I have to admit, I was super excited when WWE and E! decided to make a show highlighting the women on the roster. "Total Divas" is a show that not only bring attention to some of the female athletes, but it shows how real the business can be. Between injuries and personal lives, people can now recognize some of these amazing women.
One thing that has bother me for years was the fact that WWE made the decision to call their female talent "Divas".
To me, this seemed to downgrade the division. In my mind, a diva is someone who is a little high maintenance and is timid. A woman who won't always be aggressive and may not be strong on her own. This was completely displayed as well. For years women's wrestling was terrible. Cat fight matches and hair pulling were the norm and, often times, Divas were picked based on looks not talent.
|And can we talk about that belt, yuck!|
A few years ago, WWE started a developmental brand called NXT (which is incredible if you have never seen it). In NXT there is a women's division and these women steal the show. They are some of the most respected athletes in the business and rightfully so. Their matches are strong and physical, the way that as a woman I want women to be portrayed.
|L to R: Bayley, Charlotte, Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch|
The only problem is, on WWE they were still referred to as Divas.
WWE made the decision to change the division back to the women's division. The women are no longer Divas, they are talent. Later that night, the women's championship match was the best match of the night, hands down. Those women stole the show.
It's funny to me how changing one word can change the entire perception of a situation. As women, we are strong IF NOT STRONGER than men. We endure a lot just by being us. For a huge organization that is respected and loved by millions to make this move is inspiring for me. These women are changing the game for not only female wrestling fans but women in sports every where.
It goes back to the Always "Like A Girl" campaign. Slowly, we are changing the world. Thank you WWE for joining the fight.