Speaking further on her favorites from WWE’s Divas era, SoCal Val admitted that she could no longer relate to Trish Stratus when the WWE Hall of Famer evolved from a valet to a “serious wrestler” in 2002.
“When she was the manager of T&A. [Test and Albert], then I really connected with her,” Val insisted. “When she became a serious wrestler, and I mean with all due respect, I couldn’t relate that much. Even with Lita, I was not able to relate that much. I didn’t want to be taken seriously as a female wrestler. I think it’s great that they have this [option]But that’s not what I personally wanted to do.”
Val then explained why it’s “anti-feminist” for anyone to expect all female wrestlers to focus solely on their in-ring craft.
“So the fact that we can’t have both [serious female wrestling and glamorous divas] Now, I think, very anti-feminist,” said Val. “In this sense, feminism is about having freedom of choice. And if my choice wasn’t an athletic, super serious wrestler, this is my choice!
“If my choice was to be sexy and diva-type, that’s my choice. Feminism is about supporting women’s choices. So you can’t just sit there and say ‘If you weren’t a serious wrestler, that’s it. You did not contribute business to which.’ People like Sunny, Sable, Torrey Wilson, and Candice Mitchell, these women were my idols. So I find it very interesting that people have such an issue with the Day Age because if there wasn’t a Day Age, I would immediately lose interest. “