Welcome to another WWE Main Event Redux! This week’s show featured a Divas division rarity: storyline advancement on a “C show”.
Divas Champion Charlotte took on Brie Bella in a match whose outcome cemented the Divas Title feud heading into next month’s TLC Pay-Per-View. Even if you avoided spoilers, I’m pretty sure the identity of the woman targeting Charlotte won’t surprise you.
Let’s get into it!
Charlotte heads to the ring solo, while Brie has her trusty teammate Alicia Fox by her side. Off the bell, they tie up, Brie taking control and backing Charlotte into the ropes. She backs off, allowing them to circle and tie up again. This time, Brie takes control with a side headlock. Charlotte rolls her up into a pin, but she kicks out, resuming the hold. Charlotte tries to push Brie off using momentum from the ropes, but Brie slides to a knee, doggedly holding on.
Brie gets to her feet and Charlotte lifts her up, rolling forward and freeing herself. She grabs Brie by the boot, dragging her away from the ropes and attempting to lock in an early Figure Eight. Brie slips free quickly and the two circle one another. Charlotte again takes one of Brie’s boots for a Figure Eight attempt, but Brie squirms to the edge of the ring, grabbing the bottom rope. Charlotte lets go, allowing her to get to her feet.
Brie goes for a kick, but Charlotte catches her boot, knocking her off her feet with a shoulder takedown. Charlotte hits a knee drop, doing the Flair strut before going for a pin. Brie kicks out. Charlotte locks in a headlock, but it’s not long before Brie gets to her feet and slams Charlotte to the mat.
Brie and Charlotte circle once more, Brie striking first and nailing Charlotte with a kick. She slams Charlotte’s face into the turnbuckle and kicks her until she’s knocked into a seated position. She then pulls Charlotte to her feet and tries to slam her into to the corner again, but Charlotte turns the tables, sending Brie’s face into the turnbuckle instead. She kicks Brie in the midsection, taking her off her feet. She grabs Brie’s boot and tries to pull her out of the corner, but Brie hangs on to the top rope, allowing her to stay put.
When Charlotte comes toward her again, Brie halts her with both boots. Charlotte catches them, though, tossing them over the middle rope and then dropping Brie to the mat with a neckbreaker. She covers Brie, but only earns a near fall. Brie slips out of the ring for a breather, Alicia offering some moral support as we head to a commercial.
When we return, Brie’s back in the ring and in the driver’s seat, choking Charlotte in the corner. She sends Charlotte into the opposite corner, but her charging attack is dodged, Charlotte snapmaring her to the mat. She locks in a headscissors and flips Brie around the ring. Brie stumbles to a corner, only to be nailed in the midsection with Charlotte’s shoulder. She fends off Charlotte with a back elbow and sends her head-first into the corner when she charges, buying herself some breathing room.
Brie stomps on Charlotte in the corner and then leans her against the bottom rope, wrenching her left shoulder around it. She then hits a kick and a dropkick to the shoulder, taking Charlotte to the mat for an armbar. Charlotte frantically tries to get free, but it’s not until Brie tries to whip her into the corner that Charlotte takes control, sending Brie into the corner instead. Charlotte charges at Brie, but Brie dodges the attack, leaving Charlotte to flip over the rope and land on the ring apron. Charlotte drives a shoulder into Brie’s midsection, but Brie battles back, grabbing her bad arm and dropping it against the top rope.
Brie drags Charlotte into the ring for a pin attempt, but it’s not good. Brie continues her assault on the arm, but Charlotte manages to get in a sneak roll-up. Brie kicks out and immediately knocks Charlotte down with a clothesline. She goes for a pin of her own, but the champ kicks out. Brie locks in a hammerlock on Charlotte’s bad arm.
Charlotte frees herself by tossing Brie over her shoulder, but Brie strikes quickly, kicking her bad arm. Brie goes on a kick spree, nailing numerous kicks to the chest before Charlotte grabs her boot and drops her to the mat. She attempts to lock in the Figure Eight, but Brie rolls her into a pin attempt. Charlotte kicks out. Brie hits a clothesline and locks in another hammerlock.
Charlotte gets to her feet and fights free, hitting Brie with a series of chops. Brie fights back and hits Charlotte with a clothesline just as Charlotte goes for one of her own. Both Divas hit the mat. They struggle to their feet, Charlotte hitting a neckbreaker and Brie answering with a series of forearms. Brie heads to the second rope for a missile dropkick, nailing Charlotte with it. She goes for the pin, but Charlotte kicks out.
Brie pulls Charlotte to her feet, but is whipped into the ropes, Charlotte taking her down with a kick to the face. Charlotte hits a spear, but before she can capitalize on it, Paige‘s music hits, and the former Divas Champion struts to the ring. This distracts Charlotte, allowing Brie to sneak up behind her and roll her up for the pin and the win!
Paige mocks Charlotte for taking her eye off the ball and the Divas have a staredown as Main Event comes to an end.
Thoughts: This was definitely over-booked, compared to your typical Main Event Divas match. It actually felt like something that belonged on SmackDown, since storyline advancement isn’t exactly this show’s forte. It’s kind of cool in its novelty, but I can’t help but wonder why this was relegated to Main Event while Paige’s match made SmackDown, instead of vice-versa. I’m all for the “C shows” being elevated by appearances by champs, but it feels weird to have this happen on a show most WWE fans will never see.
That’s not to say that it did all that much to add interest to Charlotte or Paige’s feud. It pretty much just told us that Paige isn’t finished with Charlotte. She’s probably angling for yet another title shot by pissing off Charlotte so much that she’ll grant her another shot just for a chance to get her hands on her. Granted, this guess is meeting the WWE more than halfway, so maybe it’s not that nuanced. I’m willing to bet that this was probably booked as a half-assed way to extend their feud, and half-assed it was. Hopefully, Paige will have found a more interesting way to keep herself on Charlotte’s radar come Raw.
As for the match itself: I really liked its setup, with Brie and Charlotte playing it straight with the repeated tie-ups and square-offs. It made Brie look like a much more cerebral wrestler than her usual matches allow. She and Charlotte worked really well together here, Brie’s penchant for kicks and Charlotte’s Figure Eight attempts creating an instant in-match conflict that kept the action quick and interesting. Brie doesn’t get enough credit for being such a capable wrestler, so it was nice to see her get a win over the champ, even if it was far from clean.
One negative thing that really stood out to me was Charlotte’s reaction to Paige costing her the match. She seemed a bit annoyed at first, but soon looked triumphant, smiling and lifting her title high. It wasn’t exactly a defiant look, so it looked out of place, like she was no-selling Paige’s mental attack. That’s definitely a route the booking could take, but I very much doubt that that’s what’s happening here.
Either the editing was choppy, or Charlotte’s characterization is practically nonexistent. She has no edge, no fire. She doesn’t need to let Paige under her skin, but she does need to inject some excitement into her character. She desperately needs to become more than a “golden girl”, because, as fans’ reactions to her title reign prove, that won’t cut it. In real life, a resilient, talented hero is interesting. In wrestling, that person is boring. Characters need frayed edges and flaws to jump off the screen. Perfection, it turns out, can be a major weakness.]]>
Each Friday, The Wrap will wrap up the week in women’s wrestling by compiling the week’s smaller news stories, rumors and gossip – anything not normally covered by Diva Dirt. Got a tip for next week? Send it in.
Here’s this week’s roundup, in no particular order:
* This past weekend, Santana Garrett won the Wonder of STARDOM Title by defeating champion Io Shirai. (Twitter)
* Friends of Nicole Bass have started a GoFundMe page seeking donations to keep her from being evicted from her home. (GoFundMe)
* TNA has postponed its tour of India, citing logistical issues. No makeup dates have been announced. (PWInsider)
* Three more Divas matches have been added to the NXT’s Greatest Matches Vol. 1 DVD and Blu-Ray. (Wrestling DVD Network.com)
* Brooke has provided a small update on her TNA status, promising fans that she’ll give them full details soon. (Wrestling Inc)
* Nikki Bella is featured in a new anti-smoking PSA. (Twitter)
* Alexa Bliss’s new entrance music is available now on iTunes. (iTunes)
* A new WWE 2K16 DLC pack was released this week, featuring new Diva moves. (Wrestling Inc)
* In the latest Taste of Tenille, Emma makes Thanksgiving potatoes. (YouTube)
* Wrestling Observer says reports that officials are unhappy with Lana are an “understatement”. (Wrestling Inc)
* The latest season of Total Divas is now available on demand on the WWE Network. (Wrestling Inc)
* WWE’s latest Five Things video looks at five forgotten love affairs. (YouTube)
* Bayley appeared on Sam Roberts’s Wrestling Podcast to talk about being the last Four Horsewoman left in NXT, if the WWE tried to change her, the origins of the Diva Revolution and more. (Wrestling Inc)
* WWE Shop is offering a ton of Black Friday deals. (WWE Shop)
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On this day in history:
November 27th, 2005 | In what was the biggest match of her career up to that point, Melina challenged Trish Stratus for her Women’s Title at 2005’s Survivor Series. The rookie held her own in the match, even though Johnny Nitro and Joey Mercury attempted to seal the deal for her with a thwarted Snapshot to Trish. Two could play that game, though, and thus it was help from superfan Mickie James that helped Trish win the match and retain her title.]]>
Happy Thanksgiving! This week, NXT gave us Diva fans plenty to be thankful for, setting up two big bouts for NXT TakeOver: London. No matches have been officially announced yet, but the picture is becoming a lot clearer thanks to two major confrontations.
The theme for this week’s show appears to be “collusion”, as Emma and Dana Brooke hatch a plan to take out Asuka while Eva Marie gets a rather sudden shot at Bayley‘s NXT Women’s Title, the stars aligning a little too well for Miss All Red Everything in her quest to win the gold.
We kick off this week’s Divas action with NXT’s Most Popular Diva herself, who is interviewed by Tom Phillips:
Eva’s in GM William Regal‘s office. She says that she needed more space to prepare for her big match and claims that Regal wouldn’t mind, as he’s off recovering from surgery. She says Bayley’s a “swell girl”, but it’s time for a real woman to become champion. She says she has the support of the WWE Universe and, more importantly, Nia Jax. Nia then appears, presenting her with a gift emblazoned with the Total Divas logo. Eva says, very ominously, that “nothing beats friendship.”
Next, it’s time for Asuka and Dana to face off… or maybe not:
Asuka makes her entrance, followed by Dana, who has a microphone in hand. Dana jaws at Asuka, threatening to smack the ever-present smile off her face.
As she continues, a hoodie-clad Emma storms the ring, attacking Asuka. Asuka fights her off, but a distraction from Dana allows Emma to overpower her and lock in the Emma Lock. After the damage is done, Emma exits the ring. She and Dana leave side by side, satisfied with their little coup.
Immediately following this, Bayley joins Tom Phillips backstage to talk about her title defense:
Bayley acknowledges that, to some, Eva would make the perfect champion, being a beautiful reality star. She even admits that Eva has a lot of support from NXT management.
But that’s not everything. The most important thing, Bayley says, is this: unlike Eva, she is a wrestler. She says she’s going to prove to Eva why she’s the champion.
Soon after, it’s time for our main event! Hm.. I just realized that we’ve had main event Divas matches for two weeks in a row. That’s something, huh?
Before we can get to the match, senior WWE referee Charles Robinson comes to the ring to supervise the match from the outside. It is said that this is being done to prevent any “controversy”. Ruh roh…
Eva makes her entrance with new ally Nia Jax in tow. The crowd isn’t happy about this. Bayley enters next, the crowd going gaga for her. We get our championship match introductions (complete with mood lighting), and off we go!
They tie up, Bayley taking Eva down with a side headlock. Eva gets to her feet quickly, reversing the hold. Bayley quickly gets out of it, taking back control and again taking Eva to the mat. Eva gets up again and slams Bayley to the mat by her hair. She celebrates, taunting the crowd.
Eva fights Bayley into the corner, driving her shoulder into Bayley’s midsection. She hits a suplex and goes for the pin. Bayley kicks out. Eva pulls her to her feet and unwisely lets her guard down, allowing Bayley hit the Bayley-to-Belly out of nowhere! Bayley goes for the pin, but the referee is yanked out of the ring by Nia!
Bayley is distracted by this and Eva slips behind her, rolling her up! Bayley kicks out. Bayley realizes that Robinson has switched in as the match’s referee, and she’s not happy. Robinson is quickly distracted by the original referee’s departure, allowing Nia to get a lick in on Bayley. Eva follows that up with a senton and goes for three frantic pin attempts, Bayley kicking out of all of them.
Eva chokes Bayley against the middle rope, soaking in the crowd’s jeers. Eva backs Bayley into the corner and drives a shoulder in her midsection repeatedly. After this, Bayley slowly starts to battle back, taking Eva off her feet and flipping into a pin attempt. Eva kicks out, but Bayley tries again, getting the same result. Eva springs to her feet and takes back control, leisurely attacking Bayley. She sends her into the corner and hits a back elbow. Eva then runs the ropes, but Bayley turns the tables with a thunderous clothesline!
