A Female Wrestling Fan’s Take on Professional Wrestling
A Female Wrestling Fan’s outlook on the World of Wrestling
I can remember growing up as a child watching wrestling. My grandfather and I would watch every Monday and Friday. When I was introduced to wrestling it was labeled as the attitude era. I can remember cheering for the Rock because of the promos that would capture your attention. He made you sit on the edge of your seat wondering what he’d say next. Then you had Stonecold Steve Austin who was the smart ass who took no crap from anybody. I loved every moment of it. My grandfather instilled a love of the sport and the show in me. I thank God for all the amazing memories and lessons not only from my grandfather but from WWE or WWF. These men and women have no idea the impact they have on a child or a fan. I can remember growing up hearing the stories of my uncle wrestling. It was a proud legacy throughout our family. I will always have a love for wrestling and the show they talented men and women put on.
Wrestling did so much more than that for me. When I would watch the WWF their personas, would help me overcome bullies. I held my own because of Steve Austin’s bare-knuckle mentality. He would face his biggest obstacles and overcome them with a kick-ass mentality. Mick Foley also had this effect on me.
Let’s fast forward to today. For the first time in 20 years, we truly have competition in this industry that I love. AEW and WWE are now competing with one another every Thursday night. Both companies are said to have a vested interest in growing women’s wrestling.
The world of women’s wrestling has evolved so much since its inception. Legendary women like Mae Young and the Fabulous Moolah were pioneers of the industry and paved the way for future generations. However, that was just the start. Lita, Trish Stratus, and Chyna would guide us through the attitude era, all three women are touted as the greatest of all time.
We would get a lull in the product for years when the women were “divas.” As a female wrestling fan that watches every week and I was highly disappointed at the time. Especially with the same propaganda that follows the trends in society. Keeping up with the Kardashians and all of the other female syndicated shows that would send a poor message. However, those days are long gone!
Some of the greatest wrestlers in the world are women. Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, and Tessa Blanchard just to name a few. It is now our time to shine like we can and be the true athletes that our daughters can idolize. Wrestling is rapidly changing from entertainment to a pure sport.
My daughter idolizes one female professional wrestler and to be honest with you, she is not utilized within the company, as she should be. My only hope is that we can continue to grow. In WWE, in particular, there are so many talented women and so many not being utilized. We need to get those women on the show and continue to grow women’s wrestling into 2020.
Let’s inspire a new generation of young women to love the world of wrestling. This is our time as women to take it to the next level. I’m excited to see what the future holds.