Diva Dirt http://www.diva-dirt.com Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:06:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 SHINE 24 in Review: Havok’s Back, Kay? http://www.diva-dirt.com/106868/shine-24-in-review-havoks-back-kay/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106868/shine-24-in-review-havoks-back-kay/#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:04:16 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106868

In this modern world of empty excess, round-the-clock news and constant global instability, it’s difficult to find anything truly surprising or shocking nowadays. Indeed, I think the last three or four moments of genuine speechlessness I’ve experienced in my life have all been sport-related (including good ol’ fake sport), and even then they were spread over a pretty hefty period of time.

So you can imagine my elation upon watching SHINE 24 on Friday night, when SHINE kicked off their 2015 in explosive fashion with an excellent card featuring its fair share of solid debuts, a truly breakout championship performance and a shock return that absolutely nobody saw coming. Want to know more? Let’s jump down the rabbit hole:

Kicking off the show was “Bullet Babe” Amber Gallows, who defeated Amanda Rodriguez comprehensively, going straight after her opponent right from the off and simply refusing to relent, defeating Rodriguez after a couple of minutes with an STO. To Amanda’s credit, the up-and-comer sold Gallows’ offense like a pro and had a smattering of hope spots, including a very close roll-up, but Gallows was in a whole different gear that night, turning up the intensity 100%, with no wasted motion and no time squandered pandering to the crowd. Being accompanied to the ring by her husband, Bullet Club member Doc Gallows, was a nice touch and helps solidify Amber’s role as a fully-fledged member of the group – which is great news for SHINE too, as it now has one of the most successful and well-known active stables in wrestling represented on its roster.

Solo Darling and Luscious Latasha came to the ring expecting a singles match, but were interrupted by SoCal Val and her Valifornia stable (sans the injured Nevaeh) – the team of BTY (Marti Belle and Jayme Jameson), and Val’s “insurance policy” Andréa – former TNA Knockout Rosie Lottalove, who has apparently lost over 120 pounds since we last saw her a few years ago, and looks absolutely incredible. With Andréa by her side, Val – who is currently doing some of the best mic work in all of wrestling – proposed a tag team match between BTY and Darling and Latasha.

The ensuing match was a short, fun impromptu encounter, with Latasha taking the brunt of the damage for her team, being isolated by the more seasoned duo of Belle and Jameson, who made fast tags and were quick to neuter any fightback attempts. However, an inadvertently-misplaced fallaway slam from Jameson saw Latasha end up right in the corner of her partner, allowing Solo Darling – decked out Tony the Tiger-style, complete with box of Frosted Flakes (an apparently legal weapon, considering the referee’s indifference to it being used as such) to get the hot tag in a last-gasp effort to clean house – but in the end it was experience, numbers and brute strength that would come between Darling and victory, as BTY hit a huge double powerbomb to get the win. After the match, we got a sensational glimpse of what Andréa is capable of, entering the ring to rub salt in their defeated opponents’ wounds, with a big dropkick to Darling and a devastating spinning rack bomb to Latasha. With such an insurance policy in place, and with a team like BTY and the soon-to-be-returned Nevaeh in tow, Valifornia look set to be a truly dominant force in SHINE in 2015.

This might not be particularly thrilling news for Valkyrie, who are still a force to be reckoned with in SHINE despite having fallen in stature in recent months. The group came to the ring, with Allysin Kay – now seemingly the leader – declaring that they are here to re-establish their dominance.

Recognising the importance of solidarity and strength in numbers, the three wrestlers Valkyrie’s members were booked for singles action with – Leva Bates, Athena and SHINE debutante Jessica James – came to the ring together. James was up first, taking on Taylor Made – who’s been on a winning streak of late, and who has really come into her own as a singles competitor – but James had a few tricks of her own up her sleeve, showing some creative offense including her patented JJ Kick and a vicious headscissors takedown to a kneeling Taylor Made, before Made ultimately got the win with a neckbreaker.

After the match, Noemi Bosques – the pro boxer and enforcer of Made’s recent rival La Rosa Negra – came out to sneak attack Made, but was quickly subdued by Made’s Valkyrie cohorts. Negra was not at this month’s SHINE event, but it looks clear that her and Made’s feud is far from over.

Next up was Su Yung, coming straight out of Immortal’s “Grim and Frostbitten Kingdoms” music video to take on Leva Bates, who, considering her attire and her cryptic, conspiracy-laden promo she released before the show, appeared to be some sort of masked anarchist vigilante. They had a cracking match too – Su Yung continues to show how much of a virtuoso she is in the ring with a string of fantastic moves, including beautiful senton to the outside, a textbook La Compada – driving Bates into the bottom turnbuckle simultaneously, and a rope hung neckbreaker that left Bates in a crumpled heap on the mat. Leva tried her best to match the aggression, briefly taking control of the match a series of stiff strikes and a sweet Northern Lights Suplex, but Yung quickly regained the advantage, locking in The Purge. However, she refused to let go despite Bates having a hold of the ropes, and the referee rang the bell. Although Bates got the DQ victory, her physical state after the match – and Valkyrie enforcer April Hunter‘s approving look – made it clear who the real winner was here. That’s what happens when you listen to Alex Jones, Leva!

Finally, Allysin Kay defeated Athena in a superb match-up that was exactly the sort of thing you’d expect from wrestlers of their calibre. Many people had been whispering that this was a potential Match of the Year candidate, and while it didn’t quite reach those lofty heights, it was a gung-ho race-to-the-finish that charged into action right from the start, with hard strikes and some marvellous mat-based sequences. Kay’s character is brilliantly detestable, almost a foil to the no-nonsense tactics of other SHINE heels such as Amber Gallows, taking every possible moment to taunt and goad both her opponent and the audience, even as far as lifting her pinkie mid-submission. Athena, who was making only her third SHINE appearance and her first in several months, was the usual bundle of energy and power that we’ve seen her be in other promotions, keeping up with everything Kay delivered to her and almost reaching the jaws of victory, going up top for the O-Face before April Hunter knocked her down, giving Kay just enough time to recuperate and to reverse the eventual O-Face attempt into a brutal discus clothesline for the win. It could’ve done without the interference finish, but it was subtler than most and I suppose it made sense considering Valkyrie’s numbers advantage. A thumbs up nonetheless.

In the semi-main, SHINE Tag Team Champions Legendary (Brandi Wine and Malia Hosaka) teamed up with their disciple ThunderKitty to take on The Kimber (Leah) Bombs,the makeshift team of the Kimber Bombs (Kimber Lee and Cherry Bomb) and Leah Von Dutch, who were looking for revenge following a brace of losses in tag and singles competition at last month’s show. It was enormous fun too – while referee distraction is a tactic that’s part-and-parcel of tag matches, it’s not often that a team uses it as their flagship strategy – but that’s what the cunning and remorseless Legendary did, provoking interference from the non-legal match participants at every turn, forcing the referee to admonish their opponents and leaving them free to Hosaka, Wine and TK’s whims. Excellent stuff. Surprisingly enough, however, it wasn’t sufficient to win them the match, as the Kimber Bombs finally had enough and took out Hosaka and Wine on the apron, allowing Von Dutch as the legal woman to hit the KLM on ThunderKitty for the victory and spoil Legendary’s manager Leilani Kai‘s birthday. Not sure where it’ll go from here, but you’d think the Kimber Bombs will get another shot at those tag belts sooner or later after that winning performance.

In the SHINE Championship match, current champion Mia Yim took on Santana, who earned her shot after defeating Yim in non-title action at an FIP show a fortnight previously. If Yim’s fixation on former champion Ivelisse had been clouding her mind on that occasion, she showed no sign of any similar distraction this time, laying on the aggro early on and preventing Santana from using her speed and flexibility that she’s so well-known for. As the match progressed though, Santana started to pull herself together and up the ante, charging at Yim with everything she had and even hitting a suicide dive to the outside with pinpoint precision. As Lenny Leonard rightfully mentioned on commentary, it was great to see a woman like Santana, SHINE’s first truly home-grown star, have her dedication and her hard work pay off with a such a superb breakout performance – especially after coming back from such a period of misuse as she had in TNA. In the end, it was Yim who would retain her title after a Package Piledriver, but Santana can hold her head up high after a fantastic effort.

That wasn’t all though – after Santana and Yim embraced in respect of one another, Amber Gallows – Santana’s former mentor and tag team partner – attacked her and the pair brawled to the back. As Mia looked on, miffed, Valkyrie appeared out of nowhere and took her out with a sneak attack. The onslaught continued, taking out Leva, Athena and Jessica James who came out to make the save, and Allysin Kay took the mic to reassert the statement she had made earlier.

Little did she know what would happen next.

Jessicka Havok, Kay’s former best friend and now bitter nemesis, returned to a SHINE ring for the first time since defeating Kay in August and leaving for TNA, clearing all traces of Valkyrie from the vicinity and forcing them to retreat, disgruntled, to the back while the faces celebrated in the ring. A truly shocking and unexpected surprise – and one that begs several questions, few of which I’m capable of answering right now. Havok’s TNA status is of little interest to me (although I hope for her own financial and aspirational sake that she can maintain both positions), but if she’s back in SHINE on a regular, or even semi-regular basis then everything just got a whole lot more exciting. Sure, she’s got Valkyrie in her sights – but what about Valifornia and the newest addition to the SHINE roster, Andréa? There’s a lot we can work with here. This is very exciting indeed!

SHINE 24 was a huge statement to make for a first show of the year, and it ticked every single box. With not a single dud match, plenty of big surprises and more than enough storyline progression, it leaves us with plenty to ponder as we wait for SHINE 25 in March. All this without even having two of the promotion’s biggest names (Ivelisse and Nevaeh) even present – and when they get back in the picture the dynamic of the company will shift even more.

It’s also worth pointing out that this month’s show was one of the shortest ones in a long time – clocking in at just under two hours. It didn’t need to be any longer, and I’m glad SHINE’s higher-ups had the sense to book the show in this way rather than letting it spiral into self-indulgence like so many indy shows do. A great wrestling mind knows exactly what to leave out as well as what to include.

All in all, SHINE 24 gets a resounding thumbs up. Bring on the next one!

Miss the show? You can watch the replay on WWNLive.com.

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Royal Rumble Rewind: Michelle McCool vs. Mickie James (2010) http://www.diva-dirt.com/106803/royal-rumble-rewind-michelle-mccool-vs-mickie-james-2010-2/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106803/royal-rumble-rewind-michelle-mccool-vs-mickie-james-2010-2/#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:00:34 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106803

Ahead of tonight’s Royal Rumble, we’re taking a look back at memorable Diva moments from the history of the Pay-Per-View.

Today, we’re going back to 2010, when Mickie James took on Michelle McCool in one of the shortest Women’s Championship matches on record.

Mickie finally got revenge on Lay-Cool for their endless “Piggie James” taunts, defeating Michelle quickly to win the title. She and several of her fellow Divas then dropped a cake on Michelle and a fat suit-clad Layla.

Watch the match below:

What are your memories of this moment?

Note: This was originally posted on 1/26/14.

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Eye Candy for the Week Ending January 24th, 2015 http://www.diva-dirt.com/106839/eye-candy-for-the-week-ending-january-24th-2015/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106839/eye-candy-for-the-week-ending-january-24th-2015/#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 15:00:44 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106839

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!

Brie & Nikki
The most popular photoshoot from two weeks ago belonged to Brie and Nikki Bella. The Bella’s second shoot earned 150 to the first’s 252.

Brie and Nikki’s shoot will join the Photoshoot of the Month poll at the beginning of next month.

This week’s batch of photoshoots feature AJ Lee, Alicia Fox, Brie Bella, Cameron, Emma, Eva Marie, Layla, Naomi, Natalya, Nikki Bella, Paige, Rosa Mendes and Summer Rae. Click the photos to see their photoshoot. Vote in the poll and come back this time next week to see the winner.
 

AJ
Alicia
Brie
Cameron
Emma #1
Emma #2
Eva
Layla
Naomi
Natalya
Nikki
Paige #1
Paige #2
Rosa
Summer
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Today in History: Beth Phoenix vs. Melina at Royal Rumble 2009 http://www.diva-dirt.com/106605/today-in-history-beth-phoenix-vs-melina-at-royal-rumble-2009-3/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106605/today-in-history-beth-phoenix-vs-melina-at-royal-rumble-2009-3/#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 14:00:37 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106605

On this day in history:

January 25th, 2009 | At 2009’s Royal Rumble, the Glamazon Beth Phoenix defended her Women’s Title against Melina. Beth did her best to thwart Melina, tossing her around like a rag doll and twisting her like a pretzel, at one point making her kick herself in the back of the head. However, a fast reversal into a roll-up pin earned Melina the win and the right to call herself the new Women’s Champion. This would mark the start of Melina’s third and final run with the title.

