It seems that Sexy Star can’t catch a break in the internet news cycle. Sexy was fresh off a unanimous decision victory in her MMA debut with Combate Americas, but curious interview quotes regarding her opinion that she was the inspiration for WWE’s women’s revolution were getting more attention than her MMA win. That outrageous proclamation was met with disbelief and ridicule. Let’s break it down to see if Sexy Star deserved the grief given.
It all started with a general interview on The Roman Show recorded during fight week. Over the weekend, headlines were going around that Sexy Star claimed she inspired WWE’s women’s revolution after she won the Lucha Underground Championship in 2016. Sexy Star’s sister compiled some of them while lamenting about gossip overshadowing Sexy’s MMA fight.
Una mujer decide incursionar profesionalmente en otro deporte de combate. Hace un gran trabajo, se prepara, reta a su cuerpo a su mente. Se le da una oportunidad en @combateamericas debuta y gana.
Y en RS “medios”arman un chisme para mejor hablar de eso.El chiste se cuenta solo ♀️ pic.twitter.com/NGvrPpL3Sa
— Rox García Rivas (@roxgarciarivas) April 14, 2019
What was it that Sexy Star said? I’ll point to Wrestling Inc’s translation of her comments in regard to becoming Lucha Underground champion and its effect on WWE’s women’s revolution. It is a fairly accurate representation.
“I personally think that yes. WWE took notice. I am proud that they gave me that opportunity as a woman, as a Mexican and as a warrior. I felt they (WWE) found out that that had a big buzz all over the world. I think it inspired them to act.”
Those comments from Sexy Star certainly can come across as someone whose ego is a bit too big for their own britches or just plain delusional.
As expected, the notion that WWE went through the women’s revolution because of inspiration from Sexy Star made eyes roll all across the Internet as fellow wrestlers chimed in on Twitter.
Taya and Cage weren’t having it.
Cage went further to say he believes Sexy Star’s title win had no impact.
I disagree. I dont think it did anything nor was it memorable
— Brian Cage (@MrGMSI_BCage) April 14, 2019
Hurricane Helms drew a humorous comparison.
Sexy Star commented about the various headlines to set the record straight.
Yo no dije que yo fui la que inspiró , el comentario fue , que en lucha underground le dieron el empuje a la mujer del cual yo fui talento y que eso al público le gusto . cada quien toma las palabras como quiere . #NOSECANSAN https://t.co/GehnUqpjlc
— Sexy DULCE (@Sexydulceg) April 14, 2019
She denied the particular phrasing that she inspired WWE. In the tweet, she said that Lucha Underground gave a push to a woman and the public liked it.
Sexy Star also mentioned that the quotes were taken out of context. With the way she has handled her non-apology for injuring Rosemary at Triplemania XXV in August 2017, her name has become a very divisive topic in the wrestling community. It would be easy to jump to the conclusion that she’s playing the victim again.
In an effort to give Sexy Star the benefit of the doubt, I tried to listen to the interview itself, but there is really crappy audio quality on her end. It sounded like she did the interview with the phone far away while driving with the windows down. Car noises were much louder than her voice.
If you understand Spanish, the question comes up at the 6:32 mark.
The most important part in this controversy is the question from the interviewer, Rodolfo Roman. He asked if she thought her Lucha Underground title win served as a little piece of grain to grow the momentum of WWE’s women’s revolution and the ladies main-eventing WrestleMania 35. In that context, it puts a different spin on her answer.
Sexy Star began by muttering something I couldn’t fully understand. It sounded like a qualifier not to give her credit. So, without taking credit for WWE’s women’s revolution, Sexy proceeded to take credit? But, it is important to remember the question’s context as a little piece of grain.
MedioTiempo reached out to Sexy Star for comment. Her reply confirms what I thought I heard in the interview. Here is my English translation of her words:
“In no moment did I say that I was the inspiration for the WWE women’s revolution. It was misinterpreted. I was asked if I think that I was a little grain of everything that the female wrestling revolution has achieved. Yes, sure it was a little grain.”
Sexy Star went on to explain that she was happy when Lucha Underground gave her an important place as a woman equal to men. That was noticed by WWE, Mexico, Japan, and elsewhere. Sexy gave credit to Ronda Rousey, Paige, AJ Lee, Charlotte Flair, and Becky Lynch for their roles and also to others before she ever won the Lucha Underground Championship. Sexy Star was only a grain of sand in the movement.
So, there you go. Much hullabaloo over something minor. I’m going to have to side with Sexy Star on this one. The question being asked was very important for proper context. She’s not incorrect either about being a grain (emphasis on grain since her reign only lasted one week) in the women’s revolution, at least in my opinion. A women becoming champion against men was a newsworthy moment, with companies like Forbes writing about it. I don’t doubt that some in WWE took notice of the positive reception.
Did Sexy Star get a raw deal this time around? What size of a role do you think her Lucha Underground Championship victory played in advancing the women’s wrestling revolution? Is a grain too much credit or not enough?