Sable Wrestler’s Career Was Wild: Here’s A Breakdown!

Sable Wrestler

Rena Marlette Lesnar who is also known as Sable or Sable Wrestler made history working in the WWE in 1996. As a Sable, this professional wrestler gained considerable popularity wrestling with Luna Vachon and Jacqueline. Another history-making moment was when Sable became the second WWF women’s champion after the title was restored to the company. The third was when she became the  first woman in history to receive two Playboy covers the same year.

Interesting Facts About Sable Wrestler: Personal Life Influenced Her Career

Childhood:

Rena Marlette Lesnar aka Sable came into this world in Jacksonville, Florida and grew up to be an active child during her youth. Rena was interested in activities such as horseback riding, gymnastics, and softball. 

Early modeling career: 

After winning her first beauty pageant at the age of twelve, she finally became a model in 1990, working with companies such as L’Oréal, Pepsi and Guess. This is why Wikipedia lists 

Rena Marlette Lesnar aka Sable as a retired American model, actress, and professional wrestler, the latter being the one that made her the most money. That being said, Sable has starred in several television series, including Pacific Blue, and appeared in the film Corky Romano which has nothing to do with the actor and comedian Ray Romano. 

Playboy modeling career:

Outside of wrestling, she is considered the most beautiful, sexy, wrestler appearing on the cover of Playboy three times. The April 1999 issue of the magazine with her on the cover was one of the best-selling issues in Playboy history. 

In 2004, Sable turned back to modeling briefly when she appeared on the cover of Playboy magazine (March 2004 issue) for the third time in her career. On the cover, she appeared with her diva Torrie Wilson, making them the first WWE divas to put Playboy together. Around the launch of the cover, the duo feuded with the divas Stacy Keibler and Miss Jackie, though the four women were friends in real life at the time.

Sable’s professional wrestling career began with Triple H:

In March 1996, Rena (not yet Sable) debuted at the World Wrestling Federation at WrestleMania XII escorting Triple H aka Hunter Hearst Helmsley to the ring as he faced the returned Ultimate Warrior. Hunter Hearst Helmsley is not even his real name as he was born as Paul Michael Levesque on January 27, 1969. 

In 1995 he signed a contract with the World Martial Arts Institute. Hunter Hearst first appeared under the name Helmsley and later changed to Triple H where the name makes him a professional wrestler, professional wrestling authority figure and WWE Executive Vice President of talent. 

Paul Michael Levesque began his wrestling career at the International Wrestling Federation as Terra Ryzing before joining World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1994. 

After briefly using the name Ryzing, he changed the character of Jean-Paul Levesque, a French aristocrat. Canadian, which could be similar to his character Hunter Hearst Helmsley, that he used in his early years with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) since 1995. He later abbreviated the name Triple H and adopted a stable alternative D-Generation X (DX). After the dissolution of DX, Triple H was pushed as a wrestler in the main event, winning several singles championships. As part of a Triple H script he married Stephanie McMahon, who later became her real-life wife. 

Triple H became widely known after joining the band De-Correction X along with Shawn Michael. During the 1990s, the group’s activities became known as the main event of WWF entertainment. He played in many important tournaments after winning his first WWF title in 1999.  In 2003, Paul Michael Levesque aka Triple H formed another stable known as Evolution, and reformed DX with Shawn Michaels in 2006 and 2009.

He is considered by many critics to be one of the greatest warriors of all time. Beginning in July 2011, the Triple H character appears on the WWE lineup as WWE’s Chief Operating Officer and as a semi-active wrestler. Today he is also the founder and senior producer of D Company. 

Sable’s feud with ex-husband Marc Mero made her famous:

Sable’s next big angle was her FEUD with her real-life husband, who debuted as “Wildman” Marc Mero at WrestleMania XII. 

Their WWE storyline included Marc Mero witnessing Sable being mistreated by Helmsley behind the scenes, so Mero attacked Triple H and took Sable on as manager. She remained Mero’s manager until her injury in 1997. Between 1997 and the time she returned from her injury in 1998, Sable became popular on her own. In her next story, a returnee Marc Mero (now known as “Wonderful” Marc Mero) became jealous and Marc refused to let Sable get any of the spotlight and mistreated her. 

