Diva Dirt http://www.diva-dirt.com Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:30:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Raw Response: July 28th, 2014 http://www.diva-dirt.com/94070/raw-response-july-28th-2014/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/94070/raw-response-july-28th-2014/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:30:56 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=94070

Tune in to Raw on the USA Network at 8pm ET, as well as the pre-show and post-show on the WWE Network.

Discuss the show in the comments!

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Diva Dirt Countdown Vote: Best Duo http://www.diva-dirt.com/94064/diva-dirt-countdown-vote-best-duo/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/94064/diva-dirt-countdown-vote-best-duo/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:26:29 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=94064

Diva Dirt wants to hear your voice! With the recent teaming of Layla and Summer Rae, the next poll for our video feature Diva Dirt Countdown is for best duo.

We’ve chosen the finalists among WWE and TNA. Now it’s up to you to determine the top five.

Vote this week and tune in on Sunday to see who makes the top five! Voting ends Thursday morning at 6am ET.

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Match of the Week: 3G vs. Madison Eagles & Nicole Matthews http://www.diva-dirt.com/94066/match-of-the-week-3g-vs-madison-eagles-nicole-matthews/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/94066/match-of-the-week-3g-vs-madison-eagles-nicole-matthews/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:06:04 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=94066

This week’s ClickWrestle Match of the Week is Kellie Skater & Tomoka Nakagawa vs. Madison Eagles & Nicole Matthews in a SHIMMER Tag Team Title match from SHIMMER volume 62.

All week, this match’s price will be cut in half: from $2.49 to just $1.25.

Click here to view a preview of the match and purchase.

Download more full-length women’s wrestling matches from top promotions including SHIMMER, NCW Femmes Fatales, Pro Wrestling EVE, WSU, ChickFight and more only on ClickWrestle.

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Today in History: Jillian Hall (and Her Mole) Debuts http://www.diva-dirt.com/94025/today-in-history-jillian-hall-and-her-mole-debuts-3/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/94025/today-in-history-jillian-hall-and-her-mole-debuts-3/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:00:30 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=94025

On this day in history:

July 28th, 2005 | MNM was in need of a PR makeover, so Melina brought in the debuting Jillian Hall as their official “fixer”. She seemed like a normal enough PR professional, save the ghastly growth on the side of her face. Of course, Melina, Johnny Nitro and Joey Mercury were too polite to mention it to her face, opting instead to gawk about it behind her back. Later in the night, Jillian accompanied her new boss Melina in her match against Torrie Wilson. Melina won the match with some trickery, and Jillian proved to be less than innocent herself when she swept Candice Michelle off the ring apron after the match, simply for the fun of it.

What are your memories of this moment?

Note: This was originally posted on 7/28/12.

Also occurring today in history:
* 7/28/03 – Molly Holly defeats Gail Kim to win the Women’s Title.

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Report: Impact Wrestling Cancelled by Spike TV? http://www.diva-dirt.com/94059/report-impact-wrestling-cancelled-by-spike-tv/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/94059/report-impact-wrestling-cancelled-by-spike-tv/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:00:10 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=94059

TMZ is reporting tonight that Spike TV will not renew its contract with TNA when it expires in October.

The channel, which has aired Impact since 2005, reportedly informed TNA President Dixie Carter of this at the end of last week. Spike TV, they say, gave her advanced notice so TNA would have time to shop for a new television deal.

Though TNA and Spike TV have a few months left on their deal, there is no word when Impact would stop airing.

Neither TNA nor Spike TV have commented yet on the story.

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Diva Dirt Countdown: Top 5 Rivalries http://www.diva-dirt.com/94023/diva-dirt-countdown-top-5-rivalries/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/94023/diva-dirt-countdown-top-5-rivalries/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:37:28 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=94023

Diva Dirt Countdown takes on various aspects of women’s wrestling, ranking them and presenting them to you.

Hosted by Diva Dirt’s Jake, its aim is to prompt debates about everything from matches and clothing to entrances, music and more.

This week’s Diva Dirt Countdown takes on rivalries, featuring what you chose as the top five.

Watch the latest Diva Dirt Countdown below:

Do you agree with the list?

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Indy Results: AIW Battle of the Sexes, Candice LeRae Becomes PWG Tag Champ http://www.diva-dirt.com/94019/indy-results-aiw-battle-of-the-sexes-candice-lerae-becomes-pwg-tag-champ/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/94019/indy-results-aiw-battle-of-the-sexes-candice-lerae-becomes-pwg-tag-champ/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:22:32 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=94019 Photo: @JoeyRyanOnline/Twitter

Photo: @JoeyRyanOnline/Twitter

Last night saw two big moments in indy women’s wrestling.

First, at PWG Eleven, new Tag Team Champions were crowned in Candice LeRae and Joey Ryan. The two defeated The Young Bucks in a bloody “Guerrilla Warfare” match.

Joey tweeted after the win, expressing pride for his tag partner:

Also taking place last night was AIW’s Battle of the Sexes event, which featured exclusively intergender matches. The main event saw Veda Scott defeat Gregory Iron in a Steel Cage match.

Full results below, courtesy of PWPonderings.net:

  • Bobby Beverly def. Angel Dust with Sister Abigail.
  • Hania the Huntress def. Colin Delaney with a moonsault from the top.
  • Davey Vega def. Jasmin.
  • Jenny Rose def. Tyson Dux after she counters a sliding D into a back slide.
  • Rickey Shane Page def. Alexia Nicole with a roaring elbow.
  • #Sparx def. Eddie Kingston with a powerbomb from the top rope.
  • BJ Whitmer def. Heidi Lovelace with a T-bone suplex. Post-match BJ goes to attack her more, but Jollyville Fuck-Its make the save. Heidi Lovelace earns a chant from the crowd.
  • Athena def. Louis Lyndon with the O Face.
  • Steel Cage Match: Veda Scott splashes Gregory Iron from a table on top of a cage through a table in the cage to win the match. Both opponents were busted open during this match, and a chair, table and thumbtacks were used.

Got indy news? Submit it to the Diva Dirt Indy Wire!

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Eye Candy for the Week Ending July 26th, 2014 http://www.diva-dirt.com/94010/eye-candy-for-the-week-ending-july-26th-2014/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/94010/eye-candy-for-the-week-ending-july-26th-2014/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:00:02 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=94010

Our weekly photoshoot breakdown is constructed to give you, the reader, the main stage. Each week, we’ll highlight the new WWE and TNA photoshoots and give you the opportunity to vote for your favorite. In the next week’s post, we’ll unveil the winner. At the end of the month, we’ll take each week’s winner and determine the month’s most popular photoshoot. All of this will be determined by you, so do your Diva Dirt duty and vote!


The most popular photoshoot from last week belonged to Lana. Gail Kim‘s shoot came in second, earning 86 votes to Lana’s 237.

Lana’s shoot will join the Photoshoot of the Month poll this Friday.

This week’s batch of photoshoots feature Angelina Love, Brooke, Madison Rayne, Naomi and Rebel. Click the photos to see their photoshoot. Vote in the poll and come back this Friday to see the winner.









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Today in History: Trish Stratus Gets “Caught” With HHH, Loses to Lita & Chris Jericho http://www.diva-dirt.com/93825/today-in-history-trish-stratus-gets-caught-with-hhh-loses-to-lita-chris-jericho/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93825/today-in-history-trish-stratus-gets-caught-with-hhh-loses-to-lita-chris-jericho/#comments Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:00:29 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93825

On this day in history:

July 27th, 2000 | A few days after bonding over their hatred of Lita, Stephanie McMahon caught Trish Stratus in a compromising (but altogether innocent) position with her husband, Triple H, who was giving Trish tips on leg sweeps. Trish’s night wouldn’t get much better, tasting defeat when she teamed with Chris Benoit against Lita and Chris Jericho. Perhaps HHH should have taught her something more effective than a leg sweep?

What are your memories of this moment?

Also occurring today in history:
* 7/27/01 – Bertha Faye dies at age 40.
* 7/27/03 – Sable defeats Stephanie McMahon in a No Countout match at Vengeance 2003.
* 7/27/10 – Hamada & Taylor Wilde defeat Lacey Von Erich & Velvet Sky to win the Knockouts Tag Team Titles.

Note: this was originally posted on 7/27/12.

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Vote for the Star of the Week Ending July 26th, 2014 http://www.diva-dirt.com/93998/vote-for-the-star-of-the-week-ending-july-26th-2014/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93998/vote-for-the-star-of-the-week-ending-july-26th-2014/#comments Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:00:17 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93998

Whose star shone brightest this week? You tell us!

With our Star of the Week poll, we’re taking the basis of the Perfect 10 and giving you a say. We’ll pick the week’s top five women in wrestling and let you choose who is number one.

The poll will open each Saturday and close on Sunday afternoon.

Let’s take a look at this week’s top five:

AJ Lee

AJ Lee retained her Divas Title at Battleground, defeating Paige.

Brie Bella

Brie Bella made a surprise appearance on Raw, provoking Stephanie McMahon into slapping her and getting her arrested later that night.


Cameron picked up a surprising win on Battleground Kickoff, defeating Naomi with a roll-up. She also cost Naomi a win on SmackDown, distracting her and beating her down post-match.


Charlotte retained the NXT Women’s Title on NXT, defeating Summer Rae.


Paige turned heel on Raw, decimating AJ Lee. She also picked up a win over Naomi on SmackDown.


Winner: Brie Bella (45%)

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SmackDown Redux (July 25th, 2014): Cameron Lends Paige a Hand http://www.diva-dirt.com/94001/smackdown-redux-july-25th-2014-cameron-lends-paige-a-hand/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/94001/smackdown-redux-july-25th-2014-cameron-lends-paige-a-hand/#comments Sat, 26 Jul 2014 19:05:35 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=94001

Hello all, and welcome to this week’s SmackDown Redux! While no one got arrested on the Blue Brand this week, we did have a match between Paige and Naomi with a special appearance. Check out the match below:

Before the match we are treated to video chronicling the rivalry between Paige and the new Divas Champion AJ Lee, as well as the back story between Cameron and Naomi.

Onto the match, we go to the ring and Naomi is awaiting her opponent. Paige is out next, and she skips around the ring, mimicking a certain former geek goddess.

Paige enters the ring, grabs a mic and proclaims that she’s still friend with AJ, even after the brutal attack on Raw.

The official signals for the bell, but before the match can even get started, Cameron’s music hits and Naomi immediately gets distracted. Paige takes advantage and hits the Rampaige, followed by the P.T.O, for the win.

Post-match, Cameron attacks her former partner in the ring. Naomi tries to fight back, but Cameron gets the upper hand, tossing Naomi out to the floor.

Thoughts: WWE, you mess up a lot of stuff, but you are breathing new life into the Divas division. Between Brie/Stephanie, AJ/Paige and Naomi/Cameron, I am loving the direction the division is heading. I can’t remember the last time this much effort has been put into storylines involving the Divas. Knowing WWE, it can end at any time, so I’m just going to enjoy it while it lasts.

