NXT Watch (March 20th, 2013): A Returning Paige Meets a Debuting Bayley and Audrey Marie Seeks Cryptic Revenge

Good day NXT universe and welcome to this weeks recap of all the latest happenings from our trusty developmental program. If you’ll recall, last week the ever so coordinated Emma stepped up to the Summer school plate, but unfortunately for her, a deathly spin kick sent her packing. After the match though, Paige made her triumphant and overdo return as she chased Summer Rae outside the ring and to the back where I’m sure the always comforting Renee Young was standing by to console and offer advice.

This week, Renee is back… but this time it’s NOT with Summer Rae. It’s with Audrey Marie, who has some choice, cryptic words for her arch rival, Sasha Banks. Also, we are treated to the debut of Bayley, which is still a name I can’t get behind (seriously, it needs a last name) as she tries to make a big statement by taking down Paige during the anti-Diva’s return bout to the yellow roped ring. Will Bayley succeed? Or will Paige revert to her usual method of “Arrive. Annihilate. Exit”?

… Don’t think I’m done yet with the questions. Will Summer Rae make her presence felt? Will Audrey Marie step foot in the mind of Sasha Banks with her intimidation?! Will Renee Young somehow wander the NXT halls and bump into a male superstar that of which she falls madly in love with and becomes an on screen girlfriend to?

Surprisingly, these are things I actually think about. But I’ll save you the trouble from hearing any more as we begin……….. now!

Backstage we go, and here comes everyone’s favorite Canadian interviewer, Renee Young. The savvy journalist welcomes her guest, Summe… oh wait, Audrey Marie! Some new blood for the interview area, and I love it. Audrey steps up into the scene, as Renee gives us a rundown of the events circling Audrey and Sasha’s past. From love letters to attacks to match losses (to Naomi), Renee is extremely inquisitive in her quest to find out just why we haven’t heard from Audrey Marie lately. Now, to be honest I think we just busted Renee on not watching Raw or SmackDown because if she did, she would certainly not need to ask why we haven’t heard a Diva speak considering the odds of them being given a microphone are about the same as mine are in hitting Powerball. But I’m going to give her the benefit of the doubt and claim nerves took the best of our fancy friend.

Audrey lets us know that it’s always calmest before the storm… and now that Sasha knows she’s coming, there’s STILL nothing she can do about it. This seems to entice the former cowgirl, but instead of letting us pick her brain a little more, she simply walks off and leaves Renee with a pretty short interview. Quick, someone find Summer Rae backstage! Provided she will lower herself into granting we peasants an interview, I’m sure Renee would be able to snag some juicy information from the first lady.

… Oh dear God not this theme song again. I truthfully believe “Feelin’ Me” has been passed down from generation to generation more than any other song in the history of wrestling. I’d list all the names, but I’m sure I’m forgetting someone so I’ll spare you. Poor Bayley gets the short entrance, but I’m still excited to see her debut because she’s wonderful. Her opponent will be the fan favorite with the raven hair, Paige! The bell sounds as these two lock up and Paige tosses Bayley right away. Bayley with a wrist lock, but Paige rolls through and tosses her once again! A roll up gets a near fall, as she follows it up with an Irish whip. Bayley with a mat slam, but Paige kicks out instantly from a pin attempt.

Bayley now has an arm lock applied, as she reverts it into an even cooler looking one using both arms AND even Paige’s jaw. She changes it into a crucifix, but Paige now attains the upper hand with a sharp kick and a hair toss. Bayley lands seated in the corner, which means it’s time for the kicks of doom! “Uh! Uh! Uh uh uh uh”, chimes Paige. She sends Bayley into the opposing corner, and as she runs forward, Bayley looks to get a boot up. Unfortunately for her, Paige catches her foot and uniquely uses it to slam her face first and lock in the cloverleaf! Bayley taps out, and as Paige celebrates, Summer Rae runs out and attempts to cheap shot her rival. Paige catches her in time though, which leaves Summer Rae to walk back up the ramp and make her exit.

Thoughts: There’s not much to say about the actual interview due to how short it was, so let’s throw positivity and say that I liked the cryptic-ness in Audrey’s voice. It leaves me hoping we get some fun backstage segments in which Sasha is forced to pretty much always look over her shoulder as she doesn’t know when Audrey’s going to be there. This could really enjoyable if they take it down that road, but I’m not sure entirely what they’re going to do so all we/I can do is hope and pray!

