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Three-time Women’s Champion Ivory has become the fourth confirmed name to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 6.

Described as “true pioneer in women’s wrestling”, the former GLOW star first started working for Vince McMahon in 1999 after initially competing on the independent circuit. She went onto become one of the most prominent performers in what was then referred to as the “Divas” division.

Ivory – whose real name is Lisa Moretti – captured title gold just six months after her debut when she scored a victory over Debra. In perhaps her most famous moment, she then relinquished the belt to The Fabulous Moolah at No Mercy, later winning it back the following week.

In addition to her work inside the ring, Moretti has been employed in the capacity of a trainer on WWE’s Tough Enough talent search. Over recent years, she has also made spoaradic appearances at WrestleMania Axess events, and in Network specials.

She will join fellow inductees Goldberg, Bubba Ray Dudley and D’Von Dudley in the Hall of Fame Class of 2018. The ceremony is to be held in New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center as part of the weekend festivities that traditionally accompany the biggest wrestling show of the year.

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Ronda Rousey hasn’t been seen in WWE since surprising the crowd in January at Royal Rumble in Philadelphia, but fans won’t have to wait too much longer for her next appearance.

On Monday night, Raw general manager Kurt Angle announced that the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion will sign her contract with the brand during WWE’s Elimination Chamber pay-per-view on Feb. 25.

The pay-per-view could also set up Rousey’s storyline for WrestleMania 34 on April 8. MMA Fighting’s Dave Meltzer reported WWE is trying to put together a tag-team match that would pit Rousey and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson against Stephanie McMahon and Triple H.

Edge spoke with Chuck Carroll of CBS Local Sports on Paige’s neck injury that ended her WWE in-ring career, which WWE Star is the best actor, and his bucket list. Here are some of the highlights:

Paige’s injury and comparing it to the neck injury that ended his WWE career:

“You know, I don’t know. It is tough, because if that is the case, and she does have to retire… I haven’t heard anything past the initial speculation… it is such a different case, because when I retired, I was 37. I had accomplished everything and then some I set out to do within that industry, so there wasn’t anything else besides wanting to help some younger talent and teach them. That was what the next mode of my career was going to be. So it is a different scenario.

I guess all I can say, if that is the case, is she did a lot. She got a lot accomplished. She won the women’s championship, and she stood out. You just try and focus on the positives instead of drawing on the negatives. That’s really all you can do in that kind of situation. But I don’t know if there’s a magic elixir or the perfect sentence you can say to make that easier to swallow.”

If John Cena or The Rock is a better actor:

“I guess it depends on what you’re going for. I’ll politically say it as that. How about Batista?”

What’s left on his bucket list:

“I keep exploring what I’m doing now. The pod is fun, and I get to connect to my childhood best friend every week, no matter where I am. We get to catch up with some friends who we don’t get to see all the time. Basically just bust each other’s chops. I really want to explore different characters and see what the next character is. I mean, who knows what’s next? But I would like [it] to be as challenging as this one has been. I don’t want to take a step back. I just want to keep going forward and just see what there is out there and just try to keep honing my craft and my chops. More importantly than all of that is just trying to be the template that you want your little girls to see of what a man is. So between all of those, that should keep me pretty busy.”

You can check out the full interview by clicking here.

As noted, WWE has confirmed that former Women’s Champion Ivory will join Bill Goldberg and The Dudley Boyz in the WWE Hall of Fame this year in New Orleans. Ivory spoke with ESPN about the induction at this link. Below are highlights from the interview:

Going into the Hall:

“[This Hall of Fame recognition] means that it’s a full circle in your career, in your wrestling chapter. It’s great bragging rights for your family that have seen you go through the eras and I also feel like it’s an awesome tribute to the women in wrestling as a whole.”

“I liken it to almost getting married, it’s my wedding day, which I’ve never had one, so, this is probably as close to a wedding production as I’ll ever get. Hair and makeup, I will be speaking my vows — with regards to my wrestling career — to all these people I adore and love and we want it to all happen without a hitch.”

Her December 1999 Entertainment Weekly cover with Steve Austin:

“I don’t think either one of us at the time knew what an honor that was — to be having her take our photograph. That was a highlight for me — it’s small because it’s not taking bumps or a big pay per view event or a big championship, but that was one of those amazing sidebar things that I got to do.”

Vince McMahon’s approval:

“I always felt embraced by the family. I didn’t chat with Vince McMahon all the time, but he always gave me great opportunities. I always felt like I had his seal of approval like, ‘Yeah, give it to Ivory, she will do it right.'”

WWE star Bayley could be on the verge of turning heel for the first time in her career, according to Dave Meltzer.

The Wrestling Observer chief revealed this week that he has obtained details of the planned card for a live event at Madison Square Garden in March. One of the matches featured is an inter-gender tag team bout pitting real-life couple John Cena and Nikki Bella against Elias and Bayley.

