By Charles Glover, Jr.
The last pay-per-view event of the year for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) coincided with the season finale of the first year show “Total Divas,” a reality show featuring several of the female talent working at WWE. As millions watched the personal developments of the divas, the “Divas Champion *AJ Lee,” defended her title at the year ending WWE pay-per-view event “Tables, Ladder, and Chairs,” capping an exhilarating year for WWE’s top diva, while expanding the fan base for all the divas.
Lee has had a phenomenal year and has become a fan favorite while earning and retaining the WWE Divas Championship. She was also the general manager of WWE Raw for a short period this year. She has demonstrated the screen presence and charisma the WWE looks for in its talent to help with cross-branding pursuits. Other WWE Divas like *Kaitlyn and *Layla have been WWE Divas Champions over the past couple of years. However, Lee has stood out with her ability to connect with fans on the microphone as well as in the ring. The ability to connect with the crowd is always the toughest challenge for WWE superstars and Lee has become the best WWE diva in that category this year.
The WWE Divas were featured prominently on television this year too. The *Bella twins (Brie and Nikki), joined Naomi and Cameron (the Funkadactyls) on the “Steve Harvey Show.” The twins also appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel show. The twins led the WWE Divas in appearances in non-WWE shows, which has helped to increase the popularity of all the women of the WWE.
“Wresting is a great workout,” The twins and Funkadactyls said as they demonstrated various exercises and dance moves on the Steve Harvey Show, delighting the mostly female audience. “Oh this is good,” Harvey said, clapping his hands in appreciation while the divas took over the stage.
The shift to in-ring performance as an emphasis for the divas has resulted in fewer women resembling the former WWE divas like *Sable, Stacy Keibler, and Torrie Wilson who were known more for their beauty than their wrestling ability. While there have always been WWE divas who were known for their wrestling ability, the WWE fans gravitated to the most attractive WWE women, regardless of wrestling ability. Many of those former WWE divas still maintain public interest , which speaks to their appeal and the wide reach of the WWE audience.
The current crop of divas has earmarks of other former WWE divas like *Trish Stratus, *Lita, and *Mickie James, who were lauded for both their beauty and wrestling ability. These woman have gained a different type of exposure than the previous generation of divas as many of the current women at WWE are mainly in-ring performers. The women of the WWE have been able to combine their trademark beauty with the rough and tumble ability necessary to excel in and out of the ring.
The “Total Divas” show has given the *Bella twins, *Natalya, *JoJo Offerman, *Eva Marie, and *Naomi and *Cameron (the Funkadactyls) more exposure on the crowded WWE roster. The “Total Divas” show also included frequent appearances by two of the most popular WWE superstars, *Daniel Bryan, and Jon Cena.
The WWE continues to find a way to promote its many products across multiple platforms and with the divas showcasing their diversity and skills, the potential for greater achievements will continue to grow. .–OnPointPress.net–
* Denotes WWE stage name
Charles Glover, Jr. is a sports aficionado and a management training consultant. Follow me @OpenWindowMES on Twitter.