Terri Runnels On How Enzo Amore Situation Affected RAW 25, Vince Shooting Down An Idea

WWE legend Terri Runnels (Marlena) recently sounded off on the recent RAW 25 special, dishing dirt on storyline pitches that were shot down and original plans that ended up not happening due to a controversy that broke out before the show. Check out some of the highlights from the show below.

On an idea to work with Goldust at RAW 25 being shot down by Vince McMahon: “We were all told to meet at the stage for a rehearsal. I had kind of had a bit of a heads up, and I hope I am not spoiling anything when I say this but Dustin [Rhodes] had said to Vince [McMahon] that since she is going to be here anyways I would like for her to walk me to the ring. I loved that idea, and Vince said to him, ‘No because she is going to have her own spotlight.’ I asked him what that meant about me having my own spotlight? Would I be going out to the ring with him and there’s going to be a spotlight on me? He said that he doesn’t know but that I was going to have my own spotlight”

On being disappointed in how the female legends were presented and feeling like there was room for them to be used more: “So I get there and they call all the girls and we get to the stage and they literally said that we are going to call you out in this order and this is the mark you are going to stand on; you are going to wave and walk back. We all kind of dropped our jaws and said that you have to be kidding me! We were looking out to having my spotlight [as Marlena] and I even emailed Vince McMahon and told him that I am bringing my gold dresses just in case you change your mind. Dustin Rhodes said to me later on that he doesn’t know what it means but it does mean that you are not going to come out with me. I sent the email just hoping that Vince would change his mind, so that was disappointing. It was not that I wanted to be alone where I say to everyone, ‘Hey, look at me. I am a diva extraordinaire, I need my own spotlight’ No. It just felt like we were misused, which is the best way for me to explain it. I felt that there was a better way for us to be used, but don’t ask me because I didn’t really think it out. I just felt like you have a lot of talent and we were just in there waving.”

On still being happy that she got to appear on the show, but wishing she could’ve done more: “I am happy that I got to wave and say hello to my fans. That they were able to say, ‘Oh my gosh, there she is.’ It has been 13-14 years since they had seen me that long. That component of it was awesome, but lackluster and disappointed was the best way to explain it. I had very high hopes; all that and then some, as I’m sure others that attended had the same high hopes. I do hope that some fans were able to leave there and say that they got my money’s worth.”

On the Enzo Amore situation affecting Goldust’s original plans for RAW 25: “The APA guys were sitting at the tables and were like, ‘Oh my gosh, they just got Enzo.’ Enzo was supposed to be first at the APA table. The more important to me was that he was supposed to work with Goldust. Goldust is the oldest working star in WWE and he was literally not written in Raw 25. Him and Enzo were doing something in the ring but it got scrapped of course. Enzo’s situation affected him. Dustin is a huge part of Raw and literally he was not in any video montage; all the 25 that they threw up all those moments in Raw history, I did not see him there. That was a huge part that was missing and you know, that was wrong. I really felt bad for him about that. He is my child’s father. I am really proud Dustin. Proud of the way he lives his life now. He is an incredible father to Dakota [Runnels] and he’s busted his a** for Raw fans for so long and he was just left out. I realized that it wasn’t planned to leave him out, but it just sucked.”

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