Allow me to preface this article with a little note. One of the reasons the Nexus stable got stale for a lot of people is that their constant gang beatdowns were boring too many fans. Like Alberto says, you already know that.
I've already begun to hear the most minute rumblings from critics and fans, even before last night's Monday Night Raw broadcast, regarding Kharma's interference in Diva matches. Her destruction of the Divas is following a similar pattern, especially given that she hasn't competed in an official match to date.
Allow me to set a the scene:
A surprise eight Diva match was about to take place. Faces vs. heels, classic as always.
On one side, we had Beth, Gail, Kelly, and Eve; on the other, Maryse, Melina and the Bellas.
Diva War was on!
No sooner had this Diva tag armageddon begun, when the audience was graced with Kharma's kick-ass music and intimidating presence.
Up until now, we've only seen her take apart one or two Divas at a time, with her coming off as practically invincible.
For the monstrous Kharma to be faced with not just one Barbie-esque little stick, but eight?
Fans in attendance were just smacking their lips at the feast of blood and guts and hairspray and makeup that was about to cover Portland, Oregon.
What happened instead was the exact opposite.
Kharma stood in the middle of the ring, and all eight Divas surrounded her. She raised her arms and fists at her sides, hung her head down, fell to her knees and began crying. After a few minutes—at least from where my fiancee and I were watching—the screen faded and went to commercial.
When the broadcast came back, we were shown a short instant replay of what looked to be genuine tears falling down Kharma's cheeks.
As of now, WWE.com hasn't described the incident in much detail in their weekly report of Raw's results. It just said that she broke down.
Assuming that Kia Stevens—the woman behind the Awesome Kong and Kharma characters—is actually that good an actress to produce real tears—and from what I've seen so far, I'm inclined to think she is—it could very well be that she's playing a part with great grace.
On the off chance that Kia Stevens had a real life nervous breakdown/panic attack in the middle of the ring, and her tears were real in the sense that it wasn't just some work for her to be crying and she was actually genuinely freaking out, I would like to offer my sincerest concern.
Kharma is one of the few personalities in WWE that gets me shooting off my couch and cheering loudly in my living room. If she were to be having real problem performing, I would be heartbroken.
However, I have not heard anything to corroborate that, so I'm going to assume that was a planned situation: that Kia Stevens, as Kharma, went to the ring and intended to be surrounded by Divas and begin crying.
This may not be such a bad thing.
From an literary, it takes an exceptionally interesting character to initially show the lack of feeling it takes to demolish all life around them, and then break down into tears over something fairly minuscule.
If anything, Kharma crying on Raw shows fathoms of depth! Fans complain about guys like Drew McIntyre because he's barely done anything to show much depth. Kharma hasn't been on the show for very long, but already we've seen her laugh, we've seen her cry, we've seen her writhe with joy over obliterating what we think she hates.
Incredible acting range for someone new to the fold.
Obviously, we've been under the impression that she can't stand the pretty, prissy, skinny Barbie Doll Divas that have come to stagnate the competition in the Divas Division, and her underlying mission has been to destroy them. That's been our impression.
For now, until some big news surfaces, we don't know what her crying is meant to suggest for the future. Granted, there are tons of silly, useless and pointless angles WWE could take this story arc into to absolutely ruin her. I'm not ignoring that possibility, and although I don't think those things immediately, WWE has forced me to acknowledge them.
Kharma could be secretly jealous of the Divas and want to be "pretty" like them. Kharma could be envious of how easy it is for them to attract men, and Beth hooks him up with Santino. What's Santino been doing lately?
Nothing? Well, hook him up with Kharma. That'll make her feel better, right? Eh.
However, I'd like to point out that just because Kharma is showing a brief moment of weakness, it doesn't mean her image can be seen as shattered for good. It's just displaying different layers. As I said above, I've been noticing tiny twinges of feelings out there that her attacks on Divas are getting old quickly. Changing her direction, even in a slight way, could be a great thing.
Look where other characters have gone. R-Truth, the perpetually dancing and rapping good guy, has turned into the meanest, most cynical son-of-a-gun in the company. Layla El stood up for herself against Michelle McCool's verbal abuse.
Hell, Alex Riley finally gave Miz what for after he was fired as a personal assistant!
Drama, in case some of you haven't noticed, is freaking rampant! I'm loving WWE the past few weeks!
Furthermore, let's play Devil's Advocate for a minute. Let's say Kharma came out of that confrontation the victor.
Let's say she invincibly fended off eight Divas all by herself! Where does that put any one of them in competition with her? If she can stand there while eight Divas pound on her to absolutely no avail, wouldn't that make Kharma look a bit too strong?
Before any of you see this as a bad thing, please hold onto your cynicism and just stow it. I want to see how this plays out.
There's no way WWE is going to let Kharma run rampant on Divas, teasing us with quality battles, just so they can pull the plug on her violence altogether and turn her into a cuddly teddy bear.
I'm not ashamed in the slightest to admit that I'd love to meet Kia Stevens, get her autograph and ask her for a huge bear hug and a picture. I do not, under any circumstances, think she's going to be turned soft overall, and at least, not for very long.
The debut of Kharma's character is one of the best put together and hyped debuts in WWE in a while. I'd like to believe that WWE, despite running many of their top characters into the ground—see Cena, Orton, Mysterio—and even letting their middle ground characters stagnate and look irrelevant—a la Swagger, Sheamus, McIntyre—, but Kharma?
I'm sorry, but I'm normally optimistic and I have eons of faith this will go well. Tears aren't always followed by cringing in a corner.
They're sometimes followed by bloodlust, and urge to hurt those that have caused the tears to flow.