nice little bridge type of submission, but Brie fought her way back up to her feet and got out of it. AJ battled back from that, caught Brie by the damaged arm, and went for a cover. The Total Divas’ star was able to kick out. AJ broke down at that point, and screamed in Brie’s face. It was pretty violent, but we really don’t expect anything less from AJ, do we? Brie was choked by the ropes for a bit before AJ turned her attention back to the left arm. Brie ended up knocked shoulder-first into the ring post, and AJ went to follow that up. Luckily, Brie moved out of the way, but AJ wasn’t bothered.

Well, maybe she was, because she went nuts at that point. Brie tried to fight her way to the ropes, but she just couldn’t make it. Instead, she managed to get back up to her feet. AJ isn’t impressed and Brie was slammed into the ropes for her valiant effort. AJ then decided to showboat, and that gave Brie an opening to hit a nice looking dropkick to take out the champ. Brie used to the momentum to unsuccessfully pin AJ twice, and that’s when things broke down.

Tamina got involved by attacking Nikki on the outside, choking her out for what appeared to be no reason other than to cause a distraction. Brie dropped AJ and went to see what was going on, right as Tamina hurled Nikki towards the ring. AJ used the chance to roll Brie up for a win, grabbing a handful of tights in the process, and she retained her title in the cheapest of ways.

And I loved it.

You guys know Brie Bella can do no wrong in my eyes, but I stated practically every single day this past week that she didn’t need to win the championship at Battleground. AJ needed to get the cheap victory, and that’s exactly what happened. Now, I don’t know if they will actually go the route of DB and Randy Orton, and have Stephanie declare the Diva’s Championship vacant, but I’m still going to hold out hope. AJ looked very heelish in the win, and Brie looked extremely good in the loss. There is so much to build on now.

Nikki and Tamina getting involved was the icing on the cake. You still can’t convince me that Nikki is going heel until I see it with my own eyes, but Tamina certainly did her job as AJ’s bodyguard. I really can’t wait to see what they do on Raw tonight. I think it’s going to end up being really, really, really amazing.

Nothing is ever perfect, but this was pretty close. I definitely give it four out of fiva stars. They delivered, in my opinion. Both of them had a lot of passion, a lot of energy, and gave it everything they had. Great job Brie and AJ. And kudos to Tamina and Nikki as well. Can’t wait for the follow-up!

Cryssi
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  • Foreveryoungx

    Great match. I wish the crowd would have been in it then it would have been even better. Loved the taunting AJ did to brie.

    • DivasChampAJ

      The crowd was in it!

      • Gail-Ziggler

        Really? Cause I heard crickets..
        The only decent pop was when Aj said “That’s why I’m champion”.
        The one time the Divas actually got decent time, and the match was a complete snore.

    • AWESOMENICK

      HELLO I WAS SCREAMING DID YOU NOT HEAR ME?? lmao jk but I was there :)

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

    Great write-up Cryssi! As I said before, I enjoyed the divas match last night.

  • PopOff

    Brie was in #Briemode and Tamina has been onpoint since her return. She looks so aggressive, especially last night with that choke.

  • SimplyFlawless!

    I can’t be the only one who laughed my ass off when Tamina chocked Nikki! ;D
    It was hilarious omg.

    • Brandon

      Still laughing! Taminas like “imma strangle this bitch”

      • http://www.facebook.com/mykel1990 Mykel Cesare

        I think she made her long-awaited statement; “I’ll choke a bitch”.

        • shameronstar

          Problem Solver Tamina! fixing problems one statement at a time!

      • SimplyFlawless!

        xDD

    • http://www.facebook.com/mykel1990 Mykel Cesare

      Believe me, you weren’t

    • nismos69

      I did too lmao! :D

    • shameronstar

      Someone said they were going to get the gif of that. Does anyone know where it is?

      • DivasChampAJ

        @AdrianRay said it

      • SimplyFlawless!

        Omg that gif would be priceless xDD

    • xFoxylicious

      The best part! LOL xD

      • SimplyFlawless!

