WWE made women’s history at WrestleMania outside the ring. WWE referees Jessika Carr and Aja Smith made history at WrestleMania 38 after they became the first female referees to be in charge of a few matches, back-to-back.
Aja Smith, a professional wrestling referee and former wrestler, who is currently signed to WWE under the name Daphnie Lashaunn, revealed that she was the first black female to officiate during the event.
Jessika officiated the match between Drew McIntyre vs. Happy Corbin on ‘Mania Saturday, while Daphanie was the referee for The Miz & Logan Paul vs. Rey & Dominic Mysterio. Jessika also took to Instagram to post an inspiring message about the historic night.
“Empowered women, empower women,” Jessika captioned the photo. “Don’t want to let it slip under the radar. For the first time ever, Wrestlemania at that, two matches were refereed by two women back to back Saturday night! @ajasmithwwe I’m incredibly proud of you and so grateful you’re just as hard working and passionate as I am. The sky is the limit, there are no ceilings. This is the first of many sister, let’s keep enjoying the ride and being the best we can be!”
Jessika also officiated the match between Edge and AJ Styles on Sunday. and shared a post on Instagram talking about how important refereeing is to her. She wrote, “I worked for 13 years to get myself to this weekend and tonight. I started in this crazy business in 2009 with the hope and dream of becoming successful in this industry. As time goes on and you take different opportunities your goals change with time.”
“To have this weekend happen like it did was unreal because I walked into it with confidence, a sense of pride and excitement rather than extreme nervousness. So many more photos and stories to share. But above all I’m so grateful, especially for the incredible performers I got to share the ring with.”
Edge also spoke about what it means for him to have Jessika Carr officiate his matches.
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