It’s that time once again to recap the goings on of that Monday Night wrestling show with this, the RAW RELOADED presented by DIVAS OF DESTRUCTION! AJ Lee has vanished from our TV screens, and already the Divas Division has moved on as it appears that Natalya has been put in line to be Nikki Bella’s next challenger following events from a tag match on Raw that saw Nattie’s Husband care more about an apparently hurt Nikki than his wife’s victory. Will we see this storyline develop, or will it get lost in the shuffle during a Christmas themed edition of Raw? Let’s get into it, and find out…
ROSA MENDES in a less dress-like red attire did her dancing duties for her man Fandango as he picked up another win, this time over Jack Swagger.
RENE YOUNG in a certainly festive red dress would get comments from Dean Ambrose about his street fight match against rival Bray Wyatt.
The WWE apparently thought it important to yap on about an MSN Sports article (I know, never knew it was a thing either) that claimed Brie Bella and Daniel Bryan were a sports power couple. Must have been a short list…
Divas Singles Match
BRIE BELLA w/h WWE Divas Champion NIKKI BELLA Vs NATALYA w/h Nattie’s Husband
No TV entrance? ALWAYS A GOOD SIGN! Natalya was already in the ring as Brie came out to that awful theme of hers along with sis. Cole claimed there was an “interesting story developing”, getting a replay of Natalya getting a win from last week when Nattie’s Husband was checking over an “injured” Nikki Bella. Cole sort of ruined it by claiming that Nattie’s Husband and Nikki shared the same views on “the environment”. I rolled my eyes so much I felt I was on a rollercoaster.
The Divas locked up, and Natalya tried to go for the arm but Brie countered with a Firewoman’s Carry into an Armbar, that Natalya eventually rolled and tried to flip out off before Natalya got cut off short. Hang on, is Nattie’s Husband wearing a Nikki Bella “Fearless” merch hat?!? Natalya countered a corner charge with a back elbow, but was hauled off from the second rope by Brie, apparently because she was distracted by Nattie’s Husband but it didn’t look that clear of a distraction to me. Who knows these days.
Brie only got a near fall, so followed up with stomps before hitting two Running Knee Strikes to the bottom rope but again only got a near fall. Brie worked over Natalya with a nice looking head hold, which allowed JBL to ramble off some facts about Natalya’s long forgotten indies career, but when Natalya tried to fight out Brie cut her down with a Jumping Clothesline. It still only got a two count. Brie blew a kiss towards Nattie’s Husband and seemed bothered by it, and then it was back to the rest hold.
This time Natalya fought out and fought back, sending Brie back to the corner with strikes. She attempted a pick-up, only for Brie to roll down the back, and Natalya managed to counter that as she went for The Sharpshooter. Brie managed to counter that with a Small Package, and in turn Natalya rolled back on that for the reversal, and got the win!
Natalya beats Brie Bella with a Small Package counter of a Small Package counter.
Post-match: Nattie’s Husband was animated in the ring, hugging his wife. Nikki Bella went to enter the ring but in very un-babyface fashion knocked Nikki off the apron to the floor, and for the second week in a row Nikki was left clutching her leg. Nattie’s Husband stayed far back this time, and Natalya posed with the Divas Championship, making Cole pipe up that it seemed Natalya wanted a shot at the title. Ya think? Brie rushed down to her sister’s aid while Nattie’s Husband raised her wife’s arm in victory. After replays, the cameras completely missed Natalya furiously grabbing the Nikki merch hat from her husband and tossing it out of the ring (we only got a glimpse of it on the Tron in the background) but The Bella Twins looked mad about it. Not as mad as Natalya who stormed out of the ring, smirking for a moment as again she motioned towards the Twins that she wanted a title match.
