SmackDown Redux (April 26th, 2013): The Hometown Girl Gets a Win and a New Finisher

Hello all and welcome to this week’s SmackDown Redux! The blue brand heads overseas to London this week and hometown girl, Layla clashes  with Lithuania’s own, Aksana. Can Layla pull out the win in her homeland? Check out he match below:

We kick things off with Aksana already in the ring, awaiting her opponent. Layla is out next to a huge pop from the London crowd. The official signals for the bell and our Divas match is underway.

Layla and Aksana lock up to start off the match and Aksana gets the advantage, but Layla comes back with a kick to the midsection and a playful booty bump to the face. Frustrated, Aksana whips Layla across the ring, avoids a headscissors and sends Layla sprawling to the floor with and kick of her own. Aksana throws Layla back into the ring, but stops to taunt and crowd and ends eating a loww dropkick from Layla.

Looking to finish off her opponent, Layla goes for a series of rollups for a couple of nearfalls, but Aksana brings her momentum to a screeching halt with a hotshot over the top rope, followed by a brutal knee to the fact for a nearfall.

Aksana stays on the offensive, working over Layla arm with a vengeance. Layla attempts comeback with a kick combination, Aksana has her scouted and sends the former champ crashing down to the canvas. Aksana locks in a side headlock to wear down Layla, but the the British born beauty fights her way out and counters an Irish whip with a lucha style pin (now dubbed Infinity) to pick up the win.

Thoughts: I’d be lying if I said I was a fan of Aksana’s matches, but I really enjoyed this match. Layla and Aksana were both on point in terms of their in-ring work. It was pretty short, but since that seems to be the norm these days when it comes to Divas matches, I won’t pick on that too much.

My one complaint would probably be Layla’s new finisher. While it’s really flashy and memorable, I don’t know how I feel about a pinning combination being used as a finisher. When I think of finishing maneuvers, I think of powerful, high impact moves and submissions, not rollups. Perhaps we will see Layla incorporate new transitions into her repertoire, as I could see it being used to set up several submissions, but by itself I don’t think I’m feeling it.

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  • Queen Bee

    I’m just tired of Aksana. She brings nothing to the table. She’s awful. Bring someone else to be Layla’s opponent, Alicia, Nattie.

    • Kim099

      Aksan is very charismic. but the main problem is where the hell is The first lady of the WWE Summer Rae?

    • https://twitter.com/jayjayholler MIPIJILLIAN

      I reall miss Alicia Fox

    • Litaker61

      Bland is the word I would use to describe her. Just no spark, I agree bring back Foxy.

      • Wrestling.fan.from.France

        Yes, Aksana is AWFUL. She may have tons of charisma but she is still bad. BRING ALICIA AS HEEL OR FACE BUT NOT AS A TWENER! She deserve better than be off TV.

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

      Y’all just jealous cause Aksana is awesome!

      • k2evecrew

        I love aksana , they should get rid of Tamina and bring in alicia for all the tag matches

    • MomoMufFinSsFTW

      Aksana has got what most divas don’t in my opinion a good character and the ability to play it off well and get some sort of reaction from the crowd. I liked her ring work in this match too, that running knee should be her finisher in my opinion

    • VarsityBaseDude

      WWE thought they had a new Maryse with Aksana, but I don’t think they’re in the same category. I am no fan of Aksana matches at the moment, but who knows, maybe she can improve.

  • Litaker61

    Well considering most diva matches end in a rollup its was only a matter of time before someone used it as a finisher, sigh.

    • redsandman99

      There’s not anywhere near the rollup endings there were back in late 2011. Like seriously.

      • Litaker61

        Divas-wise yes but if you take the knockouts into account and the recent rollup spree they are on there is still way too many rollup endings in womens wrestling and the last thing we need is someone to have one as their finisher.

  • Andre

    I happened to personally enjoy this match and as far as pinning combos go I don’t mind them used as finishers when they’re flashy like Infinity. Standard roll ups however which can easily be escaped aren’t fun ways to watch a match end when it’s overused.

  • Andre

    I also like Infinity because it’s very old school to use a flashy pin as a way to finish a match, it sets Layla a part while also showcasing a fair amount of technical skill, timing and coordination on Layla’s behalf to pull off such a move

  • shameronstar

    If I remember Taylor Wilde had a unique roll up as one of her finishers! Also, I think Aksana is decent although her selling be a bit weak for some reason, but her ability to she character in the ring is top notch!

  • charovnica

    Okay,this is one problem I have…why would you introduce Layla as being from Miami,FL and then have Cole telling “Layla is OF COURSE from London”? It’s stupid and confusing to the newer fans.

    I like Aksana tbh.She’s not a wrestling goddes,not even close,but she’s doing everything possible to get her character over. Her mimmicks during her matches and her entrance alone speak volumes.

