Vince Russo thinks WWE changed the way it portrays female superstars just to make Stephanie McMahon look good.
In 2016, WWE stopped referring to female superstars as “Divas” and began treating the women’s division as a priority. Since then, many women have headlined premium live events and become as popular as some of the top male superstars.
Former WWE Editor-in-Chief Russo spoke to Sportskeeda Wrestling’s Dr. Chris Featherstone on McMahon’s involvement in the company’s booking of women:
“Bro, the whole Women’s Revolution in WWE…it was PR for Stephanie McMahon. That’s all it was. It was positioning for Stephanie. You haven’t seen Stephanie associated with that Women’s Division and Women’s Revolution for years now. They did the only pay-per-view, one and it’s done, and it was all for Stephanie McMahon PR. [9:18-9:42]
Watch the video above to hear Russo’s honest take on Becky Lynch’s recent criticism of AEW’s Women’s Division.
Despite Stephanie McMahon’s best efforts, Vince Russo thinks sexism still exists in wrestling
After working as a head writer for WWE and WCW, Russo also wrote television for IMPACT Wrestling (formerly known as TNA). One of the most memorable storylines in IMPACT history took place in 2007 and 2008 when Gail Kim feuded with Awesome Kong.
Reflecting on this rivalry, Russo said that some male talent didn’t like having women starring them:
“There were a lot of times on TNA where the women’s matches were the highest rated matches on the show, and the guys didn’t want to hear that. Well that’s too bad. Whether you wanted to hear it or not, that’s t is a fact…These women had to work so hard for everything they got because it [wrestling business] it’s sexist… it’s sexist to this day. [8:42-9:17]
Arguably the biggest moment in women’s wrestling history happened in 2019 when WrestleMania was headlined by female superstars for the first time. The show ended with Becky Lynch defeating Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair to win the RAW and SmackDown Women’s Championships.
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