Meet the Ladies of 1980s Wrestling

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Late 80s female wrestling was a campy cheese-fest that will never be equaled.  The cast of wild characters and insanely tacky costumes made for a rollicking good time.  Sadly, it only maintained its heightened level of batshit-crazy for a few precious years.   Whether it was GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) or the gals from the WWF, there was a confluence of bad hair and garish attire that is still unrivaled.  It was as if all the girls from hair-metal music videos got together and formed a wrestling league of superheroes and super-villains. Truly,  a wonder to behold.

So, let’s have a look at the cast of characters from the grand old years of 1987 and 1988….

Wendy Richter

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Wendi Richter had a strong connection with Cyndi Lauper – indeed, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” was her entrance theme, and Cyndi served as her manager for a time.

Misty Blue

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Misty was the champion of the red-white-and-blue; the ultimate good-girl who battled the forces of anti-American evil.

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Madusa Miceli

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This is totally spelled wrong. Her name was Madusa Miceli.  Madusa is short for “Made in the USA”.

Baby Doll

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Queen Kong

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Jamie West, Whitney Hansen and Misty Blue

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Elektra

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Tina Ferrari

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Bambi

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Bambi’s arch-rival was the aforementioned Madusa  Miceli.  Bambi lasted in the wrestling biz a longer than most of these ladies; she was still fighting in WOW (Women of Wrestling) in 2001.

Elizabeth

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Elizabeth’s main squeeze was none other than Macho Man Randy Savage

California Doll

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Candy Devine

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Brandi Mae and Malibu

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Would you believe there was a bad-girl wrestler literally named “The Terrorist”?  This simply would not fly today.

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Fallen Angel

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This is too terrible for words.  Sorry to subject you to this.

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Missy Hyatt

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Missy Hyatt was supposed to be a Paris Hilton-esque spoiled little rich girl.

Bodyguard Venus, Kat Laroux, Linda Dallas and Mad Dog Debbie

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Hollywood

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Vine

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Get it? Hollywood and Vine?  (ugh)

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