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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Total Divas features female WWE wrestlers who wear skimpy clothing and sometimes engage in catty behavior. There's lots of salty vocab, though stronger words are bleeped, and some social drinking. Lots of potentially dangerous wrestling moves are featured here; viewers of all ages should never try them at home and/or without appropriate supervision.
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What's the story?
The reality documentary TOTAL DIVAS follows the lives of five female World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. professional wrestlers. The series stars Stephanie and Brie Garcia Colace, known as Nikki and Brie Bella, or the "Bella Twins" in the wrestling world, who have returned to the ring after an 11-month break. They find themselves having to compete for the limelight with new wrestling fan favorites Trinity McCray and Ariane Andrew, known as Naomi and Cameron Funkadactyl. Joining the fray is Natalie Neidhard, a.k.a. Natalya, a third-generation wrestler from a superstar wrestling family, and Divas-in-training Natalie Nelson (a.k.a. Eva Marie) and Joseanne "Jo Jo" Offerman. From watching them prepare for matches like Wrestlemania, to seeing them carry out their personal lives outside of the ring, these women reveal some of the challenges they face as female wrestling personalities in what is usually considered a man's world.
Is it any good?
Total Divas offers a voyeuristic look at the world of women's professional entertainment wrestling, which requires participants to be extremely strong and athletic, to have the ability to memorize choreography, and to be theatrical. It also highlights the many challenges female wrestlers in the WWE face, including the availability of very limited spots in televised matches.
Details about the wrestlers' personal lives are discussed, but most of the focus is on their careers and how they pursue it. WWE fans will also be drawn to the appearances of popular male wrestlers like John Cena, Jimmy Uso, and Tyson Kidd, too. But folks who aren't into the sport probably won't find too many reasons to watch.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about professional wrestling. What is the difference between WWE wrestling and competitive wrestling? What kind of training do pro wrestlers have to have in order to be safe while performing their stunts?
What are some of the stereotypes that exist about female athletes? What about female wrestlers? Where do these generalizations come from?
Did you know that wrestling originated as a sport in Ancient Greece? How has the sport changed over the centuries?
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