The following is the latest in a new series of weekly in-depth articles exclusive to PWTorch which will help put in perspective major wrestling promotions with a weekly overview, looking at news and roster developments, results, future line-ups, social media activity, key interviews, plus a timely commentary at the end. We will be featuring similar features on other promotions each week and each will be updated weekly.
•Top Stories of the Week
- Fightful.com reported this week that WWE will make their return to Saudi Arabia on May 3, 2019. Fightful credited The Wrestling Observer as first reporting that WWE would be returning to Saudi Arabia in May and November of 2019. SOURCE
- WWE teases a birthday celebration and the return of Ric Flair to Raw in three weeks in Atlanta.
•WWE Weekly Event Results
WWE Live Event – Raw Roster (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) 2/1/19
(1) Bobby Roode & Chad Gable (c) defeated The Revival
(2) Nikki Cross beat Tamina
(3) Apollo Crews defeated Elias
(4) Braun Strowman beat Baron Corbin
(5) Heath Slater, Rhyno, & Titus O’Neil defeated Rezar & The Ascension (w/ Drake Maverick)
(6) Bayley & Natalya defeated The Riott Squad (Ruby Riott & Sarah Logan w/ Liv Morgan)
(7) Bobby Lashley (w/ Lio Rush) beat Finn Balor & Drew McIntyre
WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster (Vancouver, British Columbia) 2/2/19
(1) The New Day beat The Bar
(2) Jeff Hardy defeated Shelton Benjamin
(3) Carmella & Kairi Sane beat The IIconics
(4) R-Truth (c) beat Rusev & Shinsuke Nakamura in a Triple-Threat match to retain the United States Championship
(5) Asuka (c) defeated Charlotte to retain the Smackdown Women’s Championship
(6) Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows beat Sanity
(7) Rey Mysterio beat Andrade
(8) Daniel Bryan defeated Mustafa Ali & Samoa Joe to retain the WWE Championship
WWE Live Event – Raw Roster (Regina, Saskatchewan) 2/2/19
(1) Bobby Roode & Chad Gable beat The Revival
(2) Nikki Cross defeated Tamina
(3) Apollo Crews beat Elias
(4) Braun Strowman defeated Baron Corbin
(5) Rhyno, Heath Slater, & Titus O’Neil defeated The Ascension & Rezar
(6) Bayley & Natalya beat The Riott Squad (Ruby Riott & Sarah Logan w/ Liv Morgan)
(7) Bobby Lashley (w/ Lio Rush) (c) defeated Dean Ambrose, Drew McIntyre, & Finn Balor to retain the Intercontinental Championship
WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster (Spokane, Wash.) 2/3/19
(1) The New Day beat The Usos & The Bar
(2) Jeff Hardy defeated Shelton Benjamin
(3) Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows beat (Eric Young & Alexander Wolfe)
(4) Daniel Bryan (c) defeated Samoa Joe & Mustafa Ali
(5) Carmella & Kairi Sane beat The IIconics
(6) R-Truth (w/ Carmella) (c) beat Rusev (w/ Lana) & Shinsuke Nakamura to retain the United States Championship
(7) Asuka (c) beat Charlotte to retain the Smackdown Women’s Championship
WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster (Yakima, Wash.) 2/4/19
(1) The New Day (Big E & Kofi Kingston) beat Sanity (Alexander Wolfe & Eric Young)
(2) Jeff Hardy defeated Shelton Benjamin
(3) Daniel Bryan (c) beat Mustafa Ali & Samoa Joe
(4) The Usos defeated The Bar & Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows
(5) R-Truth (w/ Carmella) (c) beat Rusev (w/ Lana) & Shinsuke Nakamura to retain the United States Championship
(6) Asuka beat Charlotte to retain the Smackdown Women’s Championship
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•WWE TV Match Results
Monday Night Raw TV Results 2/4/19
(1) Ronda Rousey defeated Liv Morgan (w/ Ruby Riott & Sarah Logan)
(2) Ronda Rousey beat Sarah Logan (w/ Ruby Riott & Liv Morgan)
(3) The Revival defeated Heavy Machinery, The B-Team, & Lucha House Party to become number one contenders for the Raw Tag Team Championships when Dash Wilder pinned Bo Dallas
(4) Bayley & Sasha beat Alicia Fox & Nikki Cross to qualify for the Elimination Women’s Tag Team Championship match when Bayley pinned Alicia Fox
(5) Elias defeated Jeff Jarrett (w/ Road Dogg)
(6) Finn Balor beat Lio Rush (w/ Bobby Lashley)
(7) EC3 beat Dean Ambrose
