Natalya may not have won the Divas Championship from AJ at TLC, but she did put on a great performance. At one point, it looked like Natalya was going to win the title from AJ, but that all was put to an end after a rollup from AJ caused her to lose the match. Despite that, we got to see Natalya put on a great match with AJ that showed that Natalya has what it takes to be Divas Champion again, even if her night to win it wasn’t going to be at TLC.
Tamina had a standout moment on RAW when she “made a statement.” As Nikki Bella was going to nail an accordion backbreaker to AJ, Tamina steps in and nails Nikki hard with a superkick, allowing AJ to hit the shining wizard on Nikki for the pinfall. Tamina has been doing great as AJ’s bodyguard, and this was another moment where Tamina showed that not only she makes a great bodyguard, but she is someone not to be taken lightly.
Nikki Bella took a superkick from Tamina that had to hurt like hell on RAW during a six diva tag match. It was later revealed that Nikki bled and lost a tooth due to the superkick. Despite that, Nikki continues to stand strong. Whether you’re a fan of Nikki Bella or not, you’ve got to hand it to her for taking a shot like that. Nikki’s wrestling ability may be good to some fans and bad to others, but at least the girl is willing to go out there every week and put her body on the line, which is something not many people would be willing to do.
Brie Bella competed against Tamina on Smackdown, where Brie picked up the win. Brie has improved this year as an in-ring competitor, and she continued to show that during her match on Smackdown. Post match, Brie shoved AJ to the point where I thought AJ was going to be sent flying out the building (literally!). I guess you can say that Brie made a statement (in the words of Tamina). It looks as though Brie has had enough of AJ, and if I were here, I’d feel the same way too. Brie Bella continues to show AJ that she still wants the Divas Championship, and she won’t stop until AJ is no longer champion.
Sasha Banks and Paige competed in one on one action against each other on this week’s NXT. Sasha continues to impress me with her heel character. Turning Sasha heel was a smart move by WWE because it’s doing wonders for her. As a heel, Sasha has more personality, charisma, and a BOSS-like attitude. Both girls put on a great match this week, and I liked how Paige set up the Paige Turner. It was different, yet refreshing. I wish these girls could’ve gotten a little more time because I wanted to see more, but with the time they were given, they put on a great match.
Summer Rae defeated Kaitlyn on this week’s Superstars. Fandango’s dance partner/ NXT’s resident mean girl put on an impressive match against Kaitlyn. We got to see Summer combine her dancing gimmick and her mean girl gimmick, which worked wonders for her. I also liked the fact that Summer Rae incorporated dancing into her moves as well, mainly because she was able to pull it off successfully. Summer Rae is a star of her own, and I have a feeling that 2014 is going to be a big year for Summer Rae. I would like to see Summer Rae on her own more often now because she proved during Superstars that she can hold her own and doesn’t need anyone by her side to be successful.
Madison Rayne made her return to in-ring action this week. We got to see a great video package that highlighted her friendship with Gail Kim and why their friendship ended. For this week being Madison’s first week back in the ring, she did great. The Killer Queen is back and better than ever, and I can’t wait to see more from Madison in the week’s ahead.
Congratulations to all the Divas and Knockouts that had standout moments and performances this week. You all deserve to call yourselves Most Valuable Divas of the Week!
This is my final MVD column before Christmas, and I just want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a great holiday season!
Come back next week to see who will be the Most Valuable Diva of the week.
Did you agree/disagree with my pick for M.V.D.? Who do you think should have been this week’s M.V.D.? Give me your thoughts in the comments section below, or tweet me your thoughts @_ericholt_ .
- Eric Holt