        Lmfao Tamina was like;
        “I’m killing this whore”

  • nismos69

    Battleground week:
    Raw: 4/5
    Randy confronts the Bellas backstage. 1:13
    The Bellas get ready for their match. :14
    JBL, Micheal Cole and Jerry Lawler congratulate Trish on the birth of her son
    Daniel and Bries engagement video package. 1:00
    Brie Bella defeats Alicia Fox with a Bella Buster. 5:05
    Brie Bella watches as Bryan got tortured.
    Exclusives:
    The Bellas comment. 1:43
    Aj is set for Battleground. 1:17
    Alicia Fox plans to join the fight(cancer). 1:29
    Brie Bella vs Aj was announced for Battleground.
    Time Altogether: 11:51

    NXT: 4.5/5
    Emma and Santino defeat Summer and Fandango with the Cobra. 15:16
    Time Altogether: 15:16

    Smackdown: 3.5/5
    Brie defeats Aksana with a Bella Buster off the second rope; Aj cuts. 4:53
    a promo on their match at Battleground afterwards.
    Exclusives:
    Tom Phillips interviews Natalya and Eva Marie. 1:38
    Time Altogether: 7:31

    Impact Wrestling: 2.75/5
    Brooke come out with Bully Ray in the opening segment.
    Velvet Sky comes out with Sabin and manages his match.
    Brooke vs Velvet never happened, Tapa debuted; attacking Velvet 4:01
    Time Altogether: 4:01

    Battleground: 4.75/5
    Aj defeats Brie Bella via rollup, after distractions on the outside. 9:54

    Best match: Aj vs Brie Bella; Battleground
    Best segment: Aj cuts a promo after Brie defeats Aksana; Smackdown
    Best Show: Battleground
    Best of the week:
    5. Alicia Fox
    4. Emma
    3. Tapa
    2. Brie
    1. Aj
    OverAll Rating: 19.5/20= A mothafucking +
    Overall time: 49:51
    Tna: 4:01
    Wwe: 45:50

    • shameronstar

      Yes, despite so critics of the ppv match or Tapa’s debut it was a very good week for the ladies of main stream wrestling!

    • DivasChampAJ

      Really that segment disappointed me!

      • nismos69

        It wasn’t bad, and it wasn’t good, it was just there, i suppose one if the Raw segments were better than this.

  • Brandon

    The match was pretty solid. Nothing bad happened. Only thing I found weird was that Brie did at least 4 drop kicks lol. I think she needs to definately bring some more moves to the match. This was ajs first title defense where she “cheated”. I was really was disappointed aj won by a roll up because what I like about her is that she says things and backs it up by making them tap. The distraction is what made the ending feel better for me. Tamina really fits good as a bodyguard and wwe is at least showing most of the divas each week. I’m excited for tonight because I’m in love with ajs title reign! She definately beat eves third title run, Which I originally thought was the best. I wish the ending had brie turn around and get black widowed…but this ending shows signs that wwe isn’t done with Brie and aj.

  • James is A

    When taming choked niki not gonna lie a laughed … Allot.

    1.great match love both girls
    .
    BUUUUTTT since brie is now clearly wwe’s next top baby face diva she needs a good heel. Aj doesn’t get BOO’d (I know hardly anyone does now) but still make niki or Paige top heel and make aj a baby face or tweener it’s not working sorry

  • nismos69

    Maybe on Raw Stephanie vacants the title because Aj won with the help of Tamina or something?

    • Equasir

      Doubt it i think Brie will win the Divas Championship at HIAC and so further her feud with AJ on raw and smackdown

  • http://www.facebook.com/mykel1990 Mykel Cesare

    I like the match, it was a bit slow in the middle, but the beginning and end worked quite nicely I think. I’m in love with Brie’s dropkicks, they always look good, she has definitely been stepping her game up (Daniel Bryan’s probably working with her), and her aggressive streak is convincing, both ladies did well, but I feel Brie outdid AJ last night.

  • Mariah_Scarey

    An ok match, but what I loved was that the audience was more into this match than they were the Intercontinental match and the Kofi vs Wyatt match. This is a good sign people!!!

    • shameronstar

      Poor Curtis! God blessed with that body but didn’t give it any charisma!

    • AWESOMENICK

      Actually it should be a good sign for us diva fans…lol

  • redsandman99

    I enjoyed the match and in my mind the right diva won. The crowd gave responses and didn’t sit on their hands the whole time like they did the IC title match. The ending left room for a rematch at Hell in a Cell which works for me.

