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.

* Triple H takes a moment to honor WWE’s Performance Center assistant head coach Sara Amato during the Mae Young Classic. (Twitter, Instagram)

* WWE have compiled bios for all 32 competitors of the Mae Young Classic. (WWE.com)

* There is a lot of talk that Nikki Bella will be returning to action soon and appearing come SummerSlam. (PW Insider)

* Sports Illustrated reports that Talking Smack has been canceled as a weekly series due to Vince McMahon feeling that the show’s unscripted style was not in the company’s best interests. (Sports Illustrated)

* AJ Brooks opens up about her mental health journey. (NAMI)

* There is speculation that former TNA President Dixie Carter will appear on Raw being revealed as the mysterious person behind the Kurt Angle texting storyline. (Sportskeeda)

* The finish of Sasha Banks and Alexa Bliss’ match at Great Balls of Fire was changed at the last minute because WWE wants to use the reports the two women dislike each other in real life to extend their feud. (Cageside Seats)

* Brie Bella will make her first major public appearance since Birdie’s birth at San Diego Comic-Con International. (WWE.com)

* According to The Wrestling Observer, WWE have changed their mind and gave Kairi Sane permission to use her elbow drop finisher despite originally being told that she couldn’t do it because it was ‘Bayley‘s move’. (Wrestling INC)

* Mick Foley shares an incredible story about how Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch created a great moment for dying WWE fan. (IWNerd)

  • You have to be kidding me, fucking Vinxe I love Talking Smack a lot, was great to extend the feuds. He always ruin the good ideas.
    I thought Alexa and Sasha really dislike each other.

    • jim

      Sasha Banks admitted she dislike Alexa Bliss in real life.I not surprise Sasha dislike Alexa Bliss in real life.Because i always said in real life alexa bliss is a stuck up golddigger con artist that con/hustle people out of their hard earned money.

  • Don ?
  • YonceLuvsDivas

    -Talking Smack was gold!! Vince needs to step down asap! His job is done. Let Steph and Shane run it.

    – So do Sasha and Alexa really hate each other? Obviously not all the women’s division isn’t going to get along. But honestly I don’t see a reason for any woman in the locker room to hate another.

    -Finally Yessss Nikki B back in the house!! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8128261551b07f5fdd0796ba7e3ae917b63aa8ff0bda414128760e38a6d98346.gif

    • Jo9834

      Agreed! Honestly Talking Smack was more entertaining than MOST of the promo’s we get on Raw or Smackdown full stop. It makes sense as to why Sasha’s segment was never featured on WWE.com or Youtube, perhaps hers was the final straw.

      Alexa VS Sasha is a money feud but watch them steer away from it and water it down to a four way for Summerslam. We just had one at WM so its incredibly lazy booking and a sore excuse for giving the girls something creative.

      Nikki back on Smackdown is a good thing really, she always had a side feud and bought attention to her opponent.

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      • YonceLuvsDivas

        I’d so hate for them to make any match a multi women’s match at sumnerslam. Like it’s time to start soloing out the women. If they do anything multi they should save it for the kickoff show honestly.

      • perceval

        I’m guessing they’re not confident in Alexa’s and Nia’s ability to work a great match on their own, especially since it’ll be judged by how it compares to the other Brand’s SummerSlam match. Naomi vs Nattie? Or Charlotte or Becky? Best to throw Sasha and Bayley in.

        Plus, if the storyline that was hinted (avoiding posting the big spoiler) happens, the cred of the Horsewomen needs to be rebuilt.

  • StraightUpBitch

    -Vinnie Mac showing how out of touch he really is.

    -WWE once again changing finishes on the day because Vince knows best, despite the fact numbers are falling in attendance and subscribers

    -Bring. Nikki. Back. I have loved this woman a long time and I want them to bring her back as a fiery face and they need to let her deliver matches like she did in her great face run in 2014, where she really broke out as showed that she was damn good.

    -Dixie in WWE is the stuff of wrestling fan fiction and I love it

    • Joseph

      Don’t know how much you can get out of Nikki cause of her neck.

      • StraightUpBitch

        I feel like she can still go with the best of them. I have all the faith in her to pull off a successful comeback and I’m excited to see what she’ll continue to do

        • Joseph

          Her neck is still a problem cause is she gets hurt again thats the end of her career.

