It’s hard to express the feelings I’m trying to evoke while writing this. It’s not anger by any means, but more of resentment towards a company that throughout history has never felt the need to say “Yeah, we kind of killed female wrestling in America for a long time.” I don’t know about you, but for me, the idea of them doing it again in the year 2024 and nobody batting an eye irks me the wrong way. I’ll give wrestling fans the benefit of the doubt, and I’ll say this is just a symptom of how WWE has painted this perfect idea of a wrestling company with no flaws whatsoever: like a house of cards that works to avoid any important discussions that we could be having right now instead of fighting a war we can’t win, but for anything that it’s worth I still want to get this out of my chest.

The Women’s Revolution is dead.

Something changed in the way women’s wrestling was perceived in the United States, and that’s thanks to many factors, the main one being how WWE has not used its platform to say that women’s wrestling should be important for the wrestling part and not for whoever becomes viral. I’m not here to discuss this topic, because I don’t feel the need to discuss anything that I’m about to write. After all, I’m seeing it happening in front of me, and as for me, I’m seeing a lot of people complain about this. This is not just a wrestling analysis, but an understanding of how the wrestling fan has never even cared about treating women’s wrestling as what it should be: therefore allowing this downgrade in terms of how it’s done and how we conceive its idea. To be honest, even the mere idea of a “Women’s Revolution” was just a vague trademark from a company that never admitted their mistakes and never was accountable for them, but in this day and age where women’s wrestling is having some of the best to ever do it weekly in the ring, it’s really unfair that WWE does not care enough about giving them the flowers they deserve. Yet, we’re talking about a multi-millionaire company that is slowly falling into trends that just reek of a certain social (and political) perspective of the world, so I don’t believe that this boom of women’s wrestling in the WWE was even sincere: but that’s a conversation for another day.

The point of this article will be to analyze three items that will help us understand why I’m saying that the Women’s Revolution in WWE is dead. These are focused on aspects of women’s wrestling that have not been discussed enough. I’ll discuss the booking of the women’s division as a whole in America, then I’ll talk about the perception of both women’s wrestling and female wrestlers alike, and then I’ll make a deep dive into wrestling culture and how we can understand the complicity of certain fans who have not doubted any of Triple H’s strange booking decisions and have opened the door for a misogynist mindset that has also been criticized by either current members of the roster or wrestlers who left the company.

I’ll start this by discussing the most recent and obvious issue: the booking is awful. 

It’s no surprise really, considering the state of the women’s division in WWE and how the most important storyline today is that of Liv Morgan with Dominik Mysterio, making Morgan this kind of “character” that just exists to be a part of a narrative rather than being the protagonist of said narrative as, you know, the Women’s World Champion?

This is not new by any means, because this exact thing was done with Rhea Ripley back when she was champion, the difference being how Ripley presented herself and how she practically stole the Judgement Day from whoever was the leader at that time and became the protagonist of a whole division like it’s meant to be. Even if I had things to say about Ripley’s run and how she also became this kind of “character” (Mami) I loved how she was in the spotlight all the time, even under-shadowing her contemporaries with her status as a star. The only thing that I never got used to was the number of male fans who couldn’t keep their thoughts to themselves and thought it was a great idea to say they wanted Ripley to step on them (and then you ask why wrestling fans don’t talk with women)

But alas, Ripley was THE ONE. 

Morgan, on the other hand, is not treated as THE ONE, rather than just one piece in the weirdest angle to come out of WWE in a long time, and poorly timed too if you know what I mean. Also, it’s 2024: why aren’t people discussing the fact that we have not seen a storyline in the women’s division being focused around A MAN for over 15 years? This whole thing has been in my head for a while, and to be honest, I can blame one single person for this sudden change in terms of how women’s wrestling is presented, and it’s the one guy that nobody seems to criticize because he’s the “booker of the year.” 

Triple H.