(8) Drew McIntyre & Baron Corbin defeated Kurt Angle & Braun Strowman via Disqualification when Strowman hit Corbin while Strowman was not the legal man in the match
Smackdown Live TV Results 2/5/19
(1) Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev (w/ Lana) beat Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows when Rusev pinned Karl Anderson
(2) Randy Orton defeated Mustafa Ali
(3) Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville defeated Naomi & Carmella and The IIconics when Mandy Rose pinned Naomi
(4) Jeff Hardy beat Daniel Bryan via Disqualification when Rowan attacked Hardy
205 Live Results (Aired on WWE Network) 2/5/19
(1) The Brian Kendrick beat Mike Kanellis (w/ Maria Kanellis)
(2) Akira Tozawa beat Cedric Alexander, Lio Rush, & Humberto Carillo to become number one contender for the Cruiserweight Championship
WWE Main Event (Aired on Hulu and WWE Network) 2/7/19
(1) Natalya defeated Lacey Evans
(2) No Way Jose beat Tyler Breeze
Source: WKPWP Post-Raw on-site correspondent
•Upcoming Lineups for Stadium/PPV Events
WWE Elimination Chamber on Feb. 17 from Houston, Tex.
- Women’s Tag Team Elimination Chamber Match – Winners will become the new Women’s Tag Team Champions
- Nia Jax & Tamina vs. The Riott Squad (Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan) vs. Sasha Banks & Bayley vs. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville vs. The IIconics vs. Naomi & Carmella
- Shane McMahon & The Miz (c) vs. The Usos for the Smackdown Tag Team Championships
- Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Samoa Joe vs. Randy Orton vs. Jeff Hardy vs. A.J. Styles vs. Mustafa Ali in an Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship
- Buddy Murphy (c) vs. Akira Tozawa for the Cruiserweight Championship
WWE WrestleMania on April 7 from New York City, N.Y.
- Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Becky Lynch for the Raw Women’s Championship
- Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Seth Rollins for the Universal Championship
Fri. 2/1/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Sasktel Centre, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Sat. 2/2/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Brandt Centre, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Sat. 2/2/19 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Sun. 2/3/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Canalta Centre, Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
Mon. 2/4/19 WWE Raw, Moda Center, Portland, Ore.
Mon. 2/4/19 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Yakima Sundome, Yakima, Wash.
Tue. 2/5/19 WWE Smackdown, Angel of the Winds Arena, Everrett, Wash.
Fri. 2/8/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Sat. 2/9/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Tribute Communities Centre, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
Sat. 2/9/19 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, NIU Convocation Center, Dekalb, Ill.
Sun. 2/10/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, The DOW Event Center, Saginaw, Mich.
Sun. 2/10/19 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, Ind.
Mon. 2/11/19 WWE Raw, Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Mon. 2/11/19 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Canton Civic Center, Canton, Ohio
Tue. 2/12/19 WWE Smackdown, Huntington Center, Toledo, Ohio
Fri. 2/15/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Bert Ogden Arena, Edinburg, Tex.
Sat. 2/16/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Sames Auto Arena, Laredo, Tex.
Sat. 2/16/19 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Rapides Coliseum, Alexandria, La.
Mon. 2/18/19 WWE Raw, Cajundome, Lafayette, La.
Mon. 2/18/19 WWE Live Event, Lake Charles Civic Center, Lake Charles, La.
Tue. 2/19/19 WWE Smackdown, Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, La.
Fri. 2/22/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, First National Bank Arena, Jonesboro, Ark.
Sat. 2/23/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, S.C.
Sat. 2/23/19 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Bancorpsouth Arena, Tupelo, Miss.
