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There was nothing memorable about the match that inspired what would become known as the Divas Revolution in the WWE. In fact, if you blinked you probably missed it.Of course, that was the problem.During the course of a three-hour episode of Monday Night Raw show on Feb. 23, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee, the lone womens match of the night saw Nikki and Brie Bella face?Paige?and?Emma. It was?a?tag-team match featuring four of the most popular Divas on the roster. It was also a match that lasted all of 29 seconds.Thats right, 29 seconds.It provoked loud jeers from the crowd at Bridgestone Arena and a trending topic on Twitter: #GiveDivasAChanceThe WWE pushes hashtags during their live televised shows in the hopes they will become trending topics but this wasnt a company creation; it was a groundswell movement from a disgruntled fan base tired of seeing their favorite female performers shortchanged and it didnt stop in the immediate aftermath of a match that was shorter than a commercial. It lasted for three straight days.It was a plea that did not go unnoticed by the company and, most importantly, by their chairman and CEO Vince McMahon.We hear you. Keep watching. #GiveDivasAChance- Vince McMahon (@VinceMcMahon) February 25, 2015I noticed it the second it started trending,?Stephanie McMahon, the chief brand officer of the WWE, told We talked about it Tuesday night and Wednesday and it was brought to everyones attention that this is still?trending. It really was an aha moment for some of us in the office and it was definitely the impetus for a much bigger movement. Our fans spoke out. It was a global trend that was so loud and so powerful. It was a cry for our female performers to be given longer match time and to be given more meaningful story lines and to have deeper character development. Our fans said with their voices very loud and clear that we want more from our female performers.The WWE knew they had to do something but there wasnt a knee-jerk reaction to what the fans were asking for. Sure, they gave their female performers more air time the following week. After all, 30 seconds wasnt a difficult hurdle to cross. But they knew there was going to be a significant shift for females in the company in the not-too-distant future thanks to four women who were establishing themselves as superstars in NXT, the WWEs developmental division based in Winter Park, Florida.We started slowly but surely featuring our female [talent] a little bit more prominently, Stephanie McMahon said. All you had to do was look at what was happening in NXT with the Four Horsewomen of?Charlotte,?Becky Lynch,?Bayley?and?Sasha Banks?and what they were doing and how they were elevating womens wrestling. It was to the point that the fans were chanting, This is wrestling! and?Womens?wresting!?Our fans were saying so loudly and so clearly that this is what we want. This is amazing and we want more.NXT was founded in 2012 by Stephanie McMahons husband, Paul Levesque, who is better known to WWE fans as?Triple H. It was a way for the company to recruit and develop new talent during a time when?WWE doesnt have any real competitors in the market space. Many current WWE superstars got their start in NXT, such as?Seth Rollins,?Roman Reigns,?Bray Wyatt,?Kevin Owens?and?Sami Zayn,?but?perhaps?the?biggest impact NXT has made was in redefining the role of female performers and giving them a chance to show what they could do in the ring.In October at NXT TakeOver: Respect, which was the biggest NXT show at the time, the main event was a 30-minute Iron Man Match for the NXT Womens Championship between Sasha Banks and Bayley. It was the first time in WWE history that women participated in such a match and headlined such a significant card.NXT is truly Pauls baby and his vision and he treats the men and women performers exactly the same, Stephanie McMahon said. The female performers are given the same amount of time and the same opportunity as the male performers and I think its that opportunity that has allowed these women to really hone their craft. Professional wresting is like performance art. It truly is. Youre taking the crowd on a ride, on an emotional roller coaster. It is a craft that takes time to perfect and I think the advantage of NXT is they are given that time to do just that.After honing and perfecting that craft, Charlotte, the daughter of two-time WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair, joined Becky Lynch, who hails from Ireland and is the self-proclaimed Irish Lass Kicker, and Sasha Banks, who is a first cousin of Snoop Dogg, to make their Raw debuts on July 13, 2015, in