Over the years, women's wrestling has undergone a significant transformation, evolving from sideshow acts to high-stakes main events. As a prominent figure who has witnessed this transition firsthand, Mickie James, a WWE veteran, recently shared her insights on the most pivotal women's wrestling matches in history on the "Busted Open" show.
Commencing her list at number 10, James acknowledged the landmark 2002 Survivor Series pay-per-view, featuring a groundbreaking hardcore match between Trish Stratus and Victoria. This event was unique as it signaled the first instance of women competitors in a no holds barred contest on WWE's platform.
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James' ninth pick was the 2018 Evolution pay-per-view, Last Woman Standing match between Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch. This event holds a special place for James as it marked WWE's first-ever all-women's pay-per-view and showcased an exceptionally gripping match.
Her eighth choice was the 2018 inaugural Women's Royal Rumble, wherein she had a personal stake. James reminisced the evening as a milestone, encapsulating her longstanding rivalry with Trish Stratus. Gail Kim and Awesome Kong's rivalry in TNA/IMPACT Wrestling claimed the seventh spot on James' list.
While no specific match was selected, James emphasized the significance of this rivalry in creating more opportunities for women in the industry. The sixth on the list was James' WrestleMania 22 match against Trish Stratus.
This face-off was remarkable due to the extensive mentor-protégé storyline unfolding nine months before the game. James' fifth pick included the mid-90s WWE matches between Alundra Blayze and Bull Nakano, specifically their ten-minute-long SummerSlam 1994 contest, for revitalizing women's wrestling in the US.
Her fourth choice, the 1987 5-on-5 Survivor Series match, showcased various wrestling talents on a global scale. The third spot went to Sensational Sherri's WWE debut against The Fabulous Moolah in 1987, a memorable moment for James.
The Stratus vs. Lita match claimed the second spot in 2004, recognized as the first women's match to be the main event in an episode of "WWE Raw." James identified this event as a pivotal moment in the evolution of women's wrestling.