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SmackDown Redux (August 24th, 2012): Eve Invites Herself into the Title Picture

While Kaitlyn may not have won the General Manager assistant job last week on SmackDown, she netted a pretty sweet consolation prize Monday night on Raw… #1 contendership for the Divas Championship! This week, Kaitlyn takes to the commentary booth to scout her future opponent, Layla as she takes on the sassy Alicia Fox in non-title, singles action. Can Alicia manage to work her way into the title picture with a win over the champ? Check out the match below:

We start out Divas action for the night with the challenger, Alicia Fox already in the ring, working the crowd. Layla is out next to a pretty good reaction from the crowd. After a pretty awkward silence between Kaitlyn and Michael cole on commentary, the official signals for the bell and our match is underway.

The Divas lock up to start things off, but Alicia quickly rolls Layla up for a one count. Layla jumps back to her feet, but is taken back down to the mat by the challenger with a swift side headlock takedown. Layla manages to fight her way back to her feet and rolls Alicia up for a near fall. Before Alicia can collect herself, the champion goes on the offensive with a kick to the gut, followed by a springboard crossbody for another nearfall.

Alicia gets back to a vertical base, only to get blasted in the face by a forearm from Layla. Layla hits the ropes and comes charging at Alicia, but the challenger leapfrogs over her and catches her with a dropkick for a two count. Meanwhile, Kaitlyn and Cole discuss Natalya wrestling boots and their smell. …Intriguing…

Back in the ring, Alicia whips Layla across the ring and comes charging at her, but Layla halts her momentum and kicks Alicia firmly in the midsection. Layla goes up to the high risk district, but Alicia cuts her off at the pass with a kick to her bad leg, sending the champ crashing to the canvas.

Looking to keep the pressure on the champion, Alicia works on the injured leg for a bit, before locking in a half Boston Crab. After a brief struggle, Layla fights her way out of the submission, and rolls Alicia up with an inside cradle, but it isn’t enough to get the victory.

Both competitors make it to their feet and Layla goes for a clothesline. Alicia just barely evades with a bridge, but is not so lucky when it comes to the kick to the face that follows, allowing Layla to pick up the win.

Post-match, Kaitlyn enters the ring and has a staredown with Layla, which ends in the future opponents shaking hands. Unfortunately, this moment of good sportsmanship is interrupted by Eve, who comes to the ring and raises Kaitlyn and Layla’s hands for no reason whatsoever.

Thoughts: Albeit pretty short, I thought this was a pretty good match. Layla was looking a lot better in the ring tonight than she did a few weeks ago on Raw and Alicia was solid, as well. Hopefully, Layla can keep up the good work as she defends her title against Kaitlyn, whenever that may be.

As for the random appearance of Eve, I’m not quite sure what to make of it. We all know that there no love lost between Eve and Layla, and same goes for Eve and Kaitlyn. I fully expect to see Eve insert herself into this upcoming Divas Championship match in some capacity. It may not be clear just yet, but Eve definitely has an ace up her sleeve.

Well, that’s all for this week, guys! Until next time!

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