Kharma (Awesome Kong) proves that Kharma is a (expletive) at Extreme Rules 2011

What a crazy night for the Divas at Extreme Rules 2011!

Layla and Michelle McCool, unable to reconcile their issues in spite of multiple sessions with a relationship counsellor, fought in tonight’s PPV in a ‘Loser quits’ match. Layla pulled through and won the match by countering a faithbreaker for a pinfall! Layla then left in tears as her ex-BFFF Michelle cried her tears out in the ring. What happens next sent shivers down my spine…

Somebody left the rear door unwatched, because Awesome Kong -now calling herself Kharma- slipped inside and is now in the WWE. Kong/Kharma isn’t a beauty pageant contestent, she’s a monster heel! And a girl! In the WWE? The rumour is that Jim Ross and Steve Austin held the emergency door open for her. Kudos to Kong and thanks to Jim Ross and Steve Austin!

The WWE has been promoting her debute for several weeks now on RAW, SMACKDOWN and SUPERSTARS. In these insightful videos, Kong lays out her strategy for the divas. Kong’s strategy is to pop the heads and legs off the barbie doll wrestlers in the WWE. While laughing maniacally.

Michelle McCool should have run for the front exit when Kharma’s music hit after Layla left because what happens next ain’t pretty. Kharma marched down the ramp to the ring, grabbed Michelle and gave her an implant buster, laying her flat out. Then she laughed maniacally. Kong then left the ring, mercifully leaving a laid out Michelle McCool her head and legs.

Folks, what a great moment for the Divas. I wasn’t sure what the WWE had in mind for Kong and how the audience was going to respond to Kharma, but what I saw I liked! Every division needs a giant, and now the Divas have Kharma!

There has been speculation that Michelle was planning on stepping away from WWE. This really makes a person wonder about Michelle’s other half, known in some circles as the Undertaker. With Michelle evidently planning for life after wrestling, it’s a strong signal that the deadman’s career clock has hit the number 11. Even time tolls for thee, Deadman.

Michelle being buried by Kharma on her way out was a fantastic way to debute Kong. Kudos to you, Michelle for giving that bump perfectly! Now, I have to admit in the past I bought into the rumors about Michelle’s attitude backstage. In restrospect, what I’ve always seen from Michelle has been a serious attitude about the business and becoming as good as she could be in the ring, on the mic, in a promo and with the fans. Michelle may not have gotten over with every fan, but she did win me over. Love her or hate her, we should acknowledge that Michelle approached wrestling as a professional, she loves wrestling and gave her opportunities 100%.

Thank you, Michelle McCool!

Layla apologized to the Divas in the locker room after the match for the way she acted. Does this mean Layla’s going face? Well, before that happens, I expecting Layla to continue to show loyalty to her ex-flawless friends and call Kharma out for that implant buster! Poor Layla, so full of personality, but just not that sharp a tack. PREDICTION: Layla will become the second Diva to be laid out by Kharma. Whatever else happens, I hope WWE continues to give Layla opportunities to hold a mic…and I hope she can still chew food after Kharma’s done with her…

Last question is about the future direction of the Diva division. I guess we’re going to be seeing plenty of ‘Instant Kharma’ around the divas on RAW, as Kong is going to be beating (expletive)’s dead. We’re going to get some amazing matches involving Kharma versus Natalya, Beth Phoenex, Melina, and maybe even a Gail Kim versus Kong, round 2? As for Kelly Kelly, Alicia Fox, the twins, and others…better reserve a bed in the local emergency room, ladies.

Kharma’s goinna getcha!

WWE Diva Michelle McCool the Unified Diva’s Champion

Michelle McCool defeated Diva’s Champion Melina thanks to some help from the other half of team LayCool, WWE Diva Layla to become the first Unified Divas Champion. The match took place September 19, 2010 during the WWE Night of Champions PPV event. Congratulations to Michelle, as she continues to rip through her competition and continues to prove that she is the top Diva in WWE!

