Diva Dirt http://www.diva-dirt.com Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:45:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 SmackDown Reaction: February 26th, 2015 http://www.diva-dirt.com/107843/smackdown-reaction-february-26th-2015/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107843/smackdown-reaction-february-26th-2015/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:45:00 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107843

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

Discuss the show in the comments!

RELATED: SmackDown Spoilers: February 26th, 2015

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Your Two Cents: #GiveDivasAChance http://www.diva-dirt.com/107852/your-two-cents-givedivasachance/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107852/your-two-cents-givedivasachance/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:11:21 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107852 Photo: Chirantha.DeviantArt.com

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

This week, we’re asking this: What do you want to see happen as a result of #GiveDivasAChance? 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!

  • @adam4wwe: A consistent build up to a Wrestlemania Divas Championship match. Possibly between Paige, AJ Lee, Brie and Nikki Bella.
  • Ashley Matthew: In addition to longer matches, well-written storylines that actually make sense and more mic time for the Divas, I want to see Divas who haven’t had the title yet like Summer Rae, Naomi and Emma get more title shots and even at some point, actual Divas Championship reigns. I also would like to see them bring back the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.
  • Calhounnah Heather Bain: “Divas” being referred to as women, possibly changing the belt from a butterfly to something more sophisticated and longer matches – maybe even two during Raw and PPVs.
  • Cyndi Beam: Divas Tag Titles for starters. And I never want to see a 2 1/2 minute match again. “short matches” for the guys are about 4 minutes. The rare, occasional very short match that tells a story in and of itself is acceptable, but there should never be a 30 second match that leaves the audience going “What just happened?” Even if they just get more time on Superstars, that’s better than nada. We don’t need half of that show to be recaps. If we’re watching SS on the network, we’ve already seen Raw & Smackdown because only real fans track down the smaller shows. Perhaps even do a ‘divas only’ hour long show on the Network each week, or at least monthly.
  • Daniel Dickerson: Longer matches and way better feuds like back in the Trish Stratus and Lita days.
  • @DivasHeaven_com: I want to see the Divas get a chance to shine with longer matches and respect from the commentators.
  • Eric Sturrock: Storylines! Good wrestling! Gimmick Matches! Let the girls tell awesome stories outside and inside the ring. Don’t let the girls just do regular matches, let them do everything from Bra & Panties matches to Steel Cage matches! No limitations, no being held back! Let them be free!
  • @hunty_lush23: I wanna see Divas taking more risk in matches like a Street Fight match or Cage match.
  • Israel Espinoza: Honestly what I’d love to see is QUALITY – quality storylines, quality matches (remove the moveset restrictions and horrendous time constraints) and quality characterization (no more interchangeable faces/heels). These girls put their bodies on the line, they’re required to hit the gym to stay in phenomenal shape, sacrifice time away from their family, and grin and bear it when they get injured just for our entertainment- and then they come back when they’re healed and do it all over again, just like the boys do – so give them the quality exposure and effort that they deserve.
  • @Jesse_Robles: Freedom to perform at full potential and matches of at least 5-10 minutes. Promos, segments, video packages, MEANINGFUL stories.
  • @katrinasinfamy (Katie Lea/Winter: More Alicia Fox..!! That would be a great start.
  • Malena Neveen: Ending racism and sexism in the company.
  • Nicholas Dombkowski: It should be interesting especially since it has gotten so much media attention. I feel if they don’t do anything the WWE will be heavily scrutinized. I would love for the pointless recaps to disappear and give the divas that time. They spend I don’t know how much time recapping the boring segments that happen at the beginning of the show. Non diva fans are not invested in the divas because they are not given time to perform and develop character/storylines like the men are. I think if they put the same amount of effort into the divas storylines as they do the Main event stars they would see that people are interested.
  • Randi Parker: Equal treatment, that’s it. The Divas are good, for once we have a very talented whole diva roster, almost everyone can hold their own in the ring. And all of them want to show what they can do, and you can’t show a damn thing in 30 seconds. I doubt WWE will ever see the Divas as equals to the men in WWE, but let them have maybe a quarter of the show, more than one feud at a time, maybe even bring back the women’s championship or maybe make a tag team title for the girls. Let them participate in cage matches, ladder matches, and in other gimmick matches. Also produce more Divas merch, every Diva has a fanbase, you are going to make money.
  • Raphael Lamounier: First of all, WWE needs to make their Divas relevant to the audience! Giving them good storylines and longer matches is just the beginning and we know what they can do with a good amount of time! After that, maybe the company should try to give some different kinds of stipulation to see how the ladies would react to that. Submission matches, Extreme Makeover matches, No DQ and No Holds Barred can be good options. In the end, I wish they give the female roster a Divas Tag Team Championship, since there are so many Divas who never become Divas Champion! These girls worked so hard to be in the Main Roster and I know they can present awesome matches like the old Divas if WWE take them seriously! Fingers crossed!
  • @RobynOnikaEfron: I want Divas to be taken more seriously instead of being seen as a joke or waste of time!

And now we turn it over to you…

Give us your two cents! What do you want from the #GiveDivasAChance movement?

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Rolling Stone Covers #GiveDivasAChance, Highlights Differences Between NXT and WWE http://www.diva-dirt.com/107845/rolling-stone-covers-givedivasachance-highlights-differences-between-nxt-and-wwe/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107845/rolling-stone-covers-givedivasachance-highlights-differences-between-nxt-and-wwe/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:41:38 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107845 Photo: WWE.com

Rolling Stone has joined the host of mainstream media outlets covering the #GiveDivasAChance fan movement, highlighting the differences in treatment of the NXT Divas and the main roster Divas.

The article focuses on last night’s NXT match between Bayley and Becky Lynch, holding it up in stark contrast to Monday’s 30 second Divas match. On the NXT match, the article states, “Compared to your typical Divas match, it was striking in its depth, showing what can be accomplished in seven minutes with the support of a company, a compelling storyline and fully developed characters.”

NXT Divas matches succeed, the article argues, because the Divas are taken seriously. It says, “The biggest difference is that the division as a whole is treated like a group of wrestlers, rather than a sexy diversion at best, or a popcorn break at worst. They have tournaments, they have multiple storylines and those storylines are often played out in the ring, rather than backstage (or on the E! channel). The women’s division actually matters in NXT, because the women of NXT are given a chance.”

To support their argument, the article also cites AJ Lee‘s criticisms toward Stephanie McMahon and the comments recently made by Brie Bella about the difficulties of telling a story in short matches.

You can read the full article on RollingStone.com.

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Tara and Torrie Wilson in Talks With Lucha Underground? http://www.diva-dirt.com/107838/tara-and-torrie-wilson-in-talks-with-lucha-underground/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107838/tara-and-torrie-wilson-in-talks-with-lucha-underground/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:15:44 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107838

Could Torrie Wilson and Tara be heading to Lucha Underground?

In his latest blog, former WWE Executive VP of Talent Relations Jim Ross shares that he’s heard discussions are being held between the women and Lucha Underground as part of the organization’s effort to add WWE alums to their roster.

Ross cautions that the info is “far from confirmed”, but says his sources “seem somewhat sure” that these discussions are taking place.

Torrie has been inactive on the wrestling scene since her WWE release in 2008. Tara, who competed in the WWE as Victoria, has competed sporadically on the indies since her TNA release in 2013.

Do you think either woman would return full time to wrestling?

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Valkyrie V on March 7th: Card and Ticket Info http://www.diva-dirt.com/107822/valkyrie-v-on-march-7th-card-and-ticket-info/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107822/valkyrie-v-on-march-7th-card-and-ticket-info/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:00:02 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107822 Photo: ValkyrieWomens.com

On Saturday, March 7th, Valkyrie returns for Valkyrie V: Valhalla.

Headlining the show will be a Queen of Valkyrie Title defense: champ Kacee Carlisle puts the title on the line against “Bonesaw” Jessie Brooks.

View the card below:

Valkyrie has published video promos from several of the competitors. Watch them all below:

Valkyrie V takes place at the Fun Station USA (3555 Victory Boulevard) in Staten Island, NY. Doors open at 3pm for a bell time of 4pm. A meet and greet will follow the show from 6pm to 7pm.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit ValkyrieWomens.com.

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‘Total Divas’ First Look: Natalya and Tyson Kidd Discuss Their Future http://www.diva-dirt.com/107834/total-divas-first-look-natalya-and-tyson-kidd-discuss-their-future/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107834/total-divas-first-look-natalya-and-tyson-kidd-discuss-their-future/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:00:26 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107834

On this Sunday’s episode of Total Divas, Natalya and Tyson Kidd move closer to repairing their relationship.

While meeting for dinner, Natalya talks to Tyson about her recent struggles and thanks him for his help, expressing her hope that they have a future as a couple.

Watch the clip below:

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

Synopsis for episode 18, “Model Behavior”: “Ariane is embarrassed to have her father meet Vinnie’s family; Nattie struggles to support TJ’s new career choice when he strips down with some hot models; Paige rebels when WWE tells her not to get a tattoo.”

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Today in History: Trish Stratus Gets “Dumped” http://www.diva-dirt.com/107681/today-in-history-trish-stratus-gets-dumped-3/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107681/today-in-history-trish-stratus-gets-dumped-3/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:00:16 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107681

On this day in history:

February 26th, 2001 | Trish Stratus and Stephanie McMahon‘s feud wasn’t resolved by their grudge match at No Way Out, and being booked in a Mixed Tag Team match the next night only added fuel to the fire. Stephanie teamed with William Regal to take on her father Vince McMahon and Trish, who made their entrance with a bucket of mysterious-looking slop in tow. In the middle of the match, Vince called an end to it and suddenly turned on Trish, teaming with Regal and Stephanie to dump the slop on her. While Trish floundered in the filth, Vince told her that she was only “daddy’s little toy” and that “playtime” was over.

What are your memories of this moment?

Note: This was originally posted on 2/26/13.

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Report: AJ Lee Acted “Completely on Her Own” in Making WWE Criticisms http://www.diva-dirt.com/107829/report-aj-lee-acted-completely-on-her-own-in-making-wwe-criticisms/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107829/report-aj-lee-acted-completely-on-her-own-in-making-wwe-criticisms/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 01:52:37 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107829 Photo: WWE.com

A new report is shedding light on what went on behind the scenes when AJ Lee made her explosive criticisms of Stephanie McMahon and the WWE on Twitter yesterday.

According to the Wrestling Observer (via Lords of Pain), a source close to the situation says AJ did it “completely on her own” and that the company was “completely blindsided by it.”

Stephanie is said to have been “absolutely furious” at the incident and was instructed by Vince McMahon to reply with a tweet thanking AJ for sharing her opinions.

The Wrestling Observer’s report also delves into the validity of AJ’s claims. They state that Diva merchandise does not sell “anywhere close to the levels” of the top WWE stars and the ratings of Diva segments are “rarely above average.”

However, they do concur that it is a “general rule” that women on the main roster are payed significantly less than the men. In NXT, though, most Divas make more than the male stars recruited from the indy scene, as the women “need to earn at a certain level to maintain the kind of look WWE wants.”

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NXT & Lucha Underground Exchange: February 25th, 2015 http://www.diva-dirt.com/107817/nxt-lucha-underground-exchange-february-25th-2015/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107817/nxt-lucha-underground-exchange-february-25th-2015/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 00:45:49 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107817

Tune in to NXT on the WWE Network and Lucha Underground on the El Rey Network, both at 8pm ET.

Discuss the shows in the comments!

RELATED: NXT Spoilers: February 18th – March 11th, 2015

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TIME Covers AJ Lee’s Speaking Out http://www.diva-dirt.com/107811/time-covers-aj-lees-speaking-out/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107811/time-covers-aj-lees-speaking-out/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 21:40:04 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107811

WWE has garnered the attention of TIME, who has posted a recap of the now infamous AJ Lee and Stephanie McMahon Twitter altercation.

As we reported yesterday, AJ tweeted her thoughts on the unequal treatment towards women in WWE directly to Stephanie McMahon. Stephanie and her father, Vince McMahon, have both responded to #GiveDivasAChance movement.

Now that this movement is getting mainstream attention, all Diva fans’ eyes will be glued to their screens next Monday night to see if WWE will indeed give Divas a chance.

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‘Total Divas’ First Look: Paige Wants to Get a Chest Tattoo http://www.diva-dirt.com/107808/total-divas-first-look-paige-wants-to-get-a-chest-tattoo/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107808/total-divas-first-look-paige-wants-to-get-a-chest-tattoo/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 18:28:10 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107808

On this Sunday’s episode of Total Divas, Paige tries to fulfill a longtime wish by getting an elaborate chest tattoo.

