Ivory (wrestler)

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Ivory
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Ivory being inducted into the WSU Hall of Fame in March 2011
Birth name Lisa Mary Moretti
Born (1961-11-26) November 26, 1961 (age 53)
Inglewood, California, US
Resides San Juan Island, Washington, US
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Ivory[1]
Lisa Moretti
Nina[2]
Tina Ferrari[2]
Tina Moretti[2]
Billed height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)[1][3]
Billed weight 135 lb (61 kg)
Billed from Seattle, Washington[1]
Trained by Mando Guerrero[1]
Wendi Richter
Debut 1986
Retired 2006

Lisa Mary Moretti (born November 26, 1961) is a retired American professional wrestler and former WWE Diva. She is best known for her appearances with World Wrestling Entertainment (previously the World Wrestling Federation) between 1999 and 2005 under the ring name Ivory. Moretti, however, began her career in the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling professional wrestling promotion, where she wrestled as Tina Ferrari from the mid-to-late 1980s. She then debuted in the World Wrestling Federation in 1999 as the manager for the team of Mark Henry and D'Lo Brown. She won the WWE Women's Championship twice before becoming a part of the Right to Censor, an alliance of wrestlers with conservative views, and winning the title for a third time.

In her later years with the company, she only wrestled sporadically. She did, however, co-host The WWE Experience and act as a trainer on WWE Tough Enough. After being released in 2005, she wrestled a few matches on Women Superstars Uncensored, winning two other titles, and Moretti was also inducted into the WSU Hall of Fame. She also began working in the landscaping industry and volunteering with her local animal shelter. In addition, she opened an animal and grooming facility named Downtown Dog in her hometown in 2007.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Early years (1986–1999)[edit]

In her youth, Lisa Moretti wrestled with her two brothers and sister.[2] Later, while attending the University of Southern California, Moretti was—in her own words—"dragged by a friend" to an audition held by the newly formed Las Vegas, Nevada-based Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW).[2] She was successful in her audition and went on to train under Mando Guerrero for six weeks,[2] before beginning to wrestle in GLOW under the ring name Tina Ferrari.[2] Moretti also formed a tag team with Ashley Cartier, known as T & A (for Tina and Ashley), with whom she won the GLOW Tag Team Championship.[4] She also defeated Colonel Ninotchka to win the vacant GLOW Championship, represented by a crown.[5] She later wrestled for the Powerful Women of Wrestling promotion and the Ladies Professional Wrestling Association under the ring names Nina and Tina Moretti, winning the POWW Championship.[2][4] On September 23, 1994 at UWF's Blackjack Brawl Lisa, under the name Tina Moretti, wrestled against Candi Devine for the vacant UWF World Women's Championship in a losing effort.

World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment (1999–2005)[edit]

Debut and Women's Champion (1999)[edit]

In January 1999, Moretti returned to wrestling, signing a contract with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).[2] Her first appearance in WWF was accompanying The Godfather, a "pimp"-character who was accompanied by women called "hos", to the ring.[6] On the February 13, 1999 episode of Raw, however, Moretti was introduced as Ivory, the love interest of Mark Henry.[6] Ivory acted as the valet for the tag team of Mark Henry and D'Lo Brown,[7] Ivory made her televised WWF in-ring debut on the February 15 episode of Raw as a fan favorite, teaming with Brown to face Jeff Jarrett and Debra in an intergender tag team match that ended in a no-contest.[4] Ivory faced Debra in a singles match on the March 1 episode of Raw, defeating Debra by disqualification after she was attacked by the Pretty Mean Sisters (Jacqueline Moore and Terri Runnels).[4] At WrestleMania XV on March 28, Ivory accompanied D'Lo Brown and Test to the ring for their WWF Tag Team Championship title match against Jarrett and Owen Hart.[8] Jarrett and Hart retained their title following interference from Moore, Runnels, and Debra.[8]

