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Notable Survivor Series absentees

Notable Survivor Series absentees

The Survivor Series is absolutely packed with talent and mouthwatering matches – but there are some big names who are currently not scheduled to appear on the show.

In this era of expecting the unexpected in WWE, it is almost guaranteed that there will be some twists and turns at the hotly-anticipated pay-per-view in Atlanta.

Of the superstars not currently booked at the annual elimination extravaganza, who may yet play a pivotal part in the event?

Notable Survivor Series absentees

Paige

Several social media postings from WWE superstars confirmed the appearance of Paige backstage at Monday Night Raw in Atlanta this week, prompting widespread speculation she was about to be added to the Raw team for the women’s elimination match.

Instead, it was Bayley who beat Mickie James and Dana Brooke in a triple threat match to book her spot in Alicia Fox’s squad.

However… the next night, Charlotte Flair won the SmackDown title by beating Natalya, meaning it will be The Queen who faces Alexa Bliss in the champion-against-champion match in Houston.

Natalya will not compete in the match, freeing up a spot for an as-yet-unknown competitor.

Paige has been training at the Performance Center for some time and her presence at television this week appears to be almost guaranteed.

But if recent WWE history has taught us anything, it is that now – more than ever – the unexpected should be expected. A monumental swerve could be pulled – there could be a roster switch, a one-off comeback from a retired veteran, an NXT call-up, anything.

Nothing will be known for sure until the competitor’s music hits on what promises to be an evening of shocks and surprises up and down the card.

Source: Sky Sports

Major Update About Paige’s WWE Comeback Revealed

Major Update About Paige’s WWE Comeback Revealed

All week long, the WWE Universe was watching and waiting for Paige to make her WWE return on Raw or SmackDown Live. It’s been over a year since she appeared on WWE television and so much has changed. A lot of people remain hopeful that she will be returning this Sunday for WWE Survivor Series. That remains a possibility, but it’s coming to light that WWE officials have some specific plans for her WWE comeback.

It’s being reported that WWE officials were never planning for Paige to make her return to WWE television this week or at ‘Survivor Series.‘ Apparently, the plan has always been for her to wait until after the PPV to make her comeback. On paper, that means the WWE Universe should continue watching next week to see if Paige returns to Monday Night Raw or SmackDown Live. At this point, she could return to either brand.

It’s important to note that WWE officials have made a ton of changes to the ‘Survivor Series‘ card, so it still isn’t out of the question for Paige to return on Sunday night. It’s been rumored that Nikki Bella may also be in the running for the final spot on Team SmackDown. WWE officials could go with her, Natalya or Paige, but the latter would likely receive the strongest reaction since the fans are waiting for her return to WWE.

The most important thing is if Paige is being kept off WWE television until after ‘Survivor Series,‘ there’s a good chance that WWE officials have something huge prepared for her creatively. Paige is expected to get a major push upon her return. On paper, Asuka is expected to dominate Raw for the foreseeable future and a run on SmackDown Live could be a great thing for Paige considering how deep the roster already is there.

Hopefully, her WWE comeback begins sooner rather than later because the fans will continue to raise their expectations every week that Paige doesn’t return. It’s unlikely that she’ll be winning a Women’s Title over the next couple months, but she is expected to make a major impact on Raw or SmackDown. Paige has not been on WWE television for a long time, so it’s really important that she makes her presence known as fast as possible. The perfect time may be at ‘Survivor Series,‘ but WWE officials have the final decision to make.

Source: Inquisitr

From the WWE Rumor Mill: Paige could return at Survivor Series

From the WWE Rumor Mill: Paige could return at Survivor Series

Paige has been out of action for a long time and although she really hasn’t left the public view, the former Divas Champion has been unable to compete due to neck issues coupled with a scoliosis issue.

But now that WWE’S Anti-Diva seems to be working out at the WWE Performace Center and showing up to Raw it looks like it will only be a matter of time before the WWE Universe will be seeing her again.

WWE.com has put up a story which could lead some to believe they’re prepping fans for a surprise return and some people reading between the lines have assumed they’re talking about Paige.

