Was Kaitlyn the right choice to win the WWE Divas title? On the surface it appears she was only given the title because she was in the right place at the right time.
But the truth is she has the tools to lead the depleted division back to prominence.
Prior to the 20th anniversary edition of Raw, word leaked out Eve Torres was leaving the WWE, the Raw from Houston to be her last match. In addition, she was dropping her title to long-time challenger Kaitlyn.
Despite the fact they were already in a feud, it was no surprise she won the title there. Raw was in Kaitlyn’s hometown.
But was this the only reason she was given the title? No, it was simply a convenient coincidence because she has the tools to be a champion.
Kaitlyn has been signed with the WWE since 2010 and enjoyed a brief stint in Florida Championship Wrestling. She was also the winner of the all-female edition of NXT.
Her background in bodybuilding has led to her having a move set harder hitting than the other Divas on the roster. Witness her devastating spear on Torres on Raw or any time she uses the Fireman’s Carry Gutbuster, powerslam or sidewalk slam.
Her unique look and personality comes across as approachable and fun.
But is that all it will take to lead the division when it has been seriously depleted of stars?
The Divas Division is as thin as it has been in years. But that thinness is only in numbers, not necessarily in talent.
Aside from Kaitlyn, there is also Alicia Fox, Tamina Snuka, Layla and Natalya. Even though she is not currently wrestling, throw in AJ Lee and there’s quite a bit of name recognition and skill.
Fox, Layla and Natalya are all former Divas champions. Layla alone held the title for nearly five months.
Natalya has wrestling history attached to her name. The third-generation Diva is the daughter of Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart and niece to Bret "The Hitman" Hart.
The same can be said for Tamina Snuka, who is the daughter of WWE legend Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka.
But in that same vein, if name recognition is what the division really needs, why not AJ? From love triangles to GM to running around with Dolph Ziggler, she’s on television more than any of the other Divas.
But it takes more than a name or history to be a success in the WWE. The Divas champion needs to be recognized, unique, larger than life, entertaining and relatable.
Kaitlyn is all of those things.
She’s been around long enough for fans to recognize her. Her look is unique; she isn’t a cookie-cutter wannabe model Diva. She’s muscular, but not overly so, just enough to turn heads and pique curiosity.
Inside the ring, she’s entertaining. She pulls out moves the other Divas don’t or can’t. Having the ability to press another woman over her head gives her a superhero mystique.
She's also relatable. Who doesn’t know a girl who’s more comfortable with sports than dresses? As WWE.com points out, she’ll just as quickly kiss you as give you a wedgie.
Kaitlyn is a great choice to lead the women in the wake of Torres' departure. The Divas Division needs to be rebuilt from the ground up, with new faces and new feuds.
Who better to lead the charge than a new kind of Diva?