CvC: Wendi Richter, The Original WWE Diva

Matthew HesterSenior Writer IJuly 30, 2009

Hello everyone. As always, I would like to thank all of you for spending a few moments with me today.

Throughout the history of the WWE we have had many fine grapplers make there presence known. That is why this CvC, peaked my interest so much. We have seen some fine entrees put in so far.

Well it is about time I finally threw in my two cents into the conversation. The woman I would like to discuss is Wendi Richter. It can easily argued that not only was Wendi the first WWE diva, but also the best WWE diva.

She was trained by the Fabulous Moolah in 1979 at the Lillian Ellison school for women’s wrestlers. She would quickly make a name for herself in Japan, NWA, WWWF and Stampede Wrestling.

It wasn’t until 1983 when she graced the WWF; that her presence would truly be felt. She brought sense of style, sex appeal, and ring abilities that would go on to change how many viewed female grapplers.

She started off with some minor feuds at first with some of her old buddies. It was when Vince incorporated The Rock and Wrestling Connection that Wendi separated herself from the rest of the pack.

Wendi would join forces with Cyndi Lauper and feud with Lou Albano and Moolah. This feud would lead up to a match on MTV's "The Brawl to End it All." Wendi would go on to defeat Moolah, and end the longest championship reign in wrestling history.

Her career and popularity in the WWE would skyrocket after that. She was soon used as a spokesperson of sorts for younger generations of fans. She had successfully brought women’s wrestling into the mainstream.

With phrases like "150 pounds of twisted steel and sex appeal" it is easy to see why she was such a hot commodity. Her merchandise would fly of the shelves and was soon wrestling’s fantasy girl for the young men growing up.

She would lose the title to Leilani Kai at the "War to Settle the Score" in 1985. It was a temporary setback though, because she would regain the belt a month later at WrestleMania. It wasn’t long after that she was appearing in music videos and even in cartoons.

Her success would come to an abrupt end though in 1985. In what people call the original screw job, she was fast-counted out of the title against the Spider Lady in a match at MSG. After the match, it was revealed that the Spider Lady was Moolah.

This was never acknowledged or confirmed by Vince, but it was believed the reason for the screw job was because Richter refused to renew her contract with the WWF.

After that match, Wendi would leave the arena and never be seen again in the WWF.

She would continue to wrestle in Puerto Rico, Japan, and in other Indy promotions. She never would recapture the fame and glory again that she had with the WWF though.

The closest she ever came to it was in 1987 when she would win the AWA title. She would go on to challenge and beat Medusa for the belt. A little later though she would wind up leaving the AWA, and quit wrestling forever.

After her wrestling career, she would decide to settle down and have a family. She would even go on to have a successful career as a real estate agent in Florida. Like most wrestlers, though the competition is always in your blood.

She would get bitten by the ring bug once again and would return to the ring in 2005. Wendi would appear at Wrestle Reunion and team up with some of her older pals. She still holds a grudge against Vince, though.

She was contacted by Vince to appear in the diva battle royal at wrestlemania 25, she declined Vince’s offer.

Wendi Richter's career is one that can’t be measured in length. She opened the doors for modern female grapplers. If not for her there may not be such divas as Lita, Trish, or Chyna.

She was a classy gal, and should have her part in wrestling history recognized.

Thank you once again for spending some time with me today.

As always, have a great day and god bless.

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