At WWE’s Hell in a Cell PPV, Sasha Banks received the Smackdown Ladies’s Championship for the primary time. With 5 prior Uncooked Ladies’s Championship title reigns, that now makes Banks a six-time world champion. However regardless of letting her run with the belt so many instances, WWE has an equal tendency to grab it again simply as shortly. Let’s hope that WWE lastly offers Banks a title reign that advantages her efficiency.
It would not all the time sit proper when skilled wrestlers brag about their variety of title reigns. In 1996, the Intercontinental Champion was Razor Ramon, and the announcers would gush over him throughout the broadcasts: “The Dangerous Man is the primary four-time Intercontinental Champion!” It sounded spectacular on its face. However give it some thought for a second. For somebody to be the reigning 4-time champion, did not they should lose the title thrice? Any such boast did not maintain as much as scrutiny, particularly if the reigns all occur in a short while body.
What these abbreviated runs talk to a wise viewers is that the wrestler is objectively proficient or charismatic sufficient to be a prime star. However for some cause, the corporate can’t absolutely decide to or belief the person. It could possibly be that the wrestler has private points or x elements that compromise reliability. It could possibly be a longtime popularity as “troublesome to work with.”
Regardless of the case, Banks’ report can’t be chalked as much as impersonal policy–that WWE merely strikes the belt round lots to present everybody an opportunity. Repeatedly, she has been underutilized, all the time in service of furthering different girls’s careers. Banks’ first Uncooked Ladies’s title reign was 26 days. Her second was 27 days. Her third was 19 days. Her fourth was eight days. And her fifth reign was 26 days. Put one other manner, her common title reign is 21.Four days lengthy. She has by no means held the title for greater than a month, and she or he has by no means efficiently defended her title in a televised match.
Examine this report to the opposite three Horsewomen who’re thought-about her contemporaries: Becky Lynch, Charlotte Aptitude, and Bayley. Lynch held the Smackdown Ladies’s title for 398 days, solely dropping it when she grew to become pregnant. Charlotte Aptitude held the world title 10 instances, and though she had some quick title reigns, she additionally had two reigns that had been every over 100 days; each reigns had been longer in length than the mixed days of Banks’ reigns. Bayley, who simply misplaced the Smackdown Ladies’s title to Banks, held it for 380 days.
What could possibly be the reason for this? The gossip in 2016 was that Vince McMahon thought-about her “injury-prone,” and there have been further rumors in 2018 which pointed to a nasty perspective backstage. Neither concern, nevertheless, has come up as of late, and her alliance and subsequent feud with Bayley has been a spotlight over the previous tumultuous 12 months; their current phase, the place Bayley turned on Banks after dropping the WWE Ladies’s Tag Workforce Championship, did higher–as far because the variety of viewers goes–than every other feud in months.
Banks at present has a dearth of worthy challengers, which can lengthen her present run. Apart from Bayley, the Smackdown girls’s roster options Natalya, Carmella, Bianca Belair, Zelina Vega, and Tamina. It is a mixture of seasoned veterans who do not want a title reign and youthful wrestlers who aren’t prepared for the highest spot.
That leaves Bayley as Sasha’s largest menace. Will WWE give Banks her first profitable predominant roster title protection? At any time when the rematch occurs, it will present how a lot the corporate values Banks and to what extent they belief her. And if Banks wins the rematch, WWE must let her have an actual run–one that lasts over three months–to lastly present what she’s able to.