Stephanie McMahon created women's wrestling, but who created the women's evolution?
Speaking at the CES Conference, Stephanie was asked about the rise of the women in WWE. As fans know, for the longest time, women in WWE were only featured in 30-second matches. Now, females in WWE are Superstars instead of Divas and are regularly in the main event. Stephanie credits Triple H's vision and the fans voices for the change.
"The way that we portrayed our women was in a secondary type role. It was never believed that our women could be the main event or draw," said Stephanie. "In our developmental system, (Triple H) started recruiting athletes vs. models, both men and women. He started training the women the same way the men were being trained. As a result our women started to truly rise and steal the show. Our fanbase started chanting 'this is wrestling.'"
Stephanie continued, "In February 2015 we had a Diva's tag match because that's how we did brand our division. It lasted all of 30 seconds. Our fans had enough and they started hashtag called Give Divas A Chance that trended worldwide for three days, specifically demanding more character development, better storylines and more athleticism from the matches. Their voices were so loud that Vince McMahon responded and said 'we hear you, keep watching.'"
And the rest, as they say, is history.