Wrestling: Carlene Moore

Carlene Moore-Begnaud (b. 1973) is an African-American Professional Wrestler from New Orleans, Louisiana best known for her work in ECW and WWE as Jazz. She started her career in 1998 after training with the Junkyard Dog and, after he passed away, Rod Price, under the name Jazzmyn. After wrestling for a year she debuted in ECW as the anonymous black woman in Justin Credible's entourage before breaking out on her own and turning face. She made her PPV debut defeating Jason at ECW Heat Wave 99. She stayed with the company until the end in 2001. After the company died, WWE sent her to their developmental league OVW for more training. She debuted as a Heel in the Six-Pack Challenge for the vacant WWE Women's Title. She started her first major feud by going after the winner, Trish Stratus.

Jazz would defeat Trish for the title on the February 4, 2002 Raw and successfully defend it by pinning Lita clean in a Triple Threat Match at WrestleMania X8. In a case of Real Life Writes the Plot, and what would become a recurring theme in Jazz's WWE career, she lost the title to Trish after suffering a torn ACL in her knee. Jazz regained the belt from Trish at Backlash 2003. On the June 30, 2003 Raw, there was a Seven-Woman Battle Royal for the title involving Jazz, Ivory, Jacqueline, Trish, Molly Holly, Victoria and the debuting Gail Kim, who won. Jazz was the first eliminated, because she had suffered a chipped and dislocated shoulder. She was used much less once she returned, mainly as a manager for Rodney Mack (her Real Life husband, though their relationship was never acknowledged on-screen.) WWE released her in November 2004 supposedly due to a lack of ideas for her. She went to IWA Japan before returning to the USA independent circuit, particularly NWA Cyberspace, until WWE called her in 2006 for WWECW. Aside from one match against then-Champion Mickie James on the ECW vs. WWE: Head to Head special though, she did not have any kind of onscreen role, and she and Rodney Mack were released again in 2007. She went to France for the Fighting Spirit Federation and Queens Of Chaos before returning to the USA independent circuit. Among the various promotions Jazz has competed for, she has also had some standout rolls SHIMMER's sister promotion SHINE and National Wrestling Superstars.

During Jazz's first reign as WWF Women's Champion, there was an effort to "get the F out" meaning she's technically the first to hold both the WWF and WWE belts. Jazz has also held NWA Cyberspace Women's Title, The Women's Extreme Wrestling World Championship, half of WSU's Tag Team Championships, Universal Championship Wrestling's Women's Title and Downsouth Championship Wrestling's Louisiana State Championship. She was inducted into the WSU Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Texas Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2012.

As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki.

Not to be confused with Jazz.

"Fighting Female Tropes":

