Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Instead of Debra, how about Luna

Debra & Luna
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New WWE fans are likely impressed with the state of women's wrestling in the company. But it hasn't always been this way. Long before Hell a Cell, the Royal Rumble and Money in the Bank, the ladies on the WWE roster competed in pillow fights, bra and panty matches and pools filled with pudding, mud or even gravy. I'm not discrediting anyone's work during the Attitude Era, but bust size played a bigger role in pushes than work rate.
Debra with Jeff Jarrett
Courtesy: WWE

Such is the case in 1999. Sable was the WWE Women's Champion at the time. She and Debra engaged in an evening gown match where the idea is to strip your opponent, not unlike the old tuxedo matches. In this instance, Debra was stripped down to her bra and panties and should have lost the match. However, Shawn Michaels, who was GM or commissioner at the time declared Debra the winner, I'm guessing because he was impressed with her 'puppies.'

Luna
Courtesy: WWE
Debra was never a regular wrestler in the ring. That's why I would have rather seen Luna Vachon have a run as WWE Women's Champion. She was one of the hardest working women in that era and a trailblazer for today's wrestling scene. She and Sable had feuded, but for some reason, the company never switched the title to Luna. 

She was a square peg trying to fit in a round hole at the time. Luna was not the cookie cutter 'diva'. She stood out and she had the skills to succeed. Luna would have made a wonderful champion and could have helped break the stereotypes of late 90s women's wrestling. That stigma took quite some time to break.


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