There has been a lot of buzz going around the internet Tuesday in regards to how the WWE plans to move forward with their championships. One of the first things that was brought up after the brand split was announced was whether or not the WWE would bring back a second World Championship, a second set of tag team titles, and another women’s championship.
The mid-card titles were easily split between shows as the United States Champion Rusev, along with his new bride, Lana, were drafted to RAW while Intercontinental Champion The Miz and Maryse went to SmackDown. Last week on RAW, Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley announced that they would crown a new WWE Universal Champion at SummerSlam, their brand’s answer to the WWE World Championship.
So that leaves the women’s division and the tag team division as the remaining branches with only one set of titles, and they just so happen to both be on the flagship show Monday nights. On his latest episode of Wrestling Observer Radio late Monday night, Dave Meltzer indicated that SmackDown would be getting their own versions of those championships, but that they would come in due time.
And on Tuesday, SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan confirmed that at least his blue brand would be getting a new WWE Women’s Championship, as reported by Ringside News. Bryan appeared on the Bear Hug It Out podcast to confirm the news, but stressed that they would not rush it.
“I’m not against them (RAW) creating the (WWE Universal) title. We are going to do that for the women for SmackDown Live. But, but, but we are taking our time with it to make sure that we do it right… it’s good that they have their own separate championships.”
It’s interesting the reaction to separate champions these days, considering that many veterans of the business criticized the two-champion format in WWE before Randy Orton unified them most recently. However, it’s worth pointing out that the brand split had effectively ended as many superstars were appearing on both shows, and yet there were two champions. It makes much more sense if WWE truly plans to make both shows their own completely unique brand.
Some argued that splitting up the women onto both shows diluted the division, and the same might have been said about the tag team division. Initial reactions heavily favored RAW in both categories. The top two women in WWE right now are Charlotte and Sasha Banks. They both represent the red brand. Nia Jax is an up-and-comer worth watching, and Paige is lurking, as well. Arguably, the three hottest tag teams in WWE are The New Day, Anderson and Gallows, and Enzo & Cass, and they’re all on Monday nights, as well.
SmackDown may be inferior to RAW when it comes to the women, but it may present more opportunities, as well. Becky Lynch and Natalya are clearly at the head of the class. Naomi is looking to re-insert herself into the conversation while Alexa Bliss, Carmella, and Eva Marie are all inexperienced, but full of potential.
There are three other women itching to make it to, or back to, the WWE main roster, with SmackDown having the most to gain from their arrivals. Emma is out with a serious back injury, and could be sidelined until the end of the year. She was impressing many WWE officials before getting hurt, but her road to recovery could be long. Nikki Bella has also been on the shelf, but just recently started training again at the WWE Performance Center.
Nikki’s obvious connection to Daniel Bryan, along with the recent news that he’s been helping her develop a new finishing move, could make for a perfect match on Tuesday nights. And then there’s Bayley. Bayley recently helped Sasha Banks beat Charlotte and Dana Brooke at Battleground, but won’t be a full-time WWE superstar until this fall. If they decide to wait to crown a new WWE Women’s Champion on Smackdown, Bayley would certainly be one worth waiting for.
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