Layla’s willingness to help Michelle McCool seems pretty foolish and shows a gullibility in Layla that’s going to lead to some hard life lessons. On Friday’s WWE Smackdown, Layla agreed to decide who would fight Melina at the PPV by drawing a name from a hat. Layla discovered after McCool won the draw that all the names in the hat were McCool: she rigged the vote. Layla resolved on Friday not to help McCool during the lumberjill match.

But, now WWE reports that this was all a ruse and Michelle McCool and Layla had this swerve planned for the Night of Champions.

We’re not so sure that Layla was in the know- we just think Layla was doing what friends do for freinds. The problem for Layla is, now that Michelle McCool has the title- is she really willing to share the belt with Layla? Knowing just how rutheless McCool can be- we’re betting this freindship is over as of next Smackdown.

What could really come out of this- something that would really show McCool’s heel nature- would be that Michelle dumps her BFF for the belt and treats her ex-freind like crap until Beth Phoenix returns. If McCool then turns back to Layla for help against the Glamazon, she will look like a total…heel.

Former WWE Diva Mickie James heart not in wrestling?

In the wake of the shock release of six-time champion WWE Diva Mickie James, there are a few rumours going around in regards to the reason for Mickie’s ‘future endevour.’

Rumours circulating cite sources that claim that Mickie James’ behaviour backstage led to her release from the company. PW Torch claims are that Mickie James’ had a bad attitude and would act like a ‘true diva.’ Another story circulating is that James was partying late into the night on the European tour and held up the tour buses on several occasions. The apparent sources reported feeling backstage is that with Mickie’s health scare (a sever infection in the knee that poisoned her blood and could have cost her leg) and several incidents that drew heat on her over the year, Mickie should have been keeping her head down.

Mickie James’ thank you twitter to her fans didn’t show any signs of a ‘true diva.’ “Awe… Thank you James Gang! I just want to say its been a beautiful journey… Wwe has been a childhood dream come true & I have loved every step… There is not a moment I would change for the world… It breaks my heart but the world doesn’t stop turning.. I’m grateful for all my friends, family, loved ones, and fans who have supported me along this wonderful ride. To all the guys and gals I’ve had the pleasure of sharing the ring with… We made some magic! History… Memories to last a lifetime… Thank you… I love you all with all my heart! Every chapter has its close… The next one Is only gonna get better… I promise you that! =) One truly never knows what tomorrow may hold… That’s why we embrace every moment… In love & joy! The James Gang Rides! Even stronger than before…. To Victory! Haha…. On ward & upward! Much Love…. Muah! JG4L…… MJ”

PW Torch’s story is equally called to account by John Canton’s emotional guest blog on diva-dirt, in which he paints an entirely different picture of Mickie James as a very down to earth and professional wrestler who carried ridiculous storylines with class and professionalism. ‘What about Piggy James? Dear God, what a stupid idea for an angle. Mickie’s not fat. Never was. Never has been. A woman that’s 5′2″ and weighs 125 pounds is not fat…The amazing thing is it worked because the performers were good. Michelle and Layla worked well in their roles… aside from having to hear Michelle sing! You think one of the less talented Divas could pull off what MJ did? I don’t. Mickie carried it with the way she makes her comebacks, her strong promos and the way she showed her emotions when the time was right for it. How many wrestlers do you think are good enough actors to cry when they have to?…In closing, I know Mickie will be fine. She’s one of the most positive people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. I’m not really sure if she’ll ever come back to WWE, end up in TNA or never wrestle again. I don’t think even she knows right now. Personally, I hope she continues to wrestle somewhere just because she’s damn good at it. She loves it too. I know she does. She’s told me…For now her focus is on her country music career, which is where it should be. It’s not easy to get an album produced. She has one. She needs to put every ounce of energy into make that work.’ It’s a good article, check it out at Diva-dirt.

The best source for what happened is Mickie James herself, of course.

If you ask former WWE Diva Mickie James why she was released, her reply is that she isn’t aware of a specific reason. Mickie was interviewed recently by Mauro Ranallo on the Fight Show and said WWE gave her the line about it being a creative issue with roster changes prior to the Draft.

