Former WWE Women’s Champion Paige has pointed the finger at fans for the lack of progression in women’s wrestling over the years rather than laying the blame at WWE’s door.
Speaking to Gulf News Entertainment while promoting Fighting with my Family, the film based on her and her family, Paige explained that it was a lack of interest from fans in women’s wrestling that was the main issue.
“It was never WWE holding the women back. It was the fans not taking them seriously. They wanted to see more of the male characters many years ago. It was a male dominated sport.”
“When I first started, there were only five women there. It was a struggle but WWE just believed in us. When I got into the ring, I wanted to prove to the fans that girls were capable of having good matches and sometimes, even better. That was kind of my mission from the get go. Now there’s obviously a revolution.”
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Paige’s comments have been met with criticism from many fans who claim to have always been a fan of women’s wrestling, even during the days when divas roamed WWE rather than female athletes.
She responded to one fan on Twitter who brought up this point.
Absolutely you guys did. We loved that. But riddle me this, what about when the bra and panties matches were happening? Or when Michelle McCool, Gail Kim etc were busting their asses why wasn’t there an uproar then? All I’m saying is.. it’s a two way street. https://t.co/lJl8lvoNp0
— PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) February 18, 2019
Obviously she’s not going to blame her employers for the treatment of women, which, let’s face it, wasn’t really in the hands of the fans, but you can see where she’s coming from.
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