So I see a lot of people across the internet stating that they think Paige coming up and becoming the WWE Divas Champion could mean a resurgence in Womens wrestling in the number 1 wrestling company in the world. I remember them saying this when AJ Lee became champion, and when Beth Phoenix became champion years ago before that and so on and so on.
Look at WWE’s track record here… they have all the resources in the world… a lot more ways for storylines to happen. On their tout accounts (is that still a thing?), Twitter, Youtube shows, Backstage pass (which can be done, they didn’t use it for any of the buildup, but daniel bryans promo on HHH on the RAW Post show was exactly the sort of thing they should be using their extra shows for) etc. And yet they still cant do anything than randomly have Women face off against each other ‘just because’.
When Trish, Lita, Molly, Victoria, Mickie etc were around they were actually able to show some personality, mix it up in the main storylines, get ample promo time backstage, tell stories in the ring. Lita got over with the audience before she even had time to really wrestle, bar the odd mixed tag match with Essa Rios, and that was because she was afforded to get involved where the meat of the action lies. Not just relegated to their own segments, the women in the WWE a decade ago were allowed to actually be real people, not just some eye candy paraded out for the odd ten minutes here and there.
Now I re-watched Survivor Series 2002 the other day, and while the match wasnt the best match the two had against each other, Trish and Victoria had a good feud going into it, with a storyline that made sense and could really drag you into what the women were selling. They really were given free reign to rough each other up outside of matches and it paid off. Over the last 15 years I can probably count about ten womens matches that really mattered in the WWE, and quite frankly that is just sad.
They have the talent roster, I mean just look at it! Paige, AJ Lee, Natalya, Emma, Bayley, Summer Rae, Sasha Banks, Brie and Nikki Bella, The Funkadactyls etc. They have more waiting to be brought on to NXT and in the training room theyve got one of the best womens wrestlers in the americas of the past decade in Sara Del Ray if they ever chose to bring her in! If they brought in a few more like Candice Le Rae, The Amazing Kong, TNAs Sarita and even bring back a few favourites like Mickie James, Victoria amoung others, they could have an AMAZING division.
Sure some of their stars could use a big more experience, but with the right push and enthusiasm, they could turn the womens division into something again. I really believe they could.
Pic credit to Cmpunker