What had the makings of a legitimate revolution has fallen well short over the past month and change. The so-called movement I’m referring to is, of course, the “Divas Revolution.” The WWE ignited the division by debuting several of NXT’s most popular and gifted ladies and it looked to be on the up-and-up.
However, in the weeks that would follow, the division once again flatlined. Sure, there’s a few new faces in the fold and now fans are given two shorter divas matches on RAW rather than the customary one, but enthusiasm surrounding the division remains unchanged.
That’s because there’s no sense of direction. What the WWE’s given its viewers is three trios of women and pitted them against one another. Stable wars are fun and all, but there’s no sense in this one. That’s because to place a whole division in one is wasteful. Not to mention that, as far as fans know, these groups are simply hodge podged together and battling because Stephanie McMahon told them to.
The WWE does, however, have a chance to rectify this in the upcoming Divas Championship match pitting Nikki Bella against Charlotte. If the WWE’s serious about making the Divas a focal point they’ll get the title out of Nikki’s hands and into Charlotte’s. Bella could be champ again someday, but for now her reign reeks of a stale, underutilized division which is said to be a thing of the past.
Along with that, Charlotte getting her hands on the belt could kickstart a much more interesting angle: in-fighting amongst the stables of divas. In NXT, Charlotte claimed that, due of course to being the daughter of the great Ric Flair, she was genetically superior to the rest of the Divas on the roster. A championship victory over the longest reigning Divas Champion would certainly serve to hammer that point home.
More importantly, it would surely eat away at Paige, a woman who tried her damnedest for months on end to conquer Bella and just couldn’t get over that hump. For Charlotte, a woman Paige has beaten in NXT, to do it at her first opportunity would rightly be frustrating. Whether Charlotte snidely rubs Paige’s nose in her accomplishment or Paige refuses to congratulate her comrade, there’s surely an entertaining feud in the making there. Especially with Becky Lynch as the peacekeeper and, more likely than not, an eventual combatant.
Of course, that’s far from the only route to take. For instance, Sasha Banks may have stood arm-in-arm with Charlotte and Lynch at the most recent NXT: TakeOver, but that surely doesn’t mean she cedes anything to them. The Boss tore through NXT’s Divas Division for several months in her reign as champion. Are we to believe she’s not itching to reclaim champion status?
But, in the same vein, one would be hard-pressed to believe that her current allies in Tamina and Naomi wouldn’t have something to say about that. Tamina, in particular, represents a physical presence not seen in the divas division since, perhaps, Beth Phoenix. If Banks’ former teammates take up the quest to foil her at every turn, it would make for an interesting secondary feud for the division.
The WWE hasn’t totally flubbed the attempted Divas Revolution, but it hasn’t knocked it out of the park either. In order for them to take it to the next level, they need to recognize that it’s simply impossible to push nine superstars at once. After all, you wouldn’t see that in any other division.
We want to see the undercard Divas quest for top-notch status as well, but there needs to be a hierarchy of contenders. It’s a three-hour show, so there’s plenty of space for a secondary feud in the division. Most importantly, it’s largely the work of the former NXT Divas which incited this so-called revolution, they shouldn’t just be faces in the crowd, but, rather, the leaders of the pack.