FCW Double Dip: February 21 & 28, 2010

Okay, so I admit I’ve been a little lax with my FCW coverage as of late. My bad. Fortunately, I have not one but two FCW Diva matches for your enjoyment this week! First up, Aksana takes on Naomi Night in her FCW in-ring debut. Watch the match below:

First out is Naomi, who is sporting some very unique in-ring attire. Hell, who am I kidding? What the hell is she wearing? I’m all for being creative and unique, but that outfit is just kicking my ass! Maybe it’s the neon green leggings or the purple zebra print bra or maybe even those 1990 Poetic Justice braids, but Naomi’s look is doing nothing for me. WWE, it’s time for a makeover. Aksana comes next and is as perky as can be, which get a laugh-worthy look of disgust from her opponent.

The ladies lock up and exhibit some decent chain wrestling, but the momentum is cut short when Aksana comes in a little late on a dropkick. Naomi uses this to her advantage, immediately going for a clothesline for a two count. Naomi goes straight into a headlock, keeping Aksana grounded, but gets distracted by the ref, which allows Aksana to get back to a vertical base.

The two competitors trade blows until Naomi hits a side Russian Leg Sweep for a near fall. Naomi continues to punish (or panish, if you happen to be Maryse) by choking her out on the ropes, simultaneously modeling those colorful sneakers of hers. Naomi takes Aksana to the mat by the hair and goes for yet another unsuccessful pin. Another submission from Night, but Aksana manages to fight out of it and take the fight to Naomi. Naomi fights her off with an seemingly botched dropkick (which is sold well by Aksana), followed by an impressive step-up enziguri.

Night locks in another submission and Aksana mounts another comeback (I’m starting to see a pattern), but Naomi gets the upper hand with a Melina-esque hair slam for a another close call. Aksana goes for Sunset Flip but it’s reversed by Naomi for the 3 count.

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from this match but this girl managed to put on an entertaining match. Neither one of them are ready for the main roster by any stretch of the imagination, but they managed to get through a match of a decent length without any major screw ups.

Naomi reminds me of Alicia Fox, in the way she taken to wrestling quickly and shows a lot of potential. I would suggest she work on her repertoire, as she seems to rely on a lot of rest holds. She could also work on cleaning up her bumps, but besides that, she seems to be progressing nicely.

I also found myself impressed with Aksana. For a person who has just started her training a few months ago, she seems pretty comfortable. Just like Naomi, Askana has her sloppy times but in a year or so I’m sure she’ll improve enough to put on a really good match.

Next match is Queen of FCW, AJ Lee teaming up with Johnny Prime to take on Penny Cash and Donny Marlow:

AJ and Prime make their way to the ring first and AJ is smoking. Purple seems to really fit her and her tiara must’ve come with a curling iron, because she even jazzed up her hair for the occasion. I think it bears mentioning that the crowd is going crazy for her. This girl is definitely a star in the making. Penny and Marlow are out next and I must say, I’m loving Cash’s charisma. Penny hits the ring and makes it clear that she wants a piece of the queen, but she’ll have to wait because it looks like are kicking this match.

Fast forward through the guy’s exchange, Marlow tags in Penny and she takes the fight to AJ immediately. AJ dodges a clothesline and hits a series of kicks for a near fall. AJ goes for a dropkick but Penny managed to avoid it and goes on the attack, flinging AJ by the hair and going for the pin.

AJ kicks out, but Penny doesn’t waste any time cinching in a headlock. AJ tries to fight out of it by driving Penny into the corner, but Penny locks it in once again before throwing AJ to the cnavas. As AJ tries to get her head together, Penny goes back to work with a elbow/butt bump from behind for a near fall. AJ tries to make it to her feet but Penny executes a modified Bow and Arrow submission, prompting commentator Byron Saxton to use the phrase “Bendable Carcass”. Penny tries to keep control of the match, but is laid out by a jawbreaker from AJ, sending Penny scrambling for the tag.

Fast forward a little bit more, Penny gets physical with Johnny Prime and AJ takes her down in true cat fight fashion. After a short exchange, Penny reverses an Irish whip into an Oklahoma roll with a handful of tights for the win.

Another strong showing from the FCW Divas. We haven’t seen much from Penny Cash since she was eliminated from the Queen of FCW tournament by Alicia Fox, but she seems to have improved since then. Judging by the outcome of this match, I’d guess that a fued between Penny and AJ was in the works, but with Penny being released a few weeks back, the top heel role is up for grabs. My vote goes for Naomi Night or  maybe even a new FCW Diva. Jemma Palmer, anyone?

