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. Back in the day, fans would often attack wrestlers they didn't like and weren't open to any 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.
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."
Wet T-Shirt Scene: 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.
What Could Have Been: Was originally going to hold the women's championship longer and fight Bertha Faye but got busted for cocaine.
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.
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.
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.
Executive Meddling/Screwed by the Network/What Could Have Been: In late 2000, started a protest campaign against Right To Censor called the Right to Nudity, as she had been trying to get naked on TV, recruiting the APA (Faarooq and Bradshaw) and Jacqueline for help. This led to a match between Jerry "The King" Lawler (her Real Life husband at the time, though the relationship was not acknowledged on TV) and RTC's Steven Richards at the No Way Out PPV on February 25, 2001, where, if Lawler won, RTC would let Kat get naked on PPV, but, if Richards won, Kat would have to join RTC. Richards won when Kat accidentally hit Lawler with WWE Women's Champion Ivory's title belt, which meant that Kat had to join RTC. She made what would turn out to be her last WWE appearance the next night on Raw with RTC. Kat was fired after the show for reasons that range from "attitude problems" to, according to Lawler, Vince McMahon deciding to end the RTC gimmick. Reportedly, Kat in RTC would have led to an angle where she would have corrupted the group from within by seducing both Val Venis and Ivory into her bed. Instead, that Thursday on SmackDown, RTC (Richards, Bull Buchanan, the Goodfather and Ivory) confronted Val coming out of a dressing room, leading to the group going to the ring and Richards having to cut a vague promo about Val having done something inappropriate but couldn't say what. The RTC gimmick fell apart after that. See Ivory's page for the rest.
Fun Personified: While probably not skilled enough to qualify for full-fledged Action Girl status, she didn't back down either. After she first used a bodyslam, she wrote on her section of Lawler's website, "She now has a finisher!"
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.
Romance on the Set: She was engaged to Kurt Angle's brother Eric while he was in OVW, though they later split for whatever reason.
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.
Action Mom: Was already married with a daughter when she started training to wrestle. This makes her a young mother by USA standards as she had her in-ring debut at 18 and according to OVW commentary had been hanging around the company since she was 16.
Blondes are Evil: On Raw, except for when she was feuding with Kelly Kelly or Lillian Garcia. Not so much on Smackdown, where she mainly feuded with a lot of other blondes (Ashley, Michelle, Torrie, Stacy, ect).
Butt Monkey: Essentially booked to look stupid during her entire run.
Yank the Dog's Chain: After years of bad gimmicks and jobbing and being made to look like an idiot for four years, she actually defeated Mickie James for the WWE Divas' Title on the October 12, 2009 Raw...only to lose it to Melina about a minute later.
Clothing Damage: During her match with Victoria at OVW Fall Brawl 2, September 1, 2004 (aired September 4), the back of her top came undone and the match just stopped, with the referee having to fix it while Victoria simply stood there and waited. Victoria ultimately won.
Demoted to Extra: Similar to Victoria, she was one of the strongest contenders before being reduced to jobbing to everyone.
Dumb Blonde: Not so much at first when she came in as "the fixer" and then became an "image consultant", where she was a decent (if superfluous) manager. Once she developed her "singer" character though...
Dyeing for Your Art: Wanted to get breast implants (despite Jim Cornette trying to stop her). When he saw them he sighed "oh no, not another one" and had her bleach her hair blondenote She is a natural blonde just much darker and do a complete 180 with her character - the explanation was that the implants leaked into her brain and turned her into a Dumb Blonde.
Finishing Move: At first a full nelson face drop(before the Miz took it), then an X-factor.
Green-Eyed Monster: She had a falling out with Ashley because Jillian wanted the attention Ashley was getting from her Playboy cover. Later, Jillian's attempts to maim or permanently injure Ashley Massaro brought about Michelle McCool's face turn. Jillian went to such lengths this time because Ashley was going to dance in one of Timbaland's videos. She also frequently pestered Lillian Garcia for being the designated anthem singer and having a notable music career.
I Have the High Ground: More so in OVW than WWE but she did finish Mickie James with a 450 splash at an OVW event where she was representing WWE SmackDown while Mickie was representing Raw.
Jobber: She started off winning but this became cemented when Jillian became the shortest reigning Diva's champion on record, a record that probably won't be broken. When other punching bags like Kelly and demoted divas like Gail needed a win, this is who they were put up against.
