For the first time in 7 years, the Women’s Championship will not be defended at WrestleMania. While many of us have been up in arms about WWE’s craptastic Diva booking for WrestleMania, this fact remains little expressed among the Internet wrestling community. For the last seven, consecutive years the Women’s Championship has been part of WrestleMania and come tonight, that tradition will be broken.
If you ask me, that’s something to mourn. It just goes to show the emphasis WWE bases on the belt – in fact, Beth Phoenix‘s whole reign has been overshadowed by other Divas. From Candice Michelle‘s injury to Maria posing for Playboy, aside from a brief feud with Mickie James (that was just dropped at a moment’s notice), Beth’s title reign has been background knowledge. It is almost like the title doesn’t exist. Hell, even the Michelle McCool-Chuck Palumbo storyline got more thought from Creative than Beth’s title reign. Not once has WWE mentioned the belt when promoting BunnyMania, scarcely referring to Beth as the Women’s Champion.
From legendary Divas such as Chyna, Trish Stratus, Lita to the current breed such as Victoria and Melina – all have been involved in Women’s Championship matches at WrestleMania over the last 7 years. Is this what the future holds for the Women’s Championship, when it isn’t even considered to be placed on the biggest show of the year? Let’s hope I’m wrong.