Just to let everyone know that I really love growing up in the 90’s and still cherish this decade for everything that I can remember. However, there’s no decade that’s perfect because there are of course good days and bad days for every single year. Of course I won’t be nitpicky for technologies, graphics, or cultures (backwards hat for example) that aged terribly because anything old in general can age badly. I’m looking at aspects of the 1990s that caused us grief and disappointments. The 1990s is infamous for being violent, drug-heavy, and rowdy than any other decade. And at the same time there were horrible moments in this era like these ten worst things in the 1990s. But despite anything I say in this list, this decade as a whole is WAY better than the 2000’s which I declare as the worst decade since the great depression. Before I make a list of the ten best things of the 1990s, let’s just look at the worst. As must was we desire to go back to this time, just remember that if we could possibly do so, we have to endure the punishment that came from this decade.
By any means, I’m not trying to be sexist but this is a blog where I rant about how horrible the women’s wrestling division actually is. You know, ever since I’ve done that Molly Holly review, I really thought of doing this blog and express what I really want to see in the women’s wrestling division. Let’s be honest, wrestling is a masculine dominated profession and its understandable why men dominates a lot of sports (NBA, NFL, NBL, NHL) because they are born with a lot of strength that men have. That’s not to say women are in capable of doing that because there have been women that are able to make men cry and it has a lot of potential of making them do what are the men are doing. But sadly just like almost every sport women are in, the women’s division is just horrible to watch for the past 30 years from any wrestling promotion. In fact, it has never been as big as men’s wrestling because of women’s physicality are different and men are more aggressive and competitive in this aspect of wrestling. Women too can actually can go in the same direction as men do because they can be as competitive with each other, but sadly its what makes the stereotype among all women to put them lay low and make them into sex idols. There have been women that defied that stereotype because there are female wrestlers that actually want to be taken seriously like the independent wrestling especially, but do they get a lot of attention? Sadly these are the reasons why women’s wrestling sucks and what needs to be done to improve it!
Number 10. – Too Many Sex Idols and Less Athletes (Get more wrestlers less models!)
Is it really hard for our wrestling programs to actually find women who look like wrestlers and not like bimbos? To tell you the truth, I’ve never seen so many female wrestlers now in the WWE that looks more like models and less like wrestlers. WCW is ashamed of how they got their women by actually getting models that never watched wrestling in their lives and [started training them when they were televised and already employed.] You can already tell that these models have no interest in this industry and only want to have a job since they can’t be hired as a victoria secret model. Just look at “wrestlers” like Maryse and tell me if she looks like a wrestler. I’m not saying that women shouldn’t be allowed to do that sort of thing because it is their choice if they want to be beautiful or not. And it’s not for us to judge attractiveness because if they want to be attractive, it’s alright for everyone, but for the sake that if you show that only beautiful women can make it in a wrestling event then you’re giving a bad example to women who are inspired to become a wrestler. Why is it that when I want to see what are the highlights from nearly all the women wrestlers, they are always eager to do a photo shoot exposing their bodies and the clothes they wear instead of showing their best matches? The reason why there isn’t a big female audience tuning into pro-wrestling is because there’s nothing interesting to see from women’s wrestling but this. Hell, you have Stephanie McMahon that is one of the biggest decision makers in the WWE (who’s a woman) and the company still exposes the sexualization of women’s wrestling instead of showing women actually wrestling.
The reason why this is so low on our list is because it’s probably the least of the problems in the women’s division.
Number 9. – Less Attractive Wrestlers Not Given Enough Credit, but are Humiliated!
Since this is a division where women are only making it to the business through attractiveness, there have been plenty of less attractive women wrestlers who has or had a career but they aren’t treated like athletes, instead they are appeared as losers for not looking as beautiful as the other wrestlers. Look at Ivory, Molly Holly, Vickie Guerrero, Nidia, Awesome Kong and so many other female wrestlers that made it to the business without looking as beautiful as the other women. They’re not getting as much exposure to wrestling as they should, instead they’re used as a “cock-block” when perverts are really getting into the woman’s look. Yes it’s true that if you’re ugly you can’t compete with beautiful looking women but if you’re just used as a joke because nobody is interested in seeing you take off your clothes and need something to do to stay relevant, then you’re screwed. This is not a good example of women’s wrestling. Why do women “babyfaces” have to look so attractive that men accepts, but “heel” women wrestlers are all lesser attractive women or over slutty women? Even in today’s society, when you show someone a lesser attractive woman they have no interest, but if you got someone who looks very attractive then all eyes on them. I blame the media for giving the public that poor standard, and wrestling is making it worse.
