Diva Dirt http://www.diva-dirt.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:38:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 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.

    ]]> http://www.diva-dirt.com/93920/diva-dirt-weekly-for-the-week-ending-july-22nd-2014/feed/ 32 Today in History: Raw 1000 Brings Surprise Appearances and an Interrupted Wedding http://www.diva-dirt.com/93810/today-in-history-raw-1000-brings-surprise-appearances-and-an-interrupted-wedding-2/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93810/today-in-history-raw-1000-brings-surprise-appearances-and-an-interrupted-wedding-2/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:00:15 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93810

    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:

    Spoiler
    * 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.

    (Source)

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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

    Guys…

    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.

    Until…

    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.

    Peace!~

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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.

    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: 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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    Battleground Kickoff Predictions: Cameron vs. Naomi http://www.diva-dirt.com/93846/battleground-kickoff-predictions-cameron-vs-naomi/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93846/battleground-kickoff-predictions-cameron-vs-naomi/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 19:29:19 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93846

    Tonight on Battleground Kickoff, Cameron and Naomi go head to head. Which Funkadactyl will emerge victorious? The Diva Dirt team weighs in:

    Chris: A lot of people were upset that this was put on the pre-show but I feel that they will probably be given a little bit more time and not be stuffed between two main event matches. Naomi is always impressive and Cameron was improved tremendously in recent months, so I look forward to seeing what these two can out together, especially considering how much I have enjoyed their slow-burn feud. I’ve been conflicted on who’s going to walk away with the victory in this one, but I’m going to go against what many are probably thinking and say that Cameron will pick up the win using some sort of heel tactic.

    Cryssi: I haven’t really kept up with Naomi and Cameron so some type of analysis isn’t what you’re going to get with this prediction. I would like to see Naomi pick up the victory but since I feel like that’s the scenario most likely to happen, I’ll go with Cameron for the surprise win tonight.

    Eleri: I think Naomi has this one in the bag, and I’m all for it because I want to see a really scorned, pissed off Cameron chasing a victory going into SummerSlam. Naomi is far more experienced but Cameron has been working really hard to become a credible competitor. To be honest I’m just excited for the match. I feel they’ll have excellent chemistry in the ring. So for me, it’s Naomi and a prolonged Funkadactyl feud.

    Erin: I don’t want this to be the end of the feud, but I’m not sure if it will if Naomi wins. Cameron picking up the surprise win would be more open-ended, but this feud has been built to make Naomi look very strong. So, I’m thinking that unless they’re looking to have a sketchy finish, Naomi is going to win. Who knows? Maybe a loss will inspire Cameron to get even more vicious towards her former partner. I hope so, because I just can’t see Naomi losing this one.

    Jack: Cameron has no singles wins whatsoever coming into this match and with Naomi winning on Superstars, I am guessing Cameron is going to win this one to keep this going and light even more of a fire under Naomi. Naomi is confident now and said on Main Event commentary that she wants to move on from Cameron and head towards the title. With Cameron winning, Naomi will have to address this latest speed bump a little longer. Cameron wins with dirty tactics.

    Steven: With the Funkadactyls officially done, I feel like the split is a bit uneven. Naomi is established as a babyface, while Cameron has to start from the ground up with her new heel persona. That said, I predict that Cameron will pick up the surprise win, and continue feuding with Naomi for the time being.

    BREAKDOWN: 4 for Cameron, 2 for Naomi.

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

    RELATED: Diva Dirt PPV Prediction Scoreboard

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    Eye Candy for the Week Ending July 19th, 2014 http://www.diva-dirt.com/93794/eye-candy-for-the-week-ending-july-19th-2014/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93794/eye-candy-for-the-week-ending-july-19th-2014/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:00:05 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93794

    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!

    Paige

    The most popular photoshoot from last week belonged to Paige. Layla‘s shoot came in second, earning 59 votes to Paige’s 111.

    Paige’s shoot will join the Photoshoot of the Month poll at the beginning of next month.

    This week’s batch of photoshoots feature Christy Hemme, Gail Kim, Lana, Madison Rayne and Rebel. Click the photos to see their photoshoot. Vote in the poll and come back this time next week to see the winner.
     

    Christy

    Gail

    Lana

    Madison

    Rebel #1

    Rebel #2

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    Today in History: Michelle McCool Becomes the First Divas Champion http://www.diva-dirt.com/93607/today-in-history-michelle-mccool-becomes-the-first-divas-champion-3/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93607/today-in-history-michelle-mccool-becomes-the-first-divas-champion-3/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 13:00:52 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93607

    On this day in history:

    July 20th, 2008 | At 2008′s Great American Bash, Michelle McCool and Natalya went head-to-head for the right to become the first Divas Champion. It was the battle of the submission holds, and Michelle’s heel lock prevailed, prompting Natalya to tap out. With one stroke of the palm, Michelle landed in the history books as the first ever Divas Champion. Ever the history maker, Michelle would also become the first woman to have held both the Women’s and Divas Titles one year later.

    What are your memories of this moment?

    Note: This was originally posted on 7/20/12.

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    Vote for the Star of the Week Ending July 19th, 2014 http://www.diva-dirt.com/93771/vote-for-the-star-of-the-week-ending-july-19th-2014/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93771/vote-for-the-star-of-the-week-ending-july-19th-2014/#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:00:00 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93771

    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 again picked up two wins this week, one against Eva Marie on Raw and another in tag action on SmackDown.
     

    Emma

    Emma returned to television after a lengthy absence, defeating Cameron on Main Event.
         

    Madison Rayne

    Madison Rayne got the upper hand in her feud with Brittany, defeating her in a No DQ match on Impact.
       

    Naomi

    Naomi continued her positive momentum going into Battleground, defeating Rosa Mendes on Superstars.
       

    Sasha Banks

    Sasha Banks defeated Alexa Bliss in impressive fashion on NXT.
         

     

    Winner: Sasha Banks (25%)

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    Diva Dirt Hype: Naomi vs. Cameron (Battleground 2014) http://www.diva-dirt.com/93773/diva-dirt-hype-naomi-vs-cameron-battleground-2014/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93773/diva-dirt-hype-naomi-vs-cameron-battleground-2014/#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 20:00:28 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93773

    Get hyped for Battleground with an exclusive Diva Dirt Hype video package highlighting the grudge match between Naomi and Cameron, made by Diva Dirt’s own Chris.

