If you’re reading this, you’re fully aware that I am a big fan of the women’s revolution that has gone in the WWE. After the recent Superstar Shake-Up, I’m less hot on the Raw side. But the Smackdown side is killing it right now. All six women in the division; Naomi, Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Carmella, Natalya and Tamina Snuka are all very unique with their own personalities. Sure there are some such as Tamina who have yet to really shine but you can see the potential there. I was getting a little wary of the women’s wrestling in the WWE once again as they were all frequently put into multi woman matches and individuality was not let to shine. But after the most recent Smackdown exclusive pay per view or event, it was announced there would be a five woman multi match to determine a number one contender.
The day finally came and the match didn’t even officially get started. Instead all women immediately started brawling with one another. It was clear that they were out to make a highlight of the night and they achieved that. All of the women got a moment to shine during the brawl. It ultimately culminated with Charlotte putting Natalya through a table (with Natalya breaking character with a grin on her face as she heard the cheers).
The Smackdown Commissioner Shane McMahon came out and quickly announced that all of the women involved would be in the first ever woman Money in the Bank match. I’ve never actually seen a Money in the Bank match other than highlights on YouTube and such. This will be my first time watching not one but two Money in the Bank matches and one is making history. The following week, the women even got their own Money in the Bank briefcase (which has a feminine touch to it).
Becky, Charlotte and Natalya are the three that I am not worried about. Those three are some of the best performers working in the WWE at the moment. Though I have only seen her in action in small bits, Tamina should do just fine in the match as well. The biggest question mark is Carmella. Now I don’t think she’s the worst wrestler but she falls somewhere in the middle. This will be a true test to what she can bring to the table. If her performance in the skirmish is anything to go by, she should be okay. Plus I expect her to win because she has that x-factor in James Ellsworth by her side.
Either way it should make for an interesting match to say the least. It might be bad all things considered but that doesn’t take away the importance of the match. As the women’s roster continues to grow and grow, it is only a matter of time before we start seeing specialty matches that have been exclusive to the men become part of the women’s roster as well. I have been saying for some time I think there should be a midcard and tag team belt in the women’s roster. Now it is only a matter of time before that happens.
I love Enzo and Big Cass. They’re probably the most entertaining duo on WWE programming at the moment. Enzo is great on the mic and Cass is a great big man. When they are together in the ring and using both of their abilities together, I think they are a solid tag team. I’m not a big fan of the whole thing about having Enzo getting beat up just so that he can make the hot tag to Cass who will save the day. Then if the team loses, it is usually Enzo to take the pin. But I do think they are a solid team but ultimately getting buried on Raw.
One of the biggest things about both shows, Raw and Smackdown, is the whole tag team division in both. They both are suffering from various issues. The biggest problem in the Smackdown division is a lack of personality. Other than The Usos and Breezango, I really can’t think of a tag team with personality. American Alpha are great technical wrestlers but what are they about? I have no idea. This seems to have shifted lately with The Colons arriving as well as The New Day on the way. But Smackdown could have really benefited from Enzo and Cass.
Enzo and Cass are extremely over with the crowd. I’m not sure how much their merchandise sells but I’m sure it is a lot. They could have brought a lot to the table on Smackdown. Both teams are really good on the microphone. Trash talking with The Usos would have probably been electric and filled the audience with anticipation towards their matches. This definitely would have given the tag team division on Smackdown a huge personality pop.
But Enzo and Cass are still on Raw and seemingly in limbo. It is unfortunate because they have not had the tag team belts. It was rumored that they were supposed to win at Wrestlemania before The Hardy Boyz officially came back on. There are also rumors about about a breakup between the two was imminent at one point. Cass is a big sweaty man and Vince McMahon loves big sweaty men. But the biggest issue with the two is that they don’t know what to do with them. This is unfortunate as they are just money.
The WWE creative definitely made a mistake by not switching the duo over to Smackdown. But who knows…maybe there will be another shake up some time soon. Either way something needs to happen with them.
I love Becky Lynch. Absolutely love her. She is one of my favorite wrestlers in the WWE currently. She was the inaugural women’s champion on the Smackdown brand. I will be the first to admit that ever since her feud with Mickie James ended, she has been in something of purgatory. So when it was announced that Charlotte Flair would be joining the brand, all eyes were on Becky Lynch. Her reaction to seeing Charlotte joining was something of elation. These two in real life are best friends. The WWE currently is in something of a mix of real life and kayfabe (aka fiction).
Last week, Becky Lynch was at the stadium where Smackdown was performing but was not on the televised show. Just yesterday she was back on the show where she was confronted by the newly formed alliance of women heels; Natalya, Tamina and Carmella…along with James Ellsworth. They basically issued the statement that if you’re not with us then you’re against us. Becky didn’t really give an answer to the invitation. Later on Talking Smack she did refer to the group as the New Wench Order aka NwO.
