Posts Tagged ‘AEW Women's Division’

WWE Superstar Becky Lynch recently spoke with Featured Cut Of The Day about the growth in WWE’s women’s division.

She made it clear that Triple H was a huge driving factor in that, as he did not treat the women any differently than the men.

“First of all, Triple H never treated us like we were any different than the guys,” she stated. “Always made sure we were represented on NXT with great stories, with time, with opportunity. And it just grew from there, and it was a spark. I think once we proved that we were capable of hanging with the guys, and we were capable of stealing the show.

“It just shows people there should be no difference. There should be no reason that I am not the main event. And there should be no reason that we are not getting stories, and not getting the time. Not being in the position to entertain the crowd in the way that we have been in the past few years.

Becky Lynch was then asked if AEW’s women’s division pushes her even more. She does not think that is the case, simply because she does not think the AEW women’s division is as good as WWE’s.

“So, I wish I could yes, but unfortunately I don’t think they’re represented the way that we are. They don’t get as much time as we get, and frankly, they’re not as good as we are,” she said. “Certainly on RAW, we have the best women’s division in the world, in the world. I say that without any hesitation in my voice, we have the best women’s division in the world.

“Competition is great, and it’s great for there to be another place, and I have a very good friend in Ruby Soho over there. I would love to see her as a champion one day. I would love to see her getting the spotlight that she deserves. Competition is always great, but over here we are on another level right now, man, we are on another level.”

AEW star Anna Jay sat down with FITE TV’s Women’s Wrestling Talk to talk about her current run in the AEW Women’s Division. While talking about the addition of the AEW TBS Championship to the division, Anna Jay revealed her hope that some day soon there would be AEW Women’s Tag Team Championships added as well.

“I definitely think so,” Jay said. “We definitely didn’t think it would happen anytime soon, which, you never know. It was cool to get the secondary women’s title. So I think now, if I had to guess, I feel like the next title for the women’s division should be a tag title. So, hopefully that’s the next one. I don’t know when. I think we do need to keep building and keep doing what we’re doing before that happens, but I definitely think that should happen in the near future, at some point.”

Anna Jay also discussed Thunder Rosa’s AEW Women’s World Championship victory, when she defeated Dr. Britt Baker DMD to win the title in a steel cage match. Jay said she was very happy for Rosa, while also pointing out that it was every women’s goal to eventually hold the AEW Women’s World Title.

“I think that every woman’s goal in the locker room is to hopefully one day be champion,” Jay said. “So of course, that’s my goal. But I also know that I am still new and I’m still working towards that. To see her win though was such a cool moment, such a cool moment for all the girls. It’s cool to see the division grow, and it growing means new champions and I feel like that was in the works for a while.

“Their storyline was building and building, so it’s really cool, and that’s my favorite part of wrestling, is storylines. So to see its payoff was honestly an incredible moment, and I think everyone’s super happy for her. She’s a hard worker and does a lot of things and wrestling is one for them and one of her passions. So it was a cool moment for everyone. I’m super happy for her, and yes, one day, that will be me. But I’m being patient.”

Another question Anna Jay was asked was what her favorite AEW moment was to this point in time. She revealed it was her choking out former AEW performer Brandi Rhodes on a special Saturday night episode of AEW Dynamite back in August of 2020.

“Probably choking out Brandi,” Jay said. “That whole segment and me coming into the Dark Order. I would definitely say that just because that’s now made, you know, where I am now. Even with the Dark Order and like, how they become such good friends in my life too in real life. So I would start that because it was, you know, obviously, it was on screen but also in the back, like, I really did gain brothers and stuff.”

Thunder Rosa doesn’t feel that AEW’s women’s division gets the respect that it deserves but she also says there’s more work that needs to be done to win over other fans.

“A lot of the women now have been really trying to establish themselves as competitors, as someone who can go with anybody,” Rosa told Throwing Down w/ Renee & Miesha. “Even then I feel like there is still a lot of criticism towards it. Everybody is working really hard to make the division better and we’re definitely getting a lot more veterans into our division. It’s making things a lot easier for a lot of the younger talent to learn from them.

