March 24, 2007
Scary Sherri gets what she wants
By BOB HOLLIDAY - Winnipeg Sun
Scary Sherri, Sister Sherri or Sensational Sherri -- no matter the name, Sherri Martel always believed wrestling fans deserve the best show she can deliver.
"Fans pay their hard-earned money to see me and I want to send them home happy," Martel told the Winnipeg Sun from Jacksonville, Fla. "A happy fan means a happy promoter and that means more paydays for me."
The World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Famer headlines a six-bout IMF card 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Park Theatre. Martel said she's looking forward to returning to Winnipeg.
"It's been a long time since I was in Winnipeg. Is the snow gone or should I pack my winter woollies?" said Martel. "Winnipeg was one of my favourite WWF stops. The fans were so phenomenal to us. They just took us in and made us feel we were at home."
As a wrestler, Martel was a three-time holder of the AWA women's championship in the 1980s and the WWE belt for more than a year. As a manager Martel used her "any means necessary" motto to guide such legends as Randy (Macho Man) Savage and Shawn Michaels.
"I've been known to cheat to get what I want and I always get what I want," said Martel.
One of her most memorable matches was in the Winnipeg Arena in 1991 when -- wearing high heels and an evening gown -- Martel climbed up the side of a 12-foot steel cage during a match between Sgt. Slaughter and the Ultimate Warrior and was pulled into the ring, much to the delight of 10,000 people.
"They loved it," she said with a chuckle. "Randy Savage got me to wear garter belts and gowns and it turned out to be a good thing for my career."
Despite wrestling thousands of times all over the world, Martel doesn't have a favourite match.
"All of them hold special memories. I wouldn't trade them for anything in the world," Martel said.