  • Mariah_Scarey

    Battleground was painfully boring, the only match that gave me everything I needed was the Rhodes vs Shield match. Other than that match this poverty was forgettable.

  • kewlkatz

    Brie, the Woman of 1000 Dropkicks

    • shameronstar

      That would be Gail Kim! her running and missile front dropkicks are breath taking!

      • kewlkatz

        LOL Brie’s was just in regards to the sheer amount she used in this match. Gail has a whole array of different dropkicks: regular, front, missile, into the ropes, everything!

  • David Wilson

    Well I suspect there’s going to be a rematch at HIAC, since it’s in three weeks. Does Brie win it there? Perhaps (if they plan to have Bryan win the title in a Cell match, maybe they do the storybook ending).

    I don’t see AJ still being champ at the end of the year-if AJ retains at HIAC, I’m hoping for some sort of big stipulation match at TLC involving several Divas (a ladder match most likely).

    • redsandman99

      I could deal with Brie winning at HIAC as long as its built up. Battleground was just too soon into this feud and wouldn’t have had any real oomph to it.

  • DivasChampAJ

    Cryssi that introduction was not needed we know where AJ and Brie came from IJS.

  • amberindia

    I guess it’s either Triple H screwing both Randy and Daniel and becoming a World Champion. Or it is John Cena’s heel turn in which case Nikki Bella takes the championship from AJ Lee!

  • DivasChampAJ

    Stephanie comes out and says AJ has a severe injury and is taken time off for 2 months (her elbow) She vacants the title and the girls have a tournament to HIAC.The last two girls will fight at HIAC and crown the new Divas Champion.
    Or have a tournament and determine the winner the week before HIAC and the winner faces AJ.

    • shameronstar

      Do you think AJ’s elbow injury is a reason why her wrestling has been watered down somewhat lately?

      • DivasChampAJ

        Nope.But she does constant armbars and arm moves now so she might be scared to do high risk move because her career might be over.

        • amberindia

          wish she does high risk moves…

          • DivasChampAJ

            Boy bye you a AJ hater…She must do her job well if you Hate her!

          • amberindia

            I want to see her do something other than kicks! Also who was that boy you were referring to?

          • jen07201

            WWE doesn’t want heels doing high risk moves because they will get cheered and they don’t want that

          • shameronstar

            A good heel ring worker substitutes flash spots for more violence and brutality! ex. Victoria, Jazz, and Michelle McCool did this well:)

          • DivasChampAJ

            Victoria and Jazz:Strength.
            Michelle:Brain

        • Ap

          Her career is not over. She must have hyper extended her elbow why she has it padded. She might need to take time off, but knowing Aj she would work through the pain. Plus she is supposed to be a heel; their move sets are watered down

          • DivasChampAJ

            She was about to do a freaking moonsault! Thats high risk for a person who just started.

          • amberindia

            that person who had just started happens to be the Divas champ!! LOL!!

          • Ap

            I wanted her to do that too; still mad at Kaitlyn for that. LOL

            If WWE give her that as one of her finishers; which they should because she is the perfect person to pull it off.

            She does need to pull off more moves; which I know she can because I watch some of her indies tapes, but it is up to WWE to let her do those

          • amberindia

            Has she done moonsaults before?

          • Ap

            Her first try was going to be on Kaitlyn at MITB but Kaitlyn knocked her off the turnbuckle before she even did it.

          • amberindia

            I reserve judgement but AJ needs to improve her arsenal!!

          • Kaitlyn.Lover<3

            She really does, she has been using the exact same offense for months, her matches feel always the same! And I hope Kaitlyn does the same thing, I hope when she comes back she brings some new moves.

          • Ap

            u guys also have to remember that Aj is not the strongest and she is the smallest girl on the roaster; she cant pick up girls and slam them to the mat. She has to find moves that plays to her strengths

          • Kaitlyn.Lover<3

            Yep moves, not dreadful rest holds. And it not just the rest holds, it the time she uses them, she doesn´t need to apply them during 95% of the match.

