INDUCTION: Divas Pajama Pillow Fight – Far More Dangerous Than It Sounds!

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WWE, 2012

This past weekend, the WWE Univer…no, I can’t do that.

I don’t care how many times the company tries to shove that gibberish down our throats, it always sounds completely idiotic.  Why can’t we simply be wrestling fans?  Seriously, think about that – we can’t be pro wrestling fans because WWE won’t allow the words “pro wrestling” or “fans” to be uttered.

What sense does THAT make?

Hey, thanks for showing up, kid.  I am going to be mentioning you in just a few minutes.  But first, let me get back to my initial ramblings, where I was going to mention the really fun match this past weekend between Asuka and Ember Moon in NXT.  While I’ve never been a huge fan of Ember (she’s alright, just don’t think she’s great), Asuka has been tremendous since she joined the fun.  To be fair, it wasn’t like Ember dragged the match down, she stayed in there just fine.  It was a great encounter, and made me very glad that I took time out of my schedule to watch it.

Of course, my head shaking for the so-called “diva’s revolution” in WWE is well documented.  And I was far from the only one, as the readers of this here site deemed it a co-winner of the 2015 Gooker Award (you can read the induction here).  Still, while it took longer than we’d hoped, the women of WWE have been able to turn a corner somewhat and make women’s wrestling more than something you either gawked at or worse, ignored completely, using it as a bathroom break time out at events.

It wasn’t that long ago that things were radically different, you know.  As I was doing research for this induction to prove that very point, I decided to go back five years and see what was happening with the women in WWE.  Want to know what I found?

The Red Carpet Dress to Impress Battle Royal

This amazing spectacle featured the women of the company dressed as if they were heading to prom, and kicked off with Rosa Mendes attempting to figure out how to fling herself over the top rope, bouncing back and forth in the process as if she were made of rubber.  She then landed on the floor in such a manner that made it appear she’d broken every bone in her body.

The Diva Bowl

I remember very early in the formation of, I’d decided that one of my first inductions would be the idiotic Raw Bowl (and if you have archive access, you can find that here), a train wreck that featured the likes of Billy Gunn and Savio Vega battling for the Steve Lombardi trophy.  Fast forward nearly twenty years, and we get women dressed in football outfits doing the same thing, stomping their feet, running at each other, and falling down in a crumpled mess.

Pretty sure Mickie James was offsides as well.  Ref, why didn’t you throw a flag?

Where’s Ed Hochuli or The Ladies Man  Jerome Boger when you need them?

On the plus side, we got Rosa (what was the deal with her starting these matches?) channeling her inner-Danielsan, going all crane technique…

…and getting kicked right smack dab in the face.

I can’t induct that match solely on principal of that spot.

And in the summer months of 2012, we got a bikini battle royal, designed pretty much from the ground up so the company could fat shame the very great Vicki Guerrero.

So when we’re now getting great stuff in NXT from Asuka?  And pretty darn good encounters on the main roster from the likes of Becky Lynch, Charlotte, and others?  Well, it’s a far cry from the garbage we were force fed just scant years ago.  I mean, I don’t think you’re going to flip on SmackDown next Tuesday and get a Pajama Pillow Fight.

But we did in 2010.

March 1, 2010 to be exact.  This would be during the infamous Celebrity Guest Host era of Raw.  Sure, that still happens now and again, but there was a time when it seemed every single week WWE found someone, ANYONE with name value in the past eight decades, to show up and play GM for the night.  On this particular evening, our guests of honor would be 1970s potheads, Cheech and Chong.

(In the midst of writing this induction, it has struck me that it is very wrong we’ve never actually put that entire episode on the site.  Rest assured I will correct that in the very near future.)

During a Lucky Charms acid trip (really, that was a show-long storyline), the two made their way out to ringside to catch this special encounter.  No doubt you newer fans may believe I am exaggerating that this was a pillow fight.

I’m not.  This is exactly what it was billed to be.

The girls get into the ring and proceed to smack each other in the heads with pink bags of fluff.

Which would be altogether different from the pink bags of fluff that Vickie assaulted AJ with in the bikini match I mentioned above.

In this particular brawl, we got the WWE lady folk attempting to do physical damage utilizing honest-to-goodness pillows, just like the one you lay your feeble head upon when you go to sleep.  As I watched the opening seconds, I began to ponder…just how many times would you need to hit someone with a pillow before they physically collapsed to the mat, enabling you to get a 1-2-3.  Would three hours be enough?

Thankfully, we didn’t have to wait to find out, as your friend and mine, Jillian Hall, threw the pillows aside and just started clotheslining everyone in sight.

