Bull Nakano Thanks Madusa, WWE Universe In Emotional Hall Of Fame Induction Speech

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Bull Nakano Thanks Madusa, WWE Universe In Emotional Hall Of Fame Induction Speech :-   At the 2024 ceremony, which took place on Friday, the Japanese wrestling veteran Bull Nakano was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by Madusa, better known as Alundra Blayze, who has been a lifelong opponent and a close friend of Bull Nakano through the years. The two were inextricably intertwined throughout their careers, despite the fact that they came from different backgrounds. When Nakano first joined WWE in 1994, they competed against each other numerous times for the Women’s Championship. Madusa introduced Nakano and stated that she continues to have an influence on talent in the present day. She also mentioned that Nakano was made of steel, despite the stunning hairstyle and face paint she was wearing.

 

Bull Nakano Thanks Madusa, WWE Universe In Emotional Hall Of Fame Induction Speech

 

“We weren’t just colleagues, we were gladiators .[we] defined the very definition of women’s wrestling,” she said, adding that together, they created a “international standard” and pushed the boundaries of what women’s wrestling was “back in the day.” Furthermore, she mentioned that Nakano’s nunchucks and kendo sticks were major factors to the intense sort of matches that they were playing.

Although she had been “waiting a long time” to win the prise, Nakano made a joke about it. As a young woman of only 26 years old, she stated that she had a wonderful experience working for the organisation. According to Nakano, working for WWE was challenging for her since she had a difficult time travelling, she was unable to speak English, and she had to navigate without a cell phone.

However, with the assistance of her friends, she was able to continue with her WWE tour throughout the year. During her statement, Nakano became emotional and expressed her gratitude to Madusa, “who continued to fight alongside me,” as well as to WWE for providing her with the opportunity and to the WWE fans for welcoming her.

The 10 Most Historic Women’s Matches In WWE History

In the almost forty years that have passed since WWE first established an official women’s championship, the course that the division has taken has been, at best, peculiar. Although there have been a number of beginnings and endings, the only time there has been a stable division is since the latter half of 1998. At the level of the men’s contests, it was not considered a serious problem for the most of its existence; rather, it was regarded as a diversion that spectators might watch.

At various moments throughout the 1980s and 1990s, there were opportunities to experiment with women’s wrestling; however, these opportunities rarely entailed a women’s division that was fully operational. The champion and whoever her touring opponent was at the time was typically considered to be the “division” in most cases.

 

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In terms of WWE’s ability to adapt to changing times, however, a more functioning division did not constitute a significant advancement. It wasn’t until the middle of the 2010s that WWE began presenting the women in ways that were even remotely equivalent to the males. This didn’t happen until the desire from fans for such a shift became ridiculously clear after it had been going on for quite some time. Keeping this all in mind, let’s take a look at some of the most significant matches in the history of WWE women’s wrestling that led to the current state of affairs.

Wendi Richter’s title win over Fabulous Moolah with Cyndi Lauper in her corner airs on MTV

It was sad that American women’s wrestling had been a bit of a sideshow for the decades leading up to 1984. On the other hand, beginning in the late 1970s, women’s wrestling in Japan was experiencing a boom, and Vince McMahon took note of this phenomenon on his travels in Japan.

While many people give Vince McMahon credit for incredible genius in marketing pro wrestling, in reality Vince had made several tours of Japan before 1984 and simply tried to re-create what had already been done, and he was successful in doing so,” Dave Meltzer wrote in the issue of his Wrestling Observer Newsletter that was published on December 21, 1987. “Vince’s big attempts to push women’s wrestling, which ultimately failed every time, were a result of seeing what big business women’s wrestling in Japan had become.”

Despite the fact that it did not achieve a thundering success at the movie office, the initial attempt of this kind, which featured Wendi Richter as the leading lady, still had a significant impact. Richter’s big opportunity at Fabulous Moolah’s WWF Women’s Championship was shown live on MTV as “The Brawl to End it All.

