At WWE Clash of Champions, Charlotte will defend the WWE Women’s Championship against both Sasha Banks and Bayley. It was reported a few weeks ago that another match between The Boss and The Champ was essentially a guarantee, but Bayley wasn’t expected to be involved in the title picture after being brought to the main roster. Obviously, WWE’s creative plans have changed because the triple threat match is a go.
The quality of the triple threat match isn’t in question, nor is the decision to put these three women in the same match. The outcome and the development of Raw’s women’s division are the concerns. The WWE fans are wondering if it will be Bayley, Charlotte, or Sasha Banks walking out as the WWE Women’s Champion, but WWE is thinking about making history and doing something that hasn’t been done before.
Although the odds are that Charlotte will retain her title and walk out of WWE Clash of Champions to begin the looming feud with Dana Brooke, WWE officials are throwing around an idea and have started planning something historic for Bayley and Sasha Banks to do after WWE Clash of Champions no matter who wins.
As WWE’s women have continued to gain prestige and legitimacy over the past year, the debate has begun on when they will be given a fair opportunity to main event a WWE PPV. Some people have scoffed at the idea, while others have embraced it. Most people have made the argument that WWE’s women can and should be given the chance to main event a WWE PPV, but only when the feud has the momentum to finish the PPV.
According to a recent report, WWE officials have been tossing around the idea of booking their women to main event an upcoming WWE PPV. The expectation is that it would be an exclusive Raw PPV, and the rumored feud would be Sasha Banks vs. Bayley. The powers that be are obviously thinking that the two women did it in Brooklyn and NXT last year, so it’s not out of the question for them to do in on WWE’s biggest stage.
There is no question that the time for WWE’s women to main event a PPV is coming soon, but WWE has to be careful not to force them into the spot just because they did it in NXT. When Banks and Bayley got the main event of NXT Takeover: Respect, it was because they stole WWE Summerslam weekend at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn and the momentum of that match made it appropriate for them to get the spot.
Simply put, Banks and Bayley earned their spot to main event the NXT Takeover special. No offense to any of the women involved, but have they really done that on WWE’s main roster? WWE’s women haven’t had main event matches Raw or SmackDown since Trish and Lita did it a decade ago. The problem isn’t that The Boss, Bayley, or anyone else on the women’s roster couldn’t handle the spot, it’s about the presentation.
The match and the feud between the two women must be strong enough to validate the main event spot, which hasn’t happened yet on Raw or SmackDown this year. WWE could build to that before the end of the year, then something like Sasha Banks vs. Bayley would be a great match to main event a WWE PPV.
A women’s match is no longer a question of if, it’s a question of when. WWE is trying to give an answer to that question, which is a great thing. They just need to be careful not to force the match before the WWE Universe accepts it completely.
WWE officials were reserving Banks vs. Bayley for Wrestlemania 33, but if the time is right and those two women are going to make history after WWE Clash of Champions, maybe WWE will have to make the WWE Universe recognize the reality that women’s wrestling is here to stay.
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