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WWE Divas, Raw & Smackdown Results – New Days Are Dawning
Posted on Wednesday, April 19th, 2017
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WWE Divas – Raw & Smackdown Results

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Remember the saying “today is the first week of the rest of your lives”? Well that rings true for the women of Raw and Smackdown. The Superstar Shake-Up Happened last week – and several women found new homes on different brands. This is the first week that the new rosters take effect, and they both begin with a bang. Bayley will waste no time in defending her Raw Women’s Championship, so it’s time to crown a #1 contender. Sasha Banks will face Nia Jax and Raw’s two newest women in Alexa Bliss and Mickie James in a Fatal 4 Way. Charlotte made her debut on Smackdown last week, and this week she has some choice words for the Women’s Champion Naomi. Should be a good one!

Raw

Alexa Bliss vs Sasha Banks vs Nia Jax vs Mickie James [#1 Contender's Match]

Winner and #1 Contender: Alexa Bliss

We’re also treated to a backstage segment where Emma tries to stir up trouble between Alicia Fox and Dana Brooke.

Thoughts:

It was pretty surprising to get such a big match so soon. But with all this excitement surrounding the new rosters, why wait? Having a big multi-woman match to crown a new challenger is a great way to set up a feud. We could have had Alexa predictably come out and call out Bayley or something like that – but I like the idea of crowning her this way. What I liked about this match’s set-up is that it really allowed me to gauge the attitudes of the fans towards each of the women involved. The biggest reaction did not go to IWC darling Sasha Banks or the perpetual favourite Mickie James; it went to Alexa. She got thunderous pops, just as she did last week. In almost no time at all, she suddenly has become massively popular with the casual fans. It’s a testament to the good booking of Smackdown that she’s been able to showcase herself this way – and hopefully Raw can do good things with her. Mickie didn’t seem to get as good a reaction as she normally does. I chalk that up to the awkward character switch that happened quietly before WrestleMania. She was presented as a heel for two months and now suddenly is a face again. Sure we hardcore women fans would know this – but Joanne and Cletus casually tuning in have no idea whether to cheer for her yet. I’d like for Raw to properly establish Mickie’s character for the fans.

The ring work was pretty great all around. It was miles more fun than the lacklustre F4W at WrestleMania, that’s for sure. We got to see a lot of mini-matches that acted as teasers for what we may get in the future, or else call backs to what we’ve already seen and liked. Nia and Alexa had a triple threat on NXT against Carmella last year – and it was really great. The two of them really brought some great intensity and they both really sold the importance of what was at stake. Mickie vs Sasha is a dream match for many fans – the star of the past facing the star of the present – and the fans seemed quite into what they delivered. Nia vs Mickie is a classic underdog vs monster heel – and Mickie fought many such battles against Beth Phoenix back in the day. Sasha/Nia and Alexa/Mickie were both combinations that had delivered in the past and did so again here. I did notice Nia slipping up a little during the part where she was throwing everyone around; some of the deliveries looked a bit awkward and she visibly paused like she had forgotten what to do next. But order was restored with Sasha’s guillotine on her. The end was done very well, Alexa picking up the crafty win and earning herself a title match. She and Bayley did good work on NXT before, so here’s hoping they can do even better on Raw.

We got a continuation in the Emma/Dana saga. I’m pretty impressed that they found a way to further it for two weeks without getting to the ring yet. I imagine that will change now that Dana has Alicia Fox’s wrath to deal with. While I did like the segment, I noticed that Dana had some trouble with how she said her lines. She’s not a heel anymore. So when she’s got Alicia’s temper going, she shouldn’t play off it so comically. She played off it like a heel getting one-upped – which is a big no no if she’s going to be a goodie these days. I do love troll Emma though. I expect we’ll see Dana vs Alicia next week, presumably with Emma attempting to troll Dana even more.

Smackdown

Charlotte makes her arrival to Smackdown LIVE.

Charlotte vs Naomi

Winner: Charlotte

Natalya, Carmella and Tamina are up to no good.

…and are not happy when Charlotte blanks them backstage.

Thoughts:

Oh Smackdown, what are you doing to me? Raw gave us such a good show and you have to give us this? Well in terms of Smackdown standards, we got some stuff that was partially good on paper; a lengthy promo setting up the new star and a nice long match. But the booking left a lot to be desired. I did like the idea of a Charlotte/Naomi program, but WWE just rushed into it. Charlotte is new to Tuesday nights and now she’s just jumped to the front of the line. I’m okay with her getting a title match against Naomi, but I wish they had gone about it a different way. Maybe they didn’t want to copy Raw by having a big multi-woman match – but they’re not going to get a cookie for that. Naomi is still a fledgling champion. She has been champion for only a couple of weeks, and that was after only returning from a month long absence. So she still needs a lot of time and work into making herself look like a strong champion. She hasn’t been on top long enough for Charlotte beating her to be a big deal. It just makes her look like a weak champion. Charlotte is already an established star, so she didn’t need to be built up by jobbing the Women’s Champion out to her. If this program is going to make Naomi look good then they have to be careful with their booking. And whose bright idea was it to give away the highly anticipated match on the first week? Raw’s match was great because it teased these potential combinations we could get in the future. Smackdown just gave the game away for free.

