WWE's female wrestlers have been branded as "Divas" since the Attitude Era, but a new report suggests that will soon change.
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Report: Divas Division Set to Be Re-Branded
Wednesday, March 30
According to PWInsider (h/t Wrestling-Edge.com), the Divas division will be renamed the Women's division on Monday's episode of Raw following WrestleMania 32. Also, a WWE Women's Championship belt has reportedly been created, and it will replace the butterfly-emblazoned Divas title.
Should the report come to fruition, the WrestleMania Triple Threat match between Charlotte, Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch will be the final WWE bout with the Divas Championship on the line.
The aforementioned trio helped usher in the so-called Divas revolution after getting called up from NXT this past summer, but many of WWE's female competitors have expressed their desire to see the company scrap the "Divas" term.
That includes Charlotte, who recently discussed the subject in an interview with Alfred Konuwa of Forbes.com (h/t Raj Giri of WrestlingInc.com):
I think changing it to Women's Championship would be great. It's 2016 now. We've had the Divas Championship for how long now? And I just think NXT is the Women's Championship, I find no reason why the main roster couldn't change it.
Obviously there's a lot of branding that goes along with it we've had the butterfly belt. The term Divas is special to WWE, and the fact that, for instance myself, I wouldn't look at myself as your typical Diva. Strong, athletic—strong is the new skinny, however you want to look at it—being able to have all these attributes as an athlete and be called a Diva I think it's great but I would like the name Women's Championship.
Charlotte and other may soon get their wish with the Women's Championship potentially returning for the first time since it was merged with the Divas title in 2010.
The in-ring competition among female wrestlers is as entertaining as ever in WWE currently due largely to the fact that Charlotte, Sasha, Becky, Bayley and others have changed the perception surrounding women's wrestling.
Sasha and Bayley main evented WWE TakeOver: Respect in a 30-minute Iron Man match, which proved that the women are more than capable of being on the same level as the male performers.
That fact can be empowering to both women and men alike, and doing away with the dated "Diva" designation would be another big step toward equality in sports entertainment.
Editor's Note: A previous version of this story mistakenly said Becky Lynch would participate in the TripleThreat Match at WrestleMania.
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