During this time, the women in the WWF were known more for their appearances rather than their wrestling abilities,[9] and featuring women in strip matches or farcical "slop matches"—a match that takes place in a pool full of slop—was common.[2] Ivory, who was a trained wrestler, won the Women's Championship on June 14, by defeating Debra and defended her title against Tori at SummerSlam on August 22.[7][10] Her feud with Tori turned Ivory into a villain. Ivory continued to feud with Tori in the weeks following SummerSlam, defeating her in the first ever WWF women's hardcore match on September 6.[11] Next, Ivory was challenged by Luna Vachon, who Ivory defeated in a farcical hardcore match at Unforgiven on September 26.[12] SLAM! Wrestling called the match "pointless and senseless".[12] In October 1999, Ivory feuded with The Fabulous Moolah, who defeated her for the Women's Championship on October 17, 1999 at No Mercy in what John Powell of SLAM! Wrestling called the "worst match I've ever seen".[13][14] She, however, defeated Moolah in a rematch on the October 25 episode of Raw to win her second Women's Championship.[15] Her second title reign ended with a loss to Miss Kitty, an un-trained wrestler, in a Four Corners Evening Gown Pool match—a match where a wrestler wins by stripping the evening gown off of her opponents—on December 12 at Armageddon.[16]

Right to Censor (2000–2001)[edit]

Main article: Right to Censor

In late 1999, Ivory began playing a more conservative character. On January 23, 2000 at the Royal Rumble, she grudgingly took part in the "Miss Royal Rumble" swimsuit contest, which was won by Mae Young.[4][17][18] She challenged Jacqueline for the Women's Championship on March 9, but she was unsuccessful.[4] After an absence, Ivory returned to WWF television in September 2000 as a member of an alliance of conservative wrestlers known as Right to Censor.[4] The change in character saw her don less suggestive ring attire and more conservative hairstyles.[19][20] Ivory quickly began a rivalry with Women's Champion Lita, winning the Women's Championship for the third time by defeating Lita, Jacqueline, and Trish Stratus in a Fatal Four-Way match.[21] She retained the title against Lita at the Survivor Series on November 19—with the assistance of Right to Censor leader Steven Richards—in a match that SLAM! Wrestling claimed "illustrated to what heights women's wrestling is capable of reaching in North America if the right talent is permitted to strut their stuff in a wrestling ring and not a pit full of jello."[22] Ivory also retained her title in a Triple Threat match against Stratus and Molly Holly at Armageddon on December 10.[23]

Ivory and the Right to Censor began feuding with Chyna after the latter posed for Playboy in late 2000.[4][24] On the December 7 episode of Raw, Ivory and Val Venis delivered a double-team piledriver to Chyna, which in storyline, injured her neck.[4] Chyna challenged Ivory for the Women's Championship at the Royal Rumble on January 21, 2001.[25] Ivory retained her title when she pinned Chyna, who had appeared to re-aggravate her neck injury.[25] Chyna challenged Ivory for the title once more at WrestleMania X-Seven on April 1 and defeated Ivory in a brief match, ending Ivory's third reign as Women's Champion.[26] Right to Censor disbanded on April 26, 2001.[27]

Various storylines (2001–2005)[edit]

Ivory returned to WWF television on the August 6 episode of Raw, joining The Alliance during The Invasion, a storyline where the former wrestlers of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and Extreme Championship Wrestling formed an alliance and "invaded" the WWF.[28] Ivory formed an alliance with former WCW wrestlers Torrie Wilson and Stacy Keibler after helping them defeat Jacqueline in a handicap match, but later turned on Wilson due to her budding romance with Tajiri. Ivory eventually became the valet for Lance Storm.[27] At No Mercy, Ivory accompanied Storm and The Hurricane to the ring, but the Hardy Boyz defeated the two men to retain their WCW World Tag Team Championship.[4][29] Ivory went on to compete in the women's division, and on November 18 at the Survivor Series, she participated in a six-pack challenge for the vacant Women's Championship, which Trish Stratus won.[30]

Ivory making her way to the ring in 2003.

