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Has AEW Under Delivered With Its Women’s Division This Year?
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Hello! Today, I’ll be speaking concerning the AEW Women’s Division and the explanations behind the promotion under delivering on its potential. There have been three champions for the reason that World Women’s Championship was launched in October 2019; together with Riho, Nyla Rose and Hikaru Shida. Kenny Omega is in charge of reserving and scouting expertise for the division. After newest free agent Deonna Purrazzo signed with Impact Wrestling earlier this year, some fans questioned why AEW had not signed her. Omega responded with the next:

Now, there isn’t a denying that AEW has produced some nice women’s wrestling since its inception. The high quality at its peak is just not what’s at dispute right here. The problem I find is in its lack of consistency. Not solely that, but there isn’t much to say about character development. The solely woman in AEW who has seen appreciable character development this year, is Britt Baker after she turned heel.

She has since involved Tony Schiavone and Rebel in her antics, even throughout a time when she suffered a knee injury in May. And then we have the ‘Nightmare Collective’, which was a catastrophe because everyone knows it was about getting Brandi Rhodes over and nobody bought it. Also, the secure was too comparable to the Dark Order. Awesome Kong was most likely the one advantage of it, but the hair slicing factor was lame and didn’t make sense.

**I don’t see Dark, so my opinions below are from watching Dynamite & PPVs. I’m already watching lots every week**

Let’s breakdown a list of all of the AEW Women’s Wrestlers who will not be referred to as Britt Baker, Jade Cargill, or is a former champion:

Abadon

With comparisons to Impact’s Rosemary, there may be loads of room for a darkish character like Abadon. The challenge although, lies with throwing her out on to TV with completely zero back story. Why is she this way? Does she talk? What’s her motivation? She appears to be like freaky and may work a match, but why ought to we care? Give us one thing to take away. Last month, she was injured in a match with Tay Conti, which didn’t make it to air and was replaced by one thing else.


Allie

AEW’s dealing with of her frustrates me because I saw what she’s succesful of in Impact. She’s nice at enjoying a personality, but she’s by no means allowed to talk. Allie began out as “The Bunny”, then with a short clarification she left her husband (The Blade) to go off with QT Marshall and form a workforce with Brandi Rhodes. I can’t bear in mind why.

She has since left the Nightmare Family to return to The Butcher & The Blade as “The Bunny” with no clarification. I kinda wish she was back in Impact with Rosemary, who gave her the nickname to begin with. Anyone who hasn’t seen Allie before AEW, they may have no idea what she can do… regardless of being with the corporate for the reason that starting.

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Anna ’99’ Jay & Tay Conti

There’s lots of potential in Anna Jay, but since becoming a member of the Dark Order she hasn’t been seen much. She formally joined the secure in August, but has solely labored two matches on Dynamite. I get that she’s 22 and the corporate doesn’t want to overexpose her simply but, but the division needs selection.

This week, Anna was given time to lower a backstage promo with John Silver; which I feel was the first time that’s occurred since she signed a contract in April? And why the number 99? Wouldn’t 98 make more sense as it’s her start year? At this point, all we are able to say about Anna Jay is that she’s fairly. As for Tay Conti, I was a giant fan of hers on NXT, but she hasn’t been round long sufficient in AEW to form an opinion. The truth her match with Abadon didn’t make it to air because of an injury, is undoubtedly going to damage her progress.


Big Swole

One of the few wrestlers who has loved some success this year. Since beating Britt Baker in “Tooth & Nail” at All Out, she had a win on Dynamite towards Serena Deeb, and a loss to Hikaru Shida in a title match. She’s bursting with life and character, but once more, is one other who isn’t given the time to get over as a personality.

Much of this stems from the truth that AEW’s roster is over-bloated (which I hoped wouldn’t occur once they began up), so discovering the consistency and time to mildew characters throughout the board is just not AEW’s robust point. In truth, I’d say Impact & NXT do a better job of this. And as far as I’m conscious, Dark is only a bunch of matches? And it not often has any story parts to it? Correct me if I’m wrong.

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Brandi Rhodes

Where do I begin? She’s most likely one of the worst wrestlers on the roster in phrases of athleticism and psychology. Yet, I imagine she will get too much unfounded hate. It could possibly be the way she comes throughout generally, but the actual fact she’s in a position of energy makes it more durable to have her as a draw within the women’s division. It’s not the identical for Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks or Kenny Omega, because they had been already over elsewhere long before AEW.

So until Brandi goes to one other firm and proves she can do it fully on her own? Then it’s at all times going to be troublesome for the fans to imagine she has earned her spot, and never simply because of her position and who she’s married too. She has admitted to a lack of expertise, which she’s working on in her spare time. But there’s lots of proficient women on the market who have been doing it longer and are more deserving of the airtime.

Brandi has her makes use of although, she’s fairly good at promoting, saying, and enjoying ancillary roles. I’d like to see her focus on her strengths, and if she actually wants to be a wrestler? Ring up Billy Corgan and ask him if he can take her on for his women’s division; with zero preferential therapy. At least that way, she can achieve expertise doing this on her own. But one thing tells me she’s too busy to do one thing like this.


Diamante & Ivelisse

These two have what it takes to be mainstays in AEW, but what the hell occurred with that tag workforce cup? It was so under the radar that they solely confirmed the tournament matches on YouTube? We had been fortunate sufficient to get the final on Dynamite, but what have the winners finished since then? Why have a tag workforce tournament in the event that they aren’t going to introduce Women’s Tag Team Championships down the road? Looking on the members, they got Ariane Andrew (Cameron) to workforce with Nyla Rose, and the opposite teams had been simply thrown collectively. It was poor and they need to really feel unhealthy.

