Torrie Wilson Blog Update, Terri Runnels Press Release

torriewilson201201.jpgWomens Wrestling Xposed brings you the latest blog updates from Diva’s past and present. Here’s Torrie Wilson’s latest post:

Hey Buddies!

Well, the trip to Orlando was great! I brought one of my best friends, Jill, with me as well as 2 of my brothers and I must say we really rocked Orlando! It took me over a week to recover, but it was all worth it!

My health is doing ok as far as back problems. I must say there are days that I wake up and ask myself why the heck I put my body through what I did the last few years but it’s all worthe it. I can never trade all of the awesome experiences that I have had in the WWE and of course all of the great life long friends that I have made along the way. I have been told by 2 back surgeons that I should never set foot in a wrestling ring again if I want to be moving around in a few years on my own. Pretty depressing if you ask me….I don’t even have some awesome memory of what my last match even was or who it was with. Hopefully it was with Victoria and I beat her! (-: I guess everything happens for a reason for sure. Regardless of not traveling with WWE as of late, I have actually been ridiculously busy lately working on more designs for my up and coming clothing line. I must say that I am soooo excited to wear some of the cool stuff that we are coming up with and I hope you are too! Only time will tell….

I had an awesome night out with my WWE friends in Orlando and also got to hit the mall with my best shopping partner ever, Michell McCool! That girl can SHOP! ..never ever thought that I could meet my match but I have and more. (-: I was pretty disappointed that I couldn’t have had some sort of role in Wrestlemania itself, but understand that priorities are not with someone that isn’t feeling their best ….maybe it’s better that I wasn’t a part of it who knows! It was pretty weird watching it as a fan though…I even had the experience of filing into the citrus bowl with everybody else and it was CRAZY!!!!!

I am heading over to Japan on the 17th of this month to host a wrestlemania viewing party with the fans and I am soooo excited! I love love love Japan and of course the show was so good that I can’t wait to watch it again.

I must say that I am absolutely going so stir crazy being home after traveling nearly 300 days per year for the last 7 years, but I am guessing that God is telling me to take a break. I hope that all of you take time for yourself sometimes because I am just feeling like time passes by wayyyy too quick! It’s actually good that I have had some time to rebuild some relationships that have been broken from all of the travel that I have done over the years.

Well, I hope that you are all doing awesome and would love to hear what you thought of the big wrestlemania show if you watched!

Talk to you soon and love you lots n lots!

-Torrie

Terri Runnels(WWE Diva Marlena) is currently available for wrestling shows, and autographs via her booking managers. Here’s the release from the former WWE women’s wrestler:

Integrity Bookings is pleased to announce their newest client addition: Former WCW and WWE Manager, Terri “Marlena” Runnels. Terri is currently available through Integrity Bookings for autograph sessions, wrestling shows, and speaking events.

Her managerial accomplishments include two of the most controversial wrestlers to ever step foot into a wrestling ring, Goldust and Val Venis. In addition, she has managed such superstars as Matt and Jeff Hardy, Raven, Perry Saturn and The York Foundation (Mike Rotunda, Terry Taylor, Ricky Morton, Tommy Rich, and Mr.Hughes). “Marlena” was always a sight to behold…cigar and all!

This Former WWE Diva has not been seen in nearly four years! Fans, convention promoters, and autograph seekers, have been waiting in eager anticipation for the return of this class act. Terri has been in demand for years, but has declined each offer due to being a mom first and foremost.

Over the last several years, Terri has been hard at work raising her daughter, Dakota. During this time away, Terri has ventured into many projects; and has dedicated her life to impacting children of all grade levels, and has even become a role model to “working mom’s”. Her speaking engagements in the school systems, and with corporations; have generated an entirely new fanbase for her as well.

Interested parties can contact TalentRelations@integritybookings.com for prices, packages, and additional information. This is your chance to book one of the nicest, and most respected women in our business. Being that Terri has opted to not do many appearances, this is your time to jump on this very special opportunity!

