Workplace inclusivity has seen a significant shift in recent years, with the adoption of gender-inclusive language. However, the wrestling world has been left behind in this regard, and WWE Hall of Famer Lita has expressed her thoughts about it.
Speaking to Forbes on the matter of gender labels, the four-time WWE Women's Champion said:
To me, the next barrier is genderless. I don’t care how you identify, we’re just going to go out there and show out. And it’s not like 'what women do we have on the show? Where’s this representation?' No, fair game. Everyone go. Grab your spot and we go out there. Some nights that might mean eight women’s matches on the card, some nights that might mean two.
To not still feel like it’s a box to check to make sure to represent the women. Of course, they’re going to be represented, because they’re good. Just continuing on not being confined by gender, it’s like: 'I see a prize, I go after it. We’re not worried about what defines my gender. I see a title, and that’s what I want to do.'
In the past, WWE was a big proponent of intergender wrestling, with several female superstars such as Nia Jax, Beth Phoenix, Chyna, and Kharma having competed at the men’s Royal Rumble. The most recent intergender match took place last month at the 2023 Elimination Chamber, where Finn Balor and Rhea Ripley teamed up against Edge and his partner, Beth Phoenix.
However, it is highly unlikely that WWE will feature an intergender wrestling match any time soon. This is due in part to the partnership with toy manufacturer Mattel. As part of the multi-year deal with Mattel, WWE promised it would no longer portray men physically overpowering women.