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WWE Divas, Raw, Smackdown & NXT Results – The Post-Mania Wave
Posted on Thursday, April 6th, 2017
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WWE Divas – Raw, Smackdown & NXT Results

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The week after WrestleMania – where it seems as if anything can happen in the WWE. In the past we’ve seen surprise debuts and surprise retirements, and even some surprise title changes. On Raw Bayley celebrates retaining her title by teaming with good friend Sasha Banks and the unlikely ally of Dana Brooke to face her WrestleMania opponents Charlotte and Nia Jax - as well as the returning Emma! Smackdown sees the new Women’s Champion Naomi getting into the spirit of being champion right away - Alexa Bliss cashing in her rematch clause immediately. NXT sees one half of the Iconic Duo Peyton Royce taking on the girl who has dubbed herself ‘The Cat’s Meow’ Aliyah.

Raw

Bayley, Sasha Banks & Dana Brooke vs Emma, Charlotte & Nia Jax

Winners: Bayley, Sasha Banks & Dana Brooke

Thoughts:

Well there’s our match featuring all but three members of the Raw women’s division. It’s great to have Emma back on our screens at long last – considering it’s just about a year ago since she re-debuted on the main roster in the first place. Despite returning rather mundanely in a 6-woman tag match, they still made a big deal of her return; standing on the announce table and getting a chance to let the audience know she’s back. She also made her presence known in the match, taking it straight to the Women’s Champion. We also got to see her interact with her old team mate. I do have to say, I hope that they won’t completely ignore the Emma/Dana partnership, because they were together on NXT longer than Dana was Charlotte’s lackey. And I don’t think Emma should jump straight into the title picture; she needs a good storyline to sink her teeth into. The vast majority of the WWE Universe have only seen her as a fun, dancing face – so they need to really be made aware of how much her attitude has changed. Dana meanwhile needs to be reintroduced as a face – so why not have the two of them feud? The fact that they didn’t interact too much in this match suggests that a program between them is planned down the line. And now at the end of the match, Sasha officially made Charlotte tap out, which appears to close the door on any beef the two of them had. With news of this upcoming ‘Superstar Shake-up’, it’s safe to say that one of the three stars of Raw will be moved to Smackdown. Charlotte has run her course on Raw, so I vote her. Naomi tweeted something about looking forward to mixing it up with the former Women’s Champion, so seems like a logical idea. Those two have never really faced each other, and it could be something fun. Did anyone catch the end of the match where Sasha briefly snatched the title away from Bayley? It’s not much in the way of storyline continuation but it’s a start.

Smackdown

Naomi* vs Alexa Bliss [Smackdown Women's Championship]

Winner and STILL Smackdown Women’s Champion: Naomi

Thoughts:

Dare I say it? The curse appears to be broken! Naomi retained her title and no news of any more injuries or shenanigans. They really wanted to get Alexa out as quickly as possible, which I am a little annoyed about. They invested a lot of time and effort into her at the end of last year, and built her up to dethrone Becky Lynch. They couldn’t have at least let her bow out of the spotlight gracefully, considering how long it took Charlotte to finally step down? But I digress. Alexa is still very young and has plenty of time to do more great things in the division. She did some really great things in this match here. Naturally with Naomi’s injury being a leg-related one, it was logical for Alexa to go after it. She busted out some really great submissions, and that stump she kept going back to looked very effective. I do have a big criticism for our Women’s Champion though; she needs to work on her selling. Alexa was wrenching away at what was an injured leg not too long ago, so Naomi should sell that more. I doubt that’ll be the last time someone targets her leg, so she needs to properly sell. I recently listened to an interview with Evan Bourne where he talked about how high flying wrestlers tend to forget to sell the story of the match – instead opting for all their flippy stuff. Naomi is a good wrestler and she should set herself apart from the ‘spot monkey’ category by remembering to sell. Besides that, she wrestled absolutely fine and doesn’t appear to have any ring rust at all. She got a clean victory over Alexa, clocked her first title defence and looked like a fighting champ. I wonder if we could see Alexa being moved to the Raw brand? She and Bayley had a fun side feud back on NXT, and that could be a nice interim program to establish Bayley as a strong champion while they build to the inevitable Bayley/Sasha bout at SummerSlam. I fully expect Naomi to feud with Charlotte if she gets moved to Smackdown. I’d like to see Summer Rae on the blue brand too – if only to get more attention from the stellar writing staff.

NXT

Peyton Royce vs Aliyah

Winner: Peyton Royce

Thoughts:

You’re all thinking it right? Australian LayCool. That was all that was running through my head as I saw the Iconic Duo making their way to the ring. Come on, girls, do something a little more original. NXT is really bumming me out with how little effort is being put into developing actual characters in the division. Asuka is simply the dominant champion who rarely appears. Ember Moon had a winning streak but minimal mic time. Liv Morgan is good but has yet to really differentiate herself from Carmella. And our top heels are rehashes of the same formula WWE had churned out since 2010. First it was LayCool. Then it was the Bella Twins. Then it was the Divas of Doom. Then it was the Bellas again. We even had the BFFs on NXT. Just stop making every female heel duo a repeat of Mean Girls. These two women are very talented in the ring and they’ve got the charisma. So surely they have the imagination to come up with something a little different than prissy Alpha Bitches that have been done to death. Aliyah on the other hand might just be on the right track. On instagram, she’s shown off that she’s now got rainbow gear, multi-coloured hair and glitter in addition to the cat ears. With a new entrance theme, it looks like she’s found her identity. I think she’s got a lot of cutesy babyface charisma that we did see shades of in this match. I’d really like for her to tap into it more as the months go by. As for the match, it was short but sweet. Peyton is one of my ones to watch for NXT in general and I think she’s going places. She looked so effective in this match in particular with how she controlled everything. The only thing is that she needs a new finisher. The Fisherman’s Suplex might have cut it for Mr Perfect back in the 90s but times have changed and she needs something more effective. Decent show all around though.






