Michelle McCool Talks Female Wrestling
WWE Divas are generally given the least amount of time to work with on television and Pay-Per-View, often being handed less than 2 minutes to cram their moves into. Retiring in 2011, Michelle McCool knows all too well the difficulties faced by the female members of the WWE roster. The former 2-time Women's and Diva's Champion (twice with each belt) recently posted an interesting Q&A session on her website - MichelleMcCool.net, detailing the hardships associated with being a female wrestler in the company.
"(Melina and I) got in trouble for our match at Night of Champions 2009, for our match being quote-on-quote, 'too good for girls'. I don't care how much I get in trouble if that's what I'm getting in trouble for. It started where I dropped kicked her, on her split-entrance, to the mat - crazy, crazy bump - which she was always game for. The crazier, the better! We always worked well with each other, always wanted to come up with something different; some new way to come out of her moves, get into one of my moves, something you don't always see the girls do", McCool said.
"It was that day (at the Pay-Per-View) I was like, 'could you not tell anybody, but do you think we could do a DDT on the barricade?' Not even thinking twice about it, Melina agreed. We hid it all day, even though we did ask our agent for approval, I think it was Fit - which is no secret that he was always fighting for the girls. She was the one who was going to take the huge bump, and there was no doubt, no hesitation, that she would make it look ridiculous - and it did! (During the match) She finally takes the bump, it looks sick, pops off - up to that point, that was the best match I've ever had. We had the pay-per-view, we had time, I was really proud of that match.
The next day, one of the agents came up to us and was like, 'I can't believe y'all did that! We were all backstage, scared to death!' We said, 'What? We know how to safely bump. We wouldn't do anything that would put either one of us at risk. We're totally fine! If the men can do it, why can't we do it?' He said, 'It looked too good! You can't go out there throwing punches like that, or taking bumps like that - that looks better than some of the guys! You can't do that!' Finally, I remember Chris Jericho, who was by the ring, hears all of this going on. He said, 'Look, if the guys can't follow what the girls are doing, then the guys need to step it up! I thought it was awesome. They did great. And it's not their problem that it looked that great!' Out of respect, we can't say anything, and here comes one of the boys - Jericho, of all people, sticking up for us!"
Check out the full interview over at www.MichelleMcCool.net and follow Michelle on Twitter @McCoolMichelleL. Please also use the hashtag #FSM.