With the influx of new members of Cageside Seats following Wrestlemania, I think it's about time we get to know each other a little bit. So through the month of April, we're going to do the Cageside Seats 30 Day Challenge.
Here are the rules: I'll ask you a different question every day, and you answer it. It's that simple. There are no right or wrong answers (after all, we're talking about your favorites and such). Just think of this as one of those introductory mixer things. Or whatever welcome party thing this is.
Day 4: Who is your favorite woman wrestler ever?
For me, I have two. First, Trish Stratus. I know, a fitness model that transitioned to the business. Blasphemy, right? Well, that idea came from the success of Trish Stratus. When she debuted in 2000, she could not bump to save her life. She was eye candy. That's it. Nothing wrong with that. Some in the business have had great success being eye candy. But Trish wanted to be remembered for being more that, and she worked hard for it. She to me is the bridge between the WWE women of the 20th century and the WWE women of the 21st century. Her hard work made her perhaps the most successful mainstream women's wrestler since The Fabulous Moolah. Maybe ever. At this rate, she'll be much more favorably remembered than Moolah.
Second is one I discovered recently: Manami Toyota. At the height of her popularity, which came overseas in the mid-1990s, Manami Toyota was a five-star match waiting to happen. She could have probably gotten a four-star match at least from just about anybody after rolling out of bed. How good is Manami? She is the only woman to win the Outstanding Wrestler of the Year award from Wrestling Observer Newsletter. In 1995, she finished third for Wrestler of the Year from the same publication. She has fourteen five-star matches. Fourteen. Ric Flair by comparison has six. I wish I discovered Manami sooner. Because her American debut came in my hometown of Baltimore four years ago. If you got a few minutes, look up a Manami Toyota match from the mid-1990s. You'll be pleasantly surprised.
Your turn. Who's your favorite woman in wrestling ever? Or your favorite woman's wrestler ever? DISCUSS!