Canon Discontinuity: The Women's world title had continuity between two companies. Her first title reign wasn't recognized by the NWA. To counter this, the WWF decided her first title reign hadn't ever ended (not for twenty eight years anyway). If you just look at things as they really happened, then her longest title reign was ten years.
Cool Mask: Used one in a very controversial match with Wendi Richter.
Cool Teacher: Stu Hart, of the somewhat known wrestling school The Dungeon, referred students that he could not or would not teach to her school, such as Desiree Peterson (This was before Natalya trained in the Dungeon in 2000.)
Never Mess with Granny: She became the oldest champion in the WWF after defeating Ivory. Ivory won the belt back but still had to lose two matches to Moolah for that to happen. (The first was a handicap match with Mae Young.)
Signature Move: The Moolah whip, which is where she would grab someone by the hair and whip them through the air by it.
Squash Match: Defeated Velvet McIntyre at WrestleMania 2 in a mere 1:25.
Time of Myths: Before she went to Vince McMahon Sr.'s Capitol Wrestling Corporation, she was nearly stabbed by an angry fan for kissing the Mexican Wrestler The Elephant Boy on the cheek while she managed him. It was said the fan mistook Elephant boy for a black man and back in the day, fans would often attack wrestlers they didn't like and weren't open to that kind of "interracial" contact.
Winona Littleheart (Winona Barkley) late 1970s - mid 1980s
Heel: The audience made it audible that they hated to see Sherri win. Seeing Sherri get embarrassed got good pops though. She was also a very popular manager and valet. Also, her solo version of Shawn's "Sexy Boy" theme, meant to be grating, is a fan favorite.
Villain Decay: Someone on the booking team decided that she should not be allowed to use the same power moves male wrestlers were using. She couldn't come up with enough not-taken moves to really command matches anymore, reducing Bertha from dominant villain into a Joke Character.
Aborted Arc: The storyline with her as Brian Pillman's valet in September 1997 was supposed to have led to her going heel on Goldust, but Pillman's death cancelled those plans. Instead, she was Put on a Bus of her own accord so she could focus on taking care of her and Dustin's daughter, Dakota.
Ambiguously Gay: Very slightly alluded to when she first debuted as Goldust's valet - mostly through her smoking cigars. WWF booking wanted to put her in an ambiguously-lesbian angle with Sable, but Sable refused to do the angle and so the ambiguously gay aspect of Marlena's character was quietly dropped.
Arch-Enemy: Chyna at first, because she debuted during the Goldust-HHH feud in February 1997, later the Kat.
Ask a Stupid Question...: And the Undertaker will ask you, "What's your point?," as he did on the July 1, 2002 Raw, when Terri asked him if he was concerned going into his ladder match with Jeff Hardy that night since he'd never been in one before.
Breather Match: Her "Thong Stinkface Match" vs. the Kat at SummerSlam 2000 was this. The match came right after the big TLC match between theHardys, Edge/Christian and The Dudley Boys, and was a chance for the announcers and the audience to catch their collective breath. After a match filled with all kinds of stunning, groundbreaking, exciting and innovative action, it was necessary to slow down the pace by putting on a match that, well, wasn't.
Ms. Fanservice: Occasionally wrestled, but that really wasn't her job. After Val Venis defeated Marc Mero by DQ on the September 13 (taped September 1), 1998 WWF Sunday Night Heat, Jackie attacked her, prompting Jim Ross to say, "She's a showhorse, not a workhorse."
Straight: On the premiere episode of Shotgun Saturday Night, January 4, 1997, Goldust (w/Marlena) faced The Sultan (Rikishi) (w/Mr. Bob Backlund). At one point, the Sultan had Goldust trapped in the camel clutch. Marlena got up on the apron and, with her back to the camera, lowered the top of her dress (though she was wearing a paste-on bra), causing Backlund to freak out and attempt to cover the Sultan's eyes. Goldust ultimately won by countout, and Marlena was jokingly announced as the "winner."