What are thought on the last two weeks of FCW goodness? Leave your thought in the comments!

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  • Looking Glass

    I missed out on finding the Aksana/Naomi match, it didn’t have as much luster for me. I really loved Naomi’s shining wizard and the fact she won, I thought they’d do the typical face debut thing by making Aksana win after Naomi dominating the match- I’m so glad they didn’t, it builds up Naomi’s credibility. It looks as though Aksana must’ve pinched Naomi’s golden tights before the match, lets hope she gives them back because that manky thing she was wearing today was just awful. Plus, I agree that she needs to get rid of those braids.

    Penny and Serena match was okay, Penny seriously needed carrying, but I really liked the fact they made her more of a submission technician than a brawler or a high flyer like most of the girls. The match seems a bit pointless from hindsight, just for the fact Penny’s out there. I’m assuming that with Naomi’s win and a shortage of heels in FCW -with Serena and Rosa (who still remain on the roster) spending more time on the main brands- being a possible back-up plan.

    Also don’t quote me on this but I’m pretty sure Jillian Beyor is gone from FCW, there’s been two roster updates of new stars since she’s joined the roster and she’s not on either. I think her appearance was more of an advertising thing to draw in the crowd with a Playmate there.

  • Looking Glass

    Penny and AJ match even…

  • Alana.G

    OMG there was just so much to clock here lol. Wow OK so I’m going to need ms. Naomi to really retire those 90’s nasty girl Janet braids, as well as those blinding tights. It was just too much going on but I will say both girls looked really good for just having little training. Is it me or is Aksana giving me Pam Anderson face she looks so aged.

    Stand out here was A.J. Lee, this has to be the prettiest and most put together she has looked. She came across like a real diva ready for the main roster. I really hope she finds her way on to Smackdown.

  • https://twitter.com/anniluci Ana_Nattie_rules

    I’m liking Naomi. She’s impressing for someone who’s wrestling for such a short time. So is Aksana.

  • nachos

    My two cents. Naomi is similar to Alicia in that she wont get over as a face or heel and that makes the options kinda limited. Alicia has basically survived as a low level because shes decent at carrying a match and big enough to take moves, While someone such as Rosa was phased out of that role because she was so bad.

    Aksana has two things working against her. Shes not very young and shes foreign so its hard to ever be the lovable American. I really thought a role for her could have been like as Maryse’s sister/bodyguard kinda thing based on how buff she looked in some photos. But here she dosent look very buff at all.

    It will probably be over a year before AJ wrestles in WWE and a lot can happen between then.

  • Zephyr5326

    First my comments on Aksana/Naomi. What the hell was Naomi’s outfit. Her surname is Night and it looked like shed got dressed in the nighttime with no lights on lol. I think we can all agree she looked like a hooker or something. Yet she wrestles great and she managed to convey a little bit of attitude too in the match, which I thought was brill aswell. Aksana wasn’t that good, and her botched missed dropkick was terrible but she shows some sound skills for someone with just a few months of training.

    Onto the mixed tag, it was completely unforgettable and the booking is unusual. Why let Penny get over AJ and then release her? Kind of weird really.

  • MariaKanellislover

    Aksana just needs more practice! She looked gorgeous ou there! Naomi Night OMG so ugly with those green things….. Aksana only botched that dropkick… The match itself was kinda cool to watch.

    Penny Cash is really good and AJ Lee… AMAZING as always. I really think that Penny and AJ could put on a great feud! Well Penny really needs to wrestle again… I Hope she wasnt really released, cause she looks good.
    ID Love to see FCW Queen crown turn on a champion belt, and the first champion would be AJ Lee.
    As much I like her, I think that she deserves to be in WWE but she is more experienced than those girls out there…. Not saying she doesnt deserve to go to WWE she deserves, im only saying she is more experienced than the others FCW Divas and Serena was too but she isnt wrestling with the other Divas and i think that if AJ Lee was called to main roster now or awhile ago she wouldve been a valet like Serena; cause WWE nows that they are experienced but dont wanna put them to wrestle early they 1st need to see how the crowd reacts to them….. So hard WWE is….
    I know that she is on NXT and she will be called-up on that time cause WWE wants to see how the fans react with her….. Well i think is that … LOL

    Anyway…………AJ LEE FTW <3 <3 <3

  • TrishMelinaFan

    Whoa.Major Trish Stratus vibes coming from that Aksana girl…and she looks like Pamela Anderson!Whoa.Naomi’s outfit was a hella fierce!Just kidding!She looked like a tranny hot mess in that thing.

