Welcome one welcome all to the latest edition of the RAW RELOADED presented by DIVAS OF DESTRUCTION! We’ve yet to be really set alight by the title feud involving The Bella Twins and Paige as the Fast Lane Pay Per View looms closer, so will this be the week things are turned around? And will we see anything new from Naomi and Natalya as they play a part in the tag title story? Let’s get into it and find out…
LANA and her client Rusev came out to interrupt John Cena’s rant with one of their own, but Lana was left raging as for once Rusev was the one laid out after a brawl with Cena.
RENEE YOUNG would interview Daniel Bryan about the mind games he’s playing with rival Roman Reigns.
Byron Saxton would be seen backstage outside the Divas locker room, saying he was waiting to get a word with number one contender Paige. Instead, THE BELLA TWINS rushed out with Brie clutching onto Paige’s ring attire. The twins gloated that Paige wouldn’t be competing tonight but if she did, she’d be doing it nude. The thieving twins fled the scene and moments later a flustered PAIGE in a towel came out, demanding to know where the twins went.
Paige instead ran into CAMERON (she’s still signed?) and asked for spare gear, but in a bratty tone Cameron dismissed the idea claiming Paige wouldn’t look good in it, leaving with a hair flip to the face. Paige took a moment to look around, and suddenly a pack of Rosebuds were there including current SHINE Champion Mia Yim and NXT’s cult favorite “Blue Pants” Leva Bates. In fact, Leva – clad in a candy fairy princess outfit was grabbed by the arm and hauled away from the scene. Uh oh…
Divas Singles Match
SUMMER RAE Vs PAIGE
No TV entrance? ALWAYS A GOOD SIGN! Rae was already in the ring, complaining about who knows what. Paige’s theme hit and… Then stopped, selling her lack of gear issue. Then it played out again and Paige strutted out in that fairy princess outfit! “Goth Hogwarts outfit” JBL claimed as Paige played up the outfit and the fans seemed to love it.
Rae mouthed off about how this was supposed to be a match, and Paige promptly started it off by using the ropes to snap Rae sharply off from them a couple of times. “THIS IS MY HOUSE!!” got a nice pop as Paige kept control, leading to the Back-and-forth Back Elbows to Summer in the corner. Paige continued to play up the outfit as we saw the less than impressed Bella Twins watching on from backstage as the Diva of Tomorrow got some stomps in.
Paige nailed the Repeated Knee Strikes through the ropes and posed to let out a yell. Her taking her time came back to haunt her as it allowed Rae to counter with a Roll-up but instead of going for the pin she rolled Paige away, creating space for a way too high Roundhouse Kick but Paige sold it anyway. It got a two count, so Rae locked on a Full Nelson using the legs, trying to sneak a pin from it by rolling Paige over but again only getting a two count.
Rae hit a nice Legdrop and gloated about it, but missed a second and Paige rallied with a series of Short-Arm Clotheslines, then a Running Single Leg Dropkick. After a yell, Rae got floored again with a Side Kick, the perfect set-up to lock on the PTO and that was all she wrote.
Paige defeats Summer Rae by submission with the Paige Tap Out.
Post-match: The Bellas came out with Brie wearing Paige’s ring jacket. Nikki started off another usual Mean Girls (she couldn’t pronounce recognize properly!) rant but thankfully Paige cut her off to tell her that unlike the Twins she doesn’t need an outfit to look good. At Fast Lane, she vowed to take the Divas title, and that didn’t sit well with Nikki who fled the scene clutching her title.
Thoughts: This actually worked really well. Paige was able to show off her personality and fun side, just going with it all rather than being furious and that worked in her favor, and The Bella Twins looked more and more pathetic with their pranks and tricks. It seems to be giving Paige the edge towards Fast Lane, but will that translate into another reign as Divas Champion? We’ll have to wait and see…
The Second Match
Mixed Tag Team Match
NAOMI & Jimmy Uso w/h Jay Uso Vs NATALYA & Nattie’s Husband w/h Cesaro
Naomi came out with the tag team champs, as we got a replay of the failed double dinner date from Smackdown a couple weeks back. Natalya and Nattie’s Husband came out holding hands, but Nattie’s Husband pulled Natalya away from slapping hands with fans. Figures that the Divas would get full entrances only thanks to Superstars being involved.
Nattie’s Husband wanted to part of Jimmy, so it wasn’t long before Natalya was tagged in. The Divas did a nice bit of chain wrestling for a while, exchanging Headscissors and counters as Nattie’s Husband played cheerleader at the corner. This seemed to annoy Naomi who tagged out to her husband, forcing the Divas out. It wasn’t long again until the Divas were back in as Nattie’s Husband didn’t want any of a Jimmy Uso ready to fight.
The Divas went for stereo Dropkicks with impressive flips up to their feet for a nice reaction, but Natalya soon got control with almost an Atomic Drop counter to plant Naomi on her butt on the mat. This was a fine set up for Natalya’s running over the back spot followed by the Low Dropkick for a near fall. Natalya offered a tag to her husband, but still wanting none of the Uso he waved it off. Natalya went for The Sharpshooter but Naomi countered into a pin hold, which got countered, but in the end Naomi got the counter that mattered to win the match.
Naomi and Jimmy Uso defeat Natalya and Nattie’s Husband when Naomi pinned Natalya with a Counter Pin.
Post-match: Nattie’s Husband looked mad as Cesaro came in and started mouthing off at Natalya. It appeared that Nattie’s Husband was going to stick up for her, but instead Nattie’s Husband started yelling about the loss to leave Natalya extremely upset.
Thoughts: It’s damning on how lacking in storytelling and personality the Superstars are when the Divas have been by far the most important and interesting part of the tag title feud. The Divas used their time nicely.
That’s you lot from a far better than usual edition of Raw. We’ll be back next time with the post-Fast Lane PPV fallout and we’ll see if the Diva of Tomorrow or Team Bella still has the butterfly belt. So stop by again in seven for the next edition of the RAW RELOADED! See you then!