Wrestling / Sherri Martel

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"A woman's work
is never done."

"Sister Sherri always looks like she's wearin' her momma's high heels and her little sister's dress."

Sherri Schrull, née Russell (February 8, 1958 – June 15, 2007), known to you peasants as "Sensational" Sherri Martel, was an American professional wrestler, valet, and manager best known for her work in WWE during the late-80's and early 90's. Her clientele is a veritable Who's Who of wrestling royalty, including "Macho Man" Randy Savage, "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase, "Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels, "Nature Boy" Ric Flair, Shane "The Franchise" Douglas, and Harlem Heat.

Beginning her career in Japan in 1980, Sherri (billed as Sherri Martine) returned to the States and joined the AWA, where she gained notoriety as a Jezebel who would do anything to win a match — the shape of things to come. As a manager, Sherri also established herself as someone unafraid to beat seven shades of crap out of males in the ring. She won the World Women's Championship 3 times while with the company.

In 1987, Jesse Ventura referred her to WWF boss Vince McMahon, and Martel wound up winning the WWF women's title from her old teacher The Fabulous Moolah. Outside of the women's division, she played a dual role as the Honky Tonk Man's roadie (actually a plant) Peggy Sue, leading to her rivalry with Miss Elizabeth. This angle rekindled an old skill, one which would allow her to stay in the wrestling business long past her time: When the WWF phased out women's wrestling in '89, Sherri got promoted to Macho's manager during his heel run. Their promos were so entertaining (and barking mad) that it led to team-ups with DiBiase, Michaels, and a few others down the line.

By this point Sherri had developed a dependence on painkillers which got her booted from the company. She spent the remainder of the nineties kicking around SMW, ECW, and WCW (rebranded "Sensuous" Sherri and Sister Sherri) as both a wrestler and manager. But by 2000 she had relapsed and was reluctantly let go from WCW.

After returning to the indies, she made a WWE cameo during the buildup to WrestleMania 21, feuding with Michaels alongside Kurt Angle. Ted DiBiase inducted her into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006, the second woman to receive the honor. Later that year, she made her last television appearance on TNA Impact!, working her black magic on Bobby Roode. She died a year later of a prescription drug overdose.

Not related to Rick Martel.

A REAL woman's Tropes:

  • '80s Hair: A true daughter of the eighties: Divine meets Pat Benatar.
  • Absolute Cleavage: While managing Titanka—er, Tatanka.
  • Action Dress Rip: A few of them, like Queen Sherri's beaded sarong, could tear off as needed.
  • Archenemy: Miss Elizabeth, no question. She's notably one of few people who could drive Liz to physical violence.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: In the middle of Hogan's finger wag routine, Sherri reached over the ropes and responded with this.
  • The Artifact: Of the AWA and WWF women's wrestling divisions. She was still the AWA Women's champion when she beat Moolah, making her the first wrestler (man or woman) to hold two main titles from two major companies simultaneously...if you disregard Pat O'Connor being NWA and AWA World Heavyweight Champion at once anyway.
  • The Baroness: To George "The Animal" Steele, "Playboy" Buddy Rose, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Randy Savage, Ric Flair, Shane Douglas, Terry Funk....hang on, who didn't she manage? When not busy with her marathon posing sessions or vamping all over the place (type 1), she fit this to a tee. Michaels even said that if his opponents wouldn't sell for him, she'd make them sell. (type 2)
  • Berserk Button: Don't mention Savage and Hogan in the same breath; she doesn't like that.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing:
  • Bastard Understudy: The Fabulous One wasn't too happy about her 26-year streak being broken, particularly by an ex-pupil. As usual, the ref became the scapegoat for heels to have a pop at, until Moolah turned to lunge at the one really responsible. In a superior display of heeldom, Sherri interrupted her victory run to hit Moolah with a (title!) belt shot, sending her flying out of the ring.
