As noted earlier, a change has been made to the names of the women’s titles on NXT. On this week’s show, the NXT Women’s Championship was referred to as simply the NXT Championship, which indicates that they are no longer going to make the gender distinction going forward as a way to portray the men’s and women’s titles as equal.
This happened just one day after Becky Lynch’s appearance on WWE Backstage where she talked about wanting to move on from the “first time only” hype during matches and her desire to see the “women” distinction removed.
Lynch issued a clarification on Twitter. You can read it below:
“My comment about removing the word ‘women’ from the conversation wasn’t about renaming the division, it was about beginning to rethink it.
I wasn’t advocating for any changes in title names or anything else (like I’d have the power) – but simply an equal volume of opportunities that are based on skill, and not gender.
The term ‘women’ can limit openings because phrases like, ‘there’s already a women’s match on the show’ is still in wrestling’s historical DNA.
We’re all just Superstars who want our shots and places on the shows if we earn and deserve them.
I’d simply love us to get to a place where there’s three ‘women’s matches’ on PPV, or ten… or none if it so happens we’re not serving the audience.”
Click here to see the video of what Lynch said on WWE Backstage on Tuesday night.