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Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
Today's WWE "Divas" owe their position in the sport (and livlehood) to the efforts and tribulations of the female wrestlers such as Moolah and Mae Young who were turned into comedic caricatures by the WWF/WWE during the first decade of the 21st century.

After the virtual nationwide triumph of the NWA in the late 1940s, female wrestling did not get any more support than it did when the pro-wrestling world was completely broken up into regions and seperate promotions. Lady wrestlers were looked down upon and considered a sideshow one step above the midget wrestlers.

The ladies found support from promoters like Billy Wolfe who treated women's wrestling as a legitimate part of the sport, and superstars like Nature Boy Buddy Rogers who worked with and trained Nell Stewart, the Fabulous Moolah, and others. Wolfe was, in fact, married to superstar pioneer woman wrestler Mildred Burke.

Unfortunately, the majority of today's fans have no knowledge of not only the founding wrestlers of the WWWF such as Buddy Rogers, but are completely ignorant of the contribution of the pioneers of women's wrestling such as Mildred Burke, June Beyers, Penny Banner, Judy Grable, Nell Stewart, Moolah, Mae Young, etc.

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MILDRED BURKE


JUNE BEYERS


PENNY BANNER


NELL STEWART


NELL STEWART BODY SLAMS NATURE BOY BUDDY ROGERS DURING TRAINING


MAE YOUNG IN HER HEYDAY BEFORE BEING REDUCED TO A COMIC FIGURE BY WWE



THE GREATEST WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPION IN HISTORY - THE FABULOUS MOOLAH
 

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The sad thing is Moolah used the fact she was one of the few women's wrestlers to be the most ridiculously evil bitch about anything ever.
 

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what is the point of this?
The point of the thread is to open today's fans up to some of the history of pro-wrestling. The present day, typical wrestling fan's knowledge of the history of the sport begins and ends with the "Rock and the Sock" and Trish Stratus' bouncing tits.

I'm not trying to reach "fans" like the poster who wrote, "Literally couldnt care less about any of them, wheres the tits and ass ?" Nor, was this thread meant for "fans" like the one who posted, "People Like Lita Trish Victoria Jazz are pioneers too not just some form the 50's 80's etc." I'm hoping that there are fans out there that want to know something of the colorful history of professional wrestling.

Knowing the history of the sport does NOT denegrate what you are watching today. It will just help you to understand how we got to where we are and get to know who the major players were back in the day.

- Mike
 
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I love stuff like this, the history of women's wrestling is fascinating.
 

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The point of the thread is to open today's fans up to some of the history of pro-wrestling. The present day, typical wrestling fan's knowledge of the history of the sport begins and ends with the "Rock and the Sock" and Trish Stratus' bouncing tits.

I'm not trying to reach "fans" like the poster who wrote, "Literally couldnt care less about any of them, wheres the tits and ass ?" Nor, was this thread meant for "fans" like the one who posted, "People Like Lita Trish Victoria Jazz are pioneers too not just some form the 50's 80's etc." I'm hoping that there are fans out there that want to know something of the colorful history of professional wrestling.

Knowing the history of the sport does NOT denegrate what you are watching today. It will just help you to understand how we got to where we are and get to know who the major players were back in the day.

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Good luck with that Mike.
 

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The biggest problem for me when it comes to 'classic' ladies wrestling is that footage isn't easy to come by. I'm aware of the broad strokes but it's hard to gauge the work without seeing it.
 

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Good luck with that Mike.
Yeah, I see what you mean! :faint:

Well, I'm sure there are fans out there who are interested in learning something. :shocked:

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I'm hoping that there are fans out there that want to know something of the colorful history of professional wrestling.
Dude, your post are among the best on this entire forum and I would love to see more threads like this. I have been hoping you would do a thread on Buddy Rogers like the ones that we have been doing with stars from the 80's.

What is the story behind Moolah's 28 year reign? I had heard something like there were titles merged together or something.
 

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I don't think you understand the meaning of the word "pioneer".



I wasn't around anywhere near the era of these women, but I think it's pretty cool.
It must have been weird back then for a woman to want to be a wrestler. I wonder what some people thought about it.
I can only imagine the kind of hate they got. Hell there were people still not comfortable with Chyna in the late 90's
 
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