- John LaurinaitisWWE Talent Relations
Push Kharma to win the 2013 Royal Rumble & go on to become WWE Champion
Women in the WWE have been minor sideshows for far too long. When I was young, and first became interested in the WWE, one of the first rivalries I was actually interested in was McMahon/Stone Cold. After that waned, when Chyna's pursuit of the Intercontinental Championship began, I was more interested than ever. It suggested that literally anyone can succeed in the business if they work out hard enough, train hard enough and are strong enough. Kia Stevens works out, trains just as hard and is just as strong as any of the male superstars. She has all the physical and talent requirements to be a major title holder. She can actually fight well and has spent nearly a decade honing her skills. Quite frankly, she's gorgeous, but also has muscle mass behind it, unlike the plain and simple eye candy that is the rest of the women's division. Kharma deserves just as much air time as John Cena. If Cena can pander to children by gracing millions of Fruity Pebbles boxes, if Santino Marella can pander to children by playing with a puppet, if Zack Ryder can pander to children by being oh so hip with the shades and the wigs, if Kane can pander to children by wearing a lace front yaki wig there is no reason whatsoever that women don't deserve the respect of a female in the top tier of the company. It would sure as hell at least partially make up for the disrespect of women that Aksana, and the Divas of Doom storyline perpetuates.
- WWE Talent Relations
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Push Kharma to win the 2013 Royal Rumble & go on to become WWE Champion
Kia Stevens (Kharma) works out, trains just as hard and is just as strong as any of the male superstars. She has all the physical and talent requirements to be a major title holder. She can actually fight well and has spent nearly a decade honing her skills. She's got looks, which is the basic, and pretty much only requirement to be a woman in professional wrestling, but also has muscle mass, unlike the plain and simple eye candy that is the rest of the women's division. Kharma deserves just as much air time as John Cena.
If Cena can pander to children by gracing millions of Fruity Pebbles boxes, if Santino Marella can pander to children by playing with a puppet, if Zack Ryder can pander to children by being oh so hip with the shades and the wigs, if Kane can pander to children by wearing a lace front yaki wig there is no reason whatsoever that women don't deserve the respect of a female in the top tier of the company.
I could have set a time frame sooner than later, but for anything to truly come of this it needs time to build up. I want Kharma to stand up strong as the female figurehead of WWE taller than Danica Patrick does in NASCAR. Those of you who pay attention to NASCAR closely like I do know that is an extremely lofty goal, but I believe it can and WILL be achieved. It'll just take a gradual buildup so long and slow but sure that it will be implanted in people's minds forever.
You know what changes a person's qualities? The number of observers. Female bodybuilders get a bad rap in pop culture because they stay hidden. They stay in the fringes.
So you're not what magazines or tv considers pretty? So what? There's well more than a few people who thinks you're hot. There's trillions of people in the world. Get yourselves out to a few thousand, maybe a few million, and there will never be a consensus, but the millions who, secrectly or publicly, are interested in that image will look upon you positively by just looking at you. They will keep watching you. They won't stop. And they'll encourage others to take the time to watch too. If you have the courage to step out into the spotlight, its a start. If you can get those who share your qualities into the spotlight, people will begin to look pretty favorably upon you.
Revolutions aren't instant things. They build slowly over time. Look at the gay rights issue. In the 80's they were just coming out onto the scene. Then it stalled. For what seemed like eternity. 20 years later around 2000, it was still a taboo, but it was more generally accepted because it kept going.
The WWE used to have a female bodybuilder as a second tier face in the worldwide exposure company. It was Joanie Laurer. As Chyna, she fought some of the most famous men in the company. And because she had the physical strength to actually handle people, along with a super sexy figure, she did well and the world took notice. It was a short while that female bodybuilders had an icon they could look up to as a major success.
Personal politics involving her philandering boyfriend with delusions of grandeur meant her eventual downfall and expulsion from the company, resulting in her current status as a pornographic icon. It happened. Deny and/or rationalize it all you want, its black and white what Paul Levesque did.
After Chyna got kicked out, for a short while, all the women's division did was get a bit more racy. "Thong and Panties" matches were commonplace. It became an eye candy thing for female wrestles, pure and simple. Having divas make WWE movies of them doing photoshoots in bikinis on beaches was a slap in the face to female bodybuilders worldwide, Having divas pose yearly for Playboy was the worst possible measure in credibility for female wrestlers. It was most important to look good naked than be able to perform well. It was the shittiest thing WWE could ever allow, let alone promote heavily. Later on, as WWE got progressive and entered the PG era, the women's division relied entirely on minor squabbles between female wrestlers. Now, the highest rivalries are the Divas of Doom, Beth Phoenix and Natalya being evil bitches, and Michael Cole's misogyny. Its all downhill. Nothing but superficial stereotypes of women are playing out in the arena of a fake sport with outstanding fame and exposure. Its a sad thing for women to have to endure, but the male storylines are so engaging that almost on one truly pays attention.
If Triple H hadn't screwed Chyna over, her storyline of a women with the skills to compete near the top would have gone on for quite a while. It would have given female wrestlers credibility. More and more female wrestlers with actual muscles and actual fighting abilities could've had opportunities to step up and compete in major storylines. Gender would've eventually not mattered, as everybody would have just fought everybody. But without her icon status leading the way, we're left with classic sexist banalities.
The only way out is a new Chyna. We need a new leader in WWE to stand out and tear away at the sexist nature of the business. Kia Stevens is the best bet the WWE has had since Chyna's departure. Nicole Bass could've done more, but she got stereotyped into crappy storylines and her departure mired in sexual harassment allegations didn't help anybody. Beth Phoenix is the current face of the women's division. The Glamazon. The Glamazon. The Glamazon. The Glamazon. THE GLAMAZON. Is anyone else getting how diminutive and sexist even her title is?
Kharma is our last hope before the WWE women's division is lost forever. She is a physically strong woman with striking features, like Chyna had. And she is a professional worker. She can perform any stunt, and read lines with grace and poise. She's a great speaker. And she's already famous. She's in the position to create CHANGE. That's right, she is the embodiment of the theme of the website that this petition is on. Or at least she can be. And she will be, if the WWE asks her to. She will read any lines given, fight any match given and she'll do it magnificently.
Please sign this petition and join the fight to convince WWE to take these steps. They have the power. They must be poked into using it wisely. For the sake of young, athletic women everywhere, it would be nice to promote the idea that success involves exercise and the ability to perform well, instead of the ability to get people to stare at your tits and ass, and in circumstances where your career is flopping, your vagina too.
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