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Former TNA Knockouts champion Taryn Terrell says she might walk away from pro wrestling if she cannot find the right balance of her new Christian faith and how her character is portrayed on TV.
Taryn made headlines earlier this week when video of her testimony circulated, drawing attention to her personal story of transformation while in the wrestling business. In a new interview, Taryn told Fox News that she wants to make a complete transformation.
“I think that I have played, and recently, I have played an even more sexy character than I was used to playing, and it’s something that I prayed on and I know that’s not who I want to portray anymore,” Taryn said.
“I know that’s not who I am and it’s not who I want to portray, and how can I connect with people, and sort of live that double standard. And yes, if I cannot find a way to use God and be godly in the things that I do then yes, it is time to walk away.”
Taryn said since becoming a Christian, she has struggled with her character’s portrayal on TV, which recently included being the very seductive leader of the Dollhouse group.
“I want to be able to help other people get saved just as people helped me to be saved so, you know, that is something I’m struggling with now and realizing that, you know, even in the way that I dress it is important to be Christian,” Taryn said.
“It is important to be more modest and I want to use the ability that I have as performing to connect people. You know, I love to perform. I love to entertain. God gave me those skills to do so and I’ve learned that He put me on this Earth to be able to use that and to reach people, and to bring people near God.
“I (used to) dressed in a way that I wanted attention, so for me, I’m obviously not speaking for anyone else, for me, I no longer want to dress in a way to gain the attention of men or of anybody, you know. I want people to be able to focus on me as a person and be able to listen to what I say rather than focus on, you know, being provocative or sexy.”
Through her transformation, Taryn has been able to reflect on her time in WWE and earlier in TNA when she was self-centered and consumed by career success.
“I was a very self-centered person, and you know, there’s just lots of ways that I was sinful,” Taryn said. “You know it certainly wasn’t the fault of WWE or the fault of any other entertainment company that I’ve worked for. It wasn’t the fault of Playboy These were all my decisions and these were, you know, my life choices that I made that were, you know, certainly not of a Christian lifestyle.”
Taryn has also heard from fellow Christians in the wrestling industry who have encouraged her in the early stages of her faith.
“A couple wrestlers have texted me or reached out by phone and said, you know, they’re Christians as well and they would love to share their journey with me, and talk. And it’s just a really great way not only that I can connect with other wrestlers who have been in the entertainment field, which is a very tempting world but you know that helps me mature as a Christian.”