That’s all for this week, guys! Until next time… “This is my house!!!!”

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Xplosion Write-Up (July 26th, 2014): Gail Stays a Fighting Champ Inside Six Sides http://www.diva-dirt.com/93994/xplosion-write-up-july-26th-2014-gail-stays-a-fighting-champ-inside-six-sides/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93994/xplosion-write-up-july-26th-2014-gail-stays-a-fighting-champ-inside-six-sides/#comments Sat, 26 Jul 2014 16:33:10 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93994

Welcome to another Xplosion Write-Up! This time, Gail Kim is putting the Knockouts Title on the line against Velvet Sky, who has Angelina Love by her side. Yes, another title match on the B show! Place your bets now…

When both Knockouts make it to the ring, Velvet isn’t too keen on starting the match just yet. She tries to escape through the ropes, but Gail catches her and tries to drag her back in, but is stopped by the referee. They circle and tie up, Velvet nailing Gail with a knee to the stomach and blows to the back. She latches on a side headlock, laughing (kind of maniacally) and yelling, “I’ve got her!”

She backs Gail into a corner but when she goes to attack, Gail ducks away, turning the tables with a kick and a forearm. Velvet reverses an Irish whip out of the corner, but Gail manages to take her down with a drop toe hold.

Gail grabs Velvet’s legs and bridges into a pin attempt, earning a two count. She then hits Velvet with a dropkick, sending her rolling out of the ring right in front of Angelina. Her partner makes sure she stays on the ring apron and the two call for a time out. She helps Velvet fan herself and recompose. Angelina distracts Gail, allowing Velvet to sneak back into the ring and attack her from behind. We head to a commercial as Velvet takes control.

When we return, Gail’s regained some momentum, kicking Velvet and throwing her into the ropes. Velvet blocks her attack, and though her kick misses, she connects with a clothesline, going for a pin attempt that Gail easily kicks out of.

Velvet grabs Gail in a corner, draping her over the middle rope and choking her, managing to get a good camera angle while she’s at it. She sends Gail into the opposite corner, but Gail slips out, fighting off Velvet. She doesn’t see Angelina right behind her, though, and has her feet swept out from under her, eating ring apron. The Beautiful People high five as Gail tries to gather herself.

Velvet brings Gail back into the ring, whipping her into the opposite corner and hitting a flying clothesline. She chokes Gail with a boot and then lifts her by her feet, slamming her back down to the mat. Gail starts to fight back but is again sent into a corner. This time, she stops herself, catching Velvet with her legs. Instead of a hurricanara, though, Velvet pulls her free of the turnbuckle and slams her face first. Velvet attempts a pin that earns her a two count.

Velvet pulls Gail into a sleeper hold, but Gail quickly rallies, battling out of the hold and running the ropes. Velvet halts her with a kick to the stomach and the head, hitting a neckbreaker and going for another pin. Gail kicks out.

It’s time for the In You Face! Velvet readies Gail for the finishing move, but Gail spins out, hitting a neckbreaker. When they get to their feet the Knockouts trade kicks, Gail taking control with some forearms. She goes on a flurry of offense, leaving Velvet stunned in a corner. She hits her patented shoulder-into-the-midsection move (she really needs to get a name for that), slipping out of the ring and again meeting with Angelina. This time, though, Gail sees her coming, kicking her away.

Gail hits a sunset flip over the ropes, attempting to pull Velvet into a pin. Velvet stops her, though, sitting into a pin attempt of her own. She grabs the ropes! Luckily for Gail, though, Earl Hebner sees this and stops the pin. He kicks Velvet’s hand off! Gail reverses the pin and gets the three count!

Thoughts: This was a fun little match. It gave us some funny Beautiful People moments (that didn’t involve a purse of hair spray to the face) and allowed Gail to play around in the newly returned six-sided ring. Oh, and it was nice to see the match end on something other than the Eat Defeat, too. Since this match was longer than her bout with Taryn Terrell on Impact, we got to see a bit more of Gail’s experimentation with the new ring, though she couldn’t stray from the inside too much, what with Angelina prowling at ringside.

I’ve go to say that it was strange to see another Knockouts Title match on Xplosion. It seems like every other week, the champ (whether it’s Gail or Angelina) is putting the title on the line. Though, I guess if Taryn gets a shot out of the blue, Velvet deserves one too. While it makes Gail look like a fighting champion, it renders the match’s outcome a little too predictable. I mean, really: a title changing hands on Xplosion? There was no way Velvet was going to win here, and it took away all of the suspense. Knowing the ending didn’t prevent me from enjoying the ride, though, and I guess that’s all that matters!

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Today in History: The Divas and Women’s Titles Are Defended at Night of Champions 2009 http://www.diva-dirt.com/93822/today-in-history-the-divas-and-womens-titles-are-defended-at-night-of-champions-2009/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93822/today-in-history-the-divas-and-womens-titles-are-defended-at-night-of-champions-2009/#comments Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:00:23 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93822

On this day in history:

July 26th, 2009 | At Night of Champions 2009, both of the Divas’ belts were put on the line. Mickie James sought to end Maryse‘s then-record 216-day Divas Championship reign, while Michelle McCool put the Women’s Title on the line against Melina. Mickie would win her match by reversing the French Kiss into a DDT of her own, becoming the Divas Champion for the first and only time. Michelle retained her title by folding up Melina for a sudden pin, bringing a quick end to an extremely hard fought match.

What are your memories of this moment?

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Brie Bella and Daniel Bryan Thwart Robbery Attempt http://www.diva-dirt.com/93987/brie-bella-and-daniel-bryan-targeted-in-failed-robbery-attempt/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93987/brie-bella-and-daniel-bryan-targeted-in-failed-robbery-attempt/#comments Sat, 26 Jul 2014 01:32:04 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93987

Brie Bella and her husband Daniel Bryan managed to thwart a robbery attempt last night at their home in Phoenix, Arizona.

According to TMZ, Brie and Daniel encountered two thieves leaving their home just as they were arriving. Upon being seen, the men dropped the loot and ran. Daniel managed to chase down and subdue one of the men with a rear naked choke until police arrived.

Brie, meanwhile, recovered the items the men were attempting to steal. Among the items was a bracelet belonging to Daniel’s late father.

Brie and Daniel addressed the incident in a press conference earlier today. In it, Daniel admitted that he sprang into action out of concern for the well-being of their dog, Josie.

Watch the video below:

You can read the full story on TMZ.

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Impact Write-Up (July 24th, 2014): A Tiebreaker Ends in a Draw http://www.diva-dirt.com/93982/impact-write-up-july-24th-2014-a-tiebreaker-ends-in-a-draw/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93982/impact-write-up-july-24th-2014-a-tiebreaker-ends-in-a-draw/#comments Sat, 26 Jul 2014 00:26:16 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93982

Welcome, Knockout fans, to another Impact Write-Up! We’ve got a match we’ve been waiting over a year for. That’s right: Gail Kim and Taryn Terrell are finally facing off in their rubber match. This time around, though, Gail is Knockouts Champ, so now the title is on the line.

Before the match, we’re presented with a video package that’s meant to remind fans of the magic they made this time last year. It also dubs this match the “tiebreaker”:

All caught up? Let’s jump to the present:

Off the bell, Gail and Taryn jockey for control. Gail takes Taryn down to the mat, a headlock applied. Taryn rolls Gail onto her shoulders for a pin, but Gail is able to resume her position, bringing Taryn to her feet while maintaining the hold.

After some well-placed punches, Taryn sends Gail into the ropes, but the momentum allows Gail to knock her off her feet on the return. Gail runs the ropes, which somehow looks cooler than usual in the six sides, and knocks Taryn down again.

Gail sends Taryn into the ropes, but her ensuing dropkick catches nothing but air. Taryn rolls her into a pin, but Gail kicks out. Undeterred, she immediately goes for another pin, taking Gail down with a sunset flip. The Knockouts Champ kicks out again.

Taryn hits a monkey flip and then climbs the second rope, taking Gail out with a clothesline. She tries for another pin, earning a two-count. She goes for a snapmare, but Gail shoves her off. Taryn hits back with an elbow to the face, buying her enough time to scale the turnbuckle again.

When she gets to the top, though, Gail’s recovered enough to make the trip to the top as well. She take a hold of Taryn and tosses her from the top rope all the way to the mat! Both Knockouts are down!

Gail recovers first, going for the pin. Taryn kicks out. Gail sends her into one of the many corners, charging and planting a shoulder into her midsection. She scales the turnbuckle and lays Taryn out with a top rope dropkick.

The time seems right for the Eat Defeat, and Gail attempts it, but Taryn fights out, escaping and running the ropes. Gail has a similar idea, though, and both Knockouts end up flying at each other at the same time, leaving both with the wind knocked out of them.

They get to their feet at the same time and start trading blows, Taryn managing to take control and hit Gail with a series of clotheslines. She hits a suplex and a neck breaker, climbing to the top rope again with her sights set on sealing the deal. Out of nowhere comes Velvet Sky, who shoves Taryn off the top rope!

The Beautiful People storm the ring as the bell sounds, the match being cut short. Angelina Love hits Gail with the Botox Injection, while Velvet plants Taryn with the In Yo Face. Both competitors are left lying as the Beautiful People exit, leaving as suddenly as they arrived.

At the end of the night, Dixie Carter got the last laugh (well, for now) against Bully Ray and co., stealing a street fight win and laying them out to end the show:

Thoughts: Obviously, Gail and Taryn’s match didn’t scratch the surface of what they accomplished last summer, but it wasn’t meant to. Though I don’t see why it needed to be a title match, I think this match accomplished what it set out to do: whet fans’ appetite for more Gail/Taryn down the road.

Many fans speculate that Gail will be defending the title against Taryn at Bound For Glory, so it makes sense that they didn’t go all out here: they wanted fans to remember the great chemistry these two have and leave them wanting more. The fact that this was dubbed their “tiebreaker” (though I believe it’s technically their fourth match) wasn’t lost on the TNA bookers, since we got that inconclusive ending brought on by the Beautiful People run-in. I like that psychology, too: Angelina and Velvet don’t want to be shown up by these two babyfaces, so they just decide to end the match. It’s not fancy, but it gets the job done.

I don’t think Taryn is quite back to where she was, skill wise, but she’s still got that fire that made her matches with Gail so fun to watch. I’m sure she’ll get back there soon enough. I do wonder, though, if their next big match will suffer from both being babyfaces – a lot of the charm their last feud had was due to Gail being the cocky heel and Taryn having that underdog fury.

Judging by this match, though, they’ll be able to put on an exciting match regardless. It just won’t have as much of a story to back it up. There’s a lot of time between now and Bound For Glory, though, so I probably shouldn’t make that assumption just yet, or even assume that we’ll see Gail and Taryn face off at the big show. After all, I’m sure Angelina and Velvet will have something to say about that..

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SmackDown Reaction: July 25th, 2014 http://www.diva-dirt.com/93964/smackdown-reaction-july-25th-2014/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93964/smackdown-reaction-july-25th-2014/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 23:45:32 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93964

Tune in to SmackDown tonight at 8pm ET on SyFy.

Discuss the show in the comments!

RELATED: SmackDown Spoilers: July 25th, 2014

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NXT Redux (July 24th, 2014): Summer Bows Down to the Queen http://www.diva-dirt.com/93976/nxt-redux-july-24th-2014-summer-bows-down-to-the-queen/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93976/nxt-redux-july-24th-2014-summer-bows-down-to-the-queen/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:36:36 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93976

What’s up Diva fans and welcome to this week’s NXT Redux! The implosion of the Beautiful Fierce Females happened last night and the NXT Women’s Championship was even on the line. Champion Charlotte (woo!) faced off against former leader of the faction, the woman who wants you to call to her, Summer Rae. Which blonde beauty will take away the coveted gold silver? Is Sasha Banks raging backstage because she didn’t get a number one contender’s match? Poor Sasha. Anyway, let’s get this show on the road!


Summer Rae Vs Charlotte by wwefan53

Out first this week it’s the metallic-title challenger – it’s Summer Rae. Summer looks the picture of confidence as she struts down to the ring looking pretty DAYUM fine. Not to be outdone, Charlotte and her epic theme song make their presence felt next and yet again, she looks phenomenal! If this was a beauty competition, I’m be firmly on the fence! Although I am very confused with Charlotte’s body language; is she a face? Just because the BFFs split, doesn’t mean any of them have to turn face…

After Eden Stiles/Brandi Rhodes/Stardustier makes the tense in-ring introductions, the match gets underway. The girls get involved in a major shove off before Charlotte levels Summer with a ferocious slap. Charlotte mocks Summer’s dancing (and with as much rhythm as The Great Khali by the looks of things) which leads to a livid Summer mounting Charlotte to commence a catfight.

Following a double hairgrab takeover, Charlotte gets to her feet first before working over Summer in the corner. Charlotte decks the Total Diva with a clothesline and then she goes for successive and unsuccessful covers. The Queen City native works over her foe’s back before latching on her now patented figure-four neck lock, a move which takes us to the commercial break. Summer is still stuck in the submission after a trailer for a WWE Films production (straight to DVD – NO WAY, I am so surprised) and much like the acting in the advertisement, this submission is brutal.

After Summer is thrown out of the move by landing hard of her back, she suckers Charlotte in and puts the champ on her own back… with the added pain of being on the outside too. Back in the ring, Summer screams “I MADE YOU CHARLOTTE” as she chokes the life out of her. Following some through the rope submissions, Summer locks in a vice like bodyscissors, which ends up being switched into a messy looking pin attempt.

After some cocky hits and strikes in the corner, Charlotte regroups and nearly wins it with a schoolgirl yet Summer shuts her second-generation adversary down. I’m sure the girls are wanting to shut the crown down too – there are some nasty “BORING” chants. Summer tries for another submission in the form of a very lengthy single crab and although it looks nice, the crowd are not into it at all and are getting restless. They are even Mexican Waving! Summer says an American wave goodbye to her momentum though as both Divas hits a clothesline on each other.

The pace begins to quicken with a series of moves concluding with a sizzling spin kick from Summer yet it’s still not enough for the challenger. After some messy strikes and tussles, Charlotte manages to hit Summer and hit Bow Down to The Queen for the win. I bet the girls are glad it’s over after the reception they got.

Thoughts: I’m not going to lie, this was nowhere near as good as Charlotte’s match against Natalya. There was a lot less chemistry here and although both girls exuded charisma, I felt the may was way too slow paced and relied way too much on submissions, bland and basic ones at that (with the exception of the nice half crab). Parts of the match were really clumsy-looking too, like the girls lost track of what they were doing. Charlotte’s finisher without the run up didn’t look impactful either. Not sure how Charlotte can go from the WWE.com ranked #2 Match of the Year so far to this but well, you can’t please everyone all of time. It will have been especially hard for the women too considering the crowd, which normally don’t act anything like that. I think NXT was just having one of those rough weeks!

What happens next in NXT? Presumably Summer won’t appear again unless for a one-off appearance? The newest announcer said it best that really struck a chord with me, something along the lines of wanting to know what really went on between these two in the locker room. The backstage antics should have definitely transpired on TV. I felt like WWE rushed this match and normally, the pace of stories on NXT is excellent. I guess WWE just wanted to give Charlotte the rub quickly and reference Summer leaving the group properly. At least they didn’t just forget about her altogether.

Now Charlotte is going to be getting a new challenger. With only four choices actively on the roster, I would like to see some new girls come into the fray very soon. Either that or gives us Charlotte vs Sasha, so they can do with that what they should have done with this feud.

And with that, stay tuned, Jack will be back!

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Photo: Paige’s First Action Figure Revealed at San Diego Comic Con http://www.diva-dirt.com/93970/photo-paiges-first-action-figure-revealed-at-san-diego-comic-con/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93970/photo-paiges-first-action-figure-revealed-at-san-diego-comic-con/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:19:50 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93970

Today at San Diego Comic Con, Paige‘s first action figure was revealed.

The former Divas Champion’s figure was unveiled in a tweet by the WWE:

Paige joins AJ Lee, Eva Marie and Lana, who all had action figures unveiled yesterday at the convention.

Will you be buying this figure?

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Brie Bella Talks Incident With Stephanie McMahon, How it Will Affect Nikki http://www.diva-dirt.com/93966/brie-bella-talks-incident-with-stephanie-mcmahon-how-it-will-affect-nikki/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93966/brie-bella-talks-incident-with-stephanie-mcmahon-how-it-will-affect-nikki/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:58:02 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93966

She made a surprise appearance on Raw, confronting Stephanie McMahon and eventually getting her arrested. Now, Brie Bella is talking to WWE.com about the incident, as well as what it means for her sister Nikki.

Why did she attend Raw on Monday?: “I’d been watching for a couple months now, every Monday night, and seeing my sister get tortured by Stephanie McMahon. I’d been seeing a lot of the Divas on the roster beat up on her, seeing them come together and taking her out, one by one. I just felt like, ‘You know what? I need to come. I need to support Nikki. I need to let everyone know that she isn’t on her own, that she does have me.’ I felt that if I was sitting front row, I’d give Nikki a little hope that she could do this, and that she isn’t defeated. So it was pretty much just me supporting my sister.”

What was going through her mind?: “Well, I figured it’d probably bother [Stephanie] that I was there. But I paid for a ticket, I’m sitting in the front row, I didn’t even go backstage because last time I did that she was so bothered by it. I figured, you know what? I’m gonna be the bigger person, I’m gonna go to my seat, watch Nikki’s match and take off. But [Stephanie] was so bothered I was there. I had no idea she was going to come out and have words with me, and just completely demolish me in front of everybody.

When she slapped me across the face … I can’t even explain the feeling I got inside. My blood rushed so quickly to my brain that I was just like, ‘It’s on.’ You want to destroy my husband, and now you want to destroy my sister? No. The lioness is coming out; these are the claws, and I will take you down.”

Not fearing the repercussions: “Oh, completely. The greatest thing is that I got to sit in the front row and just look at [Stephanie] while she kept talking and just be like, ‘Whatever, you b***h.’ I think everyone around me was shocked when I said that, but it’s like, what are you going to do? You gonna fire me? I don’t work for you, you can’t do anything to me.

What she was doing to Daniel [Bryan], her and Triple H, I sat there and bit my tongue for a very long time. All I kept seeing was this ungrateful, spoiled little brat taking her power out of control and just doing whatever she wanted, like a little bratty princess. And you know what? I don’t have to bite my tongue anymore! I do not have to bite my lip. I can sit there, look her straight in the face and tell her what a vindictive b***h she really is, and she knows it. And I feel bad that she has to wake up every morning, look in the mirror and know all the families she has destroyed. But guess what? You’re not going to destroy my family. Because now, it’s on.”

Fearing backlash against Nikki: “That’s the one thing I know I have to be careful about. My sister still has a job at WWE, and so does my husband. But it’s gone past that. Stephanie is truly lucky I don’t take this further and pursue a civil suit against her. And another thing is that it’s not done. I got a lot of satisfaction seeing Stephanie arrested, but I’m not here to say, ‘Ha-ha, I one-upped you.’ It’s not about that. It’s about Stephanie McMahon paying for every single thing she has done to my family. And I will make sure she pays. The way those handcuffs felt on her wrists on Monday, I hope she knows the pain she caused when she had my husband handcuffed and getting beat up all over the place. Every single pain she has caused my husband and my sister, she will feel it right back. And I promise you, I will make sure she does.”

Read the full interview on WWE.com.

RELATED: Nikki Bella Talks Stephanie McMahon’s Arrest, Her Future in the WWE

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Today in History: Kane Tombstones Lita, Then Hijacks Her Ambulance http://www.diva-dirt.com/93819/today-in-history-kane-tombstones-lita-then-hijacks-her-ambulance-2/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93819/today-in-history-kane-tombstones-lita-then-hijacks-her-ambulance-2/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:00:03 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93819

On this day in history:

July 25th, 2005 | The Stretcher match between Edge and Kane was certainly brutal, but Lita undoubtedly got the worst of it. She came too close to the action, following Kane and Edge onto the stage, and found herself snared by Kane. The Big Red Machine gave her a Tombstone right on the stage, and while a medical team immediately took over, Matt Hardy came out of nowhere to attack Edge. This left Lita alone, and Kane was eventually able to dispose of the medical crew, hijacking the waiting ambulance and driving off in it – with Lita in the back.

What are your memories of this moment?

Note: This was originally posted on 7/25/13.

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Impact Wrestling Feedback: July 24th, 2014 http://www.diva-dirt.com/93936/impact-wrestling-feedback-july-24th-2014/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93936/impact-wrestling-feedback-july-24th-2014/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:46:12 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93936

Tune in to Impact Wrestling on Spike TV at 9pm ET.

Discuss the show in the comments!

RELATED: Impact Wrestling Spoilers: July 17th & 24th, 2014

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NXT Exchange: July 24th, 2014 http://www.diva-dirt.com/93934/nxt-exchange-july-24th-2014/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93934/nxt-exchange-july-24th-2014/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:45:35 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93934

Tune in to NXT on the WWE Network at 9pm ET.

Discuss the show in the comments!

RELATED: NXT Spoilers: July 3rd – 24th, 2014

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The Owens Twins to Audition for TNA British Boot Camp http://www.diva-dirt.com/93959/the-owens-twins-to-audition-for-tna-british-boot-camp/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93959/the-owens-twins-to-audition-for-tna-british-boot-camp/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:04:47 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93959

UK indy wrestlers Kasey and Leah Owens will be among those auditioning for TNA’s second season of the British Boot Camp reality competition.

Leah confirmed the news on her official Facebook page, writing:

The new season, announced earlier this month, will feature Knockouts Champion Gail Kim as a judge and will air later this year on the UK’s Challenge TV.

