Following the spectacular Natalya vs. Charlotte match—arguably the best women's bout the company has ever had—at last week's NXT tapings, you wouldn't be unreasonable for thinking the WWE's Divas division is poised to make a comeback.
Not only is Charlotte (Ric Flair's daughter) a great wrestler, but fellow NXT stars Sasha Banks and Bayley have also shown themselves to be respectable in-ring performers, too.
On the current main roster, there's AJ Lee (good), Paige (very good), Natalya (brilliant) and Alicia Fox (usually decent). Even the once-hopeless Brie Bella has improved considerably in the ring over the past year and turned into a competent performer.
In an interesting development, though—one that might worry some fans who care about the women's product—Dave Meltzer notes in this week's (subscribers-only) Wrestling Observer Newsletter that WWE will be holding a training camp for women this week, mainly consisting of models rather than girls from the independent scene.
He notes: “There is a camp going on this week in Orlando for women. I heard most of the people there were models recruited and not experienced women wrestlers.”
Of course it would be easy to roll your eyes at this news, but let's not forget, girls like Trish Stratus, Victoria and Layla El were also signed from the modeling world, and they turned into tremendous wrestlers. It's not fair to judge someone before they've even started.
While it would be nice to see WWE sign more independent female wrestlers, I don't personally think signing models is that big of a problem; it's more the kind of models you sign.
Ones with extensive experience in the fitness or gymnastics world prior to coming in—like Stratus and Victoria—are obviously far better equipped to deal with the bumps and bruises than girls whose resume consists mostly of acting roles and/or participating in beauty pageants.
Generally, if you look at the Diva search girls, the ones with an athletic background—Michelle McCool and Layla, for example—did far better than the girls who didn't have one.
It's not hard to find great-looking girls with wrestling talent, WWE just has to be eager to look.
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