The progression of women’s wrestling in WWE over the past 20 years has been nothing but remarkable. From performing in Bra and Panties Matches and being an afterthought to now main eventing shows and even a Wrestlemania, the Women’s Revolution has changed wrestling forever. Stephanie McMahon recently sat down with The National and explained WWE’s former mindset on Women’s Wrestling.
“Throughout the years, we’ve seen women’s wrestling ebb and flow. In the Attitude Era, it was thought that our women were ‘nice to have’ not a ‘need to have’. They weren’t featured as main events, they were in various other roles.”
Stephanie gives some of the credit for the change in the thought process towards women’s wrestling, to her husband Triple H.
“He started recruiting elite female athletes, as well as men, and he started training the women the same as the men, giving them the same amount of match time on television at our live events. These women, when given the opportunity, absolutely started to steal the show every time, [to the point] our fans started chanting ‘this is wrestling’ and ‘women’s wrestling’.”
Stephanie went on to explain that the change in culture towards women, has not only affected the in-ring product but the fan base as well.
“I’ve grown up in WWE so I have a bit of a different story than your typical executive, but I have seen our female fan base grow to now nearly 40 per cent. I have seen little girls in our audiences wearing all the merchandise of our female superstars – and little boys, too, by the way. I’ve definitely seen a huge growth in our business.”
Even with as far as women in wrestling have come, McMahon says their is still work to be done especially in the writers room.
“We do not have enough. We do not have enough female writers in the writers’ room, we are actively working on that. There is a dedicated focus to how we tell our women’s storylines in the show, but we can always be better.”
Matt’s Musings: Thank god for Stephanie McMahon and Triple H for changing women’s wrestling.