She's Not The Lady to Mess With: Goodbye Victoria

'Rowdy' Ross RutherfordSenior Analyst IJanuary 16, 2009

About seven years ago, in the year 2002, the WWE had in front of them several women that could actually wrestle and they set out to make the women's division more than Bra and Panties matches and beauty contests, or at least attempted to.

This revolution was led by some of the great women wrestler of this generation. Women like Trish Stratus, Lita, Jazz, and Victoria. They made women wrestling so much more than what it was up to at that point and they begun having matches, good matches. That was almost unheard of in wrestling.

Up to this point the only one still wrestling for the WWE was Victoria, but yesterday I heard that she will wrestle her final match on Smackdown against Michelle McCool.  I also read the spoilers that said she will lose this match.

That seems to be the story of Victoria's WWE career, but I think she is proud of that. What? You mean she is proud of losing? Well no, but yes. Victoria has spent the past four years putting younger Divas over. In a way she is the only veteran wrestler in the WWE preparing the future of the sport. She's sort of the "on the job" trainer for some of the up-and-coming women on Smackdown.

While Trish Stratus got to retire as champion Victoria was still putting other wrestlers over and will leave the company quietly with her final match being a loss. I'm willing to bet she leaves with a smile on her face, nonetheless.

That is what I love about Victoria. She dosn't care how much T.V. time she gets or if she gets a title run or not. She is just happy to be part of what will be one of the greatest experiences of her life.

She will leave the women's divison that she revolutionized with Stratus, Lita, and others knowing that it is in good hands. With great women athletes like Beth Phenoix, Micke James, Natalya, and Melina leading the next generation of women athletes.

She is too often over looked and her impact on the sport is sometimes forgotten. She wanted nothing more than to better the sport that she loved for the women wrestlers of the future and she can retire happily knowing she did just that.

Goodbye Victoria.

Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to the business.