This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: On Crowds and Divas

Written by: The Masked Mark

So last night was the Raw after Mania.  This is usually one of the best shows of the year. The crowd is still hot from WrestleMania and add a level of excitement rarely seen. The wrestlers are still in Mania mode. The magic is in the air.

I was particularly looking forward to this week after the Divas match on WrestleMania filled me with hope for a Divas division where women compete because they are competitors, not because “bitches be crazy”. I got the segment I wanted, and could not be more ashamed of the crowd that shat all over this gift they were being given.  

When I was a little boy, I looked up to and admired Hulk Hogan just like everyone else.
I also looked up to Wendi Richter. Later as a scrawny kid getting his ass kicked by dudes twice his size, I was inspired watching Madusa take down women who had her outweighed and outgunned.
Fabulous Moolah, Luna Vachon, Bull Nakano, Aja Kong I could make a whole article just listing names…So many women who were so badass in their own unique ways.

Somewhere in my late teens, mainstream professional wrestling forgot how to handle women. I don’t know why. I don’t know how exactly. Somewhere along the way all of the women became the same character. Wrestlers were replaced with blank sex objects. Women stopped being characters and started being things. I say that with all due respect to the women who were just doing their jobs at the time.  This was not their fault. One day the people in charge obviously decided women aren’t valuable.

Here’s the thing.I think the fans are partly responsible here.

A female heel would walk out, and instead of booing, people started slut shaming. Chants like “Show your tits” and “She has herpes” became things that happen. In response, wrestlers started making more sexually charged insults to get the crowd reaction their paychecks depend on. The audience responded by escalating their vileness.

This brings us to last night.

We had gone into WrestleMania with a story asking if women can get along.  In a rare show of sense from WWE, we were shown that they can.  And now six women were in the ring having what was my favorite match of the night.  They were competing in an intense, hard hitting match. They were telling a story about two teams fighting to be the best. And the audience was chanting about the dicks those women had sucked.

I sincerely hope WWE was not listening to them.

The WWE is a corporate entity. They have a responsibility to their shareholders to make decisions based on what they think will make money.  If the fans tell them they are only interested in women as sex objects, than that’s all we are gonna get. Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying A Diva can’t be a sex symbol. I am just saying they don’t all have to be.  And personally, I think the ones who are sex symbols are way sexier when they are more than just things.

I also understand that the post Mania crowd is an excitable one, but this is not okay. And don’t tell me that’s just smarky fans being smarky fans. They don’t like Roman, but you didn’t hear anything about who he’s fucking. Just saying.

NXT demonstrates that this company knows how to create distinctive female characters, as well as put them in meaningful stories.  And I believe the last few nights may have been a sign of that mindset coming to the main roster creatively.

As long as those efforts are met with reactions like what happened last night, I fear that may never happen.

And that makes me very sad.

What are your thoughts on the Divas and how live crowds treat them? Comment below or Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, or Google+! Make sure to follow The Masked Mark on Twitter as well.

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