Mildred Burke was everything the WWE pretends Moolah was: tremendous wrestler (she started as a shooter in carnivals), huge star (she headlined over men in the late 1940s and early 1950s), pioneer (her tours of Japan in the 1950s sparked the beginning of joshi puro - Burke’s world title was the top belt in All Japan Women starting in 1970), and none of this is known to anyone except huge nerds like me because Burke got blackballed from the industry by her scumbag husband Billy Wolfe after they divorced. Wolfe was tight with the NWA board, who sided with him against Burke, meaning she effectively couldn’t wrestle in any major North American territory from the mid-1950s on.
The ascent of Moolah - lousy wrestler, non-existent draw, appalling human being - was possible only because Burke was frozen out of the business by the NWA cartel.
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Sasha Banks, Bayley, Sonya Deville, Mandy Rose, Alexa Bliss and Mickie James had to go out Sunday night rush their careers to get a spot at Wrestlemania.
Ronda just walked in and signed her name and there it was. A WrestleMania spot.
I don't care if Ronda has been a big fan since she was freaking born. I don't care if Ronda was friends with one of the greatest. Even Aj freaking Styles didn't waltz right and just get a WrestleMania spot handed to him and he's one of the best in the ring.
These women work hard and risk everything every single night. They put everything on the line for something they not only love, but for something they bleed, sweat, cry and fight for. And I'm just supposed to be happy that some other woman from some other company is gonna take up a spot at the biggest stage of 'em all because she's a big deal elsewhere? Because Vince wants more money?
First ever Women's Royal Rumble, which was fucking fantastic, overshadowed by Ronda.
First ever Women's Elimination Chamber, which was pretty awesome, totally ignored because Ronda wants to point at the big freaking sign again.
Women's wrestling is about women who wrestle. Women who party for the right to fight. Women who against all odds have never quit doing the one thing they love the most. Wrestle.
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