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NXT TakeOver: Portland review – YouTube edition

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Well, well, well another stellar NXT TakeOver in the books with two fantastic women’s matches taking place. Check out the live coverage here and my review of all the goings-on from Portland in the video below.

Thanks for watching.

What did you make of the show and my videos? Let me know below and as always stay tuned to Diva Dirt for all of your NXT news, reviews and updates.

Rhea Ripley vs. Charlotte Flair is official for WrestleMania 36

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We finally have an answer! Charlotte Flair will be challenging Rhea Ripley for the NXT Women’s Championship at WrestleMania in Tampa, Fla. For the past few weeks, Ripley has been waiting for Flair to answer her request.

After Flair won this year’s Royal Rumble match, her decision on who to face at WrestleMania had one more name added to it. She has faced both Becky Lynch and Bayley more times than most, but Ripley is a new battle. Ripley issued the challenge and Flair has now accepted it.

Her answer came after the hard fought battle between Ripley and Bianca Belair. Ripley would retain her title after Belair took her to her limit. Flair didn’t waste time and attacked the NXT Women’s Champion from behind. After the initial attack, Flair stated, “So, I thought about it….and I will see YOU at WrestleMania.”

She delivers a Natural Selection before picking up the NXT Women’s Title. A title she hasn’t held since 2015 and her subsequent move to the main roster. After tossing the title on top of the champion, The Queen exits the ring.

She leaves one last calling card prior to making her way up the ramp. She turns to Belair and drives her into the steel steps. Could we maybe see Belair added to the WrestleMania match at some point?

What were your thoughts on what transpired? What do you think of Ripley vs. Flair at WrestleMania? Should Belair be added to the match or should it stay a one-on-one? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

Check back with Diva Dirt for all the news and rumors leading up to WrestleMania 36.

Raquel Gonzalez makes her NXT TakeOver debut in Portland

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Raquel Gonzalez has made her official NXT TakeOver debut in a huge way. Formally going by the first name of Reina, Gonzalez is one of only a handful of women who participated in both Mae Young Classic Tournaments. Since then she has been frequent at NXT live shows. She has competed both as a singles competitor and also tag-teaming with Rhea Ripley.

Tonight at TakeOver: Portland, Gonzalez was the deciding factor in the brutal Street Fight between Tegan Nox and Dakota Kai. The match culminated with Kai laying on a table with a chair wrapped around her neck. Nox was ready to get her ultimate revenge. She perched herself up on the top turnbuckle and was seconds away from putting Kai on the shelf for a long time.

Enter – Gonzalez. Gonzalez would emerge and stop Nox from ending Kai and the match. This interruption allowed Kai to roll off the table she was resting on. Gonzalez would then launch Nox onto the table, but didn’t quite connect. Nox would hit the side of the table, knocking it over.

This was enough to allow Kai to get the pin and the win. After the match, Gonzalez helped up a perplexed Kai and raised her hand in victory.

What were your thoughts of this result and Gonzalez making her TakeOver debut. Do you see Kai and Nox still feuding after this? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

NXT TakeOver: Portland Live Coverage 02.16.20

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We are just moments away from the first NXT TakeOver event of the year. This event will host two women’s matches. One will be a very personal feud that has been building since the last TakeOver event in November. Dakota Kai and Tegan Nox will settle their differences in a Street Fight.

The second match is for the NXT Women’s Championship. Bianca Belair won a number one contender’s Battle Royal in January to earn this shot at Rhea Ripley‘s championship. Ripley is still a fairly new champion as she dethroned the long reign of Shayna Baszler in December. Although her time with the belt has been short so far, we don’t want to count out Belair.

Belair has been a huge force in the women’s division as of late and now just may be her time to finally grab some gold. Ripley may have to have her head on a swivel though as Charlotte Flair could be waiting to attack. Flair has yet to accept Ripley’s challenge at WrestleMania and now may be the opportune time to make a statement.

Feel free to follow along with the live coverage throughout the show. You can use the comment section below or the new live chat feature on the live feed to discuss. The show starts at 7 p.m. ET.

Sasha Banks to appear in the next season of The Mandalorian

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It is being confirmed by Pro Wrestling Sheet that Sasha Banks will be in the next season of “The Mandalorian.” It was first announced by Mat Men Pro Wrestling Podcast.

There is no further confirmation on how large or small her part may be. It is being said that she has already filmed her scenes at this time.

