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Wrestlemania XXVIII Preview: Beth Phoenix & Eve Torres vs Kelly Kelly & Maria Menounos

The WWE's Divas division has become more of a sideshow over the course of the past few years, as the women that can actually work a decent wrestling match (notably Mickie James, Gail Kim, and Victoria, among others) have been pushed to the side or pushed out entirely in favor of "eye candy."

One of the WWE's few remaining competent female workers is in this year's Wrestlemania Divas match, that being current Divas champion Beth Phoenix. She will team with Eve Torres to take on former Divas champion Kelly Kelly and talk show host Maria Menounos, currently working with the television show Extra. Wrestlemania is usually a fairly star-studded affair, but Menounos is one of the few "stars". . .such as she is. . .that is actively involved with this year's card.

Now, normally the involvement of a celebrity in a match would be enough to pencil a team in for a victory, such as Snooki's team was at last year's event. However, according to our friends at Cageside Seats, Menounos apparently broke two ribs while practicing to be on Dancing With the Stars, so she might not be able to do much. At this time, it's still being said that she's going to wrestle, but it's entirely possible that she could be replaced.

Frankly, the best thing that they could do with this match is to pull Menounos out of it or let her be at ringside in a manager-type role, and replace her with the (hopefully) soon-to-be returning Kharma. Kharma was making quite a splash after her WWE debut before her pregnancy forced her out of the ring, and a feud between her and Beth Phoenix could make the Divas division genuinely worth watching again.

This match, as it stands now, isn't terribly compelling, and will probably end up going on towards the end of the card to give fans an opportunity to decompress (i.e. use the restroom) before the main event of the evening. Despite the injury to Menounos, the "celebrity usually goes over at Wrestlemania" rule is too strong to ignore, in my opinion.

SB Nation Minnesota prediction: Kelly Kelly and Maria Menounos win by pinfall.

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