Wendi Richter
Professional wrestler
Wendi Richter
Wendi Richter is a retired American professional wrestler. She began her professional wrestling career in companies such as the National Wrestling Alliance, where she teamed with Joyce Grable, with whom she held the NWA Women's World Tag Team Championship twice. In the 1980s, she joined the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). She held the WWF Women's Championship twice and feuded with The Fabulous Moolah over the title.
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Expectations, Standards, and Women's Wrestling
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
The Diva's championship match between AJ Lee and Kaitlyn that took place at WWE Payback on June 16 in Chicago has earned a lot of praise from both fans and pundits alike. In the span of 10 minutes, they exceeded the expectations of many (including myself) and put on one of the better Diva's matches of late. Some even went so far as to call the match great and the second best match of the night. Throwing the word "great" out there is a step too far and demonstrates a major roadblock with why we don't have great women's wrestling in WWE -- our expectations and standards are just too damn low. So much of the praise and accolades for the match are tinged with the backhanded and ever present "for a Divas/women's match" qualifier. If we are judging AJ vs. Kaitlyn by the same standards that we would a men's match, it was simply decent and not much more than that. If it sounds like I am trying to denigrate women's wrestling, that is not the case. I am denigrating what WWE lam ...
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Video: Road Warrior Animal returns to WWE on Smackdown to squash Heath Slater
Cageside Seats - over 4 years
The Heath Slater squash by a World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) legend has moved to Smackdown. Indeed, last night's (July 20, 2012) episode featured Slater vowing to break the streak of embarrassments he's suffered on Monday Night Raw courtesy of a long list of legends from times past that includes but is not limited to: Mick Foley, Vader, Sycho Sid, Cyndi Lauper, Wendi Richter, Roddy Piper, Diamond Dallas Page, Doink the Clown, and Bob Backlund. You can add Road Warrior Animal to the list, as he returned to deliver more punishment to "The One Man Band." Unless we get another segment like this on the 1,000th episode of Raw next week, this could be the last one. Anyone else as sad as me about that?
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On This Date in WWE History: Saturday Night's Main Event debuts on NBC in 1985
Cageside Seats - almost 5 years
Nowadays, we take the amount of wrestling we can easily watch for granted. Sure, WWE Raw is hit or miss and Impact is pretty much unwatchable for the most part but between those two programs, Smackdown, NXT, Superstars and Ring of Honor for some of you, there's nearly 10 hours of wrestling programming to soak in each and every week. It didn't used to be this way so when Saturday Night's Main Event debuted on this date in 1985, it was a pretty big deal, made even bigger by the fact it was on a broadcast network, NBC, and not one of those fancy channels you had to pay for. Who am I, Gordon Gekko? Featuring Wendi Richter defending her WWE Women's Championship against The Fabulous Moolah and Hulk Hogan, in a rare TV appearance, battling "Cowboy" Bob Orton, the show was an instant success and ran for seven years before being brought back in 2006 to a less than enthusiastic response. Check out the introduction for the very first show, 27 years ago, after the jump. ...
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9 Greatest Female Pro Wrestlers - Total Pro Sports (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Wendi Richter was greatest female wrestler of the 1980s, and one of the few to achieve real mainstream pop-icon status. In a stroke of pure genius, in 1984 the WWF formed a partnership with MTV and Cyndi Lauper (the Lady GaGa of the early 80s) to
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Ken Doane Update, Divas Convention Set, Raven Note - Wrestling Inc.
Google News - over 5 years
On Saturday, K&S Wrestlefest has their big gathering of female wrestling talent, featuring Torrie Wilson, Terri Runnels, Wendi Richter, Debra, Sojourner Bolt, Madusa, Heidi Lee Morgan, Shelly Martinez, Asya, Stacy Carter, Chyna, Mike McGuirk,
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WWE: Power Ranking 25 of the Best Wrestlers of the 1970s - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
She lost the title to Wendi Richter to help usher in the "Rock and Wrestling" Era. From 1970 to 1977, Chief Jay Strongbow was a fixture in the WWWF as a popular face in wrestling. Strongbow was an excellent tag team wrestler, having captured the WWWF
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What happened to long WWE title reigns? - Yahoo! Sports
Google News - over 5 years
When the original Women's Championship was created in 1956, the Fabulous Moolah held the belt for nearly 28 years before Wendi Richter shocked the world. I remember when I was younger; it meant something to me when the announcers would say here comes
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Sheamus Name-Drops TNA + Chyna Issues? - Daily DDT
Google News - over 5 years
Other talent scheduled to appear include Wendi Richter, Rockin' Robin, Sojourner Bolt, Debra McMichael, Cherry, Terri Runnels, Asya, Mike Mcguirk, Heidi Lee Morgan, Madusa, Shelly Martinez, Torrie Wilson, Stacy Carter, Fit Finlay, Isis the Amazon and
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Pro Wrestling: The 50 Most Controversial Figures in Wrestling History - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Wendi Richter was one of the best female wrestlers during The Rock N' Wrestling Connection that brought WWE mainstream in the 1980s. Accompanied by Cyndi Lauper, Richter regained the Women's Championship at the first WrestleMania
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WWE: 33 Most Controversial Moments in WWE History (w/ Video) - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Often called the Original Screwjob, Wendi Richter got a bad hand dealt to her on this night. Richter was the Women's Champion and was having trouble signing a new contract. In a match at Madison Square Garden in 1985, Richter was slated to wrestle a
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Embrouilles, caprices, gaffes : Vos stars de la chanson dans tous leurs états ! - Pure People
Google News - over 5 years
Au milieu des années 80, celle-ci est même la manager de la championne Wendi Richter et en tant que telle, "elle s'y connaît en règlements" (de compte ?). Invitée justement à annoncer les règles de délibération des MTV Video Music Awards en 1984,
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DDP/Nash News, SD! Note, All-Female Convention, RAW - Wrestling Inc.
