Natalya gets her title shot at WWE Payback.

Is WWE as committed to the new era of women's wrestling as it claims?

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At WrestleMania 32, WWE unveiled the new Women's Championship. 

They told us that this is a new era of women's wrestling, that female athletes of the WWE are superstars just the same as the men and they were getting equal footing in recognition of their hard work and skill. 

It was a feel good moment and the triple threat match for the women's title turned out to be one of the highlights of the event.


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Fast forward to this week's Monday night RAW and where are the women's division? I'm not suggesting that the women get exactly equal screen-time with the men. The roster in the women's division is still considerably smaller.

However, bearing in mind the standard of recent matches, the female superstars surely deserved more than a single match, a match so short you could have missed it if you weren't paying close attention (less than three minutes bell to bell in a three hour show). The WWE Payback PPV this Sunday also contains only one women's match.

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The talent pool in the women's division may be considerably smaller than the men's, but it is stacked with quality.

Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch, Natalya, Charlotte, Emma, Alicia Fox, Paige, Naomi, the list goes on. Yet still there is only one current feud with any momentum and only one match on RAW. This is not equality. It is less than these talented performers deserve.

I find it hard to believe that there is no space on the flagship WWE program to consistently have a second women's match (I know there is one sometimes), and some interesting rivalries to explore.

I have previously suggested that a women's tag team title is the obvious way to increase both the number of matches, and the interest in those matches. I still think that's the best way forward. But it needs to happen soon, or something does. 

There is a great deal of momentum in the women's division, coming from the strong WrestleMania showing and the re-branded title. If WWE don't act soon to consistently increase the profile of its female superstars that momentum will be lost, and a talented, hard-working group of superstars will be in danger of becoming mere background noise in the WWE landscape.

Charlotte faces Natalya for the Women's title at WWE Payback on Sunday in the only women's match on the card (so far).

It is likely to be a technical, aggressive and interesting match. I would rather have seen Ric Flair banned from ringside than Bret Hart added to Natalya's corner.

The ladies don't need their Hall of Fame relatives around, if anything it only serves to detract from the quality of the match, as the crowd will be waiting for interference from outside. I suspect a clean finish is too much to hope for, and that's a shame.

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WWE have made a good start towards improving the profile of women's wrestling, but the job is far from over. Time will tell if this is a true commitment to change, or just WWE making all the right noises.

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