Luna Vachon

Luna Vachon
Luna Vachon Profile

Gertrude Elizabeth Vachon was born on January 12, 1962 and became the daughter of the legendary Paul “Butcher” Vachon and niece to the notorious Maurice “Mad Dog” Vachon. She had grown up in a wrestling bloodline and all she wanted to do with her life was dedicate herself to the sport despite her family’s objections.

Nonetheless, Vachon began training under the experienced eye of the Fabulous Moolah and her aunt Vivian Vachon. She debuted in Florida under the name of Angelle Vachon as part of a female stable led by Mad Maxine.

She then appeared on Florida Championship Wrestling as an alleged interviewer named Trudy Herd that, by storyline, got slapped twice by the demonic Kevin Sullivan. Apparently this drove her to madness and she became Luna Vachon, a Satanist in Sullivan’s Army of Darkness.

She feuded with Madusa Miceli (whom later became Alundra Blayze in the WWE) in Florida Championship Wrestling and then began to tour the globe for the next 3 years. Vachon wound up for a stint in Japan backed by her father, Puerto Rico and then back to the US as part of the Powerful Women of Wrestling (POWW), a partner with the AWA (American Wrestling Association) at the time.

Vachon then appeared in the Universal Wrestling Federation (UWF), All Japan Wrestling and Tri-State Wrestling as the manager of a tag team known as the Blackhearts. Ironically enough, one of the members of the Blackhearts became her ex-husband, Tom Nash and the other Blackheart would end up being her future husband, David Heath (later known in the WWE as Gangrel).

In 1993, Vachon was approached by the WWF to come on board and so she did at WrestleMania accompanying no less than the Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels in his match against the heel Tatanka managed by Michaels’ former valet, the late Sensational Sherri Martel. Vachon exerted her aggressiveness by attacking Martel during the match in a catfight that was the precursor to a huge feud between the two.

As their feud continued, brawler Bam Bam Bigelow started to feud with Tatanaka and in the process, fell enamored (kayfabe) with Vachon. They accompanied each other at Bigelow’s matches and he would even dedicate wrestling moves in her honor and blow her kisses.

 Luna Vachon

Their relationship was somewhat soured by an interfering Doink the Clown playing some insulting jokes on them. Additionally, Bigelow’s occasional tag team partner, Bastion Booger (a.k.a. Mike Shaw a.k.a Klondike Mike a.k.a Norman the Lunatic) also fell in love (kayfabe) with Vachon. What a lucky girl!

The ultimate low in Vachon’s career was when she teamed with Bigelow at WrestleMania X to face the team of Doink and the midget clown, Dink, despite her victory.

Soon thereafter Vachon’s old nemesis from Florida, Medusa Miceli returned to her life only this time under the moniker of Alundra Blayze whom eventually won the WWF Women’s Championship. The two fought for a while with Vachon on the losing end of things.

Vachon’s relationship with Bigelow finally ended when she (kayfabe) sold his contract to the “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase. Vachon left the WWE shortly thereafter.

She then wrestled in various independent outfits, eventually winding up in Paul Heyman’s Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW). She appeared as the valet to the “Innovator of Violence” Tommy Dreamer who was feuding with Raven (previously known as Johnny Polo in the WWF) at the time. Vachon was still married to Heath (a.k.a. Gangrel), now known as the “Vampire Warrior” in ECW.

In 1997, Vachon joined World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and feuded with her reliable nemesis Madusa (remember her?) with Vachon once again on the short end of the stick.

Later the same year, Vachon returned to her old stomping grounds, the WWF as the valet for Golddust (Dustin Rhodes) as he feuded with Vader at the time. This particular feud was not as remarkable as her next, however.

Golddust and Luna started feuding with Marc Mero and his valet, Sable (who later did a spread for “Playboy” magazine). The two teams engaged in silly intergender matches to not much avail, however apparently there was real life heat between Luna and Sable as Luna was accused of being too aggressive in the ring with her opponents and, at times, actually hurting them!

Later on, Mero dumped Sable and shacked up with a new valet, this time the beautiful Jacqueline. Those two feuded for a brief period when Sable entered the foray once again as she had acquired the WWF Women’s Championship that Luna was set on getting.

Luna never acquired the title during that period, however at the “SummerSlam” Pay Per View event, she became involved in a feud with the champion Ivory at the time. Despite a concerted effort, Luna was not successful at acquired the title, despite even besting male Intercontinental Champion Jeff Jarrett by disqualification.

From there, Vachon assisted her “Vampire” husband Gangrel win in his matches by interference as well as feuding briefly with her old WWF Diva rival, Jacqueline. Eventually the feud lost momentum and also due to her difficulty behind the scenes, she was released in 2000.

Vachon then appeared on the independent circuit once again both with and without husband, Gangrel. She successfully won her only championship title of her career, the Great Lakes Championship Women’s (GLCW) championship and eventually retired soon thereafter, still champion.

Sadly, Vachon was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and eventually had to obtain employment as a tow truck driver in 2007. She had always assisted in charities such as the Children’s Wish Foundation and mentored upcoming talent.

In 2009 further misfortune came when a fire destroyed her home and most of the wrestling-related memorabilia she had acquired throughout her career. Tragically in 2010 she was found dead by her mother following a drug overdose.

Despite the outcome, nobody can dispute the impact Vachon had on women’s wrestling and on the profession in general. She defied the existing rules, created her own rules and stood by them. She is truly a Superstar to be admired.

Special thanks to Dr. Stephen Balsky for contributing the above wrestler profile.

Dr. Stephen Balsky is a chiropractor currently in practice in his native Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He has been a wrestling fan since age 13 and is very passionate about the product, especially the “old-school” 80’s – 90’s era. He completed his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree in 2015 and currently is also working part-time as a professor in both business and healthcare.