- Total Divas
What’s up Diva fans and welcome to the second ever Saturday Morning Slam Redux! I’m Jack and as promised, I’m back, and this time I’m bringing you a rematch from last week’s WWE Superstars – even though this bout was taped before it! Saturday Morning Slam’s resident interviewer Natalya is in action once again on the green brand and in this installment, she is challenging the Divas Champion Kaitlyn in a non-title match. Can Natalya prove that she is top dog around this kid-friendly zone or will Kaitlyn get yet another win over the Queen of Harts?
We kick off proceedings this week with the first note of Kaitlyn’s ‘Spin the Bottle’ entrance track before another song is dubbed over the top! Bottle spinning is very risque and not suitable for children apparently! Our spunky and goofy Divas Champion is all smiles on her way to the ring and why shouldn’t she be, she’s happy that she’s already beaten Natalya in a match that she hasn’t even competed in yet. God time travel confuses me! The confusion in my head surrounding the WWE taping schedule is then cleansed by the sweet guitar riff that is synonymous with all members of the Hart family as Natalya enters the arena. Nattie bows to her loyal kiddie followers of the WWE Universe and although Natalya has PG popularity, she’ll make sure that she does all that she can to get a win tonight.
The bell rings and the girls lock up, with Kaitlyn getting the better of the initial exchange thanks to a schoolgirl. The naughty Natalya begins to show some respect towards the Champ, or is that sarcasm? You never quite know with Ms Neidhart! Tal then goes behind Kaitlyn and trips her up before sliding over the back of her and applying a front headlock. Kaitlyn wriggles out of this and lets a hammerlock set in before Natalya reverses that and flips the ‘Hybrid Diva’ over with a fireman’s carry. As Kaitlyn tries to break free of the armlock that Nat has just locked her in, The Miz puts over Kaitlyn’s fun-loving character by comparing her to John Cena (a shiver of despair runs down my spine) and talking about how she likes naming cats after Jesus’ disciples… or something like that. Anyway, Kaitlyn wants to break free like Freddie Mercury (legendary music references for the win) and she does nbefore she executing a headscissors on the Great Khali’s lover. Natalya then kips up and flips over to showcase her confidence as we got to commercial break.
Back from the break and the match is in the exact same situation as we left off (hooray for it being taped!). Natalya is beginning to get vocal before Kaitlyn trips her up for a jackknife cover. Nattie then rises up from the mat and delivers a backslide, which Kait rolls out of before hitting a dropkick. That move isn’t enough to put Nattie away, and an irish whip into the corner isn’t too effective either, because Natalya traverses over the Champion with ease. Nat dishes out some more ‘praise’ before being thrown in the turnbuckle. Kaitlyn then sunset flips her foe for a one-count. The Dungeon Diva then tries to trap Kaitlyn in the Sharpshooter yet she’s unsuccessful, as our resourceful Champion reaches the ropes.
Natalya then offers Kaitlyn a handshake and she is seriously kissing up to the Champ! Kaitlyn knows fine well what Nattie can be like and although hesitant to accept the handshake (DO IT FOR THE KIDS KAITLYN!), she shakes Tal’s hand, resulting in an irish whip from the submission specialist! Kaitlyn then tries for a backslide yet Natalya reverses that pin attempt into one of her own. An awkward exchange ensues before Natalya starts to suck the life out of Kaitlyn with an octopus stretch. “Let’s go Kaitlyn!” is what the Calgary, Alberta native sings at the top of her lungs, much to the chagrin of the Champ.
Following a hip toss, Kaitlyn is on the warpath! The beauty with the butterfly belt levels Natalya with a drop toe hold before channeling the name of the show with a scoop slam. Nattie then has the stuffing knocked out of her thanks to a shoulder tackle, although it’s not enough to keep Ms Neidhart down. Nattie reverses an irish whip and tries for the Sharpshooter yet again, but her cockiness turns to anger when Kaitlyn nearly gets a win with a small package. Nattie then aims to end it all with her discus clothesline yet just like last week, Kaitlyn ducks it and annihilates Tal with a sick Spear! 1.2.3!
Thoughts: Well, I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t really into this match. Something didn’t seem quite right, and maybe it was that the girls were trying hard to adhere to the strict rules when putting together a match suitable for this child-friendly show. I honestly think that out of all the girls in the WWE, Natalya has the least chemistry with Kaitlyn, yet I’m sure the two will learn to gel better the more that they work with each other. I’m sure the kiddie audience will have loved Natalya’s comedic mannerisms and the fun facts about Kaitlyn so even though I wasn’t massively entertained, it wasn’t made for me in mind! And with that, stay tuned, Jack will be back!