Sun. 2/24/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Garrett Coliseum, Montgomery, Ala.
Sun. 2/24/19 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, S.C.
Mon. 2/25/19 WWE Raw, State Farm Arena, Atlanta, Ga.
Mon. 2/25/19 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Savannah Civic Center, Savannah, Ga.
Tue. 2/26/19 WWE Smackdown, Spectrum Center, Charlotte, N.C.
Fri. 3/1/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, WYCC, Salisbury. Md.
Sat. 3/2/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Mark Etess Arena, Atlantic City, N.J.
Sat. 3/2/19 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Target Center, Minneapolis, Minn.
Sun. 3/3/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Eaglebank Arena, Fairfax, Va.
Sun. 3/3/19 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, War Memorial Arena, Syracuse, N.Y.
Mon. 3/4/19 WWE Raw, Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pa.
Mon. 3/4/19 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Westchester County Center, White Plains, N.Y.
Tue. 3/5/19 WWE Smackdown, Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Sat. 3/9/19 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Little Cesars Arena, Detroit, Mich.
Sat. 3/9/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Blue Cross Arena, Rochester, N.Y.
Sun. 3/10/19 WWE Fastlane, Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Mon. 3/11/19 WWE Raw, PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Penn.
Mon. 3/11/19 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Covelli Centre, Youngstown, Ohio
Tue. 3/12/19 WWE Smackdown, Nutter Center, Dayton, Ohio
Fri. 3/15/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Sat. 3/16/19 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Five Flags Center, Dubuque, Iowa
Sat. 3/16/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Fiserv Forum, Milwaukee, Wis.
Sun. 3/17/19 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria, Ill.
Sun. 3/17/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Resch Center, Green Bay, Wis.
Mon. 3/18/19 WWE Raw, Allstate Arena, Chicago, Ill.
Mon. 3/18/19 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, BMO Harris Bank Center, Rockford, Ill.
Tue. 3/19/19 WWE Smackdown, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Ind.
Fri. 3/22/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Cure Insurance Arena, Trenton, N.J.
Sat. 3/23/19 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, First Arena, Elimra, N.Y.
Sat. 3/23/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Adirondack Bank Center, Utica, N.Y.
Sun. 3/24/19 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Keybank Center, Buffalo, N.Y.
Sun. 3/24/19 WWE Live Event – Raw Roster, Mullins Center, Amherst, Mass.
Mon. 3/25/19 WWE Raw, TD Garden, Boston, Mass.
Mon. 3/25/19 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, PPL Center, Allentown, Pa.
Tue. 3/26/19 WWE Smackdown, Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn.
Fri. 3/29/19 WWE Live Event – Supershow, Eastern Kentucky Expo Center, Pikeville, Ky.
Sat 3/30/19 WWE Live Event – Supershow, Wesbanco Arena, Wheeling, W.Va.
Sun. 3/31/19 WWE Live Event – Supershow, Giant Center, Hershey, Pa.
Mon. 4/1/19 WWE Raw, Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
Mon. 4/1/19 WWE Live Event – Smackdown Roster, Berglund Center, Roanoke, Va.
Tue. 4/2/19 WWE Smackdown, Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore, Md.
•Latest TV Highlights
Monday Night Raw
- Stephanie McMahon opened Raw and was immediately interrupted by Becky Lynch. Stephanie tried multiple times to convince Becky to go see the WWE doctors. Becky accused Stephanie of trying to steal her moment, but Stephanie responded by saying it’s for her own safety that she get cleared by doctors before WrestleMania. Stephanie then told Becky if she does not go see the doctors, she would be suspended until she did. Becky again refused and Stephanie announced that she is suspended from WWE. Becky then attacked Stephanie and went to put the Dis-Arm-Her on Stephanie, but couldn’t due to her knee injury.