The duo got into a dispute with Luna Vachon and The Artist Formerly known as Goldust, which culminated in a match at WrestleMania XIV in March 1998. Sable delivered a superkick to Goldust and performed her famous “Sable Bomb” move which is a launch powerbomb, on Luna. She also delivered a TKO which caused Luna to end the match, with people singing Sable’s name in the background. In the next paid event, Unforgiven in April 1998, Sable lost to Luna in an evening dress match after being distracted by Marc Mero. After Marc’s interference in Unforgiven, Sable reached the ring and challenged Marc to a match. Sable kicked him in the groin and delivered her famous move called the Sable bomb once again to get revenge on her then husband. 

Sable eventually broke up with “Wonderful” Marc Mero, who showed Jacqueline as his new manager, resulting in a plot dispute between the two women. Marc started this beef between the two women who competed in a bikini contest in July 1998 at Fully Loaded. Sable, who only wore hand-painted prints on her exposed breasts, faced Jacquelin in a winning effort after receiving the maximum number of animations from the audience. The next night, however, Vince McMahon who was then a wrestling promoter disqualified Sable from the contest the night before because she wasn’t wearing a bikini and the trophy was awarded to Jacqueline.

Sable then took Vince to the court for sexual harrassment:

During the bikini contest in July 1998 at Fully Loaded, Sable faced Jacqueline in a winning effort after wearing only hand-painted prints on her exposed breasts, but because Vince McMahon disqualified Sable from the contest the night before, the trophy was awarded to Jacqueline. Sable in some way took revenge the next year June 1999, when she filed a $110 million lawsuit against the WWF company, alleging sexual harassment and unsafe working conditions. This was on the heels of refusing to stay topless. This was also the year that Sable left the WWF. 

During the lawsuit where Sable claimed sexual harassment, Vince McMahon sued her for controlling the “Sable” stamen and the two parties eventually settled out of court in August 1999 after Sable reduced the amount she was seeking in damages.

Vince McMahon would go on to be worth over 1.6 million USD in 2022 and is now a former commentator, presenter, filmmaker, actor and wrestler.  Since taking over the responsibility of the company from his father in 1980, McMahon worked commercially for and behind the WWE. A two-time world champion, he won the WWF Fellowship in 1999 and the ECW World Fellowship in 2007. He was elected winner of the 1999 Royal Rumble. He is currently the primary owner, chairman, and CEO of WWE. 

While her beef with Vince was brewing, Rena fought at the Women’s Champion:

After Sable and her teammate, the newcomer to the Edge federation, defeated Marc Mero and Jacqueline in a mixed team match, Sable and Jacqueline faced off against the recently reinstated WWF tour of England Women’s Title in the September 2, 1998 edition of Raw. 

After Marc Mero interfered, Jacqueline claimed the title and on November 15, 1998 in the series Survivor, he left the title to Rena aka Sable, who won after bombing both Marc and Jacqueline during the match. 

During this time, Rena appeared in an episode of the USA Network Blue Pacific program and briefly introduced a story where she was forced to play a subordinate role to Vince and Shane McMahon, but the story was shortened. 

In December 1998, as part of a new story, Sable was attacked by a masked villain named Spider Lady, who turned out to be Luna Vachon. Sable in a winning effort against Luna would introduce the newcomer Tori. During a Strap match at the Royal Rumble Rena won after the assistance of a female fan planted by Sable, the newcomer to the WWF, Tori. 

A change in Sable’s personality arose after Tori’s debut: 

While she was suing the WWF in 1999, Sable was the cover girl for the April 1999 issue of Playboy, one of Playboy’s best-selling numbers. Around the release of the issue, she released a new slogan: “This is for all the women who want to be me and all the men who come to see me” and a dance movement called “the grind”. 

Rarely defending her title, Sable continually reprimanded her follower Tori, leading to a dispute and a match at WrestleMania XV. During the contest, Nicole Bass made her debut as Sable’s bodyguard and helped her win the match. Sable also faced Luna Vachon, who had turned her face away. Sable continued with Bass making Bass do all his dirty work. Sable continued to hold the championship for nearly six months, but on May 10, 1999, she faced Debra in a losing effort during the Sable Women’s Championship in an evening dress match. Usually, in a night dress match, the winner is the woman who pulls the force out of her opponent’s suit, which Sable did. As part of the story however, Shawn Michaels who was the WWF commissioner of the time, ruled that the woman who had lost her dress was the winner, making Debra the new female champion.

