It’s official women’s wrestling fans… she is back! Also, this is a disclaimer! There will be image of graphic nature displayed in this article. Continue on at your own risk.

It was announced in the past that Women’s Wrestling veteran Rain would be returning to professional wrestling. She would do this with Ring of Honor and its Women of Honor division.

Some background for those who don’t know, Rain, aka Payton Banks/Bonnie Maxson, originally appeared for ROH over 10 years ago, being one of the original Women of Honor. During this time, she competed against the likes of Daizee Haze, MsChif, Allison Danger, and other original ROH names.

She is also well known for her involvement in the The International Home Wrecking Crew (aka The Minnesota Home Wrecking Crew). In this faction she paired up with Lacey and Jetta, the latter of which also came out of retirement a few years back.

She has competed for many promotions over her 13 year career prior to her retirement. She is a one time WSU Spirit Champion for Women Superstars Uncensored. Arguably her biggest success was defeating Mia Yim to become the first ever Shine Champion for Shine Wrestling. Her last match was on Shine 14 (January 24th 2014) where she dropped the title to Ivelisse.

The reasoning behind her retirement is a rather devastating story to say the least. She originally left the ring after hr 13+ year career due to the many injuries she had sustained over her long career. This alongside personal issues she was facing in her real life. However after her last match, she got into a devastating car accident on February 14th (Valentine’s Day) 2014. A driver who was texting crashed into her car and into a tree, nearly ending her life and requiring many more surgeries to fix her.

Despite this traumatic experience, she has now made a full recovery and even helps people in personal training and physical therapy. Here are exclusive comments by The Radiant One (along with graphic images) regarding these events and how she looks forward in face of it all:

“In January 2014, I retired from wrestling. I needed a break really, but some personal issues were also conflicting with continuing. The following month, on Valentine’s Day, I was in a horrible car accident. A girl was texting and driving, ran a stop sign and hit me. I also ended up head on into a tree. I almost died. Since then, I’ve had 7 surgeries and finally am doing well.

I help people with personal training and physical therapy. I have some very special people I’m helping fight back and come back from their own trauma. Today, I wrestle to motivate them to take that next step and to get back to what they love. This! This makes my heart full. Also, my own home conflicts are gone. That stress is eliminated. So, today I wrestle for them and today I wrestle for me. I appreciate every company and opponent that has welcomed me back so far.”

She has also been posting some videos on her YouTube account regarding her return and some of her more recent matches.

As she mentioned, her first match back was at WXW against her student Tesha Price. This can be seen below.

Her (second) return match which was uploaded onto ROH’s YouTube channel on 6th December 2017 against Brandi Rhodes can be seen below:

After her match (which she won), she congratulated Brandi on her efforts despite losing and explained her ROH past to the War Memorial Auditorium (dark match) audience. She then challenged WOH veteran Sumie Sakai to a match, which she happily accepted. However after a hug between the two, Rain’s true colours also returned when she attacked Sakai. She hit her with the Rain Drop and ran away from Brandi who helped the Japanese wrestling star.

The match between Rain and Sumie Sakai will be uploaded in the near future as this match has already taken place.

Shine Wrestling also announced that Rain would be returning on their Shine 47: Survivial show on December 16th 2017.

Despite her cruel demeanour returning with her in some promotions, Rain/Bonnie Maxson the person is a shining example (pun intended) of what a true role model is. And not just in professional wrestling, but in everyday life as a whole. We at Diva-Dirt are overjoyed to see The Radiant One back in the wrestling scene and even happier that she is in a much better place.

What do you all think of Rain’s return? Did you enjoy her Women of Honor match? Do you think she could help elevate the Women of Honor division in the new year? Where else would you like to see her compete in/return to? As always, let us know in the comments below!

  • That match was a bit messy cause of Brandi but Rain slayed that entrance and attire. I hope we see more of her in other companies. I’m so proud of her!

  • RadicallyRadic

    THE RADIANT ONE!!!!! This Queen is a hero to all!! Yeah her two matches there were a bit sloppy, but we can cut her slack since she did get back from a life-threatening experience.

    • KatyaMenelli

      and Tesha with only a few months of training along with a year of training from Brandi.

  • Gayomi.