Fearing that this tattoo could land her in hot water with WWE management, Alicia Fox and Rosa Mendes hunt down Paige at a tattoo parlor and try to convince her not to get the ink. They even bring in Natalya, hoping that she can talk some sense into Paige.

Watch the clip below:

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

Synopsis for episode 18, “Model Behavior”: “Ariane is embarrassed to have her father meet Vinnie’s family; Nattie struggles to support TJ’s new career choice when he strips down with some hot models; Paige rebels when WWE tells her not to get a tattoo.”

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Today in History: Stephanie McMahon vs. Trish Stratus at No Way Out 2001 http://www.diva-dirt.com/107678/today-in-history-stephanie-mcmahon-vs-trish-stratus-at-no-way-out-2001-2/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107678/today-in-history-stephanie-mcmahon-vs-trish-stratus-at-no-way-out-2001-2/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:00:16 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107678

On this day in history:

February 25th, 2001 | The feud between Trish Stratus and Stephanie McMahon over Trish’s relationship with Vince McMahon culminated in a one-on-one match at 2001’s No Way Out. Due to their lack of ring experience, most people didn’t expect much from the bout, but it turned out to be a surprisingly intense and entertaining grudge match. In the end, the daughter defeated the mistress when William Regal laid out Trish and set up an easy pin for Stephanie.

What are your memories of this moment?

Note: This was originally posted on 2/25/13.

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SmackDown Spoilers: February 26th, 2015 http://www.diva-dirt.com/107800/smackdown-spoilers-february-26th-2015/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107800/smackdown-spoilers-february-26th-2015/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 02:18:42 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107800 Below are spoilers for this Thursday’s edition of SmackDown:

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* Natalya (w/Tyson Kidd, Cesaro) beat Naomi (w/The Usos). The women came out to their own entrance music rather than their tag team’s music. Natalya won with a clothesline after the tag teams fought at ringside.

(Source)

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AJ Lee Calls Out Stephanie McMahon for WWE’s Poor Treatment of the Divas http://www.diva-dirt.com/107792/aj-lee-calls-out-stephanie-mcmahon-for-wwes-poor-treatment-of-the-divas/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107792/aj-lee-calls-out-stephanie-mcmahon-for-wwes-poor-treatment-of-the-divas/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 01:39:30 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107792 Photo: WWE.com

Former Divas Champion AJ Lee has boldly called out WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon for the poor treatment of the WWE’s female wrestlers.

AJ retweeted Stephanie’s endorsement of Patricia Arquette‘s Oscars acceptance speech, in which the actress called for equal pay for women:

She used the tweet to accuse Stephanie of hypocrisy, tweeting that despite being top merchandise sellers, Divas are paid less than their male counterparts and receive a fraction of the screen time:

This comes on the heels of the #GiveDivasAChance trending topic, which trended worldwide on Twitter during last night’s Raw.

AJ has been gone from the WWE since December, nursing a neck injury. She has been rumored to make a return in the lead up to WrestleMania 31.

UPDATE: Both Vince McMahon and Stephanie have acknowledged the criticisms.

Vince encouraged fans to keep watching, telling them that the WWE is listening:

Stephanie spoke to AJ directly, thanking her for her “opinion”:

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WWE Main Event Spoilers: February 28th, 2015 http://www.diva-dirt.com/107790/wwe-main-event-spoilers-february-28th-2015/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107790/wwe-main-event-spoilers-february-28th-2015/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:55:37 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107790 Below are spoilers for this week’s edition of Main Event, airing internationally and on Hulu:

Spoiler
* The Bellas beat Paige and Emma. Brie pinned Emma.

(Source)

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Paige Talks ‘Total Divas’ Season Four, AJ Lee’s Status, Short Divas Matches http://www.diva-dirt.com/107785/paige-talks-total-divas-season-four-aj-lees-status-short-divas-matches/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107785/paige-talks-total-divas-season-four-aj-lees-status-short-divas-matches/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 00:34:28 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107785 Photo: WWE.com

Former Divas Champion Paige recently spoke to the Turnbuckle Weekly show, addressing a few hot topics in wrestling: the next season of Total Divas, AJ Lee‘s status and the lack of opportunities given to main roster Divas.

Paige confirmed her involvement with Total Divas season four, which begins filming soon. She says Brie Bella, Natalya and Nikki Bella will definitely be returning and expresses her hope that her fellow “Three Amigas” Alicia Fox and Rosa Mendes will be joining them.

Addressing AJ’s WWE status, Paige “believes” AJ is just resting up, saying, “You know, some people just need a break to rest up. It happens to all of us. You get tired or rundown or you just need your body to rest up.”

She also commented on the lack of opportunities Divas are given on the main roster, explaining, “If we get given the time, a lot of us could be better than the guys, I feel like….The guys get all the time to showcase what they can do, so of course people say, ‘The guys are better than the girls.’ We do a couple minutes and that’s it. We don’t really get to showcase what we do.”

When asked why the Divas are given such little time to wrestle on television, Paige confessed that she “doesn’t know,” but reasons that the top guys need to be given time to cut promos to advance the top-level storylines.

You can listen to the full interview on Baltimore.CBSLocal.com.

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Diva Dirt Weekly for the Week Ending February 23rd, 2015 http://www.diva-dirt.com/107756/diva-dirt-weekly-for-the-week-ending-february-23rd-2015/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107756/diva-dirt-weekly-for-the-week-ending-february-23rd-2015/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:39:45 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107756

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 NXT to Impact Wrestling to Raw.

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

We cover the following events:

  • #GiveDivasAChance trends worldwide on Twitter during Raw.
  • NXT (2/18/15): Sasha Banks defeats Blue Pants. Is Leva signing with the WWE a possibility?
  • Lucha Underground (2/18/15): Ivelisse and Sexy Star pick up wins in intergender matches.
  • Impact Wrestling (2/20/15): Taryn Terrell retains the Knockouts Title against Angelina Love and stands up to Awesome Kong, who then has a stare down with Gail Kim. Mickie James returns to TNA, standing up to Bram on behalf of her fiance Magnus.
  • Total Divas Season 3, Episode 17: “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Purses” (2/22/15)
  • Fastlane (2/22/15): Nikki Bella defeats Paige to retain the Divas Title.
  • Raw (2/23/15): Brie and Nikki Bella defeat Emma and Paige in a 30 second match. Natalya costs Jimmy and Jey Uso a Tag Title match, allowing Tyson Kidd and Cesaro to retain the titles.
  • A former WWE Women’s Champion is rumored for the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2015.

Listen below or download by right clicking here.

 

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Stardom Mid-Match Beatdown Draws Outrage http://www.diva-dirt.com/107776/stardom-mid-match-beatdown-draws-outrage/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107776/stardom-mid-match-beatdown-draws-outrage/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 19:42:57 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107776 Photo: Sonny Gutierrez

This past Sunday, Japanese women’s wrestling promotion Stardom held an event at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. In the night’s main event, World of Stardom Champion Yoshiko defended her title against Act Yasukawa. What followed has sparked outrage in joshi circles.

According to eyewitness Sonny Gutierrez of Pro Wrestling is Art, the match was barely underway when Yoshiko began beating Act bloody, punching her in the face repeatedly. Stardom President Rossy Ogawa was at ringside, but failed to act.

The brutality finally came to a halt when Kyoko Kimura threw in the towel for Act. Yasukawa, who up until then was still trying to compete, was dragged to the back, crying and yelling, “I want to do pro wrestling!”

The incident was captured in the video below, which some viewers may find disturbing:

Last April, Yasukawa was hospitalized for Graves’ disease, needing corrective surgery to regain sight in her right eye. Sunday’s match was her first shot at returning to the top of Stardom. There’s no word yet on her condition post-attack.

Stardom has scheduled a press conference to address the incident.

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Raw Redux (February 23rd, 2015): #GiveDivasAChance http://www.diva-dirt.com/107762/raw-redux-february-23rd-2015-givedivasachance/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107762/raw-redux-february-23rd-2015-givedivasachance/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 19:04:03 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107762

If you thought Lilian Garcia‘s WWE Fastlane botches were bad (“Here are your winners, and STILL the NEW WWE Tag Team Champions!”) well they are nothing on the atrocious booking of the WWE Divas during last night’s Monday Night Raw. And then there was the horrid match length. And then there was the abysmal commentary. At least Stephanie McMahon is back this week, that’s going to be a saving grace, right? Oh no wait, she got in Seth Rollins‘ face and acted totally hypocritical regarding sexism sexism. The only sexists are WWE management. Oh I went there.

Thankfully, not every aspect of Raw was atrocious for the Divas. To summarise last night’s appearances, we were treated (and I use the term loosely) to sightings of Brie Bella, Emma, Lana, Naomi, Natalya, Nikki Bella, Paige and Stephanie McMahon. Following the pretty good WWE Divas Championship match between Nikki and Paige at WWE Fastlane (with the exception of the botches tight-pulling), expectations were positive going into last night as the Road to WrestleMania faces no more PPV roadblocks. Unfortunately though, roadblocks are still in place in the form of Vince McMahon, Kevin Dunn, Stephanie McMahon, Triple H and whichever morons write the scripts. I’ll throw Michael Hayes and Mark Carrano in there too. Yeah, let’s blame them as well.

Starting off the show was a returning Stephanie McMahon, who was absent from last week’s show. Despite being a fantastic female character, it appears that she likes to be the only one! She interrupts Randy Orton alongside HHH and the tag team of ‘We Should Be Retired’. Stephanie tells Randy that the fire and passion he showed last night were traits they wanted him to possess back when he was squabbling with The Authority back in 2014. Randy says that he would rather kick some ass than kiss some ass, which received a nice reaction.

Big Show then speaks and immediately skip forward in the video until Stephanie is once again owning the mic. Steph says Randy has never been a good guy who does things to get the crowd on his side. He does what he wants and reaps the rewards. Steph says she won’t force his hand yet all of the vile actions he has shown over the years totally outweigh what happened to him last year. Randy says he’ll speak to The Authority in a business meeting backstage. This won’t end well!

That aforementioned business meeting is our next segment of interest. It’s a really weird business meeting as everyone is just stood up in a really weird, hunched up line backstage. What happened to a table, chairs and maybe a Powerpoint presentation? Stephanie tries to start off the proceedings before Seth Rollins undermines Stephanie by asking an annoyed, mute HHH that he surely can’t allow Randy Orton back into the fold. Stephanie gets in Rollins’ face, telling him to stop thinking of himself for once. Stephanie scolds the “disrespectful” Rollins, asking if he has a problem with her because she’s a woman. He is normally quite nice to women *coughleakedphotoscough*.

Stephanie rallies the troops by trying to get them on the same page. She hypes them all up, referring to ‘We Should Be Retired’ as “the most dominant monsters in all of the WWE”. Erm Stephanie, Tamina with her red jeans is more of a dominant monster… The Authority agree to coexist, for now.

Divas are in managerial roles next as a rematch for the WWE Tag Team Championships is to take place. We see Lilian Garcia announcing the match, and she looks amazing. And she doesn’t botch – woo! I love Naomi with The Usos. The Divas have real potential to add to this tag team feud. Natalya makes her entrance next with the new champions, Cesaro and Tyson Kidd before the match gets underway. Nattie is looking super-hot, super-toned… and super-happy! Has Tyson stopped being a douche or is Tal becoming one as well now?

The Divas only get involved at the end of the match as the action is incredibly fast-paced and exciting. Naomi knocks Tyson’s cheating legs off the ropes and then Natalya shoves Naomi to the ground. This distraction costs Tyson as he turns into a brutal superkick from Jey Uso. Just as Jey is going for the top rope splash for the win, Natalya gets onto the apron and blatantly yanks him from the top rope, cementing her heel turn and causing an instant disqualification.

Naomi isn’t done and she pulls Nattie from the apron, injuring her shin in the process. Although The Usos won, they don’t get the gold!

Crappy Commentary Alert: The commentary was diabolical in some parts here. Firstly, none of the announcers spotted Tyson’s blind tag. Major fail. Secondly, I love Booker T, yet after the match, he totally made me roll my eyes. “The Usos will go to the back of the line after that loss.” They didn’t lose. Such a mess.

Following that commentary shambles, it’s Lana time! John Cena challenges Rusev to a United States Title rematch at WrestleMania, a scenario I predicted and one that no doubt Cena will win. Whilst Rusev got a major rub at WWE Fastlane, of course, the biggest spotlight of the year will be where Cena ends Rusev’s undefeated streak. Boring!