- Kurt Angle teased a retirement on Raw, but before he could make it official he was interrupted by Baron Corbin and Drew McIntyre. Baron Corbin came out first and after a few insults, Angle threatened to break Corbin’s ankle. McIntyre came out after this mocking Angle for his threat against Corbin. Both men came to ringside and surrounded Angle when Braun Strowman’s music played and he came down to support Angle. In the main event Angle and Strowman teamed against Corbin and McIntyre. The match would end when Braun Strowman was disqualified for hitting Corbin, even though Strowman wasn’t the legal man in the match. After the match they brawled and the brawl ended with Strowman choke slamming Corbin and McIntyre onto the steel steps in the ring and raising Angle’s hand.
- Charlotte opened Smackdown by talking about Becky’s suspension. Charlotte emphasized that she’s perfectly healthy and ready to replace Becky at WrestleMania. As Charlotte pointed at the Wrestlemania sign, a spotlight shined on Becky Lynch who was walking through the crowd just below the sign. When Becky got to the ring, Triple H came down to the ring. Triple H told Charlotte that this situation didn’t concern her and told her to leave. Triple H then told Becky she could end her suspension easily, if she just went to see the doctors. Becky said no again and said she doesn’t trust them. As Triple H attempted to leave the ring, Becky sarcastically asked him how Stephanie was doing after Monday. Triple H reentered the ring and went on a quick rant about how Becky is actually scared of Ronda and she doesn’t want to see the doctors because she’s afraid of Ronda and her injury is a way out of the match. For his comments, Triple H was slapped by Becky. The two had a stare down nose to nose until Becky smirked and walked away.
- Daniel Bryan cleverly plays to his home state crowd. Bryan came out with Rowan for a promo and complimented the Washington crowd because they understand what he’s trying to do, unlike everyone else in the country. Rowan compared himself and Bryan to Galileo because, like him, they are hated for their ideas. Bryan added that management in the back don’t like his ideas and that’s why he’s been put in the Elimination Chamber match. In the main event Bryan took on Jeff Hardy. The match ended after Rowan attacked Hardy. Samoa Joe would then attack Bryan and eventually all six members of the Elimination Chamber match ended up in the ring. As Smackdown ended, Bryan was yelling at Kayla Braxton saying that Rowan is not his bodyguard he is his intellectual peer and that he will be the champion forever because that’s what the planet needs.
•WWE in the Media
– Rusev and Lana were on Chasing Glory with Lilian Garcia this week in part one of a two part interview. They open the interview talking about Lana’s past, being born in America and moving to Russia at the age of five. She talked about the struggles of being the only American in her school in a country where there are many people who hate Americans. Lana says that while growing up in Russia she struggled with her self-image and had different eating disorders because she was shamed into believing she was fat, even though she says now she wasn’t overweight at all. She gets very emotional telling this story including how she used to write hate notes to herself because the culture created that sense of self hate.
They eventually transition to Rusev’s childhood growing up in Bulgaria. He talked about playing a variety of sports and talked about how coaches used to come into his classes in first and second grade to recruit kids to different magnet schools because in Bulgaria (and Russia) they focus heavily on training from an early age to mold kids into these elite professionals in their chosen. Rusev talks about how ultra-competitive he used to be and over time he’s learned to be more relaxed.
Rusev then talks about losing the United States Championship and he says it hurt to lose the title because it’s the first one he ever won in WWE and it also hurts that nobody seems to care about that championship. Rusev dismissively says that the United States Championship is probably going to get lost and quickly adds that he’s probably going to get lost again too. Lilian challenges Rusev when he says that anyone who sticks around on the roster long enough gets lost and Lilian retorts with names like John Cena, A.J. Styles, and Daniel Bryan who haven’t gotten lost. Lilian then asks him to explain why he feels that way and Rusev says that it just feels like no matter what he does it always ends up the same. Lana interjects saying that they refuse to be forgotten and they’ll continue to fight for their careers, saying that this is a very common conversation she and Rusev have. They explain that Rusev is extremely frustrated because he’s dropped over 50 pounds in an effort to get noticed and it hasn’t really worked, Lana notes that if she were Rusev she’d be “pissed” because he should be WWE Champion at some point.
