Sherri Martel is known as the most "Sensational", the
most "Senuous", and the scariest Sista in the world of
wrestling. She has wrestled all over the world in all
the major wrestling organizations. "Sensational" Sherri
Martel is a 3 time AWA Women's World Champion and a former
WWF Women's Champion. Sherri Martel has also managed a
whole list of stars leading plenty of them to championship
status. Some of the stars she has managed are Playboy
Buddy Rose & Prettyboy Doug Somers, "Macho Man" Randy
Savage, "Million Dollar Man" Ted Dibiase, "Heartbreak
Kid" Shawn Michaels, "Nature Boy" Ric Flair, and Harlem
Heat and her most notable feuds are with Rockin' Robin,
Hulk Hogan, and Sapphire.
Sherry Russell started her wrestling career with the American
Wrestling Association (AWA) where she gained notoriety
as a devious rule breaker who would do anything to win
a match. Sherri Martel won her first AWA Women's World
title on September 28, 1985 when she defeated Candi Devine
at Superclash. It was the first of three AWA Women's World
title reigns, each time defeating Candi Devine to capture
the gold around her waist. While in the AWA, Sherri found
time to manage Playboy Buddy Rose and Prettyboy Doug Somers
to the AWA World Tag Team Championship. Candi Devine wasn't
the only one Sherri had to go up against. She had to face
the likes of Debbie Combs, Despina Montegas, and Madusa
Miceli. In fact, Sherri and Montegas' rivalry spilled
over into Sherri's managerial work with the AWA Tag Team
Champions, Rose and Sommers. Sherri and her men were despised
by the fans who were angered by there arrogant attitudes
and dirty tactics to get the win over there opponents.
Sherri also established herself as a manager who was not
afraid to physically confront her men's opponents in the
ring. In 1987, she decided to move on to bigger and better
After leaving the AWA, Sherri Martel moved to the World
Wrestling Federation. There she won the WWF Women's Championship
from the legendary Fabulous Moolah on July 24, 1987. Shortly
after the victory, Sherri announced that she would be
known as "Sensational" Sherri. She also became much more
aggressive in the ring and it became clear Sherri would
do anything to defend her title, including attacking opponents
when their backs were turned. Sherri and The Fabulous
Moolah clashed at Survivor Series '87 where the two women
captained opposing teams in the first ever 10 Women Tag
Team Elimination Survivor match. Other opponents Sherri
battled were Velvet McIntyre, Desiree Peterson, and Rockin'
Robin. Her matches with Robin were remarkably intense
and featured a range of high-risk moves by both women.
Her "win at all costs" approach frustrated Robin and angered
fans who hated to see Sherri win. Sherri held on to the
title for over a year before finally being defeated on
October 7, 1988 in Paris, France by Rockin' Robin.
After Sensational Sherri was unable to regain the WWF
Women's title, she took up the opportunity to manage the
former WWF Champion "Macho Man" Randy Savage right after
he fired his manager, Miss Elizabeth. At Summerslam '89,
Sherri was atomic dropped by the Hulkster and then knocked
out by her own purse by Miss Elizabeth! Sherri was then
given a haircut by Brutus Beefcake. Even though she had
been defeated and humiliated, Summerslam '89 marked a
high point in Sherri's career. For the first and only
time, she was featured in a main event at a WWF pay-per-view.
Before, during, and after Summerslam, Elizabeth foiled
Sherri's plans time and time again. There was even speculation
that Elizabeth and Sherri would face each other one on
one in the ring! After Randy & Sherri defeated the "King"
of the WWF, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, the pair became known
as "Macho King Randy Savage" and "Sensational Queen Sherri."
They even had an official coronation where they were presented
with a royal sceptre! Sherri viciously defended her crown
and what Savage called "The Kingdom of the Madness." Sherri
would continue to interfere in matches and break rules,
choking, kicking and punching the Macho King's adversaries.