Oh Jillian, how I love you.

You had the greatest horrible gimmick ever (terrible singer who can’t stop bellowing out pop songs) and you made it work.  I never consider my Christmas season to be a complete success until I’ve heard your heart warming version of Jingle Bell Rock complete with flatulent tubas tooting out the bass line.

Unfortunately, Jillian’s concert here is disrupted by an obviously jealous Kelly Kelly, who attempts to smother my hero with a pillow.  She follows that up with…

…whatever this is.

I mean, I get that it is an attack of sorts on Jillian’s back, but Kelly looks so daggum skinny I am surprised that Jillian didn’t just stay there perched up on all fours upon impact.

Regardless, it only gets a two count, and then Kelly is immediately attacked by Maryse (yes, that Maryse) with a DDT or whatever the heck that was supposed to be.  All I can say for certain is that looks to have broken Kelly’s neck.  What is it with giving these largely untrained women moves that could result in serious damage?

Why not just give her a sleeper as a finisher?

You could call it the Maryzzzzzzzzzzz.

Eventually, Gail Kim hits a sweet neck breaker, one so swell that I cannot in good conscience include it in this induction.  Following the show of athletic ability, she goes for a pin on Maryse…

…only to have victory snatched away by being hit.

Hit with a pillow.

You said it, pal.

Eve Torres enters the fray, attacking Gail from behind.  She sends her flying from the ring courtesy of a drop kick that misses by a good foot and a half.  Hey, at least she didn’t legit clock her in the back of the skull with her feet.

I’ll take whatever positives I can find at this point.

And in keeping with my new Pollyanna attitude, I won’t even bring up that I have zero idea what on earth this is supposed to be.  Instead, I will focus on the positive…

…namely that it causes the match to end.

Also, props to Alicia for wearing bunny slippers into the ring.

So yeah, the next time you want to start chanting “boring” during a women’s match on Raw you think is going a little too long or whatever, consider what we used to get and count yourself lucky.

Or just watch as Nia Jax kills another poor girl and hang your head in shame.

Just like that.

Thanks, Bam Bam!

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36 Responses to "INDUCTION: Divas Pajama Pillow Fight – Far More Dangerous Than It Sounds!"
  1. Zee says:

    Am I the only one that thought Vicki was slightly attractive for an older woman? I mean obviously I would take AJ over here any day but I don’t think Vicki was as unattractive as she was made out to be.

    • RD Reynolds says:

      Thought she was great. She’s obviously a funny woman.

      • Boffo97 says:

        A part of me is still mad that when she did (as best she could anyway) a Frog Splash and the Eddie shimmy, the crowd totally bought into it as a heartwarming salute.

        And the announcers ruined it by laughing and calling it a “Hog Splash”.

    • Autrach Sejanoz says:

      Vicki is attractive, unless she’s being shrill. Gotta say, that helped her be quite possibly the most natural heat magnet this business has ever seen.

    • Dave says:

      I found her rather attractive, and I thought she had a killer body to boot. And it was obvious she loved playing the role she had, so props to her for that too.

      • Jeremy says:

        It’s funny I recall watching wwe’s 100 greatest superstars, and she did the entry for Eddie Guerrero. She actually has a pleasant voice when she’s not being shrill. My wife who was watching with me couldn’t believe it was her.

      • xXMister PinkXx says:

        …and I thought I was the only one…I love you guys!

        • Sir Anthony says:

          Lol, where were you guys back then to give me support!!! Always thought Vickie was sexy but didn’t have the nerve to admit it out loud!

    • King of Kings says:

      Vicki was the only heel authority figure I actually enjoyed. Guerreros are just naturally entertaining.

    • Gues says:

      She kind of was before she needlessly cut he hair and dyed it black.

    • Arcane Azmadi says:

      “slightly”? Vicki was arguably the hottest babe there!

  2. CP says:

    Looks like Eve was going for a flip senton but misjudged her long jumping skills.

  3. Mike Jones says:

    I was at this show live. Please, for the love of all that is holy, induct this crapfest. Worst live show I have ever seen (and I’ve seen TNA live).

  4. John C says:

    Yep, those post Trish Straus Era Diva Matches have not aged well at all. Watching PPV’s or tv matches in that time are pretty hard to take. Tedious storylines they were generally given and then some hair tossing about shenanigans in a sports entertainment performance not for the ages. I would like to offer the name Gash Crash for Kelly Kelly’s move on Jillian Hall.

  5. Joey says:

    March 1st, 2010, why does that date seem important…

    Oh, right! That was the week before TNA tried to restart the Monday Night Wars! No wonder they thought they had a chance.

