Raw Redux (June 18th, 2012): Girls Just Wanna Have Fun… and Play Dress Up

Hello everyone, and allow me to introduce you to this week’s miraculous Raw Redux. Last week’s show was top notch, and probably one of the better shows as a whole in quite some time. Can the momentum follow through, though? We have special guest stars Cyndi Lauper and Wendi Richter join Divas Champion, Layla in the ring for quite the lengthy segment tonight. And on top of that, resident crazy chick, AJ, continues her mind games to the joy of everyone! (Okay, maybe just me since I can’t speak for everyone). Let’s kick things off with some recapping!

First we are blessed with a kick ass video package to highlight Cyndi Lauper’s historic run during the Rock & Wrestling Connection in which she helped Wendi Richter win the Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 1. Following the video and a commercial break, we return to the ring where Divas Champion, Layla stands with a microphone in hand and some insatiable music playing in the background. Layla welcomes both Wendi and Cyndi to the ring, as the duo skip down to “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”. Layla helps the duo enter the ring as Cyndi hops around like a jack rabbit! She then thanks Layla and the fans, before stating how nice it is to see Wendi again.

Richter recounts the first WrestleMania, but she is suddenly interrupted by the One Man Rock Band, Heath Slater. Heath walks down the ramp, and for some reason, I laugh at him in an “I’m entertained” sort of way instead of a, “Get off my screen” way. Cyndi amazingly asks who he is, which stuns Heath to the point of both he and Cyndi arguing about the size of their respective bands. Heath Slater then decides to grant us with his “moment”, by ordering the three ladies to bop to the side so he can enlighten us with his first single. Slater erupts in a beautiful song, until he’s cut off by the bagpipes of Rowdy Roddy Piper!

Piper kisses the hands of all three ladies and attempts to kick “Miss Slater” to the back. Piper exclaims that “When girls want to have fun, they call the Hot Rod!” Roddy credits the Rock & Wrestling Connection for skyrocketing WWE to where it is, before presenting Cyndi with a gold record. He awards her the record on behalf of he, Captain Lou Albano, and the entire WWE Universe and cites her as the best lady to ever be paired with their business. The two engage in a hug, but this simply angers Heath Slater who wants to continue with his singing. Roddy eventually pokes him in the eye and Cyndi proceeds to SMASH the gold record over his head in pretty awesome fashion! The four celebrate to bring this to a close as Roddy Piper beckons for the medic!

Later in the evening, Daniel Bryan ascends to the top rope in the midst of a tag team match which pits him and Kane against Sheamus and CM Punk, proceeding to drop the WWE Champion with a superplex! As the two attempt to get to their feet, the peppy music of AJ hits to a thunderous ovation from the live crowd. Our crazy chick skips out from the back decked out in full on Kane gear, complete with mask! She skips around the entire ring, eventually distracting Kane to follow her towards the back and allow Sheamus to pin Bryan for the win.

Thoughts: I’m torn on the Cyndi Lauper segment, personally. I feel like it was written exceptionally well, and if you ignore certain aspects, I loved it. The part where Michael Cole slams it for being so awful and constantly snorting like a pig was kind of disrespectful. If you want people to care about something you’re broadcasting, why have your commentators say it’s garbage and tear it down? They did this with NXT for years, and now they’re doing it here… I just don’t get it. I know he’s a heel, but it makes absolutely ZERO sense. He was praising Cyndi and Wendi as they skipped down the ramp and saying how great it was to see them there, and then the next minute he just turns around and buries it all with no explanation whatsoever. They can’t seem to make up their mind on whether they want to portray Cole as the arrogant heel or just a normal commentator, and he just flip flops back and forth in a split second with no direction. It’s like instead of wanting to portray the segments well and put out things that come off enjoyable, they would rather make us believe they think the segments are terrible so we will cringe and laugh at them? I didn’t even mind the Heath Slater stuff, and to be honest, I thought he was actually really funny. It’s the Cole stuff that bothers me because you have two people who basically helped put WWE on the map and here he is saying how awful their entire presence is and mocking them.

I also don’t think humor works well on Raw, especially for such a young skewing live crowd. It was really cring-eworthy listening to the reaction they gave Cyndi and Wendi, and Michael Cole certainly did it no favors. Roddy was able to save the crowd response thankfully, and I will say the segment did what I thought wasn’t possible in making me become amused with Heath Slater. Still, I think this is one of those situations where it kind of went beyond WWE’s control (in some parts) and the crowd is sort of what put a dampener on things. On Raw these lengthy celebrity guest sketches NEVER tend to come off well to the audience unless your name is Bob Barker. At least it went better than the Three Stooges did, though, and it was really nice to see Cyndi and Wendi back… but I just wish it wasn’t as awkward watching it as it ended up being due to both the crowd and the terrible commentary. (Seriously, PLEASE move Scott Stanford to Raw!)

