But standing with those two high profile mens matches was the NXT Women's Championship match between Paige and Emma—two of the brightest stars in NXT, not just in the women's division, but of the entire show. Both women have carved out an excellent following from the Full Sail Faithful, and their contests have been viewed as equally significant as the men's matches, something that basically never happens on RAW. Since Emma already got called up at the start of 2014, we're going to focus on Paige in this Scouting Talent, but I will have more to say about Emma later on.
|So very, very ugly.|
And Paige's wrestling is definitely worth seeing. She has more talent than all the main roster divas bar AJ and Natalya, and her bouts with Emma and Nattie on NXT have been very good matches, and compared to the tripe that is served up on the main roster, they are exceptional. Paige's repertoire of moves is both viscous and technical; chucking her opponents around by their hair before locking them in a Texas Cloverleaf or a Scorpion Cross Lock—a crazy-looking hold which she used to put away Emma at NXT ArRival (picture below). She's a joy to watch because her rough, tough 'Anti-Diva' character comes across in what she does in the ring. Her promos are decent and back up the character, but it's in the ring where she shines, and that's really all I ever want in a wrestler.
|Paige vs Emma at NXT ArRival. Ouch.|
But maybe I'm being too positive and getting ahead of myself. This is the WWE we're talking about, and since when have they presented women in a positive, non-objectified role? Emma got called up to the main roster at the beginning of this year, but she was presented as comedy fodder, not a competitor. When the bell rings in NXT, Emma gets somewhat serious. She still does some dancing in her taunts, but she's also very proficient in the ring with some seriously awesome moves, especially her 'Dil-Emma' Tarantula. But on RAW and Smackdown, Emma never goes further than 'dancing goof'. There's still time to turn that around of course, but first impressions mean a lot. Just ask Xavier Woods.
I have very little doubt that Paige will get called up to the main roster, although WWE may want to wait until she is a little older. At 21, Paige is seriously good for her age, but you can see why they may want to give her some more experience and maturity before heading out on the road full-time. So for now, enjoy Paige as she is in NXT; an arse-kicker, a fighter, and a champion. And then just cross your fingers and hope that the main roster will treat her right, because Paige has the potential to change the WWE Women's Division for the better.
What do you think the future holds for Paige, and the Divas Division as a whole? Leave your opinion below, because it'd be great to hear your opinions on women's wrestling and its role in WWE.