Earlier this summer, WWE hired its first full-time female referee, Kennadi Brink. Now in her second month on the job after working some house shows, Brink is making her television debut on the WWE Network.
Brink took on her role as a referee during the WWE’s Mae Young Classic, billed as the first-ever women’s tournament. Aside from being able to showcase the talents of the women of the WWE from around the world, the two-day event will highlight and recognize the trails blazed by women in the world of professional wrestling and combat sports from the legendary Mae Young and to Ronda Rousey. The event seems like the perfect opportunity to bring in the WWE’s first full-time referee, so it was only fitting that Brink gets to get her moment as well.
— Dany Garcia (@DanyGarciaCo) July 13, 2017
Brink was signed by the WWE earlier this year, but it was unknown what the plans were for the professional wrestler. There had not been a peep about bringing Brink in as a superstar, but in June she began making appearances at the WWE’s developmental NXT promotions. In early June, she made her debut in Orlando. It was there Brink officially became the first female referee to work a WWE event.
— JJ Williams (@JJWilliamsWON) June 1, 2017
— Andrew Twiss (@ATwiss99) June 1, 2017
Is this the beginning of a long and successful career as a WWE referee for Brink? It’s too soon to say. But it’s about time the WWE added a female ref. The WWE continues to find ways to move forward with equality issues, overcoming a checkered past, and Brink serving as a full-time referee is the latest step toward that overall mission.