Jossed: In an interview after leaving WWE, she Jossed the story that her bad singer gimmick was created to mock Brooke Hogan (Which Hogan claimed was his reason for breaking away from WWE). The character actually started out as a Throw It In when Jillian was doing a bikini contest at a live event. She's apparently like that in real life too.
Not in the Face!: She would only wrestle initially if wearing her face protector because of a huge tumor on cheek.
Not-So-Harmless Villain: Initially she didn't seem very notable, being MNM's manager/"fixer". She had to fix Mercury and Nitro's issue of not being on the cover of SmackDown Magazine (as opposed to winning matches or something) and Melina's issue with Torrie Wilson(even though Melina handily defeated her every time). Then Stacy Keibler tried to shut Jillian up for prying into her personal business and nearly got squashed.
Red Right Hand: Apparently, people were supposed to dislike her because of the stupid thing on her face. Unfortunately, it worked.
Small Name, Big Ego: As the fixer, who was convinced her services were necessary for people already successful or otherwise in no position to benefit. No so much as the pop singer, she was just too thick headed to realize how bad she was.
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.
Lying Creator: Not Hemme herself but WWE tried to push her and the other diva search contestants as rookies not only to wrestling but to "entertainment television" in general. Hemme was part of a dance team that toured alongside motorcycle rallies, was featured on The Man Show, had been in a few commercials and was a veteran of the lingerie bowl. The fans knew it was bull and some thought it made the 2004 diva search unfair but that did not stop them from voting for Christy till she won.
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.
Ambiguously Bi: Like Brodus Clay, she has a tendency shake her ass when caught in a hold until her opponent gets uncomfortable enough to release it. Natalya (derisively) compared waist locking Naomi to riding a bucking horse.
Ass Kicks You: One of her signatures is hitting her opponent face-first with her ass while jumping in the air. It's named "the booty call"/"The Rear view"
Fake Hair Drama: According to Abraham Washington, Naomi would be easier to put away if every woman she wrestled did not make the mistake of pulling on her apparently expensive weave.
Sassy Black Woman: And yet she is probably the most soft spoken, level headed person on Planet Funk.
Signature Move: A jumping high kick (think Enziguiri minus the feint), flying leg lariat (Finisher in FCW), diving clothesline (double armed like Undertaker but flips over if it connects), spinning leg lariat in the corner which leaves her on the apron, a plancha fakeout and the aforementioned rear view. She's also recently added a split-legged moonsault to her repertoire.
Aborted Arc: Layla and Kaitlyn showed signs of tension with Layla seemingly being jealous over Kaitlyn's title win and Kaitlyn not happy about Layla blind tagging herself into a match. It never went anywhere and they were back to being friends in a few weeks.
Alpha Bitch: With Lena Yada against Kelly Kelly on ECWWE. To the entire division with Michelle McCool later, though she was more like the Beta Bitch then.
Lovable Alpha Bitch: Yes she's a bitch, but her genuine affection for Michelle makes her very adorable.
Always Someone Better: Melina Perez was presented this way up until Layla pinned her after Michelle McCool struck Melina with a crutch, she wouldn't get a clean win though for years to come. This was also the basis of her rivalry with junior diva search winner Eve Torres, whom Layla never did get a decisive win over, not even in arm wrestling or dance offs. It was one of her losses to Eve that actually broke up Laycool.
Attention Whore: She ruined Kaitlyn's chances of regaining the women's championship and sided with AJ because she wanted to be in the center of events. (and rightfully so it did not last long, AJ being crazy and all)
But Not Too Black: During the diva search introduction interviews she claimed her curly hair was not from African descent, which a few sources on the internet saw as an invitation to argue otherwise.
Dance Battler: As a face she would do incredibly silly dances to sucker her opponents in.
Dark Action Girl: She had the fastest jump to actual, decent competition of any diva search winner but did not really take off till she got nasty.
Evil Brit: Though was more often billed from Florida, she was frequently referred as the first British women's champion and she was a heel during this time. Also when she turned down Jamie Noble, who was being uncharacteristically nice to her, for British bully William Regal.
Finishing Move: A back neck breaker she calls the Layout. Sometimes done after a flip from the corner. She also has a roundhouse kick she calls the bombshell.
Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Michelle McCool. To the point where when their relationship got rocky they went into couple's therapy.
Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: By the end of Lay Cool. Her desperate pleas for mercy whilst being crushed by Beth Phoenix/Natalya and her utter devotion to Michelle McCool got her over with the fans.
Put on a Bus: Injured her knee (tore the ac and mc ligaments) in May 2011 during Extreme Rules, and hasn't been seen on television since.
