The female locker room down at Full Sail must be looking pretty bare right about now. This week Sonya Deville, Mandy Rose, Ruby Riot, Sarah Logan, and Liv Morgan were all called up to the main roster and made their debuts by beating down a variety of Raw and SmackDown Live's females. Both instances come as a shock, especially on Monday night. Pretty much everyone was expecting the return of Paige sooner rather than later, but we don't think many thought she would be bringing some new faces with her. What's the meaning of all of this though? The women's roster is now more packed than it has ever been plus the selections seem a little random. Here are five things that could be behind WWE's thought process this week.
When certain Superstars leave NXT for the main roster, we're left wondering how on earth they are going to fill the gap left by them. It actually happens with the women's division more than anything else. Sasha Banks, Bayley, Nia Jax, Alexa Bliss have all left the brand only to be suitably replaced by extremely talented women in their own right. Well, off the back of the Mae Young Classic, it seems as if sooner rather than later there will be a new influx of women in NXT. The third brand's female roster was already getting pretty crowded, but with what happened on Raw and SmackDown Live this week there are now five free spots for the likes of Candice LeRae and Shayna Baszler.
Two of the most talented and prominent female performers in NXT right now are Billie Kay and Peyton Royce—The Iconic Duo. Considering the nature of the calls ups on Raw and SmackDown Live this week, you would have thought that this pairing would have been the perfect candidates. They're heels who repeatedly believe that they're being overlooked, what better way to make a statement and force people to give them their attention than to invade the main roster and lay waste to its women's division? Nice in theory, but clearly the reason that didn't happen is because Royce and Kay are too valuable to NXT right now. Full Sail has big plans for these two, hopefully, a blockbuster angle involving their break up as one or the other becomes NXT Women's Champion.
For the last couple of years, WWE has been embroiled in a women's revolution. It's hard to pinpoint the exact point it began or which individuals are the most responsible for its success. If you're looking for the moment that it really got kicked up a notch, however, then look no further than Stephanie McMahon's speech introducing fans to a bunch of new NXT Superstars. Charlotte Flair, Sasha Banks, and Becky Lynch were all called up at the same time in 2015 and it sparked a war between three all-female factions on the main roster. With the revolution falling a little flat as of late on Raw and SmackDown Live, this injection of new talent may very well be an attempt to replicate the impact made by three of WWE's Four Horsewomen two and a half years ago.
Fans have been waiting for Paige to return to a WWE ring ever since she began training for a comeback at the Performance Center. What must have been in the back of her and higher-ups' minds is how the WWE Universe was going to react to her. Would they care? Or even worse would they shine a spotlight on certain things that happened in Paige's life while she was away? They needed something so big that fans wouldn't have a chance to recall any of that, and they certainly did. Interrupting a number one contender's match left everyone in shock, and that shock was magnified tenfold when Paige was joined by Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville. Mission accomplished.
Referring back to the women's revolution, there are so many things that WWE's female Superstars have achieved since it has been raging on. First time headlining Raw since Lita and Trish Stratus did it years ago, first time main eventing a pay-per-view, the first-ever women's Hell In A Cell and even two women's Money In The Bank matches. There aren't many more firsts left for the women to actually achieve. One thing they still haven't done though is an all-female Royal Rumble. That's a big deal, and you need a lot of people to do so. Yes, WWE could just throw in a lot of NXT Superstars that fans aren't necessarily familiar with, but clearly, they don't want to do that. Instead, they are bringing more women on to the main roster and introducing us to them. Here's hoping we are only two months away from the first-ever women's Royal Rumble.
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