We are all sad to learn about the passing of Candi Divine. She was 63-years-old.
Candi Divine made her pro wrestling debut in Tennessee in the early 1980s. Divine rose to the top of women’s wrestling in the mid and late 80s when she became a four-time AWA Women’s Champion. During a time when women’s wrestling didn’t get much attention. Candi was one of the top draws. Sadly, Candi Divine passed away this morning while in hospice care.
Fellow female wrestler Bonnie Marie shared the news on Facebook and it was then picked up by Greg Oliver of Slam Wrestling. Bonnie said Candi Divine was a great friend. She was 63 years old at the time of her passing.
“It is with great sadness Candi Divine passed away this morning. We’ve lost a great friend and Heaven gained a beautiful Angel.”
Candi Divine paid her dues going from territory to territory and working for various women’s promotions. Divine shared cards with superstars of the American Wrestling Association at the peak of the promotion’s popularity. Eventually, Vince McMahon moved the industry beyond the territory days and Candi received less exposure.
Candi Divine also attended the American Institute of Modeling and worked at a gym in Nashville. Candi competed at several huge AWA events including SuperClash and WrestleRock ’86. She was well known among wrestling fans and was a mainstay in the AWA women’s division for years.
The news of Candi Divine’s passing is sad for anybody who watched pro wrestling in the 1980s. Candi was an early pioneer of women’s wrestling. Our thoughts go out to her family in this very difficult time.
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