This week, the Wrestling Genius tackles women in pro wrestling.
As I wrote about last week, the WWE has fired more than 10 wrestlers in the past months, and among those was former SmackDown diva Cherry. Her release triggered in me an old issue that your faithful Wrestling Genius can't seem to brew up a solution for. What can we do about Women's Professional Wrestling?
Women in wrestling started back in the carny days just like men's wrestling. The promoter would have a tough woman and she would usually (legitimately) beat the living crap out of a guy in the crowd.
When Gorgeous George Wagner helped move wrestling into the entertainment genre, women followed suit. The women were every bit as tough as the men in those days, and while some were attractive, others were more plain to the discerning eye.
The WWE seems to focus on looks more than anything else, not even offering contracts to most of the SHIMMER (a group of women wrestlers under the Ring of Honor banner) athletes.
The inherent issue seems to be matches involving women actually wrestling seem not to draw as much money for promoters as matches involving women looking good and tearing their clothes off do.
Cherry, who according to Wikipedia is actually named Kara Drew, is a wrestler first, and I think that could have been her weakness. She is in the unemployment line while models like Eve Torres and Lena Yada are still collecting fat checks.
I give credit to Trish Stratus, Candice Michelle, Maria Kanelis, Michelle McCool and Barbie Blank (Kelly Kelly) for learning to wrestle and actually risking themselves in the ring. But I give even more credit to Victoria, Natalya Neidhart, Beth Phoenix, Mickie James, Gail Kim and Amy Dumas (Lita) for being real wrestlers first and divas second.
Perhaps TNA using ODB and Awesome Kong in prominent roles will get Vince to look at less-traditional beauties like Sara Del Rey and Allison Danger and bring them into the WWE fold.
After all, the marquee still says wrestling, and perhaps if WWE were to push the divas as wrestlers, then the audience wouldn't demand the bra and panties matches that seem to constantly pop up.
Dustin Watson is a blogger for the Linn County (Mo.) Leader. You can reach him at email@example.com.