I loved the match, a lot even. It was so fluid and I felt that even though the time was way too short, the two meshed so well together and left me clamoring to see a longer showing. I’m not upset with how Bayley debuted because if you think about it, everyone pretty much debuts that way unless you’re the first lady of NXT. Paige lost her first few matches, Emma did as well, Sasha, Audrey, etc. Most didn’t even get entrances either, so in time I hope to see Bayley get more but for now, it’s definitely okay. The inclusion of Summer Rae at the end was perfect, and keeps the feud continuing. I would still like to see it go on for a few more weeks before they have their big blow off match against one another because I think there’s still a little bit more that can be done to add hype. They haven’t met yet since Paige’s return, so a multi diva tag would be a good way to pit them against one another without it being the end of their feud. Truthfully, I would also love some backstage segments… but that’s pretty much what I say about everyone as I thrive on fun antics.

Alright, until next week — peace!

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  • LucTempest

    Audrey Marie has one of the better deliveries when it comes to promos. She doesn’t sound as fake or forced as a lot of divas do. Now if she can only get her wrestling skills up to par she can join the Wyatt Family and debut on one of the main shows

    • Wrestling.fan.from.France

      Are you serious about audrey ? she is so bad at promo look this promo actually she is bad especially because of her face she doesn’t have good facial expressions and she looks so stupid. as for the it’s to short but it was good and fluid. which is good but bayley need a new attire or new colors on her attire because the green. and the gold, Erh…..

      • DIVASKO

        LOL Audrey sounds so fake,why the girl still have a job in wwe?

        • Wrestling.fan.from.France

          She still in because she looks like mickie james but unfortunately for us and for her she is not as gifted as mickie is in and out a ring . WWE should fire her she is there since the aj era and the wwe still think she is too bad in everything IMO that why she is a veteran………of development roster which is a bad thing. Poor Sasha Banks, she deserve a better rival than her.

    • http://www.facebook.com/RatedReyn?ref=tn_tnmn RatedReyn

      I have to agree Audrey sounds so natural on the mic but I don’t think she needs improvement when it comes to her wrestling skills. It’s just that her moveset is generic. There’s no spark, there’s nothing special.


    The match was okay, kind of forgettable. Glad Bayley got to debut at long last, hope to see her improve – that submission hold by Bayley was far to long and bloody amazing kick by Paige.

    I also think Paige should shake up her attire, she has a great gimmick and look and should take advantage of trying different things.

  • https://www.facebook.com/matt.medina.75 Matt

    Audrey Marie <3

    The match was good for the time allotted, I think they should do a ladies night on NXT so these girls can show what they can do!!

  • http://twitter.com/#!/JillianHallTNA TNAknockoutJillianHall

    Paige vs Summer Rae reminds me of Lita vs Trish Stratus memories! :)

  • shameronstar

    It’s funny that that Bayley’s name on the indies was Davina Rose and she actually looks like Jenna Rosa, but I wonder what kind of character they could give Bayley because I just don’t know what I’m suppose to be feeling from her! I think Audrey and Summer could join forces and bring Anya in as their bodyguard or enforcer!

  • Melissa

    LMAO @ them giving her “feelin’ me”

  • DJ8946

    I love Audrey <3. She needs to go back to her country gimmick, make it trashier, & she'd be perfect. The match was boring as fuck though. The only thing I like was that submission that Bayley did. I like that Summer came out trying to attack Paige but failed. P.S. Im currently making a Wikipedia page for the Funkadactyls.

    • KaitlynLover<3

      Don´t even talk to me about Wkikipedia…

      • DJ8946

        Why not?

  • Spike7000

    So apparently WWE might have actually signed the 5 of the 10 women from the recent trial tryout. There’s a pic of Jennifer Sterger and CJ Perry on Sterger’s twitter where she mentions something about WM weekend and includes the words ”WWE Diva”. Not sure if Sterger and Perry were the only ones signed or if all the 5 women who were at the trial tryout were all signed

    If all 5 including them were signed this brings the count of developmental female talent to

    6 who have previous wrestling experience (Paige, Emma, Sasha, Bayley, Charlotte, and Rachelle St. Claire)
    3 athletes (Anya, Kendall, and Sarah Backman)
    5 possible DS girls
    to 14 female talents down at NXT also possibly even more signings from the late last year to early this year tryouts

    • shameronstar

      I’ve been wonder which 5 of the 10 girls made it for over a week now! I hope we get more info on that really soon!

    • Getdownwithachola

      Fuck the diva search BS.