What are your memories of this moment?

Note: This was originally posted on 1/25/13.

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Vote for the Star of the Week Ending January 24th, 2015 http://www.diva-dirt.com/106789/vote-for-the-star-of-the-week-ending-january-24th-2015/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106789/vote-for-the-star-of-the-week-ending-january-24th-2015/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:00:41 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106789

Whose star shone brightest this week? You tell us!

With our Star of the Week poll, 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:

Bayley

Bayley snapped on NXT, taking out her frustrations on Charlotte. Shortly after, she was booked in a huge Fatal Four-Way Women’s Title match for the next Takeover event.

Havok

Havok made lasting impressions on Impact and at SHINE 24, doling out punishment to Gail Kim and making a shocking return to SHINE. (Photo: @SlamminLadies)

Mia Yim

Mia Yim retained the SHINE Championship at SHINE 24, defeating Santana Garrett in the main event. (Photo: @SlamminLadies)
   

Natalya

Heading into a tag match at Royal Rumble, Natalya picked up two wins: a tag win on Raw and a singles win over Summer Rae on Main Event.
 

Sexy Star

Sexy Star scored a big singles win on Lucha Underground, defeating El Mariachi Loco.
 

 
Who’s your pick? Vote below:
 

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Impact Write-Up (January 23rd, 2015): The Curious Case of the Knockouts http://www.diva-dirt.com/106798/impact-write-up-january-23rd-2015-the-curious-case-of-the-knockouts/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106798/impact-write-up-january-23rd-2015-the-curious-case-of-the-knockouts/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 21:18:27 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106798

Hola Knockout fans and welcome to this week’s Impact Write-Up! I’d like to take a quick moment to confess that while I didn’t tune in to Impact at its regular scheduled time last night, was viewing the Shine 24 show at the time and ironically it did tie into some of TNA (more on that later), I was able to catch the show’s instant replay courtesy of Destination America. Despite the network being smaller than TNA’s previous TV partner Spike, they have already proven to be more beneficial to TNA when it comes to more air time. Onto last night’s show, TNA’s annual Feast or Fired match is back this week and for the first time, a Knockout walks away with a case. We are also treated to a match between Gail Kim and Havok, with Awesome Kong watching close by! Let’s jump right into it!

TNA opens this week’s show with the heavily promoted Feast or Fired match, a match where twelve of TNA’s superstars battle each other out to retrieve one of four cases surrounding the ring containing either a feast prize of a World Heavyweight, X-Division or Tag Team title shot or one fired pink slip. The video I found isn’t embeddable, so click here to watch the match.

For the participating BroMans, they are putting their faith in their lady luck girlfriends The Beautiful People to help them through this match. For Robbie E, onscreen girlfriend Velvet Sky proves to more than luck as she manages to grab case labeled number two after distracting an already infatuated Crazzy Steve with her assets and a blow of a kiss. After successfully grabbing their case, the pair runs backstage with Steve chasing behind. Fellow Beautiful Bro members, Angelina Love, Jessie Godderz and DJ Z aren’t as lucky though as the other three cases are retrieved by Rockstar Spud, Magnus and Austin Aries. The results of these cases will all be revealed later in the evening.

While we wait for the fall out of the Feast or Fired briefcases, we turn our attention to the Knockouts match of the night featuring old rivals of Havok and Gail Kim against each other. Before the match, we are treated to an awesome video package of Awesome Kong, showcasing the destructive and driving force that Kong was during the early days of the Knockouts division and looking to reclaim her throne.

Already having made her entrance, Havok wastes little time going after Gail, going straight towards to her before she can even get to the ring. Gail anticipates this and dodges an oncoming Havok, landing a series of forearms and kicks her larger foe off the ramp to a barricade all while still saluting and giving high fives to fans. Bless Gail’s heart. From the ring apron, Gail lands a cross body onto Havok and directs her opponent to the ring to land yet another cross body from the top turnbuckle as the bell rings to officially start the match. Gail continues to rely on her agility and races from one side of the ring to other, throwing her body to Havok who catches her and dropping Gail on to her knee.

The punishment to Gail doesn’t stop there, as Havok begins to want to take Gail out in whatever way possible, choking Gail using the ropes before having to break her hold before the ref’s count for a DQ and even using her entrance cape to strangle Gail before having it confiscated. A spinebuster later, Havok goes for a pin but Gail manages to get her shoulder up in time. Never one to give up in a match, Gail finds a way to fight back, landing blows to Havok but it is short lived when Havok runs a driving knee to Gail’s eye socket! OUCH! Literally blindsided, Gail has no idea of what Havok has planned for her next, which looks to be a blow from the ring bell sitting on the table close by. Brian Stiffler throws his authority towards Havok, barking at Havok to get back in the ring but only gets shoved by an uncooperative Havok. (Props to Stiffler for that selling) Having put her hands on the ref, Stiffler calls for the bell and Gail wins the match via DQ.

With the match now over, Havok follows through with harming Gail, planting her over her shoulders and dropping her onto the bell as initially planned. Havok tosses the unconscious Gail back into the ring with the idea of landing a Harlot Slayer choke slam but is saved when the lights go out. As with the last two weeks, when the lights return, Awesome Kong comes face to face with Havok and now for the time things get physical! Havok landing the first blow to which Kong blows off and counters with a shoulder block and clothesline, sending Havok out of the ring and retreating to the back while having an intense stare down with the woman still standing in the ring Kong.

We close the night with the results of the Feast or Fired reveal with our honorary hostess Christy Hemme. Welcome back Christy!

Our winners all meet up with Christy and decide that for this year’s Feast or Fired reveal, we would open up the cases in descending numerical order. Holder of case number four Rockstar Spud opens his case to reveal his feast of a future X-Division title shot! Does this mean we won’t see anymore of Rockstar Spud vs. ECIII? With the pink slip still lurking in one of the cases, we continue with case number three and its holder Magnus. Will the first TNA English Heavyweight Champion get another shot soon? Not necessarily, as Magnus opens his case to reveal the case holding the Tag Team title shots. I recommend Bram to make up with Magnus should he want to be part of Magnus’ future tag team partner.

With now there being one in two chances of being fired, a troubled Robbie begins to worry that he may hold the case containing the fired case. Suddenly, Robbie recalls that it was Velvet who grabbed the case and that it should be her to face whatever lies in the case. Any bets as to whether Velvet would be getting a World Heavyweight title shot? Case number proves to indeed hold the fired case and Velvet has just been fired in place of Robbie. Unlike Velvet What does a guy like Robbie do in these situations? By taking a selfie with the help of the trusty Selfie stick of course! This leaves the only case left for Austin Aries, who has been as cool as a cucumber this entire segment, with the World Heavyweight title and suddenly I hear the Hallelujah chorus playing in my head.

Thoughts: What a night full of surprises and after questions.

Let’s start with the Knockouts match. I thought Gail and Havok showed a lot of aggression this week. Havok’s knee shot to Gail’s eye looked brutal but I can’t help to think this should’ve been the time for Havok to get her title rematch against Taryn Terell. The match ended in DQ, so Taryn would have retained with Havok still getting her rematch clause. Havok has yet to get her title rematch since losing it last year, unless you count that battle royal as her title rematch, so it does make me wonder if that is being put to the side in favor of the Awesome Kong and Havok feud that continues to brew. Speaking of their feud, I was hoping that by now we would have some kind of backstage segment or promo from either of these titan Knockouts explaining exactly why they’re feuding. It seems to be the missing factor in this feud as there really isn’t a motive as to why Awesome Kong has set her eyes on Havok since returning, aside from the assumption that Kong is looking to reclaim her title as the most dominant Knockout on the roster.

Speaking of Havok, she made a very shocking and surprising return to Shine this weekend, making the save for Mia Yim after Valkyrie attempts a sneak attack. Now, I only bring this up because of the concern it may bring regarding Havok’s TNA status and their rules regarding talents appearing on iPPVs. She isn’t scheduled for TNA’s upcoming UK Tour so perhaps this is TNA’s way of allowing Havok continue to work close to home.

One Knockout name that has been circulating has been Velvet Sky’s and the aftermath of this Feast or Fired. Though her name has been removed from TNA’s roster page, she isn’t listed under TNA alumni’s section or has been removed from TNA’s Knockouts website yet. Like Havok, Velvet isn’t scheduled for TNA’s UK tour and so this may simply be the way TNA have written off Velvet as opposed to it being the real deal but only time will tell.

Until then, keep an eye and ear open Knockout fans.

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Royal Rumble Rewind: Women in the Royal Rumble Match http://www.diva-dirt.com/106794/royal-rumble-rewind-women-in-the-royal-rumble-match/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106794/royal-rumble-rewind-women-in-the-royal-rumble-match/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:39:58 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106794

Ahead of tomorrow’s Royal Rumble, we’re taking a look back at memorable Diva moments from the history of the Pay-Per-View.

Today, we’re looking at the Rumble’s female entrants. To date, we’ve seen three women take part in the Royal Rumble match: Chyna, Beth Phoenix and Kharma.

In 1999, Chyna made history when she entered the match, drawing the coveted number 30 spot. She eliminated Mark Henry before being taken out by Stone Cold Steve Austin:

The following year, Chyna competed in the match again, this time entering at number 17. She eliminated Chris Jericho, who had defeated her in a match earlier in the night, but found herself eliminated by The Big Boss Man not long after:

In 2010, Beth Phoenix broke the Divas’ ten year try spell as a surprise entrant at number six, eliminating The Great Khali in memorable fashion. She was eventually eliminated by CM Punk:

Most recently, and perhaps the most shocking of all, was the inclusion of Kharma in the 2012 Rumble match. She entered at number 21 and eliminated Hunico. She was eliminated by Dolph Ziggler:

Which Rumble performance was your favorite?

Note: This was originally posted on 1/25/14.

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WWE Superstars Redux (January 23rd, 2015): Naomi and Cameron Drag Up the Past http://www.diva-dirt.com/106781/wwe-superstars-redux-january-23rd-2015-naomi-and-cameron-drag-up-the-past/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106781/wwe-superstars-redux-january-23rd-2015-naomi-and-cameron-drag-up-the-past/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:48:02 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106781

So yesterday I bought 2K15 on Xbox, and I have to say I’m very disappointed. Obviously I chose to play as the queen Nikki Bella (and computer-played Naomi beat me fair and square, unsurprisingly). My main gripe with the game is the graphics. They left a lot to be desired. But that’s not what we’re here to talk about!

Naomi and Cameron clashed on Superstars last night in what I’m sure was a bout filled with plenty of action and zero concern for one another.

The Divas are tonight’s opening match! Naomi is out first, sporting some new ring attire! She looks awesome with the cut out over her stomach. Renee Young is once again absent from commentary, and I really hope it’s not permanent because a). I adore Renee and b). WWE commentary is such a sausage fest already.

Cameron follows her former tag partner to the ring, sure to check out her appearance. Naomi’s got no time for that however, and as Cameron bends over to put her mirror down, Naomi kicks her right in the rear end. Cameron bounces face first off the ropes and starts screaming at Naomi! Her hot head gets the better of her and she runs right into two dropkicks and a back elbow from Naomi. Cameron quickly rolls out of the ring to regroup.

She grabs her mirror to check her face as we’re shown a replay of the spill into the ropes Cameron took earlier. It actually is the kind of thing that could muck your face up, so I don’t blame her for being concerned! Naomi isn’t feeling it, however, and hits another drop kick through the ropes. Yet another drop kick later and Cameron has had enough. She grabs her mirror, proclaiming that she is ‘done with this’ and heads off towards the ramp. Naomi is in hot pursuit, taunting her former partner, and Cameron turns around, connecting with a wicked-sounding clothesline.

Cameron throws Naomi back into the ring, hitting a split kick and trying for a pin early. She manages a two count but Naomi’s not quite finished yet. Cameron keeps the pressure on her former BFF, before sending her face first into the mat from the corner. Cameron with another pin attempt but Naomi kicks out once more.

Cameron chokes Naomi out on the ropes and stalks her into the corner, throwing her back down to the floor. She has her locked in a hold, but Naomi shows signs of life. She reaches up and manages to catch Cameron’s head with the brunt of her kick. Naomi’s on her feet once again and hits a Thesz press, but Cameron with a second big clothesline to knock her down.

