Ariane Andrew, who competed in WWE as Cameron, has given her thoughts on what the WWE women’s division is lacking, saying fans are always looking for the next underdog to cheer.
Andrew first appeared in WWE on the revived Tough Enough in 2011. She was the first contestant eliminated but is memorable for stunning Stone Cold Steve Austin with her thoughts on a Melina vs. Alicia Fox match. From there she spent time in FCW before appearing as one of Brodus Clay’s Funkadactyls alongside Naomi in 2012.
Speaking to Nick Hausman on The Wrestling Inc. Daily, Ariane Andrew gave her thoughts on the current state of WWE’s women’s division.
“I think [Naomi would knock it out of the park] too. I never want to bash a place that gave me such an amazing opportunity to be where I’m at now. But I do think the thing that is lacking at the moment in the women’s division is they went so far left with creating a revolution to have women who are badass, which I think is great. [They are] giving them an opportunity to main event. Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair, I mean, that’s history. When have we ever seen two black women, and I’m not a person [to make things] about race. But to have that WrestleMania moment, that was major.”
“But what’s missing in the women’s division is […] if you start seeing the same thing, I don’t care how talented someone is, that person who used to be the underdog that has now elevated, you start to almost become upset. Because you want to see the next underdog, [you want to see] the next person get that opportunity. What I’ve learned as a fan from watching wrestling is you want the underdog to prevail. That’s why people watch wrestling. Because it’s an average person who isn’t rich, [doesn’t] have these amazing things in life. When they look at someone who is an underdog it’s like you’re looking at yourself and you are like, ‘Damn, I want that person to have that because it feels like that’s me.’”
Ariane Andrew then used the Sasha Banks vs. Bianca Belair WrestleMania main event to illustrate her point. Andrew also recalls one of the company’s ultimate underdogs Zack Ryder [Matt Cardona] who managed to briefly break through the ranks in 2011.
“Let’s take away race. Black, white, man, woman, it doesn’t matter. I feel like what wrestling does is [it tells] the person watching it, ‘F*ck race, f*ck color, f*ck gender.’ It’s about saying, ‘Damn, if that person can do it so can I.’ And I think what is missing at this moment is you keep seeing the same sh*t over and over, eventually you’re like, ‘I want the next underdog.’ Think about when Zack Ryder, think about that moment where everyone was like, ‘What the f*ck?!’ I feel like what [the WWE] is missing right now is a, ‘What the f*ck?!’ moment.”
Ariane Andrew was speaking as part of her promotion for her current singleBorn With It remixed by Damon Sharpe which is available on Spotify and any other place you find music.