WWE Superstars Redux (August 2nd, 2012): Layla and Natalya Remind us That Divas Do Still Wrestle on TV!

Hola, and welcome to this weeks Superstars Redux. This should’ve been our third week together, but two weeks ago they decided to cut a mixed tag involving Layla and Aksana… and then last week they also cut a match between Layla and Natalya. Luckily for whatever reason, the match was filmed again this week and actually aired. I don’t know what we’ve done to deserve such a gift of one of their matches not being edited out, but let’s just soak it in because we may not see any more for a while!

Following the entrances of both Natalya and Tiffany… er, Layla, the bell sounds and we get things underway with this non-title match. Nattie shoves the Champion back early on and proceeds to simply sit on her for a pinfall attempt, but Layla fights out and does not amuse our anvilette. She smacks Layla, and follows it up with an Irish Whip that the champion counters into a nice crucifix type roll up. Natalya kips up, as Layla continues to keep the control with a side headlock. She then starts to channel her inner freakin Costa Rican by shaking her chest around in forms of dance, but Natalya wants all business in the ring. A drop toe hold follows suit, proceeded by a slap on the butt and some added dancing as Layla decides to get down. Nattie attempts a clothesline, but Layla ducks and hits a facebuster. Some kicks follow up, before Layla leaps off the ropes with a crossbody for a two.

Natalya climbs out to the ring apron and screams that she doesn’t have to put up with this… allowing Layla to use her assets and knock Nattie off to the outside. A kick to the head later and the crowd gets behind Layla. She goes for a baseball slide, but Natalya smartly traps her into the ring skirt and goes to town. She tosses her back inside and slams Layla down by the hair, before dropping our champion face first for a two count. Nattie steps on Layla’s hand and then locks in a bow & arrow submission. Layla looks to be in danger, but she soon rolls through into a pin for a two count. Layla with a roll up for another two, as Natalya levels her with a discus clothesline. She begins to throw a tantrum while then going for a suplex, but Layla counters out and hits a huge kick to the skull for the win!

Thoughts: It feels weird to have an actual Divas match to recap… but I really enjoyed this bout between Layla and Natalya. With who was involved though, there was never any doubt in my mind that I wouldn’t. I’ve said it before, but Natalya is THE Diva when it comes to actual wrestling ability for me. I honestly believe she could wrestle her own cat, Gismo, and put on a match of the year candidate. She can work anyone and put on a great showing, sort of like being the equivalent of a female Daniel Bryan. To be honest I can’t even pinpoint either of them having a bad match. Layla, for me, is also at her best she’s ever been with ring work. It’s a shame that her title reign has been so awful when she’s so good in her own right, but there’s nothing you, me, or anyone who isn’t in charge of WWE can do about it. I think that it’s commendable to see Layla stepping up her game with any chance she gets. Given how poorly her reign as Divas Champion has been treated, I wouldn’t have been surprised to see her become sort of stagnant since she never gets opportunities to go out and entertain. But this match showed that Layla does capitalize on every second she gets to perform. She continues to add new moves to her repertoire, and is even attempting to show personality and character throughout the match, which is something a lot of faces don’t get to do since they have all of twenty seconds to do a match.

I’m also really glad the match didn’t get cut for once. We’ll never know if it actually would’ve had the fire not prevented WWE from taping any Superstars matches Monday, but maybe count that as a blessing in disguise because I know I was disappointed when their match got cut last week. I still wish this could’ve been an actual feud that lead to them facing off on a Pay Per View, because really if you give them an even bigger stage and more time, these two could have an even more fantastic match. Natalya is who I wish WWE would go for in a feud with Layla, but I highly doubt they will now since Layla just beat her cleanly here. I still see Eve being next in line when they decide the Divas can start appearing on Raw, and I’d be perfectly fine with that as well. Regardless, I feel whoever is next in line to challenge Layla will be the one to dethrone her due to a severe lack of heel options so let’s hope it’s someone who will get a worthwhile run with the belt!

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  • redsandman99

    I really enjoyed this match. Natalya can work with anyone and it’s a shame that Layla’s abilities aren’t being shown on Raw and Smackdown because she’s really come into her own as a performer. Both girls oozed personality which is something nice to see because we haven’t gotten to see it in most diva matches given how short they’ve become on the main shows (if they’re there at all).

  • Solo

    This was a pretty descent match and I love the new round house kick. Would be great if the WWE used Natalya as the new #1 contender for a potential fued. Wishful thinking…

  • Johnyfaction3

    Bobby for Diva-Dirt writer of the year! Lol.
    Bro I don’t know how you do it , but you write just about every redux in this site and they are all a great read. It really shows that you really love ur job!

    I really enjoyed this match! They showed that if they gave them time, they can put a great performance and get the crowd behind them.

