The WWE are certainly keen to heavily promote the “Women’s revolution.” However, our sources have indicated to us that whilst the male Championship matches have been in place for sometime, BOTH female Championship bouts are completely up in the air.
We were the first to exclusively reveal the two male WrestleMania Championship matches. Last March, we broke the news that Brock Lesnar would face Roman Reigns, and re-iterated this over the summer, after Dave Meltzer wrongly claimed that Lesnar vs Reigns would be occurring at SumnerSlam. We followed this up by reporting the plan to do AJ Styles vs Nakamura last April, and then in November, we reported that the match would now be a WWE Championship match, with Nakamura winning the 2018 Royal Rumble. The WWE originally planned to have Jinder Mahal lose the WWE Championship to John Cena at WrestleMania 34. This was canned in November.
This was all very straightforward and booked in good time. However, the women’s division is far from on par with the men, when it comes to concrete booking plans.
Things looked very much set in stone a few months ago. The Horsewomen of MMA were battling The Horsewomen of WWE, Asuka was dethroning Alexa Bliss, and Carmella, having cashed in her Money in the Bank, would be dropping the title to Naomi (most likely in a multi-woman match) and children worldwide would’ve been urged to buy toy Glow Championships, which this time, Mattel would now have manufactured and ready to sell.
However, things took a twist in November, when the WWE ended negotiations with the 2 of the MMA Horsemen, meaning Charlotte Flair and Ronda Rousey were set for a one on one match-up. Things then took another significant twist, when the WWE managed to sign Ronda Rousey to a contract that far exceeded their original expectations. Rousey’s willingness to work multiple dates, sign a long-term deal, be a big part of WWE’s advertising and charity campaigns and most surprisingly, put over other female talent, resulted in the WWE postponing plans to rush into Flair-Rousey, opting to introduce Rousey more gingerly, by having her either face Stephanie McMahon in a one on one match, or by participating in a Mixed tag team match, another story which was exclusively broken by the Dirty Sheets. This would leave Charlotte facing off against Naomi, in a match many fans would consider underwhelming, especially with Becky Lynch also on SmackDown, and capable of having a far better match than Charlotte.
What about now?
After having Bliss vs Asuka pencilled in, as far back as September, the WWE temporarily decided that they were going to go with Bliss vs Nia Jaxx and would pull the trigger on the Charlotte vs Asuka dream match, by moving Asuka over to SmackDown. After losing to Asuka, Charlotte would move back to Raw, and would be in a position to face Rousey later on in the year.
Then Asuka vs Sasha Banks happened
Our sources claim that officials were so high on the Asuka-Banks match, that they have discussed seeing the match again at Mania- despite the fact that the television seems to be indicating a Sasha Banks vs Bayley feud may be on the horizon.
As things stand, NOTHING is set in stone, so much so, that Kurt Angle was scripted to say that Nia Jaxx would be added to a triple threat match at WresteMania, meaning that he was scripted to insinuate that Asuka has already decided that she is challenging the Raw Champion, and that Jaxx will simply be joining. However, could easily be a swerve.
The more things change, the more they stay the same
The current plan, for the major players in this picture, will see, Asuka remaining undefeated, Charlotte going through the Riott Squad, before moving onto a short program with Naomi and Alexa Bliss retaining her Raw Women’s Championship at the Elimination Chamber. Although, I wouldn’t be stunned to see Sasha Banks win the Championship and face Bayley at WrestleMania, as there are definitive plans in place to turn Banks heel. If the WWE do decide to pull the trigger with a Banks turn, it’s certain to be a big deal, given the merchandise sales they would sacrifice. The Sasha Banks situation perfectly reflects how clouded the situation currently is.
And if that’s not confusing enough
To add to all of the above, the WWE have also discussed adding a Women’s Battle Royal, as a way to get all the other women onto the card, and to counteract the men’s Andre the Giant Battle Royal. This is a terrible idea.
My prediction is that the company will opt to go with Charlotte Flair vs Asuka and Sasha Banks vs Bayley. These will be the best matches they can deliver, in terms of build-up and in-ring execution. After that, let’s hope we don’t get a battle royal. The WWE really need to realise that sometimes, “less is more.”