Taryn Nicole Dryden (née Terrell, formerly Galloway; born December 28, 1985) is an American former professional wrestler, model, former ring announcer, referee, actress, and stunt woman. She is best known for her time with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) under her real name. She is a former TNA Knockouts Champion, and she holds the record for the longest reign with the title at 279 days. She is also known for her time in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), where she performed under the ring name Tiffany. During her time in WWE she trained at WWE's then-developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), and served as the last ECW general manager. She rejoined the WWE in January 2016 and it was announced she would perform under her real name, where she won the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship.
Professional wrestling career
World Wrestling Entertainment (2007–10)
Florida Championship Wrestling (2007–10)
Terrell tried out for the 2007 WWE Diva Search. She made it to the final eight, but was eliminated fourth. In February 2008, WWE signed her to a developmental contract.
Terrell debuted in Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), WWE's developmental territory, alongside Beverly Mullins, and they competed in various matches together, including lingerie matches. Soon afterwards, Terrell and Mullins drifted apart, leading to Terrell receiving a larger singles wrestling role as she competed against various other FCW Divas, including Mullins (now renamed to Wesley Holiday), Miss Angela, The Bella Twins, Alicia Fox, and Roucka. Terrell made her FCW television debut when she competed in a twist competition, which ended in a no contest. She and Angela were then used as ring announcers. On the March 11, 2008 episode of FCW TV, Terrell teamed up with Nic Nemeth and Brad Allen to defeat The Puerto Rican Nightmares (Eric Pérez, Eddie Colón and Angela Fong). On the August 2, 2008 episode of FCW TV, Terrell teamed up with The Bella Twins to defeat Alicia Fox, Roucka and Daisy and again on August 9, 2008.
Later on, Terrell, now renamed Tiffany, lost her first FCW televised match in a fatal four-way match including Roucka, Holiday, and Fox. She then teamed with Nikki Bella and Eve Torres on the December 14 episode of FCW TV to defeat Roucka, Holiday, and Fox. Tiffany participated in the tournament to determine the inaugural Queen of FCW, and defeated Holiday in the first round before losing to Fox in the semi-finals. She teamed up with Angela Fong on several occasions, and also competed against Serena Mancini, April Lee, and Fox in a four-pack challenge to determine the new number one contender to the Queen of FCW crown, but was unsuccessful.
On July 30, 2009 episode of FCW TV, Tiffany tamed up with Angela Fong and April Lee to defeat Alicia Fox, Roucka and Serena Deeb in a 6-Diva tag team match. On the August 6 episode of FCW TV, Tiffany and Yoshi Tatsu defeated Fox and Ricky Ortiz in a mixed tag team match. Tiffany unsuccessfully challenged the newly crowned Serena Mancini for the Queen of FCW crown and injured her humerus bone, on the September 24 taping of FCW TV. She returned on the February 19, 2010 episode of FCW TV, teaming with Aksana to defeat Courtney Taylor and Liviana in a tag team match.
General Manager of ECW (2008–10)
On the June 10, 2008 episode of ECW, Terrell made her main roster debut as Tiffany, the on-screen Assistant General Manager under Theodore Long. Tiffany participated in the Halloween costume contest on October 26 at the Cyber Sunday pay-per-view, and was dressed as a nun. Tiffany made her in-ring debut in a 16-Diva tag team match on the 800th episode of Raw teaming up with Mickie James, Candice Michelle, Michelle McCool, Brie Bella, Kelly Kelly, Eve Torres and WWE Hall of Famer Mae Young against Beth Phoenix, Layla, Lena Yada, Jillian Hall, Natalya, Maryse, Victoria and Katie Lea Burchill, which her team lost, despite Tiffany never being tagged into the match.
On the March 30, 2009 episode of Raw, Tiffany competed in an 18-Diva tag team match, which she won for her team by pinning Katie Lea Burchill. On April 5, Tiffany made her WrestleMania debut as she competed in a 25 Diva battle royal at WrestleMania XXV to crown the first-ever "Miss WrestleMania", which was won by Santina Marella. On the April 7 episode of ECW, Tiffany was announced by Theodore Long as the new General Manager of ECW due to Long returning to SmackDown to again become its General Manager. As the new General Manager, her first order was to announce an elimination chase to determine who would face Jack Swagger for the ECW Championship at Backlash, with the participants being Mark Henry, Tommy Dreamer, Christian and Finlay, which Christian would ultimately win. In late June 2009, Tiffany was promoted to full-time General Manager of ECW. However, Tiffany was absent from television due to a storyline car accident with William Regal. In reality, Tiffany had injured her arm in an FCW match. She returned on the October 6 episode of ECW. On the final episode of ECW on February 16, 2010, Tiffany speared Rosa Mendes after she and Zack Ryder interfered in the ECW Championship match.
