Brie Bella believes that female wrestlers could headline Wrestlemania one day. Bella, one half of a wrestling super-duo with her sister Nikki Bella, made this groundbreaking declaration to the Belfast Telegraph recently. She also spoke about the strides women are making in wrestling these days and the inspiration they’re providing for young girls around the world.
“I feel like for women we’re on the way to main event-ing Wrestlemania (a huge annual wrestling event),” she said. “I feel like we’re on the way to where it won’t even be about the women and the men, but just superstars. I really love that, and I couldn’t be more proud of the women in WWE.”
Wrestling is a male-dominated sport. Most of the star performers with huge fanbases are men. However, women are becoming a key part of WWE’s viewership. A 2013 report by Sports Business Daily (as reported by Sports Skeeda) revealed that women account for less than 40 percent of the television audience of wrestling matches. But it also showed that more women were likely to watch WWE when compared to professional boxing and MMA.
In a recent interview, Stephanie McMahon, WWE’s chief brand officer and daughter of Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon, said that female viewers were now 40 percent of the franchise’s fanbase. She added that this female audience has had a huge impact on the way the WWE showcases female wrestlers, Sportskeeda reports. They used to just come to the ring as “Divas” who had short matches but now things are much different.
“There is now a women’s only tournament, which is part of this whole women’s revolution, where women have gone from lesser roles to becoming the main events at shows. They have taken the world by storm.”
For Brie Bella, this revolution means young girls have a new team of role models to help boost their self-esteem.
“I think that’s so important, to teach young girls confidence,” she said to the Belfast Telegraph. “The fact they can look up to these WWE wrestlers, and be like ‘I’m going to stand up for myself’. We’re so lucky to have this many women in WWE for young girls to look up to.”
The WWE has recently signed two new female wrestlers, Kavita Devi and Shadia Bseiso, to development contracts. What’s interesting about these two women is that they aren’t from the United States. Devi is from India and Bseiso is from Jordan. They are the first women from either country to receive this kind of an opportunity from the WWE. These are more signs that the sport is trending towards a more diverse roster of stars.
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