“We should call her Russia because she’s so much bigger than Chyna” the words of the voice of ECW Joey Styles when referring to Nicole Bass at ECW Heat Wave 1998 and in this latest Whatever Happened to piece we look at the career of Nicole Bass.
Bass debuted in Extreme Championship Wrestling during the first half of 1998, it was watching the promotion’s Heat Wave PPV that inspired this piece.
She quickly aligned herself with Justin Credible and his hangers on Chastity and Jason and participated in feuds with Tommy Dreamer, Mikey Whipwreck and Beulah McGillicutty.
As was common at the time, many prominent ECW superstars would leave the promotion for either the WWE or WCW and it was the WWE that was Bass’ destination. She would debut at WrestleMania XV as the bodyguard of Sable before becoming involved in a feud with Debra McMichael that saw her compete with Val Venis in a mixed tag match against Debra and her then charge Jeff Jarrett at Over the Edge 1999.
She then spent time managing Venis but that ended when she inadvertently nailed him with Jarrett’s guitar after losing a bikini contest – a sentence that encapsulates the wacky booking of the Raw era. On the next episode of Raw she interfered in a match between Ivory and Women’s CHampion Debra that led to Ivory winning the title. This led to her joining forces with Ivory but that alliance ended abruptly when Bass left the promotion and filed a sexual harassment lawsuit claiming she was assaulted by Steve ‘Brooklyn Brawler’ Lobardi. The case went to court in 2003 but was ultimately dismissed.
Bass continues to wrestle on the independent wrestling circuit. Bass also does bookings for public events and for personal training.
As well as frequent wrestling appearances and public events, she also appears frequently on the Howard Stern Show and is listed as one of the show’s Wack Pack – a parody of the Rat Pack and what the show is partly famous for.
In June of this year Bass, now aged 50, made the media when she was arrested for shoplifting $1,200 from a supermarket. Like far too many from wrestling’s peak periods, Bass seems to have sadly fallen on hard times in recent years. You can follow her on Twitter here.
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