  • conan_kun

    It’s looked weird to see Dana and Emma on the opposite side, they should be reluctant to fight each other or Emma told Dana to tag Bayley in without trading blows, but they tried to make us forget their partnership, when Emma is out with injury, Dana didn’t have any bad word against Emma at all. I rather want Emma to dethrone Bayley instead of predictably heel Sasha, she is long overdue to have title run. After Naomi finally gets her title run, it’s Emma’s turn.

    Naomi is currently the strongest booked women wrestler on main roster in 2017, since she returns on go-home Smackdown before Royal Rumble, she won every single matches and scored a win in every tag matches on SD and PPVs (RR, EC and WM), stand tall in every segment, she even take out Natalya, Carmella and Alexa all by herself on go-home Smackdown before WM, not even Charlotte, Bayley, Sasha and Nia being booked like that.

    Look like Alexa gonna moves to Raw after the rematch and Charlotte moves to SD is inevitable, then Raw women feuds could be Bayley/Emma title feud, Sasha may have Alexa to feud with. Hope Naomi have decent title run instead of losing the title to Charlotte shortly once if she moves to SD.

    • Bobby Calloway

      An Alexa/Sasha feud with the face and heel roles reversed could be fun, considering how good their matches were on NXT.

  • NMKPLG

    NXT- Its really annoying me how peyton and billie are becoming laycool. I would rather have them be more bitchey and lethal than all girly girl

    • Bobby Calloway

      yeah the prissy girly thing doesn’t seem natural on them at all.

      • Francisco Baguer

        Its clear that WWE saw the movie Mean Girls too many times, saw Regina George thought to themselves: “What if we have our women act like that, but have 0 charisma compared to the actress and have these grown women wrestlers like they were bratty high schoolers.”

  • Francisco Baguer

    With the announcement of the Superstar Shakeup, I’m going to say that Charlotte will be going to Smackdown and they trade her for Alexa to Raw. Charlotte going Smackdown would be great as she has done everything on Raw and there’s nothing left. I’m just worried that they might overpush her on Smackdown like they did on Raw. If they have to bring Charlotte to Smackdown, just don’t give her the belt right away. If they can book her the same way they booked Nikki Bella where she’s a huge name but kept away from the title picture and feud with others, then I can tolerate her more.

    • Bobby Calloway

      Agreed. She should not be given the title at all if they can help it.

      • conan_kun

        Considering Naomi called out Charlotte during Talking Smack, she said that she’d love to take on Charlotte and Charlotte even retweeted that, it could be foreshadowing.

        • Francisco Baguer

          I would love to see a heel Becky. I also wonder if Sasha could be drafted? Sasha has tweeted numerous times that she wants to be on Smackdown and if she didn’t turn heel on Bayley, how about turning heel on Naomi? They have history with Team BAD and a heel Sasha vs face Naomi feud for the belt would be interesting

          • Bobby Calloway

            That’s a thought. But it seems like a bit of a copout to tease Sasha turning on Bayley and not go through with it.
            I’m honestly not a fan of Becky’s heel work. I find her a little too clownish and OTT -- and her stuff in the Team BAE period of NXT was embarrassing. But if the storyline is good then why not?

            • conan_kun

              All they need to book Becky like Neville in Cruiserweight division, let her kick lass regardless her opponent is face or heel.

          • conan_kun

            I think Superstar Shakeup is not the same as WWE draft, just Charlotte and Alexa switching brand, who knows if WWE draft is coming next few months.

            Raw with Bayley/Emma title feud, Sasha/Alexa and Nia/Dana side feuds to kill time until Bayley vs Sasha at Summerslam

            Smackdown with Naomi/Becky title feud, Charlotte/Mickie and Natalya/Tamina side feuds, Carmella continues with Ellsworth unless Enzo & Cass move to SD to turn her babyface

            • Francisco Baguer

              I agree with those ideas. How would Becky turn heel to feud with Naomi anyway?

              • conan_kun

                There’s a few ways, tired of the crowd chanting for Naomi over her like Jericho turns on AJ Styles last year, tired of being cheated out and come out short during title matches but Naomi keeps winning or assault Naomi after winning or losing in tag match. Their feud will be
                https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ed2cf194f61de2364bcb3f35e57ead50cb59952e9724e0287fe48aa328517740.gif

                • Bobby Calloway

                  One of them needn’t turn heel at all. Both work really well as faces, so why not have a face vs face feud for something different?

      • Francisco Baguer

        True. Given that Naomi called her out and wanted to face her, I hope they let Naomi win and just give her a long meaningful run with the belt.

      • Francisco Baguer

        You know who else could possibly go to SmackDown? Sasha. Sasha has tweeted numerous times that she wants to be on Smackdown and if she didn’t turn heel on Bayley, how about turning heel on Naomi? They have history with Team BAD and a heel Sasha vs face Naomi feud for the belt would be interesting

      • Francisco Baguer

        Given that Naomi called her out and wanted to face her, I hope they let Naomi win and just give her a long meaningful run with the belt.



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