Carmella’s been somewhat adrift since her SmackDown Women’s title feud with Sasha Banks ended at Royal Rumble.
During her appearance on The Bellas Podcast this week, Carmella revealed that was partly because she “jacked her back up” on a dive in that match and wasn’t cleared for a while. During her downtime, she was forced to “wait her turn” and question whether there was more she could have done during the Banks feud to ensure she stayed on television.
That led to a question from the hosts about whether WWE needs another a 2021 version of #GiveDivasAChance campaign. Mella didn’t call for that specifically, but she thinks her bosses need a reminder of what they did after their 2015 night of Twitter infamy.
“Even myself, I would sit at home and watch Raw, it would be 10 p.m. before I would see a woman on the show. And it’s like, ‘this is a three-hour show. What the hell?’ Even if I’m just a fan, which I am, like if I didn’t work at WWE and I was just sitting at home watching, I want to see the women. That’s why I tune in. Not that I don’t like the guys, but I tune in because I want to see the women. And if I’m waiting until 10 p.m. to see a girl, it’s like, ‘what the hell?’ That’s not okay for little girls at home or whoever is watching waiting for the women.
“And it just feels like - now, there’s only a focus on maybe two women, or one women’s storyline. Like you were saying back when you were there, we had three women’s storylines on a two-hour show. Three women’s storylines. And that was when I still was with James [Ellsworth], so it was like you and Nattie I believe, and then Alexa and maybe Mickie, Trin and Becky, so yeah, we had three storylines and I was doing my thing with James, so we had four different women’s storylines involved in the show.
“So we know it’s a possibility. We know that they’re capable of doing that. I think sometimes there’s this weird shift and people kind of forget, and it’s like we need to remind them, no. We are a big part of the show. We don’t have to have matches every week, we can do promo segments or backstage segments, even a 30-second insert into the show, just to show hey, here she is. She’s represented on the show. Then, if people are talking about it, okay, then maybe next week we give her a little bit of a longer segment because people want to see that. Whether it’s me, or whoever it may be.”
The Princess of Staten Island also talks about how much she was looking forward to continuing working with Billie Kay after they teamed up for WrestleMania 37. With Kay’s shocking release, she’s back to “waiting her turn”.
But maybe if someone at WWE takes her (and other’s) suggestions about how to keep more of the women’s roster on screen, she wouldn’t have to wait so long.
Sorry, I forgot... ‘women’s wrestling doesn’t make money’.