Raw Redux (February 10th, 2014): Cameron Steps Up

How lucky am I to be able to step in for Cryssi and cover last night’s Raw? It wasn’t solid gold by any means, but there were Divas galore. Oh, and some Hall of Fame announcement. I think I heard someone important was announced..

We start the show, as usual, with Stephanie McMahon who, along with Triple H, had the audacity to interrupt Betty White during her intro to Raw. Get that cheap heat!

The ensuing segment featured the usual jockeying for position of the “face of the WWE” with an extra reference to that time Randy Orton forced himself on Stephanie. Stephanie sends them both to Kane‘s empty office… or something.

Our first Divas sighting of the night came in a backstage segment with Betty. The babyface Divas (Brie and Nikki Bella, Eva Marie, Natalya and Cameron) chatted with her about her prank show Off Their Rockers. Vickie Guerrero makes an appearance, welcoming her to Raw “from one cougar to another”:

Our next Divas moment comes in a match between Santino and Fandango. Santino was accompanied by Emma (who did a fine job at doing the Santino speedwalk) and, of course, Summer Rae accompanied her man:

Wait, didn’t Santino just have neck surgery? How is he wrestling? Actually, what was more perplexing was the clean finish of this match. Fandango wins cleanly and there’s no altercation post-match. I guess I shouldn’t get greedy, but if we want to see a Mixed Tag Team match at Elimination Chamber, we’ve gotta get the ball rolling. Make it happen, Corporate Kane!

Next we got to see an interesting video of Brie and Nikki Bella laying down the basic how-tos for setting up the WWE Network:

I kind of see what they were going for here with the flight attendant thing, but it came across really stilted and strange. Don’t get me wrong – it’s better than Michael Cole giving us a rundown like we’re 75 year olds who just bought an iPhone, but eh.. they can do better.

Soon after, we heard the biggest news of the night: Lita‘s going into the WWE Hall of Fame!

While this move seemed inevitable, I’m really excited about it. Lita was easily my favorite Diva during my big wrestling fanatic days, so obviously I feel this is well deserved. It’s no coincidence that the word “trailblazer” or phrase “breaking down barriers” was used numerous times in the video package. Speaking of, that video package gave me chills!

Lana made another appearance in a vignette with Alexander Rusev. She spoke a little bit more this time:

Finally, we’ve got a Six-Divas Tag Team match pitting Cameron, Brie and Nikki Bella against AJ Lee, Aksana and Alicia Fox. Eva Marie and Tamina Snuka are at ringside, for what it’s worth:

This was a pretty standard multi-Diva tag. What was most notable about the match was that Cameron was set up for the big babyface role, getting the win for her team with her new finishing move: Girl Bye! Really, what else could it be named?

It certainly makes me wonder if she’ll be taking Naomi‘s spot in the Divas Title feud. I suppose that all hinges on how long Naomi will be out. I’m not sure if Cameron’s ready for that role yet, but to be honest, with the musical chairs act they’ve been doing with AJ’s challengers, it couldn’t hurt.

Overall, this was a pretty busy week for the Divas. It was a nice, diverse showing and opened up a few possibilities for the immediate future. We’re one Raw away from Elimination Chamber, though, so if any Divas matches are going to go down, they better get moving!

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  • XavierSkyy

    It was pretty mean but #DeportAksana was trending and I couldn’t stop laughing :(

  • Ivory Poison

    The only good thing about the divas was LITA, gosh what are they doing with Emma poor girl. How are we suppose to take her serious.

    & The match mehhh those Bella twins need to go.

    https://24.media.tumblr.com/80c53691d90a07368769582886b06f56/tumblr_n0tbagt6I11rnjfjfo1_r1_400.gif

    • GameChanger

      Ik Brie was like did that really just happen

    • The Review Fox

      It’s even funnier in hi-speed :)

    • JJ? #HoneyCaramelDiva

      At least she hit Aksana. If she missed her entirely then it would be a huge fail.