    Onto the match.

    It was decent for two newbies who haven’t been around that long at all.Naomi always impresses me,but girl needs to get on her A game.Aksana was good too,but she needs to work on her comfortability and movements in the ring.

    AJ and Penny had a good exchange.They reminded me of when Mickie and Melina feuded.Yeah…..

  • B Fizzle

    I’m loving Naomi’s get up. So tacky its good. Lol.

    Aksana gives me vibes of the current aged Pam Anderson, Trish Stratus circa 2000 and Tiffany from Bride of Chucky all in one.

  • javiousmckenzie

    Arkansa reminds me of Trish so much here from her looks to her punches shes def one to look out for if WWE sees the same thing she will surpass Maryse

    Love AJ i feel like ahe can be this generations Lita maybe she can take MIckies role as top face on smackdown

  • ahlanthony

    Naomi night keeps on impressing me. Aksana is sloppy but she can work it out. The mixed tag match was very good. AJ lee and Penny kinda looked the same and Im glad Penny won a match before she got released. Im a fan of penny cash please bring her back!!!

  • Goodvibes

    Naomi will make a decent heel, probably more so than Alicia because she seems to have the cocky mannerisms and beatdown factor down to a T. Aksana reminds me of Trish as well, I dont know if thats a good thing or bad thing yet but I do know she is a lot more decent that what I was expecting her to be during her first match.

  • shokko22

    I read the results from the newest edition of fcw and
    Sarona’s debut isnt what i had expected.

  • bridget

    Does anyone else see Aksana having a bit of Trish Stratus in her or is it just me? She reminded me of an early Trish. I was very impressed with her considering how long she has been training and that this was her debut. She has something about her that says star in the making to me. Naomi was also impressive but both girls do need quite a bit of work before they can make it to the main roster but then again I think both girls are better in the ring than Rosa, Bellas and maybe even Maria.
    I love AJ Lee and can’t wait for her to get called up, the charisma, the look, the skills- she has it all. I was also very impressed with Penny Cash.

    But I have a question- Is Penny Cash still on the roster or is she released?
    because I thought she was released but if this is recent then I’m confused :S

  • Diva

    Penny was good,wondering why they realeased her and not Liviana…Naomi seems getting better and Aj was good as always…Aksana did enough for her first ever match,I think…

  • Mikas

    Diva wrote: “Penny was good,wondering why they realeased her and not Liviana”

    Penny Cash has been training for almost 2 years and didn’t improve that much (although she was injured for a while) comparing to other rookies. Liviana has been around less than a year, so FCW is probably more patient with her before she gets the axe. But i really dont see Liviana last very long, Aksana and Naomi are improving much faster than her, its unevitable that Liviana will sooner or later get released.

    Maria, Penny Cash, Jillian Beyor… playboy curse?

  • Christie

    I don’t think Liviana is even with WWE. I believe FCW can train people not affiliated with WWE.

  • Mikas

    Christie – that happened with OVW, HW and DSW, but FCW is completely dedicated to WWE talent.

  • sugarrush28

    I like Naomi more everytime I see her. I think if she is kept in FCW and not rushed to the roster she will be pretty good. Aksana did a decent job but I just find her to be boring really. I love AJ Lee. I just love this woman and can’t wait to see her on Smackdown. I never really got into Penny Cash the few times I saw her so her release really didn’t bother me.

  • http://twitter.com/rodneyclint rodneyclint

    Agree about the Trish/Pamela vibes people are getting from Aksana, and she does look a lot older than what she is. I think it’s because of the excessive tanning she had to do as a bodybuilder. As for Naomi’s look, I don’t understand why she doesn’t just have in a long, straight weave like in some of her pictures. It looks a lot more Diva-esque than those long braids. As for the match, pretty good considering who it was and how long they’ve been training. I was really impressed with Aksana, though she didn’t do too much here, it was a lot better than I was expecting. Naomi is pretty good in the ring, that was a mean step up enziguri type kick she landed on top of Aksana’s head.

    I didn’t think the Penny/AJ exchange was that good, it was sloppy in a lot of places and I saw that they were having trouble communicating which also made for some pretty awkward spots. Overall though, nothing too bad about what they did, I still love AJ Lee but I don’t really care for Ms. Cash, never have been a fan of hers.