Date of birth : 1972-12-07
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Matawan, New Jersey, U.S>
Nationality : American
Category : Famous Figures
Last modified : 2011-03-09
Tamara Lynn Sytch is an American professional wrestling manager, personality and occasional wrestler. She achieved her greatest success as Sunny for the World Wrestling Federation during the 1990s, and is widely considered as one of the first Divas.
Tammy Sytch is a professional wrestling manager and personality. She achieved arguably her greatest success as Sunny for the World Wrestling Federation during the 1990s and is widely considered as one of the first WWE Divas. She also performed under her own name in Extreme Championship Wrestling, World Championship Wrestling and Ring of Honor.
Tammy started out traveling with her boyfriend, Chris Candido. She did some camera work for the New Jersey-based WWA. She first appeared onscreen as Tammy Lynn Fytch in Smoky Mountain Wrestling in 1993. She played a rich, spoiled brat, who was billed as having come from Wellesley College and who idolized Hillary Clinton. Tammy Fytch became extremely hated by the fans in Smoky Mountain. She managed Candido, Brian Lee, and Boo Bradley. Both Sytch and Candido left the promotion in December 1994 for jobs with the World Wrestling Federation.
In late 1993, Sytch was contracted by the WWF as Tamara Murphy, began appearing on "Live Event News" segments during syndicated World Wrestling Federation television shows where she would promote local WWF house show events. Sytch and Candido appeared on a handful of WWF shows as Team Spirit, a short-lived gimmick similar to (but pre-dating) the recurring Saturday Night Live "Spartan Cheerleaders" skit. The gimmick, however, never made its way on to television. By the summer of 1995, Sytch and Candido were renamed Sunny and Skip. They began appearing on WWF television as the heel fitness fanatics, The Bodydonnas. In 1996, she won two Slammy Awards, "Best Buns" and "Best Manager". She also won Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Manager of the Year Award. Sunny was also featured on Entertainment Tonight on one occasion where they highlighted her popularity at the time. Sunny then began an angle where she manipulated Phineas Godwinn, of the World Tag Team Championship duo The Godwinns, into believing she was interested in him. She then turned on The Godwinns and helped The Smokin' Gunns win the WWF Tag Team Championship. On a June 1996 edition of WWF Superstars, The Godwinns got their revenge when Phineas dumped a bucket of "slop" on her.
Sunny began a short career as a guest ring announcer, referee, and t-shirt model after briefly becoming the manager of Faarooq Asad. At the same time, she began having legitimate off-screen problems with Rena "Sable" Mero. Candido left the WWF for ECW without Tammy, and it was not long before she began making guest appearances in ECW with him as well. In 1997, Playboy approached Tammy in regards to posing nude for the adult magazine. Tammy declined the offer as she felt she was not ready for it at the time. Rena Mero later claimed that Playboy never contacted Sytch for a possible photo shoot. Sytch became friends with Bret "Hitman" Hart while at the WWF and she would entertain Bret's children whenever they followed him on tour (as seen in the documentary Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows). It was suggested by Shawn Michaels that their relationship was based on more than friendship; however, both Bret and Sytch denied the allegations. Sytch later admitted to having a relationship with Michaels. In 1998, Sunny briefly became the manager for the reformed Road Warriors as "Legion of Doom 2000". This was her final position with the company before her release in mid-summer 1998. The company released her after repeated no-shows and questionable excuses, particularly when she told Linda McMahon she had miscarried after missing a weekend of shows. She could not produce any medical documentation, and they insisted she check into rehab. She refused and was subsequently released from the company.
Once released from the WWF, she officially made the announcement at Heat Wave '98 that she was now a full-time ECW employee. Now billed as Tammy Lynn Sytch, she assisted Chris Candido in his win over Lance Storm. As their feud moved forward, Storm introduced his own valet "Tammy Lynn Bytch". The quartet had several mixed tag team matches against each other. Candido being a member of the Triple Threat stable (where Shane Douglas was being managed by Francine) eventually led to a Francine/Sytch feud that caused the group to break up. In October 1999 on an episode of ECW on TNN, Paul Heyman got Sytch to talk openly about her past drug issues and reformation. Candido and Sytch left the promotion in December 1999.
