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Wrestling: Ivory
"That Ivory's a dangerous woman."
Jim Ross, Raw, December 23, 2002

Lisa Moretti (b. 1961) is a retired American Professional Wrestler, manager and trainer from Inglewood, California best known for her work in the 1980s as Tina Ferrari and from 1999 to 2005 for WWE as Ivory. She debuted in 1986 for GLOW, where she would go on to be a one-time GLOW Champion and a one-time GLOW Tag Team Champion with Ashley Cartier. She made her PPV debut in the Street Fight Lingerie Battle Royal put on by former GLOW and then-POWW promoter David McClane at AWA SuperClash III. She spent the next decade working various independents until she caught on with WWE. She debuted as Ivory on the February 13, 1999 Raw as the new manager for the tag team of D'Lo Brown and "Sexual Chocolate" Mark Henry. She would go on to be a 3x WWE Women's Champion. After 2002, she was used largely as a trainer for WWE Tough Enough and in WWE's developmental program at OVW. She was released in 2005 and went on to wrestle for various independents before retiring in 2006. She would win the NWA Pacific Northwest SuperGirl's Championship at an Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling show before putting up the boots and was inducted into the WSU Hall of Fame in 2011.

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

"Poison Ivory Tropes":

  • Aborted Arc: She was next in line to take on Jazz for the women's title. This match didn't happen either because of Jazz's injury or because of the arrival of Gail Kim.
  • Action Girl: To think she only became a professional wrestler after being "dragged" to audition for a company most were using as a stepping stone to acting.
  • Affectionate Parody: Attached to the "Ivory Whips It Good" extra on the 2003 WWE Divas Desert Heat DVD is an Easter Egg of Ivory, in a black bikini, doing a parodic Baywatch-style slow motion run.
  • Arch-Enemy: Col. Ninotchka in GLOW, Jacqueline, Tori (Terri Poch), Chyna
  • Ascended Extra: Prior to being officially named, she made some anonymous appearances as a member of the Godfather's Ho Train. A picture of her in this role can be found in Mick Foley's second autobiography Foley is Good...and the Real World is Faker Than Wrestling.
  • Ax-Crazy: After defeating Tori in the first-ever hardcore WWE Women's Title match on the September 6, 1999 Raw, she took an iron and used it on Tori's back.
  • Badass Normal: Unlike some of her opponents, she was not known for considerable strength (Jacqueline, Jazz) or aerial ability (Lita, Molly Holly.) She was just an excellent technical wrestler. In fact, she proved on the July 6, 2000 SmackDown! that she could hang on the mat with Dean Malenko.
  • Bash Brothers and Sisters: Ashley Cartier, D'Lo Brown, Mark Henry, the Hurricane
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: From her segment on the 2000 WWF Divas: Postcard from the Caribbean VHS release:
    "It's not easy to always have the picture perfect hair and makeup and still wear a black eye in the morning. It's tough, and I've been there."
  • Bitch Alert: Once did a photoshoot wearing a shirt that said "BITCH" in big letters.
  • Breakup Breakout: From her GLOW tag team T&A and from GLOW in general.
  • Buffy Speak: On the Tropical Pleasures DVD from 2002, she is talking about which WWE guys she finds sexy, and says that Billy Gunn has "confidence and cuteness and funness."
  • By The Hair: She would often yank the opponent's hair before delivering a face buster.
  • Cloudcuckoolander/Genki Girl: She Lampshaded this on the 2003 WWE Divas Desert Heat DVD, talking, jokingly, about how she's "always been a bit of a nutcase," and, more seriously, how she has just always had so much energy. When she was face in 2003, the Genki energy was on full display.
  • Cardboard Pal: A cardboard Chyna while in Right To Censor
  • Cool Shades: As Tina Ferrari
  • Dark Chick: Provides the page image, along with the rest of Right To Censor.
  • Demoted to Extra: From 2002 until she left.
  • Finishing Move: A face buster called "Poison Ivory". A Samoan driver after leaving WWE though she used poison Ivory in WSU.
  • Fluffy Fashion Feathers: As Tina Ferrari.
  • For Your Own Good: Right to Censor's Catch Phrases wer "It's for your own good" and "because you do NOT know what is good for you!"
  • Friend to All Living Things: Has worked with animal shelters in Utah and San Juan Island, Washington, and has learned dog grooming and has it as part of her animal daycare business.
  • Genius Bruiser: Studied public relations at the University of Southern California.
  • Gimmick Matches: Evening Gown/Bra and Panties Matches, Three-Way Matches, the first hardcore match for the WWE Women's Title... The Attitude Era was filled with these. She also lost her second title in one of these - an evening gown in a Pool match. In an ironic case, the Canada's Pure Wrestling Association had her challenge 21st Century Fox in a veil on a pole match for their Elite Women's title while she and Molly were touring to raise enough money to make Trish Stratus's wedding.
