In a surprise turn of events, a WWE referee has captured gold at one of this weekend’s live shows!
The WWE 24/7 Championship was originally unveiled by Mick Foley back in May 2019 with Titus O’Neil becoming the inaugural champion.
Under its “24/7 rule”, the 24/7 Championship can be defended anytime, anywhere, as long as a referee is present. It has since been used in various comedic angles and won by a diverse range of individuals, including current stars, legends, and non-wrestling personalities.
At a WWE live event on September 25th, a referee was not only present, but captured the title for themselves! Nikki ASH has posted a video on social media showing her pushing referee Daphanie LaShaunn before LaShaunn took the star by surprise, rolling her up to win the title.
The chaos continued as fellow referee Shawn Bennett rolled up LaShaunn and got himself a two-count. However, Nikki ASH recaptured the belt with her own roll-up before quickly leaving the ring.
The Superhero champion blasted the “shifty referees” on Twitter, claiming there was a plot against her by dastardly Supervillains in the company.
“well now! These shifty referees [Shawn Bennett] [Daphanie LaShaunn] plotting against the Always A SuperHero ! Let it be known, on this breezy Saturday Night, these SuperVillians including [Dana Brooke] chose Vancouver Violence! #WWEVancouver ”
😐😐😐😐 well now! These shifty referees @BennettWWE@RefAjaWWE
plotting against the Always A SuperHero ! Let it be known, on this breezy Saturday Night, these SuperVillians including @DanaBrookeWWE chose Vancouver Violence! #WWEVancouver
🎥 : @TheMattyCoxpic.twitter.com/O2zftpZmYQ
— Nikki A.S.H (@WWENikkiASH) September 25, 2022
Daphanie LaShaunn, real name Aja Smith, became the first black female referee in WWE history when she signed with the company in February 2020.
Prior to becoming a referee, Smith competed in the ring under the name Aja Perera. She appeared in promotions across the world including in the United States, Japan and Mexico and has held the SHINE Nova and Tag Team Championship.