Why WWE Needs a Fresh Face in the Divas Division

Sharon GlencrossContributor INovember 20, 2012

photo from wwe.com
photo from wwe.com

It's no secret that WWE's women's division has been struggling greatly in recent times.

The company has lost an amazing amount of female talent over the past couple of years. Top names like Kelly Kelly, Maryse, Maxine and Beth Phoenix have all left to pursue other interests.

WWE's indifference to their Divas division hasn't helped them when it comes to keeping female talent. Current TNA Knockout Gail Kim admitted in an interview with The Sun last year that part of the reason why she parted ways with the company late last year was because of their casual attitude towards women's wrestling.

Interestingly, former WWE star Edge recently opined on his official Twitter account that part of the reason why so many women were leaving WWE was because they were given "no incentive."

He's got a point.

Unsurprisingly, in the wake of all these exits, the division has become a shell of its former self. Third-generation diva Natalya has turned heel and face so many times it's difficult to care about her anymore. (She’s also been put in a cringe-worthy romance storyline with The Great Khali on SmackDown, which will do her career no favors.) Former model Alicia Fox, who has shown sparks of potential as a wrestler in the past, is in a similar position.


Eve and Layla have faced each other numerous times on television and pay-per-view to the point that their battles now bore everyone to death.

Fresh new challenger Kaitlyn is also in the mix, but the former NXT star doesn't simply have the wrestling skills to carry the division by herself, as her sloppy brawl with Eve at last Sunday’s Survivor Series proved. Frankly, it seems like WWE are pushing her simply because they have no one else.

Things are looking pretty bad now. But can some fresh faces help re-energize the division and convince people to take it seriously again?

Well, per a recent report from F4Wonline.com (via WrestlingInc.com), WWE recognizes how shallow their diva roster is and new girls are headed to Raw and SmackDown imminently in a bid to fill up the spots. Yes: At long last, the Divas division is getting some fresh blood.

No names have been put forward yet, but women like FCW’s Paige, Audrey Marie and Charlotte (Ric Flair's daughter) are potential candidates, having impressed people with their in-ring skills and charisma.

Of course, it's worth noting that WWE's problem never has truly been a lack of women.

Over the years they've had several talented women (Kharma, Natalya and Beth Phoenix to name a few) but have failed to utilize them properly, bringing the division to the state it's in now. Hard-working, new women on the roster are fine, but WWE has to know how to use them right, or the company's women's wrestling will continue to be a laughing stock.

However, it is welcome news that WWE is at least attempting to rectify the problem. The Divas division may never be anything major in the company, or a huge money-drawer, but the company can at least strive to make it something worthwhile.