Compared to the good ol’ days, women’s wrestling within the WWE has practically died over the past several years. If there were any hope for a revival of the Divas Division, it lay in the future.
However, over the past week, hope for the future has also seemingly been extinguished.
What semblance of a division that remained over recent years was almost entirely based around the one-time women’s champion Kelly Kelly. With Kelly’s recent departure from the company, the WWE is smart to have moved their focus in 2012 to Layla, and more recently, Eve.
Despite having not appeared on Raw for several months, Kelly’s departure comes as a big blow to the already struggling division. In addition to losing the face of their women, the talented four-time champion Beth Phoenix is finishing up her dates with the company before retiring later this year.
Kharma also confirmed her release from her WWE contract back in July, having never truly started as an active wrestler on the roster due to her pregnancy and subsequent miscarriage.
As well as the main roster, WWE’s developmental territory NXT has faced major setbacks with its Divas recently. At first it was the promising Sofia Cortez who would depart from the company several months ago.
News also broke last week that the daughter of Eddie and Vickie Guerrero, Raquel Diaz, had parted ways with the company for personal reasons. Diaz’s ring work was progressing steadily, and her microphone work was the best of all WWE’s females.
Independent wrestling star Buggy Nova, who is currently under WWE contract, is also on shaky ground, as she recently checked into WWE-sponsored rehab.
The present is bleak, but the outlook for the future is no longer any better. Reports indicate that Triple H, the heir in line to take over the company, has no interest in women’s wrestling. Under Triple H the tag-team division is expected to see new life, but the Divas are likely to be pushed further out of the spotlight.
Earlier this year WWE finally signed Sara Del Rey, but in what capacity she will be working for the company no one yet fully knows. Whether Del Rey works solely as an NXT trainer or actively on the roster could be inconsequential though. WWE does have talented women, such as the only female graduate of the Hart Dungeon Natalya, but it is utilizing them where the company falls down.
If there is any hope for the future of the division it now lies with upcoming talent like Paige, Audrey Marie and Summer Rae. Then again, it’s not the wrestlers who are the problem—it's WWE management’s attitude towards their women.