Byron Saxton is outside the Divas Locker Room hoping to get a word with Paige. The Bella Twins come out holding Paige’s ring gear. They say if she’s going to compete, she’ll do it naked. Paige comes out of her locker room in a towel. She asks Cameron if she can borrow her gear, but Cameron declines before whipping her hair in her face. Paige then sees the Rosebuds, and she grabs one in a fairy outfit.
Paige vs. Summer Rae
Summer Rae is in the ring ready to compete against Paige. Paige’s music hits, but she doesn’t come out. Paige’s music hits a second time, and she comes out in the Rosebud’s fairy costume. JBL thinks she should have had this look all along.
Summer Rae laughs at her before Paige throws her throat-first into the ropes a few times. Paige says this is her house before head-butting her down. Paige puts her in the corner and hits some back elbows. Paige curtsies before stomping Summer. Paige goes to the apron and knees her in the chest a few times. Paige then screams at her. Summer then takes her down with a spin kick for a two count. Summer applies a modified butterfly lock before covering her for a two count. Paige audibly calls for a leg drop, and Summer gives it to her. Paige asks for another, and she rolls out of the way. Paige hits a trio of short-arm clotheslines before dropkicking her. Paige screams again before kicking her down. Paige then applies the PTO for the win.
The Bella Twins’ music hits, and they come out to the stage. Nikki Bella says Paige is wearing a nice outfit before calling her a loser. Nikki says she makes a beautiful Rosebud. Paige cuts her off and says she doesn’t need an outfit to make her look good. She just needs to win. At WWE Fast Lane, she is going to be wearing something even better. She’ll be wearing the WWE Divas Championship.
Paige & Emma & Natalya defeated Alicia Fox & Sasha Banks & Summer Rae with Jerry Lawler as referee.
This was not an easy episode. Every so often, “Total Divas” likes to take a break from all the revelry and weddings and arguments about the pronunciation of “barbed wire” to just completely punch its viewers in the gut and, well, this was one of those weeks. About two-thirds of the episode centered around some kind of lingering emotional trauma for our Divas, so let’s tear off the proverbial Band-Aid so we can get to the healing warmth of a Brie Mode-fueled caper through Europe.
Dealing with matters of the heart this week is Alicia Fox. Up till now, the cast newbie has been a kind of merry tornado whipping her way through the show, but the wind gets taken out of her sails when her ex-boyfriend, WWE Superstar Bad News Barrett, returns to the road from injury. Unable to reconcile Barrett having moved on with the mysterious non-reason for their split in the first place, Alicia spends the episode having unpleasant physical reactions to his presence and lashing out at her friends until she bucks up and asks him why he called it quits. He’s firm, but honest in his answer — he didn’t think she was the one — and despite the sting, everyone feels OK moving on when all is said and done.
Natalya, meanwhile, is at the end of her rope with attempting to convince her father, Jim Neidhart, to deal with his health problems. He’s about as stubborn as you’d expect a guy nicknamed “The Anvil” to be about confronting his demons, and she’s so stressed she can’t get through a meal without literally bursting into tears. Therefore, she enlists Tyson Kidd to bury the hatchet and help out with a last-ditch intervention. Not only does it work, but it seems like it maybe, juuuuust maybe opens the door a tad for a Natalya-Tyson reconciliation down the road.
Whew. Now that we’ve gotten through that, let’s get to Brie Mode. It’s a simple little story, really: WWE is touring Europe and The Bellas have a particularly full docket. Nikki — having changed her tune drastically from the last time this issue came up — has put the kibosh on Brie Mode for the duration of the trip. Paige, devilish scamp that she is, is having none of this, so she enables Brie to unleash her wild side to such a degree that Nikki almost isn’t speaking to her. Go figure, Brie wrestles a perfect match despite the aftereffects of her romp. No excuses, play like a champion.
Paige & Emma & Natalya defeated Alicia Fox & Sasha Banks & Summer Rae.
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Paige put on a clinic in the squared circle this week, having endured in back-to-back victories in singles competition against Brie Bella and Summer Rae on Raw and SmackDown, respectively.
Summer Rae is in the ring as Paige makes her way out to the ring. We recap the last two weeks between Paige and the Bella Twins. The Bella Twins join commentary at ringside.
Paige vs. Summer Rae
We start with a lock up in the center of the ring and Paige takes Summer down. Summer tries to roll up Paige but Paige escapes and kicks Summer in the head. Paige gets the upper hand and elbows Summer in the corner. Summer hits a kick and gets a two count. Summer puts a submission on Paige and works on her legs. Paige rolls her up and gets a two count. Summer gets control but Paige hits a kick and a clothesline. Paige hits a super kick then puts Summer in the PTO and Summer taps out.
After the match Paige and the Bella Twins have words.