  • Girls Need Role Models: Tried to present herself as one.
  • Groin Attack: Teamed with The Dudley Boys in a victory over Rodney Mack, Christopher Nowinski and Jazz on the June 16, 2003 Raw. Mack took the Whazzup spot, with Ivory substituting a top-rope legdrop instead of the diving headbutt.
  • Heel: For the most part of her time in WWF/E, otherwise she was mostly a face. However, she and Jacqueline did get cheered against Molly Holly and Jazz on WWE's Sunday Night Heat in 2003.
    • Even Evil Has Standards: On the November 4, 2002 Raw, Victoria went off on a rant about all the violent things she intended to do to Trish Stratus at Survivor Series, and, after Victoria walked away, Ivory said, "Gosh, and they said I was nuts."
    • Even Heel Divas Love Their Grandmas: In her segment on the WWF Divas: Postcard from the Caribbean 2000 VHS release (see below under Kayfabe), she says that when she was growing up her grandmother would always refer to her as "her little SNOT! She'd say, 'There's my little snot, my little brat'. So when I'm being Ivory with her big mouth, cutting someone up on the mic, I think of my grandma. I'm thinking, 'Yeah grandma, here's your little snot, doing it again.'"
    • Heel-Face Turn: After a few months off television, she wrestled a fairly clean match against Trish Stratus. Afterwards Victoria came out to attack Trish and Ivory saved her, solidifying her face status.
  • Kayfabe
    • Varies. On the WWF Divas: Postcard from the Caribbean VHS release from 2000, she says, "When I'm being Ivory with her big mouth," thus drawing a line between her real self, though not using her real name, and her character. However, she did not take part in the photoshoot for the Divas in Hedonism DVD from 2001 because she was in Right To Censor at the time.
    • While discussing which WWE guys she finds sexy on the Tropical Pleasures DVD, she referred to Ron Simmons by his real name, instead of "Faarooq," the name he was using at the time. While yes, it's true that everyone knew who he really was, usually Jim Ross was one of the only person who could refer to him by his real name at the time.
  • International Showdown by Proxy: Beat out Americana as Col. Ninotchka's number one target since Tina Ferrari was, in her words, "the capitalist dream".
  • Leotard of Power: As Tina Ferrari. It was The Eighties, after all.
  • Light Is Not Good: Right to Censor had an all white shirt Dress Code.
  • Meaningful Name
    • Tina Ferrari, named for the Cool Car, as her gimmick in GLOW was that she and Ashley were rich girls who loved showing off their wealth. They avoided the Rich Bitch distinction by being advice giving Faces.
      • Ironic Nickname: The reasoning behind Tina and Ashley was that they would be the T&A team. In her shoot interview she called it ironic because she had the ass and Ashley had the cleavage.
    • Debuted on the February 13, 1999 RAW as Ivory, the white manager of a black tag team (D'Lo Brown and Mark Henry). The name stuck and led to fans making signs that read "I shower with Ivory."
  • Moral Guardian: In Right To Censor. For a more specific example, she was put in a Bra and Panties Match against Trish on the March 29, 2001 SmackDown!. Ivory got Trish's shirt off, meaning she was halfway to victory, and tried giving Trish back her shirt. Then Chyna came down to the ring and stripped Ivory, showing that she was wearing a white bra and white cotton panties. Ivory ran to the back. It's probably one of the few times someone was on the verge of winning a match that she clearly did not want to win.
  • Ms. Fanservice:
    • Clothing Damage: This was part of her debut, on the special February 13 (taped February 8), 1999 Raw Saturday Night. D'Lo Brown introduced her as a new valet for "Sexual Chocolate" Mark Henry and himself before D-Lo's match with Jeff Jarrett (w/Debra.) Ivory and Debra got into a catfight and Debra pulled down Ivory's dress and her left breast was briefly exposed on camera from the side.
    • Lingerie Scene: The Divas Undressed photoshoot, and, of course, any time she lost an Evening Gown Match. In fact, although Torrie Wilson was on the front of the Divas Undressed DVD box, Ivory's lower body and legs are pictured on the label on the DVD itself. Reality Ensues: During her shoot, which was done at a lingerie boutique in Greenwich, CT, she tried going out of the store to put a quarter in a parking meter wearing only her bra and panties but, this being Greenwich, a town that clearly has no patience for that kind of crazy behavior, the door was locked from the inside.
    • Sexy Soaked Shirt: The Tropical Pleasures photo shoot mentioned below under Shout-Out.
    • Walking Swimsuit Scene: Many Divas photoshoots