Naomi fights out of Cameron’s hold and shows signs of life, catching Cameron on the side of the head with a kick from atop the turnbuckle. Naomi’s fired up now, hitting two clotheslines in a row and then lining up Cameron for the rear view. She hits it picture perfectly and after one, two, three Naomi is the winner!

Naomi saunters up to the corner to celebrate, before dancing her way home.

Thoughts: A strong showing for both women, I think. Naomi proving once again that she can get the job done and should be in the title picture, and Cameron reaffirming that she has what it takes to be a full-fledged heel diva. Her attitude carries her very far through her matches, and that’s not to say she can’t back it up with the physical stuff. She’s come on leaps and bounds and I really think the sky is the limit for her. As for Naomi, I was hoping last year would see her earn the butterfly belt. Let’s hope 2015 is her time to shine.

Whatever happened to her storyline with The Miz? I was really enjoying that…

Until next time, ciao! x

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Today in History: Luna Vachon vs. Sable in a Strap Match at Royal Rumble 1999 http://www.diva-dirt.com/106602/today-in-history-luna-vachon-vs-sable-in-a-strap-match-at-royal-rumble-1999-2/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106602/today-in-history-luna-vachon-vs-sable-in-a-strap-match-at-royal-rumble-1999-2/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 14:00:09 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106602

On this day in history:

January 24th, 1999 | Despite being attacked earlier in the night and suffering a back injury, Women’s Champion Sable defended her title against Luna Vachon in a Strap match at Royal Rumble 1999. Instead of forfeiting the match and the title at the suggestion of Shane McMahon, Sable fought on, dominating much of the match. However, when Shane tried to tip the scales in Luna’s favor by distracting the referee, Sable super fan Tori, making her first appearance outside of the crowd, punched Luna and set up Sable to touch the fourth and final corner, allowing her to win the match and retain the Women’s Title.

What are your memories of this moment?

Also occurring today in history:
* 1/24/88 – The Jumping Bomb Angels (Noriyo Tateno & Itsuki Yamakazi) defeated The Glamour Girls (Judy Martin & Leilani Kai) to win the Women’s Tag Team Titles at Royal Rumble 1988.

Note: This was originally posted on 1/24/14.

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Velvet Sky Fired on Impact Wrestling http://www.diva-dirt.com/106775/velvet-sky-fired-on-impact-wrestling/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106775/velvet-sky-fired-on-impact-wrestling/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 04:36:20 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106775 Photo: ImpactWrestling.com

Tonight’s Impact Wrestling saw TNA fire longtime Knockout Velvet Sky.

During a Feast or Fired match earlier in the night, Velvet claimed one of the briefcases on behalf of Robbie E. Robbie insisted that she take ownership of it, and it was eventually revealed to the Fired case.

Velvet’s storyline firing has been confirmed on ImpactWrestling.com, the announcement also compiling reactions from TNA officials.

Velvet’s official fate has yet to be confirmed, but her status with TNA has been speculated on ever since the departure of her real life boyfriend, Bully Ray.

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Impact Wrestling Feedback: January 23rd, 2015 http://www.diva-dirt.com/106753/impact-wrestling-feedback-january-23rd-2015/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106753/impact-wrestling-feedback-january-23rd-2015/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 01:45:58 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106753

Tune in to Impact Wrestling tonight at 9pm ET.

Discuss the show in the comments!

RELATED: Impact Wrestling Spoilers: January 16th & 23rd, 2015

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Full Results: SHINE 24 http://www.diva-dirt.com/106762/live-coverage-shine-24/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106762/live-coverage-shine-24/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 01:45:24 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106762

Diva Dirt presents live coverage of SHINE 24, airing tonight on iPPV.

The main event sees SHINE Champion Mia Yim put her title on the line against the recently-returned Santana Garrett, while plum ties on the undercard include SHINE Tag Team Champions Legendary (Malia Hosaka and Brandi Wine) teaming up with their accomplice Thunderkitty to take on The Kimber Bombs (Cherry Bomb and Kimber Lee) and Leah Von Dutch in six-woman tag action, and Allysin Kay‘s hotly-anticipated singles clash with Athena.

The show will also feature the SHINE debut of Andréa (former TNA talent Rosie Lottalove) as the new enforcer of SoCal Val.

SHINE 24 comes to us live from the Orpheum in Ybor City, Florida at 9pm Eastern (2am GMT) and live in iPPV. Click here to order the show.

Live results will appear below.

Amber Gallows defeated Amanda Rodriguez. The Bullet Babe, accompanied by husband Doc Gallows at ringside, was on vicious form in this match, not pulling any punches, and picking up the win with an STO.

Solo Darling and Luscious Latasha come out for a singles match, but Valifornia, accompanied by new enforcer Andréa, interrupt and suggest a tag team match between BTY (Marti Belle and Jayme Jameson) and Darling and Latasha.

Marti Belle and Jayme Jameson defeat Solo Darling and Luscious Latasha. This was a fun match, with BTY dominating for large parts, but Solo Darling was the star of the match with a incredibly entertaining and energetic performance that is sure to have won over a number of new fans. In the end, however, BTY with their Valifornia cohorts at ringside were too strong, with Belle and Jameson winning with a brutal double powerbomb.

After the match, Andréa came to the ring and continued the beatdown with a huge spinning rack bomb.

Out come Valkyrie, and Allysin Kay cuts a promo saying the group plan to reestablish their dominance tonight. Leva Bates, Athena and Jessica James come out, and we’ve got a singles match between James and Taylor Made.

Taylor Made defeats Jessica James. A slugfest, with Jessica James putting up a brave effort on her SHINE debut. Made got the win with a running neckbreaker.

Leva Bates defeats Su Yung by DQ. A good match that got a nice amount of time, with Leva getting the DQ victory after Yung locked in The Purge and refused to let go despite Bates having the ropes.

Allysin Kay defeats Athena. An awesome, awesome match, exactly what you’d expect from these two incredible wrestlers. Kay got the win with a discus clothesline after interference from April Hunter.

The Kimber (Leah) Bombs (Kimber Lee, Cherry Bomb and Leah Von Dutch) defeated Legendary (Brandi Wine, Malia Hosaka and Thunderkitty). Another brilliantly entertaining match, with Legendary using the referee’s limited scope of vision to their advantage and generally using sly tactics. In the end, however, it was the makeshift Kimber (Leah) Bombs who would get the win with Leah Von Dutch hitting the KLM on Thunderkitty.

Mia Yim defeated Santana Garrett to retain the SHINE Championship. Rounding off a clean sweep of great matches this show, Yim and Santana went all the way, putting on a definite match of the night contender. Yim won the match with her package piledriver, but Santana can be extremely proud of her performance.

Afterwards, Santana’s former partner Amber Gallows came and the pair brawled to the back. Then, Valkyrie ran in and sneak-attacked Yim, with Allysin Kay reiterating her declaration of Valkyries dominance…only for Jessicka Havok (!) to return and drive Valkyrie out of the ring!

That’s all for tonight’s show – a surprisingly short one, at just under two hours. Check back later this weekend for a full write-up!

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WWE Superstars Sentiments: January 23rd, 2015 http://www.diva-dirt.com/106755/wwe-superstars-sentiments-january-23rd-2015/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106755/wwe-superstars-sentiments-january-23rd-2015/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 00:45:48 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106755

Tune in to WWE Superstars on the WWE Network at 8pm ET.

Discuss the shows in the comments!

RELATED: WWE Superstars Spoilers: January 23rd, 2015

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Lucha Underground Analysis (January 21st, 2015): Sexy Star Returns to the Ring http://www.diva-dirt.com/106758/lucha-underground-analysis-january-21st-2015-sexy-star-returns-to-the-ring/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106758/lucha-underground-analysis-january-21st-2015-sexy-star-returns-to-the-ring/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:11:47 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106758

Good day all!~ And welcome to this week’s Lucha Underground Analysis.

Last week we were off because, while I love me some cryptic black leather Angela Fong, I didn’t think a Redux was needed to just recap her staring into an office for a few seconds. Never fear though, for we’re back this time and we’ve got some ring action as Sexy Star takes on El Mariachi Loco!

We head to the temple, as Sexy Star is apparently already inside the ring and her opponent, El Mariachi Loco, gets the entrance this week. Loco gets into the ring as she blows off a kiss taunt and they lock up. My focus goes to a little of the shady commentary though, and when I regain my composure, Sexy is breaking out of a waistlock and transitioning into one of her own. He tries to gyrate on her, but she escapes and lands a beautiful headscissors, then into an armdrag. Star decks Loco with a few kicks to the face, before he gets in control with a drop toe hold.

Mariachi lands a chop in the corner, then sending her off the ropes as she holds on and he goes flying to the outside. With that, Star ascends to the top rope and leaps off with an epic dive! Back inside the ring, she hits a slap to the face, followed up with a boot to the face as the control stays with her. Kick, as she dips outside the ring and heads up top, landing a lucha arm drag. She tries for a DDT, but Loco catches her and drops her right on the top rope. He goes up top, but misses a senton and she lands an inside cradle for the victory.

Thoughts: I’m kind of on the fence about this to be honest. Match-wise, it was fine. I am starting to notice what others have said about Sexy Star’s matches sort of blending together, but this was still a part of their first batch of tapings I believe, so I’m not going to judge that as harshly since they didn’t have time to listen to feedback or really see what was working and needed to be switched up.

Now onto where I’m sort of negative about. I’ve praised Lucha Underground to no end, but I’m not going to sit and neglect when it’s doing something that I think should be switched up. On one hand, I think it’s cool that they’re still doing the Intergender action, but part of me has noticed a pattern that I’m not sure I’m very keen to. While I do appreciate that Sexy is getting to look strong and not show fear against men, I still kind of wish she didn’t always either have to win with a roll up or assistance from another guy. I get that the male wrestlers may not want to cleanly lose to a woman, but I don’t think it’s entirely absurd to see someone pin a man cleanly with their own finisher… just look at Candice LeRae in PWG for example.

I also think I’m a little down on Lucha Underground as a whole because I kind of expected more in terms of the women from their most recent taping. I won’t spoil what happens, but match wise; I was kind of bummed, especially considering how buzzy the females had been for them from the get-go. That’s not to say in the end, the finished product won’t include segments or something to keep them on screen (and I really hope it does), but if we end up just going by the matches that were taped last weekend, it might be a few weeks before I’m back again.

There’s another taping this weekend, so I’m hoping that makes things up a little bit. During our presumed break over the next couple of weeks, I’m going to attempt to write up an article about five women I think would spice Lucha Underground up a bit if they entered the temple. Because in all honesty, if Sexy Star isn’t going to be able to pin anyone with her finisher (and no assistance), I’m way more interested in getting a full-fledged women’s division than I was at the start. That would also keep a bit of the appeal and spice going for the Intergender action because it’s already starting to seem a little less special for me than it did back in October and I don’t want it to fizzle out quickly.

I still think Lucha Underground is a great thing, but I’m starting to think that more applies to the men’s action and less to the women’s at the moment. Maybe it’s just a funk I’m in, but I really hope they look into hiring a few more women who are ready to go in the ring to create some fun matches down the line. They’re no stranger to AAA, and that’s pretty much where at least half my upcoming list will come from, so fingers crossed!

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Layla Out With Undisclosed Injury http://www.diva-dirt.com/106748/layla-out-with-undisclosed-injury/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106748/layla-out-with-undisclosed-injury/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 20:38:20 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106748 Photo: WWE.com

Layla has undergone surgery for an undisclosed injury, according to PWInsider.

In their report, PWInsider states that Layla was pulled from the road before getting surgery earlier this week. No further details are known.

Layla hasn’t tweeted about her injury, but she has been absent from WWE television since late November.

UPDATE: Layla has debunked rumors of an injury on her Instagram, writing that she has instead undergone a “personal surgery”:

A photo posted by Layla El (@laylayel) on

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SmackDown Redux (January 22nd, 2015): Brie Gives the Bellas Some Royal Rumble Momentum http://www.diva-dirt.com/106743/smackdown-redux-january-22nd-2015-brie-gives-the-bellas-some-royal-rumble-momentum/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106743/smackdown-redux-january-22nd-2015-brie-gives-the-bellas-some-royal-rumble-momentum/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:29:22 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106743

Last night’s SmackDown was our last stop before the Royal Rumble (if you don’t count WWE Superstars.. *cough*). Unfortunately, the Divas title won’t be on the line this Sunday, but we’re still miles ahead of the no-match-at-all we got last year. Glass half full, people.

