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Ten trades I would make in the Superstar Shake-up 

WWE is unlike most sports in that it doesn’t have an off season. RAW and Smackdown are on 52 weeks a year, every year. That being said Wrestlemania is generally considered the end of the WWE “year” and the RAW after Wrestlemania the start of a new “year”. And on Monday’s RAW after Wrestlemania WWE chairman Vince McMahon announced a “Superstar Shake-up” for next week’s RAW. We don’t really know what that means except that an unspecified number of wrestlers will be traded between the two shows. Needless to say there are a lot of rumours about who will be traded.

I have no idea anymore than anyone else has about who will be traded. What I will do here is list ten trades I would do to shake things up – five from RAW to Smackdown and five in the opposite direction. Some I suspect will happen some are just wishful thinking on my part.

Anyway here are five RAW to Smackdown trades I would make : 

Finn Balor – This is a trade made for the sake of fairness and justice. It must be remembered Finn Balor never lost the Universal Title back in August. He had to relinquish the title the night after SummerSlam because of an injury during his title win over Seth Rollins. Justice says he should get an instant shot at getting it back – but WWE in their infinite (lack of) wisdom have put the belt on part timer Brock Lesnar who probably won’t turn up again until June. Balor deserves better. Switch him to Smackdown where he can challenge whoever has the WWE title once the Randy Orton v Bray Wyatt feud is over. Balor v Wyatt is a match I would like to see. Also it gets Balor away from Rollins. It doesn’t make sense that on Monday Balor was tagging with Rollins who injured him back in August (albeit accidentally). 

Charlotte – One of Charlotte and Sasha Banks MUST be traded to Smackdown this coming Monday. Their rivalry made history in the women’s division – including the first women’s Hell in a Cell match which also became the first women’s match to main event a pay-per-view. But their rivalry is all played out now and if Banks turns heel as expected her and Charlotte as allies would seem weird. Either of them could be traded but as I want to see Banks v Bayley – which has only happened once on the main roster – Charlotte gets the nod. 

New Day – This is a no brainer to me. Smackdown’s tag division is such a mess its title was not defended at WrestleMania. The New Day have gone stale since losing the RAW title back in December. The obvious way to kill two birds with one stone is to trade New Day to Smackdown. Champions the Usos get new rivals and New Day get a chance of scenery. As a bonus if Vince McMahon wants to push Big E as a singles competitor in the future the smaller Smackdown roster is the place to do it. 

Rusev – Doubt that this will happen as he is injured but Rusev badly needs a change. Since being fed to Roman Reigns the Bulgarian has been in an awful feud with Enzo and Cass and stuck in a terrible tag team with Jinder Mahal. That broke up at Fastlane last month but injury saved him from being put in the Andre Battle Royal at WrestleMania. Rusev would beef up the Smackdown mid card and on his return would be an immediate contender for the Intercontinental Title. 

Sami Zayn – This should be a no brainer. He really should have been drafted to Smackdown back in July he has been little more than cannon fodder for Braun Strowman and Samoa Joe and frankly has been wasted. Also (like Charlotte and Sasha Banks above) him and Kevin Owens need to be split up and as Owens is the US Champion and won’t be traded Zayn is the only option. 

Now here are five that should go in the opposite direction from Smackdown to RAW. This is harder because the Smackdown roster (especially the male singles side) is smaller but here goes : 

Carmella – The RAW women’s division is top heavy. The Smackdown women’s division is bottom heavy. Therefore Smackdown should get an elite woman and RAW a not so elite woman. Carmella fits the bill. Besides sending her to RAW (a) breaks up her awful alliance with useless James Ellsworth and (b) reunites her with Enzo and Cass which was a successful partnership in NXT.

Luke Harper – The purpose of this trade is to get the talented Harper out of Bray Wyatt’s shadow. Haper has potential to be a break out star but I suspect as long as he is on the same show as Wyatt he will be overshadowed. Separating Braun Strowman from the Wyatt Family worked for him. It could also work for Harper. 

Kalisto – As with Sami Zayn (see above) this should have happened at the original draft. Kalisto is a Cruiserweight. The Cruiserweights are on RAW. Unless WWE were going to push him as a giant killer a la Rey Mysterio this made no sense. Kalisto’s job on Smackdown has been as a punchbag for Baron Corbin and then (with Apollo Crews) he was part of a terrible handicap match against Dolph Ziggler at the Elimination Chamber in February. Like Neville a move to the Cruiserweight Division could revitalise his career.

