Ever since Ronda Rousey retired; Becky Lynch got pregnant; and Sasha Banks & Bayley were broken up as a women tag team champs, the female wrestling division within WWE has taken a huge back seat. The female division that once eclipsed the men’s division has now been lost in it own shadow. Now a former star is returning to the ring to stake her claim.
Eva Marie, the all red everything vixen, is returning to RAW to “give back” and continue her journey “where she started.” Kind of a conceded promo considering she didn’t exactly light the ring on fire with her wrestling skills. She’s more of a by product of the much maligned “Diva Era.” Hopefully her in-ring has improved.
Speaking of former talent, Cassie Lee & Jessica Kay formerly The IICONICS, and recently let go from WWE might be going to AEW. Shawn Spears, former WWE Superstar Tye Dillinger, is married to Peyton Royce, now known as Cassie Lee, might be the bridge to get two of the hottest female wrestler free agents over to WWE’s biggest competition.
While talking to Wrestle Talk, Spears was asked a tough question about whether his current employer would be interested in signing the former WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions. That question is admittedly above his paygrade.
“Those kind of questions are a little above my pay grade. Being biased and obviously being selfish, of course I think both of those women individually are incredible talents, but collectively they are over the moon in terms of talent. I don’t need to sell Cassie Lee or Billie Kay, I don’t need to sell any of those guys to you. You know what they are capable of, you know how highly entertaining they are, and when it comes to in-ring ability, they just complement each other so well.
“In terms of where they’ll show up (mimics praying) Tony why not? But again, those things are above my pay grade. When things like that happen, and they happen to everybody, I tell everybody this not just those two, but I’ve been released before. Everybody loses their job at some point, you’re either there for 30 years and they give you a gold watch and you retire or things happen. The main thing is how you bounce back. Really good individuals, really strong-willed individuals and people with even a chip on their shoulder, they have a tendency to bounce back and land on their feet, and those two women are going to land on their feet without question. Wherever they go, they’re going to be on TV together somewhere. So selfishly I’d like us to get ahold of them first, but wherever they go they’re going to make a massive impactful debut. I expect nothing less from those two.”
Odds of these two joining AEW are very high. Owner Tony Khan has money to spend and a need for female talent on the roster.
Speaking of AEW, another big female wrestler is allegedly set to make her way to AEW.
According to a report by SEScoops, Tessa Blanchard and her husband Daga are reportedly on their way to AEW. If accurate, this is a big get for AEW and it also puts to rest any rumors that AEW might not be interested in the former Impact Wrestling Champion.
The report suggests that the pair have been in negotiations with Tony Khan and AEW for over a month, with a source close to the situation suggesting it’s “all but a formality” until they’re signed.
There’s been a ton of chatter over the past year about what Blanchard might decide to do, moreover, who would be interested in signing her. She’s got a bit a controversial history — she was accused by other wrestlers of racism and discrimination –, but she’s one of the bigger female stars in the industry. There was talk she would be a good fit in AEW, but there was uncertainty around whether or not Khan was interested. He was interested, it just took time and it looks like the time is now.
If she goes to AEW, it will be interesting to see if she’s teamed up with her father Tully Blanchard, who is part of one of the biggest factions in the company, The Pinnacle. Even more, will AEW touch on any of the prior “issues” Blanchard had before signing?
Daga, who has been wrestling for Mexico’s Lucha Libre AAA company recently, also vacated the AAA Latin American Championship this past week; another sign that the pair could be moving onto pastures new in the not too distant future.