This week, the build up for Hell in a Cell is top of the agenda, with two personal divas bouts in the balance. The Divas Championship is on the line between AJ Lee and Paige, and the Bella sisters finally implode in the center of the ring. Who will build momentum before the PPV?
AJ Lee vs. Alicia Fox - The Divas Champion AJ Lee skips down to the ring to take on Paige's BFF Alicia Fox, with the Brit lurking at ringside. With the announcement that Paige will once again challenge AJ for the title at Hell in a Cell, this match featuring three unstable divas will be vital in establishing momentum heading into the PPV. And, hopefully, it would add a little more intrigue in a feud that has been floundering for the past few weeks. The only comfort has been knowing that the match will be good, because everything else has been lukewarm at best.
Fortunately for tonight, Fox is one of the better wrestlers in the division, and this makes for a good match between the two women. Fox's mannerisms in the early stages in particular, getting frustrated after every roll-up attempt by AJ, shows she has grown into this character well. Also, her bridging suplex might be the best in the business today.
It takes a while, but the crowd really start getting behind AJ at the climax, after she has suffered a great deal of offense from Fox. But, just as the champ is building momentum, Paige seemingly turns on Fox by throwing her against the barricade. AJ, clearly bewildered, confronts an irate Paige, only to be caught in a roll-up by Fox, who picks up a victory, and hugs Paige to show it was all a ruse. The young Brit gets the better of her rival for tonight, the mind games beginning to develop.
Brie Bella vs. Summer Rae - A number of people have already made comments about the quality of this match, and it is difficult not to be in agreement with them. That is not really the fault of Brie, whose feud with twin sister Nikki is beginning to pick up steam, even if the acting still needs improvement. I'm looking forward to their match at Hell in a Cell, but not so much the barrage of backstage segments between them when one becomes the personal assistant of the other.
No, the failure of this match lies mainly with Summer Rae. After showing a great deal of promise at NXT, the former dancer for Fandango has regressed back to the level that she may need to start asking Eva Marie for tips. She no-sold a lot of Brie's moves and her strikes seemed weak and unconvincing. The wheels started coming off for her in a poor NXT Championship match with Charlotte a few months back, and she has continued to disappoint. At least she continues to be a focal point of Total Divas, or otherwise she might be seen as expendable talent. Brie picks up the win to build momentum towards her clash with Nikki.
Tyson Kidd vs. R-Truth - Although there were no divas matches on Tuesday night, this match featured another chapter in the soap opera drama that is swiftly becoming of Tyson Kidd and Natalya's relationship. On Total Divas, their relationship looks on the point of implosion, and that tension has worked its way onto the wrestling shows.
Last week, her misguided interference attempt cost Kidd his match against R-Truth. This week, he has a swift chance for revenge against Truth. There is an issue in that wrestlers are taking the chance to get into Kidd's head by hitting on Natalya, but this week, a slight distraction from Natalya helps Kidd get the win, not that he would acknowledge her help or congratulations anyway.
Rebel vs. Angelina Love - The flexible lady of the Menagerie Rebel looks to maintain some good form with a victory over Beautiful People member Angelina Love. Last week, Rebel was part of the winning team against Love's Bro-Mans. But, this match never gets underway, as after Rebel's entrance, she is confronted not with Love, but with Knockouts' Champion Havok. The powerful champion proceeds to decimate Rebel, finishing her off with the Harlot Slayer chokeslam.
But then, from out of nowhere comes former champion Gail Kim, looking for revenge on Havok for her assault prior their title match, as well as taking her championship. Kim, bandaged from Havok's attacks, shows fire in her aggression towards the champ, whilst Havok combats her with her strength. In the end, these two are separated by referees and agents from the back. This feud has a great deal more fire than any divas feud in WWE at the moment, as these women are treated as dangerous threats to each other. Hopefully, future matches between the two will depict that hostility further.
Sasha Banks vs. Bayley - The new number one contender for the NXT Women's Championship, Sasha Banks, has made no attempt to hide her distaste at her lack of chances, whilst Bayley has received the last two shots at Charlotte. She clearly is looking to use this match to show the world her superiority over the division in NXT, and why she is the boss. But, Bayley has been impressive of late, and as time as gone on, the more she looks like she would fit in well on the main roster.
The match is solid, Bayley showing more aggression in recent weeks, and this is no different. But, the catty Banks carries herself like a pro in the ring, and is the epitome of a heel in her demeanor. Both have shown great improvement in the ring, but Banks still reigns supreme in that regard. She shows that with the Bank Statement on Bayley, forcing the bubbly diva to tap out, and build her momentum heading into a clash with Charlotte.
She looks to continue the assault post-match, before Becky Lynch comes out to make the save. Or so it seems, as Lynch proceeds to attack Bayley from behind to cement a heel turn that had been brewing since a confrontation with Banks two weeks earlier. This is a good thing, as the NXT women's division had been heavily lopsided to faces, so this will allow Lynch to grow and become a focal point in developmental.
AJ Lee vs. Alicia Fox - A rematch from RAW, AJ will be looking to get some revenge and build some momentum following the result on Monday. Paige is once again prowling the outside, keeping an eye on her championship rival. This match is afforded a lot less time than their RAW bout, but has a similar ending. Again it is a roll-up, but AJ is the beneficiary on Smackdown, after pushing Fox into Paige who was standing on the apron. The Divas Champ gets an important victory ahead of her title defense.
Brie Bella, Naomi and Natalya vs. Nikki Bella, Cameron and Summer Rae - Another rematch from a few weeks ago, the main focus will be on which Bella sister gets the victory heading into their clash at Hell in a Cell. But, there are rivalries everywhere among these six Total Divas, which should make for a compelling match if they are given time to perform. Cameron gets the early advantage on Brie, whilst the heel divas mock their opponent with her husband Daniel Bryan's 'YES' chants. Summer and Cameron take turns beating on Brie, whilst Nikki remains planted to the ring apron.
Brie begins to come back into it, as the crowd starts to get behind her in the process. But as she approaches her corner, she finds that Natalya and Naomi have been knocked off by their opponents. Summer catches Brie with a spin kick, and Nikki then decides to insert herself into the action with a blind tag. She hits her sister with the Rack Attack to score the victory and a decisive psychological edge leading into Hell in a Cell. Nikki then takes a moment with the microphone, which likely caused a number of people to briefly switch the channel, to taunt Brie, stating she will make her next 30 days hell after the PPV, as her sister becomes her own 'Cinder-Bella'.
So there you have it, the breakdown for the week in women's wrestling. What were some of your favorite and least favorite moments from these women? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!