History of Female Combat
Female combat has a long and rich tradition. In ancient Greece and Rome, women wrestled each other, while in some ancient African tribes, women wrestled against both women and men. In the South Pacific, almost 1,000 years ago, women and men alike wrestled and engaged in other martial arts as part of their spiritual and ritual practices. Women were wrestling in Europe at least 150 years ago, but there focus has become slightly more about costume and spectacle. By the time female combat was gaining popularity and attention in America in the early 1900s, the focus was almost always entertainment as opposed to female combat and athleticism.
Over the last century, women’s wrestling as a sport and as entertainment have both developed, sometimes growing apart and other times coming together. At the extreme end of exploitation and spectacle were organizations like Women of Wrestling (WOW) and Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW). Somewhere in the middle are the federations like WWF/WWE that showcase very talented female athletes, but do tend to relegate them to second class status and sex symbols much of the time while the men take the limelight. At the other end of the female combat spectrum are the high school, college, and amateur, and professional venues that are giving increasing support and attention to women’s wrestling as a competitive sport.
Problems Facing Advocates of Female Combat
There is a complex history of legal issues revolving around female combat. Starting at the high school level, where girls wanted to be afforded the equal right to train and compete, there were significant concerns--some of which became lawsuits and controversies. For some time, the dominant paradigm seemed to be that if a woman could try out for a wrestling team and face off against men competitively, then she could be a team member.
The problems here were immediately obvious. Many schools required their male wrestlers to forfeit to women when they came up against them in tournaments. In some cases, religious groups or parents would demand this of boys, even if their schools did not. There was a scandal in 1996 when the Texas Wrestling Officials Association decided they would disband entirely rather than officiate coed matches. No serious athletes, male or female, wanted this contention to detract from their sport.
The obvious conclusion was for schools at the high school and college level to have women’s wrestling programs, but many schools did not think there would be sufficient support or interest in female combat. California, Hawaii, and Texas led the way to proving otherwise in the 1990s. The decade started with only a few dozen girls wrestling at the high school level; by the turn of the millennium, Hawaii, Michigan, and Texas had State Championships for high school female wrestlers, and California had countless all-girl squads. Washington soon joined their ranks. Almost 5,000 girls are now wrestling at the high school level, and there are 21 varsity wrestling programs in North American colleges, most of which offer scholarships for their female wrestlers.
Female Combat around the World Today
Starting in 1987, there were World Championships for women’s wrestling; and, as of 2004, the sport was included in the Olympic Games with four weight classes invited to Athens. Wrestlers from 54 nations attended, 21 of which qualified. The first medal ever awarded in women’s wrestling at the Olympics went to an American--Patricia Miranda.
As female combat gains popularity competitively, women’s professional wrestling is really changing. Steel Kittens offers the best in professional women’s wrestling, combining the amazing athleticism of today’s best female combatants with the exciting showmanship that makes professional wrestling great entertainment as well as an exciting and challenging sport.
Check these three Vintage Classic Womens Wrestling videos below
"Retro Raslin' Wild Cats #073 Circa 1980’s"
8 Bikini and Catfights
Bikini Fights and Catfights - Circa 1960’s – 1970’s
From our Private Collection, Steel Kittens presents Retro Rasslin’ WildCats from the 1960’s to the 1970’s. Beautiful Babes in Bikini fights, Topless and Nude interracial Apt. Catfights. You won’t find these anywhere! Footage has been all digitized from 16mm or 8mm. Color with sound overlay.
"Vintage Women’s Professional Wrestling VA-70-23"
1. Mat Mayhem: Lori Ambroast vs. Hanna Vic – Bikini Fight 1970’s
2. Grappling Glamour Girls: Kelly Triado vs. Lori Ambroast – Bikini Fight 1970’s
3. Tami vs. Debi – Topless Bikini Fight 1970’s
4. Sally vs. Uschi – Topless Apt. Fight 1960’s
5. Kim vs. Delilah – Topless – Interracial Catfight 1970’s
6. Brenda vs. Sally – Nude – Interracial Catfight 1970’s
7. Lori vs. Sandy – Topless – Interracial Catfight 1970’s
8. Sally vs. B.J.- Topless – Interracial Catfight 1970’s
Match #1 - Penelope Paradise vs. Malia Hosaka
Match #2 - Baby Face Nellie vs. Jackie Moore
Match #3 - Sandy Partlow vs. Candi Devine
Match #4 - Penny Mitchell vs. Velvet McIntyre
Match #5 - Lisa Starr vs. “Awesome” Ondi Austin
Match #6 - Bambi vs. Peggy Lee Leather
Vintage Women’s Professional Wrestling from the late 80’s and early 90’s
Get ringside with the Super Stars of Vintage Professional Women’s Wrestling! See Penelope Paradise, Malia, Candi Devine, Jackie Moore, Lisa Starr, Peggy Lee Leather and more, in Pro Girl Matches! Serious Pro Wrestling, Serious Action! 6 Girl Matches!
"Vintage 50’s &, 60’s #VA-50-14"
1. Jackie West (White Suit) & Sharon Lee Vs Aggie Henry (Blonde) & Yvonne Jennings
2. Laura Del Rio Vs Jane O’Brien (Black Suit)
3. Jackie West Vs Sharon Lee (Blonde)
4. Sandy Partlow (Black Bikini) Vs Cheryl Day
5. Marlene (Orange Suit) Vs Rhonda Singh
6. Cheryl Day (Blue Suit) Vs Rhonda Singh
7. Casey Carr (Orange Suit) Vs Cheryl Day
8. Cheryl Day (Black Lingerie) Vs Lynn Black
9. Marlene Vs Cheryl Day (Blue Suit)
10. Jackie West Vs Jane O’Brien (Black Suit)
1 Tag Team Match, 1 Apartment House Match and 8 Pro Girls Matches | Vintage Professional Women’s Wrestling
Another silent 8mm film digital transfer of Mildred Burke’s films of the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s. Millie knew what men wanted and had pretty blonde Lynn Black battle Cheryl Day in lingerie in an apartment house match. Also we see here Rhonda Singh in two early matches with Marlene and then Cheryl Day. Millie trained Rhonda, sent her to Japan where she became “Monster Ripper” to the Japs and Rhonda stayed in the Orient for almost her entire career.
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