Friday, June 15, 2007

Sensational Sherri Dead at 49



Longtime ringside valet/heel manager, Sherri Martel aka "Sensational Sherri" has passed away at age 49.

Here is the official acknowledgement from WWE.com:

""Sensational" Sherri passes away
By Corey Clayton
Written: June 15, 2007

WWE is saddened to learn of the death of WWE Hall of Famer “Sensational” Sherri. She was 49.

In the early 1980s, Sherri began her career in the AWA. In 1985, she defeated Candi Devine to become the AWA Women’s Champion. Their rivalry lasted more than a year, with the championship trading hands on several occasions.

It was during this time that she began perfecting her skills as a manager, leading “Playboy” Buddy Rose and “Pretty Boy” Doug Somers to the AWA Tag Team Championship. On June 28, 1986, Martel would win the AWA Women’s Championship for a third and final time from Candi Devine.

On July 24, 1987, “Sensational” Sherri debuted in WWE, pinning her trainer and mentor the Fabulous Moolah to become Women’s Champion. Sherri defended the gold against Debbie Combs, Velvet McIntyre, and Desiree Peterson.

She quickly earned the reputation as someone who would do anything to win, even if it meant using unsavory tactics. Her rivalry with Moolah continued as they became the captains for the first-ever female Survivor Series teams in 1989. Sherri held the championship for 15 months before losing to Rockin’ Robin.

In the early ‘90s WWE phased out the Women’s Division, leaving Sherri to focus on managing the male wrestlers. Her first client was “Macho Man” Randy Savage. It was during this time that she became “Sensation Queen.”

The couple had rivals with Miss Elizabeth, Hulk Hogan, Dusty Rhodes and Sapphire. In 1991, “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase enlisted her services. After that relationship dissolved, she took on the managerial duties of Shawn Michaels.

In 1994, Sherri appeared in WCW as “Sensuous” Sherri managing Ric Flair during his rivalries with Sting and Hulk Hogan. After separating from Flair, she became “Sister” Sherri guiding Harlem Heat to seven WCW Tag Team Championships.

Sherri was enshrined in the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006. “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase was her presenter."

Check out wwe.com for more info on this story, as well as a bio of Sherri. You can also see Sherri's Wikipedia entry here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sensational_Sherri

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4 Comments:

Blogger ***Jovi~Girl*** said...

R.I.P. Sherri, baby! I Love You, huni!!! You will be sadly missed xxx

June 15, 2007 at 5:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

R.I.P. Sherri And We Will Miss You And My Condolences To Your Family

June 15, 2007 at 7:18 PM  
Blogger Beth Denise said...

Oh my God! I will never forget "Sensational" Sherri or "Scarey" Sherri that Beefcake said she was. I will always remember this woman, pioneer of Women's Wrestling, psycho *LOL* Diva who let the boys know who was boss.

Sherri is the main reason why I am a wrestler and manager today and I am so grateful that she shared this wonderful gift with the rest of the world.

Sherri, I have never met you, but you made a very long and lasting impace on my life. Because of you, I am in the business I love so much, wrestling and I have you to thank for that. One of these days when this world has gone, I will see you again and tell you how much I loved and admired you.

I guess God needed another Angel in heaven and he wanted you. I guess you can't ask for too much more than that.

May God keep you in His arms as your journey to meet Him.

Rest Forever In Peace,
Elizabeth Leggins
Ontario, CA

June 16, 2007 at 4:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP Sherry

June 17, 2007 at 12:55 AM  

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