Divas Champion Nikki Bella vs. Paige
Although Nikki Bella has ruled her division since becoming a two-time Divas Champion at Survivor Series, the “Fearless” Bella Twin might face her greatest challenge yet when she defends her title against Paige at WWE Fast Lane, live on WWE Network.
Since aligning herself with Bella Twin foe and “Total Divas” castmate Natalya earlier this year, Paige has been a thorn in both Nikki & Brie’s side. Although the sinister sisters were able to steal a victory against The Diva of Tomorrow and the Hart Dungeon graduate at Royal Rumble, The Diva of Tomorrow is as determined as ever to snatch the butterfly-emblazoned title from Nikki’s well-manicured clutches.
With Brie by her side, Nikki is no doubt already plotting ways to humiliate the relative WWE newcomer in this anticipated clash, but the raven-haired challenger knows a few tricks of her own. Will we see Paige ensnare her third Divas Title, or will Nikki carry the illustrious championship all the way to WrestleMania? Don’t miss WWE Fast Lane live on Feb. 22 on WWE Network and pay-per-view.
Paige & Natalya vs. The Bella Twins
Natalya starts off with Nikki and they go at it. Brie tags in for a double team move. Brie picks up and goes back to work on the arm. Natalya fights back and tags in Paige. They hit a double suplex and hold it for a minute before dropping Brie. Paige crawls on top of Brie and covers her for a 2 count. Paige with headbutts now.
Paige works Brie over and tags in Natalya. Natalya kicks Brie back and locks her up but gets dropped. Brie covers for a 2 count but the referee informs them that Paige still hasn’t came in after being tagged. Paige finally comes in as an “ole” chant breaks out in the crowd. More tags. Natalya comes in and gets dropped on her head by Brie. Brie tags in Nikki. Nikki keeps up the attack on Natalya and goes for another pin attempt. Natalya fights back but Nikki cuts her off and stops a tag. Paige rallies the crowd as Nikki keeps Natalya grounded. Natalya breaks free but Nikki runs over her with a shoulder. Nikki shows off before covering for a 2 count. Brie tags back in for some double teaming and another 2 count.
Brie keeps control of Natalya and hits the running knee to the face for another 2 count. Nikki tags back in for more double teaming and a 2 count by Nikki. Natalya powers up with Nikki on her shoulders and slams her back. Nikki stops a tag and goes for a submission but Natalya turns it into a Sharpshooter attempt. Nikki kicks her off and hits her with shoulder thrusts in the corner. Natalya decks Brie off the apron but Nikki clotheslines her. Nikki mocks Natalya and misses when she charges in the corner. Natalya gets close to tagging Paige but has to kick Nikki back again. Brie runs over and knocks Paige off the apron. Natalya gets to her feet but Nikki drops her with a big forearm to the face for the win.
Winner: The Bella Twins
It has been a while since things got really, really awkward on E!’s “Total Divas.” Happily for everyone, that calm comes to a screeching halt this week when Rosa Mendes, who’s still on the market, misinterprets Paige’s general flirtatiousness as a romantic overture. One ill-advised advance later, and Paige and Rosa are no longer speaking. This is more because of Rosa’s general embarrassment than a lack of empathy on Paige’s part, though it takes Alicia Fox to bridge the gap between the Divas and bring them to an understanding (Paige in particular is advised to bear in mind how flirty she can be), thus restoring their merry band to full strength.
In our slightly scarier second storyline, Brie Bella is increasingly concerned with home security after a botched burglary of her and Daniel Bryan’s home. Bryan is content with some subtle-yet-effective security measures, but Brie prefers to go all-out, installing a full-on razor wire fence that turns the “Braniel” home into a compound. Bryan, of course, is not consulted on this, and once again, an 11th-hour compromise is needed to bring the couple to common ground.
Eva Marie is physically on the mend from her recent surgery, but an upcoming photo shoot for “Muscle & Fitness Hers” sends her into a crazy workout regiment and brings some deep-seeded body image issues to life. Despite Cameron and Jonathan’s best efforts to curb Eva’s increasingly negative view of herself, it takes a unique experiment with a local artist to get Eva to see the alarming divide between perception and reality. With self-confidence back under her belt, Eva hits the photo shoot for “M&F Hers” and absolutely slays it.
We are back and Paige and Natalya are at the announce table for the next match. The Bellas are in the Goldman Box to talk about their match at The Royal Rumble. Brie asks if she could imagine being married to Natalya. Nikki says it would seem like she would rather cuddle with her cats than her husband. Nikki then asks what would it be like to date Paige. Brie says it would have to be at night so her skin wouldn’t burn up. Nikki is confused and Brie explains that she is like a vampire. They say that they will show on Sunday why everyone wants to be a Bella Twin.
Naomi vs. Brie Bella w/Nikki Bella
Naomi with a rollup when Brie got distracted. Naomi with a drop kick. Brie misses a clothesline and Naomi with a flying flip clothesline followed by forearms. Brie with an Irish whip and Naomi with a kick from the turnbuckles. Naomi slides to the apron and she tries to kick Brie on the apron and Brie moves and drops her on the top rope. Brie sends Naomi back into the ring and hits a drop kick and gets a near fall. Brie sends Naomi into the turnbuckles and Brie with a running bulldog and she gets a near fall. Brie with a knee to the midsection and then Brie sets for a running knee but Naomi moves. Naomi with clotheslines and a back heel kick. Brie block a kick and then drops down to hyperextend the knee. Brie follows with an X Factor for the three count.
