As I sat on my couch Sunday night woofing down popcorn quicker than most humans consume the delicious movie-theater favorite, all I could think about was the journey these women I was watching perform have come.

For those who don't know or found out through social media, I'm an avid professional wrestling fan and the Royal Rumble pay-per-view is one of the biggest nights on the wrestling calendar every year.

Look, you don't have to explain it to me.

I know it's not "real."

I mean, it is to a certain extent, but it's a scripted performance art that has made great waves because of its female performers in recent years in the business' biggest company.

World Wrestling Entertainment, better known as WWE (or World Wrestling Federation for those that watched the product many moons ago), took a lot of grief over the years in terms of the lack of female participation and those women getting a fair shake on screen.

While some of the company's bigger stars (who were virtually all male) got 20, 25 minutes and sometimes longer pending on the event to perform, women through the decades got maybe half of that time and participated in rather crude and more ludicrous events during shows and pay-per-view events.

For example, WWE used to hold matches where the woman that was stripped to her bras and panties was the loser of the match all for the enjoyment of the predominantly-male crowds across the globe.

There was even a pay-per-view titled Taboo Tuesday in the earlier portion of the 2000s where the women would compete in a "Fantasy Battle Royal" and wear ... let's just say, risque clothing.

Don't even get me started on the Playboy Pillow Fight that took place before the main event of WrestleMania 22 back in 2006.

Fast forward to 2019 and the women have taken over the company.

Becky Lynch, known as Rebecca Quin in real life, won the second-ever Women's Royal Rumble match. It's a match just like the famous men's match with 30 participants and the objective is to throw the other 29 people in the match over the top rope with both feet hitting the floor on the outside. The winner gets a main event slot in a championship match at the company's biggest show of the year, WrestleMania.

Why is this such a big deal? Because Lynch has become the company's biggest star. She's now made herself known as "The Man."

She even has a shirt that says "THE MAN", and yes, I will be purchasing said shirt rather soon.

And you know what? She freakin' is.

In the last eight months alone, she's taken over social media among the wrestling community with her personality and fiery comebacks to fans and other performers that would make battle rappers turn their heads in disbelief. She says she's the man and she backs it up every day.

This is the same woman who took an accidental real punch and not one of the many scripted punches or slaps you see performers take, that fractured her orbital bone and broke her nose, and yet kept performing and got the loudest ovation of the show.

The image of her with a broken face and bleeding, but standing with her arms in the air in the crowd after her handy work on an episode of Monday Night Raw like Russell Crowe in Gladiator saying, "Are you not entertained?" is an image that wrestling fans will never forget. Go on YouTube after you finishing reading this and watch the segment.

Trust me.

Lynch, along with other names like Sasha Banks, Charlotte Flair (yes, the daughter of wrestling great Ric Flair), Japanese stars like Kairi Sane and Io Shirai and British studs like Toni Storm and Rhea Ripley, all put on a wonderful display of athleticism and excitement at the pay-per-view event in what was easily the best match of the entire evening.

I haven't even gotten to the part where Nia Jax, a 6-foot, 272-pound mountain of a woman who accidentally broke Lynch's face, shockingly entered the Men's Royal Rumble match at entry No. 30 and wrestled against some of the biggest stars the company has to offer today. It was the first time WWE has shown true intergender wrestling in over a decade.

The blend of diversity among the women — black, British, Samoan, Mexican, Puerto Rican, white — on top of the different body types and wrestling styles is beautiful to see.

It's truly amazing to see the women take over the pro wrestling business. I get chills just thinking about how far they've come. It's a perfect example of the world itself.

When you give women a chance to shine, they're going to come through and deliver.

Look no further than the ladies of WWE and for that matter, the women among the independent wrestling companies across the world. They're getting their opportunities to run with the ball.

Good luck catching them. 

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