With weekends being unanimous for slow news, I thought we’d start something new with a “weekend analysis” where we make the news, by analysing some of our Divas. This week, I’m kicking off with Katie Lea who after a decent push failed to meet viewer expectations.
It seems when the opportunity knocked at Katie’s door, she just wasn’t home because Katie received a big push for the Women’s Championship this summer and a programme with Mickie James. Despite an impressive start on Raw with her “brother” Paul Burchill, Katie’s first singles feud failed to break her away and make her a Diva star. Katie showed a lot of potential when she joined Raw, with great microphone skills and an impressive wrestling resume but when she stepped into the ring with Mickie, there was little to no flare in Katie’s moveset. Katie is very awkward in the ring and pretty bland, if you ask me. Despite a golden opportunity – literally – Lea failed to connect with the fans and failed to set us alight with her in-ring skills.
Compared to the talented wrestlers who’ve passed through WWE’s doors before her, Katie got cut a real break. She got the opportunity to break away and become a legitimate wrestler in the women’s division when the likes of Jillian are stuck with stupid gimmicks. For some reason WWE likes to have the non-wrestlers pushed as wrestlers and the talented ones stuck in gimmick-mode. But Katie, like so few before her (Mickie, Melina, Beth Phoenix) had an opportunity to wrestle and she blew it. It aggravates me that Katie received this opportunity but didn’t take the ball and run with it because the likes of Trinity, who was a very enigmatic wrestler in TNA, was stuck in an eye candy role on ECW during her time with WWE, when she could have added some passion and fire to the women’s division and even be a future Women’s Champion.
So far, Katie has shown she is fantastic on the mic and has a great character but in the ring, she’s a letdown.