Monday night the WWE gave us a great video recap of the Sasha Banks-Bayley classic from NXT: Takeover. They put the camera on Sasha so she could get a nice ovation. And then… we got Nikki vs Naomi.
Maybe they’re working us, but it sure felt like a big step back in this so-called “revolution.”
Until the WWE fully commits to this revolution, women’s wrestling fans need to put their money where their mouths are. Support women’s wrestling locally. Support it online. Support Shimmer, SHINE, Girl Fight, Femme Fatale, WSU, Empress, and other women’s only shows.
Imagine if one of those promotions really took off and filled the void the WWE refuses to fill. Now that would be a revolution!
A record may or may not be broken next week. A WWE Diva may break another WWE Diva’s record for most consecutive days as champion.
Here are a few records that remain safe.
Most consecutive years (not days, years) as NWA Women’s World Champion: Mildred Burke, 19.
Most consecutive years as WWE Women’s Champion: The Fabulous Moolah, 28.
It should also be noted that both women were not only main event draws, wrestling 2 out of 3 falls every night, but frequently defended their titles more often in a month than the current WWE Diva’s Champion has in her entire reign. She currently stands at 9 title defenses.
There’s a lot of talk about why Nikki Bella hasn’t dropped her Divas title, and whether or not she will break A.J. Lee’s record for most days as champion. I’m not going to speculate on WWE politics, but where some people see frustration, I see an opportunity.
Simply put: every time Nikki Bella walks back up the ramp with that title, the WWE opens the door another inch for someone else to take the ball and run with the women’s wrestling revolution.
The indies are already years ahead of the WWE in women’s wrestling. Is it really so far fetched to think that independent women’s wrestling can’t carve out a significant niche and fill the void WWE is too blind to see?
They have a saying in WWE and elsewhere: “You are not here to fill a spot; you are here to take a spot.”
Who’s going to take the WWE’s spot when they drop the ball on women’s wrestling? The ball is in mid-air. The time is now!