Google News - over 5 years
The convention includes Wendi Richter, Madusa, Asya, Terri Runnels, Debra Marshall, Heidi Lee Morgan and more. -- Mitchell Ayre sent this in: This week on Pay TV in Australia, WWE RAW was #41 of the top 50 Metropolitan shows, and #91 of all shows with
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WWE: Chyna and 25 Past and Present Wrestlers We Wish Would Steer Clear of Porn - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Moolah may have been around for the Original Screwjob to Wendi Richter, but Moolah was always a company woman and never would have done anything like porn. Giant Gonzalez's outfit already alludes to the idea of him being naked
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These Women Aren't 'Divas,' They're Wrestlers - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
But, the presence of women's wrestling ebbed and flowed through the decades seeing a surge in the mid-1980s thanks to women like Wendi Richter and the launch in the 1986 of the mostly comedy sketch show Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling
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WWE Divas Need a Boost: A Thought on a Dying Division by the Mind of Mambo - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
The likes of Wendi Richter and Velvet McIntyre were able to claim the historic, coveted belt. Later on, other WWE female superstars emerged to the top of their division. Until her departure for WCW, Alundra Blayze headlined a division that also
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WWE's Reaction To Zach Ryder's YouTube Videos, Kane, Divas - Wrestling Inc.
Google News - almost 6 years
Names announced thus far for "Hot Summer's Night" are WWE Hall of Famer Wendi Richter, former WWE Women's Champion Rockin' Robin, Isis the Amazon and former TNA Knockout Sojo Bolt. Former WWE star Finlay will also be on hand for the event as a vendor
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WWE Divas: Kharma and the 25 Best Wrestling Divas of All Time - Bleacher Report
Google News - almost 6 years
This might be a little low for Wendi Richter but unfortunately for her, I didn't see much of her career. From everything I've read, she was a fantastic wrestler and paved the way for many of the current WWE Divas. She left WWE in the late 1980s after
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The Remix; LADY KILLERS
NYTimes - almost 12 years
If you look at today's professional female wrestlers, with their plus-size pecs and spandex silhouettes, the word ''lady'' isn't the first thing that comes to mind. But according to the ''golden gals of wrestling,'' like Ella Waldek, pictured here, the early stars of the sport were ladies first, wrestlers second. In ''Lipstick and Dynamite,'' a
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Wendi Richter
    FIFTIES
  • 2012
    Age 50
    On the June 16, 2012 episode of Raw, Richter appeared in a in-ring segment along with Cyndi Lauper, Roddy Piper and then-Diva's Champion Layla as part of the "1000th episode" buildup.
    More Details Hide Details Piper expressed his gratitude to Richter and Lauper for their "Rock 'N Wrestling" angle and presented Lauper with a gold record, with which she eventually hit Heath Slater, who at the time had a gimmick of insulting veteran Superstars before getting his comeuppance. Wendi Richter grew up in Dallas, Texas, and before she entered the sport of professional wrestling, she worked on her family's ranch and took part in rodeo competitions. She attended Bossier High School, where she participated in volleyball, track, and cross-country. She later majored in computer programming at Dallas's Draughon's Business College. In the 1980s, she moved to Crystal River, Florida. After leaving the business, Richter worked as a real estate agent. She also returned to school for 13 years, earning a degree in physical therapy and a Master's degree in occupational therapy. Aside from therapy, Richter competes in dog shows, including the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. She was once married to Hugo Savinovich, an announcer for the WWF.
  • FORTIES
  • 2010
    Age 48
    In 2010, Richter was offered induction in the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2010, which she accepted.
    More Details Hide Details She was inducted by Roddy Piper. In contrast of her shoot interviews, her speech spoke fondly of her wrestling career and how the WWE Divas thanked her for her influence. Richter's speech ended joyfully, exclaiming "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!"
  • 2005
    Age 43
    In the years after her retirement, Richter was uninvolved with wrestling. In a 2005 shoot interview, she expressed disgust towards the portrayal of women in the WWE product, and was still hurt over her WWF exit.
