Throughout its history, women have served in various onscreen roles in the American professional wrestling promotion WWE. The term was discontinued at WrestleMania 32 on April 3, when the new Women's Championship was introduced. Thus, The Fabulous Moolah's reign was considered to have lasted 27 years by the promotion.
The following year, music artist Cyndi Lauper began a verbal feud with manager "Captain" Lou Albano ; this brought professional wrestling into mainstream culture in a storyline that became known as the " Rock 'n' Wrestling Connection ". In the summer ofthe WWF did a storyline where all established managers in the promotion competed to offer their services to Randy Savage.
In real life, Savage and Miss Elizabeth were married, but this was not mentioned on television. In the angle, Steele fell in love with Elizabeth, angering Savage and leading to a series of grudge matches between him and Steele.
When Savage—who had formed an alliance with Hogan—turned on Hogan in earlyElizabeth was a major factor, and she eventually sided with Hogan. Meanwhile, Savage became allied with Wwe cash holley wife sexual dysfunction Sherriwho had success as a wrestler from — and was phased into a role as an ill-tempered, venomous valet.
The first Survivor Series pay-per-view saw the first female elimination match. When the WWF phased out its female-talent roster inSensational Sherri remained with the company, joining Sapphire who then departed from the company in mid and Miss Elizabeth focusing on managing Wwe cash holley wife sexual dysfunction wrestlers.
Miss Elizabeth took a leave of absence inbut returned in and was a key player in Randy Savage's retirement match with The Ultimate Warrior at WrestleMania VII ; Elizabeth left the company for good in ; shortly after her departure, Savage and Elizabeth divorced in real life. Martel left the company in Inthe WWF reinstated its Women's Championshipa title that had been vacant since and Madusa Miceli was brought in by the company to revive the women's division.
After the tournament, Miceli asked WWF management to bring in new women for her to wrestle. Sunny Tammy Sytch debuted in as the manager of The Bodydonnas. Sunny's character was at first a continuation of the female manager that had been popular throughout the s and early s. Over time, the character was significantly sexualized, whereas prior female managers, such as Miss Elizabethwere depicted as being involved in either platonic or romantic storylines.
Between andMarlenaSableand Chyna joined Sunny as prominent female on-air talent in the promotion. Marlena and Sable were just as sexualized as Sunny, with Marlena suggestively smoking cigars at ringside during matches and Sable coming to the ring in form-fitting leather catsuits.
Marlena was the manager of Goldusther then real-life husband,  and Sable was manager for her then real-life husband, Marc Mero. Sable, however, quickly eclipsed her husband in popularity. Sunny, Sable, and Marlena were further marketed as sex symbols through WWF's Wwe cash holley wife sexual dysfunction Magazinewhich featured monthly spreads of the women in suggestive poses semi-nude or wearing provocative clothing.
Luna Vachon returned towards the end of as the manager of Goldust. InDebra debuted and shortly thereafter was featured in a Raw Magazine spread. At the beginning of her WWF career, she played the part of a shrewd businesswoman, wearing business suits.
Sable's eclipsed popularity and her feud with Marc Mero and his new manager, Jacqueline  led to the reinstatement of the Women's Championship as well as the promotion's hiring of more female wrestlers. Sable's popularity led to a shift in the role of women in the WWF, as the promotion began to rely less on its female performers as simply eye candy and placed a greater emphasis on female athletes who actually competed in matches including re-establishing a women's division.
She was one of the first females to compete in such specialty matches as evening gown matches, inter-gender tag team matches, and strap matches, competed in the first-ever WWF bikini contest against Jacquelineand was also the first female talent to be a Playboy cover girl.
Unlike Jacqueline, Ivory, Toriand Luna Vachonthe more physical and experienced wrestlers at the time, Sable later admitted that it was written in her contract that she was not allowed to take bumps.
Sable became the first WWF female talent to refer to herself as a "Diva" during the April 19 episode of Raw Is War in ; the term shortly thereafter became the official title for WWF's female performers. In AugustLilian Garcia joined the promotion as the 2nd official female ring announcer. Moolah and Mae Young would continue to make occasional appearances with the company until both of their passings.
Lita performed higher-risk moves than the Divas before her, such as moonsaults and diving hurricanranas. Also, later that year, Molly Holly was added to the roster. She was a contrast to most of the other Divas as she was given a more wholesome gimmick and more modest ring attire. On the March 30 episode of SmackDown!
McMahonthe premise of the storyline was when McMahon's wife Linda was kayfabe institutionalized following a demand Vince had made for a divorce during an episode of SmackDown!
The departure of Chyna who was the reigning Women's Champion led to the Women's Championship being vacant for the second time until Survivor Series. She worked her way up to the top of the division and eventually won the Women's Championship at Survivor Series.