On Monday night the next name being inducted into the 2018 WWE Hall of Fame class was announced and she was a trailer blazer and ground-breaking Diva who was special in more ways than one. Ivory has led the way for a lot of current WWE female competitors, and this time, she’ll be showing that hard work, breaking down walls and being a fierce competitor gets you more than a storied WWE career; it gets you recognized by your peers.
Debuting in 1999 as one of The Godfather’s “hos” she quickly proved she was more than an afterthought. She was placed with Mark Henry and eventually D’Lo Brown and made her in-ring debut in February of that year. By June she’d won her first WWE Women’s Championship and by the time all was said and done, she’d won the title three times and become known as one of the fiercest women’s wrestlers at a time that wrestling wasn’t necessarily greatly appreciated.
— WWE (@WWE) February 12, 2018
Ivory offered the WWE audience all sorts of characters. She wasn’t afraid to get nasty in the ring as a wrestler and she wasn’t afraid to get down and dirty in a time that was often about bra and panties matches or mud-wrestling. By the year 2000, Ivory had joined the controversial group Right to Censor and became one of the more hated females on the roster, especially when she pinned Chyna to retain her title.
In 2002 she served as a trainer for the WWE’s show Tough Enough and by 2003 she was back to being a fan favorite. She then left WWE and wrestled on the independent scene, staying involved in the business for years. Today, she’s one of the most esteemed female wrestlers in WWE history and will ice the cake with a nod in the WWE Hall of Fame.
It is a well-deserved honor and she’ll join Goldberg and the Dudley Boyz.
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