WrestleMania 31 is in the past, and the long-awaited trip to AT&T Stadium for WrestleMania 32 is underway.
There is no shortage of potential stories that could make this important event special, and put it on the path toward breaking the all-time indoor attendance record. And that is precisely why the WWE should give Divas the chance to headline WrestleMania.
The world is changing for the better. Fans are becoming more open to women’s wrestling. NXT has facilitated this revolution. There is a political and cultural shift happening in this country. Corporate entities are under pressure to show equality in the workforce, and the WWE has already felt the pressure with #GiveDivasAChance. They can get out in front by putting them on a pedestal in historic fashion.
There are two main concerns that jump off the page when this is posed – can they put forth a main event quality match and can they draw.
The first question has been answered by NXT. This new group of women wrestlers are stellar from a technical and storytelling aspect. The WWE roster has also grown over the years. Most notably, Nikki Bella is one of the most improved performers on the entire roster over the last 12 months.
There is enough talent that the WWE could put on a compelling high-level bout with their current female roster. That leads to the second question – can they draw?
With the right creative, yes. More importantly, they do not have to carry the card.
WrestleMania has been carried by the main event in the past, but that time is gone. As Chris Jericho and Daniel Bryan pointed out on Talk Is Jericho the main event is not necessarily the main event anymore. Look at the past WrestleMania’s that the main event was not the focus.
WrestleMania X8 is the first that comes to mind. Chris Jericho vs. Triple H was the main event, but WrestleMania X8 was all about The Rock vs. Hulk Hogan. The very next year was headlined by Brock Lesnar vs. Kurt Angle, but the piece de resistance was the trilogy bout between Steve Austin and The Rock.
Shawn Michaels overshadowed WrestleMania XXIV with Ric Flair, and the next year he did the same with The Undertaker. At WrestleMania XXVII The End of An Era match was the focal point for fans – not John Cena vs. The Miz.
WrestleMania 32 can get away with a Divas Championship main event because of how incredible the card could be. What are some of the speculated options the WWE has on the table?
Brock Lesnar vs. The Rock, a Steve Austin return, The Undertaker vs. Sting retirement match, and still the WWE Championship looms. The card would already be filled to the gills of superstars to draw in the 100,000+ fans. The worry could be that those fans would leave before the main event, and while that is a possibility the WWE can circumvent that with a key, fan-friendly gimmick.
Imagine a 6-woman ladder match for the renamed women’s championship. Fans are not going to leave before witnessing the ladder match. The renaming of the title alone shows they put women and men on equal footing by calling them superstars instead of divas.
Bayley, Charlotte, and Sasha Banks are all ready to be called up to the main roster. Emma and Summer Rae have also shown talent in the ring, but have not been utilized to the best of their ability. Add them into the mix of AJ Lee, Paige, Nikki Bella, Natalya, and Naomi you have a credible list to chose from. Picking six credible women to headline the biggest show of all would not be a difficult task if build right.
Imagine the visual of the show closing with a woman grabbing the championship from the top of the ladder to close the show. The historic moment would garner WWE positive mainstream press, and it would be an inspiring, emotional visual.
It is the perfect way to cap off the historic event in historic fashion. The WWE just has to give them the chance.