Wrestling: Luna Vachon

"If you’ve never seen her before, she looked like a fairly normal scene kid from 2015, which was f*cking terrifying in 1993."
Brandon Stroud, "Look to La Luna"

Gertrude Elizabeth Vachon, better known by her ring name Luna Vachon (1962-2010), was a Canadian-American Professional Wrestler and manager originally from Atlanta, Georgia. Among her in-ring achievements, she was a 1x USWA Women's Champion and the inaugural AWF Women's Champion. She was inducted into the WSU Hall of Fame in 2011.

She began training at the age of 16 with her aunt Vivian and the Fabulous Moolah before moving to Florida, beginning her career in earnest by 1985. Her first on-screen role was as a TV reporter named "Trudy Herd" who was there to interview FCW wrestler Kevin Sullivan. Sullivan instead brainwashed her into becoming "Luna", a cultist in his "Army of Darkness", resulting in her bizarre makeover and trademark statico voice. Luna was teamed with the Lock (formerly Winona Littleheart), forming the Daughters of Darkness. When that team broke up, she knocked around the independent circuit as a manager, forming the aptly-named Black Harts, Apocalypse (alongside David Heath) and Destruction (w/ Tom Nash.) She made her PPV debut in the Street Fight Lingerie Battle Royal at the AWA's SuperClash III.

She made a surprise WWE debut at WrestleMania IX, first spotted in Shawn Michaels' corner during his match with Tatanka. She would go on to feud with "Scary" Sherri Martel and Alundra Blayze (Madusa) before leaving. In 1995, she made (another) surprise debut at the end of ECW Enter Sandman, siding with Tommy Dreamer in his feud with Raven. They would team up against Raven and Stevie Richards to unsuccessfully challenge for the ECW World Tag Team Titles at ECW Hardcore Heaven on July 1st, though Luna would defeat Richards in a cage match two weeks later at Heat Wave. In 1997, she resurfaced in WWE as the manager of ("TAFKA") Goldust on Raw, which led indirectly to her famous feud with Rena Mero (Sable) and The Headbangers.

Luna disappeared from television for a short while but, in 1998, she redebuted on Raw as "Princess Luna" of the Oddities. While the Oddities' face turn rewarded her with more political clout, she proved too nutty to remain neutral for long and made another play for Sable's title. Unfortunately life began to imitate art, and Luna was released for good in 2000 following a series of brawls with Mero backstage.

Sadly, she was found dead of a drug overdose after years of suffering with Bipolar Disorder on August 27, 2010.

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

"Luna-Tic Tropes":

