Victoria (Torrie) Anne Gruner (born July 24, 1975 in Boise,
Idaho), is a fitness competitor and model and performer for World
Wrestling Entertainment, using her maiden name Torrie Wilson.
Wilson has found considerable success in both World Championship
Wrestling and in World Wrestling Entertainment as a valet and a
diva. This success led to her becoming one of several WWE divas
to pose in Playboy. Outside of the ring, she is good friends with
fellow WWE divas Stacy Keibler, Trish Stratus, and Victoria.
A Boise native, at age ten she moved to the small town of McCall,
Idaho after her parents divorced. She was painfully shy, but she
quickly found friends in her school. She quickly found her niche
in many school activities, including cheerleading and dance, and
was very competitive in track and field.
During high school, after Torrie's interest in modeling grew more
serious, her mother urged her to pursue it. They visited an agency
and were informed that Torrie would have to lose weight to actually
be considered for jobs. She lost eight pounds, but, in the process,
began a four-year-long bout with bulimia.
A few years after her battle with bulimia, Wilson developed an
interest in fitness modeling. Torrie began working out and building
muscles. She decided to enter herself in the 1997 Ms. Galaxy fitness
competition, and, with no experience in the field, she placed thirteenth.
A year later at the same competition she placed first.
World Championship Wrestling
Torrie debuted in WCW in 1999. Encouraged with her accomplishments,
Wilson moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting. She began acting classes
and was introduced to an agent, who helped her gain a few jobs,
including an uncredited appearance on Baywatch. However, it was
a meeting with Kevin Nash backstage at her first WCW event that
landed her a full time job. She debuted as Samantha and served as
the valet for David Flair. At the '99 Bash at the Beach, Wilson
lead Flair over Dean Malenko to capture the WCW United States belt.
Wilson began managing Billy Kidman as well as his Filthy Animals
teammates in the fall of 1999. Wilson found herself involved in
the Animals continuing feud with The Revolution. At Mayhem, Revolution
members Malenko, Perry Saturn, and Asya met Eddie Guerrero, Kidman,
and Wilson in a six-person elimination match. Wilson ended up being
the last member of her team, but was ultimately pinned by Saturn.
The next night on Nitro, Wilson and Guerrero were shown on the "Kidcam"
during Kidman and Konnan's tag team match. This led to a match between
Kidman and Guerrero later that night, which Guerrero won. Following
this, Wilson disappeared from television and rumors began to circulate
that she had been let go by the company.
However, Wilson returned on the January 19th edition of Thunder
to help Kidman defeat Prince Iaukea. After Kidman joined the New
Blood faction in April of 2000, Wilson did as well, making them
both heels. Wilson began delivering the "kiss of death"
to Kidman's fallen opponents after his matches. However, Kidman
became jealous of the attention Torrie began to give to fellow New
Blood member Horace Hogan. Kidman began yelling at Torrie on a continual
basis, eventually leading to Wilson delivering a low blow to Kidman
and ending their relationship. Wilson again gave Kidman a low blow
at the Great American Bash Pay-Per-View, causing him to lose to
Torrie reappeared on WCW TV at the Bash at the Beach pay-per-view
during a match between Shane Douglas and Buff Bagwell. It appeared
Wilson was rooting for Bagwell as she slapped Douglas and kissed
Bagwell during the match. However, Wilson dropped Bagwell with a
low blow, leading to Douglas winning the match. Torrie and Douglas
then left together. This led to a feud between Kidman and Douglas.
At the New Blood Rising Pay-Per-View, Kidman defeated Douglas in
a strap match. At the following month's pay-per-view, Fall Brawl,
Wilson and Douglas defeated Kidman and Madusa in a mixed tag team
Wilson and Douglas began a feud with the Filthy Animals after dubbing
themselves "WCW's first couple." At the '00 Halloween
Havoc, Wilson and Douglas fell to Konnan and Tygress.
