Your Two Cents: Layla’s First Challenger

“Your Two Cents” is our interactive feature where we gauge the opinions of our Twitter and Facebook followers on different discussions in women’s wrestling.

This week, we’re asking this: Who do you think should be Layla‘s first big challenger as the Divas Champ? We’ve read your responses on our social media pages and picked some of the best submissions to highlight here on the website. As always, you can join the debate by leaving your comments!

Our Two Cents

Batting for Team DD this week, it’s Cryssi giving us her personal opinion on this week’s topic:

Cryssi: Is it wrong to say that at this point, I really don’t care who is going to challenge Layla for the Diva’s Championship? It’s the truth, I really don’t care. The roster is overrun with faces, and unless they give Maxine a chance, I don’t see a strong heel that can take on Layla now that the Brie & Nikki Bella are gone. Beth Phoenix seems like the obvious choice, but I don’t know if she is legitimately injured or not. I haven’t really been keeping up with whats going on this week, so yeah. I really have no clue.

I think what I’d like to see happen is for a number one contender’s battle royal to take place and for there to be a surprise entrant. That surprise entrant could be Paige, Raquel Diaz, or Sofia Cortez. Any of those three would work for me. I would have that girl win the battle royal by cheaply eliminating Kelly Kelly, the most over face, and then I would build a lengthy feud for Layla and her FCW opponent, and established the girl from FCW as a solid heel. I would have the other two girls debut by her side and have the three of them terrorize Layla, and give her a dose of her own medicine. It can be sort karma coming back to get Layla from all the bad deeds she did alongside Michelle McCool. I would give Layla any help in this either. This feud would serve two purposes – it would establish a brand new stable of bad ass heel girls, and it would established Layla as someone who is willing to fight for the title she holds so dear and prove to everyone that she is a changed woman. This would be a great transition from the current generation to the new. You’re welcome, WWE. Send me my royalty check please. Khaleesi has spoken.

Your Two Cents

@EveTorresJr | I think Eve Torres deserves it, i’m not just saying this because i’m a fan. She hasn’t had a good, solid rivalry since she turned heel and with her new role she could easily get herself into the title picture. I think this could be a good feud between the two.
Jemel Green | With AJ on the merge of a heel turn this could be the angle that could really get her over as a character.
Josue Guzman | Though it won’t anytime soon, I would want it to be Raquel Diaz for a number of different reasons. With the Bellas gone this is the opportunity for WWE to recruit some new and fresh talent, so why not call up one of the girls over at FCW? In addition to the Bellas departure, WWE has become short on their Heel Divas. Beth Phoenix is out on injury, Kharma‘s return is unknown and Eve is playing a backstage heel. Bringing in Raquel and pairing her up with her mother, Vickie Guerrero, is sure to make her an automatic heel! Lastly, I think it is time for Vickie to drop this “Cougar” gimmick and move on to something more fun to watch, like such as the “Demanding-Mom-Manger” role, which of course would come naturally.
Mary-Helen Clark | I’d love to see someone like Kaitlyn or AJ take their shot, but it’s obvious that WWE is keeping them around D-Bryan. Why not someone completely new? How about Shaul Guerrero (not Raquel) with Mama Vickie by her side? It would be an interesting storyline to see Layla feel the wrath of Vickie, after she and ‘Chelle used Vickie to hold onto the titles for sooooo longs.
Megan Travis | Natalya, Eve Torres or Kharma. Natalya is a great talent and she and Layla have a history of problems which they could build off of. Eve is in a position to abuse her power and make herself number one contender, which writes itself. And Kharma is Kharma quite frankly. And if WWE wants to have some continuity, it was Kharma that attacked the injured Layla when she was in the ring addressing the fans. Layla could want some payback.
@NotEnoughForMe | I think Layla’s first big challenger should be Beth Phoenix. Beth Phoenix hasn’t received her rematch for the Divas Championship yet. So with Layla being the new champion, it’s the perfect opportunity for Beth to win back what she feels is rightfully hers. Also,Beth and Layla have put on some pretty impressive matches in the past before when Beth was feuding with LayCool. This time around, the roles have switched as Layla’s now the face and Beth is the heel. With the history Beth and Layla have, Beth wanting the Divas Championship back, and these two having great chemistry in the ring, Beth should definitely be the first challenger for Layla’s Divas Championship.
Ozzy Valentine | Layla vs. Maxine would be something fresh and exciting. They can help build each other up. Maxine is a younger, sexier Ivory- she can put herself over as top diva by making Layla look credible.

