NXT Watch (January 9th, 2013): Emma Wants to Dance, but Paige Wants to Destroy

Duh duh duh duh duh duh duh… oh pardon me. I was just humming along to what might be a future “best theme song of the year” contender at the annual wrestling awards show I throw by myself called the “Bobby’s”. You’ll find out what all those “duh”‘s go to a little later on, but for now, let me welcome you to this weeks NXT Watch! First off, thanks to Jack for filling in for me last week and covering the national anthem of a theme for the Divas division, “TA-MI-NA” to great extents! This week though, we’ve got more Divas action in the form of Paige taking on Emma. It’s a match that I know I’ve been wanting to see happen ever since Emma reported to Tampa, and therefore, I will not waste your time with my babbling. Instead, let’s kick things off and head right into the action!

Suddenly, my world is turned upside down by the revelation that I have a new contender for the most catchiest theme song award I give out in my own mind… Emma! The funky beat hits and out she comes. Out of nowhere, she begins shaking her hips and flailing her arms around, which, good God, I have to say amuses me more than anyone will ever know. After about thirty replays, I finally get to the part where Emma flips herself into the ring, which I’m hoping she alters to the method she does at the live events where she nearly falls when trying to.

Emma’s music is sadly cut off, which seemingly gets the same reaction out of her as it does from me. Before we can complain though, the rock beat of the enchanting Raven haired lady strikes, as the crowd goes crazy insane. This can only mean one thing… Paige! Paige fast walks her way down the ramp and lets out her trademarked screech before removing her coat and stepping into the ring. The bell sounds and we kick things off with a “Paige” chant, as she throws Emma around by the hair. Following a scream, Paige begins stomping Emma on the chest, then proceeding to attempt an Irish Whip that Emma counters into a kick to the knee.

From there, the dance phenom charges off the ropes and nails a nice front dropkick. She attempts to fix her hair a little (Ahh… World of Hurt memories), and then goes for a cover but only attains a near fall. Paige’s knee looks tweaked, which puts Emma to target it and hit a nice leg style DDT for a two count. Emma continues the ambush, now taunting her with more of her five star dance moves! Now if I were Paige, I’d probably get up and start dancing with Emma, but I am not, and chances are Paige doesn’t feel the same way I do about those sweet, sweet dance moves.

Emma takes Paige into the corner and continues ambushing the injured knee. She grabs Paige by the foot and watches as she hobbles around a bit, before connecting with a dragon screw! Not one to let up for even the slightest moment, Emma shows shades of her trainer, Lance Storm, and locks in a single leg Boston crab! A “Let’s Go Paige” chant erupts, as Paige does just that and kicks Emma on her face. Following a sharp kick to the stomach, Paige sets it up… and BAM! The Paige Turner connects for the victory as Emma looks to dance her way back to the doctors office.

Thoughts: Ha! I absolutely love that Emma took the route with her character of doing a comedy type routine. In fact, I probably can’t even reiterate how much I love it. It helps her to stand out, and judging from the people that we’ve seen on the main roster for WWE, the company loves their comedic roles. Add in the fact that she can also wrestle and you’ve got the key for success! She could’ve easily just took the role of your run-of-the-mill heel where she scowls and yells for the crowd to shut up, but she didn’t. Plus, her dancing is insanely fun and I can’t wait to see what other moves she brings to the table as it goes on.

The match was great until the ending for me. I would’ve liked to see Paige build up a little more before hitting her finishing move, but for all we know, they could’ve been told to end it right there, or maybe Paige really did tweak her ankle as it looked so after that mind numbingly loud kick to Emma’s abs right before the end. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the match and loved seeing Emma target Paige’s ankle. The crowd is always into these Diva matches at NXT, which makes them even more fun to watch as you aren’t sitting here with dead silence.