“The Mandalorian” has been a huge success for both Disney and Star Wars fans alike. The first season aired on Disney+ which launched in November. The show is reportedly ordered until season five. WWE nor Banks have formally announced her involvement in this project.

Banks has been out of action since the beginning of January. She was in a triple tag team match and since then she has been nursing an injured ankle.

What are your thoughts on Sasha Banks trying out her acting chops? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.


NXT TakeOver: Portland Preview & Predictions – YouTube edition

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The first NXT TakeOver of 2020 is only a few days away, so I have recorded a little video to give you my preview and predictions for the upcoming show.

NXT TakeOver: Portland features Dakota Kai vs. Tegan Nox in a Street Fight and NXT Champion Rhea Ripley defends against Bianca Belair.

Watch the video below and let me know if you agree, disagree, like or dislike in the comments and stay tuned for my review video after the show.

Thanks for watching.

What do you make of the video, my magnificent hair and what are your predictions for the show? Let us know below and as always stay tuned to Diva Dirt for all of your NXT news, reviews and updates.

Taynara returns at NXT live show

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Taynara has made her return at an NXT live show in Fort Pierce, Fla. this weekend. She was last seen at a live show in Buffalo, N.Y. on Jan. 12.

It was previously rumored that she had walked out on the company prior to the number one contenders Battle Royal that took place on Jan. 15. There was no confirmation on if she left the company entirely from this incident.

The reason was said to be monetary. Neither Taynara nor WWE confirmed this rumor.

She has returned and was sporting a shirt that said, “released.”

She participated in a six-woman tag team match. Her team included Jessi Kamea and MJ Jenkins. They faced Valkyrie, Rita Reis, and Mia Yim. Taynara’s team came up on the losing end.

What are your thoughts on Taynara being back? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

Aliyah returns at NXT house show to face a debuting talent

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Aliyah has been out of action since the Nov. 13 episode of NXT where she lost to Xia Li. She would wind up on the “injury report” with a “broken nose.” She was said to not be medically cleared as a result. She made her return last night on Feb. 14 at a live show in Tampa, Fla.

She faced a debut from a recently hired talent that just made her debut in NXT UK. Irish indie star, Aoife Valkyrie, made her NXT debut in a winning effort as she went over on the returning Aliyah.

Valkyrie’s debut on the NXT UK brand was also a winning outing against Amale. Her second victory was against Isla Dawn. There is no word on if this means that she will be moving over to the U.S. brand at this time.

What do you make of Aliyah’s return and the debut of Valkyrie on the NXT brand?

Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

*Update* Tegan Nox’s injury comeback documentary released by WWE PC

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In the lead up to her Street Fight match with Dakota Kai at NXT TakeOver: Portland this Sunday, the WWE PC YouTube channel has released a documentary series that shows Tegan Nox’s arduous return from injury, titled The Comeback.

The documentary provides candid insight on her NXT career and the trials and tribulations she has faced to achieve her dream. Nox shares her innermost feelings about leaving her family behind in Wales to move to Orlando and pursue her career in NXT.

Her close personal friends and NXT Superstars such as Kay Lee Ray, Piper Niven, Robbie Brookside, Dakota Kai and many more relive the heartbreaking moments of when she suffered her first career-threatening knee injury.

The video shows the pure grit and determination that Nox possesses to return from such a devastating injury. It is astonishing to see her positivity shining through when faced with a situation that would have retired many placed in such adverse conditions.

The second part details her triumphant return from injury to finally make it to the second Mae Young Classic. However, the joy is shortlived as her second catastrophic ACL injury is told by Rhea Ripley, Dakota Kai and Candice LeRae in extensive and tearjerking form.

At just 25-years of age, Tegan Nox has the story of a grizzled veteran but thankfully there is still a lot more to tell. Expect Part Three of The Comeback to be released soon.

Update:

The third and fourth (final) videos are here and once again shows and proves that Tegan Nox ain’t nothing to f**k with.

Tegan Nox will face her former best friend and Team Kick teammate, Dakota Kai in Street Fight this Sunday on NXT TakeOver: Portland.

What do you make of the video and what do you hope to see in Tegan’s future? Let us know below and as always stay tuned to Diva Dirt for all of your NXT news, reviews and updates.

Big Swole vs. Kylie Rae planned for the final RISE Wrestling event

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RISE Wrestling is hosting its final live event titled, LEGENDARY – A CHARMING FINALE that will take place on March 27. This event will feature the current Phoenix of RISE Champion Big Swole defending her title against Kylie Rae. Big Swole defeated former champion, Zoe Lucas, in August at The Summit.