  • Bullying a Dragon: In the Ultimate Warrior's case, her most extensive beating came during his 1991 steel cage match against Savage at Madison Square Garden. Sherri repeatedly interfered on Savage's behalf, inciting Warrior to grab her head through the bars and play it like a bongo. After Sherri ultimately caused Warrior to lose the match, he stalked her around the cage and, after shoving aside numerous officials and security guards, grabbed her by the neck and press-slammed her as hard as he possibly could to the mat.note 
  • Cats Are Mean: The cat motif she wore in the WWF. She was known to rake claws across mens' eyes or faces, as well.
    Dean Ambrose: You don't want women screaming, yelling at you and trying to scratch your eyes out, like some kinda Evil Witch...Cat...Lady.
  • Charlie Brown from Outta Town: In 1988, Martel wrestled not only as herself, but her manager alter-ego "Peggy Sue", working interference for the Honky Tonk Man. Disguised with a blonde wig and sunglasses, Sue was supposedly jealous of fellow manager Miss Elizabeth and would even attack her. This opened the door to managerial duties after the women's division went bust.
  • The Chew Toy:
    • Repeatedly targeted by Jake Roberts for his satanic games, including: being slapped, made to grovel for Savage's protection, slapped again, and nearly having a snake thrown at her. This is the same routine he practiced on Elizabeth at Tuesday In Texas.
    • At SummerSlam '92, the Shawn Michaels-Rick Martel card turned farcial when Sherri pretended to faint to stop the match. This had the opposite effect, as both wrestlers wanted to carry her backstage and started to bicker again. Shawn and Rick kept slugging and bowling each other over, with no regard for Sherri's safety as her limp form hit the mat multiple times.
    • Got beaned with a TV monitor by Luna on Raw (4.12.93).
    • Nitro 1/29/96: Sherri went up top and Madusa caught her in mid-Splash. If Madusa had taken time to study the WWF tape library, she would know why this is a terrible idea: Sherri used her own momentum to reverse it (the same trick she pulled on Moolah a decade earlier). As Sherri celebrated the roll-up, an incensed Madusa sprang back up and took her to Suplex City. It took two referees to pry her off.
      Brandon Stroud: Not enough people sell the post-match beatdown in a scary “I’m unconscious but can’t stop getting hit in the face” way.
  • Clothing Damage:
    • Happened in every 3-letter promotion she wrestled for. She was scandalized at least once in the AWA (courtesy of Tommy Rich) and twice in WCW, including one time by Ric Flair.
    • In his rematch wth Savage, Jim Duggan flashed her skirt, which Sherri oversold as if it were a Figure Four, Code Red, and Ankle Lock combined. This was to gain sympathy from the ref.
    • During an arm wrestling challenge between Mr. Magnificent (aka Nailz) w/Sherri and Tommy Rich, Sherri tried to *sigh* interfere and caused her man to "win" so hard, his arm flipped the table. Tommy caught her in mid-air before she could wriggle past the ropes, yanking her dress like a cheap magician's tablecloth to reveal a goofy pink teddy. A red-faced Sherri stood there and squawked like a Looney Tunes character, even though her undergarment was less revealing than most singlets.
      • They repeated this gag at Halloween Havoc '94. This time, it was a "Career Vs. Career (i.e. Retirement)" Cage Match pitting Hulk Hogan w/Jimmy Hart vs Ric Flair w/Sensational Sherri. Sherri was not about to let a bit of fencing get in the way of her usual shenanigans, and she started up the cage wall, but got intercepted by Jimmy who 'accidentally' tore off her skirt.
    • At a match in the Rosemont Horizon (now the Allstate Arena), Warrior yanked her top off by mistake. Fortunately it was a house show, but an enterprising shutterbug did mail her a copy.
  • The Coats Are Off: If she takes off her shoes, RUN.
  • Combat Stilettos:
    • Sherri's stiletto boots, which she used to kick the shit out of her opponents.
