Wrestling / Miss Elizabeth


"The face that launched a thousand dropkicks."
Deadspin, parodying Helen of Troy

Elizabeth Ann Huelette (1960-2003), a.k.a. "The First Lady of Wrestling," was an American Professional Wrestling valet/manager from Louisville, KY who is remembered for her work in the 1980s and 1990s as Miss Elizabeth. She got her start as a TV announcer for the Poffo family's International Championship Wrestling promotion, and would marry "Macho Man" Randy Savage in 1984.

She debuted in WWE in 1985 to the surprise of many, as the storyline was that all the Heel managers had been competing for the chance to sign Savage. They would stay together in the storyline until Savage's heel turn in early 1989, leading to Savage replacing her with Sensational Sherri. They reunited after The Ultimate Warrior defeated Savage in a "Retirement Match" at WWF WrestleMania VII. Savage turned Face and they had their Kayfabe wedding at WWF SummerSlam 91, with Randy wearing a tuxedo replica of his usual getup.

Liz left the WWF after WrestleMania VIII (the same year she split from Savage), and generally stayed away from wrestling until she was called back into action—along with Lex Luger and DDP's wife Kimberly—to join WCW in early 1996. She turned heel on Savage at WCW SuperBrawl VI, costing him the WCW World Heavyweight Title in his cage match against "Nature Boy" Ric Flair. Elizabeth remained with Flair's Four Horsemen until she defected to (where else?) the nWo in November. Liz's last angle in WCW had her as the valet for Luger, to whom she later became engaged.

Tragically, her domestic situation with Luger was not happy, and she passed away from a drug overdose in 2003. The circumstances surrounding her death and Luger's role cast a long shadow over the careers of both. However, since fan petitions managed to get Randy Savage posthumously inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2015, it seems logical that Elizabeth and Luger will follow.

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

Not to be confused with that Cate Blanchett movie.

"The First Lady's Tropes":