“That’s the most important part about the talent, is that they’re willing and want to learn from veterans,” Rosa continued. “Because we can say, ‘Yeah we’re good, etc., etc., etc.’ But when it comes to throwing the punches and performing, we underperform too. So we have to be mindful and open with that.”

Thunder Rosa says the women’s locker room in AEW is growing stronger, specifically mentioning some veterans who have recently wrestled in some big matches.

“I think a lot of people don’t give a lot of respect or credit to Allie, ‘The Bunny’,” Rosa said. “She’s been in the business for a long, long time and I’ve seen her progression in the last three years. Like this year, or 2021, I could see her, that she was more confident, that she’s one of the ones that has a lot more experience on TV and I think again, after that street fight, she gained more respect in the business.

“But she’s one of them, she’s always very positive in the back and she’s always willing to work. Serena [Deeb] is another one. If you have any questions, like, she’s more than welcome to help you with transitions or ideas of that sort.”

The Bunny recently tagged with Penelope Ford in a bloody street fight on a recent episode of AEW Rampage. Serena Deeb has recently been in a high-profile rivalry with Hikaru Shida. Thunder Rosa also mentioned Vickie Guerrero and Mercedes Martinez, who recently joined AEW, as positive influences in AEW’s women’s locker room.

“[Vickie Guerrero] knows a lot about the business,” Rosa explained. “I like sitting with her and talking to her. So that’s a lot of fun. Now we have Mercedes Martinez, who now feuding for a while, so this is going to be very interesting. Every time I’m in the ring with her I learn so much. I love it, she’s really good. And I’m like, I consider myself one of the vets too since I’ve been working for TV for like six years now. So every time I’m there if I can offer something in the ring, I’m always willing to do that.”

Tony Khan had promised a big announcement prior to last night’s episode of Dynamite – and the promotion delivered one in the form of the new TBS Championship.

Commentator Tony Schiavone and referee Aubrey Edwards unveiled what will become a new singles belt for the AEW women’s division during the show. AEW will crown its first champion via a tournament commencing on 5 January 2022, which is when Dynamite moves from TNT to TBS, hence the new strap’s name.

Thunder Rosa, Ruby Soho, Jade Cargill, and Skye Blue all cut promos on the belt later in the show, setting their sights on the tournament. AEW Women’s World Champion Britt Baker, meanwhile, was typically defiant, saying she was glad the rest of the division now had something other than her to worry about.

The Mat Man Pro Wrestling Podcast’s Andrew Zarian became the first to report on a potential new women’s singles title on 22 September. Trios championships and women’s tag team straps have been rumoured for AEW in the past, though neither has come to fruition yet.

Fightful Select reported prior to the TBS Title’s unveiling that internal AEW speculation pointed towards the belt being presented similarly to the men’s TNT Title. Currently held by Sammy Guevara, that. belt has been in operation since May 2020, with AEW going out of its way to avoid it being tagged as a “secondary” or “midcard” title.

As noted earlier, AEW is planning to introduce a second Women’s Title in the near future.

It is now being reported by Andrew Zarian of Mat Men that the secondary Women’s Title will be called the TBS Championship. One can assume that the new title will be a sister championship to the TNT Championship currently held by Miro. Both Rampage and Dynamite will be moving to TBS in 2022.

Zarian broke the news while appearing on Denise Salcedo’s Speak Now Pro Wrestling show immediately after last night’s AEW Dynamite: Grand Slam at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York.

There is no word yet on when the new title will be introduced. Zarian also hinted at the possibility of a Trios Championship being introduced at some point. There have been rumblings of such a Six-Man Title in AEW for some time now.

Britt Baker successfully defended her AEW Women’s World Championship against Ruby Soho in the main event of Dynamite: Grand Slam.

With AEW set to debut their second weekly television offering in just a matter of weeks, AEW World Champion Kenny Omega has talked about how he wants this AEW Rampage show to shine more of a spotlight on the company’s women’s roster.

