After the WWE renamed the Divas Division to the Women’s and replaced the ridiculous Divas Championship with something that didn’t scream “we’re just here to titillate” it was expected that their female talent would be treated with the respect they deserve. And so far, they have. Since the change, the division has reached heights that only a few short years ago seemed impossible.
This shift has also been seen in the WWE 2K game series, with a variety of match types opened to the women for the first time in years – and the game allowed that before the shows. Along with having more for fans of the female superstars to do with their favorite wrestler, they’d also begun including female Legends; Lita, Trish Stratus, Jacqueline, Alundra Blaze and Ivory are all welcome additions to the roster in recent years (with Beth Phoenix appearing within a few months). As great as their inclusions are – let’s hope they don’t disappear from future installments – there are also some noticeable, and quite unfair, exclusions. For whatever (I’m sure) stupid ass reasons, the following women have been ignored by either the game makers, show runners or both even though they’ve all made reverberating marks on the wrestling world and are why we have such talented women in the ring today.
In a time when sex was more important than wrestling in the Women’s Division, Luna was an oddity. Strong and talented, she could climb into the ring and actually hold her own and didn’t need to take it off to get the fans on their feet.
So Sable wasn’t exactly a good wrestler but she still made an indelible mark on WWE. Even without the in-ring abilities of other women, she’s still a big reason why the Women’s Division was reintroduced after being ignored, and the Women’s Championship lay dormant, after Alundra Blaze was let go and trashed the title on WCW.
Never shown the respect she was due, Victoria ended her time with WWE as not much more than a jobber but when you look at what she achieved – a two-time Women’s Champion – and the ground she broke – the first Steel Cage match between two women (against Lita) – it’s unforgivable that she’s been ignored so long.
Long before these two BFFs made us laugh (or cringe if you’re a humor-free soul), Moolah and Young blazed a trail for future women in the industries. Until they both passed, they climbed into the ring at least once per decade, and showed that no matter your age, you can keep living your dream.
Speaking of breaking ground, perhaps no woman has done more for the division (and beyond) than Chyna. Sadly, the beloved grappler passed away without ever seeing WWE properly honor her for all she did.
There are other women who’ve wrestled for Vince McMahon’s company and I’ve no doubt some of you could name a few who should also be included when WWE 2K19 hits store shelves next year. If you think I’ve left a worthy name off the list, let me know who you think Vince & Co. should stop ignoring in the comments below.