34 years ago today Velvet McIntyre became the first ever Irish-born WWE Women’s Champion

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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.

Velvet McIntyre pictured wearing the WWE Women’s Championship.

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.

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McIntyre (right) is a former two-time WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion.

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.

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  1. Congratulations to Velvet McIntyre, so talented,cool,and beautiful.It would’ve been a better title match at Wrestlemania 2 if it had been Velvet McIntyre vs Leilani Kai. But no she had to job to someone who looked like everybody’s mean grandmother. Velvet’s among my top 20 or so of the best all time. I now rank them: 1.Penny Banner 2. June Byers 3.Velvet McIntyre 4. Sherri Martel 5. Judy Grable 6. Molly Holly/Jacqueline/Leilani Kai (tie) 7. Vicki Williams/Princess Victoria/Bull Nakano 8. Debbie Combs 9. Lola Gonzalez 10. Vivian Vachon 11. Irma Gonzalez 12. Rhonda Singh 13. Jean Kirkland 14. Victoria/Gail Kim/Kitty Adams 15. Vivian St John 16. Luna Vachon/Sue Sexton 17. Ida Mae Martinez/Ella Waldek/Cora Combs 18. Marie LaVerne 19.Nell Stewart 20. Donna Christanello/Joyce Grable/Anna Casey/Toni Rose/Mimi Lesseos. Velvet should’ve been a multiple world champion, she was cool.

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