Kasey and Leah debuted on the wrestling scene in 2010 and were among Diva Dirt’s Five to Watch last year.

What other UK talent do you want to see on British Boot Camp?

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Photos: Three New Diva Action Figures Spotted at San Diego Comic Con http://www.diva-dirt.com/93946/photos-three-new-diva-action-figures-spotted-at-san-diego-comic-con/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93946/photos-three-new-diva-action-figures-spotted-at-san-diego-comic-con/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:11:36 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93946

Today at San Diego Comic Con, fans got an up close look at three upcoming Diva action figures.

Figures of AJ Lee and Eva Marie were spotted on the convention floor, photos being posted on the Instagram of Ringside Collectibles.

AJ’s figure will be part of the T-Shirt Series, while Eva’s – which was announced a few months back – will be featured in Series 43.

Meanwhile, a prototype of a was spotted Lana figure during the WWE/Mattel panel, a slide showing the Diva alongside other first time figures.

Check out photos of the figures below:

Photo: @ringsidec/Instagram Photo: @ringsidec/Instagram Photo: @RingsideC/Twitter
Follow Ringside Collectibles on Twitter to see all the updates.

Will you be collecting these figures?

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Your Two Cents: Booking SummerSlam http://www.diva-dirt.com/93943/your-two-cents-booking-summerslam/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93943/your-two-cents-booking-summerslam/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:31:26 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93943

Your Two Cents is our interactive feature where we ask for the opinions of our Twitter and Facebook followers.

This week, we’re asking this: What Divas matches would you book for SummerSlam? We’ve read your responses on our social media pages and picked some of the best submissions to highlight here on the website. As always, you can join the debate by leaving your comments!

  • Ashley Matthew: AJ Lee vs. Paige for the Divas Championship, since they can build up the feud more properly now that Paige has turned heel, and Stephanie McMahon vs. Brie and Nikki Bella. It’s about time Stephanie McMahon dealt with a Handicap match since she’s been dishing them out so much to Nikki.
  • @BeautifulAJLee: Bella Twins vs. Stephanie and a partner of her choice. If Brie wins she gets her job back. If Stephanie wins Nikki is fired.
  • @dynamic_glow: Kharma returning as Stephanie’s bodyguard for Kharma vs. the Bellas in a Handicap match. And Paige vs. AJ Lee in an I Quit match.
  • @giantjxxx: Fatal Four-Way Divas Title match: AJ vs. Paige vs. Naomi vs. Cameron! Would be pretty interesting! And Stephanie vs. Brie or Nikki!
  • @jbtheseeker: I’d go with Stephanie vs. Brie in a street fight for about 10 minutes. AJ vs. Paige in a straight up wrestling match, around 20-25 minutes.
  • @JeffTanner24: AJ Lee vs. Paige Submission match for the Divas Title. Also, the Bella Twins vs. Stephanie McMahon and Kharma! They have history!
  • Jordan Boyer: Definitely AJ vs. Paige for the title, but a stipulation would be great, like a Submission match.
  • Kenda Sugarz Jacobs Ferreira: How about AJ vs. Paige for the Divas Championship in a Divas Ladder match? It has been a while since we had an extreme Divas match.
  • @_officialHEEL: Stephanie vs. Brie in a No DQ match, AJ vs. Paige in a Submission match and Fandango vs. Layla and Summer Rae in a dance-off on the pre-show.
  • @R3INAL3NA: Paige vs. AJ for the Divas Championship in a Submission match & Stephanie vs. Brie in a quick Lumberjill match.
  • @RealNyaiara: Brie Bella vs. Stephanie McMahon. If Brie win Stephanie has to resign.
  • @tinher11: Brie vs. Stephanie, Layla and Summer vs. Fandango in an Intergender Handicap match to end the feud and Paige vs. AJ in a Submission match.

And now we turn it over to you…

Give us your two cents! What would you book for SummerSlam?

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Nikki Bella Talks Stephanie McMahon’s Arrest, Her Future in the WWE http://www.diva-dirt.com/93938/nikki-bella-talks-stephanie-mcmahons-arrest-her-future-in-the-wwe/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93938/nikki-bella-talks-stephanie-mcmahons-arrest-her-future-in-the-wwe/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:44:12 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93938

For the first time since Stephanie McMahon‘s arrest on Raw, Nikki Bella is speaking out in an interview with WWE.com.

In it, she discusses the hardship she’s faced at the hands of Stephanie, the impact of her sister Brie‘s actions and what she expects to happen next.

Having Brie at ringside on Raw: “I was so excited to see my sister there. Everything I’ve been going through and what The Authority has put me through, it just felt really good to know my sister was close and supporting me. It made it easier to step into battle even though it was four-versus-one. I had some confidence knowing my sister was so close. I didn’t imagine everything was going to turn out like it did.”

Brie’s altercation with Stephanie: “You know, I had a lot of emotions running through my head. I was in shock, but at the same time I’m proud of Brie for sticking up for herself. In the end, my sister doesn’t work here, so whatever she does with Stephanie that’s on them. At the same time, I do still work here, so there’s a part of me that went, “Oh great, is this gonna affect me?” I was very nervous coming into work [Tuesday]. Honestly, I didn’t even think they were gonna let me come into work until everything with Stephanie was figured out. I know she got bailed out of jail at 4:00 in the morning, but I didn’t know if she was gonna be here or go home, so I was very nervous.

But I was very proud of my sister. We’re family, and Daniel Bryan is her husband. She was just sticking up for her family, and I can’t blame my sister for that. Everything that’s been happening to me lately, it’s not Brie’s fault. Daniel has worked so hard in his career to get to where he’s at. And he didn’t ask for his neck surgery. To strip him [of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship] and take everything away from him, was that right? Brie did the right thing by sticking up for her husband and making the decision [to quit]. How do I blame my sister for that? I would do the same thing for John Cena. I don’t blame Brie for anything, I’m just proud of her. But I will admit: It made me wonder what’s in store next for me now.”

Backlash from Stephanie’s arrest: “I’m prepared for the absolute worst. I am the lone Bella, I have no more family here. I’m completely by myself. The Authority has the power to turn everyone against me and they have. So here, I stand alone, and Monday I’m prepared to stand more alone than ever. The one thing I’ve said before, the one thing that I’ve been taught is that when you fall, you get right back up. And I’m up. And I will stand tall going into whatever they have for me Monday. I might fall, and I might cry, but I will always stay strong and I’ll stay fearless. That’s all I can be is fearless.”

What did she say to Brie afterwards?: “Well, naturally, Brie and I bicker like every 10 minutes about everything in life. So there’s been moments of, ‘Hey, Brie, you’re there to support me, and then you go call my boss the B-word and get slapped!’ So we have those moments of bickering, but I don’t blame Brie for any of this. She’s standing up for what’s right, and that’s all that matters in the end.”

Read the interview on WWE.com.

What do you think will happen to Nikki on Raw?

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Today in History: Stephanie McMahon and Trish Stratus Team Up on Lita http://www.diva-dirt.com/93816/today-in-history-stephanie-mcmahon-and-trish-stratus-team-up-on-lita/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93816/today-in-history-stephanie-mcmahon-and-trish-stratus-team-up-on-lita/#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:00:36 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93816

On this day in history:

July 24th, 2000 | The brother/sister team of Shane McMahon and Stephanie McMahon went up against Lita and Big Show in what Shane dubbed “the first brother/sister match”. This quickly turned into a one-on-one affair between Stephanie and Lita, and Lita had the match well in hand before Trish Stratus interfered, taking out a strap and whipping Lita with it. A match was booked later that night that put that weapon to good use: Trish vs. Lita in a Strap match. Again, Lita was well on her way to victory when Stephanie showed up to return Trish’s favor, helping her win the match. Clearly, Lita had one enemy too many.

What are your memories of this moment?

Also occurring today in history:
* 7/24/87 – Sensational Sherri defeats the Fabulous Moolah to win the Women’s Title.
* 7/24/05 – Melina defeats Torrie Wilson in a Bra & Panties match with Candice Michelle as special guest referee at Great American Bash 2005.

Note: This was originally posted on 7/24/12.

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Brooke Signs New Deal With TNA http://www.diva-dirt.com/93930/brooke-signs-new-deal-with-tna/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93930/brooke-signs-new-deal-with-tna/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:38:21 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93930

TNA has confirmed that former Knockouts Champion Brooke has signed a multi-year deal with the company.

The news was broken by TNA Executive Vice President John Gaburick, who tweeted:

ImpactWrestling.com went on to confirm that Brooke’s is a multi-year deal.

Brooke has been largely absent from TNA television for the past few months, her June Impact appearance being her first since December.

She recently filmed for the next season of The Amazing Race, which will air this fall on CBS.

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Video: Behind the Scenes of 2015 Knockouts Calendar Photoshoot http://www.diva-dirt.com/93926/video-behind-the-scenes-of-2015-knockouts-calendar-photoshoot/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93926/video-behind-the-scenes-of-2015-knockouts-calendar-photoshoot/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:35:55 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93926

Back in June, TNA gave us a sneak peek at the 2015 Knockouts calendar, showing the Knockouts on location at St. Pete Beach for the photoshoot.

Now, a full behind the scenes video has been released. In it, Angelina Love, Brittany, Brooke, Christy Hemme, Gail Kim, Madison Rayne, Rebel, Taryn Terrell and Velvet Sky talk about the experience, as well as what fans can expect from the Knockouts division in the near future.

The video is capped off with some bloopers, showing the Knockouts’ sillier sides.

Watch the video below:

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Diva Dirt Weekly for the Week Ending July 22nd, 2014 http://www.diva-dirt.com/93920/diva-dirt-weekly-for-the-week-ending-july-22nd-2014/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93920/diva-dirt-weekly-for-the-week-ending-july-22nd-2014/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:00:04 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93920

Each week following Raw, Diva Dirt Weekly will take a look back at the week preceding it, hitting every noteworthy event along the way, from Impact Wrestling to SmackDown to Raw.

Joining the audio will be Chris, Erin and our host Jake.

We cover the following events:

  • Impact Wrestling (7/17/14): Madison Rayne defeats Brittany in a No DQ match.
  • Listen below or download by right clicking here.


    Tweet about the show using #DivaDirtWeekly.

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    On this day in history:

    July 23rd, 2012 | The milestone 1,000th episode of Raw saw the WWE pull many surprises out of its hat. Stephanie McMahon made her return to WWE television, verbally eviscerating Paul Heyman on the microphone. Lita showed up to put Heath Slater in his place. Last but not least, AJ Lee‘s wedding to Daniel Bryan turned out to be a set up for a big announcement: AJ had been named Raw’s new General Manager. All in all, three epic moments that left three men hurting.

    What are your memories of these moments?