    Poor girl went through all that suffering and then had to suffer some more by wrestling Brandi

    • Like Mike

      The shade.

    • RadicallyRadic

      I’m still rooting for Brandi to get better, but this comment was genius.

    • Carolution

      Brandi needs to actually hit her opponent its like shes scared of hurting herself and who shes working with with those kicks. rain was sloppy with that hurricanrana in the turnbuckle though.

      • KatyaMenelli

        IKR I like her but it seems like she’s scared to hurt who she’s working with.

    • getchaswagup

      Damn I was thinking the same thing lmao

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    • Number One

      You clearly didn’t watch, Brandi is loaded with talent

  • Carolution

    those pics just show the reality of what happens when you text while driving or driving while under the influence and while i’ve never heard of her she looks great though.

  • Steven5812

    And I thought TJ Wilson was mucked up real bad. :O

  • Steven5812

    All this hate for Brandi Rhodes. :/

    • RadicallyRadic

      Yeah it’s a little undeserved honestly. I mean sure she’s not great in the ring, but it’s like people expect her to be a technical master within the year she’s had training.

      That or people are still salty that she gets to bang Cody. ;)

      • BLKLTR05

        To me its more along the lines of her being one of the reasons that Cody Rhodes decided to leave WWE (I know its way more than just Brandi not wrestling but it is one of the reasons) and then her just showing us this basic as fuck move set and not even fully committing to it. She isn’t good, hell she isn’t even basic enough for the higher ups at the WWE to be swayed into letting her wrestle. I don’t think they would let her even if this was the midst of the Diva Search Era.

        • RadicallyRadic

          Well in all fairness, like you said, she isn’t the sole reason for him leaving. If anything, she’s barely a fraction as to why he left. She just joined him is all. And we cant really fault her for the basic moveset. Blame those who thought it was a good idea to put someone who is still learning on stages like Impact TV and Women of Honor matches without having her develop her in-ring work.

          Luckily ROH knows this and only has her appear every so often. I’m sure she’ll get better in time, she just needs to put in more effort and not half arse things.

          • BLKLTR05

            No, I think she just doesn’t have what it takes to be a wrestler and the WWE knew that and didn’t bother with even going down that road. They tried it with Eva Marie and that took way too long to achieve. Brandi just doesn’t belong in the ring.

          • KatyaMenelli

            Brandi at least has charisma, is able to work a crowd, and tell a story in the ring. Eva can’t. She does need help in the ring, though.

          • Number One

            Eva did those things too

          • Number One

            No, Eva didn’t get a fair chance; she was already improving as shown in her NXT matches. They called her up at the wrong time. She should have stayed in NXT so she could get pushed THERE

    • Number One

      Wouldn’t be surprised if it’s racially motivated

  • Kvngbalor

    Always loved her

  • I love hearing triumph stories, and god bless her for being able to come back after such a horrific chapter in her life and be able to write her own new chapter for herself!

  • Omar Zaal

    Great to have a Shimmer original back!!!

  • Chris Perry

    Rain got very good chance to win comeback of year.

  • TheDawsonOne

    And I was wondering what happened to Rain… Man, these pics are stomach-turning!! Glad to see she’s making a comeback, she deserves a happy ending in her career.

  • Darryl lee

    Jesus. I don’t know anything about her. But after reading her story here. I’m interested. Anyone can list me some matches or promos she’s had?

  • Jonny

    Wow what an amazing woman! Love Rain.

  • KatyaMenelli

    I love the way ROH books Brandi. She keep losing, but losing in a way that has her take away some credibility by being booked strong in a sense that she never gives up. They are giving her time to improve before they ultimately push her.

  • KatyaMenelli

    I missed Rain so much! So glad she’s back!

  • That accident looked brutal, Poor girl! Happy she’s back on track.

  • vlad316

    It would have been nice if she wasn’t wrestling seemingly 10 minutes after the doors opened to a ton of empty seats.

    • RadicallyRadic

      Ring of Honor’s women’s matches are always dark matches, so this won’t change until ROH changes their views on their women talent.

  • LBOneOfKind

    i remember her she did that 1 off storyline between Her, Traci Brooks, Bobby Rhoode vs Booker T and Sharmell in TNA Impact back in 2008 or 2009