After years of inequality in all industries, women are starting to get more respect. They deserve it. In the wrestling world, they are starting to get more opportunities. We have the first ever women’s Royal Rumble match coming up. Last summer we saw the first ever Women’s Money in the Bank match. We also saw a women’s Hell in a Cell match main event a pay per view. Women main eventing Monday Night Raw is becoming normal. So now the question is, when will a woman headline WWE Hall of Fame? And who should be the first? My vote goes to Sable.
Sable began her WWE career as a Hunter Hearst Helmsley’s valet. She would then move on to become her then-husband Marc Mero’s valet which would lead to her wrestling career. Sable and her arch nemesis Jacqueline’s feud led to the return of the WWE women’s championship, which had been vacated and inactive after Alundra Blayze defected to WCW in 1995. She was not known as the best women’s wrestler but when her matches came on, the audience tuned in.
Sable’s stunning looks led to her becoming the first-ever WWE Diva to appear in Playboy Magazine in 1999. It was said that it was the highest selling issue at its time. Do wrestling fans help your numbers or what! She was a household name and on posters everywhere. So why not?
Of course, you can make the argument that Sunny transcended the business for the sexy ladies to be apart of it. But Sable took it to another level. Besides Sunny is already in. While we know that her wrestling is not on the level of the women’s wrestlers of today, nor did she go on to have a decorated career like Trish Stratus it Lita, she was a huge reason for WWE ultimately defeating WCW in the rating war. Like Sunny, Trish and Lita are already in the Hall of Fame. So unless you want to wait another 10 years for Charlotte Flair, then this era is the time to have a woman headline it.
Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Undertaker, Mick Foley, and Sable are names that you cannot omit when discussing the Attitude Era. Obviously, there are more, but you truly cannot omit these. Each one of these names was important parts of the company during the thick of the war. While things moved on, don’t act like there was not a void in June 1999 when Sable left. If she never returned after her lawsuit against the WWE, I may not have this argument, but considering she would return and play a huge role into the development of Torrey Wilson and the Vince-Stephanie McMahon feud, I think it’s safe to say things are fine with all parties. I am hoping to see her at the 25th Anniversary of Monday Night Raw, but I really hope we see Sable headline a class of the WWE Hall of Fame.