SmackDown Redux (April 20th, 2012): It’s Just Emotions Taking AJ Over

The AJ/Daniel Bryan saga continues this week on Friday Night SmackDown, as AJ snaps during a match against her former mentor, Natalya, after being verbally torn down by Daniel Bryan. First, let check out the in-ring promo. AJ interrupts Daniel’s promo to wish him luck in his match at Extreme Rules, but the former World Heavyweight Champion doesn’t have very nice words for his ex-girlfriend:

Yikes. That was harsh! And after enduring that diatribe, AJ is set to compete in a match against Natalya, but things quickly go awry. Check out the match below:

Natalya’s music hits and she comes strutting down to the ring sporting a new accessory. Unfortunately, AJ is too heartbroken to notice. As her opponent gets ready for their match, AJ stares up the ramp after Daniel Bryan. It’s obvious she’s not the the right state of mind to compete, but nevertheless the official signals for the bell and our match is underway.

Even after the bell sounds, AJ is still unresponsive, prompting Natalya to offer some words of comfort to the rookie Diva. For her concern, Natalya is rewarded with a slap to the face from AJ, before AJ completely snaps on her, forcing the referee to disqualify her.

Post-match, AJ seems confused and embarrassed over what just happened. She runs to the back crying, while WWE officials tend to a bloodied Natalya.

While there wasn’t much of a match to speak of, I’m really intrigued by what’s going on with AJ. I’m not sure if this is leading to a full-fledged heel turn for AJ or not, but I can’t wait to see what happens next. Perhaps next week, we’ll see AJ spaz out on another Diva or maybe even confronted by Natalya for the attack.

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  • GailKimFan09e

    Love when Divas Snap cause its make them seem more realistic then just the typical diva who is always Smiling (face) or smirking (Heel).I Loved it when Kelly and Layla did it and now love it how Aj played it out.

  • Rhawk

    Wish they would focus more on their Divas Champion the way they do with the likes of Eve Torres and AJ. These women are given actual storylines and characters that the people actually react to, rare in this day and age for WWE’s women, and yet the actual top figure of the Divas, the Divas Champion, isn’t shopn on either show in any positive light.
    But even still run with the cray cray ball AJ, so far so good.

  • Queen Bee

    Nattie getting buried for no reason AGAIN

    • Choko

      yeah, and the fact that AJ botched a punch and made her bleed is even more annoying. Funny how everyone were hating on Alicia for giving Beth a black eye, but AJ gets away by making Natalya bleed.

      Oh the hypocritical fans…

      • gl83

        Or when Beth busted Eve’s nose.

      • Kessuki

        exactly. its all good and lets forget when aj makes someone bleed… urghhh the hypocrisy that goes on here sometimes!! in addition i strongly hate this whole db storyline which makes me detest aj to an extent where i idgaf if he is bullying her and will happily support db if i went to a live taping.

        • gl83

          Well fans like you are why WWE is taking this storyline to such a extreme and dark place. Several people on various forums feel that this storyline is very uncomfortable and deals with an ugly issue, but these are the steps that WWE will stoop to in order to get their way and keep Bryan as a Heel.

          And if fans continue to support D-Bryan than WWE may decide to punish him for getting over on his own and bury him in the midcard or decide to turn him Face but strip him of all of his entertaining characteristics. WWE does not like being told what to do. Look at the case of Zack Ryder for proof of this. Guy went from the #3 most popular Face on Raw to being a complete joke and is back to jobber status.

          As for this storyline, you’ll be in the minority because many wrestling fans love this storyline. They are lovng the interactions between AJ and D-Bryan. And this is probably the best storyline that the WWE has running right now besides Punk/Jericho and Cena/Lesnar.

        • redsandman99

          I think Alicia got so much flack because people already thought she was sloppy to begin with. Before she did the somersault leg drop as her finishing move people complained that her execution of the scissors kick was shitty.

