With recent news that Mickie James is producing an all-women’s pay-per-view (PPV) for NWA, there is talk of NWA reaching out to wrestlers who are under contract with other promotions to possibly take part in that event. The news also has many pro wrestling fans once again thinking about when, or if, we’ll ever see WWE hold a sequel to their all women’s Evolution event from 2018.
On a media call ahead of this weekend’s NXT TakeOver: In Your House event, Triple H was asked about WWE doing another all women’s PPV, and if it’s possible that any WWE wrestlers might appear on NWA’s event.
The Game offered a “yikes” answer about equality before saying that another all women’s event is not needed in WWE right now:
“Haven’t we already done them? It’s a funny thing to me. So, equality is equality. Equality is not, ‘I want my own show’. Equality is not, ‘We have to have our own program’. If I told you that I was making an all men’s program and I didn’t want women on it, it would be criticized. And I’m not saying that’s right or wrong.
I do think it’s funny when people go, ‘I want the best in the world regardless of contractual status.’ I’m sorry, from a business person’s standpoint, then why do we have contractual status? Right? It doesn’t make any sense to me. If you want to wrestle the best women in the world, come to the WWE. That’s where they are. If you want to go elsewhere and say that they are...you can. But it is what it is.
I’m all for it. I was one of the biggest drivers of it. And will we do another all women’s event down the line? Possibly, but it’s not a must-have in the moment. I think we do an amazing job of displaying our female athletes. Is it perfect? No. Will it always be in flux? Yes. But I think we do a pretty good job, and my opinion...the best female performers in the world are in WWE, and if they’re not, they want to be.”
It’s pretty amazing that after all the work Triple H has put in to advance women’s wrestling in NXT and main roster WWE, he can be so tone deaf about the importance of all-women events towards bridging the huge gap in equality that still exists between men and women’s wrestling.
He’s right about contractual status. Any wrestler who is signed to exclusively perform for WWE should not be expected to wrestle anywhere else. And while he is of course free to express his opinion about the best women wrestlers in the world being in WWE, it’s not a matter of opinion when he assumes the great ones who are not in WWE all want to be there. The idea that the very best women wrestlers in Stardom, AEW or Impact all wish they were instead in WWE is pretty ridiculous.
Triple H’s response that a sequel to Evolution isn’t needed “in the moment” could perhaps be interpreted as the current women’s roster in WWE isn’t marketable enough to sell such an event without Ronda Rousey or Becky Lynch on the card. If that’s true, then that only emphasizes the current gap in equality between men and women’s wrestling in WWE. If it’s not true, then perhaps WWE thinks it can simply pat itself on the back for having done one all women’s PPV in 2018, treating it as more of an item to be crossed off a list then looking to create and sustain actual change in the business. Either way, Triple H’s answer is deflating for those who seek to achieve equality in wrestling.
What do you make of Triple H’s response on equality and the possibility of another all women’s PPV in WWE?