World Wrestling Entertainment, better known to the general public as WWE, frames itself as family-friendly entertainment -- a paradoxical label for a company that books predetermined fights.
Families, however, comprised a massive chunk of cheering fans at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Sunday. They were there to watch WWE Evolution, the first all-women's pay-per-view event in the company's history. Professional wrestling is typically the domain of young men and boys, perhaps because WWE performers are the closest thing that'll get to real-life comic book superheroes, right down to the costumes.
But Sunday night, there was an unprecedented massive number of mothers and daughters, and fathers and daughters, who turned out to watch the main event between Nikki Bella, a former WWE world champion and reality TV star, and UFC Hall of Famer Ronda Rousey, the current Raw Women's champion. Before that, there was an undercard of seven other matches -- three-and-a-half hours of sports entertainment led by women. And for many of the families in attendance, that was the point and the appeal.