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Stacy Ann-Marie Keibler (born October 14, 1979 in Baltimore, Maryland) is a Professional Wrestling personality-turned-actor, who got her start as a Baltimore Ravens cheerleader.

Her big break in the entertainment industry came when she won a contest to become a new Nitro Girl for WCW in 1999. She initially appeared performing dance routines under the name Skye - before becoming a proper on screen character as Miss Hancock, valet to Standards and Practices (Lenny Lane and Lodi). She wrestled the occasional match, though she was not an Action Girl herself. After a storyline romance with David Flair, she started using her real name.

When WCW was bought by WWF in 2001, Stacy's contract was also bought and she was incorporated as a character on WWF television. Now part of The Alliance, Stacy portrayed a more physical role than in WCW - a Dark Action Girl who sneak attacked and cheated to win matches. During this time she also served as the manager to the Dudley Boyz - being declared the Duchess of Dudleyville. When the brand split was introduced in 2002, she was part of Smackdown and challenged for the Women's Championship a few times.

She defected to Raw following a Heel–Face Turn and was used more as a valet and on screen character than wrestler, save for the odd Fanservice match. In 2006 she was chosen to appear on Dancing with the Stars but opted to leave WWE around the same time. She has since made a guest appearance on WWE Tough Enough and enjoyed some success as an actress.

You may also remember her as George Clooney's former girlfriend.

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"She's got tropes, she knows how to use them..."

  • The Adjectival Superhero: Super Stacy.
  • All Guys Want Cheerleaders: Enforced during various gimmick matches. She had been one for the Baltimore Ravens NFL football team, though.
  • Alliterative Name: Super Stacy.
  • Arch-Enemy: Daffney Unger in WCW.
  • The Artifact: Stacey's habit of wearing business suits in WCW came from her time as the valet of Standards and Practices, a pair of wrestling executives.note  She would continue wearing suits until the end of WCW, even after Standards and Practices had been released.
  • Ass Kicks You:
    • During the WCW Tag Team Champions The Dudley Boys vs. the WWF Tag Team Champions the Hardy Boyz cage match at Survivor Series 2001, Stacy pulled up the back of her shorts to distract referee Nick Patrick, so she could grab the key to help the Dudleys win, which they did.
    • During the Rico (w/Miss Jackie Gayda) vs. Rene Dupree (w/Rob Conway) match on the February 2, 2004 Raw, Stacy flashed her butt to Dupree, though with her face to the camera, leading to Rico winning the match. This was a followup to Jackie having flashed Conway, with her back to the camera, the week before. WWE was teasing a Playboy photo shoot featuring two Divas, as opposed to how the three previous ones (Sable in 1999, Chyna in 2000 and Torrie Wilson in 2003) had each featured only one. This led to the Sable/Torrie vs. Stacy/Jackie Playboy Evening Gown Match at WrestleMania XX.
    • Crossed with Green-Eyed Monster: In April 2003, Stacy was supposedly feeling rejected and jealous because of Test's interest in Torrie Wilson's Playboy issue. During the Test vs. Chris Jericho match on the April 14 Raw, Stacy largely ignored the match and instead played to the fans, even autographing a sign for one of them. She also walked up the ring steps and lifted the back of her skirt to show off her pink thong. Jericho won the match with the bulldog and the Lionsault.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Because of Stacy's beauty and charisma, she turned babyface in 2002 and never was a heel again. She would get raucous cheers whenever her music hit. Bubba Dudley complained in an interview many years later that Stacy's presence with the Dudleyz made it harder for them to be seen as heels since she motivated many of the fans to schedule masturbation. He eventually had to tell her to stop face-like actions at ringside.
  • Between My Legs: She was introduced into a scene this way in a backstage segment on Smackdown in 2002. As Triple H was shown reading a magazine, she steps into the scene and Triple H stares at her legs.
  • The Bus Came Back: Stacy made a surprise guest appearance on the 2011 season of WWE Tough Enough when the contestants were doing a cheerleading challenge. She also inducted Torrie Wilson into the 2019 Hall of Fame, before being inducted herself into the 2023 Hall of Fame.
  • Butt-Monkey: When Stacy wasn't losing most of her matches, including Squash Matches against opponents she didn't stand a chance against, she was suffering repeated Shameful Strips and Kinky Spankings, smashed through a table by the Dudley Boyz for accidentally costing them a match, getting beaten up by Sore Loser Molly Holly for beating her in a dance contest, and being repeatedly humiliated and abused by everyone from Test to Scott Steiner to Stone Cold Steve Austin to Randy Orton. This also applied to some of her post-wrestling endeavors in general, such as when she only finished in third place on Dancing with the Stars despite being arguably the most talented dancer and the odds-on favorite to win.
