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WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2016: Jacqueline

A chance meeting with wrestling manager Skandor Akbar is all it took for Jacqueline Moore to know she wanted to be a wrestler. Undeterred by being the only female to enrol in Akbar’s pro wrestling school in Dallas, Texas, Moore would make her pro debut for World Class Championship Wrestling in 1988, under the guise of Sweet Georgia Brown. It was with that name that she began to carve out a place in the industry, travelling to Japan to work for Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling and also competing in all-womens’ promotions Ladies Professional Wrestling Association and Women’s Pro Wrestling.

After establishing herself and proving herself more than capable, both in the womens ranks and confidently belonging in a male-dominated sport, Jackie moved to the USWA down in Memphis in 1991, where she would be christened Miss Texas and introduced as a heel, associated with Eric Embry and Tom Prichard. The following year, she claimed her first major championship, the USWA Women’s championship, and would go on to hold the belt a total of eight times over the next four years.

She also made history in 1993 when she became the first female to be included in the prestigious Pro Wrestling Illustrated 500.

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Jacqueline’s first dealings with the World Wrestling Federation came via the USWA’s business relationship with WWF, with plans in place for her to debut as a manager for Jeff Jarrett. However, an injury suffered prior to her first appearance stopped that from happening, and she left the company. Following a brief stint in WCW, where she debuted as the manager of Kevin Sullivan and displayed her strength by bodyslamming his opponents, she made a return to the WWF in 1998, where she would remain for the next decade.

Debuting as the girlfriend of Marc Mero, Jacqueline feuded with the popular Sable, which led to her winning the reinstated WWF Women’s championship and in turn becoming the first African-American Women’s champion. She would inevitably go on to drop the belt to Sable two months later at Survivor Series.

Following the defeat, Jacqueline split from Mero and formed a new team – Pretty Mean Sisters – with Terri Runnels. A lengthy storyline followed, which saw Runnels claim to be pregnant and the suffer a miscarriage following a collision with D’Lo Brown. When the pregnancy and miscarriage was revealed to be a ruse, Jacqueline would return to the ring and challenged for the Women’s championship on an April episode of Raw. Her challenge would come up short, and Jackie soon returned to a non-wrestling role, with her and Runnels throwing their support behind Shawn ‘Meat’ Stasiak. A degrading ‘love slave’ story developed, which ended with Jackie ultimately severing the team with Runnels, and once more returning to the Women’s division.

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Winning the Women’s championship for a second time on SmackDown in February 2000, she would only have a short reign which ended at the hands of Stephanie McMahon. Following the loss, Jackie would find herself without any real angles or storylines, before finding herself back in contention for the Women’s championship in a series of matches with champion Lita. A third title reign was not to become a reality, and Moore would then find herself removed from active competition to become a trainer on the first season of Tough Enough. Once the show finished airing, Jackie was brought back into the ring as part of the first-ever Six Pack Challenge match for the vacant Women’s title at Survivor Series. Trish Stratus would end up emerging as the new champion, and Jackie was installed as her first challenger, ultimately coming up short the following month at Vengeance.

In a somewhat surprising move, Jackie would be moved from the active roster and instead become a referee, though she would occasionally don the boots and step back into the ring, receiving several title matches, none of which were successful.

Following another unsuccessful attempt at the championship in May 2003, Moore disappeared from TV for the rest of the year, returning to TV almost a year later to emerge as a surprise challenger to Chavo Guerrero’s Cruiserweight championship. To the surprise of many, she actually defeated Chavo to win the belt, before dropping it back shortly after.

One month later, WWE announced that Jacqueline had been released from the company.

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Following her WWE exit, she inevitably moved to TNA, where she appeared for the company, on and off, over the next nine years.

Although never revered by many fans, Jacqueline Moore has achieved a great deal in professional wrestling. She forged a place that a female wrestler should not have forged in a male-dominated industry, and was involved with some of the biggest names in wrestling history. She was a prominent feature on WWF TV during the celebrated Attitude Era and made history with some of her championship wins and personal achievements. For this, Jackie has earned her place in the WWE Hall of Fame.

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