Lana serves up realism on a king-sized platter for Cena. She says that he failed on Sunday and let everyone down. Lana tells Cena that he gave up, much like the rest of America. He was humbled by the “superior athlete, superior champion and superior human being, Rusev!” Anything else Lana? I honestly though she was going to say “superior lover”. Let’s be real, they probably saw 50 Shades of Grey this past week!

Next up, it is match time! I’m not sure why I used an exclamation mark as there is clearly nothing to get excited about. Paige makes her entrance before we head to a commercial break. At least her brilliant theme song was playing and she looked awesome. I’m trying to pluck some positives here. Help.

Even though Paige is clearly stood in the ring waiting to wrestle, instead of heading straight to the match after the advertisements, WWE then airs a more-or-less five-minute promo on Sting and has the announcers introduce it to camera. PAIGE IS STOOD IN THE RING! HOW AWKWARD WILL THIS BE FOR THE FANS IN THE ARENA?! Such a weird decision to leave Paige just standing there. Least she will have got a good view of the Sting clip on the tron. Again, I’m clutching at straws here. And that was a positive for her, we didn’t even see it!

Following the video package, we see that Emma is also in the ring with Paige, and the bubbly Aussie got a jobber entrance. So Emma was also probably stood awkwardly dancing for about 5 minutes. I’m sure the crowd and Emma have completely dead arms after all that dancing.

The Bellas make their entrance next and HOLY BANANA, that yellow is certainly not mellow. They actually look pretty good though. Well, when does Nikki not? Points for effort go to Brie for nearly getting a perfect colour match on that plaid shirt. Nice try.

The match starts with Brie and Emma ready to lock horns. Paige moves away from the tag rope and shouts at Nikki for cheating last night, despite her not actually cheating at all as she botched grabbing Paige’s tights. LOL. Brie shuts Paige up by knocking her to the arena floor. Emma sticks her head out of the ring to check on Paige before turning round into a kick to the gut and a Bella Buster. As quickly as the match started, it was over.

What a joke.

After the match, Paige rushes into the ring and kicks Brie in the face before Nikki gets the upper hand, telling Paige not to touch her sister. The Bellas leave following the lacklustre beatdown and that concludes our outstandingly thrilling segment. I hope you can sense the obvious sarcasm.

Crappy Commentary Alert: I understand the announcers have barely anything to go off relating to a 15 second match, yet JBL couldn’t have sounded any less bothered. “The Bellas are the best. You gotta love ‘em!” Generic, bland and uninteresting, just like the majority of WWE’s representation of women.

Thoughts: As always, let’s start with the highlights from last night’s show. There were some definite positives to take away from the three minutes that the Divas featured in during a 3 HOUR program.

I loved Natalya and Naomi’s involvement in the tag team championship picture and I loved that Natalya has finally turned heel. Her character is so prudish and despite her heel turn, I still think we’ll see her and Tyson have a dysfunctional relationship, yet now, Nattie will be give Tyson as good he gets in the douchebag stakes.

At first, I thought it would have been better for Natalya to pull Jey Uso down from the top rope behind the referee’s back and showcase a crafty and cowardly character, yet on reflection, the way she turned was perfect. She took the bull by the horns and outlandishly yanked Jey off the turnbuckle without a care in the world. She confidently did what she had to do and her blatant cheating is a positive in my book. She shocked the commentators and was deliciously heelish. Naomi hurting Nattie at the end was spot on too. It shows that Natalya is stupidly blinded by love, and is now willing to risk injury for her man. Solid segment and a great match!

So, who’s with me in that this should lead to an intergender six person tag match at WrestleMania? I’d love to see this talented hexagon have a Ladder match (we won’t get that obviously) and throwback to The Hardys and Lita, E&C and Dudley Boyz matches of yesteryear. Alternatively, stick them in a No DQ Tornado Tag as this would mean that we could still intergender action as opposed to a mixed tag, yet action could happen all around the ring, meaning male vs female action could be limited, as we know WWE aren’t exactly the biggest advocates. I would settle for a plain old six-person tag, yet this feud deserves more as the talent involved are phenomenal and could pull of a WrestleMania classic!

Stephanie and Lana’s performances were the middle of the pack this week. Lana was solid yet I’m still waiting for her to get physical, or perhaps cut a promo in an unusual setting instead of just on the stage or in the ring. And Stephanie’s words this week. This is where the blood starts boiling. Stephanie’s words were so hypocritical in the grand scheme of things regarding sexism. Looking at who Seth’s bosses are, he probably is sexist. Hell, some of the Divas division have probably been brainwashed into thinking they don’t deserve any more than 20 seconds per match. Stephanie performed well, yet the fact her character preached about sexism, only for the Divas to be treated disgracefully via the booking of their match was downright rude.

Onto the horrendous ‘match’, that none of the girls can be blamed for. The booking here was simply deplorable. Brie winning made little sense, as a face turn from her wasn’t anywhere near to being referenced. Nikki should have won to cement her title win and to prove she can win without cheating. The bookers probably chose Brie to win as the Bella Buster is quicker to pull off than the Rack Attack. The post-match attack was pointless too, yet the girls did what they could with the split seconds they were given.

Segments like last night’s are why I applaud the likes of Gail Kim and Maxine for quitting WWE. Yes, they now don’t have as many eyes watching their work on TNA and Lucha Undergound, yet they are clearly enjoying what they do now way more. They still get to indulge in amazing experiences, earn good enough pay and mix with talented rosters of men and women, and it is without as much bullshit. Gail is still wrestling phenomenal matches and Karlee is involved in incredibly well-shot storylines and has one of the most intriguing personas in all of professional wrestling. Good on them for standing up and having the balls to give up their initial dream and forge a new one.

I understand why the girls stick around, as WWE enables them to enjoy the best lifestyle possible. Yet surely, they are compromising their love and their passion a little by waiting it out. If I was Emma, I’d do a Gail Kim and head somewhere where she will be appreciated instead of hoping she is permanently moved back to NXT to prove her worth. The fact developmental are treated so well compared to main roster astounds me. NXT should be amazing, yet WWE main roster shows should be just as good, if not better. What is the point of a developmental system when these wrestlers are developing their craft, only for their skills to become ignored, misused and underutilised on the main roster. It’s pathetic.

I’ve said all I can be bothered to say on the matter as WWE don’t deserve my time. Let’s hope the #GiveDivasAChance opened a few eyes last night. I highly doubt it, but here’s hoping. WWE head honchos needs to get it into their thick heads that the Divas have a massive fan base, one that should be respected. Hell, if we look at it in ruthless terms, it is a fan base that can be exploited for financial gain. Despite WWE treating their Divas matches like piss breaks, a website dedicated to women’s wrestling has the most followers on Twitter for any wrestling news source at over 100,000. I’m talking about Diva Dirt by the way. That’s a lot of us with full bladders.

Thanks to those who support the site, and those who may not, for taking a stand with us last night. It shouldn’t take someone kicking the bucket for a change to be made. Fingers crossed a step was taken last night.

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‘Total Divas’ Ratings: 1.068 Million Viewers for “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Purses” http://www.diva-dirt.com/107767/total-divas-ratings-1-068-million-viewers-for-mo-money-mo-purses/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107767/total-divas-ratings-1-068-million-viewers-for-mo-money-mo-purses/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:25:08 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107767 Photo: WWE.com

Despite stiff competition from the Oscars and WWE Fastlane, Total Divas ratings managed to climb, drawing 1.068 million viewers according to TV By the Numbers.

This is up from last week’s 914,000 viewers and reverses the downward trend the show’s been on since its return in January.

The episode also maintained the 0.5 rating in the 18-49 demo. The highest that number has gotten this season is a 0.7 earned by January’s mid-season premiere.

With the decrease in competition for this Sunday’s episode, chances are Total Divas will continue its upwards climb in the ratings.

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Today in History: Stacy Keibler & Test vs. Chris Jericho & Christian http://www.diva-dirt.com/107673/today-in-history-stacy-keibler-test-vs-chris-jericho-christian-2/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107673/today-in-history-stacy-keibler-test-vs-chris-jericho-christian-2/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:00:22 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107673

On this day in history:

February 24th, 2003 | As punishment for their insubordination towards Raw GM Eric Bischoff, Test and Stacy Keibler were booked in a match against Chris Jericho and Christian. Stacy did her best to stay out the action, but Jericho wouldn’t allow it, knocking her off the ring apron. He then pulled out a steel chair, hitting Test with it and getting his team DQed. This didn’t end the punishment, though, as he and Christian handcuffed Test to the ropes and locked Stacy in the Walls of Jericho. Jeff Hardy tried to put a stop to it, but was halted by the Unprettier. Eventually, Shawn Michaels made the save, hitting Christian with the Sweet Chin Music and chasing off Jericho.

What are your memories of this moment?

Note: This was originally posted on 2/24/14.

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#GiveDivasAChance Trends Worldwide During Raw http://www.diva-dirt.com/107751/givedivasachance-trends-worldwide-during-raw/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107751/givedivasachance-trends-worldwide-during-raw/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 07:18:09 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107751

Last night during Raw, Divas fans’ frustration manifested into social media action.

Frustration at repetitive booking and short matches – more or less a constant state of mind amongst Divas fans – boiled over after a 30 second Divas tag match on Raw. Shortly after that match, #GiveDivasAChance began trending on Twitter, at one point becoming the top trend worldwide.

Fans used the hashtag to voice their frustrations and encourage the WWE to improve their treatment of female wrestlers. Some Divas, such as Renee Young, Brie and Nikki Bella showed their support by favoriting tweets using the hashtag.

Former TNA Knockout Velvet Sky also got in on the action, using the hashtag herself:

As of 2am ET Tuesday morning, the hashtag is still trending worldwide and is the top wrestling trend on Twitter.

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Raw Response: February 23rd, 2015 http://www.diva-dirt.com/107738/raw-response-february-23rd-2015/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107738/raw-response-february-23rd-2015/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:30:23 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107738

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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Photo: Summer Rae Graces Cover of ‘The Marine 4′ DVD http://www.diva-dirt.com/107743/photo-summer-rae-graces-cover-of-the-marine-4-dvd/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107743/photo-summer-rae-graces-cover-of-the-marine-4-dvd/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 22:10:25 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107743 Photo: @RealSummerWWE/Twitter

The DVD artwork for The Marine 4 has been revealed, and a dangerous-looking Summer Rae is front and center.

Summer tweeted a photo of the cover, which sees her alongside co-star The Miz:

Summer’s involvement in The Marine 4 was announced last February. The movie’s synopsis reads, “Jake Carter is assigned to protect a “high-value package,” a beautiful whistleblower trying to expose a corrupt army defense contractor.”

The movie will be available on Digital HD April 10th and on DVD/Blu-Ray April 21st.

RELATED: Photo: First Look at Summer Rae in The Marine 4

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Match of the Week: LuFisto vs. Nikki Storm http://www.diva-dirt.com/107737/match-of-the-week-lufisto-vs-nikki-storm/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107737/match-of-the-week-lufisto-vs-nikki-storm/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:25:19 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107737

This week’s ClickWrestle Match of the Week is LuFisto vs. Nikki Storm from NCW Femmes Fatales Vol. 14.

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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Diva Dirt Countdown Vote: Most Intimidating http://www.diva-dirt.com/107722/diva-dirt-countdown-vote-most-intimidating/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107722/diva-dirt-countdown-vote-most-intimidating/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:05:30 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107722

Diva Dirt wants to hear your voice! Diva Dirt Countdown is ranking the Most Intimidating!

We’ve narrowed down the finalists, and now it’s up to you to determine the top five.

Voting will be open until Thursday, March 5th. The results will be revealed the following Sunday.

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Fastlane in Review: Nikki and Paige Try to Put Pedal to Metal http://www.diva-dirt.com/107730/fastlane-in-review-nikki-and-paige-try-to-put-pedal-to-metal/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107730/fastlane-in-review-nikki-and-paige-try-to-put-pedal-to-metal/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:33:42 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107730

Last night’s WWE Fastlane saw Nikki Bella make her first Divas Title defense of 2015 against Paige in the culmination of a feud that critics called, “Meh.” A series of predictable singles matches and middle school level teasing didn’t make for an exciting feud, to say the least. However, there’s always a chance that the match itself can rise above the story that preceded it. Hope lives!

Prior to the match, Brie and Nikki were interviewed on Fastlane Kickoff, promising to continue Paige’s humiliation, this time in “her house”:

Promises, promises… Let’s see if Nikki can deliver. Watch the match below:

At the sound of the bell, Paige decides to forgo the traditional tie-up and just tackles Nikki instead, nailing Nikki with right hands. Nikki flips them over tries to return the favor, but Paige doesn’t relent, and she finds herself on the receiving end of more punches before she manages to shove Paige off her completely.