    Watch the latest Diva Dirt Hype below:

    Music: “Girlfight” by Brooke Valentine.

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    Video: Indy Wrestlers Appear on TNA’s ‘Spin Cycle’ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93779/video-indy-wrestlers-appear-on-tnas-spin-cycle/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93779/video-indy-wrestlers-appear-on-tnas-spin-cycle/#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 19:13:03 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93779

    Two indy stars appeared on TNA’s latest episode of Spin Cycle, taking part in a competition between the teams of Ethan Carter III and Rockstar Spud and the BroMans.

    Mistress Belmont and Kasey Ray posed questions to the men to gauge their dating skills, asking them to describe their dream double dates and explain their pick up techniques.

    Rockstar Spudd ruins things for his team by farting in front of the women, opening the door for Sanada to swoop in and leave with both women.

    Watch TNA’s latest Spin Cycle below:

    Would you like to see Mistress Belmont or Kasey Ray in TNA?

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    Paige Talks Wrestling Her First Match in Japan http://www.diva-dirt.com/93775/paige-talks-wrestling-her-first-match-in-japan/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93775/paige-talks-wrestling-her-first-match-in-japan/#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 17:47:44 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93775

    Former Divas Champion Paige recently accomplished a very big first: wrestling a match in front of a Japanese audience. She spoke to WWE.com about her experience on the WWE’s recent tour of Osaka and Toyko, Japan, giving fans an insider’s perspective on wrestling in the Land of the Rising Sun.

    On finally making it to Japan, Paige said, “This is a huge deal for me. I’ve always wanted to be here, I’ve always wanted to visit here, I’ve always wanted to wrestle here, so I’m very excited.”

    She compared Japanese audience to American fans, explaining, “They definitely liked to see some signature stuff that we have, they really appreciated our moves. They really are just happy to see us, so on our entrance they’re quite loud, then they’ll sit and they’ll watch, and whatever they see they’ll clap to. So it’s kind of different, instead of cheering they’ll clap. So they’re the most polite crowd ever. It’s so different from any other crowd, but they’re still awesome. So yeah, I’m really happy.”

    Paige closed out her thoughts with a simple observation, sharing, “They love my submission.”

    You can view the full article, along with its accompanying photo gallery, on WWE.com.

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    SmackDown Redux (July 18th, 2014): Fake Friends, Real Enemies http://www.diva-dirt.com/93767/smackdown-redux-july-18th-2014-fake-friends-real-enemies/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93767/smackdown-redux-july-18th-2014-fake-friends-real-enemies/#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:15:30 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93767

    Welcome to this week’s SmackDown Redux! Erin’s here, filling in for Steven. It feels strange to have such a jam-packed SmackDown, huh? For the second week in a row (!!!) we have two Divas matches. One builds toward the Divas Championship match at this Sunday’s Battleground, while the other adds to a long line of punishment for Nikki Bella at the hands of Stephanie McMahon. We’re actually furthering three storylines, with the fourth (Cameron/Naomi) having been addressed on Main Event and getting its payoff this Sunday. It’s a good time to be a Divas fan!

    First up, we have Nikki Bella serving as guest referee for a match between Eva Marie and Alicia Fox. Now, remember: Eva’s a heel now, and not in that wishy-washy way WWE was booking her a few months ago. And Alicia’s, well, Alicia. This can’t possibly go well:

    Nikki heads to the ring with Alicia and Eva already there. The two tie up to start things off, Eva backing Alicia into the ropes. Nikki breaks the hold, and they start again. Eva again backs Alicia into the ropes, and Nikki calls for another break.

    Eva captures Alicia in a side headlock, but Alicia shoves her off, leaping over her when she runs the ropes and taking her down with an armdrag. Alicia goes for the pin, but Eva kicks out. Eva springs to her feet and rolls up Alicia, who kicks out as well.

    When Alicia gets to her feet, Eva slams her down with a spinebuster, going for a pin that Alicia quickly kicks out of. Eva starts to argue with Nikki, going so far as to mockingly poke her forehead. Alicia is enjoying this. Nikki turns her back on Eva, only to get a kick to the stomach from Alicia! This starts an all-out assault on Nikki by Eva and Alicia, the two Divas lifting her up in tandem and slamming her to the mat. Alicia puts an exclamation mark on it all with a scissors kick. Alicia and Eva celebrate their “victory” with some heelish taunting.

    Next up, we’re addressing Diva storyline number two when Layla and Summer Rae encounter Fandango backstage:

    Fandango wishes them luck, and asks if they can wipe the slate clean. He predicts that when he wins the Intercontinental Title this Sunday, they’ll both be back on his arms.

    Summer and Layla scoff at this, telling him that they only reason he had both of them was because they were being two-timed. Layla says that they don’t want to share him or have him in their lives at all. They don’t want an egotistical, manipulative flamenco dancer. Cue hair flips.

    And finally, Summer and Layla team up for the first time to take on the Formidable Frenemies, AJ Lee and Paige, AKA Diva storyline number three:

    AJ and Summer start off, Summer demonstrating some dance moves to remind us that yes, she is still a heel. AJ watches a bit before planting a kick into the back of a split-legged Summer. She plants another kick, this one to Summer’s midsection, before taking her down with a neckbreaker and going for an early pin attempt. Summer kicks out at one.

    Summer tags in Layla, so AJ tags in Paige. Paige comes in guns-a-blazing, clotheslining Layla and going for the pin. Layla kicks out. Paige sends Layla into the ropes, but gets a kick to the head when she attempts a back body drop on the return. Layla goes for the pin, but Paige kicks out at two.

    Layla brings Paige to her corner, climbing the turnbuckle and locking her legs around Paige’s throat, hanging backwards over the ropes. Layla takes advantage of the referee’s count before breaking the choke hold. She tags in Summer and hits a low dropkick before exiting the ring.

    In the ring, Summer runs the ropes and hits Paige with a knee to the head. Another pin attempt, another kick out. Summer pulls Paige to her feet and whips her into the corner. It’s reversed by Paige, who ends up on the ring apron. She blocks an attack from Summer and delivers a vicious headbutt, kneeing a doubled-over Summer in the head repeatedly. For good measure, Paige kicks Layla off the apron.

