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Top 5: Women Rivalries

Since the Women’s Evolution in 2015, the public’s perception of women’s wrestling has improved dramatically. Until recently, women have been mostly ignored, with just a few minutes to convey a significant tale being allotted to them on the big screen. The Women’s Evolution, on the other hand, cleared the door for a new generation of female wrestlers to be able to tell captivating tales before they had the opportunity to do so before. As a result, certain women have never shied away from the limelight and have excelled in sports events and fantastic tales in some cases. As soon as the hashtag #GiveDivasAChance started trending on Twitter for three days straight, Vince McMahon tried to reassure the people by saying “We hear you. “Always keep an eye out.”

From then, further efforts were made to ensure that women would have the opportunity they deserve to be taken into consideration. It was just a matter of time until women’s matches were given more time and they were given a place in the main event. Evolution, the first-ever all-women pay-per-view event, will take place on October 28th, marking a major step forward for professional wrestling’s women’s division in the years after the rebranding. Some fans feel that the women’s division has been crying out for something like this for a long time. Before even NXT’s heyday, WWE was presenting some of the greatest female wrestling on Raw. In some of the finest female feuds in the organization, this can be seen.

5. Trish Stratus Vs. Mickie James

Mickie James debuted on the main roster in October 2005, and she often cited Trish Stratus as her idol. Initially, Trish showed her gratitude for Mickie’s praise by often partnering with her and serving as a mentor-lite for her. When Mickie began looking like Trish and even mimicking her actions in the ring, Trish’s life would change. When Mickie kissed Trish beneath a mistletoe on Raw’s December 26th broadcast, Trish was particularly frightened. On March 18th’s Saturday Night’s Main Event, Mickie assaulted Trish, who was understandably worried.

Mickie’s closest friend Ashley Massaro will be kidnapped in the following weeks. The following year, at WrestleMania 22, Mickie defeated Trish Stratus to win the WWE Women’s Championship. For whatever reason, it seems Trish went berserk after losing the championship. In the meanwhile, Mickie had tried to imitate her ex-boyfriend, Trish, while Trish had tried to impersonate Mickie. Mickie held on to her crown at Backlash despite the mind tricks. The feud is still one of WWE’s most complex storylines for the women’s division.

4. Melina Vs Michelle Mccool

Women’s wrestlers had a difficult time during the PG Era of WWE. Despite having some newcomers like Jillian Hall and Kelly Kelly, the in-ring women’s wrestling wasn’t up to pace. However, the rivalry between Michelle McCool and Melina was one of the few bright points in the division. During the April 13, 2009 episode of Raw, Michelle McCool defeated Melina in a Six-Woman Tag Team match, which resulted in Melina being drafted to Smackdown and making her title exclusive for the brand. Wrestling as a family-friendly product meant that Melina and McCool would engage in a long, heated rivalry for the championship. As a result, The Bash and Night of Champions would have some outstanding, but underappreciated, performances.

Backstage executives were not happy with Melina and McCool’s match because it was “too nice for ladies,” particularly the DDT on the barrier. To many fans’ amazement, given that they were also putting their jobs on the line. In 2010, at Night of Champions, Melina and Michelle McCool would return to their rivalry, this time in a match to unify the Women’s and Divas Championships, making the Women’s Championship dormant during the then-ruthless aggression period.

3. Sasha Banks Vs. Charlotte

Banks defeated Flair in a one-on-one match on July 25th to capture the Women’s Championship, which had been vacated after the Brand Split in 2016. In subsequent main events, these two ladies would swap the championship back and forth, keeping the WWE Universe on their toes for the remainder of the year. A first for a WWE pay-per-view main event for women since Trish and Lita in 2004, they were also the first-ever. Hell in a Cell, Iron Man, and Street Fights were just some of the fights between these two ladies. For the rest of their lives, the conflict cemented the two as career rivals, equals, and main eventers. It was also significant in igniting the Women’s Revolution and changing public perceptions of women’s wrestling as being on par with or even better than the ordinary men’s bout.

2. Bianca Belair vs. Shayna Baszler

At NXT Takeover: Phoenix, “Queen Of Spades” Shayna Baszler would provide Bianca’s Belair with her first significant chance. Baszler is known for his slow-paced matches, so this wasn’t a negative thing. There were several bodily parts that Baszler sought to pull apart, while Belair was supported by the crowd. This battle had a few times when it seemed like Belair could have gained the victory, which added to the excitement and served to establish Bianca as a star in the division that fans will remember for a long time.

  1. Chyna Vs Ivory

For her last year in the WWE, Chyna was aiming for the WWE Women’s Championship, despite the fact that she was mostly used in intergender bouts and feuds. Right to Censor and Ivory would pursue Chyna in late 2000 for being a Playboy cover girl, and Chyna’s interests would shift. With just a few weeks left before WrestleMania X-Seven, Chyna would make her triumphant comeback on the biggest stage in professional wrestling. At WrestleMania, Chyna would finally get her hands on Ivory, and the fans were desperate to witness it. She quickly ragdolled Ivory to claim her lone Women’s championship victory.

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