This is an interesting one to say the least. Irish based promotion, Over The Top Wrestling (OTT) has introduced a Gender Neutral Championship to their collection of championship belts. Current OTT Women’s Champion ‘Session Moth’ Martina became the inaugural champion at this past weekend’s ‘Being The Elite’ event from Dublin.

Martina, alongside current Defiant Women’s Champion and WWE Mae Young competitor, Kay Lee Ray defeated The AngelCruzers (Angel Cruz & B-Cool) for the title. However, Martina was the awarded the title after scoring the pinfall to win the match.

The next night at OTT’s ‘Aftershock’ event in Belfast, she successfully retained against Adam Maxted and Charlie Sterling.

She had this to say about the honour on Twitter:

It is quite common on the independents for men and women to compete against one another. This is also shown on a more mainstream level with Lucha Underground. Women on that show are eligible to compete for all titles in the promotion. Women have also competed for Male titles in different companies. However the idea of introducing a ‘Gender Neutral’ title is a touchy subject with people for and against the LGBTQ+ community. Some believe there are only two genders: male and female. While others believe in gender-fluidity and there is more of an umbrella of genders.

As far as Martina and this new championship goes, she already had had interest from other wrestlers and fan suggestions. These include the likes of Jimmy Havoc, Jim Cornette (jokingly), and even WWE United Kingdom Champion, Pete Dunne.

But what do you all think of this news? Do you like the idea of there being a ‘Gender Neutral’ Championship in professional wrestling? Who would you like to see Martina defend her championship against? As always, let us know in the comments below!

  • Shan

    My only problem with this is if a guy who’s big or uber talented gets this, who’s gonna believe a woman beat them and won the championship back? Unless the guy is beaten to a pulp before hand.

    • Bobby Calloway

      The same way a monster heel gets beaten by an underdog face. If you ignore gender and instead go by weight classes, it becomes much more plausible. An Alpha Female or Awesome Kong type is going to have a different match than an Alexa Bliss size. If the promotion doesn’t treat the gender as a big deal, then the fans won’t either.

  • RadicallyRadic

    *Waits to see the huge amount of triggered people over the topic of ‘gender neutral’ in this article*

    In all seriousness, it’s a nice idea, but somewhat pointless. Mainly cause with a good amount of indie places and even some bigger places like a Lucha Underground, gender doesn’t really matter. So making a point to have a title just to say that is really pushing it in people’s faces being like ‘LOOK AT US WORLD! WE ARE BEING DIFFERENT AND EDGY WHILE NOT CONFORMING TO GENDER NORMS!!!’

    Also, it would be very difficult to believe a massive guy winning the title next, and then a much smaller woman beating him for that title. But then the same things can be said about intergender matches as a whole.

    • I agree. Championships available for all competitors are not so common, but it’s not a total novelty either, especially on the independant circuit, like you said. It’s a good thing, but naming it “Gender Neutral Championship” screams ‘virtue signaling’ to me and it kind of makes me cringe a little. Why not just name it and treat it like a regular championship, and simply make it available for everyone instead? That would be a more effective way to promote equality.

      Nevertheless, I don’t doubt OTT’s intentions. Another platform for intergender wrestling is good in my books.

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  • Summer_Slay

    Never knew Carmella had an irish aunt that wrestled.

    • Omar Zaal

      She’s nothing like Carmella
      More like ODB’s daughter

  • Ollie Roche

    I’m over it. Lucha underground and the indies have made this point. Besides it was never uncommon for women to compete for the cruiser weight title in wwe/wcw anyway.

  • Charlie

    Wait, so she was awarded the title for scoring the pinfall in a tag match???