WWE Superstars Redux (June 23rd, 2011): Buy One, Get One Free

Wow, two matches on one show? How did we get so lucky? No, that’s not sarcasm. I’m genuinely pleased that there are two Divas matches on WWE Superstars this week, mostly because of the show’s reputation for producing longer, better Divas matches. Let’s see if these two matches deliver:

We start off with a 6-Diva tag team match, the team of AJ, Kaitlyn and Natalya making their way to the ring first. Next is the team of Alicia Fox, Rosa Mendes and Tamina. It’s interesting to see the different dynamics of these teams: the babyfaces enter practically arm-in-arm, while the heels are several feet apart. I like it: little touches like that sell their characters.

Natalya and Alicia, arguably the alpha females of their groups (unscientifically known as the one whose music plays during the entrance), are starting off the match. Natalya immediately takes control after the initial tie-up, slamming Alicia to the mat and locking in a side headlock. Quick as lightning, though, Alicia reverses control with a headscissors hold. Natalya leaps out of it easily, and the two have a quick exchange that ends with Natalya lifting Alicia off the ground, slamming her to the mat and attempting to lock in the Sharpshooter. Alicia immediately starts squirming, dragging Natalya along with her to her corner. She manages to tag in Tamina amidst all the thrashing, and Natalya, as she must, lets go of the hold.

The action slows down a great deal as Tamina enters the ring, and the two circle each other. Tamina shoves Natalya, who on the rebound latches on a side headlock. Tamina shoves her off again into the ropes, but this time she manages to take her down with a shoulder block. Tamina goes for the first pin attempt of the match, but Natalya kicks out at 2. Natalya takes another trip to the ropes, but is quick to leap onto Tamina on the return, twisting into a pin attempt. Tamina kicks out, and rebuffs Natalya’s renewed attempt at offense with a knee to the stomach. She takes Natalya into the enemy corner and tags in Rosa.

Rosa takes over and attempts a suplex on Natalya, only for it to be reversed into a delayed vertical suplex. She holds Rosa in the upside down position for a good long while before finally slamming her to the mat. A little slap to the face precedes a pin attempt, which Rosa kicks out of at 2. Natalya full-on carries Rosa to her corner, slamming her into the turnbuckle and tagging in Kaitlyn. Natalya whips Kaitlyn into Rosa, hitting her back-to-front. Kaitlyn picks up Rosa and hits her with a sidewalk slam, going for a pin that ends at the 2-count.

Jeering from the hell corner lures Kaitlyn over there, and Rosa takes the chance to attack her with her back turned. She drags her toward the center of the ring and full-on slams her face into the mat repeatedly, stomping on her stomach for good measure. She then tags in Tamina, who strong-arms Kaitlyn into a clothesline. She then shoves her into the corner and chokes her against the 2nd turnbuckle, her foot on the back of Kaitlyn’s head. The referee objects, and with his back turned while he scolds Tamina, Rosa and Alicia get to work choking Kaitlyn. When Tamina returns to the corner, she tags in Alicia.

Alicia man-handles Kaitlyn a bit before tagging Rosa in. These quick tag-outs are, I assume, aimed at keeping Kaitlyn stranded and weakened, and it’s a nice strategy. She can hardly catch her breath before there’s a new set of hands grabbing her hair. Rosa kicks Kaitlyn in the back and goes for the pin, which Kaitlyn kicks out of. Meanwhile, in the babyface corner, Natalya and AJ are trying to will Kaitlyn to battle back. Rosa holds Kaitlyn in a sitting position, straddling her shoulder and wrenching her neck. Kaitlyn seems to gather strength from her teammates, shoving Rosa off and blasting her with a shoulder tackle worthy of an NFL game. Dazed, both Divas crawl to their corners and tag out: Kaitlyn to AJ, Rosa to Alicia.

AJ is too quick for Alicia, going on a flurry of offense punctuated by a reverse of a tilt-a-whirl slam that ends with her landing on Alicia. She continues to pepper in offense before going for a pin. Apparently, Alicia’s teammates don’t have much faith in her ability to kick out, because they both bust in and break the pin. This brings in only Natalya, since Kaitlyn’s still recuperating, and she manages to take out both Rosa and Tamina single-handely, planting both with a double clothesline. As the mat clears of the extraneous Divas, AJ and Alicia battle for control, performing a series of twisting Irish whip reversals that resemble a strange dance routine. Alicia wins the “dance”, kicking AJ in the chest and attempting a scissors kick that AJ ducks away from, slipping Alicia into a surprise schoolboy pin. The momentum and quickness of this pin earns AJ the 3-count and the win for her team. The babyfaces exit, celebrating while the heels look furious.

