When Bayley defends the NXT Women's Championship for the first time against Sasha Banks at TakeOver on Oct. 7, their 30-minute Iron Man match will be the main event of the show.
This is what the WWE’s Divas Revolution should have been all along.
It’s easy for Stephanie McMahon and WWE Creative to throw around the words “Divas Revolution,” but what is being presented on Raw and SmackDown every week is nothing more than a glorified version of the way women have been presented by the company for years.
Wrestling fans want the women to be treated equally. The WWE Universe wants longer singles matches between competent in-ring workers with a convincing story behind it, not several matches under five minutes that do not benefit any of the participants. If this is the revolution we’re getting, it will never work in the long run.
That’s where Bayley and Banks come into the picture as saviors.
The matchup between the current and former NXT Women's champions is important for several different reasons. Not only will this be the first women’s match to main event a TakeOver special, but it will be also the first women’s Iron Man match in the history of WWE’s developmental system.
Iron Man matches are almost always saved for the best technical wrestlers in the sport, and the fact that the creative team at NXT is giving these two Superstars the room to make an instant classic is what it will take for the Divas Revolution to truly get off the ground.
The fans have already seen these women pull off the Match of the Night at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn, and there is no doubt that they will leave it all on the mat and take advantage of the opportunity presented to them.
What has made the battle between Bayley and Banks so great thus far, and what will make it great heading into the next TakeOver event, is storytelling.
Instead of adding several new women onto the WWE roster at the same time and justifying the move with the words “Divas Revolution,” the creative team at NXT has been able to build characters for each performer, thus allowing the fans to take sides in the confrontation.
The storyline for the championship is not complicated, either. As one of the most basic angles a wrestling company can run, the arrogant heel threatening to take down the lovable face is a tried-and-true storytelling mechanism. It may be simplistic, but with a commitment to the proper development of characters, this would work every time, including with the talented women on WWE’s main roster.
What is being presented in the storyline between Bayley and Banks for the NXT Women’s Championship is what the Divas Revolution should be all about. Once Nikki Bella is done as the Divas champion, the hope is that the real stars of the division will be able to shine.
It all starts with Bayley and Banks opening more eyes at TakeOver in October.
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