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Vince's Devils

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Vince's Devils
Stable
Members Candice Michelle
Torrie Wilson
Victoria
Chloe (Mascot)
Name(s) Ladies in Pink
Vince's Devils
Debut August 22, 2005
Disbanded March 2006
Years active 2005-2006
Promotions WWE

Vince's Devils (originally known as the Ladies in Pink)[1] was a villainous alliance of female professional wrestlers in World Wrestling Entertainment on its Raw brand. It consisted of Divas Candice Michelle, Torrie Wilson, and Victoria.[2] The women formed their alliance in August 2005 after Wilson and Michelle were traded to Raw from SmackDown!. Vince's Devils, named after WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, helped each other in their matches and rivalries until tension began growing between Wilson and Candice Michelle over the latter's April 2006 Playboy pictorial. The group had officially split by March 2006.

History[edit]

Debut[edit]

In August 2005, in a trade un-aired on television, SmackDown! Divas Torrie Wilson and Candice Michelle were traded to Raw for Raw Divas Stacy Keibler and Christy Hemme, who were moved to SmackDown!.[3] During their debut, the duo of Torrie and Candice began a new storyline when they called Diva Search 2005 winner Ashley Massaro to ringside to congratulate her for winning the competition, but instead they taunted and attacked her, becoming villains in the process.[4] The next week, Torrie and Candice recruited the evil Victoria to join them, and the three began harassing Massaro on a regular basis. They also taunted and embarrassed her during matches.[4]

Feuds[edit]

When Trish Stratus made her return from a legitimate back injury on September 12, she became a fan favorite by joining forces with Massaro.[5] At Unforgiven, Victoria and Wilson lost a match against Stratus and Massaro.[6] At WWE Homecoming, they lost again in a Bra and Panties Handicap match when they were stripped by their opponents.[7]

For several weeks afterward, Wilson was absent from television due to personal issues she had to attend to off-screen.[8] On November 28, Wilson returned to the group to participate in a six-woman tag team match. Wilson's dog Chloe became an official member of the group on December 26 when she interfered in one of Victoria's matches and became the first dog to have her own WWE.com profile.[9][10] At Taboo Tuesday in November, Candice Michelle was eliminated from the Fulfill Your Fantasy Battle Royal for the WWE Women's Championship by former rival Ashley Massaro.[11]

On the January 2 episode of Raw, the Ladies in Pink turned their attention to backstage announcer Maria Kanellis, blaming her for Victoria's loss in a match.[12] Victoria announced to Maria that they had a match scheduled that night and proceeded to attack her before the bell.[12] Although Victoria seemed to have the advantage in the match, which included interference from Wilson and Chloe, Victoria was pinned after she attempted an offensive maneuver but missed and ran into the turnbuckle, allowing Maria to pin her.[12] After the match, Candice Michelle, Wilson, and Victoria attacked Maria until Ashley Massaro ran down to the ring to assist Maria.[12] The conflict between the Divas caused the Chairman, Vince McMahon, to make a Bra and Panties Gauntlet match at New Year's Revolution, which Massaro won when she eliminated Victoria by removing her shorts.[9][13] The next night on Raw, the Ladies in Pink announced that they had changed the name of their alliance to Vince's Devils.[14] The storyline rivalry with Massaro continued on the January 23 episode of Raw, when Victoria and Candice Michelle were defeated by Trish Stratus and Massaro in a tag team match.[15] At the Royal Rumble on January 30, the three women were shown in backstage segments flirting with McMahon.[16]

Split[edit]

By February, Candice Michelle had announced that she was going to be on the cover of the April edition of Playboy magazine, and tension began to grow between Candice Michelle and Torrie Wilson.[17] After winning a number one contender's Diva battle royal on Raw in which she first eliminated Wilson and then Mickie James and Ashley at the same time, Candice Michelle received her first singles WWE Women's Championship match, but she lost to champion Trish Stratus on February 27.[18][19] After the match, Candice Michelle slapped Wilson, blaming her, in storyline, for the loss.[19] As a result of the tension between the women, Wilson became a fan favorite, while Candice Michelle and Victoria continued to act as villains on-screen.[4]

