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WWE Divas, Raw & Smackdown Results – Coronations & Welcoming Committees
Posted on Saturday, May 6th, 2017
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WWE Divas, Raw & Smackdown Results

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At Payback we got a new Raw Women’s Champion – as Alexa Bliss shocked us all by dethroning Bayley during only her third week as part of the red brand. Such an occasion was so momentous, that Alexa announced that she would have an official coronation on Raw to comemorate becoming the first to hold both the Raw and Smackdown Women’s titles. On Smackdown we also hear from the Welcoming Committee who interrupted the championship match last week – and they’ve got an offer for Becky Lynch. We’ll also see Natalya and Carmella do battle with the unlikely team of Naomi and Charlotte. If the latter can make it to the ring that is…

Raw

Alexa Bliss, Nia Jax, Emma & Alicia Fox vs Bayley, Sasha Banks, Dana Brooke & Mickie James

Winners: Alexa Bliss, Nia Jax, Emma & Alicia Fox

Thoughts:

Well colour me shocked; that’s officially three great Raws in a row. WWE did do this kind of segment after Charlotte won at WrestleMania 32 but since Alexa is a million times more engaging on the microphone than Ms Flair, this second try was much better. I loved all the taunts Alexa gave to her fellow women. Comparing Mickie James to The Fabulous Moolah and Mae Young was priceless. She squared up to The Boss and got right in her face – which is something that’s very refreshing after Charlotte’s typical cowardly heel schtick. Alexa did resort to cowardly heel mode when she bumped into Nia – but she played off it so well that it worked. And of course the taunts to Bayley…this kind of stuff is vintage Trish and Lita, and exactly what I want in the women’s division. Alexa is such a naturally hateable heel, while Bayley is a naturally loveable babyface – that this feud feels great and it’s only just gotten started. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

And we got an 8-woman tag for a change. Some fans may not like them, but when they’re given enough time they can be lots of fun. And this one was. It was interesting to me just to see how equally strong the face and heel sides on Raw are. We have two very over fan-favourites in Sasha and Bayley, with a veteran like Mickie there and an up-and-comer like Dana. Likewise Nia Jax makes the good powerhouse, Emma is the wild card and Alicia Fox…well she does the job but she does it well. It almost seemed like an apology for her 1-minute match last week that she was given the majority of ring time. I think we saw her work with everyone. She was priceless with how she yelled “I’m trying” as Sasha had her in a front facelock. Speaking of Sasha, it was surprising to see her as the one to get worked over by the heels. I expected that spot to go to Mickie. But Sasha sold her ass off and worked well with each of them. Mickie made her presence known after not being featured last week – and she did some fun stuff even if she was the spare part.

Dana actually had a really good night; after weeks of lacklustre performances, she finally played face in a good way. She pulled out some nice, fancy moves, played to the crowd and did some good face psychology with how she sent Nia out of the ring. WWE even made sure not to let the multi-woman tag interrupt her feud with Emma. Notice how they barely interacted in the ring – until Emma threw Dana out. Next week Emma can go back to the mind games and continue to confuse Dana as to whether she wants to be friends or not. The end was nice and snappy – and a good decision to make. Bayley has a guaranteed rematch as the former champion, while Alexa is a developing star. Giving her the win helps cap off her title victory and set her up as the dominant, crafty heel.

Smackdown

The Welcoming Committee offer Becky Lynch a chance to join their stable.

Charlotte is interviewed about the Welcoming Committee.

Naomi & Charlotte vs Carmella & Natalya

Winners: Carmella & Natalya

Thoughts:

Okay Smackdown, you’ve officially impressed me. I was very happy with this week’s segment because the booking was nice and unique, all competitors were showcased well, and the storyline progression was actually pretty fun. With regards to the ring action, I was overjoyed to see Carmella wrestling again. Ever since her pairing with James Ellsworth, she’s mostly squashed local jobbers (and Aliyah). We haven’t seen her as part of the women’s division properly in months. I make no secret of the fact that she’s now one of my favourite women to watch in the ring, and one positive thing about this new stable is that she’s being showcased in a wrestling role. She and Naomi worked incredibly well together; I remember seeing a singles match between them in October that really impressed – so it’s nice to see that their chemistry was not a one-off. Natalya and Naomi of course have worked together numerous times in the past, and shown off some great stuff, so this was more of that. As far as handicap matches go, this one turned out very well and didn’t suffer from having only three people in there. The Women’s Champion was booked quite well, even if she didn’t get the win. While I would have preferred her to get a win (she is the champ after all) and suffer a triple team, the dirty win Carmella got did still make her look like a strong loser. Carmella getting the win for her team really excited me, and I hope she gets to be the one who challenges for the title next – as I assume this will eventually phase into each member of the Welcoming Committee getting a shot at the gold.

