For months now, RAW has been airing vignettes advertising the return of WWE Diva Emma. The segments have been promoting the idea that Emma has been given a makeover, and that her new character – Emmalina – will be premiering soon.
The longer the vignettes have been airing, the more mystique and excitement has built around the return. Eventually, a ‘premier date’ of 12th December was scheduled. However, 12th December came and RAW passed without the advertised debut of their repackaged diva.
In fact, all that was put forward by WWE was another advertisement for the return sporting the tagline – ‘Premiering Soon.’
There has been little to no indication from the WWE or Emmalina herself as to how soon will the return happen, or when she will be debuting her new act. However, Emma did take to her own personal Twitter page soon after RAW in order to offer an explanation as to her absence;
All you cared about were the #4Horsewomen…
Now I finally have your attention and I’m supposed to fall at your feet, yeah right! #Raw pic.twitter.com/f2d2c8US4E
— EMMA (@EmmaWWE) December 13, 2016
However, recently there have been two slightly different rumours circulating as to why the debut hasn’t happened yet.
Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio has, on Twitter, spoken about the delay in the return now being an ‘inside joke’ in the WWE:
It’s an inside joke now https://t.co/oMni4kO1L1
— Dave Meltzer (@davemeltzerWON) December 20, 2016
On the post recent episode of his podcast, Meltzer drew parallels between the current Emmalina angle and the renovation of Brodus Clay; where he was teased for weeks before eventually debuting, not as the monster destroyer we had all imagined but with the now infamous dancing gimmick.
Similarly, Ringside News have reported that WWE officials are pausing before finally firing on the Emmalina angle as they cannot decide on a concrete feud to bring her in on. They have also reported that WWE have scrapped two different angles for the former NXT Superstar.
The first angle was to have her debut and confront Sasha Banks as a way for the Legit Boss to transition away from her feud with Charlotte Flair. On this week’s RAW, however, it was made clear that this angle was given to Nia Jax instead.
The second binned storyline was to pair Emmalina and Dana Brooke together again, similar to their successful run together in NXT before the former’s injury in May.
Both these angles would have seen Emmalina playing a heel, and while we are still waiting for her, the activity and posts on her Twitter account would certainly lead fans to believe that she does plan to return to her heel persona as opposed to her dancing face character.