WrestleMania 32 will be remembered for a great many things.
Shane McMahon jumping off the cell, Zack Ryder winning the Intercontinental title, Michaels, Foley and Austin teaming up.
But one thing the event will certainly go down in history for is WWE Hall of Famer, Lita, revealing to the world that WWE will be abolishing its Diva’s Championship and reinstating the historic Women’s Championship.
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In a move that the fans have crying out for for years, WWE unveiled the new belt on the pre-show and announced that the winner of the Triple Threat match, originally for the Diva’s title, would instead walk away as the first holder of this new belt.
The move came after the recent resurgence in women’s wrestling, spearheaded by Charlotte, Becky, Sasha and many other NXT talents, and feels like a huge step in legitimising the women’s division.
It casts off the stigmas that have haunted female wrestlers for years and finally shows that WWE is ready to take their female competitors seriously again.
The belt itself is a stark contrast to the old Divas’ title. The old butterfly design and pink, sparkly design was, quite frankly, insulting to the women of WWE.
The new title is clearly modelled on the WWE World Heavyweight Championship belt, which is probably symbolic of WWE putting the women on par with the men. It looks like a real championship and gives the female athletes of WWE something worth fighting for.
The first match for this new championship was a spectacle. From a technical perspective, Charlotte, Becky and Sasha put on the match of the evening, proving that they were the best choices to be the first women to fight for this new belt.
If this match was an indicator of the level of competition the new Women’s Championship is going to see, then there has never been a more exciting period in women’s wrestling.
It is unfortunate that, for so long, women’s wrestling has been treated as an afterthought. This new championship will hopefully prove to the world that WWE are willing to take their female wrestlers seriously again.
If one wishes to be cynical, then it could be said that this is all a big PR movement and that, in a few months, the WWE will go back to their old ways. However, something seems different about this.
In actually creating a new belt, WWE seems to have committed to this change. With women like Charlotte, Becky and Sasha on the main roster, as well as many more exciting wrestlers on NXT just waiting to be unleashed on the main roster, it seems that the WWE’s Women’s Division is an extremely exciting place to be.
This new championship feels like a huge step for the company to take. Whatever the outcome, the unveiling of the Women’s Championship will go down in history as one of the most important moments in the WWE/