The 1980s saw an uprising in female wrestling. It has always been around but it would come and go. After a few years it would disappear only to come back again several years later. The 80s were no exception to this, as after it got big again, female wrestlers just faded away yet again until the 90s when they came back.
When the females returned to the ring during the 80s it took off around the world and each company had a women’s division and a few strictly women’s organizations even popped up. But just because it became a global draw, doesn’t mean that they were all good. As a matter of fact, aside from good looks, most of them didn’t have much going for them in the ring.
These are some of the worst female wrestlers from the 1980s.
15 Brandi Mae
14 Wendi Richter
12 Mt. Fiji
11 Rockin’ Robin
10 Matilda the Hun
9 The Spider Lady
8 Velvet McIntyre
6 Jaguar Yokota
5 Candi Devine
4 Judy Martin
3 Sherri Martel / Sensational Sherri
2 Leilani Kai
1 The Fabulous Moolah
Moolah was the Women’s Champion for 28 years. That sounds impressive until you look into the fact that it was only because she didn’t let anyone else become the champion. She would bring in new talent to the women’s division and then take money from them while training them. This was money that was earned by the women in the ring and on some occasions it lasted much longer than after their training was finished. Some would call it extortion. Much has been written about her practices back in the day and the bottom line is that she just wasn’t a nice woman. She was also connected to the promoters so she was never in danger of dropping the belt. There was nothing that happened in women’s wrestling back then that Moolah didn’t control or make money from.
Finally Vince McMahon bought the rights to her title and a few more champions were born over time. Besides what she did outside of the ring, her matches were never really anything to get excited about. There was never any excitement and she never showed off any true skills in the ring. The one skill that she did pull off well was looking foolish. She accomplished that when she won the championship for the last time at the age of 76. Nobody in the world bought the fact that it was possible or real.
If you are looking for the reason that it took women’s wrestling so long to gain any traction in the world, you have to look no further than The Fabulous Moolah. In the ring she was a horrible performer and outside of the ring she was greedy and took advantage of any newcomer that she could get her hands on.
Sources: thesportster.com, wwe.com, bleacherreport.com, prowrestling.wikia.com, laweekly.com
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