For quite some time now we WWE fans have been begging for a change in the women’s division. Instead using their segments/matches as bathroom breaks, we want them to be meaningful. It hasn’t helped the main roster hat NXT continues to deliver some of the best women’s wrestling in the company’s history. With great reason, fans have not been pleased with what the divas division currently is. Well I’m here to say, change takes time, a lot of it.
Firstly, I’d like to start off with Nikki Bella and the status of the Divas Championship. Since I’m a fan of Total Divas, I’m completely fine with her holding the title. She is currently the most relevant woman on the roster and the most popular outside the regular fan base. With her decent in ring skills and popularity, she’s probably the most deserving of that title. Within the past few months I’ve noticed some of the more hardcore fans express concern over her breaking AJ Lee’s record, and I don’t understand why. Yes, she’s not as talented as AJ Lee, but at this point it would make no sense to have her drop the belt. Putting aside the marketability on Bella, there would be no major difference if Paige or Naomi were champ. It would be even worse to put it on one of the 3 newer women, because most of the casual fan base is still warming up to them .Her long reign will now play a huge role in the “revolution” because when she finally does drop it to one of the newer divas, it will be a huge deal. In that sense Nikki’s booking has been solid (apart from the face/heel turns every week).
Secondly, we need to stop comparing the current situation of the WWE women’s roster to what’s happening in NXT. The hype around the NXT women’s roster is what sparked this entire “revolution”, so with due time, we’ll begin to see the major changes. Let’s keep in mind though, NXT’s women’s division wasn’t built overnight. In fact it just gained traction within the past year, which goes to show that rebuilding talent isn’t a simple task. By just calling up these three women and giving them much more TV time is step up from where the women were a year ago on the main roster. These NXT style storylines will come soon enough, once they can receive more time in front of fans. The fans of NXT loved the feuds because they were given a chance to watch these performers grow into who they currently are. We haven’t always loved Sasha, Bayley, Becky, and Charlotte. As of now, the fans of the main roster are not familiar with the call ups and they will need to watch them grow on the big stage. In my personal experiences, I find most casual fans view these women as just other divas, even when I reiterate how special they are. Us hardcore fans tend forget about how many casual fans are actually watching the WWE. Back in February of this year I got a chance to see a house show where Banks made an appearance. To my surprise, there were very few fans that recognized her.
I can see how fans are upset with the current state of the divas division, this past Monday didn’t help the WWE whatsoever. Keep in mind that Night of Champions is being advertised to showcase all championships being defended, including the Divas Championship. In order for them to take the “revolution” to the next level, this needs to be a singles feud. At most a triple threat. They would only be harming themselves if it turns into a battle royal. Even if Bella comes out victorious, it’s only about giving the fans a chance to emotionally invest themselves into individual divas, not teams. It would probably be wise to have a match including Bella, Banks, and Charlotte. That way each faction is represented. By December we should be getting into secondary feuds, similar to Charlotte-Dana Brooke and Emma-Bayley. If done properly, these can take over some of the useless men’s feuds. Also, can someone give these women a better script to work with? Other than Sasha and Nikki, I feel the rest of them are just terrible at delivering their lines .It’s too late to complain about what happened two months ago, it’s now a matter of them treating each new diva with care and making the majority of fans care about them.
Before we walk over to WWE Headquarters with pitchforks and torches, lets take a step back and see how everything plays out. While we may not believe it, the company does listen to how vocal the internet community is, and it’s been proven in the past. The fact that Rollins is holding two titles and Reigns isn’t is a sign they respect our opinion. True talent always finds a way to break through.
Feel free to leave your thoughts on the entire Divas Revolution. What do you think they should do? What have you disagreed with? I’d love to hear your thoughts.