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Chyna to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame 

As originally reported by ESPN, word around the wrestling world this morning is that the late Joanie “Chyna” Laurer would be included into this year’s WWE Hall of Fame ceremony. It was noted, however, she would not be inducted alone, but part of the faction D-Generation X. WWE are now confirming that D-Generation X will, in fact, be going into this year’s Hall of Fame.

Chyna was one of the founding members in 1997, along with Triple H and WWE Hall Of Famers “Ravishing” Rick Rude and “HBK” Shawn Michaels. Chyna went off in 1999 to solo superstardom. She entered the Royal Rumble twice, won the Intercontinental Championship three times and won the Women’s Championship. Her career was cut short in 2001 and we sadly lost Chyna in April 2016 of a drug overdose.

One of the last videos she filmed saw Chyna contemplate a Hall of Fame induction and wish to make amends with WWE. This Hall of Fame induction will hopefully bring closure to her fans.

Are you excited? Would you rather she be inducted alone? Comment!

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Paige claims the fans didn’t want to take women seriously 

Fighting with My Family is based on the life of WWE superstar Paige

We are in the middle of the the most pivotal era of women’s wrestling. With last night’s crowning of the inaugural Women’s Tag Team Champions, the women are making history night after night.

For years, WWE gave us two minute bathroom break Diva matches that often led to cackling from fans and commentators. Was it WWE not allowing women to get better matches and storylines? According to Paige, it wasn’t WWE, it was the fans.

Paige spoke to Gulf News as part of her media run for Fighting With My Family. Regarding women being held back, she had this to say:

“It was never WWE holding the women back. It was the fans not taking them seriously. They wanted to see more of the male characters many years ago. It was a male dominated sport. When I first started, there were only five women there. It was a struggle, but WWE just believed in us. When I got into the ring, I wanted to prove to the fans that girls were capable of having good matches and sometimes, even better. That was kind of my mission from the get go. Now there’s obviously a revolution.”

This is a very controversial statement from Paige since the WWE Universe started the #GiveDivasAChance. That arguably was the first step in giving the women the time to shine and showcase their skills in the ring and on the mic.

What do you think of Paige’s statement? Was it the fans not wanting to see women achieve or was it the hierarchy of WWE? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

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The biggest winners of the 2019 Elimination Chamber 

Elimination Chamber is over. Not only did WWE deliver us with another event on the Road to Wrestlemania, but they offered the fans a few talking points we are still discussing to this very morning. We were given two matches involving a staggering 14 different women; 17 if you count segments and that weird appearance by Lacey Evans. Who came out looking the best? Let’s get into it.

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Ronda Rousey leaves Elimination Chamber still Raw Women’s Champ 

Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey leaves Elimination Chamber still the Raw Women’s Champion, after beating Ruby Riott in a singles title match.

Ronda Rousey vs. Ruby Riott was announced for Elimination Chamber after Rousey bulldozed through the Riott Suqad, beating Liv Morgan in a scheduled Raw singles match, and delivering the armbar to Sarah Logan after Rousey antagonized her into an impromptu match.

Riott called out Rousey after the match during a backstage interview, where she said she would come after Rousey, but that her focus was currently on helping her friends and teammates.

Charlotte Flair sat ringside during the match, presumably to stare down Ronda Rousey ahead of their scheduled WrestleMania match. Riott came out of the corner hot and quick, but it just wasn’t enough. In a glorified squash match lasting only a few minutes, Riott submitted to Rousey’s armbar, allowing Rousey to retain her title.

Though the outcome was not a true surprise for any wrestling fan, the real action and promise occurred after the match. While Rousey and Flair stared each other down, Becky Lynch hobbled into the arena on crutches to remind everyone who should really be in the WrestleMania title match.

Lynch wasted no time extracting revenge, taking the crutches to Charlotte in a brutal fashion, Flair screaming out in pain. Lynch offered Rousey the other crutch to use on Flair, as well. Before Rousey could capitalize, though, Lynch took her crutch to Rousey, too. The scene ended with Flair writhing in the ring in pain, Rousey’s blood covering the mat, and Lynch being escorted out of the arena by security.