Number 8. – Horrible Booking (Having No Idea What To Do With Them)
I’ll give wrestling promotions this… at least they’re trying to show who are these women wrestlers in their roster, but for crying out loud, if you got them to do something special, why ruin their careers by have nothing more to do with them other than winning a Championship of the division, getting them into an on-screen relationship, or become a cover girl of a magazine? Why not make them accomplish a lot more than just going screen and say their line? The only woman that has gone further than any other women, in term of accomplishments, is Chyna because she is still the only woman that won the Intercontinental Championship. After that we were all anticipated to see her wrestle her way to the WWF/WWE Championship but before her departure of the company, they brought her back to the Divas Division and pointlessly won the Women’s Championship. We’ll we ever see a WWE Champion who’s a female? Sadly, nobody in the WWE writing staff even thought about all the best things you can do in wrestling for women and accomplish all the possibilities that would make history! Another great example is Beth Phoenix, she was looked as the next Chyna, she was able to make grown men cry, and she was already the most dominant female in the company at the time, but instead they ruined it all by making her loose to weaker and more attractive women and she’s treated like a henchwoman instead of a promising wrestler that can do much more. It happens to all the women in wrestling that can do so much more but they sadly been downgraded them because they’re not as appealing to the public to be accepted through all demographics (especially men). The reason why I see Beth Phoenix and Awesome Kong being the only women who could be the champion of the most prestigious title dominated by men , from both TNA, ROH, & WWE, is because they’re bigger and tougher than most of the men, however they wasted seizing that moment!
Number 7. – Not Enough Independence In Women’s Wrestling
You know, since male wrestlers have the most spotlight and air time, not that many women wrestlers can have their own air time. Only a selective number of women are selected for a big storyline in their division so that means since there are only those women selected and so many others that want to stay relevant they have to put them together in so many tag teams, factions, managing, and other involvement for that storyline. We’re not thinking of a storyline between these two rivalries, we’re thinking of another match from the women’s division for the night. With so many women and yet a limited amount of time just for them, its no wonder why there’s too many women involved in just one storyline. I get the fact that women are more dependent with each other than men do with other guys, but in order to actually have a wrestler to stand out as the best (male or female) is if they do it alone. And yet we see women gather up like no other division that it’s crazy. Sometimes we don’t see a woman wrestler wrestle because there isn’t enough air time to actually let her wrestle. Do we blame the men? Mostly, but we have to blame backstage politics for only giving a few storylines at a time for women’s wrestling when they can have more than one at once so that those women can get a chance to let everyone know who they are. It’s because we have a women’s division that so crowded that we start loosing them.
Number 6. – Women Wrestling Matches are not that interesting
You know what matches that I’ve seen in almost every women’s division?
- Lumberjill Match
- Battle Royale
- Tag Teams
- Bras and Panties
- Pudding/Mud Wrestling Match
- *Object* on a Pole Match
- Langere Match
Don’t these matches just exists for stereotyping women even more? We need to put these women through different matches instead of these perverted and simple matches that women find safe. In case if you don’t know, there’s nothing safe about wrestling so make them take the risk of doing what other men do but in the women’s division. WWE Divas haven’t seen women wrestle in Hardcore Matches, Ladder Matches, or Cage Matches since the Attitude Era. The TNA’s Knockouts Division are doing it today but sadly they play it safe so it’s unconvincing that they can do it better than the men. They need to be less “girly” about doing these different matches and make it feel more aggressive, competitive, and believable for the general audience enjoy tuning in whenever there’s women’s wrestling.
