The real meaning behind this groundbreaking movement is that every woman – regardless of her age, looks, size and other shallow features – is able to do exactly what all men can inside the ring.
This is evident during The Rock and Stephen Merchant’s film Fighting With My Family which records Paige’s unexpected rise to WWE superstardom and how her legendary wrestling family pushed her to the top.
Paige’s wrestling career had a very humble beginning in Norwich as part of the legendary Knight Family who were struggling to make ends meet and maintain some relevance into British wrestling.
Gone were the glorious days of The British Bulldog, The Dynamite Kid, Fit Finlay and William Regal – it was also years before WWE launched NXT UK.
But along with her father Ricky Knight, mother Sweet Saraya, brother Zak Zodiac and stepbrother Roy Knight they never lost faith and stayed true to the craft thanks to their passion, humour, determination and love for each other.
Paige (real name Saraya-Jade Bevis) knew she wanted nothing out of life but to become a WWE superstar ever since she was 13 years old and wrestled her first match in her family’s World Association of Wrestling promotion.
However, she grew at a time when WWE’s hiring process strictly focused on athletically supermodel-like women who didn’t necessarily have any wrestling experience.
Their almost identical appearances of blonde hair, fake breasts and lean figure would become the norm in women’s wrestling and the competitors were then dubbed as divas instead of wrestlers or superstars.
Paige played a huge part in the Women’s Revolution
And Paige knew from the beginning that she was nothing like that with her dark hair, heavy Goth-like makeup, tough attitude and refusal to oblige to any status quo.
But the comedy drama takes nothing away from her competition either as their background in either dancing, cheerleading or modelling didn’t earn them any favourable treatment.
They too had to put everything on the line and sacrifice time from their family, children as well as friends to make it through WWE’s intense and demanding recruitment stages.
Paige, who was dubbed the ‘Anti-Diva’, even struggled to keep up with her athletically-gifted competition in various drills and exercises which is testament to how the Women’s Revolution taught the crowd not to judge a book by its cover.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s Seven Bucks Production teamed up with The Office star Merchant to put together this picture that has already received some very positive reviews as well as a grade of 8/10 and 94 per cent on IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes respectfully.
The Rock is one of WWE’s greatest legends and Hollywood’s biggest celebrities but his path to the top was also no short of obstacles.
Despite coming from a wrestling family himself Johnson hit a low point early on in his career as Rocky Maivia when the fans turned on him and chanted ‘Die Rocky Die’.
But much like Paige, the 10-time world champion used that energy to his advantage, turned heel, became the Rock and the rest is history.
Fighting With My Family has received very positive reviews
This alone shows how both men and women go through the same struggles and are perfectly capable to eventually find the way to grab WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon’s brass ring.
Florence Pugh was cast as Paige and perfectly grasped her attitude, passion, humour, sassiness and love for wrestling.
The British megastar earned a WWE contract in a bitter-sweet tryout in London that saw her brother Zak being turned down in 2011.
At that time, larger-than-life male wrestlers like John Cena, Big Show, The Undertaker and Triple H owned the main-event spot and women’s wrestling was a mere afterthought that barely got any air time.
Fighting With My Family captures the essence of the Women’s Revolution
Paige was in WWE’s developmental brand and planted the Women’s Revolution’s first seeds as she became the first ever NXT Women’s Champion and started to put the WWE Universe on notice with the likes of Charlotte Flair, Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch and more.
Die-hard wrestling fans may be disappointed when they realise the film doesn’t concentrate much on her NXT success but rather focuses on all her trials and tribulations which gets the non-wrestling audience on board.
That’s because it’s not the titles and the glory that defines the Women’s Revolution but rather the struggle and the triumph.
Becky Lynch was never a standout on NXT, Alexa Bliss wasn’t even part of the Four Horsewomen and Nia Jax never won the NXT Women’s Championship.
But they didn’t let any of that define them and so they found a way to build their own legacy between the ropes.
Lynch is set to headline WrestleMania 35, Bliss is a five-time women’s champion and Jax became the fourth woman to ever compete in the Men’s Royal Rumble Match at a time when intergender matches are strictly prohibited.
Paige didn’t single-handedly start the Women’s Revolution and the movie makes no such claim.
But her triumph over her struggles made her one of the most important pioneers after her legendary main roster debut in 2014 which started turning the divas locker room into the women’s division we all now know and love today.
Fighting With My Family hits UK cinemas on February 27.