NXT Redux (June 12th, 2013): Alicia Likes Championships and Bayley Likes Robots

Greetings everyone, and first let me apologize for the lateness (again). I got caught up in some unexpected Fathers Day stuff (for my dad… not me. I’m not a child person) and unfortunately the NXT Redux couldn’t get done in time. Plus, with all the Payback buzz going on, I figured it might get lost in the shuffle and we don’t want our pride and joy of Canada, Renee Young to suffer via overcrowded-ness now do we? I sure don’t.

Speaking of everyone’s favorite piece of interviewing goodness, she’s back this week and talking to none other than… Bayley! Yes, the moment I’ve been begging for through all of these Bayley losses with no entrance has finally been set. Bayley will also be going one on one with Alicia Fox a little later on… and yes, please don’t adjust your spectacles (I feel smart saying spectacles opposed to glasses), Alicia Fox is really wrestling. My excitement level can hardly be contained at the thought of the messiah of all sailor hats making her coveted return, so let’s get underway with the (circle which applies to you after watching) awkward/adorable-ness that is Bayley!~

Backstage, WWE’s own Barbara Walters welcomes Bayley to the interview stage, but the innocent young Diva seems hesitant to step up to the camera lens. So much so that Renee has to actually guide her over. Bayley, complete with bow, states that she’s doing well and she likes robots. Renee is put on the spot for a moment, in what would sure send Oprah Winfrey shivering in her five-thousand dollar boots, by being asked if she likes Bayley’s headband. Never the one to be unprepared, Renee Young admits she does appreciate the power of the bow, and even receives a compliment on her look as a result. Take that Diane Sawyer!

Renee asks Bayley her thoughts on Alicia Fox, which Bayley reveals she actually likes because she’s pretty. Once again proving her hard earned degree in journalism hasn’t gone to waste, Renee is asked if she thinks Bayley is pretty, and the sly fox that she is doesn’t hesitate for even a second in stating that she does in fact find Bayley to be beautiful. Bayley dubs Renee her new friend and reveals that when she’s done beating Alicia, she and Renee will go play robots or jenga or something, which makes me jealous of our resident blond Anne Curry as that’s pretty much what I’ve always dreamed of doing… only now I have to live through her. Renee wishes Bayley luck, as the queen of the headband heads off to prepare for action.

… I seriously just jumped when this video started, and whether it’s because of an accidental loud volume scare or the fact Bayley is getting an entrance, I’ll let you be the judge. Some 80’s Saturday morning cartoon looking stars light up the NXT titantron, and out comes mighty morphin’ Bayley ready for action. She (and her bow. Don’t forget the bow.) makes her way down the ramp and slowly slaps a hand before getting cut off by the party-esque theme of Alicia Fox! The fancy Fox hoodie is swung around for the world to see, as I realize we are truly experiencing a historical face off, in that it’s a battle of the two Divas with the best headpieces money can buy.

Once Alicia drops the hoodie of the hour, the bell sounds and Bayley awkwardly offers a hand shake. Miss Fox obliges, but Bayley pulls it in for a hug that seems to freak Fox out a little. She goes for another, as Alicia elbows Bayley in the chest and goes to town on her with some head bashing in the corner. Fox with the beautiful northern lights, but just for a two count. From there, she gets to working on Bayley’s oxygen level, applying a headlock and sparking the crowd to get behind the (alleged) dinosaur lover. Bayley unfortunately loses her bow somewhere in the process, but she is however able to try and fight out. Fox starts taunting Bayley, but this infuriates Bayley up as she nails a few shots and a monkey flip! Bayley with a few takedowns, getting the crowd really involved as she hits a knee! She scoops Alicia over with a beautiful exploder suplex, however she again can’t muster up the win. Fox rolls to the outside, and as Bayley walks over, she’s met with a kick to the face. Alicia then slides in and nails the Scissor Kick on Bayley for the victory!

