Stop me if I’m getting ahead of myself, but I feel as though at TLC we saw a turning point in the WWE Women’s (Diva’s) Division. Not only did we witness a more than just “decent” or “quality” women’s matchup, but we saw a pretty engaging gimmick match, let alone simply an engaging wrestling match.
But the thing that stuck out to me the most was the way the four women involved carried the audience. Typically during a Diva’s match, as far as I have come to understand in the roughly three years it has been since I began watching again, the audience is either dead silent or chirping every so often with obnoxious “cat calls,” which is embarrassing for everyone involved. However, on Sunday we were witness to an audience that appreciated the workmanship that went into the match. To my shock, a “Layla” chant ACTUALLY BROKE OUT during the match! And it was audible! And genuine! I literally could not believe it, as it was probably the first instance of a calculated reaction during a Diva’s Division bout from the live viewers I had seen since coming back (i.e. it wasn’t just a reactionary “OOOHH” to a move, something that also doesn’t happen too often in a women’s match).
I think yesterday’s matchup on Raw could have been “business as usual,” but we got more than a few good spots out of the match. Not only that, but, once again, the audience was engaged and compelled by what was happening (I did not hear a single derogatory whistle).
Hopefully this momentum can continue. It would be nice to not have to sit through “bathroom break matches,” because that’s what commercials (or the pause button on VLC) are for.
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