The match we are getting pits Paige and Natalya against Brie and Nikki Bella, building off of the few weeks of tension between the pairs. As we prepare for that, this week’s SmackDown puts Brie Bella up against Naomi. Nikki will be at ringside, while Paige and Natalya claim seats at the announcers’ table. So there will be verbal shenanigans, at the very least..

As the Bellas head to the ring, we see them, popup video-style, in the corner of the screen. They get their Mean Girls on, dissing Natalya for appearing to love her cats for than her husband Tyson Kidd (Machiavelli!!!!!). Paige gets hate for her pale skin, but Nikki is slow on the uptake, not getting Brie’s vampire joke. Nice touch. I appreciate it when heels are less than perfect.

Paige makes a correction for the record, clarifying that she’s a Glampire, not a vampire. Is that the subset of vampires whose skin sparkles? Yuck, I stepped into a Twilight reference. Get it off me!

The match officially starts, but Brie’s head is elsewhere, and she turns her back on Naomi. Naomi takes advantage of this, rolling her up for an early pin attempt. Brie kicks out, but is met with a dropkick as soon as she gets to her feet.

Naomi is on a roll, ducking an attack from Brie and running the ropes, hitting her somersault clothesline on the return. Her Irish whip into the corner is reversed, though, and Brie comes charging. When Naomi tries to block her, Brie catches her boots, tossing them over the top rope. Naomi keeps her balance, though, and gets the last laugh, kicking Brie in the side of the head.

The Divas trade blows as Natalya and Paige try to explain their dynamic on commentary. They’re not exactly friends – they just have a common enemy. Are they trying to compensate for a woefully underwritten storyline, or is their “strange bedfellows” thing intentional? I’ll go with option A because, well, WWE.

In the ring, Brie whips Naomi towards the ropes, but Naomi hits a baseball slide to get under them, heading out onto the ring apron. Brie blocks Naomi’s kick over the top rope and hits a reversed hot shot, jacking Naomi’s throat against the rope. Naomi falls to the outside of the ring.

Natalya’s getting testy about Paige calling Tyson an idiot (I’m guessing him wearing useless headphones to ringside was clue #1) while Brie follows Naomi to the outside. She tosses Naomi back into the ring and follows, hitting her with a low dropkick. She goes for the pin, but Naomi kicks out at two.

Brie slams Naomi’s face into the corner thrice before hitting her with a running bulldog. Another pin attempt, another kick out by Naomi. Brie tosses Naomi into the ropes and meets her with a knee to the midsection and props her up against the bottom rope. She goes to hit her running knee strike, but Naomi slips out of the way.

She hits Brie with back-to-back clotheslines and a kick to the stomach, but her kick to the head is blocked. Brie slams the leg down to hyperextend it and hits the Bella Buster, pinning Naomi for the three-count.

As Brie and Nikki celebrate, they have a staredown with the self-appointed Blackharts. Michael Cole laughs when he asks Jerry Lawler if he’s ready for their match this Sunday, which says it all about how high a priority the Divas are heading into the Rumble.

Thoughts: This was a simple match between Brie and Naomi. Nothing too memorable, but not too shabby, either. It was a pretty half-assed way to build to the tag match at the Rumble, but that match is half-assed in itself, so I suppose it fits. But really, does it get much lazier than repeating what happened on Raw and just reversing the Divas’ roles?

It would have been nice to get Alicia Fox out there to build to the Royal Rumble’s Tag Team Title match, since I’m hoping both she and Naomi will factor into that in some fashion. Maybe she could have cost Naomi the match. Paige, who has proven she’s not above using dirty tactics, could have tried to cancel out Alicia’s cheating with some of her own, but unsuccessfully, leading to a win for Brie and a one-up by the Bella Twins over Paige and Natalya. Ta da! Two birds, one stone.

If you couldn’t tell, I’m not too hyped about the tag match. I’m not saying that every Pay-Per-View match should have the title on the line, but if there’s no belt in contention, the storyline needs to compensate for that. Diva storylines often rely so heavily on the belt as a driving force in the story, so when it’s eliminated, there’s little substance left. The crutch is gone, and we’re left with Divas who just don’t like each other for… reasons!

I have a feeling I’d like this storyline more if they played up the Paige/Natalya tension more, making Paige more of a wild card. Imagine if it was possible that Paige would turn on her own partner mid-match, just out of frustration. That would raise the stakes and make this match feel less like a glorified Raw match. They teased that a bit after last week’s Raw, but they’ve since patched things up. Their partnership now is more Odd Couple than ticking time bomb, which is unfortunate.

Lastly, in what I think should probably become a running feature, I’m going to log the run time of this match, bell to bell. Here, Brie and Naomi wrestled for 2 minutes, 20 seconds. Another short SmackDown match, but not as woefully short as the one minute match from two weeks ago. Obviously, the match’s length isn’t always indicative of its quality, but it is a symptom of the WWE’s lack of investment in the Divas. No matter how you slice it, consistently short matches are a bad sign.

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Diva Dirt Hype: Natalya & Paige vs. The Bella Twins (Royal Rumble 2015) http://www.diva-dirt.com/106736/diva-dirt-hype-natalya-paige-vs-the-bella-twins-royal-rumble-2015/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106736/diva-dirt-hype-natalya-paige-vs-the-bella-twins-royal-rumble-2015/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:53:59 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106736

Get hyped for WWE Royal Rumble with an exclusive Diva Dirt Hype video package highlighting the tag team match between Natalya & Paige vs. Brie & Nikki Bella, made by Diva Dirt’s own Chris.

Check out the latest Diva Dirt Hype below:

Music: “Irresistible” by Fall Out Boy

Listen to every song featured in a Diva Dirt Hype video on our Spotify playlist.

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‘Total Divas’ First Look: Cameron is Concerned About Eva Marie’s Health http://www.diva-dirt.com/106733/total-divas-first-look-cameron-is-concerned-about-eva-maries-health/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106733/total-divas-first-look-cameron-is-concerned-about-eva-maries-health/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:00:40 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106733

On this Sunday’s episode of Total Divas, Cameron and Eva Marie go on a “girls day out” shopping trip.

In the changing room, Eva experiences some lightheadedness. Cameron offers a helping hand and soon discovers that Eva hasn’t eaten at all that day. This has Cameron worrying that this might be the symptom of a bigger problem.

Watch the clip below:

Total Divas airs Sundays at 9pm ET on E!.

Synopsis for episode 14, “Insecurity Breach”: “Ariane goes behind Eva’s back and gets together with Jonathan to confront Eva Marie about a major issue; Brie is afraid of retaliation after her house is broken into; Paige faces the consequences of sending mixed signals.”

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Today in History: Mae Young Wins the Miss Royal Rumble Bikini Contest http://www.diva-dirt.com/106599/today-in-history-mae-young-wins-the-miss-royal-rumble-bikini-contest-2/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106599/today-in-history-mae-young-wins-the-miss-royal-rumble-bikini-contest-2/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:00:52 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106599

On this day in history:

January 23rd, 2000 | The first (and only) Miss Royal Rumble swimsuit competition was held at the 2000 Royal Rumble. Competing for the crown were BB, Ivory, Jacqueline, The Kat, Luna Vachon, Terri Runnels and, in a last minute addition, Mae Young. After dancing around the ring in a one piece and flashing her puppies to the judges, Mae was crowned the winner, demonstrating that it always pays to go the extra mile.

What are your memories of this moment?

Note: This was originally posted on 1/23/13.

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NXT Redux (January 21st, 2015): Setting the Stage for a Fatal-4-B.A.[y]E http://www.diva-dirt.com/106725/nxt-redux-january-21st-2015-setting-the-stage-for-a-fatal-4-b-a-ye/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106725/nxt-redux-january-21st-2015-setting-the-stage-for-a-fatal-4-b-a-ye/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 01:51:15 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106725

Greeeetings everyone, and welcome to this week’s joyous NXT Redux!

If the title doesn’t make sense to you, I promise it kind of, sort of will by the time we get done with tonight’s festivities. Speaking of which, tonight we’ve got a big match set up, as Sasha Banks will again get her chance at Charlotte’s championship after (I believe) becoming the first woman to ever pin her on NXT television last week in a tag team match.

Charlotte, unfortunately, won’t have anyone in her corner tonight because Natalya probably “accidentally” drove into another dumpster on the way to Full Sail. Sasha, though, made sure to have her cohort, Becky Lynch, at the venue and ready to be by her side as she looks to finally take the title she’s been fighting for since day one.

Will she push Charlotte out the way and realize her dream? Or will the champ make Sasha once again Bow Down to the Queen (I realize the name was changed, but dang it, this worked better in terms of semi-rhyming so I’m sticking with it)?

Let’s find out…

BUT FIRST.

Gasp! It’s my Sue Simmons of wrestling broadcast journalism, Devin Taylor! The vision of beauty, grace and elegance introduces us to her interviewee for the evening, our Boss, Sasha Banks!~ Devin wants thoughts from Sasha on… err, Sasha puts a stop right to that. She wants to instead give her thoughts on how she beat Charlotte last week, that of which will be repeated this evening with the only difference being that she won’t have anyone to help her out. Tonight, the Boss will finally become the champ. Any more questions? Don’t care.

Perfection.

We head to the venue as Becky and Sasha are in the midst of entering to the world’s greatest theme song, while we get an audio recap of what happened last week to lead into the title match. As soon as Banks steps inside the squared circle, she’s cut off by the entrance of our champion… and her bangin’ new straight hair!~ Charlotte gives her shirt off to a young fan before flipping inside the ring as JoJo (LET. HER. WRESTLE.) provides some in ring introductions. With that, the referee raises NXT’s Women’s Title up in the air as the bell sounds and the “Sasha’s Ratchet”/”No She’s Not” dueling chants kick off.

Banks with a shove as the two lock up and continue to aggressively battle one another in order to attain the upper hand early on. This eventually ends with them falling to the outside as Charlotte beats some fists into the back of Sasha. Becky Lynch then tries to interfere, but Charlotte avoids contact and decks her with a clothesline to take the plaid pant wearin’ Diva down. Back onto Sasha, she throws her inside and nails a huge bodyslam. Following it with a knee drop, Charlotte only scores a two count. The champion tries to maintain the advantage; however, Sasha leaps onto Charlotte and nails some rights. Charlotte then returns the favor, as Becky Lynch runs in and hits an uppercut to cause the DQ!

Becky beats Charlotte down, as Sasha shoves her back and now both women take the champion to her knees with shots to the face. Suddenly, Bayley runs out to make the save! She scares both members of BAE off, much to the crowd’s delight, as Charlotte tries to regain her composure. The referee hands the title to Charlotte… or, he tries to, but Bayley grabs it and stares intently at the prize. Charlotte gets back up and snatches the belt from her, leading to Bayley firing herself up and hitting the Belly to Bayley on Charlotte! All hell has broken loose and the crowd LOVES it. Bayley starts to head off, but William Regal then walks out and announces that at NXT TakeOver on February 11th, Charlotte will defend her title against… Bayley!

AND… Becky Lynch!

AND… Sasha Banks! In a Fatal-4-Way!

So yes, it’s now official. Because I want to be creative and get the ball rolling in terms of finding some sort of hip, cool, trendy tagline for this edition of Takeover, I’ve decided to call it…

NXT TakeOver: Fatal-4-B.A.[y]E.

The “Y” is silent because it stands for BAY as is Bayley, while the overall word in itself encapsulates Sasha and Becky as Team B.A.E. I couldn’t find a way to incorporate Charlotte (why isn’t she calling herself the Bae-iest Diva in the Game?) so she can make up the “Fatal” part since she has killed the chances of all three women beating her for the title time and time again throughout 2014.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, when it’s spoken out loud, it will be read as “NXT TakeOver: Fatal Four Ba-why-e”, with the same sound and pronunciation as Hawaii.

Yes, yes, just think of me as your modern day wrestling trendsetter!~

Thoughts: THIS is the stuff I want to see from NXT every week. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve said it before… the matches range from good to great all the time. But I want storylines that have time to get proper build up, as opposed to just a few weeks. And while this is pretty much only actually being built up over the next two weeks, I think the backstory of Bayley and Sasha’s paths, mixed in with Becky’s transcendence from being the background player to now the underdog who really has a chance to break through, makes this match feel so much more special than even the other Takeover matches have to be honest.

When you think about it, Bayley thwarted Sasha to get her shot all the way back in September. Then Sasha built herself into the picture in December. Throughout that period, this is also when Becky Lynch was given the chance to step up, and so I think when you look at it that way, this match is just so exciting and so fun because literally anyone could win.