During the title match between Naomi and Charlotte, this group attacked both competitors with most of their focus being on Charlotte. The crowd even started chanting, “We want Becky” but Becky was not there. When this was brought up during Talking Smack, she basically said to the effect that she feels Charlotte should fight her own battles and was tired of being the one that gets jumped. All the ingredients are there to turn Becky heel and now it is seemingly becoming a matter of when.
I do not think that her name dropping NwO was just something random to say. The biggest thing about the NwO was the babyface Hulk Hogan turning heel to lead the faction. I highly doubt that they will be calling themselves the New Wench Order as that sounds just dumb. But Becky turning on Charlotte and becoming the top heel of the women’s division makes a lot of sense. Charlotte was the top heel on the Raw division for some time so her coming to Smackdown and doing that same thing again would just be a feeling of “same old, same old”. It is also a way to get Charlotte out of the title picture for a while.
Becky Lynch turning heel would be an interesting turn of events. But with Alexa Bliss gone, the show does need a top woman heel. She would probably fall in the line of Kevin Owens or AJ Styles type of heel where she will still be getting cheered no matter what. But it would be a shot in the arm for the women’s division which is hot right now. As I said earlier, it only looks to be a matter of time.
I make no secret that I am a big fan of Natalya Hart. She comes from the prestigious wrestling Hart family. She has helped personally train many women currently on the roster and previously as well. Unfortunately there has always been something missing with Natalya. She is probably in the top tier of wrestlers, men and women, in the company. Ever since the brand split last year and she was put on Smackdown, I was always wondering if she was going to get the Smackdown Women’s Championship. I honestly think that this year should be the year that she gets it.
I’m no fan of Nikki Bella. I do not have this disdain for her like some people do but can’t say I’m a fan. She recently had a feud with Natalya where it was clear that Natalya had coached her through the matches. This all culminated in a “falls count anywhere” match where it really highlighted the best of their abilities. Natalya has wrestling in her blood and she can help elevate any match that she is in.
All signs point towards Charlotte being the next competitor for the title but there may be shenanigans afoot that cost her the title. Natalya would obviously be the next top heel on the roster and looks to be the leader of a potential faction with her, Carmella and Tamina. Naomi is the current women’s champion and top baby face on the roster and it would be an interesting feud between the two of them. Smackdown likes to blend reality with fiction and there is a history between the two of them that could draw heavily from the past while fueling the feud. It would be much more than the one between Natalya and Nikki.
There is no doubt in my head that Natalya will be the Smackdown Women’s Champion. Ultimately it comes down to a question of when this will happen. She is well liked and well respected by her peers and fans. I just hope that she gets the belt before 2017 ends.
As of this writing, fresh import Charlotte Flair is set to face Naomi for the Smackdown Women’s Championship tomorrow. In a somewhat strange turn, Charlotte had to beat Naomi to even have this match. But frankly I think this is a bad move. Charlotte is one of the best wrestlers, men and women, in the WWE currently. There is no denying her credibility and she can elevate her competitors in matches. But she is already a five time women’s champion on the Raw brand. Now that she has come in and demanded a title shot seems a little too much, too soon.
Of course this may all be a fake out. As soon as Charlotte was announced as getting her title shot, the other women in the division (minus one but we’ll get back to that later) all huddled around in the back and seemed to be plotting. Natalya was the ringleader of this faction with Carmella and Tamina. Charlotte was the top heel for the women’s division on Raw since the brand split and even before then. There are few faces on Smackdown besides Naomi and Lana when she joins the brand. It would not surprise me if this group interferes in the match to prevent Charlotte from gaining the title and thus turning her face.
Now there’s someone who has not been mentioned and that’s Becky Lynch. The inaugural women’s champion on Smackdown, Becky has been mostly in the background since her feud with Mickie James ended. She wasn’t even on the episode where the Charlotte challenged Naomi despite being at the arena. Are they planning a Becky Lynch heel turn? It is known that Charlotte and Becky are real life best friends and have great chemistry in the ring. If Becky were to turn heel and face Charlotte, this would be a good way of rejuvenating the both of them.
We all know that Charlotte will hold the top title one day. That’s as clear as day. That doesn’t mean that they need to put the strap on her immediately though. It would just ring of favoritism and not letting anyone else shine. I also think Charlotte in real life knows this as well and would probably want to avoid that as to not burn bridges and fans.
