Sherri Martel
Sherri Martel
Sherri Schrull was an American professional wrestler and manager, better known by her ring names, Sherri Martel and Sensational Sherri. Martel began her professional wrestling career as a manager. She joined the American Wrestling Association (AWA) in the mid-1980s and held its AWA World Women's Championship three times. In the late 1980s, she joined the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), where she held the WWF Women's Championship.
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VIDEO: Nailz makes his WWF debut and attacks Big Boss Man
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On this day April 17, 1958 Kevin Wacholz better known to fans as Nailz in the WWF and Kevin Kelly in AWA is born. Wacholz started in the AWA in 1982 as Kevin Kelly a midcard babyface. By 1986, he became a top heel in the ogranization challenging for the AWA World Heavyweight Championship. By then he was using the nickname Mr. Magniificent Kevin Kelly. By 1987, he was issuing armwrestling challenges and being managed by Sherri Martel. He entered into a feud with Wildfire Tommy Rich who answered one of his challenges on an edition of AWA Wrestling on ESPN. Kelly had the match but Martel interfered and Kelly lost. Martel paid for it though when Rich tore off her dress. Martel was replaced by Madusa and teamed with Nick Kiniski. HE left in 1991 and surfaced in WWF in 1992 as an inmate who claims to have been brutalized by Big Boss Man Below is a clip of Nailz WWF debut
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The ridiculous outfits he would wear, the scary woman he had on his shoulder (Sherri Martel obviously but to a kid she was kinda scary!), those glasses, the way he would chew his gum and think he was the man. Maybe as a young kid without the body he
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Beth Phoenix Is Not Enough: What the WWE Must Do to Save Women's Wrestling - Bleacher Report
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Whether she was wrenching on her opponent's arm or pounding a woman's collarbone with a forearm shot, Sherri Martel often growled like an animal in the ring. This sound was that of a predator, a vicious and merciless tiger baring its teeth
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Pro Wrestling: 50 of the Best Talkers of All Time - Bleacher Report
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She was the right choice to manage the Heartbreak Kid when Shawn Michaels was a heel in the WWF. Scary, well spoken and the antithesis of Miss Elizabeth. Sherri Martel could talk, act and wrestle. Those qualities were vital as part of the HBK machine
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WWE News: The Unfortunate Lost Art of the Manager - Bleacher Report
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I look at one reason being that the business turned from having female managers like Sherri Martel and Woman, who most fans despised, to female managers like Sunny and Sable, amongst others, who fans saw as more sex symbol than managers
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Donna Christantello, dead at 69, was Moolah's 'right-hand person' - CANOE
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She and Moolah were instrumental in training Sensational Sherri Martel and Brittany Brown and Donna later wrestled as part of Sensational Sherri's team in the 1987 WWF Survivor series," reads her Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame bio
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She held the NWA Women's World Tag Team Championship with Tony Rose in the early 1970s and also worked the first Survivor Series on Sherri Martel's team, who she helped train. On behalf of all of us, our condolences to the family, friends and fans of
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Woman wrestles her way into man's world - Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
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When you were growing up, who were your idols? I was a big Macho Man (Randy Savagae) fan. And the Sensational Sherri (Martel). I'ma good girl. I played a bad guy once on TV. I didn't like the good guys growing up. But I'm not really a bad girl
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The original was sung by Sherri Martel during Shawn's singles heel turn and the second was redone by Shawn himself and is the only one ever released. Whether you liked him or not, the cocky lyrics and guitar solos in this theme completely captured the
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WWE: The 50 Wackiest Wrestling Characters of All Time - Bleacher Report
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Her feud with Sherri Martel was one of the classics of the '80s. Steve Keirn was an accomplished tag team wrestler with Mike Graham in Florida and later with Stan Lane. In the WWF, he wasn't so much of a great singles wrestler. As Skinner, an alligator
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DVD Review: Card Subject to Change - (blog)
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For example, an intriguing thread of women's wrestling, which profiles the young Lacey Von Erich in contrast to the elderly Sherri Martel, is picked up and peremptorily dropped, failing to even emboss the rich and multilayered history of gendered
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Sherri Martel
  • 2007
    Age 49
    On September 11, 2007, homicide investigators in Tuscaloosa, Alabama released the toxicology report stating that she died of an overdose with multiple drugs in her system, including high amounts of oxycodone.
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    On the morning of June 15, 2007, Martel died at her mother's residence in McCalla, Alabama, near Birmingham.
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  • 2006
    Age 48
    Later that year, she worked for TNA Wrestling, taping a backstage vignette trying to offer her managerial services to "free agent" Bobby Roode that aired on the September 21, 2006 TNA Impact!; it was her last wrestling television appearance.
    More Details Hide Details By 2003, she and her husband Robert Schrull lived in Tennessee, where she helped him renovate homes. She was married and divorced at least twice during her life, and Booker T gave her away at one of her weddings. She had one son.
