FCW Watch (February 12th, 2012): Raquel Diaz vs Audrey Marie

Aloha, FCW Universe, and yes, that intro was solely done to mix things up from my usual shtick. Another Sunday evening has passed us by and tonight’s episode of the developmental territory has brought us a plethora of Diva related action. Tonight, Audrey Marie cashes in her rematch clause against the reigning Divas Champion, Raquel Diaz in what is sure to be a jam packed bout. The struggle for power between Maxine and Summer Rae (Danielle Moinet) also continues on, as they take part in a segment ringside later on in the show as well. Enough blubbering, let’s get started!

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We head to the ring where tonight’s announcer, Caylee Turner, announces the following return match for the Divas Championship. Shades of Angela Fong ring through the arena from that theme, and out walks Raquel Diaz with both her titles, and a microphone in hand. Diaz greets the fans and introduces herself as La Reina de FCW, before acknowledging that she holds the Divas Title as well. After her amazing laugh, she starts to make her way to the ring while stating how she feels bad for Audrey since the title represents Marie’s life and she no longer has it. Raquel states that she can only imagine how empty, sad, and worthless she feels with out, as another phenomenal laugh greets my ears.

Diaz continues on that since she is such a good person, and practically owns the joint, she is going to grant Audrey her rematch tonight. She then reassures Audrey that she’s going to be experiencing some mad deja-vu, in that she will leave here tonight the same way she did a few weeks ago…empty handed. A third beautiful laugh follows up, and out comes Audrey Marie in her finest Texas related gear to challenge for the Divas Title. She climbs into the ring and the referee holds the belt up and we get things started in this Championship contest between the two Divas.

They quickly lock up, but Audrey takes control with a full nelson from behind. She spins Diaz around into a wrist lock, before transitioning into a headlock. Raquel sends Audrey off the ropes, and the plucky challenger fights back with a shoulder tackle. Marie flips Raquel over into a pin attempt, but only musters a two count. Raquel gets back up and blasts Audrey in the face, before sending the Texan native into the ropes. Audrey then manages to stop herself and proceeds to flip into a nice roll up for another near fall. Raquel then goes for a clothesline, but Audrey matrixes backwards and flips up into her awesome headscissors type maneuver to send the Champion down in this contest.

Audrey sends Raquel into the corner, but the champ comes back with an elbow and drop toe hold. She then crams Audrey’s face into the turnbuckle, and boots her forward. A snapmare follows up, proceeded with a kick to the back and a headlock to keep the challenger grounded. Diaz beats on Marie’s chest, as the crowd gets behind her and she begins to mount a comeback with a crossbody…however Diaz rolls through and gets a two count. She then blasts Audrey with an elbow to the shoulder, before hitting a neck snap and reverting back to the headlock.

The crowd continues to get behind Audrey, and she finally escapes the hold with a jawbreaker, before knocking Diaz back with a clothesline. She continues on with a reverse elbow, as she then drops the champ with a bodyslam for a two count. Marie goes for a headlock, as Diaz flings her into the ropes and she comes back with a shoulder block. From there, Audrey rolls backwards into a really unique bridge pin, but unfortunately for her both of their shoulders are down and the referee counts for both women! Raquel just barely lifts her shoulder up at the count of three, but poor Audrey believes she has won. The referee instructs Caylee to announce Raquel the winner, as the cunning Champion smiles heavily with her successful title defense.

Out to the interview area we go, where newest Diva, Summer Rae, and her assistant stand ringside. She informs the FCW Universe that they have a great show lined up tonight, but first, she has a very special announcement. Summer tells everyone how she wants to let us know that she keeps our best interests at heart, and that is why she is setting out to put together a group of men and women to become the future superstars of the WWE. She concludes by stating that she’s here to sign talent… before being cut off by our General Manager and NXT Queen of Mean, Maxine!

Maxine questions who she is, because the last time she checked, she’s the General Manager and Summer Rae is not on her roster. Maxine’s attention then turns to her poor vertically challenged assistant, as she questions who he is as well. She politely, yet sarcastically, asks both of them to please go, and out the pair step with a smile on their face per Summer’s orders. Maxine instructs Summer, whom she dubs sweetheart, to not trip on the way out, as this segment comes to a close even though the war between these two rages on.

Backstage, Maxine proceeds to walk up to the freshly returned Bo Rotundo, as she states that she wants to let him know how important she sees he is to the company. She then adds how she realizes how much she needs him there to make her job easier, and that she knows how he wants a shot at the Florida Heavyweight Championship being that he never fairly lost it in the first place. Maxine tells Bo that she can make what he wants a reality for him, before heading off and leaving him to wonder if he can in fact trust what the GM says or not.

Thoughts: Kicking things off with the match, I thought it was superior to the showing where Raquel won the belt. Audrey is picking things up in her quickness, and I think she is definitely working on not getting so winded as a match goes on. I liked the moves she showed here, and even just her various roll up attempts were all lightning fast and made them look much better overall. Raquel is getting better in the ring as well, and I long for the day where she gets to face Sofia or Saraya because working with one of them is going to make her improve. Overall, I enjoyed the match, and Raquel’s promo was also very good. She is a natural on the microphone, and the laugh, like I said, started to become music to my ears as she went on.