They also don’t seem to know what on Earth to do with Layla. Beth seemingly can’t get another title shot since she’s lost twice now, and nothing seems to be pointing in the Natalya/Maxine direction. Eve is missing, Rosa’s disposition is kind of blurry right now, and Aksana isn’t wrestling. I feel like for the next few weeks we’re going to either get no match or just random filler until the week before the next pay per view when they’ll randomly have someone pin Layla to add a match (much like they did last week). I don’t get why we can’t try out Maxine or Natalya, to be honest. I’m not sure what’s up with Eve, but those two could easily be at least feuds for Layla even if they don’t end up winning the title. I’d rather have her in two month feuds defending her belt than doing pretty much nothing on a week to week basis.

On the complete flip side, however, I absolutely loved AJ’s segment. It was hardly even a minute long, yet I was into it way more than basically anything Diva related Raw ever gives us. (Proof you can execute things well with little to no time!) I said it in my prediction for No Way Out, but if you pretend she is the entire Divas division and only her, it’s the best we’ve had in years! The reaction she got when her music hit was mind blowing, and skipping down to the ring in a Kane mask was perfection. I honestly am really warming to the idea of a Kane/AJ “Beauty and the Beast” type couple, which I would’ve never thought I’d go for a few weeks ago. There’s no telling where this story will go each week and that’s what makes it so brilliant. Just when you think you have an idea, they do something completely different… and the thing is that whatever they do ends up working! AJ’s star is shining right now and she’s taking the ball and running with it. I hope this storyline never ends, and if it does, I want her propelled to the championship. Much like Eve did from her stint with Zack Ryder, AJ is getting over by working with some of the men. Hopefully UNLIKE Eve, though, the ball isn’t dropped when it fades out.

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  • defineinsanity

    AJ looks like a little girl playin’ dress up :3 That girl is cray cray!

    • http://youtube.com/kristalmelinafan kristalmelinafan

      Aj is like Harley Quinn and Kane is like the Joker.

      • defineinsanity

        As in she wears red and black yes not really anything else… And Kane is too serious to be Joker :3

  • number1AngelinaLovefan

    I am so done with the Divas Division. ALL i care about is Fricken AJ!!!!

  • number1AngelinaLovefan

    I am so done with the Divas Division. ALL i care about is my girl AJ!!!

  • number1AngelinaLovefan

    Sorry for the double post, that was Not supposed to happen

  • javiousmckenzie

    This was the worst RAW in a long time Wendi Richter looked like the cat lady from The Simpsons Cyndi was so out of place then they have gave Layla Tiffany old theme i can go on and on about this segment it was that bad like really

  • SherriShepherdWWE

    I LOVED IT’, it was so nice to see Wendi and Cyndi again in a WWE ring, it was just simply awesome and a very nice moment on Raw

    Aj was awesome as well

    like i said LOVED IT

  • Lanoom

    I distinctly remember the tag match/Kane-J segment being, like, the second thing of the night.

    In fact, I’m certain of it. Mick Foley came out first and announced he was temporary GM for the week, Big Johnny came out, then Sheamus and Punk and then Bryan and Kane and they had their match and then Kane-J.

  • wl75

    The Lauper segment was an homage to the past- they did something similar in 1985 (in New York as well- but at MSG not in Nassau) when Piper smashed a Lauper gold record on the head of Captain Lou Albano…I personally think it went way too long though it was cute (and Slater is going to be the person who gets involved with the Legends leading up to the 1000th episode).

    Speaking of cute- I just loved AJ…all she needs to do is the pyro move in the ring and it’d be perfect. I still have no idea what she’s going to do in the end, but she’s way over.

  • Johnyfaction3

    That segment was a disaster. However one have to see something before you attack the Diva division. Is pretty clear that the last few months have been a huge mess for the divas. But one also has to consider that is not only bad for them. The WWE (more like RAW) has been a huge mess lately. Everyone is suffering from it. Not just the divas. In the last month Raw hasn’t had any above average episodes as a whole. Everything seems out of direction. The only thing that stands out is the AJ, Kane, Punk, Bryan segments. Other than that everything else is a huge mess. The tag teams, mid-cards/low, jobbers, even some main eventers has been really bad lately. That’s why I personally don’t get too upset with the Divas. Because is not like WWE only hates them. WWE has the talent in all the divisions. They just need to trust them like they did on NXT.

    • LadyGoDiva

      I don’t get upset anymore when we don’t get diva matches regularly because they always get a small limit of time but I have certain weird feeling that the divas might help the wwe get better ratings?Or maybe its just me that thinks that?

  • rhysus

    i love this storyline with aj! pure gold!

    oh… layla got tiffany’s old entrance music now?

