Let’s be blunt here: It doesn’t matter who wins, because the WWE Women’s Crown tournament is meaningless at this point.
A pro wrestling tournament is often built on career-defining matches, forwarding storylines and matches with passion. Tournaments like the King of the Ring or the G1 Climax have been built on those basic factors for years. It’s the reason that tournaments are so common in wrestling: They’re simple and easy to replicate.
Despite all of this, WWE, the self-proclaimed leader of the women’s revolution, have not made any of the tournament’s match-ups feel important in the slightest. Every Queen’s Crown match has been 3:25 or shorter in length, which is extremely disheartening given that the men’s King of the Ring tournament hasn’t had a single match under 6:45. Zero of the six matchups have went longer than the amount of time it takes me to microwave a Jimmy Dean croissant sandwich.
Why should I, the wrestling fan, care about any of these matches, or any of the women involved, when the creative team clearly doesn’t? Knowing they aren’t given a chance to develop meaningful stories or have a good wrestling match just makes me hold the Queen’s Crown tournament in such a low light.
The female performers that were involved at the beginning of the tournament were, at minimum, good in-ring workers, with even some great to fantastic performers mixed in there. There’s no plausible reason that the tournament has been treated the way it has so far.
And before you ask, no: The good will of the tournament cannot be redeemed if the Finals matchup between Doudrop and Zelina Vega by going an “appropriate length” of time. Why should I care if Vega or Doudrop wins? What are their stories in the first place? And which memorable moments have they made in the tournament, if any?
Why should I, the wrestling fan, care about any of these matches, or any of the women involved, when the creative team clearly doesn’t?
WWE is slowly slipping back into their pre-2014 form when it comes to booking women’s wrestling, and it seems to be getting worse as weeks pass. Women’s matches on RAW and SmackDown are usually under three minutes of 50/50 booking or illogical tropes. WWE tends to focus on the same four to six women for nearly each storyline, and they aren’t allowing any new stars to be built or to be treated like a big deal.
When the tournament was announced, I was hopeful that it would be as big of a deal as King of the Ring and create one or two new stars. Women like Toni Storm, Liv Morgan and Shayna Baszler all deserve to be at the top of the card, and this was a perfect opportunity to make that happen. But as is often with mainstream women’s wrestling in the US, they simply weren’t given the chance.