World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) announced today that Total Divas, a “reality TV” show chronicling the behind-the-scenes squabbles and foibles of female wrestlers, is moving to a three-hour timeslot at 8pm Eastern on Monday nights.
The announcement follows what WWE is calling a gradual “transition period,” during which Total Divas characters and storylines have been increasingly showcased on WWE Raw, a program that previously occupied the Monday night timeslot.
This week’s series finale of Raw featured nine Divas matches — featuring Layla, Nikki Bella, some redhead and the black one — and 14 backstage segments in which Natalya and Tyson Kidd argued about a phone or something.
According to sources within WWE, the transition from Raw — which has now officially been cancelled after 1,114 episodes — to Total Divas was made by company executive Stephanie McMahon, who is said to be a big fan of the show.
Most male Superstars have been released from their WWE contracts, except for John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Tyson Kidd and The Usos, who will retain supporting roles on Total Divas.
Many wrestling fans have expressed dismay over the cancellation of Raw in favor of Total Divas, but a WWE spokesperson insisted at a press conference today that “nobody will really notice a difference.”