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

Lisa Mary Moretti (born November 26, 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. Trained by Mando Guerrero, 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, and then the WWE Hall of Fame in 2018. She was one of the original WWE Divas.


"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: In the Attitude Era, where women would go on to be Best Known For The Fanservice in retrospective, Ivory stood out as a badass, action-oriented female wrestler. And 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.
  • All Part of the Show: Behind the scenes at SummerSlam 2004, the other Divas were taken to Wrestlers' Court for losing to the Diva Search contestants in a dodgeball game. Ivory apparently convinced the roster that the Divas had lost on purpose to put the contestants over.
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  • Amazonian Beauty: Downplayed more in her WWF/WWE career, but she had a background in fitness prior to wrestling, and possessed noticeable muscle tone when she flexed. As shown during her appearance on "Table For 3", she still has some impressive arms even though she claims that she no longer works out.
  • Arch-Enemy: Col. Ninotchka in GLOW, Jacqueline, Tori (Terri Poch), Chyna
  • The Artifact: Her Ivory ring name was of course meant to be a pun since she was a 'gift' for Mark Henry (ebony and ivory). She was integrated into the women's division pretty quickly but kept the name. There were attempts at Reimagining the Artifact by giving her an entrance theme with the lyrics "made of ivory" in there, but it was forgotten after she joined the Right to Censor.
  • 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
  • The Beautiful Elite: A heroic version in GLOW with Ashley. The two of them were rich socialites who wanted to have fun.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Discussed in 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.
  • Braids of Action: Always in the Right to Censor. She was never seen with her hair down in that gimmick. She would sometimes wrestle in braided hair outside of that gimmick as well.
  • 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."
  • 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 Right to Censor gimmick ever again.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Returned to the 2022 Women's Royal her Right To Censor gimmick, and proceeded to berate the women in the match, calling them "lost little girls". Suffice to say, she was immediately thrown out by Rhea Ripley.
  • By the Hair: She would often yank the opponent's hair before delivering a face buster.
  • Cardboard Pal: A cardboard Chyna while in Right to Censor.
  • Cleavage Window: Her most memorable outfit had one of these.
  • Cloth Fu: In GLOW. T&A had a "Texas Bar Room Brawl" against Hollywood And Vine. At one point, she and Ashley Cartier had some kind of large cloth and they wrapped up their opponents in it, forcing them to Catfight each other to get out.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: 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.
  • Comedic Underwear Exposure: At one point in the Right to Censor gimmick she was booked into a Bra & Panties match against Trish Stratus. Chyna interfered and stripped Ivory down to her underwear.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: During her Hardcore match, Tori got Ivory back for all the abuse she suffered by throwing soap bars and a whole box of tampons at her.
  • Cool Shades: As Tina Ferrari.
  • Crossover: Participated in the IWA/WWF Christmas in Puerto Rico 1999, although she faced Tori, a woman the WWF could have had her wrestle at any time.
  • Dark Chick: Previously provided the page image, along with the rest of Right to Censor. She was the lone female of the group and held championship gold for the longest period.
  • Demoted to Extra: She started appearing less and less around 2002. She did get a brief resurgence with a face turn in 2003 and program against Jazz - but it was cut short and she was back to appearing mainly on Heat.
  • Didn't Think This Through: She challenged The Kat to a title match, saying it didn't mattered what the stipulation was - as long as it was a wrestling match. The Kat suggested No DQ, and Ivory agreed. The Kat then had Chyna pedigree Ivory and then covered her to retain.
  • 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.'"
  • 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."
  • Evil Costume Switch: When she joined the Right to Censor, she adopted their uniform of a white shirt, black tie and long black skirt (later switched to slacks for more freedom of movement).
  • Face–Heel Revolving Door: She was technically a face when she first entered WWF. Then after she won the Women's Championship, she started appearing exclusively as a heel. In the early part of 2000 she was heel early on but would make random appearances as a face - such as teaming with Jacqueline to take on Dean Malenko, and teaming with face Crash Holly against heels Val Venis and Trish Stratus. From when she joined the Right to Censor, she was always a heel - until 2003 when she was always a face.
  • Finishing Move: A face buster called "Poison Ivory". A Samoan driver after leaving WWE though she used poison Ivory in WSU when saving Sassy Stephie from the Cosmo Club's Brittney Savage and Rick Cataldo.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: She and Jacqueline had definitely become as such by the time they were both faces in 2003.
  • Fluffy Fashion Feathers: As Tina Ferrari, meant to show off her and Ashley's wealth.
  • For Your Own Good: Right to Censor's Catchphrases were "It's for your own good" and "because you do NOT know what is good for you!"
  • Foreshadowing: She protested some T&A in the women's division, notably only participating in the Miss Rumble swimsuit contest reluctantly. Thus it wasn't too surprising when she joined the Right to Censor a few months later.
  • 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.
  • Genki Girl: As a face in 2003. Not so much when she was a face in GLOW and POWW.
  • 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.
  • Good Costume Switch: Whenever she was a face, she tended to wear more silver on her outfits.
