Missy Hyatt

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Missy Hyatt
Missy Hyatt (cropped).jpg
Birth nameMelissa Ann Hiatt
Born (1963-10-16) October 16, 1963 (age 57)
Tallahassee, Florida
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Missy Hyatt
Billed height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Billed weight129 lb (59 kg)
Billed fromTampa, Florida
Debut1985
RetiredApril 2, 2016[1]

Melissa Ann Hiatt[2] (born October 16, 1963) is an American professional wrestling valet, better known by her ring name, Missy Hyatt. She gained the majority of her fame working for World Championship Wrestling, before joining Extreme Championship Wrestling.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

World Class Championship Wrestling (1985–1986)[edit]

Hyatt's professional wrestling career began in 1985 when she was hired by World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW).[2] She was the manager of John Tatum, whom she was dating at the time. She was embroiled in a feud with another valet in WCCW, Sunshine. This rivalry culminated into a mud-pit match at Texas Stadium in 1986.[2]

Universal Wrestling Federation (1986–1987)[edit]

In 1986, Hyatt and Tatum joined the Universal Wrestling Federation. At this time, Eddie Gilbert was the leader of "Hot Stuff International," a group that included Sting and Rick Steiner. Hyatt formed an alliance with his group and it was renamed "H & H International, Inc".[3] It was not long before Hyatt and Gilbert started an affair that caused problems with Tatum. Hyatt left Tatum for Gilbert in 1987, and they split up on screen as well. She married Gilbert in 1988.[4]

World Wrestling Federation (1987)[edit]

While still under UWF contract, Hyatt was contacted about working for the World Wrestling Federation.[2] Vince McMahon wanted Hyatt to replace Rowdy Roddy Piper and his segment, Piper's Pit, with a new segment called "Missy's Manor."[5] "Missy's Manor" segments were taped on March 21 and 22, and April 23, 1987. Despite having big name stars on her segment such as "Macho Man" Randy Savage with Miss Elizabeth, The Honky Tonk Man and Harley Race, the show was considered a disappointment, and McMahon asked Hyatt to become a Federette, which were the ring girls shown at pay-per-views. She thought the role was beneath her, and she went back to the UWF.[5]

World Championship Wrestling (1987–1994)[edit]

In 1987, when the UWF was purchased by the National Wrestling Alliance's Jim Crockett Promotions, Missy and Eddie came along. Missy was used as a commentator, conducting her debut interview with Sir Oliver Humperdink on the December 31, 1988 edition of World Championship Wrestling on TBS, and then eventually as the manager for Gilbert and The Steiner Brothers.[2] She eventually returned to her role as commentator and hosted WCW Main Event,[2] and soon was engaged in a feud with fellow commentator, Paul E. Dangerously. The feud led to various competitions between the two, including an arm wrestling match at the Clash of the Champions XIV: Dixie Dynamite on January 30, 1991, in which Hyatt defeated Dangerously. A contributing factor to her victory might be that Hyatt had removed her jacket to reveal her low-cut top as the ref started the contest.[6] Missy would engage in a battle over who the "First Lady of WCW" was with The Dangerous Alliance's Madusa, with Hyatt narrowly winning a Bikini Showdown at the 1992 Beach Blast pay-per-view event. While in WCW Hyatt made an appearance in the IWA at ringside during a match between The Bushwhackers and The Thunderfoots.[7]

Hyatt returned to managing in 1993, with an association with The Nasty Boys. She also briefly managed The Barbarian.[2] During a match, Hyatt jumped off the ring apron and her breast popped out of her top. When she went to the WCW offices the next day, they allegedly had a blown-up picture of it on the wall. Hyatt complained to her boss at the time, Eric Bischoff. Bischoff did not take action, so Hyatt went over his head, to his boss. As a result, Bischoff released her in February 1994. She then decided to file a lawsuit against WCW for sexual harassment, and for overdue payments for her time doing a 1-900 hotline for the company.[2] Bischoff, however, claimed that Hyatt was fired for her behavior and jealousy over the signing of Sherri Martel.[8]

Extreme Championship Wrestling (1995–1996)[edit]

Hyatt debuted in Extreme Championship Wrestling at Holiday Hell on December 29, 1995. While giving a promo insulting members of the audience, Stevie Richards spotted Hyatt, who had been planted in the audience. Hyatt agreed to kiss Richards after he promised to get her a date with his ally Raven.[9][10][11] Hyatt reappeared at Big Apple Blizzard Blast on February 3, 1996, where Richards announced that he was suing her for sexual harassment (an in-joke referring to Hyatt's legitimate lawsuit against her former employer World Championship Wrestling for sexual harassment). Raven then invited Hyatt to join his stable, Raven's Nest, but she refused and instead offered to become the manager of Raven's enemy the Sandman.[12][13][14]

At Fight the Power on June 1, 1996, the Sandman faced Stevie Richards. Prior to the match, Richards served Hyatt by stuffing a summons into her cleavage. Subsequently, a doctor who had recently operated on the Sandman's injured knee came to the ring. After the doctor refused to clear the Sandman to wrestle, Hyatt kissed him, causing him to faint and thus allowing the match to commence. The Sandman went on to win the match.[15][16] At The Doctor Is In on August 3, 1996, the Sandman faced Richards (substituting for Raven, who was injured) for the ECW World Heavyweight Championship. During the match, the Sandman's wife Lori Fullington (who had become a follower of Raven) hit Hyatt with her boot and knocked out her hair extension, resulting in legitimate heat between the two women.[17][18][19]

