I used to occasionally write about wrestling on this site when something about one of the shows compelled me to do so. Lately wrestling has been so bad that I stopped writing about it except for the all too often times that a wrestler I enjoyed watching on TV in the past passes away.
Sherri Russell, better known to wrestling fans as “Sensational Sherri Martel” passed away a couple of days ago. The cause of death is unknown as I write this however I read this morning that it may be under suspicious circumstances. Sherri was 49.
Sherri did time in the WWF (now known as WWE) and WCW where she was one of the all time best and also one of the first female managers in wrestling. She played a great heel and helped catapult plenty of stars careers to new heights. She managed such people as Macho Man Randy Savage, Shawn Michaels and Harlem Heat among others. She was good on the mic and wasn’t afraid to get involved in matches and take bumps of her own either. A year ago she was inducted into the WWE hall of fame.
Rest in Peace “Scary Sherri”, I hope you are interfering in matches and distracting referees in the after-life.
I mostly remember her from the AWA. This was, erm, circa ’85 or ’86 when I was a wee lad. I think she had a feud with Candy Divine at the time.
I’m crying as I’m typing this. I knew Sherri and she was a sweet, kind person. I’ll never forget the night I met her in person. I had talked to her twice previously over the phone when she worked for the AWA so I knew she was a nice person. But she had this ability to make you feel completely at ease when you were around her. The other thing that sticks out in my mind was that she always seemed to be full of surprises. The night we met I had told her that I didn’t want to lose touch. I expected her to tell me that she’d be back in my town again sometime and we’d see each other again and that would be that. However, that isn’t what happened at all. She actually gave me her HOME phone number and address and asked me to contact her sometime. She also took down my phone number and address. THIS TOTALLY BLEW MY MIND!!! Thanks, Sherri. I love you.