      Those 5 spots should have went to Brittney Savage, Ruby Sky , Su Young, Leah Von Dutch, and Mokoto

      • k2evecrew

        Wwe doesn’t have any interest in hiring everyone from the indies & they’ve proven that 100000x times. Not every girl is going to be a full time wrestler , some will be mainly managers ,others will be there to do promotional work, & usually the talented indies wrestlers (Natalya , Katie lea , Jillian ) job to make the other divas look better so idk why u would want to see them in wwe

        • Getdownwithachola

          There are some names I want to stay in the indys and some like the names I mentioned above, I would love to see them in the WWE because that is their DREAM not only that some are just as good as Alicia or Layla so it won’t hurt if they loose to some ex.modles though.

          About your “Usually talented indie wrestlers jobs” that is not true we have ex.modle like Alicia Fox who been a jobber for a very long time. Also you forgot Mickie James, Melina, Beth who were never near the jobber statues and right now I don’t see Tamina, Natalya and AJ jobbing!

          Judging from last week Layla came out to Natayla’s theme song which indicates Natalya is ahead of Layla and in the pecking order with only Tamina, Kaitlyn and Aj ahead of her though. So I really don’t understand why people but her in the same category as Jillian Hall.

  • Lita-Sault-666

    Bayley’s great! Looking forward to seeing more of her, but Paige! Oh, how I have missed seeing you compete! Lets get some lengthier matches now please – although the fact that we have two storylines running simultaneous on an hours program, in comparison to struggling for 1 storyline on a 3hour show, is pretty neat! :)

  • http://facebook.com/mykael.kennedy mykel1990

    I think Bayley is gonna be great in the women’s division!

  • redsandman99

    The match was really more to get it established that Paige is back with a vengeance and tease the continuation of her feud with Summer. And on that end it succeeded nicely.

  • Getdownwithachola

    Notice the difference. A 2 minutes divas match with former indy divas will not hurt as much as 2 minute match with 2 eye candy models wrestling.

    • DJ8946

      That doesn’t matter. Alicia, Eve & Layla could put on a good 2 min match, so yeah……………….

      • Getdownwithachola

        That’s funny because I saw plenty of those and most of them didn’t top this match.

        So yeah keep on standing up for your gorgeous models.

  • charovnica

    Paige and Bayley were amazing! The match didn’t feel so short at all.Loved the finish and I liked that they are continueing the feud between Paige & Summer.I can only hope that Summer will be so intimidated that she’ll bring Anya as her muscle.But even if we have a simple Paige vs Summer match or series of matches I’ll be happy.I only wish they’ll talk more about what kind of good friends they were,this would make the feud seem more personal.

  • Raekon

    The match and the promo served their purpose so there is not much to say about them.

    I like the continuiation of both feuds and I hope that like last year, the NXT Divas will get a match in Wrestlemanias Fan Axxess. :)

  • wynterangelLV

    okay, if and when Paige goes to the main roster, Paige for next Divas Champion… definitely a contender for the championship. :)

  • Monkey Tennis

    Ideally, Britani’s feud with Summer will be over quickly and she’ll move on to a lengthier rivalry with Davina. As this all-too-short match illustrates, it just makes all the difference when you’ve got two genuinely talented wrestlers in the ring.

    • K2Evefan

      So you would rather not see summer improve by working with both sara del ray and paige? Did you ever stop to think that may be the whole reason for this fued in the first place is to help one of their less experienced female talents work with the great sara del ray and with the best girl on the nxt roster with paige!

      • Monkey Tennis

        All the women on the roster are presumably working with Del Rey, given that’s her role at NXT. And whilst it’s obviously in the non-wrestlers best interests to work with the more experienced members of the roster, but they don’t need to be in the show’s ‘main’ Diva feud to do that.

        • charovnica

          This is development.

    • divaindemise

      Agreed. Until this match with Davina Rose, I feel that only Alicia Fox has worked at Britani’s level of skill — which, in my opinion, is more advanced than a good deal of the girls on the main roster right now. What her body of work on NXT clearly shows is that she’s adept at really working a match. I’m looking forward to the day she gets a chance to lock up with Natalya, to be honest.

  • divaindemise

    I’m really not feelin’ Audrey Marie at all. Her performance skill is so staid. Perhaps repackaging her character/gimmick can remedy that but for now, I just find her decidedly bland. The same goes for Sasha Banks’ character, even though she’s evidently a talented wrestler.