Heel Turn: The Divas Revolution – How the Divas Fought For and Won a Spot in the Ring By Joe Messineo
It wasn’t that long ago there was a running joke that when the Divas appeared on screen, it was time to take a break. Maybe you hit the bathroom, or went to grab another beer or snack. Either way, you had the time. The talent just wasn’t there, and it was filler for a true fan. Today’s Divas are seeking to change that perception, and they’re more than just a bunch of pretty faces: they can actually wrestle. From Nikki’s Rack Attack to Foxy’s Axe Kick, when the Divas come onscreen today, you know you’re in for some entertainment and drama.
History of the Divas
The Divas haven’t always been prominent in the ring, mostly they were a short 5- to 10-minute appearance, if that. It was something to provide eye candy and a pathetic attempt to draw women into the fan base. Former Divas such as Lita, Mickie James and Beth Phoenix were more hailed for their pretty looks than their actual skills, which, let’s face it, these were some of the better female wrestlers of their time. It wasn’t until 2012 or 2013 that they started to make more of an impact, developing storylines that actually engaged the fans. One particular storyline that stands out is that of AJ Lee, the resident crazy. When she came skipping down the walkway, you just knew someone was in for it, and she didn’t care what people thought of her.
One of the major indications that the times have changed is that the Divas are now headlining some events. Not only did the Bella Twins face Paige and AJ Lee at Wrestlemania 31, back in March, Charlotte and Sasha Banks were actually the main event for NXT’s show. It wasn’t a five-minute match either. These girls battled it out for 20 minutes for the NXT Women’s Championship. The match was well-received with a standing ovation that solidified their place in the revolution.
Continued Growth and Promotion
Now, you can regularly see Charlotte, Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch on RAW, fighting for their place on the main roster. The crowd is loving it too, as evidenced by the cheers and reactions during the match. The main issue that they face today, though, at least as far as I’m concerned is that their characters need a strong story – not just more time in the ring. They need to get the crowd invested in their storyline and that will be the true growth of the revolution.
While the Divas might have experienced a bit of a setback on this week’s RAW in Brooklyn, there’s no doubt that they’ll get back to work on putting the Divas Revolution front and center again.