25 All-Time Hottest Female Wrestlers: #22 – Terri Runnels

Terri Runnels 7Terri Runnels 11Born Terri Lynne Boatright, Runnels entered the world of professional wrestling back in 1990 in WCW as Alexandra York. She was the manager of The York Foundation in 1991 and guided the careers of Michael Wallstreet (Rotundo), Terrance (Terry) Taylor, Richard (Ricky) Morton, and Thomas (Tommy) Rich. Once in WWE, she became Marlena and managed her then husband, Goldust (Dustin Runnels).

Terri Runnels 3Terri Runnels 6Runnels currently makes the rounds at wrestling conventions and does other various appearances. She is also very big on philanthropic causes and working with charities such as the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and the Children’s Miracle Network. She had one of the greatest back-sides in sports entertainment, oozed sex appeal,  and was one of the most popular WWE divas of the 1990’s/early 2000’s.

Terri RUnnels 5Terri Runnels 9TRIVIA NOTE: Runnels was originally a make-up artist for CNN from 1985 to 1991, where she worked on Larry King’s make-up.

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The World According to ZAH

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  • Charlotte vs SashaI’ve never been shy about my disdain for women’s wrestling. I know my opinion on this isn’t popular, but for the most part I’ve never found Diva’s matches (or even Knockout matches, for that matter) to be that great. There were always exceptions, but they were few and far between. The last couple of years have seen a resurgence of extremely talented female wrestlers like AJ Lee and Natalya and Paige. When I watched the last couple of NXT “events”, I was blown away by the performances of new NXT Divas champion Sasha Banks and former champ Charlotte. So while I’m still not a huge fan of the divas, I’m definitely all about watching longer matches with actual wrestlers (sorry Rosa Mendes & Emma vs BellaEva Marie…stay off my television). What happened to Emma on Monday Night RAW was a joke. She’s too talented of an in-ring performer to be treated that way. They ruined her call-up and so she’s a gimmick-less performer floating around from house show to house show. Obviously, not everybody needs to be fantastic in the ring (the Bellas are capable, as is Alicia Fox)…but the whole #GiveDivasAChance wasn’t just created to make fun of the ridiculous begging of fans to vote R-Truth into an Intercontinental title match (which has got to be a fuckin’ rib of some kind). It’s about people wanting to see more from the divas…and not just craptastic squash matches, either.

There ARE women out there who are attractive AND can wrestle…why can’t we get on RAW what we can get on NXT (or Impact for that matter). So yeah…the guy who never cared for women’s wrestling is all about the #GiveDivasAChance Crazy, but true.

