Week ending April 16th, 2017

WWE

Each week, The Backpage will wrap up some of the smaller news stories, rumors, editorials and gossip making the rounds in women’s wrestling. Got a tip for next week? Send it in.

* Kayla Braxton welcomes the newest member of the NXT broadcasting team Christy St. Cloud. (YouTube)

* Build Series interviews Natalya and Nikki Bella to discuss Total Divas. (Video 1, Video 2, Video 3, Video 4)

* PWInsider reports Paige is on track for a comeback this summer. (PWInsider)

* AJ Brooks comments on Big E accidentally hitting her during an episode of Raw. (Twitter)

* WWE ranks Asuka number three of their list of “10 Biggest Signings of NXT’s TakeOver Era”. (WWE.com)

* Sasha Banks reunites with former Team B.A.D. members Naomi and Tamina in Boston. (Instagram)

* Bleacher Report writer Ryan Dilbert blogs on what he wants his daughters to learn from the evolution of WWE’s Women Division. (Medium.com)

* Ruby Riot‘s theme song ‘We Riot’ is available on WWE’s Music YouTube page. (YouTube)

* Wrestling INC interviews Alundra Blayze to discuss her WWE Hall Of Fame induction, Paige Twitter feud, her new podcast and more. (Wrestling INC)

* Mia Yim is in Orlando and expected to be a part of WWE’s upcoming Women’s Tournament. (Cageside Seats)

* Paige does karaoke at Alberto El Patron‘s restaurant. (No DQ.com)

* Natalya blogs on The Undertaker‘s wrestling legacy. (Calgary Sun)

TNA Reviewer & News Reporter - Read Profile
  • Queen of Spark

    Mia Yim/Jade joining the tournament this summer?! Thank goodness!! That explains her not resigning with TNA. If only Madison and Angelina had done the same.

    • Aye Mate

      Mia Yim being signed would round off NXT’s burgeoning new women’s division nicely.

      Peyton Royce, Billie Kay, Ember Moon, Ruby Riot, Kimber Lee, Nikki Cross, Mary Dobson and Mia Yim all under the one roof? YES. YES. YES.

    • Malcolm James

      She live in Orlando Florida IDK What diva dirt is talking about

    • More than pretty much any other female wrestler I would love love love to see Madison Rayne in WWE.

  • Gabriella Panajotova

    AJ also commented on the pipebomb which was the more interesting story. I love these bits from her signings. AJ is actually pretty hilarious.

    The Christy chick is gonna make me not wanna tune in to NXT, she seems so fake and judging by her Afterbuzz days she is as fake as she seems. Maria Mansbsbfsdfhsk has a giant pull I guess, she probably refered her to the higher ups.

    • MK126

      Lillian actually got her the job with WWE. She said it in her interview with Lita

      • Gabriella Panajotova

        Wow…Lillian can do better :D

        • Joseph

          Can’t judge the new girl until we see more of her on WWE/NXT TV.

          • Gabriella Panajotova

            I can because I’ve seen her on Afterbuzz.

          • Joseph

            Yea but thats her being a fan reviewing a show as suppose to backstage reporter for a wrestling promotions. I know she did that role for a couple of west coast promotions before signing to WWE.

          • Gabriella Panajotova

            Her tone, her attitude, her everything will still be there even as a backstage reporter. She is just very unlikable and annoying.

          • Joseph

            She isn’t gonna be same once she is officially on WWE/NXT TV.

          • Gabriella Panajotova

            Cathy remained herself. I don’t really see them changing all that much after being signed.
            I just really don’t like the Christy chick and I won’t be staying to see how she does tbh. I’ve had it up with her.

          • Joseph

            Whatever she doesn’t bother me.

          • Gabriella Panajotova

            Lucky you I guess lol

    • Aye Mate

      I’m a big fan of her wrestling, but Paige is a pain in the ass. Her life has been hijacked by Del Rio entirely, and her level of permissiveness to him is very worrying.

    • SW

      Somethig about her seems off, she was at axxess and she seemed out of place

  • Omg Paige is trying to ger ass fired so bad

  • Aye Mate

    Paige continues to be a frustrating mass of contradictions. There’s zero independence emanating from her choices judging by her nauseating displays on social media, indicating a worrying dependence on relationship with a well known angry drunk. At this point I would be entirely sympathetic towards WWE making the decision to sever ties with her. While a very talented performer, she’s also an incredibly foolish young woman who has allowed her poor choice in romantic suitor to mar her chances of sustaining a great legacy in professional wrestling. And Del Rio persistently goading the WWE in spite of his partner’s current employment there is not only laughable, but says a lot about the level of respect he has for both her and her career.

    • SW

      It would be tacky even if it was a regular job. I wish he would stop making her look bad

      • Aye Mate

        That’s where Paige’s abandon comes into play: if she really did value her job with WWE, she’d tell Del Rio to, for lack of a better term, shut the fuck up.