Atlanta when McMahon signaled in the Divas Revolution.The timing of their debut was no accident --?July 2015 was arguably the most notable month in the history of women in sports.?The U.S. womens national soccer team not only won the World Cup, but did so in front of an average TV audience of 25.4 million viewers in the final. It was the largest viewership ever for a soccer game in the United States, mens or womens, and it was also a larger number than any NBA Finals game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors drew that year. Ronda Rousey became the first woman and MMA athlete to win the ESPY for best fighter during a run in which she was headlining UFC pay-per-views that were garnering almost double the buys of shows she wasnt on. Serena Williams won her sixth Wimbledon and 21st career Grand Slam singles trophy. Becky Hammon, the first full-time female assistant coach in NBA history, became the first female head coach in the NBA Summer League and went on to win the summer league title with the San Antonio Spurs in Las Vegas. And the Arizona Cardinals hired Jen Welter as an assistant coaching intern for training camp and the preseason, making her the first female coach of any kind in the NFL.I had an opportunity to go to the ring and bring to light on Monday Night Raw the Divas Revolution, which was based on the fan response, Stephanie McMahon said. I talked about what was happening in the world with the evolution of women in sports from Ronda Rousey in the UFC to Serena Williams winning Wimbledon to the U.S. womens soccer team. There was this revolution happening and I said I want this revolution to happen here in WWE. So I introduced Charlotte, Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks to the main roster and everyone in the arena knew exactly who they were. They stood on their feet and the ovation was deafening. It was pretty obvious to anybody watching that these women were game-changers and thats exactly what theyve been.The trio not only breathed new life into the show and completely changed the way women were utilized but they broke through a barrier that didnt seem possible during the Super Bowl of professional wrestling. At WrestleMania 32, in front of an announced crowd of 101,763 in Arlington, Texas, the largest in WWE history, Charlotte, Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks were featured in a triple threat match most considered to be the best match on the card. Their images were plastered outside of the football stadium and on the cover of oversized programs along with main event performers?Brock Lesnar,?Dean Ambrose,?The Undertaker,?Shane McMahon, Triple H and Roman Reigns.They absolutely deserved to be there and there wasnt that much of a conversation at all because they had earned their place there, Stephanie McMahon said. They had one of the greatest matches that Ive seen in a long time at WrestleMania. It was really an emotional and compelling story.Before the match, the WWE announced they would be retiring the term Divas in reference to their womens performers and would be retiring the pink and bedazzled Divas championship in favor of a WWE womens championship that looked similar to the WWE world heavyweight championship held by the men. The introduction elicited a standing ovation from the crowd at AT&T Stadium and chants of womens wrestling!We were evolving our female performers into superstars, Stephanie McMahon said. No longer were they being branded separately from the men. Both men and women would now simply be branded as superstars.McMahon, who turns 40 in September, actually held the womens championship in 2000 but laughed at the prospects of getting back in the ring with todays current performers.Anything can happen in the WWE and if the WWE Universe wants it Im sure we can make it happen, she said.Even if she doesnt, it might not be long before we see another McMahon female in the ring trying to run the family business. McMahon and Levesque have three daughters, Aurora (10), Murphy (8) and Vaughn (5), and her oldest already knows what she wants to be when she grows up.Aurora absolutely wants to be the womens champion, Stephanie McMahon said. She has been trained by Natalya. She has got her heart set on it, but well see what happens there.I just want them to see unlimited opportunity and potential in themselves. I grew up with a very strong role model in my mom, [Linda McMahon], who was the CEO of WWE and I never thought women couldnt do anything. I never thought gender was a barrier but that wasnt reality at that time. Now there are so many more opportunities for women and its absolutely imperative to me as a mother for my three daughters to know they can be anything