AJ Styles – This has been rumoured for ages and I suspect that the Styles v Shane McMahon angle that led to a better than it had any right to be match between the two at WrestleMania is the storyline reason for sending Styles to RAW. They shook hands on Tuesday night’s Smackdown but do they trust each other? I suspect no and Shane will trade Styles to RAW. 

Dolph Ziggler – It looked like Ziggler’s career had been rescued by his Intercontinental Title feud with the Miz. Then he lost the title back to the Miz and…Oh dear. A heel turn hasn’t really worked ( he had that terrible handicap match mentioned above) and it might be that Ziggler’s career is beyond saving. It might have slightly more chance of happening with a change of scenery.

Others that I would trade but definitely won’t be traded would be Cesaro to Smackdown (but he and Sheamus are the number one contenders for the RAW tag titles so won’t happen) and Dean Ambrose in the opposite direction (but he is still the Intercontinental Champion so presumably it won’t happen). It will be fascinating to see how many trades are done on Monday and how many I get right. One thing is certain. It will be fun to find out…

 

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How I would book Wrestlemania 33 (Part 2) 

In my previous post I listed the matches I would have booked for Wrestlemania 33. Now I will explain why I booked them and who should win. 

If you read my previous post you will have noticed that only one match on the real card is unaltered – Triple H v Seth Rollins (Assuming that Rollins knee is all right and he can compete). Hopefully Rollins goes over in this match as it fits into a storyline that I would start at Wrestlemania. 

Kevin Owens v Chris Jericho and Goldberg v Brock Lesnar would both still take place if I were booking but Owens v Jericho NOT Goldberg v Lesnar would be for the Universal Title. This is because in my mind Goldberg v Lesnar is one of those matches (like Rock v Hogan and the first Rock v Cena match) that is big enough not to need the title. Plus Owens and Jericho deserve the title slot for carrying RAW through the winter. Lesnar and Goldberg would not be the main event either. It would be in the middle of the card, lasting ten minutes at the very most with Brock getting revenge for his humiliation at Survivor Series. As for Owens v Jericho I’ll mention the winner later as it reveals the new storyline I mentioned earlier. 

So if Jericho and Owens are not fighting for the US title who would be? I don’t understand why they took the US title off Roman Reigns if the plan was not to give him the Universal title (it wasn’t). I’d have kept the US title on Reigns and have him defend it against Braun Strowman – a match that WWE in their infinite (lack of) wisdom wasted at Fastlane. And I would have Strowman win. To my mind the mid card titles should be used to promote new stars and Strowman should be one of them. Plus for his improvement in the last year he deserves a title. 

On the Smackdown side two matches I would get rid of – at once – would be AJ Styles v Shane McMahon and the awful mixed tag between John Cena and Nikki Bella and the Miz and Maryse. Mixed tags and Shane McMahon have no place at Wrestlemania. Instead John Cena would face the Undertaker – a match everybody but Vince McMahon wants it seems – with Taker winning. AJ Styles meanwhile would be added to the real life Randy Orton v Bray Wyatt title match. I would have booked this triple threat this way. Bray Wyatt wins the Royal Rumble, AJ Styles loses the title to Randy Orton at Elimination Chamber and Styles uses his rematch clause to get a title shot at Wrestlemania. Bray Wyatt would get his title winning moment at Wrestlemania but Styles would get his title match at Wrestlemania which he deserves for the matches he has provided in the last year. As for the Miz he should get an Intercontinental title match having made that title relevant again. A disappointing feature of Wrestlemania this year is the lack of a multi man ladder match so I would have had champion Dean Ambrose, the Miz, Dolph Ziggler, Baron Corbin, Kalisto and Luke Harper in an intercontinental ladder match which Corbin would win (I suspect he will win the Intercontinental title for real at Wrestlemania).

Next the women’s titles. Amazingly there has not been a women’s singles match at Wrestlemania since Wrestlemania 23 (the one Donald Trump was in) and there won’t be one this year as there have been two clusterfuck matches announced for both women’s titles. That’s not how I would have booked it. Instead for the RAW women’s title it would be heel Sasha Banks (she would have turned heel at Hell in A Cell last year by defending her title with help from Nia Max and Stephanie McMahon and her and Jax would have formed a female version of the Austin/Triple H two man power trip of 2001) against Bayley in a no disqualification match. Jax and Stephanie would try to interfere but Bayley would overcome the odds to gain a fairytale win and win the title at Wrestlemania (NOT on a random episode of RAW for god sake). 

