NXT Watch (July 19th, 2012): Tamina and Kaitlyn Report to New NXT, Raquel Diaz Begins Exfoliating Ugliness Tour

Hello everyone, and welcome to another joyous edition of the NXT Watch. Ever since season six launched, we have only seen the Divas compete once, and it was a brief yet hard hitting bout. This week, though, we are blessed with not one, but two matches involving the females as Kaitlyn battles Tamina Snuka early on, and more towards the end, Raquel Diaz debuts her “Exfoliating Ugliness Tour” against Paige. Who will come out on top? Let us find out…

It’s match time at Full Sail, and out comes the daughter of WWE Hall of Famer, Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka as we are reminded each and every time she appears. Snuka climbs into the ring after slapping some hands and poses as her opponent for the evening, Kaitlyn walks out after spinning the bottle. She doesn’t seem to slap any hands or crack much of a smile. Hmm… Nonetheless, the bell sounds and the two lock up. Tamina with a collar and elbow tie up, before sending Kaitlyn into the ropes. Kaitlyn ascends off the other side, but gets taken down. She tries to use the referee as a shield against Tamina, thus making me wonder if NXT wants to present our bottle spinning Diva as a heel.

Tamina scores with an arm drag, but as she goes for a kick, Kaitlyn takes her down with a dragon screw. She goes to splash Tamina in the corner, but Snuka dodges out of the way and the two now begin trading shots. Snuka leaps over Kaitlyn from the corner and continues the relentless moves on Kaitlyn. Kaitlyn spins Tamina into the ropes and locks on a brief Abdominal Stretch using the ropes for leverage! After breaking the five count, she attempts a jackknife cover to no avail. A running dropkick follows up, before using the bottom rope for added punishment. Kaitlyn then proceeds to utilize her walnut crushing thighs (William Regal’s words) to lock in a body scissors, but Tamina bridges back for a one count!

The two take each other down with a double running facebuster. Snuka begins to mount her comeback with a series of clotheslines and a kick! A bodyslam follows, as she then goes for the Superfly Splash, but Kaitlyn smartly grabs her ankle to stop the move. A Russian leg sweep next, before Kaitlyn applies a great submission hold. Snuka brilliantly counters the submission and hoists Kaitlyn up for a Samoan Drop! From there, she ascends to the top rope and comes off with the Superfly Splash for the one… two… three! Snuka celebrates the victory over our NXT Season 3 winner, as Kaitlyn plans to fight another day and seek her revenge.

Out to the ring we go once again for the debut of Raquel Diaz! She steps out with one of those headset microphones we all just love so much. Diaz refuses to apologize for making her NXT debut this late in the game, because in her words, “a late entrance is a fashionable entrance”. She came here to give the show and its Divas division a makeover, citing the colors of the ropes as “gross”. Raquel ends her segment by telling the Divas that the exfoliation of ugliness has commenced! Up next comes the entrance of her opponent, the freshly documented Paige! The crowd loves our enchanting raven haired lady, but Raquel seems to just laugh at her.

A “Paige” chant erupts from the second her music stops, as Raquel calls her gross and does some sort of drop toe hold. Diaz continues to shove Paige’s face into the canvas, before going for a pin and gaining a two count. Paige tries to fight out with a clothesline. A shoulder breaker follows up, and then a huge boot to the face for just a two count. She goes after Raquel, but Diaz cowers in fear, before ducking and shoving Paige to the canvas face first. She then hits the Gory Bomb and gets the quick(ish) victory over our British bombshell. Raquel celebrates her win as we get a special replay of the finisher.

Also, check out a backstage segment with Aksana below:

Thoughts: I really enjoyed Kaitlyn facing off against Tamina. The action was ten times better than I’m sure anyone could’ve predicted, and I think it goes to show how much both of these ladies are continuing to up their game. I’m a little confused though because it seems like NXT is sort of trying to portray Kaitlyn as a heel. She performed some very heel-like tactics throughout the bout, and mostly worked over Tamina with leg submissions and grounded moves (which we essentially see heels do in WWE). This, alongside another match taped to air in a future show, leads me to believe maybe the plan was for Kaitlyn to go heel down the road? Obviously these shows were taped before her recent outings on Superstars or Money in the Bank, so perhaps plans have changed. I’m not sure, but it left me a little confused and not in a good way because there was no explanation as to why she was sort of behaving differently. When they faced off on NXT Redemption’s dying last few weeks, neither woman came off as a heel and it was more of a friendly match between two cohorts. That’s what I kind of expected here as well, but interestingly we didn’t really get that. Nonetheless, the ring work was stellar and the finishing sequence especially would be my highlight of the match.