    Paige hits Summer with a clothesline and a kick, screaming and prepping to deliver the death blow. But wait! AJ tags herself in from behind, showing shades of her past life as a sneaky heel. She skips into the ring and immediately locks in the Black Widow. Summer taps out!

    Post-match, Paige looks perturbed, staring down AJ. AJ extends her hand, and after some hesitation, Paige takes it, pulling AJ into an enthusiastic hug. AJ seems a little weirded out by this. But, of course, that’s the idea. Days away from her title defense, AJ still isn’t quite sure what to make of her opponent, and that’s clearly what Paige wants.

    Thoughts: The Alicia/Eva match was an interesting way to further the Nikki/Stephanie feud. I mean, there’s only so many Handicap matches that woman can be put through, right? It was obvious that the match was meant to be an ambush, though I’m not sure why Eva and Alicia wouldn’t just attack her from that start. Maybe to make her squirm a bit?

    I’m enjoying Eva as a heel. It suits her personality so much better – I can buy her as a “Jessica Rabbit” type of aloof heel rather than an earnest babyface. Playing her against the volatile Alicia is interesting, though I’d like to see Alicia’s fellow heel Divas sell her craziness a bit more. Maybe side eye her a bit?

    I saw a report earlier this week that speculated that Alicia’s “crazy tantrum” gimmick was being dropped, but I can’t see a reason to believe that. Just because she didn’t steal someone’s soda post-match doesn’t mean she’s not still the wild card. I mean, there’s only so many times she can do that before it gets repetitive, right? I think what she’s doing is transitioning it into something that’s sustainable and permanent. We knew the outbursts wouldn’t last forever, and we didn’t want them too, right? They would have gotten stale. Her character can keep that wild card aspect going forward through her actions in the ring and the way her fellow Divas play off of her – soda celebrations or not.

    I actually really liked the short tag match. Layla and Summer looked strong, which is not what I expected, given the fact that their opponents have a Divas Championship match this Sunday. You’d think this match would be about making them look strong – which, admittedly, it accomplished with their victory – but seeing Layla and Summer manhandle Paige was a pleasant surprise. It didn’t feel like the typical “beat down the babyface to deliver the hot tag” thing, because it had a back-and-forth aspect to it. They looked strong and were soaking up the heat, even when the tides turned and Paige started kicking ass. That, in my mind, is the difference between a losing heel team and a jobbing heel team.

    I’m really impressed with how well the WWE is balancing this, developing several storylines at once and not sacrificing one for the other. Summer and Layla are a fantastic team, and I can’t wait to see more from them.

    As for the AJ and Paige aspect, that was handled well too. Seeing AJ getting up to her old tricks – sneakiness, possible mind games – and Paige serving it right back with the over-the-top hug was great. Maybe AJ’s found her match? I can’t wait to see what Paige does this Sunday. I don’t see her winning by any means, but what she does in the match’s aftermath should be great. Will she drop this “frenemies” thing and straight up unleash on AJ? I hope so. She can still play mind games as a full-on heel. Hell, she can ask AJ for some tips on how to do that.

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    Today in History: Angelina Love vs. Tara at Victory Road 2009 http://www.diva-dirt.com/93604/today-in-history-angelina-love-vs-tara-at-victory-road-2009-2/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93604/today-in-history-angelina-love-vs-tara-at-victory-road-2009-2/#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 13:00:15 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93604

    On this day in history:

    July 19th, 2009 | At 2009′s Victory Road, Angelina Love – with Madison Rayne and Velvet Sky in tow – faced Knockouts Champion Tara with the title on the line. Tara was able to overcome the numbers game, but she couldn’t beat an inattentive referee, who didn’t notice that Tara’s foot was on the ropes when Angelina got the crucial three-count. Angelina was crowned the new Knockouts Champion and started her second reign with the belt. Tara, meanwhile, got some revenge on the ref, knocking him down and unleashing Poison on him.

    What are your memories of this moment?

    Also occurring today in history:
    * 7/19/04 – The first ever Diva Search contestants (including Christy Hemme & Michelle McCool) make their Raw debuts on Highlight Reel.
    * 7/19/09 – Jenna Morasca defeats Sharmell at Victory Road 2009.

    Note: This was originally posted on 7/19/13.

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    SmackDown Reaction: July 18th, 2014 http://www.diva-dirt.com/93758/smackdown-reaction-july-18th-2014/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93758/smackdown-reaction-july-18th-2014/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 23:45:36 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93758

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

    Discuss the show in the comments!

    RELATED: SmackDown Spoilers: July 18th, 2014

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    Video: Charlotte Talks Winning NXT Women’s Title, Making Madison Square Garden Debut http://www.diva-dirt.com/93760/video-charlotte-talks-winning-nxt-womens-title-making-madison-square-garden-debut/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93760/video-charlotte-talks-winning-nxt-womens-title-making-madison-square-garden-debut/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:30:24 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93760

    While attending a Be a Star Rally in Orlando, Florida, NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte spoke to Between the Ropes about her acclaimed NXT Takeover match with Natalya, living up to her family name and making her Madison Square Garden debut at a WWE live event.

    Winning the NXT Women’s Title at NXT Takeover: “I really don’t have the words. It was so special. I mean, to follow in my dad’s footsteps. I think if anyone’s followed my father’s career, they truly know how passionate he is about sports entertainment. And to be able to carry on his legacy in my own way and to win the NXT Women’s Championship, it just meant the world to me. I know how much his legacy, hard work, sacrifice and his love for his fans and the WWE Universe that he put into them. And to know that I’m representing his brand that he worked on for so long means a lot to me. So I just want to do it justice and I felt that pressure that night. I think it went really well. No matter how grand the stage is, he be proud of me. But to win my first title with there, was special.”

