Here’s a name you probably wouldn’t expect to see on WWE.com: Missy Hyatt.
The self-professed First Lady of Wrestling is, along with ECW legend Paul Heyman, the subject of Hall of Famer Jim Ross’ latest blog on WWE.com, looking back at his past announcing partners.
Ross, who worked with both in WCW, has high praise for Hyatt who he says “had much more of a working knowledge of the business than she’s ever likely been given credit for having”.
She was light-years ahead of today’s TMZ-oriented society as she brought unique, topical subjects to many of our broadcasts, all done spontaneously and without someone feeding her lines.
Missy Hyatt understood her role better than many of those who followed her in sports-entertainment broadcasting, no matter the gender, simply because she understood the business, felt the product and was being, essentially, her natural self on TV.
The Tallahassee, Fla., native was truly a pioneer when it comes to beautiful women in pro wrestling. In all due respect, who would most men want to look at more, Missy Hyatt or the Fabulous Moolah? I rest my case.
To a significant degree, the Divas of the sports-entertainment world can thank Missy Hyatt for paving the way for them to have the opportunity to earn a great living and to be afforded other opportunities as a result of appearing on WWE programming.
When Missy and I did our on-camera bits to throw to matches, fans need to remember that we had no script, no teleprompter and no writers assisting us. What we did, good or bad, was a result of our own, natural chemistry and Missy being Missy.
Missy Hyatt had no true female role models in pro wrestling to follow, but still endured in a man’s world and made contributions to the business that are still vivid memories for many fans, especially men who were teens, during her heyday in WCW.
Read the full article on Heyman and Hyatt here.