The Divas division in NXT has been heralded as the origin of the Divas Revolution, with fabulous performances by Bayley, Sasha Banks, Charlotte and more increasing the profile of women's wrestling through their outstanding matches together.
However, as demonstrated at a recent NXT live event in Nashville, Tennessee, not all of the ladies in this division have been blessed with such success or the adulation of the audience.
Eva Marie made her re-debut in NXT a few months ago, with some unspectacular victories over opponents such as Billie Kay and Peyton Royce. However, it was at this recent event that the botch-prone Diva's inexperience between the ropes legitimately hurt her opponent.
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During a match with Carmella, the valet for Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady, Marie botched a simple spot which resulted in the match being swiftly brought to a conclusion.
Carmella was draped across the ring apron when Marie attempted a big boot from the floor. However, she made genuine contact with her boot, kicking Carmella in the head and leaving her in very bad shape.
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This is certainly not going to help endear Eva Marie to fans of NXT or in the IWC, who have for the longest time been incredibly critical of the redhead's sloppy ringwork and terrible acting.
Upon her re-emergence in NXT, she received one of the most vicious responses from the audience.
The match with Carmella at this event will simply be another notch against her, as the crowd in attendance would chant "please retire" in the direction of Marie after it became fundamentally apparent that Carmella's injuries were legitimate.
Now of course, Marie is in developmental for a reason, and accidents can happen at any point in time in a physical wrestling match. But, it cannot be said that many fans and observers didn't see something like this coming from a mile away, because simply put she is not ready to compete in competitive matches.
When rumors circulated about Eva Marie being fast-tracked to the NXT Women's Championship, the outright negative response was a firm indication that her in-ring ability and presence are nowhere near deserving of a run with a belt that has garnered so much prestige since being introduced in 2013.
The End of "All-Red Everything"?
WWE clearly still has a fair amount of stock invested in Eva Marie, and it is clear to see why. She is very athletic and is stunningly good-looking, attributes that Vince McMahon certainly has had in mind when pushing Divas in the past. So in spite of this latest setback, don't expect this to be the end of "All Red Everything".
Nevertheless, Marie should face a reprimand for botching a simple spot and putting another performer's health at risk due to it, otherwise she is never going to learn from her mistakes. Furthermore, it is going to raise questions backstage among the other women's wrestlers if they can risk their own safety in a match with Marie.
If WWE has any sense, they would take this opportunity to confine her to the Performance Center, training with Brian Kendrick, and house shows until she is actually ready to compete in the ring instead of just moving forward.
It might derail plans they had for her, but that should not be substituted for the well-being of women's wrestlers that actually draw money and a strong crowd response.
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