    Making her MSG debut last weekend: “”Heck of a way to start your main roster debut. It was amazing. While Sasha Banks and I started pretty much at the same time and to have her tagging with me was special in itself. But Madison Squarer Garden has so much history and tradition. And to walk out there and know that I was making history within that building and having my dad there and being on the same card as him, that’s what made it special. Like his name was on there, I was on there. But facing Natalya again, that was pretty awesome too. That was the first time I faced her since Takeover and obviously going up against Nikki (Bella) too. Also, what was so cool, they (the crowd) knew who we were. Walking out there playing our little package and knowing us made you feel like even more like a superstar like NXT means business.”

    Watch the full interview below:

    Transcript courtesy of Lords of Pain.

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    Divas Match Ranked Second Greatest Match of 2014 So Far http://www.diva-dirt.com/93753/divas-match-ranked-second-greatest-match-of-2014-so-far/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93753/divas-match-ranked-second-greatest-match-of-2014-so-far/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:54:23 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93753

    WWE.com has compiled a list of the ten best matches of 2014 so far, ranking a Divas match at the lofty number two spot.

    The NXT Women’s Title match between Charlotte and Natalya at NXT Takeover received the honor, topping several high profile matches, including Daniel Bryan and Triple H‘s WrestleMania 30 bout and Sami Zayn and Cesaro‘s NXT ArRIVAL match.

    In explaining the choice, WWE.com wrote:

    Move aside, gentlemen, because Natalya and Charlotte’s historic NXT Women’s Championship Match at NXT Takeover could end up making a strong case for Match of the Year honors this December.

    With buildup to this highly anticipated showdown centering largely on both Divas’ legendary lineages, there was an almost unfair amount of pressure on both grapplers to live up to their family names. Both Ric Flair (Charlotte’s father) and Bret Hart (Natalya’s uncle) watched from ringside as these battling beauties put on a performance exceeding even the loftiest of expectations.

    Although many WWE fans are already familiar with The Queen of Harts’s exceptional in-ring prowess, this submission showcase was a coming out of sorts for Flair’s self-proclaimed “genetically superior” Diva daughter. Charlotte matched the Hart Dungeon alumna hold for hold, displaying an eye-popping athleticism that might have (dare we say) given “Naitch” himself a run for his Rolex. In the end, it was Charlotte’s night as she hit Bow Down to the Queen to become the new NXT Women’s Champion.

    Natalya and Charlotte also commented on the match. Natalya shared:

    “Every time I talk about that match it really gives me goosebumps. It was a match that was career-defining, and I never thought that wrestling in front of 400 people against a rookie with only two years of experience would be career-changing for me. It felt like a WrestleMania moment for me … it was a masterpiece. I felt like Charlotte and I painted a masterpiece, and not everybody gets a chance to do that in their careers, to make magic with someone.”

    Charlotte admitted to frequently rewatching the match, telling WWE.com:

    “I’ve probably watched it back maybe 30 times. To be able to face someone who has paved their own way in a business where she was a generation kid and had so much pressure on her, and to be able to have that moment with her and connect like we did, it was surreal and amazing. I feel like [Natalya] did so much for me, not only as a performer but as a person that night. She brought out a lot of potential in me that I didn’t know I had, so I’ll be forever thankful to her.”

    You can see the full list on WWE.com.

    What are the best Divas matches of 2014 so far?

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    WWE Superstars Redux (July 17th, 2014): Rosa Tries to Halt Naomi’s Battleground Momentum http://www.diva-dirt.com/93741/wwe-superstars-redux-july-17th-2014-rosa-tries-to-halt-naomis-battleground-momentum/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93741/wwe-superstars-redux-july-17th-2014-rosa-tries-to-halt-naomis-battleground-momentum/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:03:06 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93741

    Hello again, everyone! Pulling double duty today as Jack is away living the dream in Magaluf.

    Last night, Naomi took on Rosa Mendes in singles action. This is an opportunity for Naomi to shine ahead of her match with her former Funkadactyls team mate, Cameron, on Sunday at Battleground. As for Rosa, this is a chance to hang with one of the best wrestlers in WWE. Let’s get to it.

    Naomi is out first, followed by Rosa who is of course going to be appearing in the third season of Total Divas. Of all the divas on the roster, Rosa would not have been my pick for newest cast member. But never mind, ‘ey? She might prove me wrong and wind up being the most interesting diva yet!

    The ladies lock up and Rosa drives Naomi into the ropes. The ref warns her to break it up and Rosa shoves Naomi in the chest. Naomi retaliates and goes for a roll up but only gets a count of one. Naomi with an arm drag and then a drop kick and Rosa rolls to the outside to regroup. Naomi’s surely letting out some frustrations after the last few weeks.

    Naomi’s all smiles as she taunts Rosa, who tells her and the crowd to shut up while she gets herself together. Rosa heads back into the ring, right into another pin attempt from Naomi. Rosa kicks out but Naomi remains with the upper hand as we go forward. Rosa catches Naomi out of the corner and pushes her to the outside, finally gaining herself some momentum.

    Rosa looks very pleased with herself as she strikes Naomi on the outside and poses for some pictures. Back in the ring, Rosa goes for her first pin of the match but Naomi kicks out. Frustrated, Rosa smashes Naomi face first into the canvas then follows it up with a suplex. Another pin attempt but Naomi kicks out after one. After choking her on the ropes, Rosa has Naomi locked up.

    The crowd gets behind Naomi and she uses that to fight out of Rosa’s hold. Rosa’s still in control though as she hits Naomi from behind then lays her out with a big, impressive side slam. Rosa gets a two count and goes in for the submission again, but Naomi fights out and sends Rosa to the outside with a big kick to the mid-section.

    Naomi heads to the outside but Rosa catches her and lines up another side slam. Naomi counters it into a hurricanrana and Rosa’s left reeling on the floor.

    Naomi throws Rosa back into the ring and right away goes for a backslide pin. Rosa kicks out but is met with a fierce drop kick from Naomi! She follows it up with another one, then a modified shoulder block take down. Great showing from Naomi here as she pumps up the crowd! She misses the split legged moonsault and Rosa looks to take advantage, but she only gets a two count once again.

    Rosa’s screaming this and that now but Naomi uses it to her advantage. She turns Rosa and around and plants her with the inverted DDT for the three count!

