On the June 24, 2013 episode of WWE RAW, in Women’s Wrestling action was Kaitlyn taking on Aksana.
WWE Divas – June 24, 2013 RAW Match: Aksana vs. Kaitlyn
—Former WWE Divas Champion Kaitlyn was seen in the ring with Layla in her corner at ringside, as well as her opponent Aksana. A video recap of Kaitlyn attacking Aksana on Smackdown was then played (WWE Divas – June 21, 2013 Smackdown Match). As the bell rang for the match, Aksana kicked Kaitlyn in the midsection, followed by some strikes. She then sent Kaitlyn head first into one of the turnbuckles. Aksana’s control did not last, and Kaitlyn was able to hit her shoulder block to take Aksana off her game. Kaitlyn’s music then hit, and AJ Lee came out dressed up as Kaitlyn (Hilarious). Aksana attempted to capitalize on the distraction with a roll-up; however Kaitlyn kicked out. She then hit a spear on Aksana for the win…
After the match AJ Lee got on the microphone, in which she mocked Kaitlyn for falling for the secret admirer prank. Big E Langston joined the fun, as Layla held Kaitlyn back from running up the ramp.
Thoughts: The WWE is on a roll with booking the Divas. Specifically the rivalry between Kaitlyn and AJ Lee. This was hilarious, reminiscent of the LayCool days. Nice booking, with all parties involved executing the segment very well.
On the June 17, 2013 episode of WWE Raw, we saw a confrontation between WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee and Stephanie McMahon, followed by a singles match between AJ Lee and Natalya on the June 21, 2013 episode of WWE Smackdown.
WWE Divas – June 17, 2013 Raw Segment Stephanie McMahon confronts Divas Champion AJ Lee
—Fresh off of her WWE Divas title win at WWE Payback (WWE Payback 2013 – Results: AJ Lee becomes WWE Divas Champion), AJ made her way to the ring with Big E Langston. A recap was played of Kaitlyn after the match at WWE Payback as Layla consoled her. AJ got on the microphone gloating and rambling on for a few minutes. She went on to say that there was not a woman in the locker room or world that was as strong, brilliant and courageous as she is. She dared any woman that thought she could compare to her–that was backstage–to come out. Stephanie McMahon’s music hit and she made her way to the ring. Stephanie noted that there was a line of Divas waiting to come out, but she needed to have a few words with AJ. Stephanie went on to reprimand AJ, basically telling her to start acting like a Champion…
Kaitlyn’s music hit, and all the Divas came out to the ramp interrupting Stephanie. Kaitlyn had a few words for AJ, and as Stephanie made her way up to the ramp, she warned Kaitlyn to never interrupt her again. Kaitlyn then made her way to the ring to a “you tapped out” chant. She then proceeded to attack AJ. Big E Langston then dragged AJ out of the ring and took her backstage.
Despite a not–so–good start to her reign, she was able to end the the week on a good note…
WWE Divas – June 21, 2013 Smackdown Match AJ Lee vs. Natalya
—AJ Lee made her way to the ring first for this match–accompanied by Big E Langston. After coming back from commercials, we saw a video recap of the AJ versus Kaitlyn highlights of recent weeks. As the bell rang Natalya shoved AJ to the mat, followed by a hard shoulder block. After a snapmare, Natalya drop-kicked AJ to the back. Natalya then got her surfboard stretch on AJ Lee in which she used the rope to break. Natalya then fired away with strikes, causing the referee to pull her away as AJ retreated to the corner. AJ then managed to send Natalya head first into the turnbuckle and then get a sleeper hold on Natalya. During this, a shot of Layla El and former Champion Kaitlyn was seen as they watched the match from backstage. As AJ continued control the show went to commercials.
Back from commercials, we saw Natalya suplex AJ. After whipping AJ into the ropes, AJ hit her with a kick. AJ them bounced off the ropes to execute a move; however, she was the recipient of a discus clothesline from Natalya. AJ was able to kick out as Natalya screamed that AJ had no respect. Natalya then got AJ Lee over her shoulders and begun to spin her. AJ was able to fight out of the predicament and apply the Black Widow for the win…
Winner: AJ Lee
We then saw Aksana approach Layla and Kaitlyn backstage, where she called Kaitlyn trash. As Aksana walked away Kaitlyn hit her with a water bottle to the back of her head. This led to Kaitlyn pouring a garbage can full of trash of Aksana. Other Divas got involved, restraining Kaitlyn from Aksana.
