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Spider Lady

The original Spider Lady

The Spider Lady is a notable one-shot wrestling villainess who appeared as Wendi Richter's opponent at a World Wrestling Federation event at Madison Square Garden on November 25, 1985.

The Spider Lady was the alter-ego of WWE Hall of Famer The Fabulous Moolah, who was feuding with fellow Hall of Famer Wendi Richter. After losing the WWF Women's Championship to Richter, which ended her 26-year long reign, Moolah donned a bodysuit and mask and competed against Richter at a WWF event at Madison Square Garden. Thanks to a fast count by the referee, The Spider Lady won the title from Richter, and she was later unmasked and revealed as Moolah. The event has been dubbed, "The Original Screwjob," being given that name in later years to separate it from the more notable Montreal Screwjob in 1997.

Spider Lady SHIMMER

Lexie Fyfe as The Spider Lady in SHIMMER

In April 2014, seven years after Moolah passed away, a variation of The Spider Lady gimmick took center stage at SHIMMER Women Athletes in Berwyn, Illinois. At Volume 65, Thunderkitty received a phone call from a mysterious promoter asking her to face off against the promoter's client, at an unfair rate (the promoter wanted 80% of Thunderkitty's pay). Thunderkitty entered the ring upset about being stiffed and demanded to face her opponent, later revealed as The Spider Lady, who was portrayed by the evil Lexie Fyfe. The Spider Lady lost to Thunderkitty in the same fashion that the original Spider Lady defeated Wendi Richter: with a fast three count by the referee. The Spider Lady has not appeared again at SHIMMER since then.

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