    • Shawn claims that a few times, when one of the boys went too rough on him in the ring, she told him to throw them out there, and they got certain areas kicked by her boots.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male:
    • Heenan liked to exploit this when was on commentary. See "Wounded Gazelle Gambit" below.
    • At SummerSlam '89, she was readied for an atomic drop by the Hulkster, but he spared the knee and let her trot off unharmed... only to get a faceful of her own purse by Miss Elizabeth. Turnabout is fair play.
  • Dreadful Musician:
    • Helped Shawn compose his own theme, "Sexy Boy", and also sang a solo version which can peel the paint off walls.
    • Both are spectacularly-bad, but became fan favorites nonetheless. Later, Kurt Angle made a boob of himself by coming out to "Sexy Kurt", with Sherri singing backup. He's just Sexy Kurt. He'll make your ankle hurt.
  • Et Tu, Brute?:
    • The Franchise had Sherri in his corner until December 1994, when Pillman decided he wasn't having it and pushed her over, ripping her blouse in the process. Sherri huddled behind Douglas for protection, only for Shane to look down and see a photo taped to her breast — of RIC FLAIR. She played dumb as he tore Naitch's likeness to pieces, but Sherri (being Sherri) couldn't help herself and so got in Shane's grill, hands on hips, and Woo'ed him. At the time, Shane was itching for revenge on the entire sport, and poor Sherri just became the face for it.
    • In 2005, she endorsed Kurt Angle in a feud with her old beau, HBK. Shawn interrupted on the Titantron with his own vignette mocking Angle, then called out Sherri for allying with his enemy after all they'd been through. Sherri kept her game face on, but did winkle out a tear or two. Unamused, Kurt finally lost it and put her in an ankle lock.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • The whore to Elizabeth's Madonna. Just as Elizabeth fit a 10-year-old boy's image of their dream girlfriend, Sherri got away with fanservice while terrifying the kiddies with her weird makeup.
    • Early in their feud, it was pretty clear Sherri was angling to be the next Miss Elizabeth: all lacey gloves and pearly whites. The only clues to her evil intent were the black leather purse and wild hair. She switched to the familiar jet-black dresses and face paint after being awarded with the Queen's scepter at King of the Ring. Liz would later depose her as Macho's valet and eventually marry him.
  • Excessive Evil Eye Shadow:
    • Good grief. Purple or black line extending further than they needed to, often with Sharpied-on eyebrows. You have to wonder if Uma Thurman was watching old Sherri promos in preparation for Poison Ivy.
      Gorilla Monsoon: Who does her makeup, Helen Keller?
    • The VHS release of WWF Rampage 1992 had a segment called "Makeup Tips With Sensational Sherri". (In gif form).
  • Eye Pop: Her legendary reaction to Rick Martel dipping his shades and making a pass at her.
  • Face Framed in Shadow: This publicity still of Kronk and Yzma Macho and Sherri.
  • Facial Markings/Uncanny Valley Makeup: Sported some distinctive facial markings in her career, which Alissa Flash and Sassy Stephie used to imitate. Such markings included her initials (SS), full cat makeup, a dollar sign (for Ted), and a heart (for AAAH OOOH SHAAAAAAAAWN). Sherri without elaborate eye makeup looks positively naked, which is probably why WWE/TNA brought it back for her appearances, "Reality" Era or no.
  • Fangirl: She's one at heart. What other manager would insist on a below-the-belt stipulation to preserve Shawn and Rick's beautiful faces? When it looked like they might break the stipulation, she fainted dead away.
  • Finishing Move:
    • As a wrestler: the Sherri Stunner.
    • As a valet: Removing her boots and performing a Big Splash, sometimes while clutching both heels. Ouch.
