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Sasha Banks spoke with The Independent to promote WWE Royal Rumble and commented on how WWE is taking over the wrestling world right now. Banks was defiant in her belief that the best in-ring talents will always levitate to WWE sooner rather than later.

“It feels like they’re taking over the world of wrestling and it’s a crazy world right now,” Banks said. “I feel like we have everybody, we have all the best people. So it is kind of hard to have competition outside of WWE when we find every top star in the independent [wrestling scene] that you could possibly sign.”

Banks also said she wants to see more main roster Superstars mix it up with the WWE NXT UK Superstars, noting that she was jealous of Finn Balor getting to face Jordan Devlin at NXT UK “Takeover: Blackpool” last weekend.

“Overall as a company and a product, we want to put on the best show possible,” she said. “I was jealous of Finn Balor that he got to wrestle in front of such an amazing crowd… I heard many great things about it. For Raw and Smackdown talent, it would be cool if we got to be involved with NXT UKmore, or involved with NXT so we actually got to go over there. I know for a fact [Raw star] Bayley and I would love to go to NXT UK and scout the talent over there, and get ready for the women’s tag team titles coming up. It would be good to see different opponents, what these athletes can do and what they bring to the table. So it would be cool to intersperse more with NXT, NXT UK and whatever else they want to bring. Maybe NXT China – who knows what else they’re going to do.”

Regarding her Royal Rumble title shot from RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey, Banks said she will be the first WWE Superstar to defeat Rousey because she is the best Superstar in the WWE women’s division, adding that she also believes she’s better than almost half of the men’s division, and possibly the greatest Superstar WWE has ever seen.

“I’m The Legit Boss,” Banks said to The Express. “There’s a reason why she called me out and it wasn’t the other way around. There’s a reason that she chose me and I didn’t choose her. I think that should tell you something right there. I’m not scared of Ronda Rousey, that’s the big difference between other opponents and me. I’m not scared. There’s a big reason why I’m not scared, because I didn’t call her out. She called me out. She’s not gonna beat me because I know that in my heart I am better than her. I’m better than every woman in this company, I’m better than almost half the guys in the company as well. I might even be the greatest superstar this company has ever seen. There’s a reason that she called me out and it’s not the other way around.”

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We’re getting closer and closer to WrestleMania season which also means we’re getting closer to Hall of Fame season. Every year at this time many fans speculate as to who will be the latest former Superstars to be enshrined into the WWE Hall of Fame.

One name that has constantly popped up in recent years is Chyna, and that was even before she passed away in 2016. The Ninth Wonder of the World was a founding member of Degeneration-X and remains the only woman to win the Intercontinental Championship. Many others, including Chyna’s mother, have vouched for her to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, and Natalya also joined that chorus during an interview with Kevin Cerrito on Sports 56/87.7 in Memphis.

“I think that one day it will definitely happen,” Natalya said of Chyna going into the Hall of Fame. “She really paved an incredible road for the women of the WWE and she was so unique. If you look back at those great memories of her, she really defined coloring outside the lines and being bold and bright and beautiful.”

The Women’s Evolution had not occurred yet when Chyna was around during the Attitude Era, but she was a revolution in her own right. She was the first female to participate in the Royal Rumble and King of the Ring, and she frequently wrestled, and defeated, men inside the squared circle.

“She was a pioneer for the women’s movement in general,” stated Natalya. “So, I think definitely one day we’ll see it. A lot of people have said, ‘We should have this person in the Hall of Fame. And we should have this person in. And that tag team should be in.’ The thing is that WWE is not going anywhere. WWE is going to be around for a long, long time so everybody, I believe, is going to get their due and I believe Chyna will be one of them.”

It was January of 2018 that WWE first started announcing the newest class for that year’s Hall of Fame ceremony. So, the announcements for this year’s class at WrestleMania 35 should begin shortly. But whether or not Chyna is apart of this year’s class remains to be seen.

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Over the weekend, WWE RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey shared a video on her YouTube page about Sasha Banks being revealed as her Royal Rumble opponent. She also commented about her first match at WrestleMania 34.So below are some highlights:

Sasha Banks being her dream match:

“Everyone always asked me what is my dream match and I always say, Sasha Banks. I think a lot of women have had their best match with Sasha. More people in the women’s division have had their best matches with Sasha, I think more than anyone else in my opinion. I’ve always been really excited about the potential she could really bring out of me. Up until this point, I didn’t think I was ready at the level where I could fully take advantage of the opportunity of being told to have a match with her.”