    Thoughts: Not a bad match, I don’t think. It did wonders for Naomi ahead of Battleground and really showed her as a tough competitor. Rosa only had one shining moment for me, and that was her side slam. Otherwise she still looks like a rookie, and I’m sorry, but given how long she’s been there she should really be doing a lot better. Even girls like Kelly Kelly, who was by no means naturally gifted, managed to get so much better and have real, credible matches in a shorter amount of time.

    I feel like Rosa could be great. She’s got such attitude and being a heel suits her, but it doesn’t seem like she’s making any strides in the ring. Hopefully season 3 of Total Divas will give us more of an insight into her as a competitor. I, for one, would love to see her in a training session.

    Until next time, ciao! x

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    NXT Redux (July 17th, 2014): Sasha Bankrolls Over the Glitter Blizzard http://www.diva-dirt.com/93697/nxt-redux-july-17th-2014-sasha-bankrolls-over-the-glitter-blizzard/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93697/nxt-redux-july-17th-2014-sasha-bankrolls-over-the-glitter-blizzard/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:51:12 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93697

    What’s up everyone? This is clearly not Jack, but being that I missed out on doing the Raw Redux this week due to power issues, I’ve decided to hop on board the NXT train and put forth my finest effort to bring justice to the Diva recapping. So… without any further ado, let’s get underway with tonights match-up which sees Solo Sasha Banks take on Glitter Goddess, Alexa Bliss.

    We head to the ring as Eden Stiles introduces Alexa Bliss to the ring. Bliss blows a fist full of glitter out as she skips down the ramp and we get treated to a promo video where she basically says the last time they faced off, Sasha underestimated her because of her kindness and lack of height. Tonight though, Banks goes alone so she’s about to see lightning strike twice. I don’t think this pleases Sasha too much, as the Boss struts out from the back and places her trademark glasses on her head as she talks down to the crowd and joins Bliss in the ring. Following some trademarked Boss style taunting, Sasha removes her accessories and we get underway with a “Sasha’s Ratchet” chant. Alexa scores a near fall almost instantly, then hitting a nice tilt-a-whirl small package, but just for a one count as Banks nails a dropkick.

    Sasha slams Bliss down a few times, now targeting the blue dyed tip hair before sending her off the ropes and rolling through a small package attempt. Knee to the abdomen, with Banks then placing Alexa in between the ropes and nailing a set of knees to perfection. Alexa fights out, sparking Sasha to apply a nice cravate as the crowd cheers Alexa on to escape it. Sasha continues her wonderful taunts with “Alexxxa, Alexxaaa” but it allows the glitter god to fight out and nail her 450 flip roll through into a dropkick. Bliss tries to keep the momentum in her favor, but Sasha counters a clothesline attempt into the backstabber transitioned to a crossface for the win!

    Thoughts: I thought this was a pretty solid match between Sasha and Alexa overall, but if I had one complaint to look at, it’s that I feel like Alexa’s matches are starting to kind of feel the same. What she does is great and it all looks on point, but it’s almost like we haven’t gotten to scratch the surface of what she can do, rather we keep seeing the same moves each time she competes. I love her look and she’s pretty dang strong at promos this early on which is all the more why I want to see what else she can do in the ring to sort of make her matches feel different in the future.

    Sasha Banks is pretty much my personal star of the division (well, probably tied with Bayley). Every one of her matches feels special to me and she really knows how to get the crowd against her with chants and boos each time she steps out from the back. She finally switched up her finisher to something that is truly unique and equally as devastating to see when she busts it out, which almost completes the package. From the past few weeks, her acting in backstage segments has gotten much, much better so as long as she stays on that path, there’s legitimately nothing stopping her from being the full star I’ve felt she could be since the day she got signed.

    The match itself told a good story of Sasha having to prove that she can really make it on her own considering she’s had backup for her entire run as a heel, and it did the job in showcasing her as a threat to the division as well as disproving the theory fans seem to have that she’s the weak link of the BFF’s. I actually think she’s the best of them in the grand scheme of things (crowd connection as a heel, ring work, etc), at least when seeing them in NXT since we’ve only seen Summer hit the main roster, but I can understand booking wise why she seems like the third wheel of the bunch considering Summer’s got so much press and Charlotte deservedly has the title.

    Fortunately though, tonight did great in making her look like an equal who doesn’t need Summer or Charlotte to secure a victory so hopefully there’s a lot more to come in the future of the BFF’s!

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    Impact Write-Up (July 17th, 2014): Madison Knocks Off Brittany as Dixie Avoids a Knock of Her Own http://www.diva-dirt.com/93739/impact-write-up-july-17th-2014-madison-knocks-off-brittany-as-dixie-avoids-a-knock-of-her-own/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93739/impact-write-up-july-17th-2014-madison-knocks-off-brittany-as-dixie-avoids-a-knock-of-her-own/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:06:42 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93739

    Hello Knockout fans and welcome to this week’s recap. Last night saw Madison Rayne and Brittany go one on one in a no disqualification match. Any time the ladies get to really let loose I’m excited, so let’s get right to the match.

    Brittany’s in the ring already as Madison’s music hits. Madison slides into the ring and wants to get right down to business. She hits a Thesz press right off the bat and pummels Brittany on the mat. Also, welcome back to the six-sided ring! One of the best parts of TNA, right there.

    Madison is control much of the early goings on of this match. Brittany manages to counter briefly, tossing Madison into the turnbuckle. But Madison manages to get in a kick and a clothesline, and she’s in control once again. Madison is being veeery physical with Brittany, not least because of the surprise attack Brittany executed on her last week. Madison is running Brittany all over the ring and punishing her on the turnbuckles, but Brittany gets a head butt in and Madison drops to the mat.

    Madison doesn’t stay down but she walks right back into a armbar over the ropes. It looks pretty painful as Brittany dishes out some punishment of her own. No disqualification means Brittany doesn’t have to break the hold, remember. She breaks it eventually and remains on the outside, backchatting the ref. Madison hits a sliding drop kick and follows it up with a crossbody to the outside! Great stuff!

    Brittany’s had enough and heads towards the ramp, but Madison’s not done yet. She attempts a powerbomb on the outside but Brittany counters into a backdrop. Madison lands a little awkwardly on the base of her spine. Brittany uses the ring apron as a weapon now, just laying on the beating.

    Brittany goes for the first pin of the match and gets a two count.