But what about Charlotte? Well if I’d been booking the Sasha v Charlotte Hell In a Cell match back in October would have been a loser leaves RAW match. Therefore Charlotte having lost the match would be on Smackdown and she would be challenging Becky Lynch (I would not have taken the title off her) for the Smackdown women’s title. Charlotte would win and make history as the first woman to hold both the RAW and Smackdown women’s titles.  

As for the other women they would be put into a pre show Battle Royal – but unlike past women’s Battle Royals at Wrestlemania this one would mean something. The winner would be the number one contender for her brand’s women’s title. I would give the win to Mickie James who has just turned face. Mickie v Charlotte is a potentially good fantasy match we have not seen yet.

That leaves the Cruiserweights the tag teams and the rest. The Cruiserweight title match would be Neville v Jack Gallagher – which again WWE wasted at Fastlane. I’m biased but I want to see two UK wrestlers fight each other at Wrestlemania. Neville would retain. Sadly one of the tag team title matches probably has to go on the preshow – probably the Smackdown title as it has barely featured even on Smackdown (assuming both titles are on the show). The RAW title match would be the same as at Wrestlemania except I would add the New Day to make it a fatal four way (Why the New Day are hosting Wrestlemania instead of wrestling in it I don’t know). I would book Champions American Alpha v the Usos for the Smackdown titles. Both champions would retain. The rest of the male wrestlers would go into the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal which I would have Sami Zayn win last eliminating Samoa Joe. 

That leaves the Owens v Jericho match. Owens would win – but not cleanly. Owens would distract the referee and while that is going on Triple H, Samoa Joe and Roman Reigns would attack Jericho. When that is finished Owens hits Jericho with the pop up powerbomb wins – and then Owens, Triple H, Samoa Joe and Roman Reigns celebrate over the prone Jericho. It has been long rumoured that Triple H is planning a new version of Evolution with Owens Joe and others. I reckon it should (a) start at Wrestlemania and (b) be the vehicle for the long overdue Roman Reigns heel turn.

I’m convinced that this Wrestlemania card would be far better than the one we will get on April 2nd. It would still have the part timers but it would also push new champions Strowman, Corbin and Bray Wyatt. It would have no rubbish mixed tags and no Shane McMahon match. I’m convinced it would be a successful show. But let’s hope Wrestlemania 33 is better in the ring than it looks on paper….

How I would book Wrestlemania 33 (Part 1) 

On Sunday April 2nd the WWE’s annual showpiece Wrestlemania will take place in Orlando….And to be honest it does not look good. There are at least three matches on the card that no one wants namely AJ Styles v Shane McMahon, Roman Reigns v the Undertaker and the appalling mixed tag between John Cena and Nikki Bella and the Miz and Maryse. Add to that the fact that Goldberg v Brock Lesnar is for the Universal Title thus ensuring that there will be a part time Universal Champion after WrestleMania. While there are good matches on the card – Kevin Owens v Chris Jericho, Bray Wyatt v Randy Orton and Triple H v Seth Rollins – assuming that Rollins is fit – the show could be another flop like last year’s Wrestlemania without the appalling injury list which was a big excuse for the average (at best) Wrestlemania last year. The card this year – with hardly any injuries – does not look good. And I can do it better!

First of all here is the card that I would have booked and then in my next post I’ll explain why I’ve booked it this way and how I’d have win.

WWE Universal Championship : Kevin Owens (c) v Chris Jericho

WWE Championship : Randy Orton (c) v AJ Styles v Bray Wyatt (Triple Threat).

John Cena v The Undertaker

Brock Lesnar v Goldberg

Triple H v Seth Rollins

United States Championship : Roman Reigns (c) v Braun Strowman.

Intercontinental Championship Six Man Ladder Match : Dean Ambrose (c) v the Miz v Dolph Ziggler v Baron Corbin v Kalisto v Luke Harper.

RAW Women’s Championship : Sasha Banks (c) v Bayley.

Smackdown Women’s Championship : Becky Lynch (c) v Charlotte.

