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The Unofficial WWE Divas Discussion Forum

A Celebration of Female Dominance In WWE

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Welcome to the UNOFFICIAL WWE DIVAS COMMUNITY. Here, fans can discuss current and historic topics concerning the women of World Wrestling Entertainment, in the only LiveJournal community that covers all bases and facets of the WWE Women's Division.

Women's professional wrestling dates back to the 19th century, when old-time burlesque performer Josie Wahlford was crowned the first women's wrestling champion in history. Wahlford's ring conquests set the tone for what was to come in the 20th century, when all-time legends like 1930s women's champion Mildred Burke graced the squared circle. In 1956, Lillian Ellison, aka The Fabulous Moolah, became World Women's Champion for the very first time, winning the gold in a tournament final against Judy Grable. Aside from a few short breaks now and then, the Women's Championship and Moolah were inseperable for the next 28 years. On July 1, 1972, Moolah made her Madison Square Garden debut, defending her World Women's Championship against challenger Vicki Williams. This was the first women's match ever held at New York's Madison Square Garden, after the State Athletic Commission lifted their ban against women's wrestling. By 1984, the World Women's Title was sold to WWE, and a new era of women's wrestling began. On July 23, 1984, in a match broadcast live on MTV, Wendi Richter--a tough Texan who was actually trained by Moolah--won the WWE Women's Championship from her former teacher in Madison Square Garden. Richter, managed by pop music diva Cyndi Lauper, became a major impact player in the era of the "Rock 'n' Wrestling" Connection", right alongside none other than WWE Champion Hulk Hogan. The growth of women's wrestling was never more prevalent than it was on March 31, 1985, when a WWE Women's Championship match between champion Leilani Kai (trained and managed by the Fabulous Moolah) and challenger Wendi Richter was one of the headlining matches for the very first WrestleMania. In that contest, Richter regained her Championship, avenging the title loss she suffered to Kai the previous month. While the Women's Division was heating up in WWE, another soon-to-be-legendary femme fatale had arrived in the organization as a manager. Miss Elizabeth--a true lady in every sense of the word--was introduced to the world in the summer of 1985 as the new manager of "Macho Man" Randy Savage. For the remainder of the 1980s and into the early '90s, Elizabeth was one of WWE's most successful managers, guiding Savage to two WWE Championships and an Intercontinental Championship. She even managed Hulk Hogan during his second Championship reign in 1989.

On November 25, 1985, Moolah--in disguise as the "Spider"--regained her Women's Championship from Wendi Richter in Madison Square Garden. Aside from one week in July 1986 in which Moolah lost the Title to Irish-born Velvet McIntyre, "The Fabulous One" held on to the Championship for over a year and a half, before losing it to another one of her former students, "Sensational" Sherri Martel, on July 24, 1987. Sherri was a talented and gifted performer, but in the late-1980s, WWE was starting to de-emphasize the Women's Division. Rockin' Robin, the sister of the great Jake "The Snake" Roberts, won the Championship from Sherri on October 7, 1988 in Paris, France, but after a few televised title defenses, the WWE Women's Championship was abandoned. Sensational Sherri, meanwhile, became the manager of Randy Savage. Sherri's physical presence in Savage's matches served as a forerunner to 1990s female managers like Luna Vachon, Sunny, and Terri "Marlena" Runnels, all of whom also took more active roles in their men's matches. At that same time, WWE had revived the Women's Championship, with the Title wrapped around the waist of the talented Alundra Blayze, who won the gold on December 13, 1993 on Raw. Blayze was a fighting Champion, engaging in memorable contests with Japanese powerhouse Bull Nakano and with Mildred Burke trainee Bertha Faye. However, Alundra is also quite infamous in WWE circles, for vacating the Women's Championship by jumping to World Championship Wrestling (WCW), dropping the Women's Title belt in a trash can on an edition of Monday Nitro. This seemed to be the final nail in the coffin for the WWE Women's Division.

Or was it? The late 1990s saw the Women's Division experience its greatest boom period, one that continues to this day. Rena Mero had arrived in WWE as Sable, at the side of her husband "Wildman" Marc Mero. She initially arrived as an eye-candy valet, but before long, Sable was showing her physicality, using martial arts moves on Mero's opponents and eventually unveiling her own signature move, the Sable Bomb. Sable's popularity was so far-reaching that she became the first of three WWE Divas to grace Playboy Magazine (Chyna and Torrie Wilson have also appeared in Playboy). And then came the "Ninth Wonder of the World". Joanie Laurer arrived in WWE in 1997 as Chyna, the muscular female bodyguard for Triple H. No other 1990s WWE Diva served as a better symbol of female empowerment than Chyna. She would dismantle male competitors on a regular basis, and before long, she became the first female to win the Intercontinental Championship, destroying Jeff Jarrett in a Good Housekeeping match at No Mercy on October 17, 1999. Other top Divas from that era include Jacquelyn and Ivory, two rugged female Superstars who compete in WWE to this very day. The two have also given back to the business in a big way, serving as trainers for WWE's Tough Enough. Out of that series came three of today's most prominent WWE Divas; Nidia, Miss Jackie, and Shaniqua.

As the 20th century gave way to the 21st century, WWE saw its roster of Divas blossom like never before. Two of the organization's all-time great female Superstars, Trish Stratus and Lita, arrived within weeks of each other early in 2000. While the "Xtreme Diva" known as Lita has shown impressive aerial ability and overall toughness from the day she first set foot in WWE at the side of Essa Rios (later forming Team Xtreme with her longtime friends Matt and Jeff Hardy), Trish Stratus was, initially, almost a polar opposite. A former fitness model born in Toronto, Trish started out as a manager, eventually working her way up into a storyline involving herself with WWE Chairman Vincent K. McMahon in 2001. After she broke ties with Mr. McMahon by smacking him in his face at WrestleMania X-Seven, Trish began competing in the ring on a full-time basis. On November 18, 2001, Trish's hard work paid off when she won her first of four WWE Women's Championships in a six-pack challenge. The era of "Stratusfaction" was born. Today, the Divas of WWE are enjoying their brighest spotlight ever, with each individual Diva having a fan base as loyal as any male Superstar's. Stacy Keibler, Torrie Wilson, Dawn Marie have all become intriguing personalities. Alongside Trish and Lita comes an impressive roster of serious athletes, including Molly Holly, Victoria, Jazz, the exciting Gail Kim, and newcomers Alexis Laree and Lucy Furr (aka "Daffney" in her WCW days). And of course, leading the SmackDown! brand is one of WWE's most dominant females, General Manager Stephanie McMahon, the first female to gain a role as a figurehead commissioner of any kind in WWE history.

There is a whole lot more to look forward to in the future from the Divas of World Wrestling Entertainment. Their dominance shall continue, and we as fans will continue to cheer them on every step of the way!


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