Back on July 13th during an episode of Monday Night Raw, the women’s division truly took a turn for the better. It was the main roster debut of Sasha Banks, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch, which was the start of the incredible “women’s revolution”.
This led to the term ‘diva’ being wiped from WWE’s vocabulary, more women’s matches main eventing shows, and finally, the proper recognition these incredibly talented superstars deserved. But recently, the women’s division has slowly started to go downhill again. It seems that the WWE writing team forgets that they have to write something for Smackdown Live, so all we get is a rehashed version of what took place on Raw. Of course, I’m referring to ‘Absolution’ and ‘Riott Squad’.
First of all, it’s very clear that both of these factions are meant to be female versions of ‘The Shield’, which I am totally alright with. It’s cool to see a different, way more aggressive side to the women’s division. The problem that seems to be consistent over the past few weeks ever since the debut of these two factions is that nearly identical storylines take place during the same week for both teams.
Take this past week for example, where both teams found themselves beating up on a single superstar, on Raw it was Asuka and on Smackdown it was Charlotte. Then, on both shows, the rest of the women’s locker room came down to the ring and beat up the faction. If you play the segments side by side, they are basically the exact same.
Even though both factions look and feel the same, I still think there is great potential for both. What needs to happen, however, is some more creativity between the two, something that helps us differentiate them. We are dealing with six young, talented females who could be the resurgence that this WWE women’s division needs right now. It just frustrates me that week after week, the writers seem to be hitting copy and paste from Raw to Smackdown Live.
There needs to be an established difference between ‘Absolution’ and ‘Riott Squad’, because if they eventually face off against each other, then how will anyone know who to cheer for? I’m not saying the superstars within the teams need to change, they are all great. What I’m saying is that there needs to be two different storylines between them. Or at least don’t make them virtually identical every week. And can someone please explain to me why Ruby Riott added an extra ‘T’ to her last name when she debuted? It still confuses me greatly!
By: Patrick Gallagher
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