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Rena Mero Biography

Rena Mero was born Rena Greek on August 8, 1967, in Jacksonville, Florida. She enjoyed sports such as gymnastics, horseback riding and softball in her youth. She entered and won her first beauty pageant when she was 12 years old, and eventually became a professional model, working on campaigns for L'Oreal, Pepsi, Bongo, Guess Jeans, and others. In 1987, she married Wayne Richardson, and their daughter, Mariah, was born in 1988. Richardson died in October 1991.

rena mero becomes sable

In 1993, Rena met WWF wrestler Marc Mero while she was out dining with friends. The couple married in 1994, and the athletic beauty soon hopped on the wrestling bandwagon. She made her debut as "Sable" in March 1996, acting at Hunter Hearst Helmsley's valet at the World Wrestling Federation's WrestleMania XII. She would enter the ring herself to fight not long after that.

In 1997, Sable won in two categories at the WWF Slammy Awards, picking up the "Dressed to Kill" prize as well as the "Miss Slammy" title. In 1998, a feud between Sable and wrestler Jacqueline erupted after Marc Mero recruited Jacqueline as his new manager. Jacqueline and Sable had initially met that July at a WWF Fully Loaded Bikini Contest. In August, she and new partner Edge took on her husband and Jacqueline at a Summer Slam intergender match.

In November 1998, Sable defeated Jacqueline to take the WWF Women's Championship crown. In the space of just over two and a half years, she had become the most popular female wrestler in the organization. Mero's profile as Sable increased with guest appearances on television series like Pacific Blue in 1998. She was also featured in the pages and on the cover of Play..boy magazine for their April 1999 issue.

sable loses her wwf title

On May 10, 1999, Sable lost her Championship title to Debra during an Evening Gown Match (wherein the wrestler who successfully removes her opponent's gown is designated the winner). Sable became the first female wrestler in WWF history to have her reign ended not by submission or pinfall, but due to a controversial decision handed down from Commissioner Shawn Michaels.

Rena ended her association with the WWF that June, and also filed a lawsuit against the organization. Citing unsafe working conditions as well as allegations of sexual harassment, her initial $110-million suit was eventually settled out of court for a reduced sum. She was countersued over the use of the name "Sable," and is said to have lost the right to participate in professional wrestling matches for a period of three years.

The WWF filed suit against Play..boy after they learned that the publication was planning on releasing a special all-Sable edition later that year. She was instead billed under her real name of Rena Mero for the September 1999 issue, becoming the first woman in the publication's history to make the cover two times in the same year.

rena mero on television and film

Banished from the wrestling ring, Mero kept herself busy with TV and film appearances over the next couple of years. She returned to the small screen to guest star on First Wave in September 1999, and made memorable appearances on The Howard Stern Show, as well as Late Night with Conan O'Brien and The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn that year. She also portrayed Elizabeth Rukeyser in episodes of Relic Hunter, which aired in February 2000 and January 2001.

In 2001, Rena made her big-screen debut as a bouncer in the comedy Corky Romano, and then starred as Queen Ariana in Ariana's Quest (2002) and as Julia Grant in The Final Victim (2003).

Her autobiography, entitled Undefeated, was released in August of 2000, amid rumors that she would soon be in the ring again.

rena mero's comeback as sable

In April 2003, Sable returned to the WWE. That June, Sable became Stephanie McMahon's assistant in a controversial decision handed down by Steph's father, WWE boss Vince McMahon. As 2003 wound down, news spread of Rena's decision to separate from born-again Christian husband Marc. The couple divorced in 2004.

Rena made her third appearance in the pages of Play..boy magazine for their March 2004 issue. At Wrestlemania XX, she and Wilson defeated Stacy Keibler and Miss Jackie in an Evening Gown Match. In August 2004, reported that Rena was being released from the WWE. That same month, she got engaged to WWE superstar Brock Lesnar. They were supposed to have been married on the island of Palau in the spring of 2005, but Rena allegedly called off the engagement before the nuptials took place.


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