Averted. Crossed with Real Life Writes the Plot: Was the manager for the Radicals (Dean Malenko and Perry Saturn) in early 2001. Saturn had faced Mike Bell on the May 12 (taped May 7), 2001 episode of Jakked in a match where Saturn got dropped on his head and retaliated by stiffing the heck out of Bell, leading to him being Put on a Bus for a few weeks. On the May 21 episode of Raw, Terri entered theAPA's office and attempted to distract them by pouring their beer on her white shirt. Later, the APA faced Saturn and Malenko (w/Terri, who had changed to a robe) in a match where, as Saturn's punishment for stiffing Bell, the APA beat the heck out of him, with Bradshaw No-Selling Terri flashing him. This led to Saturn's gimmick of saying goofy things that always ended with him saying "You're welcome!" and carrying around a mop he called "Moppy."
Sexy Soaked Shirt: Along with the example above, some during photoshoots. She was supposed to have a Wet T-shirt contest against Trish on the January 7, 2002 Raw, with Lawler "officiating" of course, but Jazz ran in and beat up Trish instead.
Nipple and Dimed: Ivory pulled her shirt off on the April 5, 1999 Raw, and she wasn't wearing a bra, but she was face down on the mat before anything could be seen. Then the Undertaker made his way out and completely changed the subject.
Shout-Out: The name "Marlena" was a tribute to Marlene Dietrich as part of her and Goldust's salute to the androgynous stars of classic Hollywood.
Skirts and Ladders: The finals of her "Terri Invitational Tournament", where the winning team got $100,000 and Terri's managerial services, between theHardys and Edge/Christian was a ladder match at No Mercy 1999. To promote it, she did a promo where she was climbing a ladder while wearing a skirt, complete with Lawler looking up, though, uncharacteristically, nothing was actually shown.
Tar and Feathers: On September 2, 2002, she faced Stacy Keibler on Raw in the first-ever Lingerie Pillow Fight. Although Terri won, Stacy got revenge on her by KO-ing her with a giant alarm clock and then coating her in some sort of syrup/motor-oil-like goo and pillow feathers.
Trash Talk: On the January 6 (taped January 3), 2002 Sunday Night Heat, ran down Trish Stratus, saying how, when Trish arrived in WWE, everyone was saying that she was doing a "Terri Runnels she-devil gimmick," adding that she has better legs than Trish does and, "I even think I spent more money on my boob job than Trish." Terri finished by throwing to the premiere of Rob Zombie's "Never Gonna Stop (The Red Red Kroovy)" videonote Which included clips of Edge, as this was his new theme song at the time, saying that she's never gonna stop being better than Trish.
Trope Namer: In-Universe: While a member of PMS, introduced the word Diva into WWE's lexicon, though she rarely gets the credit for it. (She wasn't even nominated for "Diva of the Decade" at the Raw X special in January 2003).
Acrofatic: She was initially kinda big when she first showed up as one half of the Japanese Devils but was always agile and the more mobile of the two. She had slimmed down by the time of her official debut as a singles wrestler.
Signature Move: A Scorpion crosslock (combined Sharpshooter/full nelson), described by the commentators as "something oriental". Also an axe guillotine driver (back to belly piledriver) called Bull's Poseidon which was usually done to counter Blayze's power bomb attempts.
Wrestling Monster: She once no-sold being dropped on her head. Maybe it was the hair that cushioned it?
Sable (Rena Mero Lesnar, born Rena Greek) 1996-1999, 2003-2004
Sunny (Tamara Lynn Sytch) 1995-1998
Arch-Enemy: Barry Horowitz, by virtue of his surprise win over Skip, then whoever Skip/the Bodydonnas were feuding with, carrying over to the enemies of whoever she was managing at a given time.
Ahmed Johnson qualifies as well, since she once offered to manage him and he turned her down, calling her "trash." She responded by bringing in Faarooq Asad, who gave him the kidney injury that pretty much wrecked his momentum for the rest of his WWE run.
Ms. Fanservice: In late 1996 and all of 1997, this was her main job in the WWF. Episodes of Raw would open with her in the bathtub or doing some other sexy activity. In fact, she was easily the first female character in WWE history to have this specific role.
Won a Slammy for "Best Buns".
