Seth Rollins has had his say on WWE’s booking of its women’s division.
Women’s wrestling has been in the spotlight again recently with both WWE and AEW coming under fire from some sections over the booking of their respective women’s divisions.
Speaking on the After The Bell podcast, Seth Rollins admitted that he thinks there’s currently a void just waiting to be filled in WWE’s women’s division:
“I would say 100%. There’s a lot of space to fill there, on Raw, on SmackDown. I think absolutely there is a void. What I sense more than anything is this kind of bubbling little undercurrent from our audience, like they want something fresh and new and they want to have people to get behind. They want it, and I’m not saying these people are coming from NXT. You never know.
“It might be somebody that steps up, a Chelsea Green, a Piper Niven. You never know. There’s tons of women capable on our main roster at the moment, but there is like this, I’m feeling it. It’s very much like we want something more out of the women. We know it’s there and we can’t wait to see it, but there’s like a growing intrigue. There’s a growing desire to see it.”
Rollins continued by noting he doesn’t feel the women in the company have showcased to the best of their abilities over the past six months but that is something that can happen in the wrestling business:
“This past Monday, Zoey Stark was in the ring with my wife, Becky, and they absolutely wrecked the main event of Monday Night Raw, absolutely wrecked it, and that was Zoey’s first main event. It was her first main event on Raw and I told her afterwards, I said first of many. It’s going to be a huge thing.
“She’s one of them that has the opportunity to really lead this next generation of women into the future. I just think that it’s there. It feels like they’re on the cusp of a breakthrough. I felt like Monday was a huge reminder of what they’re capable of.
“They haven’t, and I’m going to be frank with you, they haven’t been showcased as well as they could have been over the past, you know, six months or so. They haven’t been. Aside from a few exceptions, and I don’t need to pick and choose, and name names. Sometimes that’s just how the cookie crumbles and that’s part of the the industry. It’s part of the business.
“I’ve been in situations where I absolutely feel like I’ve not been showcased, or male talent, the same way. It has nothing to do, in my opinion, with gender at all. It’s just a commentary on where we’re at right now. There are opportunities and I think Monday was a reminder of how incredible our female talent roster is and can be when given the opportunity to main event, to succeed, and to be the best. I think it’s all there. I just can’t wait to see who steps up and fills that space and grabs that ring.”
Seth Rollins faces a big challenge at Payback
Seth Rollins will have a tough night ahead of him at Payback on September 2nd when he puts his World Heavyweight Championship on the line against Shinsuke Nakamura.
Two women’s matches are scheduled for the six-match card at Payback with Rhea Ripley putting her Women’s World Championship on the line against Raquel Rodriguez and Becky Lynch and Trish Stratus looking to finally settle their issues in a Steel Cage match.