          • Ap

            But that means she has to do restholds so be it because she playing a heel that is not her fault. She has no control over what WWE want their heels to do especially when it comes to the girls

          • xFoxylicious

            Layla’s the smallest. Not AJ. Aj’s 5’3″ while Layla’s 5’2″

          • Ap

            Aj is the smallest she 5’2 and 115 pounds she said that at Comic Con and countless of interviews

          • xFoxylicious

            I saw somewhere that she was 5’3″. There’s not really much difference with 5’2″ and 5’3″ tho. LOL

          • Ap

            There is because when Aj first started she was only 95 pounds. if u go on WWE.com under divas it lists aj height. At once they tried to list her alittle taller but she wanted her original height to be known.

          • xFoxylicious

            Why would they want to do that?

          • Ap

            They did not want to pan her out to be the shortest on the roaster and Aj wanted people to know how short she is

          • Ap

            Once WWE turns her face than we can see her full moveset; other than that they just really watered her down with this heel persona

  • jeff perez

    The match was average with some good spots like AJ pushing brie into the ring post.
    Id give it a 3 out of 5. If they want Brie to win the championship from AJ eventually it should be at Survivor Series.
    What I hope happens:
    -AJ defeats Brie at Hell In A Cell in a Hell In a Cell Match
    -Survivor series Brie puts her career on the line vs. AJ and she wins the title
    -TLC Brie vs. AJ in a tables match which Khama re debuts and helps AJ win screwing over the Bellas and finally getting k(h)arma.

  • Ap

    I have a feeling that that Nattie is next in line to face Aj. She foreshadowed it in that backstage interview with Eva Maria. I see Brie getting her rematch on smackdown or raw with her sister distracting her again; where those two would feud.

    • BorisG

      Where was Eva last night, she said she will be there.

  • amberindia

    Though I’ve been supporting the Bellas (Brie) for sometime! I think Naomi is more deserving of the championship, but she has no build leading to the championship! So I wish for a battle royal in RAW to decide the no. 1 contender!! Also I would like to see a Paige Vs AJ Champion Vs Champion match in RAW. She can debut similar to Bo for a one night only thing. They can do a NXT VS RAW event!!

    • Ap

      Have AJ go down to NXT to have that match. It would probably be an awesome match between those two. No one would have to win they could do a count out finish or something like that

      • amberindia

        My main point is Paige getting some well-deserved mainstream attention! More people would be interested in her. They should make it lumberjill with NXT Divas and main roster divas at ring side, LOL. It’d be fun!

        • Ap

          We might see Paige on team Aj for Survivor Series since Aj only has Tamina

  • Monkey Tennis

    At the end of the day, it was it a was. A match that wasn’t awful, but it’s not one that people are gonna be digging out to watch again in years to come.

    It suffered from no build up, no real direction and, as I’ve mentioned on another post, Brie’s weak face-turn. Which I stress, is not her fault. It’s just typical creative laziness from the WWE. Rather than give Brie an actual storyline, something solid, something real to establish her as a face, instead her turn has just happened by default. And not even through anything she did herself, but simply as a result of her relationship with Bryan.

    If this feud is going to really capture people’s attention in the same way that AJ and Kaitlyn did, it needs to be about AJ and Brie. Not AJ and Daniel Bryan’s fiance. Build Brie up as a legitimate face on her own terms and by her own actions. And if Brie puts in a bit more effort in the ring and broadens her moveset (to more than just dropkicks and clotheslines), we might just see something good develop from this feud yet.

    • Ap

      Do u think this feud would continue or do u see Nattie stepping up to the plate?

      • Monkey Tennis

        The roll-up ending suggested it’s not over. Although having said that, Kaitlyn was beaten three times with AJ’s finisher and that feud carried on.

        • DivasChampAJ

          Thats different though.AJ chased the title 1 time and won it.Then Kaitlyn got a rematch.Brie chased the title for once and losted it (in this situation.)

          • Monkey Tennis

            That’s true. I’m just suggesting that how a match ends doesn’t necessarily tell us if a feud is going to continue or not.

          • Ap

            Thats true! I think the point of the match was to get sympathy for Brie and heat on Aj which kindof backfired; since Aj is welled liked.

          • DivasChampAJ

            True.It’s all about BUILDUP.