That’s also my favorite thing about them finally giving us a multi-Diva match… I’m not eliminating the chances of anyone. Do I think Charlotte will lose since this is a perfect way to get the title onto someone new without her looking weak by having to take the pin? Yes. But would I feel confident enough to bet against her? Heck no. I do think this is the time for someone to win, as it just feels like, more than ever, the perfect chance to switch things up. I just can’t see how either Bayley or Sasha can get another shot after this if Charlotte retains, considering they’ve both gotten at least two beforehand.

Some might think Becky Lynch isn’t ready to be in this spot just yet, especially considering how badly I wanted to see Bayley, Sasha and Charlotte have that triple threat feud. To me, though, this adds that sense of intrigue. Becky Lynch is BY FAR the underdog going in, and when you have a multi-woman match like this, I think having an underdog is essential. I’m in no way the biggest fan of Becky and Sasha as a pairing, with reasons I’ve stated before, but on her own, I think Becky is phenomenal. She needs a little bit of fine tuning, especially now that we’ve kind of seen less of her rock persona since the formation, but I think the story of someone going from loss after loss, to bringing themselves to the forefront of the division because of something they had to ultimately do by their own choice to get ahead (in that of turning heel on Bayley) is a freaking awesome story.

I swear to God NXT, if you give us a video package on the pre-show, please, please, please have Becky’s sit down confessional feature her embracing the role of the underdog, and saying that people know what to expect from Sasha, Bayley and Charlotte on the big stage, but not her. She’s the wildcard and I’m so ready to see what she can do with a chance like this.

Sasha, Bayley and Charlotte don’t really need any hype from me, as we know what they can do and I’m so excited for this. The possibilities for the match are endless, and I honestly am not sure who I want to see walk out with the title. I do think Becky would be interesting, but part of me still thinks it deserves to go to Sasha or Bayley because those two, in addition to Charlotte, have really been the glue behind the division for the past year. They’ve all worked so hard, and I want to see one of those two get rewarded.

On one hand, Sasha getting a reign is something I need. But would it now feel like it’s holding her back from going to the main roster? Given how many shows she’s worked recently, I’m not sure if her becoming champion would be what’s best for her career in that sense. With Bayley, I actually think this is the perfect time for her to win it, and with the emotion this girl caused me last September, I’m not sure I can handle seeing her dream get crushed twice like this. The fairytale ending would be so magical, but I just can’t decide. Maybe in the next few weeks I’ll be able to choose, however, for now, let’s just soak up this Fatal-4-B.A.[y]E. glory!

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SmackDown Reaction: January 22nd, 2015 http://www.diva-dirt.com/106721/smackdown-reaction-january-22nd-2015/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106721/smackdown-reaction-january-22nd-2015/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:45:47 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106721

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

Discuss the show in the comments!

RELATED: SmackDown Spoilers: January 22nd, 2015

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Your Two Cents: Women in the Royal Rumble Match http://www.diva-dirt.com/106724/your-two-cents-women-in-the-royal-rumble-match/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106724/your-two-cents-women-in-the-royal-rumble-match/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:35:20 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106724

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: Pick one female wrestler, past or present, to book in this year’s Royal Rumble match. We’ve read your responses on our social media pages and picked some of the best submissions to highlight here on the website. As always, you can join the debate by leaving your comments!

Ashley Matthew: Mickie James. It would be an awesome way for her to return to WWE if she ever got re-signed.

@CatherineNikita: Has to be Tamina Snuka! Someone has to become the fourth Diva to enter the Royal Rumble. Right now, with her out, it’d be perfect spot to return!

@ChadLLindquist: Noriyo Tateno. She was in the first Royal Rumble event!

@David_Stepp: Becky Lynch could enter at #1 & Bexplex (the best exploder suplex in the biz) all 29 of them over the top rope.

@GKInteractive: Alundra Blayze!

@IAmMikeKnight: I say Natalya. She’s #HartDungeonTough plus I think it’d be funny if she eliminates Tyson Kidd from the Rumble match.

Jon Vega: Chyna would be an epic entry and I’m sure she still to this day would get a pop from the audience.

Jordan Sheehan: Shaniqua! She would dominate!!

Joshua Hettinger: Victoria, Lita or Luna Vachon.

@juansnow_: How about a petite Diva and not Divas with the stature of Beth Phoenix or Chyna? How about Paige?

Justin B. Laughlin: Aja Kong.

?• @MackinacBulldog: PWG Tag Team Champion Candice LeRae.

?• Matthew Bemis: The one and only, Sable!!!! She’s my all time favorite and would love to see her in one last match!

Matthew Brown: For past Diva I would chose Jazz because she was one bad ass and she could definitely rough out with the men. For current Diva I would choose Tamina. She’s big enough and tough enough to hang with the men and what a shocker and a way to make her return!

Mauricio Cordova: AJ Lee has broken a lot of records in the past few years. So, it can be interesting to see her in the Royal Rumble match. I know that she’s not as strong as Chyna, Beth and Kharma are, but it would be awesome to see her.

Nicholas Dombkowski: Jazz!! She would beat the crap out of all the guys!!

Randi Parker: I think a surprise appearance from Beth Phoenix would be cool.

Samuel C. Garner: Anyone who knows me knows this answer will be way too predictable, but I pick the #BOSS Sasha Banks.

Sammie Nuriko: Sexy Star.

Steven Addison: Tamina would be a cool return/surprise. Also I think WWE should have kept Aloisia aka Lindsay Hayward. A 6’9″ Diva would be interesting to see in WWE.

And now we turn it over to you…

Give us your two cents! Who would you book in the Royal Rumble match?

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WWE Main Event Redux (January 21st, 2015): Old Rivalries Die Hard http://www.diva-dirt.com/106682/wwe-main-event-redux-january-21st-2015-old-rivalries-die-hard/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106682/wwe-main-event-redux-january-21st-2015-old-rivalries-die-hard/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:16:51 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106682

Welcome, welcome one and all! It’s Royal Rumble week and I am excited! As far as gimmicks go, the Rumble is my favourite match (though Survivor Series a close second!) and I will be in London to watch it live with a bunch of awesome people. I’m excited for the tag team match that’s been announced for the Pay-Per-View, which you can read all about in Jack’s Raw Redux right here, in case you missed it!

Speaking of Natalya, she had herself a little match last night with her storied (if you’re an avid Total Divas fan) rival, Summer Rae. I’m sure it’ll be nothing short of awesome, because Natalya makes everyone look good and there’s genuine animosity between these two women. At least I think there is… Summer, like, totally botched up Natalya’s nose, guys. Paige is ringside for this bout!

Unfortunately, after scouring the internet, I can only find condensed version of the match!

We kick off and Summer backs Natalya up against the ropes with some rough shoves to the face. The Dungeon Queen (which sounds waaay more porny than I intended) does not take kindly to this lack of respect. After a knee to the gut, Summer takes a little too long to gloat, and Natalya manages to turn the tables on her opponent. After a big right hand to the face, Natalya takes Summer down and pounds away. Paige is cheering her new BFF on as Natalya and Summer part ways. Summer is quick to go for the pin but Natalya bridges out beautifully and reverses into a pin attempt of her own. She gets a two count before Summer gets out of her predicament.

The ladies are still locked up by the arms as they come up once again, and it’s Summer who takes the lead. A second knee to Natalya’s gut is followed up with an Irish whip into the corner, but Natalya avoids Summer long enough to plant her with a slam off the ropes. Bet your butt is hurting now, Summer! Natalya runs over her like she’s on her way to a cat sale, before knocking her down with a drop kick to the chest.

We cut to later in the match, and Summer is not giving Natalya any chance to turn things around here, applying pressure to Natalya’s knees. Paige is trying to rally the crowd behind her BFF, but it still isn’t quite enough to get Nattie back in the game. Summer rolls around and switches things up, attempting a funky looking pin. It earns her a two count, but Natalya is able to roll her over an attempts a pin of her own once more. She fails to seal the deal, but it doesn’t dissuade the Dungeon Diva (which is better than Queen, okay?).

Natalya traps Summer up in the sharpshooter and, after a competitive match, Summer taps almost right away! Paige heads into the ring to celebrate with her friend, and they hug it out as we’re reminded about their match at the upcoming Royal Rumble pay per view. Are you excited? I’m excited. I love Rumble time.

Thoughts: As I said, I could only find a short version of the match which is disappointing, as judging by what we did see it was great. Competitive, as I mentioned, and physical. Summer’s disrespect at the beginning was very plausible, as we know the dislike between these two ladies, and Nattie coming back and refusing to back down to eventually get the win was, while inevitable, no less awesome to watch. I’m crossing my fingers the Divas get plenty of time to shine at the Rumble!

Until next time, ciao! x

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Candice Michelle Expecting Third Child http://www.diva-dirt.com/106708/candice-michelle-expecting-third-child/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106708/candice-michelle-expecting-third-child/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 19:56:32 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106708 Photo: Candice Michelle/Twitter

Candice Michelle is expecting her third child.

The former WWE Women’s Champion made the announcement yesterday on Twitter, posting a photo of her baby bump and confirming the the child, a girl, is due in July:

Candice and her husband, chiropractor Ken Gee Ehrlich, welcomed their first two daughters in May 2010 and October 2012.

Congratulations to the happy parents!

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Video: Will Ferrell Hits Taryn Terrell With Basketball While Filming New Movie http://www.diva-dirt.com/106705/video-will-ferrell-hits-taryn-terrell-with-basketball-while-filming-new-movie/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106705/video-will-ferrell-hits-taryn-terrell-with-basketball-while-filming-new-movie/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 19:02:58 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106705 Photo: Derick E. Hingle/USA Today Sports

During halftime of last night’s Pelicans/Lakers game, Will Ferrell took to the court to film a scene for the movie Daddy’s Home, bringing in Knockouts Champion Taryn Terrell for one memorable cameo.

Taryn, playing a Pelicans cheerleader, gets clocked with a basketball when Ferrell’s attempt at a half court shot goes horribly wrong.

Watch it all go down in the Vine below:

The story has been picked up by the major sports blogs, including Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports.

Taryn tweeted about the experience, sharing a photo of herself mid-fall:

Taryn has been working as an actress and stuntwoman for years and has two other Will Ferrell movie credits to her name: 2012’s The Campaign and the upcoming Get Hard.

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‘Total Divas’ First Look: Brie Bella Talks About Her House Being Robbed http://www.diva-dirt.com/106697/total-divas-first-look-brie-bella-talks-about-her-house-being-robbed/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106697/total-divas-first-look-brie-bella-talks-about-her-house-being-robbed/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:00:10 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106697

On this Sunday’s episode of Total Divas, Brie Bella talks about the home robbery incident that had her husband Daniel Bryan chasing down and subduing one of the robbers.

Her fellow Divas try to convince her to step up her home security, Nikki claiming that Brie is being naive about it.

Watch the clip below:

Total Divas airs Sundays at 9pm ET on E!.

Synopsis for episode 14, “Insecurity Breach”: “Ariane goes behind Eva’s back and gets together with Jonathan to confront Eva Marie about a major issue; Brie is afraid of retaliation after her house is broken into; Paige faces the consequences of sending mixed signals.”

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Today in History: Trish Stratus & Kurt Angle vs. Stephanie McMahon & Triple H http://www.diva-dirt.com/106596/today-in-history-trish-stratus-kurt-angle-vs-stephanie-mcmahon-triple-h-2/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106596/today-in-history-trish-stratus-kurt-angle-vs-stephanie-mcmahon-triple-h-2/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:00:06 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106596

On this day in history:

January 22nd, 2001 | Addressing two feuds at once, a main event Mixed Tag Team match teamed Trish Stratus with Kurt Angle to take on Stephanie McMahon and Triple H. The hatred between Stephanie and Trish matched, if not exceeded, that between HHH and Angle, so this match was destined to be explosive. Near the end, Trish took out Stephanie bulldog that could have earned her team the three-count. However, HHH arrived before she could get the pin, hitting her with the Pedigree and allowing his wife to get the cover and the win.

What are your memories of this moment?

Note: This was originally posted on 1/22/13.

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NXT Exchange: January 21st, 2015 http://www.diva-dirt.com/106693/nxt-exchange-january-21st-2015/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106693/nxt-exchange-january-21st-2015/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:44:03 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106693

Tune in to NXT on the WWE Network at 8pm ET.

Discuss the show in the comments!

