On the May 17th edition of Monday Night RAW, when Layla El and Michelle McCool came out with matching WWE Women’s titles, it became evident that WWE could care less about Women’s wrestling.
It was on SmackDown that Layla El won her first Women’s Title by pinning then-champion Beth Phoenix in a 2-on-1 handicap match. The stipulation was underhanded on the part of Vickie Guerrero, but it was justifiable because the title needed to change hands because Beth Phoenix tore her ACL during a match against Rosa Mendes on WWE Superstars.
In regards to both women wearing matching WWE Women’s titles, Michael Cole explained that since it was a 2-on-1 match, Team Lay-Cool, as a single unit, became Women’s champion. In reality, WWE recognizes Layla El as the new Women’s Champion, but in story line, Michelle McCool is honored as co-Women’s Champion; hence, the matching strap.
The unfortunate absence of Beth Phoenix really urges one to look at the WWE Divas’ division, and whether or not they are doing a good job. Over the internet, people are bashing WWE for firing Mickie James, seeing as SmackDown is in a bind now that their top babyface is injured. They say this not only because Mickie was a top face, but because she was also a pure wrestler.
In a company more devoted into creating their own superstars rather than accepting self-made wrestlers, WWE, believe it or not, basically treats its women’s division the same as it does its men. How often aren’t we bombarded with the John Cenas and the Batistas of the business, as WWE shies away from the William Regals and the Chavo Guerreros? The same goes for the Divas.
Rosa Mendes, the inevitable cause of Beth’s injury, was a model before being contracted by WWE. We can tell by her lack of mike skills and…. wrestling ability. But Rosa’s not the only former model gone Diva, oh no. Kelly-Kelly was a model/dancer, Alicia Fox was a model, The Bellas were models/actresses, Tiffany was a model, Maryse Ouellet was a model. And if that weren’t bad enough, the current Women’s Champion was a dancer; while the Divas’ Champion Eve Torres was a model/dancer. All these women were created by the WWE machine to become “wrestlers” at the cost of destroying the integrity of women’s wrestling.
There are women who train to become wrestlers, and its a shame when WWE fails to utilize the true talents. Gail Kim trained to become a wrestler in Ron Hutchinson’s “School of Pro Wrestling” in Toronto, headlined the TNA Knockouts’ division, and what do they have her doing? Evan Bourne’s valet? Are you kidding me?
Nattie Neidhart (Natalya) is the only woman to have trained in the infamous Hart family “Dungeon” from her uncles Ross and Bruce Hart. She is also the first third-generation female wrestler in the world. And what do they have her doing? They made her lose to an inexperienced Michelle McCool for the inaugural Divas’ Championship, and is now the manager for The Hart Dynasty. I’m sorry, but find a Nattie Neidhart match online, watch it, and realize what a grave mistake WWE is making by not cashing in on a gold mine.
Jillian Hall was trained by Dave Finlay at his professional wrestling school. She has competed in numerous promotions and has held over 10 women’s titles. And yet, WWE feels it necessary to make Jillian a 10 second Paper Divas’ Champion long enough to lose it in a squash to Melina?
Serena Deeb started her wrestling career in OVW Wrestling School where she eventually held the promotion’s women’s title a record of six times. She has gone toe-to-toe with the best independent female wrestlers in the world. Hence its sad that the only reason Serena found her way onto the main WWE roster is because she was the only woman willing to have her head shaved. Since coming on to SmackDown, all she has done is run interference for C.M. Punk. What a waste.
The only two wrestlers, currently on the roster, who have gotten any sort of recognition are Beth Phoenix and Melina. However, after wrestling inexperienced women night after night, their bodies have paid the price from putting them over. With both Beth and Melina, the top babyfaces on their respective brands, sidelined through injuries, WWE was forced to make a rash decision in casting Layla El as the new Women’s Champion, and Eve Torres the Divas’ Champion.
Honestly, why does WWE have two women’s titles when they barely have enough quality to deal with one? The Women’s title should be unified and treated as the Unified Tag Team belts are, defended on all brands. Currently the two women’s titles are being held by former dancers, who have had dance offs in the ring. How much lower must the WWE go before getting the women who are the best for this job!