Is it Time for a WWE all women's pay-per-view?
An idea for how WWE can turn controversy to cash
For the past two years, WWE has found a marketable niche in promoting credible, athletic women's wrestling as a serious entertainment medium. For female Superstars and their growing fan bases, it's a truly remarkable and unprecedented time as the company has pushed its women talent like never before, and though there's been some missteps and mistakes along the way, WWE's "unwavering commitment" to gender equality, made evident through the booking of a women's Royal Rumble, Elimination Chamber and various TV main events, is absolutely admirable.
Thus it came as a surprise to some that the firm would be willing to do business with a country that has openly expressed reservations on having female talent perform in the ring for its Greatest Royal Rumble show.
This minor hiccup aside, women's wrestling is expanding on the independent scene and in WWE the world over. There was even a rumour that the company was considering staging a Stateside all-women's live event to compensate for the girls being left out of the Middle East tour.
Now would be the perfect time for such an event, but why stop at a house show?
In just the past three years, WWE has produced pay-per-views, Network specials and tournaments for its Raw and Smackdown brands individually, its developmental brand, its cruiserweight division, its United Kingdom division and its growing women's division.
Unfortunately, the Mae Young Classic was somewhat marred by the abundant use of inexperienced talent, but this could be easily corrected. A WWE all women's pay-per-view could trim the fat and bill only the top female Superstars in epic dream matches that straddle the companies three major talent pools -- Raw, Smackdown and the televised, nationally-touring portion of NXT.
The show, let's called it WWE No Boys Allowed, could have the feel of an NXT Takeover. It could feature evenly matched opponents in bouts we aren't likely to get any time soon, if ever, and in return for the expenditure, the company could use its own data metrics to gauge whether the women can really draw viewership and ticket sales on their own.
The data analytics from the WWE Network could be an unbiased and objective measure of the women Superstars independent monetary value which could direct the future of the company's plans to continue promoting them.
A Wrestle Mania main event wouldn't be as far-fetched to Vince McMahon if IT employees who extract the numbers could furnish proof that the women are every bit as popular as their male counterparts.
Any real or perceived salary gaps could also be brought into the limelight and corrected upon contract renewals, but most of all, the segment of the WWE Universe that thinks of women's wrestling as more meaningful than just a bathroom break would have a great rallying point to get behind, along the lines of the great Cruiserweight Classic (which was obviously intended for fans that prefer fast, high-flying action over the slower-placed, brawling style).
Who knows, maybe it could become an annual event like TNA Impact's all-female Knockouts pay-per-views.
So let's do a little fantasy booking, shall we? (and I'll go ahead and say I'm leaving out matchups like Charlotte Flair vs. Ronda Rousey, Sasha Banks vs. Bayley part III and Asuka vs. Ember Moon part III that strictly belong at Wrestle Mania or a Big 4 pay-per-view):
-Opening Match: 15-woman Battle Royal featuring NXT developmental talent and ex-WWE "diva" alumni of yesteryear.
-2nd Match: Absolution vs. Riott Squad
-3rd Match: Asuka vs. Kairi Sane
-4th Match: The Bella Twins vs. Billie Kay & Peyton Royce
-5th Match: Naomi vs. Ember Moon
-6th Match: Nia Jax vs. Tamina
-7th Match: Sasha Banks & Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss & Mickie James (2/3 Falls Tag Team Match along the lines of Manami Toyota & Toshiyo Yamada vs. Mayumi Ozaki & Dynamite Kansai in Japan)
-8th Match/Main Event: Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch vs. Ronda Rousey & Natalya (Tag Team Submission Match)
Now that's a stacked card.
We'll have to wait and see if this idea ever comes to fruition.
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