Several former WWE female performers made appearances on the Playboy magazine cover in the 1990s and the early 2000s while working for the company. Sable, Torrie Wilson, Christy Hemme, Maria Kanellis, late Chyna, late Ashley Massaro, and Candice Michelle are among those who have appeared on it. Another star from the Monday Night War period might have been added to that list, but it didn’t happen.
Former WCW president Eric Bischoff recently discussed about female WWE talents making appearances on the Playboy magazine. He said that he was able to convince Stacy Keibler to decline modelling for the well-known company. Bischoff detailed how he talked Keibler out of it on his “83 Weeks” podcast.
Stacy [Keibler] came to me, and she wanted my opinion. I was like, ‘OK, how’s your dad gonna to handle it? It ain’t gonna bother you at all, but how’s your dad gonna handle it? Because he still goes to work every day.’ And then she went, ‘Oh yeah, you’re right.’ That was the end of it. What was I supposed to say, ‘Sure baby, I can’t wait to get a look at those legs!’
Although Keibler was never a Playboy cover model, she did take part in the first and only “Playboy Evening Gown match” at WrestleMania 20 in 2004. She teamed up with Miss Jackie to compete against Torrie Wilson and Sable, the year’s cover ladies. The former WWE Women’s Champion Sable appeared on the cover of the renowned magazine twice, in April and September, as part of the partnership between Playboy and WWE that started in 1999.
The fact that those chosen as cover ladies appeared within the magazine with a nude pictorial was one of the important aspects of appearing for the brand. It complemented WWE’s then-adult-oriented image, but in 2008, when the company switched from a TV-14 to a TV-PG rating on television, the relationship became improper. In the end, Kanellis was the final person to pose naked for Playboy while working for WWE.
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