NXT Watch (January 11th, 2012): Maxine and Alicia Fox Cross the PG Line, Sweet Meat Plots Revenge

What’s up, all you loyal NXT followers? If you’re like me and still on a magical high from seeing Naomi, Cameron Lynn, and Brodus Clay make their phenomenal, brilliant, tremendous debuts on Monday Night Raw, you too questioned how NXT could possibly live up to that joy. But honestly, who are we to even doubt this Wednesday afternoon treat? NXT lived up to the hype as always as we saw a tremendous segment between Alicia Fox and Maxine that certainly straddled the PG line. On top of that, the two also faced off in a match, as we got some added backstage segments between many of the people involved in “Maxine’s Choice”. Clearly this is Maxine’s world and we just live in it… and you know what? I’m perfectly fine with that.

Enough of my babbling, let’s proceed on!

Following a BRAND NEW OPENING VIDEO which finally seems to confirm that my god, NXT, is staying around for the long haul as an official brand, we head to the ring where Matt Striker stands microphone in hand. He reiterates that next week is the 100th episode of the program, which emanates from Las Vegas, Nevada! Striker continues that for the past few weeks he has been bringing back former talent, before welcoming a former pro from Season 3, Alicia Fox. Foxy makes her way out to the ring in her fancy fox hood and struts down the ramp while pa-pa-pa-partay serenades us in the background.

Matt takes pleasure in her Fancy Fox Hood, as she then begins to purr like a cat which randomly amuses me. He mentions that on Season 3, she was a pro, and her rookie has since taken NXT OVER! She claims that she tried to sell Maxine on eBay so many times before (what?!)… but she is then cut off by the green stage effect and dance club remix theme of the woman in question. Maxine makes her way out from the back and states that she’s so happy Fox could join them tonight, however this is her ring and Alicia was no use to her during her rookie season of NXT, much like how she’s a waste of space now! Fox says that when she tried to help Maxine as her pro, she was stubborn, rude, and belligerent, but Maxine begs Alicia to tell her something she doesn’t know already.

Matt Striker tries to calm them down, but Maxine tells him to “SHOVE IT SEACREST”, as Alicia Fox apologizes and asks how she is doing… or better yet, who is she doing? (Insert my “Oh, hell no” moment number one of the night) Maxine declares that Alicia just gets lonely at night without a tender touch, so she has to stick her nose in Maxine’s business. She continues that it doesn’t matter who or what she does, because she always ends up on her feet. This amuses Foxy because she thought Maxine was more comfortable on her back! (Insert “Oh, hell no” moment number two.) Fox then pushes Maxine onto her back, but Maxine regains her composure and says that she actually prefers being on top, before spearing Alicia to the floor and going at it! The two have to be separated by a referee, as Matt Striker announces they will square off right now!

The ladies circle around the ring, as the bell sounds and they lock up. Maxine backs Fox into the corner until she is forced to back up, as the two lock up again. Alicia shoves her former rookie back, but Maxine connects with a kick to the abdomen. Fox sends Maxine off the ropes and leapfrogs over her, to which Maxine somersaults underneath the legs! She charges off the opposing side, as Alicia bends down into a split hoping to trip her up, but Maxine shows her improvement by stopping herself and dropping a vicious knee to the backside. From there, she locks in a choke, but Alicia snapmares her out of it. Maxine quickly gets up and DRILLS Alicia in the face with a big boot for a few two counts, as the two back up into a corner and Maxine slams her head into the stomach.

Maxine proceeds to throw Alicia down with a hairmare, but Fox kicks her off. Maxine shoots back up and hits a sick European Uppercut, before taking her former pro to the corner and lifting her leg up with a nice chokehold. Alicia hilariously screams for Maxine to get her stinky leg off of her, which sparks Maxine to attempt an Irish whip. Fox reverses it, and sends Maxine flying, but Maxine leaps onto the second rope and proceeds to hop over Alicia. She wraps her legs around Fox’s back and locks in a vicious hold, but Alicia thankfully managed to grab onto the ropes before she could be taken to the center of the ring. Maxine fakes Fox out with an Irish whip and rolls her up with an O’Conner Roll, but Alicia manages to roll through and score the victory! She celebrates her win, as Maxine locks on angrily from the ring at her former pro and we head to a commercial break.

