00001WWE has conditioned its fans to think less of their Divas than any other part of their product. It wasn’t that long ago that they were simply used for mud wrestling matches and bikini competitions during the attitude era. Now they’ve become a reminder to either watch Total Divas, or to use the time for a restroom break. Aside from Paige, Natalya, and Naomi, sitting through a Divas match feels like filler in an already struggling three hour show. But as much as the Divas division is often viewed as an uninspired waste of airspace, the Divas of NXT are bringing type of excitement to their matches that are causing them even outshine some of the men on the roster.

NXT Takeover: Rival showed that Diva favorites Bayley, Sasha Banks, Charlotte, and Becky Lynch could hold their own in an event filled with former independent circuit stars such as Finn Balor, Sami Zayn, Adrian Neville, and Kevin Owens. Their match was hard hitting and showed what WWE’s Diva division could achieve if handled correctly. The fact that these athletes may eventually move up to the main roster and join the ranks of the boring and neglected is a shame.

If there was ever an argument as to why NXT should remain independent from WWE and retain their talent, it’s the Divas division. I can’t imagine anyone in NXT being thrilled to raise up a butterfly belt in victory. The women in NXT are hard workers who deserve to have their talent showcased as equally as the male performers. They are wrestlers and not sports entertainers. Female wrestling fans finally have a decent representation of what a female wrestler should be for the first time since G.L.O.W. And I don’t believe it is a coincidence that the best thing the WWE has going for them is the only thing Vince doesn’t have his hands in. So let’s hope either the Divas division in WWE improves, or NXT’s Divas will remain where they can shine. Because after their display from Rival, I’d hate to see any of the participants of that match join the already underused Divas roster of the WWE.