Raw Redux (May 20th, 2013): Summer Gets Served and the Black Widow Strikes Again

Hello there Diva fans, and welcome to this week’s Raw Redux. It’s Eleri here, filling in for Cryssi who’s not feeling too good! Hopefully she’ll be better in no time at all! Last night we saw another little segment between Summer Rae and Jericho, then AJ Lee took on Layla and Kaitlyn sought to find out who her secret admirer might be with Natalya at her side. It was an interesting night of entertainment, so let’s get right to it.

Our first glimpse of the Divas came in the form of Summer Rae, who accompanied Fandango to the ring for a tag match, in which he partnered with Wade Barrett against Jericho and the Miz. She sparkled in her yellow dress, but she still looks a little awkward as a dancer. Still, I give her props for going out there and doing it anyway. She’s improving for sure, but I’m looking forward to when she breaks out on her own on Raw. Summer sort of hangs around at ringside for the most part of the match, but soon Fandango comes to her to have a little dance at the ringside. Meanwhile, Fandango’s partner, Wade Barrett is having to hold down the fort himself in the ring. Depsite his team’s loss, Fandango looks quite happy on the outside as he continues to dance with Summer. But then Jericho and Miz corner the dancing pair, and Fandango leaves his lady to the wolves as he heads right out of there through the crowd! Miz goes off in pursuit, leaving Jericho with Summer Rae.

At first Summer looks a little weird, but as the crowd begins to get into what might happen, she eases into the situation. Jericho throws out a hand to her, and they have a short but sweet exchange. Jericho dips Summer to finish it off, and when she’s upright again they’re face to face. Not gonna lie, I thought Jericho but give her a little kiss. But then he does something that’s very Jericho and leaves her high and dry! As he exits, Summer is screaming after him, embarrassed and angry.

I sort of wish I was Summer during their little dance.

AJ accompanied Big E Langston to the ring in the absence of Dolph Ziggler (may he make a speedy recovery!) and once that match was done, AJ hung around in the ring to await Layla, who was set to be her opponent. Layla’s gone back to brunette, thankfully. Before the match begins, we’re shown a recap of what went down between Divas champion Kaitlyn and AJ, who is still the number one contender for Kaitlyn’s title after winning a battle royal a few weeks ago. Kaitlyn and AJ traded insults, and Kaitlyn attacked AJ after a certain pig comment. They brawled backstage with the Bellas and Tamina (who was eating a banana at the time) cheered them on. Some referees managed to drag them apart, but it took a little while!

Back in the ring, AJ looks unhappy with the recap. As Layla busies herself in the corner, getting ready for the match, AJ comes in quickly and takes down her opponent with a very harsh clothesline! AJ follows it up with a pair of neckbreakers. She goes for the pin and gets a two count early on. Layla fights back with some forearms to the head and mid-section, but AJ takes control again with a vicious back elbow off the ropes. Laying Layla out, AJ skips around her fallen opponent as we are shown Brie and Nikki Bella backstage. They’re watching the match and are busy insulting everything about AJ they can find, from her height to her ’80’s style shorts’. They even call her a rat. Meow!

Back to the match at hand! AJ finally finishes skipping around and heads over to where Layla is still down, but it appears Layla has been lying in wait for her opponent! Layla connects with a kick to the face and AJ is sent flying across the ring. AJ is now the one down, so Layla takes the opportunity to mock her opponent and begins skipping around the ring, much to the audience’s pleasure. They start to cheer the last ever Women’s Champion! Love it. Layla tries to drag AJ back to the centre of the ring but AJ grabs the ropes, refusing. She crawls over the corner but Layla is in pursuit, hitting AJ repeatedly with kicks to the head, the mid-section, the chest… The referee gives Layla a caution. I’m loving Layla’s aggression in this match.

Layla heads back to AJ, still in control, but is caught out as AJ quickly wraps her up in the Black Widow! Uh oh! Layla taps out. In celebration, AJ blows Layla a kiss and then heads out of the ring.

