SmackDown Redux (August 16th, 2013): Cheap Shots, Chokes and a Shining Wizard

Hello Diva fans and welcome to this week’s edition of the SmackDown Redux! This week on the blue brand, three women competing at SummerSlam this Sunday, take part in a tag team Diva match. Divas Champion AJ Lee and her BFF, Layla face off against Kaitlyn and Total Diva Natalya. Can Nattie and Kaitlyn pick up some more momentum going into their respective matches this Sunday, or will the tandem of Lay-J be too much for them to overcome? Check out the match below:

The team of Kaitlyn and Natalya are out first and we are treated to a graphic hyping Kaitlyn and ‘Honorary Diva’ Dolph Ziggler vs AJ and ‘My Gear is Way Too Small’ Big E. Langston. While it is mentioned, Natalya vs Brie Bella does not get the graphic treatment. Rude…

Lay-J is out next and we cut to a pointless crane shot. Ok… The official signals for the bell and out match is underway with Layla and Natalya kicking things off for their teams.

Layla taunts Natalya right off the bat, but Nattie keeps her eyes on the prize and takes her to the mat with a headlock takeover. Layla manages to reverse the hold, but gets another headlock for trouble. After some quick chain wrestling and a nearfall from Nattie, she shoots Layla off the ropes, who attempts her Infinity pinning combination. Unfortunately for Layla, Natalya reverses the pin for another nearfall.

Nattie quickly goes for the Sharpshooter, but Layla fights out and kicks her towards and screeching AJ. Nattie takes a swing at the champ and that’s all Layla needs to turn her match in her favor. Layla pummels Nattie in the cornr wih strikes, prompting the referee to intervene. With the official’s back turned, AJ nails Natalya with a spinning kick to the back of the head.

With the advantage in their favor, Team Lay-J goes on the attack, singling out Natalya. Layla makes the tag to AJ, and chokes Natalya out, while AJ nails her with kicks to the midsection, before lockin in a rear naked chokehold. Nattie tries to power her way to her corner, but AJ takes her down with a handful of hair, levels Kaitlyn with a forearm and goes right back to choking Natalya.

After a bit of struggling, Nattie manages to pry off of her back and makes the hot tag to Kaitlyn, who comes in on fire. Kaitlyn goes on the attack with a flurry of strikes, followed by a backbreaker for two count an AJ. AJ tries to mount a comeback, but gets wrecked by a gutbuster from Kaitlyn, for another nearfall, due to interference from Layla. Nattie tries to attack Layla, but the referee stops her and semds her back to her corner. Using the distraction to their advantage, Layla and AJ double-team Kaitlyn with a kick to the knee(Layla)/Shining Wizard (AJ) combo to pick up the win.

Thoughts: Not a bad match by any means and a great way for the Divas who are involved at SummerSlam to gain some momentum going into their matches this Sunday. That said, there is one thing that just doesn’t fit in here and her name is Layla.

I was going that turning Layla heel and teaming her up with AJ would revitalize her character, but WWE dropped the ball (as expected) and turned her without giving any reason as to why she turned on Kaitlyn (Perhaps Kaitlyn ruined all her favorite outfits with tear stains?). And with AJ and Kaitlyn deep within their own storyline with Dolph and Big E., Layla is often seen as an afterthought.

Hopefully after SummerSlam, the AJ/Kaitlyn rivalry will come to a close and we’ll get to see Team Lay-J act like more of a team. I really think this pairing has a lot of potential if done right, but as of right now, it seems to be dead in the water.

Well that’s it for this week! Enjoy SummerSlam weekend and our TWO Divas matches. (THANKS TOTAL DIVAS!) Until next week!

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  • kewlkatz

    Well that was boring wasn’t it? Layla needs to stop with the idiotic dancing and buttbumps – her character is basically identical to her face persona, and that was awful in the first place.

    • Matty Ryan

      Layla is awful period.