Thank you.

Sincerely,

J.P.

Integrity Bookings Talent Relations Department

Women’s Wrestling Xposed Take: while women’s wrestling has changed, both Torrie Wilson and Terri Runnels will be remembered for their Diva efforts.

WWE Diva Returns, WWE Diva Maria Playboy News, Brooke Hogan Talks Hulk’s Affair

kanellis831.jpgWWE Diva Candice Michelle will be returning to the ring for a house show this Friday against Beth Phoenix. Candice was seen recently on WWE’s Raw, but the womens wrestler/diva has not done any in-ring work since her injury.

Its been announced by WWE that Maria will be signing copies of her Playboy on Thursday, March 13th from 7-9 pm at the Virgin Megastore at Hollywood Highland, LA. The release of the issue comes in one week.

Brooke Hogan recently posted on her myspace, in regards to her fathers affair with her friend:

“When your best friend and one of your closest family members that you have loved unconditionally since your first day on this earth betrays you together, you could maybe find it in yourself to forgive one day, but you will never forget the hurt they caused you and how it hurt the people who mean the most to you.”

Luna Vachon retires

luna.jpgWomen’s Wrestling Xposed has learned that luna Vachon announced via MySpace (www.myspace.com/lunavachon) that she’s retiring from the wrestling business. She said that her body could not handle the rigors of wrestling, and her last match would take place at an indy show in Milwaukee later tonight. Here is her message:

You heard it here first

Hey Lunatics. I just want to let you all know how much I appreciate all of your love and support, that is why it hurts me so much to tell you all this.

On Friday December 7th in Milwaukee I will be retiring from wrestling. My body has just taken on way too much abuse and I cannot actively compete. I just want you all to know that I love you all and i will miss seeing all my wonderful fans.

If you live in the Milwaukee, Chicago area I hope you can make it out and see me one last time.

Just so you know this was not an easy decision for me, but I have to do what is best for my future.

Hope you can come and see me at Blizzard Brawl
more info here www.BlizzardBrawl.com
Love and God Bless
Luna

Interesting Article About The Fabulous Moolah From The Miami Herald

Lillian Ellison aka The Fabulous MoolahMary Lillian Ellison, whose flying drop kicks, flying head scissors and hair-pulling ”flying mare” body slams brought her renown as the professional wrestler the Fabulous Moolah, died Friday in Lexington, S.C., near her home in Columbia. She was 84.

She died at a hospital after shoulder replacement surgery, said her daughter, Maryetta Austin.

For more than half a century, as a wrestler, promoter and trainer, the Fabulous Moolah was a leading figure on the women’s circuit. She held versions of the women’s wrestling championship for all but short intervals from the mid-1950s to the mid-1980s. World Wrestling Entertainment brought her back at age 76. Clad in a sequined jacket over a green leotard, she pinned her opponent, Ivory, in a match at Cleveland and was again proclaimed the champion.

The Fabulous Moolah enjoyed the mayhem, but she especially coveted the money.

When she started in pro wrestling in the early 1950s, the promoter Jack Pfeffer decided a name change was in order. As she told it in The Fabulous Moolah: First Goddess of the Squared Circle, Pfeffer told her “the name Lillian Ellison wouldn’t do. Not flashy enough.”

He asked her why she was wrestling, and, as she recalled: ‘Annoyed, I blurted out: `For the money. I want to wrestle for the moolah.’ ”

First, she apprenticed as a valet for Nature Boy Buddy Rogers; she was billed as Slave Girl Moolah and clad in a leopard-skin outfit. Soon, she was wrestling as the Fabulous Moolah, and she won the championship belt in 1956. On July 1, 1972, when the New York State Athletic Commission lifted a ban on women’s wrestling, she was the featured attraction at Madison Square Garden.

