In a sense of irony, the fate of the Women’s championship appears to be mirroring that of the World Heavyweight Championship.
Charlotte has been Women’s champion since September, having successfully defended her championship reign in multiple back-to-back PPVs.
Throughout the majority of her reign she has received help from her father Ric Flair, often opting to ‘screw’ the other competitor out of their chance of getting the gold. This has now happened twice to Natalya (once at WWE Roadblock and now again at WWE Payback).
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If WWE plans to make Charlotte drop her title at Extreme Rules, this will allow another superstar to be elevated and will create more excitement within the title picture. However, given the way it has been handled so far, it would appear as though there are no immediate plans for Charlotte to drop the belt.
This is creating a parallel reaction with the fans to Roman Reigns’ current reign as WWE World Heavyweight Champion, as Charlotte is receiving a similar response from the fans, albeit not to the same degree. Although you could argue that Charlotte is meant to be receiving heat due to her role as being a heel in the company.
It is very simple, the fans want variety, and they want to see something new. Seeing the same person walk out every week and defeat everyone they meet, or perform the same ‘screw job’ tactics at every major PPV just isn’t good entertainment. This is undermining an otherwise very exiting division.
Ever since the renaming/rebranding of the Women’s division, we have seen even more exciting matches, and a much more serious approach taken by WWE to make the division equal.
But it appears that WWE continue to make the same mistakes. This isn’t to say that Charlotte is not a deserving champion, as she has proved time and time again that her athletic abilities are beyond reproach. This is a case of there being a lack of variety, something which can be very easily fixed if Charlotte drops the belt at Extreme Rules.
WWE should allow Natalya or Sasha Banks the opportunity to become champion at Extreme Rules, giving Charlotte the opportunity to lose the championship cleanly (with no interference from Ric Flair) and begin work on bringing her back later in the year as a face. Charlotte should not, and does not need to have Ric Flair at her side during her matches.
She has more than proven that she is a deserving champion, as well as an exceptional female competitor. This current reign is hurting her character, and this needs to change at Extreme Rules.
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