  • Avengers Age of UltronWhy are the trailers and movie posters for the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron film hiding (ignoring?) the appearance of Vision? It’s certainly not a secret that Vision is appearing in the movie…so why all of the secrecy? I’m super intrigued because the character is just so unique…you gotta wonder how they’re going to make it appear as realistic as possible. There is going to be so much fallout coming from this movie in terms of the MCU, this is definitely # 2 on my “Must See Movies of 2015” behind the new Star Wars movie in December.
  • Samoa JoeI don’t know about you, but I’m super-stoked to watch every single match that Samoa Joe ends up having in Ring of Honor. My gut feeling tells me that, similar to AJ Styles, Joe is going to be reinvigorated and re-inspired to get out there and perform like he’s the baddest man on the planet. In this day and age of independents, I really believe that Joe can make substantially more money now than he did in TNA. Obviously, it’s not guaranteed and the schedule would have him away from his family more, but if this is what he wants to do then he certainly has the ability to reestablish himself as the best wrestler in the world. He’s currently scheduled to debut on Sunday’s Anniversary PPV.
  • Survivor - Worlds ApartBeing the reality show junkie that I am, I was super stoked to find out both Survivor and Amazing Race were starting up this past week. With Hell’s Kitchen returning and MasterChef Canada still chugging along, I’ll be busy catching up on my TV programming in the coming weeks…especially considering I’m still knee-deep into The Walking Dead and raring to get back into Mad Men and Game of Thrones. ARGH…too much good TV!!
  • Rey MysterioNot shocked to see Rey Mysterio finally released from his WWE contract this week. He’s been wanting to leave for quite some time, which is odd because he’s had tremendous success with the company. I’m sure the story will come out eventually, but I don’t think it’s a huge loss for WWE at this point in Mysterio’s career. It seemed like he’d wrestle for two months and get injured again…so instead of retiring gracefully and becoming an ambassador for the company, he’d rather continue wrestling for AAA. Expect him to show up on Lucha Underground soon…which makes the program even more interesting with the recent addition of Alberto El Patron. Will the two men help boost ratings for the program? It’s hard to say…but it should be an interesting 2015 with that particular program. I’d like to see another wrestling promotion do well; I just don’t know if this particular one is the answer.
  • GWAR In Concert - San Francisco, CAFor whatever reason, I’ve found myself going down the GWAR YouTube rabbit hole lately. I was saddened to learn of the death of lead singer Dave Brockie (i.e. Oderus Urungus) last year, and while re-watching a performance of their version of the Billy Ocean classic, “Get outta my dreams”, I saw that there was a new GWAR performance online. After chasing more rabbit holes, I found out that original GWAR member Mike Bishop (i.e. the original Beefcake the Mighty) had returned to the band last summer to be their new lead vocalist, Blothar. In addition, I also found that they introduced a new female Vulvatronvocalist named Vulvatron, played by clothing designer (amongst many other talents) Kim Dylla. Will this help GWAR continue on without Oderus? So far the answer seems to be “yes”…with the band playing on in honor of both Brockie and fellow fallen GWAR member Cory Smoot (i.e. Flattus Maximus). They remade a version of the Pet Shop Boys’ song “West End Girls” and it’s not terrible. I miss Brockie, though…he had such amazing charisma and personality that you couldn’t help but listen to everything he said while in Oderus character. It’s a shame his demons and addictions ruined what should have been a pretty run as a rock god.
  • The song of the week is GWAR’s performance of “Get outta my dreams”. Tune in all the way…there’s a special mash-up as the song goes on that’s pretty impressive.

The Concert Bucket List

I’m a guy who has been very fortunate in the sense that I’ve seen concerts by some of my favourite all-time acts. I live in a fairly remote area of Canada (i.e. not Montreal, Toronto, or Vancouver), so the number of concerts that come by this way are few and far between.

I’ve been able to see KISS, AC/DC, Alice Cooper, Bryan Adams, Def Leppard, Barenaked Ladies, ZZ Top, the Eagles, the Steve Miller Band, and (in July) Weird Al Yankovic. That, my friends, pretty much makes up some of my favourite artists. But there are still some out there that I absolutely NEED to see before I die. I mean…seriously.

Green Day1. Green Day – I’ve been a fan since before Dookie was released. There were rumblings of this punk band at my university and I fell in love the first time I heard 2,000 Lights Years Away. When Basket Case was released, I was done. Here was a band that was my age singing songs that were relevant to me. I could relate to the lyrics and could rock the fuck out to their music. A lot of people have said that Green Day has gone downhill in the years since Dookie was released. I’d argue that their music has evolved and grown with them as individuals. Their two lead-off singles from their last albums (Stray Heart and X-Kid) were as good as anything they’d ever done…even if they were more pop than punk. I’ve seen them perform live on television numerous times and, quite frankly, they look like they’d be a killer concert with hits from top to bottom. Consider them at the very top of my list of acts to see.

Billy Joel2. Billy Joel – This is probably the one on the list that may never happen. To the best of my knowledge, Joel has never been to this part of the country. And to the best of my knowledge, he never will. I suppose if I can somehow save up the money to fly down to New York and attend one of this sold-out concerts at Madison Square Garden (where he is playing there on a monthly basis), then perhaps it’ll happen. I mean, the list of songs that this man can play that I would recognize is a mile long. He could easily perform 4 or 5 hour concerts with his song collection. This is a dream concert…but definitely one I would love to attend in person.