Bayley hits a suplex and charges at Eva in the corner, nailing her midsection. Bayley rolls back and busts out the wacky flailing arms, but before she can attack, Robinson stops her! Apparently Eva was in the ropes, but the pause in the action conveniently allows her to take control. She hits the Sliced Bread #2 and goes for the pin! Bayley kicks out and Eva can’t believe it.
Eva goes for another Sliced Bread in a neighboring corner, but Bayley shoves her into Robinson! Eva is distracted by this, but fends off Bayley’s attack with a kick. She climbs to the second rope, but Bayley stops her, climbing up there with her. Nia yanks her off and out of the ring, but Bayley fights back! She disposes of Nia and climbs back into the ring and hits a super Bayley-to-Belly just in time for the original referee to return and count the pin! Bayley gets the pin and the win! She is still your NXT Women’s Champion!
Nia attacks Bayley post-match, hitting a leg drop and standing over her. She stakes her claim on the Women’s Title by grabbing the belt and hitting another leg drop. Nia leaves the champ in a heap in the middle of the ring as the show comes to a close.
In a WWE.com exclusive post-show video, we can see Bayley valiantly walking out of her own accord after Nia’s attack:
In another post-show video, Eva talked about her loss:
She disputes that she was “handed” her title shot, calling herself the hardest working Diva in NXT. She says Bayley had to pull out a “million” stops to beat her, which exposes the kind of champion she is.
Thoughts: Both of these matches went down pretty much as expected. That’s not to say they were disappointments; they pointed us in very interesting directions for TakeOver: London, with Emma on a collision course with Asuka and Bayley getting the chance to be the first woman to take down Nia Jax. Being the most obvious directions doesn’t necessarily make them boring or lazy – they’re just the logical next steps.
The Dana/Asuka match was the most predictable by far, but cowardly heels tend to have two strategies when faced with a tough opponent: run or ambush. Emma’s ambush was especially effective, since she’s Asuka’s real target. The segment was much more than your usual heal sneak attack, managing to make Asuka look vulnerable (no easy feat) and sell the fact that Emma is desperately trying to overcome her fear of Asuka. She attacked her from behind and still needed some additional distraction from Dana to lock in the Emma Lock, after which she hightailed it out of the ring. It’s got an extra layer to it, which Emma plays so well.
I’ve gotta say, Dana has come really far, too. She looks so much more comfortable on the microphone. She’s still not the smoothest talker or the most convincing character, but she’s starting to really look like she belongs here, becoming less of a cookie cutter arrogant Diva and more of an overconfident, too-big-for-her-britches type who needs steering to keep her from getting her ass kicked. I think it helps that she’s playing a supporting role here, as there’s fewer expectations to be placed on the role of Emma’s hype woman. I hope they continue to play her carefully, allowing the cleverer Emma to lead her and steer her out of situations where her overconfidence might get them both into trouble. That duo works best when they contrast each other, so they’d do best to define their differences even more.
Eva’s Women’s Title shot was a lot more involved than I thought it would be, but it was kind of cool how much the booking acknowledged the fans’ complaints about her: her reality show background, her “resting on her looks”, management pushing her to the moon, etc. I’ve long felt that the best policy with Eva, at this stage, is to be as self aware as possible, leaning into the crowd’s hate and using it to her advantage. Playing directly into the “She doesn’t deserve this!!!” mentality gets her great heat and puts over her opponents even more, so I hope, even if she’s not in line for another title shot anytime soon, they continue to stack the deck in her favor, with little moments and matches reinforcing the idea that The Powers That Be want their “investment” in Eva to pay off. It also allows her to keep a leisurely pace to her wrestling under the guise of being cocky and toying with the crowd, which masks her limitations. Her limitations on the mic are a lot more glaring, but she hasn’t gotten a ton of heel mic time before now, so I’m willing to give her more time to get comfortable with it.
It would’ve been pretty interesting to see this story stretched out over a few weeks rather than one night, with the lead up to the match playing into fans’ anxieties by showing the “Eva conspiracy” grow. Though, I’m not sure the Full Sail crowd could’ve handled that well. Not sure if NXT staff could’ve handled the rash of aneurysms that would’ve resulted.
So, we have Nia as Bayley’s next challenger, and thus we’re presented with some pretty big stakes: Bayley’s title reign vs. Nia’s undefeated streak. I’m not convinced that Bayley’s title reign is anywhere close to being finished, so I’m more focused on speculating how she’ll exploit Nia’s weaknesses. Undefeated streaks are built to be broken, so it will surely be treated as a big deal if/when Bayley beats her. I hope Nia will get the chance to show a new side of herself because, while she’s not stale yet, it won’t look good if we see the same old strategy thrown at Bayley. Her alliance with Eva Marie showed she’s more cerebral than your usual “monster” wrestlers, so maybe they’ll make an effort to demonstrate that going forward.
Judging by spoilers, Eva looks to be sticking around with Nia, so that’s another thread to follow: who wants what, and how is this pairing serving that goal? For now, though, we do know one thing: Nia’s eyes are on the prize.]]>
On this day in history:
November 26th, 2006 | Women’s Champion Lita headed into retirement with a final match against Mickie James at 2006’s Survivor Series, seeking to retire, like Trish Stratus, with the belt around her waist. Mickie would win the match and the Women’s Title following a Mickie-T, but the ego bruising wasn’t over for Lita. After the match, Cryme Tyme came out to auction off to the crowd some of Lita’s “personal” items. Lita left the WWE humiliated, making this an unfitting retirement for a star of her stature, to say the least.
Also occurring today in history:
* 11/26/87 – Team Moolah defeats Team Sherri at Survivor Series 1987.
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This week, we’re asking this: Who should be the next woman to challenge Charlotte for the Divas Title? 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!
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Give us your two cents! Who should be Charlotte’s next challenger?]]>
On this day in history:
November 25th, 1985 | Twelve years before Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart‘s Montreal Screwjob, there was what wrestling fans have dubbed “The Original Screwjob”. In it, Wendi Richter defended the Women’s Title against The Spider Lady (a masked The Fabulous Moolah) at Madison Square Garden. Richter, who had refused to sign a contract extension with the WWE until she received a specified pay increase, found herself screwed out of the title when the referee counted her down for a pin she clearly kicked out of. Wendi quickly realized what had happened, lashing out post-match and leaving the building – legend has it – still in her wrestling gear. She would never again compete inside of a WWE ring.]]>
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Thanksgiving is right around the corner. We had a lot to be thankful for regarding the majorly personal injection needed to breathe some life into Charlotte and Paige‘s feud last week, not that the Flair family were thankful for it mind. Survivor Series sadly didn’t deliver what we hoped, leading to a bad taste in our mouths reminiscent of overcooked turkey.
Last night’s Raw gave us a little to be thankful for in the form a Becky Lynch vs Sasha Banks match as sweet as a dollop of cranberry sauce. Sadly, that little was counteracted by another long match between Paige and Charlotte that unfortunately missed the mark again. Like turkey sandwiches that seem to last an eternity after a holiday meal, this feud is sadly continuing. Due to the quality of the matches thus far, I may have gone off the taste of Charlotte vs. Paige by the time this story is over. No thanks WWE.
Kicking off Raw was a returning Stephanie McMahon, who told Roman Reigns to “back up and get out of my ring”! Not a lot to write home about here but Stephanie was funny mocking the crowd at the start of her promo. Also, as much as I hate Sheamus as WWE Champion and I’m not the biggest fan of Wade Barrett‘s King character, I am very intrigued to see how their European alliance with Rusev evolves. It could lead to loads more spotlight for Lana too.
Our first match of the night pits “The Boss” against the “Lass Kicker” as Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch get to show off their stupendous chemistry in a singles match. The wig-snatching trio of Sasha, Naomi and Tamina arrive on the scene first, and Becky is in the ring ready and raring to go when we come back from commercials.
Both girls are looking absolutely incredible as the bell tolls. I especially loved Sasha’s gear last night! Becky gets the best of the first collar-and-elbow tie-up and she really is looking radiant. Loving her at the moment. Sasha shoves Becky to the mat as a result of the second exchange that saw the two jockey for position, and Sasha follows that up with a series of grounded punches.
The crowd chant that Sasha is ratchet as Becky fights back with stiff shots to the midsection and face. Sasha retaliates however with a stunning reversal sequence that lands Becky in seriously hot water. She gets double kneed right in the midriff and our favourite wrestling prophets, Neysus and Tameezus clap with enthusiasm at the majesty they witnessed in the ring. Sasha continues her onslaught by choking Becky on the ropes. Sasha brings the sass too, getting in the referee’s face without a care in the world.
Sasha stomps at Becky in the corner before choking her again, this time near to Tamina and Naomi. Our favourite contact lens wearer then delivers a leather-clad clout to Becky as the referee has his back turned. Sasha mocks Becky whilst placing her in a submission, resting for a short time.
It’s not long before Becky turns the tide though, giving Sasha a taste of her own medicine by draping her throat first onto the second rope. Becky then unloads with a flurry of European uppercuts, clotheslines and jumping calf kicks, topping that sequence off with a stunning T-Bone suplex. Becky then clasps the Dis-Arm-Her onto Sasha and the former NXT Women’s Champion is seemingly struggling to stay in the match.
The numbers game plays dividends for Sasha however, as Tamina distracts the referee so that Naomi can drag Sasha’s foot to underneath the ropes to break the hold. Becky is absolutely livid and tries to take a swipe at Naomi, but this costs her. Sasha rolls up Becky, grabbing her shorts to gain extra leverage leading to the win. Becky is visibly annoyed as Team B.A.D laugh their way up the ramp.
On Raw Fallout, Team B.A.D. addressed their trickery:
Sasha denies tapping, blaming her slapping the mat on a wayward spider. Tamina then makes Eden pay for her probing questions by chasing her away.
Immediately following the match, Paige manages to somehow interrupt the commentary team and she gets into an argument with Michael Cole:
Hell in Boots shows footage from Survivor Series, and she looks mighty pleased with herself that she has managed to find a way to squirm yet another championship opportunity into 2015. I honestly think WWE are doing this now to spite the Paige haters even more, and I’m all here for that. This plays into Paige’s bratty character nicely, and she has wormed her way in yet another title chance later tonight.
Before that can happen, Renee Young is stood backstage with Paige’s opponent, the Divas Champion, Charlotte. Renee wants to get Charlotte’s opinion on Paige accusing her of cheating and being a “dirty player just like her Daddy”. Charlotte is sadly the victim of ATROCIOUS writing yet again as she says that she respects Paige as a competitor. How can you respect someone who is absolutely desperate to make your life hell and who insulted your dead brother? Horrendous writing here from WWE.
It can only get better than that right? Right? Well it is time to find out, as the championship match is next on the agenda. Following fancy in-ring introductions from an absolutely on-point Lilian Garcia, the high stakes bout begins.
The match starts with the aggressiveness that their Survivor Series match really lacked and it is a very strong start. The pair tussle with a lock-up before slapping the absolute crap out of each other! Unfortunately, it stops there as Charlotte drops Paige down to apply a front facelock. I know that if someone had insulted my family in the way Paige had, I wouldn’t be putting them in a headlock! What’s next? A wedgie?
A wedgie it is not as Charlotte grabs Paige’s arm instead of her undergarments. Paige sells this armbar really nicely and eventually gets her foot on the ropes to stop the submission. Paige then cowardly stands behind two turnbuckles to avoid Charlotte, but the Queen City native eventually is able to grab Paige and sloppily throw her back in the ring.
Sadly, this is where things start to fall apart. Both girls are sadly way too loud calling spots, with what sounds like “what are you doing?” or “what are we doing?” being uttered. Yikes. Charlotte decides what she wants to do… and that is three stiff knees to the face of Paige. She then hits a knee drop and annoyingly copies her Dad’s signature walk.
Charlotte, if you want to be seen as more than Ric Flair‘s daughter, STOP IMPERSONATING HIM! Make up your mind for crying out loud. Charlotte’s lack of character, dearth of individuality and overall presentation is so lacklustre. Urgh.
Charlotte’s offense continues briefly with rolling figure four neck lock rolls, but Paige switches momentum massively by tripping Charlotte form the middle rope, sending the back of her head crashing into the top turnbuckle. The former two-time champion stomps a mudhole in Woolette after that before wrenching her with a modified cloverleaf/Regal stretch looking submission. Not my finest hour naming that move I will admit!
Paige’s brutality rolls on with a barrage of knees to the face, before she applies a figure four neck lock of her own. More spot calling preempts a pin attempt from Charlotte to break the hold. Although Charlotte managed to break the submission, she soon finds her leg in pain instead of her head as Paige changes her plan. Paige hits a snap suplex to Charlotte, whacking her left leg off the ropes in the process. Not sure why Paige’s offense is rather inconsistent here but nevermind.
