Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Shannon Spruill (Daffney) - Female Wrestling

Daffney (Shannon Spruill)
Ring name(s) Daffney,Daffney Unger (WCW),Lucy (XPW),Lucy Furr (ROH),Shark Girl (TNA),Shannon (TNA)
Billed height 5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Billed weight 130 lb (59 kg)
Born July 17, 1975, Wiesbaden, Germany
Resides Atlanta, Georgia
Billed from Paradise Island
Trained by Crowbar,Dwayne Bruce,Sugar Shane Helms,Malia Hosaka,Dusty Rhodes,Selena Majors,Leilani Kai,Johnny Slaughter,Madusa
Professional wrestling debut: November 1999

Shannon Spruill was born on July 17, 1975, in Wiesbaden Germany.
She is an American pro wrestler and valet, perhaps best known for her appearances with WCW between 1999 and 2001 under the ring name Daffney.

Spruill was born on an Air Force base in Wiesbaden where her father was stationed. In 1976 the family returned to America, living first in Salt Lake City, Utah, then in Savannah, Georgia and finally on the Scott Air Force Base in St. Clair County, Illinois. They later relocated to Oxford, England for three years, before returning to Germany until 1987, with her father, by then a retired Lieutenant Colonel.

Spruill graduated from Georgia State University in March 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film and Video production. She went on to work in Media Production before becoming an actress. In November 1999 she responded to a WCW contest looking to acquire new talent, and was hired.

In WCW, Spruill played Daffney, the mentally deranged, besotted girlfriend of David Flair, managing him and Crowbar. The gimmick was based in part on the character played by Juliette Lewis in the film Natural Born Killers. Spruill's first appearance was on the December 6 episode of Nitro, when she was shown sitting on her bed and chanting Flair's name.

On May 15, 2000 Spruill and Crowbar defeated WCW Cruiserweight Champion Chris Candido and his wife Tammy Lynn Sytch in an mixed tag team match and were declared co-champions. The following week on the May 22 episode of Nitro, Crowbar and Spruill faced one another to determine the undisputed Cruiserweight Champion. Crowbar held back during the match, but still dominated the smaller Spruill. After Candido entered the ring and hit Crowbar with a sitout piledriver, Spruill inadvertedly pinned him while trying to revive him and thus became the second woman ever to hold the Cruiserweight Championship. Her reign lasted until June 7 when Lieutenant Loco pinned Disco Inferno in a triple threat title defence while Spruill was hurt following interference from Miss Hancock (Stacy Kiebler). Spruill went on to feud with Hancock, who had stolen the affections of Flair, who had allegedly fathered Hanock's unborn child.

Daffney was notable for her constantly changing hair color, wide selection of T-shirts with slogans on them, and her propensity to scream loudly and shrilly for no apparent reason. Though Spruill's somewhat gothic character earned her a small but loyal fanbase, she was released by WCW on February 2, 2001 due to budget cutbacks (WCW itself was purchased by its rival, the World Wrestling Federation, a month later).

Shannon Spruill (Daffney) - Female Wrestling

Spruill opted to continue wrestling, attending Dusty Rhodes's Turnbuckle Championship Wrestling training camp in Kennesaw, Georgia. In 2001 she toured Europe and Australia with the World Wrestling All-Stars as Scream. She made several appearances for the fledgling TNA Wrestling promotion in 2002 as Shannon and Shark Girl, and worked for Xtreme Pro Wrestling in 2003 as Lucy, the manager of Vic Grimes. She achieved her greatest success in Ring of Honor, where she debuted on April 26, 2003 as Lucy Furr ("Lucifer"), the valet of the Second City Saints.

In July 2003 Spruill was signed to a developmental deal by WWE. She worked in Ohio Valley Wrestling as the manager of Aaron Stevens until she was released on November 8, 2003. She retired from professional wrestling in 2004 following a knee injury, intending to focus on her acting career. While retired, Spruill worked as a personal trainer. In June 2005 she posed for a website owned and operated by wrestling divas Francine and Missy Hyatt, and in February 2006 she returned to the independent circuit. Spruill debuted in Women's Extreme Wrestling on April 6, 2006, acting as a lumberjill in a match between Amy Lee and Tai Killer Weed.

On June 2, 2006 in Irondale, Alabama, Spruill faced El Mexico for the NWA Wrestle Birmingham Junior Heavyweight Championship. With the help of her manager, Robert Fuller (who referred to Spruill as his "Million Dollar Baby"), Spruil defeated El Mexico to win her third wrestling title.

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