It was only a mere four years ago around this time that the #GiveDivasAChance began trending on Twitter. I remember it like it was yesterday: watching the February 23rd edition of Monday Night RAW, catching The Bella Twins defeat Emma & Paige (in bout that if you blinked your eyes, you would have missed the outcome, 30 seconds later). I remember scrolling through Twitter, seeing the hashtag everywhere, watching the news explode on the Internet the next day.
— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) February 24, 2015
I was shocked to see WWE Chairman Vince McMahon acknowledge the hashtag in a tweet of his own; probably even a little more shocked some days later to see A.J. Lee’s tweet to Stephanie McMahon challenging her on how the female superstars of the WWE deserved more. However, social media proved to be a powerful (and positive) tool four years ago, catapulting a revolution in women’s wrestling, one that would place female superstars within the WWE at the forefront of television storylines, pay-per-views (PPV), and the overall brand.
We hear you. Keep watching. #GiveDivasAChance
— Vince McMahon (@VinceMcMahon) February 25, 2015
Just four years later, here we are, with a huge potential around seeing something many of us thought we’d never see: female superstars closing the Grandest Stage of Them All.
I’m not here to point fingers on who is at the helm of the women’s revolution. From Mae Young, to Madusa, Chyna, Trish Stratus, Lita, Beth Pheonix, Paige, A.J. Lee, Emma, Charlotte Flair, Sasha Banks, Bayley, and Becky Lynch (just to name only some women wrestlers, there are far more); each lady has played a role in placing women’s wrestling in the spotlight; bringing us to this moment in time.
Good. That’s the Ronda I want to beat at Wrestlemania.
I’m on my feet today, but am I out of your head Ronnie? pic.twitter.com/9qCbuBGQRk
— The Man (@BeckyLynchWWE) March 5, 2019
Females working hard to be taken seriously; working hard to entertain the fans with more than just bras and panties matches; sweat, bruises, injuries, driving from town to town, tears, and long hours of training to get more than five minutes on television – to get on a pay-per-view – to truly connect with fans: to get to this potential moment of seeing two (probably three) women close WWE’s biggest event of the year, Wrestlemania. A PPV that has not only been challenging for one women’s match to land on the card itself in years past, but a dream come true for a majority of the superstars on the roster past, present, and future.
The Man trying to get you down? Well, damn The Man!!
Wanna do more than just boo the Woo? Then screw the Woo!!
Are you no longer Mrs. Nice Bitch?
— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) March 5, 2019
Closing Wrestlemania seemed like something that was only limited to the men on the roster; only given to a select few talent at that; something male superstars had to fight for; and now with this Ronda Rousey/Becky Lynch/Charlotte Flair program, we are hearing rumblings that the women could main event.
So, why isn’t there more of a “history-making” pull within the program?
P.S. I’m going to main event this one as well ?
— Charlotte Flair (@MsCharlotteWWE) March 7, 2019
We are talking about Ronda Rousey, recently turning heel, so playing off that she doesn’t care about this business (in a very similar Brock Lesnar-ish fashion), and that main eventing WM is all about money and another notch in her career belt (next to UFC and Hollywood) is a good start. Having said that we have Charlotte Flair, a second-generation (heel, yes), but the very idea that it hasn’t been pointed out that she could close WM, and her father two-time WWE Hall of Famer, 16-WWE Champion hasn’t, is beyond me. Then, there’s the underdog, The Man, Becky Lynch, who even be close to this part of the WM spectrum or discussion – but here she is; who’s career has spanned close to 17 years; working all those years in the Indies; being the Marty Jannetty of the Four Horsewomen; constantly being overlooked; wanting what the men have, not getting it until lately; and she is about to not only headline Wrestlemania, but close the show.
Can someone please remind Captain Badass here that her last two fights before coming to WWE ended with her unconscious and sobbing in the cage?
Four years ago, you were untouchable. Now? Not so much.
— Charlotte Flair (@MsCharlotteWWE) March 8, 2019
On the cusp of Wrestlemania 35, on the cusp of women potentially closing the event for the very first time; well, I get goosebumps just thinking about it. When I was young watching ‘rasslin’, my favorites were mostly men. I mean, this was the era of Hulkamania; so the closest female role model I had was Miss Elizabeth, and I adored her, I mean, I wanted to be her. But, when I look at the roster of female role models my daughters have, and all the children within the WWE Universe, it’s almost unbelievable. Girls can be a Boss, they can be a Hugger, do it with Flair, be the Baddest ever, and even The Man.
The fact that the women are about to make history by main eventing Wrestlemania 35, closing the show, needs to be more prominent within this program, plain and simple.
That is, unless the powers that be pull the rug from under everyone’s momentum, and the intent for the females to main event the Grandest Stage of Them All, is not really there.