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The Fabulous Moolah vs Wendi Richter


The Fabulous Moolah vs Wendi Richter

Cyndi Lauper

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Girls Just Want to Have Fun
In 1983, Capt. Lou Albano appeared in Cyndi Lauper's Girl's Just Want to Have Fun video. Lou Albano started taking credit for Lauper's success. After several weeks of yelling at each other on Piper's Pit, it was decided that Lauper would manage Wendi Richter against Albano's client the Women's Champion, the Fabulous Moolah, who according to the WWE was the Women's Champion for almost 30 straight years.

The Brawl to End it All
On July 23, 1984, the big match was broadcast on a new network called MTV. With Cyndi's involvement, the match was national news. Wendi Richter won the title that night and Lauper’s debut was successful. After a few months, Lou Albano became a good guy and Lauper’s friend. However, the Fabulous Moolah became a manager that wanted the title back.

War to Settle the Score, WrestleMania, & the Return of Wrestling to National TV
On February 18, 1985, Wendi Richter lost the title to Lelani Kai when she tried to help Cyndi who was beaten up by Moolah. At next month's WrestleMania, Wendi won back her title with Cyndi Lauper by her side. A few weeks later, NBC broadcast the first Saturday Night's Main Event. One of the feature matches that night featured Wendi Richter beat the Fabulous Moolah. Even though she was banned from ringside, Lauper came out to celebrate Richter's victory. This would mark the final appearance for Lauper at ringside. Both Richter & Moolah became very famous and both were featured animated characters in the Saturday morning cartoon, Hulk Hogan’s Rock-n-Wrestling.

The Conclusion
Prior to her November 25, 1985 title defense, in real-life, Wendi Richter didn't sign a contract that was presented to her. That night she fought the Spider Lady and was “allegedly” supposed to win the match, but was stunned when she was pinned by the Spider Lady after only the 1 count. After the match, she ripped the mask off the Spider Lady to find the Fabulous Moolah. This would be Richter’s final appearance in the WWE.

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