Many considered the title match at Elimination Chamber to be tossed together last second, garnering less attention than a title match should during a pay-per-view. Clearly, WWE put focus on the women’s tag team title match, instead of a singles title match.

Watch Ronda Rousey every week on Raw, Monday nights at 8 p.m. EST.

Did the right woman win the title? Will Becky Lynch pay dearly for her interruption and attacks?

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Boss ‘N’ Hug Connection win first WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships 

Boss 'N' Hug Connection

The Raw team of Boss ‘N’ Hug Connection (Sasha Banks and Bayley) have won the first WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.

During tonight’s pay-per-view, WWE Elimination Chamber, three tag teams from Raw and three tag teams from SmackDown competed in a traditional Elimination Chamber match to determine the winner of the historical titles.

Created by Triple H and introduced by Eric Bischoff, the Elimination Chamber match traditionally happens within a chain-link circular structure. Pods exist in the corner of the structure, which holds four tag teams, with two teams starting the match. The pods release teams at random in five minute intervals, until all pods are opened. Teams are eliminated by pinfall or submission, and there are no disqualifications.

The first two teams to start the match were Boss ‘N’ Hug Connection (Sasha Banks and Bayley) and Fire ‘N’ Desire (Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville), as determined previously by triple-threat tag team matches.

The remaining four teams were released in the following order: Riott Squad (Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan), The IIconics, Fabulous Glow (Carmella and Naomi), and Irresistible Force (Nia Jax and Tamina).

The five teams that did not win the the match were eliminated in the following order: Fabulous Glow was eliminated by the IIconics, IIconics were taken out by Irresistible Force, the Riott Squad were removed by Irresistible Force, but Irresistible Force was pinned by all four women remaining (Deville, Rose, Bayley, Banks). Finally, Sonya was given the Bank Statement by Sasha Banks, eliminating Fire ‘N’ Desire, to give Banks and Bayley the win.

It was announced on Christmas Eve by Vince McMahon that women’s tag team titles would be coming in 2019. Shortly after, on Jan. 14, Alexa Bliss announced on an episode of A Moment of Bliss, that the first title match would be held at Elimination Chamber. Fans were excited to see WWE move forward with their promise to give fans what they want, keeping WWE “fresh”.

The match went over 34 minutes, and featured some serious physical moves by all teams involved. Boss ‘N’ Hug Connection were the favorite to win, solidified by the crowd chanting “You deserve it!” while Banks and Bayley teared up over their win. Banks told a roaring crowd that she didn’t win the titles just for Boss ‘N’ Hug Connection, but for the whole women’s division.

Tune in to Raw every Monday at 8 p.m. EST to see what Boss ‘N’ Hug Connection does next.

Do you think the right team won? Who do you hope to see Boss ‘N’ Hug Connection compete against next?

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Carmella and Corey Graves rumors fall ahead of Elimination Chamber 

Carmella R-Truth Corey Graves

Yesterday, Corey Graves’s wife – Amy Polinsky – accused her husband of cheating on her with WWE Superstar, Carmella, in a since-deleted Instagram post. Regardless whether or not these allegations are true, we can’t help but wonder how they’ll affect Mella’s Elimination Chamber match later tonight. where she’ll be challenging for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.

We should expect Corey Graves on commentary, as usual. The match is far too high profile to expect either party to just lay low for the night.

If we’re being honest, Carmella and Naomi’s chances at winning weren’t great heading into the match. In fact, Diva Dirt’s Dean Buckley expects them to be eliminated first. Match-wise, the rumors probably won’t change anything.

Although, we do wonder how this will affect Graves’s commentary going forward. He has been known to speak crassly about certain women, especially women named Mandy Rose. It’s likely he’ll have to tone it down on tonight’s show, especially when Carmella is in the ring. Even if he does tone things down, we dread to think what the fans could chant at Mella upon her entrance tonight.

Read the entire sourced article from Wrestling, Inc. on the Carmella and Corey Graves news here.

Think the rumors will affect anything tonight? Comment below.

