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FCW Watch: Aksana vs Naomi

This week, FCW has finally given the Divas some needed spotlight, as Divas Champion & Queen of FCW, Aksana, takes on the most athletic Diva in WWE (wow, I sound like a commentator), Naomi in a Divas Championship bout. But Aksana doesn’t come alone, as she has the general manager, Maxine, in her corner. Will everybody’s favorite Lithuanian export secure a defense under her belt? Or can Naomi become the first ever two time champion? Let’s find out…

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Out first making their entrance together is the General Manager, Maxine, and her sorority sister-type acquisition, Queen & Divas Champion of FCW, Aksana! Raquel Diaz clearly has just as much trouble announcing all of that as I do trying to type it, but nonetheless, the two ladies enter the arena as Aksana poses with her belt and Maxine stands ringside. Some pretty familiar music hits, as out comes the first ever Divas Champion, Naomi, sporting some new custom gear that looks great. The bell sounds as the the match gets underway to a plethora of “NA-O-MI” chants erupt.

The two lock up as Naomi takes control with a side head lock. Displaying her athletic ability to its fullest, she leaps onto the top rope and springboards back with a beautiful sunset flip for a two count. Naomi sends Aksana flying and then proceeds to take her down with her patented “Booty Call” which leaves Aksana clutching on to her face in pain. This might be just enough to fire Aksana up as she goes for a clothesline, but Naomi ducks and runs off the ropes before getting planted in the stomach with a kick from Aksana. The Divas Champion then charges towards Naomi and clotheslines her over the top rope as Night falls to the outside.

Maxine starts to make her way over to a downed Naomi, but before she can do anything, the referee stops her. He can not stop the legal competitor however, as Aksana scurries to the outside and tosses Naomi back in. She goes for a pin, but Naomi kicks out after two. The Queen throws Naomi into the turnbuckle before scooping her up with a powerful looking bodyslam for another two. After a kick to the stomach, Aksana sends Naomi throat first onto the second rope and begins using her leg to choke her out. She backs up and obtains the referees attention just long enough for the queen of mean, Maxine, to take advantage and snap Naomi’s arm off the ropes.

Aksana gets another two count, but again Naomi shows her never say die attitude by kicking out. She tosses Naomi into one of the turnbuckles, before instead throwing her to the opposing corner. From there, Aksana delivers an absolutely SICK boot to the side of the face…one that looks like it may have just won her the match right there! Naomi just barely kicks out as Aksana goes for yet another pin attempt. After some relentless beating, Aksana applies a choke hold. The crowd gets behind Naomi, which seems to help her muster up the courage to fight out of the hold and break it. Aksana irish whips Naomi into one of the corners of the ring, but Naomi leaps up onto the second rope and erupts with a phenomenal flying spin elbow!

After both women reach a vertical base, Naomi ducks a clothesline from Aksana and charges off the ropes with a very unique vertical flipping clothesline of her own! She follows it up with a Spin Kick, before going for a leg drop that Aksana is able to dodge out of the way for. From there, Aksana goes for a bodyslam, but Naomi is able to counter it into a small package…only for Maxine to slide into the ring and reverse the pin into Aksana’s favor for a three count!

Naomi is furious after the match, and goes to grab Maxine by the hair. Aksana puts a stop to this though, as she blasts Naomi from behind. A few kicks to the stomach later, the Divas Champ lifts Naomi up and holds her back as Maxine slides into the ring. Out of nowhere though, the infamous pocket rocket, AJ runs out to even up the odds! Maxine slides out, as Aksana tries to before receiving a beatdown from AJ. Naomi kicks Aksana in the head to send her out, as the two infamous rivals engage in a hug inside the ring, showing that even the worst of enemies can see eye to eye at times.

Thoughts: Where do I even begin? The match was very good for me, one of the best ones in FCW in quite some time. Naomi proves with every performance why she deserves to be on television, and this was no exception. Seeing Naomi and AJ embrace at the end was a great touch since they’ve been the two most focused Divas in FCW’s history for their rivalry, and I don’t think they’ve ever been on the same side for TV before. I also really enjoyed Maxine helping the champion, but not overdoing it to where it made Aksana look weak in any way. Speaking of Aksana, getting a successful defense under her belt is good for her reign, but I wish that FCW would use the Divas on a weekly basis because the next match isn’t for another three weeks and I’ve heard it’s very short… so until then, this has been your FCW Watch.

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