In his weekly blog following WWE NXT tapings, good ol’ Jim Ross had some comments on the NXT Divas division and of course how it reflects on their trainer female wrestling veteran Sara Del Rey.
Sarah Del Ray doing an excellent job working/coaching the Divas. IMO I was the best in ring Divas bouts Thursday night as I’ve seen in WWe in a while. Layla, Alicia Fox, Paige and newcomer Sasha did well.
There are reports out that some WWE NXT (developmental) Divas might be promoted to the main roster.
According to the sites, WWE feels there needs to be fresh blood in the divison since it is mainly focused around Divas Champion Eve Torres, Kaitlyn and Layla.
My Thoughts: AJ Lee and Vickie Guerrero are used, as of right now Tamina Snuka has been added into a story. Cameron, Naomi and Rosa all know how to wrestle and haven’t been given a shot. Aksana has been added into this story in the past weeks. Once we figure out what side Alicia and Natalya are on that would clear everything up. As of right now I don’t personally think its a great idea to throw more Divas in the divison during the rebuilding process – just my opinion.
Dirt sheets believe that Sara Del Rey was signed to help WWE with their problem of ‘model’ Divas quitting the company. In the past year multiple Divas have left due to frustrations with the way Divas are treated and how they themeselves are treated.
Last year it made waves when model turned Diva Maryse left the company. Maryse was offered a 5 year extension to her contract but refused to sign it, due to her feeling Diva restraints and multiple injuries she recieved throughout her career. She was employed from 2006-2011 and is now starting her own fashion line ‘House of Maryse’/ still modeling on the side.
April 2012, The Bella Twins (Nikki and Brie) another set of ‘models’ turned Divas left the company. The Bellas were given the opportunity to sign an extension to their contracts but refused due to them being ‘tired and exhausted from the road’. They were employed from 2008-2012 and have multiple projects including a NFL project this season.
June 2012, Maxine another model/actress turned Diva left the company. Maxine was mostly known for her standout performances on NXT Season 3 and NXT Redemption. She also appeared 1 time on Smackdown, 2 times on Superstars and Raw. She was in developmental since 2009, but was finally in Diva status in 2011, she is now presuing acting and has been attending meetings in New York.
Kelly Kelly, has been on ‘personal break’ since May this year – rumors have been spreading about that she may not be returning. Kelly as of late has been traveling about with her boyfriend Hockey player Sheldon Souray, and has recently relocated to Malibu, California with him. It has been said Kelly has been seeking offers for scripted and unscripted reality shows and has been thought of for ‘Big Time Rush’ on Nickelodeon. Kelly is still employed with WWE but has been working there since 2006.
Many believe that WWE has signed Sara Del Rey to ‘beef’ up their Divas division just incase some ‘modelesque’ Divas decide to leave. Others believe that along with performing, Sara may be assisting in training the current WWE Divas.
Sara Del Rey, ROH wrestler got a WWE tryout recently and was spotted at a FCW event last week. Rey and her tag partner recently lost their tag championships leading many to believe that she might be on her way soon. Del Rey is the self proclaimed ‘queen of wrestling’, and has been on the independent scene since 2002.
Another person believed to have recieved a tryout is Shimmer wrestler Mercedes Martinez, she has yet to be sighted at any events.