So we heard this week on Monday Night Raw that 1980s star Wendi Richter will be one of the inductees in the 2010 WWE Hall of Fame.
Richter had wrestled for several years on the women’s circuit before she was paired with Cyndi Lauper in 1984, who at the time was one of the hottest pop singers in the country. Richter won the WWF Women’s Title from the Fabulous Moolah in July of that year in the culmination of an early WWF relationship with MTV. It was part of the “Rock ‘N Wrestling Connection,” which in many ways laid the groundwork for the first WrestleMania in 1985.
It’s interesting that if you look at the principles involved in the Rock ‘N Wrestling Connection — Moolah, Richter, Lou Albano, Roddy Piper, Hulk Hogan, Paul Orndorff, Lauper, and Mr. T — only Lauper and T are not in the Hall of Fame.
I grant you that to some degree, arguing about the WWE Hall of Fame is a pointless endeavor, as any such shrine that doesn’t include Bruno Sammartino has to be considered a joke.
But give credit where it’s due: Lauper and T played immense roles in getting wrestling over to the mainstream public in 1984 and 1985. Richter did have an interesting role in wrestling history, but it was thanks to Lauper’s involvement. Let’s put Lauper in the WWE Hall of Fame first, given her contributions.