Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter
You should expect a heavy influx of brand new “WWE Divas” to join the promotion in 2007. World Wrestling Entertainment is currently on what is being called a “bikini model signing spree.”
The WWE overlords have told Vice President of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis to sign between ten and fifteen bikini models. Furthermore, it doesn’t matter if they have seen pro wrestling before in their lives. Basically, you should expect to see a whole lot more “Kelly Kelly’s” than trained women wrestlers getting called up to WWE in the near future. Although, recent rating trends have indicated that the women segments haven’t drawn as well as they have in the past. Then again, it doesn’t seem to be of much concern for WWE as there would be some hot new young meat for the males to hit on backstage – seriously.
WWE currently has 23 female performers on the main roster. In addition to that, there’s probably between 15 and 20 more girls down in the developmental leagues (though maybe half of them are under contract to WWE), and they’re all vying for a shot to join the big leagues as well. It should be interesting to see if WWE will actually have 30+ women on the main roster by the end of 2007 (and perhaps between 50 and 60 girls affiliated with WWE if you include OVW and DSW), or if WWE will be forced to release some of the lower tier WWE Divas (and probably a good portion of the developmental girls) to make room for the next generation of WWE Divas as there’s only so many people they can have on television – and perhaps under contract. At the very least, WWE’s latest directive will surely put a lot of added pressure on all but the top female performers in the company for the time being.