Arg-g-gh! It Takes All Kinds

Quad-City Times – December 10, 1989
By Bill Wundram

This is to say that not everyone goes to the symphony, to a play or to the movies on a Quad-City night.

About 7,000 of them go to the rasslin’ matches, and their new heroine is a mean woman in black hose, a garter belt and a dress two sizes tight.

They go crazy for Scary Sherri, who gets billing as vicious as her mentor, “Macho King” Randy Savage. She is a screaming, explosive hunk of woman. Holy cow, she’s tough.

Let’s set the warmup scene at Moline Wharton Field House. Ravishing Rick Rude has just strutted into the ring in his silk robe. Everyone hates him, especially when he shouts into the microphone: “How would you Moline morons like to see a real he-man with real muscles?” Boos! Anyway, he is satisfyingly battered in a one-fall match by Rowdy Roddy Piper. Roddy wears a kilt, but that doesn’t seem to bother this macho crowd.

Now it’s time for the main wrestling event, Hacksaw Jim Duggan vs. “Macho King” Randy Savage. At Randy’s side is his ringside manager, “Sensational Queen Sherri.” Scary Sherri banners wave; one fellow has a big Halloween witch with a sign, “We Love You Sherri.”

I have had an evil fascination for Scary Sherri since watching her on World Wrestling Federation TV, the night when Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake was Pearl Harbored by Savage. Brutus was further humiliated when Sherri ran into the ring to cut his hair.

She is really a vixen. If an opponent gets tossed through the ropes, she gets a headlock, a crowdpleaser. Sometimes, she gets slammed flat, too – another certain crowd-screamer. She taunts opponents, pulls their hair and bites their ears when they get to the edge of the ring. It’s awful. Opponents watch out for her purse, said to contain a heavy, lethal bar of solid lead.

She smacked Hacksaw Jim with it the other night and sent him to a demolishing loss.

I asked Sue Kilbey, a Moline policewoman who was keeping an eye on the dressing rooms, about Scary Sherri.

“You’d be surprised,” she said. “She’s very polite, and quiet.”

Yes, I was surprised.


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