Wilson's final appearance with World Championship Wrestling came
on the November 29th edition of Thunder. Douglas took on General
Rection. During the contest, Wilson jumped on Rection's back, resulting
in her being knocked into the turnbuckle. The injury was obviously
dramatized, as Wilson had to be placed on a stretcher and removed
from the ring. Following this, rumors began to circulate the Torrie
may soon be joining the World Wrestling Federation.
World Wrestling Entertainment
She entered the WWF as part of The Alliance during the WCW/ECW Invasion
storyline in 2001 where she regularly teamed with fellow WCW performer
Stacy Keibler. The two of them made their wrestling débuts
in WWF/E when they took on Lita and Trish Stratus in a Bra and Panties
match at the WWF Invasion PPV. Despite her relative lack of in-ring
experience, Wilson (alongside Keibler and Ivory) regularly feuded
with the WWE Divas as well as interfering in matches on behalf of
other wrestlers in the WCW/ECW stable. Her interference in a match
between Matt Hardy and the Hurricane on a September 2001 edition
of RAW, for example, cost Hardy his WWF European Championship.
She turned face amidst the Invasion storyline, when her character
began an on-screen romance with Tajiri. This new romance caused
Keibler to turn on Wilson, and as a result, Wilson defected to the
WWF. Wilson defeated Keibler in the first-ever lingerie match at
the 2001 No Mercy PPV after executing Tajiri's back handspring elbow.
When the first ever brand separation of the roster took place in
April 2002, Wilson was drafted to SmackDown!. Soon after this, Tajiri
became very jealous of the attention that Torrie received from other
men, so he forced her to wear a geisha outfit and appeared to mistreat
her in matches. Torrie finally tired of this, and, during a match,
she got onto the announce table and stripped off her clothing. The
distraction allowed Tajiri's opponent Billy Kidman to pick up the
win. Wilson briefly dated Maven on-screen after this.
Her most high profile feud during her first few years with the
company came in 2003, when Dawn Marie tried to marry her father
"Al Wilson" as blackmail for a lesbian relationship between
the two. It eventually turned out that Dawn had feelings for Al,
and the two got married. Al then died in kayfabe from a heart attack
after having rigourus sex numerous times in succession on their
honeymoon. Wilson defeated Dawn at both No Mercy in October 2002
and at the Royal Rumble in January 2003. She defeated Dawn again
at 2004 Judgment Day.
After appearing on the cover of Playboy Magazine for the first
time in May 2003, Wilson feuded with returning diva and former centerfold
Sable. For weeks, Sable played mind games with Wilson, leading to
a bikini contest at Judgment Day. Wilson won the contest and then
kissed the former Women's Champion. The two would ultimately pose
nude together in Playboy in March 2004. Later in the year, at the
Great American Bash, Wilson lost to Sable after Sable pulled Wilson's
Wilson managed Billy Gunn upon his WWE return in the summer of
2003. The duo feuded with Jamie Noble and his girlfriend Nidia.
Later the feud ended after Nidia and Noble both turned face by siding
with Gunn and Wilson during that time before Noble turned heel again
by turning on Nidia.
After a feud with Hiroko, Wilson began feuding with Melina. That
led to a loss for Wilson in a Bra and Panties Match at the 2005
Great American Bash. This match saw all the women involved, including
special guest referee Candice Michelle, lose their clothing.
On the August 22, 2005 edition of RAW, it was revealed that Torrie
and Candice Michelle were traded to RAW. Along with Candice, Torrie
would turn heel on the same night, attacking the 2005 RAW Diva Search
winner Ashley Massaro. This turn marked the first time that Wilson
was a heel in WWE after the end of the Invasion storyline.