With her new royal title, Queen Sherri clearly enjoyed
being carried on a throne, chauffeured around in limousines,
and riding first class on airplanes. She and Savage were
even featured on the TV show Lifestyles of the Rich and
Famous. To her, the fans were "common" people and she
considered them "peasants." "The American Dream" Dusty
Rhodes and his female manager Sapphire refused to agree
with this concept. Sherri considered Sapphire and Rhodes
as "commoners" and the Queen was extremely hostile to
Sapphire when they were interviewed together at the 1990
Royal Rumble. Sherri insulted Sapphire by making fun of
her weight and appearance. Sapphire then slapped the taste
out of Sherri's mouth knocking her out of the ring. This
action led to the first ever Mixed Tag Team match at Wrestlemania
After Sensational Sherri split from Randy Savage at Wrestlemania
VII, she began assisting "The Million Dollar Man" Ted
Dibiase, then becoming known as "The Milllion Dollar Woman".
She would occupy a very powerful position in the WWF as
the manager of its richest superstar! Sherri's last big
event as the manager of Ted Dibiase was the 1992 Royal
Rumble. Shortly after the Rumble, she left Dibiase and
became involved with a young up-and-coming WWF superstar.
Sensational Sherri became the manager of Shawn Michaels
shortly after the 1992 Royal Rumble. Sherri announced
that she was "in love" with Michaels and began accompanying
him to the ring. She became not only a manager/valet,
but also Michaels' "girlfriend." Or so it appeared. For
his part, Michaels sometimes seemed to be unresponsive
to Sherri's affections, and many people thought the relationship
was "one-way." Sherri and Michaels' first event together
was at Wrestlemania VIII. Unlike most other times, Sherri
did not become illegally involved in the match. Instead,
she concentrated on being an "ornament" for Michaels.
She kissed him and displayed her "assets," and helped
him celebrate the win by posing at his feet. Sherri and
Shawn soon split after Sherri got tired of the "Heartbreak
Kid" neglecting her.
Sensational Sherri left the World Wrestling Federation
in 1993 after a series of confrontations with Luna Vachon
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re-surfaced a few months later in a few independent wrestling
promotions. Among these Indy leagues were Extreme Championship
Wrestling and Smoking Mountain Wrestling. In ECW and SMW,
Sherri was active both as a wrestler and a manager. Sherri
however didn't spend a lot of time in ECW. Soon, she began
plotting her return to a more powerful position in the
In 1994, she made her return to big-time wrestling, joining
Ted Turner's World Championship Wrestling as a manager.
She switched her name to "Senuous" Sherri and made her
first major appearance at Clash of the Champions XXVII
in a world championship match between Sting and Ric Flair.
It wasn't long before her and Hogan to meet again. In
late 1994, Sensuous Sherri became the manager of Harlem
Heat. Sherri changed her name again, this time to "Sister"
Sherri. Sister Sherri led Harlem Heat to 7 WCW World Tag
Team Championships. After three years in WCW, Sherri left
the organization in 1997.
After leaving WCW, Sensational Sherri remained active
in professional wrestling on a part-time basis. She appeared
in several independent promotions and even made a brief
return to WCW in the early part of 2000 when she had matches
with Madusa and Mona. In May 1999, "Sensational" Sherri
Martel was officially awarded the AWA Women's title by
AWA Superstars President Dale Gagne.
On March 24th, 2005 on Smackdown, she made a WWE appearance
as leverage to a Kurt Angle vs. Shawn Michaels feud, she
sang "Sexy Kurt," a parody of Shawn Michael's team song,
however when Shawn Michaels' footage was shown, she got
emotional, and was instead reminiscing about Shawn Michaels
instead of siding with Kurt Angle. Kurt then put her in
the anklelock submission.
On April 1st, 2006, Sherri Martel was inducted into the
WWE Hall of Fame by Ted DiBiase, the second women to be
induced in the Hall of Fame. "Sensational" Sherri Martel
is truly a legend and is hands down one of the Greatest
Managers of All-Time. On June 15, 2007, Sherri Martel
died in Birmingham, Alabama at the age of 49. She will