  • charovnica

    About the finish,the only problem I had is that it was executed too slow.I think that someone as fast as Naomi could pull that way better,but I have no problem a match to end with a roll up,as long as it’s not every match.

  • vdcvt

    I like Layla’s pin move ‘infinity’. Although she did use it late last year on Natalya, Eve and Alicia. Despite it being a roll-up, it is a pretty impressive roll-up in my opinion. Hope Layla gets involved in more matches. I honestly don’t mind if they’re with Aksana, just have Layla be a bit more offensive so it’s back and forth. Aksana used to impress me in FCW with her wrestling then in WWE it seems that she kinda lost it, but she does have a great personality. Even though the Layla-Aksana mini-feud that was mainly shown on house matches and tout videos last year was a bit silly, I actually enjoyed it. I think because the Divas were putting in their own personality which is not frequently showcased on WWE television unfortunately.

  • GailKim95

    The end that Layla added to her roll-up to make it a finisher is sometimes called a Snow Plow in amateur wrestling. Layla has to be careful to make sure Aksana is on the same page as her because Layla could easily dislocate her opponents shoulder. And since I wrestle and I know about the move I’m ok with it being her finisher. It would be cool if she hit Infinity while diving or something to add some flair in a championship match or something.

    • GailKim95

      Oh and Naomi got engaged

      • DJ8946

        To one of the Usos right?

        • vdcvt

          I’m sure that will end up on ‘Total Divas’

    • http://twitter.com/RyanRoman0 Ryan

      Cool! You wrestle?? Nice man! I just did JV and Var in high school from 2005-2008
      119-130lbs.
      It was a rarity for us to see fig 4s and other moves aside from the typical cradle
      Layla is one of my favorites because she does all these really cool moves (I know it’s pro XD)
      Her running cradle pin.. The other one she does that idk what it’s called she bridges while having her opponents shoulders pinned.. Always nice to see them in action

    • KaitlynLover<3

      I wrestle aswell :)

      • http://twitter.com/RyanRoman0 Ryan

        Awesome Kae Lover!!

        Shout out to all the wrestlers here :)

  • MomoMufFinSsFTW

    I love this new era of divas WWE just need to use them better.

    Aj- physco and sneaky
    Aksana- seductive and charismatic
    Alicia- spunky fashionista
    Brie and Nikki- twins that has eatchothers backs
    Cameron- sorta ghetto and plays it well like a bad bitch
    Kaitlyn- casual and what a champion looks like,much like Trish
    Naomi- Highflyer of the divas
    Natalya- Canadian’s Technician of Submission
    Tamina- Chaotic Exotic(perfect nickname)
    Rosa- Mexican Maiden
    Add
    Paige- Goth Goddess
    Summer Rae- Mean Girl

    Perfect WWE’14 roster :)

    • Looking Glass

      Rosa’s not even Mexican?….She’s Costa Rican and manages a Puerto Rican tag team….nowhere near Mexico.

      • MomoMufFinSsFTW

        She’ll be the fricken Costa Rican then lol. Everyone makes mistakes ;)

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

    Aksana is an awful seller & why cant lay take on someone like alicia or someone with better selling & wrestling….,

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

      why do they always say layla’s not from there but she clearly is….

  • DJ8946

    I have to say. In the grey outfit of Aksana’s is it me or does her tits look huge. Especially on RAW during her entrance, but those were the worst spoilers ever. Say that the match was just a baseball slide & a pin wtf? But I don’t mind Layla using that if the person she pinned gets up looking suprised.

    • http://www.twitter.com/KassCruise KassCruise

      Actually i saw her live… and they ARE huge!! lol

  • Looking Glass

    I feel like since turning face Layla’s tried to freshen up her move-set but she should’ve stuck to what she knew best. I mean her half-hearted attempts at Lucha Libre come off really awkward and while I think that was more her stealing a victory than finishing a match, I’m hoping she doesn’t use it as a finisher in the future! I mean her Face Lift from the top ropes was a great move and made her look really nifty. I feel like she needs to freshen up cos there’s only so many times I can see her pecking children and doing the splits.

  • DJ8946

    I think Layla is the modern era Jacqueline, except I really, honestly think that Layla is better than Jackie.

    • Looking Glass

      Puh-lease say that you said that in sarcasm or to get a reaction?

      • DJ8946

        No bitch, I said what the fuck I meant.

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

      LOL!!! Layla is near to Ashley than Jackie!

      • MomoMufFinSsFTW

        Layla is more More Michelle Mccool level but a little lower than that in my opinion

        • MomoMufFinSsFTW

          1. Mccool 2. Layla 3. Eve 4. Candice in my opinion diva search wise

    • https://twitter.com/Oliver_James611 OJ Von Erich

      Yeah I love Layla, she’s possibly my 3rd favourite diva on the roster, but she is not better than Jackie, the most highly skilled, yet underrated diva of all time!

