FCW Watch (February 5th, 2012): Kaitlyn & Audrey Marie vs Raquel Diaz & Sofia Cortez

Greetings everybody, and welcome to another edition of your FCW Watch! The developmental program has been on a lengthy string of Diva matches as of late, until last week when the streak was broken and we were all wondering what to do with ourselves. Well never fear, because they return this week in tag team form, as Kaitlyn teams up with Audrey Marie to take on Sofia Cortez (Ivelisse Velez) and the reigning Queen & FCW Divas Champion, Raquel Diaz! We also get a brief continuation of the story that began last week involving General Manager, Maxine, and the newest Diva, Summer Rae (Danielle Moinet).

Without any further ado, let’s get underway!

We head to the arena for the opening of tonight’s episode, as ring announcer for the night, Caylee Turner, announces the following Divas tag team match. The upbeat theme of Audrey Marie hits, as both she and resident SmackDown/NXT Diva, Kaitlyn, step out in matching baseball themed attire. They then exchange a chest bump before hopping into the ring and posing for the adorning fans. Up next comes the new theme song of Raquel’s that I will never forget as belonging to Angela Fong. (Still missed!) Nonetheless, out come both she and partner for the night, Sofia Cortez. They don’t seem to mesh quite as well as Audrey and Kaitlyn did when comparing entrances. Diaz steps in front of Cortez while they step inside the ring, as the bell sounds and we kick things off as Kaitlyn shakes her booty at the villainous duo.

Sofia and Kaitlyn start things off as Cortez mocks Kaitlyn for her ridiculously awesome muscular features before beckoning her for a test of strength. The former NXT victor seems confused at first, but cooperates and easily takes the advantage by hoisting Sofia into the air by one arm and dropping her in her corner as Sir William Regal compliments Kaitlyn’s “walnut crushing thighs”. This man is genius! Raquel decides to make the tag in, as she goes for a slap that Kaitlyn blocks. Ever the one to capitalize on her opponent, Diaz kicks Kaitlyn in the leg and attempts to scream at Audrey I believe, to which Kaitlyn grabs her by the wrist and socks her with a strike. A nice dropkick follows, before Kaitlyn decides to make the tag into Audrey Marie and they hit a double team Irish whip/clothesline maneuver for a one count.

Audrey sends Raquel off the ropes and slips into a nice abdominal stretch, but Raquel quickly breaks it up and transitions into a bridge pin for a near fall. The Divas Champion then ambushes Kaitlyn off the ring apron, before feeling the effects of a kick to the gut from Audrey. Marie sends Diaz off the ropes, but Raquel holds on as Audrey goes for a dropkick. From there, the Queen grabs her by the legs and slingshots her onto the second rope where Sofia kicks her in the head while the referee is caught up with Kaitlyn. Diaz then flips into a jackknife cover for a two count, before shoving her back into their corner and tagging in Sofia Cortez. Sofia then hits a beautiful northern lights suplex for only a two count, as Audrey gets the shoulder up.

Cortez sends Audrey off the ropes, but the former Divas Champion fights back with a kick. She then ducks a clothesline, but gets caught up in a wicked sick flapjack that pretty much looks to snap her neck off the top rope! Sofia hooks the leg, but Audrey gets the shoulder up which only adds to the anger Cortez was facing with her. Raquel quickly tags back in and hits a suplex for a two count, as the crowd starts to get behind the plucky cowgirl. Diaz transitions into a camel clutch, but Marie does not give up no matter what. Raquel just seems relentless in her attacks on Audrey, before flipping it into a pretty cool pin maneuver for a near fall. Sofia Cortez makes the tag back in, as she taunts Audrey and goes for a neckbreaker. Marie manages to flip the neckbreaker into one of her own and drop the veteran with the vicious move.

Audrey tries to make the tag, even kicking Sofia off a few times, which for some reason, persuades Raquel to walk inside the ring and check on her. Sofia proceeds to ambush Kaitlyn off the side of the ring once again, but this gives Audrey the time to make her comeback with a set of clotheslines for a near fall. The crowd gets behind her as she goes for a sunset flip that Sofia counters into one of her own for a close count. Cortez then signals for a backslide, but Audrey drops her with a Russian leg sweep as Kaitlyn soars inside the ring to eliminate Diaz with another one of her dropkicks. Back inside the ring, Audrey goes for the pin but Sofia kicks out. Cortez then looks to go for a suplex, but Audrey sweeps out from under her legs and rolls her up into a bridge pin for the victory! The fan favorites celebrate their victory, as Raquel and Sofia don’t seem too pleased with the result.