Nikki isn’t liking how the match is shaping up, so she slips out of the ring for a breather. Paige follows and, without any objection by Brie, she chases Nikki around the corner and back into the ring. Paige catches up to her and grabs a foot, climbing back into the ring and dragging Nikki by the head to the other side for some knees to the chest.

Paige gets her set up on the second rope, but Nikki catches her knee and shoves it out from under her, making Paige fall flat onto the ring apron and drop to the outside of the ring. Nikki follows Paige and pulls her to her feet, driving her back first into the apron before tossing her into the barricade.

Nikki sends Paige back into the ring and goes for the pin. Paige kicks out at one. Looking to maintain control, Nikki props Paige up and locks in a chinlock, one knee placed between Paige’s shoulder blades. After a few moments, Paige manages to get to her feet, twisting around and fighting Nikki off with some shots to the midsection. She tries to whip Nikki into the ropes, but it’s reversed, and Nikki hoists her up, slamming her down with a vicious Alabama Slam.

Nikki tries for the pin again, this time earning a two count. She lifts Paige up for long enough to knee her in the upper back a few times before attempting another pin, but she gets the same result. She carries Paige into the corner, driving her shoulder into Paige’s midsection a few times and taking a moment to soak in the crowd’s reaction.

She comes charging at Paige, but is met with a boot to the chest, stopping her cold. Paige tries to take her out with a modified schoolboy pin, but Nikki’s head misses the bottom turnbuckle. Paige still takes that moment to escape, crawling to the other side of the ring.

When both Divas get to their feet, it’s Paige who takes control. She ducks an attack from Nikki and hits her with a few short-arm clotheslines, running the ropes and knocking her to the mat with a dropkick. She goes for the pin, but Nikki kicks out.

Paige takes aim and goes for a swift kick to the face, but Nikki ducks it and rolls Paige into a pin attempt. Paige kicks out at two and springs to her feet, this time succeeding in planting a boot in Nikki’s face. Paige goes for the cover, Nikki kicking out at two.

Paige grabs Nikki and hoists her up, seemingly setting up for the RamPaige. Nikki fights out of it and drives Paige’s face onto her knee, sending her stumbling into the ropes. She’s not down, though, because she comes right back with a kick to the face. Nikki is laid out, and Paige covers her for the pin, earning a close two count.

Paige sends Nikki into the corner, but her attack is rebuffed by Nikki’s elbow. Nikki climbs to the second rope, prepping for an attack, but Paige halts her, kicking her in the face and joining her on the second rope. Nikki fights back, though, and climbs to the top rope, going for a sunset flip. Paige hangs on, blocking the move, but ends up only hurting herself more as Nikki then turns it into a powerbomb, laying her out.

Nikki goes for the pin, but Paige manages to kick out at two. Frustrated, Nikki slams Paige’s head against the mat before pulling her to her feet. Paige responds by sweeping Nikki off her feet, immediately going for the PTO. Nikki struggles, crawling desperately towards the ropes before Paige can hook her arms and lock in the submission. She gets to the bottom rope and grabs hold of it, saving herself from a likely tap out.

Nikki recovers next to the corner as Paige backs off. When she returns, Nikki sends her face-first into the middle turnbuckle, immediately rolling her up into a pin. She grabs hold of Paige’s tights for extra leverage, and that’s enough to earn a three count. Nikki retains the Divas Title!

As the Bellas celebrate, Paige is flabbergasted and tries to tell the referee that Nikki pulled her tights, but there’s nothing he can do about it now.

Elsewhere on the card, we saw Natalya cheer on Tyson Kidd and Cesaro to Tag Team Title victory, which surely dampened the spirits of Naomi, Jimmy and Jey Uso:

Meanwhile, Lana saw Rusev impressively defeat John Cena and retain the United States Title:

Thoughts: The Divas Title match was much better on a second viewing. It was still short, and the ending was still crappy, but my first impression was much worse. Paige and Nikki did well to make the short match a snappy back and forth, trading control pretty rapidly and making use of the little ring time they were given. The effort is there.

At this point, I think it’s obvious that the problem with this feud isn’t the Divas – it’s the WWE’s lack of investment in them. We saw that exemplified here with the makings of an exciting match that were hamstrung by a small time slot and a lame finish. The WWE could have had something really good here, but they very willingly threw that away.

Maybe it’s to keep them from outdoing the upcoming WrestleMania match, but that’s working backwards, really. You should encourage the Divas to raise the bar, not keep it deliberately low to make it easier for them to jump it next time.

As for the finish… I get wanting to protect Paige by having Nikki win the match in shady fashion, but there are more effective ways to do it. I’m not talking about another “mystery spray to the eyes” situation or interference by Brie, but something that made the cheating more obvious. To the crowd in the arena, that could have been a clean roll up win. Hell, at home, you may have not noticed the treachery if Jerry Lawler hadn’t screeched out in alarm.

There’s a story to be told in a sudden, surprise victory, but this one lacked the necessary punch. Maybe they could have worked Nikki’s PTO escape into it, having her roll forward, clock Paige’s head against the turnbuckle and sit into a pin, Nikki grabbing the second rope with her hand for leverage. It’s a punchier visual and ends the match in a more exciting way. Here, the fans are left saying, “That’s it?”, and you never want that, especially in a Divas match, since that indicates that you had their attention (a rarity in Divas matches these days) and squandered it.

I’m encouraged by the potential Paige and Nikki showed here. I’m not sure what the WWE has in mind for WrestleMania, but I’m sure both of these Divas will be involved in some way and will deliver if given the chance. Let’s just hope the WWE is feeling generous.

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Former Women’s Champion Expected to Join WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2015 http://www.diva-dirt.com/107724/former-womens-champion-expected-to-join-wwe-hall-of-fame-class-of-2015/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107724/former-womens-champion-expected-to-join-wwe-hall-of-fame-class-of-2015/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 18:04:14 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107724

A new name has been added to the list of expected 2015 WWE Hall of Fame inductees.

According to F4WOnline (via Lords of Pain), former WWE Women’s Champion Madusa is expected to be announced for the 2015 class soon.

Madusa competed in the WWE as Alundra Blayze before moving to WCW, where she controversially dropped the Women’s Title belt in a trash can live on WCW Nitro.

If other expected names are announced, Madusa would join Randy Savage, Rikishi, Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Bushwhackers, Ray Stevens and Kevin Nash in the class of 2015.

Do you think Madusa should be the next woman in the Hall of Fame?

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Today in History: Jazz vs. Lita vs. Molly Holly vs. Victoria for the Women’s Title http://www.diva-dirt.com/107670/today-in-history-jazz-vs-lita-vs-molly-holly-vs-victoria-for-the-womens-title-2/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107670/today-in-history-jazz-vs-lita-vs-molly-holly-vs-victoria-for-the-womens-title-2/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:00:35 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107670

On this day in history:

February 23rd, 2004 | Women’s Champion Molly Holly put her title on the line in a Four-Way Elimination match, pitting her, Jazz, Lita and Victoria against one another. Jazz was eliminated first following a DDT from Lita, and Molly soon followed, pinned by Victoria. Molly was so enraged at being eliminated that officials had to drag her out of the ring, leaving Victoria to capture the Women’s Title with a Widow’s Peak to Lita. This brought Victoria her second and final Women’s Title reign.

What are your memories of this moment?

Also occurring today in history:
* 2/23/14 – AJ Lee defeats Cameron to retain the Divas Title at Elimination Chamber 2014.

Note: This was originally posted on 2/23/14.

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Video: ‘After Total Divas’ for Season 3, Episode 17 Feat. Brie Bella http://www.diva-dirt.com/107716/video-after-total-divas-for-season-3-episode-17-feat-brie-bella/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107716/video-after-total-divas-for-season-3-episode-17-feat-brie-bella/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 03:55:22 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107716

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, joined by Brie Bella, they talk about “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Purses”, which featured Eva Marie‘s family trip; Natalya working to help her family alongside estranged husband Tyson Kidd and Naomi; and Brie Nikki Bella‘s financial education.

Watch the latest After Total Divas below:

What did you think of this week’s episode?

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Photos: Cameron and Eva Marie Attend E! Red Carpet Countdown http://www.diva-dirt.com/107708/photos-cameron-and-eva-marie-attend-e-red-carpet-countdown/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107708/photos-cameron-and-eva-marie-attend-e-red-carpet-countdown/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 03:01:41 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107708 Photo: @natalieevamarie/Twitter

Total Divas stars Cameron and Eva Marie represented the WWE at today’s E! Oscars celebration, attending the E! Red Carpet Countdown.

The Divas tweeted photos from the event, which was broadcast on E! prior to the Academy Awards red carpet show:

E! also got in on the fun, tweeting GIFs of the Divas striking a pose:

What do you think of Cameron and Eva’s looks?

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Fastlane Results: Nikki Bella Retains the Divas Title http://www.diva-dirt.com/107709/fastlane-results-nikki-bella-retains-the-divas-title/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107709/fastlane-results-nikki-bella-retains-the-divas-title/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 02:56:49 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107709

Tonight at WWE Fastlane, Nikki Bella continued her heelish ways, retaining the Divas Championship by grabbing a handful of Paige‘s tights.

Nikki was accompanied to the ring by her sister Brie, but needed no help to sneak out the win.

After a quick bout that saw the Divas battle briefly outside the ring, Nikki rolled up Paige for the three count, grabbing her shorts for some illegal leverage, unbeknownst to the referee.

Nikki heads into the WrestleMania home stretch with Divas Championship still around her waist.

What did you think of the match?

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Fastlane Discussion Post http://www.diva-dirt.com/107651/fastlane-discussion-post/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107651/fastlane-discussion-post/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:00:14 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107651

Tonight at Fastlane, Nikki Bella defends the Divas Title against Paige.

Tune in to Fastlane on the WWE Network starting at 7:00pm ET with the Kickoff show.

Discuss the show in the comments!

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Fastlane Predictions: Nikki Bella vs. Paige for the Divas Championship http://www.diva-dirt.com/107689/fastlane-predictions-nikki-bella-vs-paige-for-the-divas-championship/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107689/fastlane-predictions-nikki-bella-vs-paige-for-the-divas-championship/#comments Sun, 22 Feb 2015 21:51:48 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107689 Photo: WWE.com

Tonight at Fastlane, Nikki Bella defends the Divas Title against Paige. Will Paige be able to overcome her numbers disadvantage? The Diva Dirt team weighs in:

Adrian: I would love for this match to get the time and booking it deserves. Paige vs Nikki is probably the best one-on-one combination in the main roster Divas division right now and if they get ten or fifteen minutes they could end up sneaking the match of the night here. I’m probably being far too optimistic, but look at the rest of the card for heaven’s sake. It’s a sorry mess, and if we have to sit through a near-carbon copy of the Survivor Series main event there’s no reason these two shouldn’t get the chance to tear it up for a reasonable amount of time. I don’t really mind who wins, but I can see it being Nikki Bella. I’d love it to be clean, but I’m not holding my breath. I just hope they get to have the match they deserve to have.

Bobby: I feel like this feud has just been the same thing done twice every week, so I don’t really feel the need to delve into it. I’ll say Nikki Bella retains and it leads to AJ Lee and Paige vs. the Bellas in a regular standard tag at Mania.

Chris: Well, I would love to say I’m excited for this but… then I would be lying. WWE proves once again that they don’t give a crap about putting any effort into a main roster PPV Divas match. Hell, I’ve seen Christina Aguilera concerts with better build-up than this match. And yes kids, she is still a thing. Although I enjoy the work of both Paige and Nikki Bella, I’m not sure if this could be saved from a storyline perspective if Spielberg himself did a run in while Celine Dion was playing in the background. This whole feud has fourfiveseconds to nowhere. Nikki Bella wins.

Erin: Like the rest of us, I haven’t been too excited by this storyline. It bears all the hallmarks of a filler match, a bump in the road towards WrestleMania. Given that the WWE hasn’t invested much time (or creativity) in this feud, I’m absolutely sure that the Divas Title is staying put. Nikki Bella wins tonight, but Paige puts up a good enough fight that she stays in the title picture for Mania.

Jack: My head says Nikki Bella yet my heart says Paige. My head is going to prevail this time. I just don’t see Nikki dropping it yet. With her reign being so lackluster though, it wouldn’t surprise me if Paige won. However, it would surprise me more that Paige would be a 3x Divas Champion within one year of joining the main roster. As much as I’d love Paige to make history yet again, I’m going with Nikki Bella.