  • Anti-Villain: In her feud with Sable.
  • Arch-Enemy: Sensational Sherri when she first debuted, and later Sable, who she blamed for enforcing society's idea of what an ideal woman should look like.
    • Madusa/Alundra Blayze, combining Memphis, WWE and WCW.
    • Jacqueline in Memphis
    • Raven and Stevie Richards in ECW.
    • Doink and Dink.
  • Ax-Crazy/Crazy Awesome: She really seemed to delight in watching the wrestlers she managed hurt people, even if they were people who would do no good for their careers to hurt or people whom Luna did not even know. But she especially loved it when they hurt her enemies.
  • Badass: Along with Jacqueline, one of the first women who could believably hold her own against male wrestlers.
  • Bash Brothers and Sisters: The Lock, the Black Harts, Tommy Dreamer, Bam Bam Bigelow, TAFKA Goldust
  • Battle Axe Nurse: Disguised herself as a nurse to trick Big Van Vader for The Artist Formerly Known As Goldust
  • Beauty Contest: Kurrgan, dressed in a suit, sang the "Miss America" song for her on the June 8, 1998 Raw.
  • Bitch Alert: Did this herself, saying "The bitch is back!" when she made her return as Goldust's new manager on the November 24, 1997 Raw.
  • Braids of Action: Upon her return to the WWF in 1997
  • Breakup Breakout: From the Daughters of Darkness.
  • Cheap Heat: Her challenging Sable to an Evening Gown Match at Backlash 1998, and the subsequent match itself, got the fans very much on her side, if only for one night, for obvious reasons. Still, it's better than X-Pac Heat, or no heat at all.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Went very over-the-top in her promos.
  • Circus of Fear
    • The Oddities' original Heel carnival sideshow gimmick.
    • The Jackyl Lampshaded any similarities between the gimmick and the movie Freaks (see below under Video Full of Film Clips) during the Golga-Thrasher match that marked its debut when he, on commentary, said, "These people are normal compared to people like you (Michael Cole) and Jim Ross."
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Two years later, Jessicka Havok was the one trashing people, but when she met Luna Vachon in 2007, she was hit with a refrigerator shelf, force fed nachos, showered with beer and given a DDT onto concrete. Jake Roberts knocked out Ricky Steamboat with that last one. Luna, on the other hand, still had a finishing move to deliver...
  • Dark Action Girl: Jim Cornette called her the devil in disguise, and she's beaten him in matches too... so that's not much of an achievement but still.
  • Downer Ending: Her suicide at the age of 48.
  • Facial Markings: Which looked like veins
  • Faux Action Girl: Against Sable, sadly. (Sable had too much plastic surgery to where she couldn't get roughed up by anybody.)
  • Femme Fatalons: When acting as a manager, she made sure to grow out her nails extra long. Weaponized against La Tigresa in their WWC matches.
  • Freaky Is Cool: In her first promo after her ECW debut, she said, "I've always been a misfit! I've never fit into your holes!"
  • Groin Attack: Defeated Stevie Richards in their cage match by making him submit to a testicular claw.
  • Guttural Growler: She always spoke like this.
  • High School Dance: The Jackyl called her "The Prom Princess of the World Wrestling Federation" when she, Golga and the Giant Silva walked down to the ring for the Oddities' debut on the May 25 (taped May 19), 1998 Raw, adding how her "inner beauty" transcends the attributes of "a Sunny or a Sable."
  • Humiliating Wager: She and Cactus Jack lost a hair versus hair match in Japan to Madusa and Eddie Gilbert.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: While she herself was not particularly small, it looked that way during her time as Bam Bam Bigelow's valet, or "main squeeze".
  • I Have the High Ground: Her main Finishing Moves, the Luna Bomb and the Luna Eclipse, were top rope splashes.
  • Improbable Hairstyle: Hair down to her hips, but shaved off on the sides of her head.
  • Improvised Weapon: Hit Sherri with a TV monitor on the April 12, 1993 Raw.
  • Informed Attribute: She certainly didn't look like most divas, but was hardly the ugly monster they made her out to be.
  • Literal Ass Kicking: In her Great Lakes Championship Wrestling match against Tracy Brooks, she literally beat Tracy's ass, with a squeegee.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Taken Up to Eleven. Watch any promo and then note that she was one of the most, if not, the most accessible and friendly WWF Divas, although she was never actually promoted as one, and very popular with fans at conventions and public appearances.
  • Meaningful Name: She's crazy, and her name is LUNA.
  • Meaningless Meaningful Words: She a bandit from the wild untamed future, a place that was before and will be again, whatever that meant. A pity she never had screentime with Warrior.
  • Most Common Superpower: At a time when this wasn't a particularly common trait with female wrestlers.
  • Parts Unknown
    • "The Other Side of Darkness"
    • Averted at Backlash 1998. Because she was associated with Goldust at the time, she was announced for her Evening Gown Match with Sable from Hollywood, CA.
  • Perky Female Minion: To Bull Nakano, The Artist Formerly Known As Goldust and the Oddities, though she was more like a manager and in the former case, Bull Nakano was usually the perkier.
  • Power Stable:
  • Real Song Theme Tune: in ECW:
    • Metallica's "Enter Sandman"
    • Lenny Kravitz' "Are You Gonna Go My Way"
  • Religious Bruiser: Became a born-again Christian and was baptized by none other than Nikita Koloff.
  • Squash Match: Flattened the debuting "Gillberg" on the January 11, 1999 Raw in a brisk 1:04.
  • Tag Team: Satan's Sisters with Biker Chick Prime Time Amy Lee.
  • Tainted Veins: What her makeup is supposed to emulate.
  • The Rival: Vanessa Harding, who had a hard time getting over a loss to Luna
  • Tournament Arc: The Annual Lunacy Cup in NWA member Vendetta Pro.
  • Unstoppable Rage: In her first promo after her ECW debut, she asked rhetorically if there was anything as compelling as rage and said, "Wake up Crow Man! My rage will be your horror show!"
  • Video Full of Film Clips: The Oddities' entrance video mixed footage of the team with clips from the 1932 horror classic Freaks, even starting with the lines, "We wouldn't lie to you folks, we told you we had living breathing monstrosity."
  • Wrestling Family: The adopted daughter of Butcher Vachon and adopted niece of Mad Dog and Vivian Vachon.