After the likes of legendary Trish Stratus and Lita ended their first stint, WWE Women’s division was converted into the WWE Divas division. This was done to cope with the fact that the company was lacking relevant names to offer proper wrestling-oriented content. A redesigned butterfly-shaped title was also introduced to signify that the existing talents were all about glamor.
WWE Divas Era officially ended on July 13, 2015, as WWE started referring to the Divas as simply Superstars. On that night’s episode of Raw, Stephanie McMahon would introduce three current cornerstone figures of the WWE female roster Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, and Sasha Banks to the main roster, a move that was bound to change the landscape of the WWE’s women’s division forever.
Moving on to Wrestlemania 32 in 2016, WWE Divas Championship was officially retired and got replaced with WWE Women’s Championship to signify that the female talents will mainly be known for their wrestling skills.
Former Impact Wrestling personality SoCal Val recently told Just Alyx that she had a problem with people only expecting wrestling things from women talents. Being a fan of the WWE Divas Era, Val then explained that it’s “anti-feminist” for anyone to expect all female wrestlers only to showcase their in-ring craft inside the squared circle,
“So the fact that we can’t have both [serious female wrestling and glamorous divas] now, I feel like, is very anti-feminist. In the sense that, feminism is about having freedom of choice. And if my choice wasn’t to be an athletic, super serious wrestler, that’s my choice!” (quotes courtesy Wrestling INC)
SoCal Val is fond of the so-called WWE Divas
Val proceeded to say that feminism is all about supporting different people’s choices just like she prefers WWE Divas over today’s generation of athletes like Flair or Lynch. People like Sunny, Sable, Torrie Wilson, or Candice Michelle, used her idols and without these ladies, she wouldn’t be attracted to the wrestling business in the first place.
Interestingly, Val also dragged the legendary Trish Stratus into the conversation by stating that Trish Stratus as a valet of Test & Albert used to be an attraction for her. Just when she focused on more of a wrestling stint, Val lost interest in Stratus.
Someone like Maria Kanellis would be agreeing with Val as she had previously campaigned to bring back the WWE Divas title although it seems like the company will never go back to that era.