Bertha Faye

Bertha Faye
Bertha Faye

World Wrestling Federation (1995–1996)
Sing during her time in the WWF as Bertha Faye. In 1995, Sing was contacted by the World Wrestling Federation to help their fledgling women’s division.She, however, was repackaged as Bertha Faye, a comedic character who lived in a trailer park and dated Harvey Wippleman. (in an OWW radio interview Wippleman revealed that the two never got along well) WWF management originally wanted her to have an on-screen feud with Bull Nakano, but there was a change of plans after Nakano was charged with cocaine possession.

Sing made her WWF debut on the April 3, 1995 episode of Monday Night Raw participating in a sneak attack on Alundra Blayze, making it appear as if Blayze’s nose had been broken.At SummerSlam, Faye defeated Blayze for the WWF Women’s Championship and held the title until the October 23, 1995 airing of Monday Night Raw, where Blayze regained the title.

Fan interest in women’s wrestling sunk once again as the year closed, and Sing tired of working there. Moreover, Faye was frustrated with her gimmick. WWF management asked her not to perform the same power moves as the male wrestlers, so instead, Faye was forced to act as comic relief. After a year with the company, Sing asked for a release from her contract. She briefly returned to Japan, but did not like the new system, which did not guarantee payouts.

World Championship Wrestling (1999–2000)

In late 1999, she worked with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) briefly, appearing on several telecasts to help generate interest in a women’s division. She was also a contender for both the WCW Cruiserweight Championship and WCW Hardcore Championship. In addition to competing in matches using her Singh and Monster Ripper gimmicks, she also made a couple of appearances with the Nitro Girls dance troupe under the name “Beef”, for comic relief. See More.

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Rhonda Singh, a.k.a. Monster Ripper, Stampede Wrestling women’s champion circa 1987, passed away at her home in Calgary on July 27. She was 40. I’ve known Rhonda since we were kids at the matches. Her mother had front-row seats for 20 years. “When we were good, she’d let us go to wrestling,” Rhonda told me years ago.

When I grew up and became a wrestler, there was Rhonda still cheering from ringside.

During a family vacation to Hawaii in 1978, she saw Japanese women’s wrestling on TV and decided that’s what she wanted to do. At 16, she approached my family looking for instruction and didn’t get it. I’m not sure why but it likely had more to do with the schedule at the time than anything else.

Months later, Rhonda sent a bio and photo to women’s wrestling legend Mildred Burke. Upon being accepted, she took off for Burke’s training facility in Encino, Calif.

After only a few weeks, she was spotted by a scout who hired her on the spot despite how green she was.

A mere two months later, she was main eventing in Japan and it should be acknowledged Rhonda Singh was the first Calgary-born wrestler to make it big internationally — long before any of the Hart boys did.

When Rhonda came to the WWF in 1995 as Bertha Faye, she told me the Japanese lady wrestlers had given her a hard time years earlier because they weren’t used to losing to a foreigner.

In 1979, the Dynamite Kid, who was born and trained in England, was working for Stampede Wrestling. Stu would loan Dynamite to New Japan and one time Dynamite met Rhonda on a tour there. He told her: “Don’t take it any more. Once you defend yourself, you’ll earn their respect.”

That’s a lesson I too learned the hard way in my early days in Japan. I could appreciate where she was coming from.

Women wrestlers on the road usually stick together but Rhonda preferred to hang out with the boys, was always accepted and could hold her own among what was a very colourful and feisty bunch.

My brother Owen played all kinds of jokes on Rhonda, which she took as the compliment they were intended to be, and the two struck up a friendship. When a well-known woman wrestler bullied one of the young, new girls, Rhonda put her in her place, which gained her respect from the boys.

Besides her easygoing nature, what I found amusing about Rhonda in her WWF days was to me she always looked like her persona, the mean Monster Ripper, but wearing the cute little girl pigtails of Bertha Faye.

Sadly, most fans will remember Rhonda Singh more for her brief role as one half of a low-class trailer-trash couple with Harvey Whippleman, rather than for a number of respected women’s titles she won in various European promotions.

However, it did give Rhonda the chance to work at Madison Square Garden, although in what she called a goofy and restricted capacity.

The office asked her not to do the power moves on which she built her reputation because the male wrestlers were using them, so Rhonda was reduced to skipping around the ring blowing kisses. She’d had enough after a year and left WWF, surfacing three years later for a brief run in WCW, during my time there.

I drove by Rhonda last week, saw her walking on Bow Tr. I wish I hadn’t been in such a hurry that day and had stopped to say hello.

It’s sad when the roar of the crowd fades, leaving too many wrestlers with memories greater than their dreams.

Check out her Titantron video from back in the day here.

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