Josue: There isn’t too much excitement for me going into this match. For the most part, this feud has just felt very lather, rinse and repeat in terms of build up. Still, Paige’s transition as a face through the Bellas’ mean girl tactics have given us a chance to see an upright babyface Diva step up to Nikki for her Divas title; something I’ve always felt was missing for some time since Nikki became champion. Nikki has been short on such candidates during her reign and there’s now a chance to some spark some fire to help lift momentum in this title defense and since there’s still no reason for Nikki lose the title just yet, I say Nikki Bella will retain at Fast Lane.

BREAKDOWN: 6 for Nikki, 0 for Paige.

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

RELATED: The Team Diva Dirt PPV Prediction Scoreboard

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WSU Anniversary in Review: The Goddess and the Huntress Wage War http://www.diva-dirt.com/107653/wsu-anniversary-in-review-the-goddess-and-the-huntress-wage-war/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107653/wsu-anniversary-in-review-the-goddess-and-the-huntress-wage-war/#comments Sun, 22 Feb 2015 19:00:52 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107653

WSU’s 8th Anniversary show was a white-hot bed of non-stop action, with a plethora of outstanding matches. External circumstances (largely weather-related) meant that the show was delayed by about half an hour and that the crowd was significantly smaller than was expected, but was that going to stop these women from putting on the show of their lives? Hell no! Let’s take a look:

The show started off with Jenny Rose looking to get her foot back on the ladder following her failed attempt at capturing LuFisto‘s WSU World Championship at the previous show. This time, Rose was up against the up-and-coming CZW Academy graduate Brittany Blake. Blake proved herself an ideal opponent for Rose, her diminutive figure allowing her to be tossed around to no end while her rookie status and drive to succeed provided the perfect backdrop, making her pinfall escapes and offensive comebacks so much more special, and making both women look a million dollars in the process. Rose would get the win with a reverse STO but Blake can be proud of what was arguably her best performance yet in a WSU ring.

Another upstart making significant inroads on the scene is the third-generation Tessa Blanchard, who had another good showing last night as she faced Sassy Stephie. As always, Stephie was accompanied by her grunts at The Office, Amanda Rodriguez and Mademoiselle Rachelle, who used their ringside presence to Stephie’s advantage. It almost looked like it had paid off, after Blanchard pinned Stephie clean from a springboard bulldog only for the referee to find brass knuckles in her boot – which Rachelle had placed there when the ref wasn’t looking. LuFisto came out to argue Tessa’s case and the match was restarted – with Tessa getting the pinfall again, almost immediately and with no controversy. An interesting booking decision, but one that shows WSU see a heck of a lot of potential in Blanchard. And why wouldn’t they?

Solo Darling is always a joy to watch, and she created the second big upset of the night as she pulled off a shock victory over Mickie Knuckles. A mismatch on paper, but Solo shattered Knuckles’ illusion of dominance by having the nous to do what all underdogs should do in the face of a monster: treat them with as little respect as possible. Sure enough, the sugar, marshmallow guns and leg-humping got Solo inside her opponent’s head, riling Knuckles up and catching her off-guard. When Solo offered an Oreo as an olive branch, Knuckles aggressively declined, sending Solo into a fit of rage, resulting in an X Factor for a sensational clean pinfall win.

The first title match of the night saw Niya Barela put her WSU Spirit Championship on the line against Nevaeh, who was making her return to in-ring action after a knee injury. Niya took full advantage of this, ambushing Nevaeh as she was making her entrance and unleashing a torrent of offense to her newly-healed knee before the match even started. Niya continued this strategy once the bell had rung, but her vitriol got the better of her as she took her belt in an attempt to use it as a weapon, only for her to be in plain view of the referee, who snatched it out of her hands, giving Nevaeh some precious few seconds to recover and hit a double underhook DDT – Niya’s own finisher – to become the new Spirit Champion. A good result, if a somewhat short match considering the extensive buildup.

After WSU legend Amy Lee made her expletive-laden acceptance speech for her Hall of Fame induction (seriously, I couldn’t make out a single word she said apart from “fuck” and I still understood about 50% of the speech), the WSU World Championship match concluded the first half of the show, with champion LuFisto facing “Portugal’s Perfect Athlete” Shanna in singles action. This was exactly the quality of match you’d expect from these two incredibly talented women, with both competitors pulling out all of their big moves to try and get the win. The finish was kind of cheap though – after three consecutive dragon suplexes without a successful pinfall, Shanna took Lufi’s title belt with the intention of laying out her opponent with it, only for the referee to see it and wrest it away from her. Sound familiar? LuFisto took the opportunity to capitalise on Shanna’s distraction, hitting a Burning Hammer for the pinfall. Two title matches in a row, two near-identical finishes. Not the smartest move.

Things got more confusing after the match, when Sassy Stephie and The Office came out to beat down LuFisto, only for Shanna to abruptly turn face and send them packing. Lufi and Shanna embraced respectfully in the ring, despite Shanna having tried to beat her by cheating mere seconds ago. Confusing and haphazard booking, but I’m willing to afford it clemency because the match itself was so good.

After the interval we saw Cherry Bomb and Leva Bates have an excellent match. Leva was dressed in classic ECW Dudley Boyz attire – a nod to the guys who trained her to be a wrestler and the 2300 Arena where the Dudleys made their name in the ’90s – and paid a number of homages to them throughout the match, including a Bubba Bomb and a one-person 3D (so basically a cutter, but use your imagination) to a flying Cherry Bomb. The pair showed how well they work together, not letting the comedy spots and the bickering get in the way of high-quality wrestling action, and the final moments of the match, where a devastating exchange of superkicks culminated in Cherry Bomb getting the pin and continuing her winning streak, were breathtaking. A great contest, and with Cherry Bomb now racking up the W’s, we could well see her get a WSU World Championship shot very soon.

The final hour of the show was taken up by two matches, and boy, were they something special. Chicks Using Nasty Tactics (Kimber Lee and Annie Social) took on longtime rivals The Juicy Product (JT Dunn and David Starr) for the opportunity to win back the WSU Tag Team Championships. Dunn and Starr, accompanied by Rick Cataldo, took control of the match early on, but things started to even themselves out as the match progressed until part way through, when JT Dunn drove a lethal double stomp into Lee’s back while she was hanging from the guardrails on the outside, reducing her to a crumpled heap and leaving Social to go it alone. She came pretty close, hitting Starr with an Acid Bomb only for Dunn to break the pin. Finally and miraculously, Kimber Lee made it back to her feet and in the ring, her face dripping with blood but with those Tag Team Titles still firmly on her mind. A sweet one-two of offense between her and Social culminating in a Code Red to Starr, and the WSU Tag Team Championships were firmly back in their rightful – and female! – hands.

To add insult to injury for Starr and Dunn, an incensed Cataldo vented his frustration on Starr, putting an end to this feud with a surprise face turn. As much as I enjoyed Juicy Product’s run with the belts (despite being justifiably skeptical at first), I’m looking forward to some new tag team talent emerging to challenge Lee and Annie Social moving forward. Preferably teams made up of women.

The main event was a TLC match between Hania and Athena, a rubber match following two show-stealing performances from the two competitors at previous shows, with each woman getting a win apiece. The action was chaotic from the moment the bell rang – although in the initial phases of the match, not all for the right reasons. Some sloppy and uncharacteristic mistakes, largely on Athena’s part, dampened proceedings slightly (and the ensuing “you fucked up” chants did little to quell the wounds – have some respect, for christ’s sake), but from roughly the halfway point onwards it was all forgotten as the pair tore each other apart with spots that would make even the most hardened deathmatch wrestler wince.

From Hania spearing Athena onto a horizontally-perched ladder, to Athena suplexing Hania into a tightly-tessellated stack of chairs, this was a hair-raising, edge-of-seat contest that by the closing sequences had every single person in attendance on their feet in fixation and respect. It looked like Hania had it after she hit TWO sentons through a table onto Athena (albeit inadvertently after the table refused to break the first time. You watching, Maffew?), but Athena showed her resilience and kept fighting back, this time with Hania showing her guts, taking a powerbomb through a table AND a fisherman buster onto a chair and still kicking out. After what seemed like an eternity of these two incredible human beings destroying each other, it was Athena who would put the match to rest, climbing up the tallest ladder available and planting Hania with an O-Face from the heavens. Glorious.

Because we hadn’t had enough shocks already, Athena and Hania shook hands and hugged it out, only for Hania to grab a chair and lay it into Athena’s back, before flipping the bird to the crowd and storming out. This may have been intended to be a blow-off match, but perhaps this isn’t over yet.

Over the past year or so I’ve given WSU its fair share of criticism. This show, however, was anything but criticism-worthy. A fantastic array of good-to-downright-amazing matches, with plenty of young stars given the rub against experienced opponents, championships that feel like they actually mean something and a main event that was beyond words. Unlike most WSU shows, the late start wasn’t actually anyone’s fault this time, and the poor attendance was unavoidable due to the errant weather (although to be honest, the crowd made enough noise throughout the show that I didn’t even notice its sparsity for most of it). The only gripe I can really say I have was with the iPPV stream – the resolution was poor (see the screenshot at the top of the page) and it lagged at times – but it didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the show.

As for where we go from here, there are plenty of places to explore. Nevaeh will hopefully attract some regular competition to her Spirit Title, while I have no doubt that C.U.N.T. will be the harbingers of a new era in WSU’s tag team division. Young up-and-comers like Tessa Blanchard, Solo Darling and Brittany Blake continue to impress greatly and are sure to have bright futures – not just in WSU, but elsewhere too. As for the WSU Championship, we now have a few names that will surely have their eye on LuFisto’s prize, most notably Athena and Cherry Bomb. Any combination of those three women is certain to be a heck of match, so it looks like the next few shows are in safe hands.

All in all, Anniversary was a superb advertisement of the WSU product and women’s wrestling in general, and another perfect and vital step for WSU to continue its journey back into the spotlight. It looks like we’re finally almost at the other end of the tunnel.

Matches from WSU Anniversary will be available soon on ClickWrestle.com.

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Diva Dirt Countdown: Top 5 Authority Figures http://www.diva-dirt.com/107661/diva-dirt-countdown-top-5-authority-figures/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107661/diva-dirt-countdown-top-5-authority-figures/#comments Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:16:24 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107661

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

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

This Diva Dirt Countdown takes on the best authority figures, featuring what you chose as the top five.

Watch the latest Diva Dirt Countdown below:

Do you agree with the list?

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Video: Diva Moments Make ‘WWE Top 10′ Insults http://www.diva-dirt.com/107645/video-diva-moments-make-wwe-top-10-insults/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107645/video-diva-moments-make-wwe-top-10-insults/#comments Sun, 22 Feb 2015 16:00:03 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107645

The latest WWE Top 10 takes on smack talk, ranking the ten greatest insults in WWE history. Two Diva moments landed in the list’s top three.

Ranking at number three is AJ Lee‘s “talent is not sexually transmitted” attack on Brie and Nikki Bella.

Topping the entire list is Chris Jericho‘s bait-and-switch on Rhyno and Stephanie McMahon, which saw Jericho call Stephanie a “smelly, greasy, nasty animal.”

Watch the latest WWE Top 10 below:

Who has delivered the greatest insult in women’s wrestling?

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Eye Candy for the Week Ending February 21st, 2015 http://www.diva-dirt.com/107636/eye-candy-for-the-week-ending-february-21st-2015/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107636/eye-candy-for-the-week-ending-february-21st-2015/#comments Sun, 22 Feb 2015 15:00:03 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107636

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

Paige
The most popular photoshoot from last week belonged to Paige. Lana‘s shoot came in second, earning 52 votes to Paige’s 78.

Paige’s shoot will be included in the Photoshoot of the Month poll at the beginning of next month.

This week’s batch of photoshoots feature Lana, Layla 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.
 

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Layla
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Today in History: Gail Kim vs. Maryse in the Divas Title Tournament Finals http://www.diva-dirt.com/107499/today-in-history-gail-kim-vs-maryse-in-the-divas-title-tournament-finals-3/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107499/today-in-history-gail-kim-vs-maryse-in-the-divas-title-tournament-finals-3/#comments Sun, 22 Feb 2015 14:00:01 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107499

On this day in history:

February 22nd, 2010 | After an untimely injury forced Divas Champion Melina to vacate the title, a tournament was held to crown the new champion. In the finals of this tourny, it came down to Gail Kim and Maryse. Their match, first scheduled to happen at Elimination Chamber, was postponed until the following night on Raw. Maryse won the match after planting Gail with the French Kiss, becoming the first two-time Divas Champion. She wasn’t destined to match her previous stint as champ, though, which long held the record for the title’s lengthiest reign at 216 days. This one would last only 49 days.

What are your memories of this moment?

Note: This was originally posted on 2/22/13.

