NXT Watch (June 6th, 2012): Daughters of the Ring Square Off

Hello there, and welcome to another edition of your NXT/Superstars V2.0 Watch. Before we get started, I’m going to warn you all that I’m not in the best of moods, and since NXT no longer cheers me up as much as it used to, this recap may not be the perky ball of sunshine it usually is. So, now that that’s out of the way, let’s get started as we delve into this week’s show that was only (gasp) FIVE hours late this week until it became available on Hulu of all places. (You can’t see me right now, but I’m applauding that we even got a show at all!) Like the past few weeks, NXT is one of the only (and this week THE only) show in the company where you can see the Divas wrestle. This week, the land of the yellow ropes provides us a match that pits two members of legendary families against each other as Tamina Snuka takes on Natalya. Given that the video comes to about ten minutes long, I’m expecting that the two actually get a good length to work with, so why don’t we get started before I drift off into watching another episode of Mad Men.

We return from a commercial break to hear the beautiful anthem of not only the Divas division, but of life itself, in “TA-MEE-NA” (duh duh duh duh). Snuka walks out and poses on the ramp, before skipping into the ring and slapping some hands of her wonderful fans. Out next comes Natalya, who looks AWESOME in her new gear. This woman can do no wrong in my book anyways, but I think she might have my favorite look in the division now. (I love capes, sue me.) Natalya sarcastically waves at Tammy Snooks, as I will refer to her from now on so that we get a little Maxine nod in here through our first Maxine-less episode of NXT since her return. (And yes, I’m sure someone will point out Maxine never called her Snooks, so this is my own addition to the hard work our Queen put in before the show was stupidly altered to what it is now.)

Okay, back to the ring, Natalya steps inside as she and Tammy Snooks stare off a bit before the bell rings. Nattie removes her Black Widow-esque cape, with both ladies circling the ring until they lock up. Natalya scores with a waist lock, but Tamina reverses. Nattie takes the control once again, as Tamina tries to shove her off to no avail. A side headlock takedown by Natalya, which spies Tamina counter into a leg scissors that Miss Neidhart breaks out of. Tammy takes Natalya down with a side headlock of her own, and now Natalya applies the leg scissors that Snuka breaks out of. Neidhart scores with a big smack to the face and then takes Tammy down with a shoulder tackle. Irish whip follows, with Tamina leapfrogging over her opponent and chopping her down to the canvas.

Tammy Snooks hits a huge dropkick, but only gets a two count, as she is then sent into the corner. She looks to jump over Natalya, but the Neidhart doesn’t follow through and instead smacks her in the face and shoves her back down. Natalya sits on Tammy Snooks for just a one count, before stomping on the Island hand and taunting Tamina. Nattie takes her down and proceeds to kick Snuka in the back. Suplex… SCORES, as Natalya garners a two count with that vicious maneuver. She goes for another, but Tamina counters into a small package for a near fall. Both women get up and Nattie takes control with a huge spinning clothesline to garner a two count. From there, Natalya locks in her beautiful modified abdominal stretch and screams out “I HATE YOU” in brilliant fashion.

Tamina finally fights out and hits a nice hip toss, as both women are down. Natalya goes for a running splash, but Tamina takes the beautiful blonde down with some chops and a running forearm to the face for a near fall. Tamina hits a bodyslam, before climbing to the top rope and… stepping down as Nattie rolls out of the way and kicks her in the stomach. Natalya goes for the sharpshooter, but Tamina kicks Nattie back and outside the ring. Natalya climbs back in the ring, but gets met with a huge Samoan Drop as our Island Goddess Tammy Snooks once again ascends to the top rope. This time, she leaps off and NAILS it. One… Two… Three! Tammy Snooks emerges victorious.

Thoughts: I liked this week’s match a lot and thought it was easily the most solid that we’ve seen in some time from the Divas. Of course, having Natalya involved will do that to pretty much any bout the women compete in since she is who I consider to be the best wrestler in the diivsion. Tamina, I feel, works much better when she is against people that are more known for their wrestling like a Beth Phoenix or a Natalya, and tonight was no exception as she was able to keep up with Nattie and work a pretty fun match. There wasn’t really much we haven’t seen before, but I’d rather see that happen than a bunch of new moves that don’t come off well so I enjoyed this match honestly as much as I could enjoy one on the new and unimproved NXT.

