Is Raw’s Divas Battle Royal fair?
The #GiveDivasAChance social media movement has sparked a lot of momentum for WWE’s Divas, but there is one competitor who may have gotten an unfair shake out of the popular hashtag. Over the last couple weeks, Naomi has proven to be a formidable challenger to Nikki Bella’s Divas Championship, pinning the titleholder on back-to-back episodes of Raw. So why isn’t the former Funkadactyl the No. 1 contender? And is a No. 1 Contender’s Divas Battle Royal on this Monday’s Raw really the fairest way to decide Nikki’s challenger?
There is no questioning the fact that the #GiveDivasAChance charge has helped propel WWE’s female athletes into a more prominent role. But are there certain members of the Divas division unfairly taking advantage of the social media firestorm?
On the April 6 Raw, Summer Rae, Alicia Fox, Cameron and Natalya stormed into Corporate Kane’s office, offering up the idea of a Divas Battle Royal to decide the No. 1 contender. WWE’s Director of Operations approved the plan, but did he take sufficient time to think the proposal through? And was he even in the right state of mind to make such a decision, considering everything else that was going on with Seth Rollins and the WWE World Heavyweight Championship? In the past, after a person pinned the champion in a non-title situation, they have, more times than not, been considered a top contender to the titleholder. Should Naomi have been granted this same privilege?
Also, did Summer, Alicia, Cameron and The Queen of Harts purposely use #GiveDivasAChance to get Kane to make the Divas Battle Royal? And if so, is there anything wrong with that? You could argue that this is what the entire movement was about. Giving Divas an opportunity and seeing what they do with it.
There is an argument to be made that, if a competitor is destined to be champion, they will rise above whatever odds are thrown in front of him or her. Titles have been contested, time and time again, in the face of overwhelming odds — in Fatal 4-Way Matches, Steel Cage Matches and enough Battle Royals. Naomi has said that she will continue to prove herself until she wins the butterfly-emblazoned title. If she can overcome the rest of the Divas locker room and eventually Nikki Bella, her rise to glory will be that much sweeter.
Either way, Raw will be a monumental night for the Divas division as The Authority finally #GivesDivasAChance.