On the March 5, 2010 episode of SmackDown, Tiffany made her debut for the brand in a backstage segment, being welcomed by Rey Mysterio. On the March 12 episode of SmackDown, Tiffany made her in-ring debut, winning a match against Michelle McCool via disqualification after Vickie Guerrero interfered. Following the match, McCool, Guerrero, and Layla attacked Tiffany, until she was saved by Beth Phoenix. The following week, Tiffany and Phoenix defeated McCool and Layla (collectively known as LayCool) in a tag team match, and again in a rematch on the April 2 episode of SmackDown.
Tiffany then formed an alliance with Kelly Kelly, with the pair being dubbed "The Blondetourage", and they continued to feud with LayCool. On the June 12 of SmackDown!, Tiffany lost her first singles match to Layla after an interference from McCool. On May 21 episode of SmackDown!, Tiffany and Kelly lost to LayCool in a tag team match. On the July 2 episode of SmackDown!, Tiffany managed Kelly where she defeated McCool, and during the match Tiffany stopped Layla from interfering. On the July 10 episode of Superstars, Tiffany and Kelly again lost to LayCool. On the July 16 episode of SmackDown!, Tiffany managed Kelly and Chris Masters where they defeated Layla and Trent Barreta after interference from Rosa Mendes. She also managed Kelly in her WWE Women's Championship match against Layla at Money in the Bank. On July 23 episode of SmackDown!, Theodore Long announced that Tiffany would receive a match for the Women's Championship, which occurred on the July 30 episode of SmackDown, however she failed to capture the championship. She was originally scheduled to fight Layla, however, she instead fought McCool, as the two defended the title under the Freebird rule.
On August 13, 2010, it was reported that WWE had suspended Terrell because of an incident involving her real-life husband, Drew McIntyre. Before she could return to WWE programming, Terrell was released from her contract on November 19, 2010.
Independent Circuit (2010–13)
On December 4, 2010, it was announced that Terrell would make her independent circuit debut in a match against Alissa Flash at the Pro Wrestling Revolution's ChickFight event in San Francisco, California on February 5, 2011. On January 4, 2011, it was announced that Terrell had pulled out of the show, citing personal reasons. ChickFight later claimed that the promotion could not cater to Terrell's requests that she had made despite already having an agreement with the promotion.
On April 5, 2012, Terrell made her debut for Powerslam Brewsky Brawl, where she teamed up with Jack Jameson to defeat Barbi Hayden and Houston Carson. On April 8, Terrell made appearance at Coastal Wrestling Federation, where she teamed with Sho Funaki in a winning effort, again defeating Hayden and Carson. Earlier in that event, Terrell defeated Jen Alise in singles match. Terrell also appeared at Maryland Championship Wrestling's Bodyslam Autism event on April 27, 2013.
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2013–16)
Ohio Valley Wrestling (2012–13)
On November 4, 2012, Terrell made her debut for Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA)'s then-developmental branch, at OVW's Saturday Night Special event, being introduced as the special guest referee for the OVW Women's Championship match between Josette Bynum, Taeler Hendrix, and Heidi Lovelace. During the match, Terrell ignited a feud with Hendrix after Terrell cost Hendrix the match, after she put her hands on Terrell. On the November 10 episode of OVW, Terrell was interrupted by Hendrix during an interview, who then provoked Terrell, only to get attacked in return. Later that event, Terrell refereed a tag team match between Lovelace, Jessie Belle against Hendrix and Epiphany.
Terrell made her in-ring debut on the November 17 episode of OVW, where she defeated Heidi Lovelace with Hendrix as special guest referee to win the OVW Women's Championship. On the November 24 episode of OVW, Terrell defeated Scarlett Bordeaux in a non-title match, but was attacked by Hendrix post-match. On the November 28 episode OVW, Terrell attacked Hendrix during a in-ring segment, but was stopped by Bostic. OVW announced that Terrell issued a challenged to Hendrix at OVW's Saturday Night Special with the OVW Women's Championship on the line, with the stipulation that the loser will swim in a pool of "animal feces". At the event on December 1, Terrell lost the Women's Championship to Hendrix. After the match, Hendrix tried to attack Terrell, but she gained a measure of revenge when she moved out the way and Hendrix fell in the pool.
Knockouts referee and feud with Gail Kim (2012–13)
On August 16, 2012, Terrell made her debut for TNA, being introduced by the Vice President of the Knockouts Division, Brooke Hogan, as the special guest referee for the TNA Women's Knockout Championship match between Madison Rayne and Miss Tessmacher. Terrell later became the official referee for the Knockouts division.
