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Bit of both. The WWE women's division is far better than it's ever been. Yes, there were others before the current crop that did some good stuff- Trish, Lita, Molly, Mickie, Victoria- but across the board it's stronger than ever, with better booking, matches, and wrestlers that have become actual stars rather than the piss break or sexy sideshow.

That said, it gets pushed at times a little too hard, which makes it feel like a gimmick or overdone PR exercise. The biggest issue is when they get put in a position that they can't quite deliver in. The first women's HIAC and MITBs were woeful. The Wrestlemania and Survivor Series main events last year were very substandard. On the flipside, the Evolution PPV was a smash hit, with Becky vs. Charlotte in Last Woman Standing being a PPV worthy main event... that played second fiddle to Ronda vs. Nikki.

I think the biggest success for WWE's women's division is yet to come. NXT's division is the strongest of the 3 brands, and once they start getting more spotlight and featured heavily on PPVs, the level of everything will rise. I'm not sure Rhea Ripley is quite ready for the spot she's about to get with Charlotte, but she's done really well so far. Her title win against Shayna was an outstanding match. And there's talent like Io, Candice, Dakota, Nox, Bianca waiting in the wings, some promising up-and-comers like Kacy, Taynara, Deonna, Chelsea, Shotzi... the future is bright.
 

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For Vince, definitely a gimmick..dont think he gives a ratsass about it.. Plus he was very lucky the daughter of Ric Flair was there in developmental at the same time.. Doubt he would have gone along with it with Becky Lynch Sasha Banks and Bayley though.
 

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Lol, people need to stop using "FOTC" like it's a real thing. It's WWE branding. The WWE hasn't really had a top star since Cena left the company, and it's probably either Brock or Reigns still, even with Reigns being kept away from the belt. Becky is a star, no doubt, but she's not moving things on her own. The WWE brand surrounds her constantly. If she disappeared tomorrow, things would go on as usual.

Again, I feel it is important to point out that there have always been longer and better women's matches outside of the WWF/E, with no less than six that have received Meltzer's five star rating. There are also promotions that have been built around women. When AJW closed its doors in 2005, it was the longest running promotion in Japan to that point in time.

Wendi Richter and Cyndi Lauper were also crucial to the WWF's pop-culture boom. The Brawl to End it All featured Richter winning the Women's Title from The Fabulous Moolah in a match that went over 10 minutes and was the first live match broadcast on cable, getting MTV a 9.0 share.

Women's wrestling has been far more significant, important and effective than it is now. Both inside the WWE and outside it. The WWE just stopped emphasizing that element of their shows, moved towards a more sex-based presentation of its female stars (Sable comes to mind). Trish Stratus would combine being a sex symbol with being a wrestler, earning rave reviews for her eventual progress in wrestling. She and Lita would main event a Raw. There have been a number of featured women's spots on WrestleMania cards even when the show was blocked out for time. WrestleMania X-8, WrestleMania XX and WrestleMania 22 all featured women's matches that were not the shortest thing on the card.

Then you move into the Divas era, where they hired fitness models of women's wrestlers, thinking they could train them up. This is where you get women like Kelly Kelly in, who is presented proudly by the WWE to this day, and The Bella Twins, who are rumored for the WWE Hall of Fame this year.

The Women's Revolution is a complete work. Triple H hired some women wrestlers when he took over developmental. He's got daughters, whereas I'm going to guess that Johnny Ace does not. He did get The Bellas' mom out of it though. When he presented them like wrestlers in a serious environment on NXT, some of them got over with that audience. Ronda Rousey started drawing in MMA. Nikki and Brie, who have always been self-promoters, started making noise about not getting featured enough. AJ Lee gets her hands on Twitter. Stephanie McMahon wants publicity. It all comes together and they slap branding on it and pretend it is something new or groundbreaking.

There has been a cultural shift to understand that women have not been treated equally by society. This has affected the attitudes of female performers and fans. Female performers want to be treated more like the male performers and fans are more polite to female talent and expect them to be featured in prominent roles. But none of this is new or unique in wrestling, which may have fewer women, but has always featured prominent ones, as both performers and promoters.
 

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It's legitimate. I am thinking that over this decade you will see:

  • The roster achieving 50/50 parity between men and women (which is really the reason that the Evolution show went away - it's not necessary to have a women's only show when the roster is achieving balance)
  • More women will have headlined WrestleMania than men
  • Female wrestlers will have achieved or exceeded the popularity of the male wrestlers. And this isn't surprising - much of the men's roster down to the outfits are bland. The women's roster is much more colorful, ala the 80s and 90s WWF
  • The rosters will eventually merge as the average size of a male wrestler continues to fall and if the average size of a female wrestler that comes up from developmental grows
  • A woman will defeat a male WWE title holder for the Universal or WWE Championship at WrestleMania (I'm predicting Rhea Ripley defeating Adam Cole in two to three years)
  • Two women will headline WrestleMania near the close of the decade to fight over the Universal or WWE Championship (again, predicting Rhea Ripley and Simone Johnson)
 

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hard to buy into it when carmella is constantly pushed into the title picture and we know why it that is and its certainly not for her in ring ability, being a compelling character or having a charismatic personality
 
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