WWE Reportedly Considering Diva Heel Turn for WrestleMania Match

Travis TaylorFeatured ColumnistMarch 17, 2013

Photo by BOGYWORLD on flickr.
Photo by BOGYWORLD on flickr.

The WWE is reportedly considering having a Diva heel turn to set up a match at WrestleMania 29. With the biggest show of the year less than a month away, the WWE has already set this feud in motion.

A possible heel turn for a popular Diva could be what the Division needs to make it stand out once again.

According to a report from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Wrestlinginc.com), Layla may turn heel to challenge Kaitlyn for the WWE Divas title. The report says:  

Regarding the Divas Title match at WrestleMania 29 if there is one, it will likely be Kaitlyn vs. a heel Layla but they may end up doing a multi-Divas match instead. The Kaitlyn vs. Layla feud is in the works.

With two options reportedly on the table, the WWE would be smart to make a singles match between Layla and Kaitlyn. This would keep the attention of the WWE Universe focused only on the major players at this time. A multi-Divas match, whether tag team or battle royal, would only take away from the major point: A rift is growing between Layla and Kaitlyn over the championship.

Layla is a former WWE Women's champion and a former WWE Divas champion—a title which she held for nearly five months. Layla was never able to defeat the woman who beat her, Eve Torres, to win the title back.

The storyline writes itself. Despite scoring non-title wins over Eve, Layla surely grew frustrated watching Kaitlyn take the title. Being friends, how could she challenge for the title she clearly still wants? 

Kaitlyn is a different kind of Diva. WWE.com notes her own self-description as "the kind of gal who’d kiss you behind the bleachers and then give you a wedgie." Not only is she relatable, but she is strong. Kaitlyn is able to pull out moves most of the other Divas don't, including spears and overhead presses.

A feud between Kaitlyn and Layla has so much potential to drive the Divas Division forward. Kaitlyn would most likely gain traction as a face if her friend betrays her. Layla's turn would be motivated by blind ambition.

It's compelling storytelling.  

The Divas Division has, at least for the last several years, taken a backseat in terms of importance to the men. 

The last time the Divas Division was anywhere on par with the men was back in the days of Trish Stratus and Lita. During that time, the women fought and took bumps like the men. Unlike today, they were the main event on some shows.

In December of 2004, Trish took on Lita in the final match on Monday Night Raw, with Lita winning the Women's title.  

It should come as no surprise that the WWE is looking at, and has already put into motion, a Layla heel turn. The first time that it looked like something was up with Layla occurred during on the Feb. 22 SmackDown.

After the tag team bout between Layla and Kaitlyn vs. Tamina and Aksana, Layla stared longingly at the Divas title before embarrassing handing it back to the champion.

On the March 8 SmackDown, Layla cost Kaitlyn her match against Tamina. The enraged former champion charged the ring at the same time as Kaitlyn was rolling back into it. This distracted Kaitlyn, which allowed Tamina to score the pin.

Afterward, a video from WWE Backstage Fallout showed Layla trying to apologize to a perturbed Kaitlyn. 

Another bout this past Friday on SmackDown with Layla, Kaitlyn, Tamina and Aksana saw Layla tag herself back in after the champion delivered a spear to Aksana. Layla scored the pin to the chagrin of Kaitlyn. 

What made the Division great in the past weren’t just good wrestlers, but good characters and storylines. Too many of the women in the WWE now are cookie-cutter versions of each other. Women who can wrestle, like Natalya or who have great potential, like Kaitlyn, need to be pushed and elevated, not relegated to comedy bits or battle royals.

Kaitlyn and Layla could have a very intense bout with the emphasis squarely on the story and the skill, and less on the sex appeal. If Kaitlyn can go over a heel Layla, it could do wonders setting her up as both a strong champion and the future of the Division.