          • StraightUpBitch

            I know, I’m aware. But I still feel like Nikki has that fire in herself to pull off another run of a few matches. She shocked everyone by returning as quick as she did as we all expected her to be out for a year but she proved everyone wrong and bought a new ring awareness with her

  • Mr. Giem

    -I’m still sad and mad about the cancelation of Talking Smack. It was a great place to extend Smackdown feuds and it gave space to the performers to connect with the audience. SMH.

    -Interesting to know about that last minute change on the GBF match, but I still think Alexa and Sasha dislike each other (but it’s been blown out of proportion). I need to see a rematch on SS instead of a Fatal 4 Way including Nia and Bayley.

    -A little bit excited about Nikki’s return, she’s not needed on the SD women’s division but she grew a lot on me during her past run.

    • Wrestling.fan.from.France

      It has definitely been blown out of proportion especially now that they are feuding but some people don’t even realize it. It makes me laugh because WWE know they could do anything they want with them here, people will buy that they dislike each other.

      • Mr. Giem

        Well, Sasha and Alexa have been selling their beef so well I don’t blame people for buying into it. I just wish the WWE were more consistent on how they exploit the whole feud.

        • Wrestling.fan.from.France

          True!

  • ShaAsa Twain

    Fuck off Dixie. Fuck off Vince.

    • Rosanna

      Go off sis.

  • #RiotWithRuby

    I have a feeling Nikki will return to team with Charlotte against Tamina and Lana at SS. Since that looks like a slow building feud at the moment.

    • YonceLuvsDivas

      That wouldn’t make sense cause Charlotte can easily team with Becky for that. And that’s assuming Nattie wins the match at Battleground and would be feuding with Naomi.

    • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

      That ain’t happening.

  • Bryan Christopher

    Vince STAYS in the wrong smh

  • E-Force

    Aaa so mad Vince is always ruining things. Boy get yourself a time to chill

  • Akira Tsubasa

    There’s also rumors that WWE will sign at least 10 womens from the Mae Young Classic

    • Marshy

      It wouldn’t be surprising that at least least 10 women from the Mae Young Classic Tournament will get sign to a contract. Everyone has their own list of women who should get sign to a WWE Contract.

      • Wrestling.fan.from.France

        Plus, they already have a lot names who were signed before the tournament so yeah, totally believable.

        • Akira Tsubasa

          Probably one of the reasons why they pick so many that where signed already. It’s better to sign 10 or a bit more to sign 32 new wreslers at once.

    • Degenerous Boss

      I fully believe they’ll sign much more then that, they usually sign the majority of contestants in these tournaments/shows

    • Jo9834

      Honestly this would be great , BUT considering how the current crop of girls are booked on NXT, I can’t see any of them being utilised properly. If you signed them and sent them straight to the main roster however…that would be interesting. Especially the likes of Kairi,and possibly Jazzy who would add a new dynamic to either division.

      • Windyhawaii

        It’s almost confirmed at this point WWE is making an all women’s show.

    • Rosanna

      Mia Yim, Candice LaRae, Reneé Michellle, Kelly Lee Rae, Toni Storm, Serena Deeb, Santana Garret, Kaviti Devi, Miranda Salinas, Jazzy Gabert are coming!

      • Windyhawaii

        Isn’t Kairi sane coming too?

        • Rosanna

          She’s already signed but she is coming! Coming for Asuka’s title.

          • Windyhawaii

            I can’t wait for it tbh

          • Rosanna

            Same hopefully she moves to NXT or smackdown live fast and skip the whole development process.

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            I can… the NXT women’s title is about to become the new Universal championship. Gotta think about the future. If no current woman on NXT can beat Asuka, and Kairi comes along and does it, who’s gonna take the title off of Kairi? If anyone Asuka has already beat time and time again does or someone who just simply isn’t anywhere near Asuka’s level beats Kairi, it would ruin the build they did for Asuka.

          • Windyhawaii

            I already said tjag about ember, I can’t wait for kairi to come in. The NXT women’s title o stopped caring about

          • Rosanna

            It’s probably going to be Ember then Kair then maybe Bianca after seeing she’s getting so much praise with her match with Kairi. But i don’t know if Bianca is going to stay in NXT that long she might already get called up by then. Usually people stay in NXT 1-2 years depending on when you debuted and how well they like you and Bianca is well liked.