    • Jo9834

      The WWE obviously is still somewhat high on Paige to even entertain a comeback at this point. I think when her and Del Rio split ( which mark my words they will one way or another and soon), its going to be ugly and when the WWE takes her back with open arms, she’ll never EVER stuff up or disrespect them again.

      I hope she gets it together.

  • YonceLuvsDivas

    Yessss!!! So far one of my picks for the tournament has made it. Hopefully I get two more. All I care about Veda Scott and Hinia joining. Omg would slay so hard with those two.

  • Asa Loves You

    Mia lives in Orlando lol. She’ll be there regardless of a WWE appearance of not.

    • Malcolm James

      At least someone got some common senses

  • LoveEvaBella

    Ruby Riot can easily replace Paige since she’s more edgy, and more “anti-diva”. Paige is now pretty not the anti-diva before.

    • Aye Mate

      Controversial opinion… I’d say Paige forsook the last vestiges of her anti-Diva persona once she had signed up for the reality show. Then, all that distinguished her from her counterparts was a pale complexion and wrestling in doc martin boots.

      Ruby Riot, however, is more than an adaptable fit for the term anti-Diva, especially considering she’s attracted her fair share of criticism for not having a certain aesthetic.

      • Valerieasimons

        Managing director of Google!, is explaining to users to start off “Work at home” method, that People have been doing for about one year now. These days alone, I generated close to $36,000 until now with no more than my home computer as well as some spare time, despite that i have a fulltime 9 to 5 job. Even everyone not used to this, can make $89/per h easily and the earnings can go even higher over time… This is how i started
        !wr170c:
        ??
        ???? http://GoogleFinancialCashJobs170OfficeNews/GetPaid$97/Hour ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????:::!wr170u:…………

    • Jo9834

      I got the feeling they might be trying to put Ruby in Paige’s place but there’s a certain aura that surrounds Paige and superstar factor that cannot be duplicated. Like the many times they tried to recreate Trish and Sable, it just came off a cheap imitation. I like Ruby however and she reminds me of Becky more than anything else.

      • LoveEvaBella

        But Ruby isn’t cheap imitation at all, she has charisma and connects with the crowd and got pushed further than the ones that came before her. She can be a cross of Becky and Paige.

    • Honestly Paige is one of the Diva’s now. Nothing anti-diva left about her, and this is before all of the drama.

      • Gabriella Panajotova

        I started disliking Paige when she started looking like a Kardashian with the generic dark Kylie lip stick and the contouring…It made her look plastic and basic.

      • LoveEvaBella

        I agree

    • ?K . A . T ?

      As much as I like Paige there is nothing “anti diva” about her anymore. Ruby seems much more anti diva like.

      • LoveEvaBella

        I agreee

  • WWE wants Paige back, that’s why they haven’t cut her yet despite all the drama surrounding her, but if this stuff with Del Rio continues, they just might cut ties with her… especially since she’s not injured anymore and free to be cut.

    • TheDefinitiveAct

      It would still come off bad if they fired her as soon as she recovered. Or fired her after the videos leaked.

      • Gabriella Panajotova

        I really don’t think so. WWE has enough video footage thanks to Del Rio to make a good case for themselves.

    • Geek God

      I still can’t believe they place that Mich value in her, yet fired Cameron and Emma almost instantly

      • Gabriella Panajotova

        Well, with due respect Cameron wasn’t bringing the value Paige was bringing at the time.

        • Geek God

          I know Ijs

  • You missed that Lana stated that She felt rapped on an airport by the security guards.
    Hope Mia Yim make it to the tournament, like the first theme of Ruby, I wish Paige returns to WWE ASAP before del Rio end her career, IDK why Christy St. Cloud reminds me so much to the actress that portrayed the Zeo Power Ranger Pink. ?

  • Radic

    I wonder if Paige, should she return, be on Raw or SmackDown, preferably the latter, unless they plan on having Summer on SmackDown when she returns. But whatever happens, she obviously has issues with management with the whole Alberto thing, the two wellness strikes, and especially the leaked images and what she did to the previous NXT Title.

    Not sure how they can really ‘punish’ her for that since she’s been off for TV for so long. Probably like a fine or something at this point. But all of that is in the past, she just needs to smarten up from past mistakes and look towards the future. As little mistakes as she can make going forward.

    And YES, that Womens Tournament NEEDS Mia Yim. She’d be a nice addition, and one of the 17 country varieties since she is half Korean. May as well make use of that, as well as her general in-ring abilities.

  • Troy Smith

    Mia lives in Orlando and Impact is taping this week. She said that they had offered her a new contract but she hadn’t signed it. She could be returning to Impact.

  • ?K . A . T ?

    This Paige-Del Rio thing gets worse and worse everyday. WWE won’t fire Paige though because they know that’s what she wants. I really hope she can come to her senses soon.