Cruiserweight Championship : Neville (c) v Jack Gallagher.

Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.

Women’s Battle Royal (Winner to get a title shot against the champion of her choice).

RAW tag team Championship :  The Club (c) v Sheamus and Cesaro v Enzo and Cass .v The New Day.

Smackdown tag team Championship : American Alpha (c) v the Usos.

(c) = the champion(s) I would have before Wrestlemania.

So there is my card. My reasons for it (plus my winners) in my next post…

Mick Foley’s RAW promo & benevolent sexism

Girl Talk with Gabby

Hey, guys. Did you know I’m a woman? I know, I know, shocking. Well, as a woman, I have a plethora of life experiences that have shaped the person I am today. I have been groped by a stranger in public. I have been patronized and looked down on because of my gender. Why am I saying this? Well, because sexism is a reality in my life that I am aware of with every breath I take. And that reality has spurred me to write about what I saw on RAW tonight.

I’ll cut to the chase: when Mick Foley began to passionately beg Sasha and Charlotte to reconsider their historic Hell in a Cell match on Monday Night RAW, I was horrified.

Mick Foley has long been a supporter of the women’s divisions on both shows. He has voiced support for the women of WWE for years. He is…

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Why a women’s Hell in a Cell match is a good idea

The women’s revolution in the WWE – which has been progressing in fits and starts – has received a couple of boosts in the last two weeks. First of all Sasha Banks won the RAW women’s title from Charlotte in the 3rd October episode of RAW. While this had happened before back on July 25th this time the match was the main event of RAW. This is only the second time a match between two women* had main evented RAW – the last one was when Lita beat Trish Stratus on December 6th 2004. And although RAW’s ratings still fell in the third hour (the third hour of RAW is a total disaster and needs to disappear) the ratings fell less with the women main eventing than they had in previous weeks. The match was well received and was seen as a success. But the women had main evented RAW before.

What happened this week is historic though. On Monday’s RAW it was announced that Banks would defend her title against Charlotte at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view on October 30th. What makes this unique is that Banks and Charlotte will compete in the match the pay-per-view is named after : Hell in a Cell.

The first Hell in a Cell match took place between Shawn Michaels and the Undertaker on October 5th 1997. The match takes place inside a 20ft high, five ton cage and is considered the most dangerous structure in the WWE. It has been called “Satan’s Structure” and “Career shortening”.  There have been 33 Hell in a Cell matches since 1997 all involving male competitors. So when the Banks v Charlotte Hell in a Cell match was announced on RAW it was a big deal. 

I should point out that rumours that the match would happen had been leaked on the internet last Wednesday. I saw three internet polls during the week and they all showed 80-90 percent support for the women’s Hell in a Cell match. While internet polls are even more unreliable than their offline equivalents three polls with this level of support suggested clear support among the Internet Wrestling Community (IWC) for the match. It also suggested that the IWC who often are as divided as the Conservative Party was in 1997 and the Labour Party are now had found something we** could unite behind.

Except that after the match was announced the schizophrenic IWC seemed to change their minds and a backlash against the match begun. People were saying that the match was too dangerous for women and that Charlotte and – especially – Banks were in danger of being injured. Now there are two other Hell in a Cell matches scheduled for October 30th between Universal Champion Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins and between United States Champion Roman Reigns and Rusev. No one says that the four men are at risk of injury even though Rollins injury record is arguably worse than Banks is. It is also argued that the feud between Banks and Charlotte is not worthy of a Hell in a Cell match even though they have been feuding on and off – mainly on – since the Royal Rumble in January far longer than either of the two male feuds that will end in the Cell. Frankly in a world where UK female soldiers will soon be allowed on the front line by a Conservative Government – unthinkable as recently as 2012 – the idea that two women cannot fight in a cage is ludicrous. If women can fight on the front line they can fight in Hell in a Cell. It is sexism pure and simple. 

So why are people so opposed to the match? Eileen McDonough and Laura Pappano have the answer. They mention the “three I’s” that have been used throughout history to deny women equality – Inferiority, Injury and Immorality. All three are being used here. People are saying that Banks and Charlotte are “inferior” and unworthy of a Hell in a Cell match. They are worried that they will suffer injury. And they think women taking part in this violent match is immoral.  And it is utter nonsense. 

