Saturday, February 17, 2024

The Last Match: WWF Women's World Champions of the 1980's.

In this post we take a look at the last matches of the WWF Women's World Champions from the 1980's

The Fabulous Moolah
September 21, 2004 WWE Phoenix, Arizona
teaming with "The Great" Mae Young defeated Dawn Marie & Torrie Wilson
WWE SmackDown

Born July 22, 1923 the life long South Carolina native began wrestling in 1949, winning the NWA World Women's Championship on September 18, 1956 claiming to have held it until July 23, 1984 when she was defeated by Wendi Richter.  However there several unrecognized titles changes during that 28 year run. 

Opened a training school in South Carolina where she trained many lady wrestlers over the years.  Several have made accusations against her, while several others have defended Moolah.

I was present at her final independent match on March 16, 2003 for MaineEvent Wrestling at the Portland Expo in Portland, Maine.  Teaming with Mae Young they defeated Don Montoya and "Towel Boy" Paul Adams.  Moolah only wrestled 2 other matches after this event.  

She passed away on November 2, 2007 at the age of 84.

Wendi Richter
August 27, 2005  King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
WrestleReunion 2
with The Patriot & George South Jr. defeated Amy Love, DC Drake, & Gary Royal

Trained by the Fabulous Moolah she debuted in 1979 as a heel wrestling around the territories including Mid South Wrestling Association, Stampede Wrestling, and the AWA.  In 1983 she returned to the then WWF now a babyface and was an integral part of the Rock N' Wrestling era with Cyndi Lauper as her manager.  In July 1984 on MTV she ended Moolah's "28 year" reign as World Women's Champion.

She left the WWF in controversial fashion the victim of the less publicized screw job at Madison Square Garden.  She would go on to win the AWA, NWF, and WWC Women's World Championships before leaving wrestling full time in 1989.  She had a few matches in the 1990's before having her final two matches in 2005.  She was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2010. 

Leilani Kai
December 11, 2015 Shine 31 Ybor City, Florida 
Shine 31
defeated by Lea Von Dutch

Trained by the Fabulous Moolah she debuted in 1975 and wrestled across the North America.  In 1984 she defeated Wendi Richter to win the WWF Women's World Championship losing it back to Richter at the inaugural WrestleMania.  She would then team with Judy Martin as The Glamour Girls managed by Jimmy Hart winning the WWF Women's Tag Team Championships having a memorable feud with The Jumping Bomb Angels.

In 1986 she held the All Japan Women's Wrestling All Pacific Championship for 215 days.  She would wrestled around the world for various promotions returning to the WWF to challenge then Women's Champion Alundra Blayze at WrestleMania X.  She would have matches in WCW, TNA, and the independents, also holding the NWA Women's Championship for 465 days.  

Velvet McIntyre
July 25, 1998 ICW Cloverdale, British Columbia
defeated by The Combat Girl losing the ICW Women's Championship
ICW: International Championship Wrestling

McIntyre was trained by Sandy Barr and debuted in 1980.  Through out her career she wrestled in several countries around the world and won several championships including holding both the NWA & WWF Women's Tag Team Championships.  She is probably best known during the mid 1980's WWF run where she wrestled Fabulous Moolah at WrestleMania 2.  

In July 1986 during a tour of Australia she defeated The Fabulous Moolah to capture the WWF Women's World Championship.  She lost it back to Moolah after a few days on the same tour.  She competed at the 1987 Survivor Series. 

Growing up I knew her to be one of the few wrestlers that compete barefoot, but she did wear boots for the first few years of her career.

"Sensational" Sherri Martel
January 29, 2005 WrestleReunion Tampa, Florida
with Amber O'Neal, Krissy Vaine, & Peggy Lee Leather was defeated by Wendi Richter, Bambi, Jenny Taylor, & Malia Hosaka

Sherri debuted in 1980 after training with The Fabulous Moolah.  Sherri is both a well known wrestler and manager having wrestled and managed in the AWA, WWF, and WCW.  Her best known managerial role was that of Queen Sherri with "Macho King" Randy Savage.

In 1985 Sherri won her first of three AWA Women's World Championship.  In 1987 she entered the WWF as Sensational Sherri and would defeated Moolah for the WWF Women's World Championship holding the title for 415 days.  Her full time in ring career ended in 1990, however she would have several matches through the 1990's including in ECW and a feud in 1997 with Debbie Combs in IWA Mid-South.

Sherri was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006.  Sadly Sherri died on September 11, 2007 from an overdose at only 49 years old.   

Rockin' Robin
February 23, 1992 LPWA Rochester, Minnesota
defeated by Black Venus
Super Ladies Showdown PPV

Robin was trained by Nelson Royal and debuted in 1986.  She comes from a wrestling family including her father Grizzly Smith and brothers Sam Houston & Jake "The Snake" Roberts.  She joined the WWF in 1987 competing at the first Survivor Series.  On October 7, 1988 she defeated Sensational Sherri for the WWF World Women's Championship in Paris, France.  She defended the title against Judy Martin at the first Royal Rumble broadcast on PPV January 15, 1989.  

In June 1989 the WWF quietly phased out the women's division and Robin just disappeared.  In 1989 & 1991 she defended the WWF Women's Championship in Ohio at Great Lakes Wrestling Association.  She won the UWF Women's Championship at their Beach Brawl PPV in June 1991 the promotions final show.  

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