The pro wrestling fan base is alight today with glowing news and reviews of NXT making its debut in Philadelphia for a live event last night that featured Women's Champion Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte Flair in the evening's main event.
Our very own Sean Rueter couldn't help but get swept up in the idea of it, and WWE.com was quick to publish quotes from the key players on how significant an achievement it was:
"It's crazy to see how far women's wrestling has come," Banks told WWE.com before the event. "Charlotte and I are main-eventing tonight in Philadelphia and it's humbling. Who would ever guess when I was 10 years old that I'd be main-eventing an event as big as this?"
Well, someone had to come along and drop a turd in the proverbial punch bowl.
(To be clear, I'm referring to myself, not Triple H.)
While it's not insignificant that a women's match headlined the first NXT show in a major wrestling city, it also feels somewhat hollow that WWE is pushing this as such a landmark event.
Let's be real: Sasha and Charlotte headlined a house show in the WWE's developmental promotion. To push this as a monumental occasion is to severely overstate its importance in the grand scheme of things. It's a bit like someone reacting to a tragedy with "I'll keep them in my thoughts." It's a nice thing to say, sure, but it hardly affects any meaningful change. It's a way to feel good about your sentiment without actually being helpful.
It's great that this happened, don't get me wrong, but are we really any closer to something similar occurring on the main roster? Does this actually signal a shift in the landscape on top? Or is it more about placating fans who are all too eager to buy in to the company approved #GiveDivasAChance push on social media?
Instead of being satisfied with being thrown a bone -- one with hardly any meat on it -- now's the time to make it clear how hungry we are for more of this, and on a higher level.