The WWE seems to be putting less and less emphasis on the Divas division, so it wouldn't be surprising if the company all but phased it out in the near future. There is some real female wrestling talent on the roster, however, and Tamina Snuka is near the top of that list.
Despite her obvious in-ring ability, Tamina has been used almost exclusively on NXT Wrestling for the past few months. NXT is now WWE's developmental territory, so she has been working a lot with some of the company's young, up-and-coming Divas. While Tamina is certainly an asset in that regard, she can be used much better.
Should Tamina be utilized as a top WWE diva?
The WWE's Divas division has been absolutely decimated in recent months as The Bella Twins and Kelly Kelly have left the company, and Beth Phoenix may very well be on her way to doing the same, according to WrestlingInc.com. If Beth leaves, WWE will have only five Divas on the roster that it uses for in-ring action.
Eve is currently the WWE's Divas Champion and is clearly the diva that the company is choosing to push at the moment, but she could be leaving soon as well. According to F4WOnline.com (via WrestlingNewsSource.com), Eve may what to take some time off after she gets married. It is unclear if that means she would be gone for good, but it would be a hit to the Divas division either way.
The WWE needs to start diversifying the division if it wants female wrestling to prosper and giving Tamina an increased role is one way to do it. When you look at Tamina, she would seem to have everything. She is among the best Divas in terms of wrestling ability, she has a unique look and she has a great pedigree as she is the daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy Snuka.
It seems to me that the only reason Tamina isn't being pushed further is the fact that she isn't a model. I realize that it's cliche to say that the WWE cares more about a female wrestler's looks than her wrestling skills, but it's the only explanation. That isn't to say that Tamina is unattractive, but it isn't her main attribute like it is for Eve, Layla, Alicia Fox and others.
Tamina has received limited opportunities to impress, but she has made the most of them. Tamina lost to then-Divas Champion Beth Phoenix at Elimination Chamber this year, but she put forth a great effort in a match that many consider to be the WWE's best diva bout of the year.
The fact that she essentially dropped off the face of the Earth after that strong showing tells you everything you need to know about how uncommitted the WWE is to good female wrestling. Perhaps that is about to change, though, as Sara Del Rey has been signed as a trainer for NXT Wrestling.
Del Rey is probably the best female wrestler in the world, so seeking out her expertise may mean more of a focus on wrestling than looks when it comes to the divas. Whether or not that leads to big things for Tamina is unknown, though. She is already 34 years old, and while that isn't old in real terms, you don't often see women wrestling too much past that age.
If Tamina is going to become a staple in the Divas division, then it needs to happen soon. If Eve takes a leave of absence in the near future, there will be a huge window of opportunity, and hopefully the WWE puts Tamina in a spot to succeed.
When it comes down to it, though, I don't believe that the WWE cares about putting forth good divas matches, so I'm not optimistic about Tamina's future. Perhaps I'll be proven wrong, but I wouldn't be surprised to see her on the scrap heap at some point during the next year.