WWE Royal Rumble 2012: Kharma's Return and What It Means

Nathan Giese@@gieseflysouthSenior Analyst IIJanuary 29, 2012

Last night at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view, Kharma made her long-awaited return to the WWE post-pregnancy. 

Not only did she make her return, she returned in epic fashion, becoming the third woman to ever enter and compete in the illustrious Royal Rumble match. 

Lucky for us, the viewers, we got to see Michael Cole nearly soil himself after hearing Kharma's music hit, realizing he was no longer safe from confrontation after surviving the 90-second interval between entrances. 

After she dealt with Cole—with a little assist from Jerry "The King" Lawler and Booker T—she bounced Hunico from the ring in epic fashion, sending him crashing to the outside of the ring.

Besides Kelly Kelly's skydive from the top rope on top of seven other divas during their tag match earlier in the night, Kharma's return was the highest point of the night for the females.  She made her presence known quickly and with gusto. 

Now the question is: What does all this mean for the diva's division?

What it means is that we finally have a legitimate face threat to Beth Phoenix's Divas Championship reign. 

Phoenix has been out for some time now after suffering a goose egg near her eye due to a botched leg drop performed by Alicia Fox a number of weeks ago. 

Kelly Kelly hasn't been doing a whole lot as of late besides showing up to give the crowd a chance to enjoy her presence. Eve is in a storyline with Zack Ryder and Kane, meaning she's likely out of the picture for now.  Nicki and Brie Bella have actually been dominating in recent weeks and are the apple of Vince McMahon's eye but don't deserve title opportunities. 

Tamina has been doing a bang-up job over of SmackDown, but few people really know about it do to people ignoring the division as a whole.  Natalya, while still Beth's counterpart in the Divas of Doom, hasn't been fairing so well as of late, mostly being used as  jobber for the newer females in the business.

Which brings us to Kharma.  I fully expect Kharma and Beth Phoenix to battle toe-to-toe at WrestleMania over the Divas title, giving us the classic battle we've been waiting for since her debut at last year's Extreme Rulez. 

Until then, I see Kharma trying to get her form of justice by destroying the Bella Twins after their snide and crude remarks to her during her announcement of pregnancy last year.  It will give Kharma a chance to shake off some ring rust and also build up some credibility as a monster face, somewhat like what Brodus Clay has been able to do as of late without the dancing.

Kharma being back means we finally have some intrigue in the Diva's storylines, something that has been lacking in recent months.

We've missed you Kharma. Now go out and kick some tail.