Speaking during an appearance on Wrestling Observer Radio (as per Wrestling News), the Best Bout Machine explained:

“I feel like the content I think we’re lacking in is our women’s division. I would love to see Rampage be home to more women’s wrestling, and I want people to see and appreciate and enjoy some of the talent that we have to offer, and I hope that we can get out and show some of these matches that are perhaps aren’t seen by enough people. We’ve got a lot of great talent on Dark, and people maybe don’t want to watch our YouTube channel. Maybe they just want to watch Dynamite and they wanna see a television product, and I get that. I think the extra hour of Rampage, I feel that rather than just give them more Chris Jericho, more Kenny Omega, more MJF, I’d rather give them all of the extremely talented individuals that maybe you can’t see that week. And especially, for me, I feel that we got incredibly gifted female wrestlers that have been working really hard fighting for a spot. Maybe it’s time for them to get some more.”

One of the main criticisms that some have thrown AEW’s way during the promotion’s relatively short lifespan, is that the women’s division has often been somewhat of an afterthought – particularly during the company’s first few months.

AEW clearly has some talented female stars under its banner, yet the past two weeks of Fyter Fest specials only served up two matches between them; those being Yuka Sakazaki defeating Penelope Ford, and AEW Women’s Champion Britt Baker retaining the gold against Nyla Rose.

In addition to Baker, Rose, Sakazaki and Ford, AEW also has the likes of Hikaru Shida, Thunder Rosa, Serena Deeb Leyla Hirsch, Anna Jay, Tay Conti, Kris Statlander, Red Velvet, Abadon, Jade Cargill, Riho, Big Swole and the Bunny that it can call upon – and if Omega gets his way, it looks like some of these will be getting more TV opportunities when AEW Rampage premieres on 13 August.

AEW Women’s World Champion Britt Baker spoke with Christine Watkins of Sports Grind Entertainment about working hard to become one of the top performers in AEW.

During the interview, Baker also touched on a sector of fans who continue to ignore improvements in the AEW women’s division.

“It’s the quote: ‘Some people just like to watch the world burn,’” Baker began. “There’s some people that are just never going to be satisfied, it doesn’t matter what we do. The match that I had with Thunder Rosa we put everything we had out there. We had the women’s eliminator tournament, we have so much to look forward to.

“We have so many talented females on our roster: myself, Hikaru Shida, Tay Conti, Red Velvet, Jade, Thunder Rosa, Anna Jay. It’s not something you can just turn a blind eye to anymore. We’ve improved so much, we’re putting out great content. So, at some point you have to really look at yourself in the mirror and say: Do you not like the women’s division, or do you just not want yourself to like the women’s division?”

Defeating Hikaru Shida for the title at last month’s AEW Double or Nothing, Baker said she was going to lead a new era as she looks to be at the top of not only the women’s division, but be one of the faces of the whole promotion.

“I don’t see myself as a female star in AEW or just the face of the women’s division — I see myself as one of the faces of the entire company, and I’ve worked really hard this past year to put myself in that position; To really improve my in-ring skills, to improve my promo work,” Baker said. “I think I’ve made myself such an undeniable talent, not just in AEW, but in all of wrestling.

“My goal was to make myself a can’t-miss segment every single time I’m on TV and that will always be my goal — to infinity and beyond. I think I’m getting there.”

Baker is set to team up with Rebel against Nyla Rose and Vickie Guerrero on next Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite.

New AEW Women’s World Champion Dr. Britt Baker DMD appeared at the post Double or Nothing press scrum last night to talk about her title win. Baker talked about which talents in the AEW locker room helped her on her way to becoming champion, with Tony Khan being her most vocal supporter.

“It’s really just learning the people I clicked with to ask for advice, which I’ve been very open (about) ,” Baker said. “I have a very, very close working relationship with Tony Khan. In a lot of ways I owe everything to him, because he believed in me when I almost didn’t believe in myself, when a lot of people doubted me. I think he always believed in Dr. Britt Baker. So I owe my title in some way to having some Tony Khan bait on the line.

