Former WWE Diva Tammy "Sunny" Sytch doesn't seem to think too highly of today's current crop of women, judging by her comments in a recent radio interview.
As Wrestling Inc notes, Sytch complained to VOC Wrestling Nation that the vast majority of the Divas in WWE today lacked real passion or knowledge for the business:
With the exception of Nattie Neidhart, heart and passion for the business is missing. Nattie is in the business because she loves the business, not because she's using it as a stepping stone for something else. The others, look what happens when their contract expires: They look for work in TV. In the Divas search, they didn't even know who Kamala was.
Considering Sytch is widely regarded as "The Original Diva," it's not really a shock she's so defensive here. She's clearly a woman who takes her legacy, and the wrestling business in general, very seriously.
Nor are her comments anything new: Over the years, fans and wrestlers alike have criticized the various models signed for not paying their dues or knowing anything about the industry.
Of course, there is undoubtedly a sliver of truth to this. Tough Enough contestant Ariane Andrew (now Cameron) telling a flabbergasted Steve Austin that her favorite wrestling match of all-time was Melina vs. Alicia Fox springs to mind.
However, the long-held notion that most of the models signed are there to simply "just get on TV" doesn't hold up under scrutiny.
For one thing, WWE is not an easy place to work. Nor is it somewhere you can phone it in. The travel and schedule are grueling, the bumping takes its toll on your body and there is often a tremendous amount of stress and politics to deal with.
It's about as far away from glamorous as you can imagine.
You have to have passion to stick with it. No woman in her right mind is going to go throw all of that simply to get on TV. (And thanks to the plethora of reality shows on American television, there are surely easier ways to get famous.)
And, yes, Sytch is correct to note that most of these girls do step away from the industry after their WWE time ends. But what she forgets is that the business doesn't have a whole lot of options for women outside of WWE anyway.
Japanese companies generally don't bring in American women to fill up the spots. TNA isn't really a viable option, either (unless, for example, you like the idea of juggling your shifts at Sunglass Hut with being Knockouts Champion). The indies have only a few full-time spots too.
With this in mind, can you really blame the likes of Maryse Oullett (now running her own fashion boutique) or Eve Torres (currently teaching women's self-defense classes at the Gracie Academy) for wanting to move on?
It might be time for veterans like Sytch to stop being so snooty towards so many of these women.