Non-Action Girl: She had an arm-wrestling match with Marlena. That was as close as she got. Surprisingly, once she ended up in WCW she turned out to be pretty good (by valet standards, at least) at actual wrestling. She even busted out a northern lights suplex a few times!
The Vamp: Wore thongs and skimpy outfits and would use her looks to distract the opponents of whoever she was managing at the time.
Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: After Chris Candido went back to ECW in late 1996 and Faarooq split to form the Nation of Domination, she spent 1997 in a variety of roles. These included ring announcer, referee for Mexican midget matches, backstage interviewer, and host of a commentary segment on Shotgun Saturday Night called "Sunny Undercover." This wasn't a Talk Show with Fists so much as a forum for her to offer her thoughts on whatever was going on in WWE at the time.
Arch-Enemy: For the short time she was there, Ivory.
Bigger Is Better: In hyping the Miss Royal Rumble Swimsuit Competition, she asked Lawler if he thought the fans might want to see a "bigger show."
Clothing Damage: This was part of her debut, though before she was officially named. Jacqueline had defeated Ivory in a "Gravy Bowl Match" with Miss Kitty as the referee on the 1999 Thanksgiving Episode of SmackDown!. Kitty had something lodged in her throat and BB came down to giver her the Heimlich maneuver. Ivory attacked BB, tore her top open, so she was there in her bra, and threw her into the gravy.
Ivory ripped BB's shirt off again that following Monday on Raw.
Non-Action Girl: Other than her appearance in the Evening Gown in a Pool match at WWF Armageddon 99, she was not used in an in-ring capacity.
Only Known by Initials: She was first introduced as Barbara Bush, but from that point on she became known as BB.
Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Not her, but Bubba Ray Dudley used one to set up the above item. Edge and Christian had defeated the Dudleys, and Bubba acted like he was injured, which naturally brought out BB. Cue tablebomb.
American Accents: Of the southern variety. She's originally from West Memphis, AR. She exaggerated it at times (e.g., in her promo at WWF Armageddon 99 and in a mic confrontation with Terri that set up their Catfight match at WrestleMania XVI), though the voice she used for her interview on the 2000 WWF Divas: Postcard from the Caribbean VHS release is softer.
Arch-Enemy: Terri (funny), Right to Censor (serious)
Ass Kicks You: Defeated Terri in their "Thong Stinkface Match" (see Breather Match in Terri's entry) at SummerSlam 2000, and it was a regular part of her offense.
Incredibly Lame Pun: At the start of her segment on WWF Divas: Postcard from the Caribbean, she says that she's not really a wrestler, she's "more of a Catfighter, pardon the expression."
Kayfabe: During her segment on the 2000 VHS release, she talked about the Miss Kitty and the Kat characters in the third person, drawing a line between her real self and her onscreen character, though not using her real name.
Although her relationship with Lawler was not acknowledged on WWE TV, when she, Terri, Jacqueline, Ivory and B.B. appeared on The Howard Stern Show to plug the "Miss Royal Rumble" contest at Royal Rumble 2000, she said, "It's not who you know, it's who you do."
Clothing Damage: Defeated Terri in an arm-wrestling match at the UK-only PPV WWF Insurrextion 2000. After the match, Terri retaliated by ripping Kat's shirt open, exposing her breasts. She covered up for a second before showing them again, although WWE's cameras cut to a long distance side view.
Establishing Character Moment: Defeated WWE Women's Champion Ivory, Jacqueline and B.B. in a Four Way Evening Gown in a Pool Match to win the title at WWE Armageddon 99, December 12, 1999. She then cut a promo about how everyone came to the show to see her get naked and how "they made me wear underwear."note On the December 6, 1999 Raw, Chyna had added Kitty to the match and Kitty objected, saying "I don't wear underwear!" She celebrated by stripping her gown off so she was in her bra and panties and jumped into the pool. She climbed back onto the stage and took her bra off, thus providing the first instance of deliberate toplessness on a WWE PPV in the U.S. note Sable had pulled Jacqueline's, who was sitting on referee Tim White's neck and punching at him, shirt off, revealing that she wasn't wearing a bra after Sable and Christian had defeated Jacqueline and Marc Mero at Capital Carnage in London, England on December 6, 1998, before Sgt Slaughter covered her with a towel and he and some referees carried her to the back.
