NXT Watch: Photoshop.. It’s More Than Good, It’s Grrrreat!

It’s another Tuesday (okay really Wednesday) which means we have just witnessed a jaw dropping episode of NXT. On tonight’s show, the storyline between AJ and Maxine heats up with not only a rematch, but a backstage segment to discover the whereabouts of Hornswoggle. The couples took a break from each other this week, so let’s see how the ladies do when they don’t have their soulmates behind them.

We return from a commercial break to find the plaid loving AJ on her cell phone. She seems to be questioning why Hornswoggle has not returned any of her messages, or answered his phone as of late. As she hangs up, Maxine enters into the Frey. AJ questions where he is, to which Maxine believes she means Derrick, and informs her that he’s in the back soaking his feet after his tag match with Tyson Kidd against Titus O’Neil & Percy Watson earlier in the night. AJ stops her and demands to know what she has done to Hornswoggle.

Maxine breaks the news to AJ that Hornswoggle took off with the Bella Twins to Palm Springs for the week! Her reasoning behind this allegation? He got sick of little girls, and preferred real women. AJ doesn’t believe Maxine, which sparks the seductive she-devil to show AJ a photo of the leprachaun with the Bellas that she caught on her camera phone. AJ still doesn’t believe her, and as she walks off, Maxine drops the bombshell that Photoshop is greeeeat (read that in your Frosted Flakes/Tony the Tiger voice).

“If you want it, come and get it” blasts over the sound system, as the room turns bright green…which can only mean it’s time for Maxine! Once she makes her way to the ring, the bell sounds and the two divas lock up. Maxine shoves AJ off, and as the two get together again, she backs AJ into the corner and begins choking her, screaming “Where’s your boyfriend now, huh?!” She lets go at a count of three and charges forward. AJ catches her with a shove backwards, which for some reason amuses me greatly…

Maxine lands on her knees, allowing the Pocket Rocket to run forward with a front dropkick! Maxine scurries to the corner to fend off her nemesis, but AJ jumps up and hits a nice monkey flip for a two count. She Irish whips Maxine into the ropes, but Maxine reverses it and drops AJ with a atomic drop, followed by simply tossing her around by the hair. She slams AJ face first into the canvas and applies a brutal looking submission move, sparking a “Lets go AJ” chant to break out.

Maxine throws AJ into the second rope and begins to choke her with her leg. She continues to take control, heading back to the leg submission, which looks to brutally bend AJ in half. Maxine locks in a choke hold, asking AJ if this is what she wants. Knees to the back, followed by re-applying the choke. “Where’s your boyfriend at, huh?” AJ gets to a vertical base and tries to fight Maxine off, but the lady in red throws AJ back for a two count.

She whips AJ into the ropes and delivers a sick boot to the jaw for another close call victory. Maxine begins choking AJ in the corner with her foot, before dropping her with a neckbreaker. She begins to grow furious with AJ’s never say die attitude, just relentlessly pounding her in the chest, and choking her with submissions. Maxine picks AJ up and tosses her to the corner once more. After charging forward, she throws AJ into the opposing turnbuckle. Maxine charges once again, but she is met with both of AJ’s boots to her face.

AJ ascends to the second rope, and leaps off with a beautiful reverse crossbody to garner a two count! AJ begins to gain control of the match, with a running clothesline, followed by an awesome looking roundhouse kick to the head. AJ takes Maxine down to a knee, and looks to go for her shining wizard, but Maxine gets back up to a vertical base and attempts a clothesline. AJ manages to duck, but Maxine lifts her onto her shoulders and drops AJ throat first onto the ropes. From there, she lifts AJ up into a double underhook position, and drops her in a move that I can’t explain, as I simply watch in awe and how sick and great it truly was. For the purposes of my own enjoyment, I will refer to this maneuver from now on (until an actual name is revealed) as “Maximum Destruction”.




Maxine scores the victory in this one on one contest! As she celebrates in the ring, Titus O’Neil runs out to check on AJ. Maxine makes her way up the entrance ramp smirking, as this match comes to a close.

