|Birth name||Debbie Szotecki|
|Born||April 18, 1959|
|Residence||Fort Campbell, Kentucky|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Darling Debbie
|Trained by||Cora Combs|
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 In wrestling
- 4 Championships and accomplishments
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Her mother, Cora Combs, was also a professional wrestler. Debbie Combs made her wrestling debut at Louisville Gardens for Angelo Poffo's International Championship Wrestling (ICW) at the age of 16 in a 7-girl battle royal where she was the first eliminated. Combs dated Randy Savage for five years while they were both working for ICW.
World Wrestling Federation and National Wrestling Alliance
She also worked in the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and is a former NWA World Women's Champion. She originally won the title by winning a battle royal in Honolulu, Hawaii in spring 1986. At some point, she was no longer recognized as the champion and defeated Penny Mitchell to become the champion again in Kansas City, Missouri on April 10, 1987. The Kansas City promotion withdrew from NWA in 1987 and closed in 1988. The NWA vacated Combs' title and awarded Misty Blue Simmes the reinstated NWA United States Women's Championship (a replacement of the prior NWA World Women's Championship held by Combs). Combs challenged Simmes to a title match at a Delta Tiger Lilies card in 1989, but Simmes was unable to accept due to an arm injury she had sustained.
American Wrestling Association
She also competed in the American Wrestling Association (AWA) in the 1980s. Upon joining the promotion, Combs wrestled against Sherri Martel as a babyface, but later turned heel and became tag team partners with Madusa Miceli. The duo feuded with Heidi Lee Morgan and Brandi Mae.
Return to WWF and World Championship Wrestling
After leaving the promotion, she later returned to the WWF in 1994 to challenge Alundra Blayze. She wrestled Blayze once on an episode of Wrestling Challenge and was scheduled to face her at WrestleMania X, but was replaced by Leilani Kai.
Combs briefly competed in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in the mid-1990s during their brief attempt at a women's division. On the March 31, 1997 edition of WCW Monday Nitro, Combs lost to WCW Women's Champion Akira Hokuto.
Women's Pro Wrestling
In the early 1990s, she was also president and booker of Women's Pro Wrestling (WPW), an all-women's promotion that produced direct-to-video matches. Her organization featured "Awesome" Ondi Austin, Babyface Nellie, Bambi, Candi Devine, Denise Storm, Jackie Moore, Lady Justice, Lisa Starr, Malia Hosaka, Olympia Hartauer, Peggy Lee Leather, Penelope Paradise, Penny Mitchell, Sandy Partelow, Susan Green, and Velvet McIntyre.
Since her retirement, Debbie Combs has worked as a booking processor with the Davidson County Sheriff's Office in Nashville, TN.
Championships and accomplishments
- American Wrestling Federation
- AWF Women's Championship (1 time)
- Cauliflower Alley Club
- Other honoree (1992)
- International Wrestling Association
- IWA Women's Championship (3 times)
- NWA Central States Wrestling
- Music City Wrestling
- MCW Women's Championship (1 time)
- North American All-Star Wrestling
- NAASW Women's Championship (1 time)
- Peach State Wrestling
- Southern States Wrestling
- Ultimate Championship Wrestling
- UCW Women's Championship (1 time)
- United States Wrestling Association
- World Wrestling Alliance
- WWA Women's Championship (1 time)
- Other titles
- AAWF Ladies' Championship (1 time)
- SSWF Women's Championship (1 time)
- WWWA Women's Championship (1 time)
- "Debbie Combs - Women's Pro Wrestler". Lethalwow.com. 1959-04-18. Archived from the original on 2010-03-26. Retrieved 2010-01-26.
- "Debbie Combs: Profile & Match Listing - Internet Wrestling Database (IWD)". Profightdb.com. Retrieved 2010-01-26.
- "CANOE - SLAM! Sports - Wrestling - PWHF announces 2007 induction class". Slam.canoe.ca. Retrieved 2010-01-26.
- "Online World of Wrestling". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2010-01-26.
- "Lipstick, Dynamite and Glowworms, Part 4". Online World of Wrestling. 2008-09-18. Archived from the original on 2012-10-18. Retrieved 2010-01-26.
- "N.W.A. World Women's Title". Wrestling-titles.com. Retrieved 2010-01-26.
- "Women Wrestling Video and DVD". Retrieved 2010-10-16.
- Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4.