In December 1993 the WWF announced a tournament would take place to crown a new Women's Champion. The title had been inactive since February 21, 1990 when then champion Rockin' Robin was stripped of the title. She hadn't defended it since June 25, 1989 in Wheeling, West Virginia against Judy Martin.
I had heard about this tournament happening for years but all I even knew where the finals where Alundra Blayze defeated Heidi Lee Morgan to win, but who did they beat to get to the finals.
I think most of us know about Madusa aka Alundra Blayze so let's take a look at the other competitors involved in the tournament.
Heidi Lee Morgan
A second generation wrestler Morgan began her in ring career in 1987 and was quickly embroiled in a feud in the National Wrestling Federation with Women's Champion Wendi Richter that resulted in the first ever women's cage match on June 20, 1987.
Morgan would wrestle matches in NWA, AWA, WCW, and was a co-holder of the LPWA Tag Team Championships with Misty Blue Simmes. A back injury ended her career in 1997 however she did wrestle on match in 1999. She is currently a competitive bodybuilder.
Jean Kirkland was trained by the Fabulous Moolah debuting in 1985. She wrestled in the WWE, All Japan Women's Wrestling, NWA, AWA, and later the LPWA from 1990 - 1994. Rumor is that she was in negotiations to be the manager of Harlem Heat in WCW when she passed away. Kirkland died September 30, 1995.
Also knows as Rusty Foxx I can't find a lot of information on her but this is what I have. She debuted in 1988 and wrestled for the WWE, WWWA, and several independent promotions. She held a few indy Women's Championships including National Wrestling League, Mid-Eastern Championship Wrestling and others.
I saw her wrestle live once in Livermore Falls, Maine on November 13, 1998 for Eastern Wrestling Alliance. She battled Malia Hosaka to a no contest when they both brawled in and out of the ring and the referee threw the match out.
I cannot find any information about Marino, in fact this is the only match I can find on record for her anywhere on the internet.
November 30, 1993 Springfield, Massachusetts
Dark Matches - First Round
Heidi Lee Morgan defeated Black Venus
Rusty Thomas defeated Angie Marino
December 1, 1993 Utica, New York
Dark Match - Semi Final
Heidi Lee Morgan defeated Rusty Thomas
December 13, 1993 Poughkeepsie, New York
All American Wrestling taping aired December 26, 1993
Alundra Blayze defeated Heidi Lee Morgan with a German Suplex to win the championship
So it appears as thought the tournament took place over three nights with Blayze getting a bye to the finals of the tournament. Heidi Lee Morgan had to win two matches on consecutive nights to advance to the finals. It surprises me that three of the four matches were dark matches and even the final wasn't aired live on Raw but instead on the B weekend show All American Wrestling. You would think if they really wanted to build the division it would have been more prominent.
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