The Women of the Year 2011: Kharma (#16)

A la TIME’s Person of the Year list, Diva Dirt has compiled a countdown of the women we feel have best embodied the zeitgeist of the year in women’s wrestling. To compile this list, the Diva Dirt team have tracked the headlines here at Diva Dirt over the past 12 months, followed the lively fan debate on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook, considered the impact that the women have made within the industry, and taken into account personal achievements as well. More information on the Women of the Year list here.

Lightning in a Bottle

In 2011, one woman captured the imaginations of fans, wrestlers and critics everywhere — her name was Kharma.

Though she was only in the company for five weeks before shockingly announcing her pregnancy live on Raw, for those five weeks, the entire wrestling world was abuzz about the former Awesome Kong and her arrival in WWE. Kharma broke the stereotypical image of what it meant to be a “Diva”, and for a period, ignited interest from all fans, including ones who usually didn’t watch the Divas segments, as they sat on the edge of their seats to see what destruction Kharma would bring that week.

She was unlike anything we’ve ever seen in the Divas division and during her short time in the WWE, quickly grew a cult-like following. In fact, WWE’s treatment of Kharma was unlike anything we’ve seen in the last several years. For the first time perhaps since Trish Stratus’ retirement, WWE invested in a female character so fully, promoting her debut for several weeks with intriguing vignettes and promoting Kharma’s big announcement in her final appearance several times during the Raw broadcast.

The euphoria surrounding Kharma for those five weeks proved what a one-of-a-kind performer she is. Her short time in WWE was like catching lightning in a bottle. It remains to be seen, however, if she’ll return to the WWE post-pregnancy. As they say, lightning rarely strikes in the same place twice, but for our sake, let’s hope that this time it does.

The Women of the Year 2011: Jenny Sjodin (#17)

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  • Jhonmarco

    While a short 5 week run (so far) it was easily the best 5 weeks for the divas have had in years. It was just great to see WWE so behind a woman, I pray to everything I know & love that this woman returns next year! Kharma save us, you’re C.M Punk for the divas <3

    • pumped up kicks

      RIght! I enjoyed her short run and hopefully she will want to come back and save the divas division!

  • javiousmckenzie

    I love this women but im so torn she seems devoted to the WWE and to return but child birth changes you one look in her childs eyes can change her mind its also like why return just to wrestle a total of 8 mins a month sure they may invest im her but besides Natalya and Beth who is left she has destroyed everyone else Gail gone Melina gone Michelle gone I have no intereet in Kharma vs Kelly Eve and company and Kharma vs AJ let us prey

  • ryais

    It’s amazing how one woman managed to make such a massive impact in such a short space of time.

  • heartandsoul

    I love this women so much. But I am not optimistic for a return

  • LadyGoDiva

    What I liked about Kharma was that people had hope for the women’s division and even thought she’s pregnant and engaged having people wondering if she’ll comeback but I still hold out hope for. I still hold out hope for that to happen in 2012.

  • Raekon

    After Bertha Faye and other heavy females left/got released, no woman as heavy as them ever made it into WWF/WWE.

    So seeing that they finally let someone like Kharma join in, was more than refreshing.

    I must say that the main reason they did it was because she was very well known and a star through japan and tna already.

    Otherwise she wouldn’t have/get a chance (like several indies doesn’t have either).

    Happy that all her hard work payed off though and I hope she is doing greatly and hasa good pregnancy without many troubles. :)

    Really hope she will come back as I really hope that after she does, the Divas get more time as also are utilized better than now.

  • FoxyDivasFan

    I hated the fact that she left, I want her back >:{

  • G32106

    It scares me that there’s even a possibility of her not returning! I hope for the divas sake that lightning strikes in WWE again and it strikes hard!