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THE COMPLETE STORY ON WHY WWE REACHED OUT TO FORMER DIVAS FOR WRESTLEMANIA...AND WHY THEY AREN'T COMING BACK

By Mike Johnson on 2013-03-25 12:15:47
As we broke several weeks back in the Elite section of PWInsider.com, WWE at one point planned for a ten Diva tag match for Wrestlemania 29 in East Rutherford, NJ.

The plan was to bring in a series of former Divas - Maria Kanellis, Kelly Kelly, Maryse and the Bellas to face a team of current Divas headed by Divas champion Kaitlyn. WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus would be included as well, managing one of the teams.

The idea behind the tag was that the current crop of Divas were not over enough in management's eyes and that the return of some of the more recently departed Divas could help that on the Wrestlemania stage, plus provide an attraction that would be unique.

Negotiations with the former Divas quickly broke down. WWE sources indicated that the former Divas stuck together in discussions, specifically requesting the usage of their WWE names and copyrights for outside projects, which the company wasn't going to grant. That led to Kelly and Maryse turning down the offer. As it turned out, the Bellas were already planning for a return as early as late 2012, so in the end, they signed new full-time deals.

There has also been talk that the former Divas had pushed for someone else in the spot instead of Kanellis due to unhappiness with comments Kanellis had made after leaving WWE, although what those comments might have been and who else may have been considered for the role, PWInsider.com cannot 100% confirm.

With the former Divas driving a "hard bargain" so to speak, WWE opted not to move forward with the plan. As of last week, there was no set plan for the Divas on the flagship PPV beyond possibly adding an unannounced tag.