Later that night, we caught up with Kaitlyn and Natalya backstage, who are still trying to figure out who Kaitlyn’s admirer is. Kaitlyn excitedly reveals that she now has a phone number for her admirer, and Natalya asks for the phone number so that she can once again get Khali to snoop around and try and find out who it is. Seriously? A seven foot tall dude sneaking around in the locker room? Sure, no one’s gonna see that.

As the ladies discuss the matter at hand, Cody Rhodes walks into view, and he just happens to be texting. He stops by the divas, asks if he has something in his lovestache, and Natalya proceeds to subdue him as Kaitlyn steals his phone to check whether her admirer could be Cody.

It’s not. The champ declares that Cody is just uploading pictures of himself to the internet. Natalya replies with a simple ‘ew’ and Kaitlyn tells Cody that she’s glad it’s not him. Hmm… she might have liked it a couple of months ago though, when she and Cody had a little somethin’ somethin’ going on between them. No? Alrighty then.

Thoughts: I liked the show tonight. I thought Summer Rae’s interaction with Jericho only did good things for her, especially in the eyes of the crowd. Even though it looks as though he’s not interested, I’d still quite like her to turn on Fandango in the near future and side with Jericho, maybe play them off against each other, and then break out on her own in the end as a heel. It’d be a great way to set her up for a singles career, especially if she screws over someone as popular as Jericho. See Eve/John Cena.

As far as the match goes, I didn’t mind it. I thought there were a few good spots, like the clothesline to start it off, the kick from Layla to AJ and finally AJ’s finisher. It wasn’t anything special, but I do like how they’re setting up AJ to be dominant with her submission move, especially as I think we’ll be seeing her match with Kaitlyn for the title soon. Maybe even at the Payback pay per view?

Finally, the secret admirer storyline. I don’t hate it, I just hope it does go somewhere, even if it is just the Bellas playing a cruel trick on the champ. It’s great that we’re getting Kaitlyn on TV. Let’s be honest, her title run has been pretty lackluster thus far. Also, didn’t she fancy Cody a few months ago, and now she’s glad it’s not him? I quite liked the segments between the two and I was a bit bummed when it was cut short after the Bellas returned. Ho hey, it’s all in the past now.

I enjoyed last night’s show. For now, Eleri out, and I’ll see you with the Impact Write-Up on Friday!

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

    Are we gonna get our Smackdown redux from last week with Aksana vs Kaitlyn?

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

      I was gonna say LOL! :D

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

        haha :D

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

          Aksana really impressed in that match! :)

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

          me too!! + she looked hot with that attire and her hair was flawless *.*

    • Raekon

      We didn’t got the previous one with the Segment between Kaitlyn, Natalya and Khali either so…

      • Wrestling.fan.from.France

        Yeah, + the Kaitlyn/Aksana match was their best match IMO. Aksana look way stronger than usual! This match confirmed me that Aksana is NOW a decent wrestler (far from Good and close to bad but still pretty decent)!

  • redsandman99

    I liked the match. It was good for the time it got. Layla came off really aggressive and AJ didn’t have to resort to her playing dead tactics. I’m digging the Black Widow deal and I hope the title match gets built up to the ppv. As for the Kaitlyn/Cody thing, she got disgusted with him after how fast he latched on to the Bellas so I guess whatever photo she saw of him was the final nail in that coffin.

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

    I really want to see what they gonna do with Summer…
    Layla is becoming a jobber, I’m ok with that, she is in the WWE for 7 years and considering the number of new talent in nxt, it’s logical.
    AJ is…. AJ.
    And if the twins are really behind the “secret admirer” thing, I hope it will lead to a feud between them and the team Kaitlyn/Natalya because Nattie really needs at least one last push-up.
    I also want to see more Alicia and Aksana these two can make the show !

