The progression of women’s wrestling in WWE over the past few years is one of the things Stephanie McMahon and Triple H are most proud of. Both Stephanie and Triple H will have to eventually replace Vince McMahon by making all of the decisions that will impact the company’s future. Stephanie has been adamant about wanting the women in the company to receive the opportunity to shine the way the men do. Before the recent surge of talent female performers having stellar matches, the ladies hired by WWE were there primarily for having good looks. Fitness models and bikini contestants were the main focus of WWE in terms of trying to sell sex through their Women’s Division.
Stephanie has made it known that she is a strong proponent of the women’s roster getting equal opportunity. The prior era of women’s wrestlers never had this going for them. Between their wrestling careers and their off-screen lives, there are many stories that WWE and Stephanie would not be proud of. The re-writing of history by WWE as they continue progressing will see these stories hidden by the company. These are fifteen instances of things Stephanie McMahon doesn’t want you to know about former WWE female stars.
15 Gail Kim Calls Vince McMahon EXACTLY What He Is
WWE bringing Mickie James back into the company for one final run has been a nice story. Many fans wondered if Gail Kim would be next. Kim is one of the best women’s wrestlers of all time that saw her two stints in WWE lead to disappointment. WWE never viewed her as being worth investing the television time into and she played a background role for the most part.
14 WWE Influenced Lita's Depression
The end of Lita’s in-ring career came in 2006 when she decided to leave once her contract ended. Lita spent the majority of her final few years playing the heel girlfriend of Edge. This stemmed from the real life love triangle that featured Lita cheating on Matt Hardy and leaving him for Edge to change their careers forever.
13 Randy Orton Bullied Amy Weber
Amy Weber is a name many wrestling fans have no memory of, but she certainly had a noteworthy backstage run-in with Randy Orton. The hiring of Weber came when WWE added a bunch of runner ups from the Diva Search contests. Amy ended up getting called up to television on the SmackDown brand as a manager for JBL in The Cabinet faction.
12 Terri Runnels’ Relationship With New Jack
The career of Terri Runnels peaked during the Attitude. Terri did great work as the manager of her then real life husband Goldust. WWE eventually moved Runnels into other roles from being a fixture in bikini contests to a manager to a backstage broadcaster. Life after WWE has been relative quiet for Terri aside from a wild situation.
11 The Kat Caused Jerry Lawler To Quit
A forgotten WWE story featured Jerry Lawler’s short absence from the company in 2001. It was the only time Lawler has walked away from WWE since signing in the mid-90s. Lawler was married to Stacy “The Kat” Carter at the time. Carter was already a controversial figure due to being the first woman to go topless on a WWE PPV by flashing without censorship.
10 Torrie Wilson & Stacy Keibler Hated The Wrestling Part
The biggest difference between today’s women’s wrestling approach by WWE and the past is shown in the match stipulations. WWE recently gave us the first ever Hell in a Cell and Money in the Bank matches featuring women. The first-ever women’s Royal Rumble match is expected to take place in 2018. Prior eras of women’s wrestling featured ladies like Torrie Wilson and Stacy Keibler ripping each other’s clothes off.
9 Taryn Terrell Attacked Drew McIntyre
A rare romantic couple gone wrong in WWE that doesn’t get much discussion years later is the story of Taryn Terrell and Drew McIntyre. Both performers were very young into their careers in WWE. Things went awry when McIntyre allegedly cheated on Terrell and she exposed him on social media. Shortly after, a story broke that Taryn was arrested for attacking Drew.
8 Dawn Marie Claims WWE Fired Her For Being Pregnant
Dawn Marie was one of the few women from ECW to thrive after leaving the company. WWE hired Dawn and she found a lot of success. Marie was Torrie Wilson’s top rival as the only female feud on the SmackDown brand for quite some time. The heel character of Dawn definitely impressed and she contributed to WWE during her time in the company.
7 Brandi Rhodes Trashing WWE For Using Dusty's Creations
The drama between WWE and Cody Rhodes following his decision to leave the company has continued over a year. WWE denied Cody the use of the Rhodes name despite the fact that his late father made it an asset. Brandi was able to secure access to the Rhodes name and uses it on the independent circuit. The recent instance of drama comes regarding WWE using the Starrcade name.
6 Ashley Massaro's Escort Controversy
One of the more surprising stories regarding a former WWE women’s wrestler featured Ashley Massaro accused of being a part of a high end prostitution company. The allegations stated Massaro worked as an escort with other high caliber models and adult stars. This story broke when Ashley was off television and shortly before she decided to leave the company.
5 Sable Sued WWE For Harassment
Sable was without a doubt one of the biggest female stars in WWE history. The popularity of Sable passed the majority of male wrestlers during the Attitude Era. Fans would pay more attention to Sable and cheer for her than watch the matches going down in the ring between the guys. Sable’s run as the top women’s wrestling name in WWE ended when she left the company in 1999.
4 WWE Didn’t Allow Victoria Backstage At Recent Show
One of the women that actually performed great matches at a time when the women were limited in opportunities was Victoria. The talented woman had classics against Trish Stratus that helped add some short term credibility to the Women’s Division before WWE delved back into the eye candy priority. Victoria deserves to be mentioned among the better female wrestlers in WWE history.
3 Triple H's Rumored Affair With Christy Hemme
A story that is more personally directed towards Stephanie McMahon focuses on why Christy Hemme was released so quickly from WWE. Hemme was the first ever Diva Search winner, had a lot of fan support and showed potential. No one saw it coming when WWE released her less than a year into her stint with the company.
2 Everything Sunny Related
Tammy “Sunny” Sytch may very well be the most shameful people in the wrestling business at this stage. The stunning looks and charisma made her a standout personality in the 90s as the original Diva. Sytch took the term “Diva” to a literal definition backstage. Some of the antics in WWE saw her cheat on her boyfriend Chris Candido with Shawn Michaels. Sunny and Michaels had intercourse in the locker room which is something WWE is ashamed of.
1 AJ Lee Calls Out Stephanie's Hypocrisy
Stephanie McMahon has tried really hard to market her role in WWE as fighting for equality. While Stephanie likely definitely does have the passion to create a better industry for the women, it took her a very long time to speak up against her father. AJ Lee called this out when Stephanie referenced Patricia Arquette’s Academy Awards speech about equality.
The comments from Lee asked Stephanie why WWE doesn’t provide equal television time, merchandising opportunities and overall pay for the women in the company. Stephanie replied by thanking AJ for the criticism and refused to give a public answer. This was the biggest public hit towards Stephanie by a former WWE woman. Lee left the company similar to her husband CM Punk due to the drama with Stephanie and Triple H. This is one of the bigger stories Stephanie doesn’t want you to discuss.
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