Thursday, 11 August 2011

“Enough is Enough, and it’s Time for a Change”

Sorry that I haven’t updated this blog. I’ve been working in Edinburgh for the last week without access to a computer. I finally had the chance to see last week’s RAW and Smackdown yesterday and I’m interested in what’s happening with the Divas so here’s an article about it.

While I like women’s wrestling, I feel that in the WWE, it has seemed to have stagnated over the last few years. At the minute, they seem to have 4-5 minutes on TV and have the occasional Divas title match. If you look at TNA, they seem to have a better women’s division because not only do they have a decent roster, they seem to do wrestling and they have actual storylines. In the WWE, you have the Bella Twins saying that women their own size are fat and behaving more like bitchy teenage schoolgirls than women in their mid-20s.

There were signs that that could change with the arrival of Kharma in May. She was destroying Divas almost indiscriminately and, without having a match, was proving to be the dominant alpha female. Her pregnancy meant that the storyline could not continue and it looked like the Divas would continue to do the same old thing for the foreseeable future.

That all changed last week with the battle royal on RAW to determine the No.1 contender to the Divas Championship on Summerslam. Champion Kelly Kelly was on commentary and, until the end, I wasn’t liking it. Most of the field were eliminated within 90 seconds and the commentary seem to consist of Kelly Kelly and Michael Cole bickering. The ending was good with Beth Phoenix putting both Bellas on her shoulders and throwing them over the top rope. Kelly Kelly, in an act of sportsmanship, congratulates Beth for winning. Beth does her own act of sportsmanship by completely destroying Kelly Kelly. Later that week on Smackdown, Natalya destroys Kaitlyn after beating her in a match and announces that she is aligning herself with Beth and announces that: “The days of the cute, perky, little princesses are over!”

I’m excited to see how this plays out. Beth Phoenix is undoubtedly the strongest women in the WWE since Chyna, and she has competed in two Royal Rumbles. Natalya comes from possibly the most successful wrestling family ever, and, having been trained in Stu Hart’s dungeon, the most technical women in the division. I can see them dominating the Divas for the near future with either one of them being the champion and that could develop into a fued between the two.

If I have a slight gripe, it’s that I wish that they were two women’s titles. You could have Beth being the Divas champion and Natalya being the Women’s champion and being completely dominant. Then Kharma can return, destroy them both and you can unify the titles that way.

These events and the fact that the Divas title is being defended not only at Summerslam but for the second consecutive Pay-Per-View means that the women’s division seems to be coming more than just a sideshow. I hope that it will continue to progress and be enjoyable again, especially when Kharma returns.  

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