Eva Marie Was Set To Be WWE Women's Champion Before Suspension

Belt plates suggest title win was near.

Eva Marie

Eva Marie was being lined up as a potential WWE Women's Champion prior to her suspension, according to reports.

Reputed industry insider Da Belt Guy claims that the company had made side plates bearing her name when they first ordered a new women's belt - presumably the SmackDown one, currently worn by Naomi - last year.

But the 32-year-old was taken off TV shortly after the draft following a Wellness Policy violation, after which Alexa Bliss stepped into the role of SmackDown's leading woman.

It was reported at the time by the Wrestling Observer's Dave Meltzer that WWE was about to make her champion - and news that they were preparing her belt will therefore come as little surprise to most.

Having been absent for more than a year, Marie's departure from the company was officially confirmed last week following the news that she would not be appearing in the upcoming Total Divas season.

The announcement marks an end to her four-year stint in WWE (and possibly professional wrestling in general), the highlight of which was perhaps her 2014 feud with then-Divas Champion AJ Lee.