WWE Divas: The Top 5 Most Overlooked Divas in the Division
It's no secret that the WWE's Diva division has been struggling ever since the retirement of Trish Stratus and Lita back in 2006, but that doesn't mean that the division doesn't have talent.
With the Women's Championship retired as of last year, the divas once again only have one title to fight over despite there being two separate shows. This was most likely done to allow the divas to wrestle on both Raw and Smackdown, allowing more airtime for the division. However, that has been anything but the case.
With current Divas Champion Brie Bella and Kelly Kelly being the only divas not named Kharma to receive any airtime in the past few months, here are the top five divas that have the talent to make this division relevant again but are currently being overlooked by WWE management.
As many fans are aware, Tamina is the daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka. Both her and Natalya were apart of the Uso/Hart Dynasty rivalry last year on Raw and allowed for Tamina to show off some of the skills she has in the ring.
Unfortunately, since the end of that feud and her storyline with Santino Marella, she has been seen less and less on both Raw and Smackdown. From what we've seen of her in the ring, it does seem she knows how to work a match and execute all of the necessary maneuvers.
It would just be nice to see more of her in the ring, and perhaps we will with this potential storyline between the team of her and Alicia Fox with newcomers to the diva division: AJ and Kaitlyn.
As little faith as I have in this storyline being an entertaining one, it will at least give Tamina a chance to become relevant and showcase some of her abilities more often. Hopefully this will lead to a push for the Divas title, but only time will tell.
Natalya is perhaps the most technically sound diva in the WWE today and has one of the most developed characters on this list. She's the daughter of Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart and a member of the prestigious Hart family. She trained in the fabled Hart family dungeon and is the only third generation diva to ever wrestle in a WWE ring.
She received a well deserved push in 2008 through 2010 when she was a member of the Hart Dynasty alongside Tyson Kidd and David Hart Smith. It would be during this time period she would capture the Divas Championship and hold the title until losing it to Eve Torres at this past Royal Rumble pay-per-view.
She's currently managing the aforementioned tag-team of AJ and Kaitlyn, and perhaps this will lead somewhere for the three, but it would be nice to see the daughter of "The Anvil" in singles competition soon and competing once again for the Divas Championship.
The picture of Maryse as Divas Champion sure does feel like awhile ago doesn't it? When Maryse first started out, there didn't appear to be much upside to her. Her character wasn't anything new, her in-ring talent needed work and she had trouble talking on the mic.
Times have changed since her early days in the WWE, and Maryse has become one of the best heels in the divas division and has improved her in-ring and microphone talents immensely in the past few years. It was all of this improvement that lead to her obtaining a significant push and becoming a two-time Divas Champion.
However, since losing the title last year, Maryse has been up to very little. She was Ted Dibiase's manager for awhile, which gave both superstars some airtime, but the storyline never seemed to go anywhere. After parting ways with Dibiase, Maryse has been seen in the ring even less than before. Her latest in-ring appearance was May 2nd against Kelly Kelly, which ended with Maryse being manhandled by Kharma.
If there's been a bigger fall from grace in terms of divas in the past few years other than Melina, I can't think of one. Her rise to fame is very similar to that of Trish Stratus, in the fact that both started as managers of tag-teams and went from having little in-ring experience, to one of the top competitors in their division.
Melina has held the Women's and Divas Championships on multiple occasions, she does well at either being heal or face and has some of the most entertaining moves out of all of the divas. That's not to mention her signature ring entrance.
However, since her feud with Natalya over the Divas Championship and her subsequent heal turn, Melina has been exiled to WWE Superstars. That's an island nobody wants to be a regular on. It seems to make little sense to have one of the top three divas on the current WWE roster wrestling on a show that doesn't even broadcast on TV.
Melina is deserving of another Divas title reign, especially if divas like Brie Bella are getting to hold it. It's about time WWE dropped their stale and overdone "twin magic" storyline with the Bella twins and get the likes of Melina back in the title hunt.
1. Gail Kim
All of the divas on this list deserve a good push in their careers, but none more than Gail Kim.
Kim has always been a top notch in-ring talent, but has always been overshadowed by the other divas around her. Back in her first few years with the WWE it was understandable, considering it was during that time that Lita, Trish Stratus and Victoria were all at their peak.
Because of the amount of talent WWE had within the divas division back then, management found Kim expendable and terminated her contract back in 2004. This would lead to Kim joining WWE's main competition: TNA Wrestling.
Kim was given plenty of opportunity to shine during her three years with TNA, becoming one of the top Knockouts on their roster and would go onto win the TNA Women's Knockout Championship as well as the 2007 Knockout of the year award.
Kim would return to WWE in 2009, and after a much-hyped return to the ring, she quickly faded into irrelevance. Management may still have some sour grapes about Kim wrestling for TNA, but it's been two years into her return to the company and she still hasn't been Divas Champion or received any kind of developed storyline.
Kim has only gotten better in terms of wrestling ability over time and she has the ability to talk on the mic when called upon to do so. If WWE is looking for ways to make the divas division as entertaining and captivating as it was back in the early 2000's, then give Gail Kim a shot to carry the torch.