WWE's Mishandling of the Women's Division
by, 09-22-2011 at 02:35 PM (2838 Views)
I really want to know why a Divas division in WWE still exists when they make it a mockery.
(As a disclaimer I haven't been a true watcher of wrestling for a good ten years but have stayed up to date on it enough that I feel I know what I am talking about.)
I continually read the WWE results on this site and am always curious when I read the women's match results and see that the match run time is around 2 minutes. Now I understand that quick matches or squash matches have to happen sometimes for TV run time but it always seems the women's segments are scheduled to be short. This leaves very little time to build feuds or have a memorable impact with the audience and the quick finishes make fans lose respect for the women's division when compared with any of the men's matches.
The WWE seems torn between committing more effort to the division and ignoring it altogether which remains unchanged in the company's history. Back in the days of the Attitude era when the Women's Championship was again reactivated (after previously being deactivated twice), the division was not deep. Women who could actually wrestle such as Ivory and Jacqueline were in matches with women like Sable, Terri Runnels, and Miss Kitty who had little training in actual wrestling technique to fill out the women's roster. The best female wrestler of the time, Chyna, was usually put in matches against men and the WWE compensated for the lack of wrestling ability by making women's matches swimsuit contests, evening gown matches, mud wrestling matches, and bra and panties matches which were all in line with the Attitude era.
Then when Lita was introduced with her high flying style it changed the expectation of what women's wrestling should be like. As the fans embraced Lita and the other female wrestlers with ability who followed her such as Trish Stratus and Molly Holly the gimmick stipulations lessened but still existed for some of the valets like Stacy Keibler and Torrie Wilson. Women's matches while still not getting the same attention as men's matches were given decent TV time and would even occasionally main event a show,
something you would never see in the current state of women's wrestling. The WWE was balancing hires between women that were attractive who could also wrestle and those who were eye candy.
Checking in on Raw over the years I remember being impressed with how far the women's division had come with wrestlers like Trish Stratus getting better and newer talent such as Mickie James, Melina, Victoria, and Beth Phoenix really being able to work and entertain. They even had two women's titles one for each of the brands so they clearly thought that the women's division was worth building up for a while.
I don't know how long this 2 minute match thing has been going on but it's pathetic for the WWE that the Divas twitter feuds are more interesting than the feuds they are writing for Raw and Smackdown. A lot of fans were interested to see the impact of Kharma (who was great as Awesome Kong in TNA) on the division but that was cut short for now. Is it apathy from creative or lack of ideas? All I know is that the current string of matches is embarrassing and offensive to wrestling and I know from watching TNA on occasion that women's wrestling can be greatly entertaining. TNA does okay and they a lot of times have two women's matches on a single show.
Maybe the WWE still pays the women well for not doing much but if not WWE female wrestlers should be looking elsewhere for employment because they are being under utilized. The WWE needs to decide to either have a women's division or not bother putting women wrestlers on TV at all. Otherwise that 2 minutes you spend on women's wrestling can be put somewhere more useful to the product.