On another note, I understand the changes affected everything the show was doing, but even now I still don’t really get it. Last week we were teased with Maxine and Kaitlyn, and this week it seemed more like Tamina was the focus. I don’t have a problem with either situation really since I like all three (even though I’m pulling for a Maxine/Kaitlyn submission match to take place on the last episode), but I wish there was at least some type of focus instead of becoming another Superstars where the spotlight shifts every week to whoever isn’t used on the main show (only now that’s every Diva employed except my beloved AJ). It’s whatever, though. I’m pretty much just going to forget the last few weeks and any that follow exist when it comes to NXT Redemption (not in a mean way to the matches that take place now, just in a “I want to remember it for how it was before a few weeks ago” way)… so honestly (and unfortunately), we’re just treading water until the FCW version starts up. Like I mentioned last week, I will have a large… and I mean large discussion about my full thoughts regarding this season and how it was “handled” whenever the final episode is announced. Until then, enjoy these random match recaps!

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  • http://ashmultimedia.wordpress.com melon2617

    I’m a little worried for Natalya. Melina attempted a similar look and ended up getting canned.

    • Looking Glass

      Melina got canned for her backstage attitude not because she changed her look….

      • http://ashmultimedia.wordpress.com melon2617

        Oh, I know. But it’s not a good sign. It seems every time a Diva changes their look lately, they either leave or get released.

        • Looking Glass

          Besides Melina, who are you basing this knowledge on?

        • http://ashmultimedia.wordpress.com melon2617

          The Bellas made a ring attire change and left shortly thereafter as well.

        • WWFoverWWE

          It comes down to whether you changed your look for the better. Melina and Katie lea are examples of changing your look for the worse, and I wouldn’t be surprised if that led to them becoming jokes.

          WWE takes big pride in appearances.

        • RcJ2

          You do realize The Bellas left because they wanted to, no?

          Besides, Beth Phoenix changed her look… still around. Same can be said for Trish over the years or even Tamina (skirt to long pants). Heck, even current Divas Champion, Layla did not start off with her current look.

          Just seems like a baseless statement.

    • FashionQueen86

      I do not really believe it’s based on changes in their attire. I think Natalya Looks great in all her attires actually. The bellas knew they were going to leave way before they wore the new and last attires.

      • http://ashmultimedia.wordpress.com melon2617

        @RCJ2 baseless comment…sarcasm…whatever.

    • http://divaderby.net/ DivaDerby

      Nat & Beth can both make newcomers look good. Everyone has a good match with them, for that reason the WWE will likely keep them around, even if they are jobbing atm. Before Beth’s current push she was also not really doing much. Nat can still one day get a big push, its up to the writers really. Look at Eve, one big storyline and she’s huge. If Bret ever comes back for a GM role, Nat could be used in a major storyline at that point. I get the feeling Nattie’s job is secure.

  • LadyGoDiva

    With this being the only divas match we’re getting this week I’ll say it was pretty nice little match really dislike of how slightly dead was the crowd.

    Nattie’s new ring attire wasn’t that bad I’m so use to her wearing pink so her wearing black was nice ot see her try something different.

  • shameronstar

    I swear Tamina, Natalya, and Kaitlyn are like Pokemon types fire, water, and grass because Tamina(fire) always beats Natalya(grass), Natalya(grass) always beats Kaitlyn(water), and Kaitlyn(water) always beats Tamina(fire). I think it’s kind of a funny pattern!

    • WWFoverWWE

      I like your thinking.

    • http://www.yahoo.com Gameman305

      Cool Pokemon Reference!

    • Raekon

      Hehe good one! :)

      • Marlon Eric

        LOL, Send this shit to WWE’s mindless booking staff.

  • shameronstar

    Also, I agree that Kaitlyn and Maxine should have a submission match on the last episode of this season of NXT because they’ve been subtly playing up the fact that they each have submission victories over each other plus it would really be a “coming of the full circle” kind of thing.

  • SherriShepherdWWE

    LOved the match, it was two WRESTLERS having an awesome match, and this is what I want to see every week on RAw, and Smackdown, two divas going toe to toe in a 7-8 minute match,

    Also i love how whenever Nattie or Tamina are in the ring, they can always get the crowd behind them, they come out to no reaction what so ever, however, by the time the end of the match comes the crowd is always behind one of them

    And i liked how they teased Tamina could be Layla next oppent, would love to see her get the title, then feud with Nattie or Beth, then have Kharma return, would be awesome storyline wise, 4 indy wrestlers going at it :)

    • Acid Rain

      Tamina wasn’t much of an indy girl. She was in the independent scene very briefly.

      • SherriShepherdWWE

        she still wrestled on the indies

        • Marlon Eric

          I also view Tamina as an “indy girl”. Not so much that she’s from the indies, but mainly because she has a natural wrestling ability that usually can only be gained by 1) having experience on the indies or 2) coming naturally from a wrestling family.

          When she does get better, and she will – that girl is going to be one of the top female workers. I only hope a women’s division still exists by than. And if not, I hope TNA are actually hiring diverse women instead of the going all cookie-cutter like they are now.

  • Ed

    I just want to see Kaitlyn vs Natalya again. With more time than they got in their last match.

