Back in the 1980′s, many of the big wrestling promotions like the World Wrestling Federation, World Class Championship Wrestling and Jim Crockett Promotions were trying to make their mark with supercards, especially around the early times of pay-per-view. The American Wrestling Association was also getting involved – it had already drawn 20,000 fans with its Super Sunday show in 1983, and in 1986, had its next foray into supercards with WrestleRock at the Hubert H. Humphrey (HHH) Metrodome in Minneapolis, MN, which opened with a fabulously bad rap, proving that Shawn Michaels really isn’t musical…
23,000 AWA fans watched the 16 match show at the venue, with the promotion’s women taking part in a battle royal as part of March 8, featuring Joyce Grable, Kat LeRoux, Sensational Sherri Martel, Rose Divine, Taylor Thomas, Despina Montega, Misty Blue Simmes, Debbie Combs, Luna Vachon (amusingly introduced an Leona Vachon by ring announcer Gary Capetta), and then-Women’s Champion Candi Divine. (more…)
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…)
While being interviewed for the new WWE 13 video game, Amy “Lita” Dumas explained the difference between the Divas now and the ones from the Attitude era:
I think the women of The Attitude Era really did a good job at figuring out who they were and what they wanted to portray to the fans. So each woman was such an individual — you were never going to get Lita and Ivory confused. You’re not going to get the two confused, as opposed to now, is it the hot athletic girl with the short shorts on? No, it’s the other hot athletic girl with the short shorts on.
It’s harsh, but fair, and she has a point.
There are eight women on the main roster who are considered wrestlers rather than valets or managers, and for the most part, they are interchangeable curvy shapes with little character to speak of. The obvious exception which jumps out is AJ Lee, who despite being tiny, geeky and – compared to the others but probably not in real life – could be considered mousey or plain, is the most developed personality of all the women who step into the ring… and that’s something that Dumas pointed out:
I think it’s interesting to see the Divas of today and to see who the fans are attaching to. Obviously, right now, it’s AJ Lee, who’s not the strongest; she’s not one of those classically hot chicks. But she sets herself apart, and you have emotion when she’s out there and you get a sense of who she is, and so I think that’s really cool to see the kid that wasn’t supposed to make it being the one that’s out there, and that’s who the fans want to know more about.
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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