    Also occurring today in history:
    * 7/23/84 – Wendi Richter defeats the Fabulous Moolah to win the Women’s Title in Moolah’s first official loss after a 28 year reign.
    * 7/23/00 – The Hardy Boyz & Lita defeat T&A & Trish Stratus at Fully Loaded 2000.
    * 7/23/06 – Ashley Massaro defeats Jillian, Kristal Marshall and Michelle McCool in a Fatal Four-Way Bra & Panties match at Great American Bash 2006.

    Note: This was originally posted on 7/23/13.

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    SmackDown Spoilers: July 25th, 2014 http://www.diva-dirt.com/93915/smackdown-spoilers-july-25th-2014/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93915/smackdown-spoilers-july-25th-2014/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:39:35 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93915 Below are spoilers for this Friday’s edition of SmackDown:

    * Paige vs. Naomi is next. Paige comes out and skips like AJ Lee to mock her. Cameron comes down to watch the match from ringside. Paige wins by submission and after the match, Cameron comes in to attack Naomi.


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    WWE Main Event Viewing: July 22nd, 2014 http://www.diva-dirt.com/93910/wwe-main-event-viewing-july-22nd-2014/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93910/wwe-main-event-viewing-july-22nd-2014/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:45:40 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93910

    WWE Main Event airs tonight at 8pm ET on the WWE Network.

    Discuss the show in the comments!

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    WWE.com Issues Update on Stephanie McMahon’s Arrest http://www.diva-dirt.com/93912/wwe-com-issues-update-on-stephanie-mcmahons-arrest/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93912/wwe-com-issues-update-on-stephanie-mcmahons-arrest/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:17:08 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93912

    Last night on Raw, Stephanie McMahon found herself handcuffed and arrested for battery against Brie Bella, getting carted off in full view of the live audience.

    WWE.com has issued an update on Stephanie’s status, reporting that she was released from the Miami-Dade Police Department at 4am ET this morning, her husband Triple H having posted her $1,500 bail at 1am.

    The article states that Stephanie is “an emotional wreck” and is “juggling anger, embarrassment, humiliation and self-pity.”

    Stephanie will have to return to Miami at a later date to face charges of battery and resisting arrest.

    Read the full article on WWE.com.

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    Video: Paige Talks Her Heel Turn; Emma and Natalya React http://www.diva-dirt.com/93906/video-paige-talks-her-heel-turn-emma-and-natalya-react/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93906/video-paige-talks-her-heel-turn-emma-and-natalya-react/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:02:48 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93906

    Following her heel turn on Raw, Paige was approached by Eden on Raw Fallout and asked to explain her actions against AJ Lee.

    Paige says that AJ knew it was coming, since she had told her repeatedly that this was “her house”. She says she warned AJ not to underestimate her.

    The former Divas Champion also confessed that she enjoyed the skipping, telling Eden that she should try it out.

    Raw Fallout then caught up with Emma and Natalya, who were AJ and Paige’s opponents in the match the preceded the heel turn.

    Emma tells Eden that she doesn’t know what to say about it, while Natalya admits that she was blindsided by it. Both Divas appeared to be disturbed by this turn of events.

    Watch both interviews below:

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    Raw Redux (July 21st, 2014): Raw is Divas http://www.diva-dirt.com/93897/raw-redux-july-21st-2014-raw-is-divas/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93897/raw-redux-july-21st-2014-raw-is-divas/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:40:22 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93897


    Holy Smokes.

    There’s no intro that can even remotely do justice to tonight’s bountiful episode of Monday Night Raw so I’m not even going to try coming up with something. Just know tonight was everything and I want you all to join me in a ceremonious cheer that after year upon year of struggling segments, cut matches and rushed (if any) entrances, we have reached the promise land as Diva fans. We have risen to our greater being and we are here to show the world that this division we have defended 24/7 from the people who claim it serves no purpose to a promotion or show, can not only lift itself up to the days of the “Golden Era”, but damn it, it can potentially surpass them.

    Am I overreacting? Perhaps. But I don’t care because tonight was pretty dang amazing… no, not even “pretty dang”… it was flat out amazing.

    Let’s get underway with our first story of the evening! Ahem…

    Orange is the New McMahon

    Background Info – Before tonights episode of Raw began, during the WWE Preshow, it was announced that Nikki Bella would be facing Eva Marie, Rosa Mendes, Cameron and Alicia Fox in another of Stephanie McMahon‘s punishments towards her for the actions of her sister, Brie. Nikki, however, when interviewed by Renee Young, let everyone know that tonight would be a little different on account of she had a surprise up her invisible sleeve.

    We head to the arena as PA-PA-PA-PARTAYY strikes and out walks the quartet comprised of Alicia Fox, Cameron, Eva Marie and Rosa Mendes. These four badasses strut out with nothing to fear against their single opponent, as we get another replay of Brie Bella’s Payback smack across the face to Stephanie McMahon. Back in the arena, Nikki walks out to a nice pop from the crowd! She heads down the ramp and to the ring, but… BRIE! She spots Brie sitting ringside behind the barrier and runs over to give her a hug before stepping inside the ring. Unfortunately for the twins though, Stephanie McMahon walks out with a mic in hand before things can get started.

    Stephanie notices Brie ringside and points everyone’s attention to “The Quitter”. She heads down the ramp and over to Brie, claiming how ironic it is to see her amongst the audience considering she went from being a world famous Diva to nothing more than a face in the crowd. But why is Brie in this position? Stephanie would like to remind us that Brie chose Daniel Bryan over her own sister, and not only that, but it ended up being a decision that didn’t even matter because he had to leave anyways and strip his championship. Truthfully though, Steph says she’s so glad to see Brie in the front row tonight because it just means she can watch firsthand as Nikki gets annihilated by Foxy, Cameron, Eva and Rosa. And not only that, but it will also serve as a reminder that Nikki’s weekly beatings are all at the hands of the one and only… Brie Bella.

    Steph begins to walk off as Brie yells that she’s pathetic… but the insults don’t stop there. With no mic in hand, our own Earth loving, organic feasting Brianna Bella screams out that her ex-boss, Stephanie McMahon, is a bitch(!~) and the crowd pops huge! Stephanie forms the BEST shocked facial expression and slowly turns around, asking if Brie wants to rethink what she just said. Miss McMahon immediately calls security over, however Brie has one-upped that decision and pulls out a ticket to reveal that she’s simply a paying fan and there’s nothing Stephanie can do about it. Stephanie laughs it off and instead goes to say that Brie standing up like this and causing a scene is blocking the view of the other paying customers. She orders Brie to pop a squat, but Brie is not having any of this. She snatches that microphone out of Stephanie’s grasp in a similar fashion as I when finding out I’ve ended up planning a shopping trip right as a fresh batch of Deli-Made Chicken was set out for the public to consume, and lets Stephanie know that she’s onto her tactics. To Brie, Stephanie is only doing this out of spite because she left her handprint tattooed on that billion-dollar face.

    “What kind of human being are you, huh? I’ll tell you who you are. You are a vindictive BITCH!”

    I need a moment. Because that delivery. I love you Brie Bella.

    The crowd explodes and Stephanie pops her right in the face! Brie Bella is clawing over that barricade but before she can lay a hand on Steph, security drags her through the crowd and I am not okay right now in the very least bit.

    Stephanie wants that to be a lesson to every WWE Universe member, as she then orders the bell to be rung and Nikki gets jumped by the four fellow Divas in the ring. Steph glances on at ringside while Cameron hoists Nikki up and Alicia runs off with the Axe Kick! One… Two… Three! The match is over and the four winners celebrate their extremely challenging and difficult victory. Now they roll Nikki to the outside as Stephanie walks over and lets her know that sooner or later she will be doing exactly what Brie did… QUIT.

    With that, Steph struts off to the back and this segment comes to a close.


    Following a live performance by Flo Rida (that was guest emcee’d by Stephanie herself) a confrontation begins ringside with a bunch of random men. It looks kind of confusing but guys in suits are trying to stop Stephanie from leaving the area and are now showing badges… RUH ROH.

    She wants to take this matter to the back, but they refuse to let her exit the scene and are reading her her Miranda rights! They ask if she understands, which she reluctantly agrees with and then follows it up by immediately claiming she also understands this is her building and her show. The cops order her ringside agent to step back and the crowd is going psychotic! Stephanie looks extremely alarmed as they begin asking if she knows a one… Brie… Bella. And yep, I am dead.

    She agrees that she knows of Brie, and one of the cops lets her know that there is an allegation she struck Brie, who is not a contracted employee, but merely a ringside fan this evening and it looks like charges are being pressed! Stephanie tries to allude them back to Payback, but the difference there is that Brie was an employed competitor at the time. Stephanie attempts to say that her slap to Brie was only done as a means of defense from the time Brie did so at Payback, but the cops of Florida don’t let that crap fly. Under the state, this is known as battery which is a means for ARREST. They then turn Stephanie around and place handcuffs on her wrists and the crowd is loving everything they’re being served, as am I.

    As Stephanie stands back up, she turns right around into the one and only Brie Bella! The two stare each other down as Stephanie becomes UNDONE with rage at the fact Brie is having her arrested, but Brie fires right back saying Stephanie deserves this for all of the torment she has put not only herself, but her sister and her husband through just the same. Security holds Brie back as the cops escort Stephanie through the arena and to the back and she looks 100% publicly humiliated, screaming that she’s not going to jail!

    “YOU’RE gonna pay for this! I’ll have your badge… BOTH your badges! They’re mine! Do you have any idea how much power I have in this city?”

    Dead and Gone.

    Oh, but wait, that’s not all! Now we’re in a hallway as Stephanie walks through the backstage area in cuffs, this time with Triple H freaking out by her side. They’re trying to contact WWE’s lawyer, but he can’t get there soon enough as the cops order Triple H to step back and continue escorting Miss McMahon to their car. As she continues to walk by, I seem to spot a few familiar Diva faces off to the side, but I can’t even focus on that because Stephanie McMahon is an absolute uncontrollable mess. She’s screaming out that she blames Brie Bella, but the cops place her in the back of their car and drag her off to prison!

    Note: Later on in the show, Renee Young revealed that Stephanie was charged with battery and possibly resisting arrest as well. Plus, Triple H was seen being very peculiar about how fast he was going to rush off to save her, including trying to gain time by reassuring himself courtesy of Joey Mercury that she’d have to be processed and all that jazz, which when questioned upon by Renee, got quite a death-stare her way courtesy of him.

    I LOVE IT.

    Up next…

    The Emergence of an Anti-Diva

    Background Info – Before the commercial break, we see Paige and AJ Lee walking to the ring backstage as they prepare for Divas tag action! Their opponents are unknown as of this time, so it’s time to head to the arena and find out what’s going to go down.

    We get a rewind of Paige and AJ’s title match at Battleground, which concluded with AJ nailing the Shining Wizard for the win. From there, we head inside the arena and get greeted by the screeching entrance of Paige! And her embroidered logo jacket! And now it’s AJ! AJ skips out from the back and poses with her title, sliding into the ring as they get set to face the team of Emma and Natalya! Paige sets her sights on the title, with AJ choosing to start the match off with Emma. The two lock up and AJ applies a wristlock. Emma counters and hits a nice leg sweep before rolling through with an equally as nice pin attempt. Both women get up and Lee now scores with a wheelbarrow victory roll, but only gains a two count.

