Last week on Smackdown, we finally learned what the WWE Divas Championship match is going to be at WrestleMania 32.
Speculation surrounding the match was finally put to bed when it was revealed that both Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch will challenge Charlotte for the butterfly belt in Dallas on April 3rd.
Whilst some were torn between this match and a straight-up Sasha vs Charlotte match, fans of women’s wrestling (and wrestling in general) will be pleased to hear that three of the most popular female wrestlers in recent years will all be getting a chance to shine on the Grandest Stage of Them All.
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It could be argued that women’s matches at WrestleMania haven't had the attention they deserve in recent years, and this is a welcome change of pace. In only the second Divas title match in WrestleMania history, all three women stand a chance of walking away with the title in what should be one of the best-worked matches the main roster has seen in quite some time.
However, is this Triple Threat match as good as it sounds when the wider context is considered?
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Whilst these three women deserve to be at the top of the card, has it come at the expense of other women on the roster? When you look back to last year, the Divas division may have been a sorry state, but there were some genuine stars who seemed to be on the rise.
Paige, for example, was on top of the world when she joined the main roster; she was as popular as she is talented and already had a series of successful title runs under her belt. But, due to the focus being shifted onto three of the four Horsewomen on the main roster, Paige now finds herself an afterthought.
The Brit's most recent Raw appearance saw her lose to Summer Rae of all people, which seems ludicrous when you consider how over Paige was just a few months ago.
Naomi is another example of a woman pushed aside by the Horsewomen feud. After she begun a heel turn that was long overdue, Naomi became a more prominent figure in the Divas division, challenging for the title at Extreme Rules and Elimination Chamber last year. Whilst it made no sense for her to win the belt, she was still getting more exposure and was allowed more time to showcase her incredible athletic ability.
However, despite a great match at Fastlane, Naomi now finds herself in No Man’s Land, with no apparent plans for her or Tamina now that her mini-feud with Sasha Banks has wrapped up. Whilst she may be in a better place than she was during her “Funkadactyl” days, it’s still difficult to see her being in the main event picture whilst it remains so crowded.
Whilst it’s still far too early to tell what impact the Triple Threat at WrestleMania will have on the rest of the women in WWE, there are still a few reasons to be concerned about the state of any female wrestler not called Becky, Sasha or Charlotte. Whilst things seem fresh now, if WWE make their classic mistake of making their women’s division about just these three women, then it runs the risk of once again becoming stale and boring.
Hopefully, creative won’t ignore these women, but instead, use them to make the Divas division exciting, dynamic and ever-changing, which, with the plethora of talent that WWE has (both on the main roster and in NXT), is what it most definitely should be.
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