  • Nicknaming the Enemy:She called Barbara Bush "Big Boobs" and "Bird Brain"
  • Orphaned Punchline: On the Desert Heat DVD, in one of the montage sequences featuring out-of-context clips of the various Divas, there's a scene of her saying, "I keep messing with my panties." The line did not appear in any of her sequences previously on the DVD.
  • Power Stable: Right to Censor and the Alliance
  • Purple Is Powerful/Graceful Ladies Like Purple: For a long time, excluding her RTC run and when she joined the Alliance, she generally wore purple outfits and carried a purple Scarf with her to the ring, as illustrated above. In her 1999 run she referred to herself as a lady and the other Divas were all sluts and skanks.
  • Put on a Bus: Chyna Squashed her for the WWE Women's Title at WrestleMania X-7, and she was reduced to Jobbing at house shows and on Jakked/Metal as the RTC gimmick died out. (Bull Buchanan, the Goodfather and Val Venis were shipped off to OVW; Steven Richards was brought back to TV for the ECW side of the InVasion.)
    • The Bus Came Back: Returned in the summer on the side of the (WCW/ECW) Alliance, despite having no history in either promotion, having drastically changed her image, now wearing bright red tops and leather pants with no panties AND a window to show off the crack of her butt, which she would point to during her entrances. (She even once walked into Commissioner William Regal's office and asked if he likes "tops or bottoms.") These outfits eventually faded out, and she never got the title back, but she never went back to anything resembling the RTC gimmick ever again.
  • Real Women Have Curves: On the 2002 WWF Divas: Sex On The Beach TV special, she said, "I can even live with my big ass. You know, a lot of other women can't say that." The special was released on DVD as WWF Divas: Tropical Pleasures, though this quote did not make it onto the DVD.
  • Ring Oldies: Started her career in the mid-1980s and was 37 when she officially debuted in WWE and at one point was the oldest active Diva on the roster.
  • Sadist Teacher: Despite the fact that WWE Tough Enough tried to present her as a Cool Teacher, she was well known to be a notorious bitch to train with in OVW. According to Krissy Vaine on the first day of training Ivory called all the pretty girls up to the front row and said "sluts like you sleep your way to the top". She also forced Bobbi Billard to train injured, which exacerbated the injury and forced her to leave wrestling.
  • Screaming Warrior: Especially in the hardcore match with Tori, which is understandable given the context.
  • Sensible Heroes, Skimpy Villains: Inverted during her RTC run, as she wore long skirts. At Survivor Series 2000, Jim Ross compared her "repressed" persona to Lillith from Cheers.
  • Shout-Out
    • On WWF Divas: Postcard from the Caribbean, she compared Tori's random laughing and grinning to "a female version of Beavis and Butt-Head.
    • On the 2002 WWF Divas: Tropical Pleasures DVD, said she was doing what she called "J-Lo shots."
  • Signature Move: A giant swing and a senton bomb from the ring apron. The Samoan Driver was on she used sometimes while in WWF/E but a finisher elsewhere.
  • Slut Shaming: Attacked Tori on Sunday Night Heat and wrote "Slut" on her back with a permanent marker as punishment for Tori posing in body paint on a prior show. (Luckily for Tori, skin sheds, so it wasn't so permanent.)
  • Soap Punishment: Actually tried to do this to Tori during their hardcore WWE Women's Title match on the September 6, 1999, Raw as they started the match in the bathroom and proceeded to fight through the shower.note .
  • Spicy Latina: Italian-American. However, on the 2003 WWE Divas: Desert Heat DVD, she described one of her grandmothers as a "hot little, hot-to-trot Spanish lady." On the 2004 South of the Border DVD, she says "My Spanish is kicking in."
  • Tag Team: (in GLOW): T&A
  • Tomboy: She once wrote a column for a WWE magazine called "Diva? Try Sexy Tomboy."
  • Totally Radical: Ivory returned to Raw in the segment that produced the Even Evil Has Standards example listed above, with Ivory using the word "awesome" twice.
  • Unprovoked Pervert Payback
    • Played straight then subverted. Once in 1999, Michael Cole, a neutral character at the time, attempted to interview her, and she told him, "Why don't you pick your eyes up and put them back in your head, pervert?" She then said, "Besides, I'm too hot for you anyway. Thirty seconds with Ivory would set your world on fire."
    • Invoked by former stablemate Stevie Richards, who was trying to get any reaction out of her on Sunday Night Heat, when he and Victoria had a match coming up against Ivory and Tommy Dreamer.
The Iron SheikThe EightiesJacqueline
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HornswoggleTurnOfTheMillennium/Professional WrestlingJimmy Jacobs
Barry HorowitzThe NinetiesJimmy Jacobs

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