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Smark Hen-XT (7/15/15): The Revolution Will Be Televised


On the cusp of a revolution, Charlotte and Sasha Banks face each other for the NXT Women’s Championship and prove to all that change is coming.

A call to arms

Change is in the wind, as last Monday, three of NXT's finest arrived on RAW to raise hell and change the landscape.


For the most part, if you would have read that sentence, it wouldn’t have mattered that those three talents were women. And for the most part, it shouldn’t. It’s 2015 and weed is legal in a lot of states in the US. Same sex marriage is a constitutional right there, too. We’ve gone so far as a society that gender doesn’t really matter as far of achievements are concerned. And yet here we are proclaiming a revolution in women’s wrestling.

NXT Women’s Champion Sasha Banks, Charlotte, and Becky Lynch are no doubt three of the best talents in NXT, and now RAW, regardless of gender. They can work, they have great charisma in their own unique ways, and quite honestly, they can and will shape the future of the WWE. These three have been involved in some of the best matches in the WWE the past year and a half. That they’re women shouldn’t matter...

But it does. Women’s wrestling in the WWE has been in terrible shape for as long as I can remember. Talented wrestlers are tied down by terrible stories. The fact that they’re awesome and great are overshadowed by the fact that they don’t have a Y-chromosome and are somehow expected to behave differently and live with different priorities. Now Stephanie McMahon brings to the main roster a trio of girls that were above that pettiness in NXT.


This episode of NXT once again showcases a great main event between the genetically superior, second generation star Charlotte and the Boss of NXT, the Women’s Champion, Sasha Banks. It was like many of their previous encounters, that is to say, awesome. This is the quality of wrestling that the womenfolk of RAW want to achieve and yet somehow, despite the plethora of talent, are unable to. The NXT women is only part of the answer here. There is a larger problem surrounding women’s wrestling in the WWE, one that is deeply ingrained in the culture of the company and the industry. This is only the first step in the revolution. There are many more to take.

There is some trepidation. Will they fall into the same traps as many great, talented wrestlers that came before them? Will hard-headed, backwards men tie them down? I hope, with powerful patrons behind them in the form of Mr. and Mrs. Helmsley, the trio of Charlotte, Becky, and Sasha will find lasting and meaningful success in the WWE. God knows women’s wrestling needs it.

Rest of the show:

Jason Jordan and Chad Gable vs Elias Sampson and Steve Cutler


  • Not gonna lie, Jordan and Gable reminds me of the World’s Greatest Tag Team of Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas, and that’s not a bad thing. Jordan is insanely athletic and Gable possesses great charisma. WGTT was one of the most entertaining teams during their run in the WWE, and I expect a similar, if not better. trajectory for our two young upstart grapplers.

  • Best signs that they’re doing good? Their awesome chain grappling and that double team finisher. The toss to a bridging back suplex is some Suplex City level of awesome.

Samoa Joe vs Axel Tischer


  • Crowd unsurprisingly dead for most this match. You can’t have that when you’re such a big pick-up for NXT like Samoa Joe.

  • NXT Creative needs to give Samoa Joe something to do. The Kevin Owens feud suddenly just got dropped without warning. You can’t just have such a big name floating around without direction.

Blake and Murphy (w/ Alexa Bliss) vs Angelo Dawkins and Sawyer Fulton


  • As much hate I throw at Blake’s stylist, I sorta miss the pigtails.

  • Nothing really much about the match itself. Squash match for the champions.

  • The complete 180 turn from Alexa Bliss is jarring. The transition from adorbz bubbly girl to evil cheerleader queen bitch is shocking. She overacted the whole post-match beatdown. But I must admit, that cheerleader toss to the Sparkle Splash was good.

Sami Zayn promo


  • Zayn gave us an update about his injury, and I’ve gotta agree, 2015 sucked balls for him.

  • Camus’s boy though, delivers a great promo, declaring his intentions to (1) get his title back and (2) beat the ever loving shit out of Kevin Owens once his shoulder heals up. Short but sweet.

We are on the cusp of something that may change the industry for the better. We at Smark Henry wish Charlotte, Becky Lynch, and Sasha Banks good fortune as they face the unenviable task of leading a revolution. Godspeed, women, you will need it.

What do you think of the revolution? Let us know and drop a comment!

Photos from WWE.com
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Jocs Boncodin is a Managing Editor of Smark Henry. He answers emails by day and watches wrestling by night. An aspiring writer, Jocs spends most of his idle time fantasy booking angles and overthinking wrestling storylines. A big fan of the WWE, his introduction to the local online wrestling community Smark Gilas-Pilipinas has opened his eyes to the wonders of puroresu and lucha libre. He currently handles Smark Hen-XT, smarkhenry.ph's weekly NXT review. 

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