Mary Lillian Ellison was born in the country town of Tookiedoo, S.C., near Columbia, the 13th child and only daughter in her family. When she was 10, her father took her to pro matches in Columbia and she was inspired to become a wrestler by watching Mildred Burke, the reigning women’s champion.

The Fabulous Moolah was only 5-feet-4 and 118 pounds when she began wrestling as a professional, her physique not particularly imposing. But her maneuvers wowed the crowds.

”Flying drop kick is when you jump flat-footed from the floor up as high as the person you’re looking at and kick them in the face or in the chest, wherever you want to kick them, and then you fall to the floor,” she told National Public Radio’s Fresh Air program in 2005.

”A flying mare is when you get a girl by the hair . . . and pull her over your shoulder, then slam her to the mat as hard you can. And I love doing that,” she explained.

Her jet-black hair dyed strawberry blonde, Ellison remained active in World Wrestling Entertainment into her last years, writing commercials. She was profiled in the 2004 documentary Lipstick & Dynamite about women’s pro wrestling.

In addition to her daughter, of Conway, S.C., she is survived by six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Her five marriages ended in divorce. She lived for many years with Katie Glass, a former midget wrestler known as Diamond Lil, who joined with her in training wrestlers.

Ellison said she never minded the booing inspired by her roughhouse antics.

”I loved when they got mad at me,” she told The State newspaper of Columbia in 2005. ‘They called me all kinds of names. I said: `Call me anything you want. You don’t write my check.’ ”

Source: Richard Goldstein/Miami Herald

Legendary Women’s Wrestler, Fabulous Moolah, Passes Away at 84

Lillian Ellison aka The Fabulous MoolahThe WWE and the world of wrestling has lost one of, if not the greatest womens wrestler of all-time, as Lillian Ellison, better known as the Fabulous Moolah has passed away. According to the WWE’s website, Moolah passed away last night in Columbia, South Carolina. There was no cause of death listed, she was 84 years old according to various other sites that have picked up on the story.

Moolah was the WWE Women’s Champ 9 times, and had the longest running championship reign that is still regarded today, that being 28 years. She will likely be remembered as the heel behind the “Rock n’ Wrestling” storyline that put wrestling in the headlines back in the mid-80’s. She lost the belt in late 1984 to Wendy Richter, only to then lead Leilani Kai to the title, leading to the semi-main at the very first WrestleMania when Richter won the title back fom Kai.

After Richter fell out of favor with the company, and the WWE took the belt off of her, having Moolah dress up in a mask and win the belt back as “Spider Lady.” She lost the belt in 1987 to another lady wrestler that has now passed – Sherri Martel. She was given one last hurrah with the strap in 1999 when she beat Ivory at the No Mercy PPV in Cleveland. At the age of 76 she held the belt for 8 days.

We here at Women’s Wrestling Xposed would like to send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Ellison. The word “legend” gets thrown around way too often in the world of wrestling, but The Fabulous Moolah was truly one of the few that is deserving of the title. Rest in peace, Moolah…you will be missed greatly.

Random Diva News: April Hunter Retiring, Stacy Keibler a Mom, and More

April HunterApril Hunter has announced that she will be retiring from professional wrestling. Hunter made the decision after going to numerous doctors in the United States and Canada who told her she needed to stop wrestling. The doctors told her that due to an accumulation of spine injuries that she could end up crippled or could even end up having internal organ failure. She said she took too many bumps from wrestlers’ badly trained girlfriends and her back and neck are trashed. Hunter will be moving to Louisville, Kentucky and will be working as a full-time pro wrestling manager.

Former WWE Women’s Champion Trish Stratus is working on opening a yoga studio in North Toronto called “Stratusphere Yoga.” Stratus’ ultimate goal is to franchise it.

Stacey Keibler has a role in the upcoming sports movie spoof “The Comebacks.” Keibler will be playing the character “All-American Mom.”

