As a fan of wrestling who actually cares about the (dismal) state of women's wrestling today, especially in the WWE, I'm very interested in this show. From what I've seen, the WWE Universe as a general whole couldn't give two sh*ts about this show and assumes it will be awful. E! and the WWE do seem to make strange bedfellows, but I'm jumping at the chance to see what life is like backstage, especially for the Divas.
A pretty decent premiere episode, I gotta say. I don't find my opinion of the Bellas much changed after seeing this. They still come off as junior high-grade mean girls with limited talent, although I do have to admit what little training we got to see them do in this episode was miles better than anything I've ever seen them do in the ring. Natalya breaks my heart....such an excellent wrestler and a wonderful, classy lady who constantly gets shoved by the wayside to make room for the fresh, perky new talent. I love the Funkadactyls, especially "Naomi" (a.k.a. Trinity) so I'm really glad to see them featured on this show too. Ariane (stage name "Cameron") comes off as the less professional of the two, which doesn't surprise me from what I've heard and seen of her. I have to say though, that it makes me laugh to think of Brodus Clay telling her that SHE is a sucky wrestler, considering how not-exactly-thrilling he is in the ring.
It's pretty freaking weird to see famous wrestlers just hanging out and being boyfriends. I love Daniel Bryan in the ring and he comes off as a really cool, laid back guy in real life.
New girls Jo-Jo and Eva Marie seem to be potentially interesting, especially Eva Marie. IMHO, WWE creative doesn't know what the hell they're doing most of the time, especially with the Divas, and I support her decision not to go blonde. Rihanna Red was definitely more suited to her face and character. Her bosses may not like it, but I do think that a lot of the time the wrestler knows what's best for their own character and has to stand up for their vision from time to time. I know basically nothing about either of the new girls, but I'm glad they don't seem to be the kind to just roll over and get trampled by the immature jealousy of the Bellas.
What I'm crossing my fingers and wishing to get from this show: not so much of the typical catty/romantic reality show crap and more looks at what life is like for female wrestlers and all the challenges they have to face on a daily basis in a business that often treats them as mere eye candy. Also, I hope to see glimpses more of my favorite wrestlers...I would love it if AJ Lee made an appearance or two, as well as certain other favs of mine (*coughcough* CMPunkSheamusKaneDolphZiggler). I saw Fandango in a brief clip from the previews, and I'm really looking forward to seeing that. That guy is crazy talented, as well as just plain freakin crazy.
So far, I'm keeping this one programmed on the ol DVR!