Backstage, we spot our new Diva, Summer Rae, as she leads William Regal (Maxine’s former squeeze) into the control room to take a gander at the production behind FCW. She takes a seat per his request, as he looms over her and attempts to show her how to handle the knobs that are a part of the machinery. Summer asks if one of the certain knobs is how you turn the music on, which sparks him to reply that it’s how you turn something on. (Insert our newest WrestleMania theme, Turn Me On by Nicki Minaj, here.) He begins to get a little too close for comfort to Summer, before Maxine walks up on them from behind, none too pleased. She orders William Regal to come to her office immediately, before walking off as Summer questions if Regal has to go. He assures the blond beauty that he can stay for a little bit longer, as he continues assessing the knobs in front of her.

Thoughts: Beginning with the match, I thought it was on the okay side, overall. It was pretty solid until the end when I got confused by what happened. I was waiting for Kaitlyn to get the hot tag for a good few minutes, and then Audrey performs the comeback herself after being beaten up for a majority of the match before that. I don’t know if it was just miscommunication between the four after Raquel ran inside the ring and Sofia shoved Kaitlyn off, but this was the same match I saw at the live event I attended a few weeks ago and I thought that the non-televised match was far superior to this one, so perhaps they worked out the small kinks after this was taped. Who knows?! But I will say that I’m dying for Kaitlyn and Sofia Cortez to get in the ring together for a singles match on TV. Someone make it happen!

Also, I continue to like the segments between Maxine and Summer Rae as well. They’re short, but to the point, and I love that Summer is targeting Maxine’s former (storyline) friend with benefits, William Regal. It makes perfect sense if she wants to get inside Maxine’s head and eventually take over her job, and I really can’t wait to see the continuation between these two. I very much like that Summer is actually being given a role on the show as opposed to simply ring announcing for a while as most Divas do, and fingers crossed, it continues on for her.

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  • SherriShepherdWWE

    it was a nice match, however, the whole time all i could think about, is how I can not see Audrey Marie ever making it to the main roster, i just dont see her up there,

    Also I am dieing to see Sofia Vs Britani, ever since i watched that youtube clip of them in the fatal four way match, it was so good, also Raquel is coming very nicely into her own,

    Anyword on Tenille or when she will be debuting for FCW, or even if she is trainging with FCW, i really hope they didnt release her :

    • WWEStarInTraining

      Y is that, I could see her going up as a fan favorite

      • AJ Fan

        summer rae vs saraya

  • WWEStarInTraining

    I love how Kaitlyn and Audrey wore similar yet dif color attires, maybe wwe may introduce Audrey as Kaiylns partner

  • shameronstar

    I can’t get over how much Raquel screams like Melina:) I love how Sofia has this tough tomboy feel to her. Also, the segment with Regal, Summer and Maxine was funny because of how Regal was blatantly flirting with Summer and than Maxine comes in and tries to ruin the party but to no avail. I like Sofia the most in the match because of the Northern Lights Suplex. I really want divas to start using moves like that more often. While we’re at it someone please start using German Suplexes, Saito Suplexes, and T-Bone Suplexes too!

  • shameronstar

    Hearing Raquel’s new song made me miss Savanna because she’s, in my mind, the original FCW diva. Also, I’ve just noticed that Kaitlyn has a good dropkick! Not good as in height, but good as in technique and execution!

    • Raekon

      Yep, Kaitlyn, AJ and Nattie have the best two legged dropkicks in the division (in my opinion). Rosas and Laylas are great too. :)

      • http://myspace.com/bigdogpimp20 Kantrell

        I personally think Alicia Fox have the best dropkicks in the women division

        • hado

          Agreed with @Kantrell.

  • thejoshifanx

    Sofia Cortez <3 :)

  • WWFoverWWE

    Audrey doesn’t come across as someone who could shine on the main roster, she’s really missing something that even I can’t pinpoint.

    Raquel clearly wasn’t ready for the championship, but then again when does that matter to WWE?

    Kaitlyn needs to work on those dropkicks, they look so amateurish.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/madslam200959 madslam2009

    I agree with everyone else’s comments on Audrey Marie. I cannot see Audrey making it big (or making it at all) on the main roster. I think because she doesn’t really excel in any catergory. She’s not a model (I personally find her attractive but even then, thats on and off and I’m odd like that), she’s a hit or miss in the ring (her moveset doesn’t blend, making her matches look weird) and nothing about her really stands out from the rest. All the other girls have qualities that make them stand out more than Audrey and I always questioned why FCW gave Audrey the title way back then when they were other options (Caylee, Kaitlyn etc.) I also think thrusting Audrey onto TV with a title didn’t help either.