I really enjoyed that match: it gave each Diva sufficient ring time. The in-ring work was great and told a story, each Diva’s style showing through: Kaitlyn and Tamina were hard-hitting, Natalya was quick and technical, Alicia showed her long-limbed athleticism and AJ was just plain fast on her feet. These 6 Divas work really well together, and though it’s a pretty standard good-girls-versus-bad-girls story, I like how it gives a decent showcase to each of them. WWE Superstars is a great place for this to play out, since (as we’ve seen recently) massive Diva Tag Team matches on the bigger shows results in few Divas actually getting in the ring, hasty ring work and a jumbled story. This match is proof that a show like this is perfect for Divas matches: the matches (and the Divas themselves) get to breathe. More, I say, more!

And we do get more! This time, it’s Divas singles action. Melina makes her entrance first, followed by her opponent and horrible friend Gail Kim. Before the match can start, the two stand in the middle of the ring arguing. This isn’t your standard trash talking, and you can tell it’s personal because it’s well after the bell rings that they even start the match. Melina rebuffs a handshake, and they circle each other before finally starting with a collar-and-elbow tie-up. The match starts very similar to the way the 6-Diva tag match started, with Gail taking Melina to the mat with a side headlock and Melina taking control with a headscissors hold. Gail, like Natalya, breaks the hold quickly and goes for a clothesline, which Melina ducks Matrix-style. she whips around and slams Gail with a snapmare, going for a pin. Gail kicks out after the 1-count.

Melina whips Gail into the corner and charges. Gail dodges the attack by slipping through the ropes, performing a sunset flip over the ropes to roll Melina into a pin attempt. Melina kicks out, and the two begin to trade blows, Melina being whipped into the corner. She stops herself, using the corner as leverage to leap bakcwards over a charging Gail. She lands on her feet but appears to hurt her left knee in the process. The ref tends to her and Gail, being a true babyface, waits for her to recover. Melina limps into a tie-up attempt, but her knee gives out, and Gail doesn’t attack, holding her up. She gestures to the referee, and this distraction allows Melina to slam Gail face-first into the mat, her knee miraculously healed. What a perfectly executed opossum play!

Melina takes control, battering Gail and hitting her with a dropkick in the corner. She props her up against the bottom turnbuckle, yelling repeatedly, “You were my best friend!” and then “How am I ever going to believe you now?!” She punctuates this with a slap and eventually relents to the referee’s objections, backing off. She hoists Gail up for a body slam, but Gail uses her weight to force the momentum in her favor, landing on Melina for a pin attempt, which Melina kicks out of. Gail immediately goes for another pin, this time with a backslide maneuver. Melina kicks out again. Both get to their feet quickly, and Melina manages to attack first, hitting Gail with a spinning facebuster. This prompts a pin attempt, but Gail kicks out at the 2-count.

Melina quickly latches on a sleeper hold, but with a few well-placed elbows Gail frees herself. Melina regains control though, punching Gail against the ropes and into the corner. Gail eventually battles back, hitting Melina with a dropkick and a flying clothesline, delivering a shoulder to the stomach when Melina retreats to the corner. She jumps and lands on the back of Melina’s neck sticking through the ropes and then scales the turnbuckle, hitting her with a missile dropkick. Both are moving slow after the attack, but Gail tries to get Melina in position for a pin. Melina senses this and hooks her arms around the bottom rope, trying to save herself. She kicks Gail away and goes for another well-placed kick, but Gail ducks out of the way, allowing Melina to land in a split on the mat. In this prone position Gail rolls her over in a cradle, pinning her for the 3-count and the win.

Instead of celebrating, Gail seems more concerned with the look on Melina’s face. Melina looks cold and angry, and Gail tells her that she’s crazy and that she was her friend. It doesn’t look like this match settled anything. Gail doesn’t even seem happy to get one-up on Melina, probably because it’ll result in more conflict between them.