The Bus Came Back: A year after her injury she returns to Extreme Rules and wins the Divas title from Nikki Bella.
Signature Move: An armdrag into a chain of holds she calls infinity (always end in a pin but what kind of pin varies on how long she decides to keep it going), also a double jump crossbody she call LOL (Lots Of Layla).
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.
Screwed By WWE Execs: Released by WWE at what appears to be a really head-scratch-inducing time; just as she's getting national television exposure on The Apprentice. Rumor has it that the WWE brass didn't want her pulling a Stacy Keibler and leaving wrestling once she got famous.
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
Role Ending Misdemeanor: Averted. She was busted for being linked to a high class escort service in 2008 shortly before her release. However she asked for her release in order to take care of her ill daughter.
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 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.
Old Shame: THAT Jackie Gayda match (Bradshaw/Trish Stratus vs. Christopher Nowinski/Jackie Gayda), from the July 8, 2002 Raw, leading to her being Put on a Bus down to Ohio Valley Wrestling before returning in 2003 with Rico on SmackDown.
Deep South: Strangely, the wrestlers WWE gets from Florida usually do not have the accent or mannerism, partner in crime Alicia Fox for example. Also, she spent her break time from WWE with a company called Deep South Wrestling until it went under.
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.
Fake Nationality: She's from Canada, but is billed from Costa Rica. She is of Costa Rican descent but not from there.
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 but 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 when they reunited.
Identical Stranger: Did not get signed for ages because she was told she looked too similar to Torrie Wilson. She darkened her hair and was immediately signed.
Jossed: A long standing rumour about her abrupt release was that she and her boyfriend had quit because they were being put on different shows. The reality was that she had become heavily depressed in developmental and was addicted to the drug Xanax. One of her family members had also fallen ill and her horrible experience at Smackdown was the last straw for her.
A-Cup Angst: Though only live fans sitting in the front row of a corner of the arena could see it, and even then only if they were focused on Cameron, visible padding was starting to come out of her top while she watched a tag team match featuring the Great Khali and Tons of Funk vs 3MB. Later revealed to be a Bella twins prank while Cameron had an episode of this trope.
Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Despite her friendly smile when dancing, she can be incredibly bitchy from time to time. Especially during the Kaitlyn secret admirer angle. A lesser example was when she caused Superstars match to breakdown over a "pup" taunt from Natalya.
Canon Name: Lynn was only her last name in FCW and was dropped when she became Brodus's dancer. She's still called it by many fans though, similar to AJ Lee who lost her last name but eventually reclaimed it.
Lighter and Softer: Her Funkadactyl gimmick with Naomi actually happened in FCW months before the two debuted as Brodus Clay's dancers. However they were heels with Byron Saxton as their manager and a whole lot more ghetto. They actually wrestled too.
Role Ending Misdemeanor: Averted. After an incident where she got pulled over for DUI and lied about her employment to police (telling them she was a sales associate for a bank), most people thought she'd be fired from the company, which didn't happen.
The Runner Up Takes It All: Taken to an absurd degree. She was the first WWE Tough Enough contestant eliminated and also the first to get signed and debut on TV. She is also now the only contestant from that season of the show to be employed by WWE in any capacity.
Early-Bird Cameo: Subverted, as announcers would specifically call attention to her Once an Episode appearances on main programming and say she was from NXT; therefore viewers with any sort of knowledge of how things work in a wrestling promotion would know she was debuting soon. This culminated in a segment where Santino Marella called her out of the crowd and into the ring.
Chickification: On NXT, she's one the top heel wrestler in the women's division. On Raw she is relegated to being Fandango's dance partner. Averted as of Hell In A Cell 2013 when she competed in her first match on the main roster. And she's gotten a few matches since then.
Spiritual Successor: Despite what fans say (see Composite Character) she's more likely one to Melina. She does the splits as a valet for a Camp Straight, is known for screaming a lot and has even adopted a few of Melina's notable moves like the Lotus submission hold and the Sunset Split.
Tsundere: Is a violent and aggressive screamer who will pound the crap out of her opponents. But also smiles sweetly whenever she's with Fandango and refers to him as "my baby boopies"
Wounded Gazelle Gambit: A variation. She seemingly injured her ankle on Raw. While Chris Jericho was checking if she was alright, Fandango attacked him from behind and Summer revealed it had all been a ruse.
Violently Protective Girlfriend: Once referred to Fandango as "my baby boopies" implying a romantic pairing. This side of her really comes out in mixed tag matches.