I’ve made it very well known that the Women’s Revolution in the WWE got me back into professional wrestling. As the women’s rosters on both shows continues to grow and with a lot more talent on the rise in NXT, it is becoming a bit more crowded with only one belt for the division. Just as the men’s division usually has a mid-card championship and tag team championship, this is all the more case as to why the women’s division should have more championships.
The biggest problem I have seen with the women’s matches lately is the lack of one on one confrontations. They have mostly been multi women matches, which is quickly losing its novelty. It would be nice to see all the women not vying after one title. If there were something else to vie for and also serve as a stepping block to the main title. Carmella on Smackdown is probably the biggest example of prospering from some sort of mid-card title.
When it comes to a tag team title, all the statements I said before still hold true. We are starting to see alliances form in both Raw and Smackdown. Usually between real life best friends such as Alexa Bliss and Nia Jax. It is only a matter of time before Peyton Royce and Billie Kay are called up to the main roster. With more alliances forming, what better way to reward a cohesive two woman unit than with a championship for the two of them.
With the rise of the women’s division in the WWE, things are going to have to become more 50/50. Frankly, I think it’s about time also. There are a lot of the women wrestlers who are better than their men counterparts. Why not spread the championship love around for those on the mid-card and tag teams? I’m sure that it is only a matter of time. The only question is when.
The WWE just underwent a “Superstar Shake Up” a draft that was not a draft. WWE logic. So certain people who were on the Raw brand got moved to Smackdown and vice versa. Unfortunately Smackdown did lose Dean Ambrose, Alexa Bliss and The Miz. I like Dean but they didn’t know what to do with him despite being the Intercontinental Champion. The Miz seemed to having a resurgence in his career thanks to the brand split. No one on Smackdown could compare to his mic skills. Alexa Bliss is a rising star who’s already been champion twice and with no one to feud with.
But what did Smackdown gain? Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, The New Day, Rusev, Charlotte Flair, Tamina Snuka and Lana. Kevin Owens was my favorite wrestler on Raw with great mic skills and equal talent in the ring. Sami Zayn is a great talent who was being squandered on Raw. Charlotte Flair was a five time women’s champion on Raw and there was nothing left for her to do. All these elements play a factor in the various people brought over to Smackdown.
Already from the first night we already had a great three way match between AJ Styles, Sami Zayn and Baron Corbin to determine the number one contender for the U.S. Championship currently held by Owens. Styles won that match and it will great to see Styles and Owens feud. The Women’s Division is a bit of a question mark at the moment. Who will start feuding with Naomi for the title. It shouldn’t be Charlotte just yet as her star is so bright so it would be best to see her feud somewhere else.
The main title, the WWE Heavyweight Championship, is in something of limbo. It is currently in contention with a feud between Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt. The main problem is Bray Wyatt has been switched to Raw so no way he’s winning. Randy Orton is also in something of a lame duck championship run. He’s solid but there’s no pop to him. Probably because it’s vague if he’s supposed to be a face or heel. He did burn down someone’s house.
But there is Shinsuke Nakamura who already has a huge fanbase due to his worldwide reputation and the work he put in at NXT. There is a lot of great talent on Smackdown at the moment. It already has been interesting to see post Wrestlemania and how the product is going to be. Hopefully the creative teams and wrestlers work some great programs to entertain.
With the Superstar Shakeup coming up, probably the biggest superstar being discussed right now is AJ Styles. He is currently on the Smackdown brand and dubs himself, “The Face That Runs The Place”. I can never say that I’ve been an AJ Styles fan. I totally recognize that he is a great performer in the ring. Something about his southern guy thing with the hip hop theme song rubs me the wrong way. But I do enjoy watching his matches as I’ve never seen a bad match with him in it so far. So it would be a shame for Smackdown to lose him.
There is also the somewhat lack of depth in the top tier talent in Smackdown. John Cena is going to be gone for months while filming a movie. So who else is there? Randy Orton is a pretty boring baby face character (if that’s what he’s supposed to be. I mean he did burn down a house). Dean Ambrose seems to be lost in the shuffle even though he is the Intercontinental Champion. AJ also seemingly turned face after his Wrestlemania bout with Shane McMahon. So it would seem Cena is primed to be the replacement for Cena in the meantime.
Post Wrestlemania, Smackdown has also added Shinsuke Nakamura to their roster. Both Styles and Nakamura have wrestled against one another in the past. Both are also considered to be top players in the field. Though with both being faces, it would probably be some time before they got to wrestle one another. But still the possibility is there and it is an exciting one. AJ can also be used to help give rising talent a better push. Someone like Baron Corbin could definitely prosper in a feud with AJ and maybe give someone with a lack of direction, Bray Wyatt, something more interesting to work with than currently.