    Lee with an elbow, then skipping around the ring and tagging in Paige, who goes to town on Emma with a huge headbutt. She mocks Emma’s dance, but pays for it as Emma applies the DilEMMA! She rolls into a tag to Nattie, running in with a dropkick and a jacknife pin attempt! They roll through and Paige shoves Natalya into Emma, knocking her to the outside. Oh wow, Nattie hits a nice German Suplex! She goes to apply the Sharpshooter and locks it in… ruh roh. Paige inches closer and closer to the ropes, tagging into AJ who charges forward and nails the Shining Wizard WHILE Nattie still had the Sharpshooter applied. Jesus. From there, she hooks the leg and applies the Black Widow! Nattie tries to fight, but ultimately has to submit which puts an end to our quickish but extremely solid match.

    Afterwards, Paige stays in the ring smiling as AJ heads outside and skips around the ring with her title… but, what’s this? Paige invites AJ back inside the ring and swings her around in a huge team hug. She raises AJ’s hand in victory, posing for each side of the ring before ultimately letting go. Lee tries to exit to the back, but GASP. Paige drops her like nobody’s business! #HeelPaige! Paige nails that bitchface expression and starts pounding away at Lee with vicious headbutts, drawing huge heat and bringing such a smile to my face (not that AJ is in pain, but that the crowd is being vocal about it). She lets out a shriek and throws AJ to the outside, smashing her into the barricade and throwing her face first into the ring post!

    “I told you this was my house!”

    Paige lifts the downed body of our fallen champion up and heaves her over the announce table. Rise Anti Diva Rise! Paige continues to scream at AJ, tormenting her as she climbs onto the desk before getting told by a child at ringside to use her indoor voice and I am absolutely done and retired. Paige smirks at the travesty she’s caused her fallen frEnemy, as the fans boo and she skips up the ramp after getting in that last laugh to go with the destruction. Following a replay of what just went down, she then screeches out that she wants to be champion and skips backstage, looking pleased with what she’s done.

    The Bonus Servings of Diva Goodness

    In addition to those two big stories, check out Summer Rae and Layla, collectively now known as the SLayers, as they manage Zack Ryder against Fandango:

    And in other Diva sightings, Lana makes her controversial presence felt this week as she manages Rusev against The Great Khali:

    Now let’s get into this weeks dissection…

    The GREAT:

    Brie/Stephanie/Handicap/Wonderfulness – I absolutely cannot. It’s hard to even come up with the words to how good this segment was because I know I have to also come up with equally great things to say about so much else. 100% I have to give it up to Brie Bella right off the bat though, because while I have always been a big fan, a few months ago in the days of those horror movie-esque segments, I really felt uncomfortable with her acting abilities. I’m not sure if during this break from TV she’s done anything to help herself out, but tonight she was on absolute fire. The delivery… the mannerisms… the expressions, she had it all down and nobody was going to throw her off her game. Stephanie was at her absolute finest as well, serving a reminder to everyone what Brie did ended up being for nothing as Daniel had to leave anyways, but what it did do was show Nikki that Brie essentially chose him over her (in Stephanie’s mindset at least). I have no idea if this could lead to a Nikki heel turn (I kind of don’t want it now because she’s really starting to get over with the fans so we’ll see how it could play off), but either way, I’m loving the fact that this angle between Stephanie and Brie has managed to find a way to involve five other Divas, all gaining exposure and all continuing to get reactions off of it. I honestly am running out of things to say because I don’t want to just erupt in a fit of “GAWD THIS WAS AMAZING” over and over… but gawd this was amazing. And I live anytime Brie Bella gets to scream “Bitch” at Stephanie. And Alicia Fox continues winning! 2014 what are you doing to me?!

    Divas Tag & Heel Turn – Yesss! Okay, let me get to the match first. Honestly, when we saw Paige and AJ heading to the ring I assumed it would be Slayla… err, the SLayers that they’d face so I love that we got a fun surprise in Emma and Natalya. It was completely fresh, and while it was pretty obvious AJ and Paige would win, I legitimately thought Nattie had it with that Sharpshooter and they would play off AJ just standing there reaching for a tag as Paige tapped out. The action was VERY solid for what we got to see with the time given and I’m not gonna lie, I kind of like Emma and Nattie as a team. They have similar looks and both are kind of the only two Divas not involved with something on the main roster, so why not try it out some? Speaking of Emma though, I do have to say that I was a big supporter of the dancing gimmick, but I honestly think it’s time to move away from it. It wasn’t really handled properly in my opinion, but that’s okay because there’s so many Diva things going on right now that it’s easy to fit in somewhere and transition out of it. To me, it just comes off kind of clunky anymore because Santino isn’t there and I don’t think the main roster fans quite have a grasp on her enough to fully go with it. But that’s just me so now let’s get to that post match greatness!

    The heel turn! Truthfully, I so didn’t see it happening tonight (even when they were teasing Paige hugging her, I’ve just been burned so many times of thinking something big will happen and then they cut to the next segment), but I’m SO glad it did. Not only was this a great crowd to do it in front of, but it doesn’t feel like Brie and Stephanie overshadowed their feud, rather BOTH feuds had huge progression tonight that is equally as enjoyable as each other. It’s no secret Paige absolutely needs to be a heel and tonight proved that with how she went from getting almost no reaction as a babyface (unfortunately) to instant boos and a lot of heat as she ambushed Lee from behind. She’s like Cameron to me in that they just scream heel and it freakin’ excites me that WWE pulled the trigger on turning both of them. I honestly feel like just about every Diva is in the disposition they need to be and that can attribute to why the reactions for each girl have been improving ten-fold since WWE took it upon themselves to put forth so many Diva storylines and segments. Now that we’ve reached the turning point in this story, I am legitimately salivating at the thought of what these two can do together, especially seeing how much WWE is giving the women right now. It feels so weird to say that so I’ll probably end up repeating it 500 more times before I finish the redux, but whoever is responsible for this, please let the entire Diva fanbase buy you a house. You deserve it for getting done what we’ve wished would happen so long and almost never thought possible.

    Oh and before I forget… A+ for skipping post-beatdown Paige, A+.

    Stephanie Gets Arrested – Good lord, again, I have no words. Stephanie was in PRIME Stephanie mode here and it made for such an amazing surprise that I didn’t see coming. When she stood in the ring to announce Flo-Rida, I was honestly kind of confused because she just did this whole segment with Brie earlier and now she’s out all smiling and cheery, but seeing that aftermath put everything into perspective and served as a “holy shit” type of moment. Getting their first segment together was enough to justify this as a great Raw… but getting ANOTHER big spot on the show (not to mention all of those recaps and constantly being discussed during mens matches for a change…)? Historic. Plus with their past role in valeting celebrity visitors during each episode of Raw, how great was it seeing a guest host used in a segment that ended up furthering something they were involved in? Ladies and Gents, The Bella Twins have officially come full circle.

    And did I spot Dana Brooke, Carmella and Kendall Skye backstage as Stephanie was walking down the hallway in cuffs? Even if I didn’t, here’s some free redux promo because you’re all wonderful.

    The Crowd – I LOVE YOU MIAMI. Thank you so much for giving such great reactions to every one of those Diva segments. Part of what is going to make them all so memorable is seeing how invested the fans in the arena were for them and ugh, I just want to buy you all chocolate for doing my state proud.

    The Good:

    I feel bad saying nothing was good (because it was all great), so EVERYTHING was good!

    Wait wait, let’s do this…

    Summer and Layla – Okay, Zack Ryder isn’t my first choice for them to be with, but it looks like they’re just flipping things up each week depending on Fandango’s opponent so it worked for me. I don’t need EVERY Diva to be in a wrestling feud as long as they have a weekly spot on TV, which is where Summer and Layla work so well for me. I love seeing them just constantly one up Fandango now after he did it to them for so long, and the duo continues to get great reactions from the crowds when they walk out so it’s a win-win. Obviously I couldn’t put this in the great section with how many big things happened, but it worked for what it was and I appreciate that the duo has something going on with how many big profile feuds exist in the division itself right now. Plus I kind of like the spin on PMS by having a different guy to their dirty work each week until maybe finding someone permanently. It’s like they’re holding tryouts so to speak and I’m definitely interested to see where it goes. SLAYERS 4 LIFE.

    The Somewhat Good:

    Again, it all varied from good to great so… everything!

    Wait, again um…

    Lana – She was on screen and after Battleground I wasn’t expecting her to be so points there. But her promo time was cut so this just fits in the middle of the pack.

    The Not-So Good:

    Lack of Naomi – I’m not going to be picky after a night like this but I had to put something as I couldn’t say everything was not-so good. At least she was shown hugging Flo Rida! And who knows? Maybe this lack of follow up is leading to her getting frustrated and joining that stable Xavier Woods is building? (PLEASE god because I would legitimately throw my hands up and weep with joy). All I know is I cant be negative tonight. Please forgive me.

    In Conclusion:

    This was just incredible. I’ve been preaching week after week how much better the division has gotten this year, but tonight was just insane. And my favorite part is that it feels so different right now than it ever has before when we’ve had hope. Normally our hope lies in one feud (Kaitlyn/AJ) while the rest of the Divas continue doing nothing but being used to elevate whoever’s in the spotlight. Right now though, 90% of the roster is being utilized week to week and we have feuds and all of that stuff I talk about 24/7 that I’m going to try not to repeat. It just feels so weird to see all of this happening because I know personally, I’ve been wanting the division to become this for almost ten years now. The women have all had the talent and capabilities, but WWE just always saw them as side dishes to serve the main feast. Right now though, they are the main feast. They’re the ones getting talked about during mens matches and they’re the ones getting spotlighted. I honestly never thought I was going to see the day where they got so much unless it involved me playing a video game, but I never want it to end.

    Part of why I’m pouring so much into these Reduxes is because I very well know it could end. Things obviously change minute to minute in the WWE and as we’ve seen before, getting amazing segments like a contract signing or an incredible promo don’t automatically mean they will continue making something feel important for a long period of time. I just want to enjoy this while we’ve got it going on and continue praying it stays this way for a long time. The Divas are all getting over, the ring work is improving, the promos are getting greater and greater. We have so much going on right now that I’m honestly going to say this is the closest we’ve gotten to golden era status since it ended. WWE is finally investing in nearly the entire roster as opposed to just one or two girls, and you know what? It’s working. Stephanie and AJ Lee were the two Divas who were hugely over before this movement started, and now we’ve got The Bellas getting over. Paige showed tonight she’s getting over. Naomi and Cameron are both getting over. Alicia Fox is getting over. It’s like a chain and they’ve finally realized that when you have one or two girls who can elicit such response from crowds, putting them with others in actual storylines gets others over just as much.

