The Four Horsewomen have spearheaded, Charlotte often literally,
mainstream women’s wrestling, leaving WWE with four rosters of amazing female talent.
It's uplifting that most of the fanbase clamours for Bayley and Sasha Banks to
recreate their NXT magic, rather than for a return to feuds based around skimpy
clothes and their removal. Even Alexa Bliss, one of the closest modern descendants
of the Diva, said in an interview that her mother would drag her out by her
hair if she competed in such a match. Alexa added her concern for the comfort
of the performers.
Yet many female wrestlers of the late ‘90s and ‘00s are often
dismissed due to the majority of their work being based around the male gaze. Wrestling’s predominantly male fanbase makes this no-brainer marketing. However, with
Torrie Wilson’s induction into the WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2019) this dismissal
of an entire generation of female talent is slowly eroding.
The match stipulation that attracts much of the ire is the Bra
and Panties match. It is held up as the low point of women’s wrestling. While some
of this is earned, there are a few gems where the women competing were able to use
the stipulation to get over, entertain, but also to showcase their technical wrestling skills.