  • jen07201

    I agree with Bobby Scott Standford should replace Cole on commentary. AJ is the best thing in the Divas division for me ever since that Psycho Mickie storyline.

  • StraightEdgeGirl84

    I liked AJ’s part and I’m kind of interested where it’s going. Sure Kane has done beauty and beast storylines countless times but it’s not bad with AJ. As for the other segment I don’t remember Wendi and I’m 27 so I can’t imagine any teen or younger would know her.

  • shamrock123

    This was a pretty bad night for the divas, i cant wait to see the knockouts prove that they are the true definition of women wrestling.. Cant wait to see who the three contenders will be for miss tessmachers title, hopefully they will continue mickie james heel turn this week!!!

    • jen07201

      Yes Mickie needs to turn heel and bring Psycho Mickie back.

  • B1G_FaN

    Great to see Wendi in the ring again!

    It would have been nice to incorporate Beth Phoenix into this segment. Maybe have Wendi take it to Beth in the ring! That would have been classic!

    Can’t blame the participants for the youth who have no idea who these people are. Wendi was more popular than Hulk Hogan in 1985, but kids today weren’t alive back then. This one was for the parents who were kids back in ’85! Thanks for thinking of us old-timers, WWE!!!!! :o)

  • darkangels

    hey at least fans are going to see LLUSA back on tv on mondays with malena reby sky…ect

  • WWFoverWWE

    That mask wasn’t flattering on AJ at all :/

  • http://xlittlemissobsessive.tumblr.com/ KellyKellyAJFan

    Kelly Kelly Returning,
    Posted by: Ben Kerin of WrestlingNewsSource.com on Jun 19 2012
    Source: PWInsider.com
    – WWE Diva Kelly Kelly is scheduled to return to WWE television on Monday. Kelly has been on hiatus from WWE in recent weeks, leading to speculation that she may be leaving the company. As it stands she is advertised for several Raw events but not live house shows.

    YES! So hopefully with Kelly returning, there will atleast be matches on Raw again because there seemed to be lack thereof since Kelly left.

    • jen07201

      So soon?

      • http://xlittlemissobsessive.tumblr.com/ KellyKellyAJFan

        I know. That’s what I thought I guess she really missed the WWE. But it also seems like they’re working with her by not making her work live shows, or at least not for now.


      I knew Kelly was going to come back, but never thought it would be so soon!

    • TehKardashianKing

      She’s back already???? She deserved that break. I’m ready to see her on my screen and for Jerry to start going gaga again.

      Kelly coming back = Good thing I guess. :P

      Jerry going gaga over K2 again = Nooooooo……… >:(

    • defineinsanity

      Oh gosh if they bring her back I hope they don’t make a big uproar and then do the Kelly and friends tag matches :l

    • LadyGoDiva

      I don’t think that bringing back K2 will change anything unless they thrust her into a divas match or something I don’t really see any change to it.

  • Cheetara86

    Really trying to figure out where they will go with AJ. I think its going to be a Kane/AJ/Punk feud a little bit.

    Maybe she is finding ways to help Punk, by using Kane.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/dsanchez96?feature=mhum sanchezdiego96

    I get the feeling that the audience didn’t really know why Cyndi was honored despite the excellent promos. When Roddy explained why, the audience gave her a more positive response. They probably just needed someone as respected as Rowdy Piper to remind them what Cyndi did to the WWE. Which makes her long overdue to be in the Hall of Fame in my opinion.
    AJ was perfect! I loved the pop she got and I love how many “crazy chick” signs were in the crowd. She’s so dang cute. I’m so excited to see her every show.

  • http://xlittlemissobsessive.tumblr.com/ KellyKellyAJFan

    AJ looked even adorable as a mini-Kane. I love how well she is playing up to her character.

  • Queen Bee

    Ugh, Kelly coming back. I wish she would stay gone! As for the segment, I wanted Beth to come out and glamslam all three

  • AfroJack

    Heath Slater is just a rip off of Jillian…. WWE think bcos she got heat for her tone deaf gimmick that Heath will get the same?

    Anyway, nice to see Cyndi and Wendi back in WWE after 27 years!!! Wow. Hard to believe that’s how long ago Wendi vs Moolah was.

  • AfroJack

    and WWE, don’t EVER cover up AJ’s face again. EVER!

  • TheFallenAngela

    I read Eve’s on that new reality show. The divas segment bored me like usual unless there is a really good divas match or beth phoenix/natalya is in it. AJ dressed liked kane the mask looked weird on her face this time the actually played her theme wow…..Layla has insationable as her theme now hmmmm

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

    Jesus! When was the last time a Diva got a big crowd pop?!

    • Cheetara86

      probably, not since Kharma.

    • AfroJack

      Kelly winning the Divas title?

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

        kelly got a pop for winning the divas title?? all i remember was her fake crying face LOL..