Welcome one and all to the post-WrestleMania edition of the RAW RELOADED presented by DIVAS OF DESTRUCTION! The Show of Shows is in the books, and it saw Paige and AJ Lee pick up the victory over The Bella Twins as Lee was able to force Nikki to submit to the Black Widow. With the new WWE calendar year now in full swing and the (rather worrying if I’m honest) promise of a brand new Diva Search contest coming to the WWE Network, what could possibly be in store for the Divas? Will we see a repeat of last year with a new Diva appearing and shocking the world? Or simply just the start of the next storyline for the Divas? Let’s get into it and find out…
How novel! STEPHANIE MCMAHON featured in the opening segment, taunting everyone she could and claiming that new WWE Champion Seth Rollins would be “up for the challenge” of defending the title against former champ Brock Lesnar.
NATALYA accompanied the Tag Team Champions as Cesaro and Nattie’s Husband took part in an eight-man tag team match.
McMahon would run out to warm Lesnar about not delivering a F-5 to a cameraman as he went on a rampage after Rollins fled from the title match, and when Lesnar delivered it anyway she indefinitely suspended him.
Moments later RENEE YOUNG interviewed McMahon, who gloated about her actions saying she now owned Lesnar due to him signing with WWE again instead of going back to MMA.
Young would appear again to interview new WWE champ Seth Rollins, and as per usual things were interrupted by Randy Orton to set up the main event of the show.
Six Diva Tag Team Match
AJ LEE, PAIGE & NAOMI Vs THE BELLA TWINS & NATALYA
Lee was out first in a custom cut merch T-shirt of NXT Diva Bayley, and after a commercial Paige, Naomi and Natalya were all out. No TV entrances? ALWAYS A GOOD TIME! The Bella Twins of course got an entrance.
Naomi and Natalya started things off with some chain-wrestling and counters as the fans chanted “We Want Bayley!” a chant clearly provoked by Lee’s choice of T-shirt. Natalya got control with the Shoulder Knockdown, and soon after went for the strikes with a couple shots to the head. Naomi countered being sent to the corner with her odd twerking or whatever it is spot, kicking Natalya away to set up a nice Running Dropkick. Natalya then got in her spots, hitting the Bounce-off-the-ropes Atomic Drop-like slam to Naomi that we’ve seen in the past, then the run over the back into the Low Dropkick for a two count.
Brie got the tag and hit the Missile Dropkick off the second rope, working over Naomi with a Firewoman’s Carry into an Armbar, and when Naomi fought up she got hit with it and again to be trapped. Naomi escaped again this time hitting a Dropkick, sending Brie back and allowing Naomi to tag in Paige to a nice reaction. She kicked things off with a couple of Headbutts, only to be caught by a sudden sweep of the leg to send her down, and right after Paige caught Brie with a leg trip of her own for a near fall.
Brie caught Paige with a kick when she ducked down, and the Glampire no-sold it like she was Sting, making Brie do the “Loser L” taunt that I wish she would send back to pre-school. Paige responded with a mean tackle to make them both tumble through the ropes to the floor. This led to a face-off on the floor as the show went to commercial.
Back from it AJ Lee was trapped in a Chinlock by Brie Bella, Natalya getting a tag and hitting a Dropkick to the back for a two count, then locking on a Seated Surfboard. The rowdy post-Mania crowd sang out that John Cena Sucks while Natalya hit a couple of Snap Suplexes and got another near fall. Nikki got the tag, hitting a Clothesline for a near fall, doing nice Heel work by mocking Lee as she crawled for a tag, doing the same herself. Brie cheered her sister on as Nikki locked on a Surfboard with the arms of her own.
Lee escaped by flipping the arm, but Nikki held her up to prevent the tag, sloppily hitting a weak version of the Waterwheel Slam that even the announcers had to call out as nasty (not in the good way). Lee kicked out, and Nikki decked Paige off the apron for all her yelling for a tag. Nikki applied a cool-looking Grapevine Leglock, fans actually chanting “Let’s Go Divas!” then flowing it into a Bow-and-Arrow submission. Lee escaped into a pinfall for a one count, and once again Nikki nailed Paige off the apron, missing Naomi who dropped down, and it all allowed AJ to jump onto Nikki’s back to lock on a Sleeper Hold with a Legscissors. Nikki broke free by driving Lee back into a corner, but Lee was able to hit two feet into the back to send the Divas Champion down.
Lee send Nikki into the corner when she tried to stop a tag, and then AJ made it to tag Naomi in. HOUSE ON FIRE!!! Naomi it a Snapshot Stunner to Nikki from the outside, then the High Kick to the head from outside in to set up a Crossbody off the top rope. Naomi went for that twerking spot again but Nikki countered, using her strength to bring Naomi out and properly hit a Waterwheel Slam. Paige was right in to break up the pin attempt, and got promptly nailed with a Release German Suplex from Natalya for her troubles. Lee then came in to take Natalya down, and Brie broke the punches up to send Lee out to the floor.
Brie and Naomi backed into each other, but Naomi as focused on Nikki coming towards her, ducking the KO Forearm that wiped out Brie instead! Nikki was stunned and turned around to take the Rear View, and one stretching over pin later Naomi put herself right into the title picture!
AJ Lee, Paige and Naomi defeat The Bella Twins and Natalya when Naomi pinned Nikki Bella with the Rear View.
Post-match: The babyfaces celebrated with Bayley-inspired hugs and posing for the fans.
Thoughts: A fine follow-up from Mania, and another great showing of giving the Divas time and getting a fine match in response. It may be too early to tell but this win might be putting Naomi in the frame to be the next challenger for the butterfly belt – awfully similar to what happened last year. Time will tell if this results in Naomi getting a well deserved opportunity at a legit title reign.
While LANA was not on the show, no doubt heading off to film further movie scenes, there were strong “We Want Lana!” chants during Rusev’s match against Goldust.
That’s your lot from a mighty fine post-Mania edition of Raw! Will this good form continue on as we head towards Extreme Rules? And who will step up to be the next challenger for the Divas title? We’ll soon find out, so stop by in seven days time and we’ll recap it all with the next edition of the RAW RELOADED! See you then!