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By Nicholas Jason Lopez
Hell in a Cell will be best remembered as the night Ryback got screwed by the referee.
Also shockingly enough, it will be remembered for Sheamus and The Big Show.
The rest wasn’t all that special despite some quality matches.
There are only three weeks until Survivor Series (as opposed to Hell in a Cell’s six-week build), so things will pick up fast.
When Hell in a cell was said and done, it wasn’t as newsworthy as you’d expect, but some matches delivered.
By Nicholas Jason Lopez
With the Mae Young Classic Tournament here, it’s evidently the effect that women’s wrestling has now had on World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in recent years.
At one point endlessly endeavored as the “Bathroom Break Segment” where fans would evacuate their seats in drones for the concession stands, female talent (branded “Divas”) in the billion dollar company were more accentuated for their looks than wrestling abilities. That known, matches would last about four minutes to the most.
Even though some female pioneers like Trish Stratus and Lita served as an athletic alternative to the rampant eye candy, WWE still treated the majority of women as an undercard attraction, if at all. Valets in bras and panties. Nothing more.
Just before the “Women’s Revolution” graced us with its presence on NXT with the likes of Sasha Banks, Charlotte, Becky Lynch and Bayley, we had Paige, Kaitlyn and AJ Lee. Somewhere between the “PG Era” (shorter matches and irrelevant hosting gigs) and the “Revolution,” Paige/Kaitlyn/Lee also came up through developmental and scratched and clawed to steal the show.
By Anthony Zevoteck
WWE can be a “make it or break it” territory for a wrestling career. It has been proven that when things go great, they go very great, to the point that when a superstar leaves the company, it can leave a hole that while Creative fills, fans can’t help but fantasize “what if.”
“What if they had been given full time to blossom?”
“What if they actually got that push?”
Of course, the biggest: “What if they ever come back to WWE?”
Below are five returns we think are possible sometime down the road and of course, fantasized by WWE fans daily.
By Richie Serini
As you’ve all heard, WWE Diva and three-time Divas Champion AJ Lee (April Jeanette Mendez-Brooks) has retired from in-ring action.
The news did drop out of the sky – anyone with the WWE App was probably in complete shock upon seeing the update that stated her official retirement, essentially a big loss for the Divas division.
Or was it really?
It could be a big chance for the other Divas like Naomi, Natalya and Paige to show they can carry the division at the top.
It’s also a big welcome mat for the leading NXT Divas like Charlotte, Sasha Banks and Bayley to get their long-awaited call-up and grab that oh-so-famous “brass ring” Vince McMahon loves to talk about and not just grab it, but keep a firm grip on it.
Particularly, “The Boss” Banks has potential to become the next AJ. At the age of 23, she has the most time to improve and if Creative books her properly, she can easily surpass Lee’s 295-day reign.
After all, this is where “Give Divas A Chance” comes in, right?
However, AJ leaving isn’t all good things for the company. AJ was a top draw – one of the top main roster talents, actually bringing some life to the Division right before WrestleMania, giving Paige that needed push to take on the Bella Twins. Not to say that losing her will lead to huge rating drops and massive loss of ticket sales, but it could have an effect.
Nevertheless, fans will have to deal with the loss as it is, mainly because wrestlers are performers – and they have real lives outside of the ring and goals to fulfill.
AJ is a regular human being like you. She enjoys video games and comic books. She is a nerd but she is also a big fan of independent wrestling too – just like her husband, Phillip “CM Punk” Brooks.
For her time in WWE, she has made the most of it. Let’s remember her amazing 295-day reign as Divas Champion, winning Diva of the Year Slammys in both 2012 and 2014, being Raw general manager at one point, and her “on-screen relationships” with Daniel Bryan, Punk, Kane, John Cena and Dolph Ziggler.
Her departure will sting just a little bit. Nobody could capture charisma on the mic like her and it will take some time for someone else to come up and steal the show, but rest assured, all eyes will be fixed on the Divas, and maybe that’s what AJ wanted this whole time.