In a post here at DTRT Wrestling titled “Kaitlyn Comments On Her “New Life”” one has to read between the lines and wonder why would the Diva, who was in my mind was “Diva of the Year” in 2013, just abruptly decide to leave the business. No advance notice and no rumors leading up to the awesome final match with her close friend AJ that you can watch at this link.
The reasons that were given in this article “Why Did Celeste Bonin Leave WWE” ring loud and clear to those of us who are fans of women’s wrestling and who also believe the Divas Division is grossly under utilized and lacks direction.
In the article by Sharon Glencross the reason was frustration. The former bodybuilder had grown frustrated with her role (or rather, lack of one) on WWE television:
Kaitlyn is done with WWE as of today (Jan 8). The word we got from people in WWE was that there were a lot of storylines involving her that she was wanting/expecting that never came to fruition, and that essentially she was just over it.
Many of us had high hopes that the reality show, Total Divas, would usher in a new and bigger in ring emphasis on the highly gifted athletes that comprise the Divas division. Sadly, that has not been the case.
To me, the Funkadactyls are perfect examples of how the WWE looks at their Divas. Outstanding in ring performers in their own right, Naomi and Cameron are known more for their cheer leading, their pom poms, and their dancing than they are for their wrestling abilities.
To answer the question in the title to this post, Are The Divas Done, it’s not the Divas who are struggling, but it’s the direction of their division that is the problem. Only those in the higher up positions who decide who and what gets air time on TV can answer if they will ever use the Divas for anything more than eye candy.
With all of the hours of programming that are on each week, and the soon to launch WWE Network adding to the possibilities, the potential for the Divas Division should be huge.
Apparently, Celeste Bonin didn’t see that potential happening any time soon, and quite frankly neither do I.
Right now, the WWE is missing the boat and letting their fans down by not developing and letting the Diva story lines play out.
Finally, the impact of the departure of Kaitlyn is just the latest casualty in this ongoing source of frustration for those of us who enjoy women’s wrestling, as this video by DTRT Wrestling’s Vanessa shows. Her BFF, AJ said it best for all of us at the end of their Main Event match.
“I’m going to miss you” AJ whispered so low that it took slowed down video, maximum volume, headsets and lots of time by our own Trevor and Vanessa to finally figure out.
Indeed Celeste, we are going to miss you.