    • Friendly Fire: ...But since the opponent needs to be restrained for the shoe attack to work, she usually clobbered her own men.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: DiBiase presided over the coronation of Macho King, along with his squeeze, after Savage defeated Duggan at King of the Ring 1989. In what can only be described as good-bad booking, Savage became increasingly delusional (resulting in his now-famous neon makeover), while Sherri joined in by sporting a grandiose crown, cape, and scepter. The pair were carried into the ring on a sedan chair by jobbers. When Vince McMahon grumbled that Miss Elizabeth would never resort to such vulgar displays, Sherri barked that she was "The Queen" of the WWF and Liz was merely the First Lady.
  • Gold Digger: Advice to the Lovelorn with Sensational Sherri. Her solutions are either "make dat money", "stomp a mudhole in him", or both.
  • Gorgeous Gorgon: The commentary desk did a fantastic job making her seem like an evil STD-infested harpie. As they discovered when she first joined the WWF, her sans fards look was too mild to draw heat. But while she did wear makeup by the bucketloads, ghastly clothes and even worse hairdos to fit that criteria, she's funnily one of the more photogenic lady champions of the time (her and Wendi Richter).
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat:
    • Her promos with Randy sounded like your next-door neighbors arguing after a case of beer.
    • Back when Luna was gunning for her crown, Sherri dismissed her as some "mad dog certified lunatic". Pot, meet kettle.
  • Handbag of Hurt: Her idea of "interference" was to scurry into the ring and club people with a purse from behind — which they sold as if it were an anvil. (It was loaded.)
  • Heel–Face Mole: At first, WCW fans were not sure what to make of Sherri, who had switched to calling herself “Sensuous” Sherri and came to ringside with her face painted like Sting’s. The fans were behind Sting and obviously assumed Sherri had turned face after splitting from Shawn and the WWF. Oh, my sweet summer child... Sherri swerved on the crowd favorite and cost him the title, throwing her lot in with Flair. Hogan arrived and came at her with the 24-inch pythons, but Slick Ric yanked her leg through the ropes and they fled, leaving Hulk snatching at air.
  • "Hey, You!" Haymaker: Less a valet than a Piranha Plant. Anyone who landed on the apron was immediately met with a handful of knuckles.
  • Hoist by Their Own Petard:
    • Accidentally KO'ing her Boy Toy by aiming too high with the shoe.
    • Accidentally KO'ing herself by swinging a briefcase at Debra McMichael, bouncing it off a turnbuckle and whacking herself in the head with it.
    • During HBK's entrances, Sherri would tag behind him while carrying a heart-shaped dress mirror. Shawn had just split from Marty Jannetty and was getting a push as top heel. Prior to a match with Michaels, Jannetty grabbed the mirror and tried to bash Shawn with it. Michaels saw the attack coming and hid behind Sherri. Guess who took a shot to the face with a 20 inch mirror?
  • I Have Your Wife: She knew exactly which button to push to lure Randy out to ringside: Just slug Liz Huelette.
  • I Was Young and Needed the Money: In 1991, an adult magazine printed photos of a much-younger Sherri right before SummerSlam. Forewarned about the pics, she spoke to Shane McMahon (who was organizing the event) and offered to keep a low profile until it blew over. His reply was that Vince doesn't care, so long as no foreign objects were involved. *rim shot*
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Sherri Martel hitting a splash from the turnbuckle on Hulk Hogan while wearing a freakin’ white evening gown, aw yeah.
  • Klingon Promotion: Later on in WrestleMania VII, DiBase's butler Virgil finally had enough of his boss' ill-treatment and challenged him. Their fight spilled out into the apron and knocked over a one-legged Roddy Piper, still recovering from a knee injury. Livid, Piper jumped in to assist [!], but wait: Sherri rematerialized and grabbed Piper's crutch in mid-swing, sealing his fate. In effect, DiBiase lost a heel bodyguard and gained a new one.
  • Lady Macbeth: Something of a fair-weather manager, she was unforgiving toward Macho after his loss to Warrior, kicking his semi-conscious form around the ring (he'd cost Sherri her meal ticket, you see.) and threatening to slug the ref when he intervened. The crowd got a surprise when Elizabeth rode in and walloped her out of the ring.
