Prior to her signing with the WWE, Victoria’s Chelsea Green was one of the most well-traveled professional wrestlers in the world. As part of her independent experience, Green had the opportunity to work for a wide variety of different styles of promotions, including wrestling a number of matches for some of the world’s top all-female promotions.
Green recently joined me to discuss all-female promotions and shows, including her previous work for SHIMMER and Shine as well as a prospective second Evolution show from the WWE.
“So, I’m not necessarily a huge fan of all-female wrestling shows. The reason I say that – and I know people are going to be like ‘wait, what?’ – the reason I say that is because I find that it’s very, very hard to stand out. And that’s just a me problem. There’s a lot of people that do not feel this way. But, it’s very, very, very hard to stand out when – if you’re on an all-women’s show, you kind of have to call dibs on your moves. At SHIMMER, there’s a list of moves you can’t do. Well, if every single person on that roster, on the SHIMMER roster, puts down one move, that’s a lot of freakin’ moves you can’t do. That is 30-50 moves you can’t do. It’s very hard.”
“When you’re the only female match, or maybe there’s two female matches, on a normal show, the guys don’t really care what you do. They don’t bug you. I just find it really, really tough to stand out on the all-female shows. I don’t necessarily think that I thrived. I didn’t thrive in that environment, I don’t think that I was really given any opportunities on SHIMMER or Shine to thrive.”
“However, I do think in situations like that, you learn because you have to. You learn how to make adjustments or figure out ‘how am I going to stand out when I’m not just the only girl on this card? I’m one of a million, so I have to make my match different, I have to make me different.’ You definitely are put in that. It’s a sink-or-swim situation. I have kind of mixed feelings about those promotions.”
“I think Evolution, I would say the opposite about Evolution as I did about SHIMMER and Shine. Everyone in WWE, they’ve molded this character. They have this persona. They have storylines. We’re all invested in each match differently. I would love to see an Evolution again. I don’t necessarily think we need to have one every year. I don’t think we need to hammer it into fans, like ‘you need to like this Women’s Evolution, you need to support us.’ That’s not necessary. But, I do think, okay, let’s do another one. We have so much amazing talent, and with NXT just exploding now, we could do an NXT Evolution.”
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