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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

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Why Bayley versus Sasha 2 Will Change the Course of Wrestling

By Speed on the Beat (@speedonthebeat)

OK, you may be thinking "Speed, now you're REALLY on one. A women's wrestling match dictating what could go down in pro wrestling and a WWE one at that? Pshhhh." However, I implore you to hear me out. There haven't been that many women's matches billed near the top of the card in a way which isn't just "pee break material," as some would call them. And here we are, about a year-plus into the WWE Network, and NXT has featured quite a few of them. And, GASP, they're not pee breaks or designed just to titillate the male audience.

These matches have stories. Psychology. Near falls that keep you on the edge of your seat. Pretty much, Triple H's baby has everything that'd make Dusty Rhodes smile from beyond the grave--and it's applied to men and women's wrestling. And tonight's 30-minute Ironman match between Bayley and Sasha Banks for the NXT Women's Championship? It's the match that can take women's wrestling to a new plateau.

It's not focused on who's prettier, who has the most-fake breasts, or who slept with who. It's focused on two of the Four Horsewomen trying to settle a long-established score. It's about seeing the usually happy Bayley pulling out the stops to keep the championship around her waist. And it's in the main event. It's not there because the WWE ran out of ideas and/or script. It's there because it deserves to be there.

Bayley versus Sasha 2 is a huge step towards women's wrestling being respected in the WWE world. If it delivers the way I feel it will, it'll be a classic and usher in a new era for women's wrestling. One that focuses even more on talent than boobs than the "Divas Revolution" has.

Bayley/Banks 2 along with all the awesomeness of the next NXT Takeover special kicks off tonight on the WWE Network.

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