  • Laughably Evil:
    • "Peggy's" dance moves.
    • Pretty much any answer she gave on Family Feud. ("SO MUCH PRESSURE!!") Team WWF consisted entirely of heels: Bobby Heenan, Brian Knobbs, Sensational Sherri, The Mountie, and Jimmy Hart, all of them in-character. Their opponents were from the World Bodybuilder Federation, one of Vince's failed side-ventures.
    • Sherri obediently parroting her client's catchphrases (her "DIG IT" sounds like a Chihuahua with a cold) is endearing in a Jay Lethal kind of way.
    • On a promo before Macho's steel cage match versus Hogan (w/ Beefcake), Macho asks Sherri where's she going to be, Sherri does a vanishing act by clambering up a cage in her stocking feet and 'reappearing' in front of it...though she is clearly spotted scurrying behind Macho and Zeus on all fours, showing the cage to be a facade. Oogity boogity.
      "YOU DON'T KNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW WHERE I'M GONNA BE, HOGAN!"
  • Leitmotif: "Happy Pop Beat"
  • Little Miss Badass: When she was sixteen years old, she approached Grizzly Smith and asked him to teach her how to wrestle; he told her to come back when she was 21. Five years later, Sherri came back and declared that she was 21 and had a year of training under her belt, so Smith went upstairs and then came down and told Sherri to report to the Fabulous Moolah’s training camp.
  • Love at First Punch: At the Great American Bash '95, rival manager "Colonel" Robert Parker and his men Dick Slater & Bunk House Buck entered the tag team division against Sister Sherri & Harlem Heat. Parker attributed Sherri’s mean streak to the lack of love in her life, interrupting a promo to lay one on her. The kiss was met with a punch, because you don’t just kiss Sherri without asking. But this only enticed Parker to keep chasing her like Pepé Le Pew (or Foghorn Leghorn in Parker's case). However, when the tag teams faced each other again at Fall Brawl, both Managers ended up in the ring and shared a Big Damn Kiss which baffled the arena.
  • Love Martyr:
    *Macho is cutting a promo* ("DIS MONDAY NIGHT, FEEL DA HEAT OOO-EEAH")
    * Sherri annoyingly taps his shoulder*
    Macho: What do you want?
    Sherri: I got somethin' to show ya!
    Macho: Well....go get it.
    * Sherri leaves*
    * Macho continues with his promo* ("STACK THE DECK, CREAM OF DA COFFEE DIG IT")
    * Sherri arrives with a sign*
    Macho: "BETTER THAN THE BEST: THE MACHO KING.....(in smaller writing) and queen"
    Sherri: Do ya like it?!
    Macho: Hee-yeah, I like it....maybe if you cut this little piece off (the bit referring to the queen), it'd be EVEN BETTER, HEE-YEAH!!
    * Sherri cries and runs away*
    • Shawn Michaels was also unresponsive to his sidekick's affections, and commentators observed that the relationship seemed "one-way." He did not seem to have a problem with treating her as an ornament while openly flirting with women in the crowd. Their union came to an end after Sherri got hit in the head with one of HBK's mirrors — tale as old as time.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: In a business filled with backstabbing lies, feuds, and innuendos, nobody has a bad word to say about the woman. (Well, almost nobody; this is wrestling.) As mentioned in a shoot interview, she made it a policy to phone the wives/girlfriends of men she worked with and clear her risque behavior with them. She also gets emotional just talking about Elizabeth, who died in 2003, as they were friends in real life.
    Paul Bearer: Sherri never met a stranger. She treated a fan on the street like she had known them all of her life.
  • Meteor Move: Had a habit of cheapshotting guys from the turnbuckle or cage wall. She even leapt off a cage in WCW to deliver a double axe handle to Hogan.
  • Metal Scream: Her rendition of "Sexy Boy". I'll have what she's having indeed.
