223. Women’s Championship: Leilani Kai vs. Alundra Blayze

Timeline:
WrestleMania X
March 20, 1994
Madison Square Garden
New York City, NY

The Women’s Title is finally back. It was Leilani Kai who lost the belt at the very first WrestleMania in the same building to Wendi Richter, but Kai’s manager at the time, Fabulous Moolah, was then given the belt when Richter wanted more money and Vince McMahon wouldn’t agree. Moolah’s terrible WrestleMania II title defense was the last time that the belt had been seen at the show of shows.

Alundra Blayze (Madusa), now a WWE Hall of Famer, almost single-handedly facilitated the reintroduction of the women’s title. During this match, Kai uses her size and power, but ultimately Blayze’s athleticism wins out. Alundra hits Leilani with a beautiful bridging German suplex for the three count.

Maybe it was an omen that after the win, we see some legends, including Moolah, seated near the ring. Famously, Blayze would move to WCW while she was still the champion, where she then dropped the belt in the garbage on live TV. The belt would then be retired and not brought back until Jacqueline won the new incarnation in 1998, largely as a vehicle for new megastar Sable. For the first 30 years of WrestleMania, this kind of thing was the norm. It’s almost eye-opening to go back and watch this now in the era of the current women’s division and see that while things are still improving, there has been spectacular progress made in the last couple of years.

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