Who is Luna Vachon?
Gertrude Elizabeth ‘Luna’ Vachon was born on 12 January 1962 under the zodiac sign of Capricorn, in Atlanta, Georgia USA, and passed away on 27 August 2010 in Pasco County, Florida USA, at the age of 48. She was a renowned American-Canadian professional wrestler, who gained popularity in the sports industry for competing for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) as part of the Human Oddities stable. She also wrestled for other promotions, such as the American Wrestling Association, World Championship Wrestling, and various others.
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How rich is she? Luna Vachon’ Net Worth
At the time of her death, Luna’s net worth was estimated at over $5 million; acquired largely through her involvement in the sports industry as a professional wrestler.
Early Life, Parents, Siblings, Nationality, Ethnicity, Religion, Educational Background
Luna spent her early years in Atlanta, where she was raised by her father, Charles Henry Wilkerson, a hotel owner, and her mother, Rebecca ‘Van’ Pierce. Her father took his own life when Luna was only four years old, and her mother remarried to Canadian professional wrestler Paul Vachon, who adopted Luna and continued to raise her as his own daughter; she had no siblings as she was the only child of her parents. She held American nationality and belonged to the White Caucasian ethnic group. In terms of religion, she became a born-again Christian in 2004, when she was baptized by famous wrestler Nikita Koloff. When it comes to her educational background, nothing is known about that to the public.
Luna became interested in wrestling under the influence of her stepfather Vachon while she was a child. She frequently played in the ring which eventually led to training sessions with various WWF stars. Although her family wasn’t really impressed by her venture into the wrestling business, as they believed that it was too harsh for a woman, this didn’t discourage her from pursuing her dreams. She eventually began training at the age of 16 under her aunt Vivian Vachon, and later under The Fabulous Moolah. Making her professional wrestling debut in Florida Championship Wrestling in 1985, she participated in Moolah’s all-women’s promotion under the name Trudy Herd. Shortly afterwards, she joined Kevin Sullivan’s Army of Darkness stable and changed her ring name to Luna Vachon. Her distinctive features, including half-shaved blonde hair and face paint, quickly garnered recognition in the wrestling scene.
While in Florida, Luna found herself in a match against Madusa Miceli, after which she joined forces with The Lock, and the duo appeared together in the Continental Wrestling Association. Concurrently, she also competed for Powerful Women of Wrestling (POWW) and American Wrestling Association (AWA), participating in a Battle Royal in its pay-per-view event, entitled “SuperClash III”. During the early 1990s, she secured the role of a manager for a team, called The Blackhearts, which consisted of her then-husband Tom Nash and her future-husband David Heath. Besides that, she worked as a competitor, commentator, and manager in Wild Women of Wrestling.
Rise to Fame
In 1993, Luna entered the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now known as WWE) and made her debut appearance against Tatanka at WrestleMania IX in April. Her pursuit of the Women’s Championship led her into a series of matches against Alundra Blayze, but she didn’t manage to win the title. In 1994, she became the first woman to feature in the WWF video game “WWF Raw”. However, she decided to part ways with WWF, then after a brief stint with the independent circuit, Luna took a chance to join Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) as Tommy Dreamer’s new valet during his feud with Raven. Her contributions earned her the 306th spot in the Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) 500 list later that year, making her the second woman to achieve this after Miss Texas. Thereafter, Luna continued to line up success after success by wrestling for such promotions as the World Wrestling Council, American Wrestling Federation, the IWA Mid-South, and World Championship Wrestling (WCW).
Continued Success and Retirement
In 1997, Luna made a return to the WWF, initially serving as Goldust’s manager. Their collaboration led to a Mixed Tag Team Match at WrestleMania XIV, where they faced Sable and Marc Mero, but suffered defeat. Nonetheless, she took a victory by challenging Sable to s WWE Unforgiven Evening Gown Match, a moment she described as a career highlight. She later teamed up with the Human Oddities stable, which contributed to her huge popularity in the industry. The stable consisted of such wrestlers as The Jackyl, Giant Silva, Violent J, George Steel, and others. Throughout 1999, she continued to fight for the Women’s Championship before she eventually left WWE in the following year.
Following her departure, she became semi-retired, but made occasional comebacks to the ring for various independent promotions, including the IWA Puerto Rico, the Australian World Wrestling All-Stars, the British ASW, WSU, etc. Even though she never managed to win the Women’s Championship title, Luna became the first Great Lakes Championship Wrestling’s Ladies champion. She secured the title by defeating Traci Brooks in 2007, while she officially announced her retirement after successfully defending the title against Brooks in December of the same year.
Thanks to her accomplishments in the world of professional wrestling, Luna was honored with posthumous inductions into the WWE Hall of Fame, the Women’s Wrestling Hall of Fame, and the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame. Moreover, she was ranked as the 14th most impactful female wrestler ever by WWE.
Appearance and Vital Statistics
Luna had long blonde-dyed hair and green eyes. She stood at a height of 5ft 6ins (1.68m), while her weight was around 155lbs (71kgs). Details about her vital statistics, bra, dress and shoe size were never revealed.
Personal Life and Death
When it comes to her love life, Luna was married three times. Her first husband was Dan Hurd and they welcomed two sons together. Their first son Joshua was born in 1980, while she gave birth to their second son, named Vincent ‘Van’, in 1982. Vincent gained fame for participating in the 6th and 17th seasons of the hit Fox reality cooking series “Hell’s Kitchen”, hosted by Gordon Ramsay. Their marriage lasted from 1980 until 1985. Following their divorce, Luna was romantically involved with professional wrestler Dick Slater, but their romance ended as soon as he started to physically abuse her. She then tied the knot with her second husband Tom Nash in 1987, but their divorce came six years later, in 1993. The following year, she married her third husband, professional wrestler David Heath, better known as Gangrel. She took the role of stepmother to his sons, David Jr. and Donovan, from his previous marriage. Unfortunately, the two divorced in 2006. Moreover, she had three grandchildren, named Austin, Lauren, and Neila.
Luna was diagnosed with bipolar disorder during her lifetime. Tragically, she died from an overdose of oxycodone and benzodiazepine at the age of 48.