Walk-Off-The-Earth3. Walk Off The Earth – This is a relatively new band (they’ve been around for a few years now), but I have fallen in love with them. Whether they are doing remakes of original songs (Royals) or providing their own brand of fun folk-pop-rock (Gang of Rhythm), WOTE has a collection of music that easily makes them my favourite current band. I’ve seen them do live gigs on YouTube and it just looks like an incredibly fun show. I’ve heard that they’ll be around this part of the world sometime in 2015 (fingers crossed), so consider my ticket purchased as soon as that’s made official.

Foo Fighters4. Foo Fighters – Honestly…besides Green Day, the Foo Fighters are probably the last great rock band in the world. It’s a genre that’s quickly fading away, but the Foos have been around long enough to remain relevant and continue to kick ass with their music. So many songs…so much rocking out. I would love to sit back and let Dave Grohl go crazy and have fun with the rest of the band. These guys have, by all accounts, proven themselves to be a more influential force in rock’n’roll than Nirvana ever could have dreamed of being. And I would proudly dish out money to see them live.

Kid Rock5. Kid Rock – I’ll be the first to admit that the first time I heard “Batwitdaba”, I wasn’t impressed. After a few listens, though…I was hooked. He has had a ton of songs over the years (Cowboy, Lonely Road of Faith, American Bad Ass, Born Free, All Summer Long) and his newest single (First Kiss) only confirms that he’s still a kick-ass rocker who knows how to put out a great song. He puts everything into his live shows and I would love to be able to experience that energy live and in person.

What about you? Are there any bands or artists out there that you absolutely HAVE to see before you die that are on your bucket list?

Batman vs Superman – Are you excited at all?

Batman v SupermanAs most other “fan-boys” out there, I’m a massive fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). From the moment I saw the first Iron Man to the closing end-credits to Guardians of the Galaxy, I think it’s safe to say that the MCU has been a massive success…not just because of the money made from the movies, but because of the quality of the movies themselves.

Dark KnightObviously, it was Christopher Nolan’s work on the DC Batman movies that started the trend to more realistic and darker superhero movies (The Dark Knight, to me, is still considered one of the greatest movies of all time). But why hasn’t any other DC movie been able to capture the same magic?

Fantastic FourGreen LanternWatchmenJonah HexMan of Steel; it’s been a long, expensive road for DC superheros. The problem isn’t easy to narrow down to one specific issue, but I think it’s safe to say that the movies just haven’t been very good. Period.

Metropolis damageWhile Man of Steel was decent, it was still not seen as a “blockbuster”. I gotta say…the massive destruction to Metropolis in the final battle had me a little uneasy about letting my son watch it. Hell…Godzilla and Pacific Rim didn’t seem to destroy as much of a single city than Superman did.

AquamanSo the new DC movie is coming out next year: Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice (BvS). DC has done everything they can think of to make fans excited about the new shared DC universe, having announced a TON of movies that will be made over the coming years. The new BvS movie will include the introduction of some new heroes (Wonder Woman, Aquaman – pictured at right) that will help set up the upcoming Justice League movies down the road.

Yet the fans aren’t clamoring like they are over the MCU announcements. Why is that?

I think it’s primarily due to a few factors:

  • The DC movies haven’t been good up to this point other than Batman, so there is a built-in fear that the movies simply won’t be that good;
  • The whole shared DC universe idea seems rushed and second rate, due to Marvel starting the entire idea and being massively successful with it;
  • The casting choices, at least at this point, have not been met with thunderous applause (although for the record, I’m a fan of Ben Affleck and think he can deliver a kick-ass Batman);Affleck Batman
  • The DC superheroes are, for the most part, the most “unrealistic” out of both DC and Marvel…and at this point, at least, it seems extremely difficult to translate that to the big screen.

Let’s look at that last point…

A guy who lives in Atlantis and breathes underwater? A woman from an Amazon tribe with a lasso that makes you tell the truth and flies an invisible jet? SHAZAM?? Yikes.

Superman - ReeveMarvel has done an incredible job of making their characters seem real, which is one of the primary reasons it resonates with viewers and fans: these are “real” people that you can relate to. For all of the special effects in Green Lantern, people couldn’t believe that a giant cloud was engulfing worlds and was the main baddie in the film. For as good a performance as Henry Cavill gave in Man of Steel, he simply wasn’t as personable as Christopher Reeves was in the role…and that’s hard for people to relate to and get behind.

