In 1982, Desiree Petersen met Stu Hart at a Stampede Wrestling live event and asked about wrestling training. Hart said that he would not train her, but referred her for training with The Fabulous Moolah. After training at Moolah's school, Petersen made her professional debut in January 1983 against Velvet McIntyre in British Columbia.
Desiree's next port of call was Stampede Wrestling where she challenged Rhonda Singh for the North American Women's title. After winning a televised non-title match Desiree came up empty in subsequent challenges.
World Wrestling Federation
In December 1984, Petersen replaced Princess Victoria as Velvet McIntyre's tag-team partner and was awarded the WWF Women's Tag Team Championship. From 1984-1985, Petersen competed in solo and tag-team matches against Moolah, Mad Maxine, Leilani Kai, Judy Martin, Donna Christanello, Penny Mitchell, Peggy Patterson, and Peggy Lee. During the first half of 1985, Petersen was engaged in a major solo feud against Martin, which was also spotlighted during her interview with Vince McMahon on Tuesday Night Titans in June 1985.
Petersen and McIntyre defended the titles until splitting up. A tag team title match between The Glamour Girls (Leilani Kai and Judy Martin) and champions McIntyre and Petersen was reported to have happened in Egypt in 1985, but in actuality, the match never took place. Kai and Martin were awarded the titles after McIntyre and Petersen split up when Petersen left the WWF in 1985.