In pro wrestling there are many techniques that can be used to get a guy over with the audience, especially when they are debuting a new persona or are having a problem connecting with the fans at all. Some of the techniques include trying to get a cheap reaction from a crowd by insulting or praising their town or local sports team depending on if the wrestler is a heel or a face, or a wrestler using different tactics in matches to catch the audience’s attention. Yet maybe the most common way to get heat or attention in general, on struggling wrestlers is by giving them a manager or valet. In other cases a wrestler may have an enforcer in their corner who is not a mouthpiece for the wrestler nor eye candy. Chyna would be a perfect example of this.
While both can be used as a mouthpiece to represent the wrestler, valets are used primarily as eye candy to attract the audience while at the same time distracting a wrestler’s opponent. From a suggestive dress to a splash of makeup, the valet’s role as eye candy has helped many wrestlers win over the fans and pull a fast one on opponents. Yet valets are not just eye candy, they are also strong and calculating, making sure that not only does their wrestler have a backup plan set in case something goes wrong, but that they have one for themselves as well. Let’s face it, valets are only willing to help a guy out as long as he remains the winning horse in a race, but if she shows that he is not the winner she thought he would be, the guy will soon find himself without a valet in his corner. Other times a backup plan is needed if a valet sees her wrestler becoming overly possessive or abusive, in which case she breaks free and leaves the guy in the dust.
This list is designed to look at the greatest valets in pro wrestling ranked according to popularity, talent of the valet and the quality of wrestlers that she helped, and how she is remembered in the history of wrestling. So please read, enjoy, and let us know what you think down in the comments section. How would you have ranked these differently? Are there other valets that you felt should have made the list or that one of the entries should be ranked differently?
18 Honorable Mention: Woman
17 15. Jacqueline
As a valet for numerous wrestlers in the WWE and TNA, Jacqueline was a staple of women’s wrestling in the late 90's and early 2000's; Jacqueline was a great mix of intelligence, beauty, and brawn. After briefly working with Harlem Heat in WCW, Jacqueline debuted in the WWE as Marc Mero’s replacement valet after he had a falling out with Sable.
16 14. Dawn Marie
15 13. Kimberly Page
14 12. Melina
13 11. Beulah McGillicutty
12 10. Debra McMichael
11 9. Marlena (Terri Runnels)
10 8. Francine
While Beulah may have been willing to get into it with you in the ring and Dawn Marie would use her looks to distract you, Francine was all business and would conduct herself accordingly from outside the ring. The longtime valet for “The Franchise” Shane Douglas, Francine was always there for whenever he needed assistance against an opponent, whether that was a hit from behind with a weapon or a quick flash of skin. It is because of that ability to assist when needed, the "Queen of Hardcore" was a valuable asset for anyone she was associated with including Raven, R-Truth, and Balls Mahoney.
8 7. Torrie Wilson
7 6. Stacy Keibler
6 5. Sunny
Seen as “the original WWE Diva” by many, Hall of Famer Sunny definitely left her mark on the wrestling industry. As the manager for such teams as the Legion of Doom, the Bodydonnas and the Smokin' Guns, Sunny was always there to support her teams, so long as they were on top. She would work for various promotions including the WWE and ECW, managing both male and female wrestlers to various degrees of success, even stepping in the ring on a few occasions to settle a dispute with a rival. In the end her body of work definitely warranted induction into the WWE Hall of Fame and set the mold for what a Diva is and could be.
4 4. Trish Stratus
3 3. Sable
Debuting at Wrestlemania XII as the valet for Hunter Hearst Helmsley before becoming the valet for “Wildman” Marc Mero, her then husband, who would take her away from an abusive Helmsley and make her his valet. After Mero was out recovering from an injury, Sable would see a surge in popularity which would be used in a storyline as Mero returned and would be jealous of her popularity, eventually leading to a breakup between the two. She left the company in 1999, but would further excel in the role following her 2003 return.
2 2. Sherri Martel
After a career as a top woman's wrestler, Sherri Martel would go on to become a high level valet for top superstars. Wrestlers like Randy Savage, Shawn Michaels, and Harlem Heat would be just a few of the wrestlers who would claim Sherri as their valet, each using her to meet their specific needs in the ring. As a great mix of good looks and in-ring work, Sherri could handle her own with the big name wrestlers and proved it on many occasions, which included feuds with Luna Vachon or against Michaels.
1 1. Miss Elizabeth
While Sunny has been called the original Diva, many would argue that Miss Elizabeth truly changed the perception of women in pro wrestling. Debuting as the surprise manager for “Macho Man” Randy Savage in 1985, Miss Elizabeth would always be seen in the corner of Savage, eventually leading to an on-screen wedding between the two at SummerSlam ’91 before leaving the promotion in 1992. She would return as Savage’s valet in 1996, this time in WCW.
By working with Savage, Elizabeth would turn heel and join the nWo, helping the heel group in numerous incidents as they tried to one up their competition. Near the tail end of her wrestling career Miss Elizabeth would have her first official match against Daffney in 2000, followed by matches against Rhonda Singh and Madusa before being released in August of the same year.
She changed the course for women in the wrestling world and without her, you wouldn't see the women you do today.
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