Wrestling / Sable
Sable as the WWE Women's Champion.
"This is for all the women who want to be me, and the men who come to see me!"
Rena Mero-Lesnar (born Rena Greek), better known as Sable, is an American model, WWE
valet-turned-Diva, and one of architects of the company's so-called Attitude Era
along with "Stone Cold" Steve Austin
She debuted in 1996 as a valet to Triple H
and her (largely forgotten) then-husband, "Marvelous" Marc Mero
, and had an immediate effect
on the fans. Whereas Mero's career stalled as the result of injury, Sable's star continued to rise in his absence. Within a year she had become hugely prominent, with WWE reviving their women's division and building it around her
, even though she was not a wrestler herself.
This described arguably started the trend of placing looks over wrestling ability
in WWE. Regardless, she is recognized as a mighty ratings weapon in the Attitude Era and the prototypical WWE Diva — although technically Tammy Lynn "Sunny" Sytch
and Terri "Marlena" Runnels were playing the Diva archetype before Sable arrived in WWE, and Terri was the one to first use the word on television, though never really credited for it. Sable was a 1x WWE Women's Champion
She is currently married to BRRRROCK LESNARRRRRR
. The couple are raising two terrifyingly-huge babies with great hair (probably) together. She is not to be confused with the IWRG\CMLL
Luchador of the same name.
As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki
- Aborted Arc: Her storyline with Tori was abruptly ended after Nicole Bass debuted as her bodyguard. She left WWE not too long afterwards, but Tori never got a real payback on her.
- All Girls Like Ponies: Grew up with horses and confirmed in interviews that she loves them.
- Amazonian Beauty: As much as the fans loved her looks, they loved it even more when she actually did moves in the ring. Also, the best-remembered parts of her "Sable Unleashed" video was the workout scenes. Sable had an alleged 150 lb bench press; while this may have been an exaggeration she demonstrated many times that she was stronger than she looked.
- Arch-Enemy: Jacqueline, Luna Vachon and Torrie Wilson. In her second run, Stephanie McMahon. She tends not to make too many friends.
- Ascended Extra: Like other valets at the time (see: Goldust's Marlena, who wordlessly puffed on a cigar), all that was required of Rena Mero was to smile◊ and look enigmatic — e.g. be "classy", according to the commentators. Her first spoken line of dialogue wasn't in a match, but rather an adbreak for Milton Bradley's Karate Fighters board game: “When it comes to Karate Fighters, Tiger Ninja’s my Wildman!”
- Barely-There Swimwear
- Her infamous bikini contest against Jacqueline where she had hands painted on her breasts. Her idea actually.
- The sort-of suit she sort-of wore for the "Miss Slammy" contest at the 1997 Slammy Awards would also qualify.
- The Beautiful Elite: Both the Too Good To Be True and Evil varieties; breathtakingly beautiful, always dressed to the nines, perfect body, gracious to all her fans, powerful and independent...also manipulative, scheming, selfish and ready to pull out the claws.
- Berserk Button: Does not like it when people go after her face. Both Tori and Torrie found this out the hard way.
- Bi the Way: When she returned the first thing she did was give Torrie a little peck on the mouth. Seemingly averted when she judged Torrie, Dawn Marie and Nidia in a bikini contest, and dubbed Torrie the loser after trying to rub against her, though fans popped.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: For one of the most beautiful women in all of wrestling history, her character could be quite ugly on the inside. And if you believe Jim Cornette and various others who worked with her, it wasn't just her gimmick.
- Braids of Action: Always wore her hair in a braid or ponytail whenever she was in a match. It's safe to say that if her hair was down, she wouldn't be wrestling. Though averted in her second run with the company as she would wrestle with her hair down.
- Breakout Character: Sunny was the prototype, but Sable helped win the Monday Night War, thanks to her segments being consistently some of the highest rated during the Attitude Era. When Sunny was off doing her thing, Raw was still getting trounced in the ratings by Nitro. (And in fact, WCW tried wooing Sable over to their camp in 1999.) She also posed for Playboy and received numerous TV offers, as well as her own comic book series.
- The Bus Came Back: Sable disappeared from WWF in 1999 with no explanation (in reality, she filed a lawsuit against the WWF alleging sexual harassment and unsafe working conditions. The case was settled out of court). She abruptly returned in 2003 to the surprise of many.
