Is there more to the Divas revolution other than the new influx of talent that is Charlotte, Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch and others?
Once we get past the hardcore IWC crowd that says “it’s about time” WWE did something with their Divas, the mainstream audience wants to know the story behind the story. WWE’s new Divas revolution is a brainchild of Triple H and features multiple layers. First, it’s fair to say there is an influx of extremely talented female workers, however, WWE has always had talented females on their roster but they have often gone underutilized (think Gail Kim as an example). Vince McMahon has always seen the Divas as more “eye candy” or “ambassadors” as opposed to seeing them for what they can do in the ring.
The push by Hunter has to do with the success of Ronda Rousey transforming UFC and the success of women’s athletics in general, including but not limited to the United States Women’s National Team winning the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. It’s taken until now but people seem to finally be realizing women are athletes too and can be every bit — if not more — as entertaining as men. WWE was getting a lot of backlash for continually burying their Divas, remember the Twitter outcry of #GiveDivasAChance? WWE saw that as their audience speaking to the shift in mainstream culture and have used the opportunity to introduce the new talent in Charlotte, Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks. Everything has lined up perfectly and we’re getting more women’s wrestling as a result.
The success of Total Divas doesn’t really play into it as that’s geared towards attracting a different audience and is based more on drama than athletic pro wrestling matches.
With only two matches confirmed, what are your thoughts on the excitement level of this year’s SummerSlam pay-per-view?
Vince McMahon is very optimistic about this year’s SummerSlam pay-per-view, stating last week in a conference call this year’s show is so strong the decision was made to make it four hours. So far, the card features Seth Rollins vs. John Cena for both the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and US Championship, The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar and what appears to be a celebrity angle with Stephen Amell. Expect the Divas to get some time and other matches to be added but it’s only the first week of August, so WWE has plenty of time to build.
WWE’s stock price continues to soar at 52-week high levels, what is the reason?
I posted a link to an article by Deadline.com on my social media yesterday regarding WWE’s recent stock price surge and Dutch TV mogul John de Mol. You can read that at this link. As for other reasons, investors were pleased with the 2015 quarter two numbers the company made public last week. Basically, the WWE Network is still growing after Wrestlemania, something that has made investors more “bullish” on WWE’s stock price. I am not a broker so I’m not going to offer advice but I expect a pullback at some point, so just be careful before buying at these high levels. I see this as an opportunity to take some profit but I wouldn’t be going crazy by purchasing new shares.
With the call-up of Enzo and Colin Cassady looking to be on the horizon, could this be a prime opportunity to revamp Zack Ryder and have him align with the tag team?
Zack Ryder would be a good fit with Enzo and Big Cass, I’m just not confident in WWE’s ability to use him as any more than an enhancement talent. We’ve seen glimpses but I’ve basically given up the hope that he’ll be revamped into anything more than he is now. If it happens, I will be surprised but I wouldn’t consider it likely.