Total Reality: How To Maintain The Relationship Between The WWE & E! Once Total Divas Ends
#GiveDivasAChance trended worldwide on Twitter and ever since then there has been even more criticism than usual of how WWE handles and portrays their Women’s division. On the other hand, when it comes to their promotion of their E! Network reality show Total Divas, the WWE pushes that programming to the moon. The fact that Total Divas takes priority over the Divas content on Monday Night RAW or Smackdown is somewhat demeaning to the division, especially when the Divas ARE actually wrestling, the commentators are usually talking about the happenings on Total Divas and not about what’s going on in the ring.
One idea to both make up for the loss of Total Divas once it ends and give the Divas more TV time could see the WWE working out a deal with the E! Network to turn what was Total Divas was into a new minor brand show ala Main Event and Superstars. The difference between Main Event/Superstars and this show would be that it solely focuses on the WWE Divas. This would allow more time for the Divas to showcase their individual talents both in the ring and on the microphone, as well as give lesser seen Divas such as Emma, Cameron and Eva Marie more air time.
Currently there are no reports that would indicate that the WWE and the E! Network are on bad terms, so creating this new minor brand show on that network could definitely happen once the reality show has come to a close. Total Divas is an hour long show which has a steady number of viewers, and if both the WWE and the E! Network came to terms about moving forward with a new show, it could also be an hour long. If there were a major drop in ratings for Total Divas between now and the time it goes off the air, it could have an effect on the timing of the new show. E! wouldn’t want to take a huge risk on an hour long product but would potentially agree to a thirty minute show.
The WWE and the E! Network are both mainstream companies with the ability to create and maintain important celebrity relationships. This could benefit the new show, as major female figures from different professional spheres could stop in for segments which will only help this female driven show.
The major role that would need to be filled would be assigning a major female as the head of the show both in front of the curtains and also behind the scenes. This woman’s role would be the same as how Kathleen Kennedy and Kevin Feige are the captains of the ships for both the Star Wars and Marvel movies. This woman would need to be well versed in women’s wrestling and also understand the dynamics behind what goes into making a show like this. If this is going to be a show that focuses primarily on the Divas, shouldn’t a Diva herself run the show?
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