The Sandman has caused quite the stir by approaching four female wrestlers and telling them it was "wrong" that they were in the main event of a show.
There was a time not too long ago when women's wrestling was treated as little more than a sideshow. Female wrestlers were hired for their looks over their in-ring ability. In recent years, that has changed. Female wrestlers have been breaking all sorts of glass ceilings, competing in certain matches for the first time ever, and even headlining WrestleMania.
The problem is, no matter how much they do, there are always some people who will remain forever stuck in the past. That was demonstrated by Sandman this weekend whose recent comments about women's wrestling were outed by indie wrestler Jordynne Grace. Sandman approached Grace and three of her female peers and let them know exactly what he thinks of women's wrestling.
Sandman said to the wrestlers, "women main eventing is 'wrong' and 'any male wrestler with any sort of experience would agree'." The four women in question, including Grace, were preparing to main event a show that Sandman was also a part of. Since the former ECW star decided to speak for all male wrestlers ever, some of them have decided to react to his comments since Grace posted them on Twitter.
Really???— ᵂⁱˡˡ ᴼˢᵖʳᵉᵃʸ • ウィル・オスプレイ (@WillOspreay) December 1, 2019
Most of the women wrestlers are pulling off more innovating & exciting stuff then the ever before.
Can’t tell you the amount of times I go watch a Stardom match & want to retire cos their matches are INSANE!
Let’s not interfere with progress, everyone keep killing it https://t.co/dbHTDSTZuG
Chris Jericho quoted the tweet and made it clear that he is not in agreement with Sandman. Will Ospreay also wanted to make sure he doesn't get lumped in with Sandman and "any male wrestler with any sort of experience" by tweeting that whenever he watches matches from the all-female promotion Stardom, some of them are so good that they make him feel as if he should retire.
Suffice to say, there is no place in present-day wrestling for Sandman's comments. Truth be told, there should never have been a place for those comments in any industry. Sadly, Sandman's wrestling peak took place during a time when women were seen as being lesser than men in the wrestling business. Clearly, the veteran is struggling to come to terms with the fact that many female performers are better than he is, and honestly, better wrestlers than he ever was.