Prior to the mid-1990s, WWE managers were predominantly male – if a wrestler wasn’t too good on the mic, you could count on men like Jimmy Hart, Slick, Jim Cornette, or the late Bobby Heenan to do most of the talking. But even in the last couple of years before WWE started promoting a more risqué product via the Attitude Era, the company realized that sex sells, and began hiring some good-looking young women as managers, or valets, as they were now more commonly known.
Of course, none of these women can be considered “young,” especially since it’s been two decades since the Attitude Era started. But if you want to know how the hottest valets of the Attitude Era look like these days, we’ll be taking a look at five of them in this list, mostly focusing on familiar names, but including a forgotten name or two to balance things out.
Let’s start out with an Attitude Era valet who is oftentimes the subject of wrestling news stories even up to this day, albeit not in a good way. Yes indeed, we’re talking about Tammy Lynn “Sunny” Sytch, who made her WWE debut in 1995 as a kayfabe fitness enthusiast, but soon transcended her gimmicky beginnings as a Bodydonna to become WWE’s first “Diva” and AOL’s “Most Downloaded Woman” of 1996.
As a valet, Sunny managed a wide variety of teams, ending her WWE run in 1998 as the manager of the Legion of Doom 2000, i.e. Hawk and Animal with more futuristic ring gear. Despite her WWE Hall of Fame induction, she’s a sad shadow of her old self these days, alternating DUI arrests with reports of her involvement in the world of adult entertainment.
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4. Ryan Shamrock
Only 19-years-old when she made her WWE debut, Alicia Webb was given the rather masculine-sounding ring name Ryan Shamrock because a) she was supposed to be her rumored real-life beau Ken Shamrock’s kayfabe sister, and b) WWE needed something to explain why Val Venis’ latest adult film was called “Shaving Ryan’s Privates.” Aside from managing both Venis and Goldust in 1999, she was also one-third of Terri Runnels’ ostensibly man-hating P.M.S. (Pretty Mean Sisters) faction, managing Shawn “Meat” Stasiak, who played the women’s so-called “love slave.”
Webb didn’t last too long in the WWE but nonetheless stood out for being one of the more attractive females the company employed during the Attitude Era. Now 38 and the mother of a 14-year-old boy, she’s currently dating former UFC flyweight fighter Ian McCall.
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3. Terri Runnels
Originally debuted in 1996 as Marlena, valet to her real-life then-husband Goldust, Terri Runnels would play a variety of other roles on WWE television once the company started billing her under her real name. Aside from her aforementioned leadership of P.M.S., Runnels was tried out as an actual in-ring competitor, while managing/being in a storyline relationship with other wrestlers such as Perry Saturn, who would later dump her in the infamous “Moppy” storyline.
Runnels was released by the WWE in 2004 after eight years with the company, and while long retired as an active valet/wrestler, she still makes occasional appearances in wrestling conventions.
It happened almost like clockwork during the Attitude Era. Whenever Debra would show off her ample assets to the babyface opponents of her charges Jeff Jarrett and/or Owen Hart, Jerry Lawler would squeal out the word “puppies!”, each time sounding like it was his first time to see them. Her appearances became much rarer from 1999 to 2002, as she focused on her marriage to “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, but anyone who was a fan during the Attitude Era has to remember her sexually-charged way of distracting her clients’ rivals.
Unfortunately, life after WWE initially turned out to be rough for Debra, who had repeatedly accused Austin of being physically abusive during their three-year marriage. As of 2013, she was working on a master’s degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Alabama and has been mostly uninvolved with the wrestling business since leaving WWE in 2002.
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Originally one of the many pretty young women who accompanied a pre-DX/”The Game” Hunter Hearst Helmsley to the ring, Sable was rescued by her real-life husband, Marc Mero, after she was verbally abused by the future King of Kings, and almost immediately began her rise to fame. The rest was history – three Playboy covers, a run with the WWE Women’s Championship, a storyline fallout with (and real-life divorce from) Mero, a second stint with the company from 2003 to 2004 where, as Vince McMahon‘s kayfabe side piece, she infamously bullied one-legged wrestler Zach Gowen.
While Sable leads a quiet life these days, like most of the other women in this list, she’s been married for the past 11 years to one of the biggest stars the WWE currently has – reigning Universal Champion Brock Lesnar.
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