I really enjoyed that match because, like the 6-Diva tag match, it really allowed the Divas to show their true colors and flesh out their styles. Melina was intense and pulled an excellent trick on Gail, while Gail was sympathetic (perhaps unwisely) and quick with her attacks, but not malicious. The story told in this match was great, though we still have no idea why they aren’t friends anymore. Gail seems reluctant to fully hate her, while Melina is clearly wanting retribution for some personal slight. Melina’s evilness was on full display with her playing opossum, and I wonder if she’ll try it again, trying to take advantage of Gail’s sympathy. I can’t wait for the next chapter in this feud, and I hope that they’ll get the chance (whether on the internet or on television) to flesh out the story a bit more and shed some light on why Melina feels so wronged and why Gail thinks Melina needs a straight jacket.

Both matches this week were great, in my opinion. They were similar in a few ways (starting off with similar moves and ending with a surprise roll-up) but both offered different things: the tag match gave much needed in-ring exposure to a good number of SmackDown girls, while Gail and Melina’s match further solidified the rift between those two. I wouldn’t complain if these two storylines continued on WWE Superstars, since it’s clear that the Divas matches on this show will, more often than not, be better and longer than those on the bigger TV shows. It’s kind of fitting that the internet seems to be a haven for Divas, with Gail and Melina fleshing out their storyline on Twitter and YouTube and the internet-only WWE Superstars giving them a place for matches that don’t end in the blink of an eye. I say, use it to your advantage, Divas! The internet is a big place, and Raw and SmackDown are only 2-hour shows. The limits surrounding the Divas somehow seem to be lessened in this light, and I love it.

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  • Valentine

    nice match arr~ i like it especially Horrible Friends vs Red Carpet Divas

  • StraightEdgeGirl84

    I loved Melina vs Gail. It upsets me that these talents are shoved on a website while far better wrestlers are put on the damn air. Whatever WWE isn’t about talent especially with the women,why even be shocked anymore.

    • StraightEdgeGirl84

      Sorry mean to put far worse wrestlers are put on air.

  • LadyGoDiva

    Yay AJ. Katilyn wasn’t that bad in this match.

    Dang Melina was vicious in this match and pissed off Gail in this match.The match was okay a little bit different then the other one they’ve had. God Bless Melina and Gail for giving us this kind of interesting storyline by themselves. Wouldn’t mind an seeing this happen again next week on Superstars.

    The Divas are having an interesting week here. Kelly Kelly won the Divas title.
    Two great Divas matches on Superstars and nxt week in RAW roulette keeps me wondering about what we’ll see for the Divas?

    • Takeshi Miike

      “Kaitilyn wasn’t that bad in this match.”

      Quite the understatement, imo because of….um…uh..yeah.

  • chrisP

    Haven’t watch Gail-Melina yet, but that six-Diva tag wasn’t bad but really needed more Natalya, AJ, and Alicia and less Tamina, Rosa, and Kaitlyn if the match was going to be that long.

    Also, the spot where the heels took over was amazing. Kaitlyn bounces off the ropes and is hit by Tamina from behind so Rosa can attack Kaitlyn. Sounds good, right? Just one problem, though. Tamina completely forgets to do it! So Kaitlyn bounces off the ropes, takes a couple steps towards Rosa, realizes that she was supposed to have been hit been hit by Tamina but wasn’t, stops herself, turns, and walks over to the heels’ corner. Awesome.

    • Bdawg0701

      That was an awkward moment. Tamina did forgot the moment to strike Kaitlyn. But it was a blink and miss it, so whatever.

      • chrisP

        Watching it again, not only did Tamina forget to do it, but they were way too far away from each other. Had Tamina took a swing at Kaitlyn from the spot where she was standing on the apron, it would have completely missed.

        • Takeshi Miike

          altho, an attempted swipe and miss has been sufficent for distraction in the past.

          also, theres no reason for the outside interjector to NOT move closer (like Rosa to Nattie last week), either in anticipation of the planned spot, or making an adjustment.

          no big deal as the cam angle, the announcers & Kaitlyn saved it as best they could

    • Raekon

      Well at least Kaitlyn sold it as if the trash talking from the corner hit on her nervers. :p
      The others went along with it and it still played kinda ok.

      • beliEVEr

        Ah, good. I thought my eyes were playing tricks when I didn’t see Tamina ever hit Kaitlyn when she bounced off the ropes. But pretty professional of Kaitlyn to play it off well and roll with the punches.

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOyzTv-g8FA Piggie James

        Ah, was wondering about that moment when it happened, but didn’t really think about it. I thought Kaitlyn might have been at fault, but now it seems she did very well thinking on her feet if it was Tamina missing the spot.

