Hello, and welcome to the WrestleTalk news!
Because Crown Jewel likes to mess with our
schedules, I’m covering today for Laurie.
Or Oli. Or Pete. Luke? Guys, who does the
news these days?
If you haven’t met me, hi! I’m Dave – Just
Dave – and I usually do the Smackdown Live
Reviews on Saturdays with Pete, but CROWN
JEWEL IS A THING, so here I am. Hi. Hello.
In case you missed it when we spoke on this
earlier in the week, WWE’s first ever women’s
match in Saudi Arabia is set to go down at
Crown Jewel tonight – and if you didn’t
know Crown Jewel is tonight, get out from
under that rock, it’s terrible for your
Much like that one library book I forgot to
give back seven years ago, this is obviously
long overdue – please don’t tell anyone
about that. I can’t go back to prison. I
Yes, we’re all set for another round of
Natalya versus Lacey Evans, which, while it’s
certainly a match the hometown crowd won’t
have seen before, it most definitely IS one
we’ve seen about a million times. So, why
these two? Stephanie McMahon herself has stated
in an interview with Bleacher Report that
“A lot of our focus has been on having this
particular match as a part of this PPV in
that I want to cast aspersions on what Steph
is saying, but I am currently pressing X to
In any case, Steph has given some more details
as to why these two women are the choice for
“Natayla is somewhat of a legend in the
women’s division. She is the veteran. She
has been here for so long, been a part of
so many of the changes that have happened.
When you consider her legacy and family history,
it’s pretty remarkable.”
“You take Lacey Evans, who is fairly new
on the scene but who has not been shy about
sharing her perspective on overcoming, especially
in her life and the things she’s been through.
She has a young daughter and she wants to
set an example and pave the way not only for
her daughter but boys and girls all around
the world. That’s their personal stories.”
“I can’t think of better representatives
Can’t really argue with that. Natalya and
Lacey are well acquainted with each other
in the ring and are definitely wonderful representatives
for both the women’s division and the WWE
as a whole.
The caveat is that they will have to wear
body-suits, which kind of goes against how
progressive the women’s division has been
in recent memory. However, as Steph said to
TMZ, “We need to be respectful of the cultures
in the countries we perform in” – which
I guess is fair enough? Then again, she also
said, when talking of how proud she is of
Natalya and Lacey, that “I am ecstatic,
I am thrilled, I am many different adjectives
to describe how I feel right now.”
Many different adjectives. Ah well, we can’t
all be philosophers.
The body-suits may give Natty a bit of an
advantage though, having been wearing them
whilst wrestling for years, whereas Lacey
Evans… well… hasn’t. Still, if Sasha
Banks and Alexa Bliss can do it – as they
did in Abu Dhabi in 2017 – then so can she.
Either way, hopefully the match at Crown Jewel
will be as well received as it certainly deserves
It’s worth mentioning that Steph also addressed
rumours of an Evolution Pay-Per-View in the
coming year. Apparently it was considered,
but with the focus being on the women’s
match, Steph simply had this to say:
“More to come on Evolution but it’s most
likely not going to happen in 2019.”
So, no Evolution PPV. And no Mae Young Classic.
But hey, women’s match at Crown Jewel! Progression!
Am I right guys?
Speaking of returns, rumours have been floating
around about Paige making her in ring return
to WWE. Paige has taken to Twitter to address
“Yep this is obviously true. Now if someone
could lend me their neck that would be great…”
So, those have been shot down like a rogue
alien spacecraft that definitely doesn’t
exist, Mr FBI Agent who is watching. Again,
I really can’t go back to prison.
And finally, massive news coming out of NXT!
Swerves! Surprises! And, it goes without saying,
major spoiler alerts for those among you who
haven’t quite got around to watching the
latest installment. If you’re intending
on catching up with NXT soon, I really recommend
pausing this video until you do, because this
next bit is pretty huge. Again, spoilers alert.
You have been warned.
The NXT women’s roster is at one of its
strongest points right now, and chaos reigned
at the last show as a brawl of near-apocalyptic
levels broke out after The Kabuki Warriors
defended their Women’s Tag Team Titles against
Teagan Nox and Dakota Kai. Shayna Baszler,
Jessamyn Duke, and Marina Shafir came out
as Kai was getting treatment for some lovely
green mist, and promptly tried to murder Nox.
Rhea Ripley wandered down only to get blindsided
by Io Sharai, before Bianca BelAir and Candice
LeRae joined the party, presumably feeling
a bit put out that they weren’t invited.
The brawl that followed was spectacular, and
prompted GM William Regal to put a stop to
it with two monumental words:
Yes, NXT is going to be giving us the first
ever Women’s War Games match at Takeover:
Wargames in November. This is the latest “big
first” for women’s wrestling on the brand,
and with such a dominant division, it’s
quite possibly going to be a show-stealer.
It’s looking like we’ll have Shayna Baszler’s
team, including Jessamyn Duke, Marina Shafir,
Io Shirai and Bianca Belair taking on Rhea
Ripley’s squad with Candice LeRae, Dakota
Kai, Tegan Nox and a fifth partner. Who this
last person is remains to be seen – early
money is on Mia Yim, but that’s certainly
not confirmed just yet. Rumours have been
circling that it could be the return of Nia
Jax after injury.
Shayna squaring off against Nia. Yes. Yes
If you want to find out more about Lacey Evans
versus Natalya, Oli covered the breaking news
here and click the video below that for Oli’s
latest wrestle sketch about Seth Rollins and
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