“Honestly, I know just as much about it as you know, I don’t know if it was just creatively or changing of the Divas division. I’m a professional at the end of the day and I’m not going to let this keep me down. I can never say I would never go back to WWE and I have nothing but good things to say from my time there.”

Mickie said her focus now will be on promoting her new “Strangers & Angels” album coming out May 18.

That doesn’t mean Mickie is done with wrestling, as she feels she worked hard to get to her position working for WWE. “I think pro wrestling is one of those things where it stays in your blood. I had that connection with the fans that very few people had. It’s hard to get that connection with the fans, especially as a woman, when there are so many women filtering in all the time. … To just walk away from the wrestling business totally is something I would have to really think about.” You can listen to Mickie’s interview at hardcoresportsradio.com.

Things worth talking about the WWE Divas

gailkim4.jpgSorry McCool, you picking up the Women’s belt to become the first Diva to hold both the Divas Championship and Women Championship in WWE history didn’t get enough noise to cover a pin dropping in the arena at WWE’s The Bash. You held that belt up high in victory over the defeated ex-champion Melina and the audience turned their heads and yawned.

A Diva mark might have said that the casual WWE fan did not appreciate the means by which the opportunity to win this belt came about. Former WWE Women Champion Melina was basically traded for Maryse and brought over for a booked squash match against McCool. Another surprise trade also removed Gail Kim to RAW and ended the threat of yet another Diva knocking McCool off her perch at Smackdown. Funny, we thought the top dog is supposed to be decided in the ring with a good old wrestling match and the reaction of the fans, not in a backstage power play. Nepotism is alive and kicking in WWE.

Seriously, how can somebody who draws absolutely no reaction from the WWE audience be considered as top Diva on Smackdown?

But the truth is that the casual WWE fan knew nothing about rumoured backstage tantrums.

The casual WWE fan simply knows something that every women wrestling fan dreads to be caught defending: the Diva product is crap. It’s crap by design. If a Diva tries to portray herself as anything other than something for a man to oogle, she’s punished by the management with humiliating storylines (such as Beth Phoenix), or perched on a block of ice to think about her place in the WWE world(such as Beth Phoenix). And this world has got to be stuck somewhere in the sixties (off topic, but in R-Truth and Cryme Time’s case, didn’t WWE ever hear of Martin Luthor King? Didn’t they bite into the dream?). Women lib never happened and girl power is some strange phenomena to be grouped with Wikka and the phases of the moon. The only thing expected of a Diva is that a Diva looks good. The rest, the booking, the champions, the feuds are all treated with complete indifference. The result is that there is no defending this product. Anyone who saw history being made with Michelle McCool at the bash, shrugged, grunted “Eh”, and took a pee break was absolutely correct in their reaction.

So, fellow women wrestling fans, at least we have each other. We group at the WWE Diva forum and constantly pick over our personal beefs with the Divas, rehash and re-enact the moment our mark illusions were shattered. We just can’t get over just how little WWE cares about us or our Divas as anything other than sex objects. The truth is that we ran out of new material to hash over about ten thousand threads back.

In this wasteland where once girl power fought for a place in the main event, we still have our heroines fighting to create a moment of magic with the fans. If McCool is the poster child of a Diva having what she wants handed to her, then we have GOT to nod our heads towards Gail Kim and Alicia Fox for making lemonade out of what they’ve been given to work with. Alicia may not have had much choice in the matter: she’s the only Diva without the seniority to refuse to take a bump from Gail Kim. Truth is, Alicia has been thrown around by everyone and in taking her bumps, she’s already proven her worth in the ring to us. Alicia isn’t just another pretty face. In match after match, in a surprise trade to RAW, in a bikini match and a leg match, Gail and Alicia are upping their game every single week. Alicia’s timed kick to Gail’s leap from the top rope was endowed with sick timing. Sick timing! That is the difference between McCool and Gail Kim; one makes crap even when everything is handed on a silver platter and the other spins gold from the worst of crap.

We do think that it’s laughable that the only reason for a Gail Kim and Alicia Fox feud is because Gail Kim doesn’t have anyone else to beat up right now. Doesn’t that make Gail the heel? Come one, WWE! Get off your buts and give their feud some back story, will ya? They’re giving us GOLD!

