As you all know, it’s WrestleMania season.
So, in the run-up to the 33rd incarnation of ‘The Grandaddy of Them All’, I’ll be dropping some women’s WrestleMania statistics and articles.
This post highlights the women who managed to win championship gold at the big one.
Wendi Richter managed to topple Women’s Champion Leilani Kai to regain the title at the inaugural WrestleMania event.
Richter had Cyndi Lauper in her corner, as a result of the ground-breaking Rock ‘n’ Wrestling Connection occurring at the time, while Kai was supported by The Fabulous Moolah. The match went on eighth; in what has been come to be known as the “death-slot”, prior to the main event.
Sixteen years would pass before another women’s title change at WrestleMania.
Chyna destroyed Ivory to mark the end of their long-running feud, and beginning one of the most dominant reigns in the belts history.
Now, there was a triple-threat Women’s Championship match on the card; but Jazz walked in and out as champion. Molly Holly however, won her first championship in WWE at this WrestleMania; the Hardcore Championship.
Following a series of backstage segments and title changes, ‘Mighty’ Molly attacked newly-crowned champion The Hurricane with a frying pan. Molly would be pinned by Christian seconds later after being KO’d by the Canadian with a door.
Trish Stratus captured her record-tying fourth Women’s Championship in a triple-threat match, involving Jazz and champion Victoria.
After fending off an interfering Steven Richards and withstanding an extended beating at the hands of the heels, Trish pinned the champion following a stiff Chick Kick to walk out of WrestleMania with the title.
Chicago. Stratus. James. The Women’s Championship.
In early 2006, Mickie James was captivating audiences as the crazed super-fan of Women’s Champion Trish Stratus. A competitive match between two legends of women’s wrestling proved that given time and a story, women can generate interest in the biggest events.
Mickie polished off the narrative by capturing her first Women’s Championship in front of a raucous Chicago crowd.
Charlotte won what may be the best women’s match in WrestleMania history and with it, the new women’s title.
Three of the Four Horsewomen stole the show in Dallas, building a stable platform for a new and coveted championship while reaching the peak of women’s wrestling in the WWE. The match was sublime and featured impeccable storytelling and impressive athleticism.
Just like Trish and Mickie did in Chicago a full ten years earlier, these three women proved that with time and a story, women can generate interest in the biggest events.
There you have it; three championships, six women and six events in thirty-one years.
Do you think we’ll see another title change this year? With two Women’s Championship matches, it’s looking likely.
Furthermore, both Charlotte and Mickie James look to be the only women to make the list twice, what do you think the chances of that happening are?