SmackDown Redux (April 10th, 2012): Mic Time, Mixed Tags, Jillian References, and Mae Young Equates the Most Random Night in WWE History!

Good day everybody, and welcome to this week’s special SUPER (aka Tuesday night live Edition of) SmackDown! This was a very special night for one AJ, as she, alongside her spooning lover, Daniel Bryan, were both guests on an incredible edition of Piper’s Pit. Alongside that, we also get to see what I’m now calling the most random match to ever take place in WWE, as SmackDown’s version of Planet Funk, Natalya, Alicia Fox, and The Great Khali, took on the amazing Drew McIntyre and equally amazing Bella Twins (Brie & Nikki)! If that wasn’t random enough for you, Mae Young also appears at the end of the match, giving a big old kiss to one of the competitors (I’ll let you guess which), AND we even get a reference to former Diva, Jillian Hall (who trended worldwide because of it). There’s no way you could’ve even predicted what happened, so let’s dive right in.

We return from a break to see an image that I’m sure represents the level of crazy we are about to witness as Alicia Fox and Natalya dance and twirl around the ring with The Great Khali. I’m immediately in heaven at this beautiful odd representation of Planet Funk as we find out this will be a six person tag match against Drew McIntyre and the Bellas! The bell sounds as Khali and Drew start things out with a lock up. Khali shoves him back and beats him in the head, sparking McIntyre to tag in Nikki Bella. He then leaves the ring and claims he is better than this!

Nikki and Alicia both run into the ring with a SICK double facebuster that pretty much makes my own face hurt. She lifts Fox up for a bodyslam, but Alicia escapes out the back and counters into a beautiful Northern Lights Suplex for a miraculously(!~) quick victory. SmackDown’s Planet Funk celebrates their win with some tribal dancing up the ramp to basically make my year with this random beautiful image… but SUDDENLY out comes Mae Young! Mae walks out from the back and shakes her hips, as Khali steps down to one knee per her kicking his leg and the two proceed to make out! Natalya, Alicia, and myself share the same cackling reaction, as this segment comes to it’s random end to the sound of Booker T discussing a whole chicken making a good soup.

We head out to the arena as Rowdy Roddy Piper makes his way to the ring, sparking Michael Cole to enlighten us with the trivia that the last time Piper’s Pit was held on SmackDown, it involved a woman (named Jillian Hall) getting a big mole/growth bitten off of her face! Piper steps into the squared circle and begins to speak about how he misses the fans as a “Roddy” chant breaks out. Lylah Lodge’s World of Hurt trainer then brings the attention to Daniel Bryan, depicting how he lost the World Heavyweight Title to Sheamus at WrestleMania in 18 seconds. Piper then proceeds to instruct Mr. Footage Man to play some footage for us (WTF?!), as we are shown a clip of Daniel dumping AJ last week and breaking all of our hearts in the process.

Back to Piper, he introduces us all to the god of wrestling himself, Daniel Bryan! Bryan walks out in his new “YES! YES! YES!” shirt and climbs into the ring as we find out about a new article relating to kissing causing chaos in WWE which I will promptly read when finished with this. Daniel lets everyone know that he just had a meeting with Johnny Ace and he will be getting his rematch for the World Title at Extreme Rules. Not only that, but it will also be contested in a two out of three falls match. Daniel then adds that AJ, aka the reason he lost his title, will be nowhere near the ring for that match. Piper dismisses that bit of info. Instead, he states that they are on HIS show and HE wants to bring AJ out! Heck yeah!

“Let’s Light It Up” graces my ears with its presence, as AJ then proceeds to grace my eyes with hers. She walks into the ring, looking quite upset over last week’s actions I’m sure. Piper kisses her hand and she thanks him for inviting her to Piper’s Pit. AJ then awkwardly says “Hi, Daniel” to her now ex-boyfriend, to which Piper reprimands her. AJ says that people just don’t understand what a good guy he is deep down! Piper tells her to speak her real feelings and leave the political answers at the door, but she just cannot get over Daniel (and as well she shouldn’t, because I love them together more than life itself).

AJ claims that the drama between them is HER fault, which sparks a little smile from Daniel. She proceeds to beg for forgiveness from Daniel for her mistake at WrestleMania, and offers to make it up to him! Roddy tries to motivate AJ to stand up for herself, telling her that Bryan is just USING HER! Daniel quickly interrupts him and states that if AJ meant that she loves him, she will leave the ring right now. Piper tries to convince her to stay, as we get our own version of AJ’s Choice! She looks on unsure of what to do, as an “AJ” chant breaks out! Ultimately, she decides to do as Daniel says and leave the ring!

Bryan tries to follow behind her, but Piper screams that he isn’t finished with him! He talks about how he has three daughters because of the WWE Universe (oh my), then instructs Bryan on things you do NOT do to a lady, such as telling her to “shut up”, yell at her, or use her as a human shield. Piper dubs Daniel a coward, and states that the only bright light he sees is that, at Extreme Rules, Sheamus will plow Daniel down twice! Daniel fights that accusation by claiming that he’s going to show everyone that he’s better than Sheamus, which will be a slap in the face to the World Champion, the WWE Universe, and Roddy himself right across the face… before BAM! Daniel smacks Piper right in the mouth and heads up the ramp chanting “YES! YES! YES!” Tremendous!

