• WWF Veteran Reacts To WWE Officials & Fans Saying That Women’s Wrestling Doesn’t Draw Money
During an appearance on GAW TV, former Women’s Champion Mickie James (who was recently released from WWE) talked about pitching the idea of an all-women’s brand in WWE and why that wasn’t considered.
Mickie was told backstage that women’s wrestling doesn’t draw money and that WWE Evolution 2018 (all-women’s PPV) was the lowest-rated WWE PPV of all time.
Here’s what Mickie said:
“Anything I’ve pitched, they weren’t into it. I wanted to find a balance in between.
There was this moment where I said, ‘What if we do an all-female brand?’ If I could help lead up that and have an awesome team of women…we have the talent, tools, and facilities. It would really help all the girls who are not getting television time.
This one person says to me, ‘They’re never going to do it. Ever. Women’s Wrestling doesn’t make money. WWE Evolution was the lowest-rated PPV ever in WWE. I get what you’re trying to do, but I don’t understand why you’re fighting so hard for it. You should play the cards you’re dealt and see if there’s a way to incorporate that within a show rather than fight for it to be its own show.’
I just realized that every decision they do, a lot of it is business and how it falls in line with business.
I’m just disappointed as a whole with being made to feel old with depends and a walker and the whole ageism thing. I think we missed out on a lot of moments.”
After hearing Mickie’s comments, WWE Hall Of Famer Mick Foley tweeted the following:
An all women’s brand NEEDS to happen in WWE
Unless you want AEW to beat you to the punch.
This led to WWF Veteran Lance Storm replying the following to Foley:
“Would the women no longer be on Raw & SD? I think this is a much more complicated decision. If the women (especially the top women) remain on RAW and SD then the all women’s show will struggle. If the all women’s show in on a lessor platform it will feel like a demotion.”
This sparked a conversation of ratings and the TV time given to WWE women. A fan tweeted the following:
“They have given main events to women. And the drop off is big. They know the women don’t draw much so they not gonna put them on tv for too long.”
This led to Storm replying the following:
“Becky Lynch drew in key segments and main events. The focus, story and long term presentation needs to be there for anyone to draw in the Main Event. You can’t just throw any 2 people (male or female) in a main event and expect them to draw.
You want the women to draw they need to have credible presentation and consistent strong booking for promos and matches so they are viewed as top stars and seen as truly important. Women can draw Becky proved that.”
You want the women to draw they need to have credible presentation and consistent strong booking for promos and matches so they are viewed as top stars and seen as truly important. Women can draw Becky proved that.
— Lance Storm (@LanceStorm) May 1, 2021
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• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (May 6, 1984) – AWA House Show
On this day in Pro Wrestling history on May 6, 1984, Verne Gagne’s American Wrestling Association held a televised House Show at the Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
On this show The Crusher & Baron Von Raschke won the prestigious AWA World Tag Team Championship from “The Sheiks” Jerry Blackwell & Ken Patera.
Here are the results:
– Curt Hennig defeated Jake Milliman
– Billy Robinson defeated Larry Zbyszko
– Brad Rheingans defeated Steve Regal
– Princess Victoria & Velvet McIntyre defeated Donna Christianello & Wendi Richter
– AWA World Heavyweight Title Match: Nick Bockwinkel defeated Jumbo Tsuruta (c) by DQ
– AWA World Tag Team Title Match: Baron von Raschke & The Crusher defeated The Sheiks