All in all, a grand total of five NXT women made their debut on the main roster this week, and it was for a very specific reason. With former Tough Enough finalists Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose joining Paige as she made her triumphant return to Monday Night Raw, and the trio of Ruby Riot, Sarah Logan, and Liv Morgan launched a similar all-out attack the next day on SmackDown Live. Both trios laid out every woman they set their sights on, regardless of heel or face alignment, and while we don’t quite know what the endgame to all this may be, WWE’s women’s divisions have definitely gotten a bit more interesting. But why were there so many call-ups in one week?
According to a report from Pro Wrestling Sheet’s Ryan Satin, the decision all boiled down to Vince McMahon’s desire to shake things up and revitalize a pair of “stale” women’s divisions. Also mentioned was the fact that McMahon made this decision shortly after the Mae Young Classic—with Kairi Sane, Shayna Baszler, and several other tournament participants now signed to WWE contracts, these women should more than fill in the gaps left by the five main roster call-ups. Reportedly, Mandy Rose was on top of the priority list, as WWE creative has long been planning for her main roster debut.
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With so many women now on the Raw and SmackDown Live rosters, Satin wrote that rumors of a women’s Royal Rumble match have been firing up once again. He added, however, that there has been no word back from his sources regarding a female edition of WWE’s annual over-the-top-rope battle royal. Still, this match remains a possibility with just a shade over two months remaining before the 2018 Royal Rumble pay-per-view.
Not mentioned in the Pro Wrestling Sheet article was the possibility of WWE cutting ties with more female wrestlers to make way for the new additions. This may or may not be the case, though it bears mentioning that Raw recently parted ways with two of its women, with Emma and Summer Rae getting released last month.
Although Liv Morgan appears to be an unusual choice alongside the edgier Sarah Logan and Ruby Riot in the new SmackDown Live faction, with Mandy Rose arguably called up too soon after only a handful of NXT matches, it’s always good to see new blood in WWE’s women’s divisions. Hopefully, WWE won’t drop the ball with these new three-woman factions, just like they did in 2015 when Team PCB, Team BAD, and Team Bella engaged in a confusing feud to kick off what was then called the “Divas Revolution.”
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