There is said to be frustration regarding the recent booking of WWE’s women’s division.
With SummerSlam fast approaching, it was expected that there would be several women’s matches featured on the show, however, there are only two bouts remaining set for the card.
On the latest edition of Raw, it was announced that Trish Stratus and Becky Lynch’s highly-anticipated grudge match would no longer be taking place at the biggest part of the summer, instead being delayed until the red brand returns to Canada on August 14th.
There were also believed to be plans for Rhea Ripley to defend her Women’s World Championship on the show but that match against Raquel Rodriguez but that is looking unlikely to take place at the event either.
The show will still see Asuka defending the WWE Women’s Championship in a Triple Threat match against Bianca Belair and Charlotte Flair. Ronda Rousey is also set to face former ally Shayna Baszler in an ‘MMA Rules’ bout.
Despite this, WRKD Wrestling has reported that there are “growing frustrations” in the company around the handling of the women’s division.
“There are growing frustrations backstage in WWE regarding the handling of the women’s division.”
There are growing frustrations backstage in WWE regarding the handling of the women’s division. pic.twitter.com/AagYGxXSDR
— WRKD Wrestling (@WRKDWrestling) August 3, 2023
Why have women’s matches been cut from WWE SummerSlam?
According to a recent report from Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio, the reason the match es between Lynch & Stratus and Ripley & Rodriguez were pulled from the event was due to time constraints. Meltzer says WWE didn’t want to “short-change” any matches by having too many on the card.