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Wrestling: Daffney Unger

Shannon Claire Spruill (b. 1975) is an American Professional Wrestler, manager/valet and announcer from Atlanta, GA best known for her work in WCW and other promotions as Daffney Unger. She has also worked for WSU, Pro Wrestling Guerilla, CHIKARA (as Shark Girl), and Wrestlicious (as Draculetta).

She debuted in November 1999 as a crazy admirer of David Flair. The two would team up with Crowbar (Devon Storm) and David and Crowbar would have a short run with the WCW World Tag Team Titles in January 2000. Upon adopting her now-famous Harley Quinn gimmick, Daffney herself would hold the Cruiserweight Title, making her the second woman, after Madusa, to do so.

Daffney and Crowbar would stay with WCW to the bitter end but WWE did not pick up their contracts. Daffney would work for Ring of Honor and signed a developmental deal with WWE in 2003 and was assigned to OVW but she was released before she ever made it to WWE TV. She briefly retired and concentrated on acting until she returned to wrestling in 2006, working the independent circuit. On June 3, 2006, she defeated El Mexicano for the NWA Wrestle Birmingham Junior Heavyweight Title, making it the second men's title she had held in her career.

She also had a career revival as a TNA Knockout; first as a short-lived Sarah Palin parody called The Governor, then reverting to Daffney once her Split Personality was ousted in the ring. Sadly, it's looking like she may never wrestle again due to concussions and other injuries suffered in TNA.

She debuted for SHIMMER in 2007 as a manager, though she briefly competed under her Shark Girl persona. Starting in 2012, she would work as a hostess for SHIMMER's sister promotion SHINE Wrestling before returning to managing again.

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"Gothic Tropes":