    • FOXY & FLAWLESS

      It’s like she’s still stuck in the LayCool era and it’s starting to get annoying. I like Layla, but AJ is not Michelle and AJ is making it pretty clear since she partially ignores Layla the entire time. They don’t make a good tag team at all. Layla tried jumping on AJ (once again like she was Michelle) after the match and AJ’s just like ‘Lawl, get tf off me woman’ …Layla needs to tone it down because while reviving the “Flawless” thing was all cute at first, she needs to become a more serious heel because that’s obviously what AJ is trying to be and Layla’s kind of cramping her style. For any of this to make sense Layla needs to turn on AJ or else this will forever be one of the most awkward Diva tandems ever.

  • wwestarlee

    I love Layla and Nattie and kaitlyn is growing on me

  • OH SNAP!

    I expected much more since these are the top 4 divas in the wwe…Ring Skills Wise. It wasnt bad but it was slow. Like it didn’t get off first gear. And Kaitlyn’s pop was big. I know some was fake but wwe don’t make them that loud. Crowd is finally getting behind her more. Exciting! Also at summerslam I hope the divas get they own entrances and not come out with the guys.

  • jen07201

    Why didn’t Natalya try to break up the pin?

  • Aaron Evans

    Has anybody else thought that they may scrap the divas match again? Or let them walk down during a promo for one of the main events & then cancel the match there? Screw the over for more viewing material on Total Divas?
    I sure hope not but having 2 Divas matches on a PPV is just weird. Awesome, but weird.

    • shamaramill

      I thought about this as well, however, after thinking very hard about this, I doubt it will happen again. Seeing as Total Divas is such a big hit, I don’t believe they will scrap a Total Divas match . After all the advertising (On E!, Larry King and many other popular shows) they put into the match it’s highly unlikely that it will get scrapped. If a match were to get cut it would probably be the mixed tag match. And I highly doubt they would screw over Dolph like that. These are just my thoughts though.

      • Angelica Marie MoNae

        I agree with you plus its going to look obvious it was scripted that way if the match is canceled again.

  • AWESOMENICK

    I almost never criticize Layla but she needs to become more of a heel. I get that she wants attention and doing butt bumps gets it from the crowd but she seriously needs to be more of a heel. We’ve seen her as a funny heel during Laycool and now she’s trying to bring that back but I don’t think it will work unless Michelle returns. She needs to have a serious heel gimmick to make fans truly hate her. I’m hoping for a betrayal from Layla to AJ at summerslam if she is in their corner. But all aside, I was expecting more from this match and everyone could do better. That said, see you all at Summerslam and Total Divas :D

  • Brandon

    Good match, but with these Fourier expected more. One thing that bothered me was layla dancing and doing the butt bump? -_- honestly, it seems like she hasn’t turned t all

  • JoeWWE

    Oooooohhhhhh I thought Layla turning heel meant we were going to see the end to that dancing but its still there! I don’t think any credible Diva has ever danced in a match because it just doesn’t work!

    • Angelica Marie MoNae

      Naomi dances in her matches as does cameron and it works for them.

  • DONTGETSTUNG

    so this might be off topic but the wwe didnt reveal any divas for wwe 2k14 roster. for me divas is all i play as and if there are no divas in the game then i aint giving my money to them.

    • Kaitlyn.Lover<3

      lol There will be Divas of course! Today they only revealed the characters that are part of the “30 Years of Wrestlemania” Campaign Mode! The entire roster will be revealed later! ;)

      • I dig CrayJ

        But this means no Molly Holly vs Victoria :(

      • DONTGETSTUNG

        your right i freaked out because they usually announce the entire roster at summerslam axxess so i was just wondering why they didnt announce any divas

        • Will Henderson

          i think it’s either due to 2k wanting to make more money on DLCs and have the current roster even all the divas be DLC or 2k is a different company than THQ all together so they do reveals closer to release date. but since 2K has a bigger sports game presents then THQ, most likely they rather do DLC with up to date stars then have then added pre-gimmick change or tweak.

    • JoeWWE

      From what I’ve seen they only revealed the roster for which will be involved in the “30 years of Wrestlemania” mode and they’ve only revealed 42 wrestlers and the game usually has 60+ so the divas will be revealed later on with the rest of the roster I’m guessing :)

      • DONTGETSTUNG

        i hope your right cuz i was watching the live stream and i freaked out when they didnt announce any divas lol

      • xFoxylicious

        I hope it gets revealed tomorrow, I just can’t wait to see the divas roster!