Amy Dumas (aka Lita) is currently planning another road tour for her punk Rock band “The Luchagors.”

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

WXW Presents Elite Women’s Supershow with Sunny, Becky Bayless, Cindy Rogers, & More

Indy Diva AliciaWXW’s 2007 Elite 8 Women’s Tournament is now just over a week away (Saturday night, November 10th in Coplay, PA), and anticipation is already at an all-time high. This year’s tournament will be the most competitive ever, thanks to “Selection Captains” Mercedes Martinez and Alicia…not to mention wrestling’s original diva, Sunny! Here’s how it all shakes out…

This year, WXW officials have appointed former Elite 8 winners Alicia and Mercedes Martinez as “Selection Captains”, allowing them each four picks to make up the eight-woman tournament.

Alicia, ever the “Diva”, has chosen four of the hottest women in wrestling, including:

– The spunky Becky Bayless

– The exotic Annie Social

– Rising Star Alexa Thatcher

– The popular Jana

Martinez , meanwhile, has selected four hard-nosed, down-and-dirty athletes who want to prove that determination and work ethic can beat out beauty…they include:

– “The Definition of Technician” Cindy Rogers

– The Wild Samoan Training Center ‘s powerhouse Monique

– The brutal Hailey Hatred

– The freaky Dischord

While each woman will be competing for personal glory, all eight will also be fighting to answer this age-old question: who is better, wrestlers or diva’s?

If that wasn’t enough, WXW has appointed one of the hottest, most popular women in wrestling as the special guest official for the finals of the tournament…Sunny! Known as the original diva, will she play favorites or call it right down the middle? We will all find out together on November 10th!

Plus, WXW Women’s Champion Kacee Karlisle will defend her title…but against who??? Could history be made on November 10th in Coplay?

As an added bonus, International Pro Wrestler/Fitness Expert Erica Porter will join us at the Elite 8. Porter will be appearing in support of her book, “Eat That Monkey: Now Is The Time To Change Your Life!”

Both ringside and theatre-style seating will be available for this historic evening of women’s action, so make your plans now to join us in Coplay, PA on Saturday night, November 10th for the Elite 8!

Rena Mero Interview From The Miami Herald

Rena Mero aka SableIt was March 31, 1996. The fans in attendance for World Wrestling Federation’s WrestleMania XII at the Arrowhead Pond (Toyota Center) in Anaheim, Calif., were abuzz for the return of the Ultimate Warrior. His opponent, a young Hunter Hearst Helmsley.

Where the match itself was relatively forgotten, the woman on Helmsley’s arm that night will forever be remembered. The blonde bombshell, Sable, became one of the major contributors to the Attitude era during the late 1990s.

”I see no reason why a beautiful, intelligent and strong woman should be displayed as mere eye candy,” said Mero.

Before diva became WWE lingo for female talent, Sable, also known as Rena Mero, was the epitome of the word. Male fans stood in awe of her looks, while women admired her as a strong and independent figure.

Her popularity matched the star power of her male contemporaries, Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock.

Mero’s ability in the ring with adversaries Luna Vachon and Jacqueline Moore was a big reason WWF felt comfortable enough to resurrect the women’s championship since it was thrown in a garbage can by Madusa on an episode of World Championship Wrestling’s Monday Nitro in 1995.

In spite of the success, Mero left the business in 1999, filing a $110-million lawsuit against WWF, citing sexual harassment and unsafe working conditions.

For Mero, 40, it seems the more things change, the more they stay the same.

“The new generation of WWE divas can barely wrestle at all. Sure there are a few exceptions. Divas like Beth Phoenix, Victoria and Mickie James walked into the company with good wrestling skills, but for the most part the company hires these models with no wrestling experience, just to serve as little more than pieces of meat.”

After Mero and WWE buried the hatchet, she returned to the company in 2003. That stint didn’t last long, as she parted ways with the company in 2004, looking to spend more time with her family. A year later, diva Dawn Marie was released shortly after her pregnancy. She filed her own lawsuit against the company.