  • Action Girl: Not your typical ECW valet
  • Action Mom: To twin girls Summer and Skye, born in 2008.
  • Amazonian Beauty or Brawn Hilda, depending on your point of view and Jazz's current audience alignment.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • (in ECW): Jason, Danny Doring and Roadkill, The Prodigette (whom also fought Jazz outside of ECW as Riptide, Wildfire and Angel Orsini)
    • (in WWE): Trish Stratus in the sense that she was Jazz's most encountered enemy, although it was more due to Trish being the Women's Champion and Jazz being determined to get the title for herself, rather than anything really personal against Trish. Of course, she generally didn't like ANYONE, which was, actually, a central part of her charm.
  • Badass: Always billed as such. Need a participant in your ladies division whom your audience will take seriously with little build up? Hire Jazz, if able.
  • Badass Armfold: Often while Theodore Long would be cutting promos she would just be behind him with the rest of Thuggin and Buggin doing this. Also frequently in Queens of Chaos.
  • Badass Boast
    • The first sentence she spoke on ECW TV:
    "My T&A stands for Talent & Ability."
    • She'd frequently taunt in similar fashion during her WWE matches.
  • Bash Brothers and Sisters: With Molly Holly, Nova, Redd Dogg/Rodney Mack, Steven Richards, Amazing Kong and Balls Mahoney
  • Battle Couple: Married in Real Life to wrestler Rodney Mack, though their relationship was never acknowledged on WWE television.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: She sat on the sidelines after getting a shiner from Trish but did still appear on television with it and do a run in.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Jazz saved Jeff Ruoss, Frank Krewda, Brady Hicks, and Dave Lenker of Pro Wrestling Illustrated from Angel Orsini, who had finally snapped after they awarded Mercedes Martinez for being recognized as WSU's Wrestler of the year and the second best wrestler in the entire world.
  • Boobs of Steel: Inverted, she had the smallest rack of among WWE's contemporary "divas" but was obviously stronger than all of her competitors with the only possible exception being the much larger Victoria. Even then, she was the strongest pound for pound. Not quite so much elsewhere, with competition such as Trinity, who boasted to have "the best biceps in the business" in NWA Cyberspace.
  • Braids of Action: Has wrestled in cornrows
  • Bullying a Dragon/Too Dumb to Live: She narrowly averted this. She was in 2 Cold Scorpio's corner for his match with ECW World Heavyweight Champion Mike Awesome, to counter Awesome's manager Judge Jeff Jones, on the December 10 (taped December 2), 1999 episode of ECW On TNN. At one point, with Scorpio down, she ran into the ring and tried punching away at Awesome to no effect. He grabbed her and set her up for the Awesome Bomb but Scorpio came off the top with a clothesline to make the save.
  • Cast from Hit Points: She likes to float from a grounded front headlock into a bridging back stretch but never holds onto for very long. Johnathan Coachman eventually explained that Jazz never keeps it on too long because she hurts her own back when she does it.
  • Chairwoman of the Brawl: In her match with Jason at Heat Wave 99, she had him sitting in the corner, brought two chairs into the ring, set up one chair against his groin and then used the other chair to hit that chair.
  • Continuity Nod: She sometimes wore a white shirt with red letters reading "Where My Dogs At?" as part of her entrance attire. Rodney Mack used to go by Redd Dogg and was part of a tag team called the Dogg Pound with Shelton Benjamin. For the same reason, she's also worn a red bandana during some of her matches.
  • Crossover: Been in a few, but her and LuFisto attacking each other at nCw Femme Fatales with title belts form two different promotions in two different countries, LuFisto's POP Women’s Title from VO in Mexico, Jazz's DCW Louisiana State belt, is a standout.
  • Curbstomp Battle: While usually a pain to put down, Jazz simply demolished Simply Luscious at ChickFight V.
  • Dark Action Girl: Only pushed as a face once in WWE, and it didn't even take with the audience.
  • Defeat Means Friendship
    • Seemingly the case with Cheerleader Melissa after ChickFight V. At the very least, Jazz gained respect for her.
    • Took a liking to the first WSU champion, Alicia, after losing to her on its Fourth Anniversary show.
    • She and Ivelisse Vélez found common ground after trading wins and losses. Probably helped that Velez was no longer part of Valkyrie at their second encounter.
  • Demoted to Extra: In WWE and it was sad. She had the terrible bad luck to get serious injuries both times she was Women's Champion. Both injuries left her out of action for well over eight months - so by the time she returned in 2004, it seemed they'd pretty much given up on her.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Jerry Lawler frequently compared her to Mike Tyson.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune: Did her own in SHINE.
  • Finishing Move: The Jazz Stinger (sit-out facebuster), Fisherman's Buster, STF
  • Garbage Wrestler: Gets this reputation from people looking at her resume and seeing things like Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling, ECW, IWA Japan and Women's Extreme. Jazz is a respected wrestler who can do it all, including take shots from trash lids or hazardous waste shots.
  • Glass Cannon: For all her strength and ability, she seemed to be very injury prone. She actually had a basketball scholarship while in college until a knee injury ended those dreams. Oddly, she got injured both times going into matches where she lost the title. Even in the ring, though Jazz is very strong she is still relatively short and so gets knocked down more often and reverses fewer Irish whips than other power wrestlers.
  • Heel: In WWE. She was supposed to be the face in the ECW vs WWE Head To Head special but everyone still cheered for Mickie James. She did have successful face runs in ECW proper, Women's Extreme Wrestling, WSU and SHINE. WWE is really the odd place out but it is also where her most known work was done outside maybe ECW.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite being billed as mainly a power wrestler, Jazz also possessed good aerial ability too - notably the height she's able to get on her dropkicks.
  • In the Hood: Frequently as entrance attire, although it is wide and rigid so it doesn't obscure most of her face.
  • Insult Backfire: Jazz boasting to LuFisto, veteran of the horrifying CZW promotion and holder of Garbage Wrestling championships in multiple countries on three continents, that she "invented hardcore" just made LuFisto want the honor of fighting a pioneer like Jazz.