Overall, it was another enjoyable show. Hopefully in the future their matches can go on a little longer, as if I had one complaint it would be that I feel like all of the Divas they utilize can work lengthier matches and do well in them. But I’m aware that the show is only one hour long and their are a lot of other people in the back as well, so I’m thankful for what we get. Especially when what we get is as entertaining as it was tonight. Job well done to both Paige and Emma! (And Summer for her great announcing as always)

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  • SherriShepherdWWE

    another impressive divas match on NXT, i just hope when all these divas come to the main roster, they can do the same and impress each and every match like they do on NXT

    Paige flawless as always :) and Emma very good, dont know how i feel about the dancing though lol

  • https://www.twitter.com/KiannaFury phenomenalkstyles

    Great match! Hope that Paige comes to the main roster. With Eve gone from WWE, she can possibly be the new face of the Divas division.

    • richies88

      that goona be kaitlyn and paige is good she isn’t going anywhere with wwe she hasn’t model looks

      • Getdownwithachola

        Like Kaitlyn have the model look smh

    • GailKimFan09e

      As Much as i would for that to happen, let be honest here whens the last time you seen a women be called up from nxt and put straight into a diva feud? or become the center of the division. I mean it took Aj a while to even be called up and i think the last was Tamina which was a longer then aj. I think with Eve departure wwe is gonna need to either put some huge focus on the current heels like tamina or aksana or turn a babyface into a heel in a storyline or kaitlyn..

  • https://twitter.com/TheWorldOfEric She’sGotLegs!

    In a way,I’m all for Emma’s “terrible dancing” gimmick.It gives her more personality and character. On the other hand, I’m kind of worried that it’s going to end up turning her into a joke,just like how the “tone deaf” gimmick turned Jillian into a joke.

    Anyways,great match between Paige and Emma. We got to see more from Emma in this match than we did from her match against Audrey Marie, and I liked it!

    WWE really needs to call Paige up.We’ve been waiting for too long!lol

    • Looking Glass

      Jillian would have been fired sooner had it not been for that gimmick. The thing is WWE used it badly to put her down as a jobber, it wasn’t the gimmick that was awful, it was how it was handled. Still, people know Jillian for that gimmick which is more than what most former Divas have.

  • http://www.facebook.com/qcevolution qcevolution

    Emma’s entrance music is super cute and her flip into the ring was pretty awesome too. But god she’s gotta work on that walk to the ring. That was painfully embarrassing to watch. (unless that part of her gimmick)

  • shameronstar

    How funny would it be if Emma and Jillian were a tag team?

    • lucky1now

      Lmao that would be epic

      • Nostalgia

        Lmaoo, I’d love it

  • http://www.facebook.com/qcevolution qcevolution

    And I still can’t get behind Paige. I understand she’s over with the crowd but she’s just so…meh to me. She’s not that impressive in ring “the Paige Turner” isn’t all that impactful and her character is cliche lol.

    • KaitlynLover<3

      I agree with you!

    • French.One

      This is 5% of what she can do…

    • Lita-Sault-666

      Oo wow, this is the first negative thing I’ve ever seen written about Paige. I saw her a few years ago in Norwich and had no idea who she was but was super impressed. She’s really solid. I understand your opinion though as i felt the exact same way about Candice when everyone said she had came on leaps and bounds.
      (slight difference though, Paige is miles better than Candice).

      The Paige turner is pretty s**t tbh, much prefer the ddt she use to use, hope she brings it back! (can’t for the life of me remember what its called now though :O)

    • VelvetLoveFan

      I agree about the QCEVOLUTION comment, I’m finding it very hard.. And her finisher is mehh to me :/ not feeling it..

      • Getdownwithachola

        Coming from a Velvet Sky fan no surprise to see you with an opinion like that.

        • VelvetLoveFan

          Oh so there was a problem with my opinion? No diddnt think soo, and so what if I don’t like Paige.. I’m not just going to be a follower of everyone else..

        • Getdownwithachola

          I noticed most of diva dirts users with usernames have to with K2, Sky and other preppy wrestlers all have one thing in common and that hating on goth wrestlers.