Soon after, Paige works over the leg against the ropes before then going back to Charlotte head. She drops her instinctively with an absolutely sick kick to the face. Paige hit another rope-assisted suplex before mounting Charlotte with fists and a headbutt. Following that, Paige utilises a crab-style submission, writhing on the right leg of Charlotte…
A totally awkward exchange of spot calling can be heard again before the Divas boot each other in the face at the same time. Back from a commercial break, Charlotte has taken control after a big boo. Paige thwarts Charlotte’ attempt at a second wind with a dropkick, but Charlotte is quick to try again with some chop action. For a very odd reason, Charlotte then applies a sleeper on Paige and I am just ready for this match to be over. Byron Saxton notes how both girls are spent and they aren’t the only ones!
Charlotte ‘spears’ Paige to the outside and then the pair tussle as the referre’s count climbs and climbs. A double count out ends the match, but the girls aren’t done. Charlotte attempts to get the best of the situation but it is Paige that does. She throws Charlotte into the steps before locking in the PTO on the announce table. Charlotte keeps the title, but Paige gets the last laugh.
Finally, Summer Rae rounds out Raw for the Diva fans as she accompanies Tyler Breeze and Kevin Owens for a tag team match:
Tyler loses again. I’m not a happy bunny about that!
Thoughts: Everyone knows I absolutely adore Paige and I think Charlotte is an incredible worker when really given the chance to shine. However I have to be honest and say that the match on Raw was a mess. It was sloppy, slow-paced and the spot calling was just far too loud. It seemed like the girls didn’t have enough time to rehearse and they were making it up as the went along.
I will say that I did like the aggressive slapping but most of the match felt like a bit of a chore to match. Another positive was the selling from both Paige and Charlotte; the former for the armbar and the latter for the cloverleaf style submission. Paige turning the tide by dropping Charlotte’s head on the top turnbuckle was nice too.
Unfortunately, as seen with these two matches within two days, the girls just don’t have good chemistry, which is seemingly why it looked like they were totally lost at times. This match was far from smooth; the transition to the cloverleaf, Charlotte throwing Paige from the apron into the ring, the spear to the outside. This wasn’t good sadly.
Sasha and Becky proved that their chemistry is phenomenal, and that a longer match length doesn’t always ensure that the level of quality is higher too. Paige and Charlotte’s match lacked that edge-of-your-seat feel and I preferred the Survivor Series match. The latter had more enjoyable spots and Raw’s match just didn’t feel seamless enough for me. It was obviously nowhere atrocious or terrible, but it unfortunately wasn’t memorable either.
The aftermath however was much better. Paige ensured that she got the last word and secured herself another chance at the title. Whilst performing the PTO on the announce table doesn’t make the move any more painful, it does look cool. I like Charlotte got the same treatment as Becky, but this time, no one ran down to save Charlotte. That proved Paige’s words right from the contract signing that in fact, no-one has Charlotte’s back.
Speaking of Sasha and Becky’s match, it was very, very fun. The way Sasha got Becky into position for the double knees was so crisp, and I loved how Becky reversed Sasha’s kick and ducked her punch, trapping her into a T-Bone. Beauty of a move. Team B.A.D’s interference was classic. I’m so happy they are still such a cohesive unit.
What can we expect from SmackDown? Maybe Natalya can make an appearance and face Paige perhaps? I’m still annoyed they have just dropped who attacked her backstage, and have also seemingly dropped the little feud she had going with Team B.A.D. Where was her match with Sasha. Tut tut, WWE. I feel like tutting you for a lot of things actually. In one week, we’ve gone from having one of the most shocking segments in a long while to them ignoring the main insult within that segment, lowering the intensity and the interest in the title feud. Womp womp.]]>
On this day in history:
November 24th, 2003 | Raw Roulette had rarely been a friend to the Divas, and Lita was surely cursing her luck when GM Eric Bischoff and Molly Holly spun the wheel and informed her that she would be competing in a Steel Cage match, a first for the Divas. Her opponent Victoria was raring to go, but found herself being tossed headfirst into the cage wall upon entering the ring. Several cage collisions and escape attempts later, Lita hit Victoria with a moonsault and attempted to leave the cage by the door. However, Matt Hardy appeared just in time to slam the door in her face. This allowed Victoria to slip out of the door and get the win. Matt then climbed into the ring to do some more damage to his ex-girlfriend, but Christian came to her aid, chasing Matt off.]]>
Awesome Kong is denying reports that she’s retiring from wrestling.
In a statement to Pro Wrestling Sheet, the two-time Knockouts Champion says all she’s retiring at the moment is her Amazing Kong moniker, which she uses on the indies and in Japan:
“Amazing Kong is retired from wrestling, but Awesome Kong has further obligations to attend.”
The report goes on to state that Kong’s TNA contract is up in January, and she may decide to retire at that point if the new deal is unsatisfactory. Until then, she will continue to wrestle in the United States.
Read the full report on Pro Wrestling Sheet.]]>
Monday night’s Raw left us with perhaps the most personal and intense Diva rivalry in years, setting up a Divas Title match at Survivor Series that held the promise of a real, vengeful fight between Charlotte and Paige.
For some reason, that match never came to pass. Sure, the match went on as scheduled, but it seemed to be playing off of a different feud, one in an alternate reality where Raw’s controversial Reid Flair mention never happened. Whether or not that was an intentional move on the WWE’s part (though omitting it from the pre-match promo seems to indicate that it was), it was disappointing to see. We had a rare opportunity to see Charlotte and Paige break the mold a bit, and that opportunity was wasted. All the controversy was for naught.
Before we can get to the nitty gritty of that match, let’s stop in on the Survivor Series Kickoff show, where Summer Rae and Tyler Breeze stopped by to answer questions from the crowd:
Charlotte also made an appearance, previewing her title defense in an interview with Rich Brennan:
About halfway through the main show, the Divas Title match took place, introduced by a nice promo video:
Charlotte and Paige get full championship match introductions and then get down to business, circling each other. Charlotte takes control with a waistlock, taking Paige down to the mat. Paige struggles to get free, getting to her feet, but is taken down again. Charlotte is tenacious, tossing Paige to the mat a third time. Paige gets to the ropes, wrapping her limbs around them and using them to finally get free.
Paige heads out to the ring apron and lures Charlotte to her, attacking her and delivering knees to the chest. Charlotte then follows her out on the ring apron and they trade blows, Paige winning the exchange when she shoves Charlotte into the ring post. Paige celebrates and then follows Charlotte to the outside, slamming Charlotte’s face into the announce table and tossing her into the ring. Paige follows, locking in a front facelock on Charlotte. Charlotte struggles, getting to her feet, but Paige hangs on, turning the hold into an abdominal stretch.
After a bit, Paige modifies the hold again, climbing onto Charlotte’s back. Charlotte finds an opening, charging forward and dropping Paige to the mat. Paige gets to her feet and grabs Charlotte, but Charlotte fights back with chops. Paige starts to fight back herself, but is halted by a big boot from Charlotte. Charlotte goes for the Figure Eight, but Paige rolls her into a pin attempt. Charlotte kicks out, and Paige nails her with a kick to the face, going for another pin. Charlotte kicks out.
Paige grabs Charlotte’s leg and tries to lock in a Figure Four, but Charlotte slips free and turns the tables, locking in a Figure Four of her own. Charlotte tries to bridge, but Paige rolls the hold and puts the pressure on Charlotte. Charlotte flips back, the Divas battling for control. Charlotte slips out of the ring, the hold still applied as she hangs off the ring apron. After a few agonizing moments for Paige, Charlotte breaks the hold at the referee’s insistence.
Charlotte gets to her feet on the outside, only to be met with a kick from Paige, which she catches. Charlotte seats Paige on top of her shoulders and drops her, Electric Chair style, face-first onto the ring apron. Charlotte regroups on the floor and gets to her feet, mocking Paige’s “THIS IS MY HOUSE!” taunt. Charlotte sends Paige back into the ring and follows, kicking her repeatedly. She lands a few knee drops and then chokes Paige with her shin. Charlotte locks in a headscissors on Paige and flips to an all fours position, slamming Paige’s face to the mat with her legs.
Charlotte flips back to her back, the headscissors still applied. She pulls Paige’s legs back for a pin attempt, but Paige’s shoulders aren’t down, so it’s no good. Charlotte then opts for flipping Paige around the ring, disorienting her before finally relinquishing the hold. Paige stumbles to the corner, where Charlotte drives her shoulder into her midsection repeatedly. When Charlotte charges once more, Paige moves, leaving Charlotte to hit the ring post with her shoulder. Paige then unceremoniously tosses Charlotte out of the ring, buying herself some breathing room.
After a few moments, Paige follows, fighting Charlotte outside the ring before returning her to the confines of the ring. Once back inside the ropes, Paige wraps Charlotte in them, planting a boot on her spine and stretching her arms back. She relents after a few seconds and hits her with a scoop slam. She then locks in a painful submission, hooking Charlotte’s left leg under her arm and bending the rest of her body with a chinlock.
When Charlotte refuses to tap, Paige switches to a bodyscissors hold. Charlotte answers by rolling back and getting Paige in a pinning position, earning a two count. Paige resumes the hold, but Charlotte is still fighting, turning around and getting free. Charlotte backs into a corner and Paige decks her with knees, but Charlotte eventually grabs hold of her, dropping her face-first onto the top turnbuckle.
Both Divas stumble to their feet. Charlotte charges at Paige in the corner and catches her defensive kick, dropping her with a sick-looking neckbreaker. She goes for the pin, but Paige kicks out. Charlotte pulls Paige to her feet and the Divas start to trade blows, control flipping between them until Charlotte flattens Paige with a spear.
Charlotte hits the Natural Selection on Paige, but Paige quickly rolls out of the ring to avoid being pinned. Charlotte follows, tossing Paige back into the ring. Paige simply crawls out again, drawing Charlotte out after her. Charlotte grabs her, but Paige reverses the momentum, sending Charlotte into the ring apron and then the barricade. Paige enters the ring for a moment to break the referee’s count and then returns to Charlotte, tossing her into the barricade once more. Paige climbs the barricade, taunting the crowd. This distract her long enough for Charlotte join her up there and send her flying to the floor with a spear!
Charlotte sends Paige back into the ring and follows, locking in the Figure Four. Paige tries to stop her from bridging, but Charlotte does it, locking in the Figure Eight. After a few moments of pain, Paige taps out. Charlotte is still your Divas Champion!
Shortly after, we got in a bit more Summer Breeze action when Summer accompanied Tyler to the ring for his match against Dolph Ziggler:
In post-show interview, Charlotte talked about her win and the significance of the show taking place in Atlanta:
Charlotte reflected on the venue, talking about making her main roster debut in the same city and having come so far in such a short amount of time. She muses that her brother is smiling down on her after her big win.
Thoughts: On paper, this match was pretty damn good. It had interesting spots and made Charlotte look like a resilient, tough champion. Unfortunately, though, two things let it down.
First, the crowd. I mean, damn… The energy was just sapped out of the place like a Divas match in the WrestleMania death slot. What the hell happened to the crowd? I never like to put too much importance on the crowd – when I do, I decide they’re either trying to put themselves over or are responsible for killing a match – but Jesus, could it have killed them to make some noise?
I know many say that wrestlers need to earn enthusiastic crowd reactions, but I don’t see how the Divas didn’t. They busted their asses out there and were hot off a very controversial main event segment on Raw. Did no one in the crowd watch Raw? Did no one there have access to the internet when the blame game was being played over who pushed for the Reid Flair mention? Judging by the nuclear outrage over that segment, you’d think people would be watching this match like the Ronda Rousey/Holly Holm fight. Instead, they were watching it like they had just seen The Undertaker‘s streak get broken. They were deflated. The cynic in me would draw the conclusion that some people only pay attention to the Divas when they can criticize them, but I’m not sure I have the energy to go there right now.
There’s not much else I can say about the crowd’s behavior other than express my disappointment. As we’ve learned, crowds can do so much: they can kill a match or make it legendary. Here, they helped kill what could have been a terrific grudge match. I’m not going to pretend that the Divas were 100% perfect and the evil crowd wasn’t worthy of them, but Christ, the fans might as well have not even been there.
The second thing I believe let down this match was the fact that it didn’t jive with the tone of the feud. Maybe if the stakes hadn’t been raised on Raw, this rather technical match would have felt appropriate. As it was, Charlotte should have been out for blood, much like she was in the pull-apart fight that closed Raw. I’ve seen many saying that it should have been more like the Lita/Trish Stratus match at Survivor Series 2004, when Lita said “fuck it” and just beat the crap out of Trish, willingly getting herself DQed. I agree with that – Charlotte had every incentive to do that, Paige having insulted her so deeply.