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

        comparing layla to jackie is insane….we dont know what really layla can do with the restrictions but she’s still nowhere near jackie….

  • http://twitter.com/RyanRoman0 Ryan

    Aksana is so dn hot man! The way she works it haha
    And she’s powerful as hell! She can really do damage! She’s a real wrestler for sure
    And Layla sexy, cool as hell and awesome!!
    Big fan of Aksana and Layla over here!
    And what would we call Aksana? Krushka! ;)

    Love how Layla celebrates with the fans.. Lucky blokes.. And damn lucky kid gr a LOL kiss. And Aksana her bad English is so sexy!
    I love te current girls! It’s now the NXT girls taken over minus Layla Natalya and Bella’s

    Idk why people or how they can bash Layla and Aksana, both are awesome and very charismatic. I wonder if these people know the definition.. But hey i don’t care. I love Layla and Aksana and all that matters is what I say and goes ;)

  • http://youtube.com/kristalmelinafan kristalmelinafan

    Not a new finisher, a new variation of her signature.

    • DIVASKO

      Yess! the people dont get it.

      • jonboi

        Not even new she used it a few times before, if I’m rite she did it on nattie & she fcked it up once & never used it again till now

  • lelloo7

    no one’s having a problem with layla winning almost all her matches with roll ups… hell would’ve broken loose if it were kelly

    • https://twitter.com/Oliver_James611 OJ Von Erich

      Layla’s infinity & K2′s school girl roll up are 2 very different things!

      The infinity cradle pin would take an opponent by surprise & have them slightly dazed in the sense of wrestling selling.

    • DIVASKO

      Before her match againts Tamina in superstar when was the last match that Layla win with a roll up?

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

        a roll up is not layla’s finisher & her match with tamina on superstars was a surprise win via roll up because lay had been beating by tamina several times beforehand which was understandable…

  • redsandman99

    She’s used this variation a couple of times before so it’s not new like KristalMelinaFan said above me. It can look good if it’s done fast but if it gets slowed down in any way it’s not going to come off very well. That being said, I didn’t hate the match at all. Aksana seems to be more about to where she was in ring wise during her time in FCW. Maybe not overly fantastic but solid enough to get by (my opinion of course).

  • k2evecrew

    I don’t like her new move , is it supposed to look like that ? I would’ve pefered her to put aksana in a armbar submission and have aksana tag out but that Alberto del rio uses the armbar submission so she probably can’t .
    I enjoyed aksana in this match , she played a heel perfectly by yelling at the crowd and talking shit to Layla .

  • https://twitter.com/Oliver_James611 OJ Von Erich

    Possibly my favourite televised Aksana match to date!

    Aksana impressed here, I love how she plays up to the crowd, she has her character nailed 100% & is quite possibly the most charismatic, current diva in-ring-wise.

    I couldn’t help but laugh my ass off when Layla dropkicked her off the apron though! :D

    I’m just disappointed we didn’t get to see the Lithuanian lovelies fantastic entrance, I do always enjoy that!

    Oh & that running knee to Layla’s face… NICE ONE Billion Dollar Baby!

    Love Layla too, she is the perfect babyface, I would like to see the division centered around her Alicia & Natalya at the moment, seeing as I’m not sure how much life they have left with WWE?
    Plus the fact that they can put on superb matches.

    Oh & I’d like to take this moment to wish Aksana a HAPPY 31st BIRTHDAY for tomorrow!!! <3

  • adannaaa

    It makes no sense for them to say Layla is from Miami while she’s clearly wearing the UK flag lol. It kinda confused me for a short time. Anyways, I liked the match , it seemed longer than what we usually get (:

  • jonboi

    I know rite that’s what I thought. Must have been another off day for lilian poor tired sole!!!
    The match was ok I liked it & I see lalya was Chaving it with the whole UJ attire u can take the girl out of england but not england out the girl lol true scots man here BAM!!!!
    Aksana I can’t get used to all that slow movment shit just don’t like the character she plays !!
    Gotta say bring tamina to feud with lalya & nattie all 3 work well together

  • Lily

    Can Aksana please go back to NXT or go back to being a valet? Girl has character but her wrestling makes me wanna cry.

  • flash1086

    How many times is Layla’s gonna change finisher? Its annoying. It seems that every Diva search wrestler change finisher every year.

    STICK TO ONE FINISHER!!!!!

    • wweandtnadivafan

      Which is why I loved the Golden Era, finishers were rarely changed

  • 09DHK

    They could’ve at least billed Layla from London for this match. -_-