        • VelvetLoveFan

          Who sad anything about hating? I said I don’t like Paige..

  • XtinaAguilera

    I’m kind of annoyed because I love Emma a lot and I was hoping WWE would treat her right. I just hope this gimmick will be for NXT ONLY.

  • TehKardashianKing

    I don’t think Emma even wanted to do that dance in the first place! She looked sooo uncomfortable doing it!

    • Raekon

      No wonder… I would be ashamed to move like a crab myself.

  • lucky1now

    That dance oddly enough really meshes with her music
    These 2 put on a good match I’m impressed

  • http://twitter.com/#!/FrenchFineFierc FrenchFineFierce

    Is this serious??!! Quite a lot divas were dancers before being wrestlers but apparently this is NOT the case for Emma…
    The match was not bad but not good, Paige’s finisher is really boring and doesn’t look painful.

  • charovnica

    LMAO at the dance….I almost peed myself. Poor girl,but who knows DB got over with stupid,comedy character.Maybe she’ll be lucky enough too.

  • http://unicornduchess07.tumblr.com hellaciousheart

    i kind of miss the rampaige but the paige turner is growing on me.

  • Mr. AJ Lee

    The comedic diva character is a DEATH sentence. Just ask Tara or Jillian. And on top of it she can wrestle. So she will b a jobber. The line about Emma’s entrance was so funny!!!!!!!!! I literally laughed for like 10 min. Speaking of that. Is Diva Dirt going to post that Live Eent match?

  • http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=-3&id=100000716103622#/Only.the.best.get.through?ref=profi OJ Von Erich

    I need to see

    Emma vs Vickie vs Rosa

    in a dance off!!!

  • http://diva-dirt.com/k2blank K2blank

    I really hate paige

    • Getdownwithachola

      Ok now lol whats up with K2 and Velvet fans hating on paige ? Is it because she don’t want to be a prep like your favorite???



  • http://twitter.com/rodneyclint rodneyclint

    Match was way too short, and that dancing was way too horrible! Still love Paige though, can’t wait till she gets called up!

  • queennattie

    I think they have chemistry! The dancing gimmick though needs to stop LOL. Hilarious but no.

  • redsandman99

    I thought the dancing was cute. I found myself doing it afterwards even. I’ve seen some people get really worked up about it but honestly, just because she’s doing it now doesn’t mean that she’ll actually do it once she’s up on the main roster. Stuff can get tweaked or flat out changed between now and then.

  • http://cmpunkscrazychick.tumblr.com xoxoRKOxoxo

    I love Emma’s entrance lol, I had to re-watch it like five times, very entertaining. I liked the match a lot but like Booby said, kind of wanted more build up to Paige’s finisher. But their maybe reasons to why she didn’t. On a side note, if she can captivate a small audience like this with out doing much in the form of talking or over showing her personality, imagine what she can do in front of a RAW audience!!!!

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

    I like emma’s theme music but that dancing really??? give that theme to layla & give emma insatiable,i hope dont think thats how australians dance LMAO we do it better then that….

  • French.One

    That gimmick deserve a facepalm. At least it seems the WWE trust her skills.

  • JD Sensations

    lol what the hell was that?? Emma gurl you cant do that unless you’ve been knocking back a few

    • http://www.facebook.com/spanner82 Spanner82

      lol who says she hasnt

  • Rhawk

    To be honest I think that her entrance theme strangely fit her, erm, ‘dance’. Both are uncomfortable to listen to and watch.
    I’ll just lie to myself and think that Emma is air-surfing, cause you know, she’s australia, and we need stereotypes like that in wrestling! ;-)

    But yeah the match itself was nice, wish it went on a little longer though.

  • Lushh

    I find Emma so cute. Her entrance music and dancing is the most adorable thing ever. I really like how Paige’s fans were called “The Anti Barbie Army”.

  • BillyGP

    Paige is the future of not only wwe divas but women wrestling in general.