RELATED: NXT Spoilers: January 21st – February 4th, 2015

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‘Total Divas’ Ratings: 1.25 Million Viewers for “Twin Leaks” http://www.diva-dirt.com/106688/total-divas-ratings-1-25-million-viewers-for-twin-leaks/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106688/total-divas-ratings-1-25-million-viewers-for-twin-leaks/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 21:37:50 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106688 Photo: WWE.com

Last Sunday’s episode of Total Divas drew 1.25 million viewers, according to TV By the Numbers.

This is down slightly from the 1.29 million viewers that tuned in to last week’s “Baby Not on Board”.

In the 18-49 demo, the episode earned a 0.6 rating, down a point from the previous two weeks’ 0.7.

Though this marks a slightly downward trend, these numbers are still markedly better than what the first half of season three averaged.

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Tara Talks Issues With Dixie Carter, the Current Diva Who “Has Everything”, Helping Aspiring Wrestlers & More http://www.diva-dirt.com/106684/tara-talks-issues-with-dixie-carter-the-current-diva-who-has-everything-helping-aspiring-wrestlers-more/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106684/tara-talks-issues-with-dixie-carter-the-current-diva-who-has-everything-helping-aspiring-wrestlers-more/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 21:06:20 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106684 tara1Photo: ImpactWrestling.com

Former WWE Diva and TNA Knockout Tara recently joined Jim Ross‘s Ross Report podcast to talk about her time with WWE and TNA, the Diva that impresses her the most, wanting to help aspiring female wrestlers and more.

Poor cross-promotion between TNA and The Squared Circle: Tara tells a story about the time she spent $6,000 of her own money to promote a TNA show in Chicago at her restaurant, The Squared Circle. When asked if she knew about it, TNA President Dixie Carter only said, “Yeah, I heard.” Tara also held a party for some of the talent at her restaurant while they were in town. While they were there, two people from the TNA offices sent an email to the roster asking them to promote another pizza place in Chicago on Twitter as being “the best pizza they’ve ever had.”

Tara says that when she found out about it, she went off and told Bruce Pritchard, “The day I leave my job, I’m punching that cunt in the face,” in reference to Dixie. He replied that she’d be doing them all a favor. She says when she did podcasts to promote TNA and was asked how having a female boss was, she would have to lie and say how wonderful it is, which “made her want to vomit.”

Advising Lana at a WWE event: Tara shares that when she was backstage at one of the WWE’s Chicago shows, Lana approached her to pick her brain because she wants to wrestle and is training as much as possible.

Helping Divas navigate the backstage environment: She says when she got into the business, nobody really liked her because she was the new girl, but Ivory took her under her wing. She then vowed to never be that way and brought girls like Lena Yada into her circle of friends when she was new and riding alone so she could drive with them and share hotel rooms.

Being impressed by Charlotte: Tara says she thinks Charlotte is amazing and is a huge fan of hers. She can’t believe Charlotte can grapple and do a little high flying. She says Charlotte has everything. JR adds to the praise, claiming that she would be his first round draft pick of all men/women in NXT in terms of being “ready to roll.”

Wanting to run an all-women wrestling seminar: She says she wants to host a seminar to give girls getting into the business some help, but nobody has asked her to do one yet.

You can listen to the full interview on PodcastOne.com.

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Diva Dirt Presents LVD TV: Episode 6 (Best of 2014, Part 3) http://www.diva-dirt.com/106675/diva-dirt-presents-lvd-tv-episode-6-best-of-2014-part-3/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106675/diva-dirt-presents-lvd-tv-episode-6-best-of-2014-part-3/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 20:00:19 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106675

LVD TV is Diva Dirt’s web series produced by and starring indy wrestler Leah Von Dutch.

The series is shot and edited by Leah herself, giving us a unique look at the life of an up and coming indy star.

In the sixth episode, Leah presents part three of her Best of 2014, featuring her favorite moments captured on the road this past year.

Watch the sixth episode of LVD TV below:

Leah, who has wrestled for SHIMMER, SHINE and Ring of Honor, currently holds both the CCW Ladies Championship and the XBW Championship. Check out her matches on ClickWrestle.

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Diva Dirt Weekly for the Week Ending January 19th, 2015 http://www.diva-dirt.com/106660/diva-dirt-weekly-for-the-week-ending-january-19th-2015/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106660/diva-dirt-weekly-for-the-week-ending-january-19th-2015/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 18:16:24 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106660

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:

  • Main Event ceases airing on the WWE Network for the foreseeable future.
  • Impact Wrestling (1/16/15): Angelina Love and Velvet Sky defeat Brooke and Taryn Terrell.
  • NXT (1/14/15): Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks defeat Charlotte and Natalya. We discuss spoilers for future NXT episodes and plans for the upcoming NXT Takeover special on February 11th.
  • SmackDown (1/15/15): Alicia Fox, The Miz and Mizdow defeat Naomi, Jimmy and Jey Uso. Natalya defeats Nikki Bella.
  • Total Divas Season 3, Episode 13: “Twin Leaks” (1/18/15)
  • Raw (1/19/15): Paige and Natalya defeat Alicia Fox and Summer Rae.
  • We give our predictions for Paige & Natalya vs. Brie & Nikki Bella at this Sunday’s Royal Rumble.

Listen below or download by right clicking here.

 

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Today in History: Chyna vs. Ivory at Royal Rumble 2001 http://www.diva-dirt.com/106593/today-in-history-chyna-vs-ivory-at-royal-rumble-2001-2/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106593/today-in-history-chyna-vs-ivory-at-royal-rumble-2001-2/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 14:00:28 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106593

On this day in history:

January 21st, 2001 | Women’s Champion Ivory, along with the rest of Right to Censor, had been targeting Chyna for weeks, all because she graced the cover of Playboy. They had severely injured Chyna’s neck with a spike piledriver, but before long, she was almost fully recovered, accepting Ivory’s challenge to face her at Royal Rumble with the title on the line. This was Chyna’s first shot at the belt, but it wasn’t a successful one, as she suddenly dropped to the mat mid-match, having aggravated her neck injury. Ivory pinned the motionless Chyna, retaining the title. After the match, Chyna was fitted with a neck brace and wheeled out of the arena.

What are your memories of this moment?

Note: This was originally posted on 1/21/14.

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SmackDown Spoilers: January 22nd, 2015 http://www.diva-dirt.com/106671/smackdown-spoilers-january-22nd-2015/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106671/smackdown-spoilers-january-22nd-2015/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 03:41:49 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106671 Below are spoilers for this Thursday’s edition of SmackDown:

Spoiler
* Brie Bella defeated Naomi in a short match. Nikki Bella was at ringside while Paige and Natalya were on commentary.

(Source)

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WWE Main Event Spoilers: January 21st, 2015 http://www.diva-dirt.com/106672/upcoming-wwe-main-event-spoilers/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106672/upcoming-wwe-main-event-spoilers/#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 02:13:08 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106672 Below are spoilers for this week’s edition of Main Event:

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* Natalya beat Summer Rae.

(Source)

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Raw Redux (January 19th, 2015): Stephanie Gets Royally Rumbled by Sting http://www.diva-dirt.com/106656/raw-redux-january-19th-2015-stephanie-gets-royally-rumbled-by-sting/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106656/raw-redux-january-19th-2015-stephanie-gets-royally-rumbled-by-sting/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 21:40:02 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106656

Glad tidings loyal subjects and I bid you a fond welcome to this week’s exquisite Raw Redux. I’m getting into the spirit of the Royal Rumble and decided to try and give a (William) regal twist to the proceedings for the introduction. Has it gotten annoying already, a bit like Brie Bella yapping “Come on Nikki” at ringside? Ok then, I’ll stop.

Whilst we got our Divas match for the Royal Rumble announced on Raw, sadly, we only got one Divas match to go alongside that blockbuster announcement. The “frenemy” team of Natalya and Paige marched into battle to go against another unlikely team of Alicia Fox and Summer Rae. Alicia Fox flicks between face and heel like a light switch and it appears her aura has spread to Summer, who acted as a face on Superstars. Thankfully, I’m just glad she didn’t stay as a face. She is a total bitch in the most positive sense of the words and that is why we love her!

The opening segment plays host to our first Diva of the evening – you guessed it, it’s Stephenomenal McMagestic! She and HHH interrupt Brock Lesnar of all people on the mic, and thank god they did. The fact Brock kept ending every sentence with the word “baby” was really unnverving, baby.

Sadly, the official video WWE provided was the only one I could find and it didn’t really showcase Stephanie much. She looked fantastic though, I thought. You know what Stephanie was normally like? Snarky, sarcastic and condescending? She was all kinds of that in this segment too. She verbally laid into John Cena and it was excellent.

The next segment of the night involved Renee Young and her bob(?) haircut. I’m bad with haircuts so I’m sure you readers who are savvy regarding weaves and the like can help me. Renee interviewed John Cena and it was nice to see her. Sadly, I hope you watched the show live as I can’t find a video of this moment, so although it was nice that I saw her, you can’t. Sorry. After seeing last week’s Superstars without her though, I hope she is not off that show. She didn’t feature on Raw last week though either, so perhaps she was absent for the entire day and will be back for this week’s show.

We lock eyes on Stephanie again now as she and Hunter announce John Cena’s three opponents for his match later on. There’s a weird drum rolling joke going on, and although massively random, it was kind of funny. It’s good to see The Authority in both comedic and serious roles.

“You’re like, seriously the worst drummer ever.”

It is now time for our sole match of the night and all entrances have been cut for the second week in a row. All for some dumb segment with trumpet blowing. I’m all for blowing my own trumpet yet I’m not here to see someone else blowing another one. And actually, I liked the drumming part.

The segment kicks off with The Bella Twins chatting to the announce team as they’ll be providing guest commentary. Nikki is happy to see JBL in a t-shirt. I’m happy to see Nikki in just about anything quite frankly as she is looking hot! Brie of course, has got her best flannel on. I’ll no longer describe Brie as the ‘hippy’ Bella, but rather the Lumbersexual one.

Paige and Summer start the match and Paige fakes-out a collar-and-elbow tie-up. She then knees Summer in the gut and quickly tags in Natalya. The pair hit a wristlock snapmare and then Natalya runs over Summer’s back and hits a dropkick. Nikki gives me life on commentary as she bluntly and very rightly says that Paige turns her back on all of her friends whilst Natalya only has cats for friends. Everyone was thinking it and Nikki said it. I like that!

Natalya tags Summer in again and I am really enjoying the quick tag team action between the two. Just as I say that, the prankster and the prude slow things down with a stunning stalling suplex. Paige doesn’t go for a cover though, as she instead opts for a seductive scrawl followed by some headbutts. After a third momentous headbutt, Paige tags Nattie back in, and the Dungeon Diva hits a low dropkick. She then kicks Summer in the chest when they are back to a vertical base. Natalya looks to be in prime position to perhaps hit a discus clothesline, yet Alicia temporarily distracts her, leading to Summer whacking Nat with a sharp spin kick to the mush.

Although it managed to finish off Cameron last week on Superstars, Cameron is no Nattie and Tal kicks out. Alicia is then tagged in and she gets her first chance to inflict some volatile punishment. She hits Natalya with a barrage of knee strikes and then she utilises one of her trump cards, the beautiful Northern Lights suplex. The move bags her a near fall, yet Alicia powers on through. She hits a scoop slam to set up her next assault, a flip leg drop. Although a nice idea, Natalya dodges the move and Alicia’s throwback plan backfires. I say throwback as I’ve not seen Alicia go for that move in years; a lush move I loved seeing again. Even if she did miss it!

After using her speed to her advantage, Natalya tags in Paige and I become blown away by the chemistry on show between the two girls scrapping in the ring. Paige whacks Alicia around with a trifecta of connected clotheslines and then she follows those blows up with a sleek one-legged dropkick. Paige then ducks potential offence from Alicia and she decks her with a signature Doc Marten boot to the bracket! Summer broke up the pin that followed afterwards, but Natalya handles the Rae of Sunshine and dumps her in a major way outside the ring. Natalya then shoves Alicia into another Paige kick to the face. This sets up Alicia’s bipolar bad-self to get locked into the PTO to allow Prankster and Prude to get the win!

Our penultimate appearance comes courtesy of Lana, who doesn’t get any promo time this week. Sadly, it’s all about her man Rusev this week as she heads into the Royal Rumble unstoppable. Let’s not forget how he debuted in it last year when still a part of NXT and lost…

Finally, we are treated to a third Stephanie sighting as she is at ringside for the main event, which is practically 7-on-1. Making his Raw debut to even the odds for Cena, Sting himself makes his prescence felt. The added red to his attire is giving me major Wolfpack Sting throwbacks, yet alas, this is not a Redux of WCW Thunder! Although Stephanie will have like thunder in just a moment!