On January 13, 2013, at Genesis, Terrell began a storyline with Gail Kim after making a bad call during a gauntlet match, thus costing Kim's chance to become the number one contender to the Knockouts Championship. On the following episode of Impact Wrestling, Terrell appeared backstage with Kim, who told Terrell not to make another mistake. Later that night, during Kim's match with Velvet Sky, Kim would argue with Terrell, costing herself the match in the process. On the February 21 episode of Impact Wrestling, Terrell helped Sky defeat Tara, Miss Tessmacher and Kim in a fatal four–way elimination match, with Sky lastly eliminating Kim to win the Knockouts Championship after Kim provoked Terrell into getting involved in the match. On March 10 at Lockdown, towards the end of the Knockouts Championship match, Terrell would attack Kim, again costing her the title. After the match, Terrell was attacked by Kim backstage during an interview. On the following episode of Impact Wrestling, Kim revealed that Brooke Hogan put Terrell on probation for attacking Kim. In a tag team match between Mickie James and Velvet Sky against Gail Kim and Tara, Terrell would again cost Kim the match by attacking her.
On the March 21 episode of Impact Wrestling, Terrell was terminated as Knockouts referee by Hogan, and was subsequently signed as a TNA Knockout. On the March 28 episode of Impact Wrestling, Terrell challenged Kim to a match, however the match never started when Kim and Tara attacked Terrell, only to be saved by the Knockouts Champion, Velvet Sky. On the April 4 episode of Impact Wrestling, Terrell and Sky were defeated by Kim and Tara after the special guest referee Joey Ryan made a fast count on Terrell. Terrell finally faced Kim in a match on the April 11 episode of Impact Wrestling, which Terrell won. On the May 2 episode of Impact Wrestling, Terrell and Mickie James defeated Kim and Tara. After the match, Kim attacked Terrell. The rivalry between Terrell and Kim culminated in a Last Knockout Standing match on June 2 at Slammiversary XI, which Terrell would win. On the July 11 episode of Impact Wrestling, Terrell was defeated by Kim in a ladder match to determine the number one contender to the Knockouts Championship. The following month, Terrell was granted time off from TNA due to her real life pregnancy.
Knockouts Champion and The Dollhouse (2014–16)
Terrell made her televised return on the June 19, 2014 episode of Impact Wrestling, being welcomed by her former rival Gail Kim and later interrupted by The Beautiful People (Angelina Love and Velvet Sky). This led to Terrell's in–ring return, the following week on Impact Wrestling, where Kim and Terrell defeated Love and Sky in a tag team match. Terrell went on to unsuccessfully challenge Kim for the TNA Women's Knockout Championship on July 24 and on August 14 in a fatal four–way match also involving Love and Sky. After defeating Madison Rayne on August 27 to become the number one contender, Terrell received her title match on the September 3 episode of Impact Wrestling, where she was again unsuccessful. After the match, both Terrell and Kim were attacked by the debuting Havok.
On the November 19 episode of Impact Wrestling, Terrell defeated newly crowned champion Havok and Gail Kim in a three–way match to win the TNA Women's Knockout Championship for the first time. On January 7, 2015, during Impact Wrestling's debut on Destination America, Terrell successfully defended the championship in a battle royal against the other TNA Knockouts, with lastly eliminating Havok. Terrell went on to successfully retain her championship in various matches: on January 30 against Kim and Madison Rayne in a three–way match and against Angelina Love on February 20. After that Terrell started a feud with the recently returned Awesome Kong, after Kong attacked her. This led to a match between the two, on March 6, which Taryn won via disqualification and Kong would continue her attack after the match, with Kim making the save. This led to a three–way match, where Terrell again prevailed. On April 18, Terrell became the new longest reigning TNA Women's Knockout Champion in TNA history, surpassing Kim's previous record of 210 days.
On the special episode of Impact Wrestling, titled TKO: Night of Knockouts on April 24, Terrell retained her championship against Kong in a no disqualification match after The Dollhouse (Jade and Marti Bell) interfered and attacked Kong, ultimately assisting Terrell in putting Kong through a table as a "receipt" for an earlier attack in which Kong put Terrell through a table. After the match, Terrell transitioned into a villainess for the first time in her wrestling career and joined The Dollhouse as their leader. Terrell retained her championship on the Hardcore Justice episode of Impact Wrestling on May 1, against Brooke, with help from Jade and Marti. In their first match as a team, the following week, The Dollhouse were defeated by Kong and Kim in a three–on–two handicap match. On the May 29 episode of Impact Wrestling, in a steel cage match, Terrell again retained her championship against Kim. At Slammiversary XIII, The Dollhouse were defeated by Kong and Brooke in another three–on–two handicap match. After successfully retaining her championship against Brooke and Kong in a three–way match, Terrell lost the championship to Brooke, on the July 15 episode of Impact Wrestling, after interference from Gail Kim, ending her reign at 279 days. After her loss, Terrell went on a hiatus citing a hand injury, courtesy of Kim but continued to appear in segments on the jumbotron, orchestrating attacks on various Knockouts. During her absence, Rebel joined The Dollhouse.
