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Divas of Doom ... or salvation?
Stinkfaces. Booty poppin'. If you're a purist about a woman's place inside the WWE ring, you might be wondering what Fabulous Moolah is thinking looking down on the Divas division. Would the iconic figure chalk up the current flux of the division on changing times, or would she say, "Someone needs to save this"?
Beth Phoenix and Natalya, the "Divas of Doom," think so. However, are The Glamazon and third-generation Diva just the two women to call "saviors"?
First, the sly and athletic Brie Bella wins the Divas Championship using underhanded tactics. Diva purists weren't happy. Then, Kelly Kelly - who has improved markedly inside the ring - netted the butterfly title. Diva purists started pointing fingers and lashing out. This can't be happening. Not in a division that has seen the likes of Moolah, Trish Stratus, Hall of Famer Wendi Richter, Lita and Melina bear the Women's Title. On social media, the WWE Universe joined the fight, asking: How are these "model" Divas getting their names etched in the history books? Do only "pretty faces," as according to Beth Phoenix and Natalya, matter?
The WWE Universe took to Twitter to express their dismay and praise the terror-filling twosome, even making The Divas of Doom a worldwide trending topic during SuperSmackDown Tuesday night.
And so in came these sisters of destruction, carrying holy water and a torch. One was destined to dominate the ring, the other was born to an impressive bloodline. Both have worked tirelessly on their craft. This isn't to say the other Divas haven't worked tirelessly - night in and night out they put their bodies on the line for the WWE Universe's entertainment, but Beth and Natalya's livelihood isn't on the posters or the calendars. Their livelihood is made from breaking bones and taking names. That doesn't necessarily make them saviors, but it certainly gives them purpose.
It might be easy to constantly search or compare the current crop of Divas to Lita and Trish, though an understanding must be made: There will never be another Trish Stratus or Lita. Any comparisons made to them are unfair. Divas Champion Kelly Kelly has worked for five years, becoming one of the most popular Divas, and has taken on all who have stood in her way. The Bellas have taught the WWE Universe with athleticism and determination what a little "Twin Magic" can do. But the line doesn't end there. With talented new Divas like A.J. impressing in their squared-circle prowess and not-quite-Divas-yet like Maxine and the exciting Naomi waiting in the wings, the future looks bright for the Divas division. But that doesn't mean the Divas division's time isn't now.
So does the Divas division need to be saved? Not just yet. But Beth Phoenix and Natalya are certainly doing their share to rejuvenate it.
Some of the Divas took to Twitter on the topic:
@thebellatwins: Bri & @RealKellyKelly have been the only entertainment that has happened 2 the Diva's Division & have worked harder than anyone!
@thebellatwins: First off.... Um you want me to slap you with all of my awards and championships I have won? I was a #1 athlete... Which other Diva was?
@thebethphoenix: As long as I can remember I have worked my butt off and been underappreciated while the crowd adores @RealKellyKelly and @EveMarieTorres...
@thebethphoenix: Its not the Divas Division that needs saving, but the WWE Universe. Myself and @NatbyNature are on a mission to make you change your minds.