WWE, Vince McMahon and John Laurinaitis look on their way to have ruined the women’s division in WWE.
Since the “Diva’s Revolution” in 2015, the women in WWE have come on leaps and bounds. The likes of Sasha Banks, Paige and Charlotte took the WWE by storm, main eventing pay per views and becoming some of the biggest stars of the company.
Becky Lynch, Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair made history as the first women to ever main event Wrestlemania. It was a historic moment for a company that just years earlier had paraded the women around as nothing but a bathroom break until the real wrestling would begin.
Thanks to the men in charge like John Laurinaitis and the feminist icon Vince McMahon, the Women’s division was treated like absolute garbage and the women had no chance to become stars in the company outside of posing for Playboy.
With the recent return of John “Johnny Ace” Laurinaitis at the helm of the women’s division, as the year rolls in 2022 the women’s division is looking as bleak as ever. During his reign in the mid 2000s, he ignored talented women wrestlers, instead signing models and actresses who, allegedly, would sleep with him for opportunities. This is rumoured to include the Bella Twins, which is worse because he later married their mother.
WWE seem to have started following that train of thought again. NXT look to be hiring non-wrestlers, like actresses or models and pushing them into prominent positions. Previously, WWE had hired a litany of wrestlers who had spent years and even decades on the independent scene, with the likes of Tegan Nox and Candace LaRae being notable acquisitions.
The women have shown that they can main event pay per views just as easily as the men. Since Bayley and Sasha Banks first took the crown as the main event of NXT Takeover in 2015, seeing a pair of women battling out in the main event of a WWE show has not even been an event. It is the new norm, and very much for the better.
Top women’s match regularly go upwards of 20 minutes and feature as much action and drama as their male counterparts. However, Johnny Ace in his new role seems certain to take away this progress. Women’s matches have got shorter and shorter under his reign.
WWE introduced their first ever female equivalent to their “King of the Ring” tournament earlier this year. Zelina Vega was crowed the “Queen’s Crown” winner in a tournament which was enjoyed by literally no-one, with the final taking place in Saudi Arabia as Vince McMahon counted his drug money.
You would think that a women’s tournament was a step forward. However, it was anything but. Despite featuring a number of high-profile talent, the entire tournament featured less than 20 minutes in ring action. The average match lasted just over 2 minutes.
It’s a throwback to the Ruthless Aggression style of women’s wrestling. 2 minute matches to split up the men’s matches and give the fans a break. Vince McMahon and Johnny Ace seem determined to ruin everything they have built with the women’s division, and with the amount of releases this year of prominent, heavily featured women’s talent, it surely does feel that way.
WWE Women’s released under John Laurinaitis
Releasing a huge amount of talent that could be main eventers like these women is unforgivable. WWE seem determined to ruin the division they built, and people are starting to take notice. This includes WWE wrestlers, including Carmella who liked the tweet below.