On January 4, 2016, Terrell announced that she had parted ways with the company, and described her departure as a "personal decision", and that being with TNA "wasn't the right fit" for her life going forward.
Return to WWE (2016–present)
On January 15, 2016 WWE co-owner James Harrison announced via WWE.com and through Twitter that Terrell had rejoined the WWE and would be known by her real name and would be the first confirmed entrant into the 2016 Divas Royal Rumble match. Terrell made her second debut on Raw on January 18, 2016 in a winning effort against Alicia Fox. Terrell competed in the Divas Championship six-way elimination match at the 2016 Royal Rumble where she eliminated Melissa and was the final person to be pinned by defending champion Ana Sanchez. In the Divas Royal Rumble match itself Terrell entered sixth but lasted just 58 seconds eliminating no-one and being eliminated by Charlotte. She would later form The Powerhouse alongside Melissa and Taya Valkyrie. Terrell entered the Divas Champions number one contenders tournament defeating Taya Valkyrie and Alexa Bliss on her way to the semi-finals where she was eliminated by Becky Lynch. Alongside Valkyrie she challenged for the Women's Tag titles at Fastlane in a triple threat match against Team Bella and champions The Four Horsewomen which saw the champions defend their title successfully. Terrell challenged Ana Sanchez for the Divas Championship at WWE Roadblock in a no holds barred match which she lost. This time alongside Melissa she again challenged for the Women's tag titles this time at WrestleMania 32 and would again lose to The Four Horsewomen but they she tried for a third time alongside Taya Valkyrie to claim the titles this time at Payback in which they were successful ending The Four Horsewomen's 322 day reign.
Alongside Valkyrie she continued to defend the titles on Raw, and not on pay-per-views due to both Valkyrie and Melissa in singles matches. Her first title defense on pay-per-view came at SummerSlam against The Kimber Bombs in which they successfully defended the titles. Prior to this Terrell was drafted 37th overall to SmackDown both Valkyrie and Melissa also joined her on SmackDown. She then defended the titles with Melissa at Backlash against The Kimber Bombs again but this time they lost their titles ended their reign at 133 days.
- Finishing moves
- Taryn Cutter (Running cutter)
- Diving double foot stomp
- Signature moves
- Back elbow, sometimes as a counter to an oncoming opponent
- Diving clothesline
- Diving crossbody
- Drop toe-hold
- Inverted atomic drop
- Monkey flip
- Multiple pin variations
- Nothern lights suplex
- Rear naked choke
- Running corkscrew neckbreaker
- Snap vertical suplex
- Wrestlers managed
- "Hot Mess"
- Entrance themes
- "Chemical Mind" by Jason Davis (July 30, 2006 – October 26, 2008)
- "A Girl Like That" by Eleventh Hour (April 7, 2009 – February 16, 2010)
- "Insatiable" by Patsy Grime and composed by Jim Johnston (March 5, 2010 – November 19, 2010, January 18, 2016 – present)
- "Hot Mess (Instrumental)" by Dale Oliver (August 16, 2012 – March 15, 2013)
- "Hot Mess" (Lyrical) by Dale Oliver (March 22, 2013 – April 15, 2013)
- "Hot Mess (Remix)" by Christy Hemme and Dale Oliver (April 25, 2013 – May 1, 2015)
- "After Midnight" by Ben Trigg & Angela Penhaligon (April 24, 2015 – May 1, 2015; used as a member of The Dollhouse)
- "Heel for Your Face (More Fun)" by Dale Oliver (May 8, 2015; used as a member of The Dollhouse)
- "Doll Parts" by Hole (May 15, 2015 – January 4, 2016; used as a member of The Dollhouse)
- "The Powerhouse" by CFO$ (February 8, 2016 – present; used as a member of The Powerhouse)
Championships and Accomplishments
- Ohio Valley Wrestling
- OVW Women's Championship (1 time)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI ranked her No. 10 of the best 50 female singles wrestlers in the PWI Female 50 in 2015
- Total Nonstop Action Wrestling
- TNA Knockouts Championship (1 time)