AEW has done a lot of things right over the past three months.
Dynamite began airing weekly on TNT in October and while the pro wrestling world watches, AEW has had both successes and failures live on cable television. AEW’s strengths have been their ability to create new stars like Darby Allin, Orange Cassidy, and Sammy Guevara. Also, nearly everything Chris Jericho touches turns into gold, while their tag team division has fully lived up to its hype.
A glaring weakness, especially contrasted with what the NXT women are doing on Wednesday night, has been AEW’s development of their women’s division. While the race for AEW’s World Title and various male singles feuds have been well done, the women of AEW’s roster have been booked all over the place or even worse, flat out ignored some weeks.
One week after four of AEW’s talented women were allowed to flat out go in a four way title match, last night (Jan. 8) saw a women’s title match booked into the ground. The highest of highs versus the lowest of lows AKA watching weekly pro wrestling in the age of the internet.
Today (Jan. 9) Kenny Omega took to Twitter for a quick Q & A session where a few questions about AEW’s women’s division were asked.
Lately, most “criticisms” I read are incredibly ignorant. Depressing the amount of fans that have absolutely no class. That being said, I do try to sift through those to get to the actual constructive criticism— Kenny Omega (@KennyOmegamanX) January 9, 2020
Omega would also respond to another question about the women of AEW.
Still developing the face of the division, but Riho’s proven to be an inspiration to many, Shida is the complete package, and Kris has shown that she has the tools to take the div to another level— Kenny Omega (@KennyOmegamanX) January 9, 2020
Not sure AEW needs a face of its women’s division as much as it just needs coherent direction as well as consistent airtime. It’s interesting that a lot of the same criticisms lobbed at AEW’s booking of their women has been directed at Raw and SmackDown creative for years.
AEW knows how to book men’s singles and tag team divisions, how can you do the same for the talented women on their roster?