While The Huggable One has been teaming with Elias over recent weeks as part of WWE’s Mixed Match Challenge, she remains – for the time being – in the role of a baby-face. However, Meltzer has floated the possibility of a character shift to coincide with a potential storyline at WrestleMania.

Fans began to spot fault-lines in the on-screen friendship the 28-year-old shares with Sasha Banks as long ago as the summer, when they were both gunning for the Raw Women’s Title. But it was widely expected that the latter, previously a heel during her NXT days, would be the one to stab her running mate in the back.

Bayley remains one of Raw’s most marketable figures despite her detrimental booking, making any decision to this effect an inherently risky one. The damage done by her feud with Alexa Bliss last year, however, may require something radical to repair.

It looks like WWE may be using Ronda Rousey to help make Stephanie McMahon a bigger star, according to Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter.

It was noted that one of the more significant reasons WWE hired Rousey was to help boost Stephanie’s mainstream status and that the questions surrounding her financial value to the company are secondary.

Boosting Stephanie’s image is why they want the super high-profile match at WrestleMania 34 for Rousey, rumored to be Stephanie and Triple H vs. Rousey and an unknown male star, rumored to be The Rock or WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle. It was noted that while Stephanie is a big name in wrestling, she’s not a mainstream star. One of the keys in bringing Rousey in goes back to what made Vince McMahon a star – the program with WWE Hall of Famer Steve Austin, and what made Austin a big mainstream star – the feud with Mike Tyson.

While it was believed that Rousey’s Royal Rumble handshake with Stephanie was to squash their beef, the idea for their feud is to make Stephanie a star outside of the pro wrestling world.

Former WWE superstar Terri Runnels was one of the legendary female wrestlers to be honored at the 25th anniversary of Monday Night RAW. On her Cigars, Scars and Superstars podcast, Runnels discussed some things that happened behind the scenes at the show.

RAW 25 was shot in two locations, the Barclays Center and the Manhattan Center, which was the home of the first-ever broadcast of Monday Night RAW. There were only a few matches and segments at the Manhattan Center, which drew the ire of the crowd. Runnels revealed that she was disappointed in the presentation even though she understood the necessity for two locations.

“I was very disappointed [with Raw 25]. I really was,” Runnels said. “First of all, I was proud to be there and proud to be with my WWE family again; that was wonderful, but pretty much after that, it was kind of like, ‘Wow, really?’ I thought that [two locations] was a great idea because there’s no way that you can fit capacity crowd that would want to see it in that tiny Manhattan Center location. In order to have it at the Manhattan Center you would have to have it at some other place. I heard from friends that were at the Manhattan Center felt that they got jipped because they only had a few matches and it was dead in between.”

The female wrestling legends were featured in only one segment that night in which they were simply introduced to the crowd in the Barclays Center. Even though she’s aware of how the WWE had to balance the 25th anniversary with the go-home show before the Royal Rumble, Runnels admitted she was disappointed the female superstars didn’t get more shine on the show.

“I think I am disappointed. I don’t feel like I was disrespected, but I just think that they had; this is my guess, but I believe they had a monster of a show to try to do and figure out,” she said. “This many talents coming into Raw that is normally not there like past legends, and I just think it ended up being a time thing; ‘We don’t know what else to do, let’s just have them come out and wave.’ I don’t know, it was just disappointing because I loved my WWE family and all of that and it was just disappointing. It was a let down.”

Runnels said none of the other female superstars were angry while they were at the show. She did, however, reveal that the conditions they were preparing in while they were backstage were less than ideal.

“Nobody was pissed off. It was a ball of fun in our dressing room, but I had to tell you, that was another interesting thing,” she said. “We were put in a basketball court; we were blocked off with black curtains, and there was another area where male legends were blocked off as well. Next to that they were filming all day the APA vignettes so because of that the overhead lights couldn’t be on. We were trying to be ready in almost pitch black dark. They brought one little light and shun it over but it was still dark over there. We kept asking if we can please get lights and how much longer the vignettes were done and they’re like, if we don’t get them done we have to get them done live so we may not be able to put the lights on at all. I couldn’t see to get in my suitcase; I couldn’t find stuff, it was dark. We did not have a mirror. I asked for a folding mirror; they actually gave me that, but there was no running water to wash our hands close by. That was very interesting.”

Runnels left the WWE in 2004 after a successful run as a manager and valet to multiple superstars. She said the big difference now within the company is the environment is more buttoned-up than it was in the past.

“It is very different now. It’s just very corporate. The word that comes to my mind is that there is a bit of antiseptic feeling,” she said. “I would that maybe in terms of the whole sexual harassment; there’s so many things like Wrestlers Court and hazing that used to go on very rapidly in our business, but in a lot of ways that fun is taken out.”