Dawn Marie Biograhy
- The following Biography is from Dawn Marie's Official Website
In January of 1995, Dawn Marie made her pro wrestling debut on an
independent show in New Jersey. While pursuing a modeling/acting
career, Dawn had a chance meeting with friend Jonathan Gold, who had
asked Dawn to sign several promotional posters for a company she was
modeling for. The discussion turned to wrestling and Gold discovered
Dawn was a wrestling fan and set up her first appearance on a show
run by former WWF star, Hillbilly Cousin Luke.
Dawn managed Tony Atlas against Jimmy Snuka that night and
her "paying dues" apprenticeship began. Dawn began appearing at more
local Indy shows throughout the Northeast and Michigan. She managed
such stars as Jimmy Snuka, Buddy Landel, Tony Atlas and Tom Brandi as
well as soon to be stars Crowbar (then Devon Storm), Steve Corino and
Simon Diamond (then Lance Diamond) regularly.
After almost three years on the independents, Dawn's big break came
in the summer of 1998 when she was contacted by Bubba Ray Dudley to
come in for a tryout at the ECW Arena for Extreme Championship
Wrestling. Dawn was paired with Lance Storm against former partner
Chris Candido, who was being managed by Tammy Sytch (formerly known
as Sunny). ECW owner Paul Heyman immediately loved the pairing of
Storm and Dawn and invited her on as a full time manager.
Dawn would become a member of the "Impact Players" with Storm, Justin
Credible, Jason and Jazz. She would help them go on to win the ECW
World Tag Team Championship from Tommy Dreamer and Raven. They would
hold onto the titles until Credible decided to vacate them to capture
the World Heavyweight Championship.
Lance Storm would leave ECW a few months later for WCW and Dawn would
switch from manager to on air personality by adding color commentary
from time to time with Don Callis and Joey Styles on TNN. She would
return to managing in August of 2000, when she appeared in the corner
of Steve Corino to challenge ECW Heavyweight Champion Justin Credible.
Corino would capture the gold one month later with Dawn in his corner
but Dawn would later turn on him. Two months later, Dawn returned to
the ring with her real life fiancé, Simon Diamond and his tag team
partner, Swinger. The three were gaining momentum when ECW closed in
January of 2001.
Dawn Marie worked in the independents with Diamond for over a year,
as well as doing a few shows with the upstart XWF.
In May 2002, Dawn Marie made her WWE debut on Smackdown! as Dawn
Marie Rinaldi, a paralegal for Vince McMahon. She is on the verge of
getting in a feud with Stacy Keibler over McMahon.