As noted on last week’s Smackdown broadcast, a women’s tag match featuring Victoria & Natalya vs. Brie Bella & Maria is scheduled to take place on this week’s show. During the taping of the match, Brie Bella left the ring to do her usual spot where she goes under it, however her sister Nicole was already on her way out and into the ring. WWE will most likely edit this out for TV, but it must have been pretty obvious for the live crowd.
Deuce’s return on last night’s edition of Raw was his first television appearance in over three months, dating back to June 20. Following a loss to Jesse and Festus (their second straight in two weeks), Deuce and Domino would brawl during the match and after, ending with Deuce laying out Domino with the “Crack ’em in da Mouth.” He threw his jacket over his fallen partner, dissolving their partnership. Deuce was picked up by Raw in the Supplemental Draft, but hadn’t made a single appearance – including house shows & dark matches – until last night. It was reported that Deuce would get a character makeover, but it looks like WWE isn’t going to bother. Deuce lost in just over a minute to Santino Marella, which probably isn’t a good sign for his future prospects on Raw.
With the return of Deuce, as well as the recent return of Carlito, that leaves DH Smith and Chuck Palumbo as the only active drafted wrestlers that have yet to debut on television on their new brands. Although, Palumbo appeared on a Raw brand house show back in July, so that would leave Smith as the only active wrestler to not debut on his new brand in any form. Palumbo is reportedly on the chopping block and Smith is for all intents and purposes back to being a developmental wrestler as he appears on Florida Championship Wrestling shows every week.
Today is Matt Hardy’s 34th Birthday. Everyone at Wrestlezone would like to extend our well wishes to the ECW Champ.