Natalya Neidhart on Why ‘Total Divas’ Name Didn’t Change After WWE Started Calling Women ‘Superstars’ (Video)

“Would the mainstream audience understand if we changed the name?” E! star wonders

Last Updated: December 5, 2018 @ 11:19 AM

Natalya Neidhart doesn’t know why the name of “Total Divas” didn’t change to reflect WWE’s decision to rebrand the franchise’s Women’s Championship title. But the E! reality series star does know that there were discussions about swapping out the “Divas” when the female champs suddenly became “Superstars” back in 2016.

“You know, I’m not sure actually,” Neidhart told TheWrap. “I’ve heard different rumblings. I’ve heard that, you know, [‘Total Divas’ co-star and executive producer] Nikki Bella had talked about it openly and said, you know, she wanted to change the name, and that we should go from ‘Divas’ to something else.”

But the Neidhart says she wouldn’t be against taking the “Diva” out of the show’s title. Or coming up with a new name altogether.

“But it’s tough because, the way I look at it is, yes, in WWE we’re not called Divas anymore, we’re called Superstars,” she added. “But ‘Total Divas’ is such a popular show that, would the mainstream audience understand if we changed the name? But at the same time, I always think change is good and I think it could be a unique dynamic to take the fans, you know, on a journey where we do change the name. It just depends, the stars have to align. And I also, you know, I think the most important part is keeping the show authentic. Keeping it real and true to what it’s always been, and that really starts with the cast.”

Watch the “Total Divas” snippet of our interview via the video above and see TheWrap’s chat with Neidhart about WrestleMania here.

“Total Divas” aired its Season 8 finale last week on E! The entire season is available for streaming now on Hulu, along with the reality series’ previous seven seasons.