Ringbelles Retro: Early WWF Sherri

Sensational Sherri is one of the reasons why I started watching wrestling. She wasn’t actually in the ring, though she was such a major factor in the match that she may as well have been a participant. Her work as a manager on that night was utterly… well, sensational. She was spiteful, hateful, vindictive, dangerous and scary, so when she got her comeuppance a couple of times in the match, you really felt happy that she had made a mistake.

The match in question was the first one that my friend Glenn showed me when I was 10 and he was 11 – Randy Savage v the Ultimate Warrior at WrestleMania VII. Screaming and slowly going more and more insane as the match went on and the stakes in the Career Match got even more real, you could see Sensational Queen Sherri (as she was known then) unravel and become more desperate in her attempts to interfere on behalf of her Macho King. She was utterly evil, and everything that a heel manager could be. Without a doubt, it’s her shining moment as a performer.

However, let us not look past the fact that this is a woman who also wrestled for a sizeable portion of her career, winning the American Wrestling Association Women’s Championship on three occasions between 1985 and 1986, and also had a reign as the World Wrestling Federation’s Women’s titleholder, winning the belt on her return to the promotion by beating the Fabulous Moolah on July 24, 1987.

Return, you say? That’s right – Sherri had a stint in the WWF five years earlier as one of Moolah’s many protégés, which was useful, as being pally with Moolah was the best way to get some ring time in the big leagues, albeit losing a cut of your money to her as a result. However, Sherri was reportedly kicked out of Moolah’s school for indulging in a party lifestyle.

Before that happened though, she did get some time on WWF TV, and we have one of those matches on the Retro today. Here, Sherri teams with Moolah – who was 59 at the time and still had the Women’s Championship grafted onto her – to take on Judy Martin – who achieved success with Leilani Kai in the Glamour Girls – and Penny Mitchell.

- Lee Burton