  • '80s Hair: Well, she did make her WWE TV debut in 1985.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: During her earlier valet days, a few times she executed a limp wristed slap that her adversaries sold like whiplash. Heel Elizabeth came to ringside in stilettos — miniature Swords of Damocles for anyone foolish enough to threaten her man.
    Uproxx: If Liz lost her shoe and you got hit in the face with it, you had to sell it like Boss Tanaka getting his head collected in Kill Bill. An instant Critical.
  • Damsel in Distress: She was kidnapped by George "The Animal" Steele and King Kong Bundy a few times — a regular Fay Wray.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Summerslam 1988 saw Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan teaming up as the Mega Powers against the Mega Bucks, Ted DiBiase and Andre the Giant, with Jesse "The Body" Venture as guest referee. At one point, Hogan and Savage were knocked out of the ring, and Ventura was about to count them out, when Elizabeth - who had been built up as the Mega Powers' "secret weapon" got up on the ring apron, removed the skirt of her dress to reveal a red bikini bottom and a pair of shapely, tanned legs, to the roar of the crowd. Ventura, Andre, and DiBiase stopped dead in their tracks as Hogan and Savage shook hands outside the ring, climbed back in, and finished off the villains.
  • Expy/Homage: TNA's SoCal Val wore Elizabeth-style Opera Gloves when she was "Black Machismo" Jay Lethal's valet, as his gimmick was based on Savage.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Though Savage wasn't so much evil as kind of a douche during his original heel run, Elizabeth could always be seen showing genuine concern for her client (at the time they didnt' have an on-screen relationship) when he was in trouble.
  • False Rape Accusation: Her most dubious claim to fame was her involvement in the Fingerpoke Of Doom.
    • In an inversion of her Princess Peach schtick from the old days, Liz—under orders from the nWo (presumably Hogan)—brought charges against Goldberg for harassing her at the water cooler or some such. Goldberg was later released from custody after Elizabeth couldn't keep her story straight; but her interference slowed Goldberg long enough for Hogan to take his place as Kevin Nash's challenger. When Goldberg staggered back to the arena, he was promptly set upon by nWo mooks, costing him the title.
  • Gondor Calls for Aid: That's how the MegaPowers came together and what confirmed Savage's face turn. At the September 23, 1987 taping for the October 3 WWF Saturday Night's Main Event, Savage had hit the Flying Elbow on the WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion The Honky Tonk Man when the WWE World Tag Team Champions The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart) attacked Savage for the DQ. The Harts held Savage up for the guitar shot and Honky shoved Liz down. Liz ran off backstage while Honky and the Harts triple-teamed Savage and came back with Hulk Hogan, and he and Savage cleaned house and shook hands.
  • Groin Attack: During the May 15, 2000 episode of WCW Monday Nitro, Vince Russo had forced Miss Elizabeth to participate in a steel cage match against Madusa. Fortunately for Elizabeth, Lex Luger had arrived and was able to take care of Madusa via the Torture Rack. Russo had then attempted to strike down Luger with a low blow uppercut punch, but this proved to be ineffective as Luger had soon revealed that he had a groin-protected cup from inside his pants and that he had took it off so that he could taunt Russo with it. Upon seeing that his desperate move had failed, Russo had attempted to escape from the steel cage, but Elizabeth, who was standing in front of the steel cage's door, had quickly thrown a fast right kick towards Russo's family jewels and made him fall down to the wrestling mat in a state of extreme pain and agony. Adding insult to injury, Elizabeth had then took Luger's groin-protected cup and began to shove it down Russo's own mouth in an attempt to humiliate him even further. Most Elizabeth fans consider this a Moment of Awesome for Elizabeth, as she had finally got her revenge against Russo, who had pretty much been a complete Jerkass to her in the past few months. Of course, before this particular ballbust, an earlier one had occurred during the May 3, 2000 episode of WCW Thunder, in which Elizabeth had used a right back mule kick to strike Russo down in the family jewels with a painful groin attack as he had attempted to use her as a Human Shield against Ric Flair during their confrontation after the "Tables Match" between Luger and The Wall.
  • Hotter and Sexier: 90s Elizabeth was MILFier than before, a present to the teenage boys who grew up watching her wringing her hands and looking pensive.
  • I Didn't Mean to Turn You On: The George Steele-Randy Savage feud was sparked and fueled by Steele's interest in her, though, in contrast to the Divas who would follow a decade later, she never did anything to provoke it. She was just STANDING there.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: During her WWF run, Elizabeth was always cheered or placed in the sympathetic role, even when Randy Savage was wrestling as a heel (and, at a point in 1986 and early 1987, the WWF's most hated wrestler). Her popularity and reputation as the all-American good girl only strengthened when Savage turned face. It helped that she herself never partook in any of Savage's Heel behavior, and acted more as a tempering element to him. Compare the original Heel Savage to his maniacal "Macho King" persona in 1989-1991, when he had Sensational Sherri as his manager.
