WWE Divas: Two New Champions Crowned; Is It a Big Deal?
This week in WWE Land, we have had a new Divas and Women's Champion crowned.
On Monday Night Raw , Maryse and Gail Kim had their long-awaited match in the Divas Championship Tournament, with Maryse coming out the victor and being crowned the new Divas Champion.
On Smackdown , thanks in part to Vickie Guerrero, Michelle McCool defeated Mickie James and recaptured the Women's Championship.
With these two major moves happening in the WWE in just one week, my very first reaction to both moves is: So what?
The Raw Divas roster has been in a bit of shambles since the constant switching—and now especially with Melina being injured. The Divas Championship Tournament bracket has been complete for some time now—and the WWE, with each week, lessened the importance of the title and match between the two divas with the complete lack of storyline and buildup.
Just when we thought we were going to get the Maryse vs. Gail Kim match at the Elimination Chamber PPV, the WWE pulls a bait and switch and drops it from the crowd. The two then had a completely lackluster match, with Maryse coming out the victor, now the first two-time Divas Champion.
The real problem with that whole situation was that it was pretty obvious to everyone that Maryse was going to win—simply because of the prebuild she had against Melina when Maryse returned.
Raw now has an issue with having no over face that can really lead the roster. Kelly Kelly is probably the most over face on RAW—which is not saying much—but she has not had a significant match or push in quite some time.
With all of the guest hosts on the show and more time being given to them, the Divas have no story lines, no direction—and therefore, no significance on the show, even in having a champion. I will say though, having the title on Maryse is a good thing, because she is the most over heel in nearly the whole Diva roster, and she gets a good reaction from the crowd.
Over on Smackdown , Mickie James won the women's title and humiliated her bully, Michelle McCool, almost a month ago at the Royal Rumble PPV. McCool still taunted James despite losing—and Mickie inadvertently got Smackdown GM Vickie Guerrero involved in their feud by spilling food on her.
Just this week, Mickie and Michelle had a rematch on Smackdown for the Women's Championship, with Vickie as the guest referee. When Mickie finally got the upper hand and had Michelle pinned, Vickie slapped Mickie, distracting her, allowing Michelle to give her a big boot and beat her, becoming a two-time women's champion.
In all honesty, I have no problem with this happening, especially because they finally showed a glimpse of Beth Phoenix watching backstage—perhaps in a hint she will get involved.
My real issue is that now Smackdown is becoming Raw , with jumbled story lines and little direction. The WWE allowed the Piggie James story line to linger for a bit too long, and now Vickie's sudden hate on Mickie James seems a bit far fetched—at least to a certain extent.
If anything, you'd think Vickie, the victim of a few too many fat and ugly jokes, would support Mickie James. But Vickie is a heel, the most over heel—and that, of course, wouldn't work.
But now there's question in what's going to happen next, which can be a good thing. Beth has been MIA for quite some time, and there's no assurance as to which side she's on. Plus, with Maria being suddenly released, Mickie James is now the only face Diva on Smackdown —most likely making sure she's taking on a heavy load in terms of work to build a story line.
All in all, these constant title switches are lessening the importance of the titles. But, quite frankly, the WWE hasn't really built up the titles to mean anything to begin with, so it shouldn't be too surprising that the champions don't matter now.
Just simply disappointing.
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