Stephanie McMahon believes in the power of the audience.
For the second time in three years, women main evented WrestleMania this past year with Bianca Belair and Sasha Banks headlining night one of the two-night event. In 2019, Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, and Ronda Rousey made history when they became the first women to main event WrestleMania at WrestleMania 35.
Appearing at Sports Business Journal World Congress of Sports, Stephane McMahon discussed the rise of women's wrestling.
"I actually pulled Becky, Charlotte, and Ronda Rousey -- before the show, I pulled them aside and just thanked them because when I was a little girl growing up, I never could have imagined seeing women as such an intrigal part of the show and indeed the main event. For my three little girls sitting in the front row that night, they were going to see women main eventing WrestleMania because that's just the way it is. That was a really pivotal moment. This part year at WrestleMania, we had the first African-American female event with Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair. Even though it was early in March, the crowd gave so much support. The energy is kinetic and you can fee it at WWE events. What happened in that moment as Sasha and Bianca were standing and opposing each other, the audience started to show this respect. The two of them broke character for a minute and teared up, sort of making the ugly cry face. It was such a moment. Our fans are part of the women's evolution. If you listen to your audience, they can impact your brand in such positive ways. Give them the power, empower your audience. We had started to train, develop, and recruit female athletes the same as men, giving them opportunities and the same match times, but it wasn't until our fans started the hashtag GiveDivasAChance in 2015 that gave rise to the whole women's evolution in our business. Listen to your fans, give them what they want, and it'll work," she said.
WWE is currently holding the first-ever Queen's Crown tournament, but fans have been disappointed with the short first round matches, none of which have lasted over three minutes.
The finals of the Queen's Crown tournament will be held at WWE Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia. Carmella, Doudrop, Zelina Vega, and Shayna Baszler are in the final four of the tournament.
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