On the 19th of September 2010, the WWE merged the Women’s Championship with the Divas Championship, leaving us with the pink butterfly belt as the prize of the Divas division.
While it was a blemish on women’s champions of the past, at the time, it wasn’t that big of a deal because the women’s division was treated as nothing more than time filler.
With a few exceptions, the women’s division was dominated by models or attractive women who were taught a few moves in the ring but were certainly not good enough to warrant being in the number one wrestling company on the planet.
That’s because the women’s division wasn’t seen as a wrestling division, it was a sideshow so people in the audience could look at attractive girls for a few minutes between matches.
Thanks to the efforts of Triple H, Sara Amato and others down in NXT, the women’s division is now better than it has ever been and will be a vital part of WrestleMania 32.
The division has skyrocketed thanks to the hiring of legitimate women’s wrestlers who have broken down barriers and made people take women’s wrestling seriously.
Soon, there will be so much female talent on the main roster, there will be a valid argument to introduce a secondary championship or a tag team championship, but before that, the WWE must capitalize on the momentum the division currently has by bringing back the Women’s Championship.
How they go about doing this starts at WrestleMania with Charlotte defending the Divas Championship against Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch in a triple threat match.
It appears they’re going to have Charlotte take on Brie Bella at Fast Lane and that match can almost serve as the final nod to the ‘Divas Era’ of women’s wrestling in the WWE as Brie is one of the last relics of that era left on the roster.
Others of that era have either stepped up their game, like Nikki Bella or returned to developmental.
The Women’s Championship returning must be built up as the biggest match in the history of the women’s division and because of this, it should be saved for SummerSlam.
This is how we get from WrestleMania to SummerSlam.
At WrestleMania, the WWE should pull a swerve and have Becky Lynch win the Divas Championship rather than putting it on Sasha like most people expect.
Becky has done an incredible job in getting herself over and is taking a lot of momentum into WrestleMania making her the perfect person to be more or less a transitional champion leading into SummerSlam.
The night after WrestleMania, Paige comes out and cuts a promo about how this is her division and how she deserves a title match – she calls Becky out and wants a championship match on the Raw after WrestleMania.
Instead, out comes Bayley, making her debut after dropping the NXT Women’s Championship to Asuka at Takeover Dallas.
The irony being Paige made her debut in virtually the exact same way.
Bayley takes on Paige on Raw, but mid-match, out comes Emma who beats down Bayley.
Emma and Paige shake hands, forming an alliance based on being the two women who take credit for forming the entire Divas Revolution.
At Extreme Rules, Charlotte gets her rematch with Becky Lynch in a submission match and the two finally get a chance to put on a one-on-one match with no cheating and no interference.
Becky retains her title and slowly but surely each big title match sets the standard for what the women’s division in NXT was all about.
Meanwhile, Bayley continues to be a target of Emma and Paige’s new alliance, calling themselves ‘The Revival’.
Emma and Paige go on a winning streak, cheating to get wins over the likes of Sasha Banks and Natalya.
Bayley finds an unlikely ally in her nemesis Sasha Banks (angry about her loss to The Revival), but together, at Extreme Rules, they take a loss to Emma and Paige who prove to be a much better team – Sasha and Bayley spend most of the match fighting among themselves.
A battle royal takes place the next night on Raw to determine Becky’s number one contender at Payback.
The final four are the same four from the match at Extreme Rules with Emma and Paige eliminating Bayley before Emma then eliminates Paige.
Sasha takes advantage and eliminates Emma while everyone is distracted.
Emma claims that her alliance with Paige is all about getting the Divas Championship and in a battle royal, she was always going to take every opportunity she could get.
Emma’s character needs to entirely revolve around being sickened about not holding a title in the WWE, despite being just as good as everyone around her.
Think of a heel version of Daniel Bryan in Team Hell No, but without the comedic elements.
Back to the championship, Sasha Banks versus Becky Lynch is set for Payback and the two build on their history as both teammates and enemies from NXT to set their match up.
Bayley finds herself in Charlotte’s crosshair as Bayley eliminated Flair from the battle royal.
Charlotte puts Bayley down by saying she doesn’t deserve to be on the main roster and that she was a big fish in a small pond in NXT, stating that she wasn’t called up to the main roster with Sasha and Becky because she isn’t good enough.
Once she comes to the main roster, Bayley must take a lot of losses, be it clean or distraction, because she needs to be constructed as this fighter who can’t be kept down but grows with every match.
Bayley almost has to return to how she was early on in NXT, slightly starry-eyed and too trusting of other people.
As she gets beaten down over the months by the likes of Emma, Paige and Charlotte but keeps getting back up and fighting, she’ll build the same fan support she had in NXT and we’ll slowly have her redevelop the hard edge she had later on in NXT.
At Payback, Sasha Banks defeats Becky Lynch and wins the Divas Championship.
Becky and Sasha continue their feud through to Money in the Bank with Becky getting a rematch.
