Sara Del Rey cites Mickie James as one of her heroes. Someone who inspired somebody as great as Del Rey, deserves mention. Mickie James had her own set of great moments in the WWE, most notably being part of one of the greatest matches between women at Wrestlemania. The greatest moment of the match was when James was able to get the entire audience to boo the popular Trish Stratus to win her maiden women’s championship. She played the lovelorn fanatic of Trish Stratus and steadily build up a fan base, which till date we know, has a fascination with crazy characters.
James produced some great matches against the likes of Melina, Beth Phoenix, Lita and Trish Stratus. She left WWE on quite a controversial note, but her legacy still remains intact.
7. Alundra Blayze/ Madusa
Few would have expected her to be the one to come out with a classic speech at the Hall of Fame this year. But she did so with all guns blazing.
Alundra Blayze brought her experience from Japan and produced some of the greatest matches against her fierce rival Bull Nakano during the early nineties in the World Wrestling Federation. She gained infamy by being a burgeoning factor behind the Monday Night Wars- by throwing the title she won in the World Wrestling Federation into a garbage bin in WCW.
Her mic skills, storytelling, in- ring ability and psychology, all combined to make her memorable in the world of professional wrestling and sports entertainment.
If Blayze is in the list, you might as well have guessed that Bull Nakano wasn’t far behind. She till date remains one of the few Japanese wrestlers who made it to the WWE and left an indelible mark. Her face paint and her gravity- defying hairstyle added to her fierce persona. One of the most powerful and scariest performers the WWE has ever seen, Nakano competed in one of the greatest women’s feuds in the company against Alundra Blayze. She won the once prestigious women's title and held it for five months.
Her submission move called ‘Bulls Angelito’ is the clear cut inspiration for Paige’s impressive modified scorpion leg lock.Published 18 May 2015, 18:03 IST