The WWE TLC 2012 pre-show saw a “Santa’s Helper” No. 1 contender’s Divas Battle Royale involving the likes of Layla, Kaitlyn, Natalya and the majority of the Divas roster.
Ultimately though, it was the underdog Naomi who emerged victorious, gaining a huge victory by eliminating both Tamina and Kaitlyn on her way to victory.
Safe to say, very few people saw this one coming.
The Funkadactyl was pretty impressive in the ring though, using her incredible agility and athleticism to her distinct advantage.
While the likes of Natalya and Tamina are perhaps more deserving from a wrestling-purist’s point of view, and Layla or Kaitlyn may have made more sense given recent Diva storylines, I like the idea of giving Naomi her chance to shine.
However, her resultant loss to Eve in the Divas Championship match seemed to put an end to a potential push, despite the fact that Naomi once again showed promise in the ring.
This wasn’t the true issue though; the former Orlando Magic cheerleader may well be back for more and could go on to win the title in the future.
Rather, the real problem here was the lack of time, care and consideration that WWE invested into the Diva’s action at a pay-per-view event.
After a solid few months in which the likes of Layla, Eve and Kaitlyn have steadily began to rebuild the division and give it a real degree of significance, has WWE undone all its good work in such a short amount of time?
I don’t want to jump to conclusions, but it certainly seems that way.
Giving Eve a fresh feud was a decent idea, but her clean win essentially brings it to a halt before it even had chance to develop.
Such a turn of events is in stark contrast with the intriguing storyline involving Kaitlyn and her mysterious attacker a few months back, though the signs have been coming.
After returning from injury at Survivor Series to attack A.J. last month, it appeared a strong programme between the two could have been in the cards. Having two simultaneous rivalries in the Divas division hasn’t been done in an awful long time in WWE, and thus, there was real potential to capitalize on the mini-renaissance that the female roster was enjoying.
But that rivalry never truly came to fruition; A.J. defeated Tamina on Raw and the two have rarely, if ever, crossed paths since.
This anti-climax came just after the slightly disappointing pay-off to the Kaitlyn/Eve/Layla situation, which had been on the verge of making the Divas Championship truly relevant and entertaining once again.
Instead though, the WWE appears to have gotten cold feet and backed out of this Divas push.
I may, of course, be wrong, and perhaps I am being too rash in my conclusions, but the company’s lack of consideration and effort being invested into female competition in recent weeks would seem to suggest that they have no intention of restoring the division to its former glory.
The meaningful angles and the popularity of A.J. could have done wonders for the Divas if carried out correctly, but WWE seems to have other priorities on its plate right now.
They may yet turn it around, but for now at least, the Divas' division appears to unfortunately be fading into the background once again.
But what do you think?
Was TLC booked properly as far as the Divas were concerned?
Is there still a chance that the division could return to prominence?
Or has WWE sacrificed what was evolving into a very positive opportunity with plenty of potential?
Please feel free to comment below with your thoughts on the Diva’s division and how the events of TLC could ultimately affect it going forward.