WWE Divas: Bella Twins Firing Will Only Weaken Already-Thin Divas Division

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 2012

Photo courtesy of WWE.com
Photo courtesy of WWE.com

They may not have been technical marvels between the ropes, but there is no question that the Bella Twins were an entertaining combination in the WWE. Now that they have been fired by Eve—or, more accurately, their contracts have run out in real life—the Divas division is in a state of turmoil.

Ever since 2008, the Bellas have been a fixture on WWE programming. Both Brie and Nikki are former Divas Champions. While they were never as polished as the likes of Beth Phoenix or Natalya in the ring, they were extremely versatile performers who worked on Raw, SmackDown, ECW, house shows and pretty much anywhere the WWE needed them.

They were able to play the face role well, but they were equally good and perhaps better as heels with attitude. As far as the Divas go, they were decent on the mic, and their constant bickering was a fun part of their allure as well. On top of all that, they were a couple of bombshells who had the male fans in the palm of their hands as soon as they made their entrance.

The Bellas and the WWE are no longer, though, and there is no doubt that the Divas division has taken a major hit. The Bellas and the Divas division in general have taken a lot of criticism over the past couple of years. While this obviously isn't the golden age of female wrestling in the WWE, there has always been some degree of entertainment value.

It's fair to say that the Bella Twins were a big part of that, so their departure is truly unfortunate. The return of Layla helps to some degree, as she appears to be the total package in terms of looks, personality and in-ring skills, but she can't make up for the Bellas completely. The Bella Twins are often looked at as one entity, but the fact of the matter is that the WWE has lost two high-quality Divas at once and that is a tough pill to swallow.

The WWE is going to need another return of some sort to make up for the loss of the Bellas. The most obvious choice for that, which would seem plausible at the moment, is Kharma. Her comeback was delayed due to serious personal matters, and while that certainly took a toll on her from an emotional standpoint, there is reason to believe that she is on track to return soon.

Her name was mentioned on WWE programming for the first time in months when Eve alluded to her at Extreme Rules. Kharma has also been tweeting about the WWE quite frequently as of late. If she comes back and rolls through the division, it will most definitely soften the blow of losing the Bellas for a while. However, even she can't make up for them forever, because they were simply a rare breed.

Individually, it's tough to say if the Bellas would have ever been able to rise to the heights that they did, but as a package deal they ended up being great for the company. When it came to visiting the troops or getting involved with other charitable endeavors outside of the ring, the Bellas always seemed to be right in the mix.

They were great ambassadors for the WWE and reliable performers who always brought their best to the table. Perhaps nobody will remember a specific match of theirs in retrospect, but the Bellas have left an indelible mark on the company and their departure leaves a big hole in the Divas division.