It’s that time once again! This is the RAW RELOADED presented by DIVAS OF DESTRUCTION! We head towards the Tables Ladders and Chairs Pay Per View, and we have a confirmed Divas match for the show. The Divas Championship will be on the line as Nikki Bella will defend against the former champ AJ Lee. The Bella Twins and The Black Widow have had a war or words (somewhat) over the past couple of weeks, and Lee is facing the numbers game as Brie Bella will no doubt be in the corner of her sister. There’s also the sudden issue of The Miz being interested in Naomi, all to get under the skin of The Usos as a tag team title match is on the horizon. Before the TLC PPV however we have to get through the annual Slammys awards edition Raw, with several Divas up for the golden statues including the always controversial Diva of the Year award. Will the WWE actually use the actual voting results, or just dish out an award to whichever Diva they want to be the star? Let’s get into it and find out…
Non-Title Divas Singles Match
NXT Women’s Champion CHARLOTTE Vs NATALYA w/h Nattie’s Husband
Holy unannounced debuts Batman! With NXT title and all, the reigning NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte made her down to the ring doing plenty of “Woooos” but Heel’d it up a bit like her father, faking out a hand slap with a fan. You know she’s Ric Flair’s daughter, right? Don’t think that gets mentioned enough. Charlotte even got a video package to give her more hype but again, showed her more to be a Heel and, to be honest, quite unlikeable. After commercial Natalya was in the ring. No entrance? ALWAYS A GOOD SIGN! The reason for Charlotte’s appearance was obvious already, but we got a match graphic to hype this week’s live NXT special.
Bell sounds, and Charlotte bounces off the ropes to tell “Wooooo!” in Natalya’s face. Did we mention who Charlotte’s father is yet? For whatever reason Nattie’s Husband tried to climb up to the apron, and this distracted Natalya enough for Charlotte to strike with a kick. Perv King went all kinds of (more) insane (than usual) claiming Charlotte has the same amount of charisma as her father. Ric must have lost a planet-sized amount then! Charlotte hit less than impactful looking Shoulder Thrusts to the corner, but her attempts to charge the corner were met with Back Elbow counters.
To show off the height difference Natalya left onto Charlotte’s back to lock on a Sleeper Hold with Bodyscissors but this was countered with a Backpack Stunner for a near fall. Charlotte hit some strike punches, but paid for not following up when she ate a slap. Natalya’s attempt at a kick was caught, and the two Divas engaged with slaps for a moment before Natalya skillfully rolled through and applied a tied up Leglock however Charlotte instantly countered with a Chinlock.
Natalya escaped to run the ropes but was leveled with a Knife Edge Chop to loud “Woooo”s. Charlotte followed up with rough looking Knee Strikes, and mocked Nattie’s Husband before hitting another chop, then a Knee Drop but again only got a two count. Perv King again went full nonsense claiming watching Charlotte was just like watching Ric Flair in the ring. I seriously don’t even. Natalya took advantage of her opponent time wasting to sweep the legs, looking for The Sharpshooter but Charlotte rolled through with almost a Small Package but instead went through to get to her feet, going for the Figure Four Leglock. Then it was Natalya’s turn to counter, getting a Small Package of her own and making it deep, snatching the win!
Natalya defeats Charlotte with a Smack Package counter.
Post-Match: Charlotte looked furious, yelling at the referee while Natalya tried to pose on the corner, but as per usual Nattie’s Husband got up in the corner to block her and steal the glory.
Thoughts: Well, that was a waste of time! The match did Charlotte no favours for a Raw debut and made her look weak as a Champion to lose to such a basic pin hold. If they wanted to hype the NXT special, then they failed. Perhaps WWE brass has lost interest in Ric Flair’s daughter following her honestly disastrous attempt to be a babyface in NXT? Or is this just to soften the blow if Sasha Banks wins the title this Thursday?
Sadly Perv King was the “host” for the Diva of the Year category. The nominees were BRIE BELLA, PAIGE, AJ LEE, and NIKKI BELLA. The four, honestly disinterested looking Divas were backstage, and for some reason Titus O’Neal popped up with them, and AJ Lee was announced the winner. Lee skipped away and the other Divas stormed off. Lee came out, wisely refusing a proper hug from Perv King. Lee’s acceptance speech began with her recalling that three years ago she vowed to change the Divas Division, gloating that she did that. Lee name checked NXT Divas Bayley, Sasha (Banks), Charlotte, and fellow WWE Divas Emma and Paige as women she wanted to see win the award next year, but warned that she was not done being “the Queen” and vowed to win the Divas title at TLC.
RENEE YOUNG interviewed John Cena about the TLC Pay Per View and his match against The Big Show tonight.
NAOMI was seen checking herself over before The Usos popped up with their Slammys for best tag team (I’m guessing?) Jay popped away to leave Jimmy with his wife, and he did a cheesy line about the Slammy win being the second best thing to happen to him this year. Naomi said that he’d talked to The Miz’s agent who sounds legit to her, but Jimmy pointed out that this all happened only when it was obvious the Usos were gunning for the tag titles that The Miz and Mizdow hold. Jimmy seemed hesitant about this, and said if Naomi was going to Hollywood, he was going with her to make sure. But this upset Naomi who walked off leaving him looking frustrated.
LANA accompanied her man, the United States Champion Rusev to the ring. Lana gave a usual anti-America rant, mocking rivals The Real Americans. This brought out Jack Swagger to vow to break Rusev’s ankle, kicking off a brawl that Swagger got the better off, applying the Patriot Lock to leave Rusev hurting as referees hauled Swagger away.
The Second Match
Divas Singles Match
AJ LEE Vs SUMMER RAE
Lee skipped her way down with her Slammy Award as we got a match graphic to hype the TLC Divas title match. After a commercial AND an award presentation we went back to the ring to find Summer Rae is the opposition. Rae patornised Lee’s win with some pats on the head, shoving Lee down to bad mouth her and soon getting a Lou Thesz Press for her troubles. Lee tried to follow up with a lucha Wheelbarrow but Rae countered to faceplant Lee into the canvas, rolling her over for a near fall. Rae sent Lee into the corner and caught her (just) on the rebound with a Roundhouse Kick but again only got a two count.
Frustrated, Summer choked AJ on the ropes, then hauling Lee in to lock in a Cobra Clutch and when Lee tried to fight up she was cut off with a shove to the mat and amazingly only got a two count from that. Back to a Cobra Clutch and this time Lee fought out, countered to duck and run the ropes, and one Tilt-a-Whirl into The Black Widow later and that was all she wrote!
AJ Lee defeats Summer Rae by submission with The Black Widow.
Thoughts: A fine match and Summer was on point tonight, but not exactly the best way to hype a PPV title match. Oh well…
ROSA MENDES was with her man as Fandango took it upon himself to accept a Slammy won by Chris Jericho under the flimsy excuse that Fandango once beat Jericho once onetime years ago.
Noelle Foley popped up again just like last week in a festive-themed skit for the WWE Shop with father Mick Foley.
Renee Young would interview The Big Show about his match against Cena and his upcoming Stairs match against Erick Rowan at TLC.
That’s your lot from a less than inspiring edition of Raw, but at least the “fan voting” got it right granting Lee the Slammy for Diva of the Year. Next time we’ll have the post-TLC edition of the Reloaded, but who will be the Divas Champion? Stop by in seven and we’ll find out with the next instalment of the RAW RELOADED presented by DIVAS OF DESTRUCTION! See you then!