There seems to be a misconception among "in the know" wrestling fans that the finest talent comes from the indies. Maybe that's true if you're primarily a fan of the independents, but if you're a WWE fan the measure of a performer is much broader. Charlotte brings with her one of the most honored lineages in the history of the sport and she carries herself with remarkable poise - and she should, considering her background.
Then there's the physique - dear lord, the physique. Charlotte's almost six feet tall and completely ripped. Though I've already dreamt up tons of fantasy matches between her and some of my favorite WWE Divas, she could believeably hang with the men of wrestling. And, if you're asking me, it's been far too long since a woman has broken the gender barrier in the business. By no means is this something I predict has the slightest likelihood of happening; it's just a pipe dream.
Regardless, this woman could plow through most of the current WWE Divas, and that's where the problems commence. Because WWE caves to the pressure of family groups who have a crap attack at the sheer thought of a woman wrestling a man, women like Charlotte, Kharma, and Beth Phoenix are forced to fight beneath their skill level and it's just not believable. The logical solution would be to pack the Divas division with an evenly-distributed variety of women athletes, but that's not happening.
It's become hurtful to see a thriving female NXT star's time come to be called up to the main roster. Emma was on top of the world in NXT, but got lost in the shuffle of a comedic jobber routine. Paige was stealing the entire show before moving up, but now she's forced, as are all other capable women on the WWE roster, to lessen her talent to meet the WWE standards for which she is so overqualified. I'm afraid the same fate will befall Charlotte. These women are some of the most outstanding in the world today, but with three-minute matches and limited depth of narrative or character advancement, the Divas division is a black hole.
|To be the girl, you have to beat the girl.|
We can be positive while also skeptical. In all honesty, it's the only way to go into WWE as a Divas fan without being utterly, thoroughly disheartened. Charlotte's potential is limited only by the man with the final word; unfortunately, that man's final word hasn't the best track record. Therefore, cautious I will remain - yet, optimistically so.