Posts Tagged ‘WWE Divas’

We noted earlier how RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey recently spoke with TMZ and called The Bella Twins a “bunch of untrustworthy b—–s” when discussing her upcoming WWE Evolution title defense against Nikki Bella. Rousey also referred to the twins as “Do Nothing Bellas” on social media, a reference to her “Do Nothing b—–s” line.

Nikki fired back on Instagram today, which was also covered by TMZ. Nikki called Rousey the “Do Nothing b—h” and bragged on her pro wrestling career.

Nikki wrote, “In response to your post @rondarousey You may think I’m a “DNB” but that’s because you been here for what maybe 20 RAW’s? I’ve been here for almost 12 years. Since day one I have wanted change for the women at WWE. This “DNB” has been in the ring with Victoria, Natalya, Krissy Vaine, Shantelle Malawski, Taryn Terrell, Brooke Adams, Michelle McCool, Layla, Vickie Guerrero, Melina, Mickie James, Maria, Katie Lea, Jillian Hall, Maryse, Alicia Fox, Gail Kim, Candice Michelle, Beth Phoenix, Rosa Mendes, Eve Torres, Kelly Kelly, Awesome Kong, Naomi, Cameron, Eva Marie, Jojo, Summer Rae, Kaitlyn, Tamina, AJ Lee, Paige, Charlotte, Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch, Carmella, Alexa Bliss, Asuka, Riott Squad and more. I defended a championship for 301 days. I have executive produced and starred in two reality shows, one about women’s wrestling, while on the road wrestling. I even broke my neck for this business. So if you want to talk about a “DNB” look at yourself, because in this Evolution of women’s wrestling, you’re the “DNB” #bellalution #evolution”

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In recent weeks, the feud between SmackDown Live women’s champion Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair has been given the top billing on Tuesday nights. Flair was recently a guest on Chasing Glory with Lilian Garcia and discussed the rivalry.

Arguably the best feud the SmackDown Live women’s division has ever seen, Flair and Lynch have captivated the WWE Universe ever since Lynch turned on her best friend at SummerSlam. Flair said it’s been a while since she has been involved in a significant rivalry and she is enjoying every bit of it.

“Anytime you can find yourself in a meaningful storyline you run with it. It’s the first time in a while for me that—I have been in so many great storylines but I think the fans are really sinking their teeth in this one and see how far you can take it,” Flair said. “It is exciting; it feels fresh and new. Even though Becky Lynch and I have had the opportunity to wrestle each other, this time the dynamic is different, which makes it even more exciting.”

With Lynch as the heel for the first time in her career on the main roster, this iteration of the feud is different from previous ones. Lynch and Flair are real-life best friends, so Flair believes their familiarity with one another has only helped their on-screen storyline.

“Becky Lynch and I came up through NXT together, so in terms of how we view how things should be in the ring and psychology and I know what she does well and she knows what I do well because we have talked about it in the car so no, I think it makes for a better overall presentation,” Flair said.

Despite playing the babyface, Flair has consistently been booed by audiences throughout this feud. It’s less about a dislike for her, and more about a devotion to cheering for Lynch. Flair said she doesn’t mind the negative reaction because it is better than no reaction at all.

“Honestly, if I wasn’t getting a reaction then there would be a problem,” she said. “Whether I am getting cheered or booed you are here to make the audience react and that is how I look at it. I don’t look at it as a negative. I look at it as the fans are invested in the story.”

Flair was also asked about her feud being compared to the rivalry between The Rock and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. She humbly accepted the compliment, but noted the comparisons are a result of the chemistry she shares with Lynch.

“One, it is flattering to be, I guess. People talk about this being one of the greatest feuds of all time. That is very flattering but I don’t know, I mean, I guess, yeah. I don’t want to sit here and say that I don’t see myself as The Rock, but I don’t see myself as Steve Austin,” she said. “I do think that the fan reaction that we are getting maybe that is why people are saying that because of these two dominant stars are going at it and the chemistry, and the attitude and the presence is why they are saying that.”

