Two-time WWE Hall of Famer Booker T revealed his plans to honor a late fellow Hall of Famer and his former manager, 'Sensational' Sherri Martel, with a tournament named in her honor during a future event for his Reality of Wrestling promotion while appearing on the latest episode of iHeartRadio's Battleground Podcast.
"I'm definitely going to create a 'Sherri Martel Classic' with Reality of Wrestling some time very very soon so be on the lookout for it," Booker toldBattlegroundco-hosts Battle and Eli."
Martel, then under the moniker 'Sister Sherri,' managed Booker and his real-life brother, Stevie Ray, several months into their initial tag-team run as "Harlem Heat" in WCW, which included their first run as the tag-team champions.
At the time, Martel had already established herself as one of the top female in-ring competitors and managers during previous stints in the then-World Wrestling Federation, American Wrestling Association, and other promotions prior to joining WCW.
"Sherri was definitely well before her time as far as females in professional wrestling being able to go out there and do it the way she did, one that would throw caution to the wind and was really really great at psychology as well. She was a real worker," Booker said. "I know for myself, I always put her on a pedestal, on a mantle so high just because she was Harlem Heat's, what I call, 'legitimizer.' I don't think we would've been what we were or who we were without 'Sister Sherri'' being right there at the front."
Martel appeared as both a wrestler and manager throughout her career, most notably as 'Sensational Sherri' in WWF, having managed several other legendary wrestlers including Hall of Famers 'Macho King' Randy Savage (as 'Queen Sherri') Shawn Michaels, and Ted DiBiase, who inducted her into the WWE Hall of Fame in April 2006.
Martel made numerous sporadic appearances for wrestling promotions -- including her last televised segment as a potential manager for Bobby Roode for then-Total Nonstop Action Wrestling in September 2006 -- until her death in 2007.
You can watch Booker T's appearance on the Battleground Podcast below: