Women’s wrestling has progressed a great deal in a few short years. Once upon a time, back in the vaunted Attitude Era, women like Chyna, Lita, and Trish Stratus proved that they were more than just pretty faces. They could put on matches that were just as amazing as the men’s bouts – sometimes, in Chyna’s case, even battling and defeating the men.
Then everything took a huge step backwards. The progress made by these trailblazing ladies was tossed aside, in favor of returning them to the eye candy / valet / love interest role. And for the ones who managed to stick with in-ring competition, the 54 year history of the Women’s Championship was erased and demeaned when it was retired, and replaced by the “Divas’ Championship.” The redesigned belt featured a pink butterfly, which looked like nothing so much as a drunkenly obtained tramp stamp.
Fortunately, a few years later, things began to swing back in the other direction. Women like Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch, Nia Jax, and Bayley were making huge waves in WWE’s developmental federation, NXT. They put on extraordinary matches that got the attention of the worldwide fanbase, who demanded they be called up to the main roster. It eventually happened, and in the process, changed the landscape for the talented ladies who had been struggling to find respect during the transitional period, such as Naomi, Natalya, and the Bella twins. The Divas title was blessedly forgotten, and the Women’s Championship reinstated. In fact, at the recent Hell in a Cell pay-per-view, the women’s title match was the main event for the first time ever. All is right in women’s wrestling.
So what could possibly make it better? More legitimate, more entertaining, more of a true athletic contest. How about the inclusion of an incredibly dominant female professional fighter? Stephanie McMahon has revealed to TMZ that she is extremely interested in acquiring none other than Ronda Rousey, the UFC legend whose undefeated streak lasted nearly five years, who was the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in Judo, who holds a 4th degree black belt in the martial art:
When asked more specifically on whether or not she would sign Ronda Rousey, McMahon responded:
“I’m certainly going to try.”
Can you imagine Rousey vs Charlotte? The ladies could regularly be main-eventing with that caliber of match on the card. And it might not be as far-fetched as you think. Rousey is a huge WWE fan, regularly attending live events around the U.S. In fact, at last year’s WrestleMania, she accompanied Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to the ring, where she cleaned the clock of – who else? – Stephanie McMahon.
Combine that with the fact that Rousey recently told Ellen DeGeneres that the upcoming UFC 207 is “definitely one of my last fights.” Having suffered her first defeat last year, the shine might be wearing off of the MMA circuit. However, as hard as she’s training these days, she clearly intends to go out on top.
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