The Damage CTRL angle shines the spotlight on more SmackDown women


Damage CTRL remains the top group on WWE SmackDown and their prevalence in the main event shines a spotlight on the entire women’s division. 

While Roman Reigns is the top dog on WWE SmackDown, Iyo Sky remains the most consistent champion on the brand. When you look at it, she’s the only one that is there week after week. WWE making the call to feature the Damage CTRL arc as one of the most important angles on the show is the right move because it not only features the talented members of the group but creates the opening to shine the line on multiple other ladies in the division.

On the December 15 edition of SmackDown, Zelina Vega and Michin (Mia Yim) teamed to battle the Kabuki Warriors. This is an important moment because it marks Michin’s first match on SmackDown since back in June when she teamed with AJ Styles to take on Karrion Kross and Scarlett. Almost exactly six months since she’s had a match on television.

For Vega, this was just her second match on the show since back in October. Even though she is frequently included in the LWO angle, Vega doesn’t get as much match time as many of her fans would desire. Vega being the last woman to defeat Sky is the perfect reason to include her in this storyline.

Damage CTRL is yet another example of how professional wrestling could better invest in women’s wrestling, as fans continue to push to see more of it across all wrestling promotions. This angle already features Sky, Kairi Sane, Asuka, Bayley, Bianca Belair, Shotzi, and Charlotte Flair. According to Fightful Select, Isla Dawn, and Alba Fyre are going to return during a big women’s match on the December 22 edition of the show – using the angle to bring two more names back to the division.

The idea that the rising tide raises all boats is true for professional wrestling, just like it is true in other industries. Taking the time to establish multiple names in the women’s division helps expand the spotlight for more to be included. WWE has laid the foundation for this work on WWE NXT, WWE Raw, and finally expanding it to WWE SmackDown. Fans should be eager to see how this pays off in the weeks, months, and the year to come.

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