Evaluating the State of the WWE's Divas Championship
The WWE Divas Championship is floundering and doesn't seem to be heading to relevancy any time soon.
Championships are meant to represent a pinnacle for stars to achieve. A championship title is an object that bestows prestige onto one's career. That has been less and less true for the Divas belt.
Eve Torres defending the title at four straight pay-per-views in 2012 is now a foggy memory. Since winning the championship on the 20th anniversary of WWE Raw, Kaitlyn hasn't been given sufficient airtime, rivalries or storylines.
When a championship reign exceeds 115 days with only one title defense of note, the importance of that title wanes.
Kaitlyn didn't have a match at Royal Rumble 2013 and she wasn't even a part of WrestleMania 29. With Extreme Rules less than two weeks away, she has no official match announced for that event.
Beyond pay-per-view absences, Kaitlyn, like several champions before her, has no momentum because even with all the hours of programming that WWE has every week, the women can’t get more than the thinnest slice of airtime.
AJ Lee vs. Kaitlyn is potentially a great feud that is being squandered.
The collision of two former friends and tag team partners who have forged very different paths is a compelling story waiting to be told. It's one that would feature the Divas title as the centerpiece of an intense, personal rivalry. WWE simply hasn't capitalized on that feud enough.
Without worthy challengers, a champion can't succeed.
Fans who want WWE's women to get a bigger share of the company's time and energy are consistently disappointed. As poorly as the midcard champs are being booked right now, the Diva's title is suffering more.
The butterfly-emblazoned title symbolizes being on top of the Divas division, but as much as that division is neglected, that's about as prestigious as being the best player on the Charlotte Bobcats.
When Torres fought off challengers at last year's TLC, Survivor Series, Hell in a Cell and Night of Champions events, it felt like the Divas little was headed somewhere, albeit at a rather slow pace. It just needed a jolt, a push from the folks in charge to make it a relevant title. That push never came.
Thanks to Lita, Trish Stratus, The Fabulous Moolah and others, there have certainly been times when the women's title meant something. Michelle McCool became the inaugural Divas champ in 2008 and there haven’t been enough times since where the title holder got the attention she deserved.
Kaitlyn is no Stratus or Moolah, but she could be a credible champ who fights valiantly in intriguing matches.
She, like so many fellow Divas champs, is consistently overlooked and underused. Can't WWE scale back a little on the recaps, nix a Great Khali match or dance-off here or there to make room for a little more time for Kaitlyn, AJ, Natalya and Tamina Snuka?
With how often it goes unmentioned and undefended, the Divas Championship isn't much more than a prop. Promising NXT female prospects like Paige and Summer Rae have no significant goal to look forward to once they reach the main roster.
The crowning achievement of their division is a glorified accessory.
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