      It’s just a botch and it happens often. Even in Superstar matches if you watch Botchamania. Just like those, this one will soon be forgotten, except to some people (not saying who, but they know who they are)

      • Brandon WaddleSmitherFlap

        It’s out turn to laugh at a different diva botching. People always make fun of naomi and now brie does it and they say “it happens to everybody”. I’m not referring to you tho lol

    • Rodney Holston

      Yeah that was pretty ugly, but they recovered quickly thank God. I still cringed though.

    • charovnica

      Lita was somewhere out there laughing her ass off “That’s why I AM the HOFer”. If it would’ve been properly executed it would’ve been a nice tribute to her though :D

    • shameronstar

      Oh come now, it happens to the best of us. I mean I can be pretty clumsy myself! It’s was funny tho how Brie blamed her shoes!

    • http://iheartdg.com/ BOMA YE

      Hardy boyz, they are not.

  • charovnica

    I’m officially bored with the division. AJ has fallen now into the “generic heel” cathegory with this booking.

    • Maxine

      And it’s a damn shame, you’d think wwe would keep propelling AJ and build others at the same time but nope!

  • wwepassion

    That pop T.D got backstage! Cameron has stepped it up and has mic skills to go with it. She even got noticed from a hall of famer. GO CAM!

    • charovnica

      It was for Betty mostly though :D

      • wwepassion

        I knew someone was gonna say that. It was not mostly first her because they have already seen her when she opened the show. That was for total divas girl bye.

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        • charovnica

          Um…saying “girl bye” is the lamest comeback ever. Also nice way to just shut down any different opinion than yours.

          • wwepassion

            I was responding in a positive way why so sensitive? Ugh you kids on this site are to much.

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          • charovnica

            LOL okay. I’m the kid yet you’re the one pulling “girl bye”s left and right :D I’m not gonna continue to spam the topic though,so have a nice day/night.

          • wwepassion

            This is my first time saying girl bye and I said because Cameron being the focus so again Girl bye. Don’t start something you can’t defend.

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          • wwepassion

            This was my first time saying it and I said it because the focus is on Cameron so again girl bye. Don’t start something you can’t defend.

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          • wwepassion

            This is my first time saying it because the focus was on Cameron. So again girl bye. Don’t start something you can’t defend.

          • wwepassion

            This is my first time saying girl bye and I said because Cameron being the focus so again Girl bye. Don’t start something you can’t defend.

    • Rodney Holston

      What Hall of Famer??

      • wwepassion

        Jake the snake.

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  • Fame Whore

    That ‘Gurl bye” was PERFECTION!!!! And well deserved *Sly smile*

  • PopOff

    I love Cameron’s improvement c: I like how everytime she gets in the ring, you can see improvements and last night proved it

  • Fame Whore

    I’m really not understanding the random matches they keep putting on every week. Things are just getting sooooo stale & boring. No one has a character & there’s no reason for the audience to care. The match was good, sloppy at parts, but I liked the pace & it served it’s purpose. I’d rather in ring segments, backstage segments & more promo & character focus.

    • redsandman99

      They really do need to start playing at least some of those app segments on the air. I feel like the other divas at least get some resemblance of character across on them when they do get to speak and stuff. Any little bit would help quite frankly.

  • Numero47

    Truth be told, the announcement of Lita being inducted to the HOF pretty much overshadowed any actually Diva’s Action from this week.

    The match was messy to say the least. My only question is, with Naomi having to suddenly step out, does this mean that Cameron will take her place in the hunt for the Divas Title?

    For storyline purposes, I think this would be the right time to just had Tamina turn on AJ already

  • James the supreme witch

    So happy for lita she really deserves this can’t wait to see her at the HOF hopefully Trish will induct her ! I was kind of disappointed when Steph inducted Trish just because of the history between Trish and Lita.

