NXT Women’s Championship Tournament heats up
The final four
In a matter of weeks, the first Women’s Champion will officially be crowned on WWE NXT. WWE.com examines the final four Divas who could find themselves placed in the NXT history books, plus provides firsthand analysis from several WWE and NXT personalities.
With an aggressive style and equally aggressive attitude, Paige has developed a cult following among the NXT faithful. Heralded as the “Diva of Tomorrow,” Paige has dared to be different every step of the way. An in-ring competitor since the age of 13, Paige comes from a family of English-born wrestlers. She certainly has the lifelong experience and street smarts to take home the Women’s Title.
“I’m always keeping my eye on the Divas of NXT and I think Paige has a lot of potential,” explained WWE Diva Rosa Mendes . “She has a different move set than a lot of the Divas, which makes her difficult to prepare for. In fact, I think one day she’ll give a lot of the WWE Divas a run for their money on Raw or SmackDown. Until then, I expect her to do exceptionally well.”
An unlikely success story is a fitting characterization of Emma’s NXT career. As the first Australian-born Diva in NXT history, Emma has displayed a propensity for the awkward. When she first burst onto the scene, the Diva from Down Under displayed what some would describe as laughable dance moves. Surprisingly, those same moves would grow near and dear to the hearts of the NXT Universe. Today, Emma is arguably one of NXT’s most popular Divas.
While Emma’s in-ring antics may seem a bit odd, NXT Superstar Xavier Woods told WWE.com that he appreciates her style.
“As far as I’m concerned, Emma is a front-runner in this tournament for one reason: dancers are the most dangerous people on the planet,” he said. “Trust me, I know!”
Alicia Fox knows all about making history. As the first African-American WWE Divas Champion, it seems only fitting that Fox is inching closer toward becoming the first NXT Women’s Champion. With two more matches standing in her way, Fox’s will to forge another history book milestone could be the determining factor in her success.
However, NXT Diva and ring announcer Kendall Skye was a bit more skeptical of Fox’s continued success on NXT.
“Alicia Fox is obviously a favorite because she’s the most experienced Diva of the bunch,” Skye admitted. “With that said, I know many of the NXT Divas very well and part of me thinks that Alicia runs the risk of being overconfident in this tournament. If she’s not careful, I could easily see one of the other Divas scoring an upset.”
Summer Rae has displayed a knack for identifying a goal and achieving it at all costs. It seems like yesterday that NXT’s blonde bombshell abruptly abandoned her ring announcing duties to attack an unsuspecting Paige. Unsatisfied with simply shocking the NXT Universe, Summer Rae has strategically placed herself alongside WWE Superstar Fandango, thus gaining more exposure and fame than ever before. Could the NXT Women’s Championship be the missing link that solidifies Summer’s ultimate game plan?
Sasha Banks, who was defeated by Rae during the first round of the tournament, offered her perspective.
“The one thing I learned about Summer Rae is that she has a lot of tricks up her sleeve,” Banks stated. “A lot of these Divas show you all their cards up front and you know what they are all about, but Summer is different. She’s sneaky and conniving, but she’s also confident. That could be her recipe for success if she keeps it up.”
Paige, Emma, Alicia Fox and Summer Rae have each traveled different paths up this point, but they’re united in their single mission: to become the first-ever NXT Women’s Champion. Opinions and attitudes aside, all four NXT Women’s Championship Tournament finalists are determined to cement their legacy in the annals of history — and only one will snare NXT’s newest prize.
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