SmackDown had its season premiere this week and despite it being off the heels of a draft, not a woman match was in sight. Unfortunately, this hasn’t been the first time in recent memory that the show has gone without in-ring action. The draft saw six women come from RAW to refresh their storylines and provide us all with what many hoped was some quality entertainment. With that being said, WWE isn’t starting out on the right foot for the women of the blue brand.
The most we got to see from the new members of the SmackDown locker room was them on stage at the start of the show. Stephanie McMahon and Triple H kicked off the show but their focus was solely on the men. The men’s roster would start brawling as a result of some of the new faces from the draft which led to the disappearance of the women to the backstage area. It can be presumed that there was no need to include them in anything.
The most we heard about the women was from Daniel Bryan who said he was excited to see what Bianca Belair and The Riott Squad have in store. Speaking of Belair, who undoubtedly should be the next big thing, a promo did air for her. As great as the promo was, a match would have been even better.
Carmella was revealed as the mystery woman two weeks ago along with her new gimmick, “Untouchable.” Since then we still do not have any progression or have yet to see her back in the ring.
The only segment we did get for the women was a Hell in a Cell contract signing between Bayley and Sasha Banks. A segment in which Bayley refused to sign the contract even though the match is one week from Sunday. Banks of course was killing it in the style department. She delivered some good comebacks to Bayley who continues to think she has done everything in her career on her own.
Hopefully next week we will see some women’s matches on SmackDown.