On Aprils 3rd, 2016 at WrestleMania 32 the WWE unveiled the WWE Women's Championship and officially dropped the term "Diva" from its main roster programming. Professional wrestling fans and talented pro-wrestlers and storytellers worked incredibly hard to make this necessary transition a reality. Charlotte, Sasha Banks, and Becky Lynch stole the show at WrestleMania, ushering in the new WWE main roster Women's Division with style and strength.
As the movement for #WomensWrestling continues to grow, so to does the WWE's women's division, in addition to the representation of women in all of pro-wrestling, improve.
This page shall remain to chronicle the origins of this movement, what it has stood for, and how it has brought so many people together to fight the good fight.
WHAT IS IT?
- An effort to raise awareness for the demand for Women's Wrestling, particularly a proper Women's Division on the WWE's main roster. This would be a Women's Division where the female performers were afforded the same amount of respect (adequate screen-time/depth of characterization/emotionally compelling & modern narratives) as their male peers.
- An effort to fundamentally change the way the viewer regards the WWE's female performers. Those who want change must transform #DivaRevolution & #GiveDivasAChance into a social media movement that reflects the viewer's actual desires. #DivaRevolution & #GiveDivasAChance endorses the WWE's use of the pejorative "Diva", as well as the company's outdated view of women. If we want WWE to change sooner rather than later it's best we fans promote a new, accurate, empowering pro-wrestling language.
- An effort to change the WWE's perspective on the female gender - to convince the WWE to accept that women are just as capable of putting on a great wrestling match and cutting a great promo as any man, and that the female wrestler's body should represent the same honorable qualities as the male wrestler's body.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
- Add #WomensWrestling to your live Tweets during various WWE shows (particularly Monday Night Raw) - keep these Tweets positive and pertinent and indicative of the change you want to see in the product.
- Use the #WomensWrestling trend to direct people's attention to independently run female wrestling promotions.
- Through positive reinforcement, let the WWE know how much you love women's wrestling and exactly why women's wrestling is important to you by sharing videos, photos, anecdotes, blogs, podcasts, posts and the like.
- Cite precedent - explain to the WWE why a match like Bayley vs Sasha Banks at NXT: Take Over: Brooklyn is more emotionally powerful and engrossing than the 9-women Divas tag match at SummerSlam. Demonstrate to the WWE that it's more financially beneficial to them if they evolve beyond Diva-booking and embrace Women's Wrestling.
- Explain to the WWE why a Womens Championship is more appealing to you than a Divas Championship. Explain to the WWE why you want the company to forever drop the term "Diva".
On May 11, 2015 #WomensWrestling reached the top ten trends in the world following Monday Night Raw. The next morning it continued to to trend, topping off at number three in the world. Ever since, many passionate fans have consistently expressed their desire for equality in the WWE and for #WomensWrestling to be featured prominently in the company.
And a certain Hardcore Legend, a Legit Boss, and a Genetically Superior Queen have joined in. Even Triple H eventually RT'd a #WomensWrestling Tweet. And following Sasha Banks & Bayley's historic Ironman Match at NXT Take Over Respect on October 7th 2015, Stephanie McMahon embraced the term. Full Sail University also chanted #WomensWrestling during the main event.
This shows it's possible to unite people under this common cause. Now it's just a matter of using that power to try and affect actual change in the company. It's important to remember the purpose of this movement is not simply to get something trending, but to push the WWE toward immediate transformation. Join in! Let them hear why #WomensWrestling matters to you!