The Women’s Division has gone through many changes over the past few months and one of the biggest came back at WrestleMania in April 2016 when WWE decided to rebrand their females into Superstars and no longer use the term Divas on WWE TV.
Since the Brand Split it seems the Raw roster has focused on the feud between Charlotte and Sasha Banks and allowed the duo to break records and create history on the Red Brand while the SmackDown Live women have paved their own path and become stars in their own right.
Despite the fact that these women have become some of the best female wrestlers in WWE history over the past few years, they are not only running away from their past, but they are attempting to run away from the past of the females division.
WWE women don’t have the best history in the company and it is interesting to see the company finally using the women as actual stars and allowing them the same opportunities as the men. WWE are on the right side of history, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t have anything to hide.
The following list will look at all the things that WWE wants you to forget about the females who are part of the current Women’s Division.
18. The Divas Championship
This is the perfect place to start. Many fans consider the Divas Championship to be one of the most forgettable parts of the Women’s Division. The downfall started when WWE decided to retire a belt that had defined legacies for belt with a butterfly.
Since then the females have tried to fight for recognition but have always been overlooked. The likes of Kaitlyn and AJ Lee came through the ranks as stand-out stars but were never fully able to get out of that bracket. Finally retiring the Divas Championship at WrestleMania last year allowed the girl to move forward and begin a new era that would be worth remembering. By all accounts, there is no reason to believe that the Divas Championship will ever return.
17. Nia Jax Used To Be Much Smaller
She is now the most dominant force in the WWE Women’s Division, but Nia Jax hasn’t always been this way. Many of the WWE Universe thought that she was signed because of her size and the fact that she was related to Roman Reigns and The Rock, but it seems that that wasn’t the case.
Nia Jax used to be a plus-size model in her younger days and is an advocate for women when it comes to body and weight issues. Nia has gained a lot of weight over the past few years which has actually fit into her role as a dominant presence on the roster. It seems that she is something that WWE has manufactured to fit into this current position along the way.
16. Where Is Summer Rae?
There have been reports that Summer Rae has been out injured for the last few months, but there seems to be something else enough keeping Summer Rae off WWE TV for this long. Summer hasn’t been seen on her respective roster since the Brand Split and it seems that there are no plans to bring her in either.
Summer was an integral part of the Women’s Division that broke those glass ceilings down in NXT and proved that they were worthy of changing the face of the Women’s Division. The fact that they have allowed her to slip away without any recognition is unfair to her and her fans. Whether or not Summer Rae is used once again on live TV remains to be seen.
15. Emmalina Was Once Arrested For Shoplifting
Even though the arrest is the main point of this entry, the follow-up to it would be the thing that WWE would want to forget the most. At this point, Emmalina was on the main roster, but she wasn’t one of the main talents. So when WWE heard that Emma had been arrested for shoplifting, they immediately announced her release from the company.
Merely minutes later the company retracted the release and allowed her to stay. Was it a case of WWE misunderstanding what she had been arrested for, or was it the fact that WWE was afraid of their image? Either way, it was a bad day for Emma and it is something about her that the WWE Universe will never forget. (The arrest was over a phone case.)
14. The term ‘Diva’
Of course, this had to make the list at some point. Almost every female wrestler hated being referred to as a WWE Diva. Not only did it define the females in the Women’s Division, but it also defined the division as a whole and that was a bad message to send out.
The term Diva is something that is used in pop culture if someone is over-reacting or acting up, not exactly the prime word to be using when you are trying to allow your women to build a revolution. It was a hard time for the Women’s Division and a time WWE would rather forget and move forward from. Now that the women are all considered to be Superstars, it shows that WWE is taking the proper steps forward.