The big news out of tonight's show was that Kane won't be able to participate in the Money in the Bank due to the Wyatt Family attack on Monday. Beyond that, we had good matches between Bryan/Christian and Orton/Sheamus, capped off by Orton outlasting post-match shenanigans and attacks from Bryan and Christian to climb the ladder and retrieve the briefcase, possibly killing the suspicion many people here have that he's lost so many matches so he's due to win the briefcase. Revise your predictions, everyone!
Also, there was a Divas contract signing for a title match for the first time ever, according to Teddy Long at least. At the end of the latest AJ taunting, we were reminded that AJ could make even Christian's spear look powerful. Actually, Daniel Bryan made it look half-decent too tonight.
And true to form, Vickie made her way onto the show for a little bit at least, because no one really thinks she's going to stay fired, do they?
I was racking my brain to try to remember if that really was the first Divas Title contract signing. I find it hard to believe Trish didn't have one at any point. Then I remembered: even if Trish did, it would have been a contract signing for the Women's Title. So that was indeed the first DIVAS TITLE contract signing ever.
And for me, it owned Smackdown. AJ was fantastic, spinning in the chair with her feet up. And everything she said about no one caring about the Divas division before she became champion is true. Now the crowd responds to this Divas feud. This was, I think, AJ's best heel work yet. And Kaitlyn plays her part extremely well. There was genuine buzz around this contract signing - it may as well have been a contract signing for WrestleMania.
Man, who'd have thought the Chickbusters would be the centerpiece of the Divas and actually over two years ago? Good things do happen to good people.
AJ is really good. There have been some quality acts in the great dark period between Trish and now -- LayCool, Eve at the end, Maryse just for carrying herself like a total superstar even if she was never used as one (#besexy #milliondollarcouple) -- but AJ is a cut above as a performer. The only other one that good was Mickie James, but she was always more over than her push when they should've been building the division around her as the #1 girlface.
It's too bad Ziggler, AJ, and E will never have a real run as a main event heel act; they're almost certainly costing Dolph the match with Del Rio, be it accidentally or on purpose.
Remember when AJ was general manager, barf. Brad Maddox is hotter anyway.
On the other hand, Kaitlyn is a pretty crappy face. Gullible, weepy, insults all her friends behind their backs. I wish she'd get to be more like herself instead of getting forced into this strong sexy & powerful cipher. They've been teaming up for some killer spears though. And she CLOBBERED Langston, gadzooks.
Bryan vs. Christian was quality stuff, two of the smartest guys as far as creativity in working around their signature spots. Their W-L are going in extreme opposite directions, almost in direction defiance of the PPV Pattern Theory.
Originally posted by JustinShapiroAJ is really good. There have been some quality acts in the great dark period between Trish and now -- LayCool, Eve at the end, Maryse just for carrying herself like a total superstar even if she was never used as one (#besexy #milliondollarcouple) -- but AJ is a cut above as a performer. The only other one that good was Mickie James, but she was always more over than her push when they should've been building the division around her as the #1 girlface.
I'm so glad to see you recognize the brilliance of LayCool, they were quite a lot of fun. I just watched Wrestlemania 22 after many years, and heel Mickie James is amazing. Not to mention mind-blowingly HOT. That crowd booed the crap out of Trish throughout that match (the infamous V-lick match), and it was for a reason. Heel Mickie is a lot of fun in TNA nowadays, her ladder promo from last week a testament to her underrated mic ability. With Kaitlyn and AJ, and Gail, Taryn, and Mickie over in TNA, we might be witnessing a brief Diva/Knockout golden age. Here's to hoping it lasts.
I actually dug the Corre's theme, at least the version of 'End Of Days' they used at the Royal Rumble. The fact that I heard it played over and over as the guys came out into the match probably was a factor, but it seemed like a quality song.