Mildred Burke | Woman Wrestler
Mildred Burke is considered to have been one of the strongest female competitors to ever participate in professional wrestling. Women’s World Champion from 1935 to 1954, Burke was sexy, powerful, and savvy.
Before starting her wrestling career, she was an office stenographer.
Burke began wrestling professionally in the early 1930s.
She gained a lot of attention from wrestling and defeating many male wrestlers. Several men tried to pin her and could not. Women who tried to wrestle her were even less successful.
Burke became the Women's World Champion soon after she began her wrestling career. It was a title she kept for nearly two decades.
She was the first women's champion in the United States to hold the title for more than 15 years.
She managed and trained most of the best women in the next generation of wrestling, including Gail Gardner, Susan Sexton, Laura Del Rio, Casey Carr, and Cheryl Day.