RIP Luna. With RAW 900 a few days away, it should be noted Luna made a significant contribution on RAW during the 90's. Certainly she was vital to Sable becoming the biggest female star of the era, plus she had a great alliance with Bam Bam Bigelow.
F'N SHAPRIO:WWE.com has had to write so many of these "RIP but..." notices that they've got it down to a madlib.
Yeah. They MadLib the .com site and send out rotten bullet points to the campaign trail re: who croaked this week. I can't believe the stance Linda took on Cade, who cares - not to demean Luna, but Cade's death proabably won't mean much in the long run and Luna's even less. But shaddup already debating people like Michael Benoit and Nowinski
Speaking of our Harvard Grad - of course they laid the edit to him, but on Stan Lee's Superhuman show, he looked like a clown saying nothing was wrong with some indy wrestler breaking bricks and bowling balls over his own head. "Expert" was his title. One must have Creative Control
Years ago, Luna kind of replaced Woman back in the Florida Sullivan days. But not in my heart. I saw her once in the parking lot of the Eddie Graham Sports Complex living the gimmick to some jobber named Jim Backlund. He must have got drunk and lost her keys, because that's all she kept screaming - "You lost my keys you motherfucking drunk!". Then kicked his nose in a few times. Crazy
Demonstrations are a drag. Besides, we're much too high
Due to not believing IN THE LAKERS, Frosty is walking around with $20 of my money!
Wow, my comments about there not being a lot of female wrestling casualties seems to have been spectacularly ill-timed. Precious and Baby Doll are still with us though. Anyway, Luna was great at being bad. One of a kind. RIP.
It is said that death comes in three's. Apparently that's morbidly correct. Upon hearing of Luna Vachon's passing this morning came another reminder that no one is guaranteed tomorrow.
The exact cause of Luna's passing has not been determined but 48 is much too young for anyone to be taken from this world and our sincere condolences go out to Luna's family and the many friends that she had in and out of the wrestling business.
When Luna reported to me in WWE's talent relations department many, many years ago she was a hard working, passionate, almost obsessive performer who definitely had the wrestling business in her blood.
Her family, the Vachon's, will always be known as one of the best known 'wrestling families' ever in the business. Her father, Paul (Butcher), and her famous uncle, Maurice (Mad Dog) Vachon were stars for decades.
Luna told me that being a wrestler was the only thing that she wanted to do since she was a small child. She said she couldn't remember the time when she didn't want to wrestle for a living.
Inside the ring was where Luna seemingly felt the most comfortable with herself both professionally and personally. She was an excellent in ring performer who helped many of her fellow females become better wrestlers. At times, Luna was very hard on herself when she felt that she didn't have the match that she wanted to have and was more often than not her own worst critic. I found out that praising her and doing what I could do to help her self esteem motivated her to no ends.
While Luna Vachon wasn't perfect, none of us are for the record, she was more often than not fun to be around.
Like many other human beings, Luna was susceptible to personal challenges and WWE assisted on these matters on multiple occasions.
The last time that I saw Luna was in Las Vegas a couple of years or so ago at the Cauliflower Alley Club reunion when Bret Hart was honored and I attended along with Steve Austin. Luna was so happy to see us both. We had our photo taken together and had a great visit. She was driving a tow truck in Florida and Steve and I both enjoyed Luna's 'tow truck stories.'
One could tell that she missed the wrestling business but was pleased that she was an independent woman, had a job and was apparently garnering much needed stability in her life.
We talked about her being diagnosed with being bi-polar and her having issues with depression of which she battled on an on going basis for a good while. Luna was a battler and was a tough individual who said she was going to keep fighting the good fight but that it wasn't easy. Steve and I both gave Luna many words of encouragement and spent significant time with her at the CAC function talking old times and mostly laughing about our mutual experiences. Without question, laughter is good medicine for all of us.
I know Luna loved her family, especially her children, and had a twinkle in her eye when talking about them. It was as if she wanted to make up for lost time with her family, especially her sons. Being off the road and working a 'regular job' was going to give her the opportunity to do so.
Luna and I couldn't believe that it had been well over a decade since we had talked as she left WWE, I believe, in 2000 or so. When one is younger we ask, "Where did the day go?" and when we get older we catch ourself asking, "What happened to that decade?"
Luna Vachon had a unique and often times challenging life but even with the issues that she battled she had many friends who, as will I, always look back upon the good days that we shared.
Perhaps now Luna can finally find peace and tranquility in Heaven where her existence will finally be problem free.
Every wrestling fan had better hope that this is not a sign that TNA is sinking fast. If it goes, so too does innovative wrestling, and even a reasonable alternative to WWE (besides simply getting the F out of wrestling entirely).