Intergender matches have become a rarity in the modern-day WWE era. And no, WWE’s Mixed Match Challenge does not count. WWE forgot that was even a thing last year and it’s still unclear whether it will return for a Season 3.
Still, that does not mean that WWE has completely shied away from the idea of women tangling with the men. In fact, it’s made a bit of a resurgence of late. James Ellsworth was decimated by the likes of Asuka and Becky Lynch. Zelina Vega has showcased her arsenal on multiple male wrestlers on behalf of her client, Andrade. More recently, Nia Jax bumped for several men during her 2019 Royal Rumble appearance.
Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans challenging Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch to a “Last Chance Winner Takes All Mixed Tag Team Match” at Extreme Rules marks just the latest instance of WWE embracing intergender wrestling. Given the talent involved, we may get moments when either Lynch or Evans get physical with Corbin or Rollins respectively.
Here are ten matches where some of the best intergender wrestling was put on display. This list will not include WWE’s Mixed Match Challenge. It will also not include women making appearances in the men’s Royal Rumble match. If you like the article, reply in the comments, on Twitter, or on Discord.
1. Molly Holly vs. Crash Holly (Raw 7/2/01)
Molly Holly had her first major run with the company acting as an on-screen cousin to Hardcore and Crash Holly. The trio would experience various degrees of success during their time as a stable, with Molly picking up her first televised victory over Trish Stratus at Survivor Series 2000.
During their rivalry against the Dudley Boyz, Molly formed an on-screen relationship with Spike Dudley. Because both factions were concerned about Molly and Spike’s growing relationship, both teams tried to break them up. This ultimately led to the disintegration of the Holly Cousins, which led to a match between Molly and Crash on an episode of Raw.
While the match was short, Molly looked amazing throughout, hitting a hurricanrana, dropkick, and a victory roll pin on Crash. Molly was also no slouch on the receiving end of the attacks, eating a stiff clothesline and a delayed vertical suplex. In the end, Molly won with assistance from Jacqueline, who was Crash’s valet, by hitting her finisher on Crash.
2. Marc Mero & Sable vs. Goldust & Luna Vachon (WrestleMania XIV)
Sable had her first major angle as a valet for then husband, Marc Mero. While Mero was injured, Sable became a rising star in the company in her own right. Upon his return to the company, Mero was jealous of Sable’s popularity. He would do everything he could to mock her, inviting Goldust and Luna Vachon into the mix. However, Sable quickly made her presence felt by attacking Luna. It was only when Goldust put his hands on Sable that Mero retaliated and reformed his alliance with her.
The two pairs would face off in an intergender match at WrestleMania XIV. It was clear that the crowd was more interested in Sable vs. Luna than Mero vs. Goldust. However, every time Sable tried to get into the match, Luna would find a way to sneak out and tag her partner back in. While most of the match was fought by the men, once Sable got in the ring to fight, the crowd erupted.
Sable was able to maximize her limited time in the ring by performing a variety of feats of strength. Whenever she could, she would land a cheap shot on Goldust, which always popped the crowd. Her eventual encounter with Luna was as roughshod as one would imagine it to be. One powerbomb and TKO later, and Sable got the win for her team, satisfying the audience.
3. Team Xtreme vs. T&A & Trish Stratus (Fully Loaded 2000)
During Lita’s time with the Hardy Boyz, she created various memorable moments, including numerous weapon spots and bumping for multiple male wrestlers. Her time with them also led to be beginning of her longtime feud with Trish Stratus.
The Hardy Boyz and Test & Albert began a short feud after both were unable to capture the WWF Tag Team Championship at King of the Ring 2000. Lita and Trish would frequently interfere on their stable’s behalf, which resulted in a six-person intergender tag team match at Fully Loaded 2000.
While the match mostly involved the men, as soon as Lita was tagged in, the crowd popped hard for her. She able to showcase a variety of big moves in her short time in the ring, which included hitting a diving tornado DDT and a diving hurricanrana onto Test as well as a diving crossbody from the top rope to the floor on Albert. Lita also ate some big moves as well, including a variety of cheap shots and a gutwrench powerbomb from Albert and Test respectively.
Although Lita won the match with a moonsault onto Trish, the celebration was short-lived. Albert attacked her from behind while Trish whipped her with a leather belt. The commentators sold Lita’s injured back and questioned her ability to continue to perform at an optimal level, which caused the audience to sympathise and cheer for Lita after the match.
4. Jazz vs. Bubba Ray Dudley (Raw 4/29/02)
On the April 29th, 2002 edition of Raw, Jazz challenged Bubba Ray Dudley for the Hardcore Championship. Although Jazz was the WWF Women’s Champion at the time, Bubba Ray did not see her as competition, but rather simply another person to put through a table.
Throughout the match, Bubba Ray did everything possible to completely embarrass Jazz and treat her like a non-factor. Despite Jazz’s efforts to fight Bubba Ray on equal footing, Bubba Ray no-sold most of her offense thanks to his obvious size advantage.
It was only when weapons were introduced that Bubba Ray took the match seriously. Bubba Ray sold a number of weapon shots Jazz hit on him. However, Bubba Ray quickly retaliated with a sidewalk slam and even tried to powerbomb her through a table. Steven Richards came just in time to save Jazz from that spot.
In the end, it was Richards who pinned Bubba Ray for the title after a weapon-assisted shot from Jazz. While this match did not show much of Jazz’s potential, it did show that women were more than ready to hold their own against men in a hardcore setting.
5. Beulah McGillicutty vs. Bill Alfonso (ECW 9/27/1997)
Although Beulah McGillicutty was primarily known for her time has a valet to both Raven and Tommy Dreamer, she surprised the crowd with her growing wrestling prowess. Even though she was not a trained wrestler, fans popped for her whenever she was in a scuffle with other wrestlers and valets.