    • BorisG

      Trish and Lita were in WWE for more than 6 years, and they weren’t jobbers. I mean, we all know who they are, and Layla isn’t on their level, but currently she is far the top Diva they have. Back around 2006 they had Torrie, Victoria, Stacy, Trish, Lita who were in WWE from early 2000’s, but Layla is the only one in WWE from 2006 (not including developmental territories). She should get the last feud, maybe with Natalya if she wins the title soon. She can turn heel, than have a career match and that would be the end. She has done almost everything, so it’s time for new Divas to come in.

      • Nostalgia

        No they weren’t. They both debuted in 2000 and left in 2006

        • BorisG

          Trish debuted in March 2000 and left in September 2006, that’s 6 years and 6 months, that isn’t more than 6 years? Lita debuted in February 2000 and left in November 2006. 6 and a half is more than 6 years.

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

      You can’t compare Trish’s and Lita’s careers to Layla’s.
      Trish and Lita are legends ! Even former top Divas have been jobbers at the end (Victoria, Molly Holly, Melina, Beth…) I just say it’s the natural evolution, and when it concerns a diva like Layla (who is not the worst but certainly not the best), I’m cool about it.
      But I agree that she deserves a deserving end (a career match would be perfect) I mean she is a diva search winner, she is very popular and above all, she is the last ever Women’s champion (for that only she should be a legend) !!!!

      • Nostalgia

        Lita was gone for almost a year in that time span and Trish was also out for lengthy periods with injuries

        • BorisG

          @ Frenchfinerierce I said that Layla isn’t on the level of Lita and Trish. Everyone knows they are legends of their era. But currently, Layla is the top Diva and is the only one currently Diva in WWE, from the time that Trish and Lita were still around.

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

    Summer Rae also made a hilarious tout of her freaking out backstage!

    I love how they’ve given her a proper vixen character to work with! :)

    Also like I said in the live response, Layla came off really aggressive here, I liked it! Also I’m loving AJ’s new gimmick, the head grab & blown kiss works for her! :D
    P.S Great to see Layla back on RAW!

    Cody continues to make me smile, if only we could all see the photo he took… SORRY! :|

    I’m glad they’re giving Natalya a side role in this too, although I’m sure it will lead to Nattie & Kaitlyn vs The Bella’s, while Naomi feuds with AJ for the title? (Possibly…)

    I wish I had the app, if only to see the Bella segment during the match, I love their catty comments! ^_^

    Oh & one final thing…

    I WISH THE WWE WOULD PUSH THE DIVAS AS MUCH AS THEY ARE PUSHING THIS BLOODY APP!!!

    • charovnica

      They didn’t push the app as much this time though,which reaaaaally helped the show.They should lay back on those advertisements.

      • J.D.C.D.

        I agree they just really push that app way too much. I’m regretting downloading it those months ago.

        Now I realize the ringside commentary have VKM in their ears but honestly it is just plain annoying listening to them. The stupid banter and lack of calling the moves in the is brutal. I really miss JR. With the announcers showing no respect to the women’s matches to me that will then show others not to respect or pay attention to the matches as well. This has been going on for so long and I wish VKM and the WWE would treat the ladies and their matches better.

    • Wrestling.fan.from.France

      Very good idea! I’m absolutely agree with a Kaitlyn/natalya vs the bellas feud and a Aj vs Naomi feud over the title(when the Aj/kaitlyn feud will be over obviously). I always tought that Naomi should be her 1st challenger, then an Aj/Natalya feud and to end Aj’s reign, an INCREDIBLE THE CRAZY AJ LEE VS THE ANTI-DIVA PAIIIIGE. FEUD!!!

      • J.D.C.D.

        Hmm. Lots of interesting combinations there. I do like Kaitlyn and Natalya vs the Bellas. AJ vs. Naomi it would depend on how the matches would be booked. On paper Naomi is WAY too athletic and would dominate AJ. I was hoping for a Layla vs. Kaitlyn feud. Have Layla turn heel and go after the title.