    • Jared Ds

      There will be divas in the game, we just don’t know whether there’ll be wrestlemania divas!

      • Kaitlyn.Lover<3

        No, there will be no “wrestlemania” divas, they revealed every person today :(

        • Jared Ds

          But From What I Read On The Forums, It Seems Like That’s Not All, One Guy That Was A Playtester Said That There Are Some People Who Weren’t Revealed.

          • Kaitlyn.Lover<3

            Well maybe they got cut. Or maybe they will be DLC.

          • Jared Ds

            True

          • DONTGETSTUNG

            i dont want them to be DLC cause thats disrespectful for the divas to not be included in the main roster.

        • xFoxylicious

          I was actually expecting at least Miss Elizabeth with MM. :/

      • DONTGETSTUNG

        hopefully there is beacuse why is stephanie included in the game if shes not ganna be a playable character. she could be a manager but thats stupid. hopefully we get some “wrestlemania divas” because they had some pretty great matches at wrestlemania in the past

        • Jared Ds

          Well In Due Time We’ll See Just Hope There Are Because That Seems Unfair, However During The Stream Damien Sandow Was Acting As If He’s In The 30 Years Of Wrestlemaina Mode. Could We Be Seeing The Cut Mixed Tag Match?

          • DONTGETSTUNG

            dont even remind me that day lol. it would be cool to see how they deal with that moment. even though we saw the divas reaction but we never saw the guys reaction when they found out that there match was getting cut.

          • Kaitlyn.Lover<3

            LOOL Seriously? Of course thei will NOT do that! They´re just putting the most important matches in the history of Wrestlemania. They will not put a match that did not even happened!!

          • DONTGETSTUNG

            true!

          • Jared Ds

            Looool We Can Always Dream, I Just Really Want The Funks In The Game, I Especially Want To See How The Rear View Looks In It.

          • xFoxylicious

            I hope they do have the rear view! I think it would look awesome!

          • Jared Ds

            Yes!Yes!Yes!

        • Angelica Marie MoNae

          Maybe there will be more elements to the game than just the wrestling is why steph is in the game. It would be nice if we could finally make our universe realistic to the actual wwe.

      • Kaitlyn.Lover<3

        I would like to see Chyna and Ivory being part of the Wrestlemania roster :D

        • Jared Ds

          I Would Love Chyna And Ivory’s Wrestlemania Match To Be In However Due To Chyna’s Porno Appearances It’s Highly Unlikely. Seen As The Game Is Targeted To A Pg Audience Now

  • Izzy4lw

    So a few things I noticed here:

    I absolutely adore Natalya, and I’m often baffled why she isn’t already a 2x Divas champion, but in this match something seemed off; I’m not sure if it was Layla or her but that chain wrestling/ those transitions were sloppy. I’m really hoping she hasn’t “checked out” as it were, but she doesn’t seem to have that same fire in the ring she used to have.

    Layla has been a heel for far too long for her to be having issues slipping into a heel role. It’s almost like she’s the exact same person, just decided that AJ was cooler than Kaitlyn tbh. If she wants to get over, I agree with Awesomenick: she needs to separate herself from her Laycool persona and become a more serious heel.

    I love AJ, and have defended her on here multiple times. But homegirl’s submissions are begging to drive me insane, especially in a match like this. She came in, put Nattie in a sleeperhold, and just held it there for an entire minute before Nattie made the hot tag and she got beat up by Kaitlyn. AJ needs to actually develop a powerful heel move set and use it, because her in-ring work makes her not really seem to be a threat when you know she’ll get in and use a sleeperhold forever, get beat up, then transition into a Black Widow for the win. I’ve never heard of an underdog heel :|

    And Kaitlyn is stronger than I thought she was. With her losing yesterday, I wonder if this means that by WWE logic that Aj has the momentum going into SS (even though Kaitlyn has speared AJ like 5641615654 times) so Kaitlyn will win this coming Sunday? I think she might, because if the WWE wants this feud to keep going, Kaitlyn NEEDS to get a win at a PPV, because if she takes the pin she’ll have lost cleanly to AJ 4 times when it mattered/ in a “big” match, destroying any credibility she has to the #1 contendership.

