Former WWF Women’s Champion Rockin’ Robin has discussed still having the original title belt and almost losing in staggering fashion to Hurricane Katrina.
Robin was a star of women’s wrestling in the 1980s, debuting for the World Wrestling Federation in 1987 and competing at that year’s Survivor Series as part of Fabulous Moolah’s team. A member of the Smith wrestling family that included father Grizzly Smith as well as brothers Sam Houston and Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts, Robin became WWF Women’s Champion in 1988 after defeating Sensational Sherri for the title.
The WWF Women’s Championship became dormant in 1990 after Rockin’ Robin left the company. With no one else competing for the title belt, it stayed with the champion. Speaking to Wrestling Epicenter, Robin revealed it wasn’t through a lack of trying to return the belt to the company.
“It is fairly common knowledge, and sometimes when I do signings, I still have the WWF Women’s Title Belt. After the women were over and done in the WWF and weren’t around, I spoke with someone, I think it was Pat Patterson, he told me I could no longer say I was the WWF Women’s Champion. I had to say former champion, yada, yada, yada. So, I said, ‘I have the belt. What do you want me to do with it?’ He said, ‘Keep it! No one’s asked for it. It is yours.’ I was like, ‘Oh! OK! Cool!’ And, I’ve still got it!”
As Robin was living in New Orleans when the devastating Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, the title belt was nearly lost forever as her house became engulfed in water.
“I was living in New Orleans. I had lived there for almost 12 years. Actually, my house was less than 2 miles from where the first levy breached. I had a few boxes in the attic. It is probably just as well because the whole house, the water reached probably within a foot or two of the ceiling. That is how high the water line was. But I opened the boxes and low and behold, I had the WWF belt, the UWF belt. I no longer have that, a belt collector has that now, wink wink. (laughs) And, I had a pair of boots with Rockin’ Robin on them. That is actually it. All of the outfits, all of the ring gear, nothing else made it.”
Rockin’ Robin was recently featured in the harrowing Dark Side Of The Ring episode focussing on the life of her father, Grizzly Smith.