FCW Watch (March 18th, 2012): Audrey Marie & Kaitlyn vs. Sofia Cortez & Paige

Hola everyone and welcome to another FCW Watch presented by yours truly. For the past few weeks, tensions have been on a rise between the ladies of the developmental territory, as we’ve seen new blood come in, upcoming stars continue to improve, and one conniving champion do whatever it takes to retain her title. This week, though, I’m not even going to sugarcoat it for you… we get a whole lot of amazement. Audrey Marie and Kaitlyn will team up to face the team of Sofia Cortez and the in-ring debuting Paige! On top of that, we get a phenomenal segment involving Summer Rae and Maxine, as well as another one which highlights Raquel Diaz and the “debut” of PSYCHO Audrey Marie who may just become a favorite of yours. Without any further ado, let’s begin!

We head to the arena where the familiar team of Kaitlyn and Audrey Marie hit the dance floor that we call a squared circle. They pose for the fans inside, as some amazing rock music hits and out walks the Anti-Diva team of Sofia Cortez and PAIGE! The two step into the ring as the bell sounds and we get underway with Sofia and Kaitlyn. Sofia imitates Kaitlyn’s muscular stature, which brings them to lock up and Kaitlyn gives her a noogie! Sofia locks the wrist, while Kaitlyn reverses it and hoists Cortez up into the air where she then drops her to the mat in pain for a two count.

Kaitlyn drags Sofia to their corner and hits a nice double team Irish Whip into an arm drag. William Regal brings up Kaitlyn’s walnut crushing thighs once again, as Audrey scores with a nice dropkick that sends Sofia outside. Marie goes for a running move that Sofia ends up stopping, which brings Paige into the mix of things as she ambushes Audrey from behind. Sofia hooks the leg for a two count, which brings William Regal to discuss Paige’s wrestling family! Cortez and Paige double team Audrey a bit, before tagging out as the two drop Audrey with a back suplex.

Paige immediately drills Marie with a snap suplex for a close call, screaming to the referee in anger at his two count! Paige hoists Audrey up and nails a nice sidewalk slam, before locking her in an AMAZING submission hold that I’ve honestly never seen before. Wow. Audrey is basically stretched like a pretzel until Paige lets go, as Sofia is tagged back in and hits a Northern Lights Suplex for a two count. Cortez tries to bring the fight to Audrey, but Marie hits an arm trap neckbreaker and crawls towards Kaitlyn as Sofia tags in Paige. The referee doesn’t acknowledge it for whatever reason, and they do the tag over, as Paige stops the tag from happening. Audrey kicks Paige off, bringing in Kaitlyn like a house of fire with a shoulder tackle!

She knocks Sofia from the apron, before leveling Paige with a dropkick and a huge running crossbody. Paige goes for a clothesline, but Kaitlyn reverses it into a sit down bomb and then locking in an arm submission. The crowd cheers for Paige to get out, but she ultimately taps as Kaitlyn and Audrey celebrate their win. Suddenly, Sofia and Paige ambush the two! Kaitlyn is tossed from the ring while Paige applies a full nelson to Audrey. Sofia heads to the top rope…and what is this?! A barefoot Caylee Turner of all people climbs onto the ring apron and tosses Sofia off! Raquel Diaz is out now and all hell has broken loose as Kaitlyn dropkicks the dang tiara off her head! The lines are drawn between teams, as these six Divas stare off with one another.

Backstage, we spot the amazing team of Corey Graves and Jake Carter standing by, as our new General Manager, Summer Rae informs them that she sees them fitting in her organization. The two head off, which brings her to instruct Naylor to make reservations for her and Jake on Friday, with Corey on Saturday!~ Suddenly, Maxine steps into the room and cuts Naylor off, as Summer sarcastically asks if she likes what she’s done with the place. Maxine claims it’s very “her”, and Summer agrees! Maxine then bends down and lets her know that she’s not finished with her, before turning around and slapping the ever loving glasses off of Naylor’s face! I think he begins to cry, but Summer simply stares on in anger at this bombshell laying a hand on her scribe. There will be hell to pay!

Later on in the show, Raquel Diaz walks out and introduces herself, before realizing her banner is not here yet. She goes over her list of accomplishments, stating that she’s so close to making Audrey Marie snap. Diaz continues to taunt her, stating she’s surprised it hasn’t happened already. She cites Audrey’s “WWE Muscle”, Kaitlyn, as helping her try to fight off the Queen of FCW. Raquel continues speaking, until she is AMBUSHED by the debut of “Psycho” Audrey Marie aka my new idol. Audrey pounces on her and goes INSANE, not letting up on Raquel as referees are forces to restrain her. The crowd cheers them on, as Audrey lets out some amazing screams and chases Raquel to the back after fighting the referees off! AMAZING!

