Sunday, September 7, 2008

Terri Poch - Tori - WWF Diva, part 1

Terri Poch was born August 20, 1967 in Portland, Oregon. She is an American bodybuilder and former pro wrestler, best known for her appearances with the WWF as Tori.

Terri made her pro wrestling debut in 1988 as Taylor Made, a valet for Scotty the Body in Portland's Pacific Northwest Wrestling. She joined the Ladies Professional Wrestling Association in 1990 as Terri Power, and on February 23, 1992 at Super Ladies Showdown in Rochester, Minnesota in the Mayo Civic Center she defeated Lady X for the LPWA Championship. She was never defeated for the title, as the LPWA ceased operations shortly after her victory. She also teamed with Reggie Bennett during their mutual stint with the short-lived organization.

Terri Poch - Tori - WWF Diva

In the summer of 1992, Poch began wrestling for All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling. She competed in the Japan Grand Prix, finishing ninth, and the Fuji Network Tag Team Tournament, with Kyoko Inoue as her partner. She remained in Japan until 1993, when she took a hiatus from wrestling.

WWF hired her in the autumn of 1998. She debuted on the December 28 episode of WWE RAW is WAR entering the ring before a match to hand Sable a yellow rose. She continued in becoming an obsessed fan over the next few weeks, constantly at ringside during Sable's matches. At the Royal Rumble, she helped Sable defeat Luna Vachon in a Strap match. She later introduced herself as Tori and tried to gain the respect of Sable, who continually degraded and humiliated her. This led to Tori challenging Sable to a match for the Women's Championship at WrestleMania XV. Tori was defeated following interference from Sable's debuting bodyguard, Nicole Bass.

Tori feuded with Jacqueline in April and May 1999 and then began pursuing Ivory's Women's Championship in July. After Ivory defeated Tori at SummerSlam, their feud became more and more heated, leading to the first ever WWF women's Hardcore match on the September 6, 1999 edition of RAW . Ivory retained her title once more in a match which involved Tori having a mirror smashed over her head and being burnt with an iron. On September 26, Tori attempted to gain a measure of retribution by attacking Ivory during a match, but instead was pushed in a crate by Ivory.

Tori returned in November, teaming with Mae Young, The Fabulous Moolah, and Debra to defeat Ivory, Luna, Terri Runnels, and Jacqueline at Survivor Series. She also became the girlfriend of Kane. This led to a short feud between Kane and Viscera after Viscera repeatedly made unwelcome advances toward Tori.

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