        Kaitlyn seems to be developing fairly well, given that she never should have won NXT and put on Smackdown before she was really ready enough for it. As long as they keep her and AJ together she’ll probably be fine, and I think she could learn a lot from Natalya as they have a similar build.

        • beliEVEr

          ^ Agreed. I’m praying and hoping that Nattie takes Kaitlyn under her wing like she usually does with the younger or new/less experienced girls. Kaitlyn could learn a lot from her and if they ever turn Nattie or Kaitlyn heel, I’d love to see a match between these two, because Natalya is great at bringing out the best out of pretty much everyone.

        • Raekon

          To be honest, the final match vs naomi additionaly to what she had brought up in FCW only after 2-3 months of training, were better then “some” divas had ever brought up on the main roster through the years.

          That’s why I was high on Kaitlyn since her beginnings. I believe that she is a big talent with a huge potential that everyone saw in her and thats also why she also won. :)

          I also love naomi, aj and aksana hands down, however, if you check all the fcw matches they had in fcw and compare them with kaitlyns you will see that kaitlyn has already tried out and executed perfectly lots of moves while the other 3 are sticking in a moveset of like 5 – 6 moves(like kelly kelly) from which the half of them are signatures and one is their finisher.

          I really hope they will let kaitlyn show what she can really do in the main roster instead of having her selling the moves of others the whole time while sticking only shoulder blocks and clothelines herself like she currently is.

          As about the missed spot, Tamina were supposed to do what Rosa did last week and hit kaitlyn from behind to distract her.

          She missed the spot (even the commentators said she swiped kaitlyn from behind :p) so Kaitlyn sold it as something different.

  • seasons-of-love

    I love how Alicia’s moveset is gradually become closer and closer to Booker T’s, lol.

    Melina/Gail was fantastic, and the tag match was good as well.

    Glad that you’re doing reduxes again, Erin.

  • Gail Kim #1

    Hey Gail Kim, nice to see you on TV . . oh wait . . I mean online!

  • SherriShepherdWWE

    loved both matches, it was awesome, seeing the Smackdown girls get a good amount of time and prove that they can wrestle, and i would love to see about a 10 minute match between Tamina and Nattie, because everytime there in the ring together it seems like fireworks go off, its fun to watch, and Kaitlyn and Rosa both did really well in there match, and like always Gail and Melina were awesome :)

  • Gail Kim #1

    Gail Kim vs Melina – One of the best, if not the best feud so far this year.
    WHAT are WWE playing at having them on Superstars? This NEEDS to be on PPV seriously!

  • Marshy

    WWE should keep on having matches like this,two Diva matches per night,cause there is always room on a two or three hour show especially on Raw for two Diva matches,like have the number one contender match on the first hour and then maybe have during the second hour to have the Diva Championship title match.

    • beliEVEr

      I remember them doing that once with Beth winning a battle royal and then facing Mickie on later that night. Both matches were great, and it would be cool to see WWE do that again. Back in the day, they use to always have at least two Divas matches on Raw. I miss that.

  • Gail Kim #1

    SICK double kick from the corner and then DROPKICK from Gail Kim @ 4.27

  • http://www.youtube.com/rockinred45mvs RR45

    I really liked both matches. They were amazing! I like AJ and Alicia’s work together. I like Natalya being in the ring because whoever is her opponent will look at the very least decent.

    Gail and Melina can really bring it. I am so happy with the storyline they’ve created together. I don’t know if Creative came up with it since they’re all apparently lazy. The only other storyline that’s intriguing in WWE is Christian’s obsession with the World Title. Anyway both girls have me glued and wondering whats gonna happen next. I really hope they move this feud to Raw! Add the Divas title to make it better and please don’t make the reason for their broken storyline to be stupid. As long as we find out the reasoning..I don’t want another Beth/Mickie incident lol.

  • DAFereldan91

    Quality matches like these were put online rather being on TV?Damn,so sick of the craps they keep showing us on RAW.Hopeless.