Thoughts: Hooray for Bayley character development and Alicia Fox making a rare appearance (not just on NXT, but anywhere)! When it comes to Bayley’s new persona, I feel like you’re either going to find it amusing or be utterly repulsed by it and find it dumb. To me, I think it’s fun and could really do something for her like I’ve been hoping for once the crowd gets familiar with it since I don’t think they saw her promo backstage at the actual show. She’s pretty much the female Heidenreich circa wanting the Divas to become his friend, but MNM crashing the party and getting into a brawl (yes, not the Heidenreich who seemed to try and… assault Michael Cole. I don’t think Renee’s quite ready to experience something like that just yet). I find her to be really engaging when she’s actually competing as well. Lord knows Bayley hasn’t been given anything to work with before tonight, yet the crowd did react to her and cheer her on in the match despite probably being confused with her new persona at first.

It’s not something I can recall a Diva doing gimmick wise, so I’m intrigued with how it’ll play out. I do think it needs a little fine tuning, but that will come in time with the more Bayley gets to work with it. What I absolutely love though is something she didn’t do here, but has been doing on live events, and that’s taking pictures in the ring with partners or opponents where she’s all smiles as they’re either not paying attention or not in the happy go lucky mood she is. What I’ve seen of them really cracks me up, and as a fan of Bayley, I hope that can become a permanent fixture. I can just see some heel knocking her camera away as she goes in for the pic, causing her to become irate and destroy them like a mad woman!

The match came off really well to me, between Bayley getting to show more of her character early on, to Alicia looking very crisp with her and the crowd actually getting involved in something that didn’t contain Emma or Paige. While we’re on the subject, I’m so glad we finally found out Alicia Fox wasn’t being held against her will backstage. She’s been M.I.A. for quite some time and I was starting to fret. Never fear though, as she came back with a vengeance. I have no problems with her beating Bayley and advancing in the tournament because I feel like if they’re going to incorporate the main roster Divas into this, you really do need at least one of them to advance or it makes them all look less when they’re supposed to be considered the goal that the NXT Divas want to become. I also think it makes the whole idea of adding in the main roster Divas seem kind of nonsensical if they’re all eliminated in the first round, and of the three options (Alicia, Tamina, and soon to be Aksana judging from the brackets), I’m definitely glad A-Fox has moved on thus far. I don’t think anyone expects her to win because while I’m all for them moving on to future rounds and while I love Alicia, a main roster Diva being the first NXT Women’s Champion would be kind of silly to me. I’m still rooting for an Emma/Paige final, but I’m excited to see what happens next so job well done NXT bookers.

And in other news, I like robots.

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

    alicia was on Saturday moring slam in may actually and did you call renee young barbra walters???? -____-

  • https://twitter.com/jayjayholler MIPIJILLIAN

    Match was basic. I can see myself growing fond of Bayley she’s quite cute. And as for Alicia Fox whom I do love, I think it’s about time for a new theme song, a attire, and a Divas bloody championship run, all of that combined with an actual gimmick would make me wet myself.

    • https://twitter.com/jayjayholler MIPIJILLIAN

      I like Bayley’s gimmick if she develops and WWE build her she could easily translate her gimmick into a heel one and become a psycho because nobody wants to be her friend and everybody finds her weird etc.

  • redsandman99

    Someone I follow on tumblr called Bayley’s new gimmick the “Tina Belcher of WWE”. And that right there has me sold. The crowd got behind her in this match so honestly, they should keep going with it. She finally has something to work with and I expect her stock to rise. And can I say I want a segment between her and Emma now? I think that would be weird and awkward and kind of awesome.

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

      Emma and Bayley being BFF would be so cute! :D Hopefully they won’t end up like LayCool or Kaitlyn/AJ unless Baley becomes psycho like AJ, then I would like it :D

  • DJ8946

    I like Bayley’s gimmick.

  • Andre

    Solid match, I’ve been a fan of Bayley since her debut and her new character is weird to say the least, very weird but so far I like it, he promo had me cracking up, lol.