  • All-Loving Hero: According to an interview at Glory, Daffney loves everyone. No effort to hide her history of anger fueled retaliatory violence was made when saying this and she looks back at being put in Ric Flair's figure four leg lock fondly. The only negative feelings Daffney spoke of regarded a falls count anywhere loss to Rachel Summerlyn, whom she still does not regard as an enemy.
  • Amusing Injuries: During their Shimmer encounter, Shark Girl saved herself from Amber O'Neal's stink face the only way she knew how.
  • And Your Little Dog Too: She was not content to physically injure Tara but also wanted to consume her beloved tarantula, poison. Daffney was not successful in either endeavor but her antics lead to Tara losing the TNA knockouts title in a screwy fashion anyway.
  • Arch-Enemy: Ms. Hancock (Stacy Keibler), Ric Flair, Torrie Wilson and Shane Douglas, Rachel Summerlyn, the Beautiful People (after they were suckered in with promises of joining The Governor's "cabinet"), ODB, and Abyss.
  • Ass Kicks You: Accidentally (and famously) got sat on by plus-sized wrestler Rosie Lottalove, which landed her in the hospital. Did we mention this occurred on tryouts? During a dark match to boot?
  • Ax-Crazy: Daffney's always crazy but her TNA run really brought out the ax into the equation as she became really violent, spitefully violent. It was apparent even during her lock box challenge "strip tease"...which made the whole thing even more uncomfortable. Dr. Stevie's efforts to cure her just seemed to be making her worse.
  • Bash Brothers and Sisters: David Flair, Crowbar, Ace Steel, Traci Brooks, Colt Cabana, Velvet Sky, Raven, Dr. Stevie (Richards)
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: On the frequent receiving end of the trope's aversion. In particular, her TNA feud with Taylor Wilde revolved around Daffney's efforts to cut and maim her only to see them backfire. More dramatically still, Daffney received a concussion when Abyss put her through a barbed wire board.
  • Break the Cutie/Butt Monkey: Both in kayfabe and real life. Daffney was generally considered one of the unluckier wrestlers in the now-defunct Knockouts Division. Most of her injuries occurred in non-televised matches as the network didn't allow any depictions of man-on-female violence. During the Lockbox Challenge in which the wrestlers competed in a lottery for the Title, Daffney crapped out and opened the box requiring her to striptease. And, as the "ugly" Knockout of the bunch, she rarely got booked despite grossing high ratings during her appearances on iMPACT.
  • Cleavage Window: While she has worn these outfits, it is usually subverted since they have tinted screens. So far only one of them is really see through at ringside, much less for the viewers at home.
  • Cool Hat: A miniature top hat, tilted of course. She wore a big red hat that almost covered her face when hosting Shine.
  • Demoted to Extra: In TNA she went from a prominence in the midcard to repeatedly jobbing on the B Show
  • Distaff Counterpart: (as Shark Girl): To Shark Boy, of course.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: Her dance, the "Daffasaurus Rex"
  • Evil Counterpart
    • Soul stealing Lucy Furr was an evil counterpart to the guardian Heaven Sent and the "good example" Angel Williams (However, Williams wasn't always so good).
    • CM Punk, in a case of ironic names, intended Lucy to be the good counterpart to Trinity, whom Raven had sicked on him, asking her to conform to the morals of the Second City Saints and respect the code of honor.
    • Daffney eventually became the good counterpart to April Hunter in Shine when she decided to go back to managing partially in response to the disrespect shown to her by the wrestlers Hunter managed.
  • Expy/Homage: Has cited Harley Quinn as an inspiration for her original character. WCW envisioned her original gimmick as one to Mallory Knox from Natural Born Killers.
  • Fighting Your Friend: She and Crowbar started out as "co-champions" to the cruiserweight championship and when wrestling each other to determine who would be the true title holder, neither really wanted to hurt the other.
  • Finishing Move: Frankenscreamer, Lobotomy (Bridging Swinging Fisherman Suplex), Daff Knees (Single knee facebreaker)
  • Fun with Acronyms: Daffney's All-Star Squad
    MsChif: "DAFF'S ASS!"
  • A Goth Goddess Am I: It's one of her Red Barons.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Considers Lexie Fyfe a true sister and Nikki Roxx the other half of her brain. Alternatively refers to MsChif as "my better half" and "my twin".
  • Horned Humanoid: Lucy Furr had red horn, but only in promo videos and photo shoots, not in matches.
  • I Have Many Names: During TNA's early years, she made a one off appearance as "Shannon". Better known names include Daffney, Shark Girl, Draculetta, The Governor and Lucy Furr (WEW, ROH).
  • Improvised Weapon: In a bit of foreshadowing, Daffney beat down Tara with a tool box. Later in a first blood match between the two, Tara won by hitting Daffney with a toolbox. This lead to the "lock box" challenge.
  • Ineffectual Death Threats: Vince Russo tried to punish Miss Elizabeth by putting her in a match with Daffney, who came out wearing a shirt which read "Liz Will Die". Daffney did not get any offense in the resulting "match".
  • Mad Love: For David Flair.
  • Military Brat: Born on a German military base.
  • Misplaced Retribution
    • Daffney attacked Taylor Wilde for the Beautiful People sticking her head in a paper bag in retaliation for her "governor" prank.
    • Daffney would go after MsChif for abandoning her while she was injured, even though they were in different companies when it happened.
  • Ms. Fanservice/Beautiful All Along: She provided more fan service in WCW than she would in later promotions, most notably when she competed in a Wedding gown match against Ms Hancock. In TNA she initially appeared in a fan service battle royal but was played up as unattractive when the company decided to give her a lasting on screen roll. All the same, Tazz found her "zombie hot".
  • Murderous Thighs: Her Finishing Move for a long time was the Frankenscreamer.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: As "The Governor"
  • Obnoxious Snarker: While not performing angry and not screaming, Daffney tends to whine, taunt or brag about herself in an animated manner with a tone of voice far removed from what she uses in her promos.
  • Of Corsets Sexy: At Shine 3 and 5.
  • Only One Name: Somewhere along the line, the name "Unger" disappeared and she became known only as "Daffney."
  • Parts Unknown: A few times in her career.
    • Shark Girl was from "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea"
    • As Daffney, she was billed for a time from "Sybil, Texas"
    • Lucy Furr was billed from "The Erotic Heavens" (as oppose to the "Canadian Heavens" Angel Williams was billed from)
    • As The Governor: "Unknown Parts of Alaska"
  • Perky Goth: The dark version.
  • Perky Female Minion: Sometimes Daffney is worried by her behavior, more often she is amused by it but Daffney's always more gleeful and enthusiastic when paired with MsChif. She also served in this role to Crowbar in WCW, CM Punk in Ring of Honor and Aaron "The Idol" Stevens in OVW.
  • Pink Means Feminine: As Shark Girl, she wore a pink mask to Shark Boy's blue.
  • Power Stable:
    • (in WCW): The New Blood (originally led by Vince Russo and Eric Bischoff with Jeff Jarrett as the focus before the group fell apart)
    • (in Dusty Rhodes' Turnbuckle Championship Wrestling): Park Place Limited
    • (in IWA Mid-South and ROH): The Second City Saints (CM Punk, Colt Cabana, etc.)
    • Daffney's All-Star Squad in Shine was a baby face variant put together to stop the out of control heels. It featured the likes of Nikki Roxx, Solo Darling, Heidi Lovelace and Amazing Kong.
  • Product Placement: One of her moves is called "Leggo My Eggos".
  • Put on a Bus: Due to filing a worker's compensation complaint against TNA.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She tried to be in Shine anyway, even though her main duty was hosting. The antics of Mercedes Martinez seem to have made her give up.
  • Revenge by Proxy: She attacked Taylor Wilde's sorority sister and TNA backstage interviewer Lauren just because she was someone Taylor Wilde cared about.
  • Screaming Warrior
    • She even raised it to Make Me Wanna Shout level at WCW Spring Stampede 2000. During the six-way WCW World Cruiserweight Title match involving Shannon Moore, Crowbar, Chris Candido, Juventud Guerrera, Prince Iaukeanote  and Lash LeRoux, where she was seconding Crowbar, Juvy ran after her and she held him off by SCREAMING!
    • One of her nicknames is "The Scream Queen."
  • Shout-Out
    • Has borrowed moves from Malia Hosaka, Lexie Fyfe and Lance Storm.
    • Billed for a time from "Badstreet, Atlanta, GA," a la the Fabulous Freebirds.
    • She wore a green wig on the December 20, 2000 episode of WCW Thunder. In her and Crowbar's pre-match interview with "Mean" Gene Okerlund, she said, "It's not easy being green, Gene."
  • Spiritual Successor: To Luna Vachon.
  • Tagline: At the start of her WCW run, she wore T-shirts that read "HUNGER FOR UNGER."
  • Tag Team: "The Scream Queens" with the banshee MsChif. Also, Shark Boy with when she is Shark Girl. Also with White Magic (Better known as the Lovely Lacey) when she was Draculetta in Wrestlicious.
  • The Stoic: Shark girl does vocalize but does not speak.
  • Treacherous Advisor: To Rachel Summerlyn in SHIMMER
  • Three Month Rule: TNA tried to treat the Daffney persona as something new, despite its frequent mining of WCW plot lines. A lot of viewers probably were surprised to see she was the governor all the same.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Do not piss Daffney off, she will end you.
  • Woman Bites Woman: Shark Girl's always looking for things to bite. Her victims almost always end up being deserving of it, someway or another.
  • Yandere: Did not take it well when David dumped her for Stacy Keibler
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Or green or whatever color wig she chose to wear on a given night.

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