The WWE has backed itself into quite the corner.
In its ranks, the WWE has one of the best wrestlers in the world: Sasha Banks. It also has the likes of Becky Lynch, an electric in-ring performer with endless talent on the mic. Natalya, Paige and Charlotte all have put on thrilling matches both together and apart. Alicia Fox and Naomi are both vastly underrated in the ring. Nikki Bella has improved tenfold. In the wings, the WWE has performers like Bayley and Asuka waiting for their chance to make the leap to the main roster.
In theory, the WWE’s Divas Division should be red-hot right now.
In reality, it’s a sputtering, irrelevant mess.
That’s not to say it hasn’t had its good moments. Becky Lynch’s clear-cut storyline in her chase of the Divas Championship was superb. Sasha’s stampede over Lynch and Charlotte at the Royal Rumble was a thrillingly awesome moment.
But how can we truly relish moments like these when we’re still force-fed matches centered around Total Divas lasting less than a minute? How can we expect to respect women’s wrestling down in NXT when Eva Marie is given a title shot right off the bat?
So if my point isn’t clear by now, here it is: the Divas Division has too much talent and awful booking. Now, why has it come to this? Multiple reasons, really.
One: there’s too many Divas and only one belt.
Now, there are plenty of ways to book a feud without any titles involved, but in all honesty, I don’t trust the WWE to do that. They simply don’t book women with the same respect or care that they book their men with, and it shows in the audience’s reception of the product.
So, a simple solution to this would be simple: give the women more to fight for than one tacky belt. Bring back to Women’s Tag Team Title, or have there be both a Women’s and Divas Championship. Make a new belt for all I care, just give them more to pursue so that more starts can shine at once.
Two: the Divas are not given enough time to tell a proper story.
Paige and Charlotte’s so-called feud was a hot mess from start to finish. Compare it with Charlotte’s feud with Becky, which was treated with care and given time to fester, and the differences are clear as day. This can also be applied to match length as well. The women are simply not given enough time to put on the likes of Sasha vs. Bayley at Brooklyn, or even any single women’s match on NXT.
You can only do so much storytelling in the ring when you’re only given one to two minutes to wrestle.
Additionally, the WWE can afford to have more women’s matches at pay-per-view events. Start booking the women right on RAW and SmackDown and nobody will bat an eyelash at it, unless they’re sexist pigs. In which case, good riddance.
Three: the Divas are booked like catty bitches, not like wrestlers.
Look at some of the WWE’s most captivating feuds over the years, the kind of feuds you remember. CM Punk vs. Triple H. Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins. The Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels. Did any of these feuds involve pulling hair or fighting over a man?
I don’t think so.
The WWE doesn’t seem to realize that there is more to women than romance and catfights. Women demand respect, they want to be the best. Look at Sasha vs. Bayley: there was no cattiness involved. No, it was all about the glory, the respect. It was, in short, booked like a male match.
You book women like humans and not stereotypes, and you’ll be surprised by how much the wrestling community will embrace them.
Well, that’s all I can say for now. Agree or disagree? Let me know in the comments!