“Ladies of the 80s” Profiled by WWE

WWE Hall of Famer Howard Finkel has dedicated his latest column to the most influential women in 1980s-era WWE, writing about the likes of the Fabulous Moolah, Wendi Richter, Sherri Martel, Rockin’ Robin and Miss Elizabeth. He also discusses the short-lived Women’s Tag Team Titles and the women who held those belts. Check out some snippets below:

Wendi Richter, and how she differed from Moolah: “In contrast to the crafty and deliberate ways that Moolah operated, Richter was full of vim and vigor. Richter represented a girl who just wanted to have fun, and through her association with singer Cyndi Lauper, they did just that.”

The origin of “Sensational” Sherri: “Having honed her craft in various wrestling organizations in the early-to-mid-80s, Martel entered WWE on July 24, 1987. Untouted, she went right into the frying pan and came out as the new Women’s Champion, defeating The Fabulous Moolah (who had regained the title from Richter under the disguise as Spider Lady). As many thought that her win over Moolah was somewhat sensational in scope, Martel took that adjective to heart and renamed herself Sensational Sherri.”

The Women’s Tag Team Titles: “WWE’s ladies division was so active during the ’80s that there was a Women’s Tag Team Championship. Probably the most recognizable holders of that honor were Judy Martin and Leilani Kai, collectively known as The Glamour Girls.”

The Jumping Bomb Angels: “Now the names of Noriyo Tateno and Itsuki Yamazaki might not ring a bell, but WWE fans might very well remember them as The Jumping Bomb Angels. These two took WWE by storm, and were hot on The Glamour Girls’ trail. This rivalry led to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, where on Jan. 24, 1988, at the first Royal Rumble event, The Angels ascended to the heights of becoming Women’s Tag Team Champions by defeating The Glamour Girls in a best two-out-of-three falls bout. Many veteran WWE pundits feel that contest was one of the greatest women’s matches ever held in a WWE ring.”

The enigma that was Miss Elizabeth “Miss Elizabeth was introduced to the WWE Universe by Macho Man Randy Savage. When Savage entered WWE that same year, the fraternity of managers at that time were all offering a king’s ransom to secure Savage’s services. But the Macho Man said thanks, but no thanks, as he had chosen someone else. Enter Miss Elizabeth. She said very little, did very little, yet added so much by being at the Macho Man’s side.”

The piece is definitely worth a read, so be sure to check out the full article for yourself.

Who is your favorite “lady of the 80s”? Tell us in the comments!

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  • Jhonmarco

    What a lovely surprise! Nice read..

  • B1G_FaN

    Every woman mentioned in this article deserves to be in the WWE Hall of Fame.

    The WWE needs another Wendi Richter, Rockin’ Robin, or Jumping Bomb Angel now more than ever!

  • Kessuki

    would love to have been around during this era opf womens wrestling. someone hurry up and invent a time machine.

  • Melina&Mickie4ever!

    Well I dont have a favorite 80’s baby cuz I was born in the 90’s lol Sooooo….but I have watched Wendi’s matches and I can say she caught my attention her and moolah. So I guess if I had ot choose it would be Moolah and Wendi.

    Wendi Ritcher 1st Women To Win The Womens Championship at Wrestlemania the 1st one at that…

    Wendi Ritcher’s Theme >>>>>>>> Most of the divas themes today
    Wendi’s theme actually matched her gimmick lol

  • Melina&Mickie4ever!

    oh yes dont 4get Vince also screwed Wendi too…smh

  • LadyGoDiva

    Great read I thnk the 80’s is where womens wrestling was really getting ood because you have all thes great characters like the Jumping Bomb ANgles and Sherri Martel,etc.

    WWE really treated thier DIvas right and its something I really miss them doing because now they try to act like they care but they don’t. Lita was right it is a real bummer to see where the WWE divas divsion has come to.

    Sapphire is a Diva that I rememberbecause of her feud with Sherri.

    • jcarcano12

      She is the valet of dusty rite?

  • jcarcano12

    Mad Maxine. :)

  • No Holds Barred

    I loved watching WWF women’s matches back in the 80s, so fun!! – Velvet, Kitty, Wendi, Leilanai, Vivian, Joyce and Judy Grable, Debbie Combs, Marti Funk, Spider Lady (the real one). So many women to name, there were lots of talented girls back then in WWF, NWA and AWA

  • Choko

    JUMPING BOMB ANGELS!!! <33333333

    I miss those days. I used to tune in for the womens matches only back then.

  • mojodoom

    Wow they actually put up a picture of Mad Maxine, the original anti-diva even before that word existed in the wrestling world.

  • https://m.facebook.com/?refsrc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.co.uk%2Fsearch&_rdr#!/profile.php?__user= adifferentsame

    The only thing I really admired of that era was that even the women’s matches carried an extravaganza vibe with the audience, such was the magnetism of wrestling’s popularity at the time. In that sense, it’s such a shame to see how women’s wrestling has sputtered fumes of greatness now and then since, only to have hit the current stalwart we see now.

  • SherriShepherdWWE

    i wouldnt mind some 80s ladies showing up sometime soon lol, just saying!!!!!

    very nice tribute

  • Jamal

    Nice to see some love for the women of the 80’s. It was truly a great era for women’s wrestling. And especially good to see some praise for Robin. She is so underrated. It’s a shame that, by the time she was champion, interest in the women, by WWE brass, had waned. She had some good matches against both Sherri and Judy Martin.

  • http://twitter.com/Passionisma Thaila

    What a nice read. As for my favourite Lady of the 80s, that has to go to Rockin’ Robin!

  • bxradimus

    These ladies would take a look at the current state of the women’s division and cry.

  • Raekon

    Nice read and happy that are getting some tribute for their work.
    There were many more that needed to be mentioned in my opinion but it’s better than nothing I guess. :)

    My favorite of that time was Velvet Mc Intyre cause she was the whole package!
    Also loved all the mentioned ladies (well Moohla not THAT much when it comes to in ring ability but ok).

    Thanks for featuring the article DD! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/xxtesxx TommyStarstruck

    Very nice; I do wish that Luna Vachon was mentioned. She was one of the best workers and was never given the chance to shine as “Women’s Champion”- it’s not about title wins, but I just wish her memory could be… well- energy never dies & I may be biased, because I’m a Luna-Tic For Life. :)

    • cutymania

      well she didn’t make her WWE debut til the next decade, thats why. If they did an article about the women of the 90s, she’d definitely be up there.

  • B1G_FaN

    I don’t believe Luna wrestled in the WWF in the 1980s. I remember her wrestling in the WWF in the 1990s.

    • No Holds Barred

      no but she wrestled for the AWA in the 80s, which was the FCW of the 80s essentially. Sherri, Jacqueline and Tasha Simone were regulars there

  • arwrestling

    I am surprised that Peggy Lee Leathers was mentionned, but too bad they didn’t include a picture of her. She wrestled for them for a while in the 79s and 80s.

    Also very unfortunate that Donna Christanello wasn’t included. She wrestled for WWE from the 60s through to the 90s, and was one of the best female workers they had.

    The fact that Mad Maxine got both a mention and pictures in there was also a surprise to be very honnest. Good article though.