WWE Diva Diagnosis: Does the WWE Need to Call Up More Divas to the Main Roster?
The Divas division is clearly in the middle of a major overhaul.
Just in the last two weeks, we’ve seen the Bella Twins legitimately part ways with the WWE, Beth Phoenix get written off of TV with an ankle injury, Layla return to win the Divas title and (I do believe I called this one) Maxine moving up from NXT to Raw.
Now, this essentially means that the Bellas have been replaced by Layla and Maxine, which is like replacing two pennies with two dollar bills. I love it.
Still, the Bellas’ departure leaves a big absence on the heel side of the Divas division, and one solution for that problem appears to be a gradual heel turn for AJ, which I’m all for.
The absence of both Beth and Kharma, however, means that two of the WWE’s three most talented Divas are sitting on the sidelines and that there isn’t much to get excited about when it comes to the Divas division.
Things will undoubtedly get better whenever Beth and Kharma do come back, but is that really enough? I don’t think so.
Much like the male side of the WWE’s roster, the Divas division is about as thin as ever—there are enough women in the WWE to have a division, but most of the ones that are there aren’t very good.
Does the WWE need to promote more Divas to Raw and/or SmackDown?
This, in turn, has led to recycled feuds, because the WWE seems intent on only pushing a handful of Divas at any given point, and one of its most-pushed Divas, Eve Torres, is stuck in a non-wrestling role at the moment.
With all of the missing pieces in the Divas division, I think it’s time for the WWE to seriously consider calling up more Divas to the main roster or, in a perfect world, hiring some talent from the independent scene.
There is a ton of women out there who could instantly contribute to women’s wrestling in WWE: Madison Eagles, Mercedes Martinez, Sara Del Rey, Serena Deeb, Cherry Bomb, etc.
The problem is that the chances of the WWE even looking at those women, much less signing them, is slim to none, and the WWE will have to make do with whatever talent it already has under contract.
It seems to be doing that by giving Kaitlyn a bit more of a role on TV lately, and though she was once pretty terrible, she’s improved a lot lately and could help add some depth to the Divas division at the very least.
Kaitlyn, of course, isn’t going to send shockwaves through the WWE, though, so we need more than that to make women’s wrestling matter.
Now, I know that Naomi is now relegated to being one of Brodus Clay’s dancers, but at least in my view, she was the second-most talented Diva on the all-female season of NXT behind only AJ.
I think that she’s someone who could become a really solid baby face and, like with Kaitlyn, give the Divas division some much-needed depth.
Will any of this actually happen, though? I don’t know.
But if the WWE isn’t willing to search throughout the indy scene for some great female talent, then it has to look in-house to solve some of its problems with women wrestling.
Now that Maxine appears to be on board, I’d start with Kaitlyn and Naomi, and if the WWE needs to dip into FCW as well, then that’s certainly OK, too.
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