    She hits a suplex and tries another pin but still only a two count. Brittany trash talks Madison and slams her head into the mat. She nails a side Russian leg sweep for another pin attempt but still Madison manages to kick out. Madison tries to mount some offence but Brittany takes her down with a big clothesline. Brittany throws Madison out of the ring and proceeds to follow her out.

    Brittany lines up Madison for the reverse DDT we saw a few weeks ago, only this time she plans to hit it on the outside. Ouch, right? Madison scrambles and manages to reverse it into a suplex! Lucky for her as well, I think. If Brittany had hit that surely it would have been the end.

    Madison has Brittany back in the ring now and she’s got the upper hand. She lays Brittany out with some clotheslines and a stiff knee to the head, but her efforts only earn her a two count. Brittany tries to come back a back flip into the corner but Madison dodges and hits the package DDT for the win!

    Later that night, Dixie Carter headed out to the ring to address the NYC crowd and she was less than impressed. She thought they were supposed to be the best wrestling fans in the world. Nice accent, Dixie. She’s heeling it up really well, insulting the city they live in, the way they look and pretty much everything else about them. Very well done on the heel front, Dixie. She goes on to talk about little cry baby Tommy Dreamer and how he came to Impact a few weeks ago.

    “You can save wrestling, Dixie. You can save it, if you only change.”

    Dixie is hilarious, and the line of the night goes to her, of course:

    “You don’t change perfection, people!”

    She proceeds to bad mouth Bully Ray, stating that she has NO IDEA why the people cheer him. He’s low brow, low class, hardcore, kind of C rated star. Dixie decides that she should be called the Hardcore Star because she’s put Bully Ray through a table so many times, and will continue to do so.

    Bully’s music hits and Dixie’s entourage brace themselves. Bully Ray and Tommy Dreamer clear house soon enough, and suddenly it’s just Dixie left in the ring with them. This doesn’t bode well for the president! There’s YES! chants. (Wrong show, guys.) Luckily for Dixie, EC3 makes the save and she’s escorted from the ring by Rhyno and Rockstar Spud.

    EC3 is the lamb left to the slaughter and Dixie watches on in, emotional, as her nephew goes through the table intended for her.

    Thoughts: First off, the match was good. Very physical stuff from both ladies that really told a story, but I don’t think it needed the no disqualification stipulation. Either it should have been “no count outs” alone, or just a regular match. They could have done a lot more, maybe something with a kendo stick or two? I hope to see them go at it under extreme rules, or even just another No DQ match on Pay-Per-View where they’d have more time. Great stuff.

    Dixie was good tonight. She was relatively solid on the mic, with a few flubs here and there, but all in all a good showing. They’re putting off her going through a table on TV, so when it eventually happens – and it will – it’s going be a great moment. Her face at the end of this segment was gold.

    Until next time, ciao! x

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    Today in History: The Divas and Women’s Titles Are Defended at Money in the Bank 2010 http://www.diva-dirt.com/93639/today-in-history-the-divas-and-womens-titles-are-defended-at-money-in-the-bank-2010/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93639/today-in-history-the-divas-and-womens-titles-are-defended-at-money-in-the-bank-2010/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:00:05 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93639

    On this day in history:

    July 18th, 2010 | At Money in the Bank 2010, both the Divas Championship and the Women’s Championship were up for grabs: Alicia Fox defended the Divas Title against Eve Torres while Layla put the Women’s Title on the line against Kelly Kelly. Alicia was able to hold on to her belt by delivering a scissors kick to Eve. Layla, meanwhile, retained her title by reversing a pin attempt by Kelly into one of her own. As it turned out, neither belt was destined to change hands that night.

    What are your memories of this moment?

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    NXT Spoilers: July 31st – August 14th, 2014 http://www.diva-dirt.com/93737/nxt-spoilers-july-31st-august-14th-2014/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93737/nxt-spoilers-july-31st-august-14th-2014/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:56:09 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93737 WWE taped three weeks worth of NXT tonight at Full Sail University. Spoilers below:

    Spoiler
    Episode 1 (Airing July 31st):
    * Renee Young is featured on the NXT commentary team for this week alongside Byron Saxton and Tom Phillips

    * NXT Women’s Champion, Charlotte defeated Becky Lynch in a non-title match with Bow Down to the Queen, Lynch working under new rock-style gimmick in new gear and debuting new entrance music as well.

    * Adam Rose defeated Tyson Kidd. Natalya came out during the match. Some of the NXT Divas and wrestlers were acting as Rosebuds.

    Episode 2 (Airing August 7th):
    * Bayley defeated Eva Marie with the Hug-Plex. Eva Marie was met with massive heat from the Full Sail audience and a “You Can’t Wrestle!” chant before the bell sounded.

    Episode 3 (Airing August 14th):
    * Bayley defeated Sasha Banks, countering Banks submission finisher into a pin to become the new number one contender to Charlotte’s NXT Women’s Championship. The post-match celebration had a retake filmed moments later to include Charlotte coming out to the stage and congratulate Bayley in what appeared to be a sincere moment of mutual respect.

    (Source, Diva Dirt reader Jordan)

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    Impact Wrestling Feedback: July 17th, 2014 http://www.diva-dirt.com/93727/impact-wrestling-feedback-july-17th-2014/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93727/impact-wrestling-feedback-july-17th-2014/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:46:23 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93727

    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 & Superstars Exchange: July 17th, 2014 http://www.diva-dirt.com/93725/nxt-superstars-exchange-july-17th-2014/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93725/nxt-superstars-exchange-july-17th-2014/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 00:45:52 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93725

    Tune in to NXT and WWE Superstars on the WWE Network at 9pm and 10pm ET.

    Discuss the show in the comments!

    RELATED: NXT Spoilers: July 3rd – 24th, 2014 | WWE Superstars Spoilers: July 17th, 2014

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    ‘Independent Women’, Episode 18: “The Champs” http://www.diva-dirt.com/93734/independent-women-episode-18-the-champs/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93734/independent-women-episode-18-the-champs/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:07:42 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93734

    In the eighteenth episode of Independent Women – titled “The Champs” – Cheerleader Melissa chats with radio hosts turned wrestling champions Billy Madison and Nard of San Antonio’s Billy Madison Show.

