When Mick Foley was introduced as the official general manager of Monday Night Raw, many questioned what he could bring to the table. Taking nothing away from the Hardcore Legend, but the benefits of hiring him weren’t quite as clear-cut as they were for Daniel Bryan on SmackDown Live, who can bring in the ratings due to his popularity with a large portion of the audience.
That’s a lot to compete with, especially for a legend trying to adapt to a new generation of fans’ desires. But following the WWE Draft on Tuesday Night, there is at least one area that Foley is definitely going to excel in, and that’s taking the women’s division to the next level.
Over the last few years, Foley has been incredibly vocal over his fondness for women’s wrestling in WWE, particularly in following the likes of the Four Horsewomen on their journey to the main roster, save for Bayley who would go on to win the NXT Women’s Championship instead.
He has often been mocked for holding such high regard for the female locker room, but despite all the jokes, it’s great to see somebody who wants to focus on the ever-evolving women’s division and take it to unforeseen heights. That’s what he brings to the table in the brand extension.
Now, of course, Foley isn’t going to be in charge of everything that goes on behind the scenes — he will likely be nothing more than an on-screen personality — but one would hope that WWE picked Foley and Bryan not just because they’re well-known by the WWE Universe, but because they have a keen eye for the business. It would be foolish not to take their advice with regards to how the WWE can continue to blaze trails in the entertainment industry.
If one were to ask Foley what category he wanted to focus on as GM of Raw, it would most likely be the women’s division. So in order to maintain realism and actually take advantage of this opportunity, WWE should honor that. It’s not like they have anything to lose, right?
Nevertheless, the draft itself was the first step in the right direction to achieving something special for the women of WWE. Despite SmackDown Live managing to steal a few big names, Raw still secured Charlotte, Sasha Banks, Paige, Nia Jax, Alicia Fox, Dana Brooke and Summer Rae. That’s a really good foundation and Raw could easily maintain two full-blown women’s rivalries at any given moment.
There’s no point in being greedy by asking for any more than that. They might have three hours to work with, but with the stacked male roster, as well as the oncoming cruiserweight division, the ability to put forward two female feuds at a time is all the division needs to stay on track.
If they could do it with Natalya and Becky Lynch, there’s nothing stopping them from doing it after the split.
The exciting thing about this is that it gives women like Paige, Fox and Summer Rae a chance to redeem themselves from obscurity. These are extremely gifted individuals, yet they’ve been overlooked recently due to limits on how many female athletes could be showcased at a given time. But now, any one of these women could engage in a feud with Jax, and it would be good television. Jax’s dominance alone would be enough to carry any story over the course of her debut.
To have that as a secondary feud to Banks and Charlotte’s ongoing rivalry, which will now most likely run through to SummerSlam, would be the perfect way to build up the next challenger for the championship and keep all of the women on the roster relevant.
With this in mind, along with a Raw GM who avidly supports the division, the women of WWE on the red brand have a serious opportunity to shine ahead of them.
Team Blue were still able to pick up Becky Lynch, Natalya, Naomi, Alexa Bliss, Carmella and Eva Marie. They may be a little bit outdone by Raw at the moment, particularly considering the WWE Women’s Championship now resides on the flagship show, but this should be enough to light a fire under every woman on SmackDown Live so that they can try to match Raw every step of the way.
There is a lot of talent on Tuesdays, it’s up to them to utilize it.
No matter which brand outshines the other, WWE’s women’s division is bursting with opportunity right now. Not only for the NXT call-ups, but for each and every competitor out there to make a name for themselves and take the women’s revolution up a notch.