WrestleMania proved to be a huge moment in regards to the massive breakthrough for women’s wrestling, with Charlotte, Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks putting on one of the best matches that took place.
We finally saw the end of the awful Diva’s Championship title and the unveiling of the new, Women’s Championship, which suggested big things could be on the horizon for women’s wrestling in the WWE.
There’s been more focus on the women than ever before with incredible talent competing on the main roster, and more being produced over on NXT, so the future is bright for the women – if they’re booked positively from here on forth.
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However, there are ways to continue legitimising the women’s division. The biggest mistake the WWE can make is by booking them horribly which makes them feel minor again. They have the talent and a new championship which shows they should be treated equally, not as Diva’s but as superstars.
With more attention being placed on the female athlete, more talent on the roster than ever before and more depth in their story-lines; here are just some of the things the WWE could do.
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MAIN EVENT MATCHES
The first method is simple and something they should do as quickly as possible; have the female superstars close out more programming.
The more main event matches they compete in, the more of a focus there will be on the women, and their story-lines would progress a lot better mainly because it would suggest the WWE have faith in them and that they are very important.
Having them close out the shows means they stay fresh in our minds more than they already do, and there could be cases where they’re the sole reason we’d tune into SmackDown or the following week to see what else unfolds in their story-lines.
The talent is there for the WWE to utilise, and it’s not just limited to Charlotte, Becky and Sasha. Although the three of them have changed views on women’s wrestling and opened more doors, they deserve the rewards that come with it and closing out Raw is an honour in itself and it’s one they deserve.
GET JERRY LAWLER OFF COMMENTARY
Having Jerry Lawler as a heel commentator is a good move, but he either needs to stop calling women’s matches altogether or change his style because he’s one of the main reasons they can’t be taken seriously.
His comments on a weekly basis show that although we’re all moving away from the role women played years ago, where they had minimal importance, Lawler was doing his best to make sure we don’t see them as athletes and he’s a big reason they can’t legitimise the division completely.
The WWE are trying their best to make sure they elevate the division to make them equal to the men and commentary should obviously reflect that. We saw Michael Cole and JBL do a decent job of that at WrestleMania as they called the women’s matches really well over the course of WrestleMania weekend.
For fans watching at home, the commentary is a big part of whether we enjoy what we are watching or not. We need commentators who understand the gravity of the match, and not someone who will make cheap jokes at the females' expense.
If the WWE want to make sure commentators emphasise women’s matches like never before, look no further than Corey Graves and Byron Saxton.
There are plenty of stipulations the WWE could use which would be a first for the women of the WWE.
For too long we’ve been limited to seeing ‘Lumberjill’ matches and if we go back many years; bra and panties matches, those are the sort of things we’ve been forced to watch and they are the things that are holding the division back.
We need to erase those memories as soon possible and create new milestones; they should start off as simple as handicap matches before we see more ground-breaking stuff from the women.
The ultimate breakthrough would be seeing them implement more weapons, chair shots, putting bodies through tables and even cage matches; that would show some serious intent in making their female stars some of the finest.
However, there is one stipulation we can see happening as early as this year…
MONEY IN THE BANK
WWE are ready to have a women’s Money in the Bank ladder match; that’s the best way of showing importance to the division and the brand new Women’s Championship.
There are enough women on the roster to be put into that situation and give them a glorious opportunity to compete in the match which is the first of its kind. The match itself would be fantastic and it would do great things for the future of the women’s division.
Of course, it’s a huge risk and it could fail but the WWE can afford to take that risk. The benefits are far greater than the rewards and fans would agree that seeing somebody like Sasha walk around with the briefcase, would be a perfect fit.
We’ve hardly ever seen a surprising championship change in the women’s division. Perhaps Paige dethroning AJ Lee is a good example but we all understand the excitement levels are different when an unexpected star runs down the ramp and cashes in the briefcase, we could see even more excitement when a female star runs down to cash it in.
How else could WWE push the Women superstars? Have YOUR say in the comment section below!