It’s been a chaotic few weeks in the world of wrestling. There have been highs, lows, notable wins, and unbearable losses. Yet one topic of conversation continues to emerge in a time where one would believe several steps have been taken forward. It may be the contrary that actually exists where steps are being taken backwards. Seth Rollins recently spoke on the “After the Bell'' podcast with Corey Graves and feels that the WWE Women’s division is underserved.
“I felt like Monday [Becky vs. Zoey] was a huge reminder of what they're capable of. They haven't, and I'm going to be frank with you, they haven't been showcased as well as they could have been over the past, you know, six months or so. They haven't been. Aside from a few exceptions, I don't need to pick and choose, and name names. Sometimes that's just how the cookie crumbles and that's part of the industry. It's part of the business. I've been in situations where I absolutely feel like I've not been showcased, or male talent, the same way. It has nothing to do, in my opinion, with gender at all. It's just a commentary on where we’re at right now. There are opportunities and I think Monday was a reminder of how incredible our female talent roster is and can be when given the opportunity to main event, to succeed, and to be the best. I think it's all there. I just can't wait to see who steps up and fills that space and grabs that ring."
Rollins has a major point as there are not enough compelling storylines, and many characters have gone missing. In a week where the WWE’s rival was heavily criticized for not prominently featuring women on their biggest show, the WWE can ill afford to lose ground in a strength of the company.
No more can battle royals be relied upon to showcase the forgotten talent in the division. The women have broken down barriers and we now have Women’s Royal Rumbles, Women’s Money in The Bank ladder matches, and at one time had an all-women’s PLE in Evolution. We are past a time of being progressive and it is now time to be detailed. The talent is there and the pipeline in NXT is growing.
The conversation around the Women’s Tag Titles has been ad nauseam. It’s long overdue for the belts to appear on NXT. Fans have been seeing Dana Brooke on Tuesday nights, and it’s time to continue that trend with more unused talent in that same capacity. Names such as Emma, Tegan Nox, Nikki Cross, and Xia Li deserve to be utilized in meaningful capacities. While Becky Lynch taking a trip down to Florida would be compelling and give Tiffany Stratton a great feud, it only hits the mark if other women are elevated in those spaces, she voids on Monday nights.
Don’t get me wrong as it’s been a beautiful year for Women’s wrestling. Rhea Ripley can be argued for most popular in the company, and the Iyo Sky era is upon us. However, seeking out more for all the characters shouldn’t be a chore, everyone is talented. Let’s just hope that talent isn’t wasted on the sidelines.
Do you agree with Seth Rollins? How would you fix the women’s booking currently? Should the WWE bring back the Mae Young Classic, or start an all-women’s show? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!