In yesterday’s Roundup, we reported on three women being inducted into the National Wrestling Alliance Hall of Fame as part of its Class of 2012. The three were the Fabulous Moolah, Joyce Grable and Misty Blue Simmes.
While Moolah and Grable are more well known, Simmes – while boasting a career where she claims to have never lost a singles match – is less of a star, though her accomplishments are certainly very enviable. Competing in the American Wrestling Association, Ladies Professional Wrestling Association, World Championship Wrestling and more, Simmes held the NWA United States Women’s Championship until the belt was retired, and also the LPWA Tag Team Championship.
The match we have for today’s Retro comes from the tail end of LPWA, with Misty Blue taking on her longtime rival Linda Dallas, AKA Miss Linda. We could have picked matches from the NWA’s World Championship Wrestling show, or from World Class Championship Wrestling, but this one is the most fun that we could track down. (more…)
Sometimes a great Retro just falls into our laps, and such an occurrence happened earlier today, when the official YouTube channel of the Ladies Professional Wrestling Association uploaded one of its home videos for everyone to see.
LPWA wasn’t around for long – a mere three years in its original incarnation between 1989 and 1992, before coming back for a further two between 1998 and 2000 – but differed from Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling, which preceded it by a couple of years by being more about the in-ring action, making it more similar to Powerful Women of Wrestling, which was set up by GLOW creator David McLane after he left his original concept.
You may also notice a few of the women featured on the video, such as former World Wrestling Federation Women’s Tag Team Champions the Glamour Girls (Leilani Kai & Judy Martin), as well as former WWF Women’s Champion Madusa “Alundra Blayze” Miceli, D-Generation X member Terri Power, who went on to be better known as Tori, and Reggie Bennett, who went on to win the All Japan Women All Pacific Championship (a title that both Kai and Martin also held prior to their LPWA days).
Click after the link to see the video, as well as the match listings. (more…)
Former NWA World Women’s Champion Malia Hosaka has decided to hang up the boots after close to 25 years in the business.
Making the announcement on her Facebook page, the 42-year old Hawaiian said:
It has been a great 25 years, and I am grateful to all the fans who have supported me thru the years! but I am officially retired from the wrestling industry as of today. Thank you to all who supported/employed and believed in me thru the years!
This presumably means that the proposed triple threat match with Malia taking on Cheerleader Melissa and Mickie James in Traditional Championship Wrestling on April 7 will be scrapped, considering the retirement has already started.
Hosaka leaves behind a huge body of work, dating back to 1987 when she was trained by Killer Kowalski and former NWA United States Women’s Champion Misty Blue Simmes, before debuting on August 7 of that year, teaming with Simmes against Mad Dog Debbie Irons and Linda Dallas in Holyoake, MA. Speaking to us last year on one of our most frank Women Of Wrestling Podcasts ever, Malia discussed how she perceived wrestling before she started training:
I think I knew that the end was fixed – I didn’t know if the moves were actually real.
She would learn. (more…)
The Women of Wrestling Podcast is proud to bring you an interview with 20+ year veteran Malia Hosaka. We’re working with a broad scope on this show, because frankly, Malia has worked *everywhere* at least once. From training with Killer Kowalski & Misty Blue Simmes in the mid 80s to thoughts on the current WWE product, Malia’s not short of an opinion. We discuss comparisons and contrasts between early female promotions like GLOW, LPWA, LMLW and the like (including how she felt as a relative rookie walking into the LPWA locker room for the first time), and reminisce about her “wrestling mom” Luna Vachon and Sensational Sherri. Malia also shares her thoughts on her time in WCW, including her opinions on how Madusa Miceli ran the division, how she was treated there, and a surprising falling out with Starla Saxton (Nora Greenwald, better known as Molly Holly). She talks signing a WWF “Developmental” deal after 12 years in the business, and how two opportunities were whisked away while under that contract. She has words of advice for youngsters like Tenille Tayla, who has just finished up her indy dates and is heading for FCW on the expectations laid on WWE Divas, and general thoughts on SHIMMER, respecting your veterans, and news on her forthcoming book – including how close she is to the final chapter in her career. Clear yourself some time for a history lesson from the Modern Day Moolah!
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It has been announced that the founder of the Ladies Pro Wrestling Association (LPWA) has passed away. John Thurston “Tor” Berg was 72.
Dave Meltzer covers this comprehensively in this week’s Wrestling Observer:
John Thurston “Tor” Berg, who promoted the Ladies Pro Wrestling Association (LPWA), a more wrestling oriented offshoot of GLOW from 1989-1992, passed away on 3/4 due to a ruptured colon from a bowel obstruction that was never treated. Ken Resnick, who announced for the group and remained friends with him, noted he would mention having horrible stomach pains but never got it checked out. Berg was 72. (more…)