If I had to sit here and talk about the many flaws of the HHH era in terms of booking I’d be writing like 45 pages of this, but I’ll focus on his treatment of the Women’s Division and specifically how female wrestlers just don’t feel important on the shows as WRESTLERS. The main complaint would be how TV time is not enough for the roster to truly be in the spotlight and show what they can do, but that’s a complaint I have with the two biggest wrestling companies today. If you go and look back at any weekly program in WWE, you’ll see how women are given matches that last from 2-9 minutes, with the exception being title defenses (those go for 11 minutes, and that’s not long either)

Bayley, one of the best wrestlers in the company, was given less to zero importance to her rivalry with Iyo Sky, even if it was compelling television: she didn’t even get her deserved WrestleMania main event. Now, she’s stuck in a rivalry with Piper Niven that WWE is not willing to give importance to either. Dakota Kai was on social media asking for a chance to show what she’s capable of doing, the Bianca Belair and Jade Cargill tag team run is good, but it doesn’t scratch a fraction of what it could truly do given how talented Bianca is, and how much presence Jade has. And don’t get me started on the way Shawn Michaels is booking NXT. WWE was in your face saying they saved women’s wrestling in the US and even did a whole PPV (that never had another edition) to tell you “Yeah, we’ll book women better,” but now people have realized the whole company is not willing to give women wrestlers a chance to shine as WRESTLERS. Because yeah, we can talk about mainstream appeal all you want, but do we need horny teenagers objectifying wrestlers again for a company to care about a whole division? How is it that with the depth of WWE’s division, we’re living in a reality where Tony Khan is doing a better job in booking them after years of not even caring about it?

AEW Has Fixed Its Women’s Division

The booking affects the perception fans have of women’s wrestling as a whole, therefore it adds to this complicity because fans are not accustomed to seeing WWE treating women’s wrestling seriously and they just have been doing it now because they realized female wrestlers are on an all-time high and you can’t ignore that. 

The thing is fans have ignored that because they’re conditioned to think about it like that, it’s not that they think women’s wrestling is less important than men’s wrestling but that’s the way they learned since the first time they started watching wrestling. It took a long time for some fans to admit the level of quality certain wrestlers like Iyo Sky, Bayley, Asuka, and many others got to at one point, and that didn’t come without the obvious and apparent post filled with thirst about any of the mentioned above. Wrestling fans have learned to treat women’s wrestling as a bathroom break rather than something important, and this is something that few companies on a few occasions have tried to stop by changing the order of the card to benefit women’s wrestlers and make them feel important by either making them open the show or even main event it. The thing is, we have not seen that anymore, and in each PPV, we see women’s matches being stuck in the middle of the card as some attraction rather than plain wrestling. And, of course, fans are busy talking about the attributes of any of these women in the most uncomfortable and creepy perspective possible, resulting in a blatant objectification of all wrestlers in the division pushed by the company and criticized by any woman who put her life at risk for a chance to be treated as a star, rather than an object only put in screen to satisfy any fantasy whatsoever. One of the most interesting interviews I have seen in the past months was that of Becky Lynch, who, in a masterful way used her platform to criticize the management of the women’s division in the months prior to WrestleMania. Of course, that interview was half a work, half something real, but the ending of that interview always shook me off the wrong way. We’ll never know if it was a shoot or part of the storyline, but having someone as important to the Women’s Revolution movement as one of the Four Horsemen talking about certain aspects the company is promoting again after years and years of fighting back really stands off as one statement that has aged like wine considering the current state of the division.

And, of course, Lynch is one of the few who openly criticized this even months ago when Ripley was really dominant, but the storylines of the women’s division didn’t care if they were not for the title she was holding. Again, I’m bringing Bayley because she’s relevant in both discussions we’re having. Because yeah, fans will talk and talk and talk to an annoying degree about any of the fantasies they have, but will never ask for Bayley to be on TV in a 20-minute match or even a consistent storyline that gets treated with respect and care. And of course, we can talk about NXT and how it has affected the perception of women’s wrestling because even if Twitter loves to be vocal about it, I’m kind of tired of seeing thirsty posts all the time about real people and real wrestlers who should be at the center of the conversation for their own in-ring skill and personality, rather than any of the reasons many NXT wrestlers were viral these recent months. I don’t know about you guys, but are we really doing a Trick Williams and Lash Legend affair in 2024? 

It’s really hard to build a division from the ground up, more so if your company always finds the chance to sabotage its growth because it is scared the girls are better than the boys. 

You guys know about Bull Nakano, right? She was inducted into the Hall of Fame recently, and she got a lot of fanfare from a company that fired her the second they caught her with cocaine…in the 90s…you see where I’m getting at? Even if Nakano was wrong, here’s an obvious example of WWE’s hypocrisy in the way they dealt with her during this era where cocaine was handed out like candy. The culture in the 90s didn’t allow for this, but it was on board with all male stars doing it at that time. This resulted in a downgrade in terms of quality, yet the same (or worse) treatment for women.