Raquel vs. Paige on the other hand was way too short… but I understand why, because it was filmed on the first set of tapings when they were still testing things out I assume. I will say that I’m extremely glad both women got entrances and I love how much the crowd adores Paige. Raquel’s “Exfoliating Ugliness” gimmick is actually sort of working for me. I feel like the more outlandish/over the top her appearance, the more what she says fits in the same role of how Lady Gaga or Nicki Minaj convey the same perception of beauty at various awards shows and such. The match was truthfully too fast for me to even really comment on it, but I will honestly say I’m not a monster fan of Raquel’s in-ring work. She shines on the microphone and I really hope WWE see this before they transition her to the main roster. I’m not saying she won’t get better, but as of right now, I definitely believe promo work is her strong suit, and in WWE, that’s honestly the better of two things to have down because charisma and personality are not things that can be easily instilled in someone. Paige on the other hand, has everything down in my opinion, and at least from my perspective, is the best prospect of the show in terms of females.

Overall, NXT has been picking up since my last recap. It’s not “must see TV” for me as soon as it hits the internet, but I can definitely get behind the direction now that they’ve eliminated all the squash matches and lack of entrances for half the competitors in a bout. I realize Rome wasn’t built in a day and I’m definitely going to give it some time to kick into gear. I just hope they continue to improve things like they’ve been doing because what I mentioned above in this paragraph about the entrances/squashes being fixed has already made me much more interested in the show than I was in the first couple of episodes. I will likely never love it as much as I did the past season, but I also hold it on a different scale because I don’t really think you can compare the two. It’s sort of like apples to oranges on what you prefer between entertainment or purely wrestling, and for me the answer is obvious but that doesn’t mean I also don’t enjoy the wrestling side of things. NXT’s new season is improving already, and I hope it keeps at it while the fan base is still intrigued early on.

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  • moonpiggy

    I am sick and tired of seeing Paige losing. She has only won like 2 matches down in FCW it’s ridiculous.

  • fahkyooh

    Paige is gonna be huge in the WWE. Raquel needs to train her butt off.

  • SherriShepherdWWE

    Love both matches, cant wait to see Paige up on Raw and Smackdown

  • Johnyfaction3

    I love the reaction Paige got! WWE needs to treat her better!

  • moonpiggy

    I also got heel melina vibes from raquel diaz

  • jayjayholler

    Well I know this new NXT has just started but it’s about time Paige got a win isn’t it? I can see WWE just burying her too unfortunately.

  • javiousmckenzie

    There are reports that WWE is really high on Sofia, Paige and Raquel that those 3 have the most potential to be big in WWE and that Sofia and Paige is better workers than most the divas in the WWE division. They feel Raquel need way more training but can be a great TV character and that many are viewing Paige as the future of the divas division

  • moonpiggy

    ” According to The Wrestling Observer, WWE Tough Enough contestant Ivelisse Velez (known in FCW as Sofia Cortez), Raquel Diaz (real name Shaul Guerrero, daughter of Eddie and Vickie Guerrero), and Paige (Britani Knight), are seen as the FCW Divas with the most main roster potential.

    Knight and Velez are seen as two of the best in-ring workers in WWE right now, with some saying they’re both better than most of the current Divas on the main roster, and it’s even being said that some are looking at Knight (Paige) as the future of the Divas division.

    As for Diaz, she’s said to be very green when it comes to in-ring work, but her charisma and mic skills are leading officials to believe that she could be a great personality in WWE. “

  • javiousmckenzie

    Raquel is horrible in the ring like she is and for this gimmick to work she needs to have a new hair style and ring attire cause she looked like a basic section 8 citi trend kool aid as hair dye chick in the 9th grade with a baby bump

    • Mr. Asstastic


      Drag her, Javious.

  • jayjayholler

    Sofia = New Trish + Paige = New Victoria.

  • javiousmckenzie

    I can see Paige playing a Lita type role she has that same aura that dark sexiness to her like Faith from Buffy The Vampire Slayer she not the girl next door but the sexy girl who is always skipping detention fighting smoking driving the popular girls crazy

  • shameronstar

    Tamina and Kaitlyn have improved quite a bit. Why these 2 aren’t remotely close to being divas’ title contenders baffles me. Raquel is an interesting character and I’m surorised by how popular Paige is already!`

    • Blowbangfan

      100% completely agree (about Kaitlyn)…

  • MadlyFlawless

    I was expecting the Paige vs Raquel match to be longer.. Paige is wonderful, wish she got more chance to shine because obviously the fans love her. I don’t like Raquel, I think her mic skills are horrible and as a result of that her character comes along as being really fake and pressured. Using a gimmick that’s overused at this point and doesn’t have the mic skills to back it up.

