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The thing is though is that they're NOT bland. They're just presented and booked that way, unlike in NXT.
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Paige wasn't bland in NXT, she was pretty great as the Anti-Diva, and then she became a diva.
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Emma had loads of personality, and great talent in the ring, but she became a joke with Santino and then he retired and left her in the lurch.
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Summer Rae was the originator of all the stuff that's going on between Sasha Banks and Charlotte back when the three of them were the "BFFs" and had great matches with Paige, Emma and Bayley. Then she became Fandango's dance partner.
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The problem as I see it, is that when Sasha and Charlotte end up on the main roster, they'll get homogenized and comparatively suck compared to what they were in NXT TOO.
 
That said, I definitely agree with you that they could make a woman their top star. They had that PROBLEM with Lita back in the day, so they pulled her from segments simply because she was out popping the crowd while Stone Cold and Triple H were in matches with Matt or Jeff Hardy.
 
Sasha, Paige, Natty and Charlotte all could be top draws in the WWE today, just like they are in NXT when they're on doing matches, but it's in no way going to happen when they get booked the way they do and given so little time to work a match.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ihatethatmonkee Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11/March/2015 at 18:57
it seems strange to me that the male talent are, on the whole, being allowed to bring up the character they have been in NXT to the main roster, yet the females aren't.
 
Paige definitely suffered for it, but the problem is still that talent like the Bellas are being pushed over those with a genuine talent.
 
Emma I think I saw her twice on Raw, where she at least was allowed to do her kookie dance into the ring, but the Raw matches have been sloppy, rushed messes compared to the NXT matches, either because the girls aren't used to working matches within such a confined time with around the same amount of spots, or because they're in the ring with supposed veteran talent that still have no idea how to call the match.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rico Len Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17/March/2015 at 03:49
Watching Raw right now, and finally the divas were given legitimate time in the opening match, which is an appropriate place for them. Unfortunately, Nikki Bella was one of those divas, and she was so damned sloppy (probably why cena likes her so much) she looked like shit and sold like it too. She gave a clothesline that was little more than a knife edge chop to the neck that had no weight or force behind it that barely clipped AJ in the neck. She accidentally no-sold AJ's head scissors takedown then sold it after AJ's back had already hit the mat.

/sigh. It was definitely a step in the right direction though and AJ held up her end and called the match in the ring well to build it successfully and after the commercial break the fans were finally getting into the match. The crowd didn't shit on the match which was another good sign, but were quiet until nearly the end, but another good thing was that their reactions did build appropriately and in direct correlation to the build in the match.

NOW, the problem is that unless Natty is a heel, there isn't a single heel that can work on the main roster. AJ, and Paige are together, I guess Emma's back down in NXT again, and Foxxy Love is a heel, so perhaps she'd be a good heel for AJ or Paige to work with, but WWE would do well to debut Charlotte as a heel so she can look tall with AJ and therefore dominant while they have great matches. Plus getting the chance to see a program between Paige and Charlotte would be great.

It was nice to see that WWE gave the divas their first legit chance collectively, now they need to give divas a chance to get over individually working these same kind of matches, so they can see the funkadactyls and bellas suck.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Baz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17/March/2015 at 09:19
They've still got Tamina to come back in too Rico. Natty is the natural choice to turn heel though, and I think it could well be leading that way.

Charlotte should also debut as a heel, though she may get big face reactions being a Flair an all.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote LennyComa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17/March/2015 at 18:24
Bring Becky Lynch up for Instant Heel
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rico Len Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 17/March/2015 at 18:45
I think Becky for as good as she is getting still has more to grow down there as a technician/mechanic. Plus she needs to find away to get out from under Lita's shadow. She just looks like and acts like Lita, and while that's not a bad thing, it will still hurt her on the main roster.

Sasha Banks though. She's got more time in than Charlotte by a long shot and is easily as good, and would be a great heel to have on the roster. Putting those two back together with Summer Rae would be big imo.

I would really like to see Sasha and Charlotte move on from nxt as I think they are ready, and also because I am looking forward to seeing what Becky, Carmella, Emma and Bayley will do, also that little blue pixie girl.
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http://www.wwe.com/videos/aj-lee-vs-nikki-bella-continues-wwe-app-exclusive-march-16-2015-27203454

They were given a chance to shine with much more match time than usual and they flopped.

The chance to take most of an opportunity and it didn't happen in a slow and sloppy contest.

Next monday have Paige vs Brie with a similar amount of time and lets hope they do better.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Rico Len Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18/March/2015 at 15:43
Brie is the better of the twins and hopefully with more pressure and a better coach (Bryan) she should be able to put on a better show with Paige and Nikki did with AJ.
 
AJ IMO is highly over-rated in the ring. She's good, no question, but she's not great either. Paige in great in the ring, but doesn't hold a candle to AJ on the mic. So if they're going to show of what the Divas can do in the ring Paige is the right diva to go with, and Brie definitely the right twin to go with too, especially if Paige is the one calling the match and they fucking practice beforehand during their rehearsals and dress rehearsals.
 
Honestly Paige would probably do well to pull a Randy Savage here and call Brie to a ring and they go over everything with a fine-toothed comb and pretend next week's raw is their wrestlemania and smooth everything out, get their timing right, get their entire thing down, so that come Raw they can pull off something that's clean, crisp, and most importantly for them, a clinic. Nothing short of that is going to help their cause.
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  • scottyj813 Asks: Hi J.R. and thank you for all that you have done inside and outside of the wrestling world. With the recent #GiveDivasAchance movement, the buzz of the NXT women's division, not to mention several women's movements in the political/workplace world......can you see the end of the Diva's Championship and a return of the Women's Championship?
    J.R.'s Answer:

    I don't see the term Divas going away as it seems that WWE likes the term as it relates to marketing their ladies. I don't disagree with that BTW.



The storyline had a decent length match that was entertaining on Raw. You can't say that often.

Having the AJ/Paige squable won't mean anything because they will win as a well oiled team on sunday.

I'd expect with match length and entrances to get a solid 15 minutes.
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I really don't have high hopes for this to go well at Mania. Some of that is just a desire to keep my expectations low so that they can be exceeded, but really I could easily see this "movement" taking a step backwards at Mania.
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