Updated April 30, 2013, 9:56am CT
At its upfront presentation earlier this week, E! announced that this summer (UPDATE 4/30/13: E! announced the premiere date as July 28) it will debut a new series called Total Divas, which will go inside the personal lives of WWE Divas, exploring life beyond the ring for seven of the women who entertain millions of WWE fans each week.
“We are excited to work with E! on the launch of Total Divas, a series that will showcase the professional and personal lives of WWE’s multi-talented female performers,” said Kevin Dunn, Executive Vice President, Television Production, WWE.
According to a release, Total Divas will focus on a select group of seven women from the ranks of the WWE Divas corps. Five are established WWE Divas, and two are newbies — women who have entered into the Diva training program but have yet to prove themselves worthy of the title. Throughout the series, Total Divas will show these women attempting to establish their own pecking order, as the new girls attempt to handle the jealousy and pressure that comes with working your way up the ladder for the most airtime, ring time and top celebrity status.
Appearing in Total Divas will be the Bella Twins (pictured at E!’s upfront this week) — Brie and Nikki — a pair of seasoned vets who have reached superstar status in the ring and earned places in the spotlight. Naomi and Cameron are two knockouts whose dance routines have made them stars on the tour. Natalya is a third-generation sports entertainment star who knows the ropes. And the newest member of the WWE Divas is Eva Marie, a passionate, sexy, extremely competitive force who wants stardom more than anyone else. Also joining in on the action is Jo-Jo Offerman, young and energetic, and who looks to be a charismatic force in the ring.
Total Divas will kick off with a look at WWE’s biggest event of the year, WrestleMania, marking the first time that any TV series was granted exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to WWE. The series also heads to WWE”s flagship television program, Monday Night Raw, with a match between the Bellas in one corner, and Naomi/Cameron (a.k.a. “The Funkadactyls”) in the other.
Total Divas premieres July 28 at 10pm ET/PT on E!
The Bella Twins at E! upfront: Brad Barket/E! Entertainment