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20.12.14 2003
The W - Pro Wrestling - 1x2 - "A Tango With Fandango"
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"The thing I like about being in John Cena's house is I feel like I'm in a rap video." - Brie Bella, with the blisteringly apt line of the episode

There's a lot to like about John Cena's enormous mansion in Tampa, Florida. To get there, he flies by private jet with all the sushi a Bella or a Daniel Bryan can eat. And then, we learn Cena lives in a massive Ce-Mansion, with a waterfall indoor pool, a private elevator to his master bedroom, and a huge white closet where he keeps all his kicks, jorts, and wide array of John Cena T-shirts. And John Cena lives alone in this palace, though Brie implies Nikki Bella spends a lot of time also living there. (But not permanently and legally with a wedding ring.)

Contrast to Bryan Danielson's rustic home in Aberdeen, Washington - as Total Divas cleverly did - which is the house Bryan grew up in and Brie and he plan to own after they retire from WWE. After three days in the lap of Cena luxury, Brie and Bryan return the favor by taking Cena and Nikki to experience living like The Beard. Nikki is totally concerned about her twin sister being forced into living in the lap of not extravagant luxury. Which is not to say it's not a perfectly nice house. But even Brie has qualms. A lot of qualms about what Brie is giving up to live in Aberdeen. Nikki: "The house needs to be torn down and redone." I mean, Bryan doesn't even have a cigar room like a gentleman. Then came the wood chopping competition between the boobilicious Bella Twins and the main event of Summerslam, which the Bellas won. It should also be noted how easily and happily John Cena is distracted by Nikki's rack.

Meanwhile, Eva Marie is this week's Total Divas top heel. She's a piece of work. Eva Marie decides she wants to be Fandango's dance partner, back when he was rotating his weekly dance partner with a bevy of heel ballroom dancers before Summer Rae became his permanent partner. She makes a big pitch to her bosses, lying about having ballet and ballroom dance experience, and then tries to bamboozle Fandango, who's a total player.

"I'm gonna shower now. I'll be thinking of you... in the shower." - Fandango. That must be Fandango's version of Fandangoing.

Oh, and apparently, Eva Marie has a boyfriend named Jonathan she never mentioned to anyone before, and Jonathan appears at her door bearing donuts and an engagement ring. And of course, Eva Marie says "Yes!" and then promptly hides the ring to have a "business meeting" which ended up in a club with Fandango. Also, she has no dancing experience. And this goes about exactly as you'd think. The appalled and aghast facial expressions by the Divas were pretty great. Stephanie McMahon personally dressed down Eva Marie with her mean face, but Eva's just lucky it wasn't Vince making her join a Very Special Club. Eva Marie got off easy.

As for the Funkadactyls, Ariane took it upon herself to get her team new sparkly lime green ring gear that Trinity was not down with. Ariane's negotiating tactics with Sandra, the WWE seamstress to tweak the outfit is highly dubious. For telling Ariane to step off, Sandra is a heroine. She should be made General Manager of RAW.

Jojo's role in the episode was basically to scoff at Eva Marie's lies, but that was still more than Natalya got to do.

Total Divas Revelation: Fandango kisses his own hand when greeting a lady.



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Sounds like Fandango was channeling Dirty Curty in this one.



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Kayfabe LIVES!

1. Road Dogg wouldn't give away any clues to the camera that the match he was discussing was totally predertermined. Good man!

2. Fandango was never called "Johnny" (MAYBE a fleeting one snuck in there, I wasn't paying my full attention) although I don't think anybody ever said it "correctly" either

This episode was much less offensive to me than last week's.

Brie really should have worn her seat belt in the Maserati, though - that's the kind of thing that people fixate on and form activism groups around. (If you see Brie with a seat belt on in later episodes in the show, somebody probably already delivered this message.)



(edited by CRZ on 4.8.13 2217)


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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.74
    Originally posted by CRZ
    Kayfabe LIVES!


Yet the chyron said "Bryan Danielson."

Annnd Trinity gets her crotch blurred out due to wardrobe issues. E! TV is oh so classy.

Starting next week, this is gonna make one surreal Sunday night TV 1-2 punch with Breaking Bad.
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.79
    Originally posted by geemoney
    Sounds like Fandango was channeling Dirty Curty in this one.


So much so that the optimal payoff would've been Eva Marie getting comeuppance by ending up in a van at the end of the episode. It was ... "the bomb dot com."
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.79
Whoever thought that showing WWE Divas being manipulative, materialistic, and dishonest would strengthen interest in the WWE Diva's division is a fucking moron.

Naomi is at least a shining bright spot of this show by being generally positive, kind and focused on moving up in the company by working hard. If any of this is even real, I feel like I am being worked and that all the "drama" that this show is revealing to us is very intricately planned out much like any other WWE program. This show is like Kayfabe-ception.