    • BorisG

      I think it could have been better if they added promo and then it would be something. Like Kaitlyn vs AJ, it told a story.

  • xFoxylicious

    I think the highlight of this match was when Tamina was choking Nikki to death and almost broke her jaw. LOL

    • BorisG

      Tamina is scary.

  • Kaitlyn.Lover<3

    Well, it was good, but I was expecting something better, this is the kind of match that we should be watching on Raw and Smackdown! And honestly Alicia Fox vs Brie Bella on Raw was more entertaining than this one (and I´m not even a fan of Alicia but I can recognize when someone does something good)! Brie was the star of the match, she sure was on #BrieMode, the missile dropkick and that variation of side slam were really cool, but she really over used the dropkicks! AJ was solid, but she has been using the same exact offense since Payback, she either locks a dreadful sleeper hold, or a dreadful arm lock, so I feel like I have been watching the same match for months, and honestly, she did not even had a single memorable match during her reign (and yes even against Kaitlyn who is my favorite)! I think the only really good heel in the ring right now is Alicia Fox, she uses way more innovate, fresh and cool moves than any other heel diva!

    • xFoxylicious

      Like that type of facecrusher/arm bar buster she did on Raw or whatever you wanna call it. LOL. I never in my life saw that move before. It looked great!

    • amberindia

      I know I would get slack for this! Brie Bella is better wrestler than AJ! I have been a fan of her work since the triple threat match where she attacked AJ. She was the only one on-point on that day!!

      • Kaitlyn.Lover<3

        Yep, honestly in the last month Brie has been outshining every Diva, she has bringing a fire that has been lacking in a LONG time!

        • DivasChampAJ

          If Brie is better than AJ then shes better than whole NXT 3.Gosh AJ HATERS!

          • Kaitlyn.Lover<3

            1. I don´t know why are you replying to me when it was not even me who said that, 2. Just because someone doesn´t love AJ and has a different opinion from you doesn´t mean their haters! Gosh AJ MARKS!

          • DivasChampAJ

            I was actually referring half to you and half to him.You mad that AJ has shined ALL of those divas they have been their longer than her and she has more Career Highlights.Just because shes been with males don’t mean nothing.Is AJ with a boy now? She’s Divas Champ without no help of a Boy.

          • Equasir

            OMGG ANOTHER FUED BETWEEN AJ AND KAITLYN, LOL XD

          • Kaitlyn.Lover<3

            I had to be crazy if I was mad over scripted accomplishments ;)

          • DivasChampAJ

            Then why do you get mad if people have boring reigns?

      • Brandon

        I don’t think she is a better wrestler. But her as a face is wayyy better than being heel imo

      • AWESOMENICK

        If I were to judge if any diva was the absolute most experienced and best I’d say Layla.

    • nismos69

      Alicia vs Brie was not better.

      • Kaitlyn.Lover<3

        Well if it was not better it sure was on par, and considering it was on Raw, it sure was better.

        • nismos69

          Well that is why we have opinions! :) i still liked Brie vs Aj better!

          • Kaitlyn.Lover<3

            Yep as long as we keep respectable like we´re being there is no problem :)

          • nismos69

            Yup :):)

    • DivasChampAJ

      Alicia is a tweener.

    • Christopher Bello

      YESYESYES! THANK YOU! SOMEONE WITH EYES.

      • Kaitlyn.Lover<3

        xD Thanks.

  • OH SNAP!…Freeze SUCKA!

    Match was good. Not a five star classic though. i still liked Aj vs Kattie at Payback more. Too me the best part was Tamina Choking out Nikki. absolutely killed me!! Tamina has been the one to watch lately. So this is how it feels to actually see A statement from Tamina.. Hopefully tonight we get a in ring segment and not a two minute match. And also nikki needs to learn how to get the crowd into. she should of yelled Brie Mode into the crowd so they can start chanting it.

  • Kaitlyn.Lover<3

    Well since today is Kaitlyn´s birthday I hope she returns tonight on Raw :)

    • xFoxylicious

      If she returns tonight then she’ll probably face AJ and lose unless the Bella’s distract/interfere in the match.

    • nismos69

      Yaya excited! I want her to return