Former WWE producer Believes Intergender Wrestling Matches Should Stop

Aug 6, 2020 - by Steve Gerweck

Lance Storm via Twitter:

9 Responses

  1. Joe A says:

    He’s not wrong, there’s a reason we didn’t see any of the that when the product was more popular and doing mega ratings.

    Imagine Stone Cold going head to head with a woman….

  2. Luke says:

    What exactly is the appeal in intergender matches?

  3. Pisto75666 says:

    Except that whole time when Chyna was IC champion after beating Jericho. Just that one little thing.

    What’s the appeal in a guy wrestling a midget? What’s the appeal in a guy pretending to be undead for 30 years? It’s something different and interesting. But then I’d expect something like this from Lance Storm. A guy with so many interesting feuds and matches such as……no wait. It’ll come to me.

  4. aag44 says:

    “there’s a reason we didn’t see any of the that when the product was more popular and doing mega ratings”

    Uh…. Chyna?? Not only were most of her matches in 1999-2000 intergender, she even won the IC Title and was put over by the likes of Chris Jericho, Eddie Guerrero, Jeff Jarrett, etc.

    I’m not saying that every woman wrestler is a potential Chyna, but if some female wrestlers want to wrestle men from time to time and they can put on good matches, I don’t see what’s wrong with having that as an option.

    Of course, it has to be believable, so someone like Lana shouldn’t be pinning the Big Show clean. But there are smaller guys out there that Nia Jax or Rhea Ripley could conceivably beat up, so I don’t see why not — especially if it leads to compelling storytelling.

  5. Nolo King says:

    I’m curious to see if this includes Nyla Rose because I’ve seen some very dangerous botches happen due to Rose. During one battle royal Rose threw a woman at full force and could have damn near broken that woman’s neck.

  6. Jake Allen says:

    All this talk about Chyna being the exception to the rule without there being any recognition that she wasn’t part of an already existing majority of the rule (that never existed) is pretty short sighted. Intergender fighting is hard to watch on MANY levels for many reasons in any type of contest. And pulling out Chyna’s name almost takes away the fact that she was a wonder who was allowed to play with the boys in the first place because of how unique she was (remember her nickname? the 9th wonder of the world?)

    Nyla Rose is in a weird area because we know she’s trans, yet she’s not advertised as trans. But she is unsafe (almost in the Nia Jax realm of unsafe) and so that doesn’t mean we should cross the lines and say “Nyla’s unsafe, and she’s really a man, so two plus two equals she shouldn’t be part of the women’s division.” No, she’s unsafe, and she shouldn’t wrestle anyone smaller than she is – man or not. And if a woman can’t speak up to say she doesn’t want to wrestle a trans, then kudos to Storm for saying it for her.

    Storm is simply protecting the women who are being brow beaten into having matches with men when they don’t feel comfortable doing so but can’t say, “No.” So now Storm is a bad person because he’s pointing out there are women who don’t feel safe working with a gender that could hurt them, and he thinks the matches should stop altogether? I guess having a reasonable opinion is too much for the plebs of the world to deal with if it doesn’t line up with their own…

  7. ryan says:

    I think jakeallen is right. If you look at the original statement by Storm, he has the best of intentions. I was in the business for about two years and can guarantee you that there are women that have legit safety issues with wrestling men, but can’t say no because they really want to be booked.

  8. Grimstoyshow says:

    Well AEW had a man as their womens champion at one point

  9. Rob Dam Van! Shirt Typo! says:

    Honestly…at this point…there isn’t any protecting anyone or the business as a whole. Most every company has become guilty of some form of joke booking that devalued concepts or talent.

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