    WHY WWE why pair Emma with santino of all people … Sorry he just annoys me so much

    Finally Cameron’s finisher was executed to perfection. However I don’t know if she is ready for a championship match. I really think the Divas need a good storyline to salvage whatever credibility they built up during last year. The only storyline I could see happening at the moment is Bella vs Bella. But I think that would only be good if it was for the title

  • GameChanger

    I am beyond so Proud of Cameron words can’t even explain yes there were a couple 0f messy situations in that match however the one with cameron and alica was weird cause alicia thought cameron was going for a clothesline but really cameron was going for a face buster. But Anyways THAT DDT was to die for. I really want Cameron to just stay on this path i mean look at her improvement for one her ring awareness is better she triped alicia onto the rope. Love her personality and i think of all the divas after Natayla cameron seems to really be able to move the crowd. Im gonna ride with this girl till the very end.

  • Fame Whore

    So last time Eva was on TV she was arguing with her cast mates, And now she’s caring, supporting & is friendly with them. #WWEContinuity

    • JJ? #HoneyCaramelDiva

      DEAD! I know right? I really wanted something interesting to happen with that, but yet again, WWE Creative is as blind as bats.

      • Fame Whore

        CHURCH!!!!

    • shameronstar

      They made up behind the scenes?

      • Fame Whore

        That Betty White Magic sure is strong then

    • Brandon WaddleSmitherFlap

      I was confused. Plus I didn’t notice her until cameron came in the ring lol

  • redsandman99

    The first time Cameron gets to debut her finisher on a main show and she gets praised by a legend. Nice little note for her and a nice touch in terms of her getting revenge for Naomi.

    • KatyaMenelli

      waitm which legend?

      • redsandman99

        Jake Roberts. He complimented her on her DDT.

  • Rodney Holston

    I thought Cameron looked good out there, but I always get so nervous when she gets in the ring. I’m always rooting for an underdog and I know a lot of people write her off as the less talented dancing girl who sometimes wrestles lol but I think she is really coming into her own and getting better. I just hate how lost the WWE gets when an injury happens, especially in the Divas division. But that shouldn’t surprise me anymore, they barely have a plan A for the girls so it makes sense theres no plan B either.

  • Jen7201

    Looks like Cameron might be getting a title shot listen from 48:20 forward they were there live watching Raw http://youtu.be/wTFgg8V8PTg

  • JJ? #HoneyCaramelDiva

    First of all, Eva Marie was actually cheering, and I could hear her. O_O

    I’ll say not the best match, but it was a learning process since Cameron was there without Naomi. That DDT was done with perfection, but I SOOOO wished that it was the Mickie DDT that she did last time.

    Nikki actually did pretty good. Not great, but she really handled it well against AJ, though I liked her performance in Smackdown better.

    Brie……that botch was definitely funny, but at least she connected. Just barely.

    Alicia..what more can I say? She is always fabulous, and this match was no different.

    • http://iheartdg.com/ BOMA YE

      I’m glad Eva Marie didn’t botch during her cheering session.

    • Kaledrina

      alicia is amazing at selling. the downside to that is she’s so good at it, she actually looks best when she gets her butt kicked and that’s why it’s her default role? i really want another title reign for her asap.

  • drunkendramaqueen

    I think Cameron’s ring work gets a free pass most of the time due to the fact her personality appeals to the kind of people that borrow their lingo from the Bad Girls Club. That said, this was one of her better showings. I’d give credit to Alicia and Aksana for that, too.

    Betty White is the gay shorthand for joy!

  • jabril

    I’m happy for Cameron. I would like for her to get an opportunity to take on AJ for the title. She has shown great improvement and shes growing into her own. Im starting to like Cameron a lot. There are lots of possibilities for the divas and their road to wrestlemania. Great showing.

  • Brandon WaddleSmitherFlap

    Pretty good raw for divas. The match was sloppy but not in a horrible way. I guess naomi will be getting replaced by cameron for a bit which isn’t a bad idea. I’d like to see cameron get her first tile match (obviously not win) and show us what she can possibly do.

