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SmackDown Redux (April 20th, 2012): It’s Just Emotions Taking AJ Over

The AJ/Daniel Bryan saga continues this week on Friday Night SmackDown, as AJ snaps during a match against her former mentor, Natalya, after being verbally torn down by Daniel Bryan. First, let check out the in-ring promo. AJ interrupts Daniel’s promo to wish him luck in his match at Extreme Rules, but the former World Heavyweight Champion doesn’t have very nice words for his ex-girlfriend:

Yikes. That was harsh! And after enduring that diatribe, AJ is set to compete in a match against Natalya, but things quickly go awry. Check out the match below:

Natalya’s music hits and she comes strutting down to the ring sporting a new accessory. Unfortunately, AJ is too heartbroken to notice. As her opponent gets ready for their match, AJ stares up the ramp after Daniel Bryan. It’s obvious she’s not the the right state of mind to compete, but nevertheless the official signals for the bell and our match is underway.

Even after the bell sounds, AJ is still unresponsive, prompting Natalya to offer some words of comfort to the rookie Diva. For her concern, Natalya is rewarded with a slap to the face from AJ, before AJ completely snaps on her, forcing the referee to disqualify her.

Post-match, AJ seems confused and embarrassed over what just happened. She runs to the back crying, while WWE officials tend to a bloodied Natalya.

While there wasn’t much of a match to speak of, I’m really intrigued by what’s going on with AJ. I’m not sure if this is leading to a full-fledged heel turn for AJ or not, but I can’t wait to see what happens next. Perhaps next week, we’ll see AJ spaz out on another Diva or maybe even confronted by Natalya for the attack.

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