In recent months, the WWE Divas (the female wrestlers of the WWE) are being relegated to WWE Superstars and non-televised dark matches while their male counterparts are featured more prominently on WWE TV. As for who's to blame for the demise of the Divas division, the answer might surprise you.
And so, let's look at why the WWE Divas are just an afterthought in recent memory.
Kelly Kelly, looking good in a bikini. via kellyimgs.org
In 2006, the shift began to change for the Divas. Trish Stratus and Lita were at the end of their lustrous careers while girls such as Kelly Kelly (pictured above), Maria, Michelle McCool, Mickie James, and Maria were just beginning their careers.
Thus, the model-turned-wrestler was starting to take off. Gone are the days of the talented female wrestler and in its place was the beautiful girl next door with a lack of wrestling experience.
The woman responsible for the model-turned-wrestler trend was Kelly Kelly. With her long platinum blonde hair, sparkling blue eyes, and toothy smile, Kelly Kelly became the role model for future WWE Divas.
Pretty soon, girls like Latinas Eve Torres and Rosa Mendes; blondes Tiffany, Maryse, and Jillian Hall; African-American Alicia Fox, and brunette twins Brie and Nikki Bella joined the Diva bandwagon. That's when the views of the WWE Universe started to change.
The WWE Universe paid money to see the likes of John Cena, CM Punk, Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan, Big Show, Kane, Sheamus, Triple H, Kofi Kingston, Rey Mysterio, Santino Marella, Dolph Ziggler, The Miz, Cody Rhodes, Alberto Del Rio, and The Undertaker. These aforementioned Superstars get plenty of reaction from the WWE Universe and are considered to be the WWE's top draws.
The WWE Divas, on the other hand get absolutely no reaction from the WWE Universe (yes, this even means the very talented Beth Phoenix, Natalya, and Tamina Snuka) and are used for either using the restroom, getting something to eat, or use the phone.
In fact, the only woman who ever gets a reaction from the WWE Universe is Vickie Guerrero (the widow of former WWE Superstar Eddie Guerrero) with her annoying "Excuse me!" catchphrase.
Another Diva, A.J., has been the only Diva plenty of exposure. She has been in a love triangle storyline with CM Punk, Bryan, and Kane and was named new WWE GM on RAW's 1000th show.
Meanwhile in a effort to improve RAW and SmackDown's ratings, the WWE decided to have their less popular Superstars (as well as most of the Divas) compete on WWE Superstars and preshow dark matches. As a result, most of the Divas are sharing the lower card spotlights with the likes of Tyson Kidd, Yoshi Tatsu, Justin Gabriel, Curt Hawkins, Tyler Reks, Ezekiel Jackson, Alex Riley, and Drew McIntyre, among others.
And so, blame the WWE Universe for the demise of the Divas division.