WWE has gone through quite a few changes over the past decade or so. This is especially the case when it came to the women’s division in the company. In fact, the company saw internal pushback when they put women in an iconic main event match.
The December 6, 2004, episode of Monday Night Raw was a landmark moment in WWE history. It featured a historic main event that could have been cancelled if some in WWE at the time had their way. The show’s main event saw the WWE Women’s Champion Trish Stratus defend her title against Lita, in what would become the first women’s match to close out a Raw taping.
However, there were some who opposed the idea of having a women’s match as the main event, arguing that it would not draw as much attention as a men’s match. Despite this opposition, WWE’s decision-makers went ahead with the plan, recognizing the importance of showcasing their female talent and breaking down barriers in the male-dominated world of professional wrestling.
While WWE had previously featured women’s matches in the main event slot, the 2004 episode of Raw marked the first time a women’s match had closed out the show. This was a significant moment in the history of women’s wrestling, as it paved the way for more opportunities for female wrestlers to showcase their skills and talent in high-profile matches.
WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross took to Twitter and revealed that some in WWE at the time were concerned that a women’s match would not draw as much attention as a men’s match. However, Ross disagreed and argued that Trish and Lita had proven themselves as two of the top performers in the company and deserved the opportunity to showcase their skills in the main event.
You wouldn’t believe the push back from male wrestlers that I received when they found out that @trishstratuscom and @AmyDumas were going to close Raw. They deserved the opportunity and I’m happy that we did it.
Ross was ultimately proven right, as the match between Trish and Lita was a huge success and received critical acclaim from both fans and critics alike. Ross, who called the match alongside Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler, praised both women for their performance and noted that they had made history by becoming the first women to close out a Raw taping.
The decision to have a women’s match as the main event of Monday Night Raw was a significant moment in the history of WWE and women’s wrestling as a whole. It challenged traditional gender roles in the industry and paved the way for more opportunities for female wrestlers to showcase their skills and talent in high-profile matches.
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