It has been exactly 34 years to the day that WWE legend Velvet McIntyre made history by becoming the organization’s first ever Irish-born women’s champion.
It was on July 3, 1986 that McIntyre would capture the prestigious WWE Women’s Championship for the first time, defeating The Fabulous Moolah at the Brisbane Festival Hall on the WWE’s 1986 Australian tour.
The WWE’s original Irish female superstar, McIntyre would drop the title back to Moolah just under a week later at an event at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. The WWE officially recognizes McIntyre’s reign as lasting six days.
McIntyre’s reign as WWE Women’s Champion may have been short-lived, however the Irish standout, who now resides in Canada, certainly made her mark in the organization. She is a former two-time WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion and was notably the organization’s first ever holder of the belt, along with Princess Victoria. After Victoria suffered a career ending injury, McIntyre would enter her second reign as tag team champ along with Desiree Peterson.
‘The Fiery Redhead’ from Dublin, Ireland would go on to make more history in 1987 when she competed in the first ever women’s Survivor Series match as part of the winning team, along with The Jumping Bomb Angels, Rockin’ Robin and The Fabulous Moolah.
Unfortunately there is no video footage of McIntyre’s historic WWE Women’s Championship victory over Moolah. Take a look back at the time McIntyre, along with Desiree Peterson, successfully defended the WWE women’s tag team championships against Penny Mitchell & Peggy Patterson.