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    On January 29, 2005, Richter appeared at WrestleReunion in an eight-woman tag team match (teaming with Bambi, Malia Hosaka, and Jenny Taylor wrestling against Sherri Martel, Peggy Lee Leather, Krissy Vaine, and Amber O'Neal.
    More Details Hide Details In August of that same year, Richter appeared at the second WrestleReunion event, WrestleReunion 2, in a six-person tag team match.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1988
    Age 26
    On December 13, 1988, she participated in a mixed tag team match at SuperClash III with partners The Top Guns (Ricky Rice and Derrick Dukes) against Badd Company (Paul Diamond and Pat Tanaka) and Madusa Miceli.
    More Details Hide Details Richter's team won the match when she pinned Miceli.
  • 1987
    Age 25
    Richter surfaced in the American Wrestling Association (AWA) in 1987 to challenge champion Madusa Miceli for the AWA Women's Championship, winning the title in December 1988.
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    Upon leaving the WWF, Richter wrestled in Puerto Rico, Japan, and throughout the United States in independent promotions. In Puerto Rico's World Wrestling Council, she traded the WWC Women's Championship with Monster Ripper, holding the belt twice: once in May 1987 and once in July 1987.
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  • 1985
    Age 23
    In 1985, after losing and then regaining the title from rival Leilani Kai at the inaugural WrestleMania, Richter was scheduled to defend her women's title at Madison Square Garden on November 25 of that same year against a mysterious masked opponent known only as The Spider.
    More Details Hide Details During the match, The Spider broke from the pre-scripted events and pinned Richter's shoulders to the mat. The referee—who was in on the plan—delivered a swift three count, despite Richter kicking out after a count of one. Richter ignored the bell and continued to attack the Spider, unmasking the new champion to reveal that it was The Fabulous Moolah in disguise. It was reported that the plan to rid Richter of the title was concocted by WWF Chairman Vince McMahon, who brought in Moolah after Richter refused to sign a new contract with the WWF. Richter, however, claims she was still under her original five-year contract, but that she regularly had disagreements with McMahon about her compensation. She also claims that when she arrived at the arena that day, she was surprised to find Moolah backstage, as she never showed up to events at which she was not scheduled to wrestle. After the match, an infuriated Richter left the arena in her wrestling gear, took a cab to the airport, and booked herself on a flight out of New York. Afterward, she never spoke to Moolah again.
    Richter faced Moolah's protégé, Leilani Kai, who defeated Richter for the title, in early 1985 at The War to Settle the Score.
    More Details Hide Details She regained the title at the first WrestleMania one month later. While wrestling for the WWF, Richter referred to herself as "150 pounds of twisted steel and sex appeal". Richter was also animated for a CBS Saturday morning cartoon, Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling. In addition, she appeared in Lauper's music video for "She Bop".
  • 1984
    Age 22
    Richter defeated Moolah at MTV's The Brawl to End it All for the Women's Championship on July 23, 1984, with Richter lifting her own shoulder off the canvas during a double-pinfall situation while Moolah's shoulders remained down.
    More Details Hide Details With the win, she ended what was billed as the longest championship reign in professional wrestling history (Moolah's 28-year reign as recognized by the WWF; in reality she had lost the title several times between 1956 and 1978, and Richter's win had in reality only ended a nearly seven-year reign by Moolah as champion). The broadcast of the women's match earned MTV its largest ratings in history up to that point. This match was also the beginning of the "Rock 'n' Wrestling Connection", an era that combined both music and professional wrestling.
    In April 1984, Richter teamed with Peggy Lee for a series of matches with old rivals Velvet McIntyre and Princess Victoria.
    More Details Hide Details WWF owner Vince McMahon brought in Cyndi Lauper for a feud with Lou Albano (who had appeared as Lauper's dad in her Girls Just Want to Have Fun music video). As a result, in a match, Albano seconded WWF Women's Champion Fabulous Moolah, while Lauper was in the corner of Wendi Richter.
  • 1983
    Age 21
    Richter returned stateside signing with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in late 1983.
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    Richter and Grable continued their rivalry with McIntyre and Martin into April 1983 in Verne Gagne's American Wrestling Association.
    More Details Hide Details In May, the team reformed in Stampede Wrestling in matches against McIntyre and Penny Mitchell. The team also won the NWA Women's World Tag Team Championship twice.
  • 1982
    Age 20
    In early 1982, Richter tag teamed with Moolah against Velvet McIntyre and Princess Victoria for three matches for the World Wide Wrestling Federation.
    More Details Hide Details Richter was later paired with Joyce Grable, with whom she also trained for six weeks, to form a tag team called The Texas Cowgirls. In late 1982, they wrestled in a series of matches in Canada's Stampede Wrestling against Velvet McIntyre and Judy Martin. She continued her feud with McIntyre in Bill Watts' Mid-South Wrestling Association, where she was defeated twice.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1979
    Age 17
    Wendi Richter was trained at The Fabulous Moolah's Lillian Ellison School of Professional Wrestling by Lelani Kai, Judy Martin and Joyce Grable and made her professional debut in 1979.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1961
    Born
    Born on September 6, 1961.
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