Beulah McGillicutty

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Beulah McGillicutty
Birth name Trisa Hayes[1]
Ring name(s) Beulah McGillicutty[1]
Billed height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)[2]
Billed weight 110 lb (50 kg)[2]
Born (1969-03-14) March 14, 1969 (age 45)[3]
Muskegon, Michigan
Resides Westchester County, New York[4]
Billed from "From the pages of Penthouse magazine"
Yonkers, New York[2]
Debut 1995[1]
Retired 1998[1]

Trisa Laughlin (born Trisa Hayes on March 14, 1969)[3] is an American retired professional wrestling valet, better known by her ring name, Beulah McGillicutty. She is best known for her appearances with Extreme Championship Wrestling in the late 1990s.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Stampede Wrestling (1988)[edit]

Hayes made a one-off appearance in Stampede Wrestling in Calgary, Alberta in 1988 as Brian Pillman's sister.[citation needed] She was dating Pillman at the time and they had her appear in the crowd to be harassed by the heels so that Pillman could get over as a face by standing up for her.[citation needed]

Extreme Championship Wrestling (1995-1998)[edit]

While working as a backup dancer for the singer Prince, Hayes met the baseball player Ron Gant, who introduced her to his friend, professional wrestler Raven. Raven in turn introduced her to Paul Heyman, the owner of Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), an independent professional wrestling promotion based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[1]

In 1995, Heyman introduced Hayes to ECW under the ring name "Beulah McGillicutty". Her backstory was that, while Raven and Tommy Dreamer (allegedly former childhood friends) had been attending a summer camp in their teens, they had met Beulah, who was overweight. Beulah had fallen in love with Tommy Dreamer, but he rejected her, so she slept with Raven. Raven's lackey Stevie Richards brought Beulah (now a slim Penthouse model) to ECW so she could gain revenge on Dreamer by helping Raven. Beulah became Raven's valet, and suffered several piledrivers at the hands of Dreamer during the course of the feud.[citation needed]

At the same time, Beulah feuded with Francine and Luna Vachon, and was involved in several "catfights" with each of them. Her first match was on June 17, 1995, when she pinned Luna after Richards hit her with a chair. In 1996, she claimed that she was pregnant and told a shocked Raven that it was Dreamer's baby, intensifying their feud. Beulah eventually left Raven and aligned herself with Dreamer. However, at the 1996 Hostile City Showdown Shane Douglas informed Dreamer that Beulah was never pregnant, and also had been cheating on him. When Dreamer demanded to know who with (suspecting Douglas) Douglas pointed to Raven's new valet Kimona Wanalaya, who proceeded to kiss Beulah to the mat. After some hesitation, Dreamer kissed both women, proclaiming "I'll take em both, I'm hardcore!"[citation needed]

In 1997, Beulah and Dreamer teamed up for a few intergender tag team matches against Francine and Douglas, with Beulah surprising fans by performing moonsaults in the matches. Later in the same year she defeated Bill Alfonso in what Paul Heyman said was one of the most brutal matches in ECW history, due to the amount of blood lost by Alfonso.[5]

When the ECW wrestlers invaded the World Wrestling Federation, appearing on an episode of Raw, Beulah was at Dreamer's side.[citation needed]

In 1998, Beulah was attacked by Justin Credible and was put out of action. She returned to help Dreamer feud with Credible and his entourage. A few months later, Hayes grew tired of wrestling and Beulah was written out of storylines via The Dudley Boyz breaking her neck with their Dudley Death Drop maneuver.[citation needed]

Sporadic appearances (2005, 2006, 2009, 2010)[edit]

Beulah returned to the ring on June 12, 2005, at the World Wrestling Entertainment-produced ECW One Night Stand pay-per-view. She interfered in the main event, helping Tommy Dreamer and The Sandman, but their opponents, The Dudley Boyz, won despite her efforts. Beulah was involved in a catfight with Francine, who had just kicked Dreamer in the crotch.[citation needed]

On June 7, 2006, it was announced that Beulah would be in the corner of Dreamer and Terry Funk against then-heels, Mick Foley and Edge as an equalizer to the heel gimmick of Lita. On the day of the pay-per-view, the tag match was later changed to a six-person mixed tag match pitting Edge, Foley, and Lita against Dreamer, Funk, and herself. Wrestling barefoot, Beulah handled Lita and appeared on the bottom of a catfight.[citation needed] Dreamer, Funk, and Beulah would lose the match when Edge speared and pinned Beulah with a cover that resembled the "legs up" version of the missionary position.[citation needed]

Beulah appeared on the December 29, 2009 edition of ECW on SyFy. She and her twin daughters were sitting in the front row during Tommy Dreamer's last match in World Wrestling Entertainment.[6]

On August 8, 2010, Hayes appeared at Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's ECW reunion show, Hardcore Justice, first shown sitting in the front row with her two daughters, before later getting involved in Dreamer's match with Raven by giving Raven a low blow.[7]

Writing career[edit]

In 2012, Laughlin published Gertrude the Great, a children's book illustrated by Jill Thompson.[1][4]

Personal life[edit]

After retiring from wrestling in 1998, Hayes returned to college.[1] On October 12, 2002 at the Lake Isle Country Club in Eastchester, New York, Hayes married Tommy Dreamer, with whom she later had twin girls,[3] Brianna Laughlin and Kimberly Laughlin. The twins appeared in the season six episode of "The Sopranos" called "The Ride" as Domenica Baccalieri, Tony Soprano's baby niece.[1]

In wrestling[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Gertrude the Great (2012)[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Melok, Bobby (April 4, 2012). "Where Are They Now? Beulah McGillicutty". WWE.com. WWE. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Beulah at OWOW". 
  3. ^ a b c Biography on Trisa's personal website
  4. ^ a b "About Author". GetGertrude.com. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  5. ^ ECW Beulah McGillicutty vs Bill Alfonso
  6. ^ "Tommy Dreamer's Last WWE match". 
  7. ^ Caldwell, James (2010-08-08). "Caldwell's TNA Hardcore Justice PPV results 8/8: Ongoing "virtual time" coverage of ECW-themed PPV headlined by RVD vs. Sabu". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2010-08-08. 

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