  • Catholic School Girls Rule: Her costume of choice for most gimmick matches. Never mind the fact that she actually did go to Catholic school in Real Life.
  • Chew Toy: She was probably the most frequent target of Kinky Spanking and Comedic Underwear Exposure on the entire roster, and it was Played for Laughs as much as it was for Fanservice. Notably, she also received a Stone Cold Stunner from Austin for refusing a beer, which was played comedically, but the RKO she received from Randy Orton and the Pumphandle Slam she took from Test were Played for Drama to show how ruthless they'd become.
  • Chickification: Maybe it wasn't to an extreme degree, but Stacy did go through her ups and downs (sadly, mostly downs) during her four-and-a-half years in WWE. When she came to WWE in the summer of 2001, she did so not as a Naïve Newcomer but as a full-blooded member of the Alliance, Dark Action Girl, and someone at least modestly dangerous in the ring. Over the next year, she slid into decay as a Diva used mostly for Fanservice, and the year after that decayed still more as her Heel–Face Turn turned her Stupid Good and a prime target for all kinds of bullies, both male and female, both heel and face(!). She finally Took a Level in Badass in late 2004 and actually managed to win some matches and become Number One Contender to the Women's Championship. Then it was right back to Stupid Good Butt-Monkey status for the rest of her career, especially when Randy Orton RKO'ed her in preparation for his WrestleMania match with The Undertaker.
  • Commuting on a Bus: When she got the call to be on Dancing with the Stars, WWE pulled her off of Raw immediately (and out of a gimmick) and dropped her onto SmackDown! where she went back to Fanservice matches, had her last match ever on WWE Velocity, and then disappeared. She did reappear a few years later on an episode of the Tough Enough revival.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • While Trish Stratus was enjoying her storyline romance with Chris Jericho, Stacy offered her advice. She specifically said that there was no love lost between her and Jericho - referencing an incident that happened six months previously. Jericho had been feuding with Test and accidentally struck Stacy with a chair at ringside.
    • Her relationship with Torrie Wilson was still notably a little frosty in 2003 - despite both of them now being faces. This nodded that they still remembered their feud during the Invasion.
  • Damsel in Distress: As a female manager, she was regularly targeted by the opponents of the guys she managed. Also, every guy she managed in WWE except for The Hurricane and Rosey (the last ones she managed) ultimately turned on her.
  • Dance Battler: She trained extensively in jazz, tap and ballet dancing, and incorporated her training into her matches. The most notable example was with the Spinning Heel Kick, wherein she'd do almost a pirouette in spinning on one foot while clobbering her opponent with the other.
  • Distaff Counterpart: When Stacy was saved by Hurricane Helmsley and Rosie, she joined their superhero team as "Super Stacy". When she helped Booker T win a match against Test, he invited her into the ring to do the "legaroonie", a female version of his own spinaroonie move.
  • Everyone Has Standards: While she had no problem providing plenty of Fanservice in the form of bikini shoots, bra & panties matches - she has said she'll never pose nude. She's also one of the few Ms. Fanservice Divas to never get breast implants.
  • Everyone Is Related: Subverted during her stint with The Dudley Boys, as she was the only member to not carry the Dudley name. From 1995 to early 1997 in the original ECW, there had been a LOT of Dudleys.
  • Evil Feels Good: As a heel, Stacy would show clear enjoyment through smiling or laughter when the babyfaces got hurt. This was particularly noticeable when she attacked Torrie Wilson and had the Dudley Boyz put her through a table. Stacy laughed about it, and Jim Ross questioned her morals on commentary.
  • Evil Wears Black: As a heel, she favored lots of black outfits. When she turned face, she wore more varied colors.
  • Fanservice Cover: Keibler's appearance on the cover of WWE Day of Reckoning 2 is interesting since she never held a title and was likely only done for male fans.
  • Faux Action Girl: Spent most of her career as a valet/manager, and rarely ever won matches outside of tag teams. When WWE tried to groom her to be Women's Champion in 2004, fans just didn't buy it.
  • Finishing Move: Spinning Heel Kick.
  • Gimmick Matches: Stacy participated in everything from bra & panties and paddle on a pole matches to limbo and musical chairs!
  • Groin Attack:
    • During the "Wedding Gown" match between herself and Daffney Unger at WCW Bash at the Beach 2000, both David Flair and the referee had attempted to pull and keep the girls away from each other as they were fighting against one another from within a wild state and as the referee had tried his best to pull and keep her away from Daffney, she had instantly broken free from him and had soon got real upset with him as she had immediately kneed him in the groin, sending him down in a state of excruciating pain.
