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Baby Doll (Nickla Roberts)

Jillian Hall
Missy Hyatt

Marlena (aka Terri Runnels)
Shelly Martinez
Matilda the Bulldog  GALLERY
Miss Elizabeth
  (d. 2003)  GALLERY

Peggy Sue

Sable (aka Rena Mero)
Sensational Sherri (aka Sherri Martel) (d. 2007)

Baby Doll (Nickla Roberts)

Missy Hyatt

Birth Name: Melissa Ann Hiatt
Born: October 16, 1963 in Tallahassee, Florida
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 129 lbs.
Wrestling Debut: 1985

About:  Missy Hyatt, unlike most wrestling babes, has enjoyed a very long career in the wrestling industry.  So many women come and go in wrestling, but Missy has done it for the better part of her life.  And she started young!  Missy is known for being very top heavy, and is one of the bustiest in the history of the business!  She started in 1985 with WCCW (World Championship Class Wrestling).  Sometime in late 1986, Missy moved to UWF (Universal Wrestling Federation).  In 1988, she married wrestler Eddie Gilbert.  They later divorced in 1989.

    For a very brief period in early 1987, Hyatt was invited to work for WWF (World Wrestling Federation).  To make a long story short, it didn't work out, and Missy went back to the UWF.  Later in 1987, UWF was bought out by NWA's (National Wrestling Alliance) Jim Crockett Promotions.  In 1988, Ted Turner bought out Jim Crockett Promotions and renamed it WCW (World Championship Wrestling).  This would be the most famous period of Missy Hyatt's career.  Missy was essentially a sexy model, and like all sexy models in wrestling she was made as valet, or manager, or commentator.  It wouldn't be until the late 1990s that sexy wrestling babes actually wrestled regularly.

    In 1993, Hyatt's association with WCW ended over a nasty sexual harrassment lawsuit, and for back money owed.  In 1996, Missy joined the ECW (Extreme Championship Wrestling).  She soon left ECW and started working in the independent wrestling promotions.  Missy started working for Women Superstars Uncensored in April 2007 and has been based in the New Jersey outfit to this day.  She hosts her own interview segment, "Missy's Manor".

    Missy Hyatt has kept herself up well and still looks pretty darn good in middle age!  She's peddled her wares for years on her own successful website (www.missyhyatt.net).  Hyatt still remains one of the too-few true success stories in the arena of wrestling babes.

Matilda the Bulldog  GALLERY

Quickie Facts:
  • Maybe not a babe of the human persuasion, but real-life bulldog Matilda was a female superstar of the WWF just the same.  She was the mascot for the British Bulldogs tag team, beginning in 1987.
  • Matilda's gimmick was scaring away enemies of the British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith & Dynamite Kid).  The one she scared the most was evil manager Bobby "The Brain" Heenan.
  • In late 1987, a storyline was played out where Matilda went missing!  She was the victim of a dognapping!  Very early on, it was alluded to that the culprit was Bobby "The Brain" Heenan and his tag team, The Islanders.
  • Matilda's disappearance was the object of a major promotion.  A "Get Well Matilda" letter-writing campaign was started, T-shirts were made, articles appeared in the official "WWF Magazine", and the story was talked about on the WWF TV shows for a few months.
  • When people wrote letters to Matilda, they were actually put on a WWF catalog mailing list.  The whole story idea was a way to beef up merchandise sales.  It worked.
  • Matilda was returned, safe and sound.  However, she had a newfound hatred for Bobby "The Brain" Heenan.
  • In real life, The British Bulldogs left the WWF in late 1988.  There was a number of things happening behind-the-scenes with the wrestler cousins, and with them and the company.  The Matilda dognapping storyline is said to have been embarassing for them.  I thought it was cute!  Especially since it turned out the dog was alright.
  • I'm not sure if the British Bulldogs kept Matilda after the WWF or not.  Stay tuned for further updates.

Personal Thoughts From Polar Blair:
  • The British Bulldogs never stood out for me, but I loved Matilda!  She's the only thing that made them interesting.  I'd love to find out more about Matilda.  Who owned her?  When did she pass away?  If you can help, please CONTACT ME.

