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• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (September 10, 1996) – Old School WWF Valet Passed Away

On this day in 1996, we lost Old School WWF Valet “Sweet” Sapphire (Real name: Juanita Wright) at the age of 61 due to a heart attack.

Sapphire used to be in “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes’ corner as his valet in 1989 & 1990, before she sold out to the “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase at the WWF SummerSlam 1990 PPV.

Despite not being a trained pro-wrestler, she wrestled Sensational Sherri on several house shows, as well as teaming with Dusty against Sherri & Randy Savage at WrestleMania VI.

After leaving the World Wrestling Federation in the fall of 1990, Sapphire lost interest in the sport of professional wrestling.


October 24, 1934 – September 10, 1996

• Long-Time Employee Done With WWE

There were reports in April that WWE had released Gerald Brisco, but Brisco denied the news and said that he was only furloughed.

Brisco has now confirmed that he isn’t returning after being furloughed, as WWE informed him of his release last night.

Below is what he posted on Twitter:

“Ok, want to get this out the right way. Last night I received a call from WWE Chairman Of The board Vince McMahon to let me know after 36 years of dedication to WWE i am no longer needed. I’m ok with this. I will still be around to help talent. More info will follow. Thanks”

He had been working with the company since 1984, and was one of Vince McMahon’s closest advisors.

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