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Taeler Conrad-Mellen (born June 7, 1989) is an American Professional Wrestler from New Bedford, MA as Taeler Hendrix. She debuted in 2008 and competed primarily in Northeastern independents before arriving in Ring of Honor in 2010. She also spent time in Ohio Valley Wrestling, where she became a 3x OVW Women's Champion. She took part in Impact Wrestling's Gut Check Challenge in 2012 and lost all of her matches. Her most famous run is as a Heel in ROH. She and Laurel Van Ness were the inaugural QOC Tag Team Champions.

"Hail Hendrix' Tropes":

  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Begged for mercy from Mandy Leon during their Fight Without Honor, with excellent results. Tends to try the same if she's wrestling a man and isn't able to entice/seduce him, but generally doesn't succeed.
  • Arch-Enemy:
  • Ascended Extra: Originally called into ROH to hold over Daizee Haze and Sara Del Rey until the competition they desired could be found. She returned five years later in a much more prominent role.
  • Ascended Meme: She's been compared to Tiara from Shamanic Princess and Poison Ivy from Batman. "Poison Princess" eventually became her official title.
  • Battle Strip: Tends to lose her wrist bands in matches, usually voluntarily to use as projectiles or gags. Has also stripped out of her skirt during matches to use as a weapon to choke, blind, or distract her opponents.
  • Boisterous Weakling: If Taeler isn't able to entice, seduce, or otherwise confuse her opponent, she is generally not very tough, and is relatively easy to defeat. It's why the same wrestler who seemed to have an answer for the OVW powerhouse Epiphany seemed to spin her wheels against Heidi Lovelace and Jessie Belle. Why Sumie Sakai was the first to give her trouble in ROH after Hendrix's reinvention and why Kelly Klein quickly surpassed her as ROH's top woman wrestler.
  • The Cameo: She was one of Adam Rose's "Rosebuds" on the December 15, 2014 WWE Raw.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Her Motive Rant about the Honor Is Fair Play mindset and how good vs. evil is the greatest story ever and how she is staying on the side of evil so her story never ends qualifies.
  • Determinator: To put it mildly. She's a cancer survivor.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: In a pretaped promo, she beat the crap out of one of House of Truth leader Truth Martini's students when she visited his dojo when said student didn't shake her hand like the others did. Truth laughed at his student's misfortune and considered it a lesson in respect.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: Her less-buxom, quieter persona in TNA versus, well, the picture above.
  • Evil Laugh/Laughing Mad: In response to Deonna Purrazzo running in and accidentally hitting Mandy Leon with a chair during their no-DQ match.
  • Evil Redhead: Describes herself as "Gingerlicious and delicious" and wanted to see a complete HOT takeover of ROH.
  • Fiery Redhead: Besides the red hair, the most noticeable difference from her predecessor, Seleziya Sparx, is Hendrix's demeanor. Taeler's much less friendly, not at all tranquil when angry and has little time for subtlety.
  • Finishing Move: Kiss Goodnight (Round House), Long Kiss Goodnight (Tombstone), Poison Pill(Coquina Clutch)
  • Genre Blind: After her first pin fall loss to Sumie Sakai, Hendrix claimed to have studied her, but had she studied enough she'd have known Sakai was the one woman on ROH had at the time who wouldn't find the mind games Hendrix attempted to play on her creepy.
  • Gratuitous Latin
    "Latin. The language of Love... I fight like a woman. Seduction is my weapon."
  • I Know Karate: Taekwondo is the reason she often doesn't hook her legs on moves like the Muta Lock, she wants to leave as many options to kick open as possible.
  • Lady in Red: And how. Applies most to her usual red wrestling outfit, or her very skimpy dresses when managing. Loves to distract everyone any way she can.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Her storyline with Heidi Lovelace in OVW turned out to be Taeler using Heidi as a way to get back the OVW Women's Title. Heidi gave Taeler a "Take That!" Kiss when she realized Taeler was manipulating her.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She is famous for wearing skimpy, revealing outfits, whether she's wrestling or managing. In matches, she also tends to mount pin her opponents in provocative ways, even if only to get a mental advantage.
  • Navel-Deep Neckline: The neckline in her wrestling outfit goes all the way down to her stomach.
  • Power Stable: Truth Martini's The House of Truth in ROH.
  • Rags to Riches: Her Backstory in Ring of Honor, and why she resented how Mandy Leon seemed to have everything handed to her.
  • Red Baron: (formerly) Boston Bombshell, One Girl Revolution
  • Right-Hand Hottie: For Truth Martini or Jay Lethal as the general "hoopla hotties" were phased out. She isn't just for looking good though, as Martini wanted a HOT wrestler for every ROH division and 2015 brought one for WOH.
  • Rival Dojos: She's trained in OVW and came to ROH to face world traveled veterans. When she returned after further training in the HOT she wasn't pleased to find women fresh from the ROH academy waiting for her.
  • She-Fu: She frequently travels around the ring with cartwheels. Officials are divided about the legality of her split approach, which has often ended in a hapless crouch.
  • Shout-Out: Has cited Bette Davis as an inspiration for her heel persona.
  • Tyop on the Cover: The page on for the OVW Women's Title spells her first name as Tealer.
  • Use Your Head: Poison Paradise. Despite extensively scouting her prior to the first Women Of Honor event she decide to use and felt it backfire on Crazy Mary Dobson.
  • The Vamp: Getting an early foothold in the WOH division was a factor but Martini hired her mainly to seduce the men opposed to the HOT. She's also not afraid to go after referees, and has even tried to seduce other women.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Taeler's temper had only been seen in brief instances until she lost a match to Mandy Leon. Hendrix never really regained he composure after that, always being on the verge of outburst.
  • Walking Swimsuit Scene: Posed in a bikini on a pool raft to promote OVW Saturday Night Special on June 2, 2012.
  • Would Hit a Girl: The Young Bucks Superkicked her during the formation of the ROH version of Bullet Club.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Her no-DQ match with Mandy Leon saw Taeler holding her arm while Mandy was looking to hit her with a chair. Mandy, being a Woman of Honor, backed down and made the mistake of turning her back, leading to Taeler hitting her in the stomach with a chair and hitting the Long Kiss Goodnight on a pile of chairs.