Miss Elizabeth  GALLERY

Birth Name: Elizabeth Ann Hulette
Born: November 19, 1960 in Louisville, Kentucky
Died: May 1, 2003 in Marietta, Georgia (age 42)
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 115 lbs.
Wrestling Debut: May, 1985
Retired: August 17, 2000

About:  Until the WWF Divas started, Miss Elizabeth was THE most famous woman in the wrestling world.  There were lots of women in wrestling before Elizabeth, but no one as endearing.  Her character was a lot nicer.  Unlike most women in wrestling, Elizabeth was "clean and ladylike"..."pure as the driven snow".  In her nice, attractive outfits, Miss Elizabeth was the perfect contrast to "Macho Man" Randy Savage, a thug in the truest sense of the word.  It was a funny, odd pairing and it struck a chord with fans and non-fans of wrestling.

    A storyline began where a number of managers were bidding to represent "Macho Man" Randy Savage.  He surprised everyone when he picked an unnamed woman as his new manager.  She looked like a beautiful movie starlet!  It was later revealed that her name was Miss Elizabeth.  From that point on, Elizabeth was Macho Man's manager.

    Elizabeth's first major angle, and probably most popular, was being the object of desire for the primitive wildman George "The Animal" Steele.  This would upset Macho Man and the two would fight it out over Elizabeth.  The feud started in 1986 and ran for over a year.  Elizabeth was also a big part in the feuds Macho Man had with Hulk Hogan and Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat.

    In later 1987, Elizabeth was desired by The Honky Tonk Man.  So another great feud started between Macho Man and Honky Tonk.  In 1988, the same thing happened with Big Boss Man, although that was fairly short-lived.  Starting in 1988, there was a recurring theme that Hulk Hogan may have been "lusting after" Elizabeth.  In 1989, things came to a head between Hogan and Macho Man, ultimately ending their already-uneasy alliance for good.  Elizabeth was pretty much dismissed by Macho Man for awhile, and was replaced by the not-so-pretty Sensational Sherri.  I still say this is one of the worst mistakes WWF ever made in their storylines.  Elizabeth was rarely seen for the rest of 1989.

    There was a rivalry between Elizabeth and Sensational Sherri for awhile.  Elizabeth ultimately won Macho Man back.  At SummerSlam 1991, the two had a heavily-promoted on-air wedding at New York City's Madison Square Garden.  In reality, Savage and Elizabeth had been married since December 30, 1984!  At the staged wedding reception, newly-turned bad guy Jake "The Snake" Roberts and Undertaker harassed Elizabeth and attacked Savage.  This started a feud between Savage and Jake "The Snake".  When "The Snake" got too out of control with Elizabeth, Undertaker turned on him!

    In 1992, Elizabeth's final angle with WWF was a storyline where bad guy Ric Flair claimed that he dated Miss Elizabeth before she knew Macho Man and that she still wanted him.  Like always, Macho Man was off to beat on Ric Flair.  Her final WWF appearance was on April 19, 1992.  Shortly after this appearance, Randy Savage and Elizabeth actually divorced; it was final late that Summer.  In the WWF Magazine, Savage made an official statement about the divorce and thanking his and her fans through the years.  It was (and still is) a rare occurrence for wrestlers to talk about their real private lives.  After this statement, the divorce was never referred to or mentioned in any of Macho Man's future storylines.

    As soon as her WWF days ended, it would seem Elizabeth (the real person and her character) fell into a state of dysfunction.  She was starting to wear risque outfits, and her character was a tramp.  Miss Elizabeth returned to the world of wrestling in 1996, this time with WCW (World Championship Wrestling).  By now, "Macho Man" Randy Savage was also with the company, and Elizabeth became his valet once more.  For the next two years she went from Savage to Ric Flair, then back to Savage before joining Hulk Hogan (June, 1998) during his "bad guy" phase.  This didn't last long, and she was next seen with Eric Bischoff.  In real life, Elizabeth married a South Florida lawyer by the name of Cary Lubetsky on December 6, 1997.  The marriage was short-lived, and they were officially divorced on April 19, 1999.  Starting in early 1999, Elizabeth also served as valet for Lex Luger and Kevin Nash.

    In 2000, Elizabeth continued her association with Lex Luger and they did, indeed, become a couple in real life.  On May 8, 2000, Miss Elizabeth wrestled in her first-ever match against Daffney.  She then wrestled Rhonda Singh and Madusa.  On August 17, 2000, Elizabeth was released from her WCW contract.  She never did make another wrestling appearance.  Despite this, she and Luger remained together.  It wasn't a fairytale romance.  There were incidents of domestic abuse and drug use.  The latter is what finally took Elizabeth from us at the too-soon age of 42.  Elizabeth's mother, angry at the wrestling industry for turning her onto the reckless lifestyle, banned anyone involved with wrestling from attending her funeral in Kentucky.  It's a sad end for a 1980s icon.