    She was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by Ted DiBiase in April 2006.
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  • 2005
    Age 47
    In 2005, she took part in a World Wrestling Entertainment (formerly the WWF) storyline with Shawn Michaels and Kurt Angle shortly before WrestleMania 21.
    More Details Hide Details She made a return to SmackDown!, singing a parody of Michaels' theme song with Angle.
  • 2000
    Age 42
    The second was on the January 19, 2000 edition of WCW Thunder where she had a match with Madusa, which she lost.
    More Details Hide Details In her third and final appearance in World Championship Wrestling, she had a match with Mona, which she also lost.
    In 2000, she made three wrestling television appearances with World Championship Wrestling (WCW).
    More Details Hide Details The first was at the WCW Souled Out 2000 pay-per-view event, watching at ringside along with other superstars, the Chris Benoit vs. Sid Vicious matchup for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.
  • 1999
    Age 41
    Also in 1999, she was awarded the AWA Superstars Women's Championship.
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    In October 1999, she appeared on the Heroes of Wrestling pay-per-view managing George Steele in a match against Greg Valentine.
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    Early in 1999, Martel competed in a mixed-tag team match for the Apocalypse Wrestling Federation's Heavyweight Championship, a title held predominately by men.
    More Details Hide Details Missy Hyatt pinned Martel to win the title.
  • 1997
    Age 39
    She continued to manage Harlem Heat until she got fired from the group on the July 7, 1997 edition of Nitro.
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  • 1996
    Age 38
    Back in WCW, Martel had a brief on-screen romance with Col. Robert Parker until October 1996 when Harlem Heat fired him and Martel had a match with him at World War 3 in November.
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  • 1994
    Age 36
    Next, Martel began managing Harlem Heat (Booker T and Stevie Ray) using the name Sista Sherri. She managed the team to seven WCW World Tag Team Championship reigns. In late 1994 (while still managing Harlem Heat in WCW), Martel made a return appearance in ECW managing Shane Douglas and Brian Pillman against Ron Simmons and 2 Cold Scorpio.
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    The original plan for her was to manage Kevin and Dave Sullivan against Missy Hyatt and The Nasty Boys, but after Hyatt was fired in February 1994, the proposed rivalry went on with no managers for either team.
    More Details Hide Details Martel made her debut on the April 23 edition of WCW Saturday Night, under the name Sensuous Sherri. In an interview with Gene Okerlund, she said her goal was to find a man that can bring her the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. She was at ringside during at Slamboree on May 22, during the WCW World Heavyweight Championship match between Ric Flair and Barry Windham. On June 24, a title unification match took place at the Clash of the Champions XXVII between WCW World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair and the WCW International World Heavyweight Champion Sting. Although she revealed in the beginning of the match she sided with Sting (including wearing his signature face paint), it turned out to be a double cross, as she sided with Flair, who won the match and unified the titles, double-teaming Sting, until the newly signed Hulk Hogan made the save.
    Martel signed with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1994.
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  • 1993
    Age 35
    She began working in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) in 1993, managing Shane Douglas.
    More Details Hide Details Sherri turned on Douglas in a tag match with Brian Pillman, costing Douglas the match on behalf of Ric Flair. At November to Remember on November 13, Martel faced Malia Hosaka in a match.
    After being hit with the mirror, she was absent from television until the Royal Rumble in January 1993.
    More Details Hide Details At the Rumble, she was in a neutral corner for the match between Michaels and Jannetty, but she turned on Michaels during the match. Backstage, Michaels confronted her, and Jannetty came to her rescue. The storyline, however, was cut short as Jannetty was released from the company in the midst of the feud. Martel spent the remainder of the year aligned with Tatanka, who aided her in her feud with Luna Vachon and Bam Bam Bigelow. She was released from the World Wrestling Federation during the summer. After her WWF release, Martel had a brief spell in Smoky Mountain Wrestling, siding with Tracy Smothers in a feud with Tammy Fytch, Brian Lee, as well as several intergender matches with Jim Cornette.
  • 1992
    Age 34
    In 1992, before a match, his former partner Marty Jannetty grabbed the mirror and attempted to hit Michaels with it, but Michaels pulled Martel in front of him.
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    Later on the WM7 card after she and Savage parted ways following the career match, Martel came to the ring to help "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase in his assault on an injured Rowdy Roddy Piper, following which she managed DiBiase until 1992.
    More Details Hide Details Subsequently, Martel began managing Shawn Michaels after Pat Patterson convinced Michaels to participate in the storyline. She also sang Michaels theme song called "Sexy Boy". As part of his gimmick, Michaels would admire himself in a full-length mirror before his matches.