Sting’s distraction costs Rollins the match, meaning Cena keeps his spot in the Royal Rumble title match and Erick Rowan, Ryback and Dolph Ziggler are rehired. That’s Paige sorted for chess matches, Lana sorted for someone to trash talk and the world sorted as one of the best wrestlers on the planet is back on TV – hell yes!

Thoughts: This week’s match was exactly the type of match the Divas need to be providing viewers each and every week. Whilst it was short, I was thoroughly entertained. Whilst I’d rather see longer matches, if the shorter matches are of this calibre, then I won’t mind as much!

A first note: there were no rest holds in sight. HALLELUJAH! A match this short shouldn’t have rest holds in as quite frankly, no-one should need to have a rest. And in this match, everyone was all guns blazing and these girls killed it, especially Alicia and Paige. The aforementioned girls had absolutely phenomenal chemistry in the ring and their interaction towards the end of the match was so fast-paced and had me on the edge of my seat.

Summer and Natalya also performed well, and both showcased their selling techniques impeccably. I especially loved when Natalya threw Summer out of the ring; Natalya didn’t give a crap about Summer, which showed in the ferocity of the throw.

Overall, this was a solid match considering the time frame. There were no bland chinlocks in sight and everyone made sure they crammed all that they could into the match to show themselves to the best of their ability.

In addition to the match, The Bellas provided some decent commentary too. The Bellas have a lot of detractors for both their in-ring and mic work, yet they performed competently last night. Nikki was the stronger of the two in my opinion, yet that is because she has charisma as a heel unlike Brie. I desperately want Brie to turn back face as I am not buying her as a heel at all. I realise that this paragraph started as a positive and whilst I thought Brie did well considering her lack of persona direction, Nikki had the edge for me.

I can’t talk about positives without mentioning Stephanie! I am so glad she is back on WWE TV. Her face when Sting ruined everything was absolutely fantastic. I need a tshirt with that printed on it!

And now onto the negatives. I really hate this part of the Redux… just kidding. This is obviously my favourite part. Anyway, my main gripe this week was the lack of direction for Naomi and the presumed dropping of her storyline/feud with Alicia. I understand that it is Royal Rumble go-home week, and with so many male feuds embroiled in the Rumble match, I understand and appreciate the fact we only got one match tonight to spotlight so many of the men. I also appreciate that WWE only have so many girls, hence why Alicia was put in the tag match instead of anything extra with Naomi. With AJ and Layla M.I.A and Eva having breasticle issues, I get that. It is just a shame that we didn’t even get a short segment.

Before I go, I’d also like to address the match made for the Royal Rumble. On Sunday, It will be Natalya and Paige taking on Brie and Nikki Bella in a tag tea match. Whilst a fatal-4-way title match would have been more interesting to me, I do find it refreshing that we were given a regular tag team match. I know many people will bash WWE and say that a match like this will just make the pay-per-view seem like a glorified episode of Raw and nothing special, yet I am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. With the booking decision being out of left field, and with Tyson Kidd confirmed to be at ringside, I am actually really interested to see what goes down. With both Paige and Natalya staking claims to be the rightful #1 contender, perhaps whoever can get the win for their team (should they win) can claim to be the next in line for a chance to net the butterfly.

I have the day off work next Monday which means I can stay up and watch the Royal Rumble as it happens. I’ll be live tweeting the action, so if you would like, follow me on Twitter (@Jack5326) and I’d love to talk some wrasslin’. Until then, I hope everyone has a fantastic week!

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Total Divas Redux: “Twin Leaks” http://www.diva-dirt.com/106651/total-divas-redux-twin-leaks/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106651/total-divas-redux-twin-leaks/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:00:08 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106651

Okay. Before I even launch into last night’s recap, I have to say that Douchey Frat Boy John Cena is one of the hottest men I have ever seen in my life. He’s almost as hot as Basketball Jersey Wearing White Rapper John Cena, whom I once envisioned myself marrying at WrestleMania in Madison Square Garden. Yes, we were going to rap our vows and everything, and I was going to wear these fly baggy jeans and a white tank top, with a backwards Boston Red Sox cap, because you know, I would be a heel. It was going to be so classy that I could not even with it. I was such an innocent when I was younger… le sigh.

Good thing I totally grew out of that John Cena fantasy because this man won’t even marry Nikki Bella. I sure as hell wouldn’t have had a chance. So why do I bring up two of John Cena’s many personalities? Because last night, Cena and his aliases ended up in a battle of the sexes with Nikki Bella, that didn’t end well for either of them. It all started when the happy couple went to the gym together, and Nikki made a comment that she could defeat John in race. John and his bestie Rob didn’t believe her, and one thing led to another.

It was decided that Rob would come up with a series of neutral, unbiased contests for Nikki and John to compete in, and the winner would decide what prize they wanted. They competed in go kart racing, ski ball, mini golf, and beer pong. And John won every single contest. That pissed Nikki off, and considering the fact that John didn’t take their competition seriously set her off even more. With every event he dressed as a character and had a new name, hence my newest obsession with

Douchey Frat John Cena who showed up to play beer pong. To her credit, Nikki was dangerously close to winning their beer pong competition, but she could never ring the last cup which allowed John to catch up with her. Upon losing, Nikki flung her beer in John’s face and stormed upstairs. It was brilliant. John was stunned by her reaction to say the least and after processing what had just happened, went upstairs to find her. Nikki confessed that she hates to lose and was irritated that he made a mockery of their competition. John defended his actions saying he wanted to make things fun because they didn’t get a lot of time off together. Obviously they made up, but I’m a little surprised John didn’t buy her some Loubies or another house to apologize.

Someone who isn’t very apologetic for her actions is our girl Paige. For those of us who regularly watch WWE, we know that her character is kind of sexual and kind of creepy. So of course, what better person to put Paige in a series of matches with than Natalya? We all know Nattie is a prude and doesn’t deal with sexualized situations very well so she whined and complained the entire episode. She didn’t like the fact Paige licked her face.

She didn’t appreciate that Paige basically crawled on top of her in a suggestive manner. She didn’t enjoy all of Paige’s little antics. Blah. Blah. Blah. Blah. Nattie expressed her feelings throughout the entire episode to basically anyone who would listen. She even went as far as to make a random proclamation that her boobs were better than Paige’s (… probably because yours are store bought, Nat). It was just irritating.

Thankfully, Paige didn’t seem to care about Nattie’s feelings and continued to do what her character was supposed to do. The moral of all of this is that Paige was doing it all on purpose so it would fire up Nattie and make her more aggressive. The match between them was better and the crowd responded more passionately. And then Nattie decided to grope Paige backstage. Go figure.

As light and as fun as the episode was, there was a serious bit to it. Eva Marie was experiencing discomfort in her breasts, and for any woman, that is a major issue. Her implants were misshapen and she feared that one of them had a leak in it. Her suspicions were confirmed after visiting with a plastic surgeon and he recommended immediate surgery. Eva was hesitant to have surgery due to the fact she was appearing in more and more matches, and getting big wins, so she elected to keep her health problems to herself.

Her blood test came back positive for silicone, which is a poison and can kill you, which left her with even more questions than answers. When she told Jonathan she wasn’t going to have surgery he was furious and went behind her back to speak to Mark Carano.

When Eva found out, she flipped out and it led to a nasty little fight between the two. It took a heart to heart with the Bella twins for Eva Marie to realize that she needed to focus on her health first and she opted to have the surgery. We left off with Eva have her implants removed and replaced with saline ones, and her in a lot of pain.

All in all, another solid episode of Total Divas. Can’t wait for next week!

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Today in History: Jazz vs. Trish Stratus at Royal Rumble 2002 http://www.diva-dirt.com/106590/today-in-history-jazz-vs-trish-stratus-at-royal-rumble-2002-3/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106590/today-in-history-jazz-vs-trish-stratus-at-royal-rumble-2002-3/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:00:32 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106590

On this day in history:

January 20th, 2002 | Rookie Women’s Champion Trish Stratus put her title on the line against the Phenom Jazz at 2002’s Royal Rumble. Just days prior, an attack by Jazz left Trish’s left hand broken and bandaged, so the champ came into the match at quite a disadvantage. Jacqueline served as guest referee, hoping to keep the volatile Jazz in line, but she still insisted on targeting Trish’s broken hand. However, Trish managed to overcome both her injury and Jazz’s ferociousness, hitting a bulldog for the win and retaining the title.

What are your memories of this moment?

Note: This was originally posted on 1/20/13.

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Tag Team Match Announced for Royal Rumble http://www.diva-dirt.com/106647/tag-team-match-announced-for-royal-rumble/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106647/tag-team-match-announced-for-royal-rumble/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 03:32:44 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106647

Tonight on Raw, a tag team match was booked for this Sunday’s Royal Rumble: Brie and Nikki Bella will team to take on Natalya and Paige.

Tension between the pairs has been brewing for weeks, with both Paige and Natalya scoring wins over Divas Champion Nikki.

Royal Rumble airs this Sunday on the WWE Network.

Are you excited for this match?

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WWE Superstars Spoilers: January 23rd, 2015 http://www.diva-dirt.com/106645/wwe-superstars-spoilers-january-23rd-2015/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106645/wwe-superstars-spoilers-january-23rd-2015/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 01:39:41 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106645 Below are spoilers for this Friday’s edition of WWE Superstars:

Spoiler
* Naomi defeated Cameron.

(Source)

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Raw Response: January 19th, 2015 http://www.diva-dirt.com/106634/raw-response-january-19th-2015/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106634/raw-response-january-19th-2015/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:30:54 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106634

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

Discuss the show in the comments!

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SHINE 24 on iPPV this Friday: Mia Yim vs. Santana for the SHINE Championship & More http://www.diva-dirt.com/106624/shine-24-on-ippv-this-friday-mia-yim-vs-santana-for-the-shine-championship-more/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106624/shine-24-on-ippv-this-friday-mia-yim-vs-santana-for-the-shine-championship-more/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 21:18:41 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106624

SHINE Wrestling returns this Friday to the Orpheum in Ybor City, Florida for SHINE 24, with a sensational championship match heading the bill.

With former champion Ivelisse suspended by SHINE’s VP of talent relations Lexie Fyfe following her actions at last month’s show, and rightful number one contender Nevaeh not medically cleared to compete, a path has been serendipitously forged for Santana Garrett, newly-returned to the SHINE family after a several-month detour as Brittany in TNA, to face Mia Yim for the SHINE Championship.

Also, SHINE Tag Team Champions Legendary (Malia Hosaka and Brandi Wine) will team up with their newest disciple Thunderkitty to take on the team of the Kimber Bombs (Kimber Lee and Cherry Bomb) and Leah Von Dutch, who will be looking to exact revenge on their opponents after two questionable defeats in tag and singles action respectively at SHINE 23 in December.

Commenting on the match to Diva Dirt, Cherry Bomb said, “Legendary shouldn’t have messed with the Kimber(Leah) Bombs….if they think they are going to cheat this time around they are seriously losing their mind.”

If that wasn’t enough, the Kimber(Leah) Bombs have put together a poster “honoring” their opponents:

Meanwhile, the remaining three announced matches see Valkyrie’s members in action, as Allysin Kay faces Athena in what could well be the sleeping giant of the show, Taylor Made looks to expand on her good run of momentum since returning to regular SHINE competition as she goes up against SHINE debutante Jessica James, and Su Yung‘s inescapable descent into darkness continues as she takes on Leva Bates.

More matches are expected to be announced, with the likes of BTY (Marti Belle and Jayme Jameson, accompanied by SoCal Val), Solo Darling, Amber Gallows and Amanda Rodriguez all set to appear.

SHINE 24 takes place on Friday at the Orpheum in Ybor City, Florida at 9pm Eastern (2am GMT), and will be broadcast live on iPPV. Click here to order the show.

If you can’t watch, keep your eyes peeled to Diva Dirt, where we’ll be bringing live coverage.

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Match of the Week: Athena vs. Hania http://www.diva-dirt.com/106630/match-of-the-week-athena-vs-hania/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106630/match-of-the-week-athena-vs-hania/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:23:03 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106630

This week’s ClickWrestle Match of the Week is Athena vs. Hania from WSU Breaking Barriers III.

