Another edition of K-Perspective, this week a bit more Divas featured than usual on Raw, despite WWE now having 6 hours of programming they managed to squeeze a 4 minute Divas Match for the week, the knockouts have another good match, some NXT goodness, well maybe not so good.
It’s the AJ Lee Show
This week was AJ’s first week as Raw’s General Manager and I have to say, she did a really splendid job. First off, we didn’t see the usual glasses, overexposing cleavage and mini-skirts ala Stacy Keibler, Eve Torres and many other women put in power position, she decided to take the Stephanie McMahon look with less cleavage of course and it suited her, also she has a last name. Finally, I feel, that is something I felt the divas lacked, a last name, sure Kaitlyn, AJ, Maxine are all cute names, but I feel a last name really adds a whole lot, is why Beth Phoenix is more fun to say than, Kaitlyn, sure the one name thing works for most people but when all the divas are identified by one name is a bit too much, Any who going off topic. Newly named AJ Lee, got a whole lot of screen time and did some splendid microphone work, she is still highly involved with the main event but now maybe making some “executive” decisions in the Divas Division would be nice too. But all in all, I enjoyed AJ Lee as the general manager hope it’s not another short term kind of thing like they did with Eve.
We also got to see some Vickie Guerrero and Cameron and Naomi (more singular name divas ugh) in a dance off, last week I felt Vickie Guerrero kind of vanished in the background and maybe Dolph didn’t need her anymore, THIS was the Vickie Guerrero I missed and loved, she was on fire tonight and made the best of the time she got in the spotlight. But not sure what this whole segment was needed for? To introduce Vickie’s new “Queen” gimmick? Is Dolph Being reduced to the Bronk-a-saurus matches? Not sure, but it got some good laughs and Vickie being highly animated and fun is always a plus, which again raises my question, does Dolph still need Vickie Guerrero? Or maybe it’s time for her to do other things? Because she seems to phase out more when Dolph is around, though it’s something that has been happening recently.
Well, can I say I’m pleased with the 4 way match this week? It was one of the better matches we’ve seen in TNA in a while. It was no classic, started out a little all over the place but in the end, it all fell into place nicely and became a really entertaining match, filled with some neat spots, some surprising moments and well, some actual action and wrestling. It had the makings to be great, but was all over the place a bit. Either way, Mickie James, Tara, Gail Kim and Madison Rayne did a great job and everything was great, with exception of the ending of course, but I’ll give it a free pass, because as stupid as the storyline may seem, again it opens doors for many opportunities and more chaos. Gail Kim certainly isn’t happy now Madison Rayne is getting special favors, she may have been when it was benefiting her, like last week, but this week, it only benefited Madison Rayne, so Gail Kim, may not be too pleased. Tara or Mickie James aren’t please either after last’s week’s debacle and then what happened this week. So I feel, it is helping building up towards something and which is why I don’t mind the storyline as much for now. Though, it seems kind of pointless to have Brooke Hogan assigned as the new VP of the knockouts yet she has these kinds of shenanigans going on, maybe she’ll address it next week? Well let’s hope.
Other impact moments were ODB talking about the Knockouts Tag Team Titles, which have been absent for a while, finally something might be done about them, I hope an unannounced tag match at Hardcore Justice and Sarita and Rosita could start a second Reign together? Mickie James and Tara have been a great duo as of late, have them take on Sarita and Rosita for the titles after? Well we can hope right. We also saw Ms. Tessmacher (We can’t call her Brooke Anymore) on commentary, she wasn’t great, she wasn’t bad, but I felt she could do better. But she wasn’t completely lost out there and she seemed into the match, which I don’t blame her for, it was a bit exciting at one point. And lastly am I the only one hoping TNA actually hired someone more versatile to play Claire? Sure she annoys me, but if you are going to bring in an actress for a storyline at least bring in someone who has the possibility to become maybe someone’s Valet? Like Chelsea (Gosh I miss her).
We got a rather, decent match (though it’s a stretch) on NXT, we saw young Guerrero…oops I mean Raquel Diaz take on Audrey Marie, now, this match was, well bad but there were so much factors that made this match bad, before it even started. First Audrey Marie, boy is she pretty, she was so pretty, seeing her walk down the ring, already gave me the impression this match was going to be bad. She didn’t do anything wrong but her choice in attire with her look, it was like watching Stacy Keibler walking down the ring and you instantly got the impression, yeah this isn’t going to be good. She seemed like a typical T&A girl, I saw her and couldn’t see her even standing toe to toe with Layla and see her as any threat. Less cleavage and tone it up a bit, she didn’t look athletic and didn’t come off as it. She could wrestle like Gail Kim and still you can’t take her serious, something Kaitlyn and Eve Torres has over her, with little skill, they had an athletic build, so they could be crap but they look the part, Audrey didn’t look the part, or well the athletic part, she came off like the Torrie Wilson, Stacy Keibler and Dawn Marie part.
Then out came Raquel Diaz, the typical pretty girl gimmick but tweaked, overused but always fun and actually enjoyed her coming down to the ring with her own microphone, introducing herself. Well done, then she wrestled.
The match was decent enough to get by but nothing to write home about. Even the crowd thought so because they started chanting “You Can’t Wrestle”. The ONLY good part, was Paige at the end backstage, Paige (Britani Knight) vs. Raquel Diaz next? I’m sure Paige can pull out a better match out of her.
Well, we got like 120 seconds worth of Diva time on Smackdown this week, Eve Torres sucked up to new Smackdown General Manager for a job, which she didn’t get, while Layla El congratulated Booker T on being Smackdown GM and well, got interrupted Cody Rhodes only to disappear in the background and do nothing. That was our smackdown Recap, hope you enjoyed it. (add sarcasm)
The Dump the divas there show…I mean Superstars
This week we got Natalya taking on Layla El, the alignment confused Natalya actually interests me this week, the match was a bit more than the regular divas match (which is not saying a lot) but I guess if you enjoy those, you’d enjoy this one too. But Natalya, I’d like them to dip more into her fun loving turn rough character. I think it would at least make her more interesting maybe? She was all smiles and suddenly she was trying to take out Layla El’s head with some shots. I kinda like that Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde complex of it. Though she is basically a jobber now, at least that makes her interesting? Like Singing made Jillian Hall Interesting when she was a jobber. Layla EL, I really didn’t like this random bubbly bit she was doing. It was random, weird and thought the AJ-syndrome was catching on. Didn’t like it and hope she doesn’t do it again, it was just odd.
What to look forward too?
Well we have the second week of AJ Lee’s reign as Raw General Manager. The fall out of Madison Rayne’s win over the other Knockouts, will Brooke Hogan do something about it? ODB and Eric Young? More Eric Young show plug but maybe more details on the Tag Title situation and of course the biggest question of them all, the one we ask every week….Will there be a Divas Match on Raw? And Will the Divas Champion appear on an actual WWE Programming and not an internet show that is for the international market of WWE.
So what are your thoughts on this week? Like? Hate? Tolerated?