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Perfect 10: Week of September 8th

The Perfect 10 returns! The premise is simple: We will rank the ten Divas or Knockouts who we think have had the best week of television, similar to WWE.com’s Power 25. Who will make the grade and who will fall short? It’s all new and exclusive only at Diva Dirt!

WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 8th – SEPTEMBER 14th, 2008

10. Taylor Wilde (New Entry)
The TNA Knockout Champion is the first new entry on this week’s top 10, after she scored a victory in the first ever Beautiful People Beauty Pageant. Taylor could move up even further if she successfully defends her title against Angelina Love at No Surrender tonight.

Erin: That seems pretty pointless, but it I suppose it advances the storyline. Hopefully tonight’s match makes up for that nonsense. Taylor’s been a pretty unremarkable champion, hasn’t she?
Melanie: There’s a reason it’s taken Taylor so long to make this list! Honestly, I think any Knockout Championship storyline that doesn’t include Awesome Kong is doomed to fail. And it’s a shame because there’s a great group of girls. Taylor has yet to win over the fans as champion though.

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09. Layla (Last Week: #10)
A woman who knows how to use her feminine wiles, Layla moves up one spot to #9. Ditching her suitor and leaving with William Regal on Raw? This storyline’s got all the trappings of a Grey’s Anatomy plot and has us hooked!

Erin: I’m kind of confused with what’s going on, because Layla seemed pretty hesitant in going with Regal, like he was forcing her. I guess that makes it more interesting than her outright turning on Noble, but it’s hard to tell exactly what she was doing. That said, I’m pretty interested in seeing where it goes from here!
Melanie: I’m excited to see where this goes. Katie Lea mentioned this at large in a Fan Nation blog, could she become involved in the storyline?

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08. Maria (New Entry)
Maria makes her first appearance on the Perfect 10 at #8. She was on the winning team this week with Michelle and Brie. How will her teammates fair on the chart? Keep reading…

Erin: She was a little sloppy in the match, trying to perform flashy moves instead of impressing us with the basics. I wonder what place she would hold if she weren’t just a stock face? She seems to be there simply to provide a face teammate for Michelle and Brie.. And egads – what was she wearing??
Melanie: Congratulations Maria, you’ve finally made it.

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07. Kelly Kelly (Last Week: #3)
How the mighty fall, Kelly manages to cling onto the chart thanks to her high position last week. But she’s clutching on with one hand, will Kelly slip further next week – or worse fall off completely?

Erin: What in the hell did she do on Raw? A backstage segment? I didn’t even see her..
Melanie: Kelly is on the chart still because it didn’t feel right totally axing her after she ranked so high. But as the description says, Kelly could soon slip off completely.

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06. ODB (Last Week: #4)
ODB falls two places to #6, her angle with Kong seemed as though we’d seen it all before. That’s because we just saw her do the exact same run-in last week! But ODB has a chance to redeem herself at No Surrender tonight.

Erin: It’s getting repetitive, but at least the match is tonight. It seemed like they were running out of steam right at the finish line, but hopefully tonight’s match will be as explosive as it has the possibility of being.
Melanie: I feel there was some WWE logic here, just having ODB attack Kong three weeks in a row without really expanding the storyline.

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05. Beth Phoenix (New Entry)
Beth is the highest new entry after successfully defending her Women’s Championship on Raw. The Glamazon has been out of step in recent weeks with losses to Kelly and Candice, but a championship win is enough to make anyone feel golden again.

Erin: Okay, so I didn’t get the concept of the match, but the point is that Beth won. She’s still champion, and Candice looks to be her first real adversary in her new Women’s Title reign. Will she stay dominant? Something tells me she won’t, with the way things look to be going..
Melanie: Beth walks in champion, Beth walks out champion. Hello highest new entry. Simple as.

More after the cut:

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04. Maryse (Last Week: #1)
After two weeks at the top, Maryse relinquishes her top spot this week. It has not been a good week for Frenchie, after losing her Divas Championship match at Unforgiven and then losing on SmackDown.

Erin: I think she’s still receiving her push, despite those losses. I knew she wouldn’t win the Divas Title at Unforgiven, and SmackDown’s match was mainly another showcase for Brie/Nicole Bella, as the condensed the Diva action into one match. When they (hopefully) split the girls up again next week, I expect Maryse to be back in the spotlight.
Melanie: It wasn’t a good week for Maryse, but she was #1 so by the grace of Diva Dirt, we couldn’t get rid of her completely this week.

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03. Awesome Kong (Last Week: #6)
Kong fought a worthy opponent this week in Roxxi Laveaux and came off very strong indeed. Strong enough to jump up three places to the Knockout’s highest position on the chart yet. A win on pay per view tonight could move Kong to #1.

Erin: I don’t know how often Kong can be consistently dominant and not bore us, but she’s one of TNA’s toughest wrestlers – men or women. If ODB can knock her off her pedestal tonight, we might see a bit of a change, and I have to admit I’m kind of hoping for that.
Melanie: Kong gets a win, Kong moves up. The work was good, but I’m a little tired of Kong already. I think they need to use her sparesly or in meaningful feuds.

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02. Michelle McCool (Last Week: #8)
This week, Michelle McCool defended her Divas Championship successfully and even picked up a win on SmackDown. What’s better than one win? Two! Michelle can celebrate because she’s our #2 this week.

Erin: She still champ, like I expected. Although SmackDown’s tag match wasn’t really about her, she’s still the brand’s top Diva. Here’s hoping she’ll be consistently defending her title in the coming weeks until waiting until the next PPV. If that doesn’t happen, her reign could lose steam faster than it may have already..
Melanie: Two wins means Michelle moves up.

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01. Brie (and Nicole) Bella (Last Week: #2)
There is no stopping these two! Each week they keep climbing so it was inevitable that they would finally bank the top spot! Brie and twin sister Nicole enjoyed their third straight victory on SmackDown and are now the official queens of the Perfect 10 dethroning Maryse.

Erin: She’s getting win after win, but will this trick get old sooner than later? It depends on how the WWE plots it out. I’m highly impressed by her in-ring work, so I can’t wait to see what they do when both Brie and Nicole are exposed to the world. Hopefully they won’t be relegated to tag team matches or something, because if SmackDown’s match was any indication, they have much more potential than that..
Melanie: I still like this gimmick whereas it seems some fans are bored three weeks later. I think it’s more a case of fans always trying to find something to complain about. Anyway, I just wish WWE would book this a little more constructively, like reveal a little bit more each week. Some development required.

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Extra Analysis
Goodbye: Falling off the chart this week are Victoria (#9), Mickie James (#7) and Candice Michelle (#5).
New Entries: The highest new entry is Beth Phoenix at #5. Following her are Maria (#8) and Taylor Wilde (#10).
So Close, Yet So Far: We only have 10 places on the Perfect 10 so unfortunately not everyone came make the list. Roxxi Laveaux put on a valiant effort against Awesome Kong and the Beautiful People entertained, particularly Angelina with her “poem.”

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