  • shameronstar

    I really enjoyed this match! The action was good and Layla made it really fun too! Natalya’s borderline moronic character is a bit funny, but if that doesn’t change she may become a permanent jobber:( Now on to business, Layla desperately needs to start a storyline/feud with someone because the diva’s title and the diva’s division almost seems dead. It’s starting to remind me of the wwe’s 2004 talent purge when women’s division was underground for months and during this time most of the wrestlers got snuffed out and the diva search girls took over! Except I’m hoping that in this case the result is the opposite. Right now I’d like to think the diva’s division is in a state where it’s the calm before the storm! and I’d like to call this soon to come hurricane the “Diva Renaissance”! I have a theory that since the myth states that the world ends in 2012 that it actually means the opposite of what people think in that the year 2013 is actually the year of miracles which means that in the year 2013 something extraordinary is going to happen with the diva’s division but the seeds for that are going to have to be planted now!

  • Piledriver’ Tavios

    I cant take Layla serious with her joking all the time. Great match thought, Natalya never stops impressing me. I hope that’s not Layla’s new finisher. I’m a bit tired of Diva kicking finishers. -_-

  • SigmaX

    The match was epic and not in that bias just because this is the first actual lengthy divas match since AJ Vs Layla all those weeks ago.

    Both divas BOOMED with their individual personalities and trying to steal the spotlight from the other , but the great thing is they did not let it become what made the match because both put on an excellent WRESTLING match ,that opening pin Layla did was fracking ridiculous and it was done absoloutley flawlessly , everyone knows nattie will never slack , and Layla showed even when being set on the shelf she is ALWAYS getting better and never settling into a ZZZZZZ move set.

    There is nothing to complain about IMO here because the match provided you with pretty much everything…wrestling? entertaining bits? technical ability?…I believe thats a check , check and check , any complaints IMO are simply being nitpicky fuck whistles.

  • http://bleacherreport.com/users/200984-chris-b TrishMelinaFan

    Such a solid match up! Layla has impressed the hell out of me with how crisp and on-point her ring work is since her comeback. That kick looked vicious! It reminded me of something the girls of the Golden Era could make seem legit. Natalya sold it like a boss too! I would love to see these two feud.

  • Maryse101

    The Crowds reactions to Layla both, Entering, and Winning the Match-Up were the best reactions for her in a while. I think..Any way, great match, I am suprised that the creative team ACTUALLY decided to put this together. Anyways, I’m glad that they did.

    • wweandtnadivafan

      lol those were not real reactions, the crowd just sat there

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

        The reactions were real you can see the crowd cheered both divas….

      • Adam

        I’d say the majority of them were real. When Layla entered you could see people cheering, like when she held up the belt to the other side of the crowd that the camera could see. Then when she won you could see the crowd cheering too.

        • layglamacool

          When Layla entered, I saw a lot of people sitting down. #justsaying

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

          @LayGlamaCool. Agreed =| The crowd reaction for Layla entering was way too dramatic as they always do with some of the face Divas who don’t get cheered. You could just look in the crowd and tell it wasn’t nearly that loud, like really WWE, lmfao. But after she won, you could see lots of people standing up and cheering for her which was way more believable.

        • Adam

          @LayGlamaCool um, when she held up the belt to the audience there were a lot of people cheering.

        • Piledriver’ Tavios

          Im pretty sure Alicia gets a reaction. Its better than the Diva’s Champion.

        • Adam

          @PileDriver she doesn’t get a reaction lmao, watch her matches on Raw. Zero.

    • Bhentoooot

      i really think the crowd is edited. its very obvious.

      • layglamacool

        It is very obvious. I even watched the video again and when Layla was entering and when she won the match, everyone just sat there with the exception of a few random people. Random people in the crowd, doesn’t mean someone got a reaction. I am not trying to take anything away from Layla but let’s stop lying to ourselves. No one cares about Layla because wwe doesn’t care about her that much.

        • http://www.youtube.com/jillfan1 Jillfan1

          True it’s reality

  • i want divas

    idgaf i want k2 back bcuz she was entertaining and who doesnt botch a move… even if it was som1 else fault yu guys would say it was kellys anyway…. good match wish natalya would win a match, take the title off layla but it back on kelly (female cena) and yea boooo layla!!! she is the clown of the divas with her weird aaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh noises >.<

  • wwesvrrocks101

    I think Eve’s gonna cheat her way to the title (because of her character.)
    She will keep cheating her way to being champion until WrestleMania. She then issues an open challenge to any diva that she hasn’t beaten. But she has beaten every other diva. Kharma swoops in and signs a new deal with WWE and then answers the open challenge at Wrestlemania. And fueds with Beth until SummerSlam.

  • http://www.twitter.com/xTeamK2 The Barbie Bitch.

    I laugh everytime I see people dwelling on Kharma as she’s the only good Diva.

    • i want divas


  • Eve4Life

    Yesterday, at a house show, Layla defeated Alicia Fox…does that mean Fox is heel? o_O

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

      Most likely just for the night…wouldnt mind alicia fox going heel…

      • layglamacool

        With the lack of heels, I wouldn’t mind Foxy going heel either. I wasn’t a fan of their last match on smackdown though.

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

          Remember layla was injured & alicia doesn’t perform well in 20 second matches….on superstars they could have an awesome match…

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

    Best divas match in a long time….layla & nattie both showed personality,wrestling & charisma….i love this match….

  • Ayrton12

    Chick Kick, chick kick connects!

