Very WWE heavy at the top of this week’s Roundup, as I take a look at the last three shows the promotion has presented on TV, and how the writers have made a complete balls-up of the Kelly Kelly v Divas Of Doom storyline. Personally, I’d have produced things a different way, so I’m going to list what happened, my grievances with it and what I would have done instead. Bear in mind, this is just one man’s opinion, and I’m sure many will disagree with what I say, but I believe that this is logical, and not just the rantings of some fanboy.
On the go-home episode of SmackDown in Toronto before Night of Champions, Beth Phoenix defeated AJ, then delivered a promise to defeat Kelly at the pay-per-view. And that’s it.
Considering hometown girl Trish Stratus was on the show, it was a wasted opportunity. Stratus was only featured in backstage segments with Edge, Christian and Zack Ryder, and had no interaction with the girls. The chance was there for Trish to use some of the superstar status she has to give Kelly the rub (take your heads out of the gutter, you filthy people) and maybe get some heat for Beth at the same time. On goes my fantasy booking hat…
Trish goes to the ring, says hello to her hometown fans and plugs her yoga and other ventures. Then she calls out Kelly to give her an anecdote about how ten years ago, she was in exactly the same position as Kelly is now – having won her first WWE title, a lot of expectations on her shoulders and a lot of doubters yelling from the shadows. She could recount how with perseverance, hard work and determination to succeed, she turned their opinions around and got to a point that she was proud of being able to become what everyone believed or expected her to be. She would say that she was proud of Kelly beating Beth at SummerSlam and tell her that she believes the same thing will happen again at Night Of Champions, with them exchanging a handshake or a hug or something.
From there, Beth’s music hits and she comes to the ring alone, and while Kelly and Trish are focussed on Phoenix, Natalya comes through the crowd and attacks Kelly from behind. Trish looks around in shock to see the Divas Champ being beaten on and goes to help out, but Beth cuts her off, and starts to kick the snot out of Stratus. Meanwhile, Kelly could be put in the Sharpshooter by Natalya, positions so she can see Beth attacking Stratus before laying her out with a Glam Slam. Following that, Kaitlyn, AJ and Alicia Fox could storm the ring to make the save while Beth and Natalya leave. Trish and Kelly are left laying, and the Divas Of Doom look dominant ahead of the PPV.
My issue with Trish is that since her semi-regular returns since February, she has not been required to put over a single Diva. LayCool were the biggest victims, falling at WrestleMania – though that could be overlooked, considering it was a throwaway outing. Fair enough, they laid her out on Raw a couple of weeks before the show, but she swiftly got her revenge at WrestleMania, so the initial beatdown never really mattered.
Considering that she is near bulletproof in the eyes of management, it wouldn’t hurt for her to pass the torch to the current Divas, who desperately need a boost. After all, the Divas Of Doom storyline had been limping along since SummerSlam, with virtually no interaction between Beth or Kelly. For Phoenix to go batshit crazy and attack what is essentially the blueprint for models turned wrestlers in her hometown, it would have put crazy heat on Phoenix and may have generated an extra buy or two.
I’m not saying that Stratus is vetoing any request for her to be the victim in any angle. I’m saying that it’s more likely that WWE doesn’t want to ask her as they don’t want to put any kind of dent in her armour. However, it’s 2011, and Stratus retired from regular in-ring work five years ago. It would be plausible that the current crop of Divas would be bigger, faster, stronger and younger than her. Still, WWE does the same thing with Bret Hart when he sporadically shows up, so maybe it’s a subtle dig that nobody on the roster these days is as good as the wrestlers of yesteryear. If that’s true, that’s a horrible way to do business.
Kelly pins Beth at Night Of Champions with a sunset flip. Beth then does an interview with we.com where she says she is sick of playing nice.
OK, if WWE needed Kelly to beat Beth in Phoenix’s hometown of Buffalo, NY, why use another sneaky pinfall? Could she not deliver her finisher and get a decisive win to strengthen her credibility as champion? It would have done Kelly the world of good; Michael Cole could admit that he was wrong about Kelly and that she is the real deal as champion and Natalya could then be positioned to be the next challenger to the belt.
But seriously – how dead in the water did the Divas Of Doom look after this? As Cole rightly said, Beth choked in her hometown, and was pinned again by a woman that she doesn’t take seriously as a wrestler or a champion. Quite how Phoenix was expected to get any heat back after falling twice in successive months to her rival is baffling. Her character is now viewed as a loser, and a flaccid heel. Should Beth beat Kelly for the title now, it would be perceived as a loser getting the win, thus tainting Kelly as a result. Nobody gets over.
