The WWE Divas title has become the most irrelevant title in the company’s history, something that doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon.
With an over emphasis on sexuality, revolving champions and instability in the ranks, the title will never be more than a toss away championship.
As David Shoemaker noted on Grantland.com, in recent years the WWE has delivered women to the division who are hot first, wrestlers a very distant second. The Divas sexuality has become more important than their ring skills.
So why have a wrestling title if wrestling isn’t really part of the equation?
It could be argued that the recent hiring of Sara Del Rey as a trainer, as reported by Wrestling News World, is a step in the right direction.
But even if she taught every girl in the WWE to wrestle as she does, it won’t matter if they aren’t presented on the same athletic level as the men and showcased for their wrestling first, then sexuality.
Stability is also an issue. It’s easy for a title to lose steam and prestige when passed around like a hot potato.
CM Punk’s WWE Championship win in November 2011 was the seventh title change in five months. His lengthy reign has made the major men’s belt both a talking point and a sought-after prize.
In the two years between the start of Maryse’s seven-month reign and Beth Phoenix’s six-month reign, the Divas title changed hands 13 times. Since introducing the title in 2009, the average reign is just about two and a half months. (WWE.com)
How long until Eve Torres drops the title and we have yet another new champion?
Finally, given how small the Divas division is, it’s hard to build an interest in the title when established stars keep leaving. Not only is Phoenix departing, but possibly Torres, who could want time off after she gets married. (Wrestlenewz.com)
What seems to be forgotten is women’s wrestling and the title that goes with it can be main event caliber.
After a five-year hiatus in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, Alundra Blayze and Bull Nakano brutalized each other in the revitalized division. (WWE.com) In the late ‘90s and early 2000’s, Trish Stratus, Lita and Victoria hotly contested the Women’s Championship.
The Divas title can mean something. But until real effort is put into the division as a whole, it will stay irrelevant.