Peggy Sue

Quickie Facts:
  • Peggy Sue was the mysterious woman friend of heel wrestler, The Honky Tonk Man.  In reality, Peggy Sue was Sherri Martel, best-known as The Sensational Sherri!
  • Peggy Sue was later manager Jimmy "Mouth of the South" Hart in drag!
  • There was always a written rivalry between Peggy Sue and Miss Elizabeth, as Honky Tonk Man and "Macho Man" Randy Savage were bitter rivals.
  • Sherri Martel died in 2007.

Personal Thoughts From Polar Blair:
  • I didn't like the Honky Tonk Man character, so I never found Peggy Sue any more than slightly amusing.
Sensational Sherri (aka Sherri Martel)

Quickie Facts:
  • Sherri Martel, later known as Sensational Sherri, was much better-looking in real life than her weird makeup and outfits would imply.
  • Sherri's most popular wrestling period was with the WWF from 1987-1993.
  • Sherri actually had a pretty good body on her and her face was exotic-looking, but not ugly.  Sensational Sherri, however, was certainly an ugly character.  Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake referred to her as "Scary Sherri".
  • Sherri, in disguise as Peggy Sue, was the mysterious woman friend of heel wrestler, The Honky Tonk Man.  The character of Peggy Sue was later played by manager Jimmy "Mouth of the South" Hart in drag!
  • Sherri was born as Sherri Russell on February 8, 1958.
  • She died on June 17, 2007 at the age of 49.  Cause of death was an accidental overdose of multiple drugs in her system, one of which was oxycodone.
  • Sherri's real name, at time of death, was Sherri Schrull.
  • We do know Sherri was married and divorced at least twice.
  • We also know Sherri had at least one son.
  • Sherri made her wrestling debut in 1980.  She debuted under the name Sherri Martine.
  • Sometime in 1980 or 81, Sherri trained at The Fabulous Moolah's wrestling school.  Moolah, herself, changed Sherri's name to Sherri Martel, and sent her to wrestle in Japan in 1981.
  • According to Moolah, Sherri liked to party at nightclubs too much.  This got Sherri kicked out of Moolah's school.
  • Sherri Martel made her WWF debut on July 24, 1987.
  • In her first WWF match, Sherri Martel defeated The Fabulous Moolah for the WWF Women's Championship.  From the very beginning, there was a written rivalry between Sherri and Moolah.
  • Sherri soon renamed herself as the rather scary-looking Sensational Sherri.
  • Starting in 1989, a rivalry between Sensational Sherri and Miss Elizabeth started that continued throughout 1991.
  • In real life, Miss Elizabeth and real-life husband Randy Savage were having problems.  In the stories, Savage dismissed Miss Elizabeth and replaced her with Sensational Sherri.  Elizabeth was rarely seen for most of 1989.
  • The WWF phased out its women's division in 1990, but Sensational Sherri Martel stayed on to manage male wrestlers.
  • When Miss Elizabeth came back to the WWF, the feud between her and Sensational Sherri got pretty intense; most notably at Wrestlemania V, VI, and VII.  In the story, Elizabeth won back Randy Savage.
  • Sensational Sherri turned on Randy Savage when he lost at Wrestlemania VII.  Elizabeth came to Randy's defense.  This is how Elizabeth won back Randy.
  • Miss Elizabeth and Randy Savage "married" at the SummerSlam in 1991.  In reality, they had been married since 1984.
  • Sensational Sherri, permanently split from "Macho Man" Randy Savage, managed "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase until 1992.
  • From 1992 to 1993, Sensational Sherri managed Shawn Michaels.
  • Sherri retired from wrestling in 2006.

Personal Thoughts From Polar Blair:
  • I still think the inclusion of Sensational Sherri as Randy Savage's new woman was one of the BIGGEST mistakes the WWF ever made!  I've got nothing against Sherri personally, but this just wasn't a good idea.  Randy Savage HAD to have Elizabeth.  That's it.  I DID think it was cool for Miss Elizabeth to have a rival in Sensational Sherri, however.