WWE's female wrestlers have broken gender barriers before—winning the Intercontinental Championship and entering the Royal Rumble—but could a Diva ever win a major men's title?
As far-fetched as that sounds, with the right individual at an opportune time, a female could one day hold the World Heavyweight Championship.
As reported on Allwrestling.com, Beth Phoenix said she'd love to one day compete for the World Heavyweight Championship.
Beth Phoenix is not the right wrestler for that historic moment.
It's no fault of her own. She has the strength and the in-ring skills to believably compete with some of the men on the roster.
Her WWE career so far hasn't portrayed her as dominant and impressive as she could be. Ankle injury or not, were a woman who was defeated by Nikki Bella be able to defeat someone like Sheamus or Daniel Bryan for the World Heavyweight Championship, it would cheapen the title.
If WWE wants to go down that road, though, they've already signed the perfect wrestler to accomplish that task.
Kharma—provided she returns at all and is booked as an unstoppable force for several months—could conceivably make history by winning the world's title. She is physically imposing and tough enough to compete against men, much like Chyna did several years ago.
It's hard to imagine Kharma, even as strong as she is, convincingly defeating the current champ, Sheamus.
Looking back through past champions, though, there have been men who have held the title who could fall victim to Kharma’s Implant Buster. It’s not impossible to imagine Kharma battling, surviving and ultimately winning in a match against former champs Rey Mysterio or Jeff Hardy.
Clean victory or not, finding a male wrestler willing to lose to a woman will be difficult. It would take a major team player who was able to put aside his pride for the company.
Regardless of the talent and the respect the woman they chose to do this had, many fans would bemoan the loss of the title's prestige. "How could a title once held by Hall of Famers be given to a Diva?," they'd say.
That's why it can't just be anyone.
Sometimes it's hard to imagine the future until it arrives.
There was a time when it was inconceivable for a man under 200 lbs to win a major title. Then Mysterio came along.
There was a time when African-American wrestlers simply didn't get main-event slots.
When guys like Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart weren't considered championship material.
When someone would have laughed at you for saying a woman could win the Intercontinental Championship.
Putting the world title on a female would be as divisive as it would be groundbreaking.
WWE may not have the guts to pull the trigger on a move like that, but if they decide to, they have the perfect woman for the job. She waits on the precipice of history, a raging bull, ready to charge.