    Tonight was beautiful. I don’t want to ever see the WWE go back to the way things have been for majority of the past ten years, but even if it unfortunately has to happen, I’m so glad that in the year 2014, we’ve had so many big Diva segments that I’m honestly going to remember for years and years. Between AJ and Paige to The Bellas and Stephanie, these ring promos have given me everything I’ve needed and it feels amazing to have a consistent hope in the Division that hasn’t been lit for this long a time span since 2004. The storylines are here, the Divas themselves are here, and after tonight, we took a big step forward in the crowds being here.

    So please keep it up. You’ve got me by my hair WWE… I’m begging you to not let it go and send me back to the land of desperation where Santina Marella greets me at the door and Natalya farts in my face as Hornswoggle runs around making out with female employees left and right. I’ve now seen the light as to what you’re capable of achieving these past few months that I really don’t know if I can survive going back.

    That’s it for this week so let me now sign off and go rewatch Brie Bella utter the word “Bitch” on loop for the next seven days.


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    Trish Stratus Cast in Action Movie ‘Gridlocked’ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93893/trish-stratus-cast-in-action-movie-gridlocked/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93893/trish-stratus-cast-in-action-movie-gridlocked/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:00:28 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93893

    Trish Stratus is returning to the silver screen.

    The WWE Hall of Famer has been cast in Gridlocked, where she’ll play a member of a SWAT team.

    Trish’s official website made the announcement, revealing that filming began on July 7th in Toronto.

    They also shared the plot of Gridlocked, which reads:

    In Gridlocked, a former SWAT leader who is being followed by an arrogant movie star, must organize the surviving members of a training facility against a team of mercenaries who have seized the compound in an attempt to access valuables held within.

    Joining Trish in the movie will be Prison Break‘s Dominic Purcell and Lethal Weapon‘s Danny Glover.

    Commenting on the opportunity, Trish told her official website:

    “It’s not the first time I have to be a part of the boys club! And, it’s also not the first time I’ll be called on to kick some butt! In all seriousness, I’m so excited about this opportunity, especially to be working alongside such terrific actors.”

    Trish previously starred in the 2011 action movie Bounty Hunters.

    Congratulations, Trish!

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    Today in History: Lita & Trish Stratus vs. Stacy Keibler & Torrie Wilson at InVasion http://www.diva-dirt.com/93805/today-in-history-lita-trish-stratus-vs-stacy-keibler-torrie-wilson-at-invasion/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93805/today-in-history-lita-trish-stratus-vs-stacy-keibler-torrie-wilson-at-invasion/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:00:14 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93805

    On this day in history:

    July 22nd, 2001 | The Diva representation at the InVasion Pay-Per-View saw erstwhile enemies Lita and Trish Stratus teaming up to take on Alliance members Stacy Keibler and Torrie Wilson in a Tag Team Bra & Panties match. Lita and Trish were more experienced in the ring, and it showed: they dominated the match, winning after a moonsault and subsequent de-pantsting of Stacy. Victorious, Lita and Trish celebrated like old friends.

    What are your memories of this moment?

    Also occurring today in history:
    * 7/22/07 – Candice Michelle defeats Melina to retain the Women’s Title at Great American Bash 2007.

    Note: This was originally posted on 7/22/12.

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    Stephanie McMahon Arrested on Raw http://www.diva-dirt.com/93888/stephanie-mcmahon-arrested-on-raw/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93888/stephanie-mcmahon-arrested-on-raw/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:28:53 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93888

    Tonight on Raw, Stephanie McMahon learned a painful lesson: never strike an ex-employee.

    In an attempt to get another laugh at the expense of Nikki Bella, Stephanie booked the Total Divas star in a 4-on-1 Handicap match. Nikki would go on the lose the match thanks to the combined efforts of Alicia Fox, Cameron, Eva Marie and Rosa Mendes, but not before Brie Bella made a shocking return.

    Brie was at ringside, having bought a ticket to the show. She got into a verbal altercation with Stephanie, which turned physical when Stephanie slapped her.

    That appeared to be the end of things until later in the show, when Florida law enforcement approached Stephanie at ringside, arresting her for battery against Brie.

    Despite her threats and protests, Stephanie was escorted from the building, placed in the back of the officers’ car and driven to the local police station.

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    Raw Response: July 21st, 2014 http://www.diva-dirt.com/93886/raw-response-july-21st-2014/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93886/raw-response-july-21st-2014/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:30:10 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93886

    Tune in to Raw on the USA Network at 8pm ET, as well as the pre-show and post-show on the WWE Network.

    Discuss the show in the comments!

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    Video: Divas Featured in SummerSlam Commercial http://www.diva-dirt.com/93882/video-divas-featured-in-summerslam-commercial/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93882/video-divas-featured-in-summerslam-commercial/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:41:01 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93882

    The WWE has released a commercial for SummerSlam, featuring its Divas and Superstars in a Grindhouse-style trailer.

    AJ Lee, Paige and Layla can be seen in the video, AJ posing with her Divas Title and Paige walking away from a massive explosion.

    Watch the commercial below:

    SummerSlam takes place August 17th on Pay-Per-View.

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    WWE Issues Statement on Lana’s Controversial Battleground Promo http://www.diva-dirt.com/93878/wwe-issues-statement-on-lanas-controversial-battleground-promo/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93878/wwe-issues-statement-on-lanas-controversial-battleground-promo/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:20:14 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93878

    Last night at Battleground, Lana delivered a controversial promo before Rusev‘s match against Jack Swagger.

    In the promo, she made reference to the recent downing of flight MH17, a tragedy believed to be performed by pro-Russia rebels in Ukraine. She said:

    Since then, social media and various news outlets have expressed their disappointment in the WWE, the Washington Post writing:

    The first time the WWE used a giant photograph of Russian President Vladimir Putin to elicit boos for its heels Lana and Rusev, a pair of Eastern Europeans who hate the United States, it was largely looked at as a success. A cheap one, sure, but this is pro wrestling we’re talking about and there was almost a certain throwback charm about setting up a classic USA vs. Russia feud.

    But on Sunday night’s “Battleground” pay-per-view, the shtick became less amusing and more cringeworthy when CJ Parker Perry, the bilingual American who plays Lana, the acerbic Russian manager of Rusev (who both in real life and in the ring hails from Bulgaria), decided to allude to “recent current events” while ranting on the microphone about how Russia is better than the United States.

    This morning, the WWE issued a statement on the controversy, claiming that they did not intend to reference the tragedy:

    Last night’s segment during WWE’s Battleground event was in no way referring to the Malaysia Airlines tragedy. The storyline with characters Rusev and Lana has been a part of WWE programming for more than 3 months. WWE apologizes to anyone who misunderstood last night’s segment and was offended.

    Tonight’s Raw should indicate how far the WWE will attempt to distance themselves – as well as the characters of Lana and Rusev – from the controversy.

    Do you think the WWE went too far at Battleground?

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    Video: Paige Congratulates AJ Lee on Her Battleground Victory http://www.diva-dirt.com/93874/video-paige-congratulates-aj-lee-on-her-battleground-victory/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93874/video-paige-congratulates-aj-lee-on-her-battleground-victory/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:57:24 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93874

    Following her victory over Paige at Battleground, AJ Lee spoke about the match and what lies ahead in their feud.

    She compared their back and forth match to gunslingers in the old west, confessing that she can’t wait to eventually see who is the better Diva.

    Paige interrupts the interview, congratulating Paige on her victory. She reiterates that their feud isn’t over, telling AJ – who she refers to as “pumpkin” – that she’ll see her soon.

    Watch the interview below:

    What do you think is next for AJ and Paige?

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    Battleground in Review: Emotions Run High http://www.diva-dirt.com/93868/battleground-in-review-emotions-run-high/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93868/battleground-in-review-emotions-run-high/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:23:38 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93868

    Last night at Battleground, we saw a lot from the Divas: the good, the bad, the controversial. How much we saw of each depends on where you stand, I guess.

    Before the official show could begin, however, we had Battleground Kickoff, which featured a match between erstwhile Funkadactyls Cameron and Naomi:

    Naomi goes after Cameron before the match can officially start, forcing the referee to step between them. The bell rings, but Cameron still isn’t crazy about going against this intense version of Naomi. She hides behind the ropes and waits for her to come close, sneaking a kick between the ropes and then going on the attack.

    She slams Naomi to the mat and knocks her to the outside, slamming her back-first into the ring apron. Cameron tosses her back into the ring, going for an early pin. Naomi kicks out.

    Cameron plants a boot into Naomi’s back, trapping her in a submission hold. After a bit, she kicks Naomi out of the hold. Naomi reverses a whip into the ropes but misses a dropkick. Cameron tries to roll through and snag another pin attempt, but Naomi keeps the momentum going and ends up on top, pummeling Cameron with closed fists.

    The Divas get to their feet, Cameron trying to fight Naomi off. Naomi can’t be stopped, though, hitting a Lou Thesz press and continuing to beat her down. Cameron heads to the outside for a respite, Naomi chasing her. They make it to the entrance ramp before Naomi brings her back, tossing Cameron into the barricade. Naomi tries to stop Cameron from entering the ring, but Cameron is able to fight her off and scramble back in.

    Naomi follows, whipping Cameron into the ropes. Cameron blocks a back body drop attempt with a kick, slapping Naomi for good measure. She second guesses this when she sees Naomi’s reaction, though, and again tries to run for it. Naomi grabs Cameron by the hair, but is sent throat-first into the ropes, freeing Cameron.

    Cameron suddenly rolls up Naomi, grabbing a fistful of tights to get enough leverage to get the win. Cameron beats Naomi! Even more importantly, the two have a staredown post-match, indicating that this feud is not finished.

    Also in the pre-show, we saw a glimpse of Layla and Summer Rae as they continued their two-woman crusade against Fandango, accompanying his opponent Adam Rose to ringside:

    On the Pay-Per-View itself, we got a controversial appearance by Lana, who made some choice remarks against America before Rusev‘s match against Jack Swagger. Unfortunately, I can’t find video of it, so you’ll have to head to the WWE Network to see that one.

    I’m not going to touch on her promo in detail, but I will say that I think it was in bad taste to reference the downing of flight MH17 directly, if not by name. There are some things that shouldn’t be used to get heat, and real life tragedy is one of them. I think she should have stuck to the usual anti-American, pro-Russia script and let the fans read between the lines. They’re going to make the connection without them having to spell it out, and that way the WWE wouldn’t look so gauche. That’s just my opinion, though..

    Back to wrestling. Shortly before this segment, we had our Divas Championship match, which saw AJ Lee defend the belt against her self-professed “frenemy” Paige:

    Paige initiated a handshake before they get started and takes control of the opening tie-up, backing AJ up against the ropes. She displays some nice cockiness here, applauding AJ sarcastically. They tie up again, AJ getting control this time and backing Paige into the ropes. It’s AJ’s turn to mock her opponent, skipping a bit.

