Look is obviously a huge factor in how a wrestler gets over, and size in
particular has always been beneficial for male wrestlers as it relates to
believability of offense. None of us are buying that Marko Stunt can
(kayfabe) KO Brock for a second, even if Joey Styles beat the brakes off
JBL that one time at the airport.
However, I don't think I've ever seen that criticism levelled toward
women's wrestlers until very recently (particularly some knocks on Riho
and Leyla Hirsch, and those knocks being entirely based on size rather
than the wrestler not looking jacked/athletic/tough).
I think we could all agree that North American women's wrestling from
roughly 2010-forward has become increasingly physical and pulled in
attention from legit MMA fighters, amateur wrestlers, and traditional
athletes as opposed to models/80s Southern carny's-daughter types. As we
see more and more physically imposing/athletic women like Jade Cargill,
Anriel Howard, and Raquel Gonzalez begin to be pushed, is size going to
become more of a factor? Will 4'8″ women wrestlers be banished to the
jobber zone from day 1, or is the cat already out of the bag in this all
being a work anyhow?