WWE: Michael Cole's Burial of the Diva Division Is One Step Too Far

Leva LiesCorrespondent IMarch 8, 2011

I can ignore the fact that Divas only receive three minutes of screen time every week.

I can ignore the fact that the division has no direction.

I can ignore the fact that the Divas title has absolutely no direction or value either.

But one thing I cannot ignore—hell, one thing I cannot stomach—is the fact that this week on Raw, Michael Cole single-handedly buried a great match, two talented wrestlers, the Divas title and the entire Divas division. 

For those of you that missed it, during the Eve vs Nikki Bella match for the Divas Championship, Michael Cole spent the match putting down the action unfolding before us. Then he got up onto the announce table and began screaming and shouting about how boring the match is and, as usual, himself.

Let me just reiterate that:

During a match for the Divas championship, Michael Cole was told to stand on the announcer's desk and bury every single woman on the WWE roster.

Not to steal Vickie's heat, but, excuse me?!

Kayfabe or not, that was deplorable and a disgustingly misogynistic act. There was absolutely no excuse for it—especially not an excuse that uses the words "cheap heat."

For starters, it was an interruption to what was a very good match, a title match. Eve is a great wrestler and Nikki is also more than capable in the ring. Together, they put on what would have been a great match had it not been for that massive distraction.

And you know what's worse?

The fact that this happens every week.

During every Divas match, how often do we hear the commentators actually calling the action? Almost never. Instead, we get recaps of whatever else is going on that night or Michael Cole talking about himself. Worst case scenario, you just get Josh Matthews and Michael Cole casually shooting the breeze about whatever. 

Not to mention the amount of time these women get to wrestle every week. On average, the match length is two minutes long. Sometimes, on SmackDown, it's three minutes. On Superstars, the matches go on for six-to-eight minutes.

So, are you telling me that these women spend years training, 300 days on the road per year and work their butts off for your company, and you give them roughly eight minutes per week spread over two shows (a few minutes more than that if they get on Superstars) and let your commentators openly bury them?!

No, no, no, no, no.

That is not okay—not in the slightest.

There is not one woman on that roster who does not work hard to improve in the ring.

Eve, Alicia Fox, Layla and Michelle McCool came into the WWE with no experience and are now some of the strongest workers in the division.

Brie and Nikki Bella, Kelly Kelly, Rosa Mendes, Kaitlyn—whenever they get into the ring, they give it their all. That's more than can be said for some of the men.

Maryse? Well, she has more charisma than the majority of the men on the roster.

And the likes of Natalya, Beth Phoenix, Melina and Gail Kim? These are four of the best woman wrestlers in the world, and this is how you treat them?

And the WWE wonders why the division is in such an awful state?

I hate to break it to you Vince, but it's the fault of you and your company, not the talent. These women do the best with the crap they are given, and receive nothing in return.

Say what you want about TNA, but at least they never verbally berate their talent, let alone their Knockouts. Over in Orlando, the women are made to look important, like they're an actual part of the show.

So, can somebody please tell me why it is okay for what happened on Monday Night Raw to happen? What have any of these women done to deserve being torn apart for doing their damn jobs? What gives the WWE the right to sit there and make Sunny seem important, and talk about International Women's Day, when they obviously don't care about women anyway?

From my point of view, this was nothing more than a misogynistic attack directed towards the Divas simply because they are the "weakest" of the bunch. It was unfair, unjustifiable and an insult to every woman that has ever been in the WWE—an insult to Sunny, an insult to Sable, Ivory, Jacqueline, Molly Holly, Mickie James and of course, Trish Stratus and Lita.

It is an insult to the female wrestlers around the world who spend years trying to show people that women can wrestle.

It's an insult to the women who spend most of their year on the road, taking bumps and working their butts off to put on three-minute matches.

Most of all, it is an insult to the women and the little girls who watch your programming and go away from it feeling a little more unimportant, just like you make your Divas out to be.

It has been a long time since the WWE made me feel this angry and this awful, and I do not think I have been this ashamed to be a wrestling fan since Katie Vick.

Oh, and happy International Women's Day guys.

-Leva Lies