NXT Women’s Champion Paige vs. Emma: NXT Divas take sides
Tonight 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 tonight at NXT ArRIVAL, live at 8 ET/5 PT on WWE Network!