That’s not even mentioning the fact that she would have retained the title in a DQ scenario. What did she have to lose? She should have torn Paige apart with everything she had. At least then the controversy from Raw would have reaped something tangible, aside from countless clickbait-y headlines: a refreshingly personal Diva feud. It would have also given Charlotte the chance to show a new side of herself, breaking out of the “Flair’s daughter” box many Diva fans think she’s trapped in. Instead, she largely played by the rules, when she had every excuse to throw the rule book out of the window. If she can’t be set free here, will she ever be?
Even if the match was booked with a bit of cognitive dissonance, the Divas did do their best to bring some fire to it, with Charlotte’s doggedness and Paige’s desperation. Like I said earlier, I don’t intend lay full blame at the feet of the crowd, but can’t help but wonder how much of their performances were affected by the lifelessness of the audience. Intense wrestling performances often syphon energy from the crowd, so it’s probably pretty difficult to bring an intense feel to your match when the crowd’s practically silent.
So we’re left at a weird place: we have a match that wasn’t bad by any means, but didn’t feel right at all. From the crowd no-selling them to the booking ignoring Charlotte’s fury, the pieces just didn’t fall into place. If this feud continues, maybe they’ll course correct. I can only hope that they take the next opportunity to give Charlotte some edge, because there’s only so many chances they can miss before she’s left adrift with a totally forgettable title run.]]>
On this day in history:
November 23rd, 2014 | AJ Lee was confident heading into her Divas Title defense against Nikki Bella at Survivor Series 2014, due in large part to the fact that Nikki and her sister Brie were on the outs. Brie was in a midst of serving her match mandated sentence as Nikki’s personal assistant, so her presence at ringside wasn’t surprising. What was surprising, though, was her heel turn. Before the match could even get underway, Brie hopped up on the ring apron, planting a kiss on AJ to distract her and set her up for an attack from Nikki. One forearm and a Rack Attack later, and Nikki was the new Divas Champion. Nikki would go on to hold the belt for a record 301 days.
Also occurring today in history:
* 11/23/08 – Beth Phoenix, Candice Michelle, Jillian Hall, Kelly Kelly and Mickie James defeat Maria Kanellis, Maryse, Michelle McCool, Natalya and Victoria at Survivor Series 2008.
Tonight at Survivor Series, Charlotte earned two big victories: retaining the Divas Title and getting sweet revenge on Paige.
In an intense match that displayed traces of the fervor that erupted last Monday, Charlotte dug deep, overcoming an early disadvantage to overpower Paige and retain her title.
After trading control throughout the match, Paige’s fate was sealed with two big blows: a spear off of the barrier and a Figure Eight. In the end, Paige tapped out to Charlotte’s signature submission, allowing her to remain the Divas Champion.]]>
Below are spoilers for upcoming episodes of Lucha Underground, taped this weekend:]]>
Is Awesome Kong retiring from the ring?
Japanese wrestling site Battle News is reporting that Kong – real name Kia Stevens – has been advised by her doctor to retire from wrestling after being pulled from a tournament at Tokyo’s Korakuen Hall for health reasons. It is believed that these issues stem from the back problems she’s been working through in recent years.
The report includes a statement from Stevens herself, in which she confirms that she is retiring. Roughly translated, it reads:
“First, we sincerely apologize for that can not be played on the 25th Korakuen Hall. Began feel the accident from this fall to their own physical condition, but has worked in demodulation while visits to be made ??today (the United States 21, 2008) is in a state of fight in Japan is located in the far from the state.
It is up to the ring in this state, to compete in the fan of everyone and the 25th Korakuen Hall as well as hitting the rude to all players, it is encouraged to retire from wrestling from doctor year.
Not done with my respect to players the last game in Japan is really unfortunate Kia Stevens does not rise to anymore of Japan ring. I decided to retire from the previous wrestling.
Because I was come continued to active duty so far there was a group called the All Japan Women’s Pro-Wrestling, and thanks to all seniors and friends who gave me lovingly as his sister is a foreigner. Sincerely I am grateful to all professional wrestling officials and fans of everyone in Japan.
And women’s wrestling in Japan, including the SEAdLINNNG is I wish from the bottom of my heart that more and more development. Kia Stevens will retire from professional wrestling. Thank you until now.”
Kia started her career in Japan in 2002 and has since wrestled around the globe. She is most notable for her two TNA runs, during which she held the Knockouts Title twice. She had a brief run with the WWE as Kharma in 2011 and made a surprise one-time appearance in the 2012 Royal Rumble.
Read the full report, including additional statements, on Battle News.]]>
Tonight at Survivor Series, Charlotte defends the Divas Title against Paige. Will Paige walk out with the Divas Title? The Diva Dirt team weighs in:
Chris: If you liked the end of Raw or not, one thing is for sure. It’s been the focus of much of the wrestling media’s attention for the entire week. While many think that Charlotte has to win to even the score after what Paige said on Raw, I don’t believe she will. Paige however, won’t walk out Divas Champion either. I imagine this to be a match similar to Trish Stratus vs. Lita at Survivor Series 2004, it doesn’t really ever get underway. Charlotte beats the ever living hell out of Paige getting herself disqualified. The feud between these two continue into a stipulation match at TLC. Paige wins by DQ.
Erin: I can’t see Charlotte losing the title yet – the WWE is working hard to legitimize her reign and make it mean something, which is why they went to the lengths they did on Raw. Paige insulting her late brother gives Charlotte all the inspiration she needs to beat her, and I have a feeling she’ll do it without getting herself DQed first. After all the hubbub Raw’s ending caused, I bet the WWE will book this as a “feel good” moment, Charlotte avenging her brother and changing the story to something positive. I’m sure Paige won’t stop chasing the title yet, but she’ll probably have to pull out all the stops to get another shot at the belt.
Jack: What with Paige’s absolute bombshell of an insult on Monday Night Raw, there is no way this one will be over with come Sunday. Insulting deceased relatives is one thing but I predict Paige will rub salt in the wounds even further and win the title, ensuring that Charlotte is a broken woman. WWE are better bookers of heel champions and face challengers, so I think Charlotte will lose, before avenging her brother’s memory and recapturing her Divas Title in the future somewhere down the line. This feud has plenty of gas in its tank yet, and Paige winning on Sunday will ensure it goes the distance.
Jake: I feel like I always say this around Survivor Series but I think this match has potential to result in some sort of Lita and Trish Stratus all out brawl a la Survivor Series 2004. I can totally see the match never even getting started and a continuation and much more brutal version of what transpired on Raw. If for some reason the match does begin there is no way Paige is winning. Charlotte will pick up the win here after an emotional battle with a lot of counter submissions. I really wish there wasn’t so much backlash from sensitive fans on the promo from Raw as Paige could really embrace her heel persona in this match and shout some insulting things at Charlotte throughout. I really hope WWE decides to let her play a full on controversial heel from now on and stir the pot more. She’s got all the tools and hopefully can make this match emotional. Charlotte really needs to let down her serious front here and play to her emotions to make every second of this match a tear jerker. As far as the in-ring work, I don’t know if the two of them will have much chemistry but I’m hoping to be pleasantly surprised.
Josue: Wherever you stand on the controversy from this week’s confrontation between Paige and Charlotte, the one benefit from it all is that fans have been talking all about it. Charlotte’s last title felt as though there was no emotional attachment to it beyond an obligated rematch, where as now we have former team members of Team PCB really trying to out do one another for the Divas Title. In the end, I see Charlotte picking up the win to gain some redemption from Paige’s comments.
BREAKDOWN: 3 for Charlotte, 2 for Paige.
RELATED: The Team Diva Dirt PPV Prediction Scoreboard]]>
Ahead of Survivor Series tonight, we’re looking back at memorable Diva moments from the history of the Pay-Per-View.
Today, we’re looking to 2012, when Eve Torres defended her Divas Title against Kaitlyn.
Despite an attempted repeat of Night of Champions by Aksana, Kaitlyn came close to victory. Eve’s wiles proved too much to handle, though. Eve would bait Kaitlyn onto the ring apron, where she took a hard spill. Eve’s neckbreaker finisher then sealed the deal, keeping the title around her waist.
Watch the match below:]]>
Yesterday, WSU presented its latest event, Cherry-T, on iPPV. The event served as a fundraiser for injured WSU Champion Cherry Bomb.
Full results below, courtesy of Dave Muscarella:
WSU Cherry-T will be available for replay on StreamCZW.com.]]>
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!
Naomi’s shoot has been crowned October’s Photoshoot of the Month!
This week’s batch of photoshoots feature Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks 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.
On this day in history:
November 22nd, 2001 | In the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, Trish Stratus defended her newly-won Women’s Title against Stacy Keibler in a Gravy Bowl match. Alongside the “ring” was a spread of traditional Thanksgiving foods, and the Divas had a food fight before the match made its way into the tub of gravy. After surviving a few head dunks into the gravy, Trish dominated the rest of the match, and she soon latched a submission onto Stacy, forcing her to tap out.
Also occurring today in history:
* 11/22/09 – Eve Torres, Gail Kim, Kelly Kelly, Melina & Mickie James defeat Alicia Fox, Beth Phoenix, Jillian, Layla & Michelle McCool at Survivor Series 2009.
Diva matches on WWE Superstars are a rarity. In fact, the last one took place all the way back in June. I suppose you could consider this the first Superstars appearance of the “Diva Revolution era”, which isn’t really saying much. If the Revolution was as effective as some would have us believe, the Divas would be wrestling on every bit of WWE programming. That’s not the case, obviously, but it’s never too late to change.
This week, Brie Bella takes on Naomi. Naomi already picked up a win on this week’s WWE Main Event. Can she make it two-for-two this week? Let’s watch:
As the Divas make their entrances, we see that Brie, of course, has Alicia Fox by her side. Naomi, however, is down one partner, having Tamina Snuka but no Sasha Banks in her corner.
Off the bell, they tie up, Brie taking control by claiming Naomi’s left arm. Naomi quickly fights back, flipping and reversing the hold. She delivers punishment to Brie’s left shoulder, slamming into it repeatedly. Brie finds the ropes and uses them to flip backwards and reverse control again, taking Naomi to the mat.
Brie locks in an armbar, but she doesn’t hold it for long, Naomi fighting her off. When Brie tries to battle back with kicks to the chest, Naomi catches her boot and takes her feet out from under her. Brie backs in to the corner and fends off Naomi’s attack with a back elbow. She climbs to the second rope, but distraction from Tamina allows Naomi to slip in and knock her off, sending her crashing to the mat.
Naomi goes for the pin, but Brie kicks out. Naomi follows Brie across the ring and stomps on her against the bottom rope. Brie grabs the bottom rope in attempt to prevent more damage, but Naomi simply grabs her by the legs and catapults her into it, throat-first. Naomi pulls Brie away from the ropes and makes another pin attempt, but Brie again kicks out.
Naomi locks in a headlock, but Brie quickly gets to her feet, fighting her off. After a bit of a struggle, Brie knocks Naomi off her feet, but Naomi responds with a spinning body attack, flattening Brie. Another pin attempt, another kickout by Brie. Naomi goes for a headlock again, but soon decides against it, kicking Brie in the back. Brie gets to her feet and starts to get in some offense, but Naomi is quick to regain control, sending Brie face-first into the middle turnbuckle with a bulldog.
Naomi stomps on Brie and climbs the ropes, going for a split-legged moonsault. Brie rolls out of the way, though, leaving Naomi to crash on the mat. When they get to their feet, Brie starts battling back, hitting a series of clotheslines topped off by a missile dropkick. She starts to go for a running knee strike, but Tamina distract hers, and Naomi again look to take advantage of this, charging at Brie. Brie vaults her over the ropes, but Naomi lands on the apron and kicks her in the head.
Naomi leaps over the ropes and hits a sunset slip, but Brie rolls through it and is on the attack immediately, hitting Naomi square in the chest with repeated kicks. She then runs the ropes and hits a dropkick, which sends Naomi tumbling. She comes to rest against the bottom rope, setting herself up for Brie’s running knee strike. She hits it and pulls Naomi to the middle of the ring, going for a pin. Naomi kicks out.
When Brie tries to pull Naomi to her feet, Naomi fights back, sending her into the ropes. Brie hangs on to the ropes, though, avoiding being hit by the Rear View. She kicks Naomi in the stomach and hits the Bella Buster, earning the pin and the win.
Thoughts: This wasn’t the smoothest match, especially after seeing the chemistry Naomi and Alicia displayed on Main Event. I suppose Brie and Naomi’s styles just don’t mesh well, as the pacing was off and they never seemed to find a groove. The match was pretty short for a Superstars bout, but I appreciate that they didn’t stretch it out with unnecessary rest holds. They kept the action moving, and that’s definitely a good thing in my book.
As I said in the Main Event Redux, there could be a way to incorporate Brie and Alicia into the Team B.A.D./Natalya feud, since they’re pretty much playing babyfaces now. Any hope of a Survivor Series Kickoff match seems dead in the water at this point, but going forward, it would benefit the division greatly to make use of as many Divas as possible.
