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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.

* Former Impact Wrestling President Dixie Carter announces that she is working on a television project in Ireland. (Twiiter)

* Emma announces she has begun rehabbing her injured shoulder. (Instagram)

* Dave Metlzer reports that WWE have asked Kairi Hojo to come up with a new finisher as opposed to the elbow drop as it is considered a ‘Bayley move’. (IWNerd.com)

* WWE has signed independent wrestler Kennadi Brink as a referee for the company. (Squared Circle Sirens)

* Lilian Garcia opens up her battle with bulimia. (Wrestle Zone)

* Brie Bella and Daniel Bryan share an emotional moment look back at their ‘Welcome Birdie Joe’ video. (YouTube)

* Impact Wrestling announces that they have officially signed Ava Storie to
their roster. (Twitter)

* Stephanie McMahon says she would love to see women main event a WrestleMania. (The Mirror)

* Impact Wrestling is still planning on running live events in the future, it’s just unclear when exactly that may be. (Cageside Seats)

* WWE Superstars Alexa Bliss and Ember Moon stop by Xavier Woods’ UpUpDownDown YouTube series. (Video 1, Video 2)

  • Wrestling.fan.from.France

    If Batista and Edge at the same time were able to use the spear at the same time, I don’t see why they shouldn’t as long as the execution isn’t the same and last time I checked, both Hojo and Bayley don’t have the same execution.
    It’s Hojo’s big move, you just can’t take it from her! Plus, Bayley don’t really use it as a finisher even if she did it once at Wrestlemania.

    • ralfikh

      Right? I beleive Hojo looks much impactful.
      Bayley use that more of her signature oppse to her finisher imo.

      • Shan

        It does. It actually looks like she puts her entire body behind it.

  • Jouey

    Um.. a female referee?

  • Radic

    Nice that they are bringing in female refs now. But Kennadi Brink already wrestles. Shame she is being used for this as apposed to being an actual talent. Hopefully it’s just as a one off for the Womens Tournament.

    • ralfikh

      Maybe they will pull Taryn Terrell roads in TNA.?
      Start with ref>feuds with 1 wrestler>start wretling!

  • YonceLuvsDivas

    That’s so cool that we’ll get a female ref. I love to see where that goes. It’s good time to be a woman in wwe. I must say WWE has stepped up the ball in giving these women the rights they deserve.

  • Rose Márie ?

    so they’re going to ask a world famous wrestler to change her finisher because that’s Bayley’s finisher now? Absolutely not.. Besides she uses is differently that Bayley anyway. But unfortunately she has too better not be a submission move either because I’m tired of seeing them everywhere.

    • Raekon

      Most of all Kairis elbow drop Looks more impactful then any of the wwes ones, yet when bayley tributes macho man with it, she needs to change it. Awful News.
      Not surprised though cause knowing wwes moveset restrictions, I expected it.

      • Rose Márie ?

        Pretty sad too many and haven’t 3 people kicked out of Bayley’s elbow drop already? I’m not understanding. Certain superstars are build up to never have someone kick out of there move. Like Michelle McCool, Layla, Natalya and some others in there whole wwe career nobody has EVER kicked out of there finisher move. They never needed to change it besides Michelle McCool’s Wings Of Love because it was too dangerous. But besides Bayley’s move isn’t impactful if anyone can kick out of it.

        • Raekon

          Well in certain occassions they let People kick out of finishers or counter them in the last second to Showcase a high amount of resiliensy on the receivers end (mostly in ppvs though).
          Bayleys elbow is actually more a signature move then a finisher but depending on the Situation they let her win by that move aswell sometimes. Most of all since her actual finisher is kinda basic too. :/
          If Io Shirai and Mia Yimwill indeed enter the wwe, then expect them to be the next ones not allowed to use their finisher. Most of all since they are using piledriver moves and the wwe is not allowing anyone besides the undertaker to use one. :(

  • Raekon

    I would had rather kept kennadi as a wrestler and make her a Special Referee for the womens tournament. They probably hired her as a ref for the womens tournament and the womens show after cause I doubt we will see her on NXT,SD or Raw. Might be wrong though. Awful News when it comes to Kairis finisher but totally expected it. :(

  • Insteresting! A women referee that’s totally new. PoorEmma, I still hope that her shoulder heals fast.

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