Thoughts: Starting with the match, personally, I think it’s the best Divas match we’ve seen on FCW in a long time. Paige brought it to a new level truthfully, and she and Sofia will likely continue to do that for however long they team together. I would kill to see Kaitlyn and Paige go one on one because I think it could be amazing if given enough time, which I’m sure in FCW, it would get. The submission was unbelievable and things like that will only help Paige even more to standout from everyone. She is so unique from the whole roster.

Summer and Maxine’s segment was also pretty great. It’s no secret that I really enjoy both women, and seeing her smack the specs off the scribe was kind of horrifying because it really did look like he was crying from how painful it was. I’m not sure if these two will continue to feud after this set of tapings as I don’t believe Maxine was at the most recent ones, but we’ll have to wait and see. I’m all for anything that gives either woman more screen time.

And finally, Audrey Marie, you have found your calling. I love the cowgirl gimmick, but hot dang, if you could just play this insane loose cannon in everything you’d be unbelievable! I thought the segment was very well done by both ladies, although I don’t understand why it was shown this week instead of next. I’m not complaining though because I loved everything about it. I’m glad this was more than just Raquel cutting another promo about her banner, as this honestly added so much to Audrey for me. It felt like the two have had an actual storyline driven feud for the first time, rather than just a series of matches where Raquel won Audrey’s title. I miss segments like this in wrestling, where someone just completely snaps, and I think it can do wonders for Audrey if she continues on with it.

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  • koshiro

    Paige is AWESOME!
    Can’t wait for her to go to main roster, already =D

    • http://twitter.com/sieghrt sieghrt

      They should’ve signed her there, not here on FCW imo LOL!

    • WWFoverWWE

      She’s too young. They’re not going to put a 19 year old on the road, she’s still a kid.

      • WWEStarInTraining

        Kelly was 18 or 19 though

        • WWFoverWWE

          This isn’t 2006, rules have changed in WWE.

  • http://twitter.com/sieghrt sieghrt

    Paige’s submission hold needed more strength, but you know, I kinda got myself cringe while watching her performing it on Audrey. Those movesets done by both parties, we don’t see those either on Raw or SmackDown that much :|

    I think, they’d all be good on TV compared to the ones we have, there’s only a few divas that could actually entertain and wrestle at the same time.

    And yes, Paige and Sofia = totally a good team to watch out!

  • shameronstar

    Paige’s submisson hold looks like a move I saw Bull Nakano do before which is kind of cool. FCW was great for the divas this week. Maxine seemed a lot hotter for some reason, and she’s well on her way to becoming a certified badass. Audrey is almost as crazy as Kelly Kelly. I just realized Raquel isn’t going to get her banner because the crown and the championship will be deactivated soon and because FCW is shutting down. Maybe if or when wwe starts a promotion in Connecticut Raquel can be the CWC women’s champion or something. I just hope all the girls don’t stay in limbo for too long when they relocate.

    • Chryst Voegele

      I never think someone remind Bull Nakano but when I saw your comment!!!

  • redsandman99

    I thought this was a good match. Paige and Sofia really impressed me. I hope we see them on the main roster sooner rather than later.

  • French.One

    See how indie girls can level up the quality of a match.

    On a side note, I really wonder we haven’t seen much divas doing suplexes last year.

  • Teri

    Ok seriously, why the fuck isn’t Paige on the Raw/SD roster? Fucking ridiculous.

    • French.One

      As much as I think Britani is the only talented girl they have down in the FCW, I think they should let her a little down in FCW.

      ps: I read wwe didn’t let talent under 21 go to the main roster, which means two more years to wait.

      • http://twitter.com/sieghrt sieghrt

        It’s not just Paige, Sofia looks kinda good too!

  • SherriShepherdWWE

    very nice match, i love the FCW divas :) very impressive match especially Paige, and Sofia, and the catfight between Audrey and Raquel was awesome

  • JJ

    Good match! Been a while since you could say that about FCW.

    After a lapse during that dreadful triple threat, Audrey Marie is back to improving! This is probably her best match to date, and she held her own and didn’t look too out of place. She still needs to work on her selling (I think it’s her stamina, once the match has gone a few minutes she gets visibly tired and starts getting lazy) but she really is coming along nicely, especially for someone with only a years training.

    Kaitlyn didn’t do much, but boy did she look like a star! Her ring presence was undeniable here; as soon as she got the tag I could practically hear JR say “business is about to pick up!”. She really could be THE diva of WWE if she keeps improving. 

    I’m sure some people are going to go overboard with Paige (“She has indie experience which means everything she does is  super duper amazingly fantastic!”) but she really was solid here. That submission was a thing of beauty, and I’d love for that to be her staple: the submission diva. Visually she looks fantastic, and her pale skin stands out beautifully from the tanned and darker divas, but I’d like a new attire. Maybe a corset like top (the shorts are pretty ace, just need a different material). She still needs some work so I’m one of the few glad she didn’t go straight to the main roster.