The WWE like to think they compete with real sports which is I suspect why they have a deal with US Sports giants ESPN. In most real sports men and women compete in the same events with mainly the same rules. If WWE want to properly support the Women’s Revolution they have to put women in the same matches as men as this happens in real sport. It is only a baby step no doubt about it. There are still other matches that women have not competed in – Tables, Ladders and Chairs matches, Money in the Bank matches, their own Royal Rumble*** and even the Elimination Chamber. But this is the start. 

I will be nervous when Sasha and Charlotte step into the Cell on October 30th. Like Ginny Baker in the fictional “Pitch” (see previous post) the pressure will be enormous. I bet you they will be scrutinised far more than Owen, Rollins. Reigns and Rusev will be. But that is the price of being the pioneer. Banks knows this having been part of – along with Bayley – the first ever 30 minute “Iron Woman” match in NXT last year. Cynics thought women could not wrestle for thirty minutes straight. Banks and Bayley proved that that was nonsense. 

Back to real sport for a moment. After the 1928 Olympics women were banned from running distances longer than 200 metres and the ban stood for 32 years. Women were not allowed to run the Marathon at the Olympics until 1984. Today the idea that women could not run the Marathon would be seen as a joke. The same will apply to the WWE. Ten, twenty years from now wrestling fans will be saying “That Sasha v Charlotte Hell in a Cell match was amazing wasn’t it?”. Ten, twenty years from now women’s Hell in a Cell matches will be taken for granted and accepted (they won’t be common as they aren’t common for men today). And the fact that women were not allowed to compete in Hell in a Cell matches until nineteen years after the men will be seen as ridiculous not as is the case today the fact that they are competing in one. The women’s Hell in a Cell match is an idea whose time has come. In truth it should have happened before now.

*Lita v Stephanie McMahon main evented RAW in August 2000 but the Rock was guest referee and Kurt Angle and Triple H also got involved.

**I don’t consider myself a member of the IWC but the fact I talk and read about wrestling on the internet might mean some people consider me part of it. 

***A woman competed in the men’s Royal Rumble in 1999,2000,,2010 and 2012 but there has never been a women’s Royal Rumble. 

How I would have booked the opening segment of Monday’s RAW

As anybody who watches WWE’s flagship show Monday Night RAW will know it used until fairly recently be a joke that the show always opened with mind numbingly dull promos by the Authority – Triple H and his wife Stephanie McMahon. To be fair that tradition has declined recently and this past Monday saw something different with the show being opened by new women’s Champion Sasha Banks who was then interrupted by the woman who she took the title off Charlotte. Ah great WWE are trusting the women to open RAW and showing respect for their female competitors. The “New Era” really was here….

Er no. The women were interrupted by a man – Chris Jericho – for some reason. He bad-mouthed Banks (telling her to be “quiet”). Banks then got rescued by another man Enzo Amore who seemed to imply he wanted sex with her. RAW General Manager Mick Foley interrupted this farce and for some reason booked a mixed tag between Charlotte/Jericho and Banks/Amore. A mixed tag means it can only be man v man and woman v woman. Now mixed sport does not in my opinion work (as I wrote in previous post “Mixed Troubles” it does not work in tennis so it will not work in another sport). Basically the segment was rubbish and was only used to further a men’s feud between Jericho and guest commentator for the mixed tag Kevin Owens and Amore and his partner Big Cass. Yes the women were used only to further a male feud. It was sleazy and sexist and I can do it better. Well anyone with a brain could….

Assuming that the aim was to use the women to further a male feud here is how I would have done it. First of all I would not change the Sasha/Charlotte part of the segment. But instead of Jericho entering the ring I would have had Charlotte’s henchwoman Dana Brooke attack Sasha from behind and then Charlotte and Dana would double team Sasha… until Summer Rae* came to Sasha’s rescue (remember Sasha and Summer Rae were former allies in the BFFs on NXT so the story makes sense). Foley interrupts but instead of the mixed tag he would set up a women’s tag between Charlotte and Dana and Sasha and Summer Rae

Since Summer Rae and Brooke are not at the same level as Sasha and Charlotte the last two would carry the match in a mini version of their match from the previous week. The finish would however come when Charlotte and Sasha start fighting each other outside the ring leading to Brooke pinning Summer Rae. This stops Sasha being pinned which happened in the real match which fans disapproved of.

