ESPN’S Molly Qerim vs. Eva Marie of WWE, Who’s Hotter?
This may not be a fair debate. But a debate over the hotness of First Take moderator Molly Qerim and Eva Marie came about from a conversation with my boys. It was NFL Championship Sunday and we were discussing Molly Qerim, the new moderator of First Take. We felt bad that she’s surrounded by Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith for an hour daily. There egomaniacs, who scream over each other and the show’s moderator all the time. It’s not a simple job, just ask former host Cari Champion. I obviously agreed with my boys about Qerim, but then I watched an episode of NXT on the WWE Network. We saw Eva Marie. So, here’s the debate. Two women in male-dominated industries kicking ass. One is a talented in-ring performer and the other an ESPN broadcast journalist. Who’s hotter? Here are a few facts to consider:
Molly Qerim grew up in Connecticut and earned degrees from UConn and Quinnipiac University. Qerim began her sports broadcasting career as a reporter and anchor for CBS Sports Network where she covered college football to National Signing Day, the NCAA Tournament, and the U.S. Open. During her first stint at ESPN, she co-hosted College Football Live and Fantasy Football Now and ESPNU’s Campus Countdown and won an Emmy. She then left Bristol and joined the NFL Network as a host on NFL AM. She returned to Bristol in 2015 to moderate First Take and has now been installed as the permanent host. According to the Google machine, her nationality is half Albanian and Middle Eastern.
The California native started her career as a fitness model before signing with the World Wrestling Federation in 2013. E! Television’s WWE reality show, Total Divas, and Monday Night Raw thrust her onto the national stage. Upon her arrival, she was booed mercilessly for getting “pushed” too soon. But could you blame WWE executives? She’s got an “It” factor. It must come from her Mexican and Italian background. WWE rethought their Eva Marie strategy and sent her to NXT, the WWE development league. For nearly two years, Eva Marie has portrayed one of the women’s divisions most hated villain.