According to WWE.com, history will be made on Sunday, April 6, when the Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational debuts at The Show of Shows. AJ Lee — the longest reigning Divas Champion of all time — will put her title on the line against 13 Divas inside the squared circle. SmackDown’s General Manger created the momentous match in response to the boastful Divas Champion opting to take a count-out loss to Naomi on the March 24 Raw.
When you think of women in wrestling, you are immediately drawn to the idea of Trish Stratus and Lita beating on each other in the ring or Lillian Ellison (The Fabulous Moolah) and her long title reign or Judy Grabel and other females of the past. For those who are no longer with us, including Mae Young, they must be turning over in their graves knowing what the WWE has done to the women’s ranks while TNA and its niche operation still use the Knockouts as important parts of their programming and scheduling.
Shame on you, WWE.
The championship was created by WWE in 2008, and was introduced in storyline by then-SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero as an alternative to Raw’s Women’s Championship. Michelle McCool became the inaugural champion when she defeated Natalya at The Great American Bash. After former Divas Champion Maryse was drafted to Raw as part of the 2009 WWE Draft, she took the title with her. Michelle McCool won a match to unify the WWE Divas and Women’s titles at the Night of Champions pay-per-view, creating the Unified Divas Championship.
Since then, the belt has been a sham and the wrestling has been worse.
While we know women were first introduced into wrestling circles as side acts, valets and props of sorts, the way the WWE has used the women in suspect matches where they end in five minutes or less is just fodder for viewers to leave the television screen or the seat in the arena for a much-needed relief break.
The idea of a challenge like this may be the thing Natalya, Naomi and Tamina need to make sure the honor of women’s wrestling is still upheld with respect. The last time we saw a “decent” feud AJ and Layla were going at it in the ring. I suspect when it is all said and done, AJ and her former bodyguard Tamina will be the last two standing in the ring, where the daughter of Jimmy Snuka wins and therefore holds the title – to be challenged by Natalya.
Somehow, I think my idea of what will happens makes more sense than what will probably happen. When it comes to Divas in a ring the only thing that you can do is expect the unexpected.
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