    Billy holds the RCW Championship, while Nard holds the RCW Angels Championship – a belt that used to belong to Melissa. Needless to say, he isn’t a very respectful champion.

    Watch the episode below:

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    Independent Women is Diva Dirt’s original web series that gives fans a peek behind the scenes at the lives of women’s wrestlers on the independent scene, from life on the road to the action backstage.

    The star of the series is SHIMMER Champion and the woman atop the 2013 PWI Female 50, Cheerleader Melissa. She will personally film her experiences on the indy scene, from cutting promos to getting stitches to rubbing elbows with the biggest names in women’s wrestling.

    The goal of this series will be to expand to get the perspectives of several women on the indy scene, with Melissa as our star. If you are a well-known indy wrestler interested in getting involved, please contact us!

    Tweet about the series using the hashtag #IndependentWomen:

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    Brooke Talks Returning to TNA, Six-Sided Ring, a Knockout in the Hall of Fame & More http://www.diva-dirt.com/93729/brooke-talks-returning-to-tna-six-sided-ring-a-knockout-in-the-hall-of-fame-more/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93729/brooke-talks-returning-to-tna-six-sided-ring-a-knockout-in-the-hall-of-fame-more/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:56:08 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93729

    While in the UK for the London Film and Comic Con, former Knockouts Champion Brooke spoke to The Huffington Post UK, giving her opinion on the return of the six-sided ring, a new season of British Boot Camp and the influx of big names into TNA.

    The return of TNA’s British Boot Camp: “[Gail Kim is serving as a judge] Which is really awesome. I think she’s a great pick, she’s been doing this for 15 years and so that is a great move for Impact Wrestling. But I also want to see a few more talents involved. We had a number last time – the Blossom Twins, Rockstar Spud and ‘Party’ Marty. I’d also like to see more training – the more grueling part of pro-wrestling.”

    The return of the six-sided ring: “[You think of wrestling, and you think of four sides]..and growing up that’s what you see, 4 sides! You might think more of MMA and the octagon when it’s that style of ring. I’ve never wrestled in it so I personally and have no idea what it’s like but it’s not something that I’m personally very excited about. It’s going to be confusing.”

    Big names being brought into top TNA storylines: “In my view, it should be whatever’s best for the show and not just bringing in someone with a past following. We have future stars and they’re the ones that need the push not somebody that has already had a name. It does seems that anyone that has had a name has the opportunity to come in and be on top but we’re full of a lot of talent that can be used.”

    Also on the UK press tour, Brooke spoke to Sportsvibe about returning to the ring, the toughest Knockout she’s faced and the possibility of a Knockout being inducted into TNA’s Hall of Fame.

    Returning to the Knockouts division: “Since I’ve been gone, I’ve been able to rest up and do a bit of training, some more research and keep an eye on what’s going on in the Knockouts division…I’m ready to get back in there and go for the gold again.”

    The toughest woman she’s wrestled: “100% the toughest female wrestler I’ve ever been in the ring with is Gail Kim. I always say I think she took five years off my life…I would have never been able to grow and exceed the limits that I have now without wrestling Gail Kim.”

    A Knockout in the TNA Hall of Fame: “There are a few inductees that I have in mind, like Gail Kim. I feel like it could be in the near future. Maybe not next year, but the year after that.”

    Watch the full interview below:

    Do you agree with Brooke about the six-sided ring?

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    Your Two Cents: Greatest Duos http://www.diva-dirt.com/93722/your-two-cents-greatest-duos/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93722/your-two-cents-greatest-duos/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:20:22 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93722

    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 is the greatest duo in women’s wrestling, past or present? 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!

    • Albie Gayagoy: Raisha Saeed and Awesome Kong. Everyone thought it would strictly be manager/wrestler with them, but they ended up being a great wrestling tag team.
    • @BryceBskanky: Sarita and Taylor Wilde! Their lucha libre style tag teams moves were awesome!
    • Chrissi Calvert: Trish Stratus and Lita. They just had energy that bounced off each other. Closely followed by Brooke Tessmacher and Tara as TnT.
    • @FoxSanaBliss: FoxSana (Alicia Fox and Aksana). Talk about underrated and misused!
    • @ianjpoole: Has to be Cheerleader Melissa and MsChif or even the Minnesota Home Wrecking Crew (Rain and Jetta.
    • @jayme_stevens: Chyna and Miss Kitty! Kitty was an awful wrestler but the duo was so fun.
    • @Jomo4life: Trish Stratus and Mickie James was the most bizarre yet best Diva duo.
    • Juan Duran: TNA’s The Beautiful People of course. They are the most notorious and successful female stable in all of pro wrestling bar none. There’s a reason why TNA decided to reunite them in 2014! Back in 08-11 they usually got the highest ratings and turned the most heads. Its because of this stable that the KO’s division got so much praise (other than Kong/Gail Kim saga)!! Long live TBP (Angelina Love, Velvet Sky, Madison Rayne and Lacey Von Erich)!!
    • @JuanMRodz: Kaitlyn and AJ Lee as the Chickbusters. They were fun and had a lot to offer.
    • Marina Claire: Team Pin-Up Strong (Beth Phoenix and Natalya.
    • Matthew Hollie: The Canadian Ninjas, due to the tremendous chemistry of Portia Perez and Nicole Matthews. The longest reigning SHIMMER Tag Team Champions in history deserve the credit.
    • @PocketVolcano: PMS, Terri Runnels and Jacqueline. Terri would set people up and Jackie would knock them down, male or female.
    • @qwertybombs: Not really my favorite, but Naomi and Cameron were pretty good together. Cam got beat up so Naomi could get the hot tag.
    • Randi Parker: My favorite duo would have to be Gail Kim and Madison Rayne. They just played off each other so well. They were two great singles wrestlers who made a great tag team!
    • @R3INAL3NA: Lay-Cool Michelle McCool and Layla) complimented each other greatly, with Michelle’s capabilities in the ring and Layla’s charming personality.
    • @the_jock_nerd: Candice Michelle and Torrie Wilson. They were so sexy and sneaky together.

    And now we turn it over to you…

    Give us your two cents! What is the greatest duo in women’s wrestling?

