Divas Championship Match
Paige vs. Charlotte
Charlotte grapples around Paige. Paige with knees to the midsection of Charlotte. Paige knocks Charlotte off the top rope. Paige bounces Charlotte face first off the announce table. Paige with abdominal stretch to Charlotte. Paige with a sleeper hold to Charlotte. Charlotte gets out. Paige with a superkick to Charlotte for a two count. Charlotte with a big boot to Paige. Charlotte locks in the Figure Four Leg Lock. Charlotte drags Paige to the ring apron. Charlotte sends Paige face first to the ring apron. Charlott with a boot to the back of Paige. Charlotte with two knees of the face of Paige. Charlotte continues to ground Paige.
Paige sends Charlotte shoulder first to the ring post. Paige knocks Charlotte off the ring apron. Paige with rights hand to Charlotte. Paige applies pressure to Charlotte back. Paige with a single leg chin lock. Charlotte gets Paige in the pinning position for a two count. Paige still has her submission hold locked in. Paige with a running knee to Charlotte. Charlotte with a neck breaker to Paige. Charlotte and Paige with back and forth right hands. Charlotte with a spear to Paige. Charlotte with the Natural Selection to Paige and Paige rolls to the outside. Paige bounces Charlotte head on the ring apron. Paige irish whips Charlotte to the barricade. Charlotte spears Paige off the barricade. Charlotte with the Figure Eight and Paige taps out.
Traditional Survivor Series Match
Paige & Cameron & Summer Rae & Layla vs. Natalya & Emma & Naomi & Alicia Fox
Paige and Nattie tie up and Nattie applies a headscissors, then Emma tries to pin Layla before Paige slams her head into the turnbuckles. Paige heads up top but Emma punches her and hits a superplex, then Cameron tags in and punches Emma in the back of the head. Cameron slaps her and heads to the apron but Emma knocks her down, then Naomi gets the tag and knocks Cameron down and gets a bridging pin for the first elimination. Naomi kicks Summer in the face and they trade some shots, then Alicia hits all three opponents with a crossbody that sends them outside. Alicia calls them chicken and Layla gets back in, then Alicia hits a backbreaker for the next elimination.
Summer dives towards the corner but Alicia catches her and slams her into the turnbuckles, then Nattie clotheslines her and chases Paige off the apron. Nattie kicks Summer and clotheslines her, then she whips her but Summer reverses it and Paige kicks her in the back. Nattie tries to put Paige in a Sharpshooter but Summer runs in and kicks her, then Emma hits some elbows off the tag and applies the Dil-Emma. Emma hits an Emma-mite Sandwich, then she applies Emma Lock and Summer taps out. Paige kicks Nattie and slams her on the mat, then Naomi gets the tag and slams Paige head first on the mat and gets the win.
Winners: Natalya & Alicia Fox & Naomi & Emma
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.
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.
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.
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.
The first official video from Paige’s new YouTube series has finally arrived! Take a look at some behind the scenes footage from the Shop Glampire photoshoot. Paige can also been seen doing a Q&A, letting you into her world by answering some fan questions. Check it all out, along with screen captures using the links provided.