The ladies of the '80s

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May 07, 2012

The ladies of the 1980s

A second-generation competitor, Rockin' Robin brought energy and exuberance to the Women’s Championship. Her firebrand style brought many fans into her camp. And did you know that at WrestleMania V, Robin opened the event by singing "America The Beautiful"!

WWE's ladies division was so active during the '80s that there was a Women’s Tag Team Championship. Probably the most recognizable holders of that honor were Judy Martin and Leilani Kai, collectively known as The Glamour Girls. Managed by "The Mouth of the South" Jimmy Hart, the platinum-haired duo generally had little trouble disposing of their opponents, until two imports from Japan arrived on the scene.

Now the names of Noriyo Tateno and Itsuki Yamazaki might not ring a bell, but WWE fans might very well remember them as The Jumping Bomb Angels. These two took WWE by storm, and were hot on The Glamour Girls’ trail. This rivalry led to Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, where on Jan. 24, 1988, at the first Royal Rumble event, The Angels ascended to the heights of becoming Women’s Tag Team Champions by defeating The Glamour Girls in a best two-out-of-three falls bout. Many veteran WWE pundits feel that contest was one of the greatest women’s matches ever held in a WWE ring.

Finally, there was one woman who made a huge impact in the '80s, yet she never competed in a match. Her skills were of the variety of being the beauty and brains behind the brawn. When she debuted in 1985, she was a veritable unknown, but she made an immediate impact on virtually everyone that she came in contact with.

Miss Elizabeth was introduced to the WWE Universe by Macho Man Randy Savage. When Savage entered WWE that same year, the fraternity of managers at that time were all offering a king’s ransom to secure Savage’s services. But the Macho Man said thanks, but no thanks, as he had chosen someone else. Enter Miss Elizabeth. She said very little, did very little, yet added so much by being at the Macho Man’s side.  She also did have her differences with Savage at the time when he and Hulk Hogan were collectively known as The Mega Powers, and even wound up in the corner of The Hulkster for a period of time. Of course, fast forward to 1991, and there was reconciliation with Savage at WrestleMania VII, and their eventual wedding at SummerSlam that year.

So when you chronicle the decade of the '80s, the argument can certainly be made that the females that participated both in and out of WWE rings carved their niche accordingly, and were the harbingers of things to come going forward.

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