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NXT Showcase: Natalya

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Hello everyone, this is Vaude Influence.

This month is the one year anniversary of where I made the NXT Showcase series so for the next few weeks, I’m going to do something special for NXT Showcase.

The format will be the same as usual as I get to give out my thoughts on the wrestler and the video of the wrestler being in it as well. However, this time, I have a special guest that will also give their thoughts on the wrestler and the video of the wrestler being in it as well.

This type of format will be going on for a couple of weeks. My special guest for this week’s NXT Showcase is none other than Wrestlecorp User Grouch.

Anyway, let’s get started shall we?


Topic/Subject: Today, I will be showing a match that involves a third generation women’s wrestler.

Wrestler: “The Queen of Harts” Natalya.

Background Information: Natalya is from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She received formal professional wrestling training in the infamous Hart family “Dungeon” from her uncles Ross and Bruce Hart, becoming the first ever woman to do so.

In addition to her professional wrestling career, she has received training in amateur wrestling and mixed martial arts. She is the first third-generation female wrestler in the world.

In late 2000 through 2001, she served as the host and ring announcer of the Eric Bischoff led youth-promotion MatRats.

In 2003, she began working for the Hart Family’s own promotion, Stampede Wrestling, beginning a long time feud with Belle Lovitz. The pair wrestled each other repeatedly, including a match for the Prairie Wrestling Alliance (PWA), where she teamed with her father, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, against Lovtiz and Apocalypse.

In 2004, however, she and Lovitz formed a tag team, wrestling several intergender matches against The Meyers Brothers as well as against Anna and Ma Myers.

She also began wrestling abroad. In mid-2004, she accepted bookings for a tour in England, and in March 2005, started on a two month tour of Japan where she used the name Nadia Hart.

When she returned to Canada she promptly turned into a villainous character, announcing that “Nasty Nattie” had been born. On June 17, 2005 she defeated Anna Marie, Lovitz, and Ma Myers in a four-way match to become the first Stampede Women’s Pacific Championship, though she later vacated the championship. In November 2005, she damaged her cruciate ligament while wrestling in Japan and underwent surgery in early 2006. She was sidelined for six months while she recovered.

On October 8, 2006, she won the SuperGirls Championship from Lisa Moretti at a Big Time Wrestling show held by NWA: Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling in Newark, California.

Also in October 2006, she debuted in the all-female promotion, Shimmer Women Athletes. She lost to Sara Del Rey at the tapings of Volume 7, but defeated “The Portuguese Princess” Ariel at the Volume 8 tapings.

The following month, she competed in the tournament to determine Great Canadian Wrestling’s inaugural W.I.L.D. Champion, and defeated Danyah and Aurora en route to the final, where she lost to Sirelda. She had her last match for Stampede Wrestling on January 26, 2007, after she had signed with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), defeating Veronika Vice. During the show, she also gave a speech thanking the fans for their support.

On January 5, 2007, upon signing with WWE, she was assigned to their developmental territory Deep South Wrestling (DSW) for the first half of the year, competing against wrestlers including Krissy Vaine and Angel Williams.

She was briefly transferred to Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) when it opened in June and then moved to Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), debuting in a dark match at the television tapings on July 18, 2007, where she won a battle royal. She debuted the next week as a member of the Next Generation Hart Foundation, accompanying her cousins Teddy Hart and Harry Smith for tag team matches. In September, she and the rest of the Hart Foundation were moved back to FCW.

Initially, she formed an alliance with Victoria Crawford to take on The Bella Twins, but in 2008, the pair began competing against one another, either in singles matches or in tag team matches with various partners. She continued to make appearances in FCW in late 2008, after debuting on SmackDown, and managed TJ Wilson and DH Smith (Harry Smith) to the Florida Tag Team Championships on October 30, 2008.

She made her main roster debut as a villain, under the name Natalya Neidhart (later shortened to just Natalya) on April 4, 2009, on an episode of SmackDown, coming out of the crowd to aid Victoria in an attack on Michelle McCool and Cherry.

Her televised in-ring debut came three weeks later, in a win over Cherry. When SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero announced the creation of the WWE Divas Championship on June 6, 2009, she was the first Diva to qualify for the championship match. At The Great American Bash on July 20, 2009, she lost the match to determine the inaugural champion to McCool. For the rest of the year she competed mainly in tag team matches, sporadically wrestling singles matches.

While still a member of the SmackDown brand, she made her debut for the ECW brand, via the talent exchange agreement, on February 10, 2009, managing her real life boyfriend Tyson Kidd (TJ Wilson).

In her ECW in-ring debut, on March 3, 2009, she defeated Alicia Fox. On April 5, 2009, she competed in a Divas battle royal at WrestleMania XXV, but the match was won by Santina Marella. On April 15, 2009, she was made an official member of the ECW brand, when she was drafted there as part of the 2009 Supplemental Draft. On May 13, 2009, on an episode of ECW, she and Kidd were joined by her real-life cousin David Hart Smith, forming The Hart Dynasty, although it was originally called The Hart Trilogy.

