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THE LAST TIME NIKKI ACTUALLY DEFENDED THE DIVAS CHAMPIONSHIP, WWE'S PLANNED OWEN DVD, VINCE LEAVING MONEY ON THE TABLE

By Mike Johnson on 2015-09-05 10:00:00

On this week’s Raw & Smackdown, I was glad to see the Divas finally show some interest in challenging Nikki for the championship. On Smackdown, Charlotte said she had petitioned the Authority to have her championship match before Nikki becomes the longest reigning champion. I can’t recall when Nikki last defended the championship, but it seems like months ago. When was the last time Nikki defended the championship on a televised/network event?

It's funny you should ask this because just yesterday, our good friend Leon Peters sent the following:
With all this talk about Nikki Bella breaking AJ's record, I decided to do a little research and put together a list of Nikki's televised matches over the last 4 months(not counting house shows because WWE themselves don't even count them). This doesn't include any tag team, handicap matches or any other matches where she had partners. These are just singles matches or multi-person matches where she was on her own. The results are pretty interesting. Again, this is only for the last 4 months, May 3rd through today.
 
May 18, 2015: Monday Night Raw - Nikki Bella def. Naomi by disqualification (Championship Match)
May 31, 2015: Elimination Chamber(PPV) - Nikki Bella def. Paige and Naomi (Championship/Triple Threat Match)
June 1, 2015: Monday Night Raw - Nikki Bella(actually Brie Bella-twin magic) def. Paige (Championship Match)
June 8, 2015: Monday Night Raw - Nikki Bella def. Summer Rae (*non-Title match)
June 14, 2015: Money In The Bank(PPV) - Nikki Bella def. Paige (Championship Match)
July 4, 2015: Beast In The East(Network)  - Nikki Bella def. Paige and Tamina (Championship/Triple Threat Match)
August 17, 2015: Monday Night Raw - Sasha Banks def. Nikki Bella by submission (*non-Title match)
 
She's had 0 SmackDown (non-tag) matches in the last 4 months. She hasn't defended the Title on PPV in almost 3 months. She hasn't defended the Title at all in the last 2 months. She's only had 1 (non-tag) match in the last 2 months and she lost. Sasha is the only person to beat her in a legit 1-on-1 match in the last 4 months, yet Sasha doesn't even get considered for a Title shot.

Is it becoming more apparent that Vince has completely lost touch with reality and the crowd?  He killed CM Punk’s momentum in 2011; he tried to kill Daniel Bryan’s until Pittsburgh; intervened; broke up the Shield too early when there was definitely more money to be made and killed the Wyatts.  Now, he’s doing the same with the women.  If Charlotte doesn’t come out and absolutely destroy Nikki Bella everything Triple H did in NXT with the women will have been for nothing.  Did he watch Takover and hear the crowd for Bayley vs. Sasha?  There’s clearly a market for women who can tear it up in the ring.

Vince was backstage at Takeover so he had to have heard the reactions for Bayley vs. Sasha.  I don't know whether Vince has lost the pulse of the audience or not, but he absolutely has left money on the table a number of times over the last decade.  You could add Dolph Ziggler or even waiting a year to launch the new ECW to your list. 

I have a question regarding WWE and their documentary about Owen Hart. I realize they own the footage and can use it as they please, but how can they profit off of him but still not be able to put him in the hall of fame?

They can use the footage. They can put him in the Hall of Fame if they want. The problem is that putting him in creates an entire mess publicly if Martha Hart decides she wants to fight about it, and chances are, she will.

Let's play "Name The Wrestling Company". This is company has a young star that holds two singles titles who has to defend both belts on the same night on a PPV in the month of September, which wrestling company am I talking about?

Let's say...Ring of Honor, since they did all of this first?

I was just wondering if WWE has reached out to Jeff Jarrett about being on the upcoming Owen Hart DVD? From the way Jarrett spoke of Owen in his King of the Mountain DVD it seems like they were very close friends and spent a lot of time together on and off the road. I would hate to think that the politics of Jarrett being involved with TNA and GFW would get in the way of allowing a close friend to participate in a tribute to the late Owen Hart.

I have not heard of whether Jeff Jarrett has been asked to do an interview for the set, but it would have been the right call to make.

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