4 WrestleMania Women’s matches WWE wants everyone to forget
Whilst the WWE will mark a historical night in New Jersey by marking the first ever women’s main event at WrestleMania 35, it is safe to say that the WWE have not always portrayed women’s wrestling in a positive light. For several years throughout the WWE, women’s wrestling has largely played second fiddle to men’s wrestling where their matches were usually short and were very difficult to be invested in.
It took several years and a lot of hard work from several trailblazers throughout women’s wrestling in the WWE to build up something like this. Some key examples include Lita and Trish Stratus wrestling a classical main event on Raw, Sasha Banks and Charlotte Flair being in the first main event of a pay-per-view, and most recently the women having their very own all women’s pay-per-view. However, for all of the positives there have been for women’s wrestling, there has been significantly more moments that have set them back.
At WrestleMania 35, Ronda Rousey, Charlotte Flair, and Becky Lynch will be putting it all on the line to capture the Championship. However, what is more important is what they will achieve at WrestleMania and will want to show what women’s wrestling is capable of, rather than what it was. Here are five former women’s WrestleMania matches they will want to make sure are kept forgotten.
#4 Torrie Wilson vs. Candice Michelle – Playboy Pillow Fight - WrestleMania 22
The reason why Torrie Wilson and Candice Michelle fought each other at WrestleMania 22 started when Candice took out her frustrations on her friend Torrie Wilson when she failed to capture the Women’s Championship. However, that being said, the main reason why they had a showdown at the pay-per-view was due to Wilson refusing to acknowledge Michelle’s playboy covers was ‘hotter’ than her appearances.
It was clear that the WWE wanted to go with the angle of both female wrestlers having posed for Playboy, as they advertised their WrestleMania match as a ‘playboy pillow fight’. The fact that there were no clear rules in why this match differed from a singles match was a major problem. On the actual night, there was a bed in the actual ring in which the women had to somehow utilize it to their advantage.
However, the reason why the match will be forgotten in WWE women’s history was that the women ended up tearing off each other’s clothes for no apparent reason eventhough it was confirmed the way to win was to get a three count over your opponent, as Torrie did at the end of the match. In short, they were stripping each other to get a reaction from the audience – this is something that will never happen in the current era of the women’s revolution.