Rumors of the Divas divison's demise have been greatly exaggerated.
While tonight's contest between champion Layla El and newly announced challenger Eve Torres, a sudden replacement in what is looking to be a Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan storyline, was not exactly a wrestling clinic, it was a better contest than anything we have become accustomed to seeing from your usual Divas match since Twin Magic was used as a finishing move.
Eve, the manipulative heel executive assistant to the Booker T administration, defeated Layla in the middle of the ring fair and square to become the WWE Divas Champion for a record third time. There was never a doubt in the match that Eve would come out on top, and it looks as if Eve will become the powerful woman in charge that she was meant to be since her ill-fated days as John Laurinaitis' assistant.
Let's be honest here: despite my always apparent optimism, the women in WWE are not in any position to be what they were during the days of the WWE Women's Championship. Trish Stratus, Victoria, Molly Holly, Jazz and Ivory are now distant memories. I found it ironic that they showed montage footage of Trish and the late, great Fabulous Moolah in the opening of the show when they were referencing the Divas title being defended, highlighting a time long before women were referred to as "Divas" with a capital "D."
However, you should not misinterpret that as me lamenting the state of the Divas. Eve's victory over Layla and regaining the Divas Championship secures her place as a woman as powerful, if not more so, than AJ Lee. Despite AJ's status as Raw general manager, she has never won a championship during her tenure as an active in-ring performer, never mind doing it three times.
With rumors continuing to circulate regarding the status of GM roles for both Raw and SmackDown, Eve's reign as Divas champion could add to the friction and volatility between AJ and Booker T. Not only could they begin competition between each other to determine who is a more competent leader (perhaps culminating in a Survivor Series bout?), the belt over Eve's shoulder could enable her to lay claim as the most valuable asset to either administration.
We also learned, I'm afraid, that WWE has no faith in Kaitlyn at all. I have nothing against her, but considering her title shot apparently stemmed from a miscommunication in the ring and was rescheduled at the 11th hour, it looks as if Eve will remain in this top spot for some time. Having Eve, the executive assistant to Booker T, perform some kind of conspiracy to attack the challenger before the match on a night when every single championship needs to be defended was not only smart, but also convenient.
This opens up another question: Who was behind the attack on Kaitlyn? While it may be a stretch to think they would continue the storyline for such a length of time, Raw is a three-hour show now and they have plenty of segments to use.
Is this an opening for a new, powerful group of women trying to overtake the male-dominated management in WWE?
Is Eve recruiting her own brand of minions?
Is she working with CM Punk and Paul Heyman?
These are just some possibilities, and one more reason why we should tune in tonight to see what happens with our new Divas Champion.