For the past year and a half, WWE Divas Michelle McCool and Layla El have been a force to be reckoned with within the Women's division. Known as LayCool, the two Divas dominated both SmackDown and Raw as the top female heels in the WWE.
Whenever another Diva takes on LayCool, they are essentially taking on two opponents at once. If you're facing Layla, you're also facing Michelle. If you're facing Michelle, you're also facing Layla. The simple formula of watching each other's back is what makes LayCool so successful. While other Divas are only watching out for themselves, LayCool takes their partnership seriously; considering themselves to be best friends who share everything they earn, including titles.
There is no doubt this partnership has proven to be a success. As a team, LayCool have picked up three Women's Championship reigns, a Divas Championship reign, and two Slammy Awards since 2009.
But like all successful partnerships in the WWE, there will eventually be a break-up. Since no Diva is capable of breaking up the duo from the outside, it's inevitable that it will happen from the inside.
WWE's creative team is aware of this, and have teased the break-up on several occasions, only for Michelle and Layla to either tease the audience or find a loophole. But if you've been watching Friday Night SmackDown since the Royal Rumble, you'll know that this time, the writers are serious.
At the 2011 Royal Rumble, Natalya was prepared to defend her Divas Championship against both members of LayCool. But at the last minute, former champion (and my personal favorite Diva) Eve Torres was added to the match, changing it from a 2-on-1 handicap to a fatal four-way. By chance, Michelle McCool had Natalya down at the same time Eve Torres had Layla pinned, but the referee only saw Eve's pin.
The result? Layla's defeat cost her partner the victory.
The following Friday night on SmackDown, Vickie Guerrero added LayCool to the World Heavyweight Championship match. The plan was for the duo to help Dolph Ziggler win the title from Edge, who was aided by Kelly Kelly. With the brawl between Edge and Ziggler spilling outside the ring, Kelly Kelly managed to spear Layla and get the pin.
The result? Layla's defeat once again cost her partner the victory.
This week on SmackDown, Layla was given a shot at revenge on the Diva that pinned her at the Royal Rumble – Eve Torres. In a matter of minutes, and a quick three-count, Layla once again found herself laying in the center of the ring, with Michelle McCool looking on in disappointment.
Now I don't know about you, but I'm sensing a pattern here. The pattern is that Layla is becoming an increasing liability to Michelle McCool. The sidekick no longer seems useful to the leader of the team, and at some point, in the very near future, the leader is going to kick the lackey to the curb, and once again go solo.
Obviously, I can't tell you the exact date on which LayCool will split, but what I can tell you is that the most likely outcome of the break-up will be Layla turning babyface and Michelle McCool remaining a heel. Layla is obviously being portrayed as the victim, while McCool is continuously portrayed as WWE's top um...witch.
The 2011 Royal Rumble was the beginning of the end for LayCool. What was once considered flawless is now apparently flawed.
But who knows? Maybe they'll just work things out backstage, give each other a big hug and go back to being the co-Divas Champions...NOT.