It's no real surprise WWE's Divas Division is in the state it's in. Over the 18 months, WWE has lost an astonishing amount of women.
Gail Kim, currently wrestling in TNA, quit the company last August. Long-term Diva Melina Perez was released from the company around this time, too. French-Canadian Diva Maryse Ouellet parted ways with the company soon after.
The mass exodus continued into 2012. The Bella twins, Nikki and Brie, left in April of this year. NXT Diva Maxine announced she had parted ways with the company in June. Monster heel Kharma, whose real name is Kia Stevens, confirmed on her Twitter the following month she had been released from her contract. Kelly Kelly was released from the company last month, and Beth Phoenix is reportedly on her way out, too.
The girls that chose to leave differed in their reasons for leaving. Kim cited her unhappiness with the company's shoddy treatment of their women's division as her reason for quitting. Maxine made similar claims when explaining her exit to Diva-Dirt.com. Phoenix is also said to be frustrated with the marginalization of women's wrestling in the company.
Maryse left to pursue her own jewelry line House of Maryse. Kelly also wanted to pursue mainstream opportunities, but found herself limited by WWE's rigid policy when it comes to outside gigs, reportedly leading to her release. The Bella Twins are trying to make it in acting, and have picked up roles in an upcoming indie movie.
So, how are WWE attempting to rectify the situation? Well, PWinsider is reporting that the company recently sent out a casting call looking for new Divas:
WWE issued a casting breakdown last week, seeking new women to apply to become WWE Divas.
The breakdown noted the company was looking for woman aged 18-30 "with charismatic personalities, beautiful faces and great bodies."
The breakdown requested resumes as well as headshots and bikini body shots.
Interestingly, the report goes on to note that wrestling experience is not mentioned at all in the release, indicating WWE is likely looking for Diva Search type girls who can look great on camera and, if needed, they can be taught to wrestle later on:
Interestingly, the breakdown did not mention any in-ring wrestling requirements, instead noting that WWE Divas "instantly gain a huge fan base," travel the world and appear on TV in "600 million homes worldwide" as well as photo and video shoots and charities.
It will be intriguing to see how this works out.
Signing more good-looking but inexperienced girls may not be the answer considering all the models that have left in recent times. WWE may be signing even more women who are destined to leave after a couple of years. Of course, many women wrestlers, like Phoenix and Kim, have gotten fed up, too, so signing women wrestlers isn't exactly full-proof anyway.
So, what's the answer? Basically, if WWE wants to sign female performers who will stick around, it may want to put more effort into their women's division, giving these girls something to be motivated for, as well as allowing them more freedom when it comes to outside opportunities.