Her tag match with Kurt Angle against Triple H and Stephanie McMahon at WrestleMania 34:

“I can’t believe that I had my first match ever, I had no clue what the hell I was doing. I had to perfectly memorize and to walk through every single moment of the match, which was at WrestleMania. I feel like that was a whole person almost you know it’s so crazy. I’ve been completely immersed in this culture and it was like going to a different country and learning a new language. It’s like if you just move to Spain and you don’t speak any Spanish and then eight years later you better know how to speak Spanish.”

Thoughts on her 2019 Royal Rumble match with Sasha Banks, also talks Four Horsewomen:

“I’m super excited! I’m really super excited! When I found out, Oh, I marked out super hard, I did. I was being like, ‘Don’t be a mark on Sasha,’ which I’m totally like a mark on her sometimes. It’s gonna be awesome. … This is my dream match and I’m so excited. One reason why I’m really excited to have a match with Sasha is just there’s so many things that only me and her can be able to do. Very, very small and very, very durable is not a very common combination. There’s certain things with Nia that I can only do with Nia because she’s so much bigger and stronger than me. There’s so many things with Sasha that I will be able to do with her because of how athletic and just knowledgeable of wrestling she is.

“I’m really excited because I’m going to learn so much. I’m just gonna be so much better in the ring for having absorbed everything that I can from her. We’re both faces, you don’t really get to work with each other. I’ve been able to watch her a lot and be in some tag-team matches with her and try to absorb things that way, but it’s different. You learn things different, moving around with somebody.

“I’m excited to see what the promotion for this match is gonna be like. I would really like to bring the Four Horsewomen into the discussion because it needs to be addressed and it hasn’t been, so far. I think it’s a point of contention for all of us and everyone involved is just bursting with things to say. And I think this is finally the time to get some of it out.”

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Becky Lynch appeared on State of Combat to discuss some of WWE’s strange booking, becoming “The Man,” why she hugged Charlotte before Survivor Series, and social media. Here are some of the highlights:

Being told that she should cut a promo against the fans that lifted her to the top as WWE attempted to turn her heel:

“There was a lot going through my head on that day because I come off such a high from the reaction of the night before, from finally saying that I’m doing with this, that I deserve more. And that’s a very freeing feeling because you almost were shackled by friendship for so long. So you say, ‘OK, I’m taking off these chains because the only person bounding me down right now is you—and me by allowing it. And I’m taking it off.’ And then I think everybody thought that I was going to be the bad guy because of that.

“But I don’t think that I was because I think anybody can relate to that person that always wants you to do good but they don’t want you to do better than them ever. And they don’t really want you to succeed—maybe to a level to where you’re content but never where you’re truly happy, never to where you’re truly soaring. And I think everybody has that person who everything comes easy to them, everything is handed to them and there’s no struggle. Unfortunately, that’s not most people. That’s not most people.

“And I went out there and I was going through a lot of stuff, I was questioning a lot of things, and the one thing I did question was—and I could feel it from the fans, too. Because when I said it, I said, ‘Well, when Charlotte [Flair] stole the win from me, you got up and you cheered the new champion. You weren’t that upset, were you?’ And I think people agreed with me. They did stand up and cheer a new champion because she weaseled her way in like a Flair does into a match where she didn’t belong and she did what she does. She’s an opportunist and she stole that opportunity from me.”

Her “enough is enough” moment at SummerSlam:

“I think it’s been progressive. I don’t know that there’s a defining moment. The physical moment was the moment the world saw at SummerSlam, but I think it’s been building for such a long time, it really has. If you go back and you look at any of my interviews backstage or whatever, I’ve been saying the same thing for a long time. I keep getting overlooked. I keep getting taken advantage of and I need to change. I kept saying, ‘I need to change; I need to do something different.’ But I think I didn’t—for lack of a better term—I didn’t have the balls to do it really. I was still stuck in that mindset of, ‘No, let me get along with everybody. Let me do the right thing. Let me not ruffle too many feathers. Let me ruffle a few, but not every one – certainly not my best friend.’

“And then when I realized that was what was holding me down, keeping me back, casting a shadow on me, I was like, ‘Ha-ha, no way. You asked me for advice. You rely on me. And you’re the one [getting a push]? Well that doesn’t sound right. Surely I should be the one since I have the knowledge, I have the ability, I have paid my dues in so many different ways.’ She works hard, but nobody works harder than I do or for as long.”

Becoming “The Man” and exorcising some demons:

“‘The Man’ is a state of mind. What I’m going out there and doing is I’m just telling the truth. I think that’s what people are reacting to, that’s what people are responding to. It’s just the truth that I’m saying; there’s no words of a lie coming out of my mouth whenever I say anything. I’m just stating fact. And unfortunately, they’re not said often enough, and they’re not said loud enough to a large enough arena of people. Now I’m doing it on every single platform that I have. Whether it’s on Twitter, whether it’s on Instagram, whether it’s on a WWE show on RAW or SmackDown, at a pay-per-view, in a backstage interview, whenever I get the chance to come on your show and talk like this, I will stand out there and I will state the facts.”