Number 5. – Women Wrestlers Need Wrestling Background First Before Coming to the Bigger Companies (Not These Models)
If you have had women who has been long time wrestling fans and want to be in the industry you can actually can get results! The reason why you see so many of these underweight bimbos to be so terrible in wrestling is because they have no experience with wrestling before they came in the business. You can easily tell that they can’t wrestle because they can’t either
- Sell a move well
- Terrible at landing
- Can’t Think of Creative Way To Win Matches
- Bad Moveset
- Afraid to Try New Things
I’m not saying that all beautiful women can’t wrestle, but if bookers are only selecting victoria secret models as their only highlight with women’s wrestling, then what’s the whole point for women wrestlers who are trying to make a career to start from the bottom and learn everything about being a wrestler on their way to the top? Heck, when you got former wrestlers like Stacy Keibler and Torrie Wilson who retired from wrestling they don’t seem to proud be to be from the industry instead just enjoys their fame outside of the business much more. We get so bored watching many women wrestle because they aren’t really passionate about being a wrestler. Of course there were models that actually learned how to be a wrestler when they got hired and actually become good at it like Trish Stratus, but if only we got more dedicated female wrestlers that care about offering the best matches that would make women proud to watch wrestling then it would be a more enjoyable show. There actually are women who never had a wrestling background that actually learned how to wrestle but when the time comes to show their true potential, it’s already too late for them. Not to mention looking at most of these female wrestlers they look like they never set foot in the gym to make themselves stronger. So how do we expect to take them seriously if they refuse to gain strength and make us believe that they can actually win matches? I can never see male wrestlers to actually win matches if they look too weak, so the same rule apply to women wrestlers. The reason why Mickie James, Beth Phoenix, and Melina actually displayed good wrestling is because they came from various wrestling organizations before they came to the WWE/TNA/ROH. If you give us female wrestlers that actually learn how to wrestle before stepping on camera, then you don’t have to make us wait for them to give us good matches.
Number 4. – Too Many Similar Characters ( We Needs More Variety of Women)
Look at TNA’s women wrestlers, can they cut a promo without showing how more beautiful they are without shouting? I despised watching the Knockouts Division because many of them just kept shouting so loud that my ears start to bleed. Even when WWE’s Divas start to cut promos, I can’t tell the difference apart, and it’s not just because they’re women, it’s because they’re the exact same character from soap operas. Never have I been so bored to see them say something, even when Trish Stratus tries to impersonate the Rock by using “The Trish,” it was horrible. Just like what Pulp Fiction said, “Just because you are a character doesn’t me you have character.” Here are the characteristic of women characters:
- Jealous Types Who Would Pick a Fight with Any Girl More Beautiful than Them.
- Women Who Already Know They’re Beautiful but has to deal with the Jealous Types.
- Spoiled Brats (Stephanie McMahon, Vickie Guerrero, Karren Jarret).
- Dominate Female (Beth Phoenix, Chyna, Awesome Kong).
And it’s only going to be like that if only we can make women characters who aren’t so similar from each other. I mean women like Lita was always the one that has character for me because she was into the extreme appeal, her charisma was unlike your typical girl, and she was daring enough to challenge anybody (man or woman). Even Mickie James, what made her so exciting to watch was that she was obsessed with women wrestlers like Trish that was thinking out of the box for once and her character in TNA is that she’s a country girl that looks like she’s been in bar fights. When you look at male wrestlers who has so many different characteristics and catch phrases from each other, why can’t we have women who can offer variety of characters instead of these bimbo competition each time we watch women’s wrestling. Give them a lovable gimmick, give them catch phrases that can stand toe-to-toe with popular phrases like “If You Smell What The Rock Is Cooking,” and even teach them to cut a promo that could even match to CM Punk’s speech against the McMahons. The only way anyone could take women’s wrestling more seriously is if they take it more seriously. That way you can have more people to actually give a better reaction towards female wrestling that it already has gotten. In case if you don’t know, everybody is either falling a sleep or taking a bathroom break because of lack of caring about anything going on in this division.
Number 3. – Women Wrestlers Have Been In Too Many Mediocre Storylines
Just because they’re women doesn’t mean that they have to be in romantic stories, soap operas, jealousy tie-ins, or even dramas that doesn’t feel like wrestling at all. Too many angles that does feel like a man wouldn’t want to be in like pregnancy angles, fake marriages, love triangle, ect. Though some pretty much some would want to be in those kinds of storylines, but what does that accomplish for women? In fact, what does that accomplish for any viewer to see women’s wrestling? The most common storyline that women wrestlers have been in the most are jealous type storylines where they have to be in various competition and short matches to show who’s better just so they can make us wait for their pay-per-view match. This simplistic storyline has been done so many times in the women’s division that is has to stop! Why is it that the best storylines are only offered to male wrestlers while women still has to be stuck in the unsurprising storylines that have been done to death? Storylines are important for the sake of hyping up a wrestling match and if the storyline sucks then predictably the card on the day the match begins already sucks. Where’s the epic-ness, memorability, and original storytelling for women’s wrestling? If you’re going to say that’s because they’re women, well look at other fiction stories that displayed women as total badasses like Aliens, Terminator 2, Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2, Kick Ass, and so much more. If only someone can come up with a storyline that’s actually as good if not better than the storylines that the men gets when they are on the air, then that means women’s division would be more exciting to watch. Heck, if you have women audiences who are also bored watching your women’s division, then something’s VERY wrong with your program!