Thoughts: Starting with the match, I know I’m going to be in the minority but I kind of loved it. I hated that it was all of five seconds long, don’t get me wrong, but I like seeing fresh things. This may get some hate, but I had more enjoyment watching it than I would seeing something go seven or eight minutes that we’ve seen happen ten times already and I can basically call move for move. It was random, fresh, (somewhat) fun, and harmless. I never look for these live SmackDowns to have anything worthwhile for the Divas in terms of matches (mistletoe on a pole, anyone?), so I didn’t get my hopes up for anything to blow me away. I don’t understand Nikki Bella flopping from face to heel and getting pinned, but I’m sure knowing WWE, they’ll just pretend it was Brie if they decide Nikki is a face next week. Also, it was nice to see Natalya and Alicia Fox back on TV again as I feel like it’s been ages for both ladies (not counting NXT since I don’t get it on TV).

The Piper’s Pit segment was so beyond great for me. I don’t think I need to say how much Daniel Bryan and AJ are the best thing on WWE TV in my opinion (okay, tie with Planet Funk), but they really are. I love everything about the two when they’re on screen together and I never want it to end. AJ played her role extremely well, and I was really impressed with her on the microphone. I never thought she was bad or anything before, but this was probably one of her standout moments in WWE (promo wise) alongside the one where she told off Michael Cole. I love seeing her get to appear on such high profile segments with Daniel, especially due to her past and how hard she worked to get to where she is. It really couldn’t happen to a better Diva and I want it to continue for my entire life. Yes, I want 90 year old Daniel and 80 year old AJ on TV fighting about whether or not he should take her back!

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  • shannymac

    I can’t even imagine how pumped AJ must have been to get to do a Piper’s Pit segment. I’m so happy for her and proud of her!

  • Michael

    “A woman had a big mole bitten off of her face.”

    Should really have mentioned Jillian, otherwise it sounds like an unfortunate Kiss Cam moment.

    • dunk20

      Michael Cole does suck.

  • Jhonmarco

    Besides the AJ segment, SD was such a mess. LMAO @ that random ass tag team match. HOT MESS. About AJ though, awesome for her, she’s getting such a big push and hopefully gets her moment at ER.

  • Poison_Ivory

    I cannot describe how happy that Jillian reference made. I just miss that woman soooo much on my TV.

    • Poison_Ivory

      Otherwise, the show (excluding Piper’s Pit) was a such a big lackluster.

      • majestylove

        Hi ! I’m a big fan of Jillian too but I don’t understand what was the reference about her. (I’m french and I don’t speak english perfectly =s )
        Can you explain me please ? ^-^

        • majestylove

          Oh sorry, I finally understand !
          And I’m glad they talk about her ! She deserves it ^_^

  • wl75

    I bet AJ was thrilled when she found out she was going to do a Piper’s Pit (and she knocked it out of the park)…Everything else I agree was eh.

  • shameronstar

    I just love how a legend like Roddy Piper put AJ over. I don’t think a legend has ever put a diva over onscreen before because for AJ it was a big honor!


    Wow…!!! A Mixed Tag Team Match!!!
    All entrances was cut of air and match was over 55 seconds…!!!

  • LadyGoDiva

    I’ll admit SD as a whole lacked excitement for me.

    Seeing Pipers Pit made me wonder if this storyline was really over but I guess not because I predict that AJ will snap and have her moment and turn on DB and express her true colors.

    I’ll be honest I was a little excited to see a mixed tag team match but then it gone away because the length of the match, two odd pairs of teams I might add.But I’m kinda happy that the match didn’t end in a rollup just a northern lights pin, and despite that Natayla wasn’t involved in the match at all I’m kinda glad that she won.

  • Megumi

    Segment was brilliant, but you had two brilliant mic workers so it couldn’t have been any less (AJ’s fine on the mic, but she has the easiest character ever so it’s impossible to blow me away.) It gave storyline progression, it gave emotional responses, it got the crowd back on AJ’s side, and it was nice to see Piper again. Overall a stupid, washed-up smackdown but had a shining moment that included AJ.

    I’m not even going to bother with the match. Just bring in Kharma and send my babies away please, for heaven’s sake. Why is Drew McIntyre still on the roster? Waste of time.

  • StraightEdgeGirl84

    I didn’t watch the mixed tag as I just don’t care about it. Piper’s pit was good and AJ did a fantastic job. It’s always nice to hear male wrestlers put over a woman and it’s happened countless times. AJ imo is the best diva going right now and she’s doing something the rest can’t. AJ can talk on the mic and express emotion with her face and voice. She does it in a subtle believable way unlike the overdramatic clowning the others tend to do. While I don’t see this being as huge as Liz turning on Savage it’s getting a nice reaction for this era.

    • dunk20

      Well i think the opposite. AJ for me tends to exagerate a lot in her acting making to much needless expressions and not to mention the habit of flicking her arm back over and over again.