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Vote for the Star of the Week Ending February 21st, 2015 http://www.diva-dirt.com/107616/vote-for-the-star-of-the-week-ending-february-21st-2015/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107616/vote-for-the-star-of-the-week-ending-february-21st-2015/#comments Sat, 21 Feb 2015 22:00:47 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107616

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:

Paige

Heading into her Divas Title match at Fastlane, Paige picked up two more singles wins this week, defeating Summer Rae on Raw and Cameron on SmackDown.

Mickie James

Mickie James returned to TNA on Impact, standing up to Bram in defense of Magnus.
 

Sasha Banks

Sasha Banks started off her NXT Women’s Title reign with a resounding victory, making Leva Bates tap out on NXT.
   

Sexy Star

Sexy Star nabbed a main event victory for her team on Lucha Underground, helping herself, Pimpinela and Mascarita Sagrada defeat The Crew.
 

Taryn Terrell

Taryn Terrell retained the Knockouts Title against Angelina Love on Impact and made a valiant stand against Awesome Kong post-match.
 

 

Winner: Mickie James (31%)

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Full Results: WSU Anniversary http://www.diva-dirt.com/107608/live-coverage-wsu-anniversary/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107608/live-coverage-wsu-anniversary/#comments Sat, 21 Feb 2015 20:50:21 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107608

Diva Dirt presents live coverage of WSU “Anniversary”, airing live today on iPPV and marking WSU’s eighth year as a promotion.

The main event sees WSU World Champion LuFisto defend her title against Shanna, while the other championship matches see WSU Tag Team Champions Juicy Product face Annie Social and Kimber Lee, and WSU Spirit Champion Niya Barela have her long-awaited contest with Nevaeh.

The show will also feature the rubber match of Athena and Hania‘s show-stealing rivalry as the pair face off in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match, and we’ll also see WSU stalwart StreamCZW.com.

Live results will appear below.

The show started about 20 minutes late due to the State Athletic Commission doctor not arriving in time due to bad weather. Said weather has also taken its toll on the crowd, which is pretty thin tonight at the 2300 Arena. Shame.

Jenny Rose defeated Brittany Blake. A solid opener that saw the youngster Blake put in a great performance, one of her best yet. Good way to start the show.

Tessa Blanchard defeated Sassy Stephie. A fun match, with Stephie’s cronies Madamoiselle Rachelle and Amber Rodriguez at ringside. Tessa initially got the pin with a springboard bulldog but the referee restarted the match after he found brass knuckles in Tessa’s boot (which had been put there by Rachelle while the referee was distracted). The match was restarted and Tessa got a second pin anyway almost immediately. Fair enough.

Solo Darling defeated Mickie Knuckles. That was super-entertaining, as most Solo Darling matches are. Solo got the huge upset victory after Mickie refused her offer of an Oreo cookie, consuming Solo with rage and driving her to hit Mickie with a sitout facebuster for the shock win. After the match, Mickie throws a muffin in Solo’s face.

Nevaeh defeated Niya Barela to become the new WSU Spirit Champion. Niya attacked Nevaeh before the match started, but eventually the bell rang to kick things off. In the end, Niya took her belt to hit Nevaeh but the referee saw it and took it off her, allowing Nevaeh to hit Niya’s patented double underhook DDT and get the three-count.

Annie Social comes out to induct Amy Lee into the Hall of Fame, with the entire roster surrounding the ring. Lee comes out and makes a speech. I didn’t understand a single word of it, save for all the times she said “fuck”. Which was a lot.

LuFisto defeated Shanna to retain the WSU World Championship. Odd decision to put the world title match on just before the interval, but whatever. Superb match – as you’d expect from two wrestlers of Shanna and Lufi’s calibre – but the ending seemed a little cheap, almost a carbon-copy of the previous match. Shanna took the title belt and tried to take out Lufi with it but the referee saw it and took it away, opening the door for Lufi to hit a Burning Hammer and get the win. After the match, Sassy Stephie and The Office try to attack LuFisto but they get fended off by Shanna, who’s suddenly a face despite trying to cheat to win mere seconds ago. Common enemy I suppose. Lufi and Shanna embrace in respect.

Cherry Bomb defeated Leva Bates. An extremely good match. Leva was dressed in the style of the Dudleys, who of course were regulars at this arena in the 1990s, and she used several Dudley-ish mannerisms and even hit a solo 3D on Cherry. Eventually, however, Cherry would get the victory with a Best Superkick Ever and continue her winning streak.

Kimber Lee and Annie Social defeated Juicy Product to win the WSU Tag Team Championships. Another fantastic match with a series of great spots, most notably a double stomp to Kimber Lee from the outside that left her bleeding. Finally, Kimber hit a Code Red on JT Dunn to regain the belts for her and Social.

Athena defeated Hania in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match. I don’t even know what to say. That was just incredible. Athena won after an O-Face from the largest ladder they could find, but that’s hardly the full story. Both women completely killed each other, and earlier on when Hania hit TWO sentons onto Athena through a table from the top of a ladder I thought she had it in the bag. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Check out the review for something more coherent about this match, because I’m not going to be able to do it justice right now.

Post-match, Athena and Hania shake hands only for Hania to take a chair and lay out Athena while her back is turned. Looks like this isn’t over yet.

That’s it for tonight. Check back after the replay is up for a full review!

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Impact Write-Up (February 20th, 2015): Two’s Company, Three’s a Crowd http://www.diva-dirt.com/107618/impact-write-up-february-20th-2015-twos-company-threes-a-crowd/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107618/impact-write-up-february-20th-2015-twos-company-threes-a-crowd/#comments Sat, 21 Feb 2015 20:34:46 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107618

Hola Knockout fans and welcome to this week’s edition of Impact Write-Up. While last week’s show may have let some fans down, TNA bounces back this week with a Knockouts championship match between Angelina Love and Taryn Terrell, the start of rekindling the feud between Awesome Kong and Gail Kim and by bringing back fan favorite Mickie James all in one night. There’s some quite ground to cover so let’s get right to it.

From the outside of the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland, cameramen have caught a familiar face begin to make her way inside the venue. Hardcore Country Mickie James has returned to TNA to do more than just visit old colleagues. She’s here to talk about the condition of her real life fiance Magnus, who has been targeted and betrayed by former best mate Bram ever since Magnus retrieved the Tag Team title Feast or Fired briefcase, a case he claims should have been his. She’ll be on a little later in the night to speak on behalf of Magnus.

Back inside the Hydro, it’s almost time for the Knockouts Championship match between former six time champion Angelina Love and current champion Taryn Terrell. Angelina preps herself backstage with her loyal BroMans allegiance and do what they do best, take selfies with their trusty Selfie Stick… or in the case “ussies”. Watching all this in the dark corner is Awesome Kong, who doesn’t seem too amused at the fact that Angelina was getting this title shot over her. Hmm…. what kind of plans does Kong have in store?

As Angelina makes her way to the ring, Robbie E and Jessie Godderz accompany her, arm in arm while DJ Z introduces Angelina the only way he can, through a lot of BERP and complimenting Angelina as she makes that entrance tho! Riding solo to the ring, Knockouts Champion Taryn salutes the crowd with her million dollar smile and the gold proudly strapped around her waist. She enters the ring, climbs a turnbuckle to raise her title but gets attacked from behind by Angelina and knocked out to the outside.

Angelina follows up with a baseball slide and a couple of high fives to her supportive BroMans at ringside. Still on the outside, Angelina looks to damage Taryn using the ring but Taryn manages to fight back. A little distraction from Robbie helps Angelina regain control, as she delivers a fallway onto the floor. Since a win can’t be picked up from the outside, Angelina rolls Taryn into the ring and goes for the cover but comes up short of the three count.

Changing up her strategy, Angelina climbs the turnbuckle only to come up empty when Taryn manages to get to her feet and toss Angelina off the top rope. Taryn keeps the ball rolling a series of clotheslines, a running neck breaker and a swift snap supplex. She doesn’t stop there, as this time it’s Taryn who climbs the ropes and connects a flying clothesline to take down Angelina. When she only gets the two count, Taryn goes for her nameless finisher but Angelina reverses it, whipping Taryn to the ropes and having her come back to a Botox Injection. Angelina scrapes her way to make a cover on Taryn but the champion still has fight in her, kicking out before the three count.

Frustrated and heated, Angelina throws a fit and tries to regain control of the match but Taryn is able to pull out Sugar Rush Cutter (non officially name) out of nowhere and gets the three count over Angelina for another successful title defense. Before Taryn can celebrate her win, the lights go out and Awesome Kong’s intro music hits the area. When the lights are turned back on, Kong is in the ring, face to face with Taryn who isn’t intimidated by Kong’s presence. Instead, she tries to fight off Kong with hard hitting forearms. The two exchange blows back and forth until a shoulder block from Kong takes Taryn down.

An Implant Buster later, Taryn is laid out, as Kong’s message for the champion becomes clear. She goes to pick up Taryn’s title and suddenly the inevitable face to face stare down happens, as Kong’s longtime rival Gail Kim makes her way to the ring. Though there was no physicality and hardly any words were spoken, Kong lifting the Knockouts title between herself and Gail brings back early memories of their historic feud and helped foreshadows what is it come.

As promised, Mickie James is back and this time she is on her way to ring.

She is greeted with a grand ovation from the Scotland crowd, who even add a “Welcome back!” chant for the full time momma. Mic in hand, Mickie begins to tell us that while she is happy to be back, it is under some bittersweet circumstances. While her life has changed over the last year after having her beautiful baby boy and getting engage, her heart remains heavy knowing that her finance former best friend left him beaten down in an alley.

Mickie goes on to say that while Bram may think he’s a rough and tough kind of man, in reality he’s just a coward for having to attack from behind. The insult is enough to have the self proclaimed “King of Hardcore” to crawl out, with the cue ball he attacked Magnus with in hand. Mickie shows no fear in Bram’s presence and instead says she’s glad the devil came out, so she can tell him in his face of how of low of a person he is for betraying a friend who would always clean his messes and stood by him when no one else would. The nerve damages Bram caused were so bad that it has caused Magnus to not even be able to hold his own son.

After giving Mickie the floor to speak, it’s now Bram who speaks, as he explains his actions as to why he attacked Magnus. He tells Mickie he wanted to open Magnus’ eyes, that his former mischievous partner was no longer the same guy once he got with Mickie James. He blames her for changing him and takes a shot at their son at home. That’s certainly hitting below the belt!

Mickie counters Bram’s insults by claiming it has nothing to do with Magnus becoming a new father, rather Bram is jealous that he is only half the man Magnus is. She concludes by telling Bram that he knows Magnus would kick his ass and that deep down he’s nothing but a little bitch! Bram slaps Mickie’s mic out of her hand and begins to corner her in the ring but Mickie fights back, hitting Bram with a slap to the face. Before things get an uglier, referees and officials break the two up but Bram keeps a close gaze to Mickie as he exits, his eyes almost saying that this isn’t over just yet.

Thoughts: A much stronger episode of Impact this week compared to last week.

The Knockouts match was a bit random and short but it was decent for what it was. It gives Taryn another title defense under her reign as Knockouts champion, which is never a bad thing. I only ask that there be some kind of explanation as to these title shots come from should there be no number one contenders match the week prior. The bigger picture, of course, came from the post match segment that involved Awesome Kong and Gail Kim.

It’s been a call time coming for Awesome Kong and Gail Kim to come face to face and I was always wondering how TNA would have presented it, knowing the importance of it. I was happy with this almost mutual respect that there was in the air between Kong and Gail instead of immediately throwing blows at one another. Let things simmer before letting these two loose! One thing I do wish TNA would stop is the lights out entrance for Kong. It was okay for the beginning of Kong’s surprise return but we know she’s back now, so I’d like to see it feel that way by having her come out to the traditional entrance ramp. I can’t wait to see the shake up between these three diverse women.

Onto Mickie’s return, I think I speak for many fans who are thrilled to see Mickie James back on our television screens. She may not have been involved in any Knockouts action but she still shined on her own. While I was a huge fan of the heel sarcastic Hardcore Country persona Mickie was when she first left TNA a few years ago, I have to stay this returning Mickie is still a fitting role for the storyline at hand.

It comes across naturally to Mickie and it helps add another layer to the Magnus/Bram feud, giving it that “reality” like feeling and giving us a reason to see what will happen next. So while we may have to wait to see Mickie get back involved in the Knockouts division, she still has her hands full during the rest of the UK Tour.

We wrap things up in Glasgow, Scotland this week and make our way to the Manchester, England next week as part of TNA’s ongoing UK tour. With what we’ve seen this week, the pieces are in place to see to the aftermath of what else is to come.

Hasta luego Knockout fans!