Now, I hate parity booking – where one person gets a win then the other gets the win back so they’re always on the same level – but the storyline was screaming for Beth to win the belt, get the hometown reaction, then go on a tear with her campaign to be the dominant Diva in WWE. Now though, where does she go from here? You can’t say that she deserves another shot at the title…
Kelly and Eve Torres beat Beth and Natalya.
Oh piss off.
After Phoenix saying that the gloves were off, the Divas Of Doom lose again? This is a rib now, I’m sure of it. There is no way that anyone can take them credibly now. Why not have had Kelly and Eve come to the ring, and as they’re slapping hands and smiling, Beth and Natalya rush them in the aisleway, kick their faces in and leave without the match taking place? Or if the match does happen, have Beth pin Kelly, if you want to go down that route again and have a third match between them at Hell In A Cell in two weeks. Having Eve pin Natalya forwards nothing, except to make the Divas Of Doom look a little bit more useless.
I really hope WWE has some sort of end goal for this storyline, but I get the feeling that since SummerSlam, they have been making things up as they went along. Regardless, Phoenix and Natalya need something to make them look like a threat again, or their names will be mud for a long while in the eyes of the fans.
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The best of the rest
Ray suffered a torn muscle during her CMLL-REINA International Junior title win over Zeuxis… Amapola’s age is being reported as being 40, though her age has never really been divulged… Lucha Libre USA returns to TV on October 1… Bull Nakano is putting weight back on to look like she did in her prime ahead of her retirement show on January 8 next year. She won’t be wrestling though, as her knees are shot. Aja Kong will appear on the show… Congratulations to the new IW19 Champion Kurumi, who defeated former champ Tsukushi in the tournament finals to declare a new titleholder last Friday… Courtney Rush will face Kellie Skater at nCw Femmes Fatales VII on October 8 in Montreal… In a bit of a surprise, Britani Knight will join her mother Saraya at SHIMMER in Berwyn on October 1 & 2… Saturday’s Indygurlz show with Mercedes Martinez, Portia Perez and Kellie Skater drew TWENTY FIVE people, including complimentary tickets. At least that’s up from 11 fans at the show in March. So few people went that we can’t find any results to bring to you… Sara Del Rey is tied with Mike Quackenbush at the top of Block A in the 12 Large: Summit to crown CHIKARA’s first singles champion after defeating Ares and Ophidian at the weekend… Maryse is medically cleared to return to the ring after her hernia surgery… Reby Sky is denying that she was arrested for reckless driving earlier this week. She says she was given a ticket for speeding, but that was all… British TV model Carly Thornton has told the Basildon Recorder that she’s going to be receiving a WWE tryout when the company returns to the country in November. Considering her age and the fact that she has no wrestling experience, I’m sceptical.
September 14: WAVE (Tokyo, Japan) – Kana, Mio Shirai & Io Shirai b Shu Shibutani, Cherry & Moeka Haruhi; Misaki Ohata v Hiren went to a time limit draw; Toshie Uematsu & Ran Yu-Yu b Aya Yuki & Ryo Mizunami; GAMI & Tomoka Nakagawa b Ayako Hamada & Yumi Ohka
September 14: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – CJ Lane, Epiphany & Solo Darling b Jessie Belle Smothers & The Blossom Twins
September 15: Impact Wrestling (Orlando, FL) – Velvet Sky b Angelina Love
September 16: 19 Pro (Saitama, Japan) – Tsukasa Fujimoto & Riho b Sayaka Obihiro & Hamuko Hoshi; Kurumi b Tsukushi to win the IW19 Championship
September 16: Squared Circle Wrestling (Rome, NY) – Portia Perez b Mistress Belmont
September 17: CHIKARA (Brockton, MA) – Sara Del Rey b Ares
September 17: Fight Club Finland (Helsinki, Finland) – Aurora Flame b Shanna
September 17: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Maki Narumiya b Dorami Nagano; Neko Nitta b Meari Naito; Hamuko Hoshi & Mochi Miyagi b Kaori Yoneyama & Sayaka Obihiro; Hikaru Shida & Tsukasa Fujimoto b Emi Sakura & Tsukushi