Rusev clarifies saying he won’t stop fighting and isn’t complacent, but he admits he’s frustrated that he’s doing all the right things and still isn’t getting noticed. He said he thought that Rusev Day would’ve been the thing to get him a big push in WWE, but it’s amounted to very little and he doesn’t hide the fact he’s upset about this. He says the push for Rusev Day came a year too late and nobody cares about it anymore. Lana notes that now that Aiden English is no longer paired with them, the Rusev Day/Lana Day gimmick just isn’t the same. She credits English as being a big reason that Rusev Day caught fire as well. Lilian asks why they split English apart from them and Rusev sarcastically says “management had a different vision” in response and he also said they fought as hard as they could to keep the three together. Lilian then notes that this is the “new era” and management claims to be listening to the fans more and very quietly in the background you can hear Rusev dismiss that sentiment.
Lilian stops the interview here noting that they are going to be breaking some news on next week’s podcast and part two of the Lana & Rusev interview. The interview starts at 16:00 and you can listen to it HERE.
•Listen to the latest Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Post-Show – Smackdown Post-Show
PWTorch editor Wade Keller is joined by Mike Chiari from the Ring Rust Radio podcast and Bleacher Report as they discuss WWE Smackdown with live callers first, then an on-site correspondent from Everett, Wash., and then later answering Mailbag questions.They discuss Becky Lynch-Triple H segment, Charlotte as a definitive heel, the latest chapter in Daniel Bryan’s heel character with his return to his home state, the latest Elimination Chamber PPV developments, and more.
•WWE Social Media Highlights
Jack Gallagher posted a really touching video of Hideo Itami on Monday. It’s a short video where Itami and Ariya Daivari are talking in the locker room about their friendship and Hideo’s struggles moving to America from Japan. The video ends with a clip from backstage after Itami’s last match in WWE on 1/29/19, which included everyone applauding him. Shinsuke Nakamura was there to embrace him, and Nakamura even began to cry.
— Gentleman Jack Gallagher (@GentlemanJackG) February 4, 2019
Lana didn’t appreciate Naomi finding a new tag team partner in Carmella.
What the flying CRAP ! I just threw up in my mouth 17000000 times! So much for me having Naomi’s back every weekend on every live event! When you think you have friends like @NaomiWWE & then she picks another ! What a pathetic joke this team is! Glad @WWE_MandyRose pinned you https://t.co/6IO6VOIXQ3
— Lana Day (@LanaWWE) February 6, 2019
Comon Lana you can’t trust someone who has a different tag team partner every week !? 🙄 https://t.co/kfflYasrDE
— Mandy (@WWE_MandyRose) February 6, 2019
— Lana Day (@LanaWWE) February 6, 2019
Becky goes after multiple members of the McMahon family this week. She also takes her obligatory shots at Ronda Rousey and also responds to Triple H’s accusations from Smackdown.
Got some new earrings to match that brass ring I own. https://t.co/9wdxbRgoYW
— The Man (@BeckyLynchWWE) January 30, 2019
“Just heard The Man is coming back to Raw this week” pic.twitter.com/Q9CwhKeQPP
— The Man (@BeckyLynchWWE) February 2, 2019
Enough though I’ve had just 6 singles PPV matches since my WWE debut (Ronnie has 7) – I’ve changed this whole damn business. Overrated? The Man is underrated af. pic.twitter.com/iNmw7uFP39
— The Man (@BeckyLynchWWE) February 4, 2019
Hey Steph, don’t forget to ask your husband how his day went in work. #idonttrustnoneofyou
— The Man (@BeckyLynchWWE) February 6, 2019
10 hours after the Raw invasion, I checked out of the hospital and went to Smackdown to fight again. I fear nothing or no-one. pic.twitter.com/HyiioqBmC7
— The Man (@BeckyLynchWWE) February 6, 2019
The wrestlers of Smackdown had some weather issues in Washington this week and sent out some tweets about it.
This little bad boy right here conquered a mountain that grown men were almost weeping on (not me of course) and I saw DodgeRam2500 ‘s sliding on…
Chevy Cruze you have forever earned my respect ..
