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New BOOM! Studios Comic All About WWE Women’s Revolution

New BOOM! Studios Comic All About WWE Women’s Revolution

Shhhh, no one tell Emma, but the latest WWE comic – from BOOM! Studios – is all about the Women’s Revolution.

At New York Comic-Con, Boom! Studios and WWE announced that February’s WWE #14 will kick off an all-new storyline revealing the truth behind the groundbreaking Women’s Revolution.

The acclaimed team of writer Dennis Hopeless and artist Serg Acuña will take readers on a journey, revealing the truth behind the ascension of Charlotte Flair, Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch, and Bayley as they transformed the face of sports entertainment, moving up from NXT to the main roster, changing the landscape so that female wrestlers were no longer called “Divas.”

Below, take a look the cover for WWE #14, by Dan Mora (Klaus, Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers) – with variant covers by Adam Riches (Street Fighter X G.I. Joe), Brent Schoonover (Generations: Captain Marvel & Captain Mar-Vell), and Daniel Bayliss (Big Trouble in Little China/Escape from New York).

Above you’ll see Charlotte, Sasha, Becky, and Bayley there on the bottom – with Paige, the Bellas, Nattie, Naomi, and Alicia Fox above them.

“It’s been amazing to watch women in the WWE make history night after night over the past couple years, and we’re so excited to give the WWE Universe even more of the Women’s Revolution,” said Chris Rosa, Associate Editor, BOOM! Studios. “The team is ready to give fans a new look at the incredible moments and matches that have inspired so many.”

Print copies of WWE #14 will be available for sale February 2018 at local comic book shops (use to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.


Tracing Paige’s Journey from Norwich, England, to WWE

Tracing Paige’s Journey from Norwich, England, to WWE

63467836In a wrestling ring before she was even born, Paige had a head start on her trek from her hometown of Norwich, England to being WWE’s most promising female star.

Looking back at her as a magnetic teenager who wrestled men, ring veterans and even her own mother in gyms, one can see greatness ready to blossom. She has always been ahead of schedule, a rocket ahead of the countdown, wrestling professionally at just 13, competing on a WWE pay-per-view at just 21.

Before she was Paige in WWE (real name: Saraya-Jade Bevis), she performed as Britani Knight. Before she became the first-ever NXT’s women’s champ or celebrated the day after WrestleMania 30 by becoming the youngest Divas titleholder ever, she was a kid, comfortable in the arena with all the other gladiators.

England was just the starting point of a journey that saw her sweep across Europe and eventually to the brightest lights the pro wrestling world has to offer—WWE.

Paige grew up in a home where wrestling boots were as common as house slippers. Wrestling was and is the Knight family business.

Her father Ricky Knight eventually moved to the promoting and training side of the business, but he toiled in the ring for years. He wrestled in packed halls as one half of The SuperFlys with Jimmy Ocean and once faced off against Hall of Famer The Dynamite Kid.

Paige’s mother fell in love with the circus that is pro wrestling after falling in love with her husband. Julia Hamer-Bevis (known as Sweet Saraya in the ring) began wrestling in England before eventually moving to Shimmer Women Athletes in the Midwest and SHINE Wrestling in Florida. Continue reading

Does the Next WWE Divas Star Work for the Company?

Does the Next WWE Divas Star Work for the Company?

The WWE is always looking for its next top star.

On the superstars side, it’s clear that the company is trying to build up Ryback as a big-time babyface who could be a main-event caliber star for years to come. On the Divas side, things are less clear.

The Divas division is currently at an all-time low, with a thin roster and seemingly no real desire from the creative team to make women’s wrestling matter again. At the same time, though, a Diva like AJ has become one of the top stars in the company, male or female.

She has been one of the breakout stars of the WWE this year, and by all accounts, she figures to be the face of the Divas division and its biggest star for the foreseeable future.

Of course, the WWE is going to need more than just AJ to rebuild a Divas division that seems to be dying a slow death.

With the recent departures of top female stars like the Bella Twins, Kharma, Beth Phoenix and the previous face of the division, Kelly Kelly, the WWE has to find its next female star and it has to do it soon.

Many fans just aren’t sure that the next breakout Diva even works for the company. But there’s a certain developmental talent who is quickly making a name for herself down in NXT and just might be the WWE’s next big female star.

You know her as Paige. Continue reading