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WWE Queen’s Crown Tournament deserves better than being an afterthought

When WWE made the official announcement of the Queen’s Crown Tournament, fans were ecstatic that it was finally happening.  A Women’s Division counterpart to a WWE staple King of the Ring would be real and adds more opportunities given the constant evolvement of the Women’s Evolution.  Another chance for one of the female WWE Superstars to be the first of something new.

Except that it’s not exactly how it’s playing out.  Since the start of the tournament, many have commented on the lack of timing for the matches.  All of the matches as of this writing have been under three and a half minutes

The match times have been as follows –

Zelina Vega vs. Toni Storm – 2:10

Liv Morgan vs. Carmella – 1:40

Dana Brooke vs. Shayna Baszler – 1:25

Doudrop vs. Natalya – 3:00

Zelina Vega vs. Carmella – 3:25

What is even more aggravating is that this past Friday night was a “Supersized” Friday Night Smackdown that features an extra thirty minutes to the broadcast. However, the time of 3:25 was the best the booking could do for Zelina Vega v. Carmella in a semi-final match-up. How is this right for anyone in this tournament?

Immediately WWE takes a step back by not only slashing at least two-thirds of their time in the ring but doing a disservice to every woman involved in this tournament. Queen’s Crown should be something that’s significant to their careers.

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This one fact has made the Queen’s Crown tournament so negatively impacted that many of the faithful fans can only dread the worst.  It’s just ingrained into our minds that once it’s been a bad thing, it goes downhill from there.  The culmination of the tournament in Saudi Arabia has little to do with it, as WWE is trying to promote a positive image for the women there. 

Speaking of positive, there is a little shining light with the Queen’s Crown tournament.  That is better than no light at the end of the tunnel, but it’s not too late to make the Queen’s Crown right.  One factor that is a positive is that the Tournament is aimed at other talent that is not prominently featured in either of the Women’s Championship picture. 

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There’s Shayna Baszler, who is a front runner to become the first Queen’s Crown winner.  She is the Queen of Spades after all, and it is rather fitting for her at first thought.  Other contenders include Doudrop (who has positively used her name on Instagram to the tune of Baby Shark), Zelina Vega, Carmella, Liv Morgan, Natalya among others.  The contenders for the Queen’s Crown tournament were a nice touch considering the Women’s Championship picture is full and has its own things going on. What has gone wrong though is popular crowd favorites such as Liv Morgan and Toni Storm lost in the first round.

Vega is locked in for the finals, with Baszler and Doudrop set to battle on this coming Monday Night Raw.  Vega is a hidden gem in this tournament with so much untapped potential.  Baszler has already proven herself both in the Mae Young Classic and NXT.  Doudrop is nothing to laugh about either, being a Mae Young Classic competitor herself in addition to being a constant force on NXT UK. 

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With that being said, there is absolutely no reason either match should be placed on the back burner of the chaos that is Raw and Smackdown.  A decent time to show that the Queen’s Crown is something to fight for isn’t too much to ask for.  WWE can do right by giving fans a good story this coming Monday followed by a good bout at Crown Jewel.  Again, everyone in this tournament deserves better with the Queen’s Crown.  It’s not too late to make the right call and give these women more than five minutes.

Check back in with Diva Dirt for the final results of the Queen’s Crown Tournament.

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