SmackDown Redux (January 3rd, 2014): Nikki Evens the Score

Welcome one and all to the first SmackDown Redux of the new year! Kicking off 2014 for the Divas on the blue brand, Aksana squares off against Nikki Bella, after picking up an upset victory over Nikki in a tag match this past Monday on Raw. Can the Lithuanian pick up another win over Nikki or will the Total Diva secure her spot “on top of the world”? Check out the match below:

We kick off the match with Aksana already in the ring. Nikki is out next and our match is quickly underway. The ladies lock up and Nikki powers Aksana into the ropes, prompting a break. Aksana takes her eyes off of Nikki to taunt, and gets blasted with a forearm to the face. Nikki launches into a flurry of offense, ending with a vertical suplex for a two count.

Aksana rolls out of the ring for a breather, and Nikki pursues, but gets get arm smashed into the ringpost for her trouble. Aksana quickly goes to work on the injured arm, before powering Nikki down to the canvas with a sidewalk slam. As Nikki nurses her injury, Aksana slithered around the ring and nails her with a kick to that injured arm for a one count.

Without missing a beat, Aksana slaps a key lock on Nikki’s injured arm, doing some damage, before is able to fight out and get some offense in for another nearfall.

Aksana tries to mount a comeback by whipping Nikki into the corner, but Nikki evades and hits her torture rack backbreaker to pick up the win.

Thoughts: While it did absolutely nothing to advance any storylines or establish any new ones, I really enjoyed this match. Nikki and Aksana had some good chemistry, which I wasn’t expecting at all. Very good match from both Divas.

While I don’t mind a good exhibition match, I’d much rather WWE relegate those matches to Superstars and Main Event and save the main shows for progressing the storylines. Let’s hope we get some momentum going in the Divas title picture in this coming week on the main shows.

Well, that’s all for this week! Until next time!

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  • shameronstar

    The general consensus is that the match was much better than people expected. I think it also shows that all the divas really have improved in the past year and I really am proud of the divas for that!

    • http://www.facebook.com/mykel1990 Mykel Cesare

      Right? I hate that the Divas always get their matches trashed when they’ve been doing so well this past year!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mykel1990 Mykel Cesare

    I thought they put on a very solid match! I love me some Aksana, she has a lot of charisma, I hope she’ll step it up in the ring this year.

  • Francisco

    I loved the detail of Nikki asking the ref to raise her other arm. I feel like that was a nice touch and nice selling by her. I liked the match overall they had a nice surprising chemistry just like Aksana has with Brie… I can’t wait to see more of Aksana. I would want to see her in a PPV type of match 10 mins long, just to see how she would do… I think we would see a side from Aksana we haven’t seen!

  • jen07201

    Technically, Aksana got revenge since Nikki’s win over Aksana was taped on Sunday, whereas Aksana’s win over Nikki occurred on Monday on Raw.

    • FOXY & FLAWLESS

      Damn you put a lot of thought in on that. Just messing…

  • Snap!…?

    Good…nothing memorable but good… i liked seeing Nikki by herself..felt fresh. hopefully brie joins the Wyatts so Nikki can be by herself like brie was during the summer.

    • CrazyGirlAJ (#ChickBusters)

      Hopefully Brie join the wyatts and become Sister Abigal and then have her and Nikki feud but…I want Nikki as the heel and Brie as the face.

  • Thurman powers

    Aksana was really clubbing Nikki lol

    She’s getting better at controlling matches, I liked how she used the steel pole as a weapon. She’s becoming a great heel.

    Speaking of heel why was Nikki trash talking Aksana…I wanted to whisper to her like you do know you’re a face right lol.

    Good match though. And her torture breaker would look better if she sat out with it. That way her opponent won’t have to fall on her ankles which can hurt both participants.

    I enjoyed this match 5/5.

    • shameronstar

      I like how she’s a “mean” face! Gives her an attitude era feel to her:P

    • BorisG

      Nikki is tweener lol. Heelish but sometimes trying to be face.

    • Jak

      It’ll stop her from being too much of a goody goody, so if anything that’ll be a good thing.

    • SomebodyCallMyDaddy

      About the part where Nikki was trash talking aksana , it’s makes her charecter stand out more instead of being an all smiles face that plays nice all the time . Yeah she’s a face but she’ll be a bitch when she needs to

  • CrazyGirlAJ (#ChickBusters)

    Excellent match.Both girls played their roles great especially Aksana. Aksana plays a great heel and I like how WWE is starting to make her look strong in matches now.Although I wanted Aksana to win with the Divo Drop it was still a fresh bout.Now that Aksana works the arm for her Arm Lock DDT makes it more believable.
    I give the match a 10/10.Wish it was longer though.Great work ladies!

  • Brandon

    Nothing memorable, but nothing bad. I’m seriously glad nikki figured out that the face buster is weak and lame. I love her torture rack finisher. Hopefully we get a direction. Although, like I’ve said before, aj will likely defend her belt before she possibly breaks the record.

    • BorisG

      That makes Bella more different since they are trying to be both individuals for themselves. They have different attires and now different finishers.

  • Brandon

    One thing that bothered me was how they were making this seem like nikki absolutely wanted/needed retribution for losing one time lol.

    • CrazyGirlAJ (#ChickBusters)

      Probably building up a feud.

