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Fantasy Warefare: Sable vs. Wendi Richter

By Bill Banks- Raw Magazine - February 1999

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    When Jacqueline defeated Sable for the World Wrestling Federation Women's Championship on an October 1998 Raw, it marked the first time the title had been contested since former champion Alundra Blayze abandoned the gold in 1995. The following month at the Survivor Series: "Deadly Game" tournament, the femme fatale returned the favor - and subsequently created a newfound following and enthusiasm for the future of a division. Back in 1984, another young and gifted female athlete named Wendi Richter rejuvenated the women's ranks, defeating longtime titleholder the Fabulous Moolah in the culmination of "Rock 'n' Wrestling" which broadcast live on MTV. Which one of these two decorated Federation Women's Champions would claim victory against the other? It's a match made for the arena of Fantasy Warfare.


    Sable



    Strenghts:

    Since dedicated herself to becoming a full-time combatant, Sable's wrestling prowess has increased 10-fold. Also, she keeps herself in top form-often training harder than many of her male counterparts on the road! A student of kickboxing and the martial arts, the beauty can take out a foe with one shot to the chest or head if necessary. Ant the Sable of 1999 is much different from the one who first entered the Federation in 1996. Today she is strong, outspoken, confident and not afraid to challenge authority.

    Weakness:

    Because Sable has only been actively competing since last October, she lacks much of the ring veteranship of superstars Jacqueline and Luna-who have been battling inside the squared circle for much of their lives.

    Key Wins:

    Sable's first in-ring venture came at WrestleMania XIV, when she teamed with her former love interest, "Marvelous" Marc Mero, to defeat Goldust and Luna. That night, the blonde beauty pinned her foe following her wildly popular Sable Bomb. At SummerSlam: "Highway To Hell", Sable sided with Edge to down Mero and Jaqueline-electriflying the Madison Square Garden crowd with a Sablecanrana in the process. Her most recent accomplishment came at the 1998 Surviver Series: "Deadly Game" tournament when Sable upset Jacqueline for the women's championship reign.

    Key Losses:

    At last April's "Unforgiven" Pap Per View, Luna beat Sable in the first Evening Gown Match. One month later at "Over the Edge" the femme fatale would suffer a devastating loss to Marc Mero, who duped his former love interest and sent her packing out of the World Wrestling Federation. Due to her overwhelming financial value to his company, however, Mr. McMahan rehired her. Then at July's "Fully Loaded" Sable seemingly won her Bikini Match with Jacqueline, only to be disqualified by Mr. McMahon for her choice of attire, or lack thereof.

    Finisher:

    As stated, the champion's Sable Bomb, and Sablecanrana-her versions of the PowerBomb and Hurricanrana-have become two of the more popular and devastating finishers in the Federation. When Sable hit "marvelous" with the Sablecanrana at last year's SummerSlam, Madison Square Garden erupted. When she planted Jacqueline prone with the SableBomb at Survivor Series "Deadly Game" tournament, it earned her the women's title.

    Strategy:

    Sable would be wise to take the fight straight to Wendi Richter. Thanks to the beauty's physical conditioning and prowess in kickboxing she would damage Richter with an offense the former champion rarely faced. If Sable can fend off her foe's rugged assault, she would most likely finish Richter off with either the Sable Bomb or Sablecanrana.


    Wendi Richter



    Strenghts:

    Wendi Richter was a female competitor who rivaled the toughness of her male counterparts in her heyday. In addition to her grappling skills, the former superstar excelled at pounding her opponents with brawling tactics to gain the upper hand. Wendi grew up in a rough and tumble world of west Texas and found an outlet for aggression in rodeo competitions. And despite her charismatic personality outside the ring, the superstar turned cold and dominating when it was time to battle. He speed was also a valuable asset, as she was able to outmaneuver more ground-based competitors such as the Fabulous Moolah and Leilani Kai.

    Weakness:

    Because of her lack of size and muscle, Richter was unable to absorb tremendous amounts of punishment. If opponents were able to ground her and keep her speed contained, they had the best chance of wearing her down.

    Key Wins:

    In the summer of 1984, pop rocker Cyndi Lauper challenged Captain Lou Albano to have his protégé, the Fabulous Moolah, defend her women's title against Richter. The bout, which aired to a national audience on MTV and ushered in the era of Rock 'n' Wrestling, saw Richter beating Moolah for the gold. After losing the championship to Kai the following February, Richter regained the title at the inaugural WrestleMania in New York City's Madison Square Garden on March 31, 1985.

    Key Losses:

    As stated, Richter lost her first title to Kai-then managed by Moolah-in early 1985. The female superstar's second and final reign came to an end that November, as Moolah-under the guise of the "Spider Lady"-defeated her rival for her fourth Federation Women's Championship. After the bout, Moolah unmasked to reveal her true identity, a devastating blow Richter was unable to recover from.

    Finisher:

    Richter didn't use any one particular hold to finish off opponents. Rather she relied on punishing her adversaries with flurries of stinging dropkicks and clotheslines. What she did excel at was countering holds. A classic example of this was when she beat Moolah during their 1984 match at Madison Square Garden. While Moolah had the challenger seemingly beaten with a full nelson, Richter placed her feet on the bottom rope and launched herself and the champion backwards-resulting in a pin Moolah wasn't able to escape from.

    Strategy:

    In their heyday, Richter and other female grapplers were not accustomed to defending against powerful maneuvers employed by the modern women's division. In order to avoid Sable's offense, Richter should simply try to out-fight her opponent. However, the femme fatal has faced such a strategy from Luna in the past and eventually rose to the occasion. Richter was a wrestling phenomenon during the 80's, but today's female combatants are stronger and more technically sound. Richter may succeed in damaging her "Fantasy Warefare" foe, but even the former women's champion wouldn't be able to endure the bout once Sable dropped the Bomb on her!




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