“Chris Jericho, I’d say it a hundred times. I love picking Ricky Starks’ brain. Cody, he has a great mind for wrestling. Kenny, Jerry Lynn, Dustin (Rhodes), we have so many excellent coaches here. You’re an idiot if you don’t take advantage of it. And as soon as I really dialed in and was like ‘hey, I want to be the best’, everything just kind of fell into place.”

In the past the AEW Women’s Division had received a large amount of criticism, including Baker herself. She believes the criticism allowed her in particular to improve, and believes part of the charm of the Women’s Division is people watching them all improve in real time.

“It’s just a growing and a learning process,” Baker said. “And it’s hard. It’s hard to hear it in mass quantities, which I was. But you have to. Even if you’re the best in the business, you have to have criticism if you’re going to get better. I just happened to have a lot of it, so I got a lot better.

“The division as a whole, I think most of the criticism, at the time, was the TV time. None of us, almost none of us had any TV experience. We were all learning and growing together as a division in front of your eyes. And I think that’s kind of a bit our charm and why people are jumping on the bandwagon now. Cause it’s like ‘oh man, I remember when Britt Baker couldn’t hold a microphone. And now look at her.’ So I think that’s why a lot of people are along for the ride.”

All Elite Wrestling’s Big Swole believes that the promotion’s women are ready for the main event spotlight.

Swole said as much during a recent interview on Busted Open Radio, talking up the current AEW Women’s World Champion in particular (h/t Fighter Fans for the transcriptions):-

“Most definitely, most definitely. I believe that we are putting in the work where we can main event. We should main event. I mean, I feel like if you have something that is leading up to… like the match with Hikaru Shida, Shida can main event AEW Revolution.”

Shida is set to defend her Women’s Title against the winner of AEW’s ongoing Women’s Championship Eliminator Tournament at Revolution on 7 March.

On how main-eventing a show would impact the division as a whole, Swole offered the following:-

“That would be amazing, you know? Just as something that will also lift the spirits of the women as well. It’s just, it’s a win win.”

AEW’s women are yet to headline a pay-per-view, special, or episode of Dynamite since the promotion’s inception. Swole, meanwhile, had a shot at the Women’s Title on the TNT flagship’s 14 October 2020 episode, losing to Shida.

Thunder Rosa, the NWA Women’s World Champion, believes that AEW’s women’s roster is on the right track despite facing severe criticism from fans and former wrestlers, who have cited lack of star power and good storylines as the reason for an underwhelming female division.

“There’s a lot of young female talent in AEW. A lot of them are very young and don’t have experience of working TV shows. I think that’s one of the main issues [as to why they are green]. However, they are all working extremely hard.

“It will take time to build something strong. We shouldn’t be discrediting the effort the female wrestlers are putting in. Being a female performer, I can tell you from my own experience, it is hard. You are constantly competing with very talented men,” Rosa told SportsKeeda.

Rosa went onto praise the likes of Red Velvet, Abadon, and Anna Jay for putting together solid matches on AEW Dark on a weekly basis.

“All those girls are doing a great job at being positive and supportive. They are on the right track to build up a strong women’s division,” said Rosa.

The 34-year-old star also addressed the partnership between NWA and AEW, which allows her to make appearances on AEW television. Earlier this month, at the AEW All Out pay-per-view, Rosa challenged Hikaru Shida for the AEW Women’s World Championship.

“Billy [Corgan] and Tony [Khan] have been talking. They are very happy with my performance so far. I am knocking on wood and hoping this [partnership] continues. We are putting NWA’s name on a broader platform, which is the goal at the end of the day,” she said.

Meanwhile, Rosa is admittedly hoping to wrestle WWE star Charlotte Flair at some point in her career.

“Absolutely. She’s one of the best in the world. So, why not?” Rosa said in response to a fan question in a live Q&A session.

Rosa, who named Meiko Satomura, Beth Phoenix, and Mickie James as her other “dream opponents,” also spoke glowingly about Becky Lynch, who is presently on a hiatus.

“The reason I respect her so much is she’s been on the grind for so many years. Initially, her character was kind of cartoonish. The minute she broke her nose, she elevated to a whole new level in terms of her character,” Rosa said while speaking about Becky.