Why the “Women’s Revolution” has failed Submitted by Rob Cline on 11/11/2017 at 11:54 PM
So while the idea of women getting equal time and opportunities as the men is an incredible step forward, I cannot help but feel this is less about women getting their fair shake and more about WWE trying to look good for public relations reasons. When we were first introduced to this “revolution” I had high hopes that everything was going to change. But as time went on I started to realize that everything was the same, only now we get some longer matches with WWE constantly patting themselves on the back.
While woman being featured in TLC/Hell in the Cell or other gimmick matches is long overdue, is it really necessary to focus so much attention on the fact it’s the “FIRST TIME WOMEN HAVE DONE (insert thing) IN WWE HISTORY!!!!!!” over the match itself? At a certain point, this presentation of women's wrestling becomes condescending. In my opinion, that narrative should be something that history and the fans talk about.
Something else the women’s division needs is some managers! Lana would have been incredible for someone like Naomi, Natalya, Nia Jax, Tamina or some of the other woman who either has amazing ring presence or ability, yet constantly cut promos that make you want to mute the TV. Again, this is something they could do without a huge parade and self-congratulating attitude to make this division feel natural and real.
There are so many talented women in this company that it feels like such a waste to run the same storylines over and over. We should have better factions that actually make sense, better writing, and letting the women tell a story in the ring. If we can get amazing matches like Banks vs Bayley in NXT, why can we not get something similar to the main roster?
Now I’m not going to sit here and say things aren’t better than the bra and panties matches, or terrible Diva matches that had no business to ever be on TV. What I’m saying in this short article is that I think WWE can do a lot better if they let the woman do what they do best in the ring, and give them the same chances to grow and evolve as their male counterparts. And most importantly, let all of this happen without the heavy-handed circle jerk from corporate letting everyone know how important the women’s division is. Let the women show us that instead.
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