    Also, I think this may be the first time I can remember that the powerhouse Divas (Nattie and Kaitlyn) are the top faces and the tiny, almost underdog-like girls are the top heels. It’s weird to see xD overall, not the worst match ever, but we all know these girls can do better. Hopefully SS is awesome!

    • Kaitlyn.Lover<3

      I agree with everything that you said!

    • Angelica Marie MoNae

      I agree with everything you said. Aj needs to be able to incorporate her speed and flexibility in her moveset. Im glad they are adding the shining wizard back to her moveset. Hopefully they will be able to incorporate other more physical moves into her moveset.

      Layla unfortunately looked like someone else already said “the same character but she thought aj was cooler so she switched sides”

      The only matches I have seen natalya look a little sloppy are her recent ones with layla and on raw where she made aj tap 2x. I think she is 100% on point every other match though.

      And for kaitlyn I agree if the feud is going to continue she needs to win at summerslam and she needs to win the titleback the next time she goes for it.

      • Izzy4lw

        definitely. AJ is incredibly fast and agile and she needs to use it as a heel! I think wwe tries to slow their heels down and make them less flashy, but AJ needs something to actually use in her matches. When she’s in control it’s all submissions, which irks me because it’s like the WWE run Gail never had back when she was the ‘submission specialist’. AJ is ‘crazy’ so add the physicality!

        Natalya I agree with to an extent; even when she’s ‘off’ she is still the best wrestler on the divas roster, I am just seeing a bit less hunger. When she debuted she came in like a house of fire, and now she’s reduced to just being the technical one. Part of this could be WWE not wanting Natalya to overshadow Kaitlyn since they’re pushing Kaitlyn as this uber powerful diva, but maybe in the process they’ve told Nattie to play down her strength? I haven’t seen the stalling suplex, double underhook suplex, belly to back suplex, wheelbarrow suplex, Powerslam, and we barely see the michinoku driver anymore. I take nothing away from her, of the two televised shows (WWE and TNA) I would say the only person who matches her in sheer technicalities is Gail. I just wish I’d see that same hunger as when she first got here, because I’d hate to think she’s given up trying to rise through the ranks and has resigned herself as the Gail in that she isn’t a complete jobber, but will always be used to put over the top heel/face of the company to make them look credible.

        • Angelica Marie MoNae

          You know what you said about wwe telling natalya to down play her strength so she doesnt overshadow kaitlyn makes alot of sense. Since they are pushing kaitlyn as oneof the sstrongest divas of all time and we know how wwe loves giving divas restrictions. I really hope if natalya is aj’s next challenger they do not keep the same restrictions on her.

  • Kaitlyn.Lover<3

    Gosh I was so desapointed with this match, I was expecting much more from this girls! :/
    Layla keeping her dancing thing is ridiculous and embarrassing to watch, AJ offense is really boring and Kaitlyn´s offense is already getting a bit repetitive!
    But I´m still very excited for SummerSlam, can´t wait :)

    • xFoxylicious

      I agree with everything. I like AJ’s sleeperhold but it needs to go too.

    • Angelica Marie MoNae

      Honestly the wwe is to blame for that. Everyone does the same exact moves every single matchm its like they are afraid to let the divas do anything new unless its for a ppv so it will be “shocking” when they should be letting them do whatever moves they want to do so they can keep these matches fresh. Even if its 2 divas we havent seen together still use the same moves on everyone else so none of the matches are really ever fresh to me because of that. Literally I used to watch kelly so much that I knew when she was going to do every single move they had in her moveset.

      • Kaitlyn.Lover<3

        ^TRUE!

      • xFoxylicious

        This^

  • BorisG

    Layla must act like a real heel! After SummerSlam, I want to see Kaitlyn/AJ feud finishes, and we can focus more on Layla and Natalya.

  • Jared Ds

    Layla If I Ever See You Do The Drunk Auntie Shimmy Or The Booty Bump, Be Prepared From Me To Direct You To Naomi For A Rear View. That Will Make Me #LOL.

    • Angelica Marie MoNae

      I loved the match they were in together where layla butt bumped naomi then she gave lay the rear view ##LOL. It was a total anything you can do I can do better moment lmao.

