As you may recall, Natalya Neidhart was set to defend the Divas Championship against LayCool in a handicap match at the Royal Rumble, until Raw’s Anonymous GM decided that in the interest of the title (because he/she did not approve of possible co-champions, again) to instead make the match a Fatal Four-Way. Out of the decision came an unwelcome surprise participant in Eve Torres who walked away the new Divas Champion. I asked the question that night, “What was the point of making Eve Torres champion?” And it still has not been answered, or has it?
Natalya, in my opinion, was doing a phenomenal job carrying the WWE’s laughing-stock of a professional wrestling women’s division as its champion. She turned away a tough challenge from former five-time champion Melina; and eliminated both Michelle McCool and Layla-El in the first-ever Divas Tag Team Tables Match. So while Natalya made strides in her brief reign, Eve’s championship run has so far gone underneath the radar.
She’s had forgettable title defenses, including her latest against Nikki Bella (despite the fact that Brie was the contender) (Twin screw up?), which was overshadowed by Michael Cole screaming into the microphone for the match to end. Clearly, “The Voice of the WWE” not only disregarded Eve as the Champion, but the entire women’s division. Yet, it’s not only Michael Cole who overlooks the Divas, the other broadcasters use the air time to talk about other storylines.
Here are some possibilities of why they put the title on Eve Torres: 1) WWE wanted a more model-esque woman to hold the belt, 2) Natalya grew tired of the insensitive comments from the broadcast team (No, not from Jerry Lawler, he actually liked having her around), and/or 3) the Fatal-Four Way scenario at the Rumble set the stage for a split between LayCool, which WWE is hoping pays off in a big way with the Divas title as a small casualty.
My personal assessment? WWE seriously needs to break away from the practice of hiring models and calling them wrestlers (you know what I mean). WWE has some exceptionally talented women under contract that could easily carry the division, women like Beth Phoenix, Natalya, Gail Kim, and Melina. Instead, WWE pulled the plug on Natalya’s push (a false shimmer of hope) and handed the belt over to Eve.
It’s not that Eve shouldn’t be champion, but she shouldn’t be champion right now (about 2 title reigns too late on that statement). Eve doesn’t have one-tenth of the experience or move set of women like Natalya or Beth Phoenix. To be a champion in professional wrestling one must have a measure of performance ability and drawing power, which Eve has neither (re-read what Michael Cole did). Not to say that she doesn’t have the potential to be a champion, but holding the belt should mean that you are the best in the division, which she’s not.