I wrote yesterday about the match between Layla and Natalya on the most recent edition of SmackDown, and how it benefited the Divas division. It was fast-paced, well-executed and a step in the right direction as far as in-ring action between the Divas is concerned.
But also compelling was the segment that followed it, where A.J., still playing the jilted ex-lover, was confronted by her friend, NXT Season 3 winner Kaitlyn, who she slapped across the face last week.
A.J. apologized to her former Chickbusters running mate for her behavior, only to be told that her pity party needed to stop. In response, she brutally slapped Kaitlyn across the face for the second week in a row.
The angle has thus far served to present A.J. as mentally unhinged and emotionally disturbed following her break-up with Daniel Bryan, but is that all that will come of this? Is this a purely backstage angle?
In yesterday's article, I focused on one way in which WWE can boost the Divas division, by putting on quality matches like Layla vs. Natalya (or anyone vs. Natalya for that matter).
At the same time, they can boost the division with quality storytelling. That is exactly what A.J. and Kaitlyn have been doing for the last two weeks. The warning shots have been fired, and I want to see a war.
So will we see a match between them? I mean, if someone hammered me in the face two weeks in a row, I'd be itching to throw down, especially if it was my supposed best friend.
We're all curious to see the extent of A.J.'s breakdown. As a fairly competent actress, she's done a good job of making the audience feel her pain.
We got a glimpse of what this angle could do for her in-ring performance when she went nuts on Natalya a few weeks ago, leaving her bloody and battered in the middle of the ring.
I was interested in the storyline mostly because, after being featured on SmackDown for months as the love-struck sidekick to the former World Heavyweight Champion, I was invested in A.J. as a character: the innocent, geeky, Diva next door.
Now as a sub-plot to the Bryan-A.J. story, we have the two halves of The Chickbusters slapping each other around. It would stand to reason that it would result in a match between the two; one that would be well-served by being announced at the top of the show and hyped throughout, perhaps even as the main event of the first hour.
It would not be the wrestling clinic we saw last week, I can pretty much guarantee that. A.J. is a good performer, but let's face it, she'll be in there with a "Worst Worked Match of the Year" winner.
Although Kaitlyn has certainly improved since then, she has only a small set of reliable moves and couldn't be trusted with more than a few minutes, which is probably all a Divas match would get anyway.
Kaitlyn is obviously the Jannetty of this tag team, and would probably lose to A.J. in short order. But the match itself is not without storytelling potential, despite its rudimentary nature.
Imagine, for example, that the camera cuts to the back, just for a few seconds, to see Bryan watching the monitor with interest, maybe setting something up for later in the show, or the following week.
And how awesome would it be if, as Kaitlyn goes for her sit-out full nelson bomb finisher, A.J. reverses it into the YES! Lock? It would serve the story, the match, the marks and just be hilariously funny to see tiny little A.J. really cinch in this devastating submission finisher with full-on Bryan intensity mixed with that crazy look she's perfected over the last few weeks.
As the newly appointed executive administrator and overseer of the Divas division, should Eve book this match immediately? YES! YES! YES!
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