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More Intergender Wrestling Please

Crystal Dean

Posted on May 1, 2021 03:29

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Men and women occasionally encounter one another in wrestling matches, but I want to see more.

After watching Bianca Belair, her husband Montez Ford, and Angelo Dawkins defeat Baley, Dolph Ziggler, and Bobby Roode on Friday Night Smackdown, it got me thinking. When was the last time we saw a really good intergender wrestling match? 

A few years ago, WWE used to have Mixed Tag Team matches, and it was quite successful. Some favorite teams were Alexa Bliss and Braun Strowman, better known as "Team Little Big," and The Miz and Asuka. Occasionally male and female wrestlers still partner up, but typically they are married or related, and when the females get tagged in they almost exclusively wrestle their same gendered opponent.

I miss matches like Becky Lynch vs. James Ellsworth or Ronda Rousey vs. Triple H. I remember how impressed and excited I was to see Nia Jax vigorously walking down the ramp into the men’s Royal Rumble. Very few women have made history doing that, or in recent terms “herstory.”

My favorite moment when a woman entered the Royal Rumble would be when Beth Phoenix eliminated The Great Khali by kissing him. She obviously knew she didn’t stand a chance against him physically, so she had to come up with something else. After she eliminated him she went after CM Punk, this time actually fighting. WWE has a reputation for making female wrestlers play the role of a damsel in distress, but I actually thought the scriptwriting for this scene was creative and unoffensive to women who have to work twice as hard as men in industries like this one. Women can be both mentally clever and physically strong. 

Over the years wrestling organizations beyond WWE have given women a bigger platform when it comes to showing their wrestling skills. No kissing competitions, bikini competitions, or fake forced marriages, just straight-up wrestling. 

However, I personally would love to see more females against males, as some women are bigger than men. So if it’s a size difference they’re worried about, I think they can work around that. And I don’t mean tag team matches, I mean just one female wrestler against one male wrestler. The funny thing is a lot of people would end up rooting for the female, even if they don’t know her. This may sound sexist but from personally seeing it myself, I know wrestling fans find it entertaining to see a woman beat a man up. That may be a bit controversial to say, but we are talking about WWE here. 

If WWE, AEW, or any other wrestling franchise is looking for some fresh tips, take mine: more intergender wrestling matches.

Crystal Dean

Posted on May 1, 2021 03:29

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