By Mike Mooneyham
May 2, 2003
Liz Hulette, known to a generation of pro wrestling fans as the lovely “Miss Elizabeth,” died early Thursday morning after being rushed to the hospital from an Atlanta area home she shared with veteran wrestler and longtime companion Lex Luger.
Rescue workers had responded to a 5:30 a.m. 911 call concerning a “sick woman” at Luger’s Marietta town home. According to police reports, Hulette, 42, was unresponsive, and was transported to Kennestone Hospital where she later died. Authorities have not yet determined the cause of death. Police, awaiting an autopsy report from the county medical examiner, said there were no immediate signs of foul play.
Luger, 44, whose real name is Larry Pfohl, was arrested late Thursday afternoon after authorities found a controlled substance in his home during their investigation. He is not, however, being held in connection with Hulette’s death.
Authorities had responded to a domestic disturbance call at the residence on Easter Sunday, during which Luger was arrested for allegedly beating Hulette, according to a police report. Hulette, who sported a black eye when she was found by police, claimed at the time that she had slipped while playing with the family dog.
Luger was out on a $2,500 bond in connection with that incident when he was re-arrested Thursday on the illegal substance charge. He was cited with violation of the state’s controlled substance act and was taken to Cobb County Jail. He is scheduled to appear this morning in the Cobb County Magistrate Court and is expected to be released on bond following the hearing.
Hulette, a former Miss Kentucky, met future husband “Macho Man” Randy Savage (Randy Poffo) during the late ’70s while both were working for the Lexington, Ky.-based International Championship Wrestling promotion run by Savage’s father, Angelo Poffo. The two joined the World Wrestling Federation (now World Wrestling Entertainment) in 1985 and became one of the company’s most successful acts. With “Miss Elizabeth” serving as Savage’s valet and manager, the two turned their real-life marriage into an on-air storyline that captivated the wrestling audience.
Billed as “The First Lady of Wrestling,” the brown-haired beauty took part in one of televised wrestling’s magical moments when she exchanged vows with Savage in a highly publicized ceremony at the 1991 Summer Slam pay-per-view. In reality, the two already had been married for several years, and by this time their real-life union was falling apart. The two subsequently ended their eight-year marriage in 1992.
After taking a break from the wrestling business, Hulette, following the lead of other former WWF superstars such as Savage and Hulk Hogan, joined the Atlanta-based World Championship Wrestling during the mid-’90s.
Her second marriage, to a South Florida attorney in 1997, lasted less than a year. Luger, who hasn’t wrestled on a full-time basis since leaving WCW in 2000, owns the Main Event Fitness Club in Marietta that he once operated with Sting (Steve Borden), who sold his interest in the facility several years ago following a falling out with his former partner.
Luger, one of the few remaining WCW holdouts who has yet to receive an offer from WWE, was accompanied by Hulette when he worked overseas on the latest World Wrestling All-Stars tour last December.
Randy Savage released the following statement on his Web site Thursday:
“I am deeply saddened by this news, and our thoughts and prayers are with Elizabeth’s family.”