AEW has announced a Women’s Tag Team Tournament, and your viewership impacts if it will happen again.
Wrestling fans have been begging AEW to do more with its incredibly talented women’s division for the past year, and there have been positive signs for every setback. We’ve seen multiple excellent matches at Pay Per Views, including non-title matches such as Penelope Ford vs. Kris Statlander. Ford and Statlander have been major breakout stars without winning titles. Same with Big Swole.
Currently, Hikaru Shida is the AEW Women’s Champion, and Nyla Rose may be challenging her with the title and challenger roles reversed now that she’s hired Vickie Guerrero as her manager. Swole and Britt Baker could also have a match at All Out that is one for the ages.
But what’s really catching everyone’s attention right now is the AEW Women’s Tag Team Tournament, which the promotion announced on the highly successful July 22 episode of Dynamite.
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And wrestling fans should make sure to tune into AEW Dynamite every week during the tournament if they want the promotion to keep up this tournament as a yearly tradition, spotlighting women’s tag teams around the world and lifting up women’s tag teams in AEW.
According to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio, via WrestlingInc.com’s Robert Gunier, the executives at AEW will make a decision based on the tournament’s viewership.
If the numbers are good, they’ll plan on running it next year (and maybe the years to follow). But if the Dynamite numbers sink, they’ll stop.
That seems unfair if it’s, as Meltzer says, based on how the overall Dynamite viewership holds over the ensuing weeks, since people could tune in or out for a variety of reasons. NXT, other events, and other items on the show have an effect.
But at the end of the day, if you love tag team wrestling and want to see women’s tag teams get a spotlight like the men have in AEW, then you really need to support this tournament. The AEW Women’s Division has been overlooked, and some fans are right to point out that they should show more care to it before the tag tournament.
AEW can do better while also starting up some great tag team feuds with this tournament, which will involve eight different women’s tag teams. This tournament could be a great opportunity for the underutilized women’s roster, and both the wrestlers and fans could prove to Tony Khan that he needs to be doing WAY more for women’s wrestling.
So do your best, show your support, and tune in.