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NXT Showcase: Summer Rae



Topic/Subject: Today, I will be showing an interview that involves the first lady of NXT.

Wrestler: “The First Lady of NXT” Summer Rae.

Background Information: Summer Rae resides from Orlando, Florida. She is trained by the NXT Staff and the WWE Performance Center.

She played with the Chicago Bliss of the Legends Football League (LFL) from 2008 to 2011. She played as a cornerback and was the team’s captain.

On June 30, 2011, she played in the LFL All-Star Game at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada which was her final game in the LFL. She was one of two players in the game from the Chicago Bliss.

In November 2011, it was reported that she had signed a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and been assigned to the Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) developmental territory.

She made her television debut on December 18, 2011, on an episode of FCW television appearing in a ringside promo with Abraham Washington and the following week, she managed Washington during a tag team match.

She also worked as the ring announcer for FCW television show. Changing her ring name to Summer Rae, she was prevented from interfering in a match between Seth Rollins and her new client Brad Maddox by the debuting Paige on March 5, 2012.

On March 11, 2012, on an episode of FCW, she became the FCW General Manager replacing the former general manager Maxine whom was fired early that event by FCW owner Steve Keirn.

On March 15, 2012, on an episode of FCW television, she decided to deactivate the Queen of FCW crown leaving Raquel Diaz as the last champion. She made her in-ring debut on April 6, 2012, on an episode of FCW television where she lost to Sofia Cortez in an elimination triple threat match which also involved Paige.

She debuted on the first episode of the sixth season of WWE NXT taped at Full Sail University as a ring announcer. She made her in-ring debut for NXT on a live event September 27, 2012, she teamed up with Audrey Marie in a winning effort defeating the team of Emma and Paige in a divas tag-team match.

On January 30, 2013, on an episode of NXT, she turned heel by attacking Paige due to her jealousy of Paige’s popularity and success. A vengeful Paige interrupted a scheduled match to attack her on February 13, 2013, on an edition of NXT, but suffered a shoulder injury in the process which she exploited later that episode to defeat Paige in her first match. Her victory ended Paige’s undefeated streak.

She began to feud with Emma after losing to her in a #1 Contender’s dance battle match by attacking her leading to her unsuccessfully challenging Paige for the NXT Women’s Championship. For weeks, she began to influence Sasha Banks to make herself relevant which led to Banks turning heel on September 11, 2013, on an edition of NXT by attacking NXT Women’s Champion Paige.

On September 25, 2013, on an edition of NXT, she accompanied Sasha to her match against Bayley which Sasha won. She then declared that her and Sasha would run the NXT Divas division. Banks and she are now known as the BFFs: Beautiful Fierce Females faced Paige and Emma on October 16, 2013, on an edition of NXT where they would emerge victorious after she pinned Paige. She and Banks defeated Charlotte and Bayley on November 13, 2013, on an edition of NXT with the victory coming after the evil Charlotte turned against Bayley and later became the third member of the BFFs.

On April 22, 2013, she appeared on Monday Night Raw as Fandango’s newest dance partner. She danced briefly with Fandango’s rival Chris Jericho after his attack on Fandango on the stage area.

On May 20, 2013, on an episode of Monday Night Raw, she accompanied Fandango to his first tag match with Wade Barrett to face Chris Jericho and The Miz. While the match was in progress, Fandango abandoned his partner and instead danced with her until the end of the match which resulted in Barrett’s defeat.

On October 25, 2013, on an episode of Friday Night SmackDown, she got into a brawl with diva Natalya inside the ring during a match between Fandango and The Great Khali. She made her debut match in WWE at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view where she teamed up with Fandango to face Natalya and Khali in a winning effort when she rolled up Natalya.

In the beginning of 2014, she started a feud with Emma who was called to the main roster and the two competed in several dance-off competitions on both Raw and SmackDown which Emma won. The two finally faced off in a match on February 24, 2014, on an episode of Raw where Emma defeated her.

On April 8, 2014, Fandango announced the end of his association with her via Twitter. On April 11, 2014, on an episode of SmackDown, Fandango replaced her with Layla. This storyline was put in place to allow her time off television to film The Marine 4.

She returned on May 19, 2014, on an episode of Raw where she confronted and kissed Fandango and attacked Layla before their match. She made her in-ring return on the following episode of Raw in an losing effort to Eva Marie following the interference from Fandango and Layla.

On June 30, 2014, on an episode of Raw during a match between Fandango and Dolph Ziggler, she interfered and kissed Ziggler causing Fandango to lose.

Upon the release of her first film The Marine 4: Moving Target in April, she was disrespected by her co-star The Miz and as a result she allied herself with Miz’s estranged personal assistant, Damien Sandow. On April 20, 2015, on an episode of Raw, she helped Miz win a match against Sandow having been working with Miz from the start.

In June 2015, she became involved with Rusev’s storyline with his former manager Lana and Dolph Ziggler in which she formed a relationship with Rusev.

On October 22, 2015, on an episode of SmackDown during a Miz TV segment between her and Ziggler, she introduced the debuting Tyler Breeze as her new man before Breeze attacked Ziggler. However, during the final SmackDown of 2015, she and Breeze announced that they amicably decided to go their separate ways.

She still competes in WWE to this day and is a part of the Raw brand.

In 2014, she joined the cast of Total Divas for its second season where she continued to feud with The Bella Twins and Natalya out of the ring. She starred in The Marine 4 alongside The Miz.

My Thoughts: Summer Rae is a woman that could be something in the WWE. She has a great look, she has a presence about her in and outside of the ring, she has a great character, she has great charisma, and she’s solid in the ring. It’s all about Summer!

Video: This video contains a backstage interview with Summer Rae by Tony Dawson on April 10, 2013.

My Thoughts: This was a great interview from Summer Rae here as she got to showcase her mic skills and character.

Tony Dawson was calling her Summer Rae, but Summer Rae stopped him and told him that she is “The First Lady of NXT” Summer Rae which Tony Dawson corrected himself. Tony Dawson then asked Summer Rae on why she ran away in a middle of the match in which Summer Rae stopped him and told him that she didn’t ran away. She went out of the ring because she left her curly iron on in her locker room and she doesn’t want the building to burn.

Tony Dawson then told Summer Rae that it was plauisble, but Summer Rae stopped him again and that it is plauisble because Paige should be thanking her about it because she wouldn’t have to beat her up in the ring. Tony Dawson then thanked Summer Rae, but Summer Rae once again stopped him and told Tony Dawson by calling Tony Dawkins that it’s “The First Lady of NXT” Summer Rae in which Tony Dawson said as Summer Rae left with flipping her hair on Tony Dawson and by saying she is “The First Lady of NXT”.

I really enjoy this interview because it really shows the character and charisma that Summer Rae had here. I love how she interrupted Tony Dawson every time he said something that she doesn’t like and she corrected him for that. I really enjoyed that and her excuse for exiting the ring was hilarious.

Great interview here as Summer Rae got to showcase her mic skills and character.

Summer Rae could have been a big part of the women’s division in WWE and can still be today. She’s not a bad wrestler by any means, but her greatest strengths relies with her character and charisma where she could be a perfect valet for a wrestler that get heat on them.

It’s a shame that they’re not getting any use out of her as I think she could be a big part of the women’s division in WWE if she was being used right. Unfortunately, she hasn’t been seen on TV for a while now and I won’t be surprised if she gets released by WWE in the near future. Whatever the case might be, I wish her nothing, but the best because she was “The First Lady of NXT”!

After watching the video, give me your thoughts on the video or the wrestler herself. Thank you.

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