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Becky Lynch re-injures knee at WWE live event 

Charlotte Flair attacks Becky Lynch's knee

Last Monday night on Raw, the main event of WrestleMania was drastically altered when WWE Chairman Vince McMahon suspended Royal Rumble winner Becky Lynch for 60 days. Lynch’s Mania place as challenger to Ronda Rousey’s Raw Women’s Championship has been replaced by Charlotte Flair.

Most of us assumed we would not see anymore developments in this storyline until next Monday, but as it turns out, WWE keeps their ball rolling even when the cameras aren’t rolling.

As it can be seen in an Instagram video on WWE’s page, earlier tonight, a live event was held in Alexandria, LA where Flair was pitted against Asuka. Suddenly, as Flair was wailing on The Empress with a kendo stick, The Man hopped the barricade to attack The Queen. In the midst of the brawl, Flair desperately kicked Lynch’s knee; the same knee that Nia Jax injured during the Rumble.

The Queen proceeded to clobber The Man’s leg with a steel chair and wedge it underneath the bottom rope. WWE are now reporting that Lynch has re-aggravated said injury.

WWE typically doesn’t acknowledge house show events as official canon since only a select live crowd is there to see it. However, seeing WWE promote the attack on all of their social medias has us thinking that this moment could play a significant role in the ensuing WrestleMania storyline. We will have to wait and see how this plays out.

Keep checking in with Diva Dirt for more updates regarding the extent of Becky Lynch’s kayfabe injury and how it plays into the Raw Women’s Title storyline.

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Madison Rayne wins Women’s Championship in IWC Wrestling debut 

Ever since failing to win the WWE Mae Young Classic this past summer, Madison Rayne has kept herself busy these past few months. For the most part, she has competed in ROH and Shimmer as of late. Tonight, at IWC Cold Blooded, she took an interesting detour to IWC Wrestling. There, Rayne challenged Katie Arquette – who’s uncle is fellow wrestler, David Arquette – for the IWC Women’s Championship.

Katie Arquette has successfully defended her title for the past 104 days against some game competition, including Dr. Britt Baker. Just over an hour ago (as of this writing), that title reign came to a screeching halt when Madison Rayne defeated Katie Arquette in the middle of that ring to claim her title. This is especially impressive considering that this was Madison Rayne’s first match for the promotion.

Madison Rayne is now the fourth woman to win the IWC Women’s Championship. Previous title holders were Britt Baker (twice), LuFisto and, of course, Katie Arquette. Congratulations to Madison Rayne! We’re anxious to see her defend her championship for the first time.

Stay tuned to the latest Diva Dirt news when we cover future IWC Women’s Championship matches and potential title changes.

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Elimination Chamber women’s tag title predictions 

Elimination Chamber

The inaugural WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions will be crowned tonight after walking out of the grueling confines of the Elimination Chamber as victors.

Three teams from Raw scratched and clawed their way into the match: the Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection of Sasha Banks and Bayley, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan of the Riott Squad, and Nia Jax and Tamina. Three teams from SmackDown just kind of said they were going to be in the match: Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville, Billie Kay and Peyton Royce of the IIconics, and Naomi and Carmella. Five of these tag teams have been working together for some time, many of them for years. Naomi and Carmella have not. Their partnership seems to be based entirely on the fact they can both dance. On the other hand, they come in just behind Banks and Bayley for most women’s titles per team.

Whoever wins this match will make history, but with so many variables at play, and with little prior history to guide us, it’s really hard to say what’ll happen. But I’m going to try anyway. We know that Banks and Bayley will start in the Elimination Chamber with Rose and Deville. Here’s how I see the rest of the match playing out.

First Entrants: Naomi and Carmella

Naomi and Carmella will enter relatively early, in part to shake off the notion that they’re an afterthought. Naomi will focus all her attention on knocking off Mandy Rose, and Sonya Deville and Carmella will have to fend for themselves against the united strength of the Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection. This could theoretically give Banks and Bayley plenty of opportunities to knock off some strong competitors early, but I suspect the booking will give them more of an underdog arc. I predict no eliminations until the fourth team enters.

