It has just been announced that World Wrestling Entertainment has teamed up with the E! network to create “Total Divas,” a reality show based on the buxom beauties of the women’s division.
Wrestling fans everywhere have responded with a nearly unanimous “meh.”
Considering that the term “Divas match” is generally considered to be synonymous with “bathroom break,” a reality show following the trials and tribulations of the bubbly bombshells doesn’t seem like a sure-fire hit.
Of course, it’ll likely be marketed toward: (a) female fans, who make up a small but not insignificant portion of the wrestling fanbase, and (b) guys who like to look at scantily clad sporty girls with unnaturally large bosoms.
A press release about the show, however, says it is targeted at the “tens of millions of passionate fans” who enjoy the Divas on WWE programming each week, which is probably stretching the truth like an overstuffed spandex corset.
Here’s a closer look at the press release, and some dissection of its bolder claims:
Press release claim: “Adored by millions of fans, the gorgeous women called WWE Divas have earned their places as sports entertainment icons through more than just their pretty faces and red hot figures.”
Verdict: Really? While they’re indeed adored by many for their “pretty faces and red hot figures,” but they also tend to be ridiculed by many more fans for their typically brief and clunky matches.
Press release claim: Appearing in the series are the Bella Twins, Brie and Nikki, a pair of seasoned veterans who have reached superstar status in the WWE ring and earned their places in the spotlight.
Verdict: Partly true. After a year-long absence from WWE last year, the Bella Twins recently returned to the company, each noticeably more buxom than when we last saw them (that is, the Bella Twins now have an eye-catching set of quadruplets). Now they’re more likely to achieve stardom in the silicone-infested WWE.
Verdict: True, but squandered. The daughter of the legendary Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart does have bona fide wrestling skills, but lately she is typically only seen when dancing goofily with a leprechaun and a seven-foot-tall Indian giant.
Oh, and she once had an “uncontrollable farting” gimmick.
Press release claim: The show kicks off with an unprecedented look inside the most-anticipated WWE event of the year, WrestleMania, marking the first time that any television series was granted exclusive behind-the-scenes access to WWE.
Verdict: Uhhh… It would have had to be “behind the scenes,” given that the only WrestleMania match featuring Divas was canceled at the last minute due to time constraints.
Press release claim: There is no series on the air that can rival the charm, beauty, larger than life personalities, drama and glamour that this show will deliver.