It's been a banner year for the women in WWE as they headlined WrestleMania 35 and Survivor Series. But Corey Graves would like to see the spotlight shine on more women's superstars heading into 2020.
Speaking on his After The Bell podcast, Graves wondered why certain female talent, including the current SmackDown Women's Champion, aren't given more to do on television or are portrayed a certain way. Graves noted that the talent level has never been higher, but feels as if something is lacking in the division.
"After 2018, 2019 obviously with the women headlining WrestleMania, I think it can be argued that it was the biggest year in WWE history as far as women's wrestling. The women were getting an opportunity to showcase what they can do. And each time an opportunity was provided, without fail, they knocked it out of the park. I don't know what the reasoning is, but Raw and SmackDown -- this has nothing to do with the ability of the women. We have the most talented group of women on earth," said Graves. "This is not a negative against their ability. I don't know what the fix is, but looking at the roster -- Asuka, remember when she dominated NXT? When she arrived and won the Royal Rumble, went to WrestleMania against Charlotte? Yeah, she's the WWE Women's Tag Team Champion with Kairi Sane, but remember when Asuka used to kick everybody's ass? Now she can't win a match without the dreaded poison mist. You've got Liv Morgan, who is apparently finally coming back. I think she's a star waiting to be born. Ruby Riott, hopefully, comes back from injury soon. I'm partial, but when's the last time Carmella did anything of substance on television? She's a former SmackDown Women's Champion."
He continued, "Bayley, in this new iteration, nothing against the talent, it doesn't feel important. It's bad when the SmackDown Women's Champion doesn't feel like a focus of the show. Again, this is not a knock on any of the women. I don't know if it takes another hashtag. How about giving the women's champions an opportunity to be the spotlight."
Graves excluded the NXT women's division, believing the gold brand is doing a great job at showcasing the female talent. He also stated that the Women's Tag Team Title TLC match between the Kabuki Warriors against Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair is important because it could be an eye-opener for the WWE Universe.
Elsewhere on the podcast, Charlotte responded to Graves' criticism that she has felt "less than" in recent weeks and months. You can view what she had to say by clicking here.
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