        As for Paige I know everyone is sick of it from NXT but what about having her feud with Summer Rae continue on a bigger stage? This time you are looping in the boys. Fandango and Summer Rae vs. the Rockstar Y2J and have the Anti diva Paige be his cohort as a rocker chick. All would benefit working with Y2J. Just don’t make Paige too much like Daffney.

        I feel for the other divas though. Where would you put in Alicia Fox or Tamina? Tamina said earlier in the year she was going to make a statement but we have had nothing from her.

        • k2evecrew

          They could start a storyline with alicia dating a uso brother , have Tamina warn him about how alicia is fake , he doesn’t listen and then alicia screws him over and Tamina tries to kick her ass for revenge

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

          Nice theory for Tamina/Alicia K2EVECREW

          I’d like to see Aksana keep her jobber role on the main shows but build up some momentum on the minor shows such as Superstars or something, or even become a dominant heel in NXT winning the title maybe? Possibly feuding with the likes of Emma & Paige? :D

  • Superstar77

    I’m calling bullshit on the idea that AJ can make the other Divas tapout. Especially last week. Really Natalya of all people couldn’t get out of that move?! SMH

  • charovnica

    I loved this RAW as a whole! For the first time since ever I didn’t feel the loss of Punk & Ziggler’s talent and star power,cause other people stepped their game up.

    Diva-wise I liked this RAW.AJ vs Layla match wasn’t something great,but I think those two can pull a fantastic feud if their given the oportunity to do so.They had a little miscomunication when AJ executed the second neck-breaker,but they recovered from it pretty well.I really love the Black Widow and I think it suits AJ’s persona.I only wish they would change her theme already,although you can find the poppy song very ironic to her character,which gives crazy vibes on it’s own.

    The only problem I have is that Kaitlyn should be in matches too.Or at least she should’ve been the one to watch the match from backstage not The Bellas.This makes it seem as if she cares about her admirer way much more than her title match,which will make her look stupid after the whole thing is revealed.This is not looking good for Kailtyn.

    • charovnica

      *they’re // Also wanna add that Summer was flawless in her reactions.I think making her a manager was the right move,she’s not yet ready for the ring on the big scene and I think her charisma can benefit her way much more in the position she is right now.

  • Carmen Couture

    Ogh!! i just want to blow cody ay papasito! But the mustache makes him look so trashy like the men from tna ew but ugh hes so PHOINE!

    • Eveyy

      gurl me too lol

  • DIVASKO

    The segment with Kaitlyn and Natalya was tacky and that is the reason why i love that X ).

    • Carmen Couture

      Both their clothes are tacky ugh..

      • DIVASKO

        LOL i think the gimmick of Natalya is dress like a grandmother.

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

    All joke and shade aside, does somebody know if Alicia got released or something? 0.0

    • J.D.C.D.

      I was wondering the same thing. No announcements yet. I’d love to see her back on TV in some capacity. I think she shot a commercial with Rey Mysterio some months ago for a ladder company.

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

        shes working behind the scenes…

  • Monkey Tennis

    Nothing of real importance. The match was what it was, it neither sucked or rocked as it didn’t have time to do either. It simply happened.

    The only slightly interesting thing that this RAW highlighted was how almost all the Divas are currently defined by their relationships with men; Summer + Fandango; AJ was described by Micheal Cole FIRST as Ziggler’s girlfriend and THEN as the No.1 contender; Kaitlyn thinks she has a potential boyfriend and Natalya is still inexplicably linked with Khali.

    • kio3j2

      But a lot of divas make it big by being tied up with male superstars. Lita with esse rios then the Hardys, Trish withTest and Albert then Vince and Jericho, and Melina with MNM. Beth and Mickie were rivaled with Established divas and that’s why they got over. But most big diva names were tied with males.

  • tnatiffany

    i”m loving the story line between aj and kaitlin which in the long run kaitlin going to fall victim to the Black Widow winner and new divas champ aj lee

  • Wrestling.fan.from.France

    Summer was SOOOOO HOOOOOT! And i did like the segment with Jericho.

