WWE Night of Champions 2011: Why Kelly Kelly Needed To Retain
In order to redeem myself from my previous article that obviously didn’t go the way I planned, I decided to take a stab and analyze the current and only feud keeping the divas division alive: Beth Phoenix vs. Kelly Kelly.
Bear with me and please enjoy!
Now I’m pretty sure that the ending of Beth and Kelly’s match at Night of Champions has left a lot of people with questions. Most of them wanting to know why Beth lost in her hometown and if Kelly is worth being the divas champion.
Before I start, I want to say that this was a very interesting match and I think it’s mainly because of the crowd’s involvement. Instead of hearing crickets throughout the arena, we heard cheers for Beth and surprisingly some “Kelly Sucks” chants. Maybe we should have all divas matches in their hometowns. Don’t you think?
I liked how the roles were reversed and Beth was the hometown hero despite being a heel and how Kelly handled all the boos and "Kelly Sucks" chants. The cheers that Beth received while doing her pose on the turnbuckle were amazing.
All the controversy is around the ending where Kelly retained her title with another rollup. It would be completely unbelievable if Kelly pinned Beth cleanly so a rollup is the only logical finisher. Now I’ll admit that I was little upset too and took my frustrations to Twitter but not so upset to send Kelly some of the inappropriate tweets that other people did.
I understand getting upset, threatening not to watch the WWE anymore (as I’ve said the same thing at times) but I’ll say this: Your priorities need to be sorted out if you get that angry. The WWE is an entertainment sport and the ending as well as the match itself surely did entertain me.
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But as far as the finish itself, let’s really think about this. Sure it would have been great for Beth to walk out of her hometown of Buffalo, New York as the divas champion, but how likely is this? We’re talking about the WWE here. Superstars (I can’t believe I’m actually calling them that) rarely ever win in their hometown—especially not the heels.
Now you can say what you want but Kelly is having a decent reign as the champion. She’s being booked correctly with these big wins at PPVs, seeing as how divas usually lose the belt in a simple five-minute match on Raw or SmackDown. Now I am in no way a Kelly fan but to me, she’s sort of helping the belt by being a credible champion. It’s going to help anticipation for when and if Beth eventually wins the title.
The most constant argument I’ve seen and heard against Kelly is that she’s a model-turned-wrestler and doesn’t belong in the ring. All of that may be true but if there wasn’t a Kelly Kelly right now, there would be some other model-turned-wrestler taking her place. So that argument is becoming a little redundant.
In addition, you can also say that Kelly Kelly has been around for a little time now so why hasn’t she improved in the ring? One could also say the same about Trish Stratus circa 2002, but to argue that, I’ll say you’re only as good as the people you’re up against. Trish and Kelly face people in the ring that make them look good. But unlike Kelly, Trish improved and expanded her move set where Kelly only has the five moves of doom.
She may not be experienced in the ring such as Beth or Natalya, but I think she held her own. The superplex took a lot out of them so I think she deserves a little credit. I mean, she could always be worse.
I think the finish was acceptable seeing as how Beth shouldn’t win the title so early. But I know you guys are going to ask why I say that, so let’s analyze that. Say Beth did win on Sunday, right?
Who would she feud with for it? (Besides the obvious candidate Natalya.)
Beth is the top heel right now and she’s roughly gone up against everyone. As of August, Beth has cleanly beaten the three most logical challengers: Eve, Alicia and A.J. (a combined five times). Sure the IWC would love to see a Beth vs. Natalya feud, but where does that leave the Divas of Doom as a unit? They’ve only been a team for a little over a month so it would have been dropped as quickly as it was picked up.
Personally, I feel like the WWE should start building up the other diva faces such as Kaitlyn, A.J., Alicia Fox or maybe Tamina. Honestly speaking, the other person that may give Beth a good run for the title is Tamina but when’s the last time anyone has seen her?
So it only made sense that Kelly retained. I mean, there is Eve on the other hand. But if they are going to go through with the Eve heel turn that’s been floating around, it would really be too sudden to build up a feud between the two.
And if Eve had turned heel earlier than Night of Champions and Beth did win, she would have to turn face and thus, the Divas of Doom storyline would still be dropped. So once again, Kelly retaining was the right thing to do.
The only thing that I don’t want to happen with Beth is that she becomes the female Christian (no offense to Captain Charisma) because we really don’t want to see Beth running to Triple H begging for “ONE MORE MATCH,” now do we?
The only active divas on the roster are Kelly, Brie, Nikki and Eve. As much as I don’t want to see another Kelly Kelly vs. either one of the Bella twins, I don’t want to see Beth vs. Kelly over and over again.
So where do you think this leaves Beth (and Natalya)?
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