On March 13, during Victoria's Women's Championship match, Wilson ran down and gave Victoria a facebuster costing her the victory. Later in the broadcast, it had appeared that Candice Michelle and Victoria may have gotten their revenge as Trish Stratus found an unconscious Wilson laid out in the Divas' Locker room with Candice's Playboy magazine lying across Wilson.[20] At WrestleMania 22, Wilson gained revenge by defeating the evil Candice Michelle in a Playboy Pillow Fight match.[21][22] On the June 12 episode of Raw, Wilson defeated Candice Michelle in the first ever Wet and Wild match, a wrestling match involving water balloons and squirt guns, in which the winner of the match would be on the cover of the WWE 2006 Summer Special magazine.[23] After the match, the feuds and alliances between the women ended, and they continued to appear together in television segments with no mention of their time as former allies and enemies. On the July 17 episode of Raw, Candice was the Special Guest Referee during a tag team match of Stratus and Wilson against Victoria and Mickie. James entered the match without being tagged in, so Candice threw her out of the ring. Afterwards, Victoria tried to clothesline Candice, but she ducked out of the way, allowing Stratus to perform a Stratusfaction for the victory. As a result of her participation in the match, Candice became a face. Their allies between Candice and Victoria came to an end.

In wrestling[edit]

Tag team members Candice Michelle (left) Torrie Wilson (center) and Victoria (right)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Waldman, Jon (May 8, 2008). "Torrie Wilson released by WWE". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-11-30. 
  2. ^ Baines, Tim (January 15, 2006). "Sting down with TNA for ring return". Ottawa Sun. Retrieved 2008-03-15. 
  3. ^ "Candice & Torrie traded to Raw". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2005-08-21. Retrieved 2008-01-19. 
  4. ^ a b c Milner, John M. (2005-05-29). "Torrie Wilson Bio". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-11-07. 
  5. ^ "Raw results". World Wrestling Entertainment. September 12, 2005. Retrieved 2007-07-01. 
  6. ^ Sokol, Chris (September 19, 2005). "Unforgiven marred by unfortunate ending". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-03-15. 
  7. ^ "Countdown to WWE Homecoming". SLAM! Wrestling. October 3, 2005. Retrieved 2008-03-15. 
  8. ^ "Most Desirable Women 2006: Torrie Wilson". AskMen.com. Retrieved 2007-11-08. 
  9. ^ a b c Dee, Louie (January 4, 2006). "Best in Show". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 
  10. ^ a b "Chloe's profile". World Wrestling Entertainment. Archived from the original on April 7, 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-02. 
  11. ^ PWI Staff (2007). "Pro Wrestling Illustrated presents: 2007 Wrestling almanac & book of facts". "Wrestling’s historical cards". Kappa Publishing. p. 119. 
  12. ^ a b c d e "The Chamber awaits". World Wrestling Entertainment. January 2, 2006. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 
  13. ^ Sokol, Chris (January 9, 2006). "Edge surprise champ after Revolution". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-03-15. 
  14. ^ "Torrie Wilson's Biography". T-Wilson.org. Retrieved 2008-12-06. 
  15. ^ "Ready to Rumble". World Wrestling Entertainment. January 23, 2006. Retrieved 2008-10-22. 
  16. ^ Plummer, Dale and Nick Tylwalk (January 30, 2006). "Mysterio claims Rumble; Cena reigns again". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-12-06. 
  17. ^ ""R" is for Revenge". World Wrestling Entertainment. February 16, 2006. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 
  18. ^ "Raw results". World Wrestling Entertainment. February 20, 2006. Retrieved 2007-07-02. 
  19. ^ a b "Raw results". World Wrestling Entertainment. February 27, 2006. Retrieved 2007-07-02. 
  20. ^ Hamilton, Ian. Wrestling's Sinking Ship: What Happens to an Industry Without Competition (p.222)
  21. ^ Hamilton, Ian. Wrestling's Sinking Ship: What Happens to an Industry Without Competition (p.226)
  22. ^ Plummer, Dale and Nick Tylwalk (April 3, 2006). "WrestleMania delivers big time on PPV". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-03-15. 
  23. ^ "Most Desirable Women 2007: Torrie Wilson". AskMen.com. Retrieved 2007-11-08. 
  24. ^ "Torrie Wilson's Profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2007-11-10. 
  25. ^ "Victoria's profile". World Wrestling Entertainment. Archived from the original on February 26, 2009. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 
  26. ^ Michael Dorausch (2006-03-14). "Chiropractic Wife Candice Michelle in April Playboy". Planet Chiropractic. Retrieved 2008-07-21. 
  27. ^ "Candice Michelle – Top 99 Women of 2007". AskMen.com. Retrieved 2007-07-02. 

References[edit]

  • Hamilton, Ian (2006). Wrestling's Sinking Ship: What Happens to an Industry Without Competition. Lulu.com. ISBN 1-4116-1210-8.