    • She also kicked WWE ring announcer Howard Finkel in the crotch during a Tuxedo vs. Evening Gown Match in 2002, after which she and Trish Stratus and Lilian Garcia stripped him down to red bikini underwear.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Bubba Ray Dudley mentioned in an interview that she loved to party. Lita mentioned in an interview that she got into a fight with Stacy after the latter drunkenly hit on Matt Hardy in a bar. Stone Cold Steve Austin also said that he, the Dudleyz and Stacy somehow went through 115 beers in one night between them one night in Japan.
  • Headlock of Dominance: Stacy had one put on her by Trish Stratus (of all people) in a gravy bowl match (of all places!) during a match. Stacy's response was to give up immediately.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In 2002, and didn't look back.
  • Hidden Depths: Along with Torrie Wilson, Sharmell Sullivan, and a number of other WCW female wrestlers, a graduate (in June 2000, and one of the last) of WCW's notorious Power Plant, a pro-wrestling training facility so tough and grueling that it ended Bret Hart's career. note 
  • Homage: She did a photo shoot in 2003 dressed as the Statue of Liberty.
  • Humiliation Conga: Had this happen to her quite a few times. One particularly bad night had her spanked in public by her boss, losing a match by being stripped to her bra and panties, then spanked again with a paddle. And the match was her idea!
  • I Have Many Names: Skye, Miss Hancock, the Duchess of Dudleyville and Super Stacy.
  • Kick Chick: Her trademark moves were the Spinning Heel Kick and a corner foot choke, all for the purpose of showing off her legs.
  • Kinky Spanking: She suffered this fate on multiple occasions - was usually how the male wrestlers dealt with her if she tried to interfere. One such incident led to her getting whacked by Big Show Ouch. Out of character, Stacy noted in an interview that she doesn't mind being spanked, 'on special occasions'.
  • Leg Focus: Her entrance theme was even titled the former trope name of "She's got legs"! She's so tall at 5 ft 11 she's one of the only wrestling women to enter by going over the middle rope.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The Dark Feminine to Torrie Wilson's light.
  • Likes Older Men: She showed a lot of this in the WWE. From being Vince McMahon's Sexy Secretary to doing a cheerleading routine for Mick Foley (and jumping into his arms in multiple sketches) to managing the Dudley Boys and later Scott Steiner along with Test. When Trish Stratus accused Stacy of wanting to "screw" Eric Bischoff to advance her career, Stacy notably didn't deny it.
  • Lingerie Scene: She and Torrie Wilson had the first ever Lingerie Match in 2001. She also participated in the Divas Undressed special.
  • Meaningful Name: In WCW, as Ms. Hancock. Being that Vince Russo doesn't believe in subtlety, he wanted to spell her last name Handcock, but that was rejected by both Turner Network execs and Stacy herself.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Stacy was primarily an eye candy character and valet - and a very over one at that. Anytime a wrestling company tried to bring her into a more serious role, it always ended back in her usual status quo of bikini contests.
  • Mud Wrestling: This was basically the point of her character in Bubble Boy, and also participated in a particularly memorable one where she threw Trish Stratus off the top of the stage.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: She possessed surprising strength and stamina for a woman with a BMI (body-mass index) of only about 19 (borderline anorexic, even by non-wrestling standards) and once even bodyslammed Lita during a mixed tag-team match also featuring the Dudley Boyz and the Hardy Boyz. At one point, she could actually press over 400 pounds when she did a leg press.
  • Nerd Glasses: During her stint with the Dudleyz, Stacy wore the bulky Dudley gimmick glasses with the lenses popped out and tape on the bridge, typically on top of her head, rather than on her nose.
  • Obliquely Obfuscated Occupation: Ms. Hancock's exact job description was never explained. This is due to the weird transitional period that was early 2000, with Kevin Sullivan and James J Dillon having been brought back to sort out Vince Russo's mess.
  • Once per Episode: EVERY time she was in a Bra and Panties match with Trish Stratus, the match would end with the following sequence: Stacy, who would be down to her bra, is standing on Trish's hair, leading to Trish headscissoring Stacy forward to pull down Stacy's shorts to win the match.
  • Pom-Pom Girl: She often dusted off her old cheerleading uniform to entertain the fans. Note that she only ever did so as a face.
  • Power Stable:
    • (in WCW): The New Blood
    • (in WWE): The Alliance
  • Purely Aesthetic Glasses: Frequently wore these throughout her wrestling career. With the Dudley Boyz it was because the two of them had them as well.
  • Reality Show: Hosted Lifetime's Supermarket Superstar.
