Divas react to 5-year anniversary of the Divas Championship

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July 19, 2013

As a competitor who’s far from the prototypical Diva, Kaitlyn was hardly a lock to become champion before she captured the title in her hometown on Jan. 14, but the Divas Title has always represented a transition from the old guard of the Women’s Championship to the new era of WWE’s Divas. It’s something that Layla knows well as part of the duo that unified the two championships.

“[The title] felt like a different breed, bringing a whole new era to the Divas division … [Michelle McCool and I] did the unification of the titles, so I feel like to us that was a breaking point,” said Layla. “This is the new generation of the Divas. That’s what we are. We’re divas. We’re beautiful, we’re sexy, we’re smart.”

Watch: Layla vs. Melina - Unification title match

The pressure to create a legacy for the newborn title was hardly a cakewalk for the Divas – Alicia described the challenge as welcome and daunting in equal measure.

“The Women’s Championship had a lot of history,” said Alicia. “A lot of greats held it … that right there is setting a bar a lot of us fellow Divas want to live up to. Being able to start something new, a new tradition, was good and bad.”

History of the Women's Title | History of the Divas Title

Happily, the responsibilities of the division helped the Divas put their own, unique stamp on the title.

“We’re not just lady wrestlers,” said Natalya, who captured the title in 2010. “We do more than just headlocks and dropkicks. We do charity work and public speaking, we’re ambassadors for Special Olympics and National Guard.”

“Not to take anything away from the Women’s Championship but it’s just the dawning of a new age for the girls in WWE.”

Full Match: Natalya vs. Lay-Cool

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