Impact Wrestling reveals us how to construct correct women’s tag teams, they usually have began a tag workforce tournament to crown new champions. Many of these teams have been collectively for months with appreciable time spent constructing their characters; or at the least have teamed collectively on the independents. Please… don’t put a women’s tag workforce cup collectively in the event you don’t have any viable teams for it. Or in the event you do, at the least give the winners one thing to sink their enamel in to afterward.

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Emi Sakura & Yuka Sakazaki

There isn’t much AEW may do with them. Because of the pandemic, many Japanese skills have gone home to be with their households; together with Riho. Kairi Sane seemingly left WWE for a similar motive, though it was reported she also felt home sick. It’s unlucky for AEW, because they had finished well to safe a number of Japanese skills, and everyone knows Kenny Omega has what it takes to keep them motivated, having lived over there for so long.


Kris Statlander

I have to admit that they had finished an spectacular job with Kris Statlander. She looked as if she may turn into the next AEW Women’s Champion, but an ACL injury in June ensured this wouldn’t go ahead. You know, once I say AEW has under delivered with its women’s division, I’m not saying it prefer it’s totally their fault. Injuries and the pandemic have played an enormous position on this, and you may’t blame anybody for not having the profit of hindsight. My solely gripe is that I wish they had given Statlander more time to communicate, because this character has limitless potential.

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Leva Bates

Remember Blue Pants? Or when she was voted in by fans to be The Librarian? Whatever occurred to her support? And how come she has solely wrestled 3 times this year? It’s unknown why she hasn’t finished much recently, but at the least Peter Avalon is a regular on Dark. I don’t watch Dark although… so I assume that’s my loss?

She won’t be the best wrestler on the market, but I do suppose AEW may do more with Leva Bates’ pure charisma. I feel she ought to drop the librarian factor and go out on her own.


Mel & Red Velvet

Once the Nightmare Collective factor ended, so did Mel’s push. She hasn’t modified much since that time, and it’s unusual because the women’s division is lacking heels. So why not use her for a program with Shida? Or are they simply going to keep on reusing Britt Baker and Nyla Rose time and time once more?

As for Red Velvet, she’s nonetheless very new and needs time to develop. There’s potential although, which I hope isn’t squandered. Like so many others, they’re caught on Dark ready for his or her likelihood.


Penelope Ford

Here’s one other woman who I look at and suppose… wow, she’s attractive. She can wrestle. And there are potential storylines together with her future husband Kip Sabian. So why is she not getting used? It appears to be a typical theme that much of the women’s division is caught on episodes of Dark and/or are in manager roles. They are secondary to the men, who’re taking up at the least 90% of each Dynamite and PPV. Compare this to WWE or Impact, it’s not wherever close to sufficient.

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Shanna

Not utilizing Shanna is one of the largest head scratches for me, because she’s superb! But she hasn’t wrestled since March, so the one factor I can deduce is that she returned home to Portugal to be together with her family through the pandemic. In late September, she made the next tweet:

I really feel your vitality people!!! Genki getting greater and greater antecipating my comeback to @AEWrestling! 💪 pic.twitter.com/mpQxSkyu84


Thunder Rosa & Serena Deeb

I’m on the fence with bringing them in because on one hand, sure… AEW’s Women’s Division is lacking. On the opposite, taking airtime away from these under contract is counter productive, absolutely? They also introduced in Allysin Kay, but she has but to debut on Dynamite. They have reached some settlement with Billy Corgan to permit the NWA Women’s Championship to be defended. Hikaru Shida got a win over Thunder Rosa, who was the NWA Women’s Champion on the time.

So it has helped to show AEW’s title is superior, but it also reveals the corporate is sorely lacking appropriate challengers for Shida. And they aren’t taking the time to construct them up both, because it’s simpler to bring in expertise from elsewhere. I like the liberty AEW has on this regard, but I wouldn’t blame anybody for saying that bringing in NWA expertise comes on the expense of these working on Dark.


Social Media Feedback

After asking our customers how they really feel concerning the AEW Women’s Division, I can summarize some key points right here:

  • It needs work, but they will’t ignore it. They might need to decide up new expertise to replace these they aren’t utilizing, if that’s what it takes.
  • There’s a division? AEW had to take the champion and challenger of one other firm to make it considerably related once more.
  • The weakest division in AEW, while NXT has one of the strongest (this week saw NXT feature three women’s matches with Io Shirai vs. Rhea Ripley as the primary event for the Women’s Championship; while AEW booked a NWA Women’s title match with none of their expertise).
  • AEW are doing nice with the tag teams and men’s divisions, but they’re failing the women. Impact and the NWA have finished a way better job this year.
  • Some customers merely labelled it “Trash”, “It Still Sucks”, and “Meh”.

Conclusion

Counting up the absentees who can’t be there by no fault of AEW, I rely six (7 in the event you embrace Kong) out of a possible 23 under contract. That’s not together with unbiased free brokers or NWA crossovers. So it’s not like AEW is severely lacking options… it’s simply selecting not to use them. Instead, they have focused on constructing the tag workforce division, TNT division, and title contenders for Jon Moxley. It jogs my memory of how wrestling used to be within the late 90’s. They plug the “AEW Heels” idea for feminine fans, all of the while displaying they aren’t focusing on women’s wrestling. I’m sorry, but it’s not sufficient for me.

I can forgive the truth that they have been a sufferer of circumstance with the pandemic and sudden injuries, but there may be more that may be finished right here. It’s exhausting constructing new stars, but in the event that they want it to be nearer to Impact or NXT, then they need to reserve more time on Dynamite. That’s the place the world is watching, and I’d love to see more equality throughout the board. Who do you suppose they need to push? And what would you narrow back on to give the AEW Women’s Division more of a highlight to shine? Please let me know within the feedback and thanks for taking the time. Have a pleasant day.

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