I, for one, am looking forward to the BvS movie. I’m really hoping that the teaser trailer (coming soon!) helps to light a spark under people. I mean…we’re about to finally see Batman and Superman in a crossover movie!! How cool is that??

Spiderman in MCUIt’s important to not take this type of movie for granted. Sure, the MCU has set up the perfect formula for sharing universes with its characters, but they’ve been working on it for years. The fact that Spiderman will finally share the big screen with Captain America and Iron Man only goes to prove that, when done correctly, you CAN generate tremendous buzz without even having to do very much.

The DC shared universe launches next year with BvS. I just hope they can accomplish what they set out to do.

RAW Thoughts

After an extremely mediocre PPV with FastLane, WWE needs to really build momentum quickly on this week’s episode of RAW if they want to kick-start the “Road to WrestleMania“. We’re in Nashville, TN and we’re kicking the show off with…

Randy Orton– A pretty big, monster pop for Randy Orton. I was quite surprised, actually. Orton had a video play that reminded everybody that Seth Rollins was the person who knocked him out of action for four months. He called out Rollins, but out came The Authority instead.

The Authority– Stephanie attempted to talk Orton into rejoining The Authority…forgive and forget and all that. Big Show tried to talk to him, as well. The crowd was super hot for this segment…and the entire time saw Triple H staring a hole into Orton.  Steph asked him to join them in a “business conference” and “come back home” before walking out of the ring. As they were about to exit while he stood in the ring and thought it over, Orton stopped them to say that he’d meet them in the back for the meeting.

– Out came Bad News Barrett. The announcers talked about how Dean Ambrose stole his Intercontinental title and he wasn’t happy about the situation. Booker said something about how “possession is 9/10 of the law”…and I’m like…WTF?? If I break into your house and steal your jewellery, does that mean I now own it because I have it in my possession? Booker T is an idiot and his mumble-mouth announcing ruins RAW on a weekly basis.

R-Truth came out to ringside to talk about his non-title win over Barrett on some show that nobody watched before campaigning for a title shot by telling people to go onto social media and use hashtag #GiveTruthAChance. Ugh.

Ziggler pins champ– We were then treated to Dolph Ziggler taking on Barrett in another non-title match. Honestly…I don’t understand why WWE constantly make their secondary champions lose non-title matches. It doesn’t do anything to elevate their opponent if it happens all the time. Why can’t they be more creative and find ways for the heel to cheat to win or find new top contenders to the title? I mean, that’s what made someone like Honky Tonk Man and Ric Flair so great…their ability to cheat to win their matches. It’s what made top contenders potential champions…they defeated a lot of the competition. Anyway, after a pretty decent match, Ziggler ended up with the pinfall victory after a Zig Zag.

Dean Ambrose then made his way to the ring. He got inside, yelled at Barrett a bit, then “bumped” into Ziggler on the way out of the ring. It’s almost like they’re setting up a 4-way match for the IC title at WrestleMania. I’m just surprised they’re doing it with R-Truth.

– We went to a backstage vignette with The Authority (including Seth Rollins) talking with Randy Orton. Stephanie McMahon really is an unbelievable speaker. She basically talked Orton into rejoining The Authority. The entire time, Triple H wasn’t looking happy…either still pouting about getting shown up by Sting at FastLane or not really believing this entire thing. Steph set up a main event of Daniel Bryan & Roman Reigns vs Randy Orton & Seth Rollins…just to show that the two men can now get along.

The Ascension– Next up was a match between The Ascension and a newly reunited Prime Time Players. After getting destroyed for a couple of minutes, Darren Young rolled up one of the mascara’d chicks for the pin. Then there was a post-match beatdown. I’m glad the undefeated streak is over…they weren’t deserving of that kind of push.

Bryan & ReignsRoman Reigns can out to deliver a promo. He was doing alright, but then out came Daniel Bryan. “You proved to me last night that you have more heart than I ever thought you did.” This was basically Bryan doing his best to “pass the babyface torch” to Reigns to try and sway the fans. Did it work? Meh…perhaps.

