Welcome back to The Locker Room, CSS. This time I'll be tackling a subject that I hold near and dear, and I know that many others do as well, and that is: The women of wrestling, specifically in WWE.
Just this past Sunday night AJ Lee defeated Natalya to retain the Divas Championship and continue her 183 day reign as the queen of the division. I thought it was quite a good match and, surprisingly enough, the crowd thought so too.
AJ is quite popular and actually isn't too bad in the ring, plus her charisma is very high. All of this combines to make her one of the best Divas Champion ever. The other women on the main roster have seen their popularity soar as a result of the Total Divas! television program.
Make no mistake about it The Divas are a draw. People want to see them wrestle and have storylines of their own, myself included. In addition to the main roster divas there are also divas down in NXT that are highly talented and highly popular, just waiting for the moment when they are called up to the main roster to make their debut. Some of the women in NXT include: Paige, Bayley, Emma, and Sasha Banks. The fact is that there are a lot of talented and popular women in the WWE.
The WWE has had a checkered past concerning women (slut shaming, exploitation) and some of their bad habits are still apparent as we close out 2013. Even in light of this, women's wrestling has been around for a long time, it has a special history all its own, and I believe it's heading in the right direction.
Yet here we stand at a crossroads. Where do we go from here?
The argument can definitely be made that women's wrestling is more popular than it's ever been, that the matches themselves are growing increasingly entertaining, and that these trends are likely to continue. One could also make the argument that WWE has had great moments involving the divas of the past and that those past divas were even more popular and skilled. Whatever you believe, women have had a huge impact on wrestling and deserve recognition.
That brings me to the questions I have for CSS:
- What do you think is the future of the Divas Division?
- Who's your favorite diva?
- Do you even care about women's wrestling?
- What could be done to make women's wrestling more relevant and/or exciting?
I'll start things off by answering my own questions.
I have a positive outlook on the future of the divas division. There is talent on the main roster and NXT, in the ring and personality wise. We live in a society where women have more opportunities than ever before, and you can take it to the bank that there are a lot of women who want to become professional wrestlers. I only see things going up from here because of the amount of exposure the divas are currently getting.
My favorite Diva is Kaitlyn.
I think the one thing above all others that could be done to make women's wrestling more relevant is get serious about storyline feuds on the main roster. We saw a small dose of this with the AJ/Kaitlyn saga. Speaking for myself I was highly entertained by it. If WWE can craft some storylines for the other females I think it would do a lot to add to the popularity and relevance of the divas division.
That's my take on the women of wrestling CSS, and I hope to hear your opinions in the comments
See you next time in....The Locker Room.