Cora Jade and Roxanne Perez were riding high after defeating Toxic Attraction to capture the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships. Just a week later, Cora turned her back on Perez in an angle that lasted the entire episode of NXT 2.0. During Roxanne’s NXT Women’s Championship match with Mandy Rose, Jade attacked her former friend, firmly establishing herself as a heel.
Many fans were confused as to why this played out so quickly. It didn’t make sense to have Cora Jade and Roxanne Perez win the tag titles only to break up one week later. It turns out that was WWE’s plan all along.
In this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer talked about the situation. Things went exactly as planned from the beginning. Cora Jade was always supposed to turn on Roxanne Perez after winning the tag titles together.
“The Cora Jade turn on Roxanne Perez went as timed from the beginning. The storyline they had planned out was that the two would win the tag titles from Toxic Attraction and then the next week Jade would turn on her. There was a Wrestlecrap moment in the turn. Jade had already hit Perez with a belt shot leading to Perez losing to Mandy Rose in the women’s title match.
This was built up by someone attacking Perez in the parking lot (later found out to be Jade) to try and keep her from the match. After the match, the idea was for Jade to break her skateboard on the back on Perez. What they did was pre-saw the skateboard so it would easily break on impact. The problem was,, as Jade started to swing, the break was such that it broke in the air in two, showing it was gimmicked. Jade hit Perez over and over with half of the skateboard which never broke. They would probably be announcing the scenario regarding the tag titles next week.”
A lot of fans would have preferred a slower build to the breakup and Cora Jade’s turn. WWE thought it was best to make it happen immediately after the team won the championships. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out on NXT over the coming weeks.
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