        • Kessuki

          fans like me?? ermmm i have no interest in zach ryder or daniel bryan or any other male superstar lets make that clear so if wwe punishes them that’s no skin on my nose. Secondly it seems some fans are into this angle than u think as aj has got as something to sink her teeth into and i doubt it would get any darker as its pg. this is the type of thing i would see on a british soap frequently so its nothing groundbreaking or interesting to me.

          and if i pay for pay per views i have every right to express my opinion on what i support. wwe can like it or lump it.

  • jen07201

    I would hate to see AJ begging to Daniel Bryan again. I hope that she costs him the World title match and helps Sheamus win.

  • shannymac

    I’m interested to see where they go with this.

  • gl83

    Regarding what Natalya’s thoughts are on the attack, here’s an in-character tweet that she posted on twitter last night:

    Natalya ? @NatbyNature
    I get it. @WWEAJLEE treated me the way she “wanted” to treat Daniel Bryan. I just never expected it from her.

  • Choko

    They should have used Eve or a Bella, maybe even Rosa for this instead of Natalya.

    • redsandman99

      I kind of agree though quite frankly, everyone would find a reason to complain no matter who they used.

      If they used Eve: “Oh my god why are they BURYING her they’re ruining her heel turn!”

      If they used a Bella: “What? How are they supposed to feud with Beth if AJ could beat them up???”

      If they used Rosa: “OMG SHE BOTCHED GETTING HER ASS KICKED! SHE’S TERRIBLE OMG WHY WOULD THEY USE HER?”

      • Poison_Ivory

        *Karen Walker voice* It’s funny ’cause it’s true..

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

        so true!
        i think they should have use alicia or maybe it was nice to use nattie cause this maybe means her “official” face turn on tv and maybe a feud with aj

      • Bethinho

        the best choice would be Kaytlin,and i think there would be no reason to complain about it.she´s AJ´s best friend..
        but the worst part is Natalya´s words on twitter about this…that´s what i called a lame reaction…
        Natalya,the poor princess that was brutalized by the monster called AJ…

    • Jhonmarco

      The only other choice was Rosa. If they’re trying to make Eve seem credible & if the Bellas are challenging Beth they should be kept strong. I do agree though Nattie shouldn’t have been the one to take the beatdown. Though I guess it’ll get her some sympahty from the crowd.

      • redsandman99

        I personally thought Rosa would have been better just for the fact that Natalya is too talented to bein the role they have her in.

        • http://www.youtube.com/user/bxshadow23?feature=mhum EveLover

          I dont think wwe wants rosa wrestling lmfao

        • Choko

          Using Alicia would be stupid because as seen on NXT and that backstage segment on SD a long time ago, she is friends with AJ.

          They could’ve used Eve. She could have mocked AJ for being dumped and all that stuff, and then AJ would go batshit on her. That would only make Eve’s heel turn stronger, and AJ would get a better reaction.

        • http://www.youtube.com/user/bxshadow23?feature=mhum EveLover

          Actually, Im glad you said alicia. They could’ve used her. Nattie, in this match, wasn’t a heel. Look back & you can see nattie trying to talk to AJ, not really mocking her. So yeah, Alicia could’ve been used too.

        • Choko

          THAT IS BECAUSE NATTIE ISNT A FRIEND OF AJ, IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE LIKE A SEGMENT WHERE THE OPPONENT FEELS SORRY FOR THE OTHER OPPONENT.

          That wouldn’t work with AJ and Alicia because they are good friends and nobody starts hitting their friend in a moment like this. Nattie and AJ had bad blood with each other from before so it made sense.

        • gl83

          The only other Diva they could’ve used was Tamina.

          Alicia and Kaitlyn are ruled out because as you said, both of them are friends with AJ and AJ would be more open and accepting of their help. With Natalya on the other hand, its a different story. Remember, in kayfabe, AJ and Nattie were close at one time, until Natalya turned on AJ and spent the next few months using AJ as her and Beth’s personal punching bag. And the last time they were in the ring together Natalya tried to snap AJ in half, so those two are most definitely not friends.

          Despite all that, looking at the video, when AJ was backing up the ramp looking into the ring, you can see AJ feeling remorseful and upset by her own actions.