Hell, if NXT can put on three Divas matches in an hour long show, the WWE can use its seven hours of main roster programming (Raw, SmackDown, Main Event and Superstars) to showcase more than a handful of Divas. All it takes is a willingness to try, which is the root problem, I suspect. At least we know all the inspiration they need is on a show airing weekly on the WWE Network.]]>
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:
Charlotte & Paige
Hey guys! I’m back after a Diva-less SmackDown last week, so let’s get this literary party started! On RAW, Paige and Charlotte main-evented in one of the most controversial contract signing segments in recent memory. This episode of SmackDown was the last show until Survivor Series, how will Charlotte rebound from the epic insults and personal jabs thrown at her before her second title defense? What other mind games does Paige have up her sleeve? Let’s watch!
The Queen of Brie Mode, Brie Bella is the ring (with Alicia Fox in her corner) waiting for her opponent The Divas Champion Charlotte! Charlotte looks surprisingly cheery on her way to the ring, greeting the fans. The bell rings, Charlotte lets out a “Woo” and the two Divas lock up! Charlotte gains control with a waist lock, then suddenly rolling up Brie for a two-count. Brie looks amused and the two lock up again, with Charlotte gaining control again with a waist lock. Brie quickly jabs her with an elbow and grabs her head in with headlock. The Champion tries to power out, attempting a back suplex, when Brie counters with a headlock snapmare, and still holds pressure. Charlotte tries to roll Brie up, but only gets two. Brie is still applying the hold.
Charlotte gets enough power to push brie to the ropes, ducks and hits a dropkick (?) knocking down Brie. She goes for the pin but can only get a two-count on the Total Divas star. Charlotte lands a few blows to the torso to Brie. Charlotte lets out another “Woo” and deliever her kneeling leg based headlock suplexes to Brie land her in the corner. She kips ups and runs to the corner but Brie runs out of the way. Charlotte honors her Hall of Famer dad by scaling the ropes and shoulder checking Brie from the apron. Charlotte goes for a shoulder check into a school-girl rollup and gains a nearfall. Brie hits an elbow and throws Charlotte into the second rope.
Charlotte is groggy, seated with her body against the second rope and Brie lands a few kicks to the chest. Brie lets out a huge “BRRRRRRRRIIEEEEEEE MOOOOOOOOODEEEEEE” and knees the Champion in the face. Brie adds more momentum and dropkicks Charlotte. She gains another nearfall as we get a Rolaids sponsored replay of the attack. We get back to action to see Brie honoring her husband with some side kicks to the chest and she misses the third kick to the head allowing Charlotte to roll up Brie again, only gaining two. Both divas thought the same as when they both got up, the hit clotheslines knocking each other down.
Alicia Fox hits the mat cheering on her teammate. The two Divas get up, and have a slug fest ending with Charlotte chopping Brie all the way to the Queens City. Brie falls back into the corner to find refuge but Charlotte splashes her. She lets another “Woo” and hits a neckbreaker followed by a big boot. She goes for a cover and only gets two. Charlotte goes for a knee but Brie dodges it, and then Brie goes for a Bella Buster but Charlotte escapes, countering into a spear followed by the Figure 8 to get a submission victory.
After the match we are greeted by the top-knot sportin’ Renee Young who is interviewing Paige. Renee asks her that if she feels that she pushed Charlotte too far. Paige fires back asking if Renee came up with the question by herself, adding that she is being accused without merit. Paige calls it Renee being Renee (I popped huge). She says that it won’t matter if Charlotte becomes the Incredible Hulk at Survivor Series, she won’t win. She labels Charlotte as immature and says a true champion doesn’t let words get under their skin. Renee tries to make Paige understand that her comments have made the very personal. Paige responds with their is no line she won’t cross to become a true champion and she walks away to end the segment.
Thoughts: Interesting to say the least. I found it rather odd that Charlotte was jolly on her way to the ring for the match. I was expecting her to be angry, emotional and uncontrollable. After the emotional turmoil from Monday, I thought she would be P.O.’ed until Sunday. My focus wasn’t really on the match, to be quite honest. I was focused on how out of place the match felt in the storyline. This seemed like a regular house show match, not like there was any plot device set in place. I do recognize that a member of the commentary team said that Charlotte was taking a calm approach but that felt flat for me.
If I could play armchair booker, I would have had Charlotte lose this via DQ. I would have Charlotte lose control and be so in her emotions that it seems that Paige is winning this match easily. Regarding Paige’s interview, it was okay but I feel that this feud needed another two weeks. I think if you go back to after Night of Champions to when Paige turned heel, add the beatdown on PCB the next week, and the contract signing the following week; things would feel much more smooth and more intense. Add two more weeks of Paige seeming to control Charlotte’s mind would have been major heat to add to this. I think that the segment on Monday was great but needed something stronger on SmackDown this week and I don’t think a quick match and kinda typical heel backstage interview was the remedy this week. Here’s to hoping these women KILL IT this Sunday and give us a great war, and hopefully a new warrior comes forth. What did you think? Keep the conversation going in the comments if this week’s SmackDown was a Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down? See you next week for some Survivor Series fallout!]]>
Ahead of Survivor Series tomorrow night, we’re looking back at memorable Diva moments from the history of the Pay-Per-View.
Today, we’re looking to 2010, when Natalya took on Layla and Michelle McCool in a Handicap match for the Divas Title.
Natalya would win the match and gain her first Divas Championship, but Lay-Cool sought revenge with a post-match beatdown. This prompted a rescue by Beth Phoenix, who was returning after an ACL injury had sidelined her for months.
Watch the match below:]]>
Ahead of Survivor Series tomorrow night, we’re looking back at memorable Diva moments from the history of the Pay-Per-View.
Today, we’re looking to 2007, when Mickie James, Kelly Kelly, Maria Kanellis, Michelle McCool and Torrie Wilson took on Beth Phoenix, Jillian Hall, Layla, Melina and Victoria.
The 10-Diva Tag Team match did not operate under traditional Survivor Series elimination rules, leaving it to a single Diva to win the match for her team. Mickie was the one to claim victory, hitting Melina with the Long Kiss Goodnight and scoring the pin for her team.
Watch the match below:]]>
On this day in history:
November 21st, 2005 | When Melina had her heart set on getting a shot at Trish Stratus‘s Women’s Title, she had her men Johnny Nitro and Joey Mercury kidnap Trish from ringside during a match between Mickie James and Candice Michelle. The next thing Trish knew, she was bound to a chair in a dark room. Melina soon appeared and challenged her to a title match at Survivor Series. Trish accepted, and Melina mused on the thought of herself as Women’s Champion, saying, “Wouldn’t that be a kick in the head?” She then punctuated the thought with an actual kick to Trish’s head.
Also occurring today in history:
* 11/21/10 – Natalya defeats Layla and Michelle McCool in a Handicap match to win Divas Title at Survivor Series 2010.
Every Friday, the Social Media Catch-Up will bring you a roundup of our favorite social media postings by the women in wrestling and present them to you here. Have you found a post we should include next week? Send it in.
Here’s our latest batch:
After last week’s horific attacks on Paris, wrestling fans were worried about the well being of Nikki and Brie Bella, who were on vacation in the city with their mother and grandmother. Fortunately, the women were okay and safe. Nikki posted an insipirational photo on Instagram in front of the famous Winged Victory statue after the attacks and some motivational words. We’re all very thankful the girls are okay and keep the city of Paris in our thoughts:
Photo taken just an hour before the attacks happened. Here I stare at the Winged Victory of Samothrace. We all must stand united as one. I saw a City come together to protect one another. I thank the French people for our safety last night. They gave everyone amazing hospitality and protection and it didn't matter your race, religion or nationality. I will stand by France. I will pray for them. I will pray for peace. I pray that one day we all can live in this world together as one. But until that day I will stay fearless. Love. ???? "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10
Stephanie McMahon has become a huge public figure these days. The CBO of WWE attended the Global Networks Forum for Women’s Leadership with her mother Linda McMahon this past week. Great to see the women of the McMahon family together:
Proud to be with the my mom at the Global Networks Forum for Women's Leadership! #GNFWomen #WomenLeaders pic.twitter.com/m049IERs7U
— Stephanie McMahon (@StephMcMahon) November 18, 2015
Lana seems to be recovering pretty well from injury and is even back in the ring training. The Ravishing Russian posted a photo inside the WWE Performance Center showing her hard at work to get ready for the ring:
Who says being a WWE Diva is all about the glamour? Cameron who has been working on her craft at the WWE performance center was accidentally busted open while training this past week. She posted a photo on Instagram of some painful looking stitches she received on her eyebrow:
Summer Rae brought her Grandma to the Raw tapings this week and show her what it’s like to be a WWE Diva. I don’t think we’re going to see Granny Rae in the ring anytime soon, but she sure was proud of her granddaughter:
Today was a very special day for me! I got to bring my grandma to work with me! It was the first time she has ever been to a show. I got to show her everything backstage, the arena, she watched me get ready & prep. She always hears me talk about it but having her there to see everything first hand meant the world to me! ? Days like this I miss my grandpa but I know he was watching down on us today. She was thrilled to meet my family away from home & maybe NOW she won't be too mad when I can't come visit her more often! ? #raw #wwe #family
I guess it’s already the holiday season! Chyna posted a photo on Twitter in front of a flawlessly decorated Christmas Tree. Hey WWE, the only thing we want under our tree this year is Chyna in the Hall of Fame!
Tree is up! pic.twitter.com/chnpbx78vG
— Chyna (@ChynaJoanLaurer) November 20, 2015
Trish Stratus broke the internet this week with this photo of her and Mickie James engaging in a cock fight. The only way to settle a ten year rivalry.
Remember that time we were in a cock fight @MickieJames pic.twitter.com/H0uljZCwPi
— Trish Stratus (@trishstratuscom) November 17, 2015
This week, one of the best Knockouts Champions of all time said goodbye to TNA. Brooke has left TNA and gone on to bigger and better things. She posted this photo with some of the Knockouts and a heart warming goodbye to her friends:
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Each Friday, The Wrap will wrap up the week in women’s wrestling by compiling the week’s smaller news stories, rumors and gossip – anything not normally covered by Diva Dirt. Got a tip for next week? Send it in.
Here’s this week’s roundup, in no particular order:
* Kimber Lee defeated Mickie James to become the new Maryland Championship Wrestling Women’s Champion last Friday. (Twitter)
* Rosa Mendes has passed the seven month point of her pregnancy, celebrating this by sharing a photo from a recent photoshoot on Instagram. (Instagram)
* Though Brooke has confirmed her own TNA departure, she is still legally signed to TNA, according to PWInsider. (PWInsider via Wrestling Inc)
* Cameron went on the road with NXT last weekend, picking up wins over Gionna Daddio and Athena. (Instagram 1, Instagram 2)
* Emma makes gyros with Billie Kay and Peyton Royce in latest Taste of Tenille. (YouTube)
* Dixie Carter has responded to allegations that an angry email hurt the TNA/Destination America relationship. (PWInsider)
* Charlotte talked to The Sun about the possibility of Ronda Rousey wrestling for the WWE. (The Sun)
* Paige and The Miz’s Christmas movie Santa’s Little Helper was released on DVD and VOD this past Tuesday. (Amazon)
* Sunny made controversial posts in the wake of last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris, making racist statements and advocating for Donald Trump’s presidential run. She later apologized. (Source 1, Source 2)
* Lana started training at the WWE Performance Center this week, bringing her that much closer to a WWE return. (Twitter)
* Alundra Blayze continued to taunt Paige on social media this week. (Facebook)
* Diva matches from Battleground and Night of Champions are included on WWE’s Best PPV Matches of 2015 DVD. (Wrestling DVD Network)
* Wrestling Observer reports that Lana has heat on her for her Twitter argument with Paige earlier this week. (Wrestling Observer via Wrestling Inc)
* Eden played Mortal Kombat 3 for Xavier Woods‘s UpUpDownDown channel. (YouTube)
* Jim Ross has given his thoughts on the controversial Charlotte/Paige angle from Raw. (JRsBarBQ.com)
* The latest WWE SuperCard update includes Diva additions. (Wrestling Inc)
* Divas joined Superstars and celebrities in singing The Undertaker’s entrance music for a fun new video. (YouTube)
* Becky Lynch has shot down rumors that she’s taking time off from the WWE. (Twitter)
* Stephanie and Linda McMahon attended last night’s NXT tapings, watching the show in the audience. (Wrestling Inc)
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Ahead of Survivor Series this Sunday, we’re looking back at memorable Diva moments from the history of the Pay-Per-View.
Today, we’re looking to the very first Survivor Series, when The Fabulous Moolah led Rockin’ Robin, Velvet McIntyre, Itsuki Yamazaki and Noriyo Tateno against Sensational Sherri, Leilani Kai, Judy Martin, Donna Christanello and Dawn Marie Johnston.
The Jumping Bomb Angels would emerge as the survivors of the match when Noriyo Tateno pinned Judy Martin.