    • Raekon

      Would love that cause they always work great together! :)

      Would also love to see Beth vs Kaitlyn as also a fatal four way with Beth, Nattie, Tamina and Kaitlyn cause I think it would be awesome if they are not getting limited on their movesets on it.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/brodyrediron BrodyRediron

    WOW!! Very good showing between both woman, but it is true that Natalya and Beth can make anyone look good. I do give props to Tamina for holding her own where as other woman who face Nat and Beth completely rely on them two to carry the match. I’m not that upset now since both RAW and SD didn’t get a Diva match, we got to see a solid Divas match on NXT.

  • http://twitter.com/lostmikeys Kaledrina

    remember when tamina wasn’t all that in the ring? she’s been stepping up her game of late, pleased to see it !

  • xX-Zoey-Sky-Xx

    For like a 2 minutes, i thought Natayla was Maryse. Loving her new look though :)

    The match was amazing :) I just wish Nat would win over Tamina for once :)

  • ShimmerSupport211

    need to see before nattie vs beth before she ever decides to leave lol

  • WWFoverWWE

    It was a good match. That superfly splash was a thing of perfection. Wasn’t really digging Nattie’s new look, it was too much on the boring side.

  • AdrianRay

    Dear lord, I love Natalya.

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

    i dont get why tamina can beat nattie but she cant beat kaitlyn??..its good that tamina has been getting better the last few months i do hope eventually she gets a push at the title…

    • Marlon Eric

      Me neither. And to be honest, I don’t understand the booking mentality with the NXT divas at all. They’re suppose to be the “rookies” of the division. Of course, they don’t have to lose every match but I find it crazy that Kaitlyn can win over Tamina and Maxine can dominant Alicia Fox.

      I know NXT isn’t featured on live television and that means nothing if you aren’t, but the NXT Divas are really the only girls who are consistently on TV these days. AJ is in a major storyline. Maxine can always be seen on NXT, as well as Kaitlyn. Aksana is either in backstage segments or valeting for that weird hot guy. And Naomi is always featured with Brodus.

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

        i know nxt has the weirdest booking..it airs in australia thou lol….well their the future so its good their getting some character even if naomi’s talent is being wasted dancing…

  • http://ahlanthony.tumblr.com ahlanthony

    I love this match but I hope we get to see the other divas wrestle like Aksana, NAomi, Cameron, and yeah even Rosa.

  • Morris Muffin

    After Aksanas match on Smackdown a few months ago, I’m in no rush to see her compete again. And please Kelly stay away.

  • http://facebook.com/mykael.kennedy mykel1990

    I liked the match, and I LURVED Nattie’s new attire. My only fault is I wish Natalya would have won, since she’s like my fave. I hope the WWE brass sees that these women can go in the squared circle sometime soon and start re-investing in their Women’s Division, because the talent’s there. #wwedivasgetshafted

    P.s. Nattie rocks!

  • redsandman99

    Loved the match. This is the kind of stuff that we should be getting on Raw and Smackdown. The talent is there in the division it just needs a place to actually shine.

  • FashionQueen86

    I see so much Maryse in Natalya and have been for a few months at least.

  • Raekon

    Great match between both ladies! :)

    I laughed when the commentary said “Tamina goes Jerry Lawler” when her attire broke and laughed even harder when Nattie just sit on Tamina to pin her as if she were bored. ^_^

    Great showcasing and the crowd went a long half way in the match which was a good thing.

    I’m Amazed how ignorant the management is towards the division, when they have so much great talent in their division that gets limited in time, movesets and character development 24/7.

    It looks as if they don’t want to capitalize through the division but rather has them there so something femalelike is there too. -_-

  • Bethinho

    decent match to watch even if it was too slow paced to me.
    and why Natalya is unable to beat Tamina?

  • DAFereldan91

    That has to be the best attire Nattie ever wore! She looks stunningly gorgeous! Anyway, back to the match. In my opinion, the match is pretty standard, better than any matches we have had in weeks(Then again, how many Divas matches have we had for the past few weeks… Seriously, this is preposterous!) However, I still loath the losing streak Nattie is having now. I’m utterly disappointed with the current state of the division. Divas rarely seen on the screen(except AJ), no build-up or convincing storyline on play currently, the talents are not being utilized properly… The list could go on and on. I guess this is one of the biggest slumps in Divas division for the past few years. -sigh-

  • Londonboy

    When they said Natalya had new attire was expecting her to be wearing hotpants of something but her outfit is still kind of the same just black and almost see though but she did look nice and her cape was a nice touch aswell and Tamina look good to.
    The match was good but the crowd was dead wwe should never go to that city again lol . I feel sorry for Natalya though she is nothing more than a jobber right now such a waste of her talent but thats the wwe for you