During a recent appearance with Pro Wrestling Junkies, AEW star Ivelisse revealed that the inspiration for her to get into professional wrestling was when women like Trish Stratus, Lita, and Jazz started to really turn the corner for women in the business during the early 2000s. She recalled Trish Stratus and Lita being the first women to main event a card as proof that women were finally starting to be taken seriously as in-ring performers.
“I’m the type of person that doesn’t say particular people inspire me, but rather, particular things about people inspire me,” Ivelisse said. “Or particular things that people have achieved – things like that. I’m one that appreciates passion, so anyone that I see is really passionate about anything they do inspires me. I’ve always been an athlete and dip my foot into whatever I could.
“For wrestling, per se, I was a fan of the characters,” Ivelisse added. “What really pushed me to get into professional wrestling at that time was when I saw that surge of women’s wrestling with Jazz, Molly Holly, Trish Stratus, Lita – that era, especially when we saw those changing happening. Little steps, but that first big step was when I saw Trish and Lita main event RAW. That was a historic thing. Women finally main-eventing on TV was when I was like, ‘Yes! I want to be a part of that!’ I just want to be part of showing women are