It was just under a year ago that WWE’s flagship program, WrestleMania, was headlined by women in the main event. Almost a year later, the presence of women is rumored to be even higher than before. A few weeks ago, The Rock’s daughter, Simone Johnson, officially signed with the company and became the first-ever fourth-generation wrestler in history. While she continues to train and prepare for her official debut, there are other women continuing to shape the road to WrestleMania for future generations to come.
The first two WrestleManias featured a women’s match apiece, both contested for the Women’s Championship. In the 1990s, two women’s matches were once again contested. The tide began to turn in the 2000s with the rise of Chyna, Lita, and Trish Stratus. After five consecutive years of a women’s match featured on the biggest show, 2004 marked the first event featuring two women’s matches. The same would happen in 2006 and not again until 2016. On that night in 2016, the then “divas” division was changed into being the women’s division, cemented by the retiring Brie Bella, and a show-stealing triple threat match for the Women’s Championship featuring Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, and Sasha Banks. The match is regarded as the greatest women’s WrestleMania match to date. In 2017, for the first time ever, two women’s championship matches would be held. 2018 and 2019 featured women having a grand three matches on the card. And now, they are rumored to shake the table once more.
Nikki and Brie Bella are known for their reality television series, “Total Bellas”, and helped put eyes on the women of wrestling at a time when no one was tuning in. The two worked tirelessly to become businesswomen and eventually successful wrestlers. Today, the twins find themselves both pregnant and now slated to be inducted into WWE’s Hall of Fame WrestleMania weekend. As two of the most polarizing women in the industry, the induction has truly been the talk of the wrestling world.
Elsewhere, the women still able to wrestle are set to embark on arguably the biggest weekend in women’s wrestling history. WWE’s third brand, NXT, will host a multi-woman ladder match the night prior to WrestleMania. On the official card, women will be featured in four championship matches and a battle royal. That still leaves space for one more match, rumored to feature WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus and popular Sasha Banks. 2020 seems to be proved once more that for the women of WWE, the sky is no longer the limit… it is their personal stepping stool for greatness.