Naomi Relinquishes SmackDown Women’s Title, New Champion Crowned (Videos)

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SmackDown Women’s Champion Naomi was forced to relinquish her title last night on SmackDown due to an injury she suffered shortly after winning the title. SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan noted that Naomi was being asked to hand over the title because she will be unable to defend the title within 30 days.

Naomi won the title from Alexa Bliss at the WWE Elimination Chamber pay-per-view two weeks ago and noted on SmackDown that she didn’t know she was hurt until she got back to her room that night. It should be noted that she did work a live event the next night.

Alexa Bliss defeated Becky Lynch for the vacant title.

SmackDown Live Preview 2/21/17

SmackDown live takes place tonight from the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California.

  • A 10-Man Battle Royal will determine WWE Champion Bray Wyatt’s opponent at WrestleMania
  • Nikki Bella and Natalya will square off in a Falls Count Anywhere Match
  • Will injured SmackDown Women’s Champion Naomi be ready to fend off Alexa Bliss?
  • How will The Usos destabilize SmackDown Tag Team Champions American Alpha?

Source: WWE.com

First Look At Paige’s Character In ‘Fighting With My Family’ … Plus Wrestler Playing AJ Lee

Wrestling fans, behold … your first look at the character of Paige in the highly publicized movie being made about her family — as well as a shot of the wrestler playing AJ Lee.

Fans in attendance at the Staples Center in Los Angeles were given a special treat after the show ended tonight, a re-creation of Paige’s debut against AJ Lee for the end of Fighting With My Family.

Following some banter with The Rock — which included him calling CM Punk on the phone — the big match was filmed and Thea Trinidad made her entrance as AJ. Despite the wardrobe confusion though, Trinidad’s voice was almost identical to AJ’s.

Paige — played by Florence Pugh — eventually made her entrance and the two filmed various spots. Once that was complete, her stand-in Tessa Blanchard filmed a more wrestling heavy version.

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Pugh also filmed a promo that ended with her Paige’s famous “This is My House” catchphrase.

Source: Pro Wrestling Sheet

Check out a brief video of Florence’s entrance below:

Paige sent out the following tweet saying she was proud of Florence, Tessa & Thea:

Thea responded to Paige’s tweet:

Below is couple videos of Thea as AJ Lee and Florence as Paige:

The Rock Leaves Voicemail For CM Punk To Please Audience After Raw Ends (VIDEO)

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It’s been a long time, but chants for CM Punk ended in a good moment tonight after Raw in Los Angeles — because they caused The Rock to call him on the phone in the center of the ring.

Dwayne Johnson appeared in front of the live crowd after the show to direct them on which reaction shots were needed for the movie they were filming.

It was first reported last week that a scene for the upcoming flick about Paige’s life Fighting With My Family would be filmed at the Staples Center. When the scene was revealed to be Paige’s debut in WWE and Dwayne mentioned the name AJ Lee, a loud CM Punk chant broke out.

And The Rock, being a man of the people, obliged by saying he’d give him a ring.

Punk didn’t answer, so the entire Staples Center left him a voicemail, and Punk responded on Twitter shortly after the show by saying, “Thanks Los Angeles. Nice to hear from you.”

Source: Pro Wrestling Sheet

A stream of The Rock’s full appearance can be FOUND HERE or watch the voicemail clip below:

Diamond Dallas Page Announced For WWE Hall Of Fame Class Of 2017

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WWE announced the following:

Diamond Dallas Page to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2017Diamond Dallas Page, a world champion-turned-fitness guru, will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2017 during WrestleMania 33 Week. The news was first reported by RollingStone.com.

DDP’s journey to the Hall is an unlikely one, to say the least. The Jersey Shore native broke into sports-entertainment in his 30s, starting out as a manager in Verne Gagne’s AWA while still working as a nightclub manager in Florida. Page took his flashy aesthetic from the clubs, coming to the ring clad in leather, studs and diamond-encrusted jewelry, and accompanied by beautiful bombshells he called “Diamond Dolls” on each arm. He backed up his brash look with trash talk on the microphone and cunning intellect in the corner. DDP led Badd Company to the AWA Tag Team Championship before heading to WCW.

Page took charge of the Fabulous Freebirds as Michael “P.S.” Hayes and Jimmy “Jam” Garvin turned from southern rebels to glam rock megastars, leading them to the WCW Tag Team Titles. DDP also guided the early careers of Scott Hall, Kevin Nash and Raven before stepping into the ring himself on a full-time basis in 1991. As a 35-year-old rookie, Page’s chances of success seemed slim, but his unmatched work ethic and determination to succeed would pay off in the long run.

Though he found moderate success as a villain in WCW, capturing the company’s Television Championship, he broke out on a worldwide scale after turning down membership in the nWo. DDP found himself an unlikely man of the people, but embraced the love of fans around the world, who continued to be amazed by the seemingly infinite ways Page found to catch his opponents out of nowhere with his signature move, the Diamond Cutter.

DDP skyrocketed into stardom through his rivalry with the nWo and one of its top members, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, taking part in a thrilling series of matches throughout 1997. Page soon became one of WCW’s top heroes, and the man that celebrities like Basketball Hall of Famer Karl Malone and late night television icon Jay Leno wanted to team with when they stepped through the ropes.

Years of hard work finally paid off for DDP at Spring Stampede 1999, when he defeated a trio of wrestling legends – Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan and Sting – to capture his first WCW World Championship. Page went on to capture the title on two more occasions before WCW was purchased by WWE in 2001. During his career in WWE, Page tried to show the WWE Universe and some of the squared circle’s most sour Superstars what a positive attitude could do for them. His efforts resulted in a reign as WWE European Champion, which he successfully defended on The Grandest Stage of Them All, WrestleMania.

Yet for all his accomplishments inside the ring, DDP is also a Hall of Fame human being. After stepping away from the squared circle, he dedicated his life toward helping people take control of theirs. He developed DDP Yoga, a fitness program based around the exercises that helped him stay in the ring game for so long. Page also used DDP Yoga to pay back two of his friends and mentors – WWE Hall of Famers Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Razor Ramon – by having the two legends move into his home and work toward getting back into shape.

It is for his accomplishments in and out of the ring that Diamond Dallas Page is more than deserving of induction into the WWE Hall of Fame.