Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Update on Plans to Drop “Women” From NXT Championship

Update on Plans to Drop “Women” From NXT Championship
NXT announcers began referring to the NXT Women’s Championship as simply the NXT Championship as a way to get over the fact that both the men’s and women’s titles are equal.

This happened a day after Becky Lynch appeared on WWE Backstage and suggested that the company should not refer to female wrestlers as being part of a “division” since to some it comes across as if they are not quite on the level of the men.

Lynch said the following on WWE Backstage: ” I think it’s now starting to hold us back where we are then going ‘oh, this is the women’s segment, this is the women’s thing.’ Why do we need that division? We need people, we need characters, we need people looking for the main event spot, not the top women’s spot, the top spot.”

It looks like WWE is back to referring to Rhea Ripley’s belt as the NXT Women’s Championship as that was the name used this week on Monday Night Raw and across WWE’s social media and on

This was pointed out by the @WWEonFOX Twitter account when promoting tonight’s episode of NXT:

It’s unclear what prompted WWE to go back on their decree from a couple of weeks ago but, at least for now, it looks like Ripley’s title will still be referred to the NXT Women’s Championship.

As noted on Monday night, WWE is hoping for a ratings boost for NXT as Charlotte Flair is scheduled to appear on tonight’s show to answer Ripley’s WrestleMania challenge.