WWE: Officials Use Focus Group for WWE Divas Division
According to a report from PWMania.com, WWE officials have set up a focus group asking fans for their thoughts and opinions on the Divas division.
The group has been asked to comment on what they like and dislike, and what they want to see inside and out of the WWE ring. Apparently, officials have just realized that the women's roster has become a bit bland and is nowhere close to what it was about five or six years ago.
Remember the last time we had a good match from the Divas at WrestleMania? I would have to go back to Trish Stratus and Mickie James at WrestleMania 22 in Chicago.
Remember when we had great feuds with Stratus and Lita? When those two left the WWE, at least we had Mickie James, Victoria and Gail Kim. But now those three are in TNA.
A good women's division is the one thing that TNA actually does have the upper hand in (it was the X Division, but that has been watered down lately).
Beth Phoenix was a good character and there was hope that she could be the next top Diva to lead the division.
But now she's gone.
It doesn't help that Kharma, who I was excited to see debut, became pregnant and then never really returned to television before being released.
Now we have Eve, and it's not like I'm saying she's terrible, but she's no where close to where a top women's champion should be. Although, she has improved since she first started.
While I'm critical of the current Divas champion, there isn't anyone else that is stepping up.
One could argue that A.J. has made a name for herself after being in a love triangle with Daniel Bryan and CM Punk (or a square if you add Kane).
But for now, they don't seem to have any plans on giving the Divas Championship to the former Raw general manager, as she's in a feud with Vickie Guerrero and in a love interest storyline with John Cena.
If you go through the rest of the current Divas roster, there isn't really any other Diva that stands out as the next female star.
Aksana, Alicia Fox and Rosa Mendes are almost non-existant in terms of ring action.
Kaitlyn and Layla are almost lost in the shuffle without much hype and no direction.
And Tamina Snuka just lost a match to A.J. on Raw, which may or may not have ended that feud a bit too quickly.
Oh, and I wish I could speak more on Natalya, but they haven't done anything with her worth mentioning lately.
So would there be any hope in the developmental NXT? Kind of.
I think the top prospect is Paige, a young 20-year-old "Anti-Diva" who comes from a wrestling family. She has built up a great fan base from the crowds at Full Sail University.
The rest of the roster gets a "meh" at best.
Aubrey Marie looks like a Mickie James ripoff, and no one else has anything that defines them as unique in my eyes.
Now if they would have kept Shaul Guerrero, they could have had something there. But I didn't like the fact that they changed her name to Raquel Diaz and that she had a gimmick too close to TNA's the Beautiful People.
But they could have easily fixed that.
I'm not sure if these focus groups will help the WWE creative staff figure out what to do, but I think the Divas locker room needs more athletic and unique competitors.
Right now, it's bland and does nothing to catch the audience's attention.
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