WWE SmackDown General Manager Paige recently spoke with TV Insider. The full interview is at this link and below are highlights:

Pitching her Total Divas return as a part of her moving n a positive direction and a life rehabilitation:

“Whether it’s drugs, alcohol, any kind of abuse. With the tape coming out and everything else happening, I wanted to tell people everything. I wanted to also take ownership for my faults. I wanted to own up to things I did and say, ‘Yes, I did do that. It sucks. I made a mistake. Here is why you shouldn’t do this or that.’ It was a great season to do that kind of stuff. I got to go to this women’s shelter. It was really inspiring. I really love this season. I just wanted to get on there so people could hear my side of the story.”

Vince McMahon making her the GM of SmackDown:

“I actually pitched the idea, too. I knew a few months back that I pretty much wasn’t going to be wrestling anymore, so I was constantly pitching ideas of what I could do. Maybe I could manage someone and be the female Paul Heyman. I was constantly pitching. I think Vince [McMahon] already had the idea to make me general manager. That was his idea.

“…I’m just so happy. It was a rollercoaster of emotions over two days. WWE has been so fantastic. They still believed I should be doing something and gave me such a big role…Shane McMahon really helped me the first couple of weeks. Then he stepped down, so I could solidify my spot. I have been having so much fun. I love working with the girls and guys.”

Having chemistry with The Miz and R-Truth:

“Any time I have a promo with him, and I like R-Truth too, but I always have the best chemistry with Miz. We really don’t stay on script perfectly. We kind of bounce off each other…He is the one I paid attention to when it came to promos. He helped me so much along the way with backstage segments. He made it so easy that it was great.”

Nia Jax was a recent guest on 101WKQX to promote the upcoming Raw event in Chicago, Illinois. Jax stated her favorite person to travel with is Paige, but they do not travel anymore due to being on separate brands. She also stated that she sees herself as a singles competitor, so she does not have much interest in the tag team division if a championship was to become active.

Jax was asked on her dream opponent(s) would be at the upcoming Evolutionpay-per-view, and she initially proposed a tag team match.

“It’s always been a dream of mine since I came to the WWE is to team up with my cousin Tamina, and I thought it would be nothing [but] perfect than to team up with my cousin [verses] Beth Phoenix and Nattie, Natalya,” said Jax. “Since they’re so close, and I think that would be something a dream of mine to have. But, if I can’t team up against Tamina, I would mind facing her because I feel the world would be shocked at what kind of match that her and I could put on for the world to see. I’d be a pretty incredible thing.”

Jax and Tamina went face to face at last year’s Survivor Series during the Team Raw vs. Team SmackDown Live traditional women’s elimination match, which they traded headbutts and Jax was eliminated via countout with the help of Tamina executing a Superfly Splash to her on the outside of the ring. The two were also a part of the first-ever women’s Royal Rumble match, but Tamina was eliminated long before Jax’s entrance, only lasting for about a minute and a half.

Nia also revealed that she initially wanted to lose weight and be like the rest of the girls, but it was the coaches in NXT who advised her against doing that.

“The reason why we wanted you and the reason that makes you so special is that you are bigger than everybody; that makes you stand out above the rest, and it actually helps the dynamic of matches out here,” the coaches told Jax. “It’s something that people have never seen.”

Though her crowd reactions aren’t exactly in-line with the writers’ intentions, Becky Lynch has been one of WWE’s standout performers lately, blowing everyone away with exemplary promos and character work during the Charlotte Flair feud.

Her performances haven’t gone unnoticed by those in power, either. According to sources at WrestlingNews.co, Vince McMahon is extremely impressed with the SmackDown Women’s Champion, and has openly used her as an example of somebody who has reached up and grabbed the brass ring by making the most of the opportunities presented to her.

Not only that, but the Chairman has also told one wrestler to watch Becky’s promos and matches for pointers on how to improve their own work.

This is extremely encouraging. The idea of being held back has been a key theme in Lynch vs. Flair, and Becky is now enjoying her career’s most fruitful period. If she has Vince’s support, then she could be set for a long, prosperous reign as SmackDown’s new queen.