  • http://Yahoo.com/lilkhris141414@yahoo.com SEXYOFTHESEXIST2011

    yeah i so agree on what you’re saying REDSANDMAN99 they complain to mauch yeah Nattie is a great competitor ppl should realize that they are using Nattie for a reason maybe she will play a part in the this storyline you never know whether to get her revenge on AJ or with some of the face divas convince AJ to get over Daniel Bryan you just have to watch the storyline proceed into Extreme Rules so stop crying ppl

    [IMG]http://i1190.photobucket.com/albums/z460/Skull0298/spongebobcry.gif[/IMG]

    • ffa

      So, people are no longer allowed to express dislike of something without someone else throwing out “the stop crying” card complete with gif to add insult? Personally, I liked the segment on last nights show, though will fully admit I have my concerns about Nattie’s continued treatment. But I can understand especially why some people did like the segment whatsoever last night because it Nattie who was used as the punching bag. Those fans don’t deserve to be labeled as cryers or whiners for not offering glowing love and praise.

      It is not so easy to just watch something and enjoy it when people have been trying to do that with Nattie for the last year, and have had to endure endless jobbing, farting and being used as a punching bag instead of a talent. This could lead somewhere positive, or it may just be Nattie being used as a punching bag for the week, that leads back to her doing nothing.

      WWE have actually given people hope for something to come from AJ, yes. But from Nattie, no. How in the hell can people suddenly feel positive when anytime something seemingly positive has gone down for her this last year it quickly becomes negative?

      If something positive comes from Nattie, I suspect people will be anything but “whiny” and “cryin,” but until that happens, people are going to be understandably on the down. The same with Beth.

      • http://Yahoo.com/lilkhris141414@yahoo.com SEXYOFTHESEXIST2011

        ok look i agree with some of the points you wrote about nattie now yes wwe hasn’t treated Nattie with respect giving her fart gimmicks ect… but ppl overact but Nattie & Beth being ”Punching Bags” which they aren’t plus Beth has dominating the Divas division and only lost one match against Nikki now i would say Maria Menounos but no she not credible plus i don’t considered those wins any way ok now with AJ attacking Nattie does not mean a Heel turn for AJ and plus i think Aksana is turning heel by kissing up to Mr. Larunitus and dumping Teddy Long for Antonio Cesaro meaning that Aksana was the Diva who used somebody before Eve and Right now Nattie is a tweener

        • Bethinho

          can you tell me how the hell Beth has been a dominating champion when she lost and got pinned at the biggest ppv of the year by a celebrity with two broken ribs?not to talk about the all divas of doom story since their beginning,and how Beth and Nattie looked throughout that…
          and how Beth can kick out of the superfly splash but it´s defeated in less than a minute by one move by someone like Nikki Bella?
          so you saying that Beth and Natalya aren´t punching bags isn´t exactly a true statement..

  • number1AngelinaLovefan

    I don’t know but the way AJ did the whole “Crazy” attack thing was not a fan. It was not that great of segment, to me it just looked plan stupid and not really a Heel at all. I like the way they did the Eve Heel turn, That was a great Heel turn. Also Aj’s screaming has Horrible. But please don’t get mad just my Opinion

    • Jhonmarco

      Well, she’s not a heel, just taking out inner anger. Typical thing done by a person involved in domestic violence.

      • number1AngelinaLovefan

        O i thought she was a heel my bad

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

      she was like a little child that didn’t got what she wanted for her birthday or xmas lol

      • number1AngelinaLovefan

        EXACTLY (no rain) I really did not like the Segment at ALL

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/bxshadow23?feature=mhum EveLover

      Have you ever seen kelly, mickie, & all those other faces becoming frustrated & just going ape shit on their oponesnts ? lol Yeah. Thats kinda what happened with AJ.

      It happens in real life too. You could be the nicest person in the world, but if you’re in the position like aj, you would eventually reach a breaking point. She’ll go ape shit on DB too. Just sit back & relax. It’ll happen.

