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Weighing the good and bad of a women’s HIAC match

Sasha Banks and Charlotte (Courtesy of WWE.com)
(Courtesy of WWE.com)

WWE Raw Women’s Champion Sasha Banks and Charlotte will compete in a Hell in a Cell match during the match’s namesake pay-per-view later this month.

It will be the first time two female Superstars have competed in a Hell in a Cell match in WWE history and the first female cage match since Lita vs. Victoria in 2003.

There’s obviously two main schools of thought regarding this match. The initial outlook is that it is another positive step for women’s wrestling to be regarded on an equal plain as the men. Once again, the female competitors are participating in a gender-defying “first time match” and have the capability of stealing the show.

Instead of being viewed as “Divas” or specifically female competitors, Banks and Charlotte will compete in one of the most brutal matches in WWE and shouldn’t be limited.

Then again, that could be problem with this match. Instead of having a brutal, bloody Hell in a Cell match, WWE could limit Banks and Charlotte because they are women. Perhaps management doesn’t think it would be worth the risk of showcasing two women in a hardcore match during PG Era WWE.

But if Banks’ and Charlotte’s prior matches are any indication, they should be given free reign to steal the PPV. It’s doubtful that either will take a Mick Foley-esque table bump off the top of the cell, but we should expect much less from either competitor.

Seriously, Charlotte attempted a corkscrew moonsault from the top rope to the outside of the ring on an episode of Raw. Banks has competed in numerous show-stealing matches since her run in NXT. These are two of the best Superstars in professional wrestling right now, regardless of gender. Regardless of whether the two are in a regular singles match, steel cage or any other gimmick, they will put on an entertaining bout. So why should we think that WWE will sell this match short?

And the logic of whether people “want to see women compete in a Hell in a Cell” is an outdated look on things. The fact that the match is happening proves that. When the UFC capitalized on the success of Ronda Rousey and other female competitors, WWE followed suit. So having a cage match shouldn’t be “too barbaric” just because it involves women. We should expect the company to go all-in on this, especially if its the only Hell in a Cell match on the card, which means it could actually get to be the main event.

Overall there is more good coming out of this announcement than anything. The fact is, Banks and Charlotte have been given the star treatment in recent months. Last week it was a main event match and this week it was an opening segment which resulted in giving a top male heel his comeuppance and the announcement of a revolutionary Women’s Championship match.

Banks and Charlotte both teased a women’s revolution while stealing the show in NXT. WWE promised one with their (and Becky Lynch’s) callups last summer. But the recent events surrounding the Raw Women’s Championship have solidified those claims. The division should continue to prosper, especially after a likely show-stealing Hell in a Cell match.

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