But Gail Kim and Alica Fox are fighting to win over a crowd that doesn’t have a reason to care. WWE reportedly wants to feature the Divas who look good in bikinis on RAW right now. This policy won’t change even though the bikini match lost viewers on RAW. We should say, though, that we really liked the bikini stipulation because it fit with Seth Green’s image and target market. In context of Green making the call as GM, it was great. In the bigger picture it’s another sign not to get your hopes up regarding the Diva product anytime soon. And yet, it WAS more than just a bikini pageant; all the Divas worked hard in that bout (another reason to give the match a thumbs up). So we should be more clear: Don’t get your hopes up about the product because it’s the same management and when the Divas do more than look pretty you bet there’s a backlash coming down to put them back in their places.

It all goes back to WWE being top dog without challengers for far too long. WWE will tell the WWE fan what to like and who to cheer for. There’s no threat of the fans walking out and across the street to the ‘other’ promotion if they don’t like what they see. No need to catch up with the times. And if the boss’s eyes glaze over when a women wrestling storyline comes up, the bookers learn to steer away from the subject.

It’s an old man’s WWE Universe, after all.

Current feuds:

Michelle McCool and Melina

Gail Kim and Alicia Fox

Mickie James and Maryse

Natalya and Eve

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The Hair is proving her worth in the squared circle. WWE has several pics up in the Daily Diva section featuring Divas at the carnival. We don’t know who took the pictures, we just like them.

Gail Kim to Raw, Alicia Fox to Raw, Natalya to Smackdown

gailkimnadia.jpegDonald Trump’s brief tenure as the owner of raw continues to pay out interest(ing) dividends for WWE fans. On on Monday’s episode of raw it was announced that the Donald has arrange the trade of more than a dozen superstars throughout all three WWE brands. That’s the excuse WWE is using to implement another draft after saying there would be no more cross brand appearances by wrestlers and each brand would be complete and of itself. Okay I guess Donald Trump is also responsible for the hall passes for Jericho and Hardy.

At the top the list moving to the Raw roster is none other than Gail Kim. So, Gail Kim is excited about the upcoming two week tour including Hawaii, Japan and the Phillipines. Tomorrow Gail Kim and Alicia Fox may get a chance to respond to the unexpected brand swap during the tapings for this Friday’s Smackdown. Then, after the tour ends Gail Kim and Alicia Fox will join the main event! The two may continue their feuding when on Mondays..which we don’t mind at all. Alicia Fox has shown us, the fans, that she’s willing to sell and work to get us into her matches and we think she’s quickly establishing herself as a rising star.

Gail Kim posted on her MySpace on Sunday, June 28, 2009,

HEY! ITS ME!!!! 🙂

Hey guys!! Its been a minute since Ive actually posted anything with the exception of the rare message on my site, thegailkim.com but I had to clarify that I DO NOT have a twitter account or a Facebook account!!! If I ever choose to have one I’ll let everyone know…so if you think its me, its a FAKE!

Im off to the west coast now then Hawaii, Japan and Phillipines!!! Never been to all three places….soooo excited! GIRL TIME! and some adventures…..:)

Other WWE talent being shuffled around are Brie and Nikki Bella- who will be moved to the ECW Roster and another big play that has us gushing- Natalya is moving to Smackdown!

That’s right! The Hart Dynasty will be joining the best WWE programming on TV at this time. David Hart Smith, Tyson kidd and Natalya will add much appreciated Canadian content to Smackdown.

That means the McCool will have Natalya in her heel corner. The two of them together are going to give Melina, Eve and Laya(?) a pretty hard time.

We won’t see a McCool Gail Kim feud, but we may get to see a Beth versus Gail Kim program- which, after Gail Kim’s failed launch on Smackdown and Beth’s humiliation over the last few months, both wrestlers could really use to get the train back on the track! We’ve finally got a reason to watch women’s wrestling on Raw again…

WWE’s the bash 2009 PPV results: Melina loses the title to Michelle McCool

mccool.jpegMcCool made history tonight as the first ever to win both the divas and women’s title. In their championship matchup at the bash, Linda came up short in her defense due to injuries and interference from Alicia Fox.