I Was Quite a Looker: It wasn't the "Diva" look, but, she was rather attractive, as odd as it sounds today.
The Lad-ette: In her prime she was known for her habit of drinking and gambling with the male wrestlers she was on tour with.
Never Mess with Granny: How many 80-year old women do you know that are not only willing, but eager to be put through tables?
Not only did she want to go through the table, but when Bubba Ray Dudley tried to soften her landing and lessen the force he used on the throw, she walked up to him, slapped him across the face, and told him "throw me through the table, asshole".
It's been said that, when Bubba wanted to rehearse going through the table, she ran up and put herself through the table.
Took a Level in Badass: She was always badass, but her confrontation with LayCool at "Old School Raw", calling them "bitches" and "sluts" (in WWE's "PG-Era", no less), was a welcome level for her.
Ur Example: The first NWA women's champion, a title that if missed from the above Moolah entry, had continuity with the WWE women's championship. Officially, Moolah is the first WWE women's champion after the company cut its ties with the NWA.
Debuted in the InVasion (2001)
Jazz (Carlene Denise Moore-Begnaud) 2001-2004, 2006-2007
Green-Eyed Monster: First when Torrie Wilson was chosen to pose in Playboy over her and she wasn't even allowed in the mansion to see Hugh Hefner by his security. Then when Jamie Knoble won the lottery and tried to pay Torrie to sleep with him.
Kayfabe: Appeared on a special WWE Tough Enough episode of the Reality ShowBlind Date in October 2002 and stayed completely in character the whole time, going on about her storyline then-boyfriend Jamie Noble to the annoyance of her date.
Ms. Fanservice: The March 22, 2004 Raw featured the Draft Lottery, where she was switched from SmackDown! to Raw. She celebrated by removing her SmackDown! shirt, so she was momentarily on stage in her bra, and putting on a Raw shirt instead.
Spicy Latina: Subverted, when WWE paired this Texan/Puerto Rican up with Jamie Noble and billed her from a trailer in West Virginia. She showed some signs of it after she learned he had been taking advantage of her blind state.
Wrestling Family: Well, almost. Her sister was briefly in WWE's developmental promotion OVW under the name Nurse Lulu, but nothing came of it.
Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Defeated Molly Holly and Victoria in a Triple Threat #1 Contender Contract on a Pole Match on the July 5, 2004 Raw. Apparently, it wasn't a Money in the Bank-type situation where she'd get to decide when she wanted to cash in her shot since, Trish, the Champion at the time and who had been on commentary during the match due to an injury, came in and KOed Nidia with the cast on her hand and pinned her in 3 seconds.
But Not Too White: She's of Greek, French and Italian descent, none of which was ever mentioned.
Early-Installment Weirdness: Debuted on the May 30 (taped May 28), 2002 SmackDown! as Vince McMahon's paralegal, with the name "Dawn Marie Rinaldi." This was eventually all forgotten about. It did provide Lawler the chance to make the cheap joke about how he'd "like to see her briefs" during the Divas Undressed competition.
Genius Bruiser: Graduated from the New York University Stern School of Business
Kick Them While They Are Down: At No Mercy 2004, she and The Dudley Boys faced Charlie Haas, Rico and Miss Jackie in a six-person mixed tag match. This was during the time when she was claiming that she and Charlie were having an affair. Prior to the match, Dawn walked into a locker room where Jackie was getting dressed and was topless with her arms wrapped around her breasts. Dawn proceeded to cut a promo on Jackie, who was essentially defenseless. Dawn literally could have done anything she wanted to at the time since Jackie would be incapable of countering or defending against it since she'd risk exposing herself in the process.
Bikini Bar: Crossed with a Shout-Out. For the October 2003 all-Divas issue of Raw Magazine, she did a photo-shoot, which can be seen on the 2004 WWE Divas: South of the Border DVD, at Satin Dolls, the real-life club used as the Bada-Bing Club on The Sopranos. Among the "outfits" she wore were a pair of blue jeans (with no panties) pulled down so that most of her butt was exposed on camera.