Thank you, #TownMaker2000 #SmackDownLive
Everett, WA@LukeGallowsWWE @wwe pic.twitter.com/JC3EwaMoLq
— Karl Anderson (@KarlAndersonWWE) February 5, 2019
Yakima or broke. 🌨 pic.twitter.com/raxc8y0nqI
— Sheamus (@WWESheamus) February 4, 2019
— Sheamus (@WWESheamus) February 5, 2019
— ASUKA / 明日華 (@WWEAsuka) February 5, 2019
Scary situations that myself, @BillieKayWWE @PeytonRoyceWWE & others were in yesterday really makes you realize how strong you can be & what’s truly important in life. We made it & on our way to #SDLive 🙌🏽 big thx to the kind hearted people in Yakima last night on that mountain.
— Zelina Vega (@Zelina_VegaWWE) February 5, 2019
Mustafa Ali shared an image of his swollen eye after his match with Randy Orton on Smackdown this week. It must not be too bad, because Ali came out after that match for the brawl to end Smackdown.
— Mustafa Ali / Adeel Alam (@MustafaAliWWE) February 6, 2019
– Why have rules at all if you aren’t going to stick to them WWE? This is something about WWE that has bothered me for years, but for some reason this week was just exceptionally bad. For the first time in a long time (maybe in company history), a wrestler was disqualified in a tag team match because he hit the legal man from the other team, while he himself was not legal. More specifically, Braun Strowman was disqualified for hitting Baron Corbin on Monday while he wasn’t legal, and I had to restrain myself from screaming at my television. Okay, not really, but I was extremely annoyed. If this is a rule, the WWE hasn’t enforced it in forever and will probably never enforce it again. They didn’t even last 24 hours enforcing the rule because on Smackdown we had the tag team match between Gallows & Anderson and Rusev & Nakamura where both teams had the illegal man hitting the legal man for the other team. I understand they didn’t want anyone to lose in that match, but come on. Why even bother having a rule book if you’re constantly going to ignore it? I may be in the minority on this, but I feel like the rules matter, and if you pick and choose when to enforce them, you’re just making it all up as you go. At times, this definitely feels like the case, but your audience shouldn’t think that’s the case, and the more you do things like change rules on the fly to match what you want to book, the more amateur you look.
– I found it interesting that the Raw women’s tag teams had to qualify for their matches, but the Smackdown teams didn’t. The reason for this is that there aren’t really enough women on Smackdown to be able to have qualifying matches. In my opinion, this should be a bit of a warning sign when it comes to the new women’s tag team championships. There are currently 27 full-time women on the roster. Here is a breakdown of the women’s rosters on each show:
Alexa Bliss, Alicia Fox, Bayley, Dana Brooke, Ember Moon, Liv Morgan, Mickie James, Natalya, Nia Jax, Ronda Rousey, Ruby Riott, Sarah Logan, Sasha Banks, & Tamina
Asuka, Becky Lynch, Billie Kay, Carmella, Charlotte, Lana, Mandy Rose, Naomi, Peyton Royce, Sonya Deville, & Zelina Vega
** Lacey Evans & Nikki Cross are not designated to a show yet.
If the injury bug hits the women’s locker room, there’s not much depth to sustain a women’s tag team division. With two singles titles and the tag team championships, eight people will either be defending the championships or challenging for them at all times. That’s 30% of your roster that’s going to be in the title scene at all times. Let’s say the championships are successfully defended. Those challengers won’t be challenging again typically, and since the automatic rematch is “antiquated,” we can assume that the four that didn’t win the title/successfully defend it will be sent to the “back of the line,” which means four more will need to replace them. So that means that 12 of your 27 women wrestlers will either be involved in a title feud or have just finished up the feud and not in line for it again, which means that 44% of your roster is going to be in the title scene. This doesn’t even take into consideration WWE’s infatuation with multi-person matches!
My fear becomes that the titles are the only stories being told in the women’s division. It already feels that way most of the time, which is disappointing, but by adding more championships, it takes away the ability to tell other stories that don’t revolve around the titles. In an ideal world, adding extra championships will actually get the women on television more because surely they plan on building up the next contenders while the champions are currently in a feud, right? Probably not… Hopefully they have a good plan in place for the women on the main roster, or they have a plan to call up some NXT women after WrestleMania because the lack of depth just really stood out to me when creating the Elimination Chamber match.
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