Thursday, September 4, 2008

Terri Runnels/ Marlena, part 1

Terri Runnels, Marlena, women wrestling, female wr

Terri Lynne Boatright Runnels was born October 5, 1966 in Live Oak, Florida. She is a former WCW and WWE professional wrestling manager, and TV host. She is best known for her eight-year career with WWE, and as the former wife of Dustin Runnels ( Goldust) .

Runnels was originally a make-up artist for CNN, and worked in the same studios in which episodes of WCW were taped. When WCW was purchased by Ted Turner in 1988, booker Ole Anderson invited her to become part of the roster. Terri debuted in 1990 as Miss Alexandra York, (a name Terri created at lunch one day with Tony Schiavone) an accountant who led the WCW faction known as the York Foundation. The York Foundation was a consortium of wrestlers with finance themed gimmicks, including Terrance Taylor, Richard Morton, Thomas Rich, and Michael Wallstreet. Terri carried a laptop, a Tandy 100 computer, which at that time had been obsolete for about six years, to ringside with which she purportedly calculated the means and time necessary for her clients to win matches.

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