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: Dawn Marie vs. Torrie Wilson at Royal Rumble 2003 http://www.diva-dirt.com/106580/today-in-history-dawn-marie-vs-torrie-wilson-at-royal-rumble-2003-2/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106580/today-in-history-dawn-marie-vs-torrie-wilson-at-royal-rumble-2003-2/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:00:27 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106580

On this day in history:

January 19th, 2003 | Dawn Marie had done all she could to wreck Torrie Wilson‘s life, blackmailing her, seducing/marrying her father (who died on their wedding night) and causing a scene at his funeral. Torrie finally got some well-deserved revenge at 2003’s Royal Rumble, where she defeated Dawn Marie one on one. Having beaten her evil stepmother, Torrie was able to close that humiliating chapter of her life. The two would resume their feud soon after, but in a decidedly less personal way.

What are your memories of this moment?

Note: This was originally posted on 1/19/14.

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Video: ‘After Total Divas’ for Season 3, Episode 13 Feat. Lana http://www.diva-dirt.com/106611/video-after-total-divas-for-season-3-episode-13-feat-lana/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106611/video-after-total-divas-for-season-3-episode-13-feat-lana/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 04:16:16 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106611

With the conclusion of Total Divas comes After Total Divas, the official after show in which Renee Young and Summer Rae break down the events of each episode.

This week, they talk about “Twin Leaks”, which featured Eva Marie‘s surgery to remove her leaking breast implants, Nikki Bella‘s not-so-friendly competition with John Cena and Natalya‘s issues with Paige sexualizing their matches.

They’re joined by Lana, who gives her priceless opinions on the episode’s storylines.

Watch the latest After Total Divas below:

What did you think of this week’s episode?

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Total Divas Talk: “Twin Leaks” http://www.diva-dirt.com/106608/total-divas-talk-twin-leaks/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106608/total-divas-talk-twin-leaks/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 01:45:55 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106608

A new episode of Total Divas airs tonight starting at 9pm ET on E!.

Tonight’s episode is titled “Twin Leaks”.

Discuss the show in the comments!

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Today in History: Stephanie McMahon and Trish Stratus Fight…Twice http://www.diva-dirt.com/106353/today-in-history-stephanie-mcmahon-and-trish-stratus-fight-twice-2/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106353/today-in-history-stephanie-mcmahon-and-trish-stratus-fight-twice-2/#comments Sun, 18 Jan 2015 14:00:45 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106353

On this day in history:


^ Start at 30:33. ^

January 18th, 2001 | Stephanie McMahon booking Trish Stratus in a humiliating Strap match wasn’t enough to keep her away from Vince McMahon, so it was no surprise that the two came to blows not once, but twice on the following SmackDown. Their first fight – sparked by some spilled salad dressing – lead to a face-off in the ring, where Stephanie dubbed herself the “Dominant Female” and accused Trish of “bending over” to get ahead in the company. After Triple H and Kurt Angle got involved, they scrapped again. And thus, the battle to be crowned the WWE’s “Dominant Female” was born.

What are your memories of these moments?

Note: This was originally posted on 1/18/14.

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WWE Superstars Redux (January 16th, 2015): Summer Says, “Girl Bye” http://www.diva-dirt.com/106575/wwe-superstars-redux-january-16th-2015-summer-says-girl-bye/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106575/wwe-superstars-redux-january-16th-2015-summer-says-girl-bye/#comments Sat, 17 Jan 2015 23:58:22 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106575

What’s up, ladies and gents? Hope you’re all doing well, and that the New Year is already bringing you what you wanted it to! Superstars has moved to Friday nights on the WWE Network, which is only 9.99, and so the Superstars write ups will be coming to you on Saturdays from here on out. By the way, the Network has finally arrived over here in the UK so if you think I’ve done much of anything other than watching old pay per views… well, you’re wrong.

So last night we saw Cameron take on Summer Rae in what (I think!) is a first singles encounter between the two. I could be wrong. It’s certainly the first time I’ve reviewed this match.

Cameron is out first, and her lipstick is fabulous. I’m really partial to her entrance music, I don’t know why. This coming from someone who hates BRIEEE MOOOOODE. Cameron’s trusty mirror is not far away, either. Summer Rae heads out in blue and gold, and she’s a face now by the looks of it!

The bell rings, and Summer wants to go. Cameron needs a moment to make sure her face looks good, and Summer takes exception to this. She steals the mirror, but Cameron’s so over it and knocks some sense into Summer. They get catty pretty quick, which finishes up with Cameron throwing Summer to the mat from the second rope. Summer appears to be hurting from her tumble, but Cameron isn’t too concerned. She traps Summer on the ropes and continues to work her opponent.

Cameron locks Summer up, and the crowd gets behind the blonde long enough to get Summer to her feet. She falls back down, however, and Cameron goes for a pin. Summer kicks out, and Cameron traps her once again.

Cameron is playing the heel very well, wearing Summer down and taunting her. It’s interesting that Cameron is the dominant one here; she gives way to Summer in heigh and weight a little, meaning that Cameron is more of a petite competitor. But I like the aggression she’s showing, and Summer’s not too bad at being the babyface in peril. She’s a natural heel, however. They both are, but the crowd needs someone to cheer for, right?

Finally, Summer has had enough. She bursts out of the corner with two clotheslines, a beautiful DDT and, to finish Cameron off, a big roundhouse kick. Cameron’s down and Summer gets the one, two, three.

She looks surprised and chuffed to bits!

Thoughts: A quick little match, and personally I feel like it showed off Cameron a lot more than Summer. Cameron was in control from the get go, and rarely let up when it came to keeping the pressure on her opponent. She showed great heel tactics and personality; you can just tell when it comes naturally to people, and it does in buckets with her. Summer as a face isn’t my favourite Summer, but I don’t mind it. I could get behind it, but I like her as a snotty, bitchy heel too much right now.

Summer’s DDT was picture perfect, I think. Great stuff all round; the only downfall for me was that I didn’t feel like we got to see much of the chemistry between the girls. Lots of rest holds from Cameron and big moves from Summer. Given the right amount of time, I’d like to see what they could do.

Until next time, ciao! x

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Vote for the Star of the Week Ending January 17th, 2015 http://www.diva-dirt.com/106566/vote-for-the-star-of-the-week-ending-january-17th-2015/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106566/vote-for-the-star-of-the-week-ending-january-17th-2015/#comments Sat, 17 Jan 2015 22:00:44 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106566

Whose star shone brightest this week? You tell us!

With our Star of the Week poll, 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:

Alicia Fox

Alicia Fox scored two wins this week, defeating a one-armed Naomi on Raw and winning a Six-Man Tag Team match alongside The Miz and Mizdow on SmackDown.

Angelina Love & Velvet Sky

Angelina Love and Velvet Sky picked up a tag team victory on Impact, defeating Brooke and Taryn Terrell.
 

Becky Lynch & Sasha Banks

Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks defeated the formidable team of Charlotte and Natalya on NXT.
   

Natalya

Natalya defeated Divas Champion Nikki Bella in a non-title match on SmackDown, getting her to tap out to the Sharpshooter.
 

Summer Rae

Summer Rae bested Cameron on Superstars, laying out her former Total Divas co-star with a spinning heel kick.
 

 

Winner: Alicia Fox (33%)

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Impact Write-Up (January 16th, 2015): Sugar, Spice and a Whole Lot of Nice http://www.diva-dirt.com/106571/impact-write-up-january-16th-2015-sugar-spice-and-a-whole-lot-of-nice/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/106571/impact-write-up-january-16th-2015-sugar-spice-and-a-whole-lot-of-nice/#comments Sat, 17 Jan 2015 20:49:03 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=106571

Hola Knockout fans and welcome to this week’s Impact Write-Up, now being featured on Saturdays following Impact’s move to Friday nights. So for those of you who may have forgotten about Impact’s new night or who may simply not have Destination America in your homes (yet) fear not, for we will recap all the Knockouts action that took place last night.

After making a marvelous return to TNA last week, Brooke is back in action this week and she’s teaming up with the Knockouts Champion Taryn Terell to take on the team of The Beautiful People while also looking for some payback towards her former beau and The Amazing Race partner Robbie E. Before we get into the match, we go backstage to meet with Brooke, who has a few choice words for her ex- “classless Jersey douchebag” boyfriend. Contrary to what Robbie may have said last week about Brooke holding the back #TheWrestlers during The Amazing Race, Brooke fires back claiming she was the one that truly carried the team to go as far as they did. She hysterically impersonates Robbie’s rants during their experience but says while she can go on all day about the topic at hand, she’d much rather let her actions speak louder for her.

Brooke makes her way to the ring with a spring in her step, almost as if she wasn’t absent for most of the last year. She is soon joined by the sugar to her spice, Taryn Terell who compliments her golden Knockouts title with some matching gold attire. Their opponents, Angelina Love and Velvet Sky make their way to the ring next and are accompanied by their onscreen boyfriends of Jessie Godderz and Robbie E with DJ Z. Before the bell rings to official start this Knockouts tag match, the Beautiful Bros have to take a quick selfie with the help of the ingenious selfie stick, which is just ideal for short armed selfie takers.

All fun aside, it’s time to get down to business with this match. Things start off with Brooke and Angelina (oh boy) but gets cut short when Brooke wastes little time going after Robbie. He leads her outside the ring and back in to the ring where Angelina manages an ambush attack. The strategy does not fully go as planned as Brooke manages to gain control of the match, taking Angelina out with an elbow to the face and a quick dropkick. Looking for an escape, Angelina knees Brooke in the midsection and tags in her partner. A drop toe hold by Brooke takes Velvet down and Brooke is once again in control of the match. She arm drags Velvet to the corner of Taryn to make a tag and the champion begins quick work on Velvet with a series of forearm shots and a swinging neck breaker. Angelina runs in to the ring to make a save but is stopped in her tracks when Taryn delivers a front face supplex.

Tag team offense comes into place when Brooke joins her partner in the ring and the two deliver a double drop kick to each of member of The Beautiful People, taking them outside the ring. From the outside, the BroMans try and comfort their ladies are disrupted when Taryn hits a flying cross body from the top turnbuckle onto all the members of The BeautifulBros. She pulls Velvet from the laid out bodies and brings her back into the ring to partially connect a flying clothesline from the turnbuckle. Taryn makes another tag and now it is Brooke who tries her luck from the turnbuckle but climbs off when Robbie gets in the way of her plan, climbing onto the ring apron. She delivers a slap to Robbie but is distracted long enough for Velvet to sneak behind with a school girl pin for the win. A pre-recorded Christy Hemme voice over announces The Beautiful People as the winners but before any celebration can take place, out goes the lights.

When the lights do come back on, standing in the middle of the ring is the one and only Mean Queen K known as Awesome Kong looking to do some serious damage to her previous foes. Kong cleans out the ring of The Beautiful People with no trouble at all and even manages to nail a choke slam to DJ Z who gives Kong anything but a warm welcome back. With everyone seemingly out the ring, dubstep music hits the area and Havok makes her way to the ring for a face to face confrontation with Kong following their encounter from the previous week. An army of security guards hold back these Amazon Knockouts from doing any real damage to one another, leaving us with another week to soak in more tension between these ruthless Knockouts before they eventually meet in the ring in their own match.

Thoughts: Oh how I have missed Brooke in TNA!

For starters, I absolutely loved Brooke’s interview before the tag match. Even though I didn’t watch the last season of The Amazing Race, I still found that it was humorous, refreshing and it helps continue to build this ongoing feud between Brooke and Robbie and the rest of the BroMans clan.

As for the tag match, I was almost expecting something to be out of place given how long it had been since Brooke has been out of action, add that to the fact that there still may be some kind of potential real life tension between Brooke and The Beautiful People but the match proved to be short and sweet. With the BeautifulBros getting the win this week, it’s now up to Brooke to find a way to even the odds up.

However, I still have to question as to why Taryn was the one chosen to be Brooke’s tag partner. It seems a bit random in my opinion to throw the Knockouts champion into an intergender feud when she should be in her own feud against another contender but I can only assume that Taryn being a top babyface and all was the reason for this pairing. I’m still waiting on that title rematch for Havok.

Speaking of Havok, the ongoing tension between her and the returning Awesome Kong seems to be the real big Knockouts feud going on at the moment. I think it’s great whenever we can get a feud that doesn’t have to surround a title in the equation. While I personally think that both Kong and Havok could have taken out the guards that were trying to separate them, I’m glad that TNA are marinating the feud slowly for fans that are excited to see these two powerful women finally go at it.

So another building block week for the current feuds happening with Knockouts. Keep the momentum going TNA and until next week, hasta luego Knockouts fans!

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