The WWE has undergone quite a few changes over the recent years. Mainly, the company’s view of its female performers has changed in quite a positive way.
Not too long ago, the “Divas” were barely able to get TV time, wrestling matches lasting five minutes or less and even less time on PPV. Now, wrestlers like Charlotte Flair, Asuka, Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch have become stars, and the WWE has started treating the women’s roster as wrestlers instead of eye candy or entertainment.
The Washington Post recently dove into the Women’s Revolution, talking to Sasha Banks, Nia Jax, and Charlotte about how the company has taken many steps in the right direction. Triple H discussed this change in women’s wrestling within the WWE, saying that, prior to the company’s change in direction, the women were told to not perform like the men.
The first thing I noticed was the way we were working with our women. They were almost being told, ‘Don’t wrestle or perform like the men.’ I felt like that was fundamentally wrong.
Instead of looking at women like it was a modeling agency, we went from an athletic standpoint. I wanted athletes that would be willing to embrace the grind we did, but deliver at a high level that is needed to be a WWE superstar.
Nia Jax spoke on the modeling aspect, believing that she wouldn’t be accepted for her appearance.
I stuck out like a sore thumb. Not only was I taller and bigger than them, but I wasn’t dressed to the nines. What am I walking into?
At NXT, they made sure I knew I was different and that I needed to stand out. It was a cool thing to get used to. Growing up, you want to be like everybody else, but I was told I was different and I needed to capitalize on that.
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