Clothing Damage: Her pants ripped in the back during her match with Torrie Wilson at Judgment Day 2004, revealing her thong and she had to wrestle the rest of the match that way.
Shower Of Love: Dawn and Matt Hardy d. Torrie and Rikishi on the October 17, 2002 SmackDown!. After the match, Torrie went looking for her father and found him, fully clothed, in a shower with Dawn, who was naked and her butt was briefly shown on camera. Torrie was shocked and ran and, when the camera cut back, Dawn was standing behind Al.
Scenery Censor: From the March 13 (taped March 11), 2003 SmackDown!, the same night that the Girls Gone Wild PPV (featuring appearances by Stacy, Torrie and Nidia) aired. Sean O'Haire, doing his Corrupter gimmick, approached her backstage and noticed she was upset. Dawn said that she was upset that Playboy had picked Torrie instead of her. Sean suggested that she should take the opportunity to show her body on SmackDown, adding "I'm not telling you anything that you don't already know." Dawn walked down to the ring and opened her top to "flash" the crowd, with the top rope in the way, of course. Oh, and she actually had tape over her nipples.
Christy Hemme (Christina Lee "Christy" Hemme) (2004-2005)
Biker Babe: It got her ass kicked by Melina, whom apparently did not know what a cruiser was and didn't like the noise it made. Christy accidentally broke one of Melina's nails while trying to explain, sending her into a rage but it all worked out since it lead to Christy helping the Road Warriors take down Melina's team, MNM.
Foreshadowing: She was booked to box the other diva search finalist but WWE was denied for not having a license to have a boxing match, so instead they were given ridiculous gloves and told to "beat" on Johnathan Coachman. WWE would later have a real boxing match on the Million dollar tough enough between Miz and Daniel Puder.
Signature Move: A sunset flip in the corner. Also a reverse neckbreaker (it was supposed to be inspired by Lita's twist of fate and was called a finishing move but really was not.)
The Worf Effect: To set up Victoria and Melina as viable threats to other wrestlers as well as to show off a move Ashley Massaro knew. Christy was not much of a wrestler in or out of kayfabe but she did not lose quite enough to be an out and out jobber.
Cloudcuckoolander: Chris Masters, whose Red Baron is "The Masterpiece," assumed she just made a mistake when she called him 'The Masterbate' but it stands to reason she actually heard people saying that and didn't realize why it was derogatory.
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Seriously. Girl can't remember who the President is, but she can spout of a stream of perfect legalese during the Bischoff Trial arc in a fabulous Take That to everyone who was stereotyping her as a ditz.
To everyone who doesn't know how it started, Bischoff forced her to fight against Kurt Angle when Maria was interviewing him. Maria got hit by a vicious Angle Slam and could've had the Ankle Lock on her had Cena not come in. Then when she's called for duty, she asks Mick Foley to bring out Mr. Socko so she can explain her opinion on Bischoff. Instead of being bubbly and sweet she turns serious and gives this answer:
Maria: Last week, Eric Bischoff abused his power in a way that was malicious and capricious. It is this rash discourse that has ultimately led the locker room into disdain and mutiny, and should be grounds for his immediate dismissal.
Real Life Writes the Plot: Was initially a straight-man interviewer, but was so green that she fumbled over her dialogue again and again. The writers turned this into her intentionally being a ditz, and Maria used the gimmick to grow comfortable on TV, as well as carving out a character trait.
Action Girl: She had some believable victories over Jillian(before her jobber period) not long after coming in on Smackdown. On the other hand, this lead Kristal to feud with Ashley, whom she believed herself to be more talented than.
Beauty Contest: She was a beauty queen and a model before joining the company.
Cassandra Truth: Ashley was the first to recognize something was not quite right with Mickie James but no one paid her much attention until Mickie was beating the piss out of her.
Dark Is Not Evil: Dressed up as a gothic angel and fairy for two Halloweens, was a face at the time.
Faux Action Girl: Was actually given two WrestleMania matches and pushed for the Women's title at one point, despite her wrestling ability being...well...non existant. She revealed years later that WWE had never actually trained her properly and she had only ever been trained on a per-match basis
Ms. Fanservice: Both Melina and Ashley ripped her shirt off at points. She posed for Playboy magazine and did several Go.daddy.com commercials at for the super bowl that had her washing cars in thongs and such.
