On the April 23rd edition of Raw, Nikki Bella pinned Beth Phoenix to become the new Divas Champion.
This is Nikki’s first reign with the title. Her twin sister, Brie, had a previous reign with the belt, making them the only sisters to accomplish this feat in a major wrestling promotion.
But even though Nikki was the winner on Monday Night Raw, there is an ugly truth to consider.
Beth really defeated herself by getting injured, and Nikki will be a transitional champion.
That’s right; Nikki Bella is going to be the “Yokozuna” that stood in-between the reigns of Bret Hart and Hulk Hogan.
For whatever reason, WWE wanted the title off Beth, and Nikki is the temporary placeholder for an entirely different challenger, such as another heel diva or someone who Beth could not (or would not) lose to.
And this will especially be true if the rumors of Nikki and Brie’s expiring contracts are accurate.
Let's be honest for a moment. Nikki and Brie were never the best athletes. But their in-ring psychology has dramatically improved since their debut. And their charisma is usually good as well.
Could this title reign be a “thank you card” on the way out of the door? Only time will tell.
In the meantime, let us take a look at a few ladies who could be the “next” next Divas Champion.