ECW's Dawn Marie, a.k.a. Tammy Lynn Bytch,
is at the center of one of professional wrestling's strangest
situations. Shortly after Chris Candido left the
WWF to re-join ECW, his wife Sunny behaved her way
out of regular WWF work, and eventually was released to
hook up with her husband again in the Philadelphia-based
promotion. Since the WWF owns all usage and marketing rights
to the name "Sunny," she resorted to using her
real name, Tammy Lynn Sytch. In the following
weeks, Candido's rival, Lance Storm, brought in a
new valet, who went under the name Tammy Lynn Bytch.
The Internet gossip started when the rumor leaked that
ECW's promoter, Paul Heyman, had requested that the
new valet undergo breast augmentation surgery. Her character
is one that works in the wrestling business. Her goal is
to gain as much attention as possible, from the camera,
other wrestlers, and announcer Joey Styles. She regularly
gets stripped down to bra and panties when getting in the
face of the other valets in the company, namely Tammy Sytch
and Francine, the "head cheerleader" for
the Franchise, Shane Douglas. Ms. Bytch isn't exactly
flat-chested, but an increase in cup size would make those
catfights more appealing to a large percentage of the ECW
audience, and perhaps make it easier to portray her character.
So what's the big deal, you may ask? Assuming that ECW
is now a national wrestling promotion, based on PPV and
TV distribution, Dawn Marie is the only woman left on the
national scene that has not had a breast enlargement. Well,
I could be wrong about that. I don't have documented proof
that Miss Elizabeth had the procedure. It's a little
harder to tell, because she doesn't reveal as much skin
as the other women in wrestling today. But after a recent
length of time when she wasn't on TV, it sure looked that
way to me upon her return. Either that or she bought stock
in the WonderBra.
The most obvious example of the trend comes from the WWF,
where Sable, Sunny and Terri Runnels (Marlena)
all received major merchandising and on-screen time after
enhancing and displaying their chests. I thought Debra
McMichael looked just fine to me during her WCW run,
but she debuted in the WWF with a new nose, new wardrobe,
and a Barbie Doll physique. The WWF's other women, Jacqueline
and Luna Vachon, both had boob jobs before joining the promotion.
In keeping with the trend, it's hard to believe that either
of them would have had any sort of exposure without them,
regardless of either woman's history in the ring in other
Vince McMahon has taken it one step further by
passing Sable off as an actual wrestler, their Women's World
champion. For some reason, I have a hard time picturing
her defending that title against any of the current Japanese
women. It's hard to fathom Sable locking up with the Judy
Martins, Leilani Kais and Wendi Richters
of yesteryear. It's hard to imagine Sable matched up with
the Penny Banners of the generation before that.
Physical attractiveness has always played a part in the popularity of women in
wrestling. That's obvious. But it was rarely was at the expense of those who worked hard
at their craft, learning how to perform a match and entertain an audience with their
abilities, not just their looks.
Sable is a small step above the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling promotion that Sylvester
Stallone's mom promoted in the 1980s.
There are women wrestling on independent shows, such as Maleia
Hosaka and Starla Sexton, who have invested the
blood and sweat. Both are well beyond what I consider a
minimum level of attractiveness, both are capable of in-ring
action. Neither of them have a hope of breaking through
in the current environment.
Please, anyone who's listening. Give some women a chance
to get over based on the amount of determination, work ethic,
and skills they possess instead of the amount of silicone
or saline pumped in by a plastic surgeon.