Wrestling / Debra Marshall


Debra Gale Marshall (born March 2, 1960) is an American retired professional wrestler, having also been a manager and authority figure in professional wrestling. She is notable for her appearances with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) between 1995 and 1998 and the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) between 1998 and 2002.

She began her career in professional wrestling in WCW in late-1995 and early-1996, making occasional unnamed appearances as an audience plant, and as part of a group of valets. In April 1996, she began appearing regularly as a valet for her husband, professional football player and WCW announcer Steve "Mongo" McMichael, as he transitioned to competing as a wrestler. Based on her real-life participation in beauty pageants, Debra took on the role of a beauty-pageant queen character, giving herself the nickname "The Queen of WCW." At The Great American Bash 1996, McMichael and his partner, fellow professional football player Kevin Greene competed against two of the The Four Horsemen (Ric Flair and Arn Anderson). Flair won the match after Mongo and Debra turned on Greene by hitting him with a steel briefcase, joining the Horsemen. At Bash at the Beach 1997, Debra turned on Mongo during his WCW United States Heavyweight Championship match against Jeff Jarrett by handing Jarrett the steel briefcase, which he then used to knock Mongo out and win the match.

After her divorce from McMichael, Debra joined the WWF in 1998, where she managed the tag team of Jarrett and Owen Hart, up until the evening of Hart's in-ring death in May 1999. She won the WWF Women's Championship from Sable in an Evening Gown match in 1999, played the role of Lieutenant Commissioner (assistant) of Commissioner Mick Foley, and later appeared on-screen with her second husband "Stone Cold" Steve Austin until 2002, when the duo left the company.

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

Tropes related to Debra Marshall:

  • Beauty Contest: Her gimmick in WCW had her having the title of "Queen of WCW."
  • Buxom Is Better: She's not the one who had the term 'puppies' coined for no reason.note 
  • Cat Fight: If she ever got into the ring with someone, this was what usually ensued.
  • Characterization Marches On: She was initially called 'Debra McMichael' in WWF, but eventually just Debra.
  • Defeat by Modesty: Subverted. Sable defeated her in an evening gown match for the Women's Championship. But Shawn Michaels ruled that in his eyes, the woman who lost her dress was the true winner - and awarded the title to Debra.
  • Gag Boobs: On the February 1, 1999 Raw, Mankind (Mick Foley) gave her a sweater, saying, "I didn't want you to catch a chest cold, which in your case could be fatal..."
  • Lethal Chef: Well, lethal may be too strong a word, but, there was something of a Running Gag in 2001 about her being a bad cook.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: After being mistreated by Jeff Jarrett one too many times, she interfered in his Intercontinental title match against Chyna and hit him over the head with his guitar.
  • Ms. Fanservice: After the success of Sable, she was explicitly brought in to provide Fanservice as Jeff Jarrett's manager.
  • Never a Self-Made Woman: Lampshaded when she appeared on a version of The Weakest Link.
    Debra: I'm famous for being Steve's wife.
    Anne: So you're a real feminist then.
  • Non-Action Guy: Didn't stop WWE from putting the Women's Championship on her as part of Sable's departure, though. Even so she was awarded the title on a technicality and lost it in her very first defence.
  • Power Stable:
    • (in WCW): The Four Horsemen.
    • (in WWF): The Alliance.
  • Punny Name: It's purely a coincidence, since it is, in fact, her real name, but the fact that it was spelled "Debra" instead of "Deborah" gave fans a lot of ammo for "de-bra Debra" jokes.
  • Red Baron: In WCW, "The Queen of WCW."
  • Sexy Secretary: As the Lieutenant Commissioner of Commissioner Mick Foley; she's very sexy and the title meant that she was basically his secretary. She also evoked this when she first appeared as Jeff Jarrett's valet - in her sexy business suits.
  • She's Got Legs: She always wore short skirts to allow the fans to see her legs.
  • Spiritual Successor: Lana is thought to be a modern successor to Debra, since they're both blonde valets to heel wrestlers and dress in sexy business suits.
  • Southern Belle: Especially in WCW, which had a Southern fanbase, where her whole gimmick was that she was a Beauty Contestant.
  • Visual Pun: She appeared at Survivor Series 1999 wearing ring gear that had paw prints on it. As in puppy paw prints.
  • Wrestling Family: Ex-wife to Steve "Mongo" McMichael and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.
  • You Can Leave Your Hat On: After Jeff Jarrett lost a match to Goldust, Debra was required to strip by the stipulation. At first she was embarrassed...before getting really into it.