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Lisa Moretti (born November 26, 1961) is an Americanmarker professional wrestler. She is best known for her appearances with World Wrestling Entertainment (previously the World Wrestling Federation) between 1999 and 2005 under the ring name Ivory. Moretti, however, began her career in the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling professional wrestling promotion, where she wrestled as Tina Ferrari from the mid-to-late 1980s. She then debuted in the World Wrestling Federation in 1999 as the manager for the team of Mark Henry and D'Lo Brown. She won the WWE Women's Championship twice before becoming a part of the Right to Censor, an alliance of wrestlers with conservative views, and winning the title for a third time.

In her later years with the company, she only wrestled sporadically. She did, however, co-host WWE Experience and act as a trainer on WWE Tough Enough. After being released in 2005, she wrestled a few matches on the independent circuit, winning two other titles. She also began working in the landscaping industry and volunteering with her local animal shelter. In addition, she opened an animal and grooming facility named Downtown Dog in her home town in 2007.

Professional wrestling career

Early career

In her youth, Lisa Moretti wrestled with her two brothers and sister. Later, while attending the University of Southern Californiamarker, Moretti was—in her own words—"dragged by a friend" to an audition held by the newly-formed Las Vegas, Nevada-based Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW). She was successful in her audition and went on to train under Mando Guerrero for six weeks, before beginning to wrestle in GLOW under the ring name Tina Ferrari. Moretti also formed a tag team with Ashley Cartier, known as T & A, with whom she won the GLOW Tag Team Championship. She also defeated Colonel Ninotchka to win the vacant GLOW Championship, represented by a crown. She later wrestled for the Powerful Women of Wrestling promotion under the ring names Nina and Tina Moretti, winning the POWW Championship.

World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment

Debut and Women's Champion (1999)

In March 1999, Moretti returned to wrestling, signing a contract with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). Her first appearance in WWF was accompanying the The Godfather, a "pimp"-character who was accompanied by women called "hos", to the ring. On the February 13, 1999 episode of Raw, however, Moretti was introduced as Ivory, the love interest of Mark Henry. Moretti acted as the valet for the tag team of Mark Henry and D'Lo Brown, Moretti made her televised WWF in-ring debut on the February 15 episode of Raw, teaming with Brown to face Jeff Jarrett and Debra in an intergender tag team match that ended in a no-contest. Moretti faced Debra in a singles match on the March 1 episode of Raw, defeating Debra by disqualification after she was attacked by the Pretty Mean Sisters (Jacqueline Moore and Terri Runnels). At WrestleMania XV on March 28, Moretti accompanied D'Lo Brown and Test to the ring for their World Tag Team Championship title match against Jarrett and Owen Hart. Jarrett and Hart retained their title following interference from Moore, Runnels, and Debra.

During this time, the women in the WWF were known more for their appearances rather than their wrestling abilities, and featuring women in strip matches or farcical "slop matches"—a match that takes place in a pool full of slop—was common. Moretti, who was a trained wrestler, won the Women's Championship on June 14, by defeating Debra and defended her title against Tori at SummerSlam on August 22. Moretti continued to feud with Tori in the weeks following SummerSlam, defeating her in the first ever WWF women's hardcore match on September 6. Next, Moretti was challenged by Luna Vachon, who Moretti defeated in a farcical hardcore match at Unforgiven on September 26. SLAM! Wrestling called the match "pointless and senseless". In October 1999, Moretti feuded with the The Fabulous Moolah, who defeated her for the Women's Championship on October 17, 1999 at No Mercy in what John Powell of SLAM! Wrestling called the "worst match I've ever seen". She, however, defeated Moolah in a rematch on the October 25 episode of Raw to win her second Women's Championship. Her second title reign ended with a loss to Miss Kitty, an un-trained wrestler, in a Four Corners Evening Gown Pool match—a match where a wrestler wins by stripping the evening gown off of her opponents—on December 12 at Armageddon.

Right to Censor (1999–2001)

In late 1999, Moretti began playing a more conservative character. On January 23, 2000 at the Royal Rumble, she grudgingly took part in the "Miss Royal Rumble" swimsuit contest, which was won by Mae Young. She challenged Jacqueline for the Women's Championship on March 9, but she was unsuccessful. After an absence, Moretti returned to WWF television in September 2000 as a member of an alliance of conservative wrestlers known as Right to Censor. The change in character saw her don less suggestive ring attire and more conservative hairstyles. Moretti quickly began a rivalry with Women's Champion Lita, winning the Women's Championship by defeating Lita, Jacqueline, and Trish Stratus in a Fatal Four-Way match. She retained the title against Lita at the Survivor Series on November 19—with the assistance of Right to Censor leader Steven Richards—in a match that SLAM! Wrestling claimed "illustrated to what heights women's wrestling is capable of reaching in North America if the right talent is permitted to strut their stuff in a wrestling ring and not a pit full of jello." Moretti also retained her title in a Triple Threat match against Stratus and Molly Holly at Armageddon on December 10.

