WWE Nxt Aloisia- what went wrong

It’s been a couple of weeks since WWE Pro Vickie Guerrero ‘fired’ WWE Nxt contestant Aloisia for ‘not respecting her.’ So, what happened to Aloisia? Aloisia went from the cornerstone of this season’s WWE Nxt, to being sent to developmental, to being released altogether from WWE.

Speculation in forums was that Aloisia was released for posing for an erotic shoot previous to coming to WWE and that the WWE showed a double standard by letting Aloisia go for not representing a PG image. This decision to ship out Aloisia came in spite of the WWE Divas posing for bikini shoots, Diva of the day shoots and some current members of the roster (including Gail Kim and Maryse) having posed previous to WWE in erotic shoots themselves. This double standard has of course caused some controversy and anger among women wrestling fans.

There is no double standard in this instance. What outraged fans don’t seem to want to consider is that the Divas are marketed first on their looks- their sex appeal and their marketability- and their in-ring ability and mic skills a distance second. The Divas have to look sexy, appealing and unattainable to WWE fans.

Aloisia is big and her size alone makes her a potential star. But, WWE is the big time and if Aloisia wants to make it in the big event, she has to develop an image that fits the WWE Diva brand.

The hardest thing to hear is feedback that you’re not good enough for something that you really want. What defines a person isn’t in failing to attain what they want the first time through, but in what they do with what they learned from their failure. In this case, what do you do with feedback as personal as how you look?

Aloisia doesn’t have body that comes from a cookie cutter- she’s 6’9”- and she certainly doesn’t blend into a crowd of WWE Divas. The women’s program would be built around Aloisia if she went to RAW or Smackdown. Aloisia would reshape the WWE Diva brand. That’s a big gamble for WWE and not knowing what’s floating out there in the internet that could embarrass the company- like that horrid photo shoot- was just too much of a gamble for the WWE.

Forget your opinion of whether this was fair, or right. That’s just the way it is with WWE.

We didn’t think Aloisia looked bad in her sit-down interview for WWE Nxt, or her photoshoot for Nxt promotional pictures. Aloisia has come a long way from the controversial shoot which she agreed to (to paraphrase her) when she was 18 and on her own, overweight, desperate and (her word) stupid.

Apparently Aloisia needs to work on her image, her look and her physique if she wants to work for WWE. Like it or not, that’s just the WWE standard.

Aloisia doesn’t need our advice, by the way. Aloisia doesn’t whine in her well-written blog at www.aloisiaonline.com about being let go and she certainly hasn’t been deterred from her desire to work for the WWE. Aloisia is totally upfront about the controversial (no nudity) photo shoot. She respects the WWE as a business while implying she thinks the WWE has made a mistake in letting her go. Aloisia has a new training regiment with a new trainer.

In her words,

I may be off NXT, but I intend to use this time to get even bigger and stronger and sculpt my 6’9″ body into a veritable work of art. I’ll be sure to post video of my training session, you can all see how hard I’m working for you, my loyal fans. Mark my words…I WILL be back and when I return, Vickie Guerrero, you better pack your bags and run for the hills. And Beth Phoenix, honey…I’ve got you in my sights as well. Every time you look in your rear view mirror, that’s me you see coming up behind you. And yes, I stole that line from Mad Men 🙂

Aloisia's mistake wasn't in posing for a shoot- it was in posing in a really bad shoot that did nothing to show her in an attractive way.

WWE Diva Michelle McCool the Unified Diva’s Champion

Michelle McCool defeated Diva’s Champion Melina thanks to some help from the other half of team LayCool, WWE Diva Layla to become the first Unified Divas Champion. The match took place September 19, 2010 during the WWE Night of Champions PPV event. Congratulations to Michelle, as she continues to rip through her competition and continues to prove that she is the top Diva in WWE!

Layla’s willingness to help Michelle McCool seems pretty foolish and shows a gullibility in Layla that’s going to lead to some hard life lessons. On Friday’s WWE Smackdown, Layla agreed to decide who would fight Melina at the PPV by drawing a name from a hat. Layla discovered after McCool won the draw that all the names in the hat were McCool: she rigged the vote. Layla resolved on Friday not to help McCool during the lumberjill match.

But, now WWE reports that this was all a ruse and Michelle McCool and Layla had this swerve planned for the Night of Champions.

We’re not so sure that Layla was in the know- we just think Layla was doing what friends do for freinds. The problem for Layla is, now that Michelle McCool has the title- is she really willing to share the belt with Layla? Knowing just how rutheless McCool can be- we’re betting this freindship is over as of next Smackdown.

What could really come out of this- something that would really show McCool’s heel nature- would be that Michelle dumps her BFF for the belt and treats her ex-freind like crap until Beth Phoenix returns. If McCool then turns back to Layla for help against the Glamazon, she will look like a total…heel.

Diva NXT and an opportunity to shine

There’s been a flurry of opinion pieces posted on the internet over the last week regarding WWE’s NXT Season 3. The buzz is around the WWE’s choice to build Season 3 around the WWE Divas. People are blogging that the “pros” have a lack experience to be taken seriously as pros. There is some suggestion that WWE has all but given up on NXT (as they struggle to find a new channel to broadcast NXT on) and this season is a throwaway. There has even been the suggestion that this is a hidden threat to the current Diva roster to shape up, or they will be replaced. Many, many marks say that NXT Season 3 is going to flop.