  • charovnica

    Bayley finally has a character! YAY! I kinda like it and it seemed like people there enjoyed her,she got a nice pop.

  • Monkey Tennis

    I guess one of the NXT Divas was always going to have to be a ‘sacrificial lamb’ against one of the main roster wrestlers. Shame it had to be Bayley though. Particularly given that she would have faced Paige in the semi-final.

    Instead we’ve got Alicia who continues to be staggeringly OK. Although, to be fair, it’s not like she’s had a whole heap of opportunities to improve in the ring over the last year.

  • dsan

    I liked the match. It was fine for a first match in a tournament. Props to Alicia for actually getting the axe kick right! I wasn’t completely put off by Bayley’s gimmick. At least she has something to set her apart. And she has such a cute babyface that the gimmick suits her.
    I would like to point out how much I adore William Regal on commentary. Like JBL, he backs the girls as strong competitors, unlike King and Cole. Thank you, William Regal.

    • https://twitter.com/jayjayholler MIPIJILLIAN

      Regarding William Regal on commentary – seconded.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/xFranciscoMvsx?feature=mhee Francisco

      if i actually remember JBL’s commentary, i remember him bashing the divas, but maybe thats just me. I remember him being like “who?” on a Kaitlyn match

      • charovnica

        He’s a heel commentator.But he puts over all talents when he can.He did a pretty good job last night at the PPV too.

  • SherriShepherdWWE

    very solid match, and good match

    I like Bayley, new gimmick, it gives her uniqueness, and makes her stand out very well, and watching the match the crowd really really got behind her as it went on, which is always a good thing

    I like how all the NXT Divas are coming into there own, with gimmick that make them stand out, now just find something for Sasha lol

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

      not all Divas has to be a superwoman character to standout, Sasha can be normal if she is the only diva to have a normal gimmick, and imagine if Sasha becomes one day a heel as Eve was with glasses, WOW!! That would be AMAZING to see! :D

  • Spike7000

    Did a little search on Brittany Fetkin and she has previous experience in broadcasting

    • shameronstar

      Renee Young’s potential rival?

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

    Hooray for an Alicia Fox return to singles competition!!! XD

  • divaindemise

    Like both of these girls but the distinct impression is an ehhh from me.

  • SherriShepherdWWE

    ohhh I forgot to mention!!!!!!!!!!, Renee Young, I love more and more ever time I see her, I really really hope they let her start broadcasting and become and announcer, because I believe she would do wonders,

    • VeteranArmy

      Yes! Yes! Yes! I really dig her facial expressions during some of those interview segments. My favorite is the chemistry she shares with Sami Zayn. Something magical about when she interviews him.

  • KaitlynLover<3

    I don´t know how people can say that Alicia is a great seller seriously, she is always over selling, like this monkey flip she falled on her knees.

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

      that’s cuz she would brake her tiny ass lol

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

      shes overselling? please many former divas and knockouts have given alicia props for her selling mainly trish

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

      Her selling of monkey flips have always been hit or miss but she can sell the hell outta moves too…

  • DaDivaQueen

    OHMAGAWW! Bayley has one big ass ass!

    Bayley vs Naomi twerking match! <3

    WOO! WOO!

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

      maybe a stinkface match like the one from Summerslam 2002 I think it was, LOL

    • 09DHK


      • DaDivaQueen

        Ohmagaww! Terri vs the Kat Summer Slam 2000 was one of the most memorable diva matches ever! So guuud, one of the best rivalries!!

        Bayley vs Naomi stinkface match and twerk-off would be DA GREATEST DIVAS MATCH OF ALL TIME!!!! <3

  • Liam Holden

    What exactly is Bayley’s gimmick? She looked so generic and boring walking to the ring…

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

      Shes shy (her character) & at least the crowd is liking her….

