At the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view on October 30th, Charlotte once again became the WWE Raw Women’s Champion. This title has been constantly bouncing back and forth between her and Sasha Banks, with The Boss winning it a few weeks ago on Raw only to lose it in her hometown of Boston on Sunday. What’s the behind-the-scenes reason for this storyline? What’s the WWE planning here?
Well, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter might have the answer. In the recent episode of Wrestling Observer Radio (via Reddit), Meltzer says that the original plan was to have Sasha Banks win at Hell in a Cell and retain the championship. However, that plan was changed because the WWE wanted to begin a Charlotte vs. Bayley feud a bit earlier than expected, and this would require Charlotte to be the Raw Women’s Champion once again.
To some degree this makes sense, especially considering how few women are currently on the Raw brand. If the WWE wants to move on from the Sasha and Charlotte feud, they only have so many options for superstars to give a title shot to. If Sasha retained, Bayley couldn’t go after the title because she and Sasha are both babyfaces, and presumably the WWE did not think other heels like Dana Brooke and Nia Jax were quite ready for the main event yet. There are a lot of passionate fans behind Bayley right now, but that excitement is starting to die down thanks to her excruciatingly boring recent matches with Dana Brooke. Now, it looks like she’ll have more to do to say the least.
If true, this would also lend credence to the theory that the WWE will soon be turning Sasha Banks heel again, perhaps leading up to a Sasha Banks vs. Bayley match at WrestleMania. The WWE could have actually done this earlier, having Sasha Banks win at Hell in a Cell and then begin a feud with Bayley. But perhaps they either aren’t ready for The Boss to turn heel yet, or they want to save this much-anticipated feud for their biggest pay-per-view of the year.
At the moment, fans are split about what the WWE is doing with the Raw Women’s Championship. Some feel that it’s great the way Sasha Banks and Charlotte are being depicted as two equally talented opponents, and so both of them struggle to maintain control of the belt for very long. Others, however, are getting increasingly bored of the constant back and forth and feel like it’s making it less special to see the title change hands since it now seems to happen once every three to four weeks.
Fans were also quite mixed on the Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks Hell in a Cell match itself. Although both superstars performed admirably, there were some pretty unfortunate botches, including two separate moments when it seemed Sasha Banks was supposed to break through a table…only the table did not break. The match’s ending was incredibly anticlimactic, so much so that many fans have been speculating that Banks going through the table was meant to be the original finale, but when that didn’t work, they had to improvise and couldn’t quite pull off a better ending.
Charlotte will address a crowd in Hartford, Connecticut on Monday Night Raw tonight, this time as the Raw Women’s Championship. If the report about Bayley is true, we’ll almost certainly be seeing her play a big role this evening, and those who “want some Bayley” will be quite satisfied.