in this world that they want to be as long as they believe in themselves and theyre willing to work hard for it.The womens movement in the WWE was born from the hard work put in by female performers who tried to make the best of whatever small opportunities they had and grew from the noise made by fans who recognized that hard work and wanted to see more of it. It was a revolution that is now simply a part of the WWE with men and women recognized equally for what they are to their fans -- superstars.I feel such a shift in the way our women are portrayed, the opportunity they are given, and when given that opportunity, these women are tearing the house down and stealing the show with every chance they get, Stephanie McMahon said. Sasha said, Im going to prove that I belong by being so good they cant ignore me. That just about sums up Sasha Banks and what she has been able to do. The greatest part is these women are only just getting started. Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys Authentic .S District Court against Major League Baseball, the Office of the Commissioner and his own union, the MLBPA. Nike NFL Jerseys China . The Olympic champion curler and TSN curling analyst immediately went online to look at the Halls long list of honoured members. Thats when the enormity of the honour sunk in. .5 million, one-year contract on Friday. Hawkins, who turns 41 in December, will compete with Rex Brothers for the closers role at spring training. Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Free Shipping . Now, with Game 6 set for Fenway Park and an 8:07 p.m. ET first pitch, the Detroit Tigers face the unenviable task of having to beat the Boston Red Sox twice, on the road, to advance to the World Series. Nike NFL Jerseys Outlet . The Montreal Canadiens announced on Friday that the veteran forward will return to the teams line-up on Saturday night when the Habs visit the Nashville Predators. After all these years, Serena Williams -- defying the laws of physics that keep the rest of us tethered to this Earth -- is still The One.More than three centuries ago, Sir Isaac Newton identified the concept of gravity: What goes up must come down. Not Serena -- not quite yet.She turns 35 in about a month but still finds herself the WTAs No. 1-ranked player, the oldest ever to occupy the top spot. This, more than 14 years after first ascending to the throne, displacing older sister Venus in 2002.Despite her relatively advanced age, Williams can make some significant history at the incoming, upcoming US Open.Last month, Serena collected her 22nd Grand Slam singles crown at Wimbledon. A title in New York would be No. 23, breaking a tie with the great Steffi Graf, creating a new Open era standard. That would also extend her streak of consecutive weeks at No. 1 to 187 -- breaking Grafs long-standing record by one.Tennis Channel analyst Mary Carillo, just back from a stint in Rio for NBC, sees similarities between Serena and a certain heavily decorated swimmer.I point you to Michael Phelps, Carillo wrote in an email, who like Serena accomplished everything an athlete dreams of leaving behind -- records, gold, best-ever acclaim -- and still was driven to do more. My guess is that Serena never imagined she would still burn to be great at nearly 35 years old, just as Michael never dreamed hed still be wet and wondrous at 31.Both of them, still willing to do the work it takes to be who they are.How has the ageless Serena managed to do this?Eighteen-time Grand Slam champion Chris Evert, who spent 113 weeks at No. 1, answered the eternal riddle with this succinct email: Exceptional power, exceptional athlete, still motivates herself chasing history.Indeed, at an age when most players begin to lose their competitive edge, Serena accelerated through her early 30s.Mary Joe Fernandez, who coached the U.S. Olympic tennis team four years ago in London and again in Rio de Janeiro, traces this unlikely renaissance to a brutal stretch in 2010-11 that forced Williams to miss three consecutive majors. After winning Wimbledon in 2010, Serena suffered a serious cut when she stepped on broken glass in a restaurant. In March 2011, a blood clot in her lungs morphed into a condition that was termed life-threatening.Her health scare gave her an appreciation for what she does and recommitted her to being the very best, Fernandez said earlier this week. The last three, four years shes been playing more, being as fit as possible.Shes been great from the start, and now were seeing her great on a consistent basis.After those three Slams absences, Serena failed to win a title in her next four tries. And then, she won the last two majors of 2012 -- and a total of nine of 