Watch the match below:]]>
Welcome to another Main Event Redux! This week, two tragically neglected Divas go head-to-head when Alicia Fox takes on Naomi.
Will their performance force the WWE to see the error of their ways? Probably not, but knowing these two Divas, it won’t be for lack of trying. Let’s see what they’ve got:
Alicia enters first, flanked by Brie Bella. Naomi has twice the backup, bringing Sasha Banks and Tamina Snuka along for the ride.
Alicia takes control off of the opening bell, taking Naomi to the mat with a side headlock. Naomi frees herself by latching on a headscissors, forcing Alicia to let go. Both Divas gets to their feet and circle one another. They tied up again, repeating the previous exchange but reversing the roles, Naomi taking Alicia to the mat and Alicia locking in the headscissors to break the hold.
When they face off again, Alicia take hold of Naomi’s arm, twisting it and sending her into the corner. Naomi vaults over Alicia and sends her flying with a monkeyflip, but Alicia lands on her feet! Alicia celebrates that feat, but turns right into an attack from Naomi. Naomi goes for the pin, but Alicia kicks out.
Naomi bends Alicia’s left arm and twists it, putting pressure on her shoulder. Alicia quickly gets to her feet and flips to claim control. Naomi quickly does the same, flipping forward and knocking Alicia into a seated position. She punctuates this with a kick straight to the face.
Naomi runs the ropes, starting off a chain of leaps and ducks that keep the Divas charging towards and away from each other. It all ends when Alicia finally gets hold of Naomi and plants her with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. she goes for the pin, but it’s not enough.
Naomi immediately heads to the outside of the ring for a breather, Sasha and Tamina joining her. After a few moments, she climbs onto the ring apron and Alicia is on her, grabbing her by the hair. Naomi fights back, landing a kick to the side of the head. She then drapes Alicia over the middle rope and knees her in the face. Naomi reenters the ring and pins Alicia, but only earns a near fall.
Alicia sits up, only to be met with a swift kick to the back. Naomi grabs her by the head and send her into the corner, stomping on her repeatedly. Alicia crawls to the ropes, where Naomi chokes her against the bottom one. She then snapmares her to the center of the ring and locks in a headlock.
Alicia struggles and soon gets to her feet, fighting Naomi off and smoothly rolling backwards, catching Naomi’s head between her boots and hitting a headscissors takedown. Naomi stumbles to the corner, but when Alicia follows, she springs up, catching Alicia with her boots and pulling her into a butt shake to the face. She then kicks Alicia in the chest, sending her flying across the ring.
When Alicia gets to her feet, Naomi charges forward, taking her down effortlessly with a hurricanrana. Naomi goes for the pin again, but Alicia kicks out. Naomi follows Alicia across the ring, kicking her in the midsection and choking her with her boot. Alicia starts to fight back, but when she runs the ropes, Naomi does the same, and the Divas end up taking each other out with tandem takedowns.
Alicia gets to her feet first and strikes, hitting Naomi with two dropkicks. Naomi reverses a whip into the corner, but Alicia catches herself and takes Naomi down with a sunset flip. Naomi rolls through, but finds herself on the receiving end of the Foxy Buster. Alicia covers her for the pin, but it’s not enough.
Sasha springs up on the ring apron, distracting Alicia. Tamina does some distracting of her own, too. Brie climbs up on the opposite side, but can’t do much more than yell warnings at Alicia. Still, Naomi manages to sneak up behind her and rolls her into the Slaymission! Alicia taps out!
Thoughts: This was such a fun match. These two play off each other so well, their athleticism making for really cool spots and producing a level of energy you don’t often see in main roster Divas matches. Sometimes, Alicia and Naomi are derided for “sloppiness”, but if they were as sloppy as their critics would argue, this match would have been a mess. As it was, they were in sync, and it was a joy to see. I especially loved seeing the Slaymission again.
I can’t recall seeing Alicia and Naomi go one-on-one too often, but this should be happening a lot more often. Hell, it should have happened more often when the team warfare was still a thing. As enjoyable as this was, I can’t help but think it could have been even more so if there were actual stakes. A neutered Team Bella (no offense to Brie and Alicia, but without their figurehead they seem rudderless) versus a Team B.A.D. that is busy waging war against Natalya isn’t exactly impactful.
I know Team Bella’s face/heel status has been inconsistent over the past few months, but I’m not too bummed about them losing their uber heel status while they wait for Nikki to return. It does make me wonder, though, why they don’t have Brie and Alicia forming a temporary alliance with Natalya against Team B.A.D. That way, with some additional Divas added to the mix, we could have had a traditional Survivor Series Elimination match this Sunday. But, ya know, coulda, shoulda woulda…]]>
NXT Diva Gionna Daddio has undergone another name change.
Gionna, who briefly took on the ring name Marley, wrestled at last night’s NXT tapings under the name Liv Morgan.
Gionna was signed to the WWE and joined NXT a year ago. She made her first television appearance earlier this month in a match against Eva Marie.]]>
On this day in history:
November 20th, 2011 | At Survivor Series 2011, Divas Champion Beth Phoenix defended her title against Eve Torres in a Lumberjill match. Eve fought hard to overcome the Barbie stereotype Beth and Natalya had hung on their fellow Divas, but she was laid out for the count by a move that Diva fans are still talking about: a top rope Glam Slam. That one explosive move was enough to secure the win for Beth and keep the Divas Title around her waist.
Also occurring today in history:
* 11/20/94 – Bull Nakano defeats Alundra Blayze to win the Women’s Title.
After five long round-robin style matches, Group Knockouts have at least reached their final match to determine who will move on to the final sixteen of the World Title Series. As we’ve learned on last week’s show, Gail Kim (along with Matt Hardy and Ethan Carter III) has already qualified to advance to the final elimination rounds.
It’s another “do or die” situation for our remaining Knockouts, as Awesome Kong and Brooke will battle it once more, where the winner will earn three points to her overall score and the other will go home. In this case, the “going home” aspect literally means going home and leaving behind their Impact Wrestling chapter…
For the second week in a row, our Knockouts open the show and after both women make their entrances, the bell sounds off. Kong starts off by chasing after Brooke but Brooke is quick on her feet, ducking through Kong’s initial attack. When Brooke is able to circle behind her larger opponent, she lands a kick and few jumping punches.
This mini offense does little to help Brooke, as Kong eats all of Brooke’s blows and easily overpowers her, grabbing a handful of Brooke’s locks to throw her across the ring!
Kong follows up her tortuous bidding by spotting Brooke’s injured hand and does everything she can to inflict as much to it as possible; twisting it in circles, stepping right on top it and even chopping it down at a turnbuckle.
After enduring so much pain, Brooke decides to give Kong a piece of her mind by flipping the bird in plain sight! Hilarious Brooke! Kong doesn’t take to kindly to Brooke’s hand signal and punishes her with another chop to the injured hand.
It’s a trip to the turnbuckle for Brooke next, as Kong whips her to a corner in the hopes of connecting a running splat but Brooke manages to dodge out the way just in time. Brooke makes the most of Kong’s missed attack by firing kicks to Kong’s midsection and running the ropes to land a running crossbody. The running attack fails when Kong catches Brooke and slams her down to the mat. Standing over Brooke, Kong goes for the cover using one foot but only gets a two count. Just as Kong sets Brooke up for the Implant Buster, Brooke manages to fight back and bring Kong down with a drop toe hold. As Kong lands flat down on the mat, Brooke is quick to apply an inverted headlock.
When the submission hold is broken, Brooke immediately hits Kong with a face crusher and goes for the pin, only to earn a two count. The Impact Zone begins to rally behind Brooke, as she climbs ropes of a turnbuckle. However, before Brooke can even make it to the top tope, Kong gets up and strikes Brooke in the head. She mounts Brooke over her shoulders for a sideways slam.
Kong follows up by running the ropes, looking to crush Brooke with a running splash but Brooke manages to roll out of harm’s way. As Kong tries to catch her breath at a corner following her missed move, Brooke runs in her direction to hit the Butterface Makeover! Brooke goes for the cover but the face crusher finisher isn’t enough to put away Kong, who kicks out at two.
Still determined to win, Brooke bides her time to try to hit Kong with a back suplex but Brooke’s plans get squashed when Kong sidesteps to drop all her weight onto her. Kong ends the match by putting away Brooke with a chokeslam to be the second representative of the Knockouts division to move on in the World Title Series, where she her next match will be an intergender one.
Thoughts: Looking at the current Knockouts division, it was pretty much a given from the get go as to which two Knockouts would have been booked to move on in this tournament. Much like Gail Kim, Awesome Kong also has a very small history of partaking in intergender matches in TNA and is more likely to put on the “believable” match when facing a fellow male counterpart.
My issue with this whole World Title Series formula is that there is shock/surprise value to it, everything just seems to be spinning in a way that it would have even if there wasn’t a Group Knockouts. As I’ve mentioned in the early stages of this World Title Series, perhaps if Jade (who has a tracked history of competing in intergender matches outside TNA) would have taken Madison Rayne’s spot, things would have felt different. More so if, hypothetically speaking, Jade would’ve advance to the final sixteen. Of course, it’s not as though I would’ve expected to see either of these women make it to the end but it’s just the idea of seeing fresh matchups.
As for this Knockouts match, I thought it was a pretty solid one. Awesome Kong stayed in her role as the powerhouse Knockout while Brooke really stepped up in pulling out different methods of taking down Kong to try and score a win. Even if it was a small injury, Brooke’s injured hand helped tell the story of the classic hero trying to overcome the odds against her villainous opponent. Throughout her time in TNA, I’ve seen such a growth in Brooke inside the ring and really broke outside the whole “model” mold. It’s a shame that she is making her exit in the midst of a filler tournament and at a time when the Knockouts division seems to be getting smaller.
Let’s just hope that through this new deal with Pop TV, TNA can enter the new year with a stronger and new direction for their Knockouts division!]]>
WWE is taping three weeks worth of NXT tonight at Full Sail University. Spoilers below:]]>
Former Diva AJ Lee is writing a memoir.
AJ announced the news today, revealing that she’s struck a deal with The Leschne Agency to publish the book, titled Crazy is My Superpower, in spring 2017:
So proud to announce my book deal with @penguinrandom / @CrownPublishing . A lifelong dream come true. https://t.co/wiXkkcSQt1
— A.J. (@AJBrooks) November 19, 2015
Read the full press release below:
The Leschne Agency is pleased to announce the AJ Brooks book deal!
Three-time WWE Diva’s Champion AJ Brooks’ CRAZY IS MY SUPERPOWER, a literary memoir chronicling her unlikely rise from 100-pound nerd growing up in extreme poverty and enduring years of abuse, to international sex symbol and professional wrestling champion (known as AJ Lee) who fought against stereotypes, forced the men in her industry to view her with respect, and inspired a huge fan base of over 2 Million Twitter followers with her fierce independent streak, in a significant deal, on exclusive submission, to Mary Choteborsky at Crown Archetype, an imprint of Penguin Random House, for publication Spring 2017, by Lisa Leshne at The Leshne Agency. Foreign Rights to Sandy Hodgman at Hodgman Literary.
New details have emerged about the controversial segment between Charlotte and Paige that closed Monday’s Raw, revealing how and why the memory of Charlotte’s late brother Reid Flair was evoked.
According to PWInsider, the idea was something that was presented to Charlotte, and she was given the opportunity to give feedback on every aspect of it, from its verbiage to the way it was presented.
The original idea, PWInsider says, came from Charlotte telling WWE’s creative team that she sees her entire career as a tribute to her brother. The report states that the segment evolved throughout the day and it was not “a situation where she was handed a script and told what to do.”
The report also states that several people voiced their objections to the angle, and it may have been pulled at one point. Ultimately, though, it was Vince McMahon‘s call to go forward with it.
WWE issued a statement to PWInsider, making it clear that they hold themselves ultimately responsible for the segments they put on air:
“Subject matter this personal is only approved as a result of the strong advocacy of the talent themselves. Notwithstanding that, WWE is ultimately responsible for what airs in its programming.”
Read the full report on PWInsider.]]>
USA Network has announced a week of WWE-related programming for the week of December 20th.
This lineup will include an airing of Paige and The Miz‘s WWE Studios movie Santa’s Little Helper on Sunday, followed by a Slammy Awards edition of Raw on Monday.
A live episode of SmackDown will air on Tuesday. On Wednesday, USA will air the WWE’s annual Tribute to the Troops special.
Superstars and Divas will also make special appearances throughout the week during USA Network’s daytime programming.
Read the full press release below:
‘WWE Week’ kicks off Dec. 20 on USA Network
NEW YORK and STAMFORD, Conn. — USA Network and WWE will kick off the holiday season with an action-packed “WWE Week.” The week begins Sunday, Dec. 20, with “Santa’s Little Helper,” followed by Monday Night Raw and the 2015 WWE Slammy Awards on Monday, Dec. 21, a live SmackDown on Tuesday, Dec. 22, and a two-hour WWE Tribute to the Troops special on Wednesday, Dec. 23. The week will also include a daytime interviews with WWE Superstars and Divas.
