Well, this is something that may cause a bit of fuss. Is WWE considering bringing back the much-derided Diva Search contest?
Per a recent update from PWInsider, management are apparently considering a "new version" of the contest in a bid to help fill up their repleted women's roster (this week Eve Torres became the latest in an fast-expanding list of women to leave the company to pursue other things, leaving yet another vacant spot).
Mike Johnson writes:
We noted a few months back that WWE was holding an open casting for new women. I am told that there will be some auditions in major markets for what sounds like a new version of the Diva Search, which the company has been wanting to bring back for some time. The original casting back in October was looking for The breakdown stated that WWE was looking for "women aged 18-30 with charismatic personalities, beautiful faces and great bodies." No in-ring requirements were mentioned and a description for the position noted that WWE Divas "gain a huge fan base, travel the world and appear on television in 600 million homes worldwide."
Notably, this is not the first time the prospect of bringing back the Diva Search, which was last seen in 2007, has been raised. In an interview with WrestlingInc, Eve Torres, herself a former Diva Search winner, noted she had heard rumblings about the contest coming back.
No doubt this news will not go down well with many fans.
While the Diva Search has churned out some decent female talent over the years (Torres, Layla El and Michelle McCool all developed into great, well-rounded performers), it has also produced some absolutely awful wrestlers (Ashley Massaro, anyone?).
Some women, no matter how photogenic they are, just simply aren't cut out to be in-ring performers.
Indeed, many blame the contest, and its heavy emphasis on looks over wrestling ability, as being directly responsible for the demise of credible women's wrestling in the company over the last decade.