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– by Michael Connally

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The WWE has officially announced a 32 competitor Women’s Tournament that will appear on the WWE Network this summer. The tournament was announced at a business presentation the WWE gave to business partners called “WWE Reimagined”. Raw Women’s Champion Bayley, Smackdown Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss, and NXT Women’s Champion Asuka were a part of the presentation.

This is a big moment in women’s wrestling history. For the first time, the WWE is getting behind their female superstars in a way that puts them on the same level with the male superstars. With performers like Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, Bayley, and others, the level of talent on the women’s roster is unparalleled. The only issue I have with the women’s division is that, with the brand split, they have had few match ups they could offer, giving the audience a lot of repetition. That leads to boredom. This tournament allows the WWE to open the doors to plenty of deserving women around the globe to show just how far women’s wrestling has come.

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There are a few performers on the independent scene I would love to see in this tournament. One would be Mandy Leon. As a part of the Women of Honor roster, she’s put on some great matches as part of that under used division. If you want to see a great match, find her matches against Hania the Huntress, another performer I would love to see take part in the tournament. When I first saw them fight each other, I knew nothing of either apart from the times I would see Mandy hype merchandise on Ring of Honor television. The passion those two brought to the ring was evident from the start. Why Ring of Honor went with a Six Man Championship and not a Women’s Championship with the level of female talent they have just astounds me.

Another performer I would love to see is Taeler Hendrix. Her look alone is worthy of a chance to perform by the WWE. She gives off a crazy Poison Ivy type of vibe which is cool to see. She can also bring it in the ring and on the mic as well. While she is currently out injured, there’s a chance she should be healed up by the time the tournament happens.

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The last performer I would love to see in the tournament is Veda Scott. I first came across her on Ring of Honor. Her skills on the mic are second to none. Her work in the ring is even better. How she, and the other three I mentioned, have not been snatched up by the WWE at this point astounds me.

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So what do you think? Are there any performers you would like to see in the Women’s Tournament this summer? Do you like the fact that the WWE is opening the doors to more independent talent? What does this do to organizations like Ring of Honor? Sound off in the comments section below.

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SOURCE: WWE