Women’s wrestling has stepped up since the WWE has finally let go of the term “divas” and actually let them wrestle. No more stupid sexist gimmick matches like a Bra and Panties match. Now they get to perform in a variety of matches such as the Iron Man match between Sasha Banks and Bailey in NXT. There was also a Women’s Revolution on Raw and Smackdown that saw quality women wrestlers make their main stage debuts like Sasha Banks, Charlotte Flair, and Becky Lynch. I was very excited to see this new direction.
When it was announced that WWE was going to do a first ever Women’s only Money in the Bank match I cheered. I couldn’t believe that it was going to happen and the women were going to get their time to shine. The Women that were going to compete in this match were Carmella, Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Natalya, and Tamina. I was cheering for Becky Lynch to win , but in the end I was just hoping for a great match.
For the most part the match was solid. The ending is where I have the problem and what inspired this post in the first place. Becky was climbing the ladder after taking out Carmella and then James Ellsworth came out and tipped the ladder over. He tried to get Carmella to climb but couldn’t so he decided to climb the ladder and get the briefcase for her. He unhooked the Money in the Bank briefcase and dropped it down to Carmella.
Just like that a historic event for the women was ruined by a man. This brought heat to Carmella and Ellsworth instantly. There were different ways the WWE could have used Ellsworth to help Carmella and still get her the win, but she needed to climb the ladder herself. It felt like a slap in the face when it happened. It was like WWE was telling us this is what the people want to see and it will be historic, but the women can’t do it so not really.
There were a lot of people on Twitter who couldn’t believe what happened. The hate was strong. It wasn’t just the fans complaining on Twitter. Here are what the other women in the match were saying on Twitter.
— Becky Lynch (@BeckyLynchWWE) June 19, 2017
— Charlotte Flair (@MsCharlotteWWE) June 19, 2017
— Tamina Snuka (@TaminaSnuka) June 19, 2017
I grew up in this business. I gave my life to this business. I’m not letting some no-chin freak take my #MITB opportunity away.
— Nattie (@NatbyNature) June 19, 2017
This could have done so much for the Women’s division and brought some great attention to it. Instead it gets attention to the match because of the ending and that’s the wrong attention. For me this match will forever be tarnished by what Ellsworth did and that’s a shame.