The Hell in a Cell pay-per-view should provide enough reason for all fans of sports, not just of professional wrestling, to purchase the WWE Network, if only to watch it repeatedly.
Said purchases should skyrocket not due to the fact it is an event that contains a card full of the matches that saw Mick Foley fall through a table from twenty feet, The Undertaker beating Shawn Michaels to a bloody pulp before meeting his long lost brother and Shane McMahon perform what is most likely the last of his death-defying stunts.
On Sunday night, Charlotte and Sasha Banks are going to square off in a Hell in a Cell match, the same match that made legends, male legends, out of Triple H, The Undertaker and Mick Foley. The Hell in a Cell has long since been promoted as a match that shortens careers, a reason why only WWE’s elite seem to get these matches, as they have proven themselves capable of withstanding the heinous structure.
WWE is giving Charlotte and Banks, the primary spearheads of the women’s revolution in professional wrestling, the same respect, a move that would have been seen as asinine as it is unprecedented just a short time ago. These two ladies are being given the same match given to only (for the most part) first-ballot Hall of Famers. They are receiving the ultimate compliment, a compliment that says you are just as valued as any male performer in the company. This most supreme of compliments is primarily the reason why Charlotte and Sasha Banks deserve the main event match at the Hell in a Cell event, as this match just may be the most important in the history of professional wrestling.
It is not as if WWE is putting this match together singularly to get more consumers to purchase subscriptions to the WWE Network. While in NXT, Charlotte and Banks, along with fellow Horsewomen Becky Lynch and Bayley, routinely stole every show they were on. In a company that once prided itself on having a product that focused on flaunting only the physical assets of its female roster members (Stephanie McMahon included), it was refreshing to see a whole other aspect of WWE’s female roster being flaunted.
This momentum rolled into the main roster, as Stephanie McMahon announced the official birth of the women’s revolution of professional wrestling July 13, 2015, when Charlotte, Banks and Lynch arrived on Monday Night Raw to take out Team Bella. The three Horsewomen headlined one of the most iconic segments in the history of WWE’s flagship show, as fans went ballistic not over the physical features of those in the ring, but the fact that they can perform nearly as well as anyone in professional wrestling.
After a slew of creative missteps, the women’s revolution regained its traction in time for Wrestlemania 32, where Charlotte, Banks and Lynch had a triple threat match that stole the show. Lynch has since gone to Smackdown Live since the WWE Draft this past summer, but Charlotte and Banks have continued their bloodthirst for one another in a feud that is less about the WWE Raw Women’s Championship, but more about who will be forever known as the face of the women’s revolution of professional wrestling. This feud has sprung a series of iconic matches, including Banks winning the title for the first time on Monday Night Raw’s first night as an independent program.
Banks and Charlotte have been more than just the leaders of the women’s revolution; they should be considered, years down the line, as the faces of the New Era. The New Era has since become known as a proving ground for superstars WWE would have passed on in the past, as they did not fit the company’s muscular mold. Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, the members of the Cruiserweight Division, and others undoubtedly had a hand in cultivating the New Era, as it is also unprecedented to independent wrestling darlings headline Raw and Smackdown week after week. However, WWE has made money
However, WWE has made money from the sweat of former indy icons like CM Punk and Daniel Bryan. Never before has WWE, or any wrestling company for that matter, allowed testosterone to be replaced by the talents of women’s wrestling, and they now have a women’s division that runs parallel in popularity with any other entity in the business. Charlotte and Sasha Banks made this happen, and their ascension garners a recommendation for, if not a complete surrendering to, the main event at Hell in a Cell.
Two female wrestlers have earned a spot in the cell, the same one Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker first stood inside of almost twenty years ago. By earning this spot, they have single- (technically double-)handedly changed the wrestling business forever, even more than Hogan, Austin or even Vince. They belong in the main event, more than any two performers ever have.