During her match against Bill Alfonso, who successfully managed several wrestlers (including Tazz, Sabu, and Rob Van Dam), Beulah looked very impressive in the ring. Major props have to be given to Alfonso for making her look like a star. Alfonso had a nasty blade job in the opening bout when Beulah hit him with a cooking sheet. Although he lost a lot of blood, he went on with the match and fought Beulah on equal footing.
The match ended when Beulah hit a nasty hurricanrana on Alfonso. When Beulah got the pinfall, the crowd wildly cheered for her.
6. Jacqueline vs. Chavo Guerrero (SmackDown 5/4/2004)
On May 6, 2004, Chavo Guerrero issued an open challenge to anyone in the SmackDown roster to face him for his Cruiserweight title. To everyone’s surprise, Jacqueline walked down the ramp to accept the challenge. Chavo did not take his challenger seriously until she slapped him in the face.
Throughout the match, Jacqueline took a variety of bumps for Chavo, including a nasty spinning back suplex. However, Chavo’s arrogance would ultimately cost him the match. One low blow and small package pin later, and Jacqueline became the third woman to hold the Cruiserweight title and the first under the WWE banner.
7. Lita vs. Dean Malenko (Raw 12/4/2000)
Dean Malenko entered the WWF as a member of the Radicalz alongside Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit, and Perry Saturn. During his alliance with them, Dean formed a rivalry with the Hardy Boyz. In particular, Malenko was looking for Lita’s affection. Malenko even offered her a Light Heavyweight Championship match; however, if she lost, she would have to go on a date with him. Lita accepted those conditions, and a match was set for the December 4th, 2000 edition of Raw.
Lita looked like Dean Malenko’s equal in every way. She got a lot of offense out of Malenko, and Malenko treated the match like any other wrestling bout. Lita hit a majority of her arsenal, including a big suicide dive and a moonsault that got her a nearfall. Lita also took some major bumps in the match, including a nasty sunset flip counter and a powerbomb.
In the end, Lita quickly tapped out from the Texas Cloverleaf. However, she got the last laugh, choosing to get up on her own rather than getting assistance from Malenko.
8. Madusa vs. Evan Karagias (Starrcade 1999)
Prior to her return to WCW, Madusa wrestled under the name Alundra Blayze for WWF, where she was a multi-time WWF Women’s Champion. After she infamously dropped the WWF Women’s Championship into a trash can to demonstrate her allegiance to WCW, Madusa was blacklisted by WWF.
Upon her return in WCW, Madusa entered a tournament for the WCW Championship. After Evan Karagias helped Madusa re-enter the tournament, she began to manage Karagias throughout most of 1999. When dissension grew between the pair after Karagias was seen with Nitro Girl Spice, the two would feud with each other, culminating in a match at Starrcade 1999 for Karagias’s WCW Cruiserweight Title.
Madusa wasted little time going after Evan Karagias, doing everything she could to get revenge on him. Karagias responded in kind, making Madusa look as tough as any other man on the roster. Evan drove her into the steel steps and performed a variety of power moves on her, including a powerslam and a powerbomb. Karagias also sold the bumps he took from her just as well. He was also thrown into the steel steps and likewise ate a powerbomb.
The finish came after Spice hit a low blow on Karagias while he was getting intimate with her. Madusa took advantage by hitting a beautiful bridging German suplex for the pin and the Cruiserweight title.
9. Chris Jericho vs. Chyna (Armageddon 1999)
Chyna was able to achieve a variety of accolades during her time in the WWE. She was the first women to enter the Men’s Royal Rumble match, the first women to qualify for the King of the Ring tournament, and the first female number one contender for the WWF Championship.
Perhaps her greatest accomplishment though was becoming the first and only woman to hold the Intercontinental Championship, a title she held twice in her career. One of the main highlights during her reign was her rivalry with a debuting Chris Jericho. Jericho not only won his first WWE title curtesy of the rivalry, but for a time also became co-champions with Chyna.
Their best match together was at Armageddon 1999, when the Intercontinental Title was on the line. After a disappointing showing at Survivor Series 1999, the two were able to tell a far better story during their Armageddon encounter.
During the match, Jericho used every trick in the book to try to win the title off of Chyna. However, everything he tried was countered by Chyna in some fashion. The two had a great back-and-forth contest, which included Jericho slamming Chyna into the announcer’s table and steel steps, Jericho working on Chyna’s injured thumb, and a superplex reversal by the ‘Ninth Wonder of the World’. In the end though, Jericho was able to make Chyna submit to the Walls of Jericho.
10. Kurt Angle & Ronda Rousey vs. Triple H & Stephanie McMahon (WrestleMania 34)
In one of the most anticipated matches on the WrestleMania 34 card, Ronda Rousey made her in-ring debut, teaming up with Kurt Angle to take on Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. The anticipation for Rousey to get in the ring built to rabid levels while Triple H and Stephanie did everything possible to prevent Angle from making the tag.
Once Rousey got in the ring, however, she looked like a star. She completely overwhelmed Stephanie, throwing her all over the ring and landing a succession of blows on her.
Her most impressive feat in this match though was her encounter with Triple H. Rousey wailed on the former WWE Champion – and he sold her strikes perfectly. She was even able to lift him up and back body drop him in multiple occasions, demonstrating her incredible strength.
From her selling to her moveset, Rousey captivated the audience, and they responded in kind. When the bell rang and Rousey’s hand was raised, the fans knew that there was something special in store for Rousey and her career in the WWE.