On June 29, 2009, she was traded back to SmackDown along with the other members of The Hart Dynasty. Her first match back for the brand was in a six-person mixed tag team match on July 17, 2009, when The Hart Dynasty defeated Cryme Tyme (JTG and Shad Gaspard) and Eve Torres.

She along with the other Hart Dynasty members, appeared at WrestleMania XXVI, helping her uncle Bret Hart during his match against Vince McMahon, turning them into faces as a result.

The following day, as part of the 2010 WWE Supplemental Draft, she was drafted to the Raw brand along with Kidd and Smith. On May 24, 2010, on an episode of Raw, all three members of The Hart Dynasty were attacked by The Usos (Jimmy and Jey) and Tamina, who were making their debuts. This provoked a feud between the trios with The Hart Dynasty attacking The Usos and Tamina the following week in retaliation.

On September 27, 2010, on an episode of Raw, she won a battle royal to become the number one contender to the WWE Unified Divas Championship, and began feuding with self-professed co-Divas Champions Lay-Cool (Michelle McCool and Layla).

On April 26, 2011, she was drafted back to the SmackDown brand as part of the 2011 supplemental draft. In her return match for the brand, she was defeated by then Divas Champion Brie Bella in singles competition.

On August 1, 2011, on an edition of Raw, she competed in a Divas battle royal to determinate the number one contender to Kelly Kelly’s Divas Championship at SummerSlam which was ultimately won by Phoenix; Phoenix turned heel afterwards when she attacked Kelly and stated stating that the days of the “perky blonde little bimbo” were over.

Four days later on SmackDown, she faced her protégé AJ in singles competition in a winning effort and also turned heel after brutally attacking AJ post-match and aligning herself with Phoenix. She and Phoenix officially debuted together as “The Divas of Doom” on August 12, 2011, on an episode of SmackDown, defeating the Chickbusters, who they continued to assault after the match.

In April 2012, she started occasionally appearing on NXT Redemption defeating her former protégé Kaitlyn via submission while Tyson Kidd is on commentary. Doing so made Natalya turned heel during the match. On April 25, 2012, on an edition of NXT Redemption, she continued portraying a heel and began a feud with Kaitlyn when she thought Kaitlyn was flirting with Kidd which lead to a diva tag team match with Maxine against Kaitlyn and Tamina Snuka in a losing effort.

On November 2, 2012, on an edition of SmackDown, she appeared backstage watching The Great Khali defeat David Otunga in his return match and would afterwards thank Khali for defeating him which began a relationship between the two and a face turn for her.

In April 2013, she was involved in a storyline where a secret admirer would send gifts to Divas Champion Kaitlyn; she would have Khali go under cover to try and find Kaitlyn’s admirer.

Following the debut of Total Divas, she began a feud with The Bella Twins on July 29, 2013, on an edition of Raw, after they called themselves the stars of the Divas Division and calling her an “ugly duckling”.

In December 4, 2013, she unsuccessfully challenged Paige for the NXT Women’s Championship. In May 2014, she was entered into a tournament to determine the new NXT Women’s Champion. She defeated Layla and Sasha Banks en route to the final at NXT TakeOver in which she lost to Charlotte.

In late 2014, she entered a storyline with her real-life husband Tyson Kidd, in which their relationship was openly acknowledged on-screen.

On September 21, 2015, on an episode of Raw, she resurfaced on the program after a three-month hiatus and confronted the villainous Paige over her actions during Charlotte’s championship celebration.

Throughout her WWE career, she became a WWE Divas Champion. She still competes in WWE to this day.


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She is the daughter of wrestler Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart and Ellie Hart, who is the daughter of Stu Hart, which makes her a third generation wrestler. She is also the wife of WWE wrestler, Tyson Kidd.

My Thoughts: Natalya is a very underrated talent. Even though she is not very good in the character and charisma department, she has a great look, she has a presence about her in and outside of the ring, and she’s an excellent women’s wrestler. Yeah baby!

Grouch’s Thoughts: One of the best technical women’s wrestlers on the roster who should be champion. Her whole time in WWE and she’s only a 1 time WWE Divas Champion. Not cool. She deserves better.

Video: This video contains a match between Natalya and Paige for the NXT Women’s Championship on December 4, 2013.

Grouch’s Thoughts: Awesome match and Natalya was awesome in this match as well.

My Thoughts: This was a great women’s match that was very competitive and it went back and forth throughout the whole match.

Natalya was being that technical submission specialist veteran as she did everything possible to take down Paige in this match. However, in the end, Natalya would lose, but ended up looking great in defeat after a hard fought contest against the NXT Women’s Champion Paige.

Great women’s match where a time where the WWE women’s division was completely bad as the NXT women’s division was great and it still is today. Great women’s match and it was one of the best women’s matches in NXT in 2013.

It’s a travesty on how WWE treats Natalya to this day. She is one of the best women’s wrestlers that WWE has and they never really do much with her. It’s very unfortunate as she is a really talented performer in that ring.

Hopefully, one day, she will get to show once again how great she is even though she has been doing it recently for the past few months, but more of her would be great. If not, either go back to NXT, leave WWE to go to SHIMMER, Shine, or Stardom to showcase her true talents. Yeah baby!


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