On the latest episode of the Battleground Podcast, Booker T announced his plans to honor Harlem Heat’s old manager, Sensational Sherri Martel, at his Reality of Wrestling promotion.
“Sherri was well before her time as far as females in professional wrestling, being able to go out there and do it the way she did. She would throw caution to the wind. She was great at psychology as well. She was a real worker. I know for myself, I always put her on a pedestal, on a mantle so high just because she was Harlem Heat’s, what I call, legitimize.”
He added: “I do not think we would have been what we were and whom we were without Sister Sherri being right there. So many times, we tore it up, burned it up, and left it in chaos. People would want to kill us. There were so many great times. She would be proud of the groundwork that she put down as far as what we are seeing right now with the ladies going out there doing it the way they are. I am going to create a ‘Sherri Martel Classic’ with Reality of Wrestling sometime very, very soon, so be on the lookout for that.”
The WWE Hall of Famer considered Martel to be the best, despite her issues.
“She was the best, but Sherri had her issues. She had her demons. That is what we talk to young people about today as far as it is out there. You got to be real. That is why I put my story out there, ‘From Prison to Promise.’ I do not want anybody to think I am perfect. I do not want anybody to think that they cannot make mistakes and then overcome those mistakes and become great. They got to know it. They got to know the truth. That is what Sherri was all about. I was there with her all the way ‘till the end. She was truly one of the great managers of all time, if not the greatest manager in the history of the business.”
Martel, whose real name is Sherri Schrull, was a massive part of the success of Booker and his older brother Stevie Ray in WCW and Randy Savage, Shawn Michaels, and Ted DiBiase in the then-WWF. Her career ranged from the 1980s until she died in 2007. Martel was a true trailblazer in women’s wrestling and one of the best managers in wrestling history.
In 2006, she was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, recognizing that her career is never a terrible thing. At Women’s Wrestling Talk, we are looking forward to Reality of Wrestling’s Sherri Martel Classic. In the meantime, check out our top five Sherri Martel moments below.