  • Kick the Dog: Jazz liked to attack people who had just had a match and were too tired to fight back.
  • Made of Iron: Wrestled for a couple of months with a torn ACL without even realising it - during her first Women's Championship reign.
  • Martial Arts Headband: She often wrestled one or some other substitute across her forehead.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: It was hinted in SHINE that she could be a nice 'character' too, showing good sportsmanship with Sara Del Rey during the first main event, but by now there are too many upstarts trying to make a name for themselves by beating Jazz or otherwise trying to manipulate her for their benefit and two too many resentful SHIMMER veterans for it to happen.
  • Meaningful Name: She is from New Orleans, LA, believed to be the birth place of Jazz music. Emphasised by having her third (and most famous) WWE entrance theme be jazz music.
  • Nice Hat: Has wrestled in fatigues with a camouflage trucker cap. During her PGWA Title shot against Tracy Taylor, she wore a skullcap over her bandana.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Valkyrie may not have ran over SHINE and might not even have formed if Jazz hadn't insisted on fighting Radiant Rain's suspension in order to get her and Mercedes Martinez in the ring at the very next show. Yes, Jazz did bring Amazing Kong back from a wrestling hiatus for this tag team match, yes they won, yes Rain's wrist was broken in the process, which could be seen as karmic for her socking Jazz with brass knuckles and yes, Kong did make fools of Made In Sin the very next day but being back on the roster gave Rain more time to mingle, plot and form a Power Stable whose combined resources now made management afraid to try suspend them again. Most other SHINE wrestlers were afraid too, since Valkyrie revealed themselves by ambushing Amazing Kong with a bat and making a further example out of anyone else in swinging distance. Jazz tried to deal with the mess and to her credit she was the first person to hand Valkyrie a loss, but she injured herself in the process, making it a moot point on Rain's road with Valkyrie to become SHINE's first champion.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Same height as Trish Stratus but built enough to have power more comparable to the taller, Victoria. She's even gone back and forth in power struggles with April Hunter and Sara Del Rey.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Sort of, she seemed to only join Mr. Theodore R. Long's group for the benefits while he spouted all the racist comments.
  • Power Stable: She was the last person to join the Alliance and of course, was the only woman in Thuggin And Buggin Enterprises.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: (in ECW): The Lox's "Money Power Respect"
  • Red Baroness: "The Female Fighting Phenom", "The Baddest Bitch On The Planet"
  • Sassy Black Woman
    • In the old ECW and WSU and NWA and... most of the time really but not so much in WWE, especially in Thuggin and Buggin since it is hard not to get overshadowed by Theodore Long, but she let a little show during his celebratory dance following his draft to Smackdown while she was left on Raw.
    • Pushed as a Scary Black Woman in WWE. Her persona became rather cold-blooded, and her brutal tactics (as noted under Kick the Dog, above) only reinforced this perception.
  • She's Back: After Victoria defeated Trish in their "Chicago Street Fight" on the January 27, 2003 Raw, she and Steven Richards were laughing evilly on the stage when Jazz made her return by shoving Victoria out of the way, power-walking down to the ring and confronting Trish, who did a great Oh, Crap/Anything But That! Eye Take. Jazz gave Trish a DDT and a Fisherman's Buster before applying the STF. Jazz stood up and said, "I'm back, baby!"
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: Jazz and Rodney Mack were training wrestlers even before they opened their own gym, though the methods they demonstrated at shows and on tape tended to be a little harsh. That said, Jazz was rewarding of the trainee's who "passed" her tests (such as Angelina at MLW Magnificent Mayhem)
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Jazz often has shades of it. How many three counts could those elbow drops have gotten if she wasn't telling everyone she was the best of all time in between them? In WWE especially, where Theodore Long was happy to bolster her ego even further.
  • Spiritual Successor: Beth Phoenix in an odd way. Both were powerhouse wrestlers put into a David vs Goliath feud against a model-turned-wrestler underdog (Jazz vs Trish, and Beth vs Candice Michelle and later Kelly Kelly too). Both used a Fisherman's Suplex as a finisher. Beth's second (and more iconic) finisher the Glam Slam is a variation of Jazz's signature Bitch Clamp.
  • Squash Match: On the September 16, 2000 ECW Hardcore TV, the Musketeer threw out an open challenge to anyone...and Jazz ran in and kicked his ass in 49 seconds. After the match, Joey Styles mocked him by saying, "Good night, d'Artagnan!"
  • Stalker Without a Crush: Had one in Gail Kim after they were both unceremoniously released from WWE, across at least two countries! As if Jazz's ego needed another boost from the knowledge Kim put in all that effort just to have a match.
  • Start My Own: After she and Rodney Mack were released, they started their own promotion, Downsouth Championship Wrestling (formerly Dirtysouth Championship Wrestling), in Louisiana. They later opened a fitness gym for kids and the Dog Pound, their own wrestling school.
  • Tag Team
    • (in FUW and SHINE): Rhythm and Bruise, with Amazing Kong.
    • She was a temporary partner for Marti Belle in WSU and they briefly became a three team with Tina San Antonio.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: The elevated double chicken wing became The Bitch Clamp and that was just the start.
  • The Silent Bob: A lot of the times, she wouldn't talk. Although, as the page photo demonstrates, she didn't need to talk to get her points across.
  • The Worf Effect: Upon making her WEW return, Jazz repeatedly slammed Wildfire into a flaming table that just wouldn't break before just deciding to go for a pin fall victory. This made Steve The Sound Guy look like a bigger threat when he easily put Pussy Willow through that same table.
  • Throwing Down the Gauntlet: At Ring Of Glory, she called out fellow Queen Of Chaos Trinity, who was content to watch the show as a fan. Trinity delegated Jazz's challenge to her student, Rain.
  • Worthy Opponent: She and Amazing Kong used to think of Mercedes Martinez as one in WSU. Also Athena, who Jazz doesn't seem to like very much but did help train.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Just when it looked like Jazz and Angel Orsini's antagonism had given way to friendship, Jazz faked a knee injury to win WSU's Second Uncensored Rumble.