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Paige is exactly what Raw’s stale Women’s Division needed




Someone was going to have to dropkick the dust off of Monday Night Raw’s Women’s Division eventually. Who better to do so than a returning Paige?

It’s tough to cheer against any of the Four Horsewomen — an unofficial but recognized stable of sorts that is made up of Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks and Bayley. They arrived via the NXT pipeline and revolutionized the way women’s wrestling was handled by the WWE on a nightly basis.

All four performers came up in the business to some degree, and all four have put on spectacular matches during their time in the company. That group, along with Alexa Bliss, Nia Jax, Naomi and Natalya have more or less made up the main-event caliber performers in the women’s division across both Raw and SmackDown Live for over a year.

Carmella has been running around with the Money in the Bank briefcase since that network special, but she’s always felt like more of a sideshow with James Ellsworth at her side. And does anyone actually take Lana seriously when it comes to in-ring abilities?

As much fun as it has been watching these eight women jostle for superiority across both shows, there’s only so much creativie can do when they have such a limited number of properly built up superstars to work it.

That’s why bringing Paige back into the fold with Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville at her side was such a great move for the long-term health of the division. The women’s matches had simply grown a bit stale over the last few months since there’s only so many believable match combinations that can be put together each week.

With Paige returning, Rose and Deville now in the fold and Askua looking for something to do, things just got a lot more interesting on Monday nights. While we likely won’t see Becky on television for a while as she shoots The Marine 6, there’s suddenly a ton of fresh storylines worth chasing down for Raw.

Bliss has been built up spectacularly since she made her debut, and she only becomes more believable with each passing match. She came up short (sorry) against Charlotte during Survivor Series, but that won’t put too big of a dent in the momentum she’s built up.

Paige clearly has her eye on the title, and she’s clearly ready to be thrust back into that picture even though she just returned. There are dozens of ways that the WWE could go about building that possible feud, though, and if they’re smart, they’ll milk it for all it’s worth.

Paige and Bliss are two of the most expressive performers in the company when it comes to telling a story in the ring, and both can more than hold their own on the mic. There seems to be money in that feud, so it wouldn’t be all that surprising to see the WWE hold off on that matchup for a later, bigger event.

Perhaps we could see either Bliss or Paige tangle with Askua in the coming months, with whoever gets left out of that program circling like a shark in blood infested waters. Don’t forget Bayley, Banks, Jax, Deville, Rose, Dana Brooke and Mickie James will all be looking for something to get involved with as well.

The Women’s Division has gone from somewhat stale to brimming with potential, and it seems like the WWE could be on course to give more than one women’s feud the spotlight each Monday night moving forward. Anything to break up the repetitive tag-team and Fatal Fourway matches that seem to occur just to get the performers on television.

One or two of these wrestlers may fall through the cracks for the time being, but a little bit of real competition never hurt anyone. Paige arrived with Rose and Deville just in the nick of time. Now it’s on creative to do something, well, creative with all of the legit characters they have at their disposal now.

Franklin Steele is the assistant editor and featured writer of FanRag Sports' NHL side. He also covers the WWE for Steele, who joined FanRag Sports in October 2013, has been watching and playing hockey since the age of 6. His work has also appeared on, and Bleacher Report. All told, he has more than 3,000 bylines to his name and more than six million people have read his work since 2011. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @FranklinSteele (NHL) and @SteeleTheHeel (WWE).

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