Put on a Bus: After she was drafted to SmackDown! as part of the 2009 Supplemental Draft, but was released before ever appearing on the show.
Real Life Writes the Plot/Worked Shoot: There are cases to be made for both regarding her feud with Melina. Candice accused Melina of stealing some of her moves on her blog and Melina responded by posting an image of herself using the Kyrapractor on the independent circuit to show she had been using them before coming to WWE and before Candice was a wrestler and also gave her a variety of other insults. WWE refused to publish Candice's response to that and the next blog of hers they did publish was right before they started their on screen feud.
I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: Flashed Rob Conway, with her back to the camera, during the Rico-Rob Conway (w/Rene Dupree) match on the January 26, 2004 Raw, leading to Rico winning the match. During the postmatch replay, Lawler was so flustered he mixed up the names of La Resistance.note For what followed from this, go to Stacy's page.
Blondes are Evil: Both Michelle and Maryse were in an Evil Versus Evil feud. Then Beth Phoenix ultimately sided with Michelle over Mickie James. Later subverted, in that Blondterouge were one of Laycool's biggest enemies late into their run.
Deep South: Strangely, the wrestlers WWE gets from Florida usually do not have the accent or mannerism, partner in crime Alicia Fox for example. Although, she spent her break time from WWE with a company called Deep South Wrestling until it went under so it might have been picked up.
Finishing Move: Prior to the Faith breaker (Styles Clash/Crash Landing) it was a split-legged king kong buster she called The Wings Of Love and before that a hair pull back breaker/head crash she called the "final exam"(this one would be taken up by Katie Lea as the "catnap"). She was also a big fan of the Brazilian heel hook, often preceded by an Indian wrestling style roll-through to show off or make it look more painful (called MADT-Make A Diva Tap, as a heel).
Game-Breaking Injury: As a heel she had a love for breaking other wrestlers' heels and or ankle tendons. In the time leading up to her shot at the title Michelle made a concentrated effort to break Melina's jaw whenever they met and recruited Alicia Fox to help in the task.
Groin Attack: She liked to counter sunset flips with a baseball slide and sometimes aimed a little...low. Her most notable use though was a baseball slide she gave to Melina during her famous dropping split entrance. Being the athlete she is, Melina would simply lift herself above over the sliding McCool on subsequent attempts but still, ouch.
Hot Teacher: Her jobs before WWE, school teacher and kick boxing teacher. Past gimmick too.
Jerkass: Good God, yes. Especially as part of LayCool, though at that point she was more interested in teasing and belittling people than physically breaking them she still would if the opportunity presented itself.
Light Is Not Good: Many of her moves have a religious connotation, but she does not live up to those standards.
Small Name, Big Ego: Her initial heel gimmick after winning the women's title from Melina was akin to Harley Race's, claiming to be the best ever and proclaiming after every successful title defense how it proved she was better than all the "so called divas" who came before her.
Spot Monkey: During her first few WWE matches it is pretty apparent. She moved beyond the spot monkey period quickly but even then her offense often came off as Awesome, but Impractical since most of the other diva search contestants were not keeping up with her growth as a performer or her actions in the ring. (She would do some kind of twisting takedown or flipping arm lock, only to be slapped or shoved by Maryse, as if they were equal actions. Michelle's matches were better with the likes of Gail Kim, who could more than match her moves)
Statuesque Stunner: She's always among the tallest women wrestlers when on the active roster.
Demoted to Extra: Was never an especially major player in the division, but all but disappeared in 2013 from a combination of being sent home and returning only to find that the tag team she had been managing had been repackaged.
Loony Fan: Towards Beth Phoenix. She debuted attacking Melina after Beth lost the women's championship. Beth was not very appreciative but then boyfriend Santino suggest that they keep Rosa around, that she could be useful to Beth. Rosa showed ambitions to do anything to help but Beth beat her down immediately in their first battle royal together, then had the gall to act surprised when Rosa broke away from her and later announced her intentions to take her down the next time they met.