  • AfroJack

    ok stop saying that WWE have “buried” Paige etc. she’s lost 2 matches since New NXT began – you’re acting as if nobody is allowed to lose. If Paige was constantly winning you’d all be calling her over-rated and boring (see Gail Kim).

    You’re so insatiable.

    • moonpiggy

      well lets be honest.. when was the last time she won down at FCW?

  • Peter

    Paige is so young and already she could easily top the division they have currently. I hope they bring her to the main roster soon but make her believable as a character! She has everything to be the next superstar!

    Raquel for me just doesn’t work. She is annoying, I know it’s part of her character but I still feel the need to mute or skip whenever she speaks with that squeacky irritating voice. And she is not good in the ring. She needs time to improve, but at least she should speak with her normal voice and leave out the brat voice. I don’t see male fans getting interested in her gimmick ever.

  • Giggles

    Great match with Tamina and Kaitlyn! Hopefully Paige picks up a win sooner or later.

  • Jake

    Apparently nobody read the NXT spoilers for future episodes.

    I still don’t get why people want Paige on the main roster. The division is a mess and tossing Paige in there wont help.

  • igotthatpma123

    excuse me but wasnt that a beautiful people saying “Exfoliating Ugliness” but they were say cleansing ugly. rinse, wash, repeat for ya no pun intended.

  • http://Www.Facebook.com/StuartWilliamMcKay StuartWilliamMckay

    Shes on this tour expoliating ugliness, yet she is the ugliest chick in fcw :/ Shes of mexican decent but playing a blonde prima donna. Ok now i am confused !

  • AdrianRay

    Raquel works for me. I feel her presentation of this “washed up character” is well done. She sure as hell does it at a better level than Laycool ever could dream of! Quite crying you whiny children! Except that she actually has a character.

  • Raekon

    I SO missed DD the last two days!
    Very happy the site is back again. :)

    As about the show:

    – LOVED the tamina vs kaitlyn match

    – Kaitlyn was partially hilarious when she just laid on the ropes all smiles as if she were chilling with Tamina under her in submission and when she went like “puh…” swipping her forehead before she grabbed by the legs to stomp on her stomach. :)

    – the submission after the russian leg sweep was great

    – Paige finally got a entrance and its a great one

    – Honestly, I wouldn’t miss Raquel in the ring if she would stay out of it cause even many people are against Rosa, Rosas in ring work in houseshows and FCW was STELLAR, compared to Raquels and that even back in 2008 when Rosa started training.

  • http://twitter.com/jeremysalvatico jeremycanrana

    I loved Tamina vs Kaitlyn but yeah it was really awkward to see Kaitlyn playing a heel all of a sudden! with absolutely no explanations
    does the wwe know that MANY fans follow each and every show ?!

    Paige, aaah I just adooore this girl!
    I’m glad that Diaz has arrived ..
    And Regal already mentionned the fact that she’s a guerrero but didn’t say clearly that she’s Eddie and Vickie’s daughter ..so I don’t know if they’ll keep mentionning her Guerrero side from now on

  • Misaki Ohata –> WWE

    Paige is only 19, WWE can keep her for over 10 years so why not make her a new kind of mega diva power, something different. To be honest the only reason they tried to make Kelly into a new Trish is because she is marketable, good at charity, nice poster-girl and she looks approachable. Maybe they have realised that it didn’t work out all that well and that they can try something a tad different.

    As for Sofia, she is only 24, she can be in WWE for about 8-10 years (prediction) if they keep her on and we already know that her and Paige put on a great strong-styled match in 4 minutes (with entrances) so why not make these two have a slow-sparking feud? It’s inevitable that women like Beth and Layla will be gone within the next 2 years or so, they really need to start building up their younger girls which is why I am happy they have gone in this direction with NXT.

  • kreece

    Both matches were so good! Paige will gain some victories overtime y’all, she’s so over at the minute so I guess they’re trying to make the other girls look just as impressive. Her and Sofia could definitely be the next Lita and Trish *crosses fingers*


    WOW this Tamina vs Kaitlyn match was so much better then their last one, it was really good!

    And yeah it was a bit awkward seeing Kaitlyn as a heel, but I liked it because it was new and fresh, and I think she is better as a heel then a face, but I don´t know, lets see what the future holds for her…

    As for the Paige vs Raquel match I will not even comment because it was super short, but Paige is awesome, and Raquel…. i just can´t stand her, she is so annoying -.-