  • Ms. Fanservice: At WWF SummerSlam 1988, the MegaPowers cut a prematch promo where they said that Liz would be their "secret weapon" against the MegaBucks (Ted DiBiase/André the Giant). With Hulk and Savage down on the floor, Liz hopped up on the ring apron...and took off her skirt! She had red bikini bottoms on, but, this was way ahead of its time.
    • At the third Saturday Night's Main Event everyone was in costume since it aired soon after Halloween. Savage and Elizabeth were dressed as Tarzan and Jane, and Liz effectively had no pants at all (she had black bikini briefs and that's it). And, yes, the camera was certain to make us well aware of it.
  • Non-Action Girl: The Hogan/Beefcake vs. Savage/Zeus match at WWF SummerSlam 1989. After Hogan won, Elizabeth took a loaded purse and put out Sherri's lights. That's the closest she came to direct combat.
    • She also knocked Ric Flair on his ass with an open hand slap across the face after she finally got fed up with his creepy stalker behavior towards her during the Savage/Flair feud.
    • Professional moron Vince Russo stuck her in some "matches" in 1999-2000, with Luger having to bail her out.
  • Power Stable: With regards to WCW, let's just say "All". Busy lady.
  • Precision F-Strike: To Vince Russo on the May 1, 2000, WCW Monday Nitro:
    ELIZABETH: "Hey Russo, you're from New York, right? Well, even you can understand this: kiss my Kentucky ass!"
  • Proper Lady: Golden Age Elizabeth looked as if she belonged on the Home Shopping Network or The Price is Right: Opera Gloves, ballgowns, diamond necklaces, earrings and other assorted swag.
  • The Quiet One: She didn't get a whole lot of mic time. Of course, she was usually standing next to Savage or Hogan or Flair, who didn't need anyone to talk for them.
  • Red Baroness: "The First Lady of Wrestling"
  • Sex for Services: Bad News Brown accused her of seducing WWF President Jack Tunney in an effort to protect WWF World Heavyweight Champion Randy Savage from an especially brutal, bloody defeat. Savage didn't take too kindly to Brown's words, needless to say.
  • She's Got Legs: Definitely, especially after her surprise stunt at WWF Summerslam 1988.
  • Something Completely Different: At the time. When Savage first introduced her on the August 24 (taped July 30), 1985, WWF Championship Wrestling, commentator Bruno Sammartino asked, "Who is this, some movie star, what is this?"
  • Tag Team: The MegaPowers
  • They Do: Even the smarkiest smark still gets a warm feeling inside when she (badly) says "ooooh Oeeeah" to Randy's marriage proposal.
  • Token Wholesome: By the era of the Monday Night Wars. Other than the aforementioned skirt removal incident, she almost never did anything particularly fanservicey - she was more into looking demure and pretty, and no one really expected anything more from her.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Her first official match in WCW was vs. Daffney, still a deranged barfly at this point in her career. These two were about as opposite as you can get. (Elizabeth nearly broke her in half.)
    • Had this dynamic with Woman while they were both valeting for the 4 Horsemen. Elizabeth played the girly girl, distracting the referee and occasionally providing a Wounded Gazelle Gambit while Woman, playing the tomboy, introduced a weapon for the Horsemen to use or just got involved in the match herself.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Her death in 2003.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Her stint as a heel in WCW. Her wardrobe drastically changed as well as she began wearing short skirts and a lot of makeup to look as far removed from the wholesome Miss Elizabeth persona she had in the WWF as she possibly could.
  • Wardrobe Malfunction: The strap of her dress broke when the Honky Tonk Man shoved her down to the mat and she had to spend the rest of the segment holding it up herself.
  • Who Wears Short Shorts?: Late period WCW - she sometimes wore black leather ones while valeting for the nWo and wore camouflage cutoffs during her brief in-ring career.
  • Would Hit a Girl and Wouldn't Hit a Girl: During Savage's original heel run (1985-1987), he would repeatedly bully Elizabeth, even threatening to strike her, but never did. When Savage became a face in the late summer of 1987, Elizabeth was frequently a target of the heels, most notably The Honky Tonk Man note , Big Boss Man, and Akeem; André the Giant is also known to have grabbed her on several occasions, but Savage (or on at least one occasion, Jake Roberts) beat him back. In 1991, in one of wrestling's most infamous matches, Roberts struck Elizabeth when he grew disgusted with her groveling for Savage's safety (and weeks earlier, was nearly bitten by Roberts' snake). In 1992, during her last angle, she was repeatedly kissed forcibly by Ric Flair.
    • In contrast, Savage's fiercest rival during his run as WWF Champion – "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase – never so much as made a physical threat to Elizabeth (Virgil did once restrain her and forced her to watch DiBiase and Andre beat Savage to near unconsciousness, but never struck her), although at least once he did grab her ankle (in frustration after losing a match against Savage). Bad News Brown also never struck Elizabeth, but the claim he made about her – that she was secretly trying to seduce then-WWF president Jack Tunney into shielding Savage from a series of title matches, in which Brown claimed he would be victorious – hit just as hard.