5. The Fabulous Moolah
The Fabulous Moolah is possibly the most controversial figure in women’s wrestling. So much so, that WWE was forced to remove her name from a memorial battle royal scheduled for WrestleMania 34 after outrage online.
With that said, Moolah was unquestionably the face of women’s wrestling for four decades.
It wouldn’t be a stretch to say her influence on the style of in-ring competition was regressive. Female performers fought for years to change the perception of women’s matches that she helped to create.
Still, Moolah remained the most famous female wrestler of all time well into the 80s.
In 1978. she bested Sue Green to start her fourth reign as NWA World Women’s Champion. After holding the title for six years, she sold the rights to it to WWE when she signed with the company in 1983.
This made her the inaugural WWE Women’s Champion. The company didn’t recognize any of the competitors Moolah faced throughout her tenure with the NWA. Instead, they combined her four reigns into one and she boasted a ludicrous 10,170-day reign, making her “the longest-reigning champion in professional wrestling history.”
This could be seen as narcissistic but it did make Wendi Richter’s win over her at The Brawl to End It All feel more special.
Moolah regained the title from Richter in dubious fashion in November of 1985 as The Spider Lady. She held the title for 220 days, losing it to Velvet McIntyre in 1986.
A week later, she defeated McIntyre to become the first three-time WWE Women’s Champion. This time she remained champion for a year before she lost to Sensational Sherri.
Moolah won the title for a fourth and final time at No Mercy 1999. At 76 years old, she was the oldest champion in the history of the belt.
4. Alundra Blayze
Alundra Blayze infamously threw the WWE Women’s Championship in the trash on the Dec. 18, 1995 episode WCW Monday Nitro. However, she rescued the title, that WWE had abandoned, from obscurity exactly two years prior.
In 1993, Blayze beat Heidi Lee Morgan in the finals of a six-woman tournament for the vacant title. She brought prestige to the title as one of the very best in-ring performers in its history during her initial 342-day reign.
During the New Generation Era, WWE built the women’s division around Blayze. At her request, they brought in better workers like Bull Nakano.
She and Alundra Blayze had a classic match together at SummerSlam 1994. In November, they competed for the title at AJW’s Big Egg Wrestling Universe at the world-renowned Tokyo Dome.
Nakano defeated Blayze at the event, but Alundra regained the title two months later on Raw. After 146 days, she surprisingly lost the belt Bertha Faye and won it a third time in October.
WWE released Alundra Blayze in December and she was subsequently blacklisted for 20 years following the incident on Nitro. However, she was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015.