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Women's Wrestling Is Going Through A Moment Right Now

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) showcased every female superstar it could last week – and for good reason.

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Last week, all three of World Wrestling Entertainment's (WWE) flagship shows ended with women main eventing the program. That's never happened before.

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Monday Night Raw, WWE's three-hour Monday night program, ended the card with the first ever "Women's Gauntlet Match" featuring six female wrestlers; and Smackdown Live! concluded with a five woman "Money in the Bank Ladder Match", a rematch of an event usually restricted to pay-per-view shows, and of which only one had happened before – a week earlier.

NXT - the company's developmental brand for up and coming stars - also ended with a "Last Woman Standing" match. It was intense.

.@WWEAsuka and @NikkiCrossWWE go crashing through the table! 😱

As far as ratings go, Smackdown Live brought in an average of 2.6 million viewers for the second week in a row and Raw averaged 2.9 million. There was also plenty of chatter on social media about the huge week for WWE's female superstars.

Now this is what you call a WEEK in women's wrestling!

3 nights of perfect main events for the women. I ❤️ Women's Wrestling. They all should be proud!

Mon - Gauntlet #1 match Tues - 2nd women's MITB match Wed - Asuka vs Nikki Cross last woman standing What a week for womens wrestling!!

Never before has WWE given such a spotlight to women's wrestling.

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The only show that didn't close with female wrestlers - 205 Live - currently has an all-male roster. Women have rarely closed off WWE shows at all since 2004, when Hall of Famer Lita defeated Trish Stratus in the first ever women's main event on Monday Night Raw.

Some cynical wrestling fans have linked the decision to give female wrestlers the primetime slots with the premier of the very popular (and highly rated) Netflix-produced series Glow, which chronicles the start of the "Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling", a groundbreaking, all-women wrestling product from the '80s.

Even if that is the case (WWE has never been a company to miss a good marketing opportunity), this last week represents the continued rise of women's wrestling in the company.

The last four years have represented a conscious decision by WWE to give a platform to its female performers and showcase their athletic ability ahead of their aesthetics, something the company was blatantly guilty of in years past.

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In October 2016 Charlotte Flair and Sasha Banks also became the first women to main event a pay-per-view when they wrestled in a "Hell in a Cell" match at the event of the same name.

The company has also announced a 32-woman tournament - The Mae Young Classic - to be broadcast on WWE's online streaming network. Years ago it ditched the patronising "Divas" moniker for female wrestlers.

Mae Young was a trailblazing performer who appeared in the ring well into her 80s.

Things are certainly looking up for the female superstars of World Wrestling Entertainment.

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