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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. 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 the independents until WWE brought her back, well sort of, in 2006 for WWECW. Aside from one match against then-Champion Mickie James on the ECW vs. WWE: Head to Head special, she did not have any kind of onscreen role, and she and Rodney Mack were released in 2007 with some other wrestlers. She went back to the independents and has competed for SHIMMER's sister promotion SHINE, WSU, and various other promotions. 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
  • 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 like this in 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.
  • Boobs of Steel: Inverted, she had the smallest rack of any of the wrestlers 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Finishing Move: The Jazz Stinger (sit-out facebuster), Fisherman's Buster, STF
  • 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, WEW, WSU and Shine. WWE is really the odd place out but it is also where her most known work was done.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 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 WWE persona was 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!"
  • 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.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Jazz often has shades of, how many three counts could those elbow drops have gotten is 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!"
  • 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): Rhythm and Bruise, with Amazing Kong. Jazz also called Kong into Shine to deal with The Radiant Rain and Mercedes Martinez, the former of whom did not take being knocked out of contention for Sweet Saraya's Shimmer championship too well and the latter of whom was just an all around pain.
    • 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 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.
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