(Note: I am aware that no Divas are in this segment, but they are mentioned and it plays a part in the “Maxine’s Choice” saga so I am including it so that nobody is lost if they don’t see.)

Following a victory for Trent Barreta as he faced off against Tyler Reks, we head backstage to see Derrick “Sweet Meat” Bateman and Justin Gabriel coercing together about Gabriel’s jacket. They fist bump to being on Team Single, as Derrick finally seems to have given up on Maxine and wants to let her marry Dirty Curty. He says the only thing that bothers him is that something happened between he and Aksana, but Gabriel corrects him that he believes it had to do with the text he sent to Teddy Long. Derrick seems lost and pulls out his phone to check the message. He claims he never sent this, as Justin Gabriel claims he either left his phone at the bar again, or someone hacked his email. He continues to tell Bateman that perhaps his password should no longer be “1234” anymore, as Derrick lets out a large “CUUUURTTIIISSSSSSSS” scream, and we head to a break.

Backstage, we see Maxine and Aksana standing together as Maxine claims that Alicia’s victory over her earlier was a fluke. She continues on that she is so sick and tired of all of this drama, but Aksana says that she is here for Maxine, and any help she needs she can ask her. Suddenly, Sweet Meat walks into the picture and demands a moment alone with Maxine. They both try to talk over each other, but finally Maxine takes control and says that they are DONE. She adds that she knows what he did, and as he tries to correct her, she silences him and announces that her new fiancée and herself are going to go to the top and leave Derrick down in NXT so he can enjoy the 200th show while he’s still stuck here. She then excuses herself to go watch her Johnny’s match and pulls Derrick’s nifty skull cap over his eyes before heading out.

Following Dirty Curty’s victory over Alex Riley, he and Maxine begin to celebrate in the ring until Sweet Meat makes his way out from the back and says this doesn’t concern Maxine, before calling her “toots” and outing that he knows what Dirty Curty did. He adds that he’s not sure how he did it, but that next week, this all ENDS. (Insert me pounding my fists on the ground in fury at the thought of “Maxine’s Choice” not gracing my computer screen any longer.) Derrick then walks back up the stage, as Maxine and Johnny question what he could be talking about and we come to a close.

Thoughts: I’ll start with the brilliant segment to open the show between Alicia and Maxine, which I think proved that when she isn’t short on time or rushed, Alicia is actually pretty funny on the mic. Her delivery on the lines to Maxine were on point, and I think Maxine was top notch as always. As much as I love Maxine being on NXT, I really think she could benefit the division to be placed in it. I feel like WWE will see that she is a tremendous talker, and actually allow her to cut more promos than the usual Diva because she has the skills. But overall, the segment reminded me of something we would seen in the “golden age” of the division, and I thought they both came off great in it.

The match, though shorter than past NXT matches, I thought was better than their first outing together. They seemed to mesh better, and given that we got an actual segment between the two to set it up, I don’t really mind it being only two minutes. It feels so weird to actually see two females in a WWE ring get seven minutes to open a show with a promo and match, but that’s why NXT is the hidden gem of the company.

I also beg Derrick Bateman to please take this week and reconsider putting an end to this saga. I don’t know what I would do without getting to recap “Maxine’s Choice” every week, although thanks to the Funkasaurus’ debut, it’s not to the level of extreme depression I would have faced since I now have a backup plan. Still though, I beg this story to go on forever and I hope it never ends.

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  • chrislandee

    I LOVED the back and forth between Alicia and Maxine and the “SHOVE IT, SEACREST” line ahaha Maxine is great.

