Raw Redux (March 15th, 2010): Blurring the Lines

After last week’s Raw, all signs seemed to be pointing towards Eve Torres being the front runner for a title feud with Maryse, but a few inter-brand cameos may have just turned us in another direction. Is this a good direction or a bad one? Let’s watch this week’s action and judge for ourselves:

Kelly Kelly makes her way to the ring, followed by Maryse. Common sense indicates that this will be a squash match, but with how Maryse has been wrestling lately (that is, barely wrestling) it seems tough for them to pull off a real squash.

Before the match can begin, Maryse takes a moment to do her trademark pose, and Kelly climbs the turnbuckle to do one of her own. I have to say that it looked a little silly, but that’s only because Kelly’s never been the “sexpot” type, and even in her Extreme Expose days the girl seemed to lack that kind of overt sexiness. Anywho, Maryse attacks her while she has her back turned, and the match begins.

Kelly takes control rather quickly, going on an offensive streak that eventually degenerates into a catfight. The referee breaks it up and Kelly goes for a kick that Maryse blocks, flipping her backwards and back onto her feet. Kelly hits Maryse with a knee-level dropkick and then goes back to pounding Maryse’s head to the mat. This type of intensity from Kelly makes it seem like these two have had something building, even though they’ve only wrestled together a handful of times. I guess it’s just an easy way to fill up offense before Maryse eventually sneaks out the win, and that’s all there is to it.

Kelly hoists a leg onto the back of Maryse’s neck, hitting a bit of a modified version of the K2. She goes for the pin, and Maryse kicks out at 2. Both Divas get to their feet slowly, but before Kelly can grab a hold of Maryse, she gets pulled face-first into the turnbuckle. Maryse pulls Kelly up, hits the the French Kiss, and it’s all said and done. She pins Kelly for the win.

Maryse decides to beat down on Kelly a bit, but Gail Kim and Eve bust in and give Maryse a beating of her own. Gail hits a neckbreaker on Maryse and she and Eve tend to Kelly. Then, out of nowhere, Michelle McCool and Layla come running in, dressed like two Daisy Duke impersonators, and lay out Gail and Eve. They level everyone in sight and pose a bit for the crowd, heading up the ramp to meet with Vickie Guerrero, the woman who seems to have full control over Diva happenings, whether they take place on SmackDown, Raw, or Mars. Maryse joins them, looking to form a shaky alliance with Laycool and Guerrero.

The match, clocking in at exactly 1 minute, was ridiculously short, but served its purpose. It’s almost like the referee had a stopwatch and the girls were doing drills to see how fast they could go through the motions of a match. I hate to think that wrestling is secondary in importance to storyline development, but at this point it is. Maryse and Kelly likely don’t have it in them to put on a 5-star match together, so it was probably for the best that this match was limited. Still, it seems almost pointless to put on a match at all if it’s not going to break the 1 minute mark. Clearly, it was all used to introduce the Laycool/Maryse alliance, and Kelly was an easy babyface pawn to spare.

Now, this alliance (if it exists) will probably we based solely on heel status, because I’ve never pictured Maryse as someone who values teamwork. She’s always been a self-centered character, and a honest alliance with any other Diva would just seem phony. I’m sure this is all heading towards some big cross-brand match at WrestleMania, which could be quite interesting if played right. If they continue this on both shows, with the babyfaces and heels pairing up despite their brand constraints, it could make such a match feel important and worthy of a WrestleMania spot.

I feel a sense of dread when I think of how much of a clusterfuck it could be, given last year’s shenanigans, but I sincerely hope they keep the numbers relatively small. We don’t need an all-out war, just a battle. Still, I get the feeling that the WWE will shove any and as many Divas as they can into the match in order for them to get their WrestleMania payday, and they’ll take every babyface and heel they’ve got to fill up the ring apron at WrestleMania. If that’s the case, I hope they choose to keep the focus on certain Divas, making the feud at least a little compelling and not just some frantic Diva parade.

Either way, I’m just glad they seem to be taking things in a semi-interesting direction. They’ve been treading water for so long, it seems foreign for them to be planning for the future, storyline-wise. I’m not surprised in the least that the Raw writers feel that they need the SmackDown Divas to make things interesting on Monday nights–their lack of faith in the Divas of their own brand has been apparent for a while now. Let’s just see if the Raw girls get some Friday night exposure and then judge whether or not the SmackDown girls are the major leaguers and Raw are just in the minors.

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  • http://www.diva-dirt.com/members/xazureskye/ Liam Holden

    Does this mean that there is no Diva Match for Wrestlemania.. or are they gonna announce it on the Friday before Wrestlemania as they always do??

