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SmackDown Redux (January 6th, 2012): Battle of the Generations

After a small disagreement between generational Divas, Natalya and Tamina ended in fisticuffs on last week’s edition of Friday Night SmackDown, both Divas had something to prove as they face each other in singles action this week. But first, two of my favorite Divas, AJ and Alicia Fox were featured in a backstage segment with the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Daniel Bryan. Check it out below:

First of all, it’s always good to see the Divas get some screen time with the Superstars. It’s damn near impossible for them to get any time in the ring, but I digress… I’m really interested to see where this relationship between AJ and Daniel is going. It seems that Daniel has been getting douchier and douchier since capturing the World Heavyweight Championship, which makes me wonder if AJ will be the angel on his shoulder, trying to keep him from straying off of the path of righteousness or if she will tap into her heel past in FCW and join Daniel on the dark side, becoming SmackDown’s newest power couple. Only time will tell, but this would explain why we never got that Kaitlyn heel turn… Just sayin’

Now that we’re done with the appetizer, let’s move right on along to the main course! Watch below as Tamina and Natalya face off in the clash of the generational Divas!:

We kick things off with Natalya already in the ring, looking pretty pissed off, and to be honest, can you blame her? I’m convinced that Tamina tried to take off her head with that superkick last week. Before Tamina comes out to the ring, we are treated to a video package focusing on Nattie’s father, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart.

Tamina is out next and we get another video package, this time on Tamina’s dad, Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka. So I’m guessing this feud is based on their families? A little forced if you ask me, but it’s better than nothing, I guess.

The bell sounds and Natalya goes after Tamina without hesitation, taking the Samoan warrior princess off of her feet with a double leg takedown, followed by a flurry of forearms to the head. Natalya berates Tamina about messing with her family, before pummeling her again with vicious strikes to the head.

Natalya looks to finish off Tamina with the Sharpshooter, but Tamina fights her off and gets back to a vertical base. Nattie tries to get the upperhand with a clothesline, but Tamina ducks it and goes for a crossbody. Unfortunately for Tamina, Natalya had the same thing in mind and the Divas collide in mid-air and crashed down to the mat.

Both Divas struggle to get back to their feet, but Tamina makes it there first and flattens Nattie with a Samoan drop followed by her Dad’s finisher, the Superfly Splash, to pick up the upset victory.

Not a bad match, but is anyone else confused about who is the face and who is the heel in this rivalry? I know I sure am. Although I feel like using Natalya and Tamina’s lineage as reason for a feud is a bit of a stretch, it’s nice to see some kind of effort made on a Diva storyline. I’m not exactly sure where else things could go from here, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. Hopefully, this isn’t just a one shot deal, because Tamina has a lot of untapped potential and getting to work a program with one of the best female wrestlers in North America could be just the thing she needs.

All in all, not a bad night for the Divas, but not a particularly good one either. Hopefully we get some more development in this Nattie/Tamina feud and AJ’s relationship with Daniel Bryan on next week’s edition of SmackDown. Until then, I leave you with a lesson in the Spanish language by the one and only, Rosa Mendes!

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