Thoughts: The opportunity to further this building feud and the storyline of Nattie’s Husband and Nikki Bella was really missed. The commentators completely missed the fact that Nattie’s Husband was wearing Nikki merchandise, and the production team missed Natalya tossing said hat away in fury. A wasted chance tonight but since it’s the end of the year, no doubt we’ll get filler weeks until some (hopefully) proper build towards the Royal Rumble in the new year.
LANA along with Rusev were the guests on a special edition of Piper’s Pit with “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. Lana started with a rant about Christmas in America, daring to call Santa a bloated old man. Oh the humanity! Piper ranted back about America being the land of the free where people believe in what they want. Lana told everyone to “believe this!” and showed footage from Smackdown where Rusev demolished new rival Ryback. After calling Team Russia a couple of Communist Scrooges, claiming he got them a Christmas gift. Of course, this was the introduction of Ryback, complete with festive bow leading to a brawl that forced Rusev to flee the scene to the delight of the crowd.
The Second Match
“Santa’s Little Helpers” Six-Diva Tag Team Match
ALICIA FOX, EMMA, & NAOMI Vs CAMERON, SUMMER RAE, & PAIGE
Entrances! Yay! Oh wait, all the Divas are in Christmas attire. Booo… They even made fake snow fall and everything. Bah humbug! Fox was first out in traditional red style outfit, and Emma doing the same as she did the arm dance to try and smack some snowflakes. Naomi rounded out the team in some green and red body suit-type thing, I assume dressing as a present or something? Heels out next, with Cameron a white outfit with plenty of fur on the boots, followed by Summer Rae who appeared disgusted by the fake snow being around. Can’t say I blame her! Paige was next… In her usual gear. Ha! She had a black X-mas hat on, and her jacket had the words “Ho! Ho! Ho!” taped on over her logo. JBL commented that she got “quite the ovation”. You paying attention WWE?
Rae and Emma started off as Summer did some dancing but Emma mocked her with hair flips, the third time hitting Rae in the face, luring her into a charge before using the old schoolyard trick to make Summer fall over her on the rebound. A low Dropkick got a near fall. The fans chanted “We Want Paige!” and Cole acknowledged it but it was Cameron who got the tag when Summer charged Emma to the corner. Emma fought her way free from the wrong side of town, but ate a nice looking Codebreaker from Cameron, but it just got a two count.
Cameron slammed Emma down, and then brought her over to tag in Paige for quite the ovation. Paige played to it, hitting a headbutt and yelling that this was her house. The crowd agreed. Paige nailed the the Knee Strikes through the ropes, and got a near fall from it, so followed up with a couple of Headbutts to the grounded Emma for another close count. Paige controlled with a Chinlock, and cut Emma off when she tried to fight out of it. The fans refused to rally behind the babyface team, and after countering a Paige dropdown, both Divas wiped each other out with stereo Clotheslines.
Naomi and Cameron got the tags. HOUSE ON FIRE!!! Naomi went to work with the Flipping Clothesline, then the Single Leg Heel Kick. Naomi countered being sent to the ropes by flipping over them, and blasted Cameron with a High Roundhouse Kick when she rushed in, followed by snapping off a Hotshot on the top rope. Naomi went for the pin and Summer broke it up, promptly getting taken out by Alicia Fox, who in turn ate a Paige Superkick to send her down. Paige landed a Headbutt to Naomi, and countered Emma’s attempt to get her out by dumping her to the floor instead.
Emma reached in and pulled Paige to the mat and then down to the floor. Meanwhile Naomi got a tag to Fox, but Cameron hit some rough looking Forearm Strikes. Cameron tried to go for a School Girl but Fox blocked it, using the position to hook the head with her leg before driving Cameron down with a faceplant to get the win.
Thoughts: Pointless, painless, and for the most part decent enough. The best part was the crowd only caring about Paige.
That’s your lot from a far more miss than hit edition of Raw. With a new year looming and the Road to WrestleMania that follows, will we be getting anything good to close out 2k14? Stop by in seven to find out with another edition of the RAW RELOADED! See you then!