  • http://www.diva-dirt.com/members/weirddork/ Weirddork

    Vickie Michelle Layla and Maryse vs Beth Kelly Kelly Gail and Eve at Wrestlemania?

    I thought these ladies did a good job with their match, i didnt like how maryse couldnt sell the orginal k2, she like turned when she was almost on the floor, it was bad. I think kelly should have won, cause maryse is annoying me with her wins, kelly hits her with a finisher, it doesnt work (when it normally does) then maryse gets up and hits the french kiss, why not have kelly kick out then maryse can do the tko, or whatever that kick is called :D

  • http://www.diva-dirt.com/members/molly4ever/ molly4ever

    They never announced the wrestlemania match for divas the friday before. It was always announced weeks before.

  • http://www.diva-dirt.com/members/aiden123/ aiden123

    i dont no why but i have a feeling that michelle and layla may be traded to raw at the draft because last year that little fued with melina and maryse ended up with them both switching brands with the title…………i hope not though :S
    Also this will be two years in a row that maryse has entered wrestlemania with the divas title

  • http://www.diva-dirt.com/members/ana_nattie_rules/ Ana_Nattie_rules

    Putting Maryse with Laycool is rather stupid, especially when said Maryse mocked Laycools childness and Smackdown a few weeks ago. Maybe they’ll end up beating Maryse as well, but for now there isn’t a lot of sense. I would have prefered a match where the next number one contender (Eve or whoever) prepared themselves and a sneak attack by Maryse. Them Laycool could appear and Maryse could side by them or whatever.

  • http://www.diva-dirt.com/members/aiden123/ aiden123

    or maryse and michelle vs beth and???? and who ever wins gets titles like winner takes all

  • http://www.diva-dirt.com/members/xmelissaa/ xmelissaa

    Sucky wrestling, but interesting storyline development. I agree with Erin; Maryse doesn’t seem like a ‘teamwork’ type of girl.
    I hope we don’t end up getting some ridiculous 20 diva tag match. I’m still holding out for Beth vs Michelle, however I doubt that’s going to happen. I don’t know what’s going to happen at Wrestlemania for the divas :S

  • http://www.diva-dirt.com/members/vonvile/ vonVile

    Another piss break match for the Divas at WM. Instead of giving us one good match between Beth and McCool we get some cross promotional tag nonsense. Vince never fails to disappoint.

  • http://www.diva-dirt.com/members/mr-glamazon/ David

    (Reading vonVile’s comment…knodding head up and down in total agreement….)

  • http://www.diva-dirt.com/members/redsoul-2/ redsoul

    well,the match(?!?!?!?!?!?!?) sucked big time and judging for what happened we will have an heels vs faces Divas match at WM(where as usually only three or four divas will really wrestle),instead of a match for both titles.
    since Laycool was outhere,Beth could have make an appearance…

  • http://www.diva-dirt.com/members/inferno/ Inferno

    Well at least the divas were given 2 minutes more than the Knockouts got haha

    cant wait for smackdown they always deliever

  • http://www.diva-dirt.com/members/kaledrina/ Kaledrina

    the way they keep involving the smackdown roster (well, mainly just mccool) in the raw stories, just goes to show even the raw writers could care less about the raw girls. why bother establishing eve or alicia or even the bellas when we can have girls on another brand show up?

  • http://www.diva-dirt.com/members/rkoyou/ RKOyou

    i can’t believe people find this segment a success, it was completely random and i bet it’ll lead to a random pissbreak 6-diva tag match at wrestlemania. Michelle Layla maryse vs. Eve Gail Kelly(I have a feeling the titles won’t be on the line)

  • http://www.diva-dirt.com/members/steve-jabroni/ steve jabroni

    Gail Kim- OK there’s this woman who wins the WWE (WWF then) title her first night in the company and then never again; even though she is a goddamn pioneer of women’s wrestling- how weird! Can you believe her second stint in the WWE is already a year old? I am hoping someone can convince me otherwise, but I believe Vince will never put either woman’s title on her (again)-because one day she’ll be back in TNA. Remember her crying when she finally got a women’s division and won the title in TNA? It seems so long ago when she was calling out the WWE for pillow fights and now, she is wearing her jammies for Vince. I don’t begrudge her making $$$ and I’m sure she was underpaid in Orlando, it just sucks. She is so much better than everyone else in that WWE ring last night; only Michelle is in her league. I miss the old Gail TNA matches.

