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Unpopular Opinion: WWE are wrongly taking credit for the Women's evolution in wrestling

Nathan Artis
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19 Feb 2019, 21:07 IST

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Women who continue with Evolution

It is truly amazing how the Women of WWE have managed to turn the division around and make it the best thing to watch at the moment.

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You would almost be forgiven for thinking a number of years ago that WWE had killed the women's division, with them having little to no screen time on many shows, and many storylines not being portrayed in the manner they should have because of that reason.

The women of WWE have always been treated unfairly over the years. The characters that they were playing left a lot to be desired and they deserved better.

They came across as bland and generic most of the time, mainly because Vince McMahon and other backstage officials didn't think women should be wrestling in the first place.   

It certainly was hard to watch the division falling lower, with head of talent relations, John Lauranaitis, preferring to hire former bodybuilders, swimsuit models and so forth.

The worst part was that none of the talent " Big Johnny" hired either knew how to wrestle, or they weren't very skilled at it. Therefore, when Triple H took over as head of Talent in 2012, most of us breathed a sigh of relief  

Triple H started to hire women from the indies, who could put on good matches and rejuvenate the women's division in NXT and the main roster.

With the movement being started by a hashtag from AJ Lee (#GiveDivasAchance), it helped Triple H and Stephanie McMahon to start pushing for some focus to be put on women's wrestling.

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With the evolution gradually underway, women started becoming more of a focal point by having longer matches, telling quality storylines and making their characters stand out more.

A lot of people put in a lot of hard work and effort for it to come this far. Names such as AJ Lee, Paige, Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Natalya, The Bella Twins, Ronda Rousey and many others all helped the women's get to where it is today.  

Let us also not forget those women from the previous eras like Trish Stratus, Lita, Ivory, Molly Holly, Beth Phoenix, Alundra Blayze and many more that all tried to push for it to happen when they were still wrestling. These women helped the women of today to fight for it and to not give up the evolution.

They continue to break barrier's and push the envelope with women's wrestling and there hasn't been a hotter time for them till the last year or so.

Many first time matches with various gimmicks or stipulations have happened (finally) for these ladies and they are even performing better than the men on a lot of occasions. It truly is awesome to see how much things have changed for them.

WWE cannot lay claim to the fact that they started a women's revolution all around the world in wrestling.

Most other companies around the world have already proven how good women's wrestling can be and a lot of companies have already done the same stuff that WWE are just letting their women do now.

It's astounding to know that the global juggernaut never actually had faith in women's wrestling and have fallen well beyond what many companies have already succeeded at.

The point is that WWE should have always been serious about women and also hired talent that has experience instead of eye candy. Vince McMahon, in my opinion, has always been the biggest setback for the women's division.

His old school mentality and not taking them seriously has led his global company to be years behind all the other major companies around the world.

If Vince had of taken it more seriously, then WWE could maybe have said they helped pave the way, when Vince first took over from his father. It may have also given them an edge over WCW in the Monday Night Wars too.

If WWE ever wants to get things right with their company then they need to stop the backstage politics about size, race and gender of their performers and consider everyone equally, especially the females.

They, like the men, are WWE Superstars now, not divas or just eye candy like they were portrayed for many years.

It's about time the backstage politics stop and allow the superstars, male or female, that work hard and have the fans support, be the people that get the push that they rightfully deserve.

It is a new era and we are already seeing many changes all over the spectrum of WWE as witnessed over the last few months, but there is still plenty left to do and always room for improvement.

Let us just hope WWE continues with giving the women the spotlight they should have had years ago.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Sportskeeda.


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