Valets are used for multiple reasons in the world of wrestling.
In most cases, the women accompanying their counterparts to the ring are usually romantically linked, often marketed as an on-screen couple and sometimes the romance continues when the cameras aren’t rolling, too.
It’s easy for a heel to get cheap heat when someone attractive walks them to the ring, since it gives fans another reason to hate the athlete. Valets are used for their looks more often than not, a reoccurring theme that has surrounded the women of professional wrestling for a while now. The female accompaniment can also be responsible for getting a wrestler over, especially if he is breaking into the business, and it’s a plus if that valet is good at talking (think of Sunny or Lana). One can’t forget the inclusion of valets in storylines, which has turned wrestling into an edgier product over the years.
At the end of the day, valets are seen as female managers, yet they’re more than that. They’ve always been a large part of the show, regardless of how they’re being used. In the glory days of professional wrestling, fans were treated to sweetness of both Miss Elizabeth and Missy Hyatt, and the ferocity of Sherri Martel and Luna Vachon.
The popular valets of the 1990s were also the forefront of establishing World Wrestling Entertainment’s (WWE) “Diva” image, primarily spawned by the likes of Sunny, Sable and Marlena, and the women of the Attitude Era including Trish Stratus, Debra and Miss Kitty. Some of the most notable valets, like Stacy Keibler, Torrie Wilson and Francine weren’t even in WWE until Vince McMahon bought out his competitors.
To this day, valets are still being used, and it’s hard to remember everyone who has graced ringside while watching their significant other go to work.
Without further ado, here are 15 wrestling valets you may have a hard time remembering:
When WWE saw fit to promote Sim Snuka and indie talent Cliff Compton as the greasy Deuce n’ Domino, they needed a doll-like figure reminiscent of gals from the 1960s to enhance the look.
In came Cherry, who often sported a skirt and tied up hair to resemble a waitress straight out of Jack Rabbit Slim’s.
14 Major Gunns
Tylene Buck, better known as Major Gunns, became one of World Championship Wrestling’s (WCW) most popular valets during her stay in the Misfits In Action, a stable led by General Rection (Bill DeMott).
Joining forces with the eerie and creepy father James Mitchell, BellaDonna was one of TNA Wrestling’s original knockouts, portraying more of a goth image in the vein of Daffney and Ariel.
12 Amy Weber
Most wrestling fans recall one of John “Bradshaw” Layfield’s associates, Jillian Hall, not because she was his image consultant, but because of the growth on the left side of her face and the terrible voice she had while singing.
Before JBL turned his attention to Jillian, though, Amy Weber served as the image consultant in his heel stable, The Cabinet, and often accompanied him to the ring.
After winning Tough Enough alongside Jackie Gayda, Shaniqua made her presence felt as a valet to Shelton Benjamin and The Basham Brothers. While with the brothers, she flirted with dominatrix themes, often bringing a stick with her to ringside.
During a time where women such as Chyna, Jacqueline and Nicole Bass were making waves due to their impressive physiques, one woman in ECW was looking just as imposing.
Elektra came into the fold in late 1999, serving as a valet to Danny Doring and Roadkill when the former needed a replacement for Miss Congeniality (better known as Lita, who was WWE bound).
9 Kimona Wanalaya
Continuing with victims of unfortunate and sexualized names, Kimona Wanaleya rose to prominence in ECW during the heated rivalry between Tommy Dreamer and Raven.
First introduced by Raven as a replacement for Beulah McGillicutty, who was pregnant with Dreamer’s child, Wanaleya took part in some of the promotion’s raunchiest segments, which included a make-out session with Beulah and a striptease at the ECW Arena which led her to rethink about her role in the business.
8 Gorgeous George
Managing “Macho Man” Randy Savage in the later stages of his career while in WCW, Gorgeous George was a far cry from Miss Elizabeth (and the first Gorgeous George, George Wagner).
Stephanie Bellars was Savage’s girlfriend at the time, and the Illinois native, who looked edgier than the usually silent Elizabeth, could have been compared to Stratus, since she wore similar outfits when she wasn’t coming down the aisle in just a bikini.
Made to look like a geisha, Hiroko’s time in WWE was just as short as Kenzo Suzuki’s, serving as her real-life husband’s valet.
6 Lady Blossom
Before Stone Cold Steve Austin was the beer-drinking bad ass that terrorized his boss, he cemented his status in the wrestling industry while in WCW, where he was known as “Stunning.”
5 Fifi The Maid
When Ric Flair returned from his stint with WWE in the early-1990s, WCW aired a talk show segment titled A Flair For The Gold, introducing Fifi The Maid (Wendy Barlow) as Flair’s valet who would clean and present gifts to the Nature Boy.
Soon after, Fifi became a huge star, used on-air for multiple segments including drawing numbers for the Lethal Lottery at Battle Bowl 1993 along with Gene Okerlund.
When Scott Steiner traded his University of Michigan jackets for chain links, he usually walked into arenas across America accompanied by his “freaks,” which were two or three women that latched onto his immense and freakishly-big arms.
Headbanger Mosh had some pretty unfortunate gimmicks, to say the least.
Looking back on WWE history, one of the worst gimmicks ever was Beaver Cleavage, an off-shoot from Beaver Cleaver with a perverted touch. Making that transition possible was Marianna, Beaver’s valet at the time.
Marianna was Beaver’s mother, billed as Ms. Cleavage. She would appear in black and white vignettes with her son, often offering her son some of mother’s milk when he needed it for his cereal. When WWE ditched the gimmick, Beaver became more of a natural character as Chaz, and Mrs. Cleavage was officially announced as his valet, Marianna.
At first glance, Symphony looks familiar, yet there’s not much to say about her time in WCW because she accompanied The Maestro for short period while the ship was starting to sink.
1 Peggy Sue
The Honky Tonk Man had an abundance of charisma during his heyday, enough to make you believe he was a real-life Elvis Presley impersonator.
Complete with the rock star’s image, a lady started to accompany Honky Tonk Man to the ring and dance with him after his matches. She was known as Peggy Sue, and looked exactly like a girl that would follow Elvis around from town to town. Peggy often wore a long black skirt, her blonde hair tied in pigtails while masked by large black sunglasses with a white frame. Causing raucous while Honky tried desperately to win his matches, Peggy was a perfect menace in disguise.
That’s because Peggy’s character was made possible by Sherri, when Jimmy Hart wasn’t dressing up drag to play the part.
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