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WWE should book a Nikki Bella vs. Sasha Banks Divas title match as the main event of Raw next week

"Your actions speak so loudly, I can not hear what you are saying."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I keep hearing about a so-called "Divas revolution," perpetuated by WWE and those who have been chosen to carry it out. And while there's no doubting steps have been made to upset the established order, it's worth questioning just how committed to the cause this company actually is or ever will be.

Sure, they called up NXT Women's Champion Sasha Banks, Charlotte, and Becky Lynch. They've given all of them plenty of television time, working in multiple matches on the past couple episodes of Monday Night Raw.

That includes a Banks vs. Paige match that got 15 minutes in a prime time slot.

But they've also lumped nearly the entire division together, creating three separate teams of three and cramming them all in each segment together. And while the work in the ring has been fine, they haven't had the chance to break through with a truly outstanding match that would go a long way towards changing the perception of women's wrestling in WWE, the stated goal of this so-called revolution. That's without mentioning the fact that they haven't even hinted at a fresh new challenger for Divas Champion Nikki Bella.

So let's ditch the baby steps and take a giant leap.

WWE should book Divas Champion Nikki Bella vs. NXT Women's Champion Sasha Banks, with the Divas title on the line, in the main event of next Monday night's episode of Raw at the SAP Center in San Jose, California.

There's never been a better time to book this match, for a number of reasons:

  1. Nikki has been champion for some 249 days now, which puts her just 46 days away from matching AJ Lee's record of 295 days. They've put increased focus on as much in recent weeks and Sasha, herself a champion, represents quite possibly the strongest threat to her reign. Or, at least, she should.
  2. Alicia Fox suffered a concussion last week, and she'll need some time off.
  3. John Cena broke his nose last week and is undoubtedly unavailable to wrestle in the main event slot.
  4. The main event feud heading into SummerSlam, Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar, features two wrestlers who never actually wrestle on television.
  5. Ratings for Raw have been as low as ever throughout the summer no matter what WWE has done. Why not give the Divas a chance (I'm so sorry) to turn the tide?

I could go on and on forever.

The reason women's wrestling has gotten over so big in NXT is because matches have been booked and promoted just as important as the men's bouts, put in prime slots, and given the time and proper producing to create matches fans will respond well to. It's on the wrestlers to deliver the goods, but in NXT they're given every opportunity to succeed under the best of circumstances.

It's time WWE did the same on the main roster. Headlining Raw with a title match between two awesome wrestlers is a no-brainer. It shouldn't matter that it's two women fighting over a women's title. And that's the point WWE is still missing with its presentation of this "Divas revolution."

The title is only as important as they make it, the characters only as compelling as they're written, the wrestling only as good as it's allowed to be. It's time to stop holding the women back and start pushing them forward.

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