”I think that a woman becoming pregnant should be perfectly common to them by now,” said Mero, who has a daughter. “While it does affect our ability to wrestle and do other physical activities, it does not change the way the audience responds to us. A diva should be able to get some time off for pregnancy without fearing her career will be on the line.

“It should be treated as simple as an injured wrestler. They should have their period of time to recover and return as they left, if not better. As for women getting fat, I can understand the company’s view on the subject. In wrestling, you need to be physically fit and appearance is very important. Someone who is not aware of this is clearly in the wrong business.”

Rena and husband/former wrestler Marc Mero (Johnny B. Badd) divorced. She is currently married to former champ Brock Lesnar.

”It just seems that everyone knows me by this name [Rena Mero], so I thought fans would relate better by it,” she said. “In my personal life, I go by Rena Lesnar.”

Slowing down, a change for the former Playboy cover girl, but Mero still travels occasionally with Lesnar, who also left WWE, to support him when he wrestles in Japan and through his growing mixed martial arts career.

Mero does keep her eye on the changing world of pro wrestling. Former WWE women’s champ Candice Michelle is one of her favorites.

”She has really grown a lot as a wrestler,” said Mero, who is friends with Michelle. “She’s no longer just another pretty face. She’s like an early version of Trish Stratus, and I am very proud of her.”

Michelle was a product of the oft-criticized WWE Diva Search, an annual competition where the contestants battle for a contract with the company.

”Divas should not be chosen based solely on their looks, and I don’t believe that a volleyball match or a hula-hoop contest determines any real talent,” said Mero. “Former Diva Search winner Ashley has managed to rise above it, but the most recent winner, Layla, is still devoid of any real wrestling skills or even acting skills. Her character is merely an extension of Kelly Kelly.

“WWE should eliminate the Diva Search and concentrate on finding real Divas such as Trish, Jacqueline, Ivory, Lita and a few select others.”

Rena spent some time working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. The company is building on the image Mero and other early divas left. TNA recently crowned its first women’s champion, Gail Kim, a diva and a wrestler, putting more emphasis on wrestling.

”I think that TNA might become the future of wrestling,” said Mero.

Lesnar has been in reported talks on several occasions with TNA head Dixie Carter and Kurt Angle about working for the promotion when he isn’t preparing for a mixed martial arts fight.

“I’ve heard about how WWE has lost ratings in the past years. TNA has a lot of up-and-coming new talent, as well as some former WWE wrestlers and divas, and it seems that their attitude toward women wrestlers is a positive one. I could definitely consider a possible future in TNA if I were to come back to wrestling.”

While a return to pro wrestling remains in question, she is content being a mother, wife and just plain Rena.

”Sable will always be a part of me, but it’s not who I am,” she said. “I wish my fans would keep that in mind more. Even people who know my name still refer to me as Sable. I understand how many actors are typecast. I just never thought it would happen to me.”

Source: Scott Fishman/Miami Herald

Breaking News: Ariel & Six Other Divas to Debut for TNA

Shelly Martinez aka ArielTNA will be crowning their first ever Women’s Champion in a 10-women gauntlet match at their annual Bound For Glory pay-per-view next month in Atlanta.

Jim Cornette noted that the match would feature “five girls you know” and “five girls you don’t know.” Christy Hemme, Gail Kim, Ms. Brooks, Jackie Moore and Roxxi Laveaux are pretty much locks to appear in the match.

According to WrestlingInc.com, the five other names contacted and likely booked for the match include Northeast women’s wrestler Talia Madison, former ECW Diva Shelly “Ariel” Martinez, ODB (who regularly appears on OVW shows, but is without a WWE developmental contract), Angel Williams, and international women’s wrestler Amazing Kong. According to WrestlingInc.com, Talia Madison and Shelly “Ariel” Martinez have been 100% confirmed to appear in the match.

