Last Monday's Raw made one thing abundantly clear: Stephanie McMahon is in real danger of burying WWE's Divas division.
When new Divas champion A.J. Lee strutted to the ring to cut her obnoxious victory speech, it seemed like any other heel promo. No one had any inkling how excruciating the segment was about to get.
Suddenly, out of nowhere, McMahon—clad in her trademark power suit—stormed down to the ring to give the star a piece of her mind.
McMahon, it seemed, wasn't too happy about Lee's bullying of the other women and her way to rectify this was to...eh, threaten to bully Lee if she kept it up.
Lee, of course, said nothing and didn't even make a serious challenge to the executive.
Fresh off of stripping Lee of credibility, she then proceeded to scold Kaitlyn for having the nerve to interrupt her. Kaitlyn, the division's top babyface, could only nod meekly as her boss told her off. (Steve Austin must be digging up his grave to roll in).
McMahon also warned the other women, who were accompanying Kaitlyn to the ring for some reason—not to mess with her either, or there would be dire consequences.
Again, no one challenged her.
She then sauntered out, leaving everyone to wonder what exactly had just happened.
You could write a thesis on all the things wrong with this wretched segment.
Why exactly did WWE feel the need to make the new Divas champ look like a spoiled, insolent teenager?
Why was Lee—often portrayed as violent and psychotic—cowering in total fear of her boss?
What was the point in McMahon making Kaitlyn look so weak and so pathetic?
Was McMahon meant to be the heel or face?
Why did WWE even bother dragging out the rest of the women for this nonsense? Was it simply so they could take part and be embarrassed in this McMahon ego-boosting skit? (The answer is, probably.)
Of course, this is hardly the first time McMahon has trampled all over the division in her fine high heels.
Anyone remember her stint as women's champion in 2000?
Yes, despite the fact she could barely take a bump and there were far better female wrestlers on the roster (Ivory, Tori), she was practically awarded the title on SmackDown and held it for several months before she finally dropped it to Lita.
It appears, even 10 years later, the real-life Mrs. Levesque still hasn't learned her lesson. Her ego is still overshadowing those around her.
WWE's Divas division is struggling.
Truthfully, it's been struggling for years. The division has good wrestlers—Natalya, in particular, is a terrific in-ring performer—marketable names and, thanks to the three-hour Raw format, more than enough airtime. There's no reason it couldn't be turned into something decent.
But the debacle with McMahon is just another reminder of why the division is going nowhere right now. At this point, it's solely around to get over McMahon's tough and determined, business woman character.
Even TNA, America's No. 2 promotion, has managed to make its KO division something worth watching, as evidenced by the superb Gail Kim/Taryn Terrell match at Slammiversary earlier this month. TNA is a company that has famously been incompetent at, well, just about everything.
But even it has managed to make it work.
So, why can't WWE?
Granted, it is not too late for the Divas. As noted, the company does have all the pieces needed to have a decent wrestling product. It just needs to give it some time and effort.
Oh, and keep McMahon as far away from the girls as possible. She's not doing the Divas any favors whatsoever by getting involved with their angles.
Of course, whether or not anyone in the company will actually have the nerve to break this news to her remains to be seen.
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