      • Choko

        Well a lot of people flick their arm back and forth lol. I’ve actually went to one of her signings a long time ago and she did that at the signing aswell. I think it’s a natural habit of hers.

  • no rain

    maybe brie was suposed to break the pin..
    nice running facebuster by nikki and northen suplex by alicia lol

  • MomoMufFinSsFTW

    I’m Sorry..But Why Does The Video Get Removed in like 4 hours…ugh *goes on youtube* “-.-

  • FashionQueen86

    Alicia tried a little TOO hard in this segment. Goodness girl, calm down a little.

    • Choko

      how? she did the same as Natalya.

      You’re just being a hater.

      • FashionQueen86

        How am I being a hater by a simple comment? If I was a hater, I would have complained about Alicia ALL the time, which I don’t. Alicia has always been a little impulsive in my opinion. If you don’t agree, that’s all you could have said instead of accusing me of being a hater. So please take your tail somewhere else.

  • RR45

    Yay! I’m so excited about AJ, in general. She’s doing a wonderful job at this. I’m glad that WWE is giving her this opportunity. AJ is taking the ball and running with it. Whatever comes out of this will probably be good. I hope she ends up getting a title shot where Daniel costs her the match and that way at ER she can turn on him or solidify herself as a heel. If she turns heel, she can cut a promo about how the Big Show thing was genius and stuff….but it was a great segment nonetheless.

  • art

    Highlight was aj…the match had two good moves & nothing else…

  • redsandman99

    The only bright side to the match for me was that it got Natalya back on TV and not only not being pinned, but on the winning team.

    The Piper’s Pit segment was fantastic in my opinion. All three played their roles very well and having Roddy put over AJ for the crowd was huge. I don’t think they’ve had a legend do that for a diva on TV before.

    As fun as I thought it would be to see a heel AJ reign over Smackdown with Bryan, I think she’ll end up intentionally costing him the match at Extreme Rules to get back at him for what he’s done to her.

  • TibarnEl

    Are Beth and Tamina both being punished because they put on a good match at EC? It really feels like they’re both disappearing because they did a good job.

    • Raekon

      Tamina was in a segment on NXT when Titus gave her the coconut tree that Darren had bought for her a few weeks ago. :p

      Beth is vanished in “the mists of the Divas Champions”, after she got a roll up too much. -_-

  • shameronstar

    I’m starting to think that the people who work in creative for the most part don’t or didn’t have any strong and assertive female role models in their lives to draw inspiration from!

  • AdrianRay

    The whole show was ehh….

  • Raekon

    - Mae was funny
    – AJ was great
    – The match could only bring up anger and frustration. -.-

  • DivaDerby

    On a positive note, two divas are getting a huge spotlight – AJ & Eve. So, at least something positive is happening.

  • melon2617

    I like AJ but she’s hardly the best Diva going. She’s spunky and adorable but she needs more polish before she’s the best Diva going.

    The segment was good because Piper is the man, but this is one of those programs that make me uncomfortable, much like when Edge would pin Vickie down & scream in her face. It’s a little too abusive for my liking. Pairing AJ with Sheamus seems to be where this is going, which makes me sad because this should be the liberation of AJ, not AJ needs a man. Where is Kaitlyn protecting her friend? Where is Kelly to ask “come on AJ! Why are you with him?” This storyline needs some other Divas to try and lead an intervention for AJ.

    The tag match sucked but any lead in for Mae is fine by me. I love that crazy old lady!

    • koshiro

      I just imagined Kelly screaming her hundreds of ‘COME ON AJ’ and it made me LoL

  • Bethinho

    the match was crap but since Foley said they work hard everything is ok.

  • Goodvibes

    Kharma if your reading this please come back and destroy these women,

    AJ if your reading please keep on with your awesome self, future diva legend in the making…I love how she’s being built before being shoved into the division (see Lita, Trish and Melina before her)

    • light_it_upAJ

      I agree with most of this. However, I tend to be a bit less into “monster” characters on the whole, because once someone much smaller, starts to beat the “monster” character, then that destroyer cred takes a big hit, so I can’t say that I’m that interested in Kharma (I DO love the creepy entrance music though, and I certainly don’t dislike her).

      Now, if you haven’t figured it out by my username, I have been a major fan of the “little lady” AJ Lee since NXT 3 started, and I have gone back and watched some of her FCW work. I’ll admit I haven’t seen any of her WSU stuff though. I find it funny (and awesome) that she was the 2nd runner-up on NXT, but she has moved up the furthest from that group (I do feel bad for Kaitlyn, who I happen to like also. I’d love to see the Chickbusters back in action). Is it wrong that 90% of the time, I don’t bother with SmackDown unless AJ is featured? I just think her story with D-Bry is the best thing going on the Friday Night show.

      Back to the topic, I would love to see AJ’s reaction after being told she would be involved in a Piper’s Pit segment, seeing how she’s been a huge fan of wrestling most of her life (I’m still trying to track down the footage of her first meeting with Lita that was online back during NXT 3, which is when I found it at least).

      I also love that she won the WWE ’12 Superstar Challenge, and had a great interview with Marvel Comics. Especially since many IWC smarks claimed that she was only playing a character, and that wasn’t what she was really like.