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Lucha Underground Analysis (February 11th & 18th, 2015): Formidable Foes and Relationship Woes http://www.diva-dirt.com/107603/lucha-underground-analysis-february-11th-18th-2015-formidable-foes-and-relationship-woes/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107603/lucha-underground-analysis-february-11th-18th-2015-formidable-foes-and-relationship-woes/#comments Sat, 21 Feb 2015 18:05:37 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107603

Good day everyone! And welcome to your new Lucha Underground Analysis covering the weeks of February 11th and 18th.

February 11th brings us some additional advancement in Catrina and Ivelisse’s respective stories, but the 18th is absolutely filled with every woman you can think of!

Yes, yes, Catrina… Ivelisse… Black LotusSexy StarMelissa Santos, they’re all there! And they all (okay sans Melissa) have storyline advancement that leaves me clamoring for more so let’s get underway!

February 11th:

In the midst of Fenix taking on Argenis in a hard fought battle, Catrina suddenly emerges from up the stairs and climbs down to scout the action at ringside. Ruh roh…

Fenix goes on to emerge victorious, as Catrina crawls inside the ring and seductively licks the face of Argenis while keeping her eyesight locked on Fenix. I’m honestly not sure anyone gives a better seductive glare than Catrina.

From there, we head backstage to hear Catrina speaking.

“The power of a thousand lives is valuable… and it is that power that was too much for you.

You need to –”

Mil grabs her by the neck and screams that he needs absolutely nothing! From there, he sets her back on her feet and walks off, leaving her a little unsure of what to do next.

Also check out Ivelisse as she manages Son of Havoc for a singles match dedicated to her against Johnny Mundo below:

February 18th:

As Mil Muertes takes on Chavo Guerrero, Catrina, again like the preceding episode, makes her way down the steps… only this time, she seems to also have his stone in her hand. She seems to be dragging the stone as a sort of control mechanism over him, but this just provides a distraction for Chavo to whack him with a steel chair and get the DQ. Mil isn’t fazed though, as he drills Guerrero with the flatliner on the chair.

He orders Catrina to come lick Chavo, but she refuses. This sparks Muertes to drag her in by the hair and push her down. She continues to resist, and he grabs her by the neck! Mil sets Catrina up for the flatliner! Psyche! Fenix leaps into the ring and saves Catrina from harm’s way with a missile dropkick to Mil. The two head outside the ring as Catrina applies a lip lock on Fenix right in front of Mil!

Following this, we head backstage to see Black Lotus! She opens a door in the temple and ascends up a staircase as we head to a commercial break.

Also watch Dario Cueto set up a trios no disqualification match involving Sexy Star below:

Following this, it’s singles match time!

Out to the ring we go, as Ivelisse and Son of Havoc step inside the ring. She has a microphone in hand, and announces that tonight, Son of Havoc was supposed to face Angelico. However, she’s watched him lose week after week, and so tonight… she’s handling his battles for him! Ivelisse orders Angelico to get his ass down to the ring and fight the baddest bitch in the building!

“Get down here! Fight me!”

I live for this.

Angelico’s oddly addicting theme song hits, as he steps inside the ring and we get ready for some intergender action.

A sharp kick asap, as Ivelisse tries to capitalize on Angelico’s apprehension to fight a woman. Drop toe hold by Angelico, as he offers to help her up. She kicks him a few times, but then misses a few. She scores with a knee, then slapping him in the face for trying to disrespect her. Another kick connects, with her then leaping onto the second rope. He tries to extend his hand, that of which she takes. Her other palm then goes to smacking him in the chest as she leaps off with a hurricanrana from the ropes! Nice!

Angelico starts to get serious now, as Ivelisse nails a nice kick, followed by a sharp one! She runs off the ropes, but gets lifted into the air and slammed down. Son of Havoc now on the ring apron, nailing a kick to Angelico which allows him to stumble back into a roll up victory by Ivelisse.

Angelico now has a microphone and says it’d be his pleasure to go one on one with her without Son of Havoc around. He then shoves Havoc off the apron as the two head out to the back.

Black Lotus! She bursts in through a door as we return to the scene, spotting something rattling around.

“So… this is where he keeps you.”

“When I was a little girl… the only thing I wanted to be when I grew up, was to be the woman who killed you with my bare hands.”

What. I think someone just put a black bag over her head and swept her away. Color me intrigued…

Match time again! Melissa Santos introduces the following no-dq trios match as The Crew stands in the ring already. Their opponents, Mascarita Sagrada, Pimpinella Escarlata and Sexy Star step out from the back to Sexy’s theme! The crowd goes crazy for all three, and the match begins with all members of The Crew taking out their opponents. Outside the ring, Bael and Sisco slap Sexy Star in the chest as Castro beats Pimpinella down in the ring with a kendo stick. Mascarita and Sisco go at it inside the ring as Star continues to recover on the outs.

Sexy now in the ring! She chops Cortez in the ring, but he slams her back. Huge kick to the head and then a sliding pair of boots to the face. Womp womp. She slides outside again as Mascarita becomes their target. Mascarita looks to be done, as Pimpinella already is… leaving it 3 on 1 as Sexy must fight the three men on her own.

The fans chant for her as she gets cornered, but she slides in the ring and tries to fight them off. Wheelbarrow armdrag! Kick to the groin! Ow, Sexy gets a big right hand and a HUGE DDT off the ring apron! Yesss!

She gets grabbed by the hair and hoisted back inside, but she escapes and lands a few chops/kicks. Unfortunately, she then gets taken down. Sexy escapes a maneuver attempt and hits a rolling suplex. She’s then bodyslammed down to the canvas as Cisco heads up top… but she fights back! Top rope hurricanrana attempt, but Cisco catches her and goes for a powerbomb. She fights off and lands the rana! Just a nearfall.

Now they all beat her down and look to go for her mask, but Big Ryck appears and distracts them long enough for Sexy to get the roll up victory for her team! Big Ryck and Sexy Star stand tall as The Crew must come back another day to mess with these two.

Thoughts: I’m loving that each of the four women looks to have a substantial role moving forward, especially Black Lotus who is probably intriguing me the most right now just because I have absolutely no idea where this could be headed. Her storyline is something I’ve never seen a wrestling show do before, and I can’t wait to find out what they have in store. Who’s in the cage that she wants to kill? And who put that black bag over her head (unless I completely saw that scene wrong)? These are questions I can’t wait to see answered, but as for now I’m loving the little twists and turns we get to see her character make on this journey.

Catrina’s story is something I think plays much better on screen than it did when I first heard about it. I still think it’s a little too soon for her and Mil to split. I mean the show has only been airing for a few months and they were one of the first established duos with a legitimate backstory that stemmed years upon years, so it feels kind of weird that they’re already being split up this early on. I do enjoy the story, however, and I think Lucha Underground shines in presentation. Reading spoilers for this show does it no justice, because the segments and the abilities these people have to carry their stories needs to be seen to fully be experienced in the way it’s intended. Fenix and Catrina’s chemistry is completely there so far, and I loved the aftermath spot of Mil dragging her inside only for Fenix to save her and get planted with a lip lock for his service. It’s not a story we’ve never seen before, but it’s one that can continue to work when you’ve got people involved who now how to play it and put a different spin to it. Great job!

Ivelisse’s story finally makes Son of Havoc’s losing streak get put into perspective. Over the course of the first taping, I was concerned with him losing so much… but now I get that they were going for establishing them as a duo where she’s supposed to be disappointed in him. It’s a story I feel like I’ve seen before, but again, this time it has a modern day spin that I appreciate so much where it’s the woman in control who is mad at the guy for constantly being the weaker member of the team. As far as the match itself goes, I’m kind of mixed. I just want to have faith that a woman can get a victory over a man without needing distraction from another man, but I actually think the finish worked here because Son of Havoc can now say he’s the reason she won, which will go on to cause more tension between the two. Like the other two stories, I’m very excited to see what Lucha Underground has in store for this, because the new aspect of Ivelisse being the dominant, in control half is something I want to see far more of before it disappears.

I loved everything about the main event, to be honest. They could’ve easily had it be Mascarita in Sexy’s position, being the one to outlast the other two until Big Ryck saved him. The fact they chose Sexy and had her put into this big storyline that closed the show is just great, and I liked that she got to constantly fight back against the men without showing any signs of weakness. Was she beat down at times? Yes. But she got right back up and countered their attacks every chance she got. Like I said before, I do want to eventually see a woman cleanly beat a man with no assistance or roll up needed, but also like Ivelisse’s, I actually think this worked perfectly because it established a feud that we can engage with moving forward in seeing Ryck and Sexy team up against the three. Ryck’s massive size basically counts as two people anyways, so I feel like the sides seem fair even if they’re numerically uneven.

Overall, another fun two weeks with Lucha Underground and I especially loved seeing everyone get featured and everyone’s stories advanced on the February 18th episode. I’m not sure how I’ll handle the reduxes moving forward as I think we get a little bit more match heavy in upcoming weeks, so we’ll likely go on a case by case basis and determine if there’s enough to cover.

Until next time!~

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Today in History: Gail Kim & Maryse vs. Layla & Michelle McCool at Elimination Chamber 2010 http://www.diva-dirt.com/107495/today-in-history-gail-kim-maryse-vs-layla-michelle-mccool-at-elimination-chamber-2010-2/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107495/today-in-history-gail-kim-maryse-vs-layla-michelle-mccool-at-elimination-chamber-2010-2/#comments Sat, 21 Feb 2015 14:00:47 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107495

On this day in history:

February 21st, 2010 | Gail Kim and Maryse were all set to compete in the finals of a Divas Title tournament at Elimination Chamber 2010, but Vickie Guerrero, who had heard the nasty things Maryse had to say about SmackDown’s Divas, made a change. She turned the singles match into a tag match, pairing them up to face SmackDown Divas Layla and Michelle McCool. Maryse had no interest in helping Gail, though, watching on as she lost the match. She finally entered the ring once Lay-Cool was gone, hitting Gail with the French Kiss and showing her what was going to happen when they finally faced off.

What are your memories of this moment?

Note: This was originally posted on 2/21/14.

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Impact Wrestling Feedback: February 20th, 2015 http://www.diva-dirt.com/107600/impact-wrestling-feedback-february-20th-2015/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107600/impact-wrestling-feedback-february-20th-2015/#comments Sat, 21 Feb 2015 01:45:14 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107600

Tune in to Impact Wrestling tonight at 9pm ET.

Discuss the show in the comments!

RELATED: Impact Wrestling Spoilers: February 13th & 20th, 2015

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SmackDown Redux (February 19th, 2015): Groundhog Day, Divas Style http://www.diva-dirt.com/107595/smackdown-redux-february-19th-2015-groundhog-day-divas-style/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107595/smackdown-redux-february-19th-2015-groundhog-day-divas-style/#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2015 20:32:19 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107595

Welcome to another SmackDown Redux! On the last stop before Fastlane, we’re (hopefully) finishing up our Groundhog Day-esque loop of Paige wrestling singles matches while Nikki and/or Brie Bella observes.

SERIOUSLY. WE. HAVE. BEEN. DOING. THIS. FOREVER.

At this point, the repetition has got to be intentional, right? Maybe it’s the creative team’s way of thumbing their noses at Divas fans? Maybe it’s a meta thing, referencing how Diva storylines are constantly recycled. Maybe someone accidentally copied and pasted “Paige vs. ______” on the script for 500 weeks straight and we’ll be doing this for years. Maybe I just put more thought into this than anyone on the creative team…

Screw it. Let’s just watch the match:

Brie and Nikki are (ONCE AGAIN) at the commentary table, sporting sunglasses because Paige is so blindingly pale. Get it???? Cameron is in the ring, poised to be Paige’s lunch. The bell rings, and instead of a tie-up, Cameron elects to just whip her hair in Paige’s face. Paige grabs said hair and tosses Cameron across the ring by it. She backs Cameron into the corner and hits some back elbows before dragging her through the ropes and nailing her with some knees.

Paige is distracted when she re-enters the ring, and Cameron takes advantage, taking her down with a DDT. She kicks her a few times before going for the pin. Paige kicks out after the one count. Cameron drags Paige over to a corner, taunting her a bit before sandwiching her into the corner with a clothesline.

Paige stumbles out of the corner, allowing Cameron to charge and slam her down, face first. Cameron goes for the pin again, Paige kicking out at two.

Cameron exits the ring and slaps Paige through the ropes, adding insult to injury. Cameron climbs back into the ring and gets caught up in congratulating herself, allowing Paige to sneak up and pull her into a schoolboy pin. Cameron manages to kick out, but tables have turned: Paige hits a series of short-arm clotheslines, a dropkick and a kick to the chest. At that point, we all know what time it is: PTO’clock. Paige locks in the submission, and Cameron taps out quickly.

