Ever since #GiveDivasAChance started trending a year ago, people have been clamouring for women in WWE to be given more of a shot. This, coupled with the incredible work of the Women in WWE's NXT brand, in particular The Four Horsewomen, has caused WWE to really take notice and begin to change their stance on Women, or as they used to be called, "Divas". Eagle Eyed WWE fans will notice that on WWE's website if you look on their Superstars page, Women are no longer classed as "Divas" and are simply classed as Superstars along with the men.
Lets start off by going back to Wrestlemania 32 in Dallas. A few days before The Show of Shows kicked off news leaked that WWE had designed a new championship belt for their female athletes and were also doing away with the term Diva's the night after Wrestlemania on RAW. This was met with pretty unanimous applause from everybody on Social Media. Fast forward a few hours to before the show started and news started to filter through that WWE were actually going to do the big reveal on their Kickoff Show and low and behold they did. Lita, former Women's Champion and one of the biggest female names in WWE history unveiled the new belt in the second hour of the kick-off show.
Again, the news and the design of the belt itself was met with extremely positive reviews. Later that night, three of the four women who began to change the perception of Women's Wrestling in the WWE battled for the top prize in the Women's division and the process made history. Not only was arguably the best match of the night but they proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that they could hang with anybody else in the WWE.
So where do WWE go from here? Well Charlotte is the Womens Champion and it looks like she's set for a clash with Natalya at the next WWE PPV. Personally I'm looking forward to this one. Anyone who watched Roadblock a couple of weeks before Wrestlemania will know that these two have excellent chemistry in the ring. They've also gone at it in an NXT ring which is a match that I thoroughly recommend you go and watch if you haven't already. But with Charlotte facing Natalya, what about Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch? Are they in danger of falling back into the mix with everyone else?
The short answer is no. WWE have openly stated in the past couple of days that Women will continue to be a priority for them. This means we will most likely see more than one feud heading into Payback next month. Sasha will most likely be one of the names picked for that feud. She is not only the most loved person in the Women's division right now but also in WWE as a whole. People admire everything about her, from her In-ring ability to her love of the business and it's Icons such as the late great Eddie Guerrero. Sasha can put on an excellent match with anyone so whoever the WWE pair her with, expect there to be some great TV in the coming weeks.
But what about Becky? Becky Lynch is in danger of becoming the "odd one out". Charlotte is the champion, Sasha is the crowd favourite, so where does that leave Becky? Well she's been cast as the role of Underdog, and she plays the part well. She's almost a female Daniel Bryan in more ways than one. She can work with anyone in the ring, she's very well liked both backstage and by the WWE Universe and she's overlooked in favour of other people. With the Women's division basically being completely new there is a ton of different potential stories for WWE to go through. Casting Becky in the Daniel Bryan role of underdog would be a perfect fit for her. She could continually come so close but have her moment snatched away from her.
While this may cover what could happen with the three participants of the Wrestlemania match, what would happen with the other Women in the division? Well there are many things WWE could do. I have heard plenty of people mention the possibility of bringing in a Tag Team belt for the women but personally I think we need a few more people on the main roster before that happens. The fact is that these Women will still get the chance to further their reputation. Paige has long been considered one of the first to break the trend of being a "Diva" in WWE so it would be a shock if she didn't get some focus over the coming months. Paige is a supremely talented in-ring and microphone worker and she's only 23 if you can believe that so she has plenty of time on her side. Recently before SmackDown tapings she had a match against Emma on Main Event that went on for a solid 10-15 minutes whereas in the past many women didn't even get 5 minutes. This again shows WWE's willingness to change.
Even people like Naomi who are underused by the company will get a bigger spotlight and that's all they need. When given a spotlight to shine in, these women can make their case as to why they should be at the top of the mountain, so don't be surprised if one of them grabs that Brass Ring.