A lot has changed.
Over the past four years WWE has focused on putting their female superstars center-stage and moving on from the days of pillow fights, bra and panties matches and 30 second bouts on WWE programming. Over those four years stars such as Asuka, Sasha Banks, Charlotte Flair, Ember Moon and many others has risen to the forefront of WWE's women's division.
On October 28th, WWE will be presenting their first-ever all-women's PPV entitled 'Evolution' at Nassau Coliseum and this past Wednesday and Thursday, the tapings for the Mae Young Classic II were held at Full Sail University and the finals of the Mae Young Classic will take place at 'Evolution'. The individual who is behind the Mae Young Classic II is the founder and senior producer of NXT, Triple H. The Washington Post recently published an article which featured quotes from Sasha Banks, Charlotte Flair, Nia Jax, Triple H and others and in Triple H's portion of the article, he explained what changed within WWE's recruitment process that has led to the on-going women's revolution.
“The first thing I noticed was the way we were working with our women,” Levesque says. “They were almost being told, ‘Don’t wrestle or perform like the men.’ I felt like that was fundamentally wrong.” He also changed how WWE recruited women. “Instead of looking at women like it was a modeling agency, we went from an athletic standpoint,” he says. “I wanted athletes that would be willing to embrace the grind we did, but deliver at a high level that is needed to be a WWE superstar.”
Speaking of the Mae Young Classic tapings, Fightful has spoilers published from day one and day two of the tapings and to read about who is going to the finals of the tournament, click here.
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