  • Really Gets Around: Accused of sleeping around the WCW locker room by Mike Tenay in an interview in WCW Thunder, who said he would have slept with her too if not for his marriage. Yeah, that's WCW Thunder under Russo for you.
  • Sadist: As a heel, Stacy showed she had a sadistic side. She often enjoyed watching the pain and suffering of others, and would mock them by pointing and laughing at them. This was usually when she was watching the men she was aligned with hurt the babyface wrestlers in the ring. When she was Vince's assistant she was ringside to see Triple H get beaten and bloodied with weapons at the hands of six other men, and she grinned with delight as she watched. When she was the manager of the Dudley Boyz, she got a thrill from seeing victims, such as Spike Dudley, get driven through tables. Stacy even had the pleasure of being able to give the order to have Torrie Wilson put through a table, and she enjoyed herself and laughed as Torrie lay motionless at her feet.
  • Sexy Secretary: As Ms. Hancock.
  • Shameful Strip: Stacy was in a lot of Bra and Panties matches in her career, and approximately all of them ended with her stripped down.
  • Signature Move: Her corner foot choke, which was taken up by boyfriend Test when they were still friendly.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: If you enjoyed Monday Night Raw between 2002 and 2005, you have to thank her for a small part of that. In 2002, she came to Thursday Night SmackDown as General Manager Stephanie McMahon's executive assistant. But what no one knew at the time was that Keibler had actually been signed to Raw, and was only on SmackDown as Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff's corporate spy. While in Stephanie's office, Stacy forged a number of documents that made it appear as if certain SmackDown Superstars had, like her, actually contracted with Raw; fatefully, two of these Superstars were Batista and Randy Orton. This didn't result in anything huge at first, as Batista became a "Deacon" and one of Keibler's allies in The Dudley Boys faction, while Orton was injured soon after his debut and had his career sidelined for the rest of the year. But in early 2003, Triple H and Ric Flair introduced both of these men as the junior members of their new Evolution stable. Batista and Orton proved quite useful to HHH, to say the least: they helped him retain his World Heavyweight Championship for far longer than he deserved, and against the likes of Scott Steiner, Booker T and Goldberg. They also played a crucial role in causing Kane to lose the match whose stipulation was that he would have to unmask, costing Kane what last shreds of his sanity remained so that he turned against his brother and former ally The Undertaker and buried him alive — causing 'Taker to be resurrected as his "Deadman" persona once again in 2004 after having been a biker character for the past four years. And of course, Evolution would set the stage for the titanic power struggle between HHH and Orton, which started in 2004 and continued off and on for nearly five whole years after that! (The two wouldn't bury the hatchet permanently until 2013, when they joined forces as members of The Authority).
  • Squash Match: Besides some rare times in 2004, if Stacy was in a match, no matter who she was facing, she was the one losing, and quickly.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's quite tall (5'11") and very beautiful. She's in fact tall enough that she could step over the middle of the three ropes that surround the ring.
  • This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: She was brought in as an advisor for one episode of WWE Tough Enough. What was the challenge? Cheerleading of course.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In late 2004, when she pinned Molly Holly in three separate matches (although she needed some help the third time), became Number One Contender to Trish Stratus' Women's Championship, and then entered a seven-Diva Battle Royal at Taboo Tuesday and did better than anyone could have expected, making it more than two-thirds of the way through the match and being the longest-lasting face Diva left in the ring. Pretty impressive for someone who was consistently losing Bra and Panties matches just two years earlier.
    • Alas, it was only temporary. WWE had wanted to give Stacy a reign as Women's Champion and were trying to build her up. She was originally booked to win the Taboo Tuesday battle royal, but on the day of the match, she told WWE officials she didn't deserve to be champion as she wasn't a wrestler, and they should leave the title on Trish Stratus. Shortly afterwards, she was back losing Bra and Panties matches to newcomer (and 2004 Diva Search winner) Christy Hemme, returning to her Faux Action Girl status.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Torrie Wilson, both on-camera and off for some time. Fittingly it was Stacy who inducted Torrie into the Hall of Fame.
  • Walking Swimsuit Scene: Her entrance video had mainly clips of her in bikinis and swimsuits.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Stacy has taken some pretty nasty bumps from men, particularly from her Domestic Abuse storyline with Test.
  • Xenafication: While not to the extent of some of her peers, just compare a 2001 match to a 2005 match.
  • You Can Leave Your Hat On: Memorably performed a striptease for Randy Orton the night he hosted Raw - which was also the TV debut for Candice Michelle, Maria Kanellis and Melina Perez. Apparently her mother was also in the crowd.