Thoughts: This was another great week for the WWE Divas. It seems World Wrestling Entertainment is investing more time into them… and what a bigger way to get more fans investing than to get Stephanie McMahon involved. This was a great segment, including Kaitlyn’s involvement. But could we be seeing an angle between AJ Lee and Stephanie McMahon?
Despite getting her ass headed to her—verbally—by Stehpanie McMahan on Raw, AJ Lee was able to end her week on a good note with a win over Natalya. I did not necessarily buy the Black Widow move putting Natalya away, however, I will suspend believe. While there could have been more build to the finish, they were given decent time, and did well.
Kaitlyn attacking Aksana backstage was also nice continuity of Kaitlyn’s short fuse in recent weeks. Not exactly executed very well, but working in mini-dresses and high-heels can’t work out every time.
On June 16, 2013, at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, for World Wrestling Entertainment’s Payback 2013 Pay-Per-View, Kaitlyn defended the WWE Divas Championship in a match against AJ Lee…
WWE Divas – Payback 2013 Match WWE Divas Championship Kaitlyn (c) vs. AJ Lee
—WWE Divas Champion Kaitlyn made her way to the ring first for this match, followed by a video recap of the events leading up to this match. Out next was AJ Lee with Big E Langston—to a nice ovation. As the bell rang, AJ Lee blew a kiss to Kaitlyn—which prompted Kaitlyn to strike AJ and then slam her to the mat. Kaitlyn’s strikes forced AJ to retreat to ringside, which saw AJ sent flying over the Spanish announce table as Kaitlyn threw her. Kaitlyn then threw AJ back into the ring to continue her assault and AJ would yet again retreat to ringside. There, AJ hit Kaitlyn to the face and proceeded to jump on the apron. Kaitlyn then ran into a kick from AJ. This was the opening by AJ that gained her control of the match. After a few minutes of control by AJ Lee, Kaitlyn was able to get back on offense after a drop-kick to AJ. During this AJ attempted a crucifix pin; however Kaitlyn countered it into her Fireman’s carry gutbuster. As AJ attempted to retreat to ringside, Kaitlyn grabbed her and her belt came of. Moments later AJ used the belt as a weapon; however, Kaitlyn was able to kick out. Following this, AJ Lee climbed the top ropes to hit a cross-body, in which Kaitlyn instead caught her. Kaitlyn attempted a move, in which AJ was able to counter it into the Black Widow. Kaitlyn did not tap-out, and was able to power out of the submission with a back-breaker, followed by hitting her spear on AJ.
Instead of pinning AJ, Kaitlyn crawled over her and blew a kiss. When she eventually covered, AJ kicked out. In the moments that followed AJ was able to apply the Black Widow once again, in which Kaitlyn tapped out…
Jump to 5:20…
After the match, there was a big “you tapped out” chant directed towards Kaitlyn. The camera stayed on her as she was in tears on the ramp. Layla then came out to the arena to comfort Kaitlyn to a simultaneous “awww” from the fans, followed by a few booos (Hilarious!).
After a video recap of the match, we saw Kaitlyn and Layla backstage, as Natalya and Alicia Fox joined the pity party for Kaitlyn. Their comforting did not help, and she stormed off.
Thoughts: Congratulations to AJ Lee on becoming WWE Divas Champion, ending Kaitlyn’s reign at 154 days. This was a big night for both Kaitlyn and AJ Lee, who put on a great match which went over really well with the fans. World Wrestling Entertainment gave these ladies pretty decent time, and they delivered. Hopefully the feud continues, and they are given another Pay-Per-View match.
Pre-show—Sheamus defeated Damien Sandow
Curtis Axel (with Paul Heyman) defeated Wade Barrett (c) and The Miz
AJ Lee (with Big E Langston) defeated Kaitlyn (c)
Dean Ambrose (c) defeated Kane via countout
4—World Heavyweight Title:
Alberto Del Rio (with Ricardo Rodriguez) defeated Dolph Ziggler (c)
5—CM Punk (with Paul Heyman) defeated Chris Jericho
The Shield (c) defeated Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton
7— WWE Championship – Three Stages of Hell match:
John Cena (c) defeated Ryback