Ya'know tomfox61, the more I read your input the more impressed I become with your state of mind about this enterprise. You do seem to have the grasp of it all and render your views in a comprehensible way that manifests a degree of knowledge that normally comes with some years of discovery.
Thus, I think your comments are dead on! No doubt, the Burke and Banner days were the best in the US in terms of ladies wrestling, as was the 90's in Japan. Ol'Vince came along here in the 80's and canned Wendi Richter and things went downhill from there in a major way and with Burke passing away in 89, a dark cloud descended over ladies wrestling in the US that only recently seems to be abating.
Moolah for all her efforts did seem to run beyond her relevance to the quality of the exercise and in the end, did seem as out of place in the ring as I would be. A little sad to see it played that way, but that's Ol'Vince at work and we pay the price.