Although we are only a couple of weeks into the new year, there is one area of WWE which has not exactly had the greatest of starts to 2016.
The WWE Diva's Division is not known for being a priority to those in charge, but given the negativity which surrounded it throughout 2015, this year should be seen as a turning point for its female talent.
That said, with Sasha Banks and Paige currently being sidelined with a knee injury and concussion respectively, WWE, as well as its fans, will be wishing them a speedy recovery in order to kick start a more positive year for the Diva's Division.
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One Diva on WWE's main roster who seems to have a clear vision as to what is required for the female talent at the company during this year is current WWE Diva's Championship Title holder, Charlotte.
As reported by EWrestlingNews, Charlotte spoke recently on her father Ric Flair's WOOOOO! Nation podcast and expressed her views on a variety of topics relating to what life is like for a women's wrestler on WWE's main roster.
Possibly one of the biggest points Charlotte made was regarding how the term 'Diva' is used. She said:
"I just think as the division is evolving, the title can evolve too. But from what I understand, I think NXT is going to go to not using ‘diva’ any more, so it would only be natural for that to happen on the main roster as well."
This change, as minor and as easy as it would be to carry out, would certainly make a big difference with regards to how the female WWE superstars are seen, and could even result in them gaining more respect, not least because they would be replicating an idea from NXT.
Over the past year, any type of 'Diva's match' was often seen as being on an episode of WWE programming or on a match card for a pay-per-view event, because it had to be and not because it should be.
This meant that the female wrestlers on WWE's roster lost a huge amount of focus and, as a result, respect, meaning its current talent has been left with a huge mountain to climb in 2016.
This point, however, was not the only noteworthy one Charlotte made during her time on her father's podcast as she also explained how she personally has big plans ahead during her time at the company:
“My dream and goals are to change the face of women’s wrestling...I want to main event a pay-per-view. I want to wrestle at WrestleMania. I want to bring back the Women’s Championship. I want longer matches...I want more story lines...".
With a statement as bold as this, it is clear that Charlotte will surely be one of the leading faces of women's wrestling at WWE throughout this year as well as for the future.
Ultimately, if the company were to give these wrestlers the focus and time they have worked so hard for, WWE could well produce something which gains the respect and interest from fans as female wrestling did years ago, during the time of icons such as Trish Stratus and Lita.