The Washington Post covered the recent few years of history within women’s wrestling in order to determine whether or not it will last. For the feature, they interviewed WWE‘s Head of Talent Relations, Triple H, as well as superstars Charlotte Flair, Nia Jax, and Sasha Banks.
Amongst other subjects, the ‘Game’ discussed how women’s wrestling and recruitment has changed as of late to bring us stars like Ember Moon, Kairi Sane, and Toni Storm to name but a few:
“The first thing I noticed was the way we were working with our women. They were almost being told, ‘Don’t wrestle or perform like the men.’ I felt like that was fundamentally wrong. Instead of looking at women like it was a modeling agency, we went from an athletic standpoint. I wanted athletes that would be willing to embrace the grind we did, but deliver at a high level that is needed to be a WWE superstar.”
He also discussed how NXT changed the fans’ viewpoint on seeing women wrestle, and how they would buy tickets to see the women; this was an improvement since women’s matches have served as the “bathroom break” in the past.
Sasha Banks then spoke about how WWE portrayed women to her when she was as a child and never having a respectable women’s superstar to look up to:
“At that time, there were great, athletic women that would have matches that would be two or three minutes long. Or bikini contests. As a little girl, at 10 years old, to tell your mom you want to be in the WWE . . . she doesn’t really want to support that dream you have.”