    • Kaledrina

      agree with you on Cameron! now is her time to prove herself! just like when Angelina got deported in tna, madison got her big break. definitely go big or go home time for Cameron :-). hopefully naomi isn’t out for too long – they can have double team beatdowns on Cameron from aj and tamina, with naomi making her big return and taking the title!

      I think a big part of eva’s issue in-ring is nerves (she seemed rather decent in that leaked video of her training) so as much as her being ringside was pointless, in a way it gets her more used to the crowds and that can’t be a bad thing :)

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    • jbrizzy

      OOOP, Poor Dat

    • NBDxHollywood

      You clearly see she stepped too early lol

    • Brandon WaddleSmitherFlap

      Right into aksanas….lol

      • Kaledrina

        I’m just pleased brie didn’t smash her face into aksana’s knee causing another injury. Woulda been funny in an awful aksana-is-the-angel-of-death way

    • KatyaMenelli

      I love how Aksana still tried to sell it like it was meant to hit her in the…you know Lol

  • Mariah_Scarey

    ‘Twas a mess

  • Mariah_Scarey

    That Bella gif is going to be around for a while……LMAO

    • JJ? #HoneyCaramelDiva

      Oh we know…..and that’s why I referred to you on that former post.

  • WWEve

    3 things:
    1. Why is Eva Marie with the TD cast? I thought she was heel…
    2. Still extremely excited Lita is going to the HOF!!
    3. Is Caomi going to break-up? It seems like that to me with Cameron taking Naomi’s No. 1 contender spot.

    • JJ? #HoneyCaramelDiva

      Eva Marie never had a heel turn actually.

      Plus WWE Creative is very inconsistent with the Divas Division.

      • WWEve

        I remember in a tag team match when she tried to tag someone they all avoided her and she forced a tag on someone (guessing she was a heel there). I’m not sure what match that was though….
        But your definitely right about Creative. They don’t give the Divas the respect they Derserve…

        • JJ? #HoneyCaramelDiva

          They did, but I’m assuming it was that or they felt intimidated by…I’m assuming Kaitlyn who was on the other end.

          Either way I wished they did do something with that. That whole match was where Eva Marie actually had some character developing, and then it transitioned to that, and it could have lead to something interesting on the show as well, since Natalya and Summer’s feud is both on the shows and on Total Divas.

  • jabril

    And another note, just like this back and forth with Tamina and
    Natalya we have been getting, wouldn’t it be great if we seen a Cameron
    and Alicia Fox feud? That would be golden the way I see it.

    They both know how to rock the mic, they sell moves like its nothing,
    and I’m pretty sure that they would have great charisma in the ring. I
    like that idea a lot.

  • Philip27

    The Santino/Emma vs Fandango/Summer match will happen at Elimination Chamber… Just like with Summer Rae, Emma will debut on PPV, and trust me guys, she will NOT dissapoint!!!

    Lita being inducted into the Hall of Fame… Enough said!!! She absolutely deserves it!!!

    As for the 6-Diva tag, I find it interesting that we may get Cameron vs AJ… I guess AJ is going to Wrestlemania as champion, I don’t think Cameron is ready to be champion (don’t get me wrong, she has improved)… But I find it interesting that it is rumored that, if not for the injury, Naomi may have beaten AJ for the title!!! I wanna see something with AJ Lee & Naomi at Mania…

    • KatyaMenelli

      If The Bellas or Kelly have held the Divas Title, That automatically qualifies Cameron to become Champion of that Butterfly Belt.

      • Philip27

        I wasn’t that against Kelly Kelly winning it, it actually kinda made sense at the time… Give her credit, she improved a lot during her WWE run, from the MINUS 5 STAR performance at the December to Dismember 2006 debacle, to having solid to great matches with Beth Phoenix!!!

        So Kelly Kelly wasn’t that bad of a choice… Not that I was a fan, but I was OK with it…

        • Kaledrina

          the worst part about kelly’s reign wasn’t kelly holidng the title but the reign itself. it says a lot when even kelly “golden girl” kelly couldn’t get a bit of decent storyline or focus.

