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Fantasy Warefare: The Fabulous Moolah vs. Jazz

Raw Magazine - October 2003, Vol. 9 No. 10.

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        In the history of Women's Wrestling, there has never been a competitor as dominant as the Fabulous Moolah. Her name is practically synonymous with the sport, as she was the Women's Champion of the world for nearly 30 years. During that time, she faced some of the toughest females the sport has ever had to offer, but once one opponent she has never had the opportunity to face-who may have been tougher than all the others-is Jazz, arguably the roughest and toughest Diva on the roster today. With Moolah's track record and longevity, this fantasy matchup could one day be reality.

        Fabulous Moolah

        Strenghts

        Staying power. Moolah's original championship reign is the longest in the history of sports. This also brought her a tremendous psychological advantage, since few opponents really believed in their heart that they could bring an end to such an awesome dynasty.

        Weaknesses

        Moolah lacked the lean musculature that characterizes most of today's premier female competitors. Her power and technical skills were often negligible, since she chose to emply underhanded tactics in order to win her matches instead.

        Key Wins

        On September 18 1956, Fabulous Moolah defeated Judy Grable in the finals of a tournament in Baltimore, Maryland, to determine the new holder of the Women's Championship. That was the beginning of her great title reign. In 1985, Moolah donned the mask of "Spider Lady" to regain her title by in controversial fashion, from Wendi Richter, the woman who took to from her. She also shocked the world in 1999, when at the age of 76, she became the older title holder ever, besting Ivory for the gold.

        Key Losses

        Wrestling fans live at Madison Square Garden and watching at home on MTV sat up and took notice when, on July 23, 1984, Wendi Richter halted the 28-year reign of Moolah. That loss truly was key, as it marked the end of a major era in the history of women's wrestling. In 1987, Moolah's third Women's Championship reign was ended by Sensational Sherri Martel, who would later enjoy a career as a WWE manager.

        Finishing Move

        After punishing her opponent with eye rakes, hair-pulling and other acts of cruelty, Moolah usually pinned her disoriented foe with a school-girl rollup. She did this by crouching behind her opponent so that they would fall backwards right over her back, allowing her to hook their leg and score a sneaky three-count.

        Strategy

        The questionable methods that worked against the likes of Donna Christanello, Sue Green, Vicki Williams and other hapless adversaries would not be of much help for Moolah in this one. Unlike most of her challengers back in the day, Jazz was not a graduate of Moolah's wrestling school, and it's likely she has many tricks up her sleave that the Fabulous One would be unacquainted with. Her best bet would be to use her wiles-not to bring the fight to Jazz, but to tire her out by avoiding her at all costs. This would serve the double purpose of frustrating Jazz, increasing the likelihood of her making a critical error.

        Jazz

        Strenghts

        Jazz may be the most impressive pure grappler the WWE Women's Division has ever seen. Her brawling ability is right up there with the best of the men's division on Raw, even if her size is not. She has also demonstrated that there is very little, if anything, that scares her.

        Weaknesses

        Even though she's packed a lot of muscle onto her frame, Jazz is still small in size and stature. Her musculature also lessons her mobility and agility to a certain degree, sometimes making her an easy target.

        Key Wins

        In February of last year, Jazz staked her claim to stardom by crushing Trish Stratus in brutal fashion to take the Women's Championship for the first time. This April at Backlash, she pinned Trish once again to reclaim the crown in the Women's Divison.

        Key Losses

        After months of pursuit , Trish finally caught up with Jazz in May 2002, beating her to regain the Women's title in her hometown of Toronto. Last June, Jazz lost her second title Raw in Rochester, New York, although it should be noted that she was never actually pinned. Gail Kim won that match by surviving a women's battle royal.

        Finishing Move

        The dealy fisherman's buster is Jazz's finisher of choice. A combination fisherman's suplex (better known as the Perfectplex) and brain buster, there move involves dropping an opponent on her head while holding her in the air in a suplex position with her leg hooked.

        Strategy

        Jazz should stick to her strengths, blinding Moolah with a level of pure power and scientific skill that Fabulous One would be at a loss to combat. She would do well, however, to watch the devious tricks of this cagey veteran. Whenever the referee is distracted in any way, that's showtime for Moolah. Jazz must always be aware of this.


        Final Analysis

        If the Fabulous Moolah ever met up with someone like Jazz during her heyday, it's likely that Wendi Richter would have never had the chance to dethrone her in '84. Simply put, women's wrestling has evolved greatly in the interim. The expectations are higher, and Jazz fully meets them. Moolah's only hope would lie in her legendary mean strak, although finding the opportunity to show it in the face of Jazz's take-no-prisoners style would be a problem.



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