The extra backstage segment suggests that we’re going to see a lot of interference in the match next week. I’m not quite sure what direction the story is going to go in but it’s not looking too promising. Must we have to deal with yet another stable? How about coming up with individual feuds instead of smooshing the whole roster into the one? I’ll reserve judgement until it unfolds but it doesn’t look like it’ll be riveting TV. I also hope that this doesn’t lead to a face turn for Charlotte. Give it to Carmella or Tamina who could actually do good things in such a role. Let the records state that I did enjoy the match between Charlotte and Naomi however; I just didn’t like that it was given away for free.






  • conan_kun

    Alexa got thunderous pops because this week Raw is at her hometown. Raw managed to use all available women, unlike before Superstar Shakeup. Sasha, Nia, Alexa and Mickie fighting for contender with Bayley is shown watching backstage, then Alicia, Dana and Emma backstage segment, count Maryse in will be total of 9 women. I still think Emma should have been on SD.

    This week Charlotte is being booked like Asuka in NXT, she looked down on all women and made them looked like nobody when SD booked all women look equal before Superstar Shakeup, though Becky is not on this week SD. They even let Charlotte beat Naomi clean effortlessly and kill all Naomi’s momentum build up last few months instantly after Naomi is undefeated in this year, remind me of Roman vs Rusev US title feud which is Rusev barely gets upper hand against Usos. Most people said Naomi will definitely retain next week, but remember Usos beat American Alpha in non-title match on Mar 14 to get title shot next week, then they win the title next week. If Becky can’t even beat Alexa clean, while Naomi beat Alexa all the time, how do Becky beat Charlotte. Charlotte will hold the title until Nikki returns to dethrone her.

    Something fishy that Becky doesn’t on the show. Last week Becky was breaking her kayfabe character a bit and showing happiness for Charlotte moving to SDL, this week Charlotte doesn’t even meet Becky backstage What if Naomi/Charlotte may do a Taryn Terrell/Awesome Kong double turn as all women except for Becky are apparently unhappy for Charlotte coming to SD, so Naomi, Natalya, Tamina and Carmella may have a same goal coincidentally and it’s to eliminate Charlotte for SD. But a problem is I’m doubt Charlotte as babyface will work well when she looks like a complete whining b*tch for not getting title shot in an opening segment. It may remind me of Matt Hardy/Ethan Carter III double turn when EC3 still acts like an complete asshole before that.
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    • Bobby Calloway

      Odd indeed that Becky wasn’t on the show.

  • Francisco Baguer

    As you know I am Team Smackdown, but what were they thinking last night? WWE clearly shoving Charlotte back down our throats by winning one match and getting a title shot like that? That is over-pushed and shoved down your throat as you can get.

    The one comforting thing is that Natalya and gang going against Charlotte was reality, it felt real because they are making a storyline on what is actually happening. They feel the same way as I do, and what they said proved my point and 100% accurate. They took my real life feelings and hatred towards Charlotte and turned it into an angle with Natalya and the rest being a representation of me.

    • Bobby Calloway

      The fact that they booked the title match for next week does suggest there’s more to the story there.

      • Francisco Baguer

        Yes, I feel that the story is Charlotte joining SmackDown with high hopes, and with high demands. She’s putting herself on a pedestal and is going up against SmackDown’s toughest competitor. She will crash and burn as Naomi is in for a lengthy reign, so it’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. This is probably a huge set up for a downward spiral for Charlotte. I see Natalya and others cost her the match and Charlotte will probably turn face. Becky Lynch wasn’t there, so either she’ll help Charlotte or turn heel herself and join Natalya and form a group of women who like me, are sick of seeing Charlotte over-pushed and want to take her down, because they have been on SD since the beginning of the brand split and feels cheated that Charlotte came in night one get a title shot.

      • Francisco Baguer

        Yes, I feel that the story is Charlotte joining SmackDown with high hopes, and with high demands. She’s putting herself on a pedestal and is going up against SmackDown’s toughest competitor. She will crash and burn as Naomi is in for a lengthy reign, so it’ll be interesting to see how this plays out. This is probably a huge set up for a downward spiral for Charlotte. I see Natalya and others cost her the match and Charlotte will probably turn face. Becky Lynch wasn’t there, so either she’ll help Charlotte or turn heel herself and join Natalya and form a group of women who like me, are sick of seeing Charlotte over-pushed and want to take her down, because they have been on SD since the beginning of the brand split and feels cheated that Charlotte came in night one get a title shot.

  • NMKPLG

    Smackdown- charlotte is horrific as a face, so id rather she stay herl but i have a feeling her and becky are gunna align. I would have booked all of this very differently! I would have natalya vs naomi first then tamina vs naomi and then charlotte vs naomi with charlotte winning and then going on to feud with nikki and natalya

    • Bobby Calloway

      It looks like she’s staying heel since her promo was heelish and she acted very bitchy towards the others backstage. Of course she’s that unlikeable as a face that it’s all up in the air.

  • NMKPLG

    Raw- that match was really goood! I was very impressed! I see alexa losing the title match and bayley retaining! Tbh i keep sasha vs bayley for around the end of the year and let them have a lengthy 3 pay per view feud with sasha winning the title. In the meantime i would have emma vs bayley and bayley vs summer

    • Bobby Calloway

      I’d love to see an Emma vs Bayley feud, since they didn’t work together that much when Emma turned on NXT.



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