Second Entrants: Nia Jax and Tamina

Nia Jax and Tamina will come out of their pod like a tsunami, laying out everyone they can get their hands on. Tamina will get bogged down in a fight with the Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection, or may even be targeted in a momentary Deville/Carmella alliance. Crucially, the introduction of these two powerhouses will do nothing to distract Naomi from her single-minded pursuit of Rose. She’ll even manage to pull off a near fall. Unfortunately, Jax will break it up to get an elimination of her own.

First Elimination: Naomi and Carmella

Jax will have her choice of Rose and Naomi to pin, and she’ll pick Naomi because, even if Rose and Deville are a better tag team, Naomi is a two-time women’s champion. Jax would be foolish to just leave a two-time women’s champion in the mix, and she’d eliminate another former women’s champion in the bargain. Rose and Deville will regroup and we’ll have three united tag teams squaring off against each other. If this were a battle royal situation, you might expect everyone to team up against Nia, as they usually do, but Tamina will make that impossible. Instead, the three teams will just face off as teams, possibly with a huge brawl in the middle. The numbers aren’t right for a down-the-middle brawl, as there are only two face teams in the match to four heels, but I’m pretty sure there’s gonna be a big brawl in the middle of the ring at some point during Elimination Chamber. Maybe when the fifth team enters the fray.

Third Entrants: The Riott Squad

The Riott Squad will get a great position in this match, if not the best. They will throw themselves right into fight, going hard, going fast, and probably doing something mad. Sarah Logan, known as Crazy Mary Dobson on the independent circuit, is a death match veteran, and Liv Morgan loves to take a big bump. Morgan could do some ludicrous headscissors takedown off a pod. Logan could just straight-up punch someone else directly through the roof of one. Truly, the sky is the limit for the Riott Squad, at least in this regard. I expect they’ll target the weakest team, in their eyes, and let the others waste their energy on each other. That means a Riott Squad vs Fire and Desire scrap while Boss ‘n’ Hug try to grind down Jax and Tamina. The latter is an unstoppable force meets an immovable object situation. But the former will have a clear winner.

Second Elimination: Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville

The Riott Squad will eliminate Rose and Deville, but I’m not sure how. Well, it’ll be a pin, but I’m not sure who’s getting pinned. Sonya has secured a few strong wins in the past couple of months: combine that with her recent casting in Total Divas and I suspect WWE will be pushing her for the foreseeable future. That might suggest that Mandy will be pinned, but I actually think it’ll be Sonya precisely because she’s getting a push. Mandy will blame the loss on Sonya, even though Sonya had to spend lots of the match on her own because of Mandy’s stupid vendetta against Naomi. This won’t be the thing that breaks up Rose and Deville, but it will be one more crack in their foundation.

The Riott Squad will immediately turn their attention on their Raw colleagues, possibly forming a momentary alliance with Boss ‘n’ Hug against Jax and Tamina. The Riott Squad have had plenty of beef with Boss ‘n’ Hug, obviously, but at this point in the match, everyone will be just sick to death of having the two biggest women in WWE throwing their weight around the Elimination Chamber, and they’ll want to get rid of them as quickly as possible. But they won’t succeed, because of the IIconics.

Fourth Entrants: The IIconics

The IIconics will get the plum position in the match, and honestly, godspeed to them, they need it. Rather than join in the tactical alliance against Jax and Tamina, however, I expect them to be extremely short-sighted and opportunistic and target the Riott Squad and/or Boss ‘n’ Hug. Whoever they don’t target will end up trying to fend off Jax and Tamina on their own. The IIconics will go for like five or six desperate pins without much work to earn them, and scream really loudly every time someone kicks out at one. Let’s say they attack the Riott Squad, trying to steer clear of anyone who’s held a title. The Riott Squad will hold their own, but they won’t be able to seal the deal on the IIconics either, and then Jax will break away from her scrap with Boss ‘n’ Hug to bowl through the other teams and score another elimination.

Third Elimination: The IIconics

Earlier in the match, I predicted Jax would eliminate tactically when given the choice between Naomi and Rose, but here, she’ll be tired and angry, and the lazy, entitled part of her personality will come to the fore. She’ll take the easiest pin here, probably Billie Kay, and eliminate the IIconics to establish the momentum is on hers and Tamina’s side. But she’ll regret ditching her partner.