Torrie also began carrying her small dog Chloe down to ringside
during matches. Torrie and Candice's feud with Massaro continued
over the next couple weeks, as the duo, along with their enforcer
Victoria, made things difficult for Massaro. Massaro evened the
score on the September 12, 2005 edition of RAW, as she brought out
a returning Trish Stratus and proceeded with Stratus to take out
the heels. This led to a tag match at Unforgiven, as the team of
Stratus and Massaro defeated Wilson and Victoria (with Candice Michelle).
The feud continued into WWE Homecoming, where Trish Stratus and
Ashley Massaro defeated Torrie, Candice, and Victoria in the first
ever three on two Bra and Panties Match, by stripping all three
of their opponents. Torrie Wilson would be taken of TV for a short
while after this but would return on the November 28 edition of
RAW, where Wilson along with Candice Michelle, Victoria, continued
to face off against the team of Trish Stratus, Ashley, and their
new ally Mickie James. Vince McMahon would soon begin referring
to the team of Torrie Wilson, Victoria, and Candice Michelle as
"Vince's Devils," which seemed to be a play on Charlie's
Vince's Devils would only be a short-lived team as Torrie Wilson would
soon become a babyface diva once again after Candice Michelle and
Victoria turned on her. This feud between Candice Michelle and Wilson
would become a lenghy one lead to a match in which Playboy Magazine's
newest cover girl, Candice Michelle, would face off against the 2-time
former cover girl (Wilson) at WrestleMania 22 in a Playboy Pillow
Fight. Wilson would win this match but the feud would still continue
On the June 12, 2006 edition of RAW, Torrie Wilson defeated Candice
Michelle in the first ever Wet & Wild Match where the winner
of the match would be on the cover of the WWE 2006 Summer Special
On the June 19, 2006 edition of Raw, Torrie Wilson and Maria were
defeated by Candice Michelle and Mickie James in a Tag Team Bra
& Panties Match.
On June 26, Torrie Wilson revealed the cover of the WWE 2006 Summer
Special Magazine. Her unveiling was cut short by Edge and Lita who
stormed into the ring. Then Edge took down the magazine cover. Edge
demanded a rematch for the WWE Championship Title or he would quit
RAW. Edge and Lita then stormed out of the arena.
Wilson is married to former WWE and WCW professional wrestler Peter
Gruner, a.k.a. Billy Kidman, with whom she resides in Tampa, Florida.
Finishing and signature moves
Nosejob (Sitout facebuster)
Springboard back elbow
Wrestlers managed by Torrie Wilson
Rey Mysterio, Jr.
Rob Van Dam
Chloe Wilson, is Torrie's pet dog. Chloe can often be seen accompanying
Torrie ringside during her appearances on World Wrestling Entertainment's
Torrie Wilson had been traveling with the little white dog since
December 2004, so she was used to being on the road, but it wouldn't
be until late 2005 before Chloe would make her first appearance
Chloe joined Torrie as part of the stable Vince's Devils, along
side Victoria and Candice Michelle. Chloe even made appearances
in the ring, acting as interference during the divas' matches. Her
first in ring experience came during Carlito's "Beat the Clock
Match" against Victoria. Chloe ran across the ring to her owner
Torrie to distract Carlito. The next week on RAW, Chloe again got
involved during a match between Victoria and Maria; Torrie held
Chloe up and pushed the little dog's behind into the face of Maria.
(This move would later be referred to as the "Chloe Tush Push.")
On February 9, 2006, it was announced that Torrie and Chloe Wilson
would present WWE Best in Show, a look back on all the best canine
moments from WWE history, which would air the following Monday afternoon,
exclusively on WWE.com (in reference to the Westminster Kennel Club
Dog Show, which aired in place of RAW that Monday).
Championships and accomplishments
1999 Miss WCW Winner
2002 Winner of the 2002 Coveted Golden Thong Award
May 2003 Playboy cover girl
March 2004 Playboy cover girl (Along with Sable)
2004 WWE Divas Magazine cover girl
2006 The twenty-second Most Desirable Woman in the World according
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