Jacqueline has been announced as the fifth inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2016. The announcement was made on March 14, 2016, live on WWE Monday Night RAW.
The Dallas, Texas-born Jacqueline Moore made an incredible career for herself in the male-dominated outlet of professional wrestling. She was the only female student her class that was trained by the legendary manager and wrestler Skandar Akbar. She proved her toughness from the onset by constantly competing against men as well as women.
After debuting in the Dallas-based World Class Championship Wrestling in 1988, Jacqueline moved to Tennessee and the United States Wrestling Association. There was took on the moniker Miss Texas and held the company’s Women’s Championship a staggering 14 times over a four and a half year period.
From there she made a couple quick cameos in the WWF and a stop in the dying days of Smokey Mountain Wrestling before getting the call to join World Championship Wrestling in 1997. She first acted as the valet for Kevin Sullivan to counteract Sullivan’s ex-wife Woman in his feud with Chris Benoit. After Sullivan retired she moved on to managing Harlem Heat and got into a rivalry with Disco Inferno.
In the summer of 1998, she appeared in the WWF, this time as the girlfriend of Marc Mero. She acted as the primary foil for Mero’s ex Sable, and should be given credit for guiding a virtually untrained Sable through their in-ring matches. Sable’s popularity and their feud actually allowed for the WWF to reactivate their Women’s Championship, a title that had been dormant since the fall of 1995. Jacqueline beat Sable to win that Title, becoming the first woman to hold it in three years, and thus kicking off the lineage still being traced to this day.
From that point on, Jacqueline became a mainstay in an ever growing and evolving women’s division. She worked with a lot of under-trained and overmatched women and is certainly can be given credit for helping mold many of those women. Trish Stratus has gone on record and given Jacqueline for helping mold her into the women’s wrestler and superstar she became. Along the way she picked up a second reign as Women’s Champion.
In 2004, she made history when she defeated Chavo Guerrero to win the Cruiserweight Championship, a title normally reserved for men. She became only the third woman in the Title’s history over WCW and WWE to win that Title and the only one under the WWE banner. She was released shortly after losing the Title back to Guerrero.
After a brief stop in TNA Wrestling in late 2004, Moore made her full time return to the company in late 2007. While serving as a manager for “Cowboy” James Storm she was also credited with jumpstarting TNA’s fledgling women’s division. She never won the TNA Women’s Title but was a backbone in the division and for the company. She worked off/on for TNA from 2007 until her final departure in the summer of 2013.
Jacqueline came up through the wrestling business the hard way. She trained with men, wrestled men and was constantly forced to wrestle women that were undertrained or inexperienced. Virtually every company she competed in, she was considered a backbone of the women’s division and an on the job player/coach. If she showed up in a company without a division, one would often spring up around her. In 1993, she was rewarded for her efforts by being the first ever woman named to the prestigious PWI 500, which ranks the top 500 wrestlers in the world for that particular year.
While she started her career as Sweet Georgia Brown and cut her teeth as Miss Texas, she was in a rare breed where she spent most of her career wrestling under some variation of her real name. Whether it was Jacqueline or Jackie or Miss Jacqueline or Jacqueline Moore, everyone knew whom she was when she arrived in a new territory.
It’s incredibly fitting that Jacqueline will join the Hall in her hometown; one of the few times where WWE gets it right in terms of inducting someone in the right moment and location. Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley will do the honors of inducting her into the Hall. While they never really interacted on the air, they are close friends behind the scenes and it was Jacaueline’s call to have them induct her.
She is joined by Sting, The Godfather, The Fabulous Freebirds and The Big Boss Man in this year’s class. This year’s Hall of Fame ceremony will be held on April 2, 2016, inside the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas. This is the night before WrestleMania XXXII.