On Thursday, Feb. 27, at NXT ArRIVAL on WWE Network, Paige will defend the NXT Women’s Championship against No. 1 contender Emma. Undoubtedly two of the most popular and successful NXT Divas today, it seems only fitting that this highly-anticipated contest will take place live on the largest stage of NXT’s four-year history. While the NXT Universe is abuzz over the matchup, there’s another interested panel of observers – the NXT Divas. This week, WWE.com gets the NXT Divas’ predictions on Paige vs. Emma.
As the inquiring journalistic mind behind the innermost thoughts of NXT’s Superstars and Divas, Devin Taylor wasn’t shy with her prediction.
TAYLOR: I think Paige will remain the NXT Women’s Champion. Although she has been out for a while with an injury, I don’t think this will be a disadvantage to her. Sometimes when you’re on the sidelines, it makes you hungrier, and you come back stronger physically and mentally. Paige has had the opportunity to see Emma’s success on Raw and SmackDown, and the last thing she would want is for Emma to continue that success on NXT.
Having been in the ring with both combatants, NXT Diva Bayley believes the ArRIVAL match will more than exceed expectations.
BAYLEY: I can’t wait to see part two of this match. Paige beat Emma to become the first NXT Women’s Champion, and now we get to see if Paige can do it again. The first match was great and historic, but at NXT ArRRIVAL, it will mean even more. This is their time to prove to not just the NXT Universe, but to the whole world, who is the best once and for all. It’s hard to choose who I want to come out on top because I’m good friends with both. But if I have to choose, I would have to go with Emma. The #EMMAlution has been running strong as of late, and I’m not sure that Paige can stop it.
Not surprisingly, Beautiful Fierce Female members Sasha Banks and Charlotte had similar views … kind of.
CHARLOTTE: I want Paige to hold onto the Women’s NXT Championship so the BFFs can be the ones to end her winning streak!
BANKS: As far as we are concerned, Emma is a joke and a comedy act. If by some miracle she’s able to win, we are going to slap that smirk right off her face and take the NXT Women’s Championship.
Though JoJo has yet to compete on NXT, she has been particularly interested in the matchup, and its impact on the entire NXT women’s division.
JOJO: I think the match between Emma and Paige is going to be very close. Both Divas are tough competitors, and both bring something different to the table that we really haven’t seen in a long time. I know Paige won’t give up her title up, but I also think Emma is going to surprise a lot of people with how well prepared she is for this match. It’s a win-win situation for all of the NXT Divas.
Will the fiery, raven-haired Paige continue her historical reign as NXT Women’s Champion, or will Emma’s era of awkwardness assume its bubble-filled throne atop the NXT women’s division? The speculation will conclude on Feb. 27 at NXT ArRIVAL, live at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on WWE Network!
A video package of Paige vs. Emma is shown and a clip of Paige saying that winning the title was one of the best moments of her life. Things then go to the backstage area where Devin Taylor talks to Paige. Paige says she respects Emma and that their match for the title was one of her hardest fought victories. Then, she warns all the divas including AJ saying she will make history as a wrestler.
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Every NXT Superstar and Diva dreams of making it to the main roster and locking up with the best WWE has to offer. WWE NXT Women’s Champion Paige couldn’t wait that long, though, and challenged “Total Divas” star Natalya to a match for the title at NXT.
“I almost felt like Paige brought out the best in me,” Natalya told WWE.com. “She made me even more competitive.”
Paige shocked the world when she withstood the challenge of the Hart Dungeon graduate, battling out of The Sharpshooter before pinning Natalya with the Paige Turner. It’s the kind of moment that can make a young Diva’s career. Though she didn’t get the win that night, Natalya took plenty away from the bout with WWE NXT’s top Diva.
“I respect Paige, but she’s never going to have it easy with me,” she declared.
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A WWE.com exclusive video is shown from last week of Paige and Emma having a confrontation over Emma hitting Paige. The two argue with Emma telling Paige it was an accident. Paige insists it was Emma just getting her own back. She threatens Emma, telling her to keep away from her and walks off.
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Things kick off with Paige throwing Summer across the ring with her hair a couple of times until Summer rolls out of the ring to get comforted by Sasha. Paige with a baseball slide but s he misses. Summer uses Sasha as a shield, throwing her to Paige who tosses her to the ground. Summer then with a hard slap to Paige as she gets back into the ring. Back in the ring, Paige hits Summer with a headbutt and throws her head first into the corner and against the ropes before trying for a cover.
Summer kicks out and Paige hits her with another headbutt. In the corner, Paige stomps on Summer’s chest a couple of times before dragging her for another cover but nope. Summer kicks out and Sasha grabs Paige’s leg causing her to get thrown out from ringside.
Summer starts to fight back, hitting Paige with a dropkick. She taunts Paige and tries for a cover only getting a two count. Paige with a couple of short armed clotheslines and a dropkick to try for a cover but gets a two. Summer then with a spinning heel kick only for Paige to kick out of a pin. Frustrated, Summer continues to taunt the champ but Paige kicks Summer in the midsection and hits the Paige Turner for the winning cover.
After the match ends, Sasha comes back out from ringside and attacks Paige. It’s not long before Emma makes the save, getting rid of Sasha. Paige taps Emma on the back but, mistaking her for someone else, Emma knocks Paige down to the mat with a hit to the face. Not happy, Paige and Emma have a confrontation leaving tension in the air between the two.
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Click below to see what Paige gets up to on future episodes of NXT that will be airing in December!
During Emma vs. Sasha Banks, Summer Rae gets on the apron to try and distract Emma who tries to get rid of her herself but it doesn’t quiet work out too well. Paige comes to make the save, pulling Summer down off the apron. While Emma is mildly distracted, Sasha picks up the win. Paige then gets into the ring and goes to clothesline Sasha but she moves out of the way causing Paige to hit Emma instead. She tries to help Emma up and the two have a confrontation to end the match.
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