This was made possible by the coup that occurred when Cyndi Lauper, who was a famous pop music artist at the time, became Richter’s in-canon manager. Not only did Richter end up winning the title, thereby signalling the beginning of a significant marketing campaign, but the crossover interest was so strong that the live special that was broadcast on July 23, 1984 received a staggering 9.0 number from Nielsen.

With the Los Angeles Times stating five days later that MTV had reached over 24 million homes at the time, this would put the audience at approximately 2.16 million homes. This would almost certainly be a record for cable television at the time, considering how well the weekly wrestling shows had been performing.

Wendi Richter vs. Spider Lady in the original off-script WWF screwjob

Despite the fact that the live audience went absolutely crazy when Wendi Richter won the title for the first time, however, the experiment did not really work out in the long run. There is no doubt that Richter was not the most charismatic or the finest wrestler among the Fabulous Moolah’s stable of ladies who she trained and booked out to various promoters.

This is one of the reasons why this is the case. However, it is not the case that the women’s category was exceptionally well-booked or anything like that: With the start-stop women’s division, there was not much depth beyond the world title programme, which would become an ongoing concern in the future. While there were other ladies in the area, they were only sometimes seen on television.

Richter had lost the most of her momentum by the time November 25, 1985 rolled around, but she appeared to be in a safe position as one of the featured characters on the hit cartoon series “Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling” that was being broadcast on CBS at the time. On the other hand, did she? In the years that have passed, Richter has provided a variety of accounts,

but the one that appears to be the most widely accepted is the one that was presented in an article on ProWrestlingStories.com: Despite the fact that she had been working a lot, including residuals from the cartoon, she had been pushing to get paid more in relation to her push and how hard she had been working.

This was Vince McMahon’s indication that it was time to cut bait, at least according to appearances: Richter was scheduled to defend her championship against Penny Mitchell, who was dressed as the masked Spider Lady, at Madison Square Garden. However, Moolah was in the character instead, and she held Richter down for a three count that Richter was not looped in on.

This brought an end to Richter’s stint as champion and her career in the World Wrestling Federation. It was Moolah’s world, and she just lived in it; nonetheless, Moolah’s world became such a low priority that she began defending her championship on independent shows, and the World Wrestling Federation did not use her very much.

10 woman elimination tag team match at the first annual Survivor Series PPV

In the summer of 1987, the Women’s World Federation (WWF) division experienced a glimmer of hope. Not only did Moolah begin the process of winding down her career by handing over her championship to Sherri Martel on July 24, but Japan’s Jumping Bomb Angels, Noriyo Tateno and Itzuki Yamazaki, made their debut at the Wrestling Challenge tapings two months earlier, on June 24.

During a bout that did not involve a title battle, the pair prevailed over the WWF Women’s Tag Team Champions Judy Martin and Leilani Kai. The entrance of the Angels provided Martin and Kai with the direction they required, despite the fact that they had been around for several months without much direction. They would later become known as the Glamour Girls. But the most significant encounter of their season was still to come.

For all intents and purposes, it ought to have been the beginning of a new era, and the best illustration of this would be the elimination tag match that featured ten women and took place on Thanksgiving Night at the very first Survivor Series. Technically, it was Moolah (team captain, still booed despite technically being a babyface), Rockin’ Robin, Velvet McIntyre, and the Angels vs. Martel (captain), Dawn Marie (not the more famous valet), Donna Christianello, and the Glamour Girls,

but the old (Moolah, Marie, and Christianello) and green (Robin) wrestlers were eliminated quickly, leaving easily the six best women in the company. The crowd responded enthusiastically to what turned out to be an extremely athletic and action-packed contest, and they demonstrated their enthusiasm. Fans were eager for a women’s division that was focused on athleticism, and the message should have been made very clear, especially considering that the Angels stayed in the league solely on the basis of their wrestling. However, they had to wait for that for a longer period of time.

 

 

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