The WWE women’s champion Melina looked hot tonight in her ring entrance. Michelle McCool came out next with Alicia Fox in tow. McCool went for a big move early to Melina turned into a DDT. The divas brawled after that and Melina injures her leg, giving Michelle a target to exploit.

McCool tried to use her styles Clash on Melina, but Melina faught out. They take the fight to the top rope and Melina takes control only to be injured again. Melina gets a two count and Fox stops the pin. Melina kicks Fox through the ropes. This gives McCool the time she needs to counter Melina and get a two count.

McCool counters again and then nails the Faith Breaker to get the pinfall and the win.

Winner and new WWE women’s champion: Michelle McCool

Sensible move to have Mccool take the title as it sets up a possible new feud and push with the badly debuted Gail Kim, or the opportunity for Melina and McCool to continue their feud. The Smackdown Divas have been working hard on the program and it shows. The four-way match on Friday’s Smackdown featured polished moves by all four divas. Of course, we thought the highlight of the match was when Gail Kim got the hot tag from Melina. It was an interesting finish to the match to, having Gail Kim miss the tag and not realize that McCool was legal, giving Michelle a big opportunity to apply the styles Clash on her for the win.

The only possible concern we have is with WWE’s insistence on booking McCool as somehow superhuman. Not only is that not believable, but it makes the other divas and the feuds look week. WWE needs to take a look at the knockouts program where the back-and-forth action between the knockouts has created consistently exciting matches to watch.

Congratulations Michelle McCool on making history!

Divas on Monday’s RAW, Divas at WWE SmackDown/ECW Live

maryse.jpegMaryse and Jillian vs. Mickie James and Kelly Kelly

WWE Divas Champion Maryse is in the ring with after we return from commercial. She’s speaking in French and says if she wasn’t Maryse, she would want to be. Out comes Mickie followed by Kelly. Jillian and Kelly start the match off and Jillian gets taken down by Kelly.

Kelly hits a few counters and a nice head scissors move. Maryse distracts Kelly and Jillian drops her with a clothesline for a 2 count. Jillian in control now. Maryse is tagged in and they double team Kelly. Maryse applies a chinlock on Kelly. Kelly gets to her feet but Maryse drops her using her hair. Mickie comes in and goes to work on Maryse with her usual offense. Mickie hits the big Thesz Press off the top but only gets a 2 count as Jillian makes the save. Kelly dumps Jillian to the floor and clotheslines her off the apron. Maryse goes for her DDT in the ring but Mickie counters it. Mickie ends up hitting her DDT and getting the pinfall for the win on Maryse.

Winners: Mickie James and Kelly Kelly

Beth Phoenix vs. Santina Marella

Back from the break and Beth Phoenix comes out with Rosa at her side. Beth looks pissed. The music hits and out comes her opponent, Santina Marella. Santina plays around to start the match. Beth rocks her with shots and goes to work with shoulders in the corner. Beth clotheslines Santina to the floor and goes after him. Beth lifts Santina above her head and throws her back in the ring. Beth with stomps and kicks now.

Santina manages a reversal but Beth catches him in a full nelson. Santina tries to power out and eventually breaks the hold. Beth mounts Santina with rights and lefts. Beth smacks and punches him, saying this has embarrassed her too much. Santina rolls Beth up out of nowhere to get the pin and the win.

Winner: Santina Marella

(source: prowrestling.com)

Gail Kim & Eve Torres d. Natalya & Layla.

You could blatantly tell at moments that this was the experienced workhorse girls trying to teach the green girls on the job. The execution wasn’t the best at times, but this was when it became obviously clear that only the best guys on your average independent show (if that) are as sound as the worst workers in WWE, as this was the worst match on this show, but this was technically fine, in terms of the timing and pacing of things. There was one really scary moment towards the finish where Layla was late breaking up a neckbreaker spot and threw a dropkick anyway, landing on Gail Kim’s head in a similar fashion as when Chris Nowinski took the double dropkick at Royal Rumble ’03 that concussed him.

