WWE: Triple H Wants More Tag Teams, Fewer Divas: Restoring Value for the Future
Another report scores another point for Triple H with his growing influence on the future of WWE.
A recent report from F4Wonline.com via Wrestlezone.com claims Triple H wants more stock in the tag team division and less divas.
Its a back-to-basics decision. Simple, old-school decision.
The tag team division provides a different paced match and story being told compared to singles matches. The tag division also trickles over and helps fuel the singles division for years to come.
So many stars created over the years got their in-ring experience and character liftoff from a tag team.
Shawn Michaels with The Rockers.
Bret Hart with The Hart Foundation.
The Rock teaming in the Nation of Domination.
Randy Orton teaming in Evolution.
The Miz teaming with John Morrison.
Booker T with Harlem Heat.
Christian, Cody Rhodes, Dolph Ziggler and Zack Ryder can also be included on the list.
This is just a small sample of the list in the history books of pro wrestling.
A large list of names who went on to be, or soon will be, world champions and main event stars selling out arenas.
How many Divas sold out Madison Square Garden? Were top merchandise sellers? Gained viewers in a segment on Raw?
Before the females begin to picket off of this column, let me clarify—female wrestling and talent is worthwhile. You just have to know the worth.
Their worth isn't to sell out or be the top merchandise seller. They just aren't. Like any good team, you have role players. The females can be, when the right female is used in the right situation, the ultimate role players.
According to WWE, 34 percent of their television audience are females. I wish we knew what percentage is watching the product because they're entertained or because they're seeing a half-naked Randy Orton. In the end, it doesn't matter; they're watching.
Whether the females in the audience find the females in the ring talented or genuinely care, many still take some interest to seeing the Divas perform. Fellow females in the wrestling ring intrigues many females in the audience, either from a sarcastic standpoint or sincere interest.
Some female audience members have sarcastic remarks about how fake the Divas look or what the Divas are capable of physically in the ring. "Why does my boyfriend think she looks good? I can have done that move better than that b****!"
The other female audience members do look up to the Divas as a sense of empowerment that they're out there performing a very physical genre.
The male audience members take part in the sarcasm, some in the genuine interest and, of course, the obvious sex appeal.
Any way you look at them, there is a place for it, but wrestling bookers/creative, please choose wisely.
Recruiting talent for the roster via models in magazines can only do so much. This is how John Laurinaitis found Kelly Kelly. I had heard this before over the years and was never sure if I believed it, but then Kelly Kelly told me this past March in an interview.
Nothing personal against Kelly Kelly; she is arguably the most physically attractive Diva and has made improvements in her in-ring ability. However, her drawing power would be the same if she didn't wrestle at all.
She could be kept for role playing. A wrestler's on-screen girlfriend who eventually provides conflict in a storyline. A valet for a male wrestler as eye candy to enhance the character's image. These kinds of roles utilize the stunning good looks as well as make a girl like Kelly Kelly applicable to represent the company in the media.
Eye candy, do the media rounds, be used for sexy pictures on the WWE.com. Doesn't need to have a match.
Fifteen girls on a roster. More than half mostly looks and less in-ring talent. You don't need that many. Unless WWE is launching their own adult magazine or film line when Linda loses her campaign, there is no need for that many girls.
Beth Phoenix, Natalya, Tamina, Eve. Those are your girls who have your in-ring talent.
It also helps to utilize second-generation talent. The fans already give the female talent credibility, and rightfully so. Take advantage.
Tamina is the daughter of one of the most well-known wrestlers ever in Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka. Take advantage of Natalya being part of the most famous wrestling family ever. Take advantage of having the daughter of who many consider one of the greatest wrestlers ever in Ric Flair.
Sure, some of them may not look as good as the Kelly Kellys in a dress, but it doesn't matter. Nearly every week, segments on Raw lose viewers when the Divas come out to do their three minutes of television.
Sara Del Rey is renowned as one of the best female talents on the independent scene. Sure, looks-wise, she is no Kelly Kelly. However, when she is providing the best female action in a WWE ring, fans can appreciate it and can find her sexier because of it.
I think this is very applicable to Natalya and Beth Phoenix, who are currently on the roster.
Divas don't bring a big draw, but can be a good compliment to the show if placed in the correct role. AJ Lee provides a great example of this.
AJ Lee fits perfectly in her role on WWE television. She doesn't work in a WWE ring well with the other girls. She is so light she doesn't make any noise in-ring when bumping. This is something that can drive her female colleagues crazy when trying to work a match with her.
Her contribution is with her personality and the proper booking in the proper situation.
More television time for the tag division, which can draw and create stars for your future. Less wasted roster spots and television time on models. Let the tag division entertain and create stars. Less is more; use the right females at the right time.
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