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Miss Elizabeth, Pro Wrestling Trailblazer.
By Jim Varsallone

Wrestling World Magazine Presents The Good, The Bad, and the Beautiful. - January 1999.




    Before Miss Elizabeth, the only women involved with pro wrestling were women who stepped into the squared circle themselves. They were rugged, tough and weigh between, 170 and 350 pounds. Then came the lovely Liz, who actually helped change the face of pro wrestling, opening the door for ladies to become valets and managers.

    With two little words, the lovely Miss Elizabeth broke the hearts of many. Elizabeth Hewlett, the former wife and current manager o pro wrestler Randy Savage, said "I do and married Cary Lubetsky, a South Florida attorney. Aventura residents, they exchanged vows in December at the Cuban Hebrew Temple in Miami Beach. "my life right now is better than I ever dreamed it could be," said Liz, a member of the New World Order in World Championship Wrestling. "The idea that I have a really nice, wonderful, stable home life with a great family, and I can go away and do the fun stuff once or twice a week, then come home and have a normal life is incredible.

    While working for the World Wrestling Federation from 1985 to 1990, Elizabeth spent five to six days a week on the road. Managing her real-life husband Savage kept them together, but the travel and grind still took its toll. "I want to have kids," Elizabeth said. "I wanted a normal life." She is beginning to lead a normal life with Lubetsky. A native of Long Island, her completed undergraduate studies at Cornell University and graduated from law school at Tulane University. He's been practicing law in South Florida for six years and is currently working for Holtzman, Krinzman, Equels, Furia in Miami.

    During her WWE tenure, Elizabeth could be seen worldwide on various WWF programming through syndication on many independent TV stations, as well as cable TV and even on NBC on the monthly NBC Saturday Nights. Hey, but she is more than just a pretty face. Elizabeth is a graduate of the University of Kentucky, with a degree in Communications. A sports aficionado, she had her eye on a career in news or sports broadcasting. Her life changed when she met the Macho Man. She's been involved in pro wrestling with him since 1985, beginning in the WWF under the direction of Vince McMahon Jr.

    "I got started in wrestling because Randy and I were married," Elizabeth said. "It just sort of happened. We just fell into place and it really took off. It had a life of its own for me." Divorcing the Macho Man and leaving the WWF in 1990, Liz switched gears, working for an off-shore powerboat racing show on cable TV's ESPN network. She moved to South Florida in 1992 and through a mutual friend, met Lubetsky while working out at Olympia Gym in Aventura. "We do live a very normal life," Liz said. "We play golf on the weekends. We work out at the gym. We go out to dinner."

    Before meeting Lubetsky, "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan and Savage called Elizabeth to see if she had any interest in returning to pro wrestling. Both Hogan and Savage had left the WWF for rival WCW, and they attempted to recruit some familiar names and faces. "When they called, I think I answered before I really thought about it," Elizabeth said. "Because the travel and being away from home is different when you are single, which I was at the time, it wasn't so bad then, but once I got engaged and planned to get marriage, it was harder to leave home.

    So, Elizabeth travels on a very limited basis with WCW, allowing the newlyweds to spend plenty of time together. On Mondays, Liz is working somewhere across the country on WCW's highly-rated cable show, "Monday Nitro," live 8:00 to 11:00pm. On TNT. Some Sundays, she's busy sharing the spotlight with her peers, i.e. Hogan, Chris Benoit, Sting, Dean Malenko, Lex Luger, Eddy Guerrero, Scott Hall, Keven Nash, Bret Hart and the rest on pay per view. "It's still fun," she said. "You just can't explain it. It's a shock to me to think that the whole microcosm of people who were involed in wrestling that many years ago (in the WWF) are still on top: Hulk, Randy, Roddy (Piper), Mean Gene (Okerlund). Its amazing."

    Using the divorce as part of the storyline in WCW, Elizabeth managed Savage's rivals, Rick Flair and Hogan. It wasn't too long, however, before she reunited with the Macho Man. "He is great at what he does, and working with him is tremendous," Elizabeth said. "We remained friends after the divorce, and I will always consider him one of my best friends." When the NWO split recently, Elizabeth eventually sided with Eric Bishoff and Hogan. Macho Man, on the other hand, aligned himself with Kevin Nash, Konnan, and Sting, and Lex Luger in NOW Wolfpac. So they are members of opposing forces once again.

    Elizabeth met Savage a.k.a Randy Poffo, a form Major-league baseball prospect in the St. Louis Cardinals' and Cincinnati Reds' organization, in the Sports center at the University of Kentucky. Married in 1982, they became the hottest thing in pro wrestling since the drop kick, the clawhold and Hulk-a-Mania. A flamboyant Savage resembled a wild man in the ring, taking lots of risks, working extremely hard and brutally beating the opposition. With Savage acting like a beast, Liz's role became easy to identify. A beauty, the lovely Miss Elizabeth won the hearts of fans which helped to elevate the status of the overly aggressive Macho Man. She didn't say or do much, more or less just standing there and looking pretty. And that was enough.

    Elizabeth actually helped change the face of pro wrestling, opening the door for ladies to become valets and managers. Previously, if a woman participated in pro wrestling, she stepped into the squared circle. These tough ladies, averaging anywhere from 170 to 350 pounds, trained hard to become pro wrestlers. A tattoo, scar and some form of muscle mass helped enhance the image.

    As a valet/manager, a woman didn't have to look mean, lift weights or weigh a ton to receive a shot at the big time. To name a few, former or current valets/manager Baby Doll, Sunny, Woman, Francine, Jacquelyn, Precious, Beulah, Sable, Debra McMichael, Missy Hyatt and Marlena have Liz to thank in some degree for their place in pro wrestling history.

    "I really didn't know anything about pro wrestling," Elizabeth said. "I hadn't seen that many women involved in it, other than the hard-core female wrestlers, something I never aspired to be." She continued, "All of a sudden it seemed to happen, and I was in it, and it became bigger than I ever imagined." Nowadays, Elizabeth is more than just a showpiece, combining the past and present. She kicks an opponent, rakes his eyes, chokes him and even clubs him with one of her high heels. "It is so much fun to get involved. There is a kind of freedom to it," she said. "Before, to stand there and not be able to react was very difficult. Now I'm having a great time!"



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