SmackDown Live continued the rollout of their top female Superstar last night...
Okay, look... I’m on record with my opinion of Total Divas’ breakout star’s wrestling career. She seems like a nice enough person, and I understand WWE is going to capitalize on the undeniable reaction she gets, even if I’m not sure how much she (as opposed to any other Instagram model with no in-ring history the company could convince fans they’re insistent on pushing) has to do with garnering said reaction. Everybody have your Geno-inspired fun marking out for All Red Everything, but if this “she’s the greatest heel ever” nonsense that was flying around wrestling Twitter last night continues... you can expect a strongly-worded think piece in your timeline soon.
But I digress. Following NXT’s lead, the SmackDown Creative team has kicked off an angle whereby they can maximize the benefits of wrestling fans’ love-to-hate of Eva while minimizing the time she has to spend trying to wrestle.
Here, that took the admittedly fun tack of having her fake an injury - after her ridiculously vainglorious entrance - to get out of a planned match with Becky Lynch.
The Lasskicker, in a Twitter exchange with Eva that’s interesting to play “work or shoot?” with given Bex’s hopes for the women’s scene in WWE, expressed frustration. And promised retribution.
Well you'll be down an arm as well the next time you step in the ring with me https://t.co/5rT2nBq8oU— Becky Lynch (@BeckyLynchWWE) August 3, 2016
It is a classic heel move even if I personally don’t believe it’s a classic performance (she comes across better in 140 characters or less, though, I will admit). And it should help get Becky even more over than she already is.
Hopefully, it’ll do just that and run its course, allowing Eva to transition into a manager/heater role for someone else and clearing the decks for another potential match made in the same thread...