Awesome Kong signing with WWE, a move that has been reported by multiple websites over the past few days, appears to signify a dramatic change in WWE's approach to how it presents women's wrestling.

Despite being one of the most talented and unique female performers in the business, the 275-pound Kong doesn't come close to fitting the WWE Diva mold and therefore always seemed like a long shot to be signed by WWE after she was released by TNA last March.For years, WWE's female roster has been filled with swimsuit and fitness model types, some who were capable workers and some who were not. It's been more than a decade since "anti-divas" such as Luna and Chyna (the pre-surgery version) were in WWE.

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The company has been putting the spotlight as of late on its better female workers such as Divas champion Natalya, Beth Phoenix, Lay-Cool and Melina, although it's not like every one of them doesn't have some degree of the "eye candy" quality that WWE typically seeks in its women wrestlers.

Kong's signing represents a real breakthrough. The last time a woman of her size was in WWE, it was Bertha Faye back in the pre-Diva era of the mid '90s (although, to be fair, there aren't many women in wrestling that are Kong's size).

Let's just hope that the similarities between Kong and Faye end there. Faye was pushed as a killer heel under the name Monster Ripper in Japan and Mexico. However, as Faye in WWE, she was used as comic relief, including doing a story line in which she was romantically involved with sawed-off, smarmy manager Harvey Wippleman.

So let's all keep our fingers crossed that Kong ends up in the ring facing the likes of Phoenix and Natalya and not in an angle in which she is Hornswoggle's love interest.

It would be really great if WWE revived the feud between Kong and Gail Kim, which was the foundation of TNA's women's division a few years ago as well as a ratings draw. Judging by the way Kim has been used in WWE, however, it's more likely that she would be destroyed by Kong in a squash match.

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