BOOK REVIEW: New book on history of WWE Women's Division


Posted on 5/23/120 by Alan Wojcik



Review of The New Book on History of the WWE Women’s
Division

When you think of the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
superstars, naturally you think of the men like John Cena,
Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins. But there’s a whole other
side to the term superstar, the women who compete in WWE.
They’ve had different connotations to describe them; ladies
or divas, but since 2016 they have been called just
superstars. They have come to be just as important on a live
event or TV/PPV event as the men. So why not give them their
own book about them. That’s exactly what happened in the new
release KICKING DOWN DOORS: FEMALE SUPERSTARS ARE RULING THE
RING AND CHANGING THE GAME ($19.99, 124pp, DK Publishing.)
The book written by LJ Tracosas is broken up into three main
chapters that outline the legends, the “women with attitude”
and the current women’s evolution.

The WWE (AKA World Wide Wrestling Federation from 1963-1984
or World Wrestling Federation from 1984 to 2000-something)
is a multi-generational promotion. The lineage goes from
Jess McMahon to Vincent J McMahon to Vince K McMahon and his
family. So the ladies story goes as far back to legends like
Joyce Grable, Mildred Burke & Johnny Mae Young (yes the
women the ladies tournament is named for.) The initial
section also covers 1980-1990’s stars like Miss Elizabeth,
Wendi Richter, Sherri Martel, Bull Nakano and Alundra Blayze
(AKA Medusa Miceli.) It’s nice to see the Rock-N-Wrestling
connection of Richter and music icon Cyndi Lauper be truly
acknowledged as a factor in the creation of Wrestlemania 1.

Section two is all about the Monday Night Wars until about
2003. This area covers the WWF Diva’s many know like Trish
Stratus, Lita, Sunny , Sable, Debra, Ms. Jacqueline, Ivory
(they talk about her time on GLOW) , Victoria, Beth Phoenix,
Mickie James and the late Joanie “Chyna” Lauer. Also covered
are Trish and Lita being the women to main event an episode
of Monday Night Raw, Trish and Victoria doing the first ever
hardcore rules match and the infamous 2003 Diva’s Search
that brought to the roster Candice Michelle, Christy Hemme
and the late Ashley Massaro.

That leaves the current superstars you see weekly on Raw,
Smackdown and NXT (WWE’s developmental brand.) This covers
the Women’s Revolution and the #GiveDivasAChance social
media movement that brought to light the way the writing
teams were poorly using the women. The stars covered include
Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Charlotte Flair, Naomi,
Nia Jax, Alexa Bliss, Paige, Natayla, Ronda Rousey and of
course the Bella Twins who helped create the Total Divas
show seen on the E! Network. Also covered are the
groundbreaking things the ladies have accomplished in the
last 10 years like competing in their own Royal Rumble,
Money in the Bank ladder match, the Elimination Chamber,
Hell in a Cell and wrestling in the Middle Eastern city of
Dubai where women are not treated all too well.

Grab this for the woman in your life to enjoy. My 11 year
old read it and love it. Thanks to Kristen Fisher for the
digital review opportunity. Follow Alan Wojcik on social
media @MyNameIsWojcik on Twitter and
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