WWE’s self-proclaimed ‘Divas Revolution’ is a long overdue initiative to committing to portraying the women of WWE as more than just eye candy. The movement, creatively spearheaded by Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, aims to portray WWE Divas as true athletes with the performance skills that rival, if not surpass, the men. The majority of the Divas on the main roster are involved in this revolution storyline and have been given ample time to prove themselves on WWE programming.
The storyline so far has been a success, despite WWE bordering on overexposure of the ‘Divas Revolution’ moniker. The Divas division was already strong in terms of in-ring talent as Paige had taken over for AJ Lee as the top babyface in the division to take on the evil reign of the ever-improving Bella Twins, but the NXT call-ups have made all the difference.
NXT has made waves all across the wrestling landscape in large part due to the matches their women’s division has put on. Talents like Sasha Banks, Charlotte, Becky Lynch, and Bayley have taken 2015 by storm and have often stolen shows with their in-ring mastery. This was no different with SummerSlam weekend as Sasha Banks defended her NXT Women’s Championship against Bayley at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn in the best match of the weekend. Keep in mind that this is the same weekend that featured SummerSlam and the episode of Monday Night Raw that would follow. It’s almost unthinkable to think that a women’s match would steal a weekend that included Brock Lesnar vs. the Undertaker in a Wrestlemania rematch, but now it’s not just unthinkable – it’s a fact.
On the flip side, the ‘Divas Revolution’ has lost some steam in recent weeks and, ironically, the Raw Brooklyn crowd booed the Divas out of the building (this had less to do with the storyline or competitors involved and more to do with terrible booking). The storyline had grown convoluted and stagnant as it continued to emphasize the makeshift teams of Team PCB (Paige, Charlotte, Becky Lynch), Team B.A.D. (Sasha Banks, Naomi, and Tamina Snuka) and Team Bella (Nikki, Brie, and Alicia Fox) instead of giving the Divas a real story to sink their teeth into. That should change now that the focus seems to be on the WWE Divas Championship.
What never lost steam, however, is the feud between Dolph Ziggler and the ‘Bulgarian Brute’ Rusev, and it has nothing to do with the competitors. This feud has been one of the most interesting on all of WWE programming because of the tension between Rusev’s former and current on-screen girlfriends, Lana and Summer Rae, respectively. Although Ziggler and Rusev are excellent in-ring talents and probably deserve to be bigger stars than they currently are, the crowd is usually clamoring to see Lana and Summer take their heels off and get into cat fights of epic proportions.
The WWE Divas division has graduated from hair pulling and cat fighting to actual in-ring wrestling, and that’s a major victory. However, lately the fans have felt compelled to dish out the biggest pops (wrestling lingo for crowd reaction) of the night to the type of cat fighting they cut down for years. As some of the best female wrestlers in the world continue to prove themselves on the most-watched wrestling programs every week, women with little wrestling experience and all the sass are getting a big spotlight.
Isn’t it ironic? Professional wrestling is weird.
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