“Egos Were At Play” – Ex-WWE Star Explains Why WrestleMania Dream Match Never Happened

WWE WrestleMania Stage

From the moment Ronda Rousey first got involved with WWE, fans anticipated a dream WrestleMania match between the Four Horsewomen of MMA and the Four Horsewomen of NXT, but the match never came into fruition.

The meteoric rise of women’s wrestling in WWE can be traced back to NXT. Bayley, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks and Charlotte Flair began the women’s revolution during the mid-2010s with a series of iconic matches that catapulted women’s wrestling to the forefront of the industry.

The four pillars of NXT’s women’s division became known as The Four Horsewomen during this period, which instantly drew comparisons to MMA’s quartet of female fighters that went by the same collective name.

Once Ronda Rousey, Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir had all been signed by WWE, it seemed like only a matter of time before the two factions would clash in a marquee match at a WrestleMania, but the match never ended up happening.

Marina Shafir On Why The Four Horsewomen Vs. Four Horsewomen WrestleMania Match Never Happened

On the latest edition of Renee Paquette’s ‘The Sessions’ podcast, Marina Shafir was the guest and explained why she believes the two Four Horsewomen factions never met inside a WWE ring.

“Egos were at play and I’ve learned there’s too many f*cking cooks in the kitchen sometimes in more ways than one and I never knew this but like, you know, I just feel like professional wrestling was a little more exclusive back in the day. It wasn’t just about politicking. It’s just about really showing respect and not kissing ass and not feeling like you have to give something up of yourself to take it to the next level. Evolving? Yeah, but stripping yourself, I don’t know.”

With Duke and Shafir both being released by WWE in 2021, and Shafir now working with AEW, it seems unlikely that wrestling fans will ever get to see the two fabled female factions fight it out inside the squared circle.

H/t to POST Wrestling for the transcription.