Last Sunday, October 30, WWE fans in Boston witnessed history, as for the first time ever, two women fought inside Hell in a Cell, which also headlined that evening’s pay-per-view. Sasha Banks and Charlotte fought it out inside the cell for the WWE Women’s Championship, a title that has gained more prestige than any other women’s title, and much of that is because of these two women. Charlotte won the match after hitting Banks with the Natural Selection, thus winning back the Women’s Title.
This reception of this match was mixed, as some believed it did not live up to the hype, some say it was everything they expected, and others have actually reported that Banks was legitimately injured during the match, which is why the ending seemed lackluster.
Regardless of the outcome and fans’ opinions, having this match is a huge step for the WWE, and have very significant meaning going forward.
First of all, this shows that women in wrestling can certainly put on a match worthy of being the main event of a PPV. For so many years before, the women’s division in the WWE was put on the top shelf and only used for either ridiculous entertainment, or to help push the storylines of the male talent. Especially since the start of the Attitude Era, women had been more sexualized and edgy, and while that did help the company at the time, the repercussions of using women as, for lack of a better word, objects, is still being seen today. However, with the recent women’s’ revolution, the WWE has done a great job of showing the WWE Universe that the women in the company are just as good as the men – if not better.
Second, it allows the other women in the company to know that they too have the possibility of being in the main event of a PPV. Banks and Charlotte are arguably the top two women in the WWE right now, but there are plenty of women who are not far behind at all, such as Natalya and Becky Lynch. These women, and many others, now have seen that it is possible for women to be the main event, and hopefully the WWE creative team continues to push their importance.
Finally, having women be placed in an event like this, and living up to the hype, means that this is not the ceiling for women’s wrestling. This is certainly a great start and a great showing of how far this division has come, but there is still plenty more that the WWE can do to show the potential of the women in the company. One thought that some fans may have thought of is the possibility of women being the main event at WrestelMania. This would be the ultimate goal for the WWE regarding the women’s division. Even if they are the co-main event, that would still be a very significant step.
After the Hell in a Cell PPV, there now is no limit to what the women in the WWE can accomplish. At this point, it seems that the WWE itself is the only thing that can hinder the progress of the division, so hopefully they continue to feed the women’s revolution with legitimate stories and quality booking. Either way, this last main event will be looked back on as a huge moment in the history of women in the WWE.
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