  • light_it_upAJ

    I would love to see a “Hell-hath-no-fury…” type storyline played out here. I’m just not sure I like the idea of it playing out in a smarky place like Chicago. It would likely work against AJ, I think. The smarks love D-Bry way too much, in spite of the angle. I think that’s pretty sad given the type of “character” Daniel is portraying.

    • ffa

      I still think WWE did the worst thing they could do with this storyline by pushing it forward the way they did since WM. After the yes chants at WM, and on Raw the next night, they’d of been wise to wait a few weeks to decide if to turn DB face, keep him heel or let him be a tweener for awhile. They could have hinted some rift with AJ, but waited to do a split until after Extreme Rules.

      The crowd likely does not cheer DB’s character because they like someone who insults women. They cheer him because they are rebelling against the type of character, a heel, he is playing by showing Brian Danielson the performer respect by cheering for him in spite of his character. They want to get behind DB again, and WWE has only themselves to blame if it fucks up their plans for AJ or Sheamus or DB that go against what they want to see happen.

      Don’t put a world champion in a 18 second match and expect fans who already respect him not react with anger.

      I still look forward to seeing how things play out. But WWE did make a mistake not taking things slower, and letting their ears take in how the crowds continues to react.

      At least AJ has only gain. She can become a super over face if the crowd decides to hate DB. Or, she can become a heel if they decide not to like her. Sheamus is the one with a lot to loose. He finally got over as a face, and then the crowd starts to not like him because he’s the one who mauls over the person they respect and want to cheer for. If they waited to decide on DB, they could save Sheamus’ face reaction, while now I could see a lot of fans continuing to boo him or just not really care.

      • gl83

        @FFA
        Also take into account where the WWE has been the last few weeks. The past few weeks, the WWE has been in smark-friendly places. These places have alot of hardcore wrestling fans who will cheer people like Bryan and Punk regardless if they are Face or Heel. Look at where they’ve been: Miami and Orlando, which had the holdovers from WrestleMania weekend and then London, England, which is another wrestling-rich region. And then there’s Chicago, IL for Extreme Rules, another wrestling hotbed. It just so happens that WWE is going to all these places in the course of a month.

        However, in other regions, where there is not a high percentage of smarks, Daniel Bryan is still heavily booed as a Heel. Look at last week’s Live Smackdown for instance, where Bryan got booed, AJ was cheered and even had her name chanted by the crowd.

        • redsandman99

          Indeed. Though if they plan to have her cost him the match at Extreme Rules she’ll be booed out of the building. Chicago is a major smark city.

        • ffa

          I have taken that into account, does not mean WWE did not jump the gun deciding not to give it a few weeks. Smarts may start the cheering, but it can bleed through to the rest, and before long it isn’t just the smarts. If the non-smarts don’t cheer a few weeks, perhaps it is just a smart thing – them cheering for someone who is a heel. That is why WWE should give it a few weeks, a month or so to test the waters, without having taken to the point they did the last 2 weeks. Funny thing is, people have reported that they edited out a lot of the yes chants from Smackdown. So, while DB likely got some jeers and AJ some cheers, there was still a good percentage of DB support. With the Smackdowns they can edit things to fit what they want to show, but with PPVs and Raws, if DB continues to get cheers from a large percentage despite being a heel, they’ll have a problem they will have to address.

        • gl83

          @FFA But, perhaps that’s why they had him act like such a douchebag towards AJ, so that the casual fans don’t cheer for him. I have been following people’s reactions to that segment on Twitter and Facebook, and for the most part people have been sympathetic to AJ, even several Bryan fans felt sorry for her. And I think that’s a testament to AJ’s acting skills. Plus, I saw a live video and while Bryan did get cheered during his entrance, byt he time he finished his promo and walked out on AJ, he was heavily booed.

          It’s hard to get an accurate read on the situation because, WWE has been going to all these smarky locations in the past month. However, I believe that once WWE starts moving away from these more smarky locations that the DB support will eventually die down. Last week’s Live Smackdown showed this, as there was no way for WWE to edit out or pipe in crowd noise. What we got was Bryan getting booed during his promo, AJ getting cheered when she came out and the fans chanting her name to defy Bryan. Yes, there will be some smarks who will cheer and chant for him, but it won’t be as big as it was in England or Miami/Orlando.