It looks as if Charlotte is headed for a face turn. That was unfortunately the only part of the episode’s programming that didn’t work. Charlotte is supposed to be seeing the light and becoming more likeable. Yet in her interview, she still comes across as an arrogant heel, and is saying the same stuff she normally does; bragging about how she’s the best and everyone else is trash. Shouldn’t she show some respect for Naomi or frustration that she couldn’t win the match on her own terms? Y’know – redeeming qualities? As such, it’s hard to see the Welcoming Committee in a totally bad light, because Charlotte has been a disrespectful bully towards them so far.

The fake out heel turn was probably my favourite part of the segment. I was genuinely going “no, Becky, don’t do it” and they had me worked for just a second. The crowd were super into it, which is a good sign. It shows that while Becky hasn’t been at the forefront of storylines lately, they still love her and will get behind her. This logically sets up a six-way feud that will probably culminate in a tag match at the next PPV. While it’s not something I’d normally look forward to, the build-up has been fun and I do look forward to more wrestling.






  • conan_kun

    Now it’s the first time ever with non Horsewomen as Raw and Smackdown women champ since Sep 2015. Look like Raw women feuds end up Bayley/Alexa title feud, Sasha/Alicia, Mickie/Nia and Emma/Dana side feuds after 8 women tag match.

    Becky almost pulls Hulk Hogan’s Bash at the Beach 1996 moment. See how the crowd singing Becky’s theme after the music stopped during Superstar Shakeup, chants for Becky when Natalya, Tamina and Carmella assaulted Charlotte and Naomi 2 weeks in a row, these makes me don’t want to turn Becky heel or else they may still cheer on Becky heavily even if she turns heel, like Sting in 1999.

    Remember Bret Hart and CM Punk bragging themselves the best when they’re babyfaces too, Charlotte’s first babyface run is just a bland babyface, badass babyface is more compelling. Another reason for turning Charlotte babyface could be making up number of babyfaces as now Natalya, Tamina, Carmella and Lana (perhaps with her enforcer like Mary Kate may debut with Lana on SD too as they are testing their partnership on NXT live events) and even newly heel Asuka, Billie and Peyton if at least one of them moves to SD.

    6 women tag may happen at Backlash but I prefer women title to defend on PPV. Since Carmella pins Naomi, though via interference, Carmella may get one on one title shot against Naomi, while Charlotte teams with Becky against Natalya and Tamina in tag match. Naomi may retain to extend her title run since Carmella is not ready for title run yet but I hope Natalya and Tamina wins since they need credibility and momentum much more than Horsewomen, plus Horsewomen are over enough with their NXT fame, just a loss against Natalya and Tamina won’t hurt them much.

    • Bobby Calloway

      The difference is that those faces were up against really unlikeable heels. Like Sasha bragging that she’s still The Boss while up against Charlotte herself. Charlotte does not come across as sympathetic, so she needs to work on that.

  • Francisco Baguer

    Once again Smackdown has proved why its superior to Raw. Smackdown’s storyline felt real and more engaging as it was a reality-based angle with 3 disgruntled workers who feel justified for their actions because a spoiled pampered brat like Charlotte comes in night one gets an opportunity while women like Natalya and Carmella have been there since the beginning of the brand split. With how this whole feud is handling, I expect a 6 woman tag at the PPV with the heels winning and one of them getting a title feud with Naomi.

    As far as Charlotte being babyface is concerned, its not a good start. She’s supposed to be reformed and turned to a new leaf, but she is still the same boring Queen character that she always is. If I want to be invested into Charlotte, WWE needs to do 3 things: Repackage her because that Queen gimmick needs to die, Change her attire, and teach her how to talk on the microphone; hook her up on phonics if you have to.

    • Bobby Calloway

      What’s wrong with her gear?

      • Francisco Baguer

        Forget that part didn’t know what I was saying.

      • Francisco Baguer

        Forget that part didn’t know what I was saying. Just repackage her and learn how to talk on the mic.

      • Francisco Baguer

        Forget that part didn’t know what I was saying. Just repackage her and learn how to talk on the mic.



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