Not so, not so, I’m thinking! There’s plenty of opportunity here for the Divas to step up and shut up their biggest detractors.

We’ve blogged here before at womenswrestlingxposed that women’s wrestling needs to tap into ‘reality TV’ to build its storylines. Now, we said this in context to SHIMMER and other indie promotions, suggesting that a ‘reality TV’ format built around a former WWE Diva (such as Lisa Marie Varon) could succeed because the cost of production and the originality of the content would allow to the show to survive in a specialty niche. Women’s wrestling should be seen as heavenly content to cable providers because it’s cheap and should appeal to young male demographics.

WWE has a style that relies on drama and storytelling to bring the audiences into what happens in the ring. The biggest failure the WWE Divas have is that in being hired at the top based on looks and not skill, the Divas can’t be trusted with airtime to sell the WWE product. The Divas are in the big times without the skills to be anything more than eye candy. Not that the Divas aren’t trying, they’re stuck in a vicious circle. Let that be a lesson kids, earn your way to the top- don’t rely on superficiality to make your way and you won’t get caught like that.

The listed ‘pros’ are hardly on their own here. It’s safe to assume that other WWE Divas and stars are going to be involved as well. You can bank on the Glamazon, LayCool, Gail Kim, Eve, Jillian and Natalya making appearances. I personally would love to see Golddust interacting with the Divas (“May I smell your hair?”). We might even see a cameo with Trish Stratus sometime during the competition!

I like what Chris B from Bleacherreport.com said regarding the Divas:

“basically, WWE isn’t expecting Diva NXT to work. Even worse, they aren’t expecting anything from Diva NXT. This brings about the question, why should the Divas themselves care then?
|Well, I think they should care because if they bring in the ratings they’ll catch WWE’s attention. If the women can keep NXT’s ratings the same as before, or increase them, WWE might want to invest more in them. They might be able to flourish once more, and a new, better era of women’s wrestling in WWE can start. It’s a good chance for these girls to get over as well”

I agree also with Chris B other points, first one that the Diva’s sex appeal will bring in male viewers. And we cannot undervalue what time given to the Divas can do for the Divas. The Divas have the chance here to show their skills and actually try to get over with the crowd through promos. Finally, Chris points out that there is a large following of women wrestling fans online- although I’m not certain we make up 30% of the WWE’s fan base (Unless Chris is referring the 30% of fans who don’t go to the washroom at a live event when the Divas are wrestling?) I kid, as Chris has a point that if the online fans do their part to pump up NXT Season 3, we could have an impact on the ratings, absolutely.

The FCW’s smaller venue will also work well for the Divas. Women’s wrestling, in my opinion, simply works better with a smaller crowd. The TNA studio’s size actually works to the Knockouts advantage. One reason I think this is because there’s no way to take the sex appeal of women who are fit out of the equation- but distance from the ring is a hindrance for ogling fans. The other reason is that large venues work with characters that are larger than life and the average women wrestler weighs in at less than 120 pounds- the big venues just eat them up. What I’m trying to say is that women wrestlers are more engaging the closer you are to them and so smaller venues are better.

So fellow women wrestling fans, here’s our chance to stand up and be proud to be a fan of women who wrestle. The Divas have a chance here to shake things up in WWE and take a more active roll- provided they prove they can get over with the fans. Tell your friends to tune in and let’s give our favorite Diva ‘pros’- and the ‘rookies’- our support.

WWE Bella Twins are pros, but not Gail Kim and Natalya?

Botchedspot.com may be in hiatus until September 6, but they posted this hilarious comic regarding the Divas taking the driving seat of NXT Season 3. We haven’t seen much of Gail Kim for the last couple of weeks and considering the short shelf life of a WWE Diva, that makes us nervous. Then again, Gail was looking relaxed and happy in a recent interview with Arda Ocal at the Score charity golf tournament for testicular cancer, which you can check out by following this link, so we’re assuming all is well for Gail Kim.

Botchedspot.com did comment on the comic and Gail not being a part of NXT Season 3.

NXT Season 3 HAS to be a slap in the face for poor Gail Kim! While watching the pros and rookies get named for the third season of the show all I could think about was how depressed she must be! Kelly Kelly as a pro? Primo? The Bella twins? And I thought calling Zack Ryder a pro was pushing it! I understand the scripted nature of wrestling, but they’re really pushing my suspension of disbelief by telling me that the Bellas are going to be teaching anyone anything.

Overall I like the concept of an all-diva season, mostly because I’m curious about how they’re going to pull it off considering the divas on Raw and Smackdown already get so little time. I thought it was just going to be used as a format to build up Aloisia, but apparently Vickie Guerrero has just “fired” according to wwe.com, so who knows. Like most people, I hated the diva search segments that used to fill up Raw a few years back, but considering these rookies have a little more background and have a hour long show to fill, I’m interested to see what it’ll be like.

Check out the rest of the article and botchedspot.com by clicking here.

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