Yes, it is a BIG deal that the Smackdown Women’s Championship match is on the kick-off show at Mania, and for a number of reasons. One, not everyone is watching the kick-off show and most of the people in the audience are still coming in and finding their seats at that point. Two, if someone wants to go back at watch Wrestlemania 33 on the Network, the Smackdown Women’s Championship match won’t be on it. Putting a match on the kick-off show, they know not everyone is watching it. They’re putting a Women’s Championship match on the kick-off show knowing that not everyone in the live audience or the audience at home are going to be able to see it.
And that’s a shitty move on WWE’s part. On any other PPV maybe that would’ve been okay, but this is Wrestlemania, the BIGGEST show of the year. It’s also the first Wrestlemania since the draft, and WWE is playing blatant favoritism with the Raw women’s division. And this isn’t a shot at the Raw Women’s division, it just doesn’t make any sense to me why BOTH women’s championship matches can’t be on the main card, especially in the ‘Women’s Revolution’ era.
Sure, the kick-off show is meant to hype up the crowd but the women’s championship match isn’t meant to be a hype match. It’s meant to be a match that everyone is paying attention to. There a plenty of matches that are more suited for the kick-off. Hell, the musical guests are more suited for the kick-off show. Not the Smackdown Women’s Championship match.
I’m gonna be mad about this for next 20 years.