The second Nakano and Alundra Blayze stopped wrestling on weekly programming, things went south for the division as a whole, up until Lita and Trish Stratus suddenly decided to bring the heat on a weekly program only for that never to be brought back again until 2015, where WWE realized women’s wrestling in the US was reaching a new level (and Joshi was slowly growing in the West).

With all of this on the table, can you imagine destroying the progress you made? How many years of evolution and revolution could be lost if you ever truly cared about it in the first place? When the ones in charge of the Women’s Revolution are the most vocal personalities criticizing your management of both the movement and the future of women’s wrestling in the US, you should rethink how to expose wrestling fans to the best female wrestlers in the world without falling into stupid trends.

You should reflect on your influence regarding how we treat women’s wrestling as a whole if you have the chance because these recent months have proved what I’m saying here: there’s no interest in protecting women in this industry. I’m not talking about wrestling at this point. It’s really hard for me to concentrate on the wrestling part when I see a storyline dealing with the same issues listed in a LAWSUIT against the company. And I know there will be people saying I’m mixing everything up to prove a point, but if you don’t see the importance of WWE treating Janel Grant as a joke everyone will forget in the discussion then you never cared about respecting women in the industry. Because of course, when you talk about the Women’s Revolution, you should start talking about how women have been treated in wrestling as workers, but then you’ll enter a territory of questioning how society has never given women what they deserve and what they should get. At the end of the day, this is like a domino in which pieces fall to reveal the real reason behind the death of such a movement. 

The answer is always misogyny

Either in the way they book wrestlers, the way fans perceive these wrestlers, or the way the culture does not allow for change. I see people praising AEW right now because they just remembered they could do a great women’s division but we shouldn’t give millionaires a pat on the back and a “good job” sticker for doing the bare minimum and what they should have done years ago. It’s 2024, and we can’t let wrestling companies do what they want with female talent because it’s not moral to have someone like Kai cry on her livestream begging for a chance and then doing everything in your power to not give her that. It’s not just Kai though. In many interviews, Lynch talks about the pool of talent the women’s division has and how many interesting mixups you can do, proven by her matches with the current Women’s Money in the Bank holder, Tiffany Stratton. There are many critiques that Triple H has been having, but the ones that people seemingly don’t pay attention to are the ones regarding women’s wrestling under his regime. 

While I think the answer to this disrespect towards the female wrestlers in WWE is a mix of the things women have to suffer in society as a whole and the industry naturally objectifying them because it has led people to believe that’s the only way you can book women and make them popular with the fans, there’s no one to blame but Paul Levesque because he knows exactly what he’s doing and I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt too and be a little more naive and say “Oh no he’s not, it’s just a coincidence” but the recent months have proven me the exact opposite. This guy knows what he’s doing.

He knows he’s being misogynistic and he knows wrestling culture will allow that to happen because there are current employees in the company that have not paid for what they did. The Women’s Revolution is dead, and it’s because it just lived as some boost to women’s wrestling in weekly programming, rather than a door to explore what more you could do with them. After all, the culture never changed, therefore fans’ perception of women’s wrestling didn’t change either. That‘s why we’re having a storm of viral posts of female wrestlers in slowed-down videos that have a lot of creeps expressing their fantasies like it’s okay to do because for WWE it is. They’re encouraging it because that’s the only way they know how to make women’s wrestling popular. And this goes for AEW, too. If you call yourself a women’s wrestling supporter, you’ll recognize the red flags both companies have concerning their divisions, and you’ll be able to criticize and reclaim a better treatment for your favorites and your favorites’ contemporaries, too. I wish for a better industry for women as a whole, but I admit that seems impossible for many reasons I have already discussed and many more that we as wrestling fans have to discuss. I don’t want to hear about fans leaving the wrestling fandom or having bad experiences in live shows. I don’t want to read the most disgusting and specific tweets about how a female wrestler shouldn’t complain about a guy taking a picture of her without her consent because “she’s allowing it,” and I don’t want to see any of the Twitter accounts that just do AI pics of female wrestlers.

I don’t want any of that anymore, but the true revolution women’s wrestling needs will be through change, and if you want to change, you know where you have to aim. Not any person can say they will revolutionize anything because “revolution” is already a strong and meaningful word, thus true revolutionaries will be guided by great feelings of love because it is impossible to think about any kind of revolution without this quality.

If you don’t love women’s wrestling, you’ll be Paul Levesque. 

If you love women’s wrestling, you’ll be Rebecca Quin.