According to Mike Johnson at PWInsider, WWE has made the decision to call the NXT Women’s Championship simply the NXT Championship.
This move comes in the same week that Becky Lynch spoke about gender specificity on WWE Backstage. “The Man” thinks it should be no longer referred to as the women’s division because it has been used to hinder progress.
It’s unclear if this change will eventually affect the Raw and SmackDown Women’s Championship, as well. However, the changes haven’t taken effect on WWE.com yet, where Rhea Ripley is still listed as the NXT Women’s Championship.
On this week’s episode of NXT, Mauro Ranallo was noticeably careful when mentioning the title on commentary. He introduced Ripley as the NXT Champion when she made her entrance. Ranallo also removed “women” when referring to other storylines around the title throughout the night.
This is an impactful move but it begs the question: What other changes could this lead to? If this leads to more opportunities for women’s wrestler, it’s worth a try.
However, if this is merely a name change for commentary use, that seems less effective. For now, we will just have to wait and see where this leads.
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