There have been rumors that The Club would be moving over to Smackdown. This would be a good chance to reunite AJ Styles with the group. I did love their whole “Beat Up John Cena” thing that they had going for a while. But who really knows? I honestly don’t think WWE knows and will probably be one of those down to the wire things. It would be a shame for Styles to leave Smackdown. He certainly would be prosper in Raw as you just can’t hinder a talent such as his. But we will see.
I had fallen off of professional wrestling sometime in the early 2000’s. I always kept my ear to the ground though as I was aware of the bigger moments going on. Sometime around 2015, I just started watching Total Divas. Now say what you will say about the show and what it represents but it did pique my interest. Some of the podcasts that I listened to start listing women wrestlers that I was only vaguely aware of such as Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks. So as I my interest in WWE started to rise again, the more I started to learn about the Women’s Revolution that started somewhat in NXT.
After I went to my first live wrestling event in over ten years, I started to learn more and more about the Women’s Revolution. It really solidified after the brand split in the WWE where half of the roster went to Raw or Smackdown. This helped things become much more focused and less crowded. So stars such as Becky Lynch went to Smackdown while Charlotte Flair and Sasha Banks stayed on Raw. Then there were old staples such as Nikki Bella, Naomi, Natalya who went to Smackdown. Paige stayed on Raw. Then there were call ups from NXT such as Nia Jax, Alexa Bliss, Carmella, Bayley. It was a good time.
Sure there have been some notable failures such as Eva Marie and the whole ongoing debacle that is Paige. But overall it has been a good time. I particularly love the Smackdown Women’s Division as there looks to be much more diversity in terms of personality. The feud between Sasha Banks and Charlotte Flair was one to watch that really culminated in the first women’s Hell in the Cell match that was also the first women’s match to be the main event of a pay per view.
This has really continued into Wrestlemania time where there were two women’s matches on the main card. At first the Smackdown women’s match was supposed to be on the pre-show but pressure put it on the main card. Sure both matches were multi-women matches but that’s still something. Neither matches were disappointing and all ten women performing got a moment to shine. This was one of those times that I can see all the women who performed as champion at some point or another.
Where would I like to see this goes? I would honestly like to see more championships added to the women’s division. There is only one belt for each brand but as more and more are added, it really becomes obvious there needs to be more prestige. A midcard type of belt and a tag team belt as well. The sky is the limit for the women’s division and I can’t wait to see where it goes.
Post Wrestlemania 33, there has been word from Vince McMahon himself of an upcoming “superstar shake up”. What exactly does this mean? Well the wording makes it clear that it’s not a full on draft. So that means only some people will be getting the switch between the two brands, Raw and Smackdown. Who? I doubt the creative team behind WWE knows as of the time of this posting. But who do I want to see? Well:
No Top Names
Something tells me that this shakeup is only for the midcard mostly. I doubt Roman Reigns will be going to Smackdown as they have planted the seeds for a feud between Brock Lesnar and Roman. Same goes for someone such as Seth Rollins who still has unfinished business with Samoa Joe. Smackdown has something of a top card deficiency so it’s really hard to see AJ Styles going over to Raw. Even though someone like him would prosper because of his talent, he is a big fish in a smaller pond.
Tag Team Shakeup
Both brands have a problem with their tag team divisions. Though there has been a shot in the arm with The Hardy Boyz returning to Raw and becoming the champions and The Revival being brought to the brand and seemingly feuding with The New Day. Cesaro and Sheamus also have gotten over as a tag team. So what do?
Trade American Alpha (from Smackdown) with Enzo and Big Cass (from Raw).
With Kurt Angle as the new General Manager of Raw, American Alpha can become the new proteges. Their gimmicks fit in with the WWE Hall of Famer and they could use a shot in the arm in terms of personality and charisma. Enzo and Big Cass were pegged as winning at Wrestlemania for the championship but with the Hardy’s returning, they did not. They could bring some much needed energy to Smackdown’s tag division and it would be interesting to see them in a feud with The Uso’s especially trash talking.
Now this is where things get a bit trickier. One person on Raw who can definitely benefit from switching brands would be Sami Zayn. Everyone knows Sami Zayn is talented and a great worker but he is something of a glorified jobber on Raw. Switching to Smackdown where they can build him up better would certainly help his character. The previous GM of Raw, Mick Foley, was the only one who seemed to like Sami. Kurt Angle seems…annoyed at him.
Now who would Smackdown switch for Sami? Well that I have no idea. As mentioned before, Smackdown does have a dearth for talent or stars. So this can be anyone. Maybe there won’t even be a trade. Just a simple move over for Sami.
No matter where this shakeup goes, it looks to be interesting at best. I can’t wait to see what happens come Monday on Raw.