      • Jose Antonio Atienza Lat

        Mia Yim
        Candice Lerae
        Kay Lee Rae
        Toni Storm
        Santana
        Jazzy Gabert
        Piper Niven
        Mercedes Martinez
        Tessa Blanchard
        Rachel Evers
        Ayesha Raymond
        Nicole Savoy

        • Rosanna

          interesting list. Is that who you want to be signed?

    • Windyhawaii

      Jazzy!!!!!

  • Wrestling.fan.from.France

    Very classy of HHH to do such a thing. That was the right thing to do. Sara Amato deserves so much for all her contributions to women’s wrestling and the development of NXT girls. She is making the future possible and without her, some girls may have never got to the level they got or not as fast as they could have had. Really hope they show it on the Network episode because she deserve some spotlight.

  • Wrestling.fan.from.France

    When it comes to Nikki Bella, wished I could be excited for it but I have never been a fan of her so my level of excitement is non-existent. Plus, unless it’s in a backstage segment, I don’t see where she would fit in at SummerSlam with current storylines on SD but as long as they don’t start something with Cena again…

    • Rosanna

      There isn’t no storyline going in the SD though? All women are equal so it shouldn’t be hard to add her into that mix. Stop hating on Nicole and find something better to do. You don’t need to be a fan of her to get her.

      • Windyhawaii

        That clearly wasn’t him hating on her, he just said he want a fan. Nothing wrong with not being a fan

      • Wrestling.fan.from.France

        Hate? Because saying I am not a fan of someone is hate? You clearly don’t know the definition of the word….
        As for SD and her return in itself, I simply don’t see where she would fit in on the actual show. I don’t see an actual match happening involving her right now. Her returning the night after SummerSlam on SD challenging the champion for example would be much better booking wise.

        • Rosanna

          She’s returning. She’s coming!

  • iOwnThatSonOfABitch

    Kairi’s elbow drop is also 34756892x better than Bayleys.

    • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

      Because she’s Japanese and anything Japanese is better, right?

      • iOwnThatSonOfABitch

        ?????

        • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

          Not even gonna lie Bayley’s isn’t that bad.

          • Rosanna

            No because Bayley has a basic elbow drop adopted from her hometown hero playing a gimmick role of Macho Man Randy Savage. Where as Kairi’s is just a regular perfect technique elbow drop down better than Bayley’s who was using it way before Bayley. So she should be allowed to use her signature move when Bayley’s uses a belly to belly down everyday by men and women.

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            Okay, but you said it like Bayley’s was bad or something. I’m not getting defensive or anything so don’t worry. Kairi is using her elbow drop. There’s a video clip of her doing it in her match against Tessa from the tourney this weekend.

          • Robann

            You’re reaching. Stop it, Mr. Fantastic lol both of their elbow drops are pretty damn generic but powerful. They get the job done. Stop finding reasons to hate on Bayley.

          • Rosanna

            Who’s finding reasons to hate Bayley? Because of an elbow drop that looks better when Kairi does it I automatically hate Bayley. Get out of here stop finding reasons to make an argument.

          • GlowTime

            Bayley’s isn’t bad, but it’s pretty standard. Kairi hots it beautifully. I didn’t believe it when people said but after youtubing it, she definitely puts her own mark on it

          • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

            Sure but Bayley’s isn’t bad.

          • iOwnThatSonOfABitch

            It’s good

      • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

        Have you seen it? Is way more impactful!

        • PYM #TakeoverSmackdown

          i don’t see how

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  • jim

    I not surprise that Sasha Banks dislike alexa bliss in real life. I alway said Alexa Bliss in real life.Alexa is a very stuck up golddigger that con people out thier money

    • ?too litty?

      Boy bye. Sit ya ass down.

      • jim

        Girl bye. Sit ya ass down

    • Windyhawaii

      As if your foolish grammar wasn’t enough to feel bad for you, you can’t even comprehend that a girl like Alexa makes bank in WWE, she don’t need to gold dig. Go back to second grade English you hag

      • jim

        As if your foolish grammar wasn’t enough to feel bad for you,You can’t even comprehend a girl like Alexa can’t make bank in wwe,She need to gold dig.Because she is a golddigger. GO BACK TO FIRST GRADE English you nasty hag-windyhawaii

        • Windyhawaii

          Lol

    • Robann

      And you know this how? Do you know Alexa personally or are you just believing the rumors these pathetic smarks post over the internet?