Off the screen and as we mentioned her legal battle with the WWF in 1999, Sable’s title was removed from the screen thanks to her dispute with the WWF. 

Rena came back to the WWE as evil Sable in 2003:

Sable aka Rena returned to the WWF, now known as World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) on the April 3, 2003 episode of Slap!, and resumed her role only in name. With her character she decided to lean more and more and continued to portray a villain and spent several months in a story with new Playboy girl Torrie Wilson. During her angle, the evil Sable followed Wilson to her matches, talked to her behind the scenes, and on one occasion left Wilson in a tag party alone to fend for herself. Sable finally challenged Wilson to a bikini showdown contest on Judgment Day which last time didn’t end well for Sable. This time in 2003, Sable received the biggest applause, but Torrie Wilson took off her underwear to reveal an even smaller bikini underneath, and special guest referee Tazz declared Wilson the winner, which saw history repeat itself when it came to the classic bikini content and Sable losing. 

After the match, Wilson climbed into Sable and kissed her before leaving the ring. Then, Sable had an argument with guest judge Tazz, who poured water on him in the next edition of Slap! , as a means of revenge to declare Wilson the winner. Sable confronted Stephanie McMahon (the real life daughter of Vince) in a story in which Sable was Vince McMahon’s lover. 

Despite having beef with Vince, he appointed Sable as Stephanie’s personal assistant against Stephanie’s will, sparking a dispute between the duo. During the fight, Sable and Steph competed in several cat fights, a parking lot fight and a food fight, in which Sable’s bra was ripped off, revealing her breasts on live TV, and a match in which Sable hit a clipboard over Stephanie’s head. 

In Vengeance, Sable defeated Vince McMahon’s daughter after interference from her new ally, A-Train. In SummerSlam, Sable accompanied A-Train in a match against The Undertaker, which she lost. After the match, The Undertaker kept Sable so that Vince McMahon’s daughter could attack her with Spear. After SummerSlam, Vince and Sable focused on getting rid of Vince McMahon’s daughter for good, so Vince played “I Quit” on No Mercy. During the match, Sable slapped Vince McMahon’s daughter and was involved in a fight with Linda McMahon. 

Sable had suffered damage caused by breast implants while lifting weights:  

After WrestleMania XX, Sable who got back on her feet again, turned her heel back on and engaged in another short dispute with Torrie Wilson where in a winning effort, Sable defeated Wilson. On August 10, 2004, the official WWE website announced that Sable and WWE had separated, this time on good terms and Sable joined New Japan Pro Wrestling. 

She made her NJPW debut on January 4, 2006 with Brock Lesnar as a special guest, and continued to accompany Lesnar until the end of June 2007. Sable and Lesnar later abandoned Japan after Lesnar fought the WWE in a lawsuit. 

Sable’s second husband Marc was involved in a lot of drugs during their marriage:

Rena aka Sable first married Wayne W. Richardson in 1986 but after he died, Sable met her second husband, the professional wrestler and former boxer. Marc Mero, in 1993. After marrying Mero in 1994, he entered the wrestling business through the WWE. 

Marc Mero who appeared in WWE is now a retired professional wrestler. He is best known for his appearances in the World Wrestling Federation as Marc Mero and in World Championship Wrestling and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling under the ring name Johnny B. Badd. 

In 1993, Sable was able to get into the WWE through Marc who debuted at WrestleMania XII as “Wildman” Marc Mero, they had a wild storyline and promoted the WWF franchise in massive amounts. 

If you’re wondering where Marc Mero is now, the retired wrestler currently travels the world spreading his motivating life-lessons after helping thousands of people improve  because he founded the non-profit organization Champion of Choices in 2007. During his conferences, Mero takes the opportunity to talk about his personal successes, as well as his failures. These have prompted him to have various life mottos such as “I believe”, “Happiness is key to success”, and “Never give up”. 

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