Total Divas

 
Voyeuristic women's wrestling reality has salty language.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series shows the unique challenges women in WWE wresting face when trying to succeed in the sport.

Positive role models
Not applicable
Violence

Wrestling matches include kicking, shoving, head locks, and other moves that can cause major injuries. Catty behavior often breaks out between the women (and their partners) both in and outside of the ring.

Sex

The Divas wear skimpy, skin-revealing outfits. Hugging and kissing also visible. Personal relationships and marriage are discussed.

Language

Words like "damn," "crap," and "bitch" audible; curses like "s--t" bleeped.

Consumerism

The WWE logo is frequently visible. Nikki Bella drives a Range Rover.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Wine and champagne visible over meals and at red carpet events.

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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Cast:Brie Bella, Natalie Natalya Neidhard, Nikki Bella
Network:E!
Genre:Reality TV
Topics:Sports and martial arts
TV rating:NR
Available on:Streaming

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Kid, 12 years old August 2, 2013
age 12+
 

inappropriate content but ok

well i think it's inappropriate with some sexual content and cursing but mostly just about the wwe divas dealing with things i'd say 12 and up maybe 11 just an opinion
Teen, 15 years old Written byLuv2Laugh16 August 19, 2013
age 14+
 

Total Diva is an hour long soap opera caked with petite drama, boobs, and of course the Bella Twins.

As much as I love the WWE, I'm not a fan of this show. It's a real big disappointment. Seeing the first few episodes made me want to turn the channel. I don't understand the hype about Total Diva. To be honest, all these divas ever seem to care about is their looks. I expected a little bit more from these women. The only one I look forward to watching is JoJo. She's a diva in training. She seems to be the realest one in terms of actually working her way up to becoming a WWE diva. As for the Bellas, they're just as annoying as they are on the live show. In a recent episode, one of the twins are worried about their weight. All I have to say is are you kidding me? Another diva in the show is worried about their breast size as well. To me, this show fells at showing what it takes to be a strong and powerful diva (I ignored the sexy part because they have that nailed done almost too perfectly..) in the WWE. In a nutshell, Total Diva is an hour long soap opera caked with petite drama, boobs, and of course the Bella Twins. I give this show a 2/5 stars. Very disappointing.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 16 years old Written byTrishaAnne October 29, 2013
age 16+
 

Why put it in national television?

I don't think the show is bad but why put it in national television? Is it because their beautiful or are they setting themselves for 15 minutes of fame just to gain or revive the divas division? I believe the show shouldn't be based on how they look or how desperate they are in relationships in every episodes. The show should be about real life situation. I recommend some people to watch real life documentaries or stories so that people would learn how to know the true values of women either a wife or a single person. In one episode of the show a 17 year old girl wants a relationship with a much older guy that makes her feel confuse about the guy. It doesn't sound good for most viewers to be like the ones in the show. Instead of kids following their sexual outfits and insults. It is better that they try to create influence in their household (ex: my mom, my grandma ,my aunt or my teacher is my inspiration).

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