Tori (wrestler)

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Tori
Terri Poch.jpg
Born (1964-08-20) August 20, 1964 (age 50)[1]
Portland, Oregon[2]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Taylor Made
Terri Power
Tori
The Black Ninja
Billed height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[2]
Billed weight 140 lb (64 kg)
Billed from Portland, Oregon
Trained by Brad Rheingans[3]
Roddy Piper[4]
Debut 1988
Retired 2001

Terri Poch (born August 20, 1964) is an American bodybuilder and former professional wrestler, best known for her appearances with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) as Tori. She opened her own yoga studio in Portland.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Early career (1988–1993)[edit]

Poch debuted in 1988 as Taylor Made, a valet for Scotty the Body in Portland's Pacific Northwest Wrestling.

She joined the Ladies Professional Wrestling Association (LPWA) in 1990 as Terri Power, defeating both Leilani Kai and Judy Martin within her first year with the company.[4] 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.

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.

World Wrestling Federation (1998–2001)[edit]

Sable's fan; early feuds (1998–1999)[edit]

In 1998, Poch was hired by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).[2] She debuted on the December 28 episode of 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. As a result, Tori challenged Sable to a match for the Women's Championship at WrestleMania XV, which Sable won following interference from her bodyguard, Nicole Bass.[5]

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 into a crate by Ivory.

Kane's girlfriend and D-Generation X (1999–2000)[edit]

Tori returned in November and soon became the on-screen girlfriend of Kane.[2] On December 16, Tori complained to Triple H and Stephanie McMahon about Kane, by now feuding with his former tag team partner X-Pac, an ally of Triple H, being placed in a Handicap match. Stephanie retorted by challenging Tori to a match that night, which she accepted. Stephanie, however, replaced herself with X-Pac, who defeated Tori with ease as Kane was ambushed backstage by the Mean Street Posse. Kane received a shot at the WWF Championship on December 20 but with the stipulation that, if he lost to incumbent Big Show, Tori would have to spend the Christmas weekend with X-Pac. Kane lost after the New Age Outlaws distracted him. Tori insisted upon her return, however, that X-Pac had been a perfect gentleman. Around the same time, Tori began to become paranoid, and grew hysterical after Test hugged her. Kane promptly destroyed Test in the ring, believing Tori's claims that he had harassed her. Other wrestlers began to exploit Tori's neuroticism, using it to unleash Kane on their enemies. This included Mankind, who manipulated the duo into attacking a fake Mankind hired by Triple H and Stephanie McMahon who manipulated Tori to get Kane to attack Chris Jericho.

Kane continued to feud with X-Pac, and on January 27, 2000 he was ambushed in the ring by the McMahon-Helmsley Faction, X-Pac's allies. After tying Kane up, X-Pac revealed that Tori was now his girlfriend.[4] Tori began accompanying X-Pac and his partner Road Dogg to the ring, becoming a member of the new D-Generation X in a brief heel turn.[4] She helped X-Pac defeat Kane at No Way Out, but was unable to stop Kane from defeating him at WrestleMania 2000 and was also given a Stink Face from Rikishi during the match. Additionally, she helped Stephanie McMahon win the Women's Championship from Jacqueline in March.[6] At the King of the Ring in June, Tori, X-Pac, and Road Dogg participated in a table and dumpster match against the Dudley Boyz that ended with the Dudleyz powerbombing her through a table.[7] Poch was sidelined with a torn labrum on June 24. She underwent surgery with Dr. James Andrews. On October 30, Tori returned for one night, confronting and slapping X-Pac for failing to protect her.

The Black Ninja (2001)[edit]

Poch returned in January 2001 as The Black Ninja, a masked figure in a black bodysuit who helped Raven retain the Hardcore Championship.[8] After working as a trainer on WWF Tough Enough throughout 2001,[9] Poch was released later that year.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Before beginning a career in professional wrestling, Poch worked as a bodybuilder and fitness model.[4] Following her release from the WWF, she became a yogini.[2]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ All Japan Women (AJW) video profile
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Shields, Brian and Kevin Sullivan (2009). WWE Encyclopedia. DK/BradyGAMES. p. 310. ISBN 978-0-7566-4190-0. 
  3. ^ Lethal WOW bio
  4. ^ a b c d e Lenker, Dave (2000). "Torrie or Tori? What's the Story?". The Wrestler (July). 
  5. ^ Powell, John (March 29, 1999). "Austin wins title at WM15". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2010-03-19. 
  6. ^ "Stephanie McMahon's reign". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2010-03-19. 
  7. ^ Powell, John (June 26, 2000). "Angle, Rock, KOTR victors". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2010-03-19. 
  8. ^ "Raven". SLAM! Wrestling. May 31, 2005. Retrieved 2010-03-19. 
  9. ^ "Al Snow". SLAM! Wrestling. June 5, 2005. Retrieved 2010-03-19. 

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