    • John Finnie

      Remember that one guy who spent years’ trying to convince the WHOLE WEB Nora Greenwall (Molly Holly) was a wh0re’ stole money from teen challenge’ sold her panties online’ a really bad woman outside of WWe!!! Remember him??? You’re starting to go down that cray cray route

      • jim

        John Finnie,you must be that guy who spents years trying convine the whole web Nora Greenwall (molly Holly) was a whOre Stole money from teen challenge, sold panties onine.and really bad women outside wwe.You must enjoy going down that cray cray route.How you know Nora Greenwall is a bad women out of wwe?

        • John Finnie

          If you read my comment correct then you.would see that i said ” a guy used to go on youtube & even set up a site saying all this untrue stuff about nora ( who i loved to watch & seems.a sweetheart) alot of the people on this site know what im talking about; i was pointing out to you

  • iloveTorrie

    Like everyone said, Vince just needs to go ahead and retire to the home with his little friends and his kids run it.

  • conan_kun

    Vince didn’t even inform Renee and Daniel about cancelling Talking Smack shown that how unprofessional he is.

    Sasha indeed dislikes Alexa in real life, this tweet proves that
    https://twitter.com/SashaBanksWWE/status/886354283314262016

    • Robann

      Good for that asshole. I would’ve blocked him too lol.

    • Wrestling.fan.from.France

      This proves nothing lol. This was a Q&A and obviously, Sasha is very well known for responding in character most of the time…

  • LoveEvaBella

    Nikki Bella needs a championship reign this one. I’m seeing Charlotte will win it from Naomi and then Nikki will be the one to beat her reigniting their feud. YAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSS!

    • conan_kun

      After that, Nikki feuds with heel Becky.

      • perceval

        I don’t see any of the Horsewomen turning heel any time, soon.

    • Joseph

      Nikki doesn’t need a title run.

      • Rosanna

        She does and she will.

    • Miguel Orona Rodríguez

      Where are you leaving Carmella? The winner of the MITB

  • king valor

    Vince is dead ass afraid of his talents being their true selves on the mic instead of what he wants to feed them lmaooo wow.

  • Queens Bellas are comingggg

    • KellyAJNaomi#Slay

      I almost forgot Brie is aiming for a comabck at SS

  • Alberto Del Rio

    Terrible raw. Terrible Divas.

    • The Paparazzi Prince (MIMQ)

      What divas? ???

      • Crazy. #RIPMae

        are you from TD?

        • The Paparazzi Prince (MIMQ)

          Yeah….

  • Corey Anderson

    What would be great at SummerSlam Naomi vs. Charlotte with Nikki Bella as the guest referee and who ever wins Carmella cashes in on

  • MK126

    Did anyone see the tumblr post Sasha had made about having 2 years left and starting new beginnings?

    • KellyAJNaomi#Slay

      Shens just trolling girl is not leaving until she 40

  • Alicia’s wig

    Have you seen the WWE’s pool result of “Who are you most excited to see competing in the Mae Young Classic on WWE Network?” I voted for Toni Storm but never tought this girl will lead the pool haha

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/05d992096e84ca418419966f348abd65b87dceb9223c3a443fedf938ceb37295.jpg

    • Jose Antonio Atienza Lat

      Brazilians are #3 behind Chinese and Americans as internet users

    • Alexander G

      I voted for Toni as well she’s got a complete package. But I have the feeling the WWE are not going to follow this poll and instead make their picks based on the footage they’re going to go over. Which is one of the reasons why I theorize this is why they are taking so long to show the MYC on the network, because they’re going to be going over the chosen picks throughout the month ahead.

  • Vito

    vince gotta go…. and I’m so excited for nikki to come back

    • KellyAJNaomi#Slay

      Don’t forget Brie said she wants to come back for SS

      • Vito

        omg I’m shook!! i forgot!!! i just got 10x more excited

  • Alexander G

    I’m making a prediction now it’s going to be Baszler, not Sane, who’s going to win this MYC. I have my reasons. Everybody’s thinking Kairi’s going to win this, but I’m suspecting a turn from left field. Then they’re going to set a match possibly with Baszler vs Asuka before the summer’s out.