Thoughts: Where to start? Much like last week, I loved the backstage segment. People may be upset that Maxine and AJ are on NXT, but look at all they get to do. I think the length of their backstage segment alone was the span of 10 Raw Diva Matches. It’s really enjoyable to watch them actually getting time, and a storyline. I don’t know if this will lead to the Bella Twins coming to NXT, but I thought it was a great touch to have Maxine show AJ a photo, and then reveal it to be photoshopped together (I’m assuming she used a photo of when Hornswoggle & The Bellas were on screen together at Wrestlemania 27 and photoshopped the background to a beach scene).

Onto the match, another enjoyable contest. I loved how they had AJ get beat down for the most part because it really helps people to believe Maxine to be this controlling heel in the sense that she controls her matches (and her men). AJ is probably the best seller in the division in my opinion, but she still gets to show some cool moves so it works. Maxine’s finisher is probably my new favorite in WWE, and I don’t know where she came up with it, but props to her for doing something completely different and not reverting to the facebuster that’s been handed down from generation to generation…All in all, I love NXT, and I hope it just turns into a brand honestly. I’d like to see Kaitlyn and maybe debut Naomi as a heel, or bring Aksana even, to mix the matches up a little.

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  • http://youtube.com/stephenpeppard stephenpwwe

    Amazing, loved this match.
    Highlight has to be Maxine’s finisher, it was bloody amazing !
    she really needs to keep it. It looked so much more smoother then Nikki Roxx’s “Barbie Crusher”

  • Lanoom

    Why do they keep giving the Divas horrible soft dance club songs…

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/ElectricMVx ElectricMVx

      they need something to match the horrible shades of hair

    • Lanoom

      Anyway, good match from both women.

    • Lily

      Maxine’s theme song fits her. It’s actually one of the better themes for the girls.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/ElectricMVx ElectricMVx

    Nice finisher Maxine. I liked it, a bit like Roxxi’s but Maxine does the royal butterfly first then the drop. Whereas Roxxi does a hammerlock

    • Dave Muscarella

      I think between her finisher and ring attire, Maxine is a Sara Del Rey fan.

  • Lily

    The feud between AJ and Maxine is great. Maxine has improved so much since her NXT days. I think its time for Kelly to take a trip down to FCW for a while.

    Also, i’m loving how most of the girls down at FCW are trying out things out of the norm for the Divas (ex: Maxine’s finisher, Aksana’s finisher, Audrey’s heel kick off the top rope, etc).

  • Melina&Mickie4ever!

    Match was Perfect ! Im not gonna lie my mouth dropped when Maxine did her finisher…Lmao because it was so different , i would never thought wwe would have a diva do a move like that. Maxine and Aj’s fued is getting really good and Aj played her part well in the match , she sold and performed the same feeling she felt when Maxine showed her that picture. Wow ! 4/5 Match…

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/bxshadow23?feature=mhum EveLover

    The best part of the match was maxines finisher . It was great ,and like many said ,out of the norm. The match itself was also great ,really enjoyable. The Backstage segment ,I really Loved .Really well played out night . It kinda sucks that the divas need to go on NXT or Superstars to have a good feud. -.- shame .

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

    That’s what i’m talking about. It makes me wonder how good the matches would be if they got a few more minutes on Raw and SD. Anyway that was a freaking kicka** match. Maxine’s finisher is awesome and AJ sold it awesome.

    Maxine’s song needs to go lmao. AJ’s is a little more tolerable at this point.

  • shameronstar

    I’ve got to say, Maxine isn’t one of my personal favorites but even I will admit that she has gotten MUCH better since NXT3 from last year. The match had no botches and Maxine’s finisher reminded me of Roxxi’s voodoo drop (which was always a cool and sick move to me:D). Maxine definitely is proof that there is hope for some divas who are below average in-ring workers.

  • French.One

    I thought the match was a little too long for what it was and the pace wasn’t that good, Maxine spent too much time trying so make AJ quit and it killed the audience who was into the match at start, they should also have let AJ got more offence.
    I didn’t like the neckbreaker who was slowly executed.

    Anyway, the rest was good, I liked the monkey flip from AJ, and Maxine finisher. She used to have a butterfly suplex as a finisher when she was at the fcw, and when she started her move I though she was going for a royal butterfly suplex like Del Rey, which unfortunately wasn’t the case :'(

  • SherriShepherdWWE

    wow, i loved the match,and once again Maxine offically made me a fan of hers from this match and this backstage segment, just wow, i look at this weeks FCW with aksana and now maxine, from there last two matchs. FCW really are doing good at producing talent

  • Blonde Bombshell

    gotta love maxine’s sassy attitude! the match was great! good job from both girls, even though i think AJ is really annoying =/

  • alexl467

    Do you all think that some time in the foreseeable future the WWE is going to shift the love story angle from being between Aj and Hornswoggle to AJ and Titus?