On Sunday, Dec. 20, at 8 p.m. ET, USA Network will air “Santa’s Little Helper,” an original comedy from WWE Studios and 20th Century Fox. The film follows a fast-talking businessman who is given the opportunity of a lifetime to become Santa Claus’ second-in-command. “Santa’s Little Helper” is directed by Gil Junger and produced by Richard Lowell and features WWE Superstar The Miz and WWE Diva Paige. AnnaLynne McCord (“90210,” “American Heiress”) and Eric Keenleyside (“Godzilla,” “The Interpreter”) star.
On Monday, Dec. 21, at 8 p.m. ET, USA Network will air Monday Night Raw, live from Minneapolis, featuring the annual fan-voted Slammy Awards — WWE’s biggest awards event of the year — honoring the best of the year with its own golden statue.
On Tuesday, Dec. 22, at 8 p.m. ET, USA Network will air SmackDown live from Des Moines, Iowa. Both Raw and SmackDown will showcase a star-studded cast of WWE Superstars and Divas, and deliver a shot of adrenaline to viewers with over-the-top action, feats of athleticism and high-octane drama.
On Wednesday, Dec. 23, at 8 p.m. ET, USA Network will air the 13th annual holiday special, WWE Tribute to the Troops. In the tradition of Bob Hope, WWE brings together the best of sports-entertainment and pop culture with celebrity appearances and performances from music’s most popular acts — performed for our servicemen and women — to honor their commitment and dedication to our country. This year, Grammy Award-winning rock band Train will perform. WWE Tribute to the Troops has become a holiday tradition and is considered TV’s most patriotic and heartwarming show of the year. It will chronicle WWE’s visit to Florida’s Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena for military personnel and their families stationed at the Jacksonville Naval Air Station, Naval Station Mayport and Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base. While in town, WWE Superstars and Divas will spend the day giving back to those who serve and their families with visits to each base, a Be a STAR anti-bullying rally and military outreach.
WWE also takes over USA Daytime from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21, through Friday, Dec. 24, as host Cat Greenleaf conducts interviews from her iconic stoop with WWE Superstars and Divas.
Follow the social conversation with #Troops and on @WWE, @TRIBUTETOTROOPS and @USA_NETWORK.
UPDATE: Wrestling Observer is reporting that the match is no longer planned for the show.
Could Natalya and Sasha Banks go head-to-head on the Survivor Series Kickoff show?
According to the Wrestling Observer (via Wrestling Inc), at one point, the match was planned for the pre-show. However, it’s unknown if this is still the plan.
Natalya has been building a feud with Team B.A.D. for weeks, wrestling Naomi and Tamina Snuka in singles matches. She has yet to square off with Sasha.
So far, no matches have been announced for the Survivor Series Kickoff show.
The Survivor Series Kickoff airs this Sunday starting at 7pm ET, live on the WWE Network.]]>
Surprise! This week’s NXT isn’t just offering you a Women’s Title main event match: it’s presenting you the most Diva-heavy episode yet. We’ve got three (count ’em, three) Diva matches on deck, as well as countless storylines to set up, with twists galore just around the corner. Suddenly, the Diva Revolution doesn’t feel quite so imaginary.
It feels like real, lasting change is happening. Booking Divas throughout the show in complex, entertaining ways isn’t some showy, empty gesture: it’s a promise. Let’s hope NXT keeps it.
Kicking off the show is none other than the unstoppable Nia Jax, who is taking on her first non-jobber opponent, Carmella:
Off the bell, Carmella ducks Nia’s opening attack and catches her in a waistlock, but Nia easily tosses her away. Carmella gets to her feet and tries a new strategy, nailing Nia with forearms. When she tries to run the ropes, though, Nia body blocks her, whipping her into the opposite ropes and taking her down with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker.
Nia pulls Carmella to her feet and knocks her back down with a hip check. She then does it again, trading the hip check for a headbutt. When she pulls Carmella up for a third time, it’s for a bearhug. Nia violently squeezes Carmella for a while, Carmella desperately trying to get out of the hold. Eventually, she finds a way to turn the tables, catching Nia in a front facelock. This forces Nia to walk Carmella into the ropes, freeing her.
Nia charges at Carmella, but is rebuffed with a back elbow. Carmella then pushes her luck a bit too far, leaping at Nia for a crossbody. She’s caught, and Nia leisurely takes her to the middle of the ring, where she hoists her up for a Samoan drop. Carmella slips down her back, though, and attempts to pull her into a pin. Nia responds by dropping into a seated position, but Carmella scoots out of the way, leaving Nia to land on her tailbone.
Camrella dropkicks Nia twice and nails her with a knee, but if shoved away easily. Carmella heads to the corner, where she attempts a headscissors takedown. Nia remains standing, though, swinging Carmella up and slamming her to the mat for her finisher. She hits a legdrop and covers Carmella for the pin and the win.
Immediately after this, we join Alexa Bliss backstage, where she discusses her big Women’s Title shot tonight:
Alexa says her ears are hurting from hearing people jabber on about Bayley and Sasha Banks‘s Iron Man match. She acknowledged that Bayley has earned the NXT Universe’s respect, but she wants something more than respect: the NXT Women’s Championship.
Unlike Bayley, she’s not just “happy to be here.” She says she’s what girls aspire to be and times are changing. The Four Horsewomen are gone, and it’s time for a new era.
Just as she’s wrapping up her speech, she’s interrupted by a referee, who informs her that NXT GM William Regal has decreed that Blake and Murphy are to be banned from ringside during her match. The men are pissed, but Alexa still seems confident, promising to destroy all of Bayley’s “innocent” dreams.
A bit later, we’re treated to a fantastic video package hyping Bayley and Alexa’s match:
Following the promo, Bayley joins Tom Phillips backstage for an interview:
She says becoming NXT Women’s Champion wasn’t easy, and keeping it isn’t going to be easy either. However, if Alexa thinks it will be easy to take the belt, she’s got another thing coming.
Bayley promises to teach Alexa the “wrestling lesson of her life”: respect isn’t given, it’s earned. She says Alexa’s out of her league and will learn the hard way why she is the NXT Women’s Champion.
Next, it’s time for more Divas action! Emma takes on SHINE star Andrea (formerly the TNA Knockout Rosie Lottalove), who’s going by the name Mary Kate here.
Emma heads to the ring sans Dana Brooke. That’s a curious development. Maybe Emma’s trying to prove to Asuka (and herself) that she’s tougher than she looks…
Emma and Mary Kate tie up, Emma getting tossed backwards by the more powerful woman. Emma ducks the follow-up tie-up and turns around right into a forearm to the face. She’s whipped into the ropes and knocked off her feet, but when Mary Kate bends over to pull her to her feet, Emma strikes back, driving knees into her face.
Emma grabs Mary Kate by the hair and pulls her to the mat, pummeling her with some right hands. Mary Kate shoves her off, but Emma responds with a dropkick to the face. Emma hits another dropkick to the back and lays her down, standing on her hair and pulling her up by the arms. She lets go of the illegal hold quickly and distracts the referee for a moment by tasking him with setting aside her gloves. She runs over and chokes Mary Kate against the ropes. The referee forces the break.
Emma fends off Mary Kate’s attempt to fight back and drives her face into the turnbuckle repeatedly, following that up with some blows to the back of the face. She hits a modified curb stomp into the turnbuckle and continues to pummel Mary Kate, who’s looking a little woozy at this point. Emma stomps a mudhole into her and slams into her with a the Emmamite Sandwich.
May Kate is dragged to the center of the ring and Emma fights hard to subdue her, eventually locking in the Emma Lock. Mary Kate taps out! Emma hands on to the hold for several seconds after the bell, showing some real tenacity. You watching, Asuka?
Later on, we join Asuka backstage for an interview:
Before Asuka can utter a word, she’s interrupted by Dana, who says she’s been angry at her ever since she deigned to pat her on the head. She says it’s time for her to prove the naysayers wrong. She challenges Asuka to a rematch. Asuka accepts, and departs. Dana dismisses Tom too.
Emma then appears, asking Dana if Asuka “bought it.” Dana says she did, “hook, line and sinker.” What in the hell have they got planned?
Next, finally, it’s time for our maaaaaain event!
Alexa and Bayley head to the ring, Alexa running solo as per Regal’s ruling. They get the full championship introduction.
The bell rings and the Divas tie up, Bayley backing Alexa in to the corner. She stomps her a bit and nails her in the back of the head, chasing her to the neighboring corner for more of the same. Alexa turns the tables out of nowhere, stomping on Bayley and standing on her back. She toys with Bayley, but her kick is caught and Bayley knocks her off her feet, pummeling her in the head.
Bayley takes her back to the corner and slams her head repeatedly against the turnbuckle. Alexa fights back again, knocking Bayley off her feet with a blow to the face. Alexa sends Bayley into the conrer, but Bayley vaults over her. Bayley lifts Alexa up for a bodyslam, but Alexa slips free and grabs hold of Bayley. The Divas hook arms and fight for control, Bayley getting free quickly, snapmaring Alexa to the mat and flattening her with a low clothesline. She hits a knee drop and goes for the pin, but Alexa kicks out.
Alexa back in to the corner and dodges Bayley’s flying attack, but Bayley gets back control with a kick through the ropes. Bayley hits a bulldog and goes for another pin. Alexa again kicks out. Bayley immediately locks in an arm submission, but Alexa fights out, slipping out of the ring for a breather. Bayley follows, but Alexa sends her into the ring apron. Alexa enters the ring and drops Bayley onto the ring apron, adding more punishment with her boot as we head to a commercial.
When we return, Alexa has Bayley in a submission hold, working on her left shoulder. Bayley starts to fight out, hitting Alexa with forearms, but Alexa sends her back to the mat. Bayley backs into the corner and though she tries to fight back, Alexa keeps control, sending Bayley to the mat and getting a near fall off of a pin attempt. She locks in an armbar submission, delivering more punishment to that left arm. Bayley again gets to her feet, but Alexa knocks her back down. She covers her for the pin, but Bayley kicks out.
Alexa locks in the same arm submission, punishing Bayley’s shoulder. When Bayley gets to her feet again, Alexa hangs onto her back. Bayley backs into the corner, knocking Alexa off. Bayley tosses Alexa over her shoulder and returns the favor, beating on her left arm. She sends Alexa into the ropes and hits a series of double axehandles. Alexa halts her offensive streak suddenly with a slap to the face. Alexa hits the Bliss Flip and covers Bayley, but it’s not enough for the win.
Alexa climbs to the top rope, but before she can take flight, Bayley fights back, grabbing her off of the turnbuckle and slamming her to the mat. Bayley goes for the pin, but Alexa kicks out. Bayley hits a suplex and attacks Alexa in the corner. When she attempts one final attack, though, Alexa dodges it, taking Bayley down with a sunset flip into a pin attempt. Bayley kicks out.
Alexa screams at Bayley, her frustration palpable. The crowd is fully behind Bayley, and they’re ecstatic when Bayley answers Alexa’s taunts with a slap. She hits the Bayley-to-Belly and covers Alexa for the pin and the win! Bayley is still your NXT Women’s Champion.
Bayley holds her title high as Alexa retreats on the ramp, but we’re not done here: Eva Marie‘s music hits, and the reigning Most Popular Diva in NXT joins Bayley in the ring, a mic in hand.
Eva soaks in the crowd’s adoration, asking the “little dorks” to be quiet. She tells Bayley that the “inevitable” is happening. She says next week, Bayley will be defending the belt against her. Bayley wordlessly accepts the challenge-that-wasn’t-a-challenge by holding the belt high.
Thoughts: Wow.. That had to be the most airtime NXT has ever given the Divas, right? It was a pleasant surprise, especially since it was far from one-note. Numerous angles were advanced, characters were refined and gauntlets were thrown, and as a result the Divas division is more alive than it’s ever been. It’s a marvelous thing to see.
Nia/Carmella was fun, in its way. It was nice to see Carmella find a way to fight back, even if it was just for a moment. That was the most offense Nia’s taken so far, right? It makes sense it would be against her first Diva opponent – it both demonstrates that Carmella’s a bigger threat than the ones who have come before her and adds some suspense to Nia’s NXT future. If others can exploit her weaknesses better than Carmella, we may see the first Nia Jax loss sooner rather than later. I’m not betting on anyone other than Bayley getting that win, though.
I’ve long been a fan of Emma’s ring psychology, but her heel turn has made it even greater. She’s good at adding little touches to matches that present her as a real wily wrestler. It’s part of what makes her matches so fun to watch. Her striving to prove a point to Asuka and herself gives her even more of a story to tell. She’s insecure and is working overtime to prove her toughness. She’s overcompensating, clearly, so it’ll be really interesting to see how she behaves the next time she actually comes face to face with Asuka.