In early 2002, Ivory served as a trainer in the second series of Tough Enough.[4][6][7] After the World Wrestling Federation was renamed "World Wrestling Entertainment" and the roster was split into two "brands"—Raw and SmackDown!—Ivory was drafted to the SmackDown! brand.[31] While continuing to act as a villain, Ivory engaged in a brief feud with Tough Enough co-winners Linda Miles and Jackie Gayda, which led to her facing Miles on the June 8 edition of Velocity. Ivory won the match after Gayda turned into a villainess and shoved Miles off the top rope and costing her the match. On the June 13 edition of SmackDown!, Ivory teamed with the evil Gayda in a losing outing against Miles and Trish Stratus. Along with several other SmackDown! wrestlers, Ivory was traded to Raw in exchange for The Big Show in November 2002.[32] Throughout the remainder of 2002, she teamed with Victoria and feuded with Trish Stratus.[33]

In 2003 Ivory became a fan favourite, she wrestled sporadically in the women's division. In June of that year, she had three pinfall victories over the WWE Women's Champion, Jazz, but never received a title match opportunity. Her only pay-per-view appearance in the course of the year was on December 14 at Armageddon, where she unsuccessfully challenged Molly Holly for the Women's Championship, after Molly grabbed her tights for leverage, and managed to capture the victory.[34] She also served as a trainer on the third season of Tough Enough and did broadcasting duties at WWE events.[7][35][36] Ivory also spent eight weeks working as a trainer at the WWE developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling.[7][37] In May of that year, she and Todd Grisham began hosting The WWE Experience, a weekly television show that recapped events from Raw and SmackDown!.[6][38] On July 22, 2005, several weeks before WWE Experience ended in August 2005, WWE announced that Ivory would not be renewing her contract.[7]

Women Superstars Uncensored (2005–2006)[edit]

Moretti began wrestling sporadically on the independent circuit under her own name. On November 19, 2005 in Spartanburg, South Carolina at "A Tribute to Starrcade", she teamed with Bambi to defeat Team Blondage (Krissy Vaine and Amber O'Neal) for the CCW Tag Team Championship.[4] On April 21, 2006 in Surrey, British Columbia, Moretti defeated Rebecca Knox for Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling (ECCW)'s NWA SuperGirls Championship.[37] She also successfully retained her title in a match the following night.[37] Afterward, she decided to stay with ECCW to help create a strong women's division.[37] She held the title for approximately five months before losing it to Nattie Neidhart on October 8, 2006.[39] By her own admission, Moretti enjoyed working on the independent circuit.[37]

On March 5, 2011, Moretti appeared at the Women Superstars Uncensored 4 Year Anniversary event, where she was inducted into the WSU Hall of Fame. She also appeared on the event, preventing Rick Cataldo from interfering successfully in the Spirit Championship bout, hitting Cataldo with the Poison Ivory, between Brittney Savage and Sassy Stephanie. As a result, Stephanie was able to win, capturing the championship and thanking Ivory for her help.

Personal life[edit]

Lisa Moretti was born and raised in Los Angeles, California.[2] She has three siblings: two brothers and one sister.[2] She studied public relations at the University of Southern California,[2][35] and she was a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Express of the United States Football League in the mid-1980s.[4][40] Prior to beginning her career in wrestling, Moretti worked as a make-up artist for the cosmetics brand Revlon.[3]

After leaving WWE, Moretti began working in the landscaping industry.[41] Moretti also worked with her niece to help the pet population affected by Hurricane Katrina.[3] In addition, Moretti volunteered for an organization called Best Friends Animal Society, which is a no-kill animal shelter—a shelter that does not euthanize to control animal populations—in Utah.[3] She also worked with her local animal shelter on San Juan Island in northwestern Washington,[3] where she has lived since 2000.[37] While working at the shelter, she met her eventual business partner Jessica Ray, with whom she opened Downtown Dog in 2007.[3] The facility is an animal daycare, as well as a training, grooming, and cat boarding company located in Friday Harbor.[3] In June 2007, they expanded the business to include veterinary care and later the Bow Wow Bus, which takes the dogs on outings.[3] Moretti has taken classes to learn how to groom animals and now grooms them as part of the business.[3]

In wrestling[edit]

Ivory performing a scoop slam on Trish Stratus in 2003.
  • Entrance themes
    • "Sky High" by Jim Johnston (WWF)
    • "Made of Ivory" (WWF)
    • "Hot Drop" by Daniel Holter and Eliot Pulse (WWF/E, 2001 - 2002)
    • "I'm Feelin' Good" by David Hilker and John Costello (WWE, 2003 - 2005)

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Carolina Championship Wrestling
    • CCW Women's Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Bambi[4]

References[edit]

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