A lot of us have been fans of Women's wrestling for quite some time. Ever since I started watching wrestling in the early 2000s, I've always wondered why a majority of the women on the roster catered to the audience as eye candy rather than as world beaters. There were obviously a few superstars who became household names like Trish Stratus, Lita, Mickie James, and others as wrestlers, but they're more the exception than the rule. Eye candy is great and we understand that WWE is also in the business of selling their specific brand of entertainment to a niche audience, but surely there was a price to pay once WWE went ahead and made that their only selling point in the division. What do you mean, you ask? WWE went ahead and destroyed any semblance of what was known as women's wrestling and decided to give birth a new era with female wrestlers known as Divas. To be fair to the Divas of that time, especially those like AJ Lee and Paige who are terrific wrestlers, this was all being done at a time WWE was going through an entirely new makeover with the shift towards PG programming. Now, let's be clear, our issues are with management and the idea that they thought something like this would go over well with passionate wrestling fans.
For almost a decade, fans were being desensitized towards women's wrestling. The constant bathrooms breaks that were taken when we saw The Bella Twins on the screen, or any other model who was having difficulty wrestling, simply drove us up the wall. Luckily, with the help of NXT, we've been able to witness something special taking place right now and that is the RISE of women's wrestling in the WWE! Let's look at 14 reasons that's taking place.
14 Future Role Models
13 These Women Like To Take Risks
12 Fan Engagement
11 More Than Just Looks
10 Pressure on the Male Stars
9 The Champion Treatment
8 Storylines Are Improving
7 Experienced wrestlers
6 Increase in Television Time
5 In-Depth Characters
4 They've Gained Power Backstage
3 We Know Real "Wrestling" When we See it
2 We May Be Entering the "Platinum Era"
1 New Belt
Charlotte was presented with the new WWE Women's title on Raw a couple weeks back after Lita unveiled the new Championship at WrestleMania 32. This signified a much needed change in the division, as their old belt was absolutely laughable. It was also great that Stephanie McMahon stated in an interview that they were going to drop the term "Diva" as well and call them Superstars. With a new belt that demands respect, these female Superstars are ready to take the world by storm.
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