WWE News: How a Botch Led to Kaitlyn's Title Shot at Night of Champions

Sharon GlencrossContributor ISeptember 4, 2012

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Let's face it: Kaitlyn's title shot for Layla El's Divas Championship at the upcoming Night of Champions pay-per-view is, on paper, a bit of a head-scratcher.

Kaitlyn, who became the No. 1 contender by winning a Divas Battle Royal two weeks ago on Raw after she outed top heel Eve, simply isn't ready for a major singles match on pay-per-view. She tries, and could one day be a decent performer, but at this point, she's too inexperienced and uncoordinated in the ring to be any good. Half the time she looks totally lost in there.

Nor has she really been pushed in the title scene at all. Indeed, she's spent so long languishing on the little-watched NXT, many fans aren't even sure who she is.

(Kaitlyn, real name Celeste Bonin, did win season three of NXT two years ago, thanks partly to her geeky, down-to-earth charisma and stunning good looks, but has been steadily neglected by the booking team ever since, with the company seemingly having no clue what to do with the former model and bodybuilder).

It's even more mind-boggling when we consider that, in the storyline, both Layla and Kaitlyn are babyfaces, making the dynamic of their match more than a little odd.

It makes so little sense, many have wondered if their was more to the story and, as it turns out, there was.   

Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez touched on the circumstances behind the puzzling storyline on last night's episode of (subscribers-only) Wrestling Observer Radio when discussing the mediocre Eve-Kaitlyn match, claiming a huge botch in the Battle Royal led to Kaitlyn being awarded the title shot at the Night of Champions event. In today's daily update over at F4Wonline.com, Bryan Alvarez expanded on the matter more:

As noted on last night's Observer Radio, the entire reason for the Kaitlyn push of late was a screw-up in the women's No. 1 contender battle royal last week. Eve was supposed to win but missed the apron on a clothesline spot and landed on the floor. That was why there was confusion immediately afterward and Layla had a look of shock on her face. Based on Raw last night, it's possible Eve will end up getting the match with Layla back, or they'll switch it to a three-way. Presumably we'll find out on Smackdown or next week.

Considering Kaitlyn's lack of experience, the addition of the talented Eve at NOC would likely be a huge boon to the bout, and go some way toward correcting the botch of the Battle Royal. Certainly, Eve vs. Kaitlyn vs. Layla would be a far more smoother match than Kaitlyn vs. Layla, which has the potential to be truly awful.