I’m also still enjoying the segments with Summer and Maxine, as both ladies look to be comfortable on the microphone. We all know how good Maxine is, but I was pleasantly surprised by Summer since this is the first actual time she’s gotten to use it without being a ring announcer. I’m very intrigued to see where this is heading, and just who will be a part of the stable she spoke of. Like I said before, I love that she’s actually become a character and not just stuck to ring announcing. Hopefully one day we can see her in the ring after she gets training down, because I’m really liking her so far.

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  • shameronstar

    Think both Raquel and Audrey have gotten a little bit better since there first match together and I LOL’ed when Audrey practically beat herself. Also, Summer Rae is surprising very good on the microphone considering that was the first promo she ever cut, and Maxine was aggressive as always:)

    • Kim099

      A little a little They were great to where they are now

  • stratagias@gmail.com

    Yyyyyy…. Audrey Marie stole Trish Stratus moves….

    • xxQOXxx

      I hate it when people say that.
      It wasn’t Trish’s Move, you can’t steal moves. It’s been done for many years before Trish did and it will be done time and time again by other people for years to come. :rollseyes:

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/ElectricMVx No Holds Barred

        did someone use it before her? I’ve honestly never seen anyone use it before Trish :S

        • redsandman99

          It’s very hard to find originality in wrestling, especially when it comes to move. Trish may have popularized the move in WWE but I’m sure someone, somewhere, used that move.

        • MomoMufFinSsFTW

          The move is basically just a long headscissors just used in a different way..so trish didn’t make the move she made it very popular though I’ll list the people who did the variation of this move. Trish,Angela Fong(Savannah),And now
          Audrey. :P

  • Raekon

    Summer starts to grow on me.
    I saw her talking in a promo of abraham before but was only like 2 words.
    She seems to be talented and comfortable to the mike.
    In my opinion I would rather have her as a manager/valet instead of having her in the ring.

    Raquel was a bit better partially and less sloppy then usually in her match.
    What bothered me was that they kept playing the music when she cut her promo so people barely were able to hear her.

    Other than that was a good match for these two and liked the twist with the pin.
    Audrey has improved fast and a lot since she joined the FCW.
    I like her passion for the in ring work cause it really shows.

  • Rhawk

    I can definetly see Summer not going to compete in the ring, but instead become the new General Manager of FCW, cause I have a feeling Maxine will be heading for bigger and better places by the middle to end of the year, and having her stuck on FCW any longer is a crime imo.
    The Audrey/Raquel match was alright, nothing special but we can clearly see how much both women are getting used to working in the ring. Give them both a year, maybe 2, and they’ll be ready for the main roster. Heck, put them on there now, with shorter matches on main TV compared to FCW, these women will be fine the way they are. =-P

  • RikkiMendes

    Loved the ending to the match, I even had to go back a minute in the video just to know what actually happened, haha!

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

      Yeah, I like the way they ended the match too, it was pretty neat. I wish they would implement that sort of ending in some televised matches.

  • thejoshifanx

    Horrible match. I hope WWE starts hiring more women who can wrestle.

    Not sure why they hired Summer Rae. She obviously isn’t a wrestler, and I think she’s ugly, I guess someone must find her attractive.

    More Sofia Cortez please :).

    I’m so glad Mike Dalton is the FCW Florida Heavyweight Champion now.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/ElectricMVx No Holds Barred

      Your opinion doesn’t matter anymore, not that it ever did

    • thejoshifanx

      So yours does? Lol shut the fuck up! I’m giving my opinion just like everyone else is. If you don’t like my comments then don’t read then or reply to them.

      • thejoshifanx


        • MomoMufFinSsFTW

          I agree i don’t find summer attractive at all..=/ I also hated her as a ring announcer this role seems to suit her though i guess.

    • JamieKym

      TheJoshiFanX(all day): indies, indies, indies, indies, indies, Jessica Havoc, indies,indies, indies, indies, indies, indies.

      • thejoshifanx

        If you don’t like my comments don’t fucking read them

        • JamieKym

          This is the first time I commented about after two fucking months. It’s every video you comment on.

        • thejoshifanx

          No it is not if you would read all of my comments you would see that is not true. Like I said if you do not like my comments do not read them.

  • redsandman99

    Match was kind of eh to me. I don’t really think those two really have that good of chemistry together. They’re both so new it always feels like the blind leading the blind. And is it just me, or did some of Raquel’s bumps just seem like she was doing them really gingerly? Like the ones she took when Audrey were starting to make her comeback looked like shit.

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

    Lame match. Still unimpressed by either women. Next.

  • WWFoverWWE

    The match was okay, way better than their last match.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/ElectricMVx No Holds Barred

    hmm Raquel has a bit of learning to do, I think she was the reason for the match being slow paced and bad at times. Summer Rae is HOT, kinda reminds me a bit of Miss McCool.

    I can’t wait for Britani, Tenille and Taya to start wrestling in FCW, Raquel is a bit tiring, I think they pushed her too far at the start

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/ElectricMVx No Holds Barred

      although, the ending was cool, similar ending to Moolah vs Richter at Brawl to End It All.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/ElectricMVx No Holds Barred

    The Summer/Maxine segment was pretty funny.


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

    the match was bad….but their at the right place to learn…

  • bananaleaf24

    Raquel Diaz is an obvious fan of Maryse – just sayin.

  • Mikas

    Lots of negative reactions. People often forget that these 2 are rookies, with less than a year of training. You can’t expect them to put on 5-star matches.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/ElectricMVx No Holds Barred

      most people here actually do.