Throughout WrestleMania, fans will witness athletes who know how to tell a story in the ring. Each wrestler (well, maybe except for Ryback) will perform at a level worthy to be in THE pay-per-view of the year. None will be more important, however, than battle for the Divas Championship.
Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch, and the champion Charlotte have a lot riding on this match. Indeed, this match is worth more than the title—it's worth an entire generation of female wrestlers.
For years, the Divas division has been exactly what its name insinuates. I mean no disrespect to the talented women who work (and have worked) night in and night out for WWE, but they have largely been portrayed as starlets scrapping for a taste of the spotlight. This match, though, will be different. This match will announce to the world that women's wrestling in WWE will be respected and promoted to the same level as its male counterpart.
This Sunday, the Divas Championship and division will rest on the shoulders of some of the best performers in the entire company. Anyone who has followed NXT over the past few years can attest to this statement. These woman are used to having the spotlight and excelling under it.
The proof is in the pudding. Check-out NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable (Banks vs. Lynch), Brooklyn (Banks vs Bayley), and Rival (Charlotte vs. Lynch vs. Banks vs. Bayley). The ebb and flow of their matches are a sight to see; something true wrestling fans yearn for. I guarantee you will say that these ladies stole the show. Don't be surprised if they do so again at WrestleMania.
The match will be the final push in the "Divas Revolution". There have been some hiccups here and there, but the overall movement will succeed. WWE's creative team has pushed this concept for nine months. In July, 2015 Stephanie McMahon unveiled Banks, Charlotte, and Lynch as the newest Divas and sparked a transformation for women's wrestling in WWE. That night, the Raw crowd cheered for female performers like I hadn't heard in a long time. Michael Cole was right when he called them "the future of women's wrestling". They have set the bar for years to come.
The future is so bright for the Divas division. Soon, it will be emboldened with the eventual additions of Bayley and Asuka, along with the resurgences of Paige and Emma. It's even been rumored that WWE will restore the Divas division and championship to its original name: the Women's Championship. It is only right. The women who pour their hearts and souls all over the squared circle are not Divas. They are wrestlers. Damn good wrestlers. This Sunday at WrestleMania 32, they're going to prove it.
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