September 18: CHIKARA (New York City, NY) – Sara Del Rey b Ophidian
September 18: CMLL (Tokyo, Japan) – Hiroyo Matsumoto b Dama De Hierro; Aki Kambayashi b Lady Afrodita; Manami Toyota & Yuimko Hotta b La Comandante & Zeuxis; Amapola b Ayumi Kurihara
September 18: Anarchy Championship Wrestling (Austin, TX) – Angel Blue b Rachel Summerlyn; Angel Blue b Jessica James; Portia Perez b Lillie Mae; ACH b Mia Yim; Athena b Lady Poison to win the American Joshi Championship
September 18: WWE Night Of Champions (Buffalo, NY) – Kelly Kelly b Beth Phoenix
September 18: World League Wrestling (Burlington, IA) – Stacey O’Brien b Lucy Mendez to win the WLW Women’s Title
September 19: WWE Raw (Cleveland, OH) – Kelly Kelly & Eve Torres b Beth Phoenix & Natalya
September 23: REINA (Tokyo, Japan) – Portia Perez & Nicole Mathews v Mia Yim & Sara Del Rey; Comandante & Zeuxis v Aki Kambayashi & Saya
September 24: IndyGurlz (Shrewsbury, MA) – Sara Del Rey v Mercedes Martinez
September 24: Great Championship Wrestling (Levittown, PA) – Sassy Stephie v Rain; Alicia & Brittney Savage v Allysin Kay & Jessicka Havok
September 24: REINA (Yokohama, Japan) – Portia Perez & Nicole Mathews or Mia Yim & Sara Del Rey v Comandante & Zeuxis or Aki Kambayashi & Saya
September 24; Southside Wrestling Entertainment (Huntingdon, England) – Super Janey B v Rhia O’Reilly
September 25: REINA (Osaka, Japan) – Yumiko Hotta v Sara Del Rey
September 25: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Lakewood, OH) Sassy Stephie v Madison Rayne; Jessicka Havok & Allysin Kay v Mickie Knuckles & Angel Dust
September 30: AAW (Berwyn, IL) – MsChif, Nevaeh & Jessie McKay v Mena Libra, Sassy Stephie & Madison Eagles
September 30: Melbourne City Wrestling (Tullamarine, Australia) – Shazza McKenzie v Harley Wonderland
October 1 & 2: SHIMMER: Women Athletes (Berwyn, IL)
October 2: Absolute Intense Wrestling (Cleveland, OH) – Hailey Hatred v Cherry Bomb
October 7: Dynamo Pro Wrestling (Glen Carbon, IL) – MsChif v Billy McNeil v Jamie Lyte v Jackal v Makaze v Jack Gamble
October 7: CHIKARA (Burlington, NC) – Madison Eagles v Kana
October 8: nCw Femmes Fatales (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) – Tiana Ringer v Mercedes Martinez; Tomoka Nakagawa v Portia Perez v Sweet Cherrie; Cheerleader Melissa v Mary Lee Rose; Lufisto v Kalamity; Angie Skye v Cherry Bomb; Courtney Rush v Kellie Skater
October 8: Lucha POP (Tlalnepantla de Baz, Mexico) – Mary & Faby Apache v Keira & Lolita
October 8: CHIKARA (Kingsport, TN) – Sara Del Rey v Kana; Jessie McKay v Madison Eagles
October 8 and 9: Pro Wrestling: EVE v Ice Ribbon (Nottingham, UK) – April Davids v Jenny Sjodin
October 9: St Louis Anarchy (Fairview Heights, IL) – Rachel Summerlyn v Darin Corbin
October 15: Dungeon Championship Wrestling (Newhall, CA) – Allison Danger & Sara Del Rey v NY Knockout Nikki & Morgan
October 15: Extreme World Wrestling (Hastings, England) – Skarlett v Sweet Saraya
October 26: SMASH (Osaka, Japan) – Syuri & Makoto v Kana & Mio Shirai
October 28: SMASH (Tokyo, Japan) – Kana v Aki Shizuku; Syuri v Makoto v Ray v Tomoka Nakagawa
October 28: Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling (Surrey, NC, Canada) – Nicole Matthews v KC Spinelli
November 5: New Scene Wrestling (Birmingham, England) – Alpha Female v Jenny Sjodin; April Davids & Jemma Palmer v Darcy Steele & Becky James
November 6: New Scene Wrestling (Birmingham, England) – Alpha Female v Jenny Sjodin; Kay Lee Ray v Carmel Jacob
November 19: International Wrestling Cartel (Meadville, PA) – Traci Brooks v Gail Kim
November 19: Women Superstars Uncensored (Union City, NJ) – Jetta & Rain v The Boston Shore; Serena Deeb v Melina; Mercedes Martinez, Alicia & Brittney Savage v Jessicka Havok, Allysin Kay & Sassy Stephie; Nikki Styx v Gabby Gilbert; Becky Bayless v Rick Cataldo
January 8, 2012 Bull Nakano retirement show (Tokyo, Japan)
March 3, 2012 Women Superstars Uncensored (Union City, NJ) – Mercedes Martinez v Jessicka Havok
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– Lee Burton