Women’s Wrestling has come above and beyond the ideals from way back in the day in WWE. From its very foundations and the pioneers, leading the charge to pave the way for the Women we see on WWE programming today. Women like, Mae Young and The Fabulous Moolah, to sensational Sherri and Miss Elizabeth. To Lita, Trish Stratus, Ivory, Jacqueline and Chyna. To Natalya, AJ Lee and Paige, to the present day Ladies of this era of WWE.
Tonight, we saw a culmination.The culmination of years of hard work. Of blood, sweat, tears and sacrifice of all these Women. Culminating in each and every one both, past, present and future, getting their spot, their chance to be centre stage in the first ever Women’s only PPV. Something that in my opinion has been a long time coming and beyond deserved.
As I sat down to watch, I am not going to lie, I felt a touch emotional. To some who won’t “get it”, this will seem daft and misplaced, maybe it is, but, I was the girl who wasn’t a “Girlie” girl. I was the girl who liked Wrestling and that was “Odd”, more so back in the day. I was also an introvert, with no self confidence and fiercley bullied. Wrestling was a means of escapism. It was also an education in knowing its ok to stick up for yourself. Watching strong Women, take no sh*t gave me a strength in a way and I started to stand up for myself and not be afraid to be who I was/am. That was a personal level and then in adult years, as a wrestling blogger, being told that as a female, my opinions and thoughts on Wrestling weren’t just unnecessary but irrelevant. I feel that in extension, Evolution wasn’t just saying that Women can do a PPV but that Women’s opinion on Wrestling is just as relevant as a Man’s opinion and gave me a connective feeling towards the whole evolution ideal.
Tonight, I believe that every single Woman who competed, catapulted themselves and Women’s Wrestling to a whole other level. Evolution was one of the best PPVs WWE has put on this year! And even though, WWE gave these Women the platform to perform, this article is to show appreciation and respect to the Women in the ring. In my opinion, in ring performers can be given all the creative direction, scripts and direction a company can give but without the energy, effort, will and pure passion of any competitor that gets in the ring, it wouldn’t work. The wrestlers are the essence of a great match and that is what we saw tonight from every single Woman participating, it was a true testament to the talent on the WWE/NXT Roster. Each and every Woman proved that there is no place to say Women aren’t as good as the guys. No one can ever say again that the Women can’t say push it to the limit, you only have to have watched the Charlotte Flair/Becky Lynch match to know that is far from the truth. Both Women absolutely SLAYED the night in what I feel was the match of the night. Not an easy call to make, as the rest of the matches were just as great. The Mae Young Classic, alone was a thrill to watch from start to finish. Both, Toni Storm and Io Shirai showing why they will be shining lights in the professional Wrestling world for years to come.
Women’s wrestling has reached a pinnacle, that some very much doubted would happen but it did and the quiet, teenage misfit inside me is smiling, with glazed eyes and saying thank you to every generation! You all did more than you know.
This was beyond progress
This was AWESOME
THIS. WAS. EVOLUTION.
And to quote Beth Phoenix tonight…. “This is Women’s wrestling”
Thank you, Ladies.