Terri Runnels Biography
Former wrestler and WWE superstar, Terri Runnels was arrested this morning for carrying a loaded gun into Tampa International Airport.
According to TMZ Sports, the 52-year-old was arrested by the Tampa International Airport Police at 7:32 AM for “carrying a concealed firearm.” The crime is a class three felony.
Her bond was set at $2,000 and according to the arrest report, she has released at around 1:00 PM EST on Wednesday, May 29.
We’re told she was arrested at a security checkpoint with a loaded Glock 9mm.
— New York Post (@nypost) May 29, 2019
The charge carries a punishment of up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines.
She was taken to jail and bond was set at $2,000. Records show she’s still locked up as of this post.
According to her booking sheet, Runnels is listed at 5’0″, 119 pounds with blue eyes and blonde hair.
Runnels mainly worked as a manager during her wrestling career — working with the likes of The Hardy Boyz, Edge, Christian and most notably her ex-husband, Goldust.
She was married to Goldust (aka Dustin Rhodes aka Dustin Runnels) from 1993 to 1999.
Runnels won the WWE Hardcore Championship back in 2002 — she’s one of only 4 women to hold that title.
Runnels Was Carrying a Loaded Glock 9mm Handgun
According to officials, the 52-year-old was carrying a loaded Glock 9mm handgun. TMZreports the gun had at least 11 bullets and were hollow-tipped.
Hollow-tipped bullets are known to cause more soft tissue damage, making it a more lethal type of ammo.
Although Runnels was released at around 1:00PM EST today, the charge could earn her a punishment of up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines.
Carrer Within the WWE & WWF in the 1990s
Terri Runnels made a name for herself throughout the wrestling world mainly in the 1990s and early 2000s. Runnels made her debut to the World Wrestling Federation in 1996 under the moniker Marlena.
— Robert Littal (@BSO) May 29, 2019
Runnels would then reemerge under her real name in 1998. She was apart of the “Pretty Mean Sisters” group and appeared as Val Venis’ on-screen girlfriend.
As part of the show, Runnels was declared pregnant with Venis’ baby, but it was later revealed that Runnels was not pregnant at all.
After the “Pretty Mean Sisters” broke-up Runnels transitioned into more of an organizational role. She was known for hosting her own match between wrestlers Edge and Christian against The Hardy Boyz, declaring her managerial skills and $100,000 as the reward.
Married with Wrestler ‘Goldust’ in 1993
According to the Charleston Post and Courier, Runnels met “Goldust” (Dustin Runnels) in Atlanta when they were working for World Championship Wrestling.
They were married for six years and had one daughter, Dakota. Dustin is the son of legendary wrestler Dusty Rhodes.
The Post and Courier reports that Runnels loved Dustin but had struggled to keep their personal life out of the business, especially when Dustin’s father was so involved.
WWE Hardcore Championship in 2002 Winner
One of Runnels’ largest achievements throughout her wrestling career was her victory in the WWE Hardcore Championship in 2002.
She was one of only four women to win the Hardcore Championship belt.
According to WWE.com, Runnels won the title for a brief moment after pinning a downed Stevie Richards in the middle of a backstage interview.
— 411 Wrestling (@411wrestling) May 29, 2019
It was a brief reign for Runnels, but a reign nonetheless as Richards immediately pinned her to win the belt back.
In the Early-2000s Runnels Was a Host of the WWF Recap Program Excess
After her stint in the ring, Runnels decided to join the media within the world of wrestling. She replaced Trish Stratus as the host of the WWF recap program Excess.
Runnels also was a backstage interviewer on Raw and would wrestle occasionally. This is where she briefly won the WWE Hardcore Championship.