AEW Women's Division

Othering of Women in AEW: Integrated Wrestling as a New Normal

In this four-part series, Jason Norris and Jacqui Pratt, PhD, discuss the implications behind the AEW practice of “othering” their women’s roster. This is part 4, the final part, of the series. Definition of “Othering”: the reductive action of labelling and defining a person who belongs to the socially subordinate category of the Other. To exclude and displace a person from the social group to … Continue reading Othering of Women in AEW: Integrated Wrestling as a New Normal

Anna Jay

Leader of the Dark Order: The Case for Anna Jay

Though no one could ever really replace Brodie Lee, The Dark Order truly needs a leader to rein in the gang, and point them towards victory. The Dark Order needs Anna Jay as their new captain. Originally led by Mr. Brodie Lee, Evil Uno, Stu Grayson, Alex Reynolds, John Silver, Alan Angels, Eight, Nine, Preston Vance, Colt Cabana, Anna Jay, and now -1, have dominated … Continue reading Leader of the Dark Order: The Case for Anna Jay

AEW Women's Division

Othering of Women in AEW: Gender-Segregated Wrestling

In this four-part series, Jason Norris and Jacqui Pratt, PhD, discuss the implications behind the AEW practice of “othering” their women’s roster. This is part 3 of the series. Definition of “Othering”: the reductive action of labelling and defining a person who belongs to the socially subordinate category of the Other. To exclude and displace a person from the social group to the margins of … Continue reading Othering of Women in AEW: Gender-Segregated Wrestling

AEW Women's Division

Othering of Women in AEW: Rhetoric of Separate but Equal

In this four-part series, Jason Norris and Jacqui Pratt, PhD, discuss the implications behind the AEW practice of “othering” their women’s roster. This is part 2 of the series. Definition of “Othering”: the reductive action of labelling and defining a person who belongs to the socially subordinate category of the Other. To exclude and displace a person from the social group to the margins of … Continue reading Othering of Women in AEW: Rhetoric of Separate but Equal

AEW Women's Division

Separate but (Un)Equal: The Othering of Women in AEW, Part 1

Part 1: The Red Flags Surrounding AEW’s Continued Treatment of their Women’s Roster In this four-part series, Jason Norris and Jacqui Pratt, PhD, discuss the implications behind the AEW practice of “othering” their women’s roster. Definition of “Othering”: the reductive action of labelling and defining a person who belongs to the socially subordinate category of the Other. To exclude and displace a person from the … Continue reading Separate but (Un)Equal: The Othering of Women in AEW, Part 1

AEW Thunder Rosa

AEW Women’s Title Eliminator Tournament: US Preview

It has been almost 18 months since All Elite Wrestling (AEW) debuted Dynamite as its weekly flagship show. Expectations were high, and my own have largely been met. But the one area where they’ve lacked is with the women’s division, having settled into a “one match a week in the same time slot” formula that doesn’t work for me. My gripe is not with the … Continue reading AEW Women’s Title Eliminator Tournament: US Preview

Royal Rumble

The 2021 Women’s Royal Rumble Made New Stars

If there is one takeaway from the 2021 Royal Rumble, it’s that it was the year WWE decided to take a chance on making new superstars for the women’s division. Bianca Belair, entering at #3 in the Rumble, and making it to the very end, underscores not only a strong and historic performance, but it also establishes her as a credible and serious contender in … Continue reading The 2021 Women’s Royal Rumble Made New Stars

Scarlett Harris

Book from Scarlett Harris Details Murky Past, Gives Hope for Women’s Wrestling

Australian writer, culture critic, and friend of Bell To Belles, Scarlett Harris, recently penned a book where she detailed the murky past of women’s wrestling, outlining issues that arise from WWE’s revisionist tendencies, while also giving hope for a better fandom and professional atmosphere for all women. A Diva Was A Female Version Of A Wrestler: An Abbreviated Herstory of World Wrestling Entertainment starts by … Continue reading Book from Scarlett Harris Details Murky Past, Gives Hope for Women’s Wrestling

Charlotte Flair

Charlotte Flair: A Comparative WWE Analysis

Earlier this week, DailyDDT published an op-ed that explored the criticism Charlotte Flair receives from fans, primarily as a result of what some fans perceive as undue favoritism the Superstar receives; favoritism they claim is due to who her father is—Ric Flair. The author of the article labels Charlotte a “corporate champion”—praising the legacy wrestler for her talent and aura, while simultaneously stating she “lingers … Continue reading Charlotte Flair: A Comparative WWE Analysis

Brandi Rhodes

AEW: A General Misunderstanding of Code-Switching Wasn’t The Problem With “That” Brandi Rhodes Promo

In case you missed it and the discourse, last week on AEW Dynamite, Brandi Rhodes cut this promo: Because of the reaction, it’s easy to forget—or simply not know at all—that Brandi’s surprisingly fiery reaction was sparked by AEW newcomer and target of her wrath Jade Cargill’s (understandably, from a technical standpoint) maligned debut promo about Cody Rhodes’—husband of Brandi—penis being small. As that is … Continue reading AEW: A General Misunderstanding of Code-Switching Wasn’t The Problem With “That” Brandi Rhodes Promo