    The Divas circle each other again, Paige kneeing AJ in the stomach. Paige whips AJ into the ropes, but on the return AJ leaps onto her, rolling her into a quick pin attempt. Paige reverses it into a pin of her own, which AJ kicks out of.

    AJ kicks Paige in the stomach and runs the ropes, but gets a boot to the face. Paige goes for another pin, but AJ kicks out. She drags AJ to her feet and lays her out with a headbutt. She tosses AJ into the corner, stomping on her, but not before reminding AJ that she’s her friend. Aw..

    Paige hits a scoop slam and tries for another pin. AJ kicks out. Paige drapes AJ over the middle rope and hits a barrage of knees before sending her back into the ring for another unsuccessful pin attempt. Paige doesn’t relent, capturing AJ in a headlock. AJ tries to power out, but Paige slams her to the mat. She plants a knee into the spine of AJ and wrenches her arms back.

    AJ powers out of the submission, but is immediately clotheslined by Paige. Paige goes for the pin, AJ kicking out at two. Paige hoists AJ up on her shoulder, but before she can act, AJ turns the move into one hell of a DDT, planting Paige’s head onto the mat.

    Both Divas are slow to get to their feet, but when they do Paige charges at AJ, taking them both through the ropes and to the outside (….eventually…). Paige tosses AJ into the barricade before sending her back into the ring. Paige climbs to the top rope, but AJ follows her, going for a move of her own. Paige stops her and hits a top rope sunset flip, turning it into a pin attempt that AJ kicks out of.

    Paige is visibly upset, getting frustrated. She grabs AJ by the feet, but AJ kicks her off, running to a corner and fighting off Paige again. She leaps off the second rope, but Paige catches her, looking to slam her to the mat. Mid-swing, though, AJ latches on the Black Widow!

    Paige stays strong despite her anguished screams, though, powering out of the hold impressively. She immediately hits the Paigeturner and goes for the pin. AJ kicks out!

    This only frustrates Paige more, who looks to be on the verge of tears. She wallows a bit in her frustration before getting to her feet and trying to lock in to PTO. AJ counters before she can lock it in, though, rolling it into a pin attempt. She can’t get Paige’s shoulders flat, though, and Paige reverses it into one of her own. AJ kicks out.

    Immediately, AJ springs to her feet and hits the Shining Wizard! She pins Paige and gets the three-count. AJ retains the Divas Title! Paige exits the ring quietly, still playing nice and applauding AJ, though you’d be a fool to not think she’s plotting something here.

    Thoughts: Judging by reactions on the internet, both Divas matches underwhelmed. I’m not going to disagree with that. After all, Diva fans have been on a high of sorts, seeing how extensively the women been used on WWE television lately. These matches just didn’t live up to the hype. They weren’t bad by any means, but they certainly could have been better.

    I think the Cameron/Naomi match did its job, as far as advancing their feud goes. If this were the blowoff match between them, I think it would be a different story. I didn’t expect Cameron to win, but I kind of hoped she would, as I thought that would keep this feud going. Since she did, and Cameron and Naomi had that meaningful staredown afterwards, I think we can all assume that they’re not finished with each other. That’s good, because they deserve better than this match.

    Again, it wasn’t *bad*, but it felt rushed. Granted, closing out the pre-show definitely puts you on a time limit, so maybe that had something to do with it. As for any sloppiness, I think a first match between former friends should “color outside the lines” a bit, and I think they did that here, to an extent. They want to fight, not wrestle. Looking back, I think they should have had a full-on brawl a la Lita and Trish Stratus at Survivor Series 2004 in order to sell Naomi’s frustration. No, she wouldn’t have busted out a steel chair on Cameron, but I would have rather seen them they “screw the rules” and fight instead of wrestle at this stage, since this appears to be the mid-point in their feud. It would have made for a better story, anyways. Still, seeing Cameron steal the win helps carry them forward. Naomi’s going to want revenge, and I can’t wait to see what she’s going to do to get it.

    Similarly, the AJ/Paige match didn’t deliver all that its storyline promised. Granted, most of the hype (at least for me) consisted of what Paige would do here: would she finally turn heel? Mostly what disappointed me was the fact that Paige didn’t turn. She played her role well in the match, though, getting frustrated and mocking AJ while still hiding behind the veil of friendly competition. I just don’t see why they didn’t pull the trigger here – it certainly would have made this match matter more. As it is, it’s a rehash of the last few weeks, Paige playing the gracious loser. Maybe Paige has some master plan she’ll put into motion now that she’s lost? I can’t see how she’d blindside AJ, though, because I really doubt AJ buys “nice Paige” for one second.

    As for the match itself, I can’t see why these two – great wrestlers, in my opinion – couldn’t put together a cleaner match. The lack of flow kind of surprised me, as did the bits of sloppiness. I know these Divas have an amazing match in them: I can see the makings of it here. They just need to get on the same page. Most of us assumed that these two would face off again at SummerSlam, so we weren’t expecting them to leave it all out in the ring at Battleground. I can understand the temptation to hold back, since this is clearly a stepping stone, but that doesn’t explain their lack of chemistry. Hell, maybe the hype was too much and got in their heads. I mean, I saw many people call this their “dream match”. It would be hard for anyone to live up to that, but they didn’t even scratch the surface here. Maybe next time..

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    Match of the Week: Cheerleader Melissa vs. Reby Sky http://www.diva-dirt.com/93864/match-of-the-week-cheerleader-melissa-vs-reby-sky/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93864/match-of-the-week-cheerleader-melissa-vs-reby-sky/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:10:48 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93864

    This week’s ClickWrestle Match of the Week is Cheerleader Melissa vs. Reby Sky in an APW match presented by ChickFight.

    All week, this match’s price will be cut in half: from $2.49 to just $1.25.

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    Today in History: Brooke and Tara Win the Knockouts Tag Team Titles http://www.diva-dirt.com/93829/today-in-history-brooke-and-tara-win-the-knockouts-tag-team-titles/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93829/today-in-history-brooke-and-tara-win-the-knockouts-tag-team-titles/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:00:08 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93829

    On this day in history:

    July 21st, 2011 | The fledgling team of TnT – Brooke Tessmacher and Tara – sought to unseat Knockouts Tag Team Champions Mexican America – Rosita and Sarita – on an episode of Impact. Despite their newness, Tara and Brooke worked well as a team. So well, in fact, that they nabbed the Tag Titles when they pinned Rosita and Sarita in tandem. The pair would go on to hold the belts for over 100 days.

    What are your memories of this moment?

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    Battleground Results: AJ Lee Retains the Divas Championship http://www.diva-dirt.com/93859/battleground-results-aj-lee-retains-the-divas-championship/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93859/battleground-results-aj-lee-retains-the-divas-championship/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:55:24 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93859

    Tonight at Battleground, Paige gave AJ Lee everything she had, but it wasn’t enough.

    The Divas Title bout saw Paige grow increasingly frustrated at her inability to pin AJ, at one point hitting the Paigeturner only for AJ to kick out.

    Paige eventually fell victim to a Shining Wizard, AJ laying out her challenger for the three-count and retaining the Divas Title.

    Even so, Paige didn’t betray her true emotions, leaving the ring without confronting AJ.

    What did you think of the match?

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    Battleground Kickoff Results: Cameron Defeats Naomi http://www.diva-dirt.com/93856/battleground-kickoff-results-cameron-defeats-naomi/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93856/battleground-kickoff-results-cameron-defeats-naomi/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:06:36 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93856

    Tonight on Battleground Kickoff, Cameron and Naomi looked to settle their grudge, but their rivalry may have only been intensified.

    In a match that capped off the Pay-Per-View’s pre-show, Cameron got a surprise victory over her former teammate, using a handful of Naomi’s tights to steal the victory.

    As the Funkadactyls stared each other down post-match, it became clear that this rivalry is far from over.

    What did you think of the match?

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    Battleground Discussion Post http://www.diva-dirt.com/93838/battleground-discussion-post-2/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93838/battleground-discussion-post-2/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 23:30:27 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93838

    Tonight at Battleground, AJ Lee defends the Divas Title against Paige, while Cameron takes on Naomi on Battleground Kickoff.

    Tune in to Battleground on the WWE Network starting at 7:30pm ET.

    Discuss the show in the comments!

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    Battleground Predictions: AJ Lee vs. Paige for the Divas Title http://www.diva-dirt.com/93841/battleground-predictions-aj-lee-vs-paige-for-the-divas-title/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93841/battleground-predictions-aj-lee-vs-paige-for-the-divas-title/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 20:00:21 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93841

    Tonight at Battleground, AJ Lee defends the Divas Title against Paige. Will AJ hold on to the title she just won back? The Diva Dirt team weighs in:

    Chris: Aah, my dream match. Is anyone buying that Paige from a storyline perspective actually likes AJ? She took Paige’s championship! This whole “friends” thing is just a set-up! AJ Lee will walk out of Battleground with the Divas Championship, but she’ll win by a disqualification. Paige will snap on AJ and show her true Anti-Diva colors, leading to a much crazier AJ that we are used to in the coming weeks, and then a full fledged rematch at SummerSlam.

    Cryssi: Okay so as much as I would for Paige to regain the championship, I don’t want WWE to turn into TNA with a game of hot potato championship belt. I fully expect AJ Lee to retain tonight and I’m okay with that as well. She has looked refreshed and rejuvenated since returning and I can’t wait to see what she puts together with Paige tonight on the big stage. They both have the talent to steal the show and surpass Natalya/Charlotte from NXT for Diva Match of the Year. I’m keeping my fingers crossed because my hopes for this are seriously high.

    Eleri: AJ has to win this one, right? The majority of diva fans want this feud to go on for a while, and I think AJ needs to keep the belt longer before eventually dropping it back to Paige. The thing is with these two is that they’re quite similar women and that makes for an interesting dynamic on screen. Tonight we’re going to actually see them go toe to toe, rather than getting a quick victory over one another. At least I hope! AJ Lee for the win.

    Erin: I don’t think anyone’s expecting AJ to drop the title so soon. To me, this match is all about building towards SummerSlam. The way to make that inevitable match as big and exciting as should be is to up the stakes at Battleground. That means Paige needs to show her true colors and go full-on heel. I think a loss could trigger that. I say AJ Lee retains the title and Paige snaps on her post-match.

    Jack: I am loving this “frenemies” fued right now and WWE set iy up really, really well this week without giving us too much. It was perfectly making me salivate at how good the match could be later tonight. I’m predicting AJ Lee to win, which will cement Paige’s full heel turn.

    Steven: This “frenemies” angle has literally come out of nowhere, but I must say it’s intriguing. We all know that there is no way that AJ is going to drop the title to Paige so quickly, but it should be a really fun title match. I predict AJ Lee retaining, and Paige either turning on her, or becoming her new Tamina.

    BREAKDOWN: 6 for AJ, 0 for Paige.

    Who do you agree with? Who is just dead wrong?

    RELATED: Diva Dirt PPV Prediction Scoreboard

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