  • Kash Hunt

    The match was great, but I don’t like too many submissions in one match. It feels so dragging after a while. I like the fact that they’re pushing Maxine even though she doesn’t have the mold diva look.

  • Mikas

    Maxine has lots of potential as a heel. Her moves are executed properly and they look vicious. But she needs to work on some psychology, it feels like she is just executing some random moves in the ring (kinda like Winter this week). If you just want to be vicious in the ring without a gameplan on how you are going to win, then leave the submission holds out of your moveset. Like some people have already said, they were bored because of the slow pacing of it.

  • http://Twitter.com/Just_Trevon Flybytre

    This Was Actually A Good Match Maxine Is Impressing She’s Come Along Way Since NXT 3.

    Maxine Finisher Was Great But It Reminds Me Of Roxxi’s Move The Only Difference Is Maxine Modified It And Made It Her Own By Butterflying The Arms.

  • Mr. Asstastic

    I cannot take Maxine seriously since Rosa called her out for her overbite. That’s all I see now when I look at her.

    • http://www.youtube.com/RingVixens Teri


    • squared.circle

      LMAO! I once had an overbite and being identified by it was not cool haha

  • BillyGP

    Good match wish AJ won but oh well she sold perfectly. Maxine has come a long way since the NXT season they was on but she still god time and more improving to go.

    • BillyGP

      Typo *Got time

  • MaryseAddict

    Maxine’s finisher reminds of Roxxi’s Voodoo Drop

    • Mikas

      Thats because it is a voodoo drop. It’s a modified version though.

      • laqisha

        dosn’t that lexxus chick from wsu uses the voodoo drop but a modified version though???

  • A.E

    i liked the match but felt a little drag,not complaining it’s atleast better than the usual divas.kinda angry that aj become a jobber ,she deserve better hopefully i am wrong and getting pushed.as far as maxine goes she is for sure getting better and i hope she keep it up

  • e.beautyy

    its a damn shame that this isn’t whats being showcased on raw.
    good job girls.

  • http://www.youtube.com/RingVixens Teri

    omg Maxine’s adopted the voodoo drop (a slightly modified version, anyway)

    very nice

  • BellaBaby

    I love Maxine and do you think that was a way to start a feud between the Bella twins and aj?!?

  • http://ashmultimedia.wordpress.com melon2617

    Maxine has some of the worst ring gear ever.

  • http://twitter.com/EnvyFYI Envy

    It amazes me that even with a match as good as that, people still find something to complain about. It was a good match. AJ’s still as good as ever. Maxine’s improved a lot. They put together a solid match. Leave it at that.

  • WWFoverWWE

    Dear Aj…..please get new ring gear and throw this plaid/skulls stuff you’re wearing to the nearest trash can. Please and thank you

    same with maxine, her new look is just bad

    the match was okay

    • bananaleaf24

      i actually like her attire. haha. i do however think her shorts are a little high, but i’m not complaining shes killin it haha. all in all, i dig AJ’s swag, its better than having her wear glittery ice skating attire… hahaha

    • Dave Muscarella

      I love AJ’s ring gear. It sure beats some of the slutty stuff other divas wear. It fits her look perfectly.

      Also, I am seeing a lot of potential in Maxine, which is a far cry from her NXT3 days. She could be a great heel diva for years to come assuming she keeps improving like she has. She has flashes of Lacey from ROH in her and I like it.

      • WWFoverWWE

        AJ’s NXT gear was way better and it fit her. Now what she wears is just ugly, I mean plaid and skulls??? she’s definitely take a huge step backwards in wardrobe

        and don’t talk about looking slutty, look how small AJ’s top and shorts are

      • trishfan11

        I too like AJ’s ring gear – she’s the girl next door and a bit nerdy and the gear brings that out perfectly. Maxine’s ring gear is just ok – I’ve seen her wear better stuff in FCW. Anybody who has watched Maxine in FCW shouldn’t be surprised with her in-ring work. She can put on some good matches, has charisma and can cut a good promo.