‘Miss Elizabeth’ Remembered

The last few weeks of Miss Elizabeth Hulette’s life were a downward slide. In April 2003, Lex Luger–her live-in boyfriend–was arrested and charged with battery, accused of striking her while they argued in the garage of the townhouse that the couple shared.

She was left with two black eyes, a cut lip, and a bump on her head.

Two days later, Hulette was a passenger in Luger’s car when he was arrested for DUI and a slew of other related charges after hitting another car with his Porsche.

Miss Elizabeth with her hands on the chests of her husband Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan who look angry and tense as if she's stopping them
Miss Elizabeth worked high-profile angles with the likes of her husband, Randy Savage, and Hulk Hogan. At the time of her death, she was romantically linked to Lex Luger.

On May 1, Luger called 9-1-1. Hulette had become unresponsive while the couple had dinner together.

Transported by ambulance to Kennestone Hospital, Hulette–known to a generation of wrestling fans as ‘Miss Elizabeth,’ manager and associate of acts like Randy Savage, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, and Luger–died on May 1, 2003. She was only 42 years old.

At the time of her death, Hulette’s blood alcohol level was 0.29, more than triple the legal limit to drive in Georgia. Her death was ruled an accidental overdose.

During the ensuing investigation into her death, Luger was arrested and charged with 13 felony counts of possession of a controlled substance (GHB) and one misdemeanor count of distribution of dangerous drugs.

Luger pleaded guilty to the charges a little less than two years later and received a sentence of five years probation, random drug screening, and a $1,000 fine.

A former Miss Kentucky who graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in communications, Elizabeth entered the wrestling business through Angelo Poffo’s ICW. From there, she and Savage met and fell in love.

Eventually, the WWE came calling, and Miss Elizabeth became a humanizing element to Savage’s over-the-top Macho Man.

You can read about their doomed relationship here: RANDY AND LIZ – The True Tragic Story Behind Wrestling’s Greatest Fairytale.

You can also learn more about the relationship between Lex Luger and Elizabeth in our article entitled: Miss Elizabeth and Lex Luger – A Bond That Led to Tragedy.

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Bobby Mathews is a contributor for Pro Wrestling Stories as well as a veteran journalist whose byline has appeared in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Birmingham News, The Denver Post, as well as other newspapers around the country. He's won multiple awards for reporting and opinion writing, and his sports journalism has garnered several Associated Press Managing Editors Awards. He has covered Division I college athletics and professional sports including MLB and NFL games. He has won awards from press associations in several states, including a General Excellence award from the Georgia Press Association while sports editor at The Statesboro Herald. He currently lives in suburban Birmingham, Alabama and can be reached on Twitter @bamawriter.