A Lack of Diversity
AEW should be commended for their attempts to bring progress and inclusion to wrestling. Cody and Brandi Rhodes recently revealed they didn’t know Nyla Rose was a transgender woman when they hired her. Cody said, “There’s no attempt to check a box.”
It’s great that they hired Rose for her talent and not because of who she identifies as. Even more, it’s fantastic to see her earn a spot in first women’s title match schedule for AEW Dynamite. As a matter of fact, putting two women of color in such a high-profile bout was a great move.
With that said, there is still a glaring lack of diversity in AEW’s women’s division. Outside of the noted Joshi wrestlers, most of the women on the roster are straight white women.
It seemed more noticeable during the Women’s Casino Battle Royale because so many talented black and Latina wrestlers participated who weren’t signed with the company. Hopefully, this is something Brandi plans to address.
To be fair, she did say “AEW has around 16 women under contract, including some surprises.” So far, there are 11 official members of the women’s division. Rhodes hinted that we could see some of the standouts from the aforementioned battle royal again soon.
What do you think? Drop a comment below and let us know what you’re hoping to see from their women’s division on AEW Dynamite.
Then, be sure to check back with Bell to Belles for news following the premiere this Wednesday night on TNT.