17. All after her 30th birthday.For context, consider the next women in line in that Open era category: Martina Navratilova and Margaret Smith Court won three each past 30, while Evert and Billie Jean King scored two. Only four men have won more than one -- Australians Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall, with four each, and Andre Agassi and Jimmy Connors with two.In 2005-06, ankle and knee injuries forced her to miss three of six majors and ultimately knocked her out of the top 100, adding another subtle layer to her powers of perseverance.Pam Shriver, a 21-time Grand Slam doubles champion, believes Serenas time away from the game and the addition of coach Patrick Mouratoglou helped extend her career.For the entire body of work, from the time she picked up her first tennis ball to now, she has never over-competed, Shriver said.ddddddddddddSo shes still eager to play late in her career. And then, after only having parents as coaches, Patrick comes in and not only brings technical and tactical expertise, but was an enormous boost to her psyche, which created even more motivation.That was perfect timing for both.Considering her historically high standards, its been a mixed bag for Williams this year. She made the finals of the seasons first two Slams but lost to Angelique Kerber in Melbourne and Garbine Muguruza in Paris.The win at Wimbledon was the high point. In Rio, she lost her third singles match to Elina Svitolina and crashed out in the first with Venus in doubles.An injury to her right (serving) shoulder, according to Fernandez, was the culprit.The first day of practice in Rio, she was hitting easy serves, then tried one a little faster, Fernandez said. She stopped and said, It still hurts. I told her to stop serving, and she didnt hit another one until her first match.Serena accepted a wild card into last weeks Cincinnati tournament, but eventually withdrew. That gives her an extra week to rest the shoulder, but no one -- perhaps even Serena -- knows how ready it will be for seven potential matches in New York.Shriver, who will also be part of ESPNs first-to-last-ball US Open coverage, starting Monday at 11 a.m. ET on ESPN3 (and 1 p.m. on ESPN2) has some insight into sore shoulders. During 19 years, she had two shoulder surgeries -- and nearly a third after a recent mother-son tournament. Shriver attributes Serenas soreness to inconsistent tosses that put more stress on the shoulder. And that leads to more practice, which considering how hard she hits the ball, causes even more wear and tear.I dont pretend to know what the injury is, exactly, Shriver said. But from a distance, I would seem like if it wasnt major an athlete two weeks before a major got a cortisone shots and rested properly, she could be ready to go. I had three, and the results were amazing.The shoulder is a big question mark. If she doesnt have her best serve, she becomes an average player among top-10 players. All the confidence and intimidation that serve -- the best in the history of womens tennis -- brings is in jeopardy. If she doesnt have it, shes not my favorite to win.Serena might need to win the US Open to retain her No. 1 ranking. Kerber could have taken it with a victory in the Cincinnati final but fell to Karolina Pliskova. Heading into New York, Serena leads Kerber by 190 points, 7,050 to 6,860. The winner gets 2,000 points.Serena, who is defending a semifinals appearance (780 points), will have to advance further than Kerber, who is only defending a third-round effort worth 130 points. Williams will have to reach the semifinals and possibly further to keep her No. 1 ranking. If Kerber advances to the quarterfinals, Serena would need to make the finals. If Williams wins the US Open, she will stay on top. If the two meet in the final, the winner emerges No. 1.Technically, two other women, Muguruza and Agnieszka Radwanska, could also move into the No. 1 spot.For Fernandez, its not Serenas long-term presence at the top, but her utter domination of the sport across a dozen years.?Its one thing to have longevity in an athletic career, Fernandez said. But longevity at the top, thats unheard of.The older you get, the more it means because you know the window is closing. Cheap Jerseys 2019 Cheap NFL T-shirts Youth NFL Jerseys Wholesale Stitched Jerseys Discount NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Online Cheap Stitched Jerseys Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping Wholesale Jerseys 2020 Discount NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Jerseys NFL Cheap Wholesale NFL Autographed Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping ' ' '

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