WWE: Why Total Divas is good and bad for women's wrestling

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Total Divas was of course a show created with the intention of helping to push the Divas division of WWE and ultimately promote the talent this area of the industry holds.

In truth though, the show has been both a help and a hindrance to the female professional wrestlers that make the up the cast within it.

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Bella Twins

The programme primarily focuses on The Bella Twins, understandable not only because of their prominence within the WWE Divas division but also because of their partners. Brie Bella is married to WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan whilst her twin sister is dating WWE's leading man John Cena.

This focus however has meant that, much like the Divas division itself, not all of the wrestlers are given enough attention and are therefore more there to add to the roster than to actually develop any story lines for themselves.

As a result, the show has acted as a mirror of what life is like for most Divas within WWE. In addition, the success of wrestlers such as Paige and AJ Lee within the industry, has meant that those in the show face a tough task of being able to progress to their level.

The reason for AJ Lee's absence from the cast of Total Divas is interesting and with the likes of Paige and Alicia Fox set to make their debut in the series in January of next year, AJ's absence will surely be even more noticeable.

It has potential

Having existed for the duration it has, now is the time for WWE to assess Total Divas and ultimately decide whether it is worth continuing for the sake of the professional wrestlers in it.

For those looking to boost their profile by appearing on the show, it must be bared in mind that the story lines and amount of airtime the Divas receive will have an impact on their wrestling career, whether it is scripted or not.

If the show was instead used as a platform for up and coming wrestlers who have the potential of being the ones to improve the Divas division of WWE, then Total Divas would undeniably be a useful and vital tool for WWE to hold on to. 

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