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Published on October 29th, 2012 | by Aaron

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Aaron’s WWEport – How Do You Solve A Problem Like The Divas Division?

If I had to credit TNA for doing one thing better than the WWE, it’s their women’s division. Sure they also have a very cringe-worthy title for it but whatever you call them, Knockouts or Divas, TNA’s just get more time to actually wrestle. It’s not perfect but it’s better.

Last night’s lackluster Hell In A Cell PPV didn’t leave me with much to talk about, however it did highlight something for me that I’ve been thinking about for a long time. What does WWE need to do differently so that women’s wrestling can be taken more seriously? And the best I could come up with? They need their own show.

For a long time the Divas match on a Pay-Per-View has been seen as the “go get a beer” match. It’s understandable to a certain level. Rarely has there been much of a build up to these matches and quite often the competitors are of low standards so interest will always struggle.

Last night was a triple threat match with a decent angle. Eve is a sneaky champion defending against the woman she beat to win the title (Layla) and the woman she screwed over to get her title shot (Kaitlyn). You can’t ask for much more than that in a title match! The girls put on a good match too. Kaitlyn is a wrestler I’m continually impressed by and Layla has been a reliable wrestler since her return from injury. And Eve was there too. But the crowd? Couldn’t care less.

This has happened a few times now, especially during Beth Phoenix‘s run. Decent matches at PPVs but no time before or afterwards on TV to work. It’s clear the creative team either has no faith in the girls or feels like nobody cares. But here’s my issue with that last point, they only don’t care because you haven’t made them care. Case in point: AJ Lee.

Without a doubt one of the biggest surprises of the year has been AJ’s rise to the top of the heap. She’s a Diva who actually gets a crowd reaction and has been at the centre of a lot of what WWE has been doing this year. The crowd give a damn and it’s because Creative have given her something to do.

I understand show time is precious. Despite RAW’s now questionable 3 hour length run-time every week there is still not enough time for the likes of Zack Ryder, Tyson Kidd, and other deserving future superstars. How do you make the decision to leave out a Kofi Kingston for a Diva’s match? I get it. Although, with WWE’s Network still(?) on the horizon and a new show on Wednesdays and Saturday mornings, I don’t think it’s too much to ask to give the Divas a one hour show each week. You pay them, why not use them?

Then maybe you can give them more than a 2 minute match on Smackdown. Or actually allow them to use a microphone. Or maybe, just maybe, you might find a new audience of young women who will both enjoy the show and see a role model on the screen rather than a plot device in a man’s storyline. Maybe it could inspire some young girls to someday grow up and want to wrestle themselves. As of right now, WWE isn’t really doing that.

I’d like to leave it on this note: Here is a short video from back in the WWF days of Lita signing copies of her new video. Both men and women sign up for the privilege but one little girl bursts into tears upon meeting her idol. Her emotions and how much it means to her is plain to see. WWE has an opportunity to possitely influence young girls like this all over the world. Take advantage of it.

Oh and who is that little girl in the video? AJ Lee.

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Aaron Fever has been tormenting the internet for over 10 years now. He is still waiting to find a reason for doing so.



  • http://www.twitter.com/t_rex_arms Kristina

    I am surprised that the WWE hasn’t stepped up its Divas division after Stephanie McMahon took a higher position within the company. As a woman, I find it disheartening that the Divas aren’t taken seriously or utilized to their fullest capacity. There are female wrestlers out there who are gorgeous and could wrestle…, Why not hire those women and use the others, like say, Eve, to stay on as managers and out-of-the-ring personalities? I think talent speaks on a higher level than T&A, but I could be wrong…, because let’s face it, the majority of WWE viewers are men. But give the fans who are women some credit where its due, WWE.

    • http://aaronfever.blogspot.com Aaron

      Indeed, the large majority are men but I see more and more women in the crowd everytime I watch the show, so WWE have to acknowledge/take advantage of this growing fan-base.

      They’re pushing for more kids to watch and I think a stronger women’s division would be embraced by the young girls attending, especially if they had their own show and they could get to know the female wrestlers better.

      With Stephanie promoting the BA Star campaign so hard, I think this should be another thing for her to concentrate on.

  • http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=861255190 Dawfydd Kelly

    Step one: Ditch that ugly-as-&^%$ Divas belt, and start calling it the Womens Championship/ division again
    Step two: To be fair, WWE are moving in the right direction by hiring women who actually CAN wrestle who happen to look good, but they need to be going much further. They have the immensely talented Sara Del Rey signed, and Rachel Diaz with her heritage could provide a way to get fans interested again in the womens division…

    • http://aaronfever.blogspot.com Aaron

      Agree with both the belt and the name change.

      I think WWE do a great job at the developmental stage with finding female talent. Unfortunately a lot of these women leave after a relatively short time due to a number of grievences. There have been a few big name departures this year. They need to do something to address this soon or they’ll loose all the good women they have.

  • Sharp-O

    I agree with the assessment of TNA, and I think it’s the same for the company as a whole. The production and story might be lacking but at least you get a ton of wrestling each show instead of 90mins of twitter and merch and motivational nonsense. When I was watching last year, they had a shit hot tag team division with ACTUAL tag teams, not just two wrestlers lumped together. They were some of the best matches on there, like it was with WWE back in the 2000’s.

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