Rae is a former champion but only for a brief moment. She defeated Mercedes Martinez last March but ended up losing the title in the same night against Lucas.

RISE is coining this as their final live event but explain that it is not the exact end of RISE. They explained on Twitter that it is merely the “end of an era.” They will continue to build women’s wrestling through training and teaching. The tweets shown below explain the transition from Kevin Harvey, the founder of RISE.

RISE was founded and created in 2016 by Harvey who was a former SHIMMER ring announcer. It was originally started to scout out new talent and host wrestling seminars in the industry. From this, they started having their own shows. These included pay-per-views and even weekly shows known as Rise Ascent.

This final event will also include The Guardians of RISE Champions defending their titles. The current champions are The Killer Death Machines (Jessicka Havok & Neveah) who have held the title since last March. They will face the winners of a tag team rumble.

What are your thoughts on this event? Talk that talk in the comment section below.

Check back in with Diva Dirt for further news on RISE Wrestling and other indie promotions.

New RevPro Undisputed British Women’s Champion crowned

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Gisele Shaw is your new RevPro Undisputed British Women’s Champion ending Zoe Lucas‘ 439-day title reign in the process. The victory took place at Revolution Pro Wrestling’s High Stakes event in Islington, London on Valentines Day.

Shaw and Lucas have been intertwined in a long-running feud since July last year when Shaw pinned Lucas in a non-title match at RevPro Live in Southampton 8. The two then met in a title match at RevPro New Year’s Revolution in January with Lucas retaining.

Gisele Shaw would get another chance to face Zoe Lucas when she was victorious in a RevPro Undisputed British Women’s Title #1 Contendership Four Way against AEW’s Shanna, Kasey Owens, and Debbie Keitel at RevPro Live In Huntingdon.

Shaw and Lucas would meet once more before their second title match this time in a tag-team match, which featured Shaw teaming with Millie McKenzie to take on Lucas and Zan Phoenix at RevPro GRLZ Vol. 1.

Zoe Lucas vs. Gisele Shaw II would see challenger finally defeat champion to be crowned the fourth RevPro Undisputed British Women’s Champion in history.

The marked a new era for the promotion as the crowned new champions across the board. At the end of the show, Shaw would join new RevPro Undisputed British Cruiserweight Champion, The O.J.M.O., Michael Oku and new RevPro Undisputed Britsh Heavyweight Champion, Will Ospreay.

A huge congratulations to Gisele Shaw from all Diva Dirt on her amazing championship win.

Carmella vs. Naomi set for next week to determine who faces Bayley at Super ShowDown

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The blue brand’s title picture is certainly heating up. Carmella came close to that three count on so many occasions tonight as she tried to become a two-time SmackDown Women’s Champion. Unfortunately for the Princess of Staten Island, Bayley retained her title and did it in perfect heel fashion with her feet on the ropes.

This has lit a fire under the boots of Carmella. She wants a rematch and she wants it at Super ShowDown. However, in order to get there, she will have to take on Naomi next week. Naomi returned just a few weeks ago at the Royal Rumble and then SmackDown. Bayley has been trying to avoid her ever since.

Naomi would rush to the ring after the title match tonight as Bayley was attacking Carmella after the bell rang. She may have had the best interest in mind by helping Carmella then but she will do anything to get a crack at Bayley’s title. Carmella is that person standing in her way.

The winner will take on Bayley at Super ShowDown. This will be the second time women have been allowed to participate in an event in Saudi Arabia. The first was Natalya vs. Lacey Evans which took place at Crown Jewel in October.

Who would you like to see Bayley face at Super ShowDown on Feb. 27? Or perhaps could we get a Triple Threat?

Leave your thoughts in the comment section below. Check back with Diva Dirt for further news on the SmackDown Women’s Championship.

SmackDown Live Coverage 02.14.20

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Tonight is a special night. It is Valentine’s Day and Mandy Rose has her much anticipated date with Otis. These two have a love that is blooming like a beautiful orchid and we all get to witness it.

Two weeks ago Otis asked Mandy out on a date for the following week. She stated that she was busy, however, the following week would work. Unknowingly, Mandy agreed to a date on Valentine’s Day and Otis will get his wish on the most romantic date of the year.