And now we turn it over to you…

What are your two cents on the debate? Who do you think should be Layla’s first challenger? Tell us in the comments…

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  • Melina&Mickie4ever!

    Isn’t it pretty obvious…. It would be nice If wwe threw a curve ball and gave us a triple threat or 4 way fued.

  • melon2617

    Yay! My comment was used!

    I would REALLY like to see a rookie Diva take on Layla, but since they’re tied up, bring up Shaul (NOT Raquel) and have her and Mama Vickie take the division by storm! Shaul is very charismatic and improving steadily. A couple of matches with Layla would really help her continue to grow, like Jazz helped Trish.

    • Kessuki

      are you Mary- Helen? – good suggestion.

      • melon2617

        Yessum! That’s me!

        • Phina

          love it!

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  • art

    I’d go Maxine or turn tamina back heel (even if i don’t want tamina heel)

  • M

    I would absolutely love to see AJ win the title off of Layla. They’re both spectacular competitors and pretty darn evenly matched.

    I also think that AJ winning the Divas Championship would be good for her angle with Daniel Bryan. She could win the title and then he could come crawling back, only now AJ’s feeling on top of the world and dumps *him*. I would kill to see that happen.


  • LadyGoDiva

    Great question because coming back from injury and the Bellas leaving, the WWE needs to be smart to pick the right diva to challenge Layla so I would pick Natayla because she deserves it after her farting gimmick.

  • Lita-Sault-666

    Id like to see Natalya face Layla for the belt, she could take over from Beth in there ‘stable’ and say that she’ll recapture the gold and bring it back to the divas of doom!! Beth isn’t too happy with that but Natalya is.blinded by the chance of being the champion again!!

  • Nostalgia

    There is no divas of doom

  • beau

    Maxine is a younger and sexier Ivory? Seriously? I don’t see that at all… Don’t get me wrong, I love Maxine, but she’s no Ivory.

    What I really want is for Naomi to break out as a singles competitor. Sadly, I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

    Also, a huge part of me really, really wants Serena to come back! I could actually see this happening. I don’t think she necessarily burned any bridges, and surely WWE sees the benefit of having someone so young and seasoned in the ring back on the roster.

    I’m actually looking forward to a few more releases (lookin’ at you, Rosa & Tamina) to happen so there’s time to establish more girls from FCW. Sofia and Paige are ready for the main roster. Tenille could skip developmental and head straight to TV. Raquel, Caylee and Audrey have been improving rapidly. Cut your losses and make room for at least a few of the youngsters.

    Sorry for rambling! The possibilities are endless.

    • Looking Glass

      People rabbiting on about Paige being on the main roster are kidding themselves. WWE doesn’t like workers under 21, they’ve spoke about it before when people were pro-Bo Rotundo for NXT Season 2 and times have changed since they brought Kelly up at 19. I wish people would stop glorifying her because she’s a rare indy star, she’s good but she has to learn the style of WWE first. People better than her are doing it, I don’t see why she should be any different.

      • beau

        I never said she deserved special treatment. I don’t necessarily believe she needs to be brought up immediately, but I do believe she’s far more ready than others who’ve already debuted (Cameron Lynn). I’m aware of her age, and there’s nothing wrong w/ keeping her in developmental a bit longer. I just hope WWE doesn’t waste away her talent in developmental for three years like they did w/ Angel Williams. Realistically, they’ll all spend time in FCW, even Tenille, and any of them could be called up at any moment.

        • Looking Glass

          Cameron Lynn has hardly been brought up for her wrestling ability lets face it!

        • beau

          Cameron Lynn has clearly not been brought up for her wrestling ability. We’ve all “faced it.” That’s the nature of the beast. Like I said, anyone could be called up at any time.

  • Kessuki

    Natalya please. :) but i wouldnt mind a layla – heel tamina feud.

    i kind of expect wwe not to go in that direction and have Awesome Kharma return and have her feud with layla.

  • shannymac

    I don’t know who it should be, but I kind of have a feeling that it will be Kharma. I hope not, thought. As much as I want Kharma to come back and take over, I also want Layla to have a nice title reign.

    With how over Eve is as a heel, I think it might be a good idea if she went for the belt. The feud would get a good response from the crowd, and it would make sense, since they’ve feuded in the past.

