The Women Of Wrestlemania: Celebrating 26 Years of Broken Tradition
Wrestlemania. The "Be All End All" event of the year. That time where we witness epic matches, new beginnings, and great endings. Its WWE's biggest PPV of the year and the chance for all participants to show us what they're made of. Well, except for the Divas.
For 26 years, we have witnessed countless Wrestlemania moments. For some reason, however, the Divas are underrepresented. Do you know how many WWE Women's Championship matches have taken place on the Grandest Stage of them All? 11.
This means that, on average, 42 percent of Wrestlemanias have featured a Women's Title match. Needless to say, that's pathetic.
Another interesting fact is that the very first Wrestlemania did not feature a WWF Championship match, but it did, however, feature a WWF Women's Championship match.
So why the under-representation? I guess in the earlier years, Divas talent wasn't exactly top notch or as various as it became and with the addition of big names such as Mr. T, Muhammed Ali, and other stars of the time, they must've been too busy to care about the Divas.
But when the roster started expanding and including the likes of Luna Vachon, Alundra Blayze, and Chyna, couldn't they have thrown us a bone and consistently made Women's Title matches for the biggest event of the year? Or at least give us Divas matches every year?
Because it wasn't until Wrestlemania XIV that we started receiving at least one Divas match a year, though one could argue that this was the period in which the roster began changing into the "Golden Age" of Women's Wrestling in WWE, though it wasn't for another four years after that that we saw the likes of Jazz, Trish Stratus, and Lita enter the Grandest Stage of them All. Let's take a brief look at the history of the women of Wrestlemania:
At the first Wrestlemania, recent Hall of Famer Wendi Richter defeated Leilani Kai to become the new WWF Women's Champion.
Wrestlemania II saw The Fabulous Moolah successfully defend her Women's Title against Velvet McIntyre.
At Wrestlemania VI, Sapphire and Dusty Rhodes defeated Randy Savage and "Sensational" Queen Sherri in mixed tag team action.
Wrestlemania X saw Alundra Blayze retain the Women's title against Leilani Kai.
Marc Mero and Sable defeated "The Artist Formerly Known as Goldust" and Luna Vachon at Wrestlemania XIV.
At Wrestlemania XV, Sable successfully defended her title against Tori.
Wrestlemania 2000 (16 for those who may be confused) saw two Diva matches or at least matches that featured Divas. The first was a "Catfight" between Terri Runnels and the Kat, which saw Runnels walk away with the victory.
The second bout saw Scotty 2 Hotty, Grand Master Sexay, and Chyna defeat the Radicalz (Eddie Guerrero, Perry Saturn, and Dean Malenko).
Wrestlemania X7 featured Chyna defeating Ivory to become the new Women's Champion.
Wrestlemania X8, the last Mania before WWF was forced to change its name to WWE, saw the first ever Triple Threat match match for the Women's Title to be held at Mania. Jazz successfully defended the Women's title against Lita and Trish Strauts.
Also at the event, Molly Holly became the Hardcore Champion by pinning Hurricane under 24/7 rules. She lost the title to Christian later in the evening.
Wrestlemania XIX featured two Diva matches: Another Triple Threat for the Women's title, featuring Trish Stratus defeating then-Champion Victoria and Jazz to become the new Women's Champion; and Stacy Keibler and Torrie Wilson in a Cat Fight against the Miller Lite Catfight Girls, which went to a no contest.
Wrestlemania XX featured a similar card as the previous year: 1 championship match and one weird gimmick match.
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Victoria successfully defended the Women's title against Molly Holly, which also caused Molly Holly to be shaved bald. Torrie Wilson and Sable defeated Miss Jackie and Stacy Keibler in an "Evening Gown Match."
At Wrestlemania 21, then-heel champion Trish Stratus defeated Christy Hemme.
In Mickie James' debut Mania (Wrestlemania 22), she defeated Trish Stratus to become the new Women's champion. Also featured was Torrie Wilson and Candice Michelle in a "Playboy Pillow Fight."
At Wrestlemania 23, Melina defeated Ashley in a Lumberjill match to retain her Women's Championship.
Wrestlemania XXIV saw Beth Phoenix and Melina defeat Maria and Ashley in tag team action.
Wrestlemania 25 (or the 25th Anniversary of Wrestlemania as it is also known) featured a 25 Diva Battle Royal to crown "Miss Wrestlemania" which saw "Santina" Marella come out on top.
At Wrestlemania XXVI, LayCool, Vickie Guerrero, Alicia Fox, and Maryse defeated Mickie James, Gail Kim, Eve Torres, Kelly Kelly, and Beth Phoenix in a 5 on 5 tag match.
If you notice, the last 3 Wrestlemanias have not featured a Women's title match. In fact, a few months after Wrestlemania 24 saw the creation of the Divas Title. If anything we should've seen more Diva title matches. Not less (and by less, I mean none).
Wrestlemania started out its history with a Divas match every few years. Then, with the addition of Chyna, Trish Stratus, Jazz, and other noteworthy Divas, we saw one or two every year!
Now, with the coming of PG, we have seen only one Divas match a year at Mania, but with nothing on the line. This could be a sign that WWE has given up on the Divas division.
However, with Natalya recently receiving the Divas title and a Divas Tables Match being announced for this Sunday's TLC PPV, perhaps WWE is willing to try again and will perhaps include a Divas' Title Match at Wrestlemania XXVII. Only time will tell on that one.
As you now know, the WWE Divas have always gotten the short end of the stick. With the likes of Trish Stratus, Lita, Victoria, Jazz, and now Mickie James gone, WWE seems to have focused even less on the Divas, though still keeping them on the card somehow.
Still, no one can deny that, despite being underrepresented in the history of Mania, the WWE Divas have definitely done their part to help shape the event into what it is today!
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