    The match was pretty good not their best but still pretty good but their was a little botch with the last neckbreaker but it was well recovered. I love her finisher, it was really well executed but i think that in a little girl like Layla or Cameron, she should use the Shinning Wizzard.

    The segment with Cody kaitlyn and Nattie was funny, i did like it. It was short but really entertaining! Thank GOD Cody is not her secret admire because he doesn’t need a face turn NOW! He is way better as a HEEL! I love those “ew” Nattie usually does it’s funny.

    As for the backstage segment for ER, I LOVED IT! THE BEST IN A LONG TIME! I LIKE THE FACT THAT Kaitlyn who is the face attack Aj who is the heel by behind, its kind of fresh from her or any face. Oh, and Tamina and the bellas was freakin’ Hilarious with their apple and tamina’s BANANA (Stupid but LOVE IT TO DEATH!!!!!)!!!!!

  • http://www.heartbreakerscommunity.com/index.php WWFoverWWE

    Kaitlyn seems more focused on her admirer and that might cost her the Divas title. The girl is distracted and she isn’t even carrying the title around with her backstage.

    AJ is basically the new top heel and next week she might face Alicia since they seem to be feeding her former diva champions to build her credibility. I wanna see AJ take the title on Raw and then Kaitlyn gets her rematch at Payback.

  • MsXxxdiva247

    It was nice to see Layla back, she looks best with darker hair. Summer was awesome. Aj is very entertaining. It was a good night for diva fans.

  • k2evecrew

    I think summer raes storyline is gonna lead her to trying to impress chris Jericho and losing fandango in the process to his dark haired valet .
    I really wanna see them have a mini feud over him , the dark haired one doesnt even need to wrestle she can just talk shit to her all the time and i’d be happy .

    The match with AJ and Layla wasn’t all that but it was enjoyable espacailly when Layla started mocking AJ . The Bella’s didnt really bother me by being back stage , I like how they’re including more than two divas in the feud .

    I wouldn’t mind the Bella’s being behind the secret admirer thing because I could see it leading to a 4 way or tag match with kaitlyn and AJ since they all don’t like each other . I would rather have it be them or any diva for that matter so that way more girls will get screen time .

  • http://twitter.com/RyanRoman0 Ryan

    Love Layla! Aj the sexy little mouse
    Not a great match at all.. But good sorta
    Kind of hot how Layla tapped Ajs ass and then got a big hard groping squeeze on that ass hehe.. Hot

  • http://twitter.com/sieghrt sieghrt

    Natalya is fun to watch, I’m just glad that they didn’t make her do embarrassing stuff in this segment.

  • i22

    I wish they would’ve continued what happen with AJ & Kaitlyn at Extreme Rules but atleast they recaped it. As for the match, the girls aren’t given enough time to really say how good or bad the match was but I like how their building up AJ as a credible in ring competitor. & DAYUM did Layla look hot doing the AJ skip haha. Even though Layla is one of the older divas she’s by far the best looking diva on the roster.

    & is it really necessary to show The Bella Twins in every single diva segement?

    • flash1086

      They are dating Cena and Goatface. So course, WWE’s gonna give them random pushes.

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

        lay is the oldest diva lol…its not like daniel would have any pull with wwe its all cena for them…

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

    Can I just remind everyone of Summer Rae’s tout backstage moments after her encounter with Chris Jericho! :)

    http://www.tout.com/m/hrmgqu?ref=twmzi8hd

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

    Also I can see Summer Rae becoming a bit of a distraction for Fandango, possibly costing him matches or spots by trying to steal some kind of spotlight or something…

    Maybe after costing yet another match, we see Summer looking sorry for herself at ringside & a pissed off Fandango fallen in the middle of the ring, leading to the brunette Mrs Fandango coming down the ramp, brushing past Summer & consoling ole Dango.
    The after that, the 2 dance off up the ramp, leaving Summer all alone & embarrassed at ringside, causing her to run off in shame?

