The WWE women’s division has been flipped on its proverbial head by a pair of new trios that have marked their territory with fists and kicks. Absolution and the Riott Squad have run roughshod over Raw and SmackDown Live, respectively, attempting to establish a new dawning for women’s wrestling. But one question remains central to what they’re trying to accomplish: Will this second wave of a women’s revolution have a chance to work?
Including Asuka, who never lost her NXT Women’s Championship, this wave of female superstars is as deep as there has been in a single promotion in the history of wrestling. Only a few of those ladies actually made their way up to the roster, leaving Ember Moon, Kairi Sane, Peyton Royce, and Billie Kay down at NXT for the time being.
Having success at NXT is not always a direct line to the top with the WWE, although not having success at NXT makes transitioning to the WWE awfully difficult in the year 2017. Liv Morgan, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, and Sarah Logan, have had virtually no success in terms of high profile matches down on the farm, which makes them intriguing picks as members of the new wave of women’s wrestling.
Where they will individually wind up in their careers depending largely on a combination of themselves and the booking they receive. But the latter portion is the more important in this conundrum, and it ties back to our original question: How can the WWE capitalize on the optimism surrounding women’s wrestling?
Heading into the new year, there’s plenty of time for resolutions. Charlotte Flair and Sasha Banks made history at Hell in a Cell 2016 when they not only became the first women to enter the most dangerous structure in company history, but also became the first women to main event a WWE PPV. That success was followed up by…zero main event matches for women on PPV despite there being 16 events.
Bringing back Paige and calling up Ruby Riott certainly isn’t a seismic shift on the surface, but the impact they’ve made indicates the WWE may be taking this seriously. Fortunately for them, now is the time to strike.
Consider the timing: the Royal Rumble is less than two months away, and while nothing has been close to being confirmed, there have at the very least been whispers about a women’s Royal Rumble. It is an idea nothing short of genius, especially when considering that a 20-women Rumble to set up a major WrestleMania match would give the division a major boost. Imagine Asuka winning and challenging Alexa Bliss. Or Becky Lynch winning to get a shot at her best friend Charlotte 1-on-1 on the biggest stage.
If the potential momentum there wasn’t enough, they could go the barbaric route again. Raw will host Elimination Chamber on Feb. 25 and what better addition to the card than the first women’s Elimination Chamber match for the Raw Women’s Championship?
The ingredients are there for the WWE to create a legitimate revolution in the women’s ranks, it’s just a matter of giving them the stage.