Monday Night Raw has had its work cut out for them since the WWE Draft. Many WWE fans believed they would reign over SmackDown Live and that it wouldn’t even be close. The rosters weren’t comparable, and the Women’s Division wasn’t comparable at first either. Vince McMahon stacked his flagship show against the B-plus program that is SmackDown. It’s always been the red brand over the blue brand, even when the first WWE brand split began.
Vince McMahon has been quoted as feeling jealous that Paul Heyman out-wrote WWE Raw in the mid-2000s. He had what is called the “SmackDown Five” and beat the red brand in the ratings. Due to that, McMahon didn’t want SmackDown to be better than his show. So, he sent Heyman down to Ohio Valley Wrestling, the WWE’s minor league system, during that time period. The WWE brass had to make sure Monday nights had the best product.
As the months went by post-WWE Draft, SmackDown Live was beginning to pull ahead in their respective Women’s Division. Alexa Bliss, Becky Lynch, Carmella, Naomi, and Nikki Bella have turned their division into must-see television every week on Tuesday nights. That is, until Vince McMahon decided to step things up a bit on WWE Raw. Not only did Sasha Banks and Charlotte have multiple great matches, but they also main evented WWE Raw two weeks ago.
It isn’t stopping there. On the October 17 edition of Raw, Banks and Charlotte headlined WWE Raw. It was only the second time in history. Lita and Trish Stratus were the first women to accomplish that feat. Sasha Banks and Charlotte are now on the verge of making history two times in one night. Mick Foley announced on his Facebook page that Banks and Charlotte will headline the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view.
Forget for a moment about Stephanie McMahon’s jumping high-five or my awkward attempt to hug the #RAW Comissioner. The biggest moment of the night for us came when the #WWE cameras were off, and Stephanie and I just looked at the #HIAC poster, realizing that for #WomensWrestling, history is upon us – as Sasha Banks and Charlotte will main event the #HIAC PPV. I am so happy for Sasha, for Charlotte, for all the women who paved the way, and all those who aspire to follow in their footsteps. It is no exaggeration to say that looking at that poster gave me chills…and they were multiplying.”
Mick Foley has always been a huge supporter of women’s wrestling. Current and former female stars always gravitated towards Foley, because he never stopped liking women’s wrestling. Going back to Banks and Charlotte, according to a recent article by the Inquisitr, the original rumor was that Banks and Charlotte weren’t going to be in a Hell in a Cell match anymore.
Despite all of the great news surrounding these two women, a retraction was made by Mick Foley on Tuesday afternoon (October 18). Here is Foley’s latest statement.
“The match order for #HIAC Will probably not be finalized until hours before the actual show, so each member of the WWE Universe can decide for themselves what their main event is. Regardless of where the women’s match is placed on the card, both Sasha and Charlotte should absolutely feel like they are the main event – as should Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins.”
It seems as though the WWE’s two best female stars may not main event Hell in a Cell after all. The WWE’s Hardcore Legend is right when he says that no matter where they are on the card, Banks and Charlotte will be a great representation of women in the WWE — and for women everywhere. There’s still a chance that Banks and Charlotte could main event HIAC. For now, watch the WWE’s social media for the latest updates.
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