      • Liam Holden

        oh, I thought she was meant to be this cartoon type character haha

    • Blacklighter05

      She’s basically a fangirl for the Divas and now that sh’e one of them she wants them all to be her friends. It’s quite funny because that’s exactly how a fangirl would act: overly shy to be interviewed and overly touchy feely with her “idols”

  • shameronstar

    If and when Sasha gets a gimmick she will definitely be turning heel because Summer Rae is the only developmental heel heel diva! Actually U look forward to that since I heard she can actually play heel very wellans since she’s so gorgeous I can see her playing a character maybe similar to Summer’s but with her own twist maybe with a little Melina/Maxine mixed in to it. Because After this tournament that a face most likely will win(that being Paige) I see her fued with Summer ending and Paige moving on to a heel Sasha or someone new debuting because with so many girls being signed there’s going to be a few debuts in the late Summer/ early fall.

  • Wrestling.fan.from.France

    The match was not Bayley’s best match but it was pretty good.

    Alicia is BAAAAAAAACK……on Nxt?! Well it’s better than nothing! I love Alicia but she really need a makeover! She need a new attire and NEW MOVES! I love that nothern lights suplex but she NEED some FRESH moves! A brand NEW look is what she need!

    Bayley, well, this girl is awesome! She can wrestle, she is funny and i looove her new gimmick! She is such a natural face! I love her new hairband, she is so cute!

    Next week,it’s #SUMMER TIME! Summer rae will face Sasha banks and I am REALLY REALLY REALLY HAPPY TO SEE SASHA BANKS BACK! She is damn good and i REALLY HOPE they will give her a new gimmick!

  • Divafan0118

    So happy Alicia finally wins a singles match after a while

  • Looking Glass

    Ohh so Emma takes off doing the awkward/adorable thing and now Bayley’s doing it? I take it, everyone from now on will just be awkward and make annoying comments. With Emma, it works because she has an underline arrogance/self-belief, Bayley just screams female Eugene…

    • divaindemise

      I think the luchadora mask gimmick would have been great for her in terms of standing out. Here she looked embarrassed to be churning those lines out.

      • Looking Glass

        She likes robots? Oh so that’s her inspiration for delivering interviews.

      • redsandman99

        Maybe she needs time to get comfortable with it? It took Emma some time to get into her groove.

  • mckenzie

    Let me first say watchin NXT on Hulu Plus is amazing. Bayley’s new character is sooooo CUTE!!! I can see the crowd going to like her. So yeah i’m a new fan of Bayley. Now seeing Alicia strut to ramp was very refreshing its been a while seeing her in the ring better yet catching a singles win. I hope to see more of Alicia in the future her character is like the Mean Girls’ wrestling barbie of the divas division considering she is vet haha.

  • hado

    I actually kind of found this match sort of disappointing to be honest. I mean considering the fact that the competitors were Alicia Fox and Bayley, I expected a much better match. I guess I must be the only one noticing that the NXT Diva’s seem to be having limitations placed on them too because their matches are turning out like the main roster matches. With that being said, the Northern Lights Bridge Suplex and the Axe Kick were really good.

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

    Alicia deserves more than nxt matches when she should be doing something on tv then randomly appearing as a face & heel…

  • Bikini model destroyer

    Thank God…..Now I can stop reading comments wanting Bayly’s fired b/c of no character.

  • 09DHK

    I like Bayley, but if I can just be a perv for a minute by saying that with a body like THAT, I’m not too sure how long the “innocent” gimmick will hold up. Seriously, NXT hasn’t seen ass like that since the Naomi Knight days. Now that I got that out of the way, I can comment on the match. Pretty solid match for both ladies. LOVED Bayley’s “Exploder Suplex.” Something about her ringwork reminds me of Serena Deeb for some reason. Also, I could see her being either the babyface with the split personalities or a crazy bitchy Melina-esque heel one day. Hopefully after Paige wins this tournament we’ll see Bayley picking up some wins.

    • divaindemise

      Bayley was billed as Serena Deeb’s protégée in SHIMMER. :)

    • VeteranArmy

      Bayley’s ass? How about Paige’s ass! Have you seen her recent instagram post of her at pool side? DAMN!