SmackDown Redux (August 17th, 2012): Eve, You are Booker T’s Next Top Assistant!

After a drought of Divas action in the past few weeks, the Divas have return to the squared circle on the blue brand this week as Eve Torres and Kaitlyn face off to decide who will become Booker T’s new assistant. Will Eve’s experience as a wrestler, as well as an assistant, give her the the edge or will the rookie sensation pull out another upset victory like she did this week on Raw? Let’s find out.

Prior to the match Eve is spotted backstage with William Regal in an eerie segment. Regal, now a garbage man, apparently, seemingly gives Eve a look into her future should she lose to Kaitlyn tonight:

Then, it’s match time:

Kaitlyn makes her way to the ring first, and we are treated to a clip of Kaitlyn pinning Beth Phoenix Monday night on Raw. Eve is out next, sporting what I believe is new gear. Despite her loss on Monday, Eve struts to the ring, brimming with confidence. It’s obvious that she is determined to win herself a spot in Booker T’s administration.

The two Divas size each other up in the ring and the referee signals for the bell, kicking off our Divas match for the night. Eve and Kaitlyn lock up in the center of the ring, but Eve gets the advantage, backing Kaitlyn into the ropes. The official forces the break, and Eve baits Kaitlyn by giving her a firm shove. Frustrated, Kaitlyn comes charging, but the former Divas champion evades and grounds with a belly-to-back takedown, before locking in a front chancery.

Kaitlyn tries her hardest to fight out of submission predicament, but Eve transitions seamlessly into a armbar submission, showing off some of her BJJ training. Kaitlyn struggles to reach the ropes, but Eve shifts around to keep her away. Eve goes to take a shortcut by putting her feet on the ropes for added leverage, but the ref sees it and forces her to break the hold.

Eve piefaces Kaitlyn a few times while she’s down on the mat, but the rookie Diva fights back with a few forearms, followed by an iffy looking back bodydrop. Before Eve can recover, Kaitlyn comes flying across the ring with a shoulder block, laying her opponent out. As Eve wobbles a vertical base, Kaitlyn rolls her up, but only gets a two count.

Kaitlyn tries to maintain her momentum, but Eve hotshots her across the middle as she marches across the ring. Eve follows up with a suplex attempt, but Kaitlyn rolls her up with an inside cradle for another nearfall. Eve scrambles to the corner to catch a breather, her opponent isn’t having any of that. Kaitlyn comes charging across the ring… right into a nasty boot to the face from Eve.

Eve whips a still dazed Kaitlyn into the corner, but she manages to counter into a headscissors attempt. Eve avoids it by tossing Kaitlyn to the apron, but she gets caught with a flurry of strikes for her trouble. Kaitlyn goes to the top to finish the match off, but is pulled from the turnbuckle by Eve and lands face-first on the mat. After some over the top theatrics (in my opinion), Eve pulls Kaitlyn to her feet and drills her with a corkscrew neckbreaker to pick up the win and the position of Booker T’s assistant.

Post-match, Eve goes to ringside where Senior Advisor Teddy Long sits watching the match. She gloats for bit, before heading to the back.

Thoughts: I must say, I was confident that Eve and Kaitlyn could put on a decent match with each other but I’m surprised at how good it was. I will be the first to admit that I was not a Kaitlyn fan when she first made her debut, but she has managed to win me over match by match, and it’s been exciting to see her grow as a wrestler. I look forward to seeing what she brings to the table in the future.

I was also impressed with Eve. Although, I feel like she has some work to do with some her heel mannerisms and expressions (sometimes, less is more), I feel she’s really starting to embrace what it is to be a heel and I’m enjoying it. Not to mention, her mat wrestling was pretty smooth. It’s not very often you get to see Divas doing the most simple chain wrestling drills, so seeing Eve work the mat, even for a little while, was a refreshing change of pace.

So where do we go from here? Yes, we got some storyline development and continuity, which is more than can be said about the rest of the division, but is this the endgame? Best case scenario, Teddy and Booker find a position for Kaitlyn in the administration, where she would be in constant contact, or even direct competition with Eve. Other than that, I don’t know how WWE could keep this storyline between the two Divas going. Eve won the match, Eve got the job. The end. Right?

In any case, we’ll just have to tune into SmackDown next week to see what Eve’s first week as Booker T’s assistant will be like. I’d imagine her first task would be to do spinnerooonies *Fingers crossed*. Until next time, folks!

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