Before AJ Lee stunned the professional wrestling world by announcing her early retirement from WWE, there were plans in place for her to turn do a heel turn and challenge Paige, who is still being scheduled to capture the Divas Championship from Nikki Bella at Extreme Rules. The creative department had to quickly find alternative plans. Since they already wrote the story, they simply decided to replace AJ with Naomi.
April 15, 2015
On Monday Night Raw, Naomi did a heel turn by attacking Paige after the latter eliminated the former to win the divas battle royal, which was held to determine the top contender for the championship. The plan right now is for Nikki Bella to drop the belt and build up some heel challenger for the Pale Princess to work with for the next couple of months. WWE basically just set up the first title defense with the segment tonight.
April 13, 2015
To give you even more of an idea of just how bad things were becoming for her, AJ Lee left WWE despite being in line for a push. She was supposed to have started a feud with Nikki Bella after Wrestlemania, and there was a very good chance that she would have captured the Divas Championship. Management was forced to change plans at the last minute. They pushed Naomi, even though the front office was not fully behind her.
April 13, 2015
As many of you already know, Kane announced last week that there would be a divas battle royal to determine a top contender for Nikki Bella and the Divas Championship. WWE has now announced the ten females who will be competing in the match. Alicia Fox, Brie Bella, Cameron, Emma, Naomi, Natalya, Paige, Rosa Mendes and Summer Rae will all be fighting to see who gets the coveted title shot at Extreme Rules.
April 12, 2015
During Monday Night Raw, there was a segment where the divas begged for an opportunity from Kane. He delivered it by announcing that there will be a bit divas battle royal to determine a number contender on the next episode, which will air from London. WWE wanted to do this as a promotional tool, as the plan has already been put in place for Naomi to challenge Nikki Bella. That is why she has been getting pins on the champion.
April 7, 2015
Earlier in the day, Tamina Snuka was spotted in Austin, the site of Monday Night Raw. She is scheduled to be backstage, which means that her return to television might take place tonight. For those that are not aware, she has been sidelined for much of the past year because of a torn ACL injury. No word yet on how WWE is planning to utilize her, but there is a chance she might be held out because Nikki Bella is working with Naomi at the moment.
April 6, 2015
It looks like WWE and E! have had a change of heart when it comes to the cast of Total Divas. Initially, Naomi was removed from the reality television show because producers felt that her relationship with Jimmy Uso was no longer a draw. In a press release by the network today, it has been revealed that she is now back on the show. No word yet on why the change was made, but it would explain the current push she is receiving.
April 1, 2015
For those that were not aware of it, WWE is now pushing Naomi as the top challenger to Nikki Bella and the Divas Championship. That was the point of the six women tag team match on Monday Night Raw. Management had her team up with AJ Lee and Paige as a way to transition the champion to a new challenger in the story. The title feud will more than likely be featured on the next season of Total Divas, as the cameras have been rolling all week long.
March 31, 2015
For a while there, the belief was that WWE was going to throw several tag teams together and have them battling for the championship at Wrestlemania. However, it appears that the idea has been scrapped. The most likely scenario right now has Tyson Kidd, Antonio Cesaro and Natalya teaming up to take on Jimmy Uso, Jey Uso and Naomi in a mixed tag team match. The backup plan is to have the men do a traditional tag match.
March 6, 2015