    …see how easy it is to get the crowd behind someone (Alicia in this case) if you give them a chance to speak and a PERSONALITY?!

  • RealMaryse

    what a great show nxt is I JUST LOVE IT
    but anyways on the spoilers i just wanted to see maxine because alicia was realy annoying for last three weeks but know i`m loving FOXXY again and maxine ofcourse, so yeah great show for the divas and booby i totaly agree that brouds clay`s gimmick is just AMAZING and the fact we got cameron and FINNALY naomi it`s just perfect

  • Lily

    That segment was great. The only thing is Alicia’s bad acting though she did better at the end of the promo but the whole ‘yes, girl’ gimmick gotta go but she did throw in a few good lines through out most of the promo.

  • Melina&Mickie4ever!

    Ayeeeeee! I just love Alicia Foxy so much , gosh she was look oh so smexy If i met her in real life i dont know what i do accept ask for her hand in marriage! LOL Who cares if she is older we’re both in our 20’s lol *reverts back to the wrestling world*

    Anways the segment was on point ! I loved it Alicia & Maxine were both on each other’s toes lol , this felt like a classic back in the day diva segment and we need more of these. The match was awesome too , of course alicia won with the deadly roll-up but given their segment a roll-up would have been the right way to win. I want to see everyone who was bashing alicia on her mic and wrestling skills all of a sudden praise her -_-

    IMO the 1st 2 weeks of 2012 for the divas have been good not excellent not great but good i rate 3/5 ..

  • javiousmckenzie

    Alicia Fox is getting over well as a face crowd signs and all no wonder her push seems to have stalled we know WWE does not want her to become more popular than Kelly like when AJ 1st debuted and was getting chants etc then they put her on the burner. It makes me think of when Molly Holly was a face and was getting major pops and was way over then WWE started giving her crappy gimmicks cause she had potential to be as over as Lita. Disagree i have receipts

    • Crazy_J

      Good point, I really enjoyed watching Molly when she first debuted, well I always will lol but when she debuted she was definitely over. I think this happens A LOT in the Diva’s division. For the most part I think it’s WWE just not being a believer in their diva talent and it shows to us fans who specifically watch for the diva’s.

      • javiousmckenzie

        The WWE has it picks like Jazz said in her era it was Trish and Lita the rest were there to help get them over and i would add Stacy and Torrie but before them people seem to forget The Kat was hugely popular there has been alot of over divas that WWE fail to recognize

  • Crazy_J

    I don’t usually watch NXT but I did enjoy this match :-) I don’t really understand why Alicia ran out of the ring after she won?

  • javiousmckenzie

    Maxine is the answer she can work she looks good she can talk this girl belonged in the Golden Era, She isn’t carried through her matches take Dawn Marie, Heel Trish and Ivory combine them in one you got Maxine. I can see her getting Vickie heat if she is not Divas Champ by Survivor Series BOOOOOOOO!

  • javiousmckenzie

    I like how they made Maxine look strong and is keeping her a threat having Alicia win with a roll up then running makes Maxine look stronger

  • Matthew

    That was golden.
    Alicia and Maxine seem to have a lot of chemistry together, and Maxine really brought out the best of Alicia on the microphone! I loved this segment, and it makes me love the two Divas even more!
    NXT is Maxine.

  • http://www.facebook.com/xxtesxx TommyStarstruck

    I’d love to see a 15 minute match, but THIS is how you do a typical Diva match.

    The promo was AWESOME, and the match went SO well. I loved this match- and didn’t even notice that it was less than 5 minutes:)


  • http://Twitter.com/Just_Trevon Flybytre

    I Watches NXT Last Night And I Was Impressed With The Whole Show It Was Alot Tolerable Than MNR.

