2. Jumping Bomb Angels
Most fans might not remember Noriyo Tateno and Itsuki Yamazaki. The duo known in the late 80s as the Jumping Bomb Angels brought an innovative style to women’s wrestling to the division in 1987 and 1988.
You may have only seen them a few times on WWF program but make no mistake, they were trailblazers. The former WWF Women’s Tag Team Champions, Tateno and Itsuki, came over from Japan. While their run with titles was short, they wrestled a style similar to the British Bulldogs. They were ahead of their time, working a high flying and fast-paced offense that Dynamite Kid and Davey Boy Smith popularized.
Noriyo Tateno and Itsuki Yamazaki were young, sensational, quick, and full of electricity. Would the Jumping Bomb Angels hold up in today’s wrestling landscape? Probably not because wrestling centers around a much more aggressive and athletic style.
However, the men rarely showcased the high spots and work rate that they did at the time. So, when these women wrestlers were delivering a flying crossbody, clotheslines, and a diving knee from the top rope and winning the WWF Women’s Tag Team Championship with a double dropkick from the high-rent district it was unheard of.
Their ranking towards the top of this list speaks more to their groundbreaking in-ring work rather than their success as they only held the WWF Women’s Tag Team Championship for 136 days. As noted earlier, The Glamour Girls, managed by Jimmy Hart, boasted a gaudy 1,157 day reign but they arguably never made the impact that the Jumping Bomb Angels did.