OK if you want to involve the men here is how you do it. Have a backstage skit where Jericho and Amore are watching the women’s match. After this match the following conversation would take place.

Enzo tells Jericho what an amazing match Charlotte and Sasha had last week. Jericho agrees saying the women are far improved from his earlier time in the WWE (true). Amore says that he saw how good these women were in NXT so it did not surprise him and he was glad he didn’t have to wrestle them. Jericho says that he has wrestled women before and he’s been there done that(again true).. He then tells Amore the reason that he does not want to wrestle the women is that Charlotte would have him tapping out like a baby to the figure eight. Amore retaliates by saying to Jericho that he can talk because Sasha would have him tapping out like a baby to the Bank Statement. An enraged Jericho can’t take this anymore slaps Amore the two men brawl and then as usual a number of oficals try to separate them. After they eventually succeed Amore shouts to Jericho that he has a partner (Big Cass who was not at RAW on Monday) and Jericho hasn’t. He challenges Jericho to a tag team match but adds that he won’t be able to find a partner as everyone will remember he dumped his last one (AJ Styles earlier in the year).

From there you could have Jericho asking various wresters to be his partner but they turn him down. Then later in the night you could have Jericho in a match (against the Big Show say) where he is being overpowered. Kevin Owens steps in and beats up Big Show and voilà Jericho has Owens as a partner to fight against Enzo and Cass either in a future RAW or at SummerSlam later this month – just like in the real show.

Where this improves on the opening segment of Monday’s RAW is that the women don’t get interrupted and overshadowed by the men and you don’t get the sexist innuendo from Amore to Banks. Nor do you get the mixed tag match which is too artificial since you can’t mix the sexes. You also have a couple of men boosting the women’s division by praising the women saying how good they are and that they are scared to wrestle the women. It benefits the women and puts them “over” with the crowd and would have been far better than what the WWE actually came up with.

*I would actually have booked Paige who has made as many appearances on RAW lately as Lord Lucan but the British woman is injured.

Talking about a revolution

It was one year ago – July 13th 2015 – that Charlotte, Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks made their debuts on RAW and – since they were women who could actually wrestle – unlike the useless models that WWE usually hire – fans and the company – called it a revolution*. One year on how has the revolution got on? The answer is mixed to put it mildly.

The revolution started going wrong on its very first night. Let’s look at the definition of the word “revolution”  :

“Revolution (noun) : The forcible overthrow of a government or social order in favour of a new system”.

So who announced the revolution on RAW last year? Stephanie McMahon the daughter of the owner of the company! In effect the establishment of the WWE announced the revolution which is plainly nonsense as revolutions are the overthrow of the establishment! What should have happened was an ex wrestler like Lita should have announced it or just let the three women debut without a ballyhoo. That was the first mistake.

Their next mistake was to merge the three debutants with six of the existing women on the roster and split them into three teams of three. This led to weeks of mind numbingly dull tag matches between various combinations of the teams. Anybody with a knowledge of history would have known that this would be a disaster as it was merely a female version of Vince Russo’s disastrous  “Gang Wars” of 1997 when the Nation of Domination, Disciples of Apocalypse and Los Boriculas fought in meaningless tag matches. If it didn’t work for the men why on earth did WWE think it would work for the women 18 years on? What they should have done is either have Banks, Charlotte and Lynch as “invaders” – a female version of invading forces like the NWO, the Nexus or the Shield – but the problem with that idea was they for obvious reasons can only attack other women which lessens the element of surprise after their debut – or do what I would have done. Say that the women’s division is a shambles and needs a reboot strip the then champion Nikki Bella of her title get rid of the title belt and launch a new title** and have a tournament to crown a new champion. Just like WCW did with all their titles in April 2000 when that company was a mess and needed a reboot.

But it didn’t happen. And the reason it didn’t happen was because of a male ego. Nikki Bella is the girlfriend of John Cena the biggest star in the WWE. But unfortunately as an ex model she is a relic of the WWE’s toxic, sexist hiring policy and should have dropped the title. Indeed that was the plan. But unfortunately Cena allegedly lobbied the WWE to let Bella break AJ Lee’s record title reign and they accepted. Cena’s ego and the WWE’s determination to stick it to Lee’s ex husband CM Punk meant that Bella kept the title until October’s Night of Champions Pay per view – a dreadful mistake.

