Stephanie McMahon made a huge statement on her dream match-up
Stephanie McMahon recently spoke with Variety at CES.
Here are the highlights:
When asked about her dream match-up. She said “My dream match-up is [a women’s] main event of WrestleMania, regardless of who is in it. I think it’s going to happen. I also don’t think it is easy, but what is great about it is that our women and men are truly competing for the spotlight right now. It’s a great conversation and it’s about who belongs there. Not because of their gender, but who is the bigger star? Who is delivering? It’s always a family, but it’s exciting and fun. That’s the way it should be.”
When asked about signing Ronda Rousey. She said “Ronda wanted to be a part of this change and it happened before she actually came on board, which was something that disappointed her on a certain level, but also excited her to be a part of it and raise the bar.”
When asked about women performing in Abu Dhabi. She said “There’s another story to be told and that’s the power of this movement. The power of digital and social media, and the power of all of our voices. Just over a year ago in Abu Dhabi, our women were allowed to perform for the very first time and they had to be covered from head to toe except their heads and hands. During a match, a chant broke out. Both men and women chanting, ‘This is hope.’ That happened in Abu Dhabi during a WWE match. Our performers in the ring said they saw tears of little girls in the front row. That’s what this movement is really about. It’s about giving that share a voice and making change.”
When asked about what led to the change in women’s wrestling. She said “The way we portrayed our women [historically] was in a secondary role. It was never believed that women could be the main event or the draw. What happened was that in our developmental system, [Triple H] started recruiting athletes over models for both men and women. He started training women the same way the men were trained and giving them the same match time, and opportunities on television. As a result, they started to rise and truly steal the show. It was to the point where our fanbase was chanting ‘This is wrestling,’ and ‘Women’s wrestling.’ That was really the impetus of what happened then.”