(source: wrestling-edge.com)

Gail Kim’s push being pulled back.

gailkimnadia.jpegOur source is telling us that Gail Kim’s push has been regarded as a flop internally by WWE. The reasons cited were Gail Kim’s inability to connect with the fans and that the general feeling is that Gail could do better in the ring. For now, while Gail won’t be jobbing, WWE doesn’t have much for her.

This makes sense for another reason. Melina’s a face and Michelle’s the logical heel to feud with the champ, so building up Michelle McCool makes sense.

There’s no doubt that Gail botched a few big moves since her return…and one at the worse time. Gail eliminated herself at the Battle Royal. But, in the grand scheme of things, so what? The Battle Royal sucked.

How can any Diva connect with the fans when they don’t get mic time? The Divas are beautiful and marketed as objects to be desired and speaking might break the glamour. So, scratch Gail connected with the fans with backstage segments and using her voice.

When each match is twelve girls lining up and four of them wrestling in a two minute match, how can any Diva stand out from the pack? Gail Kim was hired for her wrestling ability. The Divas have a style and average skill level that doesn’t mesh well with…well, wrestling. Gail Kim’s solution to the problem was to take big bumps during her matches, to shock the crowd and to build up the match and her opponent and the division by proxy. Smart moves and typical team spirit from Gail.

Getting your oppenent over seems to be an alien concept when it comes to the WWE Divas. How can you blame the women talent, when they get two minutes a week in the ring as a mob to sell themselves? That being said, we appreciate the work Michelle McCool has done in the ring against Gail in their last two matches. We were finally beginning to see Gail and Michelle’s style meshing together and the results are interesting and we want to see more. When Michelle doesn’t have to worry about getting knocked off the air completely, she can work towards an entertaining match. We won’t let McCool off the hook for when the booking’s against her- she can no-sell like Hogan when she thinks she’s getting supplanted. But, not everyone’s a natural team player like Gail Kim.

Gail Kim has a following of die-hards, but that doesn’t immediately translate into getting over with the whole WWE audience.

Stepping back from this push and figuring out Gail’s niche is a good idea at this time, but the blame for the push’s failure should be put on the booking and not the Divas and especially not Gail Kim. The problem is definately the way the division is run. With WWE gone PG, the vision of shimmering playboy bunnies bumping on pillows in bikinis is no longer a relevant mission statement. That means the Divas are currently running without a game plan. So, WWE prides itself on being a well-run business. Figure out the Diva mission statement, restructure the goals and initiatives and keep watching the crowd to see what’s working, and this’ll work itself out. But, only if WWE management wears the responsibility of botching the seemingly unsinkable push of the return of Gail Kim.

As for Gail Kim, we look forward to every match she’s in. That probably no comfort for the reviews and results for her movie, ‘Royal Kill’, which rechristianed the movie, ‘Royally sucked’. Owch, sorry Gail. But Gail can console herself during this period of transition and waiting as she takes her $400,000 salary to the bank.

Emerging WWE Smackdown Diva feud between Layla and Eve

wweeve.jpegThere’s an interesting feud building up between Eve and Layla on Smackdown. This would be the first clear feud for the Smackdown Divas since the Draft. Fans were treated to a really good dance contest between the two talent search winners. Both Divas are trained dancers and former professional cheerleaders. Layla was even the acting choreographer in Extreme Expose.

The dance off was judged by Cryme Tyme. The two, dressed to show off their dancing physiques, put on some great moves. Many people live report that Layla won the crowd vote, but Eve as the face won. The crowd got behind this segment. Layla then pretended to be in on Eve’s victory dance only to slap her and get into a cat fight. The crowd began to chant “Let them Fight” as Cryme Tyme held them apart.

The spoilers for Smackdown are reporting that this competition isn’t over yet, as the Divas will be squaring off in competition again this week. This is a pretty fresh feud, as both Eve and Layla have had little time in the ring wrestling. The crowd got behind the ladies once, will it happen again? We’re curious to see what happens when the two step in the ring after the crowd invests in their feud emotionally.

Smackdown 10.04.09 Gail Kim versus Michelle McCool

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