Number 2. – Holding Women’s Wrestling Back (They can wrestle better than on TV)
If you have women who has been long time wrestling fans and want to be in the industry after learning so much about it, you can actually get results! We want to see women who have amazing movesets and abilities that goes sometimes beyond the standard of men’s wrestling, believable sells of moves, and even be able to handle the discipline that men wrestlers always have in the ring. Oh believe me, there are women that actually can do all that stuff if you got your heads out of your butts and start seeing independent and Japanese women wrestling. They are so well made that you want to see them on the the top programs, but sadly wrestling politics, for the whatever reason, refuses to let women wrestlers wrestle as good as they normally do. There’s a reason why so many female wrestlers refuse to leave the independent league, because they don’t want to take their clothes off, wants be taken seriously when they wrestle, and also wrestle as they always do. Why even take that away when it’s something that the women’s division in mainstream wrestling has needed for over 30 years? Beth Phoenix, before she came to the WWE, was able to carry two men on her shoulders, but WWE still keep her in the ring loosing to bimbo who never lifted anything over 100 lbs. I would love to see women do so much more that male wrestlers do like powerhouse, technical, lucha libre, high flying, and so much more. So why is women wrestling pulled back in doing all the stuff that the men are doing? That’s the reason why people doesn’t like watching women’s wrestling because (sadly) judging everything that we’ve seen on TV, we can actually wrestle better than most of them can. So what’s the point of watching something that we can do better ourselves? We want to see talent, dedication, and so many things that we never seen from women’s wrestling before and we all know women’s wrestling is capable of doing all that! They have to stop letting the men do everything that they want, instead let women offer as much as them. If we see more than half of female wrestlers do some of the amazing stuff seen in Indies/Japanese wrestling then that’s the only way we can see them get out of the typical wrestling matches and let them accomplish that no other woman has accomplished since Chyna won the Intercontinental Championship. Don’t be so afraid that women are easily hurtful than men, let them try to take the discipline and show everyone that anyone who’s anyone can do it as good as the top guys in the wrestling business.
Number 1. – Bookers Never thought of getting out of the Box For Women
There are SO many accomplishments that women in the wrestling business has yet to succeed! And yet, I blame everything on backstage politics everywhere that can’t handle their women properly. There have been so many women that has come and gone that I wish could do so much more than what we’ve seen so many times before. The last biggest accomplishment that women wrestlers did was a special episode of Monday Night Raw (Dec. 4, 2004) where Trish Stratus and Lita were main event! Since then, no other women in wrestling has ever done more than that. Everybody is always concerned about when is there ever going to be a woman to win the WWE Championship. That’s one thing to think about, but there’s a whole lot that we need to see women wrestlers do like getting out of those typical women’s matches and try to train them to work much harder than ever before. TNA has did it with their women’s division but not quite as much as we expect. We need to see them have matches that men go through like Cage Matches, Ladder Matches, Hardcore Matches, Hell in a Cell, TLC, Elimination Chamber, Ultimate X, Iron Woman Match, and all the other matches that never had a woman in it. It would be really historic to see more women being in these matches, but first they have to do solve all 9 of these problems before they can go to number 1 on this list. The WWF used to push their women into these kinds of matches back in the Attitude Era and they were actually exciting to see them in action. The audience actually cared for the women’s division back in the attitude era, but sadly since that intensity and creativity stopped due to backstage politics they stopped putting these women through other matches that are outside of the women’s matches that we keep getting. You have to prove to the audience that your woman wrestler can handle against the men so that we can actually have variety with women’s wrestling. Sure they can get hurt by the men, so train them to be strong as Chyna and Beth Phoenix to make us believe that they can one day accomplish winning a WWE Championship for women. If Chyna is the farthest that women can go in women’s wrestling, then it’s embarrassing to see this division even more because it has been over a decade since that was accomplished. All these problems keep repeating itself in the women’s wrestling world since women’s wrestling existed and we need to start bringing in the right women who has a wrestling background and push them to new grounds that no woman has ever been in. Otherwise most of us guys will still go to the bathroom when women’s wrestling is on the air, and we really need to make a difference with this showmanship for women! Women have made history in the past; our first woman in space, the first woman who flew a plane, USA’s first woman running for president, and so much more. Now we need to let women wrestle harder than ever before in order to make it historic and change how we think of women in wrestling forever!