WWE: Historic WrestleMania moment for women is more than deserved

Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch and Becky Lynch.
Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch and Becky Lynch. Photo credit: Image: Getty

This year's edition of WWE's marquee event will be historic for not only sports entertainment, but for the arrival of women as legitimate franchise players.

WrestleMania 35 will be headlined by a triple threat women's championship match, featuring Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch and former UFC champion Ronda Rousey.

It's a remarkable turnaround from WrestleManias' of past, which have highlighted gimmicks - including pillow fights and a bra and panties matches.

But it's not just the main event that has women profiled at the top end of the card.

The women's tag team championships will be up for grabs for the first time in WrestleMania history, and the show will be hosted, Oscar's style, by multi-time champion Alexa Bliss.

Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch and Becky Lynch.
Charlote Flair and Becky Lynch.

Bliss' role as host marks the first time a WWE women's superstar has had the honour of hosting the show of shows, a role reserved in the past for talent like Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Kim Kardashian.

Bliss told Newshub that she always believed a moment like this coming Monday was possible, given the monumental wave of momentum the women's roster has been riding.

"It's amazing, but we deserve it," Bliss said. "Our women have delivered time and time again and proved that we belong at the top of the biggest card of the year.

"We, as women, have wanted this moment forever. Now that it is finally happening - it shows that WWE believes in us as women and fully support us."

And that support is felt right through the women's division.

Australian WWE stars' Peyton Royce and Billie Kay are making their collective debuts as part of the main WrestleMania card.

'The Iconics' are searching for tag team gold in a fatal four way match against champions Sasha Banks and Bayley, the pacific island duo Nia Jax and Tamina and the veteran team of Natayla and WWE Hall of Fame member, Beth Phoenix.

Kay and Royce feel the same sense of pride expressed by Bliss, in relation to the crowning moment of the women's wrestling evolution.

Kay told Newshub WrestleMania will be a turning point for women, not just young WWE fans, but women from all walks of life.

"We have come such a long way," said Kay. "The doors that our women have broken down has simply been incredible.

"This will open up more doors.

"All the little girls watching this on Sunday (Monday NZT) are going to witness women main eventing WrestleMania for the very first time.

"That is so powerful and I think it will have a positive effect on their lives, knowing they can achieve anything a man does and do it just as good.

"We are lucky that we get to be involved right in the midst of an historic moment."

Royce added; "As all of this has been happening in WWE, women's empowerment is also happening around the world throughout sport and entertainment.

"This is because women have earned it, not because it's a trend. That is so special and to be there on Sunday is going to be amazing.

"We always thought this was possible and now it's pretty much here."

Catch WWE WrestleMania live on the WWE Network from 11am Monday.


Brad Lewis is in New York and will be attending WrestleMania courtesy of WWE.