Dawn Marie (full name Dawn Marie Psaltis) was born on November 3, 1970 in Woodbridge, New Jersey and she is an American professional wrestler and professional wrestling valet, best known for her appearances with Extreme Championship Wrestling and the SmackDown! brand of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
Biography and Career :
In her youth, Dawn Marie was a fan of the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), and admired wrestlers such as Bob Backlund, Jimmy Snuka and Roddy Piper. Dawn Marie graduated from New York University business school at the age of twenty three and began working for a real estate consultancy firm in Manhattan, New York. Dawn Marie reached the position of Director of International Real Estate before deciding to move into the entertainment industry with the goa
l of being either a model or actress.
While signing modeling posters for Jonathan Gold, a talent agent, Dawn's start in the wrestling business began. He told her that he helped promote independent wrestling shows, and Dawn jokingly stated that wrestling was something she would be interested in pursuing. Gold later phoned Dawn Marie and told her that she was scheduled to appear at a wrestling show in New Jersey. Dawn Marie reluctantly went, and managed Tony Atlas that night in a match against Jimmy Snuka. Dawn Marie stopped modeling and began learning about the wrestling world from Snuka. She made her in-ring debut January 1995.
Dawn Marie's wrestling debut was at a New Jersey wrestling promotion, But it was is 1998 when she earned her big break.
Dawn Marie was called by Bubba Ray Dudley to come for A try out with ECW, she accepted there offer and they paired her with Lance Storm during a match against Chris Candido who had his valet Tammy.
Paul Heyman enjoyed the team of Lance and Dawn,and she agreed to become A full time manager for Lance. Dawn soon joined "The Impact Players" who also included Lance, Jazz, Justin Credible,and Jason. Soon after Justin Credible, left the team and Lance Storm moved onto WCW. Dawn then became the manager of Steve Corino, then Dawn Marie turned on him to join real life fiance Simon Diamond. Then in January 2001, ECW closed for good. Dawn Marie then worked in the independent leagues with Simon Diamond for a while, and then worked for XWF.
Then In May 2002, every WWE fans dream came true when Dawn Marie debuted on Smackdown as Vince McMahon's paralegal. Since then, Dawn Marie has competed in matches and contests with other Smackdown talent such as Nidia, Torrie Wilson, Sable and Shaniqua.
Dawn Marie is the Manager of the Tag Team combination of Simon Diamond and Swinger, and she very well may be the hottest woman to ever grace the rings of Extreme Championship Wrestling.
Dawn Marie in World Wrestling Federation :
After ECW's demise, Dawn Marie decided to return to the independent promotions and worked in various promotions with Pat until she was contacted by the WWE. Dawn Marie made her wrestling debut for the WWE on April 13, 2002 at a house show, on May 30, 2002, Dawn made her WWE television debut on SmackDown! as Vince McMahon's legal assistant, Dawn Marie Renaldi.
In her next angle, Dawn Marie was in a relationship with Torrie's father Al Wilson. Torrie shared a lesbian kiss with Dawn at a hotel to avoid her marrying him. Despite this, Dawn and Al Wilson "married" anyway. As part of the storyline, Al Wilson died during their honeymoon. Outside of kayfabe, Dawn was called 'Mom' by Torrie.
On April 15, 2003, in Norfolk, Virginia Dawn Marie along with Rhyno, Rey Mysterio and Sable, visited the USS Vella Gulf, a guided missile cruiser. The WWE superstars expressed their gratitude to the Navy for their efforts during the Iraq War. Dawn Marie also gave an emotional speech to the soldiers about how she knows what its like for their families at home since Dawn has a brother in the military.
Dawn Marie's first PPV match was at No Mercy in which she lost to Torrie Wilson. During the WWE's tour of Iraq, Dawn Marie spent the night in one of Saddam Hussein's palaces. The palace was gutted and she slept on a cot as did the other WWE Superstars.
After being on hiatus from SmackDown! programming, Dawn Marie began a feud with Miss Jackie, bragging that she and Jackie's fiance Charlie Haas had an affair. This angle lead up to a match between the two at WWE Armageddon 2004, with Haas as the guest referee.
Dawn Marie won the match but afterward, Haas confirmed their affair and broke off both relationships. Months later, she began a short feud with Michelle McCool.
In May 2005, it was reported that Dawn Marie Psaltis was pregnant. In June 2005, she confirmed her pregnancy on WWE's internet talk show, Byte This!. Before Dawn Marie was released by WWE on July 6, 2005, she appeared at ECW One Night Stand 2005.
While under WWE contract, Dawn Marie traveled once a week to Louisville, Kentucky, the home of Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) where she and the rest of the Divas practiced and teamed up. They listened to Fit Finlay's ideas and suggestions and worked on some matches together.
Dawn Marie starred in the independent film The Vampire Carmilla as "Rachel". She also appeared in the original Austin Powers MTV special as an extra.
She can also be seen on the Clerks X Tenth Anniversary DVD on the Jay and Silent Bob MTV Spots.
Actress - filmography
1. "WWE Velocity" (2002) TV Series (as Dawn Marie Rinaldi) .... Dawn Marie Wilson (2003-2005); Dawn Marie Rinaldi (2002)
2. "WWF Smackdown!" (1999) TV Series .... Dawn Marie Wilson (2003-2005); 3. Dawn Marie Rinaldi (2002)
... aka Smackdown! (USA: new title)
... aka Smackdown! Xtreme (USA)
... aka WWE Smackdown! (USA: new title)
... aka World Wrestling Federation Smackdown! (USA)
4. ECW: Hardcore Revolution (2000) (VG) (voice) .... Dawn Marie
5. ECW: Anarchy Rulz (2000) (VG) (voice) .... Dawn Marie
... aka Anarchy Rulz (USA: short title)
6. Carmilla (1999) .... Rachel
- Height: 5'7"
- Weight: 120 lbs.
- Year Turned Pro: 1996
- Catch Phrase: "Look At Me! Look At Me!"
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