        • ffa

          “However, I believe that once WWE starts moving away from these more smarky locations that the DB support will eventually die down. Last week’s Live Smackdown showed this, as there was no way for WWE to edit out or pipe in crowd noise. What we got was Bryan getting booed during his promo, AJ getting cheered when she came out and the fans chanting her name to defy Bryan. Yes, there will be some smarks who will cheer and chant for him, but it won’t be as big as it was in England or Miami/Orlando.”

          Going to have to agree to disagree which is fine. I see your point, I can’t agree with it. Crowd reactions these days cannot be based off which cities are supposedly more populated by smart fans or marks. Things like yes yes yes catch on, making even the biggest mark who does what WWE tell him/her to, to think twice. Aka, Some people say one thing on their social networking sites, yet do another when they get to the arena. They had nothing to loose from not trying to force the crowd to boo DB more asap. Let him play in the middle, show a conflicted man: part a pissed off dick, part hinting some humility. Let the crowds decide. That is all I’ll say.

  • Jake

    They probably used Natalya because she is a tweener. It’s still up in the air if AJ is going to be heel or face. This gives writers more time to figure out what they’re going to do next with AJ.

    • gl83

      I don’t know. Judging by the reactions from the commentary team it seems AJ is going to be Face. You had both Josh Matthews and Booker T sympathizing and feeling sorry for AJ, while Michael Cole was verbally berating her. So I think that makes it clear that AJ is Face in all this. Not to mention the previous segment which got the fans who were initially cheering Daniel Bryan to boo Daniel Bryan by the end of it.

      I think the point of the match was to illicit sympthy for AJ, as we see the impact that Daniel Bryan’s actions and words have done to the normally kind-hearted AJ.

  • ffa

    With all the talk of AJ and Nattie, a little bit of Aksana from later in the show was ignored. There was a scene where Aksana introduced her friend, Antonio (Claudio C from ROH fame) to Teddy Long. She was trying to get him a meeting with someone important on Smackdown, but then said Teddy used to be somebody and Johnny has the power now and kissed up to him. Possibly the start or a heel turn for Aksana, maybe to become a valet for Antonio?

  • WWFoverWWE

    AJ is making herself look stupid by obsessing over Daniel Bryan. I know it’s a storyline but it’s not putting her in a good light.

    • gl83

      It’s WWE trying their darndest to keep Daniel Bryan Heel. It seems as if the only way that WWE can keep Bryan as a Heel and get heat is to keep him attached to AJ. Though to be honest they can do that without having AJ completely obsessing over Daniel Bryan.

      Just do what they did on Raw. Have AJ try to move on with her life after the breakup, only to have Daniel Bryan continue to worm his way in like a jealous, possessive ex-boyfriend. That way Bryan continues to get heat for not leaving the poor girl alone and you build sympathy for AJ, since she can’t escape the spectre of Daniel Bryan.

  • Jhonmarco

    Good segment here. I don’t get the confusion people have of this storyline. It’s going perfectly, DB & AJ are magic together.

  • Raekon

    The segment was ok but I felt a huge letdown again cause it was everything we got next to Aksana dumbing Teddy for Antonio Cezaro which smells like a heel turn for her.

  • javiousmckenzie

    Yea Aksana dont get a lot of love on here her heel turn was completely ignored

  • http://ashmultimedia.wordpress.com melon2617

    As I’ve said in other threads, this storyline makes me uncomfortable because it’s just so ugly. AJ & DB do such a great job but unless AJ aligns with Sheamus, there’s nowhere for her to go afterwards. Beth is tied up with the Bella’s or in a black hole & Eve is busy with Johnny Ace & the other Divas got lost after WM.

    I hope they show a friend for poor AJ soon. The idea that no one feels for her makes this whole thing seem sadder.