- Buxom Is Better: Subverted. Prior to her second stint with the WWE, Sable learned that she would be taking more bumps and had her breast implants replaced with smaller ones to reduce the chance of a rupture.
- Catfight: It's what she was best at doing.
- Catch-Phrase: "This is for all the women who want to be me. And the men that come to see me"
- Chekhov's Gunman: Showing how well WWE creative team can plan storylines in advance, Tori was shown in the crowd watching Sable's matches as early as October 1998. She wasn't properly identified as a plant until January 1999 when she snuck into the ring to give Sable a yellow rose.
- Cool Shades: Her usual all-black ensembles in The '90s consisted of these and a nightgown with something sultry underneath.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: Certainly not the first in WWE.
- Defeat by Modesty: It's how she lost the first ever Evening Gown match. Inverted with how she lost the Women's Championship. She defeated Debra in an evening gown match but Commissioner Shawn Michaels stepped in and stated that in his opinion the woman who had lost her dress was the real winner and awarded the title to Debra. This would be her last TV appearance until 2003. This was also what is known as a "Dusty Finish."
- Defeat Means Friendship: After Torrie Wilson 'defeated' her in a bikini contest, Torrie planted a kiss on Sable to show there were no hard feelings. Indeed they didn't show any ill-will towards each other for a while.
- Domestic Abuse: The WWE, never one to pass up a storyline, turned Marc Mero into a hateful, henpecked husband, a move which culminated with the absolute atomization of any career that it could be said Mero had. During his heel run in late 1997, he berated her constantly and looked to be on the verge of hitting her. She once took off her sunglasses and there was a bruise under one of her eyes, which was explained away as her having been kicked by her horse.
- Drunk with Power: By 1998, it was evident that Nitro fans were switching over to Raw to see Sable, and once she started getting Playboy offers, Vince began giving her preferential treatment. Sable’s attitude changed almost immediately, and she started treating the other Divas as employees rather than equals. Next thing, Luna was told by management was that if did anything to hurt Sable (really, her cosmetic surgery), she’d be fired. Sable “had the world by the nuts” at that point, although Gangrel points out “she squeezed them too hard” and that Vince found people more amicable to lead the division.
- Effortless Amazonian Lift: She was strong enough to casually Sablebomb Marc Mero.
- Everyone Loves Blondes: Was cheered for having blonde hair and a great body.
- Face–Heel Turn: After her issue of Playboy's sales skyrocketed, she "went Hollywood" and became the Sherman tank of primadonnas.
- Faux Action Girl
- She had this effect on her opponents, especially Luna and Jacqueline since she had it written into her contract that she couldn't take many bumps. So her opponents ended up making Sable look like she weighed 5 tons while she no-sold the offense.
- Especially apparent in the Playboy-sponsored match at WrestleMania XX, in which she teamed with Torrie Wilson against Stacy Keibler and Jackie Gayda. Of those four, Sable participates the least, and in fact is hardly in the match at all.
- That being said, she could pull off some good moves, namely the Sable Bomb, the TKO and even a rana during the Sable/Edge-Mero/Jacqueline match at SummerSlam 98.
- Giant Woman: In her spot for Sci Fi Channel's "I am sci-fi" campaign, a parody of Attack of the 50-Foot Woman.
- Groin Attack: To Marc Mero.
- I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: She turned many boys in the IWC into men. Breasts are wonderful things.◊
- Informed Ability: See Faux Action Girl above. She had no wrestling training but the commentators would talk her abilities up. This was subverted in her second run with the company where she was with the Fanservice girls on Smackdown - almost to the point of being inverted. She was presented entirely as a manipulative seductress, commentators rarely mentioning that she was a former Women's Champion.
- It's All About Me: Ever seen Heathers? That was more or less an accurate description of the Sable character. Her Playboy cover went to her head in storyline and she didn't care that her fan Tori was being attacked by Luna. She just continued to wave and blow kisses to her fans and then turned on Tori for not being able to "get the job done".
- Kick the Dog: Joined Vince McMahon in bullying Zach Gowen (the wrestler with only one leg) in the summer of 2003 - and unlike Vince, never received a comeuppance for it unless you count Stephanie attacking her in a parking garage and ripping her shirt off and exposing both her breasts on national TV.(they were blocked by a Censor Box).
- Les Yay: It was subtext in her feud with Tori, and overt when she came back in 2003 to feud with Torrie Wilson.
