I agree with the concern and with the feeling that they are no longer what they once were.
And I'm loving the misogynistic double standard with the STD comment. In the minds of many a wrestling fan, female wrestlers are sluts, sleep their way to a push, and have STDs (read any topic about AJ Lee and tell me I'm wrong); whereas men legitimately earn pushes or get them by politicking. Guess it wouldn't sit well with a lot of guys if they imagined their favs getting bent over to secure their position, but if it's a woman, it's okay. If male wrestlers sleep around w/ring rats, it's okay; even though Tessmacher and Velvet Sky apparently have boyfriends, they're still sluts. They act/look slutty, yes, but what I don't like is that even if they didn't
this kind of attitude would be the same
. It's the problem I have w/their schtick, and I hate when Tessmacher does either of those moves, much how I hate powerbombs: crotch in the face =
. Though I like Velvet Sky as a character, she's a perfect example of what a female wrestler should not be (in-ring talent barely existent, mostly sex appeal), and a perfect example of what a valet/manager should be.
In any case, I think the real issue is that, for the most part it seems like America/ns don't care about women's wrestling. And if the promotions themselves can't take it seriously, then why should the audience, who weren't inclined to do so in the first place? I genuinely think that Pritchard does not care about women's wrestling at all and, like the Divas, it's slowly being phased out. Because neither the Blossoms nor Taeler Hendrix are going to matter if the division stays the same. The promotion is very top heavy right now, pun not intended, and Knockouts are not a priority, it seems.
They might as well bring back the women dancing in cages if some people had their way, but I'd rather have them gone altogether than used like the Divas are. That is not what women's wrestling is.
Have character, be attractive, but have the skills to back it up and the storylines to showcase the rest. Why give us something good only to take it away? The talent is there; TNA needs to care.