WWE Announces Women's Championship Will Replace Divas Title

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 3, 2016

COLOGNE, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 11: Charlotte during WWE Road to WrestleMania at the Lanxess Arena on February 11, 2016 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Marc Pfitzenreuter/Getty Images)
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The butterfly belt is officially dead. WWE Hall of Famer Lita unveiled the new Women's Championship belt during the WrestleMania 32 pre-show on Sunday.

The new belt resembles the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, albeit with a slightly different color scheme. Chairman Vince McMahon posted a photo on Twitter:

Vince McMahon @VinceMcMahon

WWE continues to evolve. #WomensChampionship #WrestleMania https://t.co/FQFBAQ0osE

WWE also shared a clip of the official unveiling:


WWE Hall of Famer @AmyDumas unveils the NEW @WWE #WomensChampionship at #WrestleMania! https://t.co/enO2ESRlBq

The first recipient of the Women's Championship will be the winner of WrestleMania's Triple Threat match between Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch and reigning Divas champion Charlotte. Both Sasha and Becky tweeted out their reactions:

$asha Banks @SashaBanksWWE

This is all I've ever wanted! #history #WWEWomensChampionship https://t.co/v0egdJ1HPv

Rebecca Quin @BeckyLynchWWE

There it is. It's time to make history #WomensChampionship #WrestleMania https://t.co/3P902ZwKg2

The move appears to be in line with the company's push to elevate women's wrestling following the success of the Four Horsewomen in NXT.

Bleacher Report's Mike Chiari believes the Women's Championship does just that:

Mike Chiari @MikeChiari

Really like the new #WWE Women's Championship! Massive improvement. Makes it feel that much more legit #WrestleMania

While the new title is a step in the right direction, WWE will need to continue allowing women's wrestling to grow organically, and that will only be done by giving it meaningful time on WWE programming and creating compelling stories that draw in fans.

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One of the problems the Divas Revolution has failed so far was that it failed to maintain any of the momentum it created after Sasha, Charlotte and Becky debuted on the July 13, 2015, episode of Raw:

The company shuffled all the Divas into random teams and never created any sort of stakes for the wrestlers involved. Wrestling for wrestling's sake isn't always a bad thing, but it can't be the default storyline on a weekly basis.

That should be changing, though, as WWE shifts the focus of women's wrestling to the Four Horsewomen, as well as Paige, Emma and Eva Marie, all of whom have history of some sort with one another from their days in NXT.

On Sunday, the spotlight will be on Sasha, Charlotte and Becky as they usher in a new era in WWE.

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