    Sofia is also solid but, I dunno, there is something off about her. I can’t put my finger on it yet, but can’t fault her in the ring she was good.

    LOVED Caylee getting involved at the end! She is so bubbly and spunky, she makes such a good face!

    It’s funny seeing all those girls, then down comes the champ who is the worst in the ring! Racquel’s promo wasn’t half bad, I just wish she’d ease up on those fake ass laughs! They’re so unnatural and forced, it just takes me out of the moment and makes it clear she’s acting. Her facial expression when the refs were holding Audrey back (going from gloating to scared) were hilarious and spot on. MNM Melina-esque.

    I really should dislike Summer Rae and her porn-star quality acting, but I don’t. I kind of love her. It’s so obvious she’s having a blast and I think that shines through. 

    FCW is really getting back on track, just as news hits of it shutting down! Such is life!

  • TheTruth

    I honestly loved this match.. All of the girls have been doing a amazing job down in FCW and most of them can actually wrestle better then Kelly, Which isn’t really that surprising :P But yeah, Paige is really impressive I always love her cause shes from UK, Maybe that sounds a little biased or what ever but it’s true. I also love Audrey & Kaitlyn. Kaitlyn has improved so much. And I love watching Audrey.
    Sofia is coming along pretty well also.

  • LadyGoDiva

    Loved the match and Paige’s work in the match as well,I thought that the end was interesting after hearing about this anti-Diva army which I’m loving already because having all the Divas be in this storyline.Plus I love how Paige is making a statement in her FCW debut.

    I have a feeling that we’ll be seeing more of Maxine is FCW now that she’s no longer FCW general manager.

  • SherriShepherdWWE

    So this has just been reported that WWE is extremely high on Sofia Cortez, They believe that Sofia is a natural, and is already ranked as one of the top 3 workers in the company.

    So that is a very big plus

    I realyl Tenille gets a chance to debut, before she is released because she has been signed for a year and yet to appear :(

    • Misaki Ohata Fan

      Seriously? That’s such awesome news. I loved her on Tough Enough and she is doing great in FCW.

    • shameronstar

      Top 3 divas which mean they believe she’s as good as Beth and Natalya?

      • redsandman99

        Sounds like, which is a huge compliment to her.

  • gingerjaffa

    Lovin Paige’s submission ps:.. Regal is hilarious!!!

  • shameronstar

    I want to see Sofia or Paige vs the greatest FCW diva of all time Naomi!

    • FashionQueen86


  • http://montesken.tumblr.com/ no rain

    Paige is may favorite diva already lol

  • http://montesken.tumblr.com/ no rain

    ohh god i meant “my”

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

    regals commentary is alot better then his nxt work lol…i liked sofias & paiges team work & the end was where the faces were left in the ring was great…

    why is paige an anti-diva btw??..just because she doesnt fake tan shes anti-diva???..

    • Teri

      Regal’s commentary on NXT makes me want to kill myself

      • jamie1

        So true!!!

  • dunk20

    Paige is the star of the show right now! I can’t wait to see her on the main roster.

    Marie not so much, she’s pretty standard, not really bringing anything new actually. It’s funny how once someone goes beserk or psycho people think they suddenly the biggest thing ever.

  • jamie1

    Really good match on so many levels. Paige was excellent and will surely be a future star, she really knows the business and can match skills with an “attitude” and having seen her mother (Saraya) Paige’s skills are not surprising.. The others we have seen more of though have to say Kaitlyn’s winning submission move looked awesome.

    Other highlight was William Regal’s commentary. He knows what hes talkng about and comments about Paige’s family background were good. LOL at his comments about Kaitlyn’s thighs being like Walnut crackers, though not sure if she would like that comment!

  • http://divaderby.net/ DivaDerby

    If we ever get tag titles, Sofia & Paige would make an amazing tagteam.

  • MickieJamesluvslave

    Good match. Both submission moves were excellent and unique.
    Raquel has finally gotten unsder Audrey’s skin. Audrey going crazy was a nice surprise.

    Not feeling Summer.

    Love seeing the Divas allowed to wrestle, have storylines and develop their characters. Wish the E would allow it.

  • Raekon

    Love the match.

    Kaitlyn and Sofia have great chemistry and they also had definately lots of fun with each other.
    Their interaction was priceless “oooohh poor sofiaaaa ohhh”. ^_^
    Paige did as expected greatly and Audrey got the chance to show more since she was surrounded by 3 solid and very talented coworkers.

    The involvement of caylee and raquel were the icing on the cake and it was great to have two stables being build.

    I really hope they will build up this further or rebuild it in a new show cause it would give all girls more time with each other which means also more in ring time and more training to improve further.

    The segments were fun (wwe muscle about kaitlyn :p) and raquel shined in the category she can the most.