She was a former WWE Diva Search contestant who had a brief and rather unmemorable run in the company. She really blossomed when she went to work in TNA wrestling. Today on the blog, we ask…’Whatever Happened to’ Taryn Terrell?
Taryn started out her wrestling career by auditioning for WWE’s Diva Search reality show in 2007. She made the cut and actually finished fourth in the competition. WWE officials took notice of Terrell and offered her a developmental contract in 2008. She was assigned to Florida Championship Wrestling, where she began her training.
She began her career as an interviewer and ring announcer before actively starting to wrestle. Taryn was given the ring name of ‘Tiffany’ and competed in a tournament to crown the ‘Queen of FCW’ which was that promotions version of a women’s champion. Tiffany made it to the semi finals before being defeated by Alicia Fox. She would then go on to challenge for the Queen of FCW crown before injuring her leg.
Tiffany was called up to the main roster in June of 2008, where she was used as an assistant to general manager Teddy Long in WWE’s version of ECW. She was mainly used as a character in backstage segments, while she continued training for the ring in FCW. Eventually, Teddy Long was reassigned to the Smackdown brand and Tiffany was named the new ECW General Manager. She remained as GM until ECW folded.
Tiffany was assigned to Smackdown as a full time wrestler where she partnered with Kelly Kelly to form a team called ‘The Blondetourage.’ That team would feud with ‘LayCool’ that featured Layla El and Michelle McCool. Taryn was suspended by the WWE in real life after an altercation with her then husband Drew McIntyre. Taryn Terrell was ultimately released by the company in 2010.
Taryn would continue her wrestling career by competing for various independent groups. She was eventually signed to TNA wrestling and was assigned to their developmental group (and formerly WWE’s) Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW). Terrell would defeat Heidi Lovelace (Now known as Ruby Riott in WWE) for the OVW women’s title. She lost the title to Taeler Hendrix and was called up to TNA’s main roster in 2012.
Taryn was first used as the official referee for all Knockout’s matches. She then slowly transitioned to an active wrestler for the Knockouts division and started a feud with Gail Kim. Kim and Terrell had a ‘Last Knockout Standing’ match at Slammiversary XI. This match put Terrell on the map in TNA with both her peers and fans. Taryn would take a brief hatus from TNA after announcing her pregnancy.
Taryn would later return to capture her very first TNA Knockout’s championship by defeating both Havok and Gail Kim. Taryn would become the longest reigning women’s champion in TNA history holding the title for over 279 days. Her next feud was with The Awesome Kong, it started out with Taryn as the babyface and Kong as the heel. There was a double turn and Taryn became a heel when two other women…Jade (Mia Yim) and Marti Bell assisted her in attacking Kong. It was the first time in her career, where she played a heel.
The three women formed a heel faction known as ‘The Dollhouse.’ Terrell would finally lose the TNA Knockouts title to Brooke Tessmacher and Terrell vanished from the company. In 2016, Terrell and TNA mutually parted ways. Terrell stayed away from wrestling for close to a year and half before returning to Impact Wrestling (Formerly known as TNA) to reignite her rivalry with Gail Kim. Her return only lasted about three months, before Terrell quit the company once again.
So the question remains…’Whatever Happened to’ Taryn Terrell? She is married to a stuntman named Rob Dryden and has two children. She at times has done some acting and stunt work and works for Billy Corgan’s NWA. She resides in the New Orleans, Louisiana area.
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5 thoughts on “Whatever Happened to Taryn ‘Tiffany’ Terrell?”
No mention of her work posing for Playboy? She did that too around 2008 I believe. Solid talent, but yet another case of a person that wasn’t as dedicated to being a pro-wrestler in the long run.
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Did she came back to Impact Wrestling?
No, she went to the NWA run by Billy Corgan