In what looks like a bid to fill up its depleted women's roster, WWE has signed two new Divas. Both come from the world of fitness and bodybuilding and are newcomers to the business.
Per Dave Meltzer in this week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter, 28-year-old Christina Vargas and 21-year-old Alexis Kaufman have recently signed contracts with America's No.1 wrestling promotion.
Discussing Vargas, Meltzer writes:
She was a junior national champion in 2009 in fitness and figures, and has been competing on the pro circuit ever since, including competing the past two years in the Olympia bikini contest, although never placed in the top echelon. She’s been featured in a ton of bodybuilding magazines over the past few years.
He describes Kaufman as someone who has "also had exposure in bodybuilding magazines" and notes she placed 14th in a recent Arnold Classic figure and bikini contest.
While many fans may roll their eyes at the addition of two inexperienced models to the roster, on paper these signings look pretty smart on WWE's part.
One reason the Diva Search contest struggled to produce good women's wrestlers is that the girls involved were rarely athletes.
Most of them were simply models and aspiring actresses from Hollywood, not women cut out to take big bumps on a regular basis.
Due to their physiques, however, Vargas and Kaufman have a far greater shot of taking to wrestling than many of the women who join the company. Notably, women's wrestling legend Trish Stratus was a fitness model before joining WWE in 2000.
Of course, it's worth mentioning that Celeste "Kaitlyn" Bonin and Zivile "Aksana" Raudoniene were bodybuilders before signing too. And neither of them are very good in the ring at all. So, nothing is guaranteed.
But, still, credit to WWE for at least taking a step in the right direction.