By Graham "GSM" Matthews
No, this isn't RJ Marceau, this is in fact Graham "GSM" Matthews, and while I hate to steal his gimmick in writing about women's wrestling, I was too excited about the idea of this feud to hold off any longer (plus, I'm always down to put out exclusive content for my own website, of course).
At any rate, I'm really digging the direction of WWE's women's division at the moment, ever since WrestleMania 32. Technically, I've been fully invested in what the women have been doing since the start of the year when Charlotte and Becky Lynch first feuded over the Divas Championship, but it wasn't just recently that WWE finally dropped the dreaded "Diva" moniker and are now referring to their lovely ladies as women again, and rightfully so. That development was huge for women's wrestling and was a long time coming. Going forward, it looks like Charlotte will be setting her sights on Natalya heading into Payback coming off their first championship clash this past week on Raw.
Well, where do Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch go from here? They were prominently featured on WWE TV in the months preceding The Show of Shows and now find themselves on the outside looking in. I have a strong feeling we'll be seeing Sasha go back after Charlotte's prize possession in time for SummerSlam in a few months, but I'd hate to see Lynch fade off into obscurity. As RJ and myself have said time and time again, she has done an incredible job of organically getting herself over with the audience as of late and none of that momentum should go to waste.
As seen on last week's SmackDown, it might not have to. Sporting a nasty shiner from the tremendous Triple Threat title match, Lynch spoke to Renee Young backstage about falling short of victory on the grandest stage of them all and how that affected her title aspirations. She was soon interrupted by one Emma, who recently resurfaced on WWE TV after spending a near-year away in NXT. The two traded jabs and made pun jokes, but it was evident that there was still some bad blood there stemming from their days in the business before they arrived in WWE.
The segment was short, sweet and to the point, just the way I like it, giving me hope for a future feud between them, hopefully sooner rather than later. Apparently, it was more than a one-off because while neither of them were on Raw this week, Lynch was interviewed by Rich Brennan on WWE's YouTube page afterward and spoke about seeking vengeance on Emma and how it is not yet over between them. I absolutely love that we might be on the verge of getting a real rivalry in the women's division that isn't over a championship.
If you haven't been watching NXT on the regular, you should be, but that's an article for another day. The point I'm trying to make is that Emma's evolution (or should I say, Emmalution?) as a heel in NXT has been so fun to watch. With losses versus Bayley and Asuka, her win-loss record is less-than-stellar (though do you remember that time she won a match by accident in Brooklyn?), but her persona is phenomenal. It's almost the polar opposite of the clumsy, bubbly Emma from two years ago. Her character development has been fantastic and it was high time she returned to the main stage.
I don't see Emma or Becky going after the gold again any time soon, but they deserve to be back in title contention at some point down the line. In the meantime, pairing them together in a feud is beneficial not only to them but the growing division on the whole. Needless to say, the matches would be solid and it would be great if they landed a spot on the Payback card, even if it was on the Kickoff show. Either way, a potential program pitting these two beauts against each other is just another reason to be optimistic about the immediate future of WWE's women's division.
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