- Author's Saving Throw: In the lead up to the 2004 diva search, WWE made it clear that they were not looking for any new wrestlers with the contest. This annoyed some fans only watching the product for wrestling but WWE did have a decent women's division already. When the contest ended however, it fired most of those women wrestlers and pushed runner ups from the contest in their place. The reaction was negative. So during the lead up to the 2005 contest WWE frequently stated they'd be open to signing new wrestlers through it, should any promising recruits show up. WWE rejected pretty much anyone with pro wrestling experience, just like last time, but it tricked the audience who supported Ashley Massaro the entire way after hearing about her desire to wrestle and seeing her do one move. When that didn't workout though, the audience kind of gave up, despite the next two contest winners turning out to be better wrestlers than Ashley.
- Critical Dissonance: Ask any wrestling fan or critic on the internet what their opinion of the Diva Search was and chances are they'll say it's a complete embarrassment that killed women's wrestling for the next several years. According to Maria Kanellis, they were some of the highest rated segments on Raw. The 2004 contest was, which was the reason WWE was willing to try four more times (five if you count "Million Dollar Tough Enough") despite diminishing returns from the television audience while the live attendees began to boo the segments.
- Elimination Houdini: Carmella DeCesare from the 2004 season made it all the way to the final before losing at the very end, thus taking second place overall. She had no charisma, no desire to wrestle and a Alpha Bitch attitude which made her so universally hated that it's seriously believed they deliberately fudged the votes and kept her on just so people would keep waiting to see her finally get eliminated (and thus hopefully keep watching.) This is WWE, after alltotally scripted Face vs. Heel matchups is what they do. Her existence was finally justified when, just before the winner was announced, Trish Stratus took both her and Christy Hemme apart in a Moment of Awesome. Even after that, her rivalry with Christy would continue on TV for a few months, Carmella finally got sacked near the end of the year.
- Ensemble Dark Horse:
- Christy Hemme was easily the favorite to win her season, as she was by far the one with the most personality.
- Amy Weber out of the first season is still remembered to this day. Even though she placed third, she enjoyed a lot of screen time as part of JBL's entourage, and has plenty of fans who wished she'd stuck around longernote
- Likewise with Ashley Massaro, as she expressed a desire to wrestle.
- Layla proved to be a big favourite among Diva fans after she won the 2006 season. Diva Dirt were begging for her to get more screen time when the website was in its infancy.
- Fetish Retardant: One of, if not the biggest complaints about the Diva Search was that it was meant to be pure titillation but instead came off as incredibly trashy, with the contestants behaving like middle school brats rather than would-be professional entertainers, which was a huge boner-killer.
- Funny Moments:
- In the 2004 season, when Maria is eliminated, she gives hugs to the other girls...and then gives Carmella the double finger.
- For the 2005 season's talent round, Elisabeth performs a dance...and leaves Jonathan Coachman handcuffed to the ropes.
- Franchise Original Sin: The 2003 contest was barely a footnote in the pro wrestling history books. Even with the more controversial 2004 contest, Gail Kim and Ivory didn't get that much attention when they warned people they weren't going to like what was about to happen to WWE's women's division. Even though Christy Hemme's work was below what was previously expected of women's title matches in WWE, only a few of her matches were bad enough to get her booed. If the contest had stopped at 2004 it would just be an odd hiccup rather than padding that damaged the show in the long run.
- Harsher in Hindsight:
- Ashley doing a wrestling move in her talent round. Years after she left WWE, she revealed that she had never been trained properly - only on a 'per-match' basis - and this resulted in frequent injuries for her.
- The 'Team Dream' beating 'Team Diva' in the dodge ball game at Summerslam became oddly prophetic when most of Team Diva would be gone from the company within a year.
- Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
- Many of the less respected contestants would later go on to become competent wrestlers such as Michelle McCool, Layla(she was one of the better liked of her season, but also part of the most heavily booed season), Eve Torres and to a lesser extent Christy Hemme and Candice Michelle. The Bella Twins were rescued too, though long after their season had aired.
- Maria Kanellis is a curious example. She proved quite popular when featured on TV from about 2007-2009 - even getting voted the 2009 Diva of the Year. She did however have detractors (particularly on Diva Dirt). She was not rescued fully until after her WWE release, when she continued to show her love of wrestling on the indies.
- The Scrappy:
- Based on the main page alone, you could probably guess that Carmella DcCesare wasn't well-liked.
- Ashley Massaro was well-liked at first but eventually became one. She'd regain some of her fanbase once she started making it to her indie dates, though the stink of her disappointing WWE career will probably never leave entirely.
- The latter three diva searches aren't as well remembered as the 2004 contest, so the contestants were not as badly affected by the stigma of entering pro wrestling through it. Trenesha Biggers, Rosa Mendes, Maryse Ouellet, The Bellas and Eva Marie still managed to find their way onto the scrappy heap though. Seasons one and five seem to be only ones that did not produce a scrappy.
- Sequel Displacement: The 2004 Diva Search is often falsely believed to have been the first Diva Search when it was actually the second. Since the 2003 version wasn't televised and its winner wasn't signed to a contract (instead only participating in a magazine shoot) it's understandable why the first Diva Search has been largely forgotten.
- Take That, Scrappy!: Carmella getting several new assholes ripped courtesy of the "Diss-the-Diva" segment and Trish Stratus' final speech to her before Christy was declared the winner.Joy: You talk a lot of shit, but you got a gab a mile wide, baby.Amy: Having a cock in your mouth has nothing to do with wrestling, bitch!Cristy: Carmella, you're a cum-burping gutter slut!
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The Diva Search had good ideas - and Molly Holly pointed out that if the company could find a new star that could make them lots of money - then that would benefit everyone. Unfortunately they emphasised T&A and the contest was seen as a joke. The 2013 revival was seen as more successful - as it was essentially a tryout camp rather than a beauty contest.
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