The girl who seems to have the best chance at securing a permanent spot in the company is Martinez because TNA is already thinking about using her as a valet for LAX or James Mitchell’s group. Also, TNA is very interested in using Angel Williams and also feel that Amazing Kong would be make for a great addition to the company.

Other names being tossed around for the women’s division/gauntlet match include April Hunter, Sarah Stock and So Cal Val. Val would probably only be used as a backup in case someone can’t make it. Sarah Stock is a pretty girl that works under the name “Dark Angel” for CMLL in Mexico. WrestlingInc.com is reporting that TNA would like to bring her in for the women’s division, but there could be a hold-up due to the transportation costs if she chooses stay in Mexico City.

It should be noted that no one has been signed to a contract as of yet, just contacted and possibly booked. The gauntlet match will be a “tryout match” of sorts for the five uncontracted ladies. Depending on how things go during the match, the girls who put on the best performances will likely be offered contracts.

WSU Women’s Wrestling Returns to NJ with Christy Hemme, Sunny, Missy Hyatt, & More

Christy HemmeIn a major shocker, TNA Knockout Christy Hemme will be appearing at WSU’s 9/22 Double DVD Taping! Christy Hemme, who’s been focusing on her in-ring skills, has made it clear that she wants to make the most out of her WSU opportunity and has thrown her name in the hat as a challenger to the WSU Womens Championship.

After consulting with the championship committee and in the interest of the fans and in the interest of having top talent challenge for the WSU Womens Championship, WSU has granted Hemme’s request. Therefore on 9/22, Christy Hemme will be facing whoever walks out with the WSU Womens Championship in the Alicia vs Becky Bayless match during the second taping of WSU.

Hemme told WSUWrestling.com that she will be training extra hard and will be working harder than ever before in the gym and in the ring. Hemme has her eyes set on the WSU Womens Championship. Hemme even went as far as signing a contract with WSU where if she is to become WSU Womens Champion on 9/22, she will appear on all future WSU shows and honor the title defenses scheduled in other promotions.

However, Hemme will have to wait to see what happens in the match between Alicia vs Becky Bayless. This might be the best time for any challenger to challenge for WSU gold, as Becky & Alicia are hellbent on destroying each other. Perhaps so hellbent that the winner of the match might not be 100% to face Hemme, or in the most extreme case, might not be even able to compete! Becky & Alicia have it clear that they plan on tearing each other to shreds and showing who is the most dominant between the two. Now with Hemme waiting for her chance, there will be no chance to rest for Becky Bayless & Alicia.

The match has been signed for WSU’s 9/22 event. As it currently stands, it will be Alicia vs Christy Hemme for the WSU Womens Championship. However, Alicia has several title defenses before 9/22, as Alicia will be defending the WSU Womens Championship on 9/7 against Talia and on 9/15 vs DellaMorte. However, due to the way the contract is structured, whoever the champion is on 9/22 will face Christy Hemme as Christy Hemme is guaranteed a title match.

Talia vs Christy Hemme? DellaMorte vs Christy Hemme? Becky Bayless vs Christy Hemme? Alicia vs Christy Hemme? These are all possibilities on 9/22. However to find out what happens you will have to be there live to witness this huge & explosive event!!!

In other news, Tammy Sytch has contacted WSU offices and has asked for microphone time on 9/22. Tammy said what she has to say is something that may shock WSU’s foundation, which is why she’s asked to address the fans by herself. There are rumors Tammy wants to confront someone one-on-one in the ring, which is why Tammy will not be appearing on “Missy’s Manor” as Tammy feels the situation might overshadow everything else going on “Missy’s Manor”. Who will be the target of Tammy’s tirade? What does Tammy have to say? It is not a secret that Tammy is the first true DIVA of pro wrestling, and on 9/22, someone is going to have to “woman-up” to Tammy Sytch.

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