In between a brief stop for Xtreme Pro Wrestling in early 2000, both Tammy and Candido signed on with World Championship Wrestling. Candido debuted in March of that year, joining the New Blood, and Sytch debuted one month later. She debuted in WCW at Spring Stampede in 2000; she distracted The Artist Formerly Known as Prince Iaukea, while dressed in a chicken suit, during a six-way bout for the vacant WCW Cruiserweight Championship, enabling Candido to win. She then feuded with Iaukea's valet Paisley, with the two having several catfights. The short-lived feud came to a conclusion at Slamboree when The Artist and Paisley stripped Tammy's dress off to reveal her undergarments following Candido's singles victory over Iaukea. Sytch and Candido then dubbed themselves "the first couple of wrestling" and briefly feuded with Crowbar and Daffney. Candido dropped the belt when Daffney pinned Sytch in a Mixed Tag Team match with the person scoring the fall winning the title. Candido and Tammy were then released from WCW.
After being released from WCW, the duo landed in Xtreme Pro Wrestling where she managed Candido to a title (the XPW World Heavyweight Title) once again. Candido and Sytch parted ways with XPW and started touring other independent wrestling promotions. In the meantime, Sytch formed a business relationship with Missy Hyatt, and the two created the adult website Wrestling Vixxxens in July 2001. Along with a few other women loosely affiliated with wrestling at the time, they posed nude for the website and charged people to view the pictures. In the spring of 2003, Sytch and Candido moved to Puerto Rico and were set to work for Victor Quinones' International Wrestling Association promotion. Sabu convinced them to work for Carlos Colón's rival World Wrestling Council promotion instead. After six months, the couple quit the promotion and headed back to the States. Upon their return to the States, both Sytch and Candido briefly lived with former ECW wrestler Hack Myers in his home in Florida.
After the death of Candido, it did not take long for Sytch to become regularly involved in the independent circuit again. Sytch made appearances as a referee for NWS Wrestling in May 2005 and attended a Chris Candido Memorial show on June 4, 2005. Also, Sytch was a part of Hardcore Homecoming on June 10, 2005. She first came out with Johnny Grunge and Pit Bull #1 to do a tribute to former ECW wrestlers who had recently died. Among those honored were Candido, Pit Bull #2, and Rocco Rock. They were interrupted by Danny Doring and Roadkill, but 911 cleared them out of the ring. 911 then proceeded to pick up Sytch and place her on his shoulder, but 911's knee buckled and they both toppled to the canvas. Sytch proceeded to laugh off the incident. After the show, a Q & A session was held and donations for the Chris Candido Scholarship Fund were taken. A donor contributed $700, and Tammy stated that she would flash her breasts to anybody who topped the amount. Another donor paid $800 and Tammy flashed him.
During this time period, Sytch appeared at the New Jersey-based NWA Cyberspace promotion. Soon after Sytch's departure from NWA Cyberspace, the New Jersey-based National Wrestling Superstars (NWS) became her new primary wrestling promotion. She appeared on a handful the promotion's shows in the summer, and on June 3, 2006, she managed Lex Luger to victory over Johnny Candido. Prior to the bout, a presentation was held from The Manasquan Elks Lodge to the Chris Candido Memorial Fund. The Elks Lodge donated $500 to the fund, with the money being used towards a scholarship for a Manasquan High School student. In spite of the prior ruling, Sytch returned to NWA Shockwave (formerly NWA Cyberspace) in 2006 as a featured headliner. On December 1, 2006, Sytch was appointed the new commissioner of NWA Shockwave. Immediately following this announcement, Commissioner Sytch declared all NWA SW championship titles vacant and informed fans that a new Heavyweight and Internet champion would be crowned on January 13. The promotion temporarily stopped promoting shows due to the death of NWA Shockwave owner Billy Firehawk in July 2006.
Sytch won her first championship belt on December 22, 2007 at a Women Superstars Uncensored show in Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey. She defeated Alicia to become the new WSU Champion. Sytch made an appearance on the 15th Anniversary WWE Raw show, as Sunny, on December 10, 2007 in a segment with Vince, Stephanie and Shane McMahon.
Tammy Sytch made an appearance at a Ring of Honor show on December 29, 2007 held at New York City, seated at ringside during a non-title three-way match where Daizee Haze defeated fellow ROH regulars Lacey, and then-SHIMMER Champion Sara Del Rey. Upon the conclusion of the match, Lacey verbally assaulted Sytch and accused her of denigrating women's roles in professional wrestling, which supposedly resulted in women's wrestlers not being taken seriously in the industry. She also threatened to assault Sytch, but Haze made the save on Sytch's behalf. Sytch made a few more appearances for ROH in 2008, where she repeatedly offered her services to Austin Aries but was turned down. On the April 12 ROH show, Larry Sweeney announced that he had opened a "Diva School" and invited Tammy Sytch to be the "trainer", an offer she claimed she would consider.
View the full website biography of Tammy Sytch.