On August 17, 1996, Hyatt suffered a legitimate broken elbow at an ECW event in New York City.[19][20] At Requiem for a Pitbull on August 23, 1996, Hyatt wrestled her sole match for ECW, teaming with the Sandman to defeat Raven and Lori Fullington in a very brief intergender tag team match.[21] At Natural Born Killaz on August 26, 1996, Hyatt was scheduled to face Lori Fullington in what was billed as "Catfight '96". However, Hyatt was unable to compete due to her injury. At the event, Stevie Richards offered to drop his lawsuit if Hyatt denounced the Sandman. Hyatt agreed and insulted the Sandman, leading him to give her a stiff blow to the back of the head with his Singapore cane as she turned to leave. This marked Hyatt's final appearance with ECW.[20][22][23][24][25]

Independent circuit (1996–2016)[edit]

When Hyatt left ECW, she still worked for various independent promotions. She has worked for Women Superstars Uncensored (WSU) at all of their events in New Jersey since April 2007. She often hosts her interview segment, Missy's Manor.[citation needed]

On April 2, 2016, at the 2016 Wrestlecon, Hyatt managed Lance Storm in what was advertised as her final professional wrestling appearance. In the match, Storm was defeated by Matt Hardy, managed by Reby Sky.[1]

Wrestlers Managed[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Autobiography: Missy Hyatt, First Lady of Wrestling, 2001, ISBN 1-55022-498-0.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Missy Hyatt's OWW Profile". onlineworldofwrestling.com. Retrieved 2007-08-09.
  3. ^ "Hot Stuff & Hyatt International's OWW Profile". onlineworldofwrestling.com. Retrieved 2007-08-09.
  4. ^ "Eddie Gilbert Biography". eddiegilbert.com. Retrieved 2007-08-09.
  5. ^ a b "Wrestling With Attitude". gerweck.net. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-08-09.
  6. ^ "Clash of Champions Results (XIV)". prowrestlinghistory.com. Archived from the original on 2008-06-23. Retrieved 2007-08-09.
  7. ^ Rob Russen (2012-04-30), IWA Championship Wrestling Bushwackers vs Thunderfoots, YouTube video, retrieved 2016-10-15
  8. ^ "WCW Timeline: 1994 with Eric Bischoff". KayfabeCommentaries. Retrieved 2015-11-12.
  9. ^ "Holiday Hell '95". ClassicWrestlingReview.com. May 3, 2020. Retrieved October 28, 2020.
  10. ^ Furious, Arnold (June 23, 2011). "ECW Holiday Hell 1995 12/29/1995". WrestlingRecaps.com. Retrieved October 28, 2020.
  11. ^ Matt (September 2, 2014). "ECW: Holiday Hell 1995". PDRWrestling.net. Retrieved October 28, 2020.
  12. ^ Matthews, Paul (May 24, 2020). "Big Apple Blizzard Blast '96". ClassicWrestlingReview.com. Retrieved October 14, 2020.
  13. ^ Furious, Arnold (October 21, 2007). "The Furious Flashbacks – ECW Big Apple Blizzard Blast". 411Mania.com. Retrieved October 14, 2020.
  14. ^ Duffy, Ray (March 11, 1996). "[ECW] 3/8 & 3/9 : Live w/ Los Lurkers Locos". Rec.Sport.Pro-Wrestling. Retrieved October 29, 2020.
  15. ^ Heels Inc (May 11, 2014). "The "Oh My God!" review: ECW TV 6/18/96". CrazyMax.org. Retrieved November 8, 2020.
  16. ^ Duffy, Ray (June 8, 1996). "[ECW-report] Fight the Power - 6/1/96 (Live with LLL)". Rec.Sport.Pro-Wrestling. Retrieved November 8, 2020.
  17. ^ Colling Jr., Bob (October 20, 2015). "ECW The Doctor Is In 1996 8/3/1996". WrestlingRecaps.com. Retrieved October 8, 2020.
  18. ^ Heels Inc (June 27, 2014). "The "Oh My God!" Review of ECW's "The Doctor Is In" 8/3/96". CrazyMax.org. Retrieved October 8, 2020.
  19. ^ a b Hyatt, Missy; Goldblatt, Mark; Salzberg, Charles (2001). Missy Hyatt: First Lady of Wrestling. ECW Press. pp. v–x. ISBN 978-1-55022-498-6.
  20. ^ a b Heels Inc (August 19, 2014). "The "Oh My God!" review: ECW TV 8/27, 9/3 & 9/10/96". CrazyMax.org. Retrieved December 1, 2020.
  21. ^ Heels Inc (August 9, 2014). "ECW "Requiem for a Pitbull" fan cam 8/23/96, plus ECW TV 8/20/96". CrazyMax.org. Retrieved November 8, 2020.
  22. ^ Heels Inc (August 13, 2014). "The "Oh My God!" Review: ECW 'Natural Born Killaz' 8/24/96". CrazyMax.org. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  23. ^ Shinobi M. "ECW Natural Born Killaz 1996 8/24/1996". WrestlingRecaps.com. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  24. ^ "ECW Natural Born Killaz". WrestlingRevolution.com. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  25. ^ EMQ (August 28, 1996). "[ECW] ECW Arena results--August 24, 1996". Rec.Sport.Pro-Wrestling. Retrieved November 20, 2020.
  26. ^ Pro Wrestling Illustrated, June 1993 issue, p.68.
  27. ^ "Independent Wrestling Results - April 2004". onlineworldofwrestling.com. Retrieved 2008-07-04.
  28. ^ "Independent Wrestling Results - October 2004". onlineworldofwrestling.com. Retrieved 2008-07-05.

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