Ruby Soho has discussed criticism of blood in women’s matches.
Since before her time in WWE and AEW, Ruby Soho has never been one to shy away from breaking the mold of what a woman can do in the professional wrestling ring.
Although blood is not uncommon in women’s matches in All Elite Wrestling when the occasion calls for it, there are still some vocal critics who aren’t shy to voice their opinions against the matches going too far.
On the January 13 edition of AEW Rampage, Ruby teamed with Willow Nightingale to face Jericho Appreciation Society’s Tay Melo and Anna Jay AS in a street fight that saw Soho busted open and wearing a crimson mask by the end of the bout.
Speaking with Fightful’s Grapsody podcast, Ruby opened up on her thoughts on bleeding in matches. She said:
“After that match aired, the reaction to it was very interesting to me. At first, I didn’t know how I felt about it. But as time went on, I realized that this is a conversation that needs to be had. Because if blood in general, is just not your thing, I totally get it.”
“I completely understand it. That’s okay. That’s why wrestling is a beautiful melting pot of things, because there’s something out there for everybody.”
“If the fact that I’m a woman and I’m bleeding is the thing that bothers you, but you’re cool with Mox and MJF and whoever bleeding, but it’s just because I’m doing it is the thing that you have a problem with, then it’s a different conversation.”
Soho continued on to explain that women wants to be treated equally to their male counterparts in pro wrestling, saying:
“Because at the end of the day, all we want as women wrestlers is to be treated equally, to be treated the same.”
“So I think that it was a very important conversation to be had because there was arguments on both sides and, to me, I feel like it’s straying away from the one thing that we are trying to get away from is that the reason there is women’s wrestling is to give you something to look at.”
“When in reality, obviously, if I’m covered in blood, I’m probably less attractive to most people. If that’s your problem, then sorry to tell you, I’m just gonna keep getting more unattractive.”
“Because my lipstick’s all over my face all the time, my hair looks like I got electrocuted constantly when I’m wrestling. That’s not what I’m out there to be attractive to you. So if that is what you’re watching me for, then stop watching me.”
Ruby concluded to state that if blood isn’t your thing, then don’t watch it, but she also wants women wrestlers to be treated with the same respect as the men. She said:
“There’s a lot of other colorful words that I could use, but at the end of the day, if you got a problem with it, don’t watch it,”
“This is, to me, another example of us being treated equally in the vein of wrestling and women’s wrestling is to be treated the same, to have the same expectations as the guys, and to be able to do everything that the guys are doing including looking like Carrie.”
Transcription via Fightful
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