Jim Cornette has recalled an incident backstage where a former WWE Superstar had to be talked out of ripping Sable “limb from limb.”
Sable arrived in WWE in March 1996 alongside her husband Marc Mero. Appearing at WrestleMania XII, Sable was initially by the side of a young Triple H. However, after Mero saw how she was mistreated by Helmsley, she became his on-screen manager.
Throughout the following year, Mero began to turn heel, becoming increasingly jealous of the attention and fame Sable was receiving. This came to a head in 1998, with the pair feuding as Mero sided with Jacqueline.
Following the on-screen split, Mero began to appear on WWE television less frequently, while Sable’s popularity continued to soar.
This along with a steadily increasing sexuality to her character led to her posing on the cover of Playboy magazine twice in 1999. In the process the star became the first woman to appear on the cover of the magazine twice in the same year.
During this period, in late 1998, the Women’s Champion entered into a feud with Luna Vachon. This led to a match between the pair at the 1999 Royal Rumble.
Speaking on an episode of Jim Cornette’s Drive-Thru, the former manager, who held numerous backstage positions with WWE during the mid to late 1990’s, recalled Vachon wanting to throw Sable in an equipment case. Vachon was known as someone you didn’t mess with, as well as famously not getting along with Sable.
“People had to talk Luna into not ripping Sable limb from limb. I think, was that at one point she told me she was just gonna grab her and throw her in one of those big equipment cases and shut the fu*king lid,”
Cornette then described another incident ahead of the 1999 Royal Rumble where Vachon was left “p***ed off” by Sable not wanting to be hit with the championship belt during the match.
“The finish was gonna be, I think Luna would clock Sable somehow with the belt, and do something, pin, I don’t know. Sable was scared of getting hit with the belt. Luna came back because I think I may have been the one to deliver the finish, or the news to her. She just came to me like, ‘what do I do? She don’t want me to hit her with the belt.’ I said, ‘did you show her how you were going to hit her with the belt?’
So finally they compromised and instead of whacking her over the back of the head with the belt in a working way, they made Luna take the belt and shove it into Sable’s back, and she took some kind of horrible crumple. And Luna was pi**ed off,”
Sable left WWE in June 1999 in a whirlwind of controversy and lawsuits. The former Women’s Champion later re-joined the company in April 2003, before leaving a little over a year later, saying she wanted to spend more time with her family.
Luna Vachon remained with WWE until 2000, retiring from the ring seven years later. Vachon sadly passed away on August 27th 2010 aged 48.
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