  6. Scrooge McSuck says:

    The fat shaming of Vicki was just ick… and no pun, just ick. As much as I love pro wrestling and WWE, I’ll never back down from joining non-fans bashing things with justification, and adding my own fuel to the fire. “You think THAT’S bad? How about Mexicans riding JUAN Deer lawnmowers. Or two African americans portraying a stereotype that is highly questionable. Or George Bush impersonator almost dropping the N-word. Or fat shaming the widow of a legend at every possible moment that they could.”

    Non-fans don’t know the shit we sit through.

    • Gues says:

      And yet those things didn’t elicit the same reaction that they got during Summerslam, Raw, & Smackdown this week.

  7. JimbobJones says:

    Asuka was great on NXT.

    I worry for her on the main roster. (Then again, I worry for ALL wrestlers on the main roster. How the hell is this the same company?)

    • Philip Hunn says:

      If she gets given a stupid “lol she’s Asian isn’t it funny” gimmick by the old man, I’m gonna tweet my displeasure so hard…

  8. Gerard says:

    some promoter must have been watching this pillow fight match because i forget the exact year but there was a ladies pillowfighting league where the girls fought each other with pillows and even used the pillows to pin each other while wearing skimpy outfits like bikinis-lingerie or bras and panties. this league surprisingly didn’t last very long only a year or 2!!

  9. MistaMaddog says:

    Yeah I remember watching that awful Diva Bowl match live with my friend, he was holding up a RD Reynolds book the whole time because he didn’t make a sign that said “THIS IS WRESTLECRAP!!”. And since this was at the start of Raw, we had to wait for the other Diva match for out bathroom break.

    Anyway, I’m so glad that Johnny Ace is no longer in charge of the Diva division and he’s enjoying his new married life. At least he finally gets to bang a Bella…

    • Gues says:

      Ace was responsible for apparently hiring the talent he wasn’t the reason we got bikini contests, battle royals that require someone to be kicked through the ropes to be eliminated as opposed to going over the top rope, the fat shaming and all that other garbage that made the division had to watch.

    • M says:

      You mentioning Johnny Ace made me remember that episode of Bruce Prichard’s podcast where they talked about Shelly Martinez and how him and Conrad thought Johnny handled the nude photos that she has

  10. Si says:

    One reason why I love this induction is it acts as a reminder that twelve-Diva costume-based tag matches lasting five minutes were going on far more recently than anyone would like to admit – if anything its last knocking was that Total Divas vs True Divas crapfest, because memories of Jojo and her two weeks of training getting a TV face push in 2013 (while Paige vs Emma and the BFFs were happening in NXT to a growing audience) put “they’ve not grasped what made Bayley’s character work” into perspective.

    • Gues says:

      Jojo’s brief run was considerably less memorable than Eva Marie.

      “put “they’ve not grasped what made Bayley’s character work” into perspective”.

      That or Bayley’s character simply looks out of place outside of NXT

  11. Proo says:

    For the Kelly-Jillian move, I’m guessing they’d been watching Fat Albert and decided to try playing buck-buck.

  12. John Giannetti says:

    Unfortunately it wasn’t until the end of her run that I was able to appreciate Vicki’s awesomeness. “Excuse me” was waaaaay overdone, but beyond that, she was gold. Wish it hadn’t taken me several years to see this.

  13. Sean Bateman says:

    still a better match than the Major Gunns vs Paisley vs Tygress trainwreck and That Gayda match. Go ahead, watch both matches. I DARE YOU.

  14. Gues says:

    “…whatever this is.”

    A curb thwomp 😛

    “Regardless, it only gets a two count, and then Kelly is immediately attacked by Maryse (yes, that Maryse) with a DDT or whatever the heck that was supposed to be. All I can say for certain is that looks to have broken Kelly’s neck. What is it with giving these largely untrained women moves that could result in serious damage?”

    Considering Lita had two infamous botches involving a suicide dive one of which nearly ended her career let’s not pretend the trained ones are much better at using dangerous moves.

    • Dr Croswell says:

      “Considering Lita had two infamous botches involving a suicide dive one of which nearly ended her career let’s not pretend the trained ones are much better at using dangerous moves.”

      Dude, IT’S A DDT. Let’s not pretend that a suicide dive over the ropes even compares.

      • Guest says:

        Comparing wasn’t the point though champ the point was having someone who is untrained performing a dangerous looking move is no worse than having someone who is trained performing a dangerous looking move.

  15. Walter Kovacs says:

    They couldn’t have waited a month and a half to have those guys on 4/20 [or 4/19 would have been the Monday]?

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