          • Philip27

            Kaledrina, something crossed my mind a couple of days ago… Remember when Kharma made her debut on Raw (after she beat up Michelle McCool at Extreme Rules), and she attacked Alicia Fox (I think)? After she beat down Alicia, she turned around, and Kelly Kelly was sitting in the corner, petrified & stuff… And Kharma went to her, played with her hair, laughed & left…

            Honestly, I think they wanted to do Kharma vs Kelly Kelly for the title, with Kharma being the destructive force, that beat down everybody, except Kelly Kelly (who won the title like 1 month later), and then she’d get her hands on her… And when Kharma had to take the maternity leave, they changed that to Beth Phoenix & Natalya turning heel & creating “Pin-Up Strong”… Which could have been great, but unfortunately they didn’t do much with them…

            Actually, for me the greater dissapointment wasn’t the Kelly Kelly run with the title (because I thought Kelly Kelly vs Beth Phoenix & Natalya wasn’t a bad feud or storyline), it was the Beth Phoenix run with the belt that left me dissapointed the most… Because most of the time, Beth beat up on 2 rookies (in AJ & Kaitlyn, who were jobbers in late 2011), and then lost to Maria Menounos at Wrestlemania 28…

            That could have been great, but… it wasn’t…

          • Kaledrina

            Yup! they definitely seemed to be going for a kharma/kelly feud. did you see that recent gail interview? She said they wanted kharma’s first match to be a squash against gail =. there’s always gonna be “what ifs” (I often wonder how different the division woulda been if layla didn’t replace fox and instead of laycool we had.. um.. coolfox lol) but I like to think there woulda been a swerve somewhere, perhaps a kelly heel turn (getting kharma to do her dirty work). remember right before kelly left, she had that mental breakdown of sorts, snapped and went”crazy” a couple of times..? what if, huh!

          • Philip27

            I don’t remember the mental breakdowns, and I don’t think Kelly Kelly would ever turn heel… She was like John Cena, she was the poster girl of the Divas division, WWE wouldn’t dare to turn her heel…

            Honestly, I don’t know how good Cool-Fox would have been, I doubt though that it would be better than Lay-Cool!!!

    • Randumo

      Like JBL said, saying you heard rumors is another way of saying you(or someone) made it up. There have been rumors AJ was going to lose her title in every match vs a TD.

      • Philip27

        Well, you may be right, but I read that on websites… But like you said, that’s just a rumor…

        And by the way, the biggest reason why AJ Lee could have lost the title was the sh*t with Michelle Beadle came out the day of TLC… But she beat Natalya that night!!!

    • Tevin Campbell

      I can see Cameron backstage giving Foxsana money to injure Naomi. After Aksana did the dirty work. Alicia would come in and start to beat up Naomi where Cameron would look like the hero and save Naomi. Sneaky witch.

      • Philip27

        Well, perhaps that could lead to a possible Cameron vs Naomi feud, for the title… In that thought though, Cameron wins the title from AJ Lee, which I don’t think will happen…

        Naomi though… that’s a different story…

        But I think Naomi vs Cameron has to happen…

    • BorisG

      She will probably get a show, but will fail and then Tamina will pop in.

      • Philip27

        Yeah… I would guess if Naomi is out for Mania, they’ll go with AJ Lee vs Tamina…

        • BorisG

          I hope they go with AJ vs Tamina.

  • NBDxHollywood

    Nikki handled herself well in this (wanted a power move when she diva handled AJ lol), Brie fucked up that clothesline cuz she was wearing skate shoes and Cameron with that amazing lookin DDT

    • Kaledrina

      i saw brie was blaming her shoes haha please she didn’t even step on nikki in order to slip off! lita didn’t get into the HoF for brie to tarnish her poetry in motion :’)

      • NBDxHollywood

        She misstepped is all not enough footing