    I’m glad she’ll at least be part of the WM cluster fuck. A little Kim is better than none. (sigh)

  • http://www.diva-dirt.com/members/molly4ever/ molly4ever

    Gail was never in the company while it was the WWF. @steve jabroni

  • http://www.diva-dirt.com/members/luckyse7en/ luckyse7en

    I won’t be surprised if they did a 6 woman tag match on WrestleMania with the remaining divas as lumberjills…

  • http://www.diva-dirt.com/members/rkoyou/ RKOyou

    steve jabroni- Wrong, when Gail won the womens title it was WWE not WWF. WWF changed it’s name in 2002

  • http://www.diva-dirt.com/members/rkoyou/ RKOyou

    i think Gail will be champion again(hopifully this year) because she’s already had 3 title shots since her return(interestingly all for the divas title) so thats a good sign. Also each time, she’s come so close and then barely gets beat. I think WWE is grooming Gail to be a future diva champion, maybe they want to test her loyality first, to see if she decides to run back to TNA at the first sign of things not going her way

    vince wouldn’t have signed Gail if he wasn’t going to use her properly and so far, she’s been used okay. I mean she was put in the finals of the divas title tournment proving she is the best wrestler of the babyface divas left

  • http://www.diva-dirt.com/members/torriefan12/ Charlie-K2

    I Really Dont Think That The SD Divas Are The Major Leaguers Because Raw Divas Are Always Better And Is Rare See A SD Diva Get Improve Without Being On Raw. Examples:
    1.Beth Phoenix: She Starts On Raw And There Were The Place When She Become The Awesome Diva That She Is Now On SD.
    2. Candice Michelle: The Former WWE Diva & Women’s Champion She Starts On SD And When She Was Moved To Raw She Got Experience And Becomes Champion.
    3.Kelly Kelly: She Starts On ECW And She Didn’t Wrestle, She Only Do The Extreme Expose And Dance-Off But That Isn’t Bad Because She Work As Hard As The Others, She Improve And Practice Her Wrestling Moves As Hard As The Other. Thats Why I Say That She isnt More Or Less Than The Others For Been On EXtreme Expose, And She Is As Beth,Michelle,Mickie,Melina,Maryse And Others Wrestling Becuase She Have Defeeated Some Of Them In Single Or Tag Matches Or Winning By Her Team.

    What Is Making RAW More Boring Than SD Because Of THE Creative Team Of RAW They’re Guilty For Making Worst Shows On RAW, Not The Divas And Even That RAW Had Good Matches But This 2 Or 3 Weeks The Ideas Wasn’t Good.

  • http://www.diva-dirt.com/members/_juan_/ Juan

    I’m done with the www divas Now…I can’t take the crappy booking the horrible matches …and the bland characters…just retire that damn division because it pretty clear wrestling skills isn’t as important as how hott you look…maybe my mind will change when the top faces (Mickie and Melina) return but I doubt it

  • http://www.diva-dirt.com/members/_juan_/ Juan

    Rkoyou the only reason Gail was in the finals was because they needed someone to carry maryse and make her look good…. but I hope your right And Gail does win the divas title

  • http://www.diva-dirt.com/members/bryan/ Timid Complacency

    I wish the match could of at least been a bit longer, But at least the segment was good. Hopefully they will have a good follow up on this weeks SmackDown Taping.

  • http://www.diva-dirt.com/members/chrissyl/ ChrissyL

    I think it’s funny that they say Smackdown is the B show, when they have all the actual wrestling.

    I liked this match, chaos and all, but it seems…odd that LayCool would go in to save the girl who badmouthed them on Raw just a few weeks ago. I want a Maryse/McCool alliance. They work well together.

    I loved Maryse’s dance at the end at 6:00. I think Michelle’s beat got to her.

  • http://www.diva-dirt.com/members/torriefan12/ Charlie-K2

    And I Hope That Kelly,Eve & Gail Take Revenge This Friday Night For What Michelle & Layla Did To They.
    Is More Clearly That Wrestlemania Would Be
    Beth Phoenix-Kelly Kelly-Gail Kim-Tiffany-Eve Torres
    Michelle Mccool-Maryse-Layla And 2 More Divas.
    Because Tiffany Debuted The Last Friday And Now Is Friend Of Beth And Both Have Rivalry With Team Lay-Cool And Yesterday Maryse Vs Kelly Include Eve Torres & Gail Kim The Three Of Them(Kelly,Gail & Eve) Were Attack By Michelle And Layla More Rivalry And Maryse Got Include After Getting Involved Attacking Kelly, The Most Possible Divas To Get That 2 Left Spots Are Alica Becuase She Is Michelle Friend And She Had Some Rivalries With Gail & Kelly. And The Other Diva

  • http://www.diva-dirt.com/members/torriefan12/ Charlie-K2

    Probably Would Be Natalya Or Jillian Both Are Heels I Hope Natalya, Jillian Is A Good Wrestler But I Think Natalya Have So Much To Give To The Diva Roster But WWE Dont Appreciate Her Potential Like With Other Divas Like Jillian,Kelly,etc