Was it perfect? No. But don’t use some poorly made furniture against the argument that Sasha Banks and Charlotte put on what is possibly the most important women’s match of all-time. Oh, and they also happened to excel in that moment as well.
The match featured several high-spots that exceeded most of the men’s recent HIAC bouts. One table broke too easy and Charlotte won the title after hurling Sasha at a table that was far too sturdy multiple times, but the overall match is at least worth being rated as four stars out of five.
Wrestling is preference based, and lord knows people will use the “botches” as reasons to dismiss both women, but both were simply too great to ignore. Wait. No. Scratch that… both women were just too transcendent to ignore.
Honestly, it is probably about time to come to the realization that the women’s division as a whole is definitely getting better. But when you compare everyone’s angles, work rates, etc. to that of the Sasha-Charlotte feud, we might as well be comparing Raw’s flagship women to The Rock and Stone Cold and everyone else to Marty Jannetty.
That’s not meant as a slight to any of the other female wrestlers, either. Alexa Bliss, Becky Lynch and many others, have all shined since the women’s revolution began. However, Charlotte and Sasha have been going next-level for several months now — breaking down barriers, glass ceilings and shattering many stereotypes.
If wrestling were more mainstream (or more widely considered a sport), what Sasha and Charlotte have done — and will presumably be doing moving forward — is historically important. Not in terms relative to America being founded or anything that absurd, but certainly in regards to how men view women in sports.
Even when thinking about it solely from a logical standpoint, the WWE — which is run mostly by men — had enough trust in those women to close Hell in a Cell. Maybe it wasn’t a sincerely altruistic move, as the company could have felt forced to put them on last, but two women fought in a HIAC match and closed out a Network Special. Before we knew of these women when they were NXT, did anyone think that was even possible?
The crowd — which were mostly men — ate it up, too. For good reason. Good storytelling, the high-spots, Sasha losing in her hometown, and the drama the two created by combining all of that with previous history had many — or, at least me — in near tears. It was like being a proud dad to daughters I never knew I had.
For a lack of a better phrasing, it just felt organically special. It wasn’t a forced “special” moment for the women circa Nikki Bella breaking the title run record, or Paige defeating AJ Lee during her main roster debut. It just felt as though that moment belonged.
Who knows what awaits the rest of the division in the future? We very literally just witnessed the highest point of it on Sunday night. There’s pretty much nowhere to go but down, and unfortunately for the rest of the women in the division, they all have to wrestle in the large and looming shadows of the two women who put on a hell of a show at Hell in a Cell.
As long as the WWE has both Charlotte and Sasha to rely upon for big moments, great storytelling, and a naturally engaging feel, the women’s division will be just fine… if not excellent.
It WILL be excellent because of those two, even if only because of those two. They are our modern Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage.
Feed on the hyperbole, kids. Because it might sound too triumphant, but it also happens to be true.