Besides the date of the century taking place, Carmella will capitalize on her championship opportunity as well. She will hope to get her Valentine’s Day gift in the form of gold. She will be facing Bayley for the SmackDown Women’s Championship.

Since it is Valentine’s Day, Carmella called into After The Bell podcast this week to speak with her boyfriend, Corey Graves. Carmella asked Graves how does it feel to date the most amazing, talented, driven, charismatic Superstar in WWE? He stated that he will ask Otis.

Do you think that Carmella will become a two-time champion tonight?

Feel free to use the comment section below to discuss tonight’s show. You may also use the new chat function that is attached to this live coverage once the show starts.

Jazz vs. Ivelisse at Ladies Night Out 5 – 02.23.19

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On this week’s Free Match Friday we continue what was started last week and that is to celebrate Black History Month. Last week we revisited WWE Hall of Famer Jacqueline’s win of the Cruiserweight Championship that took place nearly 16-years ago. This week will be a more recent match, but it highlights one of the best in the business – Jazz.

The match that you can view above is from the Ladies Night Out 5 event that took place last year. This is an event that is about to have their 9th installment and is hosted by Reality of Wrestling.

In this match it was Jazz taking on Ivelisse in a Falls Count Anywhere match. The action spilled out all around ringside with a short trip to the stage. Weapons were used throughout such as chairs, a ladder, and cable cords.

In the end though, Jazz would fall victim to Ivelisse after a distraction caused by Barbi Hayden who was on commentary. Jazz would taunt Hayden who then would hop on the ring apron and deliver a punch. Ivelisse capitalizes and hits a DDT on a chair. She rolls up Jazz for the win.

What did you think of this match? Leave your comments below and check back in next Friday for another Free Match Friday.

Cathy Kelley is leaving WWE after TakeOver: Portland

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Cathy Kelley has announced that as of this Sunday after NXT TakeOver: Portland she will no longer be with the company. She explained her decision on her social media and confirmed that Feb. 16 will be her last day.

In her tearful message, Kelley thanks WWE as a whole along with Stephanie McMahon and Triple H in particular. She notes that her decision to leave is for a reason to grow and that she is unsure where her next chapter will lead her but she seems ready and excited.

Kelley joined WWE in February 2016 predominately based in the NXT brand. She has served as a backstage interviewer as well as a social media correspondent. She has also been the host of WWE’s YouTube program known as WWE NOW.

Her time outside of the company has involved her work with After Buzz TV where she has even hosted her own shown called “Chatting with Cathy.”

Diva Dirt wishes the best for Cathy in her future.

Winners & Losers: NXT 02/12/20

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This week’s NXT was the go-home episode before NXT TakeOver: Portland. The first TakeOver of 2020, features two exciting and highly-anticipated matchups. The first being a street fight between bitter enemies Dakota Kai and Tegan Nox. The second is the title match between two of the most popular and on-fire wrestlers in the business right now, Rhea Ripley and Bianca Belair.

We had live coverage of the show last night which you can read all about here.

Winner: Bianca Belair

What can I say? Belair is just on another level at the moment and the best thing about it is, she knows it and is revelling in it. She destroyed Garrett easily and then gave Ripley something to think about heading into NXT TakeOver: Portland. Belair is so good that win or lose on Sunday she loses nothing and could continue to own NXT or head to RAW or SmackDown and shine instantly.

Loser: Santana Garrett

Is it just me or did you expect a hell of a lot more from Santana Garrett when she signed with NXT? I recall there being some fanfare and buzz about her on the indie scene and along with her look and style, it was only a matter of time before NXT signed her. However, despite being an 11-year veteran something doesn’t seem to have gelled on the black and yellow brand, which a shame as she is way more talented to be getting done over like this. Hopefully, her star will start to shine soon.

Final Thoughts

This was an ok go-home show as we got two decent interactions between those involved at NXT TakeOver: Portland. However, there was nothing really to add any further excitement to the scheduled matches.

I can’t help but feel that Ripley and Charlotte‘s interactions have taken some of the anticipation out of the title match but I am very looking forward to Belair vs Ripley as they tore it up in their last outing some months back.

The Nox vs Kai match is also in a similar situation as we saw it take place a few weeks ago on NXT TV. However, the Street Fight setting will give the two performers something exciting and innovative for us to enjoy.

I’ll be doing NXT TakOver: Portland preview and review videos for our YouTube channel so keep an eye out for those.

What did you make of the show? Let us know below and as always stay tuned to Diva Dirt for all of your NXT news, reviews and updates.

