For this week’s Retro, it’s something a little a different. Not a match, but a segment featuring Groucho Marx meeting the woman known as “The Barefoot Contessa”.
Judy Grable appeared on the TV show What’s My Line? on September 20, 1958. Then 23, she had been trained by the Fabulous Moolah and been wrestling for five years. Her nickname came about because of her preference to wrestle without the benefit of boots, which probably means better traction but likely came with a greater risk of broken toes. Competing in the National Wrestling Alliance for the duration of her career, she didn’t win the World Women’s Championship, though her accomplishments did not go unrecognised. In 2011, she was inducted into the prestigious Pro Wrestling Hall Of Fame in Amsterdam, NY. However, she wasn’t at the ceremony, as she did on May 11, 2008 after living with diabetes, strokes, and Alzheimer’s.
The What’s My Line segment with Marx became famous for his risqué line of questioning, though it immortalised the segment to such a point that it’s available online. Click the jump to watch. (more…)
The Big News
Christina Crawford was eliminated from Tough Enough last night, putting an end to any prospect of a woman winning the show for the first time since 2002. She was cut by Steve Austin for not showing enough charisma during this week’s challenge, and had lost her confidence after suffering an ankle injury on last week’s show when her leg buckled from delivering a top rope axehandle.
It doesn’t seem to have made a difference to her prospects of ending up on WWE TV though, as she was filmed last week wrestling at Florida Championship Wrestling, where she had been training previously before getting out of her developmental deal to compete in Tough Enough. The indication that she has returned back to the situation she was in previously just shows that she had a fall-back option in case she was cut, in that she could return to Florida and pick up where she left off. It must annoy other female wrestlers who applied that this was possibly an “easier option” for Christina, rather than being her best chance at making it to WWE.
In fact, many women – Brittany Savage, Mercedes Martinez, She Nay Nay, Athena, Jessicka Havok, Roxie Cotton and the like – must be pretty disappointed how for the most part, none of the girls made any impression on the show in one way or another. None of them won a skills challenge, and between the five girls, they featured in the bottom three on a total of eight occasions in eight episodes. (more…)
Amsterdam, NY will be the gathering place for wrestling legends this weekend, as the great and the good in the grappling game come together to pay tribute to their brothers and sisters, and enshrine another class in the prestigious Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame. Amongst those being honoured is the late “Barefoot Contessa” Judy Grable, who will be posthumously inducted alongside a class which features Dick The Bruiser, The Road Warriors, Jerry “The King” Lawler, Billy Robinson, and a certain Vincent Kennedy McMahon.
While Vince Jr’s Hall of Fame is often more a case of “Hall of people Vince gets on with” (and will likely remain that way until the likes of Bruno Sammartino take their spot in the Hall), the PWHOF in upstate New York state has specific selection process, and inductees are decided upon by a distinguished panel of former wrestlers, managers and journalists. Every year, a female wrestler is inducted, and Grable will join a roll of honour which includes Mildred Burke (2002), The Fabulous Moolah (2003), Mae Young (2004), Penny Banner (2005), June Byers (2006), Cora Combs (2007), Betty Niccoli (2008), Donna Christianello (2009) & Kay Noble (2010). (more…)