Post-match, Paige completes the surreal repetition by jawing with the Bellas while Nikki holds up the Divas Title. Seriously, am I stuck in an episode of The Twilight Zone? Is no one else seeing how ridiculous this is?

After the show, the Bellas made an appearance on SmackDown Fallout, speaking a bit more about Nikki’s match with Paige:

The Bellas chalk their harassment of Paige up to “having fun”. Hey, at least someone’s enjoying this. Nikki says Paige, despite all of her wins, doesn’t have momentum. She promises to hold on to the title.

Lastly, we had brief appearances by Natalya, Naomi and Lana when Rusev ambushed Tyson Kidd‘s match with Jimmy Uso:

Thoughts: I found it hard to pay attention to Paige and Cameron’s match, as I was too busy being annoyed by the blatant lack of effort being put into this match. It’s not the lack of story. It’s not the lack of excitement. It’s just the blatant “rise and repeat” nature of this angle. The WWE has proven that they don’t give even half of a shit about selling this match, so they’ve put the feud on cruise control from the get-go, burning the days between then and Fastlane.

I guess, when you get down to it, it says a lot about how they value the Divas: a Divas match at a Pay-Per-View is (usually) a given these days. The WWE likely feels obligated to book something Diva-related for a PPV. But the lack of effort being put into booking this and the storylines before it shows that they believe that no one (or next to no one) is watching the PPVs/subscribing to the Network for the Divas. They believe they can skate by, doing the bare minimum, and the numbers won’t suffer, because no one is tuning in for the women. They’re the garnish on the plate: no one orders it, but there it is, because something needs to fill the empty spot.

I suppose the WWE has no motivation to change their ways because they haven’t felt any blowback. But it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy that we’ve seen time and time again: if you don’t give the fans a reason to care about the Divas match, they won’t. And, when the Paige/Nikki match gets its expected tepid reaction at Fastlane, the WWE will use that as an excuse to not invest in the Divas. Rinse, repeat.

What could possibly break this cycle? Surely, a trending hashtag won’t do the job. The vast majority of mainstream fans won’t get off their asses to stick up for the Divas, because they’ve been trained to not give a shit about them. I guess the best you can do is shed a light on the crappy treatment Divas are getting, providing evidence to back up the claims and letting the internet catch on to it. If the mainstream media is finally catching on to the poor treatment of women in Hollywood, perhaps getting people (even non-wrestling fans) to care about the marginalization of women in wrestling isn’t too far fetched. The internet loves some dog piling outrage, right? Let’s point them in this direction.

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Today in History: John Cena Dumps Eve Torres http://www.diva-dirt.com/107492/today-in-history-john-cena-dumps-eve-torres-2/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107492/today-in-history-john-cena-dumps-eve-torres-2/#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2015 14:00:00 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107492

On this day in history:

February 20th, 2012 | Eve Torres thought she had both Zack Ryder and John Cena wrapped around her finger, having successfully seduced both of them. Her plans with Cena didn’t survive long, though, as he overheard her revealing her true colors to Brie and Nikki Bella. When she tried to smooth things over, it got even messier. Cena took to the mic, exposing her for her she truly was. After a desperate attempt at winning him over fell flat, Cena left the “hoeski” crying in the middle of the ring.

What are your memories of this moment?

Note: This was originally posted on 2/20/14.

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NXT Redux (February 18th, 2015): Blue Pants Faces the Boss as Carmella Gets an Offer http://www.diva-dirt.com/107591/nxt-redux-february-18th-2015-blue-pants-faces-the-boss-as-carmella-gets-an-offer/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107591/nxt-redux-february-18th-2015-blue-pants-faces-the-boss-as-carmella-gets-an-offer/#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2015 03:52:26 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107591

Greetings all, and welcome to another Divafied edition of the NXT Redux!~

Last time we saw each other, Sasha Banks finally realized her dream when she became the new NXT Womens Champion by defeating Charlotte, Bayley and Becky Lynch in a fatal-4-way. It was a beautiful moment that will surely be up for many year-end awards come December, but as we all know, The Boss doesn’t just sit around and take in the moment… she gets to work on making sure she has that title for as long as possible.

Tonight, she gets her first chance to impress as champion when she goes one on one with ol….. Blue Pants!

We’ve also got some appearances by Bayley, Becky Lynch and the hottest chick in the ring, Carmella, so let’s get underway!

Out to the ring we head, as JoJo (Please let this perfect woman step in the ring… PLEASE) announces our new Womens Champion, Sasha Banks, to the ring. The best theme song in wrestling history continues to play as the legit boss steps inside and gets ready for competition.

And her opponent…

BLUE PANTS! She has a tron! She has a blue text nameplate! She has a Big Cass style intro and theme song! I love everything. Including the fact she also has a few spiffy dance moves to boot! The crowd immediately chants for her, but Sasha is not impressed. Oh god, the fans can’t decide who to love. It’s about 50/50 between the two in a situation that seems almost unheard of before. Banks tries to politely request the rookie to exit her ring, as Blue Pants walks up and kicks Sasha out of the ring!

Another Blue Pants chant erupts, as she nails a drop toe hold and flips into a roll up for a one count. Sasha now tackles her to the floor and beats her down, then taunting the woman in blue and locking in a submission. Blue Pants finally breaks through and scores with a backslide… just for a two. Sasha now backs her into the corner and explodes with a vicious set of knees to the abdomen! Cover… one… two… no. Sasha lifts Blue-y up and proceeds to hit the backstabber into the Bank Statement! And Blue must tap out.

After a few replays, new interviewer (/POTENTIAL FUTURE RING ANNOUNCER THUS ALLOWING JOJO TO WRESTLE?!), Greg Hamilton asks Sasha what it means for her to be champion. She snatches the mic from him and lets everyone know that it means everyone, including Becky, Bayley and Charlotte, are going to have to admit that SHE’S the baddest Diva in all of NXT. Mic drop.

Backstage, we see Bayley being interviewed by the cameraman, as she recounts Takeover not being her night. However, she promises her time is coming.

Becky Lynch now fades into the picture and states that the fatal-4-way was the biggest match of her career and she gave it everything she had. She was so close to winning… and she would have won if not for Bayley. She’s happy Sasha won, but she’s extra happy Charlotte was the one who lost.

Right as Enzo Amore and Big Cass emerge victorious, Carmella heads into the ring to celebrate with them. Suddenly, they’re interrupted on the tron by champions, Blake and Murphy aka BaM aka Bad Ass Mutha aka The Dubstep Cowboys, who recall shocking the world by defeating The Lucha Dragons for the tag titles just a few weeks ago. Suddenly, they turn their sights to Carmella and ask if she wants to leave the two sewer rats in the ring for some real champions, she should come over to their side!

Carmella looks disgusted… but could her views change in time? We’ll find out as the weeks ago by.

Thoughts: I love everything about this week! Sasha being put in a match and looking as strong as she did was exactly what needed to happen the first week from winning the title as it assures her dominance and new found confidence was no fluke. Putting her against Leva was the perfect situation to make sure the crowd was invested, and I absolutely loved the dueling chants for the two. As far as the ring work itself, it was fairly short and to the point, but I actually admired that this week because it told the perfect story. Sasha was fresh off her win, and Blue Pants is basically the rookie who scored an upset, so it’s only natural that she would underestimate her and feel she wasn’t worthy to be in the same ring as her at the start of it. As the match went on and Leva got some offense in, Sasha immediately went into serious mode and took her back down. The self-break up after the knee to the abdomen was the perfect moment for Sasha to display her superiority in status, and I thought her promo after was very much appreciated. It didn’t say anything groundbreaking, but I will never complain when a Diva gets to rock the mic.

Also getting the brief Bayley/Becky videos was like icing on top of the cake. Charlotte not being present makes sense since she was the one who was pinned and she might need time to gather her thoughts, but having Becky and Bayley on, even if just these promos, is so appreciated as it lets us know they’re not done fighting to get the prize Sasha now has. I just love how serious they all are. They didn’t win, but they’re not going to give up. It took Sasha about 3 or 4 different attempts to finally secure the title, and so just because it didn’t work out this time doesn’t mean it won’t happen down the line.

And finally, the tag title feud is going to be excellent if handled right. Wesley Blake and Buddy Murphy are so good in the ring, but they’re also brand new to TV and so they need opponents who are going to elicit a reaction so that whatever they do gets a ton of boo’s and it can, in turn, help them to become a top heel group. The perfect way to handle this feud is actually happening, by involving Carmella as the object of their affection. They’ve seen the mishaps that have been caused between the trio, so why not capitalize on it and present Carmella with a new option? They have the titles, so that already should persuade her a bit considering she’s all about success and doing whatever benefits her status. I absolutely cannot wait to see this unfold, and I’m so glad Carmella will have a new type of role so that she’s still present on TV despite not fully being in the division just yet.

NXT, you’ve got me hooked this week and I am so ready for more!

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SmackDown Reaction: February 19th, 2015 http://www.diva-dirt.com/107580/smackdown-reaction-february-19th-2015/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107580/smackdown-reaction-february-19th-2015/#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2015 00:45:31 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107580

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

Discuss the show in the comments!

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Xplosion Write-Up: (February 18th, 2015) The British Boot Camp Reunion http://www.diva-dirt.com/107586/xplosion-write-up-february-18th-2015-the-british-boot-camp-reunion/ http://www.diva-dirt.com/107586/xplosion-write-up-february-18th-2015-the-british-boot-camp-reunion/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 22:44:45 +0000 http://www.diva-dirt.com/?p=107586

Hola Knockout fans and welcome to this week’s edition of TNA Xplosion coming to you from Glasgow, Scotland. We’re in for a special treat for fans of British Boot Camp season two, as this week there is a semi reunion of the cast in form of a mixed tag match. Hometown fan favorites Noam Dar and Kay Lee Ray are teamed up in mixed tag team to take on fellow finalist Rampage Brown and judge Gail Kim.

Our hometown heroes are out first, sharing an entrance together and greeting their audience who cheer them with warm welcome. Gail Kim’s music hits next as she leads the way to the ring with her partner Rampage Brown following behind. The women start things off and like their first encounter in singles competition, both Gail and Kay Lee Ray display good sportsmanship with the display of a handshake.

The action begins when Kay Lee Ray sneaks behind Gail, taking her down to the mat, looking to keep control of the match until Gail manages to maneuver her way out of Kay Lee Ray’s grip and reverse her hold into a crucifix pin. Only getting the one count, Gail runs the ropes for some offense, landing a flying forearm. She adds more standing forearms to mix and tops it all off flying crossbody from the second into a pin. Once again, the former student kicks out at just one and Gail seems to have had enough. She looks for the Eat Defeat but Kay Lee Ray manages to counter this with a kick to the head to her once mentor before passing things along to partner Noam Dar.

With the tag made, the women take a break from the ring action, allowing the battle of technical balance and power to emerge. The younger Noam Dar out smarts his mature opponent with surprise jack knife pins and technical move set but eventually becomes overpowered by the larger Rampage Brown, who puts the brakes to Dar with harsh a clothesline, grounded forearm shots and a big boot to the head.

From a turnbuckle, Brown looks to add some aerial foray onto Dar but the Scotland native manages to knock Brown off and begins to make his way towards his tag partner at ring side, who looks eager to get back into the action. Once the tag is made, Kay Lee Ray bypasses mixed tag team rules, lands a dropkick from the top rope onto Brown and takes him out of the ring. Back inside the ring, Gail Kim goes after Kay Lee Ray from behind but the firey red head is a step ahead and brushes off Gail with a fury of clotheslines and a high flying maneuver from the ropes, leaving Gail to try and find comfort outside the ring.

With both their opponents outside the ring and across from each other, an idea hatches and Kay Lee Ray tags in her partner, clapping it up in the middle of the ring before each hitting a suicide dive to each of their foes!

With the men still being the legal partners in this match, Dar rolls Brown back into the ring and finishes this match by delivering a three hit combo of German suplex, a head kick shot and a three count pin via schoolboy roll up. The young stars proudly take in their victory as they salute the crowd one last time.

Thoughts: A fun match up for the international flavor involved.

While I would have loved to see more action time for the women involved in the match, I think throwing in the mix of Rampage Brown and Noam Dar added a refreshing element to the match than the singles match Kay Lee Ray and Gail Kim had during British Boot Camp; one spot being the double suicide dive to the outside ring.

Although it was almost a given that the home stars were going to pick up the win, it was still a fun match to watch, especially with the British Boot Camp guest stars, all whom would make a fine fit to the TNA roster… more so for the Knockouts division with the flying daredevil Kay Lee Ray.

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