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    Kaitlyn Talks Her WWE Release, Current Divas Division & If She’d Wrestle Again http://www.diva-dirt.com/93711/kaitlyn-talks-her-wwe-release-current-divas-division-if-shed-wrestle-again/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93711/kaitlyn-talks-her-wwe-release-current-divas-division-if-shed-wrestle-again/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:00:14 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93711

    Former Diva Kaitlyn recently spoke to the Baltimore Sun about her WWE release, the current state of the Divas division and if she plans on wrestling again.

    Kaitlyn, real name Celeste Bonin, is promoting her appearance this Saturday at Maryland Championship Wrestling’s Shane Shamrock Memorial Cup, which she says will be her last wrestling-related appearance for some time.

    Asking for her WWE release in Baltimore: “It’s funny that this appearance is in Baltimore because I actually asked for my release in Baltimore. Actually, I also debuted there. I had a really hard travel day to get to RAW in Baltimore. There were bad storms and snow, and had a horrible day where I had to get up at 4 a.m., and then I got stuck in Miami airport, and stuck in another airport. It was truly, truly hectic. I went through all that, and finally got to RAW, and then I looked and I wasn’t even booked for the show. I got to the building, and thought ‘Hey, this is where I debuted, how cool is this?’ And it felt very right to end my WWE journey right there where it started. And it’s cool that this appearance is in Baltimore, because this is going to be my last wrestling-related appearance for a long time.”

    Making the decision to retire: “When I retired, it was a bit of a last-minute decision. I had been thinking about it for a while because there was a lot of things happening in my life and it was a transitional time for me. I had just gotten engaged, and I wanted to plan my wedding. I also had this project on the backburner, with this business site, that I wanted to wait to start until I retired from WWE. When I made the decision, rather quickly, to leave the WWE, I went full throttle into making my business work, while also planning a wedding.”

    Will she ever wrestle again?: “I don’t think I will ever wrestle again, but if I do, it would be for WWE. I just feel like that’s my place. It’s where I developed my wrestling abilities and character and that’s where I would stay if I was to wrestle again. The good thing about when I left is that I left on very good terms with the WWE. It left the door open for me if I ever wanted to come back. It’s not completely out of the question to ever return, whether it’s for a short-term or longer. Maybe there will be a point down the line that I miss wrestling bad enough that I’ll want to come back. As for now though, I’m just focusing on my company and my marriage and haven’t gotten that itch to wrestle.

    Would she have stayed if the Divas were used then like they are now?: “That’s a really hard question. I might have stayed a little bit longer, possibly. I just reached the point where I had done a lot of cool stuff in the WWE and traveled the world and I had the title, and I think I did some really great stuff. It wasn’t a super-hard decision to step back and leave. I can’t really go back and say I would’ve stayed longer. But it’s possible. I guess it depends on what was going on at the time, especially if there were more opportunities for more storylines like there are now. But I guess what I’m saying is that I don’t regret leaving, because I love my life. I love everything that I have going on right now. It does make me happy to see all the girls really getting a chance to show their talent and abilities and personalities. It makes me proud to see that they’re getting a good opportunity.”

    You can read the full interview on the Baltimore Sun.

    How do you think Kaitlyn would fit into today’s Diva landscape?

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    Nikki Bella T-Shirt Now Available on WWEShop http://www.diva-dirt.com/93707/nikki-bella-t-shirt-now-available-on-wweshop/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93707/nikki-bella-t-shirt-now-available-on-wweshop/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:23:31 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93707

    Nikki Bella is the latest Diva to receive her own official merchandise, debuting a new t-shirt on WWEShop.

    The shirt, which is currently only available in youth and women’s sizes, mimics the baseball theme of Nikki’s ring gear.

    You can pre-order the women’s v-neck for $24.99 and the youth t-shirt for $21.99. Both will be in stock on July 31st.

    Which Diva should be next in line for a t-shirt?

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    Photo: Rebel Makes Her In-Ring Debut http://www.diva-dirt.com/93699/photo-rebel-makes-her-in-ring-debut/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93699/photo-rebel-makes-her-in-ring-debut/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:04:05 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93699 Photo: @RealMikeBaldwin/Twitter

    Photo: @RealMikeBaldwin/Twitter

    Last night’s Ohio Valley Wrestling tapings saw a Knockout make her in-ring debut.

    Rebel, who debuted a few months ago as manager of The Menagerie, wrestled a post-show dark match against Jessie Belle.

    According to a report by OVWMania, Rebel was dominated by Belle for most of the match but surprised her with a small package and scored the win.

    Rebel had no wrestling background prior to being hired by TNA, but has since started training for in-ring competition.

    OVW was previously TNA’s official developmental territory, those ties being severed last year.

    Do you think TNA needs its own official developmental territory?

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    Today in History: Trish Stratus Puts Lita Through a Table http://www.diva-dirt.com/93634/today-in-history-trish-stratus-puts-lita-through-a-table/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93634/today-in-history-trish-stratus-puts-lita-through-a-table/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:00:59 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93634

    On this day in history:

    July 17th, 2000 | After interference by Test and Albert brought a match between the Dudley Boyz and the Hardy Boyz to an abrupt end, Lita and Trish Stratus were left in the ring with a table and a ladder. Test and Albert left Lita prone on the table, but before Trish could drive her through it, Lita was up and climbing the ladder. Trish was able to shove her off, though, sending her rival off the ladder and through the table.

    What are your memories of this moment?

    Also occurring today in history:
    * 7/17/11 – Kelly Kelly defeats Brie Bella to retain the Divas Title at Money in the Bank 2011.

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    Diva Dirt Hype: AJ Lee vs. Paige (Battleground 2014) http://www.diva-dirt.com/93689/diva-dirt-hype-aj-lee-vs-paige-battleground-2014/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/93689/diva-dirt-hype-aj-lee-vs-paige-battleground-2014/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:38:34 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=93689

    Get hyped for WWE Battleground with a exclusive Diva Dirt Hype video package featuring the Divas Title match between AJ Lee and Paige, made by Diva Dirt’s own Chris.

    Watch the latest Diva Dirt Hype below:

    Music: ” I Got This” by Royal Bliss; “Fever” by The Black Keys

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