    • light_it_upAJ

      I thought about this earlier (I hope they show a friend for poor AJ soon). This is an opportunity to bring AJ’s BFF, Kaitlyn, back to SD. Hell, if they can figure out a way to write her in, they could bring Maxine into it as a heel. Perhaps she could taunt AJ over it.

      One thing I do hope, is that AJ remains a face, but with a mean streak in the ring. Maybe start using submissions again (OCTOPUS! OCTOPUS! OCTOPUS!).

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/bxshadow23?feature=mhum EveLover

    I honestly dont have another word for this, other than perfect.

    With the natalya issue aside, this night was just amazing. Can’t get over at how good AJ played her role. Im also happy she’s getting this chance. She truly deserves it for all her hard work. This girl NEEDS to be be big in the wwe. I want her dream to come true. She’s already half way there.

    That little AJ speech was random, but I just saw a video of her meeting lita & it was just too cute. So that made me write this.

  • FilmJenkins

    After seeing that beastly freak out, now I want to see..
    *DUH DUH DUNNN*

    AJ vs. Kharma!

  • Melina&Mickie4ever!

    I think using Natalya was perfect ! Some of you guys should stop looking at itas Natalya jobbing out. Natalya & Beth are the most skilled wrestlers on the divas roster they have to put the upcoming divas over some way or another.It may be frustrating to see them lose to Kelly , Eve , The Bellas etc but they all have to start some where. All vetrens did it in the past including Michelle McCool.Thats why we have vetrens to put these upcoming divas over to make them look credible.

    Didnt The Bellas comment when Melina got released and say “She Taught Them So Much”

    • Jhonmarco

      Well actually McCool in reality only put 2 people over in the end. Those two being Layla & Kharma.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/bxshadow23?feature=mhum EveLover

      Mickie, Trish, Lita, Melina, Michelle, ect. have all done it.

      • Raekon

        Chyna put over Lita as a face and Molly and Ivory as the top heels too. :)

        • norisclouds

          When did that happen, because Lita never beat Chyna in a one on one match, and they were both faces in their match at Judgement Day. Lita lost to her when they feuded and Lita was heel–Chyna never put over Lita. She never put over anyone actually, she remained undefeated. I guess if you want to count Lita being the only one to have an actual back and forth match with her. I guess I can see that as putting someone over, is that what you were referring to?

        • redsandman99

          I was going to ask that too. Ivory needed the rest of the RTC to get any kind of damage done to Chyna. Chyna didn’t sell for shit against the girls.

        • Kessuki

          i get what you mean. lita didnt pin her but chyna made lita look legitimately tougher for giving her a good MATCH. and thats what i can also regard as putting someone else over. not that lita needed it but it brought some steel to lita which showed that lita could also do what chyna did and wrestle some of the guys and take hard bumps.

    • Bethinho

      yes,but not putting them over at any price or in any way.the credibility street must have two ways because we cannot have Beth losing to Nikki in one move or Natalya being the easy target to a frustrating AJ when Kharma returns and the two are supposed to be a threat to her.
      i really hope that Natalya can recover from this in any way,confronting AJ,being more agressive to her and telling her something like “you should be aiming at Daniel Bryan that anger of yours,not to me,because next titme i won´t be so passive”.

      • http://ashmultimedia.wordpress.com melon2617

        to be fair, Beth lost “in one move” because she lost her focus & took a steel post to the shoulder & then Nikki’s finisher.

        • Choko

          Lita was already over as the top face diva before her match against Chyna. Chyna only made her look like a stronger contender for the title.

        • Bethinho

          that was hardly a distraction from Kelly and Beth got some time after and before charging into Nikki and failed.
          anyway,Beth didn´t come up good.

        • http://ashmultimedia.wordpress.com melon2617

          But according to the WWE, Beth lost her focus, took her eye off of her opponent, took a shoulder to a ring post & the Bella Buster. She was booked as being distracted & Nikki as lucky.

        • redsandman99

          It would have helped if Kelly had actually DONE something instead of her mere presence distracting Beth. That would have come off better.