  • Jhonmarco

    This would be a perfect way for Maxine to debut. These 2 could have a nice feud, until Layla’s basically fed to Kharma. I can’t really see anyone else challenging Layla, especially with all the women in FCW being too green. (Paige while not green, has only been in FCW for a few months. I doubt they’d bring her up so soon.)

  • Nostalgia

    I want Layla’s first feud to be with a new debuting diva. Meanwhile Kharma returns destroys a few divas, then challenges Layla and wins. Give Layla at least one successful defense

  • jcarcano12

    Kelly Kelly

  • Looking Glass

    I love Layla, but she’s a bland face, she’s charismatic but she just doesn’t stand out as a character. Ideally I’d love her to turn and do an angle similiar to Maxine and Aksana in FCW, where the two were friends and Aksana got preferential treament over all the other Divas.

    Saying that, A.J. looks set for a heel turn and she did win that match against Nikki Bella which they claimed the winner would get a Divas title shot (as per in WWE it never happened) I think it’s about time this was brought back. I would love to see Maxine quit NXT and try and run Raw however.

    • Looking Glass

      I meant Layla and Eve should do a Maxine/Aksana power friendship (different to LayCool)

  • WweRules32

    I Want Layla To Feud With Natalya Or Eve And Have Layla Retain Against Them Love Layla Shes My No 1 Fav Diva

  • adifferentsame

    Layla vs Maxine. Both could easily cut a good script together.

    • mariah.

      Right!? Mic-wise, a feud between the two could be sick if given the time.

  • wl75

    I’m thinking probably Eve- she’s a big heat magnet right now, and abusing her power to try and get the title would work well I think- especially if Layla and Zack Ryder are paired up..

  • Morris Muffin

    All imma say is that I’d be SO pissed if Shaul Guerrero ever debuted and did not use her real name!

    • melon2617

      Agreed! Screw Raquel Diaz, that’s fine for FCW but when she comes up, she best be Shaul Guerrero and if she and Mama Vickie don’t cackle in unison @ least once, I may weep.

      • Nostalgia

        yes lollll

  • EveLover

    I see maxine or eve getting this one. I wouldn’t have it any other way. For eve, it would help both layla & her to get over with the crowd even more. For maxine, it would establish her & with some mic time, she’ll be over in no time.

    I also like the FCW type of invasion challenger’s cryssi said; Raquel, Sofia, & Paige. Personally, I would have raquel as the “leader” . But if them three do debut together, they would be the stable that would have it all. I would love that storyline.

  • PrettyQuincess

    Maxine and her illuminating charisma.

  • SigmaX

    At this point this is not just a want but a NEED to happen.

    EVE is in a better position than any other diva sans AJ to feud to Layla.

    She is in a position of power , you put EVE abusing her power to go to any length to screw over Layla and have Layla play the under dog role that seemingly has no allies due to her past.

    Have EVE abuse power so badly she uses other divas to basically wrestle for her but they all end up falling to Layla…due to Layla beating them or just a screw up on EVEs part.

    WWE has a chance to create a 2012 version of Trish Vs Stephanie , there is absoloutley no reason to pass it up.

    Again there is not a single diva thats in a better position than EVE to feud with the is the perfect feud to build Layla as the top face.

  • clintocki

    I agree w/ most of the comments here that the most solid feud WWE can do right now is Layla/Eve until the AJ heel turn completes, which hopefully would be right in time for Layla to then go on and feud w/ her for the title.

  • Harry

    I am glad that a number have suggested Maxine. Maxine and Layla are outstanding with the mic; in back room vignettes; in creating excitement; as real actresses; of very similar physical size; Maxine’s finisher, the Dragon Sleeper, a signature move of Ultimo Dragon, was recently named by WWE one of the Top 25 Most Devastating Submission Holds. I believe that LayMax has the potential to surpass its predecessor. With their various talents I believe that Layla and Maxine could move back and forth, like Trish Stratus and Lita, sometimes allies, sometimes bitter rivals. Harry

  • crigginz

    I think they should have Raquel Diaz debut and beat up Naomi and Cameron for how they have been treating Vickie… she can feud with the funkettes and destroy them, which sets her up for a title shot at probably the in July…

    In the meantime Beth should have a few matches for the belt, or even have a friendly feud between Layla and Kelly playing off their past hatred ;)