Fourth Elimination: Nia Jax and Tamina

While Jax is busy with the IIconics and the Riott Squad, Banks and Bayley will get the better of Tamina, and eliminate her almost immediately after Jax eliminates the IIconics. Specifically, Tamina will tap out to the Bank Statement while Bayley stops Jax from breaking it up. Jax will go ape over it as Tamina rolls limply from the Elimination Chamber. She will refuse to leave the structure and lay out Banks and Bayley before the officials force her out. The battering will seemingly give the Riott Squad an advantage in the final act of this massive match: fresher than Banks and Bayley, and having had more time to recover from their own encounter with Jax, they’ll take the lead for a hot minute. But if you’re a fan of the Riott Squad, you know that hope is for other people.

Final Elimination: The Riott Squad

Bayley will pick up the pin on Liv Morgan after some awful bump off the pod or something similar. Boss ‘n’ Hug will score two eliminations, one from each partner, so people don’t worry they’re gonna revive the tedious, anticlimactic almost-feud between Banks and Bayley by giving either one reason to feel the other didn’t put in enough work.

Winners: Sasha Banks and Bayley

Sasha Banks and Bayley will walk out of Elimination Chamber as the inaugural WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions. Personally, I’ll be pretty happy with that, even if a part of me will be super mad that, once again, the Riott Squad will be used as mere stepping stones in someone else’s story, especially when Ruby taps out to Ronda. But this defeat will be less egregious than Ruby’s and will set Banks and Bayley up nicely to defend their titles against Trish Stratus and Lita at WrestleMania 35.

Or maybe not. How do you think the Women’s Tag Team Championship match will play out at this year’s Elimination Chamber? Sound off below, and don’t forget to check in after Elimination Chamber to see how I did and/or make fun of me for being so wrong.

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Abilene Maverick of WOW discusses meeting with AEW 

Abilene Maverick

Abilene Maverick, also known as Barbi Hayden on the independent circuits, is a 28-year-old star talent with already 10 years of professional wrestling under her belt.

Kristen Ashly of Diva Dirt had the opportunity to once again sit down with The Governor’s Daughter to discuss her role in Women of Wrestling (WOW), how she dropped everything to start wrestling, her motivations to keep moving forward, and her future outlook after meetings with several promotions, including All Elite Wrestling.

Abilene Maverick
Credit: WOW

Maverick shared the story of her past, explaining how she dropped all athletic involvements in high school to start wrestling, after she went to her first live event with her then-boyfriend.

Hailing from College Station, Texas, Maverick’s in-ring wrestling style blends traditional with Lucha, giving her an upper hand that lead to a total of eight championship reigns, including a 378-day reign with the NWA World Women’s Championship.

Maverick is a well-known name in the independent circuit, and in a previous interview with Diva Dirt, shared how it felt to be in the first women’s match to be televised in China, with Tessa Blanchard.

With a decade of wrestling experience, Maverick was asked how she stayed motivated to keep wrestling, especially in a landscape that is constantly changing. Maverick stated “sometimes you want to give up”, but that gratitude keeps her focused.

In the previous interview with Diva Dirt, Maverick was asked if she had any meetings with other promotions she could speak on. She hinted at the possibility.

Maverick was once again asked if she was able to give any insight on meetings she’s had with other promotions, or if she’s seen any progress with past meetings. Maverick told Ashly she had a meeting with Brandi Rhodes, CBO of All Elite Wrestling (AEW), where things were left open-ended, because of contractual details AEW would need to “work around”.

Though the meeting with AEW was left with questions, Maverick hinted at a meeting with another unnamed promotion, where she said moves could be made quickly, adding “everything changes day-to-day”.

Diva Dirt hopes to see Maverick working in more promotions, soon. Watch Abilene stand on her own in WOW, Friday nights at 9 p.m. EST on AXS TV.

Which promotion would you like to see Abilene Maverick wrestle in? What do you think of the newest season of WOW?

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