Women in wrestling started off as showpieces and arm candy.
Going back to the days of Miss Elizabeth with Macho Man or fast forwardÂ to Sable accompanying Marc Meroâ€¦they were used as outlets of sexualÂ frustration for what is a majority male dominated audience when it comesÂ to the greatest brand of sports entertainment, the WWE.
Women in wrestling have evolved tremendously over the past 15 years. LedÂ by pioneers of the early 2000s like Chyna, Lita, Trish Stratus, Jacqueline,Â Ivory and more, they slowly transitioned from sexual attractions into actualÂ legitimate athletes and entertainers. The CEO of WWE, Vince McMahon, has beenÂ known for his love of the big burly muscular alpha male types; he would only giveÂ them the spotlight and short handed all womenâ€™s matches to barelyÂ 5 minutes or less.
But as we transitioned into recent times, women rose to the forefrontÂ of many fields, and with the massive backing of Stephanie McMahon, Chief Branding Officer of the WWE, the women have been on equal grounds if not actuallyÂ outshining their male counterparts. This has been evident in many history makingÂ events recently from the first all womenâ€™s pay per view event, to the firstÂ ever all womenâ€™s Royal Rumble match and more.
Dubbed the “womenâ€™s evolution” in sports entertainment, this all culminatedÂ recently with the absolutely groundbreaking first ever womenâ€™s match taking placeÂ in Riyadh, Saudia Arabia as WWE put on their recent massive event, Crown Jewel.Â Vince McMahon has recently gone into business with the crown prince, ushering inÂ this new wave of change to taking place in Saudi. Women were initially banned fromÂ coming at all to the country when the brand took their spectacle over to the MiddleÂ Kingdom, but that all changed this past Thursday, October 31st.
With over 68,000 in attendance, men and women, female superstars Lacey Evans and 3rd generation wrestler Natalya, took center stage in the squared circle to make history yet again. Putting on an effortless and aggressive bout, the two women showed many onlooking girls in the crowd that when you don’t give up and keep pushing, anything is possible. The two women were requested to dress ‘modestly’ with t-shirts over their body suits when competing. The contest ended with Natalya getting the one fall victory over Lacey, but that didn’t stop the two women from embracing and bursting with emotionÂ as they both raised their arms in front of a roaring and applauding audience.
This is only the beginning for women in sports entertainment, it only getsÂ bigger and badder from here!