Triple H addresses the rumor of dropping the gender specification for the NXT Women’s Title

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Triple H has addressed the elephant in the room, and that is the renaming of the NXT Women’s Championship by dropping the “women” designation. He states this is not true and is not happening. Triple H spoke on a media call for TakeOver: Portland with The Wrestling Inc Daily where this topic was brought up.

The original reporting of this change stated that the NXT Women’s Championship would now go by simply the NXT Championship. This coincidentally was brought up the day after Becky Lynch appeared on WWE Backstage.The RAW Women’s Champion was discussing how the designation of “women’s match” or “women’s segment” should be removed. It should just be “match” or “segment.”

Lynch further cleared that up online with a tweet that explained she has no control over this and certainly didn’t infer that she wanted “women” removed from any title. Triple H has now cleared this up even further.

“There were conversations that were had,” he admitted. “It was basically about not having to beat it into the ground when you say it, but it just got run with and once… when you have that many people working on a product, and something gets taken the wrong way, everybody in trying to do their job, just spreads it.

Credit: WWE

He continues, “There was never an edict, there was never anything. It really was what it was, of just trying not to… if you’re showing a graphic, you don’t have to say, the title belt that says ‘Women’s’, the graphic that says ‘Women’s’, the announcers saying ‘Women’s’, so everybody is… but you get it. There are pictures of women there, you get what it is. You don’t have to beat it into the ground. It was more of, it just got run with and speculated on.”

So he pretty much summed up what ‘The Man’ was explaining prior to the spread of this rumor. To use “women” less in discussion.

Since the topic was stirred up in mid-January, the title has continued to be called the NXT Women’s Championship both on screen and on WWE’s official website.

What are your thoughts on the words provided by Triple H? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below!!

Credit to Wrestling Inc. for the transcriptions.

Bianca Belair featured in WWE PC “Proud to Be”

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The WWE PC YouTube channel has produced a new music video by Josiah Williams of Wrestle and Flow, which celebrates Black History Month. The video features many black NXT wrestlers and talent such as Bianca Belair, MJ Jenkins, and Briana Brandy. Also, ring announcer and session drummer Alicia Taylor is included. You may check out the video above.

WWE celebrates Black History Month in recent years with a video commemorating the occasion. This year is the first year that the honour has been bestowed to NXT.

Bianca Belair has been at the forefront of NXT since her amazing showing at the Royal Rumble last month. She has a huge match also coming up against NXT Women’s Champion, Rhea Ripley at NXT TakeOver: Portland this Sunday.

Belair recently appeared on Chasing Glory with Lilian Gracia. She spoke about Black History Month, mental health, body image, and family.

Bianca was also interviewed this month on body image and diversity in wrestling with Essence Magazine.

What are your thoughts on the featured video? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

Nyla Rose becomes the new AEW Women’s World Champion

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On tonight’s episode of AEW Dynamite a huge women’s championship match was highly anticipated. It featured the champion Riho facing a woman she is very familiar with, which is Nyla Rose. These two have faced each other in the inaugural match for the championship in which Riho obviously was the victor.

This time, however, Rose had Riho’s number. Rose has defeated the inaugural champion to become the new holder of the gold. The match culminated with a massive spear by Rose followed up with a sit-down powerbomb to get the three count.

Rose’s calling card as of late has been the use of tables by power bombing her opponents through them. Although a table was pulled out during towards the beginning of the match, Rose was not able to use it to her advantage.

Riho held the title since the debut episode of Dynamite on Oct. 2. She held it for 134-days.

Congratulations to Nyla for her victory. What are your thoughts on this title change? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

NXT Live Coverage 02.12.20

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Tonight’s NXT is the last show prior to the brands TakeOver event in Portland this Sunday, Feb. 16. That event is going to have two women’s matches.

The first will be the very personal Street Fight between Dakota Kai and Tegan Nox. The second is for the NXT Women’s Championship as Bianca Belair faces the champ, Rhea Ripley. Belair won her shot against Ripley in a Battle Royal in January.

There is at least one advertised match for tonight. Kai will be facing Tegan Nox’s best friend, Candice LeRae.

Feel free to use the comment section below to discuss tonight’s show.

The Bella Twins seemingly set as this year’s WWE Hall of Fame inductees

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It is being reported by WrestleVotes that The Bella Twins will indeed be the female inductees for this year’s WWE Hall of Fame. This has been the rumor that has been floating around since the first two inductees were announced in December. Those were Batista and the nWo.