- Meaningful Name
- Ms. Fanservice: Sable's sex-symbol status was promoted heavily by the WWE. And the first time she appeared in Playboy it became one of the best-selling issues in the magazine's history.
- Nice Character, Mean Actor: Many who worked with Sable have said that she had a massive ego, believing herself to be the sole reason that WWF was beating WCW in the Monday Night Wars and was universally despised backstage because of it. The heat was so bad that she had to hide her belongings from the other wrestlers. Of course that didn't stop X Pac from shitting in her handbag. Dawn Marie also recalled a story where Sable out of nowhere called her over to witness her saying to Torrie "my Playboy sold more copies than yours". And then Chyna's issue sold 200,000 more copies then hers, the plot thickens.
- Not in the Face!: As a reminder that she was, at heart, a ring girl and not a wrestler, Vince McMahon issued a strict edict telling people (essentially) not to touch the merchandise. The hotheaded Luna broke this rule a few too many times backstage, leading to her dismissal. As a heel, Sable would go mad if she were attacked in the face.
- Power Stable: Replaced the Jackyl as the leader of the Oddities following their face turn.
- Product Placement: In-Universe. While Marc Mero was recovering from his knee injury in mid-1997, Sable would occasionally be used to model the latest T-shirts on Raw. There was actually a Call-Back during Mero's initial heel turn, with him accusing her of using the WWF as her "personal catwalk."
- Rapunzel Hair: Her braid was long enough
- Sexy Secretary: Sort of in 2003. Vince appointed her Stephanie's secretary against Stephanie's will. It was only a couple of weeks before it led to a full on feud between them.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: Her feud with Tori. It comprised of Sable abusing and belittling her for weeks, leading to a Wrestle Mania match. Rather than ending with Tori defeating Sable for the title, Nicole Bass debuted and helped Sable win - and the feud was dropped straight away.
- Small Name, Big Ego: This was the basis for her heel turn. After her Playboy cover sold millions, fame went to Sable's head and she became an arrogant primadonna.
- The Smurfette Principle: When Sable debuted there were only two other women in the company, Sunny and Marlena. Chyna followed in February 1997 and Luna Vachon returned in November, with Jacqueline, Tori, Debra, Ivory and Miss Kitty following.
- Spiritual Successor:
- Maryse is considered one to her (though, by all accounts, Maryse is much nicer in Real Life than she ever was).
- Eva Marie, though not blonde, is also often compared to Sable, since she is also a Faux Action Girl who gets by mostly on Fanservice. Though like Maryse, Eva is also nicer in real life than Sable. Eva has also never been pushed for the championship.
- Spy Catsuit: One of her trademarks. In fairness, she never wrestled in them.
- Stripperiffic: Occasionally but almost never in the ring though apart from WrestleMania XV. The Slammys come to mind as well.
- Take That!:
- Her Les Yay angle with Torrie Wilson was actually one directed at Sable - see What Could Have Been on the Trivia page for details.
- Also came close to receiving one after she left. On the August 23, 1999 Raw, Stevie Richards and The Blue Meanie presented the first "The Blonde Bytch Project" vignette. It was scrapped out of concern for her lawsuit and because, allegedly, Vince McMahon was unaware of The Blair Witch Project and didn't know how many people would get the joke.note
- Took a Level in Badass: Wrestling-wise, when she returned in 2003. She took more hits and bumps than she had in her previous run with the company - though she didn't get into the ring as often.
- Ur-Example: Of what a WWE Diva is thought to be. She, Sunny and later Trish Stratus were the Trope Codifier.
- The Vamp: And how! On the June 12, 2003, SmackDown!, Vince McMahon defeated Zach Gowan in an arm-wrestling match when Sable flashed Zach, although, of course, nothing was actually shown on screen.
- As mentioned in the Informed Ability entry, Sable mostly played the part of a manipulative seductress who used her sex appeal to get what she wanted.
- Wardrobe Malfunction: During her feud with Stephanie McMahon, the two divas got in a fight in an underground parking garage. During the fight, Stephanie ripped off Sable's top, causing the latter's breasts to briefly be exposed on live television.
- We Used to Be Friends: Surprisingly, Luna and Sable were pals back when she first joined the company. That all changed around WrestleMania 14, at which point everyone found out that Vince was giving her the Women’s Title, which was what Luna had wanted forever.