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WWE Change NXT Belts Following Paige Sex Tape Scandal

WWE Change NXT Belts Following Paige Sex Tape Scandal

Over the last 48 hours everything in the wrestling business has been going at 100 miles per hour. As always around this time of year in WWE's calendar, excitement reaches a new level as fans flock from around the globe to watch Wrestlemania.

The Hall of Fame ceremony, which precedes the event each year, happened on Friday, as Olympic gold medalist and former WWE champion Kurt Angle made his return to the organisation he departed under messy circumstances in 2006, to be the headline inductee.

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In his speech to the packed audience Kurt harked back to some of his best moments during his stint in WWE, which saw feud with everyone from Eddie Guerrero, Triple H and The Rock.

Prior to this fan favourite faction The New Day, who are this year's hosts at The Grandest Stage Of Them All, revealed the set for Wrestlemania 33.

In a typically emphatic and energetic 'spot' the trio, made up of Kofi Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods, danced and jumped about as fireworks lit up the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida.

It was then reported that legendary (and I mean legendary) commentator Jim Ross would be returning to call at least one match.

The news had everyone 'bah gawd'ing' and 'oh my God in heaven'ing', as Good Ol' JR was pretty much a staple of all of our younger years.

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Ross' wife Jan died last week, resulting in an outpouring of grief from the wrestling world. But despite his personal tragedy, the voice of sports entertainment is understood to be making his return tomorrow at Wrestlemania 33.

PWInsider reports he will be at the announce desk for one match and it is understood to be either Undertaker vs Roman Reigns or Goldberg vs Brock Lesnar.

Many fans believe he will call Roman Reigns match against the Undertaker, as the WWE legend is reportedly facing retirement after Wrestlemania 33.

JR always said he hoped to commentate 'Taker's last match, so it would provide a fitting end to the Deadman's illustrious career.

In other news from Wrestlemania weekend, the NXT championship belts have undergone a re-brand.

The NXT Championship, Woman's Championship and Tag-Team Championships all had a makeover, with the Daily Star reporting that it's in connection with the scandal WWE diva Paige was caught up in.

Private images and videos were stolen from Paige, real name Saraya-Jade Bevis, by hackers, and were posted online as a part of what's being called 'The Fappening 2.0'.

In one of the videos stolen from the wrestler the old NXT Woman's Championship belt appears, as she held it at the time.

Paige admitted she made a mistake when it came to the leaks, but in an act of defiance, married her partner and fellow wrestler Alberto Del Rio.

The pair both took to social media to send a message to the hackers. Del Rio, now going by the name Alberto El Patron, took to Instagram to claim the couple are 'better and stronger than all of you pieces of shit', and confirming their wedding was still going ahead.

Paige took to Twitter to once again address the shit storm, posting a heartfelt message about her feelings towards the illicit images.

"I made a big mistake. Huge. I put trust in the hands of someone that took advantage of a young girl years ago," she wrote. "It was my mistake and I'll always take responsibility.

"The one thing that was the hardest was thinking 'my husband is gonna leave me', 'my family will disown me', but I'm blessed beyond words to have a family and a husband that stuck by me because they know who I am."

She continued: "As my husband says 'you may feel like the devil is throwing you into a storm, but just remember, you are the storm'. And he's right.

"But we are human. Unfortunately people don't see it that way when they are behind a keyboard. They don't think that we have feelings or that we don't suffer."

In the aftermath of the situation, Paige's mum, Saraya Knight, who is also in the wrestling business, took to Twitter to confirm the news and to let people know that she and her husband are very supportive of their daughter at this time.

She also said that a lawyer had been emailed with regards to the situation.

She wrote: "People get hacked, unfortunately my daughter had pictures and video shared from years ago, my husband and I support her 100% no fault of her own."

Featured Image Credit: NXT/WWE

Mark McGowan

Mark is a journalist at LADbible, who joined in 2015 after a year as a freelance writer. In the past he blogged for independent football fan channel Redmen TV, after graduating from Staffordshire University with degrees in journalism and English literature. He has worked on campaigns such as UOKM8? and IIOC.

 

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