  • Adam

    FLAWLESS match. Loved that Layla showed personality. Not to mention Layla has become amazing in the ring. I’d honestly say she’s just about on Natalya and Beth’s level, just with a different style of wrestling. I haven’t seen her mess up once since she got back, tbh. If only WWE would let her work like this on Raw or Smackdown.

    And Natalya was amazing too, like always.

    Also, I don’t think we can call Layla’s title reign a flop just yet. Honestly, I think Layla’s title reign is just beginning, and once she starts a feud with someone, she’ll be on every week. And the feud will probably last for 2 or 3 months before she loses the title, if it even is the challenger that will end up taking it from her, which I think it may not be because realistically this could be Lay’s last big push and I think WWE will make it a long one as a thank you for everything she has done in the company, and if she’s on every week for a long enough period of time it could make up for the rocky start to her reign.

    Hopefully this title reign will turn around and become a good one, because Layla deserves it. Maybe it’s wishful thinking, but I’m gonna keep hoping. :p

  • iLUVValets

    Whoa, I must be really late but why did they give Layla that theme, oh well, anyways the match was great,It’s funny how I keep forgetting how good of a wrestler these girls are, too bad that doesn’t translate on tv. Whats depressing is having a champion only on an online show, I think thats a sign that they are trying to phase that title out,.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thesensational1 Sherri Martel Appreciation Page

    Natalya should be the top diva in WWE!

  • LaylaElFan

    This was a great match between the too,both Layla and Natalya have alot of chemisty, and im thinking Natlaya should be Layla’s next challenger for Summerslam.
    They need to have more matches like this on Smackdown and Raw

  • bromero329

    wow what a great match. i loved it. it was entertaining and had nice moves too. i love that these two always joke around with their opponents, especially natalya. i loved loved the roundhouse kick.

    NICE JOB LADIES!! if onyl we could get matches like this every week on raw or smackdown

  • aldo

    Nice match! Natalya is great and Layla too but they don’t get time to show her abilities on TV…so sad,,,but great match (:

  • http://twitter.com/RyanRoman0 Ryan

    Nice match!! It was entertaining!! Layla’s dancing was mad cute n sexy haha!! And that fireman carry takedown pin always gets me good!! That kick to the head OUCH!!! Great job ladies!! Seriously saying Superstars is better than Raw or Smackdown…Natalya looking mega pretty as always and Layla is so sexy XD

  • WhalenX12

    Are the crowd cheers edited in ? No one’s ever this interested in diva matches.

    • Bhentoooot

      i thought so. the sound is very different from the crowd movement.

      • http://twitter.com/lostmikeys Kaledrina

        the fact wwe realise they need to edit in crowd cheers for the divas should show ‘em that nobody cares for the divas and maybe they should do something to make people care for them?? lol. too logical? =/

        i can imagine vince sitting backstage all dumbfounded that aj gets a reaction but alicia or natalya or aksana or tamina or kaitlyn don’t like uh gee we wonder why..

        • AfroJack

          actually Natalya always gets a good reaction from the crowd. I always read NXT and Superstars reports saying she got a good crowd reaction.

        • Raekon

          The added cheers are played in every match no matter if its a divas or superstars one so it has nothing to do in particular with the Divas alone.

          Other than that Natalya, Alicia, Beth, Kaitlyn, AJ, Tamina, Layla, Kelly, Rosa, Aksana and partially Eve in the meantime manage to get reaction from the crowd most of the time no matter if its little or a lot.

          It is always crowd and match lenght dependant though cause if a match is like 20 seconds long with a fast entrance included, then nobody ever gets the chance to cheer about anything.

          This crowd on Superstars was great this week cause they were like that towards everyone that participated and one could obviously see that they were enjoying the show the divas and superstars put on.

      • redsandman99

        The cheers during Layla’s entrance was probably edited in. However, with that match I think by the end of it they had won the crowd over and more likely genuine. I’ve been to plenty of shows where the reaction from mid match to the end is a lot better than what they get for entrances..

  • http://www.facebook.com/BrandonTyler95www.twitter.com/Brandon_Tyler14 BTylerHenderson

    I thoroughly enjoyed this match between Layla and Natalya! If RAW would do something like this every week with the now three hours they have on Monday nights, then things would be better for me personally. Same goes for SmackDown. Layla has definitely improved since coming back from her ACL/MCL injury. It seems like Divas who destroy their knees come back better than before (Melina, Beth Phoenix, Lita and Maryse for example) lol! The Divas really need to be at SummerSlam at this point, I’ll settle for a battle royal for the Divas Championship lol but the Divas DO need to be showcased in some capacity that has meaning. Not just NXT, Superstars, and FCW.

  • http://twitter.com/lostmikeys Kaledrina

    just goes to show that we can get a great match when they’re allowed to make the effort =)

  • bxradimus

    Maybe if WWE put matches like this on RAW and/or Smackdown, people might actually see that some of the girls can really go in the ring.

    Good match between these two. I like how much Layla has progressed in the ring. It’s just sad that they don’t seem to really be doing anything with her. I wish Nattie would be given a role other than the Jobber Diva.