Even when Bella dropped the title to Charlotte the company still kept messing the women’s division up. For some reason best known to themselves the company had Paige mention the death of Charlotte’s brother Reid saying “Your brother didn’t show much fight did he?” which was crass and offensive to put it mildly. Then at the Royal Rumble in January this year they had Charlotte’s legendary father Ric Flair force a kiss on Becky Lynch. Yes they showed sexual assault on TV. Quite how showing an old man forcing a kiss on a young woman ties in with the WWE’s family friendly PG rating is a total mystery (they edited the incident out of repeats of the Rumble which tells you all you need to know).

To be fair, at Wrestlemania they almost got it right. They finally produced the new women’s belt they should have had back in July and the three women that had made their debuts back in July – Lynch, Banks and Charlotte – had one of the best matches of the night. Pity they had to have Ric Flair interfere to help his daughter gain victory but the match was a credit to women’s wrestling and it looked like the WWE were finally getting the women’s division right.

Er…they haven’t. Since Wrestlemania it has been going backwards again. Women’s matches are still far too short and the WWE still have a chronic inability to produce more than one female feud at the same time. For example after losing at Wrestlemania the popular Banks virtually disappeared from TV until the end of last month. This is partly because she suffered a concussion but mainly because WWE wanted to hold back her title bid – presumably to August’s SummerSlam – they had nothing for her to do. Imagine John Cena not being on TV because WWE wanted to keep him out of the title scene until August? You can’t. Because they wouldn’t do that that’s why….

It shows how pathetic the WWE is that the fact there are two women’s matches on the next WWE pay-per-view Battleground- Becky Lynch v Natalya and Charlotte/Dana Brooke v Banks and a partner of her choice – is eye catching and a sign of progress when it really shouldn’t be. The fact is while the WWE women’s division has improved since last year it can be said it is only taking the division back to the 2002-4 era where there was Trish Stratus, Lita, Molly Holly, Jazz, Gail Kim…the women’s division should have improved since 2004 but until last year it had actually gone backwards.

Women’s wrestling should by all logic be as successful as women’s tennis. After all the women wrestle at the same venues as the men – just like women play tennis on the same Grand Slam stage as the men. But thanks to WWE sexism it is more like women’s football, rugby , cricket and basketball – regarded by fans as inferior to the real male athletes. A few things I would do are :

Sack the models. The likes of Nikki Bella, Eva Marie, Lana and Maryse must be swept away. Women must be wrestlers – not eye candy or pretty valets for their husbands and boyfriends. Those kind of women should be swept into oblivion.

Scrap Total Divas. Total Divas is a crap reality show on the E channel – think “Keeping up with the Kardashians” only worse. Since the women aren’t known as Divas anymore this show must go. If WWE are contractually obliged to produce this garbage pay the E network whatever they want to get this rubbish off our TV. If they want $10 million give them $10 million. You can’t put a price on gender equality….

Sign more women. There are plenty of good women wrestlers WWE could sign. Kharma, Candice LeRae, Sexy Star, Ivelise, Cheerleader Melissa, Jessica Havok to name but six. If you want to improve the women’s division sign good wrestlers. Its not rocket science!

Treat women the same as men. I don’t mean intergender wrestling I mean what Adam Blampied of What Culture said “Book the angle as if it is starring two men. Change their names to Bayley and Sasha Banks***. And you’re done”! Simple! So why can’t WWE do this? Also have the women in the same stipulation matches as men – a Money in the Bank ladder match, a Last Man Standing Match, a TLC match, even a Hell in the Cell match between two women. Why not?

Oh…and sign Ronda Rousey. You know it makes sense.

There are no excuses. So far it has been more a case of “evolution” rather than “revolution”. In fact the so called ” revolution” has had all the revolutionary impact of a used teabag. What the WWE should be aiming for if not women main eventing pay-per-views – which has never happened -is for women to co main event pay-per-views. It happens at Wimbledon at the Olympics and at UFC 200 last Sunday. There is no reason why it should not be possible in the WWE. And if it happens then we will be truly able to talk about a revolution.

*WWE called it a “Diva’s revolution” but I refuse to use the word “Diva”.

**The WWE did introduce a new belt but at Wrestlamania not in July last year. It is a big improvement on that awful pink butterfly belt.

***Or any other women.