  • Milking the Giant Cow: Intended as a "Bring it" gesture, but with her constipated faces and clenched fingers, it looked more like she was preparing a kamehameha.
  • More Deadly Than the Male:
    • Purely through being a divorced mom who stripped to make ends meet and later climbed her way through a crazy-tough old school system, it’s safe to say that back in the day, Martel was a bad-arse who could legitimately handle herself. Corny called her "tougher than a $2 steak".
    • The Ultimate Warrior dominates the first half of his match with Randy, until a bump finds him kissing canvas. And there's Sherri, gingerly helping him to his feet. Any guesses as to what happens? If you guessed punching him in the larynx while her moneymaker fills up 90% of the screen, then you'd be correct. As Gorilla notes while she's busy tenderizing him, "Maybe she'll be the reason for the end of the career of the Ultimate Warrior."
  • Mrs. Robinson: The age gap was most apparent with Shawn Michaels and, briefly, Bobby Roode (who wasted no time asking her to dinner).
  • Nouveau Riche: Moolah's loss forecast a great change in Sherri's personality. No longer was she content at the top of the wrestling pyramid; now she wanted to be treated like some kind of duchess, showing up to the ring wearing ballgowns and demanding that Miss Elizabeth (who was bona fide royalty) smell the glove. Lord Alfred took it on himself to teach "Sensational" Sherri and the Brooklyn Brawler some etiquette and table manners, with little success.
    Alfred: I say, Sherri! That is disgusting, doing that at the table!
    Sherri: [filing toenails] I have to do it sometime.
  • Off the Wagon: Those bumps came at a cost. She got hooked on Oxycodone which ultimately cut her life short in 2007 (less than two weeks before Benoit).
  • One Steve Limit: No relation to Rick Martel. Anyway, neither one's real name is Martel; they're both stage names.
  • Paid Harem: Sister Sherri traveled by stretch limo and had a private jet liner with an all-male staff. Sometimes it pays to work for Eric Bischoff.
  • Perky Female Minion: To Macho Man and Shawn Michaels, especially. Macho seemed to barely tolerate her, while Shawn employed her as something of a guard dog.
  • Pretender Diss: On Monday Night Raw, Luna Vachon presented herself to the crowd as the dominant woman in the World Wrestling Federation. In response, Sherri teleported to the ring (Nature Boy style) and kindly informed her that she had faced bigger men than Luna, let alone women — right before roundhouse-kicking Luna in the throat. The two broke out in a cat fight, making this the first women's brawl in Raw history.
  • Put on a Bus:
    • At the January 1996 edition of Clash of the Champions, Sister Sherri eloped with Col. Parker to a 24-hour chapel (with Mean Gene Okerland giving her away!) only to be sneak-attacked by the returning Madusa (Sherri's old nemesis from their AWA days), which caused havoc and destroyed the wedding placements. The following night on Nitro, Mean Gene interviewed Sherri about the aftermath, then fled for his life when Madusa pounced again, beating Sherri so hard that her brain turned to tapioca. The beatdown was so bad that she was missing in action for months. In reality, Bischoff suspended Sherri for a year under the condition that she enter rehab.
    • The WWF was forced to release her for related reasons in 1993, before her feud with Luna Vachon could have a satisfying conclusion.
  • Put Their Heads Together: The favorite mode of dispatch after Sherri faceplants in the ring. Hogan did it first, followed by Warrior who won WrestleMania VII by grabbing Macho and Sherri by the hair and clonking them together; Macho himself would use this finish during a match with DiBiase.
  • Really Gets Around:
    • When Sherri grabbed an interviewer by the lapels, it was even odds whether she'd kiss them (for her debut at WCW, she walked right up to "Mean Gene" Okerlund and snogged him before the mic was warm) or murder them.
    • Gorilla Monsoon inferred that Sherri had a filthy mouth in more ways than one; she passed around a lot of spit in the early nineties.
