The WWE Divas Division needs work, and for the WWE, this might be the understatement of the year.
WrestleMania 30 airs April 6, where Divas champion AJ Lee will defend her title in a Divas Invitational match. This contest will feature 12 different Divas in one match, and as champion, AJ doesn’t have to be pinned to lose her title.
Yes, you read that right. The WWE is apparently putting all of its Divas against Lee because no one else is ready to face AJ in a singles match.
It’s a shame; the glory days of Lita and Trish Stratus are gone. We’re a long way from women’s wrestling being a worthy addition to WWE programming; and now, it’s almost become a sophomoric joke.
Think about this for a second. The first WrestleMania saw the late Fabulous Moolah lose her Women’s title against Wendi Richter, with Cyndi Lauper in Richter’s corner. Thirty years later, we’re preparing to witness a match that could go horribly wrong.
There’s only one hope for the Divas Division, and that’s Triple H. The Divas’ division must be Triple H’s next pet project.
Rumors swirled that Triple H was pushing the tag team division, as reported by the Wrestling Observer (via WrestlingInc.com). It’s still a work in progress but in better shape than it was a year ago.
The Usos are finally tag team champions. Teams, such as the Real Americans, Brotherhood and Rybaxel, are more prominent than last year. There’s still work to be done, but the division is growing.
The same cannot be said about the Divas Division. Why else do you see nearly the entire Divas Division on the card?
It could have been a singles match, but no one is on AJ’s level. Natalya has been mishandled, neither Bella twin is ready to become champion at the moment, and no other Diva can hold her own wrestling. Frankly, Naomi could have been the closest had she not suffered an eye injury.
Have no fear, wrestling fans. It turns out there are women in the WWE who can wrestle. Unfortunately, they’re on NXT.
At NXT’s first show on the WWE Network entitled NXT Arrival, the program featured an enthralling contest between Emma and the NXT Divas champion Paige. It featured Paige making Emma tap out with a unique submission maneuver, called the Scorpion Cross Lock. They received a standing ovation, and both wrestlers hugged after the match.
Matches like this one are exactly what the WWE needs from their Divas. Granted, the WWE creative team must give the Divas time to work in the ring. When they get it, they’ll be able to show fans what they can really do.
The WWE Divas Division must become Triple H’s next pet project. Don’t expect a quick fix. In fact, if the Divas Division can be done right, then it will be worth the wait.