      • Jared Ds

        Loool I Know It Showed Us The Difference Between A Donk And A DONK!

        • Angelica Marie MoNae

          Exactly!

          • Jared Ds

            Church!

  • wwestarlee

    lol i love Layla but i remember when she was with laycool she was funny but also serious and that’s what she needs now, if Michelle was around she’d probably big boot lay for dancing like that

  • Irish_fan

    It was an ok match, it could have been a bit better but I’m still excited for Summerslam. Layla needs to stop the dancing,I think she is forgetting that she’s a heel and the way she celebrated at the end was funny XD.

  • I dig CrayJ

    I hope Aj quits the sleeper hold and add to her moveset more neckbreakers and even tho it’s a babyface move a hurricanrana once in a while wouldn’t hurt!
    Also I hope Layla turns on Aj soon cutting their reign as allies short because I’m not feeling it,and maybe some time later the ChickBusters reunite and next year Kaitlyn is the one to turn heel setting up Kaitlyn vs AJ 2.0

    • Angelica Marie MoNae

      Lita used the hurricanrana as a heel they should let aj too. Unfortunately wwe doesnt seem to want their heel divas doing anything but submissions, even tamina who should be using almost all power/lifting moves does submissions 90% of the time,her only nnon submissions moves is the samoan drop and the supa fly splash.

      • I dig CrayJ

        I recall seeing AJ using the hurricanrana on FCW while she was a heel as well!Who knows, we may see her use the Litacanrana!

    • Aaron White

      I would like to see a chickbuster reunion but Kaitlyn turning Heel I seriously hope don’t happen.

  • drunkendramaqueen

    I don’t think it was a particularly strong showing for all four, to be honest.

  • Jtiera

    Loved the shining wizard I think we will see more aj layla interaction after summerslam.

  • shamaramill

    The match was alright. Natalya and Layla are looking really sloppy lately. Also, all the divas are having a VERY watered down moveset lately. Hopefully Summerslam is great because this weeks RAW ad Smackdown have not made excited for Summerslam in terms of the divas.

    • BorisG

      I hope matches will be good.

  • http://thebomb.com/ OH HELL NAWL!!

    LAYLA NEEDS HER OLD THEME BACK!ok now that I got that out, imma also need for layla to start doing her runway walk down the ramp and stop dancing. That is all.

    • Christopher Bello

      IM A NASTY GIRL LOOKIN FOH MAH NASTEH BOYEH OWWW! Loved Bitch Layla haha

  • xFoxylicious

    I liked the match, it wasn’t a great, but I liked it. It felt slow at times but maybe that’s just me. I don’t know. Layla has got to stop doing the butt bump thing. x.x I don’t mind her theme.

    • BorisG

      Well she needs to change her theme.

      • xFoxylicious

        Yes, yes she does. I want a new theme OR Nasty Girl but on instrumental.

    • Kaitlyn.Lover<3

      No, it was not you, it was really slow, specially because AJ kept that sleeper hold for god knows how long!

  • Xaavii Mt

    off topic hudson envy have a try-out for wwe

    Hudson Envy: This woman has demonstrated that it is unstoppable and that there destroys who it puts in his way. Candice LeRae, Winter and MsChif, between others, have proved his power on the ring.

    • Matty Ryan

      If they sign her I could see her with Paige or Corey Graves.

      She gives me Buggy Nova vibes.

      *Sigh* Buggy Nova, never even got a chance.

      • BorisG

        Right. Neither did Anya.

        • Matty Ryan

          Don’t even get me started on Anya!

  • Jared Ds

    Off Topic, When Is The Nattie And Maria vs Brie And Eva Marie Match At Axxess

    • xFoxylicious

      I think it’s tomorrow, but i’m not sure. Maybe it already happened today.

      • Jared Ds

        OK Thanks!

        • xFoxylicious

          You’re welcome. :)

    • Matty Ryan

      I think it’s today seeing as how Brie vs Nattie is tomorrow.

      • Jared Ds

        Ok Thanks As Well!