  • Monkey Tennis

    Well, that was four mehnites of nothing. But to be fair, my hopes weren’t high, so on that basis, it met expectations.

    All being well and good, this was just post Christmas/New Year filler and we’ll hopefully see a decent (not in any way Total Divas related) feud kicking off on RAW this week.

  • The Review Fox

    I enjoyed this match!

    I’ve become a fan of Aksana’s I loved her working over Nikki’s arm on the metal ring post. Vicious little thing… loving her! :)

    I don’t know what to say about Ms. Bella. I wish I enjoyed her or her sister, it would make my wrestling viewership easier. *shrugs*

    I do like that she’s using power moves. Like the audience seeing that female wrestlers can balance strength with femininity.

  • AdrianRay

    A fun, well worked match.

  • BorisG

    Loved the match, Aksana wasn’t built as a joke, she was treat. I still hope she will get her push because this loss is just for Nikki to get revenge on Aksana.

  • AWESOMENICK

    Good match from both. Nikki has one of the best finishers in the division right now. I’m obsessed. Aksana is continuing to impress me every time she competes :)

  • Username

    Maybe everything that’s happened since TLC was done to set up a 6 pack challenge at Royal Rumble. Nikki vs Brie vs Natalya vs Aksana vs Tamina vs AJ. I’m sure it’s not, and these past few weeks have just been random nonsense as most of the WWE has been. But that is a direction that they can go in which could be a far more interesting thing than another generic singles match for the title.

    • BorisG

      I would love 6 Divas in Elimination Chamber and at RR first Diva rumble.

  • JoeWWE

    Shorts and pretty great, both girls showed some great chemistry, and I think we’re in for a push involving one of these two pretty soon.

  • POISON_IVY

    Thia match was meh but I like Nikki Bellas new finisher.

    • Monkey Tennis

      In principle, it should be a decent finisher. The problem is that it looks less like an actual torture rack and more like a delicate balancing act whenever Nikki has anyone on her shoulders. And the release/drop is a little iffy too.

      But yeah, at least it’s a step up from her even less convincing face-buster.

  • savnguyen

    Im happy for Aksana, cant remember the last time she had a singles match on a main wwe show

  • wwepassion

    Good match, Like Nikki’s new finisher make her look more serious in the ring.Like how the crowd got behind Nikki in the match. Aksana needs a push in 2014.

    • NBDxHollywood

      For some odd reason i feel like this comment got down voted cuz you said you like Nikki’s argentine backbreaker

      • wwepassion

        That’s exactly why. Typical dramatic Bella haters.

        • NBDxHollywood

          Thats how they are wont give credit when its do but bitch when theyre one the recivin end hypocrites

          • wwepassion

            I know, Bella hate is getting old now.

          • NBDxHollywood

            Its cuz they arent natalya, aj or any diva thats a technical wrestler

          • wwepassion

            They hate on Natalya on this site too, calling her a good wrestler but to boring to be champ. This site is filled with AJ marks. I like aj but not so much to try to put other divas down to make her look better.

          • HOLLA

            Yes I’ve been saying that for a while!! Give credit where credits due!

          • wwepassion

            Exactly.

  • Juan

    I’m giving the divas a chance again and so far I like what I see. Nikki and Aksana impressed me and the match was really good

  • TheMTOmarReviews

    I like how flexible Nikki’s style is, she works both as a fast paced/highflyer type wrestler and a dominant powerhouse at the same time. It’s unique because she could switch her style up at any time depending on her opponent I also like how she hasn’t lost her attitude, it’s what makes her fun to watch so she’s not just another generic happy face. Only nitpick is her coordination can be off sometimes, either because she moves to quick for her opponents or forgets to call spots. Aksana works better as more of a powerhouse with moves like the sidewalk slam and spinebuster, at this rate she’s already a better power wrestler than Tamina maybe she should be AJ’s bodyguard instead. These two have such similar styles they might be able to have a great match some time in the future with better time and a better story.

    • HOLLA

      Well said!!!

    • http://iheartdg.com/ International Problem Dragon

      I’m sure she gets a lot of stretching from John Cena.

  • HOLLA

    I absolutely love Nikki’s style. Her and Aksana worked great together and would love to see a side feud of these two. Love both these woman! ????

  • http://iheartdg.com/ International Problem Dragon

    Is that finisher really called “the Rack Attack?” LOL…that’s a lot of rack there…

    • NBDxHollywood

      she’ll probably debut a second finisher like how Aj has the shinning wizard, shiranui and black widow

      • http://iheartdg.com/ International Problem Dragon

        She’s still got the Bella Buster.

        • NBDxHollywood

          like i mean she stops using it and gets a 2nd new finisher to go along with her argentine bacbreaker

    • redsandman99

      If Nikki really is how she is on Total Divas then there is no absolutely no shock on my end that her finishing move name can be linked to her own boob job.

  • nightofme

    Tired of just matches… It’s like the fans have to create the storyline with what we’re given lol.

    I’m liking Nikki in the ring more and more though.

  • trishlita721

    It doesn’t have to be about the title all the time!! Anyway great showing by both ladies I am loving Nikki’s new move set she should be given the attention instead of brie. And I always enjoy watching aksana she has gotten the clubs to the back down pat. However she needs a new move besides the side suplex