When you Google "female wrestlers", the first
suggestion is a Wikipedia link to “WWE Diva”, accompanied by the compelling
fact that since 1999, seven WWE Divas have appeared on the cover of Playboy Magazine. Fascinating. But completely redundant.
This past week, Sexy Star became the first
luchadora to capture the Lucha Underground Heavyweight Championship, the
promotion's major men's title up until this point. In a grueling battle at
Aztec Warfare III, Sexy Star faced off with Mil Muertez to the finish, in a
story book battle of endurance, determination, and overcoming the odds. In her
words post-match, Sexy articulated the feeling that women's wrestling should
now and forever set out to create: "Every woman is sexy, and every woman
is a star."
Women in wrestling are well on their way to
building an entirely new attitude towards equality, from the inside out, and
looking in from a mainstream perspective. But it didn't happen overnight in the
form of the 'Divas Revolution', as WWE might have you believe. Women built this
from the ground up, and it's been a long time coming.
The real 'Women's Evolution' is not the
manufactured spin-off rendered from the decrepit publicity machine that was the
'Diva's Revolution'. Women are more that a marketing scheme. Women are changing
the game. They are redefining what the sport of professional wrestling is, from
the ground up.
Take note, WWE. Here's 6 ways to save the Women's