Ember Moon had three failed tryouts with WWE before getting a job there and what they told her at the time was extremely eye-opening.
While all aspects of professional wrestling have changed and adapted over the past decade, nothing has changed as much as WWE's women's division. It wasn't too long ago that female wrestlers were hired based on the way that they looked rather than the way they wrestled. Thankfully, in the present day, that is no longer the case.
Not only are women finally being given the same opportunities as men in WWE, but more often than not the company's females are stealing the show. Look no further than Ronda Rousey, Charlotte Flair, and Asuka at this year's WrestleMania for examples of that. Plus, in a little more than two months time, WWE will host its first ever all-female PPV, Evolution.
Someone who knows all too well about how women were viewed in WWE prior to the current movement is Ember Moon. Even though the former NXT Women's Champion has only been a WWE Superstar since 2015, she tried out unsuccessfully on three separate occasions before finally being hired. Moon recently opened up about those early tryouts during a guest appearance on Lilian Garcia's Chasing Glory podcast and her comments perfectly demonstrate how much the company has changed.
Moon told Garcia and her listeners "They said 'We are not going to hire you; You don't have a Diva look; yeah you are cute, but look at them and look at you'." She recalled looking around at all the "drop dead gorgeous" women in the locker room at the time and acknowledged that it was a different time period. However, it must have been extremely frustrating for someone who is as good as Moon is in the ring to be told no for that reason.
Thankfully though those days are now behind the women of WWE. In fact, some of the females who were clearly better wrestlers than they were given credit for at the time have been returning to reap the rewards for laying the groundwork for the current talent. Former Superstars such as Michelle McCool, Beth Phoenix, and Trish Stratus who will take on Alexa Bliss at WWE Evolution.