Toxic Attraction. A group that seemingly ran the NXT women’s division for over a year. A trio that had Wade Barrett infatuated. Mandy, Jacy, and Gigi had all the gold they could get on lock. And while Mandy was already established, Gigi and Jacy showed real potential to be big stars in the future. Now that it’s been almost a year since Jacy and Gigi split away from the tag division, it’s good to look back on who has been the standout of the tag team between the two. And honestly, it definitely hasn’t been Gigi.
How They Were Viewed In Toxic Attraction
While in Toxic Attraction, many touted Gigi as the breakout success of the tag team. And at the time, this was a reasonable statement to make. Dolin had a much more high-profile background from the indies. As Priscilla Kelly, she made appearances at many more promotions than Jacy did, with her most notable appearances being her as an entrance on the AEW All Out 2019 Buy In, which is a much bigger platform than anything Jacy ever got.
Looking at fan reception: On Gigi’s page on Cagematch.net, you can see during the ratings that were published when she was in Toxic Attraction that people were making bold statements such as “She should have been the leader of Toxic Attraction” and “By far the best worker in Toxic Attraction”. This just shows how high many were on her at the time.
The Break-Up Storyline
Being honest, both women showed a lot of promise in the early stages of the break-up storyline. They had a wicked break-up angle, which was followed up the next week with Jacy cutting a solid heel promo. Gigi follows this up with a great, emotional promo of her own, which really elevated the rivalry and made me hopeful for the match.
The match was bad. Sure, it’s in the developmental, but I was really let down by it. It was not a great performance from both women. You have to give the benefit of the doubt, however, as both women may not have adjusted to singles matches after a year of tagging together. They see this, and in a really smart booking move, they let the feud sit for a few months. Three months later, we get two matches between the two to cap off the feud. While the first one is also bad, the second match is much better and a genuinely entertaining match, with both women making good use of the weaponized steel cage stipulation.
All-in-all, while this feud didn’t do miracles for them in-ring-wise, it did help them build their characters, which was a positive. Then it was time for them to go on their own paths.
What Gigi Has Done Since Then
With Gigi, it’s just been the same schtick. The promos are usually decent, with none of her character work really progressing since the rivalry with Jacy. She had a good lights-out match against Blair Davenport, but that’s about it for good matches. Well, she was in an amazing four-way match, but that’s a four-way match; they can easily hide a wrestler’s flaws. Her other matches and feuds—the one against Kiana James, for example—have been subpar and have produced bad matches in the process. The one against Kiana specifically was just slow and uncoordinated, and it really opened my eyes to how she really hasn’t progressed.
As of writing this article, I feel like her character has really stagnated. Her two most recent televised appearances (while one of them was a win) were used to showcase other talent instead of her, really showing the spot where she’s at currently. I do think they are trying to make her a star. She is a constant feature on TV, after all, but she’s really not producing the results at the moment.
What Jacy Has Done Since Then
In my opinion, what she’s done has been far superior to Gigi.
She spent a few months continuing her heel work, having decent matches with Lyra Valkyria in the process. It’s evident that she’s much better than Gigi in the ring. The general pacing of her matches is much better than what Gigi possesses at the moment of writing.
In August, after a match with Thea Hail, Jacy gets involved with Chase U. She really helps bring interest back to a faction that, for me, was getting a little stale. She helps progress Thea’s character as she goes through her emo phase and ends up having a face turn where she officially joins the group, which I am quite enjoying. You would think that having a serious character lead a goofy group wouldn’t work, but the juxtaposition between her and Thea is quite entertaining. This character is much more interesting than whatever Gigi’s doing right now. She was exactly what Chase U needed, and with her seemingly leading the group for a little bit, I’m confident that she’ll remain a great feature in the faction.
Improvements That Gigi Has To Make
The biggest improvement needed is that she needs to speed up in the ring. Her usual match ends up being slow and clunky. I feel bad for saying it, but it feels like she wrestles at 0.5x speed. It’s really her biggest flaw. She can cut a good promo, and she can make people get behind her character (although it hasn’t really progressed in the 6+ months since the break-up), but when she enters the ring, it’s rarely good. This is what puts Jacy ahead of her so far. Jacy’s more entertaining in the ring, and I’ve had more interest in the angles she’s involved in.
Thankfully, she’s on the developmental brand, so she still has a lot of time to improve and prove that she can be the breakout star of Toxic Attraction.
Thank you for reading this article; it truly means a lot to me. If you want to read another article of mine relating to NXT, I would recommend my list where I rank how every NXT call-up has been handled, six months later.