SmackDown Redux (September 21st, 2012): Layla Ready for a Title Rematch, Aksana Faces Language Barrier

After losing her Divas Championship at Night of Champions, British Bombshell Layla can’t be the happiest Diva on the roster, but that’s not going to stop her this week as she takes on Natalya in singles action on Friday Night SmackDown. We also get treated to commentary from the woman who beat Layla at Night of Champions, Eve Torres. Can Layla work herself back into title contention? Check out the match below:

First out is the Divas Champion Eve, flashing her pearly whites and waving to the crowd. She joins the commentary booth and we cut to commercial break. When we come back, Layla and Natalya are already in the ring, ready to face off. The official signals for the bell and our match is underway.

Layla is distracted right from the start by Eve’s presence, which earns her the ire of Natalya. Natalya shouts at her to grab her attention and ends up eating a boot to the gut and a facebuster. Layla drills Natalya with a nasty looking dropkick to the face, before staring Eve down once again. Natalya takes advantage of the distraction and leveled the former Divas champ with a discus clothesline, followed by a few stomps for a nearfall.

Looking to keep the pressure on Layla, Nattie slaps on an abdominal stretch, and converts it into a pumphandle slam, but Layla wiggles free and rolls her up for a nearfall. Nattie rolls out of the pin and goes for the Sharpshooter, but Layla kicks her off, and struggles back to a vertical base. Nattie goes to lift Layla up, but Layla counters into the Lay Out to pick up the win.

Post match, Eve and Layla have a brief staredown, while the commentators hype their impending rematch to close the segment.

Also this week on SmackDown, everyone’s favorite Lithuanian beauty, Aksana got the boot from her boytoy, Antonio Cesaro. Check out the segment below:

Thoughts: Let’s face it, this wasn’t the best Layla vs Natalya encounter we’ve seen, but it served it’s purpose well. It continues the Eve/Layla feud and it keeps Layla in the spotlight as a top contender. I’m sure we’ll see much more between these two as the weeks go by, and “Who attacked Kaitlyn?” mystery heats up.

I enjoyed the Aksana segment for what it was. I’m hoping Aksana will latch on to Santino and Antonio will find a new Diva to aid him… *Insert NXT Diva speculation here*

Well, that’s it for SmackDown this week, so until next time… (in five different languages) Au Revoir! Adios! Auf Wiedersehen. Ciao! Goodbye!

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  • shannymac

    Maybe Antonio can get over his harsh feelings towards Americans and bring in a certain Queen of Wrestling to have his back? Hint hint!

    I am do damn tired of these stare-downs, though. Layla knows Eve is shady and do do we. Get in her face! Hell, even just a few shoves would make me happy.

    • jcarcano12

      I’m thinking that could work n Sara last independent show is in Oct. ^,^

    • AfroJack

      yeah I want Layla to push Eve over in her chair.

    • Raekon

      Since Sara is Antonios girlfriend, maybe they will debut her as his new valet for now.

      At least I hope so cause to be honest his pairing with Aksana was one of the best the WWE had and its sad to see them split.

      • jcarcano12



    And by the way, everyone played their role really well, and I´m really interested to see where this is going :D

  • shannymac

    Also, Eve’s hair looked really pretty. Thats not really relevant to anything, but it did.


      I agree, her hair lookd great, and also her dress, everything was on point!

  • OJ Von Erich

    I’m loving what they’re doing with Aksana, she reminds me of a Steph/Trish type manager back in the day!!! =D

    • trishlita

      aksana has so much potential and talent i think shes unique and really wanna see more of her!!!

  • Crazy_J

    Well hopefully we actually see Kaitlyn on Raw or some further explanation here soon from her. I love Natalya in black & white!

  • thekluse

    Glad the layout’s back, I always thought it was one of the better finishers, certainly better than a generic kick.

  • art

    Eves face after layla won was priceless LOL..i wish wwe would let layla & nattie do some more moves its nice to see the layout again thou…

    • Raekon

      Loved the look and most of all how pissed Layla looked during the whole match.
      Then when Nattie kept going after her she all of sudden turns like”STOP BUGGING ME ALREADY!!!”, hits the layout and goes. :p

      • art

        I know i hope layla keeps up the aggression….


    For those who don´t know, Laya beat Aksana in a house show yesterday, I would like to see that match!