Some positive notes:

Fandango never stopped being Johnny "Durty-Curty" Curtis after all. I was hoping he would bleed a little of the old NXT Johnny Curtis out into his Fandango gimmick. I loved when he was asked if he wanted to retry on the dance intro and he just turned off the charm and walked off. WILL SOMEONE ON THIS SHOW PLEASE PRONOUNCE HIS NAME CORRECTLY?!

That Jo Jo girl is gorgeous! It's that giant curly hair makes me think of when I was in love with Layla when she first came in, or when Alicia Fox had the blown out hair as Diva's Champion. It's gonna be a sad day when The Powers That Be eventually white wash her and make her flatten and dye it in some unnatural way.

Ariane was not shopping at a "costume store", there is a shop like that near almost every strip club in Georgia that the dancers buy their work attire from.....I'm guessing.



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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.43
    Originally posted by John Orquiola
    Total Divas Revelation: Fandango kisses his own hand when greeting a lady.


...why isn't he doing this on Raw/Smackdown? This seems like a natural thing for such a narcissistic character like Fandango. Unless they think it's a little too subtle for people to pick up on (i.e. people would think he's kissing the girl's hand).



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.79
    Originally posted by CruelAngel777
    If any of this is even real, I feel like I am being worked and that all the "drama" that this show is revealing to us is very intricately planned out much like any other WWE program.


I think you can assume planned storylines and multiple takes for episodes in general, but a handy guide for individual scenes is: are people speaking in exposition? do people speak in exposition in real life? ok then.

Even then, it's not hard to see the difference between someone like Eva Marie, who's been cast as a heel for the show, and Ariane Andrews, who truly lives it, brother. Especially if you figure based on Tough Enough that "reality show brat" is a career she has aspired towards.
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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.27
    Originally posted by JustinShapiro
      Originally posted by CruelAngel777
      If any of this is even real, I feel like I am being worked and that all the "drama" that this show is revealing to us is very intricately planned out much like any other WWE program.


    I think you can assume planned storylines and multiple takes for episodes in general, but a handy guide for individual scenes is: are people speaking in exposition? do people speak in exposition in real life? ok then.

    Even then, it's not hard to see the difference between someone like Eva Marie, who's been cast as a heel for the show, and Ariane Andrews, who truly lives it, brother. Especially if you figure based on Tough Enough that "reality show brat" is a career she has aspired towards.
We're all gonna feel pretty dumb when the payoff to all of this at Summerslam is Cena's ultimate troll move: Cena vs. Bryan as a move-for-move remake of Melina vs. Alicia Fox.
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    Originally posted by Dr Unlikely
      Originally posted by JustinShapiro
        Originally posted by CruelAngel777
        If any of this is even real, I feel like I am being worked and that all the "drama" that this show is revealing to us is very intricately planned out much like any other WWE program.


      I think you can assume planned storylines and multiple takes for episodes in general, but a handy guide for individual scenes is: are people speaking in exposition? do people speak in exposition in real life? ok then.

      Even then, it's not hard to see the difference between someone like Eva Marie, who's been cast as a heel for the show, and Ariane Andrews, who truly lives it, brother. Especially if you figure based on Tough Enough that "reality show brat" is a career she has aspired towards.
    We're all gonna feel pretty dumb when the payoff to all of this at Summerslam is Cena's ultimate troll move: Cena vs. Bryan as a move-for-move remake of Melina vs. Alicia Fox.


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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.27
I'm sure it will all be in the HOT NEWZ
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A little housecleaning:

It was reported three days ago by TVbytheNumbers (tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com) that this episode had 1,526,000 viewers - which E!'s press release says is a 1.21. Adult 18-49 ratings was 0.7, which nobody seems to have converted into actual numbers and I'm too lazy to try to figure it out.

Total viewers is actually UP from episode 1 (reported as 1,343,000 viewers and in an E! press release as a 1.1) but the demo rating matches last week's (0.7, which WAS reported in the press release as 855,000 viewers 18-49). So I guess we'll need to wait one more episode to see if we have a trend or not.

Meltzer probably has better numbers, of course. Any subscribers want to parrot him for us?

(edited by CRZ on 9.8.13 1707)


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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.33
He doesn't really have much more


    Total Divas on 8/4 did a 1.2 rating and 1.53 million viewers, up 14% in viewers and 13% in ratings from the first episode. The Kardashians lead in did 2.78 million viewers, but E! before Total Divas was averaging 800,000 with various programs after the Kardashians. Going up in the second week, likely due to the exposure it got on 7/29 after Raw, is a very good sign.




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