    Back To The Show Maxine Is A Freaking Beast On The Mic I Just Love Her And The Match Was Good, But I Do Wish Maxine Would’ve Won. Overall Great Show

  • T@K3SH1

    After countering Fox’s whip to the corner w/ a back mount, she went for a chin lock and NOT the dragon sleeper…
    so its not her move anymore, or is it the poor booking of going to that same position but not wanting the finisher used only to subsequently have to be escaped?

    also Maxine’s counter to Fox’ Irish whip splits was kinda hard to see since w/ her height. Maybe she should go to the 2nd rope like small wrestlers.

  • LayTorres

    If this wasnt PG….the promo would be more mindblowing!! But I liked it. This shows that if you give divas a chance, these ladies can give you spectacular performances….if only WWE management would care.

    • LayTorres

      I loved Maxine here..totally!! She owned the segment, she dominated in the ring, gosh I love this girl. Oh and Alicia, change the hair…..too bright for my eyes. She should go back to her normal hair color.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/ReynXD ReynXD

    WOW! I just love Maxine! This storyline kinda remind me of a Philippine Drama.

  • LayTorres

    Did I forget to say that Justin Gabriel is SMOKIN !!

  • http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/WWE_Divas/ art

    i LOVE maxine….she brings it & wwe should see she is the future of wwe….

    loved the promo i was lol’ing i had to re-watch it several times its that good & the crowd is getting more & more behind alicia as well which is good..

  • JJ

    I was shocked by how well that promo worked. A little time and effort goes a long way. Hats off to Alicia and Maxine!

    Oh, and it was perfectly PG. The slightest implication of sex these days and everyone shouts “THIS IS’NT PG!!!” when it is.

  • Jysos Ouellet

    Maxine is a great heel !!!

  • shameronstar

    Is it bad that I think that that red headed step-child, make shift, unofficial 3rd brand NXT is better than Raw and Smackdown because quite frankly the show as a whole, not just the divas is pretty solid considering it’s had up of jobbers, low cards, and Alex Riley since he’s the only solid mid-carder on the show. The storylines have consistency and If NXT became an official brand I think Alex Riley should be top face with Titus and Derrick being secondaries, and Darren Young should be top heel with Johnny Curtis and Michael Mcgillicutty being secondary heels. Also, Maxine should stay on NXT to be the top heel diva while Alicia Fox, AJ, Kaitlyn, Aksana, maybe Tamina, and the Divas Championship should be sent to NXT.

    • Shan

      As great as that sounds we all know it’ll never happen. It’s the bitter-sweet pain of being a WWE fan, we hope for so much and get so little…but we always hope.

  • DIVAsupporter

    LOVE LOVE LOVE THE EPISODE… divawise that is

    I feel like Maxine carried Alicia in their match…
    AKSANA needs to have a debut singles match
    Johnny Curtis is HOT HOT HOT

  • Shan

    So this is the reason Maxine has so quickly climbed the ranks of my top 3 female TNA/WWE women wrestlers. The woman has the entire package, seriously. If the WWE ruin her I will be so pissed!!! At this rate they should just send all of the Divas to NXT because there at least they actually have storylines.

    …Btw, Justin and Derrick are so FOINE!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Raekon

    The match was a letdown for me cause all they did was shoving each other against the ropes and a slap or kick here and there before the roll up came.

    The promo however was great and lots of fun.
    As others also wrote, when you give the divas time to talk and show character it pays off and shows that all these girls HAVE real talent.

    A talent that WWE itself at first wastes only to blame it on their talent as being talentless afterwards, to excuse the time and in ring limitations. -.-

    Stupid hypocrites!

    • http://au.groups.yahoo.com/group/WWE_Divas/ art

      it looked like a real fight well kinda….i enjoyed it their was no point of either girl doing alot of wrestling moves because it got personal…

  • MNM4ever

    Brought me back to the old days! great promo!!!!!!!!! two of my favourite divas,,
    the match was really short but told a good story

  • trishlita

    what does a diva have to do to get a title match these days alicia has beaten every1 on the roster even the champion.
    maxine reminds alot of melina her personality and fight style

  • BobAnthony