WWE Divas have been a hot topic for the WWE Universe this week, with #GiveDivasAChance trending on Twitter because fans thought that WWE weren't pushing the female talent enough.
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This doesn't seem to be the case any more, as Nikki Bella stated in a recent interview with Pittsburgh's 105.9 that the four divas in the 30 second match all decided upon the idea.
Her admission goes against the suggestions of many who believed it was the WWE bosses who were keeping the woman wrestlers back.
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“What’s funny about that is we were given about three minutes. Three to four minutes. And we – us four girls who were in the match – we put our heads together and said look: we can either give them a two minute match, or we can give them nothing and get Brie and I so much heat and tell a great story…
"We’re not gonna give people three minutes of BS, and it ended up being a big chance. It ended up turning into #GiveDivasAChance trending worldwide for two days. I mean, we could’ve gone out there, done a few moves and called it a day, but we were like, ‘How do we tell a great story?’ and at the end of the day, that’s what we did.
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Nikki Bella continued and stated their decision proved to be the right one judging by the fan reaction and increased publicity:
"Brie and I got good heat at the end of it, we got trended for two days straight, and it was like, ‘Whoa. We’re storytelling now.’ And that’s what puts the Divas on the next level. Instead of just going out there and doing moves, we story tell. ‘Cause that’s what the boys do, and that’s what we need to do.”
There has also been a lot of talk about equality in wrestling as of late, thanks mostly to the tweets that AJ sent to her boss Stephanie McMahon last week. The Tweets are not thought to be a part of any storyline and it seems WWE are hoping to address these in the current storyline. Nikki also voiced her opinion on the subject.
“We’re all here because we’re living our dreams. Whether it’s two minutes or twenty minutes on TV, I’m beyond grateful for that, because there are millions of people that wish they could get two minutes in that ring, and they can’t, so I’m not going to be one to bitch about it. But do I think Divas should definitely get more time on TV? 100%. But do I think pay is different? No.”
The argument is one that I am sure will continue for the foreseeable future, but wrestling is a male dominated sport and Nikki's comments may make sense to many.
The Bella's aren't the ones who got the heat for the match, the WWE as a whole came under the microscope. Since that moment, Vince McMahon had to respond to the Twitter trend and since we have seen the return of the former three time Diva Champion AJ Lee.
AJ made her triumphant return Monday night on Raw when she rescued Paige from an attack by the Bella Twins - the sisters who's 'storyline' put her out of action. Tonight on Smackdown AJ is up against Brie Bella in her first match since last years TLC pay-per-view.
The current storyline sees Paige and AJ face Nikki and Brie Bella at Wrestlemania in just over three weeks time.
What do you think WWE fans? Were the Divas right to make their stand, and what should the WWE do about it? Let us know in the comments section below...