Whether it’s true that some backstage said her accent was holding her back:

“No. Nobody ever said that … to my face. Ha-ha. Nobody ever said that to my face, but I wouldn’t be surprised if some snake was saying it behind my back. I’ll prove them wrong. I love proving people wrong. It’s one thing to prove people right, and I love doing that, but it’s a whole other [thing] to go out there and prove people wrong.”

Why she hugged Charlotte before Survivor Series:

“… and then I have to watch Charlotte Flair step into my role. And clearly you hug people you don’t like when you’re concussed because I don’t know what I was doing; wouldn’t have ever hugged her in a million years in a sober state. I have to watch her try to be bootleg Becky at Survivor Seriesacting like she’s me, thinking she’s tough, thinking she’s edgy. That woman couldn’t have any edge if she turned into a Rubik’s cube.”

Talking trash on social media:

“That’s where the fun is. That’s where the fun is. You know, the thing is, if you’re going to say anything about me, just prepare that I’m going to come back at you. And if you’re not prepared for that, well then I would advise getting my name out of your mouth.”

Lynch also discussed Vince McMahon’s reaction to her. You can check out the full interview by clicking here.

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Yesterday, Alexa Bliss made an appearance at the ACE Comic Con in Phoenix, Arizona to talk with Lillian Garciaand do a Q&A with the fans. One of the questions from Garcia was about her return to the ring.

Bliss, who does have limited clearance for physical activity, suffered multiple concussions in a short period of time, the last one reportedly happening in late October of this year.

WWE had kept her on TV as the storyline boss of the RAW women’s division, but there’s been no word on when she might wrestle another match. This week on RAW she debut her new talk show segment, Moment of Bliss, which featured WWE RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey.

Garcia asked for clarification on Bliss getting concussed and how many she had.

“It was one that happened, and then I went back too soon and aggravated it,” Bliss responded.

Bliss was asked about a possible timeline for a return to in-ring action and she says it will be “soon.”

“Well, I plan on coming back pretty soon,” Bliss began. “WWE is very careful with us when it comes to concussions and any injury. We have the best taking care of us and you have to go through concussion protocol. Everybody is being cautious, it’s the brain, you only get one, can’t trade it out for another. So, I’ve been doing well, training at the [WWE] Performance Center. I’ve been training in the ring there. There’s hope for me getting back in the ring relatively soon. It just depends on—it’s a brain, you can’t really tell it to heal, my MRIs and everything look good. Neurologists say I look good and as long as I don’t have symptoms—that’s the thing, if you feel good, know you’re good, and go in the ring, but feel a symptom (headache or memory loss), you have to start all the way from square one.”

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WrestleMania 35 is still three months away, but it looks like WWE are on the verge of ‘making history’ by having three women face off in the night’s main event for the first time ever.

Per Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio, WWE plan on booking Ronda Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch as the headliner, presumably for one of the company’s Women’s Championships.

While far from a done deal, Meltzer notes that this is WWE’s “working idea” at the moment. It’s also why the planned Rousey vs. Flair Royal Rumble match was scrapped in favour of Rousey vs. Sasha Banks.

Vince McMahon’s propensity to change his mind means the bout is far from set in stone, and it’s likely that he won’t make a definitive decision on which match goes last until a few days before ‘Mania itself, but with WWE’s women’s division the most exciting thing in the company and Ronda now a bigger draw than Brock Lesnar (per Meltzer), the Triple Threat makes sense as a headliner.

Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins is still expected to be the big men’s match, with ‘The Kingslayer’ pencilled in as this year’s Rumble winner.

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The Red Queen may be returning to television very soon.

Big Brother fans have posted a video showing Natalie Marie Coyle, formerly known in the WWE as Eva Marie, cutting a promo for the upcoming Celebrity Big Brother season.

In it, Marie is asked about what she will miss about her husband when she moves into the house to compete against the other players.

Marie is in a gym and her famous red hair is purple now.

During her stint in the WWE from 2013 to 2017, Marie was used sporadically and dubbed The Red Queen. She successfully parlayed her wrestling notoriety into a role in the Nicholas Cage film Inconceivable in 2017.

She gained the most notoriety though starring on Total Divas on which she battled through her own health scare while also standing by her father while he battled cancer.

Celebrity Big Brother debuts on January 21st.