Lisa Mary Moretti, better known to WWE fans as Ivory, has officially been announced as the second name entering the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2018. ESPN originally broke the news early Monday afternoon.
Moretti was one of the original Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, picked from a pool of more than 500 women who auditioned to be on the show, which was created in opposition to the many promotions who treated women’s wrestling as a “novelty act”. The same show that was recently turned into a hit Netflix series starring Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin and Marc Maron.
After a crash course by Mando Guerrero, the brother of late WWE Hall of Famer Eddie Guerrero, she worked under the name Tina Ferrari in GLOW for several years. Later on she would work as Nina or Tina Moretti for various women’s promotions, and continued to train during her time on television. When she was signed by WWE in 1999 she was one of the few at the time that actually came in with real wrestling experience.
Newly rebranded as Ivory, she went on to become a three-time WWE Women’s Champion, working with virtually every major and minor name at the time. Some of her more memorable moments include her run as a manager for Mark Henry and D’Lo Brown, competing in the company’s first (and second) ever women’s hardcore match, matches with Trish Stratus and Lita, defeating Torrie Wilson at SummerSlam, and finally having that “WrestleMania Moment” with Chyna at WrestleMania X-Seven.
After leaving WWE in 2005 she wrestled on the independent scene for more than a year before eventually retiring. Before leaving the business Moretti competed for a Canadian promotion called ECCW winning the NWA SuperGirls Championship. She opted to stay with the promotion for several months to help them build up their women’s division, and actually took the title off the woman who would become Becky Lynch, dropping it five months later to Natalya Neidhart.