The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported many months ago that WWE has plans to make a Women’s tournament for the WWE Network, similar to the Cruiserweight Classic tournament. This was before the Cruiserweight Classic even happened, so it all depended on the success of the CWC.
The CWC turned out to be a huge success, and this fueled the rumours of the Women’s tournament.
The latest update, according to Wrestlingnews.co, is that WWE has already started reaching out to female talents around the world. The plan right now is to have the tapings begin early 2017. While some women were told that the tournament would start January, others were told they needed to be ready by March.
Regardless, it looks like the tournament is officially going to happen. Now the only thing that’s left is the official announcement from WWE themselves.
The report from Wrestlingnews.co went on to state that some of the women have contractual international commitments, and would have to change their booking schedules to make it to the tournament. The tournament is set to air on the WWE Network just like the CWC.
It will be interesting to see the kind of talent that they bring in. The arrival of Io Shirai and Kairi Hojo, the top 2 stars of the STARDOM promotion in Japan, are all but confirmed, so an introduction in the tournament would be great.
However, the WON (Wrestling Observer Nation) stated, that they are set to be coming by April or so, so the first time we may see them is at NXT Takeover: Orlando, which will be taking place the night before Wrestlemania 33.
They usually have a habit of introducing some future debutants that way, like they did for Kana (Asuka) and Bobby Roode, among others.
While the winner won’t be getting a Championship like they did for the CWC, a good trophy is guaranteed. Regardless, relieve the moment when the Divas division officially came to an end:
And here is the inaugural champion Charlotte on the night after she won it: