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SmackDown Redux (October 21st, 2011): Beth Talks the Talk, Eve Walks the Walk

While there was no match scheduled for Smackdown this week, we were blessed enough to get an actual promo leading into the Divas Championship match between Eve Torres and Beth Phoenix. Shocking, huh? Watch below as Beth, Eve and Natalya show off their mic skills this week on the blue brand:

It’s been a long time since we had a decent Divas promo, and it’s a breath of fresh air, to be honest. I’ve never thought of Natalya as the strongest Diva when it comes to mic skills, but I thought she did pretty well here. The challenger, Eve did really good as well, but I’m gonna give the MVP award for this segment to Beth Phoenix.

Beth has been playing the stoic, bruiser heel role for so long, I almost forgot how good she is when it comes to laying down a promo, but she reminded me tonight. I would say that, aside from capturing the title, this is one of the most interesting things that D.O.D has done since they first turned heel months ago. As fans, sometimes we forget that sometimes a good promo can be just as good as a match (especially if it’s a two minute match). While this segment may not have been the greatest ever, it’s certainly a step in the right direction.

So let’s talk about the big, pink elephant in the room…: What happened to Kelly Kelly?! A few weeks ago, Kelly was going psycho on D.O.D and seemed like she was on the fast track to a title rematch at Vengeance, but now she’s nowhere to be seen. While it’s nice to have a change of pace from Beth vs Kelly for a fourth PPV, I feel like there’s some more mileage in that feud. I expect Kelly to be in Eve’s corner this Sunday to support her BFF and possibly unleash ‘Crazy Kelly’ on D.O.D once again.

All in all, a good week for the Raw Divas on Smackdown. With any luck, they can ride this momentum into Vengeance and put on the fantastic match that Diva fans are hoping for.

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