    I thought the match was pretty good. A little miscommunication at the end but other than that, it was fine. Raquel improved leaps and bounds from her last televised match. Wish she would do the 3 amigos suplexs more often and I think she should add the Gory Special as a submission move. Sofia also impressed me though for right now, I’m putting her on the same boat as Audrey (in terms of not being able seeing her on the main roster.)

  • JJ

    Audrey is a tough one to imagine on the main roster, but I always have trouble picturing the developmental divas on the main roster. Whenever I think about that, I think of Maryse. Nothing about Maryse suggested she would be as successful as she ended up being, but people surprise you. Just like Katie Lea seemed like a sure-thing to be the future of the divas division and that (unfortunately) never panned out.

    Audrey to me seems like the one destined to surprise people. I still think people don’t take into account she has less than a years experience, and considering that I’d say she’s doing pretty darn well. I always say she has that sort of charisma that makes you will her on and that came into play here with the whole crowd chanting for her (which regular FCW viewers know isn’t a regular occurrence).

    • trishfan11

      Exactly. I think Audrey will improve as she gains experience. I hope WWE gives her the time in FCW to gain experience and get better in the ring. She has less than one year in the wrestling business and she has improved her in-ring work. There is a lot more to improve for sure and that is why she needs more time and not a quick call up to the main roster. She does have a personality that people can get behind and that is what matters. If Kelly Kelly can be a “success” on the main roster, Audrey can definitely make it. Of course, Audrey is not a blonde and she hasn’t done any extreme exposes but she definitely does more than 5 weak moves in the ring and tries new stuff in almost every match.

    • Jhonmarco

      Completely agree, I myself thought Maryse would never make it & Katie Lea would be the new face of the division. Very ironic.

  • MomoMufFinSsFTW

    I JUST LOVE Raquel!! but her old theme suited her way more…this theme makes me miss angela fong(Savannah) so much :'( R.I.P Angela!!! Dx. I like kaitlyn to but her ring gear is awful…Sofia i never really loved on tough enough. i’m more into caylee but i gotta to say shes really growing on me and shes good in the ring! Audrey was mehh..like above i never seen anything thats special about audrey i mean shes beautiful and everything but something just turns me off..don’t see her in wwe anytime soon. The Match was pretty entertaining i loved the begining showing Sofia’s,Raquel’s,And Kaitlyn’s personalty and strengths. There were a few stalling moments here and there but overall pretty good. The Flapjack Was SICK. the ending was good too…loved the bridge. And raquel’s melina fibes!! xD She was rubbing their faces Dry!!!

  • GailKim95

    Does anyone know what Sofia’s finisher is? Or her finisher that she used on the indys?

    • Raekon

      It was a mid air “trouble in paradise”(kofi kingston) executed sideways with a kick to the head of the opponent. :)

      Check her videos as julia the huntress if there are some still available. :)

      • Raekon

        *Juliet the Huntress

  • http://twitter.com/BroskiRomano Ryan

    Man! Sofie shes so fucken hot!!!

    Kate love her big sexy thighs!! BTW that Raquel Guerrero has a long way to go.. =(

    ok match greatt o see Sofie shes awesome!!

  • Raekon

    Very happy to have Sofia in WWE cause I loved her indy work in the past.

    Her interaction with Kaitlyn was funny and on spot in the beginning and since they are both very athletic, I would love to watch a speedy match between with back and forth action. :)

    Audrey has honed her craft a lot and her technical ability is good so far.

    She and Kaitlyn looked great as a tag team and I wouldn’t mind to see them teaming more.

    Raquel really need to work on her agility cause she almost botched the roll up on Audrey(Audrey grabbed Raquels thighs to hold her when she was about to fall to the side, saving the move).

    It was a quite well worked match in overall with a bit akward parts in between (Audrey trying to hot tag the whole time but never making it and then starting a “huge” comeback and picking up the win all of sudden looked a bit off).

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/999xander999?feature=mhee Sherri Martel Fan

    Ivelisse (Sofia) should be on the main roster! After seeing some clips of her wrestle in Mexico she is amazing! She has been in wrestling since 2005. She was beating men up in the vids. She can sell & she was hitting hard! WWE need more women like Ivelisse & less models.

    • MickieJamesluvslave

      Have a link? THANKS

  • MickieJamesluvslave

    As someone that cannot get FCW, I really enjoy seeing these matches. Shame the divas on the ‘varsity’ are not allowed this amount of ringtime.
    Nice to se 2 of my favorite Young GUn Divas in this match: Kaitlyn and Sofia (I was rooting for her on TOUGH ENOUGH) Still getting to know Audrey and raquel.