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: She was color-coded with purple and often referred to herself as a lady, viewing all the other Divas as beneath her. Purple is her favourite colour.
  • 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. In 2003 she made a proper face turn in WWE too...
  • 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.
  • Hijacked by Ganon: In a four way for the title, Ivory (who was defending) tried to get Jacqueline to take out Luna and Tori - saying she would then get to face Ivory fairly by herself.
  • International Showdown by Proxy: Beat out Americana as Col. Ninotchka's number one target since Tina Ferrari was, in her words, "the capitalist dream".
  • 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.
  • 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 the only person who could refer to him by his real name at the time.
  • Large Ham: While often overshadowed in this department because of how hammy the guys werenote , she was easily the most over-the-top Diva WWE had, until Vickie Guerrero's heel turn and Jillian Hall's bad singer gimmick. For a time, part of her ring entrance involved her Shaking the Rump on the ring apron. Tied in with the Cloudcuckoolander and Genki Girl examples above, she had no problem acting silly and messing with the crew during photo shoots for her own amusement.
  • Leotard of Power: As Tina Ferrari. It was The '80s, after all.
  • Light Is Not Good: Right to Censor had an all white shirt Dress Code.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: Tina Ferrari was meant to be Fiction 500 rich, but stayed a face the whole time in GLOW.
  • Madonna-Whore Complex: Veered closer to the Madonna side whenever playing a heel actually. Even when she wasn't in the Right to Censor she would still refer to herself as "a lady" and call the rest of the Divas sluts and skanks. Her face titantron showed a lot more Fanservice shots and she kept the sexy outfits - but any Whore elements were downplayed.
  • Male Gaze: Her fans loved looking at and talking about her butt. Google "Ivory's ass" for proof. On April 5, 2002, Steve D. Perkins posted "TOP 100 DUMBEST RSPW GAGS" to the Usenet newsgroup "Tributes to Molly's or Ivory's ass" came in at #61.
  • 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.
    • 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."
  • Minor Insult Meltdown: During the Right to Censor run, she and Steven Richards were guest hosts of the January 7, 2001 Sunday Night Heat. Richards asked host Michael Cole why they hadn't received the opportunities other WWE Superstars had. Cole said, "Maybe it's because nobody likes you," and Ivory sold it, putting her hands on her hips and acting all offended.
  • 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.
    • Hand-or-Object Underwear: Generally played straight. However, she once posed for a picture holding two beach balls in front of her chest.
    • 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.
      • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: 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
  • Moral Guardians: 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.
  • Mud Wrestling: Okay, they were wrestling in some other substance but her "Turkey Bowl match" with Jacqueline was the same concept. She wasn't too thrilled to be in it but said she'd be happy if fans found some comedic value in the whole thing.
  • Mundane Object Amazement: The "Ivory Finds A Superstar" extra on the 2004 WWE Divas: South of the Border DVD shows her walking down a beach looking for something to impress her. She rejects a beach chair and a sandcastle, but is impressed by a clump of seaweed.
  • Nicknaming the Enemy: She called Barbara Bush "Blonde Bimbo", "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, neither did anything that would have led up to it.
  • Passing the Torch: Masters Of The Ring Entertainment presented Lasting Legacy: A Tribute to Women In Wrestling, the second in their series of fan expos in dedication to wrestling veterans, women from WWF, WCW and GLOW as the title suggests but there was also a Just Cause Pro Wrestling Tournament between more active title contenders, Ivory handing out a trophy to eventually winner, NWA World Women's Champion Santana Garrett.
  • Power Stable: Right to Censor and the Alliance
  • Produce Pelting: After Tough Enough III she crashed a bikini contest at a house show to complain about how "the divas" were getting spots on the roster for stripping while her kids who worked so hard weren't on shows yet, then stripped off her own clothes to show the fans it wasn't anything special. This didn't stop them from throwing things.
  • Purple Is Powerful: For a long time, excluding her Right to Censor 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.
  • 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 Right to Censor 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.)
  • 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. She was still wrestling in 2006 on the indies when she was forty-five. She returned at 56 to compete at WWE's first Evolution PPV.
  • 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 Bobbi Billard 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 other girls to train injured, which exacerbated the injury and forced her to leave wrestling.
  • Say My Name: During Tough Enough 3, there was a scene of Ivory in a bikini face down on a beach chair and Scott, one of the contestants, started slapping her ass while saying these words.
  • Screaming Warrior: Especially in the hardcore match with Tori, which is understandable given the context.
  • Seashell Bra: The 2005 Divas Magazine had a picture of her wearing one.
  • Sensible Heroes, Skimpy Villains: Inverted during her Right to Censor 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."
    • And of course her finisher was named Poison Ivory.
  • Signature Move: A giant swing and a senton bomb from the ring apron. The Samoan Driver was one 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.)
  • The Smurfette Principle: She was the only woman in the Right to Censor stable for the most part. The Kat was briefly forced into the stable but she was released from the company before that storyline could fully play out.
  • 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. See the YMMV page.
  • 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.
  • Worthy Opponent: Acknowledged Trish Stratus as such during her fourth title reign. This eventually led to a friendship and alliance with her for a while.