    JUST A THOUGHT? :D

    • Wrestling.fan.from.France

      Yes, it seems like fans are not intrest in Fandango anymore but in Summer. In all reviews i saw this week and the weeks ago, Everybody was talking about HOW HOT Summer is. She will definitely be call up on day as a diva who wrestle and will have a career ala Kelly Kelly or Mccool.

  • DJ8946

    I say next week, the secret admirer tells Kaitlyn he’s gonna call the next week. Then they have a segment te next w/ Kaitlyn in the ring, AJ comes out because she want to see who it is too, The Bellas come from behind & attacks both of them. That would lead to a tag team match between AJ & Kaitlyn vs The Blowjob Twins at Payback.

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

      ROFLMAO…

  • xcc77

    I think Natalya is the secret admirer. She has been in every segment with kaitlyn. She would know everything about kaitlyn. Lastly, this could be her mini push for Total Divas. She is tired of younger divas getting the spotlight. Go nattie!!

  • ballplayer10123

    I like the direction of AJ’s character. Her new finisher is great because it will allow her to be competitive against bigger opponents (maybe, hopefully if Kharma were to return at some point). I would like to see a little more fluidity, or bravery in AJ’s matches. I get that she is small, and perhaps an underdog, but she should not be a coward. Maybe they are still playing up the crazy angle, which is fine.

    I enjoy what they are doing with Summer. I think they are really getting her off to a good start in her career. Build Summer’s personality now, while giving her time to improve in the ring.

    Kaitlyn’s story is at least something. I enjoy seeing her on TV, and I thought her segment came off pretty well. I thought the timing of her quips with Nattie were pretty spot on.

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

    The only reactions in this match were for layla lol who hasn’t been seen in ages but i liked how aggressive she was & i hope lay doesn’t become the face jobber thou…
    aj has lost her popularity they should have moved her into the womans division sooner & that backstage fight was hilarious at how robotic it was..

    • charovnica

      AJ didn’t lost her popularity,but I think the problem is that AJ is still likable even though she is heel.People are confused wether to like her or not.

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

        they don’t boo or cheer her meaning she’s lost her popularity….

        • charovnica

          Not really,her character is still strong,the problem is her matches with the divas don’t get much attention.Which I think will change,cause slowly the divas are becoming relavent again.

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

          what character does she now show?? shes become generic like all the other divas…

        • charovnica

          Well,I disagree completely.How is she generic? She adds something new in her every appearance.If anything her character is evolving.She’s not so much just the crazy chick,she has now real goals and runs people down to get what she wants.She’s manipulative & opportunistic.Everything a heel should be.

        • DIVASKO

          AJ and Layla,both was trending tropic in Raw,you have to be popular to do that.

        • charovnica

          Seeing how Layla is picking up the fans’ attention I’d love for AJ & Layla to start a program together.I think they really can light things up,they both show great passion in the ring.And yeah,I watched the match again,people clapped at the Black Widow,so they should be interested in AJ & what she’s doing in the ring.I think it’s all good.People were dead silent just months ago and now a certain portion of the crowd is paying attention.This can only get better from now on…or I hope so.

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

          I’m not an AJ fan, but I have to disagree here, she’s not cheered because she is not the “face” in the match, nor is she booed because she isn’t your typical hated heel…

          If there were a diva poll that night like the one they had to decide who would face Jack Swagger that night, I’m fairly positive that AJ would win by landslide like Randy Orton did, while the other divas paled in comparison! :/

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1211052003#!/fuzzy.lumpkins Fuzz

    Imo Kharma is the mystery admirer for Kaitlyn, she’s doing it to mess with her head…and on a 19th may tweet she replied to a fan ‘good things come to those who wait’ when he asked when she’d return to wwe. plus her twitter handle is still kharma