|Birth name||Melissa Ann Hiatt|
October 16, 1963 |
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Missy Hyatt|
|Billed height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Billed weight||129 lb (59 kg)|
|Billed from||Tampa, Florida|
|Retired||April 2, 2016|
Melissa Ann Hiatt (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 while working for World Championship Wrestling and Extreme Championship Wrestling.
- 1 Career
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Wrestlers managed
- 4 Championships and accomplishments
- 5 Books
- 6 References
- 7 Further reading
- 8 External links
World Class Championship Wrestling and Universal Wrestling Federation
Hyatt's professional wrestling career began in 1985 when she was hired by World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW). 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.
Eventually, Hyatt and Tatum left for 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". 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.
World Wrestling Federation
While still under UWF contract, Hyatt was contacted about working for the World Wrestling Federation. Vince McMahon wanted Hyatt to replace Rowdy Roddy Piper and his segment, Piper's Pit, with a new segment called "Missy's Manor." "Missy's Manor" segments were taped on March 21 and 22, and April 23, 1987. The show was a disaster, 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.
World Championship Wrestling
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 and then eventually as the manager for Gilbert and The Steiner Brothers. She eventually returned to her role as commentator and hosted WCW Main Event., 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 on January 30, 1991, in which Hyatt defeated Dangerously. A contributing factor to her victory might be because Hyatt had removed her jacket to reveal her low-cut top as the ref started the contest. 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.
Hyatt returned to managing in 1993, with an association with The Nasty Boys. She also briefly managed The Barbarian. 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. 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. Bischoff, however, claimed that Hyatt was fired on February 8, for her behavior and jealousy over the signing of Sherri Martel.
Extreme Championship Wrestling
In 1996, Hyatt joined ECW. She was part of a sexual harassment angle where she kissed Stevie Richards against his will, and he filed a lawsuit. She became the manager of the Sandman in his feud with Raven, and had many catfights with Sandman's wife, Lori.
On June 22, 1996 at ECW's Hardcore Heaven event, Paul Varelans faced and was choked out by ECW star Taz, in what was promoted as a "Shoot Fight". Despite being promoted as a legitimate shoot fight, it is believed that Varelans agreed to lose via submission. Missy Hyatt also claims in her book that Varelans agreed to lose if she gave him a blow job afterwards, but Hyatt rebuffed him and said that she "doesn't blow jobbers". After this, Varelans supposedly became irate and tore up the locker room.
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.
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.
Hyatt was adopted as a child.
- "Hollywood" John Tatum
- "Hot Stuff" Eddie Gilbert
- The Steiner Brothers
- Tom Prichard
- The Nasty Boys
- The Sandman
- Lacey Von Erich
- Angelo Vega
- Dawn Marie
- The Barbarian
- Lance Storm
Championships and accomplishments
- AWF Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Women Superstars Uncensored
- WSU Hall of Fame (Class of 2009)
- Meltzer, Dave (April 11, 2016). "April 11, 2016 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: A look at a historic Wrestlemania weekend, NXT Takeover". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Campbell, California: 52. ISSN 1083-9593.
- "Missy Hyatt's OWW Profile". onlineworldofwrestling.com. Retrieved 2007-08-09.
- "Hot Stuff & Hyatt International's OWW Profile". onlineworldofwrestling.com. Retrieved 2007-08-09.
- "Eddie Gilbert Biography". eddiegilbert.com. Retrieved 2007-08-09.
- "Wrestling With Attitude". gerweck.net. Retrieved 2007-08-09.
- Cawthon, Graham. "1987 WWF Ring Results". TheHistoryofWWE.com. Retrieved 2009-08-17.
- "Clash of Champions Results (XIV)". prowrestlinghistory.com. Archived from the original on 2008-06-23. Retrieved 2007-08-09.
- Rob Russen (2012-04-30), IWA Championship Wrestling Bushwackers vs Thunderfoots, YouTube video, retrieved 2016-10-15
- "WCW Timeline: 1994 with Eric Bischoff". KayfabeCommentaries. Retrieved 2015-11-12.
- Williams, Scott E. (2007). Hardcore History: The Extremely Unauthorized Story of ECW. Sports Pub. L.L.C. ISBN 9781596702257.
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated, June 1993 issue, p.68.
- "Independent Wrestling Results - April 2004". onlineworldofwrestling.com. Retrieved 2008-07-04.
- "Independent Wrestling Results - October 2004". onlineworldofwrestling.com. Retrieved 2008-07-05.
- James Walsh (December 28, 2003). "Missy Hyatt interview". The Interactive Interview. Retrieved 2008-01-16.