Lesnar vs Reigns– As soon as Bryan was walking away, out came PAUL HEYMAN. Bryan continued to walk to the back as Heyman made his way to the ring. He proceeded to tell the world that in any other time in WWE history, he’d put his money on Roman Reigns…whether it be Sammartino or Hogan or Austin or Rock or Cena. This did Reigns no favours as people were getting pissed. The idea, though, was that Reigns could be anybody else…but would not beat Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania.

Reigns delivered a nice little promo, saying that everybody telling him that he couldn’t do it was only going to motivate him more and he couldn’t wait to beat Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. A lengthy, but good segment.

Cesaro & Kidd– Next up was a rematch for the tag team championships with The Usos trying to regain the titles from Cesaro & Tyson Kidd. I’ll be honest…I’m a huge Cesaro mark but I don’t see a lot with Kidd. He’s alright, don’t get me wrong…he just needs more personality to make up for his lack of size. As Kidd was about to win with his feet on the ropes, Naomi interfered and knocked them off. Natalya got pissed and shoved Naomi down. Then she blatantly got her team disqualified by crotching an Uso on the top rope. Michael Cole tried to whine like a little bitch about how unfair this was. Where’s Jesse Ventura when you really need him??

Bray Wyatt delivered another promo to set -up his match with Undertaker at WrestleMania.

Stardust vs Swagger– Cody “It Looks Like I’m Stuck In This Shitty Gimmick For Awhile” Rhodes came out for his Stardust schtick. Poor bastard. Anyway…Jack Swagger was his opponent. Stardust got distracted when Goldust came out. Swagger put Starry in an ankle lock and he IMMEDIATELY tagged out like a bitch. The crowds are chanting “Cody Cody” as a way to piss him off. It must be a weird feeling…he FINALLY has fans chanting his name and he has to pretend to hate it.

John Cena came out to a strong mixed reaction. He went on and on about how Rusev cheated and he didn’t actually give up and blah blah blah. Thankfully, Rusev and Lana came out to save the segment. The segment was about “Russia vs USA” and then Cena challenged Rusev to a rematch at WrestleMania. Rusev declined because Cena didn’t deserve it. What I loved about this segment was that Cena kept trying to call Rusev garbage and pump up the crowd with firing up, but Rusev just calmly brushed it off and laughed at him…showing real star power. I love Rusev.

Paige teamed up with Emma to take on the Bella Twins. The match was over in about 10 seconds with Brie attacking Emma from behind and immediately hitting her finisher. I mean…seriously. They stood in the ring longer than they actually had a match. WTF?

#givedivasachance

– The official announcement was then made that the Bushwhackers were going into the WWE Hall of Fame. Y’know…before the the Hart Foundation or Demolition or the British Bulldogs.

Bushwhackers– The #AxelMania movement needs a sponsorship from Rogaine. He spoke for 10 seconds until Ryback came out and destroyed him in 10 seconds. Thanks for comin’ out.

Main EventReigns vs Rollins– Main event time with Randy Orton & Seth Rollins taking on Daniel Bryan & Roman Reigns. Of course, J&J Security came out with Big Show & Kane to accompany Rollins to the ring. The primary story of the match was the fact that Orton and Rollins weren’t only getting along, but Orton was actually looking out for Rollins and completely acted like a team player. As expected, this was a really good match-up. As we neared the end, Rollins tagged himself into the match when Orton had things well in hand. He got PISSED about that and stood on the floor to let Rollins get beat and take the loss.

Bryan vs RollinsWhen the match was over, it looked like Orton was going to take his frustration out on Rollins. He ended up doing nothing and just walking away. I guess you don’t want to blow your load all at once, right?

All-in-all, a pretty okay show tonight. They set-up a few storylines without giving everything away all at once. The complete joke of a divas match led to #GiveDivasAChance trending worldwide (sorry, R-Truth) and they delivered a really great video package on Sting, for those who may not know his story. Nothing great, though…so I’ll be hoping that RAW can pick up the pace a little bet next week.