    • "But Shaaaawn, what's so sexy about Rick Martel?" She says before drooling over The Model at SummerSlam. These hoes ain't loyal, HBK.
  • Red Baroness: "Sensational", "Scary" (Beefcake and Hot Rod's derisive nickname), "Queen" (as a member of the Macho King's "court"), "Sensuous" (when first joining WCW), and "Sister" (while managing the Harlem Heat).
  • Rich Bitch: Why her partnerships with Flair and DiBiase were a natural fit.
  • The Rival: Candi Devine (in the AWA), Rockin' Robin, Madusa, Sapphire ("COMMON WOO-MON!"), Luna Vachon, and especially Miss Elizabeth. Outside of the ring, she also had a professional rivalry with Jimmy Hart.
  • Screaming Warrior: In the 90s, there were few sights more menacing than Sherri Martel losing her mind at ringside.
  • Slut-Shaming: In an era where Divas didn't show any skin, Sherri was a mom-approved heel. She was always shown to be an ashen hag, with Vince and the other face commentators acting disgusted by everything she did — though some innuendo did squeeze through the filter. By 1991, the pretense was beginning to break down somewhat: The costumes got skimpier (culminating in assless chaps), and the cameraman's ogling was a lot more obvious.
  • Signature Move: Open-palm strike to the throat.
  • Sore Loser/Wild Take: Post-match interviews with Sherri are like a cokehead screaming at nothing in a locker room.
  • Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace: Her nuptials to the Colonel Parker at WCW Clash of Champions were cut short when the Colonel's philandering was exposed by his other piece, Madusa, who put Sherri through a table — which was also the one holding the hors-d'oeuvres. This was part of WCW's limp attempt at recreating a women's division.
  • Spiritual Successor: Sherri fit the model of the female manager who isn't afraid to mix it up or take punishment: namely Baby Doll (Nickla Ann Roberts) and, more recently, Francine and Heel Melina.
  • Team Mom:
    • In Real Life as well as kayfabe, she was protective of her talent, particularly Shawn who no longer had Jannetty to watch his back. She also did her very best to prevent Booker and Stevie from getting buried, leading to some noisy conversations with Eric Bischoff. This was obliquely joked about at her induction, which Eric attended.
    • Watch her reaction to Booker's legendary gaffe on Nitro. Her smile says, "It's O.K., sweetie, I've f**ked up hundreds of times on-camera".
  • The Usual Adversaries: Due to circumstances outside of her control, including firings (Jannetty), "retirements" (Flair), injury (Austin), politics (a partnership with Ron Simmons fell apart due to the publicity surrounding O.J. Simpson), or clients jumping ship to a rival company (Haitch), Sherri found herself a manager with nobody to manage. Consequently, she made some odd alliances over the years. Tatanka, anyone? Makes as much sense as the Shawn Michaels/Luna Vachon pairing, anyway.
  • Unholy Matrimony: Had this effect on heels: Brother Love, Jesse Ventura, and even the moribund Paul Bearer spoke of her as some gorgeous centerfold ("That's more animated than I've ever seen him; he's almost alive"). One man who wasn't buying was Andre: Sherri was among the prospective managers who competed for his attention in a hotel bar, only to be shoved out of the way. She received a spanking from the giant, because Sherri hadn't met her upskirt quota for the week.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe:
    • invoked She went through a blizzard of hairdos and outfits (some designed by Martel herself), usually themed around whomever she was managing. She even modeled for a "spring review" in kayfabe. The commentators learned to dread the next fashion monstrosity she was going to parade in with.
      Jay Hunter: Mene Gene is with Sherri, who's dressed in some kind of...white...chandelier..outfit.
    • She wore a white Pocahontas getup for her matches with Tatanka.
    • After Luna called her out for a fight, Sherri answered like she’s Pam Grier, rocking an afro and a pantsuit. Sister/Sista Sherri also looked the part, wearing sunglasses just like Booker T and Stevie Ray.