“The Queen” Charlotte Flair has managed to get out of her father’s shadow, and has made a massive impact in the WWE. Charlotte spearheaded the women’s revolution couple of years ago, and now finds herself in the midst of yet another significant period for the women in the company.

Charlotte will face Becky Lynch for the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship at WWE Super Show-Down this weekend in Melbourne, Australia, and “The Queen” was this week’s special guest on Lilian Garcia’s podcast show, Chasing Glory With Lilian Garcia.

During the podcast, Charlotte was asked if Ric Flair’s multiple marriages affected her while she was growing up, and Charlotte Flair talked about how she used to get frustrated with people drawing parallels between Ric and her.

“I didn’t… I can’t say it affected me growing up”, Charlotte revealed. “Because my mom and dad were married I think for 27 years. So obviously, he didn’t leave until I was graduating high school. But when I first started in this industry, and understanding what the dirt sheets are and being in the public eye, and being available to public scrutiny through social media; people making fun of me for being just like my dad really got to me. Because by the time I got to the WWE, he had been married four times. So, yeah, it really bothered me. Because obviously I don’t like to give negativity life or respond, but I always looked at what people were saying, and thought like, ‘But you don’t know why, or what I went through’.

“But I’m not making excuses; my dad’s situation was completely different to my situation. So that was hard.”

Charlotte also talked about how Ric Flair’s world changed when he retired from the WWE in 2008, and said that while she couldn’t understand his decisions back then, she could now relate with what he did.

“It wasn’t that I got to know him more, it was understanding his decisions more. When he retired in ’08, he really had a hard time, which I’m pretty sure is public knowledge. And I couldn’t understand why he just couldn’t go out on a high note. You retire with Shawn Michaels, you have the biggest retirement ever; I mean the weekend just seemed to be so magical, being in Orlando. And it was hard after that. I couldn’t understand, like, ‘Dad, why are you having such a hard time? Live your life. You had an amazing career.’

“But now being a part of this business, and understanding there is nothing like being in the ring. There’s nothing like being the main event, or feeling the crowd or the rush, or getting ready backstage and the camaraderie. Yes, the travel is hard, and you’re away from your families, but there is nothing like what we do I think anywhere else. And he did this his whole life. I’ve only done it a couple of years. So now I understand his choices and decisions, and why he couldn’t walk away, and why he still is who he is.”

Regarding Liv Morgan suffering the concussion while taking kicks from Brie Bellaon RAW two weeks ago, The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that the referee did not know Morgan was injured. The referee counted when Brie pinned Morgan but Morgan instinctively kicked out as she immediately recovered because it was a flash knockout.

Brie communicated with Morgan in the ring and thought she was at least somewhat alright and conscious as Morgan talked back. Brie tried to get Morgan into the corner and Morgan tried herself to go to the corner but her legs were weak and she stumbled. Brie then said, “She’s out,” and that’s when the referee, Sarah Logan, Ruby Riott and Brie all realized that Morgan was legitimately injured. Riott then tagged herself into the match.

WWE officials backstage at the Gorilla Position did not immediately recognize what was going on as they had to ask the referee what was happening. Dr. Christopher Amann and other backstage medics came to the ring to check on Morgan while the match continued. The referee then missed a pin attempt because he was watching what was happening with Morgan and the medics. Brie yelled about the pin attempt that Riott was making on her and that’s when the referee counted the two-count.

Regarding the six-woman suplex spot during the match, Morgan saw the setup and wanted to participate. The referee warned her not to get in the ring but she said she was fine and did the spot. She got rocked during that spot and was dizzy. RAW then went to commercial break and while Morgan was still at ringside, Michael Cole noted on commentary that she was already backstage, for whatever reason. Riott went to ringside to talk with Morgan and Amann as soon as the match ended.

The big question after the match was how the medics and Amann allowed Morgan to get back into the ring, but it’s possible she jumped back in on her own before anyone could stop her.

Liv was cleared to compete while backstage at Monday’s RAW in Seattle. She will team with Riott and Logan to face The Bella Twins and RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey at WWE Super Show-Down in Australia on Saturday.


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