Ivory and the Right to Censor began feuding with Chyna after the latter posed for Playboy in late 2000. On the December 7 episode of Raw, Moretti and Val Venis delivered a double-team piledriver to Chyna, which in storyline, injured her neck. Chyna challenged Moretti for the Women's Championship at the Royal Rumble on January 21, 2001. Moretti retained her title when she pinned Chyna, who had appeared to re-aggravate her neck injury. Chyna challenged Moretti for the title once more at WrestleMania X-Seven on April 1 and defeated Moretti in a brief match, ending Moretti's third reign as Women's Champion. Right to Censor disbanded on April 26, 2001.

Sporadic appearances and departure (2001–2005)

Moretti returned to WWF television on the August 6 episode of Raw, joining The Alliance during The Invasion, a storyline where the former wrestlers of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and Extreme Championship Wrestling formed an alliance and "invaded" the WWF. Moretti formed an alliance with former WCW wrestlers Torrie Wilson and Stacy Keibler after helping them defeat Jacqueline in a handicap match, but she eventually became the valet for Lance Storm. At No Mercy, Moretti accompanied Storm and The Hurricane to the ring, but the Hardy Boyz defeated the two men to retain their WCW World Tag Team Championship. Moretti went on to compete in the women's division, and on November 18 at the Survivor Series, she participated in a six-pack challenge for the vacant Women's Championship, which Trish Stratus won.

In early 2002, Moretti served as a trainer in the second series of Tough Enough. After the World Wrestling Federation was renamed "World Wrestling Entertainment" and the roster was split into two "brands"—Raw and SmackDown!—Moretti was drafted to the SmackDown! brand. Along with several other SmackDown! wrestlers, Moretti was traded to Raw in exchange for The Big Show in November 2002. Throughout the remainder of 2002, she teamed with Victoria and feuded with Trish Stratus.

Throughout 2003, Moretti wrestled sporadically in the women's division. Her only pay-per-view appearance in the course of the year was on December 14 at Armageddon, where she unsuccessfully challenged Molly Holly for the Women's Championship. She also served as a trainer on the third season of Tough Enough and did broadcasting duties at WWE events. Moretti also spent eight weeks working as a trainer at the WWE developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling. In May of that year, she and Todd Grisham began hosting WWE Experience, a weekly television show that recapped events from Raw and SmackDown!. On July 22, 2005, several weeks before WWE Experience ended in August 2005, WWE announced that Moretti's contract would not be renewed.

Independent circuit

Moretti began wrestling sporadically on the independent circuit under her own name. On November 19, 2005 in Spartanburg, South Carolinamarker at "A Tribute to Starrcade", she teamed with Bambi to defeat Team Blondage (Krissy Vaine and Amber O'Neal) for the CCW Tag Team Championship. On April 21, 2006 in Surrey, British Columbiamarker, Moretti defeated Rebecca Knox for Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling (ECCW)'s NWA SuperGirls Championship. She also successfully retained her title in a match the following night. Afterward, she decided to stay with ECCW to help create a strong women's division. She held the title for approximately five months before losing it to Nattie Neidhart on October 8, 2006. By her own admission, Moretti enjoyed working on the independent circuit.

Personal life

Lisa Moretti was born and raised in Los Angeles, Californiamarker. She has three siblings: two brothers and one sister. She studied public relations at the University of Southern Californiamarker, and she was a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Express of the United States Football League in the mid-1980s. Prior to beginning her career in wrestling, Moretti worked as a make-up artist for the cosmetics brand Revlon.

After leaving WWE, Moretti began working in the landscaping industry. Moretti also worked with her niece to help the pet population affected by Hurricane Katrina. In addition, Moretti volunteered for an organization called Best Friends Animal Society, which is a no-kill animal shelter—a shelter that does not euthanize to control animal populations—in Utah. She also worked with her local animal shelter on San Juan Islandmarker in northwestern Washingtonmarker, where she has lived since 2000. While working at the shelter, she met her eventual business partner Jessica Ray, with whom she opened Downtown Dog in 2007. The facility is an animal daycare, as well as a training, grooming, and cat boarding company located in Friday Harbormarker. In June 2007, they expanded the business to include veterinary care and later the Bow Wow Bus, which takes the dogs on outings. Moretti has taken classes to learn how to groom animals and now grooms them as part of the business.

In wrestling







Championships and accomplishments

  • Carolina Championship Wrestling
    • CCW Women's Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Bambi










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