  • 1990
    Age 32
    At WrestleMania VI in 1990, Martel and Savage lost a mixed tag-team match against Sapphire and Dusty Rhodes after Elizabeth, who was in the corner of Sapphire and Rhodes, interfered and shoved Martel.
    More Details Hide Details During that same year, Martel and Savage appeared on Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous with Robin Leach. Martel ran in the ring to aid Savage in a steel cage match in Memphis against Jerry "The King" Lawler, but after accidentally knocking Savage from the ring, she had her dress yanked off by Lawler as she climbed the cage to escape. During a steel cage match at Madison Square Garden, Martel would suffer a similar embarrassment at the hands of The Ultimate Warrior, who pulled off an escaping Martel's miniskirt to reveal matching black garter belts and lace underpants. Practically in tears, Martel raced back to the locker room. At WrestleMania VII, Savage lost a "retirement match" against The Ultimate Warrior, where the loser would be forced (Kayfabe) to retire. After Savage lost the match, an irate Martel attacked Savage but was thrown from the ring by Elizabeth, who had been watching from the audience.
  • 1989
    Age 31
    After WrestleMania V, Martel confronted Miss Elizabeth, which led to a brawl between Elizabeth's ally Hulk Hogan and her former ally Randy Savage. Throughout the remainder of 1989, Martel and Savage feuded with Hogan and Elizabeth.
    More Details Hide Details At SummerSlam, Hogan and Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake defeated the team of Savage and Zeus. After the match, Elizabeth knocked out Martel with Martel's purse, and she, Hogan, and Beefcake cut Martel's hair.
  • 1988
    Age 30
    Renaming herself Sensational Sherri, she reigned as WWF Women's Champion for fifteen months before losing it to Rockin' Robin on October 8, 1988 in Paris, France.
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  • 1987
    Age 29
    At the Survivor Series in 1987, Martel's team consisting of Martel, Women's World Tag Team Champions The Glamour Girls (Leilani Kai and Judy Martin), Dawn Marie, and Donna Christanello lost to The Fabulous Moolah's team consisting of Moolah, Velvet McIntyre, Rockin' Robin, and the Jumping Bomb Angels (Noriyo Tateno and Itsuki Yamazaki).
    More Details Hide Details When the WWF phased out its women's division in 1990, Martel remained with the company and turned her attention to managing male wrestlers. Concurrent with her reign as WWF Women's Champion, Martel made several appearances in costume as "Peggy Sue," the girlfriend of The Honky Tonk Man, who was in the midst of a run as Intercontinental Champion. Her primary role was to irritate Honky's opponents -- namely, Randy "Macho Man" Savage and Brutus "the Barber" Beefcake -- and interfere in his matches.
    After former AWA wrestler Jesse Ventura referred her to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), she debuted on July 24, 1987, defeating The Fabulous Moolah for the WWF Women's Championship.
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    Rose and Somers then engaged in a lengthy feud with The Midnight Rockers (Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty), who defeated Rose and Somers for the tag team title on January 27, 1987, in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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  • 1986
    Age 28
    She traded the belt with Devine, and on June 28, 1986, at "Battle by the Bay," Martel defeated Devine to win the AWA World Women's Championship for a third and final time.
    More Details Hide Details Martel, however, only held the title briefly before vacating it. During this time, in addition to wrestling, Martel acted as the manager for the team of "Playboy" Buddy Rose and "Pretty Boy" Doug Somers, whom she managed to win the AWA World Tag Team Championship.
  • 1985
    Age 27
    After recovering, Larry Zbyszko helped her join the American Wrestling Association (AWA). She eventually debuted in the AWA and, on September 28, 1985, at SuperClash in Chicago, she defeated Candi Devine for the AWA World Women's Championship.
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  • 1981
    Age 23
    She continued to train at The Fabulous Moolah's school, where Moolah changed her name to Sherri Martel and sent her to wrestle in Japan in 1981.
    More Details Hide Details Moolah claims that Martel frequented night clubs and liked to party, which resulted in Moolah kicking her out of the school. After leaving the school, she traveled back to Tennessee. In Memphis, she was managed by Jim Cornette. During a mixed battle royal, Martel suffered an injury that removed her from wrestling temporarily. She then worked as both a wrestler and manager to the Heavenly Bodies Pat Rose and Tom Prichard).
  • 1974
    Age 16
    Martel was first introduced to professional wrestling as a child, when her mother took her and her sister to shows in Mississippi. In 1974, Martel approached Grizzly Smith for advice on becoming a wrestler, but he questioned her conviction and told her to come back to him in five years when she was an adult.
    More Details Hide Details She eventually married her second husband and gave birth to a son named Jared, but she soon divorced her husband. During this time, she again became interested in becoming a professional wrestler and sought training from "Mr. Personality" Butch Moore in Memphis, Tennessee. She started wrestling as Sherri Martine, but decided she needed more training.
  • 1958
    Age 0
    Born on February 8, 1958.
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