WrestleVotes has been looking into their sources, and according to their Twitter account they wanted to confirm their findings before announcing.

The twins first debuted with the company in 2008. Since then they have both been successful as a tag team and as singles competitors. Once they ventured separately from each other they would go on to build their individual brands. Both Brie Mode and Fearless Nikki would be met with positivity from fans. Nikki is the longest-reigning Divas Champion at 301-days. With that title being retired that accomplishment will stay in the history books.

Both Nikki and Brie Bella have recently announced that they are both currently pregnant. Nikki with her first and Brie with her second. Their reality show, Total Bellas, will be debuting its fifth season on April 9. Nikki and Brie both officially retired from in-ring action in March of 2019.

At this time WWE nor The Bella Twins have confirmed this news. Check back in with Diva Dirt for any further confirmation.

What are your thoughts on this news? Do you think that now is the right time to put The Bella Twins in the Hall of Fame? Who would you put in it? Leave your comments in the section below.

NWA Women’s World Championship match set for next week

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On this week’s episode of NWA Powerrr Melina forced herself into a match against Thunder Rosa for the NWA Women’s World Championship next week. There has been growing dissent between the two former companions since Thunder Rosa captured the title at the Hard Times PPV last month.

The episode recapped last week’s goings-on that centred around the title and the animosity between the trio of Thunder Rosa, Melina and Marti Belle. Belle requested an interview in which she pledged her allegiance with Melina until her former friend Allysin Kay came out to try and talk some sense into her. Belle would have none of it and leave the interview area.

It was announced last week that Melina had demanded a title match from NWA management. However, management said they would not grant her a title opportunity due to the fact she had not wrestled enough in NWA. In order to do so, NWA management said Melina would have to “prove herself” against Tasha Steelz before being allowed a title shot.

The match started off with Tasha Steelz offering the hand of respect to Melina, who slapped it away and a shoving match ensued. Steelz would attack with a barrage of forearms. Melina would counter with a nasty looking headlock driver. The two competitors would trade strikes and moves back and forth until Melina gained control with the ground and pound. Steelz would make a comeback and hit a neck breaker for the two-count. Melina would fire up and hit an iffy looking suplex for the near fall, followed by a big suplex and Primal Scream for the win.

This match was all about Melina with Tasha Steelz making her strong in the process. Melina looked good in the match and proved that she can still go in the ring despite a few hiccups.

After the match, Melina took to the mic and stared straight into the camera stating that she was the “living legend” and shouldn’t have to prove herself. She then set the title match against Thunder Rosa for next week. David Marquez would question Melina on who stationed the match, to which Melina retorted it was “sanctioned by Melina.”

So next week we have stablemate vs stablemate for the coveted NWA Women’s World Championship too, in my opinion, fully solidify Thunder Rosa’s face turn and make her the face of the NWA women’s division.

Another fun episode of NWA Powerrr that gave us storyline progression, character development and a reason to watch next week’s programme. Love it.

What did you make of the show and of Melina’s challenge? Let us know below and as always stay tuned to Diva Dirt for all of your NWA news, reviews and updates.

Jordynne Grace officially becomes Knockouts Champion

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IMPACT Wrestling has aired the Knockouts Championship title change this week which was taped on Jan. 18. In the main event of the show, longest reigning Knockouts Champion Taya Valkyrie took on Jordynne Grace. Grace would put away Valkyrie with a Grace Driver to pick up the win and the championship.

Valkyrie pulled out everything she had in her arsenal to try and retain her title. Even a Road to Valhalla on the stage couldn’t keep Grace down. Her right hand man, John E. Bravo also did everything in his power to try and help her retain the title as he always does. In the end, it wasn’t enough and Grace was victorious.

Valkyrie held the title for 377-days and defeated Tessa Blanchard to become champion in January 2019. This is Grace’s first title reign with the company. She joined IMPACT in 2018.

Both women commented on the title change on their Twitter accounts. Valkyrie would boast about her title reign whereas Grace simply said, “finally.”

Congratulations to Jordynne Grace on her victory. Leave your thoughts in the comment section below in regards to this match and title change.

