Layla has been WWE Divas Champion since she returned from injury at Extreme Rules 2012 and defeated Nikka Bella. Prior to the injury, Layla was famous for her “Lay Cool” gimmick with Michelle McCool. I thought Layla was a fantastic heel, but as a face I find her character to be boring. There may not be a lot of emphasis on the divas, but perhaps with a different champion, people will take notice. Therefore, I have come up with three better options for the WWE Divas Champion: Natalya, Eve and AJ.
Natalya is the son of Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart so she grew up in a wrestling family. Natalya has played both the face and heel character, but most recently she has been the latter. Natalya works the heel character very well in her matches, is a well-trained wrestler and good worker for WWE. Also, her recent match with Funkadactyl Naomi at a live event impressed many within the organization. Natalya was Divas Champion in November 2010 and her “hart” is in wrestling and in WWE. I believe she deserves another run at the gold.
Eve is another WWE diva who deserves another run at the gold. Eve is a two time Divas Champion, but both reigns occurred while Eve was face. Eve receives a lot of heat from fans and appears on many backstage segments. Currently, she has been seen more backstage then in the ring. However, she is in a feud with the number one contender for the Divas Championship, Kaitlin. This could be a set up for a future championship reign for Eve. Finally, Eve has been involved in some projects outside of WWE. We all know WWE loves to promote its superstars in outside projects. Having the WWE Divas Champion on an NBC television show will bring even more attention to WWE.
Readers may question why I have AJ on this list, as she is the general manager of RAW. However, my argument begins with AJ being the WWE diva with the most airtime on RAW. In addition, AJ can use her GM power to grant herself a championship match. She could also use her power to make it unfair for her opponent. AJ debuted on the main roster in May 2011 and therefore, has only shown us a small glimpse of her wrestling ability. However, as a trained wrestler in New Jersey, AJ can reach the top of the stale divas’ division. I think it is only time until we see AJ as the WWE Divas Champion. Just prior to becoming RAW general manager, AJ was one of the most interesting, exciting and unpredictable characters in WWE. If WWE wants everyone to take the divas division seriously, and that is a big if, let AJ be the unpredictable AJ. Many more fans will take interest in AJ and the divas division if AJ reverts back to the character that made her popular.
What do you think? Who would be the best option right now for WWE Divas Champion?
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