The most talented women that WWE’s main roster has to offer are battling over the Divas championship belt on the grandest stage of all this Sunday – oh wait, no, the other thing.
The belt is actually not on the line, as the Divas champion Nikki Bella is teaming with her sister Brie in a tag match against the former champions AJ Lee and Paige, in a match that could wind up eclipsing in electric fashion the much talked about fatal four-way match for the NXT Women’s Championship in February which spawned much buzz as well as the #GiveDivasAChance movement… or, you know, the other thing.
Before I even touch on this match, I must first say what a tragedy it is that we are not seeing Naomi versus Natalya. These two are without a doubt the most talented women on the main roster right now, and until recently were building a very hot feud that should have culminated in a bout on the big stage. For whatever reason, Natalya has been demoted from wrestling the most promising member of the Total Divas cast to wrestling El Torito – and losing! The Canadian technician has eaten a lot of less than glorious spots fed to her from the company over the years, including being a valet for The Great Khali along with Hornswoggle, and one has to commend her patience and work ethic.
If the WWE really wanted to “Give Divas A Chance”, they would include more than one women’s match on the card at WrestleMania, even if the Naomi vs Natalya bout was relegated to the undercard.
But now, on to the main event – so to speak.
The Bella Twins, AJ, Paige, and for that matter the entire diva roster has suffered from extreme and sudden mood swings and a condition bordering on split personality disorder over the course of the last year. A quick look back at the journeys taken since April 2014 make one’s head spin and hurt from excessive, ponderous scratching, so hold on while we briefly go through this:
So, AJ drops the belt to Paige who debuts as the scrappy and anti-diva baby-face. Meanwhile, the Bellas are super-faces after Total Divas makes public knowledge the sisters are in relationships with John Cena and Daniel Bryan, respectively.
Paige defends the belt until AJ returns and wins it back, and the two begin teaming together, seemingly out of respect and friendship for one another. Paige ultimately turns on AJ and turns heel, forming a brief alliance with Alicia Fox before turning on her as well.
Brie gets fired, then re-hired, and faces Stephanie McMahon in the most extensively built-up divas match of 2014 at SummerSlam, during which Nikki turns heel and betrays her sister in a massive swerve. The two sisters feud for a while, but the feud inexplicably and suddenly stops at Survivor Series when Brie turns heel and helps Nikki beat AJ for the championship.
Confused yet? I was too. It continues.
Paige learns her lessons about double-crossing over the Christmas season and turns face, coming to the aid of Natalya and teaming with her to battle the evil Bellas at Royal Rumble. The Bellas continue to bully Paige in a well-conceived, “hot and popular bitches versus the quirky outsider” angle, until AJ returns from an injury to save Paige from attack the night after Fastlane, when Nikki successfully retained the championship.
So, how are we looking going this tag match at ‘Mania?
AJ and Paige are allied for the common goal of teaching the evil Bella Twins a lesson, but only barely. Since joining back together, the two former champs seem at odds with each other, and the interactions between them seem uncomfortably awkward. On the go-home episode of Raw, AJ mistakenly cost Paige a championship match with a wayward elbow, and the two went to blows while the Bellas celebrated.
Conversely, no dissension has been teased on the heel side. The Bellas look to be on the same page, and Brie seems only too happy to play second fiddle to her champion sister.
One might be inclined to think that a more intriguing booking for WrestleMania would be a fatal four way for the Diva’s Championship. This would create tension between the Bellas, while at the same time allowing the “frenemies” to continue their half-feud / half-partnership. But instead, we have a tag match, and the belt is safe for the time being.
All signs point to a victory by the Bellas. They have been booked very strong going into the match, while Paige and AJ seem pre-occupied with each other. The champ and her sister will celebrate at WrestleMania, united, while their opponents will re-ignite their rivalry, most likely facing each other one on one the following night on Raw.
But while they do that, what happens to the championship?
I see Nikki and Brie coming out to address the WWE Universe on Monday Night. They will gloat and flaunt their victory the night before. Nikki will hold up her belt, and Brie will talk about their dominance over the diva division.
Then, Charlotte will come down, making her debut to the main roster and challenging for the title.
You may think, WWE wouldn’t be that unoriginal as to pull the same spot they did last year, subbing Paige for Charlotte, would they? Yes, I think they would. Surely, you may say, they could come up with something else? Probably, I think, but they won’t.