The final stretch on the road to WrestleMania begins this week. One of the matches with very high in-ring expectations is the Raw Women’s Championship match; Becky Lynch versus Bianca Belair. Not only are Lynch and Belair the two most athletic and impressive workers on the roster, but there’s a major opportunity for WWE to make up for one of their most egregious booking mistakes of 2021.
After the company decided to embarrass Bianca Belair at Summerslam, fans have been thirsty for her redemption. However, an enticing match graphic can only do so much. If WWE doesn’t complete the obvious character arc by crowning Belair as the new Raw Women’s Champion, they may have a legitimate riot on their hands.
WWE Needs To Correct An Embarrassing Mistake
Fans, analysts, and Bianca Belair herself were gutted by her twenty-six-second loss to Becky Lynch at Summerslam. Twenty-six seconds was all it took for months of laborious work to get thrown into the trash and for Bianca Belair to lose her prized Smackdown Women’s Championship.
Losing a match to Becky Lynch is nothing to be ashamed of. Lynch is, after all, one of the greatest female wrestlers in WWE history. But, how the match was booked was downright disrespectful, not only to Belair but also to the fans. At the start of that memorable day, WWE had promised Belair versus Sasha Banks, a rematch from their infamous WrestleMania match – they did not deliver. Then, WWE teased their fans with a legitimate Belair versus Lynch match – and again, they did not deliver. At the end of the night, the company’s horrible creative decisions put nobody over and buried a star they had spent months building.
Unfortunately, the burial didn’t stop there. Belair would go on to challenge Lynch several times after Summerslam unsuccessfully. These contests were forgettable and did nothing to benefit either star. In the fall of 2021, Bianca Belair found herself at the bottom of the roster and the back of the line.
WWE Needs Full-Time Babyface Champions
With Reigns, Lynch, and Flair’s heel championship runs taking up the better part of a year, WWE requires an angle facelift. Sure, the fresh baby-faced Brock Lesnar is unique, but it’s only a matter of time before Brock steps away for another “break.” The company has had an insanely difficult time building and maintaining babyface stars, and it’s not because of a lack of talent.
Before and during Belair’s Championship reign, she was massively popular. Arguably, the EST is the easiest person to root for in WWE. Her story, style, persona, charisma, and in-ring ability work together beautifully. What separates her from other WWE stars is that her character is so genuine. In a company full of RK-Bros, Alexas Bliss’, and Sami Zayne’s – Belair is a breath of fresh air. She embodies the aura of a larger-than-life superstar while staying believable.
Fans have been responded to this character in an enormous way. In a recent Raw promo, Becky Lynch acknowledged that fans were more interested in the EST than her now. Lynch putting over Belair in that promo was a sign that WWE may finally be aware of how much potential the former champion has.
A Bianca Belair Victory Can Prompt A Becky Lynch Character Shift
Since Becky’s return at Summerslam, her in-ring work has been at an all-time high. She is in peak physical condition. The only thing that isn’t working is her character. The Big Time Beck’s heel persona has felt wildly uneven. When this new version of Lynch was introduced, fans were hesitant to boo Becky since they missed her so much. The character got even muddier when she was put into a program with another heel, Charlotte Flair.
The fact that Lynch is a heel means that she is often cheating to win. Unfortunately, this does more damage to her credibility as a megastar. ‘The Man’ character would not need to cheat to beat the likes of Liv Morgan, but for some reason, this Big Time Beck’s character does.
One of the most exciting and thrilling parts of Lynch’s run as ‘The Man’ was that she was a lot more ‘show,’ and a lot less ‘tell.’ This iteration of her character is quite the opposite. Despite her innate charisma, Becky Lynch cannot salvage the terrible writing WWE provides her character.
The path is clear and unquestionable to most fans. However, McMahon and company have taken pride in sending fans home upset on more than one hundred occasions. Let’s hope that WrestleMania 38 isn’t another one of those occasions.