  • callie superperv

    god i love aj-no fake body parts-no fake hair-not an ex-model
    can actually wrestle-student of the game-looks normal girl hot-not porno girl hot

    she’s too good to be true

    (the following comments are sarcastic-i know some of you are so literal)
    aj- don’t watch tna impact, don’t talk about it, don’t even think it
    the grinch- i mean the vince is always watching

    apologizes to gailkim#1, but aj don’t even talk to christian or gail kim backstage-once vince feels you have the tna stink on you-all your title dreams will be ruined

    callie “chick busters 4 life” superperv

  • 04bia

    both matches were great IMO, all the divas did good.
    in the 6 diva tag, all the divas played their parts very well, they all had decent in ring time and they were able to show what they got which is what they needed. no complaints! and good to see sd divas on superstars cos they’re never really on the show much. i am very impressed with tamina btw, she could be the next jazz, im loving the way they’re building her up. i also would love to see one of the sd girls to get a divas title feud with kelly. tamina mostly! she needs a push!

    melina and gail was great!!! i loved their chemistry and i love their feud and storyline! their feud should be on raw not superstars,

  • melina prez

    The 6 diva tag team match was great ! I loved how Kaitlyn is improving. And the Gail/Melina match was amazing !!!! Those 2 r the best female wrestlers on the planet ! I c Melina beating Gail nest week in singals competition.

  • Gail Kim #1

    Gail Kim. Any day.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/DivasManiaHD xILOVENATTIEx

    The Gail Melina feud NEEDS to be on raw for a bit as well, The crowd was so into them, this raw let them have a promo (doesnt even have to be long) and a brawl and set them up for a match at MITB or do something cause this feud is to good to waste

  • Melina&Mickie4ever!

    The Drop kick Gail delivered to Melina was so good it was right on point. Most drop kicks some of the divas do are “One Leg Drop Kicks” I dont want to say any names.

    I really enjoyed both matches I dont have a favorite they both were on the same level IMO. Kaitlyn and Rosa did very well , I do always get on them beacuse of their in-ring skills. I do not mind majority of the Divas matches on SuperStars and fueds trust me if it means them getting a decent amount of time. Then Im right on board. Although it would be nice to see Gail & Melina on Raw , even if backstage.

    • Raekon

      let me tell you the names. ;)
      Melina does one leg dropkicks (She did in this match too), Eve does, Kelly Kelly does, Alicia does sometimes too. :)

      Nattie, the Bellas, AJ, Kaitlyn and Rosa are doing dropkicks with two legs as far as I could see till now. :)

      • daemonicwanderer317

        Melina has done both one-legged and two-legged dropkicks. Her two legged ones tend to hit in the chest/upper abs region though.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/dsanchez96?feature=mhum sanchezdiego96

    All this week was actually pretty good. I loved Gail and Melina talking during the match and how Gail was calling her crazy as she left. So intriguing. And I’m also starting to like the whole Tamina/Rosa/Alicia faction. They mesh well together. Great Superstars.

  • A.E

    two really decent matches the melina gail match was my favourite and it’s about time that the sd faces get the win the constant heel win with like zzzzzzzzz, kinda sad to see the divas falling behind way behind the ko’s especially when they have women that can compete with the ko’s it sad to see someone like beth phoenix ,gail or even melina shoved aside to these models

  • TheBeautifulPeople.

    The match’s was pleasant, I loved how they haved TWO, Yes I said it, TWO, Diva matches on Superstars and yes I said it, SUPERSTARS! Anyways, The match was great I favorite the Melina and Gail match, I jumped out my seat when I heard Melina’s music and had a big grin on my face and said ”TWO MATCHES? WOW” I loved both Diva’s in the ring in one night. I loved Alica’s match , All girls can wrestle.

  • wangzy

    these matches are way way way better than the Divas Championship match last monday…with Gail and Melina having this kind of feud and match i don’t mind seeing one of them be the champion and exchanging the title for like a hundred times than seeing kelly and the Bellas hold the title…

    i hope WWE continues this story life between Natalya, AJ and Kaitlyn, and TAmina, Rosa and Alicia, and Melina and Gail….

  • mr_socko

    I’m not really a fan of Melina as a person, and I can’t say Gail Kim excites me either. However I’m happy to admit that is an absolute joy to watch these two wrestle

  • Raekon

    Great matches! I hope we get more and with more I mean more time in the main shows and more longer matches on superstars. :) Either way, I enjoyed both matches a lot. Should they keep up with this on superstars, I will definately make thursday to my favorite day of the week. ^_^

  • Krazyvickay

    The Gailina feud is AMAZING! They are showing so much emoition and way better than the Eve/Bella feud or Kelly/Bella feud