10 Best WWE Homegrown Talents

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With a surfeit of women’s wrestlers arriving in WWE from the Indy scene, we seem to forget that the WWE has actually had a lot of homegrown talent. Most of these talents have had their starts in the aftermath of Trish, Lita, and Molly Holly leaving WWE. We saw the likes of Eve Torres, Maryse, Maria, Kelly Kelly, Kaitlyn and Tamina join the ranks of Beth, Melina and Mickie. We saw Alexa Bliss, Summer Rae, Lana, Liv Morgan and Nia Jax join the ranks of the 4 Horsewomen and Asuka a generation later. However, who are the top 10 homegrown talents? Let’s take a look!

Brandi Rhodes addresses the end of the Nightmare Collective

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Since the launch of AEW one of the most poorly received elements of the promotion has been the Nightmare Collective. A group consisting of Brandi Rhodes and Awesome Kong who had a penchant for collecting the hair of their fallen victims.

Fans heavily criticised the collective since its inception but the backlash reached boiling point in an angle that involved the group interfering in the AEW Women’s Championship match between Kris Statlander and Riho.

In the following weeks, the focus was taken away from the collective and they were rarely seen on TV until recently when the group seemed to disband with Kong being ousted and put on the shelf by Mel.

Leader and spokesperson of the collective, Brandi Rhodes recently addressed the beginning, the backlash and the end of the group on Wrestling Observer Live.

Rhodes said of the beginning of the group;

“The original thing was supposed to be myself managing Awesome Kong. She came to me with the idea to change her look and vibe but still being an assassin of sorts, a threat to the women’s division. She had the idea to cut hair as a trophy, to keep. And Awesome Kong is not a talker, so naturally, a good fit was for me to be the one to talk. Unfortunately, you can layout a huge trajectory of what you want to do and sometimes things happen that don’t allow that to happen. One of the things I noticed was Awesome Kong was not physically feeling great. I would never want to ask somebody to work in a capacity where I know they’re going to hurt themselves.”

The group would expand by adding Mel and ‘Japanese Deathmatch Legend’ Luther. These additions were also heavily criticised due to the bizarre and awkward ways they were introduced and Brandi was all too aware.

“One of the things we claim at AEW is we let the artists play their music the way they want to play it. I’m one of the artists that’s part of the Nightmare Collective and I started to see the music was not playing how I liked it. I didn’t feel it. Audience members were on the same page as me. I was starting to feel like, ‘I’m not really understanding this’ or things were happening too quickly. A big misconception is AEW made changes. Not at all. I did. 100%. If I’m going to do something, I want to be happy with it and I was not happy with it. I wasn’t happy with me in it, how other people were being perceived and portrayed. I made the decision to do the therapist series. People loved it and it was cool and that was just me. I didn’t want to take TV time, I wanted to do it on my own.”

The therapist sessions that Brandi referred to were videos posted on social media showing Brandi discussing her reasoning behind the creation of the group. In the videos, she explains to her “therapist” how she has come to realise the error of her ways and remove herself from the group.

Check out the videos below.

As the regular AEW Dynamite reviewer, I have been highly critical of the Nightmare Collective and everything they have done. The disbanding of the group can be nothing but a step in the right direction and hopefully, we can get back to AEW creating a credible women’s division.

Many thanks to Fightful.com for the transcription of the interview.

What do you make of Brandi’s words and are you glad to see the back of the collective? Let us know below and as always stay tuned to Diva Dirt for all of your AEW news, reviews and updates.

WSU announces its 13th Anniversary Show

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Women’s Superstars United (WSU) has announced its next event that will be taking place on March 15. It will be taking place at the Colossal Sports Academy at the Coliseum in Vorhees, N.J. The title of this event will be the 13th Anniversary Show as it is highlighting 13-years of some of the worlds best women’s wrestling.

At this time, only one match has been announced for the card but it is an important one. It is for the WSU Championship and will be the the third defense for the champion Brittany Blake. She will be taking on someone who has been red hot recently on the indie scene lately, Tasha Steelz. Steelz has recently been appearing on NWA’s Powerrr as well.

Blake defeated former champion Kris Statlander on Dec. 14 at a CZW event named CZW Cage of Death XXI. Statlander became champion after she was originally the interim champion to Tessa Blanchard. She became interim champion after defeating Diamante in a tournament. On Dec. 2, Blanchard stepped down as champion promoting Statlander.

Statlander lost the title after going for a failed Big Bang Theory finisher. Blake would roll the former champion up to win her first WSU Championship.

What are your thoughts on this upcoming title match for WSU? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

Check back in with Diva Dirt as a full card is announced leading into the event.