Friday, December 21, 2007
Real Name: Sharmell Sullivan-Huffman
Born: November 2, 1974
Hometown: Gary, Indiana
Marital Status: Married to Booker T
Height & Weight: 5'7" - 127 lbs
Trained by: WCW Powerplant, OVW
Pro Wrestling Debut: 1998 (as Nitro Girl Storm)
Finishing Move: Scoop Slam
Favorite Wrestling Moves: Hand spring elbow
Previous Gimmicks: Nitro Girl Storm, Nitro Girl Paisley, Sharmell, Queen Sharmell
Notable Feuds: Lea Meow, Tammy Sytch, Tygress, Torrie Wilson, Kurt Angle, Chris Benoit, The Boogeyman, Christian Cage (TNA)
Sharmell Sullivan-Huffman (born November 2, 1970) is an American professional wrestling valet currently working for TNA Wrestling. She is best known for her work with the WWE until her release in 2007. She first came to prominence in the wrestling world as a member of the WCW dance troupe the Nitro Girls.
Sullivan won the Miss Black America pageant in 1991. After winning the title, Sullivan began a career in professional dance, touring with several hip hop artists and R&B bands, including a 3½ year stint with James Brown.
Sullivan joined WCW 's Nitro Girl dance troupe in December 1998 under the name Storm. When the Nitro Girls began becoming more involved in WCW storylines, she was made the valet for The Artist, re dubbing herself Paisley (to match The Artist's Prince Gimmick). As Paisley, she made her in-ring singles debut against Tammy Lynn Sytch on the April 26, 2000 edition of WCW Thunder, winning with a DDT. Following The Artist's release from WCW, Sullivan began valeting for Kwee Wee. She also formed an alliance with fellow former Nitro Girl Tygress, and the two ladies frequently double-teamed the Misfits In Action's valet Major Gunns.
While in WCW, Sullivan was also a part of the pop music group Diversity 5 with other Nitro Girls Fyre, Spice, Chae, and Tygress. In 2001, when she signed with the WWF, she was replaced in the group by Chiquita Anderson (also a Nitro Girl).
In 2001, just before WCW was bought by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), Sullivan was released from WCW and signed a developmental contract with WWF with the intent of becoming a full-time in-ring performer. She was sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling to continue her training, and was made the valet for The Suicide Blondes - wearing a blonde wig and using the name Sister Sharmell. She also made some appearances on the main roster show, SmackDown!, as a backstage interviewer using her real name. Her training, however, was cut short by a knee injury, and she subsequently retired from in ring work.
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