Stephanie McMahon says that the fans are to be credited for the evolution of Women’s wrestling in WWE. Even with the first ever Queen’s Crown Tournament going on, there is frustration within WWE over the booking of the women’s division. Despite the current state of women’s wrestling in WWE, Stephanie says the fans deserve credit for the rise of women’s wrestling.
Stephanie McMahon famously announced the “women’s revolution” in WWE in 2015. The announcement from Stephanie lead to the main roster debuts of Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks, three women who would all pave the way for the future of women’s wrestling in WWE.
Stephanie appeared Sports Business Journal World Congress of Sports where she discussed the role the fans played in the evolution of women’s wrestling. Stephanie would specifically acknowledge the crowd reaction to Sasha Banks vs Bianca Belair at this year’s WrestleMania as an example of the importance of the crowd.
“I actually pulled Becky, Charlotte, and Ronda Rousey — before the show, I pulled them aside and just thanked them because when I was a little girl growing up, I never could have imagined seeing women as such an integral part of the show and indeed the main event. For my three little girls sitting in the front row that night, they were going to see women main eventing WrestleMania because that’s just the way it is. That was a really pivotal moment. This part year at WrestleMania, we had the first African-American female event with Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair. Even though it was early in March, the crowd gave so much support.”
“The energy is kinetic and you can fee it at WWE events. What happened in that moment as Sasha and Bianca were standing and opposing each other, the audience started to show this respect. The two of them broke character for a minute and teared up, sort of making the ugly cry face. It was such a moment. Our fans are part of the women’s evolution. If you listen to your audience, they can impact your brand in such positive ways. Give them the power, empower your audience. We had started to train, develop, and recruit female athletes the same as men, giving them opportunities and the same match times, but it wasn’t until our fans started the hashtag GiveDivasAChance in 2015 that gave rise to the whole women’s evolution in our business. Listen to your fans, give them what they want, and it’ll work,”
Stephanie has made it known that WWE values crowd support and wants to empower their audience. Among the fan’s displeasure with current women’s booking in WWE, it remains to be seen if a change is in store to go along with crowd reaction.
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h/t to Fightful for the quotes