In case you didn’t know…

If you could put all of the controversies on the backburner for a moment and analyze Paige for her in-ring work alone you would be hardpressed to find a better WWE Superstar. Her legacy in the pro wrestling business is so dense that it even warranted the upcoming “Fighting With My Family” film from WWE Studios and Seven Bucks Productions.

Now it looks like the first-ever NXT Women’s Champion is set to return to action and it could be an amazing experience if WWE books it properly.

The Heart of the matter…

WWE.com recently put up an article about the Women’s Survivor Series match in Houston. Since Charlotte Flair picked up the SmackDown Women’s Title from Natalya this apparently didn’t automatically place The Queen Of Harts into The Nature Girl’s vacant slot.

It is said a decision will be made about the fifth and final member of Team SmackDown on the night of Survivor Series. Since practically every woman on the SmackDown roster is already booked for the event (except Natalya) the assumption is that WWE will bring in someone on board. They would have just announced Natalya as the fifth member if that was not the case.

Nikki Bella isn’t out of the picture, after all, she was unable to compete in the Women’s Survivor Series match last year and was ironically replaced by Natalya who is the same woman seemingly being snubbed this year.

But many people are under the assumption this announcement would fall perfectly in line with Paige’s imminent return.

What’s next?

It’s been rumoured for a while that Paige would return to the Blue Brand. Seeing how Raw just got Asuka many people including Bryan Alvarez and Dave Meltzer of F4WOnline have speculated this would be the case.

Whenever Paige does return to WWE, it needs to be a big deal because the last thing WWE needs is another lacklustre return.

Survivor Series would be as good of a place as any to make that happen. I just can’t help but worry her sizzling heat will soon cool down if WWE doesn’t do something interesting with her immediately.

Source: SportsKeeda

3 reasons Paige lucked out in not returning on this week’s RAW

3 reasons Paige lucked out in not returning on this week’s RAW

Paige not returning on the go-home RAW show to Survivor Series may have been a blessing in disguise.

This week’s Raw saw a big return, but it wasn’t the one the WWE Universe had been expecting. The anticipated arrival of the original Anti-Diva, Paige, never came. We were served up instead with the King of Kings, Triple H.

Paige not coming back on this week’s RAW was a move that could help her in the long run.

Reason 1: SmackDown needs her more

Originally, reports suggested that Paige would be headed to SmackDown when she returned, even though she’d originally been assigned to RAW before her lengthy absence. Only in the past 72 hours or so has there been a fever pitch of speculation that she’d return to Monday nights. That hasn’t happened thus far. It would be better for now if it ultimately doesn’t.

With RAW getting Asuka, Paige’s presence would be very welcome on SmackDown, whose women’s division is in sore need of a fresh face. Paige has a better chance of standing out there than she does on RAW at the moment, where Asuka is set to have a titanic showdown with Alexa Bliss sooner or later, leaving Paige without much to do.

If the purported Horsewomen match happens at WrestleMania, that would surely put Paige in a place to carry the blue brand’s women’s title program into the Show of Shows.

Additionally, putting her on RAW’s Survivor Series team would have made for a less entertaining match, as with Asuka and Nia Jax fighting in the red corner, the teams are already lopsided. Paige would have made it even more so, with Charlotte now the SmackDown Women’s Champion.

Speaking of Survivor Series, Paige lucked out in another way by not being on RAW’s side…

Reason 2: She’d be overshadowed on team red at Survivor Series

Should Paige have joined RAW’s team at Survivor Series, what then? She’d likely have just been in the match and gotten eliminated.

With the spotlight likely going to Asuka and Nia Jax, there wouldn’t be a lot for Paige to do on RAW’s side. She’d feel more like a third wheel than a huge part of the team.

Conversely, if she were to go to SmackDown and finds herself on their team in lieu of Charlotte, she’d have a bigger spotlight on her. She’d instantly be one of its strongest players that would make the contest less unequal and could well be the star of team blue. In turn, it would boost her standing more going forward.

Reason 3: It was too late

Survivor Series has had a big number of late card changes, most of them for the better, but Paige returning just in time for the show would likely have felt a bit hollow in the end.

