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Leilani Kai : biography

23 January 1960 –

Patricia Schroeder (born January 23, 1960) is a semi-retired professional wrestler, better known by her ring name Leilani Kai. She began training with The Fabulous Moolah right after finishing high school. In the 1980s, as part of the World Wrestling Federation (WWF)’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling Connection, a storyline that combined wrestling and music, Kai defeated Wendi Richter to become the WWF Women’s Champion. Kai, however, lost the title at the inaugural WrestleMania event. She was later paired with Judy Martin, in a tag team that would become known as The Glamour Girls. The team held the WWF Women’s Tag Team Championship twice (managed by "The Mouth of the South" Jimmy Hart) and the LPWA Tag Team Championship once. In her later career, Kai returned briefly to the WWF in 1994, challenging for the Women’s Championship at WrestleMania X. She also wrestled for World Championship Wrestling under the name Patty Stonegrinder and held the NWA World Women’s Championship.

Championships and accomplishments

  • All Japan Women’s Pro-Wrestling
  • All Pacific Championship (1 time)
  • Ladies Professional Wrestling Association
  • LPWA Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Judy Martin
  • National Wrestling Alliance
World

  • NWA World Women’s Championship (1 time)
  • NWA Hall of Fame (Class of 2006)
Regional

  • NWA Mid-Atlantic Women’s Championship (3 times)
  • Professional Girl Wrestling Association
  • PGWA Championship (1 time)
  • World Wrestling Federation
  • WWF Women’s Championship (1 time)
  • WWF Women’s Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Judy Martin
  • Other titles
  • NDW Women’s Championship (1 time)
  • Penny Banner Spirit of Excellence Award (2001)

Notes

Personal life

In addition to wrestling, Kai has trained with nunchucks for at least two years. She also rides motorcycles, deep sea fishes, and hunts wild boar. After becoming less active in the ring, she also began training female wrestlers, including Amber O’Neal.

In wrestling

  • Finishing moves
    • Big boot
    • Diving splash
  • Signature moves
    • Diving crossbody
    • Hair-pull snapmare
  • Managers
    • Jimmy Hart
    • Adnan El Kassey
    • The Fabulous Moolah
    • "Queen Christopher Love" (Bert Prentice)

Professional wrestling career

Training and early career

Schroeder was trained by The Fabulous Moolah in 1975 right after she finished high school. She was originally from Florida, but because Moolah thought she looked a little bit Hawaiian, Schroeder was given the ring name Leilani Kai.Ellison, Lillian. First Goddess of the Squared Circle, p.145. Her fellow wrestlers also bestowed upon her the nickname "The Hawaiian Princess" during her early career. It was in 1979, that Kai first began working with Judy Martin, who would be her future tag team partner.

World Wrestling Federation

Women’s Champion

On July 23, 1984, Wendi Richter defeated The Fabulous Moolah at MTV’s The Brawl to End it All for the WWF Women’s Championship, ending what was billed as the longest championship reign in professional wrestling history (Moolah’s 28-year reign).Shields, Brian. Main Event: WWE in the Raging 80s, p.105 As a result in early 1985, Kai—who had been trained by Moolah—wrestled Richter and defeated her for the title at The War to Settle the Score, with Moolah in her corner and singer Cyndi Lauper in Richter’s corner. Richter, however, regained the title at the first-ever WrestleMania one month later. These matches were part of the WWF’s "Rock ‘n’ Wrestling Connection", an era that combined both music and professional wrestling.