Appearing at Indianapolis Comic Con, Brie and Nikki Bella voiced frustrations on how the NXT women are allowed to have lengthy matches and the main roster talent are not. Brie was the most vocal, saying these words…
“I was saying that. If I was in NXT I would not wanna come up to the main roster because you get so much time down there. If you come to the live events you’ll see we get a lot of time at the live events. When it comes to TV we get so frustrated because it’s hard to tell a story in 3 minutes and especially when they want an entrance. We want time to wrestle. Especially after watching NXT Rival pay-per-view and seeing them go 20 minutes, it’s like a dream. It’s something we’d love and we’re trying so hard to get more time. There’s a three hour Raw and you can’t give more time to the Divas? But, hopefully in the future.”
How can a wrestling fan not agree emphatically with this statement? The women on NXT are great and it’s not like the main roster Divas aren’t as good. Well, some of them aren’t but there are some that are loaded with talent. The problem with Raw is that it has to be flagship program forced to blend the diverse tastes of all of the WWE audience. The Diva’s division is an area where hardcore wrestling fans suffer.
Many WWE viewers want women on the screen for the purpose of eye-candy and will gladly tune into the E! Network to see what their favorite wrestler’s girlfriends and wives are up to. Another segment of the WWE Universe, myself included, forgoes the cable contract but still spends 10 bucks a month to watch all the quality wrestling that’s available for consumption. I’ll gladly clear out my schedule to watch the finest women’s wrestling that NXT has to offer.
The two extremes of wrestling fans who want eye-candy and actual wrestling aren’t mutually exclusive, but it sure feels like WWE thinks they are. I’m glad that the Bellas are voicing their frustrations and are not afraid to rock the boat on this issue. Who knows, maybe they’ll get their wish?
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