|Sara Del Rey vs. El Generico (My 1-2-3 Cents)|
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I don't know for sure, but I'm fairly certain that intergender wrestling came into existence in the early 1980's when comedian Andy Kaufman would challenge women to matches during his comedy shows. This blossomed into a wrestling angle in the MidSouth territory and led to more of these man vs. woman matches. Eventually Kaufman would take on Memphis hero, Jerry "the King" Lawler.
Now I'm no expert on the subject, and quite honestly until a few days ago had never seen an intergender match in person. Well, I take that back, I did see "Rosey O'Donnell" vs. "Donald Trump" a few years ago when Raw was in St. Louis. And technically I witnessed first hand Kharma's brief reign of terror in the 2012 Royal Rumble. But I digress...
|Keeping it clean|
After the high quality match between SDR and Generico, I would say heck yes. As the match went on, I no longer paid attention to the fact that Del Rey is a woman. This was just two great competitors going at it, giving the fans on helluva show. Both treated each other with a level of respect that you don't see very often anymore in the world of wrestling or any other walk of life. When SDR got the pin, I wasn't really all that surprised, as I've seen her work on line and know that she truly has a gift.
|Obariyon vs. SDR (My 1-2-3 Cents)|
I used the Sara Del Rey stories as an example because I think Chikara does a pretty good job with these types of matches. However I do think the WWE has in the past done some pretty good intergender matches too. But only when they are set up as serious matches. I don't like it when it's an apparent squash like say Kane vs. Kelly Kelly (I don't know if that actually happened, but when there's a rogue GM, I know he's put Kane in their with a helpless Diva)
|Chyna wins the IC title|
|The Knockouts Tag Team Champs (TNA)|
But I do believe that Sara Del Rey, ODB, Beth Phoenix, Natalya Neidhart, and Kharma all have what it takes to compete in the ring against their male counterparts. Will we one day see a female world heavyweight champion? I honestly don't think that's out of the question, but right now the women are treated second rate in WWE, so I wouldn't expect to see that happen there in the near future. I'd suspect we may see SDR as the champ of a large indy promotion first, and she'll once again set the standard for women's wrestling.