Meanwhile, the week before Money in the Bank, Bayley should defeat Charlotte clean for the first time and a big deal should be made of it.
Sasha retains her championship over Becky at Money in the Bank.
Becky offers Sasha her hand afterwards as a sign of respect, but Sasha turns her away and walks off, gloating with the title.
The night after Money in the Bank is when the big announcement happens.
Stephanie McMahon should kick-off Raw and announce that at SummerSlam, a one-on-one match will take place to crown the inaugural WWE Women’s Champion.
She should reveal the new belt here and everything, but the belt should not be the same belt from the attitude era, but rather a new belt with a hybrid design between the NXT Women’s Championship and the original Women’s Championship belt.
Stephanie should announce that at the Battleground pay-per-view, one of the members of that SummerSlam match will be determined in a Fatal 4-Way match.
Stephanie also announces that the Divas Champion will be the other entrant into the Women’s Championship match and that champion will get the right to be known as the woman who retired the Divas Championship.
As in, they go down as its undefeated champion.
Sasha comes out and interrupts Stephanie saying that as the Divas Champion she’ll gladly take that spot at SummerSlam.
Stephanie tells Sasha off for interrupting her, but Sasha doesn’t back down and gets right in Stephanie’s face saying that it’s her division now.
Stephanie says that she was going to let Sasha take the final spot at SummerSlam, but instead, she’s going to have to defend her title at Battleground against Becky Lynch one last time – in a No Holds Barred Match.
Becky’s music then hits and she comes out and attacks Sasha, angry about her not shaking her hand at Money in the Bank.
Over the course of Raw and SmackDown, qualifying matches take place to determine the four competitors in the other women’s match at Battleground.
Charlotte is the first to qualify, defeating Natalya on Raw.
Naomi is the second to qualify, defeating Alicia Fox on SmackDown.
Paige is the next to qualify, defeating Brie Bella on Raw with serious help from Emma in her corner.
The final match is later that night on Raw and it’s Bayley vs Emma, with Paige in her corner.
Bayley gets the win, using Paige against Emma and capitalizing on the distraction to steal a win.
The four women build the match around how much holding the Women’s Championship would mean to them.
Charlotte talks about how it’s her destiny to be the Women’s Champion, Naomi says she deserves it, after all, these years and Paige says her motivation is being in the WWE Hall of Fame and being the first one to hold that title would put her there.
Bayley talks about how it’s the only thing she’s ever wanted in her life and how she’s worked to this moment since she was a little girl.
At Battleground, Sasha Banks retains once more over Becky in a match that must stretch the boundaries of women’s wrestling in the WWE and must use the no holds barred stipulation as much as possible.
In the Fatal 4-Way, Bayley pins Paige and takes the other spot in the SummerSlam match.
Bayley versus Sasha Banks at SummerSlam is the perfect match to crown the new WWE Women’s Champion.
Everything about this screams the perfect way to introduce the WWE Women’s Championship.
In the same building on virtually the same night the year before, Bayley and Sasha stole the show, delivering the best women’s match in WWE history and arguably the best match of 2015 at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn.
Now, a year later, they fight in identical conditions but on a much bigger stage to determine the inaugural WWE Women’s Champion.
Sidenote: The title should be referred to as the WWE Women’s Championship as it sounds a lot more important with the name on the front.
Bayley and Sasha Banks then have a month to build this as the most important match in the history of the women’s division and can use their natural chemistry and natural kayfabe dislike for each other to make this feel big.
At SummerSlam, Sasha Banks should defeat Bayley and become the inaugural WWE Women’s Champion because everyone will be expecting Bayley to win.
Without a doubt, they’ll steal the show and deliver a main-event calibre match that immediately catapults the Women’s Championship to levels of importance the Divas Championship never could reach.
It will use all the momentum built up by Charlotte, Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks in the final year of the Divas Championship and put the now-dubbed Women’s Division on a stable path long term.
Finally, at Night of Champions, Bayley should get her rematch against Sasha Banks in the main-event of the pay-per-view, similar to how things unfolded in NXT a year beforehand.
Bayley should defeat Sasha and win the championship.
From there Bayley should hold the title right through to WrestleMania where she defends it against all three other members of the Four Horsewomen in a Fatal 4-Way Match for the ages.
There is so much talent in this women’s division and the road from WrestleMania to SummerSlam, if booked right, could make the women’s division as important on the main roster as it is in NXT.
Then you have the likes of Asuka, Nia Jax, Alexa Bliss, Peyton Royce and Athena to slowly rise up from NXT and help fill the depth of the division.
Then you have women from outside the company like Santana Garrett, Evie, Kellie Skater and Kay Lee Ray who can be the next generation of awesome women’s wrestlers to come into the company.
Who knows, maybe the company can even lure Ronda Rousey in for a WrestleMania.
If they book the women’s division like this, there’s a far better chance of her wanting to do so.
Regardless, the return of the WWE Women’s Championship can completely change the game for the Divas division if done right and this is the way to go about it.