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SmackDown Redux (August 31st, 2012): A Twitter Rivalry Heads to the Ring

This week on Friday Night SmackDown, #1 contender for the Divas Championship, Kaitlyn goes head to head with her social networking rival, Natalya in singles action. Not to be left out, Eve Torres makes an appearance as guest commentator for the match. Will the rookie sensation come out on top once again, or will the First Lady of the Hart Dynasty pick up a much needed win? Check out the match below:

Out first is the Assistant to the General Manager, Eve, who is positively beaming as she walks down the ramp to take her place at the commentary booth. As she saunters her way to the ring, we are treated to a replay of Kaitlyn’s #1 contendership win two weeks ago on Raw. After some banter between Eve and the commentary team, a graphic promoting the next match pops up on the screen as we go into a commercial break.

Back from commercial break, Natalya and Kaitlyn are both in the ring, talking smack to each other (Twitter is serious business in Diva world). The official signals for the bell and our Diva match is underway. Kaitlyn and Natalya lock up to start things off, but Nattie muscles Kaitlyn into the ropes, forcing a break. Natalya follows up with a kick to the gut, before grounding Kaitlyn with a side headlock takedown. Kaitlyn manages to reverse the hold into a headscissors, but Natalya nips up to her feet.

Nattie tries to keep up the offense, but runs right into Kaitlyn’s boot. While Natalya is doubled over, Kaitlyn applies a side headlock to wear the third generation Diva down. Natalya fights her way out, whipping Kaitlyn across the ring, but Kaitlyn blasts her with a shoulder block, sending Nattie flying out of the ring. Kaitlyn comes charging with a baseball slide, but Natalya scouts her and slams her to the ground with a handful of hair.

Now with the upper hand, Natalya brutalizes Kaitlyn, before locking in a very unique variation of an abdominal stretch. Stuck in the middle of the ring, Kaitlyn has no choice but to fight her way out of the hold, which she does successfully. After a powerful hip toss, Kaitlyn rolls Natalya up with a school boy for a near fall. With Nattie still a bit flustered, Kaitlyn takes her down with a pretty nifty arm wringer variant, followed by a flurry of strikes. Kaitlyn tries to whip Natalya off of the ropes, but The Pink and Black Attack puts an abrupt end to her offense with a kick, followed by a viscous discus clothesline for a two count.

Frustrated, Nattie argues with the referee, giving Kaitlyn a few precious moments to collect herself. When Nattie brings her attention back to her opponent, Kaitlyn quickly rolls her up to pick up the victory. Post-match, Michael Cole and Josh Mathews reveal that Kaitlyn will get her shot at the championship in two weeks at Night of Champions, ending the segment.

Thoughts:
Another short and sweet match from the blue brand this week. Nothing particularly mind-blowing, but not a bad match by any means. Week after week, Kaitlyn is showing progress and while I don’t think she’s necessarily ready for a championship spot just yet, I’m interested to see what her and Layla will bring to the table come Night of Champions in two weeks time.

The real wild card in this Layla/Kaitlyn rivalry, would have to be the one and only Eve Torres. After losing at the hands of Kaitlyn, you would think that Eve would be trying make her life a living hell, but it seems that she has turned over a new leaf. Yeah… ok… I expect to see Eve’s masterplan, whatever it may be, start coming together in the weeks leading into NOC. Mark my words, Eve will find a way to insert herself into this match, in some capacity.

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