Former WWE Divas Champion and NXT Women’s Champion, and current WWE Backstage panelist, Paige, has sounded off on WWE’s booking of the women’s division.
Speaking on the topic on the After The Bell podcast, Paige said:
“I don’t understand why we don’t have another all-girls pay-per-view. We had that one-off deal, what the hell is that about? Give us one every year. What the f***? That’s the whole purpose. We had a women’s evolution for a reason. And let’s stop talking about the women’s evolution and actually just let the women do whatever they want. I feel like a lot of the girls are being held back. I love the Four Horsewomen, don’t get me wrong, but there are a lot of women that should be given an opportunity. As much as I love those four, there are other women in the company.
“It’s not the girls’ fault. They’re trying their hardest on Raw and SmackDown, but whatever is going on, it’s not helping them out in any way, shape or form. It’s not as exciting to me anymore.”
Podcast host and SmackDown commentator Corey Graves shared a similar viewpoint, saying:
“After 2018, 2019 obviously with the women headlining WrestleMania, I think it can be argued that it was the biggest year in WWE history as far as women’s wrestling. The women were getting an opportunity to showcase what they can do. And each time an opportunity was provided, without fail, they knocked it out of the park. I don’t know what the reasoning is, but Raw and SmackDown — this has nothing to do with the ability of the women. We have the most talented group of women on earth. This is not a negative against their ability. I don’t know what the fix is, but looking at the roster — Asuka, remember when she dominated NXT? When she arrived and won the Royal Rumble, went to WrestleMania against Charlotte? Yeah, she’s the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion with Kairi Sane, but remember when Asuka used to kick everybody’s ass? Now she can’t win a match without the dreaded poison mist. You’ve got Liv Morgan, who is apparently finally coming back. I think she’s a star waiting to be born. Ruby Riott, hopefully, comes back from injury soon. I’m partial, but when’s the last time Carmella did anything of substance on television? She’s a former SmackDown Women’s Champion.
“Bayley, in this new iteration, nothing against the talent, it doesn’t feel important. It’s bad when the SmackDown Women’s Champion doesn’t feel like a focus of the show. Again, this is not a knock on any of the women. I don’t know if it takes another hashtag. How about giving the women’s champions an opportunity to be the spotlight.”
Thanks to Fightful for the transcriptions