TNA Knockouts champion Taryn Terrell had already made history going into this weekends “Night of Knockouts” episode of Impact Wrestling, being the longest reigning Knockouts champion in history. After defeating Awesome Kong, Terrell joined the Doll House, a brand new stable consisting of herself and debuting Knockouts Marti Belle and Jade (Mia Yim).
Before all of that, I had the chance to speak to Terrell. She opened up about several subjects, including TNA pay rumors, Taz’s departure, her stunt work, and working with ex-husband Drew Galloway in TNA. You can read part one of our interview at this link.
How are you able to balance TNA Wrestling and stunt work? Is it difficult?
“It is sometimes. The way stunt work works, you usually get a week’s notice. I’ve had to turn down 3 or 4 movies this year already because I was wrestling. Wrestling is my number one priority, and that work comes first. If I’m already booked to wrestle, I wrestle. It does get a little difficult balancing, but I do look for time outside of wrestling to work on films. It does make for a very busy way of life.”
You work with your ex-husband Drew Galloway in TNA. Were you approached about that, or have things been smoothed over?
“I’ve always said Drew’s an amazing wrestler. When I found out he wasn’t with WWE anymore I thought “Oh my gosh, why wouldn’t he come to TNA?” I thought it was a great place for him, he’s very talented. We’re completely fine, we have been. We’ve been amicable and friendly throughout the years. I’m very happy for him and his opportunity, and I think it’s been a great place for him. It’s a good fit for both of us. “
There have been reports of TNA being late with pay, what are your experiences with that?
“Oh, I have no idea. I’ve always been paid. I think a lot of the time there’s a lot of things out on the internet and some of it’s true and some of it’s not. TNA has always been very good to me, and I’ve never had any complaints as far as that’s concerned.”
Do you have any thoughts on Taz leaving?
“I don’t know why he left, but sometimes people are just ready for a change in their careers. Maybe that was it. Taz is a great talent, a great commentator, and fun to listen to. I’ll miss his colorful commentary for sure.”
You’ve worked as an authority figure, a referee, a wrestler, a stuntwoman a manager, and a diva search contestant. Which of those roles are you most comfortable in? It seems like you’re willing to do whatever necessary to accelerate your character and career.
“I love challenges, it’s my personality. I like people upping the bar, even if it’s a personal challenge for myself. The fear of not knowing how to handle something and then handling is an adrenaline rush. That’s why I’ve taken everything, including taking 45 foot falls out of buildings into cardboard boxes. I just think about dropping out of this window, I suck it up and do it. It’s a fun ride.”
You’ve been in a lot of huge movies, This Is The End, Jurassic World, The Campaign. Do you think working in both fields helps you?
“I do. When you’re wrestling in front of a live crowd, there’s something different. You’re full of energy that you’re feeding off of, and you’re in front of thousands. You know you have to be your best. When I go do stunt work, it’s a small crowd compared to wrestling, so that helps me. Sometimes it’s harder to work in front of a small group of people. You can see everybody’s face, and there’s a lot of pressure there. It’s all physically demanding, so I never really get a break which is a good thing I think, because I stay in it and see how far I can push my body. There will be times I do something in stunt work, and think it would be a cool way to jump off in the ring. I do something in wrestling and I’ll be able to use it. I did a short film recently and I just said “I’m suplexing somebody right now. Don’t worry about it, just go with it.” It’s really cool to be able to take the skills from both and use them.”
Do you ever meet any big actors or actresses that like wrestling? How do people on set react to you being a wrestler?
“Yeah, it’s really funny, it’s usually something people are really excited about. Everyone has some sort of connection to wrestling. Even if they don’t watch it, their kids watch it, or they remember a match when they were a kid. It usually spreads around set very fast that I’m a wrestler and people are coming up. Will Ferrell and I were talking about how he was doing interviews with some of the guys in WWE. It definitely makes its way around set, then it’s immediately “let’s not mess with her,” (laughs).”
The “give divas a chance” movement and hashtag was geared more towards WWE, but do you think TNA took note of that, too?
“I think that without that hashtag, TNA was already going in that direction. They believe in us, and have given us so many cool opportunities. The match that Gail and I had at Slammiversary and the ladder match on TV, those kinds of matches don’t happen in other companies. I know that they really are behind us and this week’s show is another chance they’re giving us. I truly don’t think they needed influence from anyone else to know what we can do and can accomplish. “
I want to thank you for taking the time to join us. Where can the fans follow you on social media?
“Follow me on Twitter at @TarynTerrell. I also have an Instagram, I’m new to it but it’s my new favorite thing, that’s at Taryn_Terrell. I love it, I read all my tweets and comments on Instagram. Reach back to me, and I try to reply back to people. I love seeing people’s feedback.”