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The Women of Wrestling 2019

Hello there, Wrestling Fans!

The World Wrestling Entertainment, more popularly known as WWE, has been in the industry since 2002 still going strong. Yes, it has been a good 16-years since the professional wrestling entertainment giant came by that name (WWE) after so many brand changes over the years.

Just a portion of food for thought --- Did you know that professional wrestling entertainment started way back in 1952?

It started as the Capitol Wrestling Corporation with co-founders Roderick James “Jess” McMahon Sr. (father of current WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon) and Joseph Raymond “Toots” Mondt. To-date, WWE has branched into several other business ventures like real estate, even the movies (WWE Studios), and active charity work.

Setting aside the machismo, grand entrances, scripted storyline matches and the immeasurable amount of high-flying moves and calculated risks, our focus for today is to know the gallant women behind the WWE Divas. Not only are they celebrated because of their good looks, sculptured physique and wrestling abilities, but also for being witty and people-centered individuals who became ambassadors of goodwill through their craft.

The following are some of the more-celebrated names behind the storyline of the Women of Wrestling:

From left to right: Ronda Rousey, Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair  --- Photos courtesy of WWE Network.
32-year old Rebecca Quin of Limerick, Ireland celebrates her long 17-year career as a professional wrestler as “Becky Lynch.” She currently holds both the RAW and SmackDown Women’s Championship belts via a a hard-earned win against previous title-holders Ronda Rousey (RAW) and Charlotte Flair (SmackDown) in the main event of WrestleMania 35 last April 7, 2019. She proved her resiliency as she battled with either friend or foe within the famed squared-circle to become the champion that she is today.

Fighting atop the ring with the same name, Ronda “Rowdy” Rousey (32) of Venice, California is the former RAW Women’s Champion prior to WrestleMania 35. She is an accomplished fighter in mixed martial arts, winning a bronze medal during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in judo, before lording it over in her women’s MMA division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Her mixed-martial arts record was 3 wins with 0 loses as an amateur (3-0), then brought the fight to the professional rank with a 12-2 record (12 wins in 14 fights; 9 by submission, 3 by knockout). She retired from UFC and was inducted to the UFC Hall of Fame July 2018, after which making a show on WWE SummerSlam in August 2014 that jumpstarted her WWE career.

Daughter of the legendary 16-time world wrestling champion Ric Flair (Richard Morgan Fliehr), 33-year old Ashley Elizabeth Fliehr (ring name Charlotte Flair) from Charlotte, North Carolina made her own mark in WWE history by being an 8-time Women’s World Champion; and she achieved her success in record-breaking fashion when she started training as a professional wrestler in WWE from 2012 to-date.

Born as Mercedes Kaestner-Varnado, this 27-year old diva with ring name “Sasha Banks” joined the WWE ranks through one of its developmental (brands) territories NXT back in 2012. Her debut on the RAW mainstream in 2015 started what was deemed a “revolution” by the WWE Divas upon the wake-up call staged by Stephanie McMahon. She has 5 singles division Women’s Championship (1 from NXT and 4 from RAW) and 1 WWE Women’s Tag Team belt together with Bayley (The Boss n’ Hug Connection). They lost their tag team title in a 4-Way WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship match at WrestleMania 35 to the new Australian tandem The IIconics.

From left: Sasha Banks and Bayley, Nia Jax and Tamina, Natalya and Beth Phoenix, Billie Kay and Peyton Royce.
Photos courtesy of WWE Network.
Other divas who have made a name for themselves are the current WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion The IIconics (Billie Kay and Peyton Royce), The Bella Twins (Brie and Nikki Bella), Bayley, Natalya, Beth Phoenix, Nia Jax, Tamina, Mickie James, Asuka, and Stephanie McMahon.

It is a fitting tribute to know these gorgeous and talented women of wrestling, especially since we just celebrated this year’s International Women’s Month last March 2019. They serve as inspiration for all men, women, and children who have gone through life’s most arduous moments and survived through grit and determination.

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