Paige may have unwittingly backed her way into winning the Divas Championship from AJ Lee, but to keep hold of the Divas division’s top prize, she’ll have to survive a one-on-one contest with AJ’s muscle, Tamina Snuka, at Extreme Rules.
After spending months in AJ’s corner, helping the sinister skipper secure the longest Divas Championship reign in history, Tamina stepped out of the shadows on the April 15 edition of WWE Main Event to win a No. 1 Contender’s Battle Royal. Her dominant display in the match bumped Tamina to the head of the line of contenders, and on May 4, she’ll set her sights on The Diva of Tomorrow.
The matchup is a fascinating one for fans of Divas action. There are obvious parallels, such as the fact both competitors grew up in wrestling families. Tamina is the daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy Snuka, while Paige learned the ropes in Norwich, England, from her parents, Ricky & Saraya Knight, before joining NXT.
Their trajectories in WWE, however, are far from analogous. Since debuting in May 2010, Tamina has repeatedly proven herself to be an intimidating bruiser. But in those four years, her pursuit of the Divas Championship — especially during AJ’s reign — has at times seemed passive, and she’s yet to capture the butterfly-emblazoned title.
Paige, on the other hand, became the youngest Divas Champion ever when she won the title in her very first WWE appearance. And although she looked downright meek in congratulating AJ on her WrestleMania victory, the reigning NXT Women’s Champion quickly revealed herself to be much more than a star-struck Diva-in-training as she rocked AJ with the Paige-Turner for the win.