  • Ryan

    Haha aksana is too cute XD
    That sexy body and sexy broken English, mi piaci di ogni modo, and I guess to everyone out there Claudio showed just WHO is the toy in the relationship, BAM! Sorry ladies ;)

    Btw eve looks so sexy in commentary
    Layla needs to come out of the ropes and hop over the announce table like Melina did to Michelle and like Jackie n Lita did to ivory hahaha
    But the thing about eve is that she’s the type of female or person who will do things by the book and by the rules to cover her assets and despite how unlikeable it is, it was never illegal lol
    Therefore giving Layla NO reason to complain or to in my case, want to hop over the table and jump Eve haha because Eve is smart
    Bet if it was Melina she would jump her regardless

  • redsandman99

    The match did serve its purpose. Layla and Natalya can do much bette when they have more free reign. I thought Eve was great on comentary. She sounded really comfortable and well spoken. It’ll be interesting to see what they do with Aksana now. I could see them putting her with Santino for awhile. Those two together could lead to mildly amusing to actually funny promos/segments together.

  • VelvetLoveFan

    The house show tonight for all who wants to know, Eve beat Layla with help from Aksana (like Ik house shows mean nothing but still) I’d love for Eve and Aksana to team but it prob won’t happen I wonder if she goes face again and helps sanction win the title back?? Hmm lol

    • shameronstar

      That match actually got some props from the fans and had good reaction throughout I heard:)

  • Raekon

    I REALLY hope they won’t pair Aksana with Santino to have them as the comedic pair cause we already had that with Santino and Tamina in the past.

    Would rather love it to see Eve getting paired with Aksana like when Michelle had Alicia with her helping her out in her matches.

  • Ryan

    Wow normally in not for this but I do want aksana to be with Marella lol… Bet it be hilarious!!! Bre how aksana flew into the rig by accident was funny as hell lol kind of like a classic wwf diva moment something that would happen to Stephanie haha

  • melon2617

    LOVED Eve on commentary. She sounded fantastic, but with just enough hesitation to sound shady. Fabulous. She looked fab as well.

    Layla’s aggression was great too. This is the first time we’ve seen a Diva really show anger over losing the belt since Maryse “fell depressed”. This is what the belt needs; Layla’s anger & pain shows it means something.

    As for Aksana, I think she & Santino would be cute. Their characters compliment each other well & Cesaro doesn’t need her, he needs to get over as a ruthless heel. Also, this could be a huge swerve, where Aksana cozies up to Santino & then turns on him in five languages to help Cesaro win, showing it was an act.


      I bet you´re forgetting when Kelly Kelly lost the title……

      • redsandman99

        Kelly did show something though it wasn’t exactly what I would call convincing anger…her little crazy attack on Beth was akin to a child throwing a temper tantrum in a grocery store

  • wwesvrrocks101

    Anyone else think it was Kharma who attacked Kaitlyn? Think about it. Kharma wanted revenge on the Bellas. But Eve fired them. Now Eve is her target. But she also wants the title. So she got rid of Kaitlyn. Now she is going to get rid of all challengers until she gets her shot.

    • Ryan

      Wow… I’d hope so! Imagine once Beth leaves… Beth last match is against Kong! And with Beth out of the way. The divas will all be in danger!! Man my mind just waters at the thought lol

    • shameronstar

      That would be kind of a cool swerve. Although, someone like Kharma would probably do more damage than a sprang ankle!

      • wwesvrrocks101

        Thats what I was thinking. But maybe she didnt want to be suspected. And with her recent tweet about Beth, it looks like she had intentions on returning. Or her release couldve been a work all along.

  • candice7000

    After watching this, I have now came to believer Layla was the attacker. Idk why, but something tells me it’s her. She might have not wanted to wrestle Kaitlyn so she took her out and blamed everything on Eve. As Eve is really innocent and face. This will lead to Layla to be a heel again. Btw if it is true Beth is leaving I would love to see Natalya step up as the top heel. I’m going to miss Beth though. Hopefully she’ll enjoy her retirement.

  • divaindemise

    Eve playing the bitch in disguise is much more clever than the obvious vamp. The good thing is that her heel turn was memorable enough to provide another shocking climax when she does do something villainous in the future. As for Layla, I guess after her return match it will more or less be a countdown to a departure from the company. I really liked her as the plucky and passionate champion, even though her return was handled terribly.

    Natalya is a treat to watch in any capacity.