I wonder what Dana and Emma have planned… An ambush, maybe? It’s gotta be more involved than that, surely. This is really unique buildup, and I’m loving it. As eager as I am to see that match, I hope they hold off on it until TakeOver: London. That’ll be a barn burner, for sure.
I really love how they hyped Alexa and Bayley’s match like it was a TakeOver match, mentioning it throughout the show, putting together a great video package and giving it the main event slot. That adds suspense to the match, even though in the back of your mind you know Bayley won’t be dropping the belt on a regular episode of NXT. Bayley is being set up as a fighting champion, so she’s going to have plenty of non-TakeOver defenses, and it helps to set this up as the “new norm”, with big ticket Divas matches taking place between TakeOvers. They’re establishing that future NXT Women’s Champions will need boundless energy and tenacity to hold on to the title. This will help elevate the “cred” of NXT’s Divas division even higher.
The match itself was fun and energetic, allowing us to see a new side of both Divas. Alexa (the character, not the person) was clearly out of her depth against Bayley, and I appreciate that they weren’t afraid to show that. Not everyone who knocks on Bayley’s door is going to be another Sasha Banks, so it’s important to show that Bayley will have to use different tactics to defeat her myriad of challengers. Alexa performed really well, getting in the licks that she could and bringing the brattiness full force. Judging by the crowd’s reactions, her mission was accomplished: giving Bayley a feel good win.
Eva’s title challenge is bound to generate more heat than a power plant, so it’s smart for NXT to pull that trigger now, so they can get another title defense in the books before TakeOver. Eva Marie will probably always be hated, but NXT needs to strike while the iron’s hot, before the boiling hatred cools down to annoyed indifference. This angle will help Eva avoid that for the time being, since I’m sure Twitter is now teeming with people APPALLED that Eva’s getting a title shot. Mission accomplished!
Her promo wasn’t the greatest, especially since she seemed so shook by the crowd. They were probably a lot louder than it sounded on my end, but the constant pauses kind of put a damper on the segment. Either way, I’m glad to see that Eva’s getting her title shot over with as quickly as possible, since we all know she ain’t winning the belt yet. It’s no use for NXT to tease it as an actual possibility.
I’m interested in seeing what her larger plan is, since her budding Nia Jax alliance is still a mystery. Somehow, I bet Eva’s title shot will put Nia in the challenger’s seat heading into TakeOver. Maybe Eva’s plan for domination is a much longer game than she’s letting on.
There are a lot of unknowns in the NXT Divas division at the moment, but not in the “no one has any clue what they’re doing” kind of way. Things are mysterious. Divas have plans and tricks up their sleeves. For the first time in a very, very long time, Diva fans have a reason to be sitting on the edge of their seats.]]>
TNA has revealed its new television home: POP TV.
POP TV, formerly known as the TV Guide Channel, will air Impact Wrestling on Tuesdays at 9pm ET starting January 5th. The premiere episode will be a live two hour show.
A video promo announcing the news has been released:
View the full press release below:
FANDOM LIKE NO OTHER… POP AND IMPACT WRESTLING PARTNER TO BRING FANS RINGSIDE FOR WEEKLY EVENT BROADCAST PREMIERING ON TUESDAY, JAN. 5, 2016
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. – Nov. 19, 2015 – Get ready for #ImpactOnPop. Pop, a network that celebrates the excitement of being a fan, will soon become the exclusive U.S. television home of IMPACT WRESTLING, the hard-hitting, high-flying global sports sensation enjoyed by millions of fans around the world.
Pop will premiere IMPACT WRESTLING with a live two-hour, action-packed broadcast on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, and the show will continue to air every Tuesday night at 9:00 PM, ET/PT. The show features some of the biggest stars in professional wrestling, including Jeff and Matt Hardy, EC3, Kurt Angle, Bobby Lashley, The Wolves, Eric Young, Tigre Uno and Gail Kim.
“Wrestling has been a fan-fueled staple since the ’50s, and continues to be some of the most-watched appointment television today. The die-hard fandom and extraordinary passion surrounding IMPACT WRESTLING captures the spirit of Pop as a network that celebrates fan-driven entertainment and excitement,” said Brad Schwartz, President of Pop. “We’re committed to this new partnership and psyched to bring the show’s loyal fans a dedicated night to watch their favorite show on Pop every week.”
IMPACT WRESTLING is a strong global brand seen on networks in more than 120 countries around the world and broadcast in 17 languages. Its fans are some of the most devoted and socially active in sports, with more than 15 million aggregated social media followers and nearly 700 million video views on YouTube, making it the seventh-most-viewed sports channel, ahead of MLB®, NHL®, MLS® and FIFATV®.
“Pop’s enthusiasm for our partnership and the network’s fan focus is a perfect fit for our company,” said TNA President Dixie Carter. “Wresting has always been at the forefront of pop culture with the most passionate, loyal fan base. We’re thrilled to be in business with Pop and to bring IMPACT WRESTLING to more than 80 million homes.”
To find IMPACT WRESTLING on Pop, go to poptv.com.
Pop on the Web: poptv.com
Pop Facebook: facebook.com/PopTelevision
Pop Twitter: twitter.com/PopTV
Pop Instagram: @poptv
TNA has aired on Destination America since January of this year, when it moved from Spike TV, its home since 2005. The show has aired on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Monday nights during the course of its run, but Tuesday is new territory for TNA.]]>
On this day in history:
November 19th, 2000 | At 2000’s Survivor Series, Lita and Ivory went head-to-head for Ivory’s Women’s Championship. While it was a well fought match, its most memorable moment was unscripted: at one point, Ivory’s boot heel caught Lita on the eyebrow and cut her open. Soon enough, Lita’s face was a veritable “crimson mask”. Proving her toughness, Lita carried on with the rest of the match, and though she ultimately lost, her efforts earned the respect of many.
Also occurring today in history:
* 11/19/14 – Taryn Terrell defeats Havok to win her first Knockouts Title.
VICE has stepped into the intergender wrestling debate with a new article that poses the question: does mixed gender wrestling promote equality or violence against women?
The article focuses on the Australian wrestling scene, where there are ongoing campaigns pushing for mixed gender wrestling to be banned. VICE spoke to domestic violence researcher Dr. Anastasia Powell, who reasoned that it promotes violence against women:
“How can we promote respectful gender equitable relationships in education with our young people, when men’s violence against women is held up as entertainment?”
To get the other side of the story, they spoke to Melbourne-based Kellyanne English, who has competed for SHIMMER in the US. She sees mixed gender wrestling as empowering women:
“I love wrestling men as I believe it definitely empowers women. There is no sweeter satisfaction than winning your match against a male and a little girl coming up to you after it telling you you’re their hero.”
The article also includes an account from a mother, who took her son to a wrestling show and was appalled to see people cheering at the sight of a women in pain:
“Some of the kids see this stuff, and they don’t realize it isn’t real. They see these women get beaten, and they hear the crowd cheer, so they’ll think its OK. The kids should think it’s a foreign, abhorrent thing to do.”
Rookie wrestler Tallara George adds her two cents, expressing her belief that wrestling men allows women to become more than merely figures that are ogled by men:
“When the girls share the spotlight with the guys, it becomes an actual competition, rather than a feminizing display of two women ogled by the crowd. We’re willing to endure a ton of pain to prove that women can be bad-asses too.”
The article reveals that Melbourne’s Platinum Wrestling Enterprises has banned intergender wrestling due to audience complaints. A PWE spokesperson lamented the decision, saying:
“The goal was to treat everyone as equals knowing that the female wrestlers in this country are every bit as good as the boys, however it seems that some just aren’t ready for it.”
The article closes with some strong words from Kellyanne, who suspects that those who are opposed to women wrestling men don’t understand the sport. She calls the push for segregation sexist and absurd:
“The female stands toe to toe with a man, confident in her strength, skill, and courage. It’s completely different. To forcibly segregate genders from competing for whatever reason is not only sexist, it’s absurd. Most the people who are offended by these matches don’t understand the sport. By their logic horror movies should be banned.
Read the full article on VICE.]]>
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 are your predictions for Charlotte vs. Paige at Survivor Series? 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!
And now we turn it over to you…
Give us your two cents! What is your prediction for Charlotte vs. Paige?]]>
Get hyped for Survivor Series with an exclusive Diva Dirt Hype video package highlighting the match between Paige and Charlotte for the Divas Championship.
Check out the latest Diva Dirt Hype below:
Music: “True Friends” by Bring Me the Horizon
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Ric Flair has spoken out on the controversial angle that closed Monday night’s Raw, which saw Paige invoke the memory of his late son Reid Flair during a Divas Title match contract signing with Charlotte.
On his WOOOOO! Nation podcast, Ric revealed that he was not forewarned about that angle and admitted to crying while watching it.
The WWE Hall of Famer also expressed his belief that Charlotte wouldn’t have felt comfortable vetoing the mention of Reid if she had wanted to:
“Obviously I have an opinion, but I’m afraid to voice it because I don’t want anything to affect Ashley’s career. I know that Hunter and Stephanie and Michael Hayes have her back. I don’t think she feels she’s comfortable enough to say ‘no’ to anything yet, she’s only been up there three-months.”
“It’s a pressure cooker, and a tough spot to be in. If you’re asked to do something, that’s pretty much the way things operate up there. Everybody walks on pins and needles. Just because you’re the champ, doesn’t mean you say no. It’s a very sensitive issue, it’s very new. I know her mom is on fire. I’m not going out on a limb to say what I think.”
“I don’t think that it would have made any difference. If they ask you to do something, what is she going to say? ‘No, I quit?'”
Ric also expressed his belief that the angle will be “old news” by the time Survivor Series rolls around this Sunday.
This follows the equally public reaction from Charlotte and Reid’s mother Elizabeth. In a tweet posted early Tuesday morning, she called the segment disgusting and disrespectful:
@WWE @StephMcMahon @VinceMcMahon @TripleH WWEWriters really, that lazy! #CheapHeat #disgusting #disrespectful #cruel #sad ?#RawGreenville
— Elizabeth Fliehr (@EFliehr) November 17, 2015
Charlotte will defend the Divas Title against Paige this Sunday at Survivor Series, live on the WWE Network.
Transcript courtesy of Wrestling Inc.]]>
In a new interview promoting the new WWE Studios movie Santa’s Little Helper, Paige turned her ire away from her fellow Divas and towards her co-star The Miz and E! News’s Maria Menounos.
Paige stayed in character for the interview, mocking Miz’s charm and calling out Maria for “trying to be a Diva” when she wrestled in special appearances for the WWE.
Paige went on to admit that she was annoyed that it took so long for the WWE to cast her in a WWE Studios movie, dubbing herself a “star”.
When the conversation went off the rails and Maria tried to steer it back towards the movie, Paige announced that she had more important things to do, removing her microphone and storming off the set.
Watch the interview below:
Santa’s Little Helper is available now on DVD and VOD.]]>
On this day in history:
November 18th, 2001 | At Survivor Series 2001, Trish Stratus, Jacqueline, Lita, Ivory, Mighty Molly and the debuting Jazz did battle in a Six-Pack Challenge for the vacant Women’s Title. The title had been unclaimed for months since Chyna retired with the belt. In a ending that shocked many, the underdog Trish hit the Stratusfaction on Ivory to pin her and become the Women’s Champion for the very first time. Trish would go on to hold the title six more times over the course of her career.
Also occurring today in history:
* 11/18/07 – Kelly Kelly, Maria Kanellis, Michelle McCool, Mickie James & Torrie Wilson defeated Beth Phoenix, Jillian Hall, Layla, Melina & Victoria at Survivor Series 2007.
* 11/18/12 – Eve Torres defeats Kaitlyn to retain the Divas Title at Survivor Series 2012.
Divas Champion Charlotte joined former WWE announcer Jonathan Coachman for SportsCenter’s weekly Off the Top Rope segment, talking about her childhood, her path to wrestling and Ronda Rousey‘s shocking loss at UFC 193.
Charlotte spoke about growing up with Ric Flair as her father, saying that he was very much a normal dad, aside from him being on the road a lot. She said he made up for his abesence, though, by bringing her lunch at school and attending all of her sporting events.
She talked about her athletic background, going from cheerleading to volleyball in high school. She says her number one goal was to get a full ride scholarship to play Division I volleyball. She did that, and after she graduated from college she worked as a personal trainer for two years. When considering making the transition to wrestling, she thought about the impact she made on her clients’ lives, wondering if she could do the same in wrestling.
Charlotte admitted she was “scared” to make the jump to wrestling, since she never saw herself as a Diva. When asked about her Divas Title win, she said it felt surreal. She mentioned Ronda Rousey and Serena Williams, saying that holding the title gives her the opportunity to represent strong, passionate and intelligent women like they do.
On Rousey’s loss at UFC 193, Charlotte said that she’s even more interested to see her overcome her loss and continue to empower women. She says she welcomes her to step into a WWE ring.
Watch the segment below:
SportsCenter’s Off the Top Rope segment airs every Tuesday at 9pm ET on ESPN.]]>