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Tim Kail is the creator of The Work of Wrestling website & podcast. He has a MFA in creative writing from Hofstra University where he was mentored by award-winning author Julia Markus.

He earned his BA in English Literature at Long Island University, C.W. Post.

The Work of Wrestling represents his combined love of arts analysis and professional wrestling.

He's been writing about wrestling since 2012, he appeared as a guest on EP365 of The Steve Austin Show podcast, and his work has been shared by Mick Foley, Charlotte, Sami Zayn, Bayley, Sasha Banks, Paul Heyman, and many more wrestling legends and superstars.

His arts analysis style has been heralded as the future of pro-wrestling journalism.

 

A Brief History Of #WomensWrestling

 

On the February 23rd, 2015 episode of RAW, a thirty-second match between The Bella Twins and Paige & Emma inspired frustrated fans to create the hashtag #GiveDivasAChance on Twitter.

This was the beginning of a social media movement that pushed the WWE to evolve with the times.

Here is a description of the supporting role Work of Wrestling played:

 

"A quick shuffle through The Work of Wrestling archive will open the door to pro wrestling analysis like you’ve never heard before. An examination of the complexities of characters like Bret Hart or Kevin Owens. The representative power possessed by wrestling action figures. A deconstruction of CM Punk’s pipe bomb promo.

And then, there’s #WomensWrestling.

Amidst the groundswell of the #GiveDivasAChance social media movement last spring, Kail took to the internet airwaves to expose the flawed logic of the well intentioned hashtag. Requesting WWE give its female performers the chance to excel on a level equal to male performers falsely implied that is was WWE’s chance to give in the first place. A request, explained Kail, can be denied.

Rather than further empowering WWE, Kail chose to begin a movement of his own, one that placed the emphasis on the talented female performers the pro wrestling community so desperately wanted elevated in the first place – and #WomensWrestling was born."

via Cageside Seats (Barry Hess) 

 

On April 3rd, 2016 at WrestleMania 32, the WWE unveiled the WWE Women's Championship and officially dropped the term "Diva" from its main roster programming. Professional wrestling fans and talented pro-wrestlers and storytellers worked incredibly hard to make this necessary transition a reality. Charlotte, Sasha Banks, and Becky Lynch stole the show at WrestleMania, ushering in the new WWE main roster Women's Division.

This page shall remain as a chronicle of the origins of this movement.

What follows is how the page was originally used as a hub for informing the fanbase about the movement and its protocols:

#WomensWrestling

What Is It?

  1. An effort to raise awareness for the demand for Women's Wrestling, particularly a proper Women's Division on the WWE's main roster. This would be a Women's Division where the female performers were afforded the same amount of respect (adequate screen-time/depth of characterization/emotionally compelling & modern narratives) as their male peers.

  2. An effort to fundamentally change the way the viewer regards the WWE's female performers. Those who want change must transform #DivaRevolution & #GiveDivasAChance into a social media movement that reflects the viewer's actual desires. #DivaRevolution & #GiveDivasAChance endorses the WWE's use of the pejorative "Diva", as well as the company's outdated view of women. If we want WWE to change sooner rather than later it's best we fans promote a new, accurate, empowering pro-wrestling language.

  3. An effort to change the WWE's perspective on the female gender - to convince the WWE to accept that women are just as capable of putting on a great wrestling match and cutting a great promo as any man, and that the female wrestler's body should represent the same honorable qualities as the male wrestler's body.

How Can You Help?

  1. Add #WomensWrestling to your live Tweets during various WWE shows (particularly Monday Night Raw) - keep these Tweets positive and pertinent and indicative of the change you want to see in the product.

  2. Use the #WomensWrestling trend to direct people's attention to independently run female wrestling promotions.

  3. Through positive reinforcement, let the WWE know how much you love women's wrestling and exactly why women's wrestling is important to you by sharing videos, photos, anecdotes, blogs, podcasts, posts and the like.

  4. Cite precedent - explain to the WWE why a match like Bayley vs Sasha Banks at NXT: Take Over: Brooklyn is more emotionally powerful and engrossing than the 9-women Divas tag match at SummerSlam. Demonstrate to the WWE that it's more financially beneficial to them if they evolve beyond Diva-booking and embrace Women's Wrestling.

  5. Explain to the WWE why a Womens Championship is more appealing to you than a Divas Championship. Explain to the WWE why you want the company to forever drop the term "Diva".

5/11/15-5/12/15

On May 11, 2015 #WomensWrestling reached the top ten trends in the world following Monday Night Raw. The next morning it continued to trend, topping off at number three in the world. Ever since, many passionate fans have consistently expressed their desire for equity in the WWE and for #WomensWrestling to be featured prominently in the company.

Mick Foley, Sasha Banks, Charlotte, and others have joined in. Even Triple H eventually RT'd a #WomensWrestling Tweet. And following Sasha Banks & Bayley's historic Ironwoman Match at NXT Take Over Respect on October 7th 2015, Stephanie McMahon embraced the term.

The Full Sail University crowd also chanted #WomensWrestling during the main event.

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