  • xFoxylicious

    Layla better be at ringside during the mixed tag match. -.- Because her heel turn is going the Melina route. This is only the second (I think) time she’s been on TV as a heel and everytime AJ performs she’s not there with her. Kinda…dumb? in my opinion they make Layla say she wants all the attention yet she’s barely doing anything..I hope it does not end up like Melina’s last turn.

    • Angelica Marie MoNae

      I think its her third heel run. She was a heel in ecw when her and brooke turned on kelly. Then laycool (im not sure if she was ever a face between ecw and laycool though) and then now.

      • Kaitlyn.Lover<3

        This is her second! There was no face turn before laycool!

        • Angelica Marie MoNae

          Ah ok, it was just 2 different types of heel she played.

        • BorisG

          She had a mini face turn. Watch her match against Eve on Superstars, she lost and then they shook hands.

      • xFoxylicious

        Extreme Expose were heels. Kelly then turned face. Brooke got released shortly then and Layla was with The Miz. So she never was a face before Lay-Cool.

        • BorisG

          Extreme Expose were faces. Then, Layla and Brooke got an eye on The Miz and Kelly rejected him. That’s how they turned heel on Kelly.

          • xFoxylicious

            Oh, okay. I wasn’t really following them but I always thought they were heels. Thanks!

          • BorisG

            Yup. Kelly was always face, just like Ashley, Maria, Christy, Tiffany…

          • xFoxylicious

            Sadly..I always wanted her to turn heel..

          • BorisG

            She could have been good heel, when she attacked Beth few times.

          • xFoxylicious

            On the “Who attacked Kaitlyn?” storyline, I really wanted it to be Kelly. She wasn’t seen in months so it could’ve been a good return. That’s when she got released and my dreams were flushed down the toilet.

          • BorisG

            But, it didn’t turn that much for Aksana. She was revelaed and she wasn’t even punished or something. She just had couple of tag matches with Eva and that’s it. It didn’t turn out as we thought, so Kelly would fail there too.

        • Angelica Marie MoNae

          I couldnt remember lol but yeah I still consider it 2 different runs due to the different characters she played for each.

      • OJ Von Erich

        She was heel in Extreme Expose, then face briefly on RAW during her run with Jamie Noble, then turned heel on him with Regal & stayed heel until her match with Michelle & return. This marks her 3rd heel run! :)

  • wwestarlee

    remember when gail kim said that wwe officials asked the divas to be more girly i wonder if that’s still true and of yeah this was a off topic question

    • xFoxylicious

      They did? LOL Wtf.

      • Kaitlyn.Lover<3

        Yep they do xD

      • Ittyx

        yeah from what I heard they weren’t allowed to punch and kick and were encouraged to pull hair and scratch. Thats how Gail turned asian I think

        • xFoxylicious

          That has to be one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard. Were they thinking with their asses? Lord.

        • BorisG

          Maryse and Kelly only followed the rules. xD

      • wwestarlee

        lol yeah that’s what she said which was one of they reason for gail leaving sounds sexist right??

        • xFoxylicious

          It really does.

    • Black Widow

      not to mention, according to some reports they are not allowed to have more than five moves in their moveset… :(

      • wwestarlee

        what!!! thats crazy, but it seems true wwe and the insane rules

        • Black Widow

          I heard that the higher up actually afraid that the Divas will outshine the superstars… Melina and McCool once had anger the higher ups when they produce a hard hitting match in of the PPV ( I couldn’t remember which one). Jericho saved the day when he back the girls up and told the management that it is “the superstars who need to step up in their games”

          • wwestarlee

            yeah i heard the same thing don’t remember from where though, pretty sure it was from a michelle mccool interview. like wwe needs to just let the girls wrestle if they guys cant keep up then that’s their problem

          • Black Widow

            agree… like, this so sexist, right!

          • wwestarlee

            i know it sucks, when i heard gail say they “water down the divas moves” i was pissed someone like gail and the other talented divas shouldnt have their moves watered down

          • Black Widow

            exactly!!! Glad that Gail have moved to TNA though and produce some of the best match of the year as answer to WWE!

          • wwestarlee

            yeah like tbh i was so upset when i heard she was leaving but happen she went back to TNA to do what she what shes so good at, which is wrestle and beat up KO’s lol

          • Black Widow

            hahaha! So true!