Instead of saving her return for an angle which she could have been a star in, it would have been lessened by putting her into a multi-woman match she was unlikely to shine brightly in any way (at least should she have returned to RAW instead of SmackDown).

A meaningful singles program waiting for her after her big return would be more compelling to watch over the long term, whether she ultimately winds up on RAW or SmackDown. She’s been away for so long that there are a number of opponents she’s never faced before waiting for her.

A return against one of them would make more of an impact than being randomly inserted into a Survivor Series team with little time left to build her up.

Perhaps that could have happened had she returned a month ago, but there’s too little time left to make the most of her comeback now. She’s not on the level of a Triple H where a return makes an immediate seismic impact regardless of the circumstances.

Let’s see what happens after Survivor Series.

Source: SportsKeeda

Dwayne Johnson Gets in the Ring for ‘Fighting With My Family’ Wrestling Film

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is ready to get back into the ring — on the big screen.

Florence Pugh and Jack Lowden will star in Fighting With My Family, a new film about an aspiring female wrestler that will have a very big — Rock-sized — cameo.

Johnson, who soon will be seen in both Baywatch and Fate of the Furious, will executive produce the comedy-drama and play a cameo as himself.

The project, based on the true personal story of WWE Superstar Paige and her family of professional wrestlers, makes a lot of sense for Johnson, who first found fame as the professional wrestler The Rock.

The film is inspired by the Channel 4 British documentary The Wrestlers: Fighting With My Family and tells the story of reformed gangster and former wrestler Ricky, his wife Julia, daughter Saraya and son Zak, who make a living performing in tiny venues across the country. Ricky and Julia want a better life for their children, and when brother and sister get the chance to audition for WWE it seems the family dream is coming true and all their troubles will be solved. However, Saraya and Zak are about to learn that becoming a WWE Superstar demands more than they ever imagined possible, both as athletes and siblings. Wrestling has always kept this family together — but now it could tear them apart.

Stephen Merchant (The Office, Hello Ladies) will write, direct and executive produce the project.

Seven Bucks Productions’ Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia will executive produce while Kevin Misher of Misher Films will produce alongside WWE Studios President Michael Luisi. WWE Studios will co-finance the film with Film4. The film will start principal photography in Los Angeles and London this month.

“Back in 2012, I was in my hotel room in London and stumbled across a documentary on a local UK channel. Not only was I intrigued by this loving and wild family, but I also felt it’s the kind of narrative that would make an amazing movie,” said Johnson. “The Knights’ journey is a universal one that all families are familiar with. I relate to Saraya (Paige) and her wrestling family on such a personal level and it means so much that I can help tell their story.”

Johnson most recently voiced the character Maui in Disney’s animated film Moana and starred in Central Intelligence with Kevin Hart. The coming year will be a big one for him on the big screen, with The Fate of the Furious, Baywatch and Jumanji all hitting theaters. He’s repped by WME and Gang, Tyre.

Pugh is a rising star who appears in the Netflix series Marcella and also stars in the upcoming film Lady Macbeth, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival to strong reviews. She’s repped by WME, Julian Belfrage Associates in the UK and Bloom Hergott.

Lowden soon will be seen in Amma Assante’s A United Kingdom and Christopher Nolan’s war epic Dunkirk. He also appeared in the War & Peace mini-series in 2016. He is repped by UTA and Conway van Gelder Grant in the UK.

Norfolk wrestler wins women’s world title



Another media update as the Knight Dynasty were shown on ITV News Anglia tonight to discuss Paige becoming the new Divas Champion. You can watch the video above and check out screen captures using the link at the end of this post.

The daughter who left home to make her name in the wrestling ring conquers the world

In a world of drama and entertainment which has millions of devoted fans around the world, a female wrestler from Norwich has won the biggest title in the professional game.

ITV News Anglia first filmed with the Knights, a well known-wrestling family, back in 2003 when Saraya Jade-Bevis was just 12.

Now known as Paige and performing for WWE, she trained in her Dad’s gym near Mile Cross in the city.

On Monday night she became the women’s world champion.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia’s Luke Farrington

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Watch Online: ITV News Anglia (04/10/2014)
Gallery: Screen Captures > ITV News Anglia (04/10/2014)

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