    • Dressed like a 20s flapper while she was in Ted DiBiase's employ. Looked like an Oscar statuette.
    • She also wore a gold foil tutu (i.e. her "Ace Rimmer" outfit) while partnered with the Million Dollar Man. To compliment his schtick of throwing dollar bills at his opponents, Sherri lifted her skirt so Ted could pluck cash from her g-string.
    • Showed up to Clash of the Champions wearing Sting's colors (black and white, to match Sting's warpaint): an hourglass dress, a Mardi Gras mask, opera gloves, and her ever-present purse.
    • Sherri loved her high collared cloaks. "Sister" Sherri also wore a red one to her Vegas wedding, a nod both to her time with HBK and the Queen of Hearts.
    • WrestleMania VII: After removing her Evil Queen overcoat, Sherri reveals her dress (actually more like the outline of a dress), a showgirl number made entirely of rhinestones. It's a gaudy, over-the-top mess and completely apt for her upcoming defeat.
  • Vain Sorceress:
    • The segment before SummerSlam '89 with the "cauldron of the madness" (literally a witch's cauldron frothing with smoke), in which she claimed to foresee Macho's victory over Hogan. She later threatened to dunk Elizabeth in the cauldron.
    • When the Million Dollar Man faced Bret Hart, Bret kept leaving the ring and telling Sherri to beat it, to no avail. Finally Piper, at his wit's end, slowly and calmly reached under the ring for the most innocuous of weapons: a broom.
  • The Vamp: Her schtick was to wine and dine prospective "boy toys", offering her services in exchange for netting them the belt. The Ultimate Warrior proved immune to her charms.
    WrestleCrap: I wish he’d actually reacted positively to her advances. Then we could’ve had a series of Sherri/Warrior date vignettes.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Sherri was a wildcat as a manager: screaming at the ref, parkouring in and out of the ring, and fast-reloading the purse with objects in her cleavage.
  • Wedding Smashers: She threatened to do this at Macho and Elizabeth's wedding in a promo. Beefcake helpfully handed her some transportation — a broom.
  • Woman Scorned: The incident with the mirror took her off TV for several months. When she returned at the 1993 Royal Rumble, she sided with Jannetty in a match, ending her run with Michaels. Shawn would later have Luna in his corner for matches.
  • Would Hit a Girl: One skill that kept Sherri around in the WWF was that she could take a bump (in 4-inch heels, ouch), most frequently from Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior. She was a good looking lady that was as over as any heel on the roster (the temperature went up 10 degrees before she even spoke a word), and because of her background as a wrestler, she could be a legitimate threat on the inside or outside; a rare set of attributes.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit:
    • A couple bull rushes from Madusa were enough to make her rethink her career choices and she fled the ring, glomping onto Mr. Magnificent as the crowd booed. The announcers were canny enough to see past the ruse: the trick with Madusa is to keep moving long enough to exhaust her, which is in fact what happened.
    • The male babyfaces, sick of her meddling, would catch up to Sherri and cock their fists. Heenan unfailingly jumped at this, exclaiming "Don't hit her! Don't hit that lady!" as Sherri raised her hands in mock terror, and the faces would (usually) relent. Note: The entire time that Hogan was in the ring with her at the Clash, Jimmy Hart kept screaming "HIT HER!" into his megaphone. That probably wouldn't fly today.
    • She made her first WCW appearance at 1994’s Clash of the Champions XXVII in a title unification match between Sting and Ric Flair, coolly showing her support from behind the ropes. Flair swanned about in preparation for one of his patented "Flair Flops" — then yanked Sherri in the path of a flying cross body, leaving her to catch a 250-lb man. "Dirtiest Player in the Game", for a reason. As cheers for Sting evaporated, the disheveled Sherri returned the favor by performing the Splash on him three times, outing herself as an agent of the Nature Boy.

Alternative Title(s): Sensational Sherri

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