Update on WWE Trying to Bring Back Former Divas

Sharon GlencrossContributor IMarch 20, 2013

Maria Kanellis (photo from PopCrunch)
Maria Kanellis (photo from PopCrunch)

Just what is going on with WWE's Divas Division?

As recently noted by WrestlingInc (via F4Wonline), WWE is currently looking to bring back several former Divas in an attempt to fill up their badly depleted women's division.

So far, only Nikki and Brie have returned to television, but the company is said to be in talks with several other women.

It's a compelling idea, and WWE should be praised for attempting to do something to improve its joke of a Divas Division. But wouldn't calling up newer, more motivated girls from developmental be a better idea?

Heck, the phenomenally talented Sara Del Ray is currently under contract as a trainer, why not bring her to the main roster?

That Nikki and Brie have done little apart from fawn all over Team Rhodes Scholars in backstage segments since their return probably doesn't bode well for this new strategy either. It makes you wonder why WWE even brought them back at all.   

Interestingly, PWInsider (via Diva-Dirt) notes that the original plan for WrestleMania was a multi-woman tag-team bout which would have seen a group of former Divas face off against the current crop of girls. However, these plans fell through in negotiations.

The first match idea, which has since been nixed, was for former Divas to face off against WWE’s current crop. The former Divas penciled-in were thought to be Brie and Nikki Bella, Kelly Kelly, Maria Kanellis and Maryse. They would then have faced off against Divas Champion Kaitlyn, Layla and three other current Divas.

The article also mentioned that soon-to-be Hall of Famer Trish Stratus would have managed one of the teams.

The match was axed after negotiations with the former Divas broke down or stalled, rights to the character names being cited as one of the reasons for that.

Presumably Kelly Kelly (real name, Barbara Blank) was the holdout over name rights. Maryse and Maria Kanellis went by their real names during their WWE stints, of course, meaning they would face no such obstacle.