We know by now that “The Boss” Sasha Banks beat “The Nature Girl” Charlotte Flair in her hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina last night, but the question is, why? WWE clearly has two amazing women who are absolutely outstanding in the ring, and they both give us matches that make us love women’s wrestling. However, we’ve seen these two fight for the better part of six months with almost as many title changes.
Charlotte Flair and Sasha Banks are both, now, three-time WWE RAW Women’s Champions. That means six reigns had to occur this year. All of Banks’ title wins have happened in the last six months with Charlotte having a huge WWE Diva’s Title reign and nice Women’s Title reign as well before finally losing the title to Sasha Banks. It was a shock when Banks won the title on the first WWE RAW after the brand split when she beat Charlotte in impressive fashion.
Everyone loves the matches the two have put on, but it has now gotten to a point where fans just want something different. We cannot be given the same thing over and over again, or it becomes ruined. However, WWE made sure to let the world know that this was the conclusion of their rivalry seemingly regardless of who wins. The question still remains, why did Sasha Banks take home the title yet again?
There seems to be a good reason behind it. WWE knows they have given Banks terrible title reigns over the last few months, and in order to make her a credible champion, they need to let her hold the title for a while longer. The plan is still on for her to face Bayley at WrestleMania 33, giving us the major Women’s Title match that we’ve been hearing about for months.
This frees up Charlotte Flair for other things if WWE can manage to give us the match they want to have. The plan, as of now, is to find a way to bring in UFC star Ronda Rousey for a match with Charlotte and have it take place at WrestleMania 33. This meant that Charlotte had to drop the title sooner, or Banks would have yet another short reign heading into the match with Bayley. WWE would want to put Bayley over in that match, which they could not do credibly without a credible Sasha Banks first.
There is a plan to turn Sasha Banks into a heel starting early next year, but it will depend on opportunity and need. They need for Banks to remain face for now because the roster is very limited at the moment. Emma is returning soon, and as of now, we don’t know her affiliation. One would have to assume they would go face with her if they plan to truly turn Sasha soon.
WWE does have Nia Jax still around to use for random heel needs, which is helpful. However, Summer Rae and Paige are out right now, which leaves the roster a bit gutted for a while. Nia is not ready to be on the main roster, and neither is Dana Brooke, which is why they have been so limited. This is why the Banks/Flair rivalry lasted so long. They had no choice but to go with it until they had people back or ready to go.
WWE did not want to add Bayley into things too heavily before WrestleMania 33 either, so that left us with the stuff we saw with Charlotte Flair and Sasha Banks. If Paige and Summer Rae had been around, it is likely they would have gotten some shots at the RAW Women’s Title due to their experience. Sadly, injuries and suspensions got in the way, but with Emma returning, things could get a bit easier.
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