After the match, Nikki comes into the ring to celebrate with her sister. Paige and Natalya get up from the announce table and we have a stare down.
Winner: Brie Bella
Natalya w/Paige vs. Summer Rae
They lock up and Natalya with a rollup for a near fall. They lock up again and Summer backs Natalya into the ropes and then Summer pie faces Natalya and she knees Natalya. Natalya with a slap and double leg take down followed by punches. Summer kicks Natalya away. Summer with a jackknife cover for a near fall, but Natalya with a back slide for a near fall. Summer with knees and an Irish whip but Summer misses a splash and Natalya with a slingshot belly-to-back suplex followed by a drop kick after running over Summer’s back for a near fall. Summer with kicks to Natalya in the ribs and then she stretches Natalya in the ropes. Summer pulls Natalya away from the ropes and she applies a reverse chin lock. Natalya with elbows but Summer sends Natalya to the mat.
Summer with a spinning leg drop and she applies a modified Indian Death Lock and then he gets a near fall but Natalya with a rollup for a near fall. Natalya with a sharpshooter and Summer taps out.
Paige & Natalya vs. Summer Rae & Alicia Fox
The Bella Twins are on commentary for the next match. Paige and Natalya with some double teaming early on. Natalya with a dropkick and a tag to Paige for a double suplex. Summer and Alicia make one comeback but Paige and Natalya win by submission.
After the match, Paige and Natalya face off with The Bella Twins. The two teams will face on Sunday.
Winner: Paige & Natalya
Paige & Natalya vs. The Bella Twins
Paige says she doesn’t need any friends in the cutthroat world of Divas competition, but if she hopes to emerge victorious at Royal Rumble, she will have to put her trust in Natalya when the two dynamic Divas team to take on a common enemy: The Bella Twins.
Though their relationship has had its share of ups and downs recently (thanks in no small part to the meddlesome ways of Natalya’s husband, Tyson Kidd, who caused Paige a pivotal loss last week), The Diva of Tomorrow and The Queen of Harts seem to be united in one thing: their disdain for Divas Champion Nikki and twin sister Brie.
Since the start of 2015, Paige and Natalya have each managed to upend Nikki in non-title singles matches. In each case, their wins were partly enabled by the presence of the other at ringside. Paige neutralized Brie at ringside on the Jan. 5 edition of Raw, paving the way for Natalya to pin Nikki. The following night on Main Event, The Diva of Tomorrow scored a victory of her own over Nikki when Natalya stopped an interfering Brie.
Things hit a snag the following week when Kidd accompanied Natalya to ringside for a bout between Paige and Brie and stepped onto the ring apron, distracting Paige and causing her to lose. Afterward, the enraged raven-haired Diva insisted she didn’t need friends and called Kidd an “idiot,” but nonetheless aided Natalya in beating Nikki on SmackDown days later.
Will Paige and Natalya manage to get along when they stand across the ring from the fearless Divas Champion and her equally strategic twin sister at Royal Rumble? Will Kidd, who has seemingly taken an interest in Nikki Bella, wearing her hat and necklace, poke his nose into his wife’s business, and if so, what will that mean for The Diva of Tomorrow? And now that they’ve been identified as a common target, how will Nikki & Brie Bella react inside the ring?
Find out when four of the Divas division’s top athletes square off at Royal Rumble this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, live on WWE Network.
There is some silliness, some seriousness and some sultriness on this week’s episode of E!’s “Total Divas.” We’ll begin, as ever, with the fun stuff: Nikki Bella and John Cena’s competitive genes come to the forefront when a playful argument leads to a truly absurd competition between the two consisting of go-kart racing, mini golf and the like. Not only does Cena wipe the floor with his overwhelmed S.O., but the fratty finale that completes his clean sweep frustrates Nikki so much that she straight-up douses him with a beverage, and then has to be sweet-talked down to earth.
The seriousness next, and it is, in fact, very serious for Eva Marie when she discovers one of her silicone implants is leaking into her bloodstream. With her career picking up steam, Eva decides to ignore doctor’s orders and tough it out in the ring to keep her momentum running. As a result, Jonathan takes matters into his hands and alerts WWE officials to her condition. It’s only a heart-to-heart from The Bellas that convinces Eva to bite the proverbial bullet and have the procedure that will shelve her for months but ensure her continued health and eventual return to form.
As for the last bit? Natalya and Paige are in the midst of a series of matches and Paige, in an effort to rile up both the crowd and her opponent, has been resorting to an unusually sultry form of mind games. Natalya isn’t exactly comfortable with the tactic, which borders on pure PDA, but Paige defies her request to dial back and instead takes it one step further in their rematch by licking the entire side of Nattie’s face. All of this seems destined for a backstage brawl between the two Divas until Paige explains that the match — and Natalya herself — are that much more interesting to watch when The Queen of Harts is really riled up. Nattie, moved to compromise, agrees to a happy medium of harassment in all future contests. Everybody wins.
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