In a remarkable trend that has persisted for two consecutive years, the limelight at WWE's marquee event has been stolen not by the men but by the women. The sensational bouts of Bianca Belair versus Becky Lynch at WrestleMania 38, closely followed by Charlotte Flair's thrilling encounter with Rhea Ripley at WrestleMania 39, have not just captivated audiences but also earned exceptional acclaim.
This newfound admiration for contemporary women's wrestling extends beyond the WWE Universe and resonates with industry veterans, as demonstrated by the sentiments of former WWE star, Smash of Demolition. In a candid conversation with "The Wrestling Perspective, " Smash voiced his belief that the current cadre of WWE's women wrestlers surpasses their male counterparts in performance and impact.
This bold opinion emerged during a discussion about the proliferation of wrestling content across various TV and streaming platforms and its implications for the industry.
Smash Endorses Expanded Viewership
Showing his optimism, Smash stated, "I think it's good.
It has resulted in more avenues for viewership, keeping the wrestlers at their best. Wrestlers must excel in their craft to draw attention, and the promoters must push them effectively. Otherwise, their chances of survival in this fiercely competitive field are slim." While Smash confessed that he is not a regular wrestling viewer, he did make an exception for WrestleMania 39, which he enjoyed alongside his grandchildren.
The decision, he insists, was well worth it. "I watched Charlotte Flair. Unbelievable," he enthused, expressing his awe at her exceptional performance. "I had never seen her wrestle before, and I can assertively say that her match was one of the best on the card.
She was phenomenal." This prompted Smash to delve deeper into women's matches, leading him to conclude that female wrestlers are extraordinary. His parting words warned the men's division to step up their game to match the women.
"The guys seem stuck in a rut, repeating the same moves. On the other hand, the women echo the toughness that was once a trademark of the men's division. They have revolutionized wrestling, and their impact on the sport has been monumental."