"Accompanied By...": The Top 12 Female Ring Valets in Wrestling History

Andrew J. KearneyCorrespondent IIJanuary 12, 2011

"Accompanied By...": The Top 12 Female Ring Valets in Wrestling History

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    In many ways, Miss Elizabeth was a groundbreaking figure for women in the world of professional wrestling. She was beautiful, sweet and innocent.

    Elizabeth was far more than just eye candy. She was the first female valet in WWE history and the best too.

    Elizabeth accompanied her husband "Macho Man" Randy Savage to the ring, guiding him to two WWE titles. Miss Elizabeth won Savage's managerial services in a contest, and they became an unforgettable duo.

    Elizabeth paved the way for many more beauties in the world of wrestling. Since then, Trish Stratus, Stacy Keibler, Lita, Chyna and Sensational Sherri have all become valets.

    They've evolved from just merely eye candy into fighters. Now, they're commonly known as divas, and pretty much all of them are in-ring talents. This transformation has changed the way that women are viewed in wrestling.

    Here are some of the top female valets in wrestling history.

12. Trish Stratus

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    Trish Stratus may go down as the very best WWE female wrestler ever. She was also beautiful and exceptional in the ring, of course.

    Stratus got her start managing T&A (Test & Albert) and later Val Venis. Then she was eventually degraded by WWE owner Vince McMahon and barked like a dog.

    Even after that, Trish rose to the top of the company and became the most decorated female competitor ever. She could be a babyface or a heel and always do that part well.

11. Stephanie McMahon

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    She was Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley at that time. McMahon-Helmsley and her on-screen (now real-life) husband HHH ruled the company with an iron fist. At one point, Stephanie was the women's champion and Hunter was the WWE champion.

    She's a McMahon, so she's made for TV and entertainment. She knows what the fans want, as it's in her blood. As Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley, she was the perfect heel at that time along with her husband.

    McMahon would later turn on HHH and spur feuds between him and the likes of Kurt Angle and Chris Jericho.

10. Lita

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    Lita made waves with the Hardy Boyz back in the early 2000s. This is definitely where she made her name and even became the women's champion while managing the tag team champions simultaneously.

    Lita would oftentimes get involved in the matches physically and wasn't just eye candy by any means. She was a very gifted athlete and even competed in many mixed tag team matches with the Hardy Boyz.

    In 2006, her Rated R relationship with Edge was too hot for TV. Remember their live sex celebration in the middle of Monday Night Raw?

9. Marlena/Terri Runnels

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    People forget about Marlena/Terri Runnels. She was the real-life wife and manager of Goldust and was pretty revolutionary as a female valet. She was merely eye candy and never got her hands dirty in the ring.

    Around 1999, during the infamous Attitude Era, she was a member of PMS (Pretty Mean Sisters). She even managed Val Venis—you can only imagine where that went.

    Though not known for her in-ring abilities, she did hold the WWE Hardcore Championship for a short time.

    Her infamous Terri Invitational Tournament between the Hardyz and Edge/Christian was a best-of-five series for $100,000 and her managerial services.

8. Francine

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    Francine was a very beautiful valet in the original ECW. She also wasn't afraid to wrestle from time to time, even if she had to take on the men.

    Francine was innovative in her own ways. She will always be remembered for her partnership with the Franchise Shane Douglas.

    She had some in-ring skills as well and was even put through a table by the Pitbulls before. Her matches with Beulah McGillicutty were entertaining, to say the very least.

    Francine will forever be labeled "The Queen of Extreme."

7. Stacy Keibler

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    To me, and many other male fans, Stacy Keibler is the hottest WWE Diva of all time. She's amazing and really became a star on Dancing with the Stars.

    We don't just love her for her ring entrance, though. She was also a great valet in the WWE and WCW.

    Remember how she got her job in the WWE as Vince McMahon's secretary?

    She valeted David Flair in WCW and later The Dudley Boyz, Test, Scott Steiner and Randy Orton in the WWE. As the "Duchess of Dudleyville," she was their secret weapon and provided a great distraction.

6. Beulah McGillicutty

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    Beulah McGillicutty is the real-life wife of ECW legend Tommy Dreamer. She also participated in what Paul Heyman called "five of the most intense minutes in ECW history" against Bill Alfonso. Their match was epic in the old ECW Arena.

    Beulah defined beauty in the ECW and had her share of feuds with Francine. She managed her husband Tommy Dreamer and also Raven. The feud between those two was truly special, as Dreamer only beat Raven one time over a three-year period in many close contests.

    She even participated in the first lesbian angle in wrestling history with Kimona Wanalaya.

5. Sunny

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    Sunny was the first true WWE Diva back in the mid 1990s. She was probably the best eye candy that WWE had at that time and was until the new wave of divas came in later.

    No matter who she valeted for, those men seemed to always be champions. To be frank, Sunny was always draped with gold.

    Her husband was the late great Chris Candido. They were together in both ECW and WWE as the Bodydonnas. She was Sunny, and Candido was referred to as Skip.

4. Woman

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    The life of Woman and her entire family ended so tragically in 2007. Before that, though, Nancy Benoit was one of the top valets in wrestling history.

    She was a groundbreaking valet and managed the best of the best in WCW and ECW. Woman was the first dominant female valet in the business and used her goods to get her clients to the top.

    Woman managed the Sandman in ECW. She lit his cigarettes and held his Singapore Cane.

    While in WCW she helped form Doom and later went on to manage the Four Horsemen.

    Unfortunately, the feud between her husband Chris Benoit and Kevin Sullivan went from story line to real life.

3. Chyna

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    Chyna was the muscle behind D-Generation X. At one point, she was the greatest female wrestler ever but has since been supplanted by Trish Stratus. Chyna even fought men and competed in the Royal Rumble.

    Chyna wasn't seen as a valet like the others but was indeed a bodyguard. She was referred to as the "Ninth Wonder of the World." She often helped HHH in his rise to the top.

    She also was a member of the Corporation later on. Then when Eddie Guerrero came to the WWE, she had a memorable on-screen relationship with Latino Heat.

    I think she was a little too close with Sean "X-Pac/1-2-3 Kid" Waltman.

2. Sensational Sherri

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    Sensational Sherri was just that: sensational! The late Sherri was instrumental in Shawn Michaels' rise as a singles competitor. She was a good wrestler too but was most remembered as a valet.

    She replaced Miss Elizabeth in WWE and became Macho Man's valet as "Queen Sherri." Before this, Sherri managed the likes of "Playboy" Buddy Rose and "Pretty Boy" Doug Somers in AWA.

    Sherri also was with ECW's top heel "The Franchise" Shane Douglas and later WCW's "Nature Boy" Ric Flair.

    Sherri was one for the ages and is on a pretty even level with our No. 1 valet.

1. Miss Elizabeth

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    Miss Elizabeth had it all. She had beauty, a great love life and even elegance. Elizabeth was the personification of class and was "The First Lady of Wrestling."

    Her relationship with "Macho Man" Randy Savage was perhaps the most memorable ever and even culminated in a televised wedding. These two were purely made for one another.

    Elizabeth later managed Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair and Lex Luger in the WCW. She was a member of the New World Order as well.