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
"Vintage 80’s – Tape VA70-3"
1. Terri Power & Reggie Bennett Vs Denise Storm & La Gata
2. Malia Hosaka Vs Kat LeRoux
3. Susan Sexton & Heidi Lee Morgan Vs Comrade Orga & Peggy Patterson
4. The Fabulous Moolah Vs Dawn Marie
5. Wendi Richter Vs The Angel of Death
6. Shelly Francis Vs LeLani Kai
7. Madusa Miceli Vs Judy Martin
8. Penny Mitchell Vs Velvet McIntyre
9. Candi Devine & Rusty Thomas & La Gata Vs Cheryl Rusa & Malia Hosaka & Sweet Georgia Brown
10. Ondi Austin Vs Lisa Starr
11. The Beast Vs Magnificent Mimi
12. Bambi Vs Peggy Lee Leather
13. Reggie Bennett Vs Magnificent Mimi
3 Tag Teams & 10 Pro Girl Vintage Professional Women’s Wrestling Matches
New faces join the female ranks on this vintage professional women’s wrestling tape as Terri Power, Shelly Francis, Reggie Bennett, and Cheryl Rusa (Little Moe) join a bevy of champions. These aggressive and brutal matches feature the most glamorous girls of the 80s.
"Retro Raslin’ Gals #TAA-003"
1. Belle vs. Shelly
2. Devona vs. Lisa
3. Teri vs. Tara
4. Emily vs. Lisa
5. Lynn Marie vs. Shelly, topless
6. Emily vs. Ginger
7. Teri vs. Jill
Female Wrestling - Amateur Circa 1980’s
From our Private Collection, Steel Kittens brings you Retro Rasslin’ Gals, circa 1980’s.
This tape features highlights from American Angles. Amateur Female Wrestling featuring beautiful women in bikini wrestling matches, and a tag team match in sexy high back one piece swimsuits, that only the 80’s could bring.
"Retro Rasling Gals #050"
2 Pro Matches * 11 Girl Battle Royal
Retro Rasling Gals: Pro Style Women’s Wrestling Circa 1980’s
This Pro Style Wrestling tape is from the 1980’s, featuring some wrestling talent at the start of their careers like Reggie Bennett as the Cajun Queen, Belle as Tornado Red, Flame as her self. And Andy from Steel Kittens as Rock Candy. New talent like, the Devious Diva, Carmen De Las Fruitas, Littlest Angel, Galexina, and others. Shot in So. Calif, in front of a live audience and announced by Spice Williams.
The first match up is the Cajun Queen vs. Carmen where the looser thinks she was cheated out of the win. Next is the blonde bombshell Tornado Red against the Devious Diva who loves to cheat! Galexina fly’s in to disrupt the action and gangs up on Tornado!
Then the show sets up for an 11 girl Battle Royal for the belt!
This footage is a bit dated, but if you like a piece of Retro 80’s Wrestling, where big hair and the high cut thong was king, you’ll get a kick out of this video. Enjoy!
1. Cajun Queen vs. Carmen De Las Fruitas
2. Tornado Red vs. Devious Diva & Galexina
3. 11 Girl Battle Royal
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