On September 1, 2021, the wrestling world lost another star far too soon when Shannon Spruill, known to wrestling fans as Daffney Unger, passed away at the age of 46.
Fans and friends worried about Spruill when she went public with some of her battles on social media. Police were dispatched to several known addresses before her family were contacted with a correct and updated address they had just moved to in recent weeks. SHIMMER Wrestling posted the news of his passing online.
A Celebration of Life was held for her yesterday, September 10, at the Peachtree Corners Chapel of the Crowell Brothers Funeral and Crematorium. A reception was held after the funeral home service.
Shannon Claire Spruill, 46, of Peachtree Corners, GA, passed away on Wednesday, September 1, 2021.
Celebration of Life Services for Shannon will be held privately on Friday, September 10, 2021 in the Peachtree Corners Chapel at Crowell Brothers Funeral and Crematorium. A reception will be held after services at the funeral home.
Shannon was born on July 17, 1975 in Wiesbaden, Germany, to her beloved parents, Quentin Eugene Spruill and Jean Tookey Spruill; in addition to her parents, Shannon is survived by her brother, Darren Spruill and his wife Aimee; nephew, Peyton; niece, Devon; stepmother, Denyse Spruill; as well as a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and close friends.
Shannon was of Christian faith. She graduated from the Norcross High School Class in 1993. She was an American professional wrestler, valet and actress. Daffney began her professional wrestling career with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1999. In WCW, she was known for her association with David Flair and Crowbar, and she became the second woman (after Madusa) to hold the championship. WCW Cruiserweight before the company. closed in 2001. She then appeared on the independent circuit until signing with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) in 2008. Injuries forced her to retire from in-ring wrestling in 2011, but she continued to appear in roles other than wrestling for various promotions. until 2018.
As a “military kid,” Shannon Claire Spruill was born on July 17, 1975 at Wiesbaden Military Airfield, a US Air Force base in Wiesbaden, West Germany, where her father was. parked. In 1976, his family returned to the United States, residing first in Salt Lake City, Utah, then in Savannah, Georgia and finally at Scott Air Force Base in St. Clair County, Illinois. They moved to Oxford in the UK for three years, before moving to Ramstein Air Base in Germany until 1987, when his then-lieutenant colonel father retired.
In 1985, she had a small uncredited role in the film Santa Claus: The Movie. In March 1998, Spruill graduated from Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Video Production, with minors in Theater and Music. She then worked in media production, before becoming a full-time actress.
In November 1999, she entered a World Championship Wrestling (WCW) competition seeking new talent and was hired. In WCW, Spruill played Daffney, the mentally deranged and obsessed girlfriend of David Flair, who ran it with Crowbar. One of Daffney’s hallmarks was a scream as she hid ringside. The gadget was based in part on Mallory Knox, the character played by Juliette Lewis in the movie Natural Born Killers. Spruill cited Batman’s super-villainy Harley Quinn as the character’s original inspiration. Spruill’s first appearance was on the December 6 episode of Nitro, when she was shown sitting on her bed chanting Flair’s name.
On May 8, 2000, Daffney was nominated by Vince Russo to fight Miss Elizabeth in her first wrestling match. On May 15, Daffney and Crowbar defeated WCW World Cruiserweight Champion Chris Candido and his girlfriend Tammy Lynn Sytch in a mixed tag team match. The following week, during the May 22 episode of Nitro, Crowbar and Daffney faced off to determine the undisputed Cruiserweight World Champion. Crowbar held back during the match, but still dominated the smaller Daffney. After Candido entered the ring and hit Crowbar with an inverted piledriver, Spruill inadvertently pinned him trying to revive him and thus became the second woman to hold the Cruiserweight Championship. His reign lasted until June 7 when Lt. Loco pinned Disco Inferno in a three-way title defense while Daffney was injured as a result of Miss Hancock’s intervention. Daffney continued to quarrel with Hancock, who had stolen Flair’s affection. Daffney defeated Hancock in the promotion’s very first wedding dress match after Hancock removed her own dress. Daffney then became only Crowbar’s valet. She had a brief feud with Shane Douglas’ valet Torrie Wilson, but was sporadically used as a wrestler.
Daffney’s gadgets included frequent hair color changes, a wide selection of t-shirts decorated with funny or bizarre slogans, and his loud cries. She started screaming at the suggestion of WCW writer Ed Ferrara. She was released by WCW on February 2, 2001 due to budget cuts (WCW itself was purchased by its rival, the World Wrestling Federation, a month later).
After his release from WCW, Spruill chose to continue wrestling, attending Dusty Rhodes’ Turnbuckle Championship Wrestling training camp in Kennesaw, Ga., For eight months. She also worked for Xtreme Pro Wrestling in 2003 as Lucy, the manager of Vic Grimes. She also appeared in Ring of Honor, where she made her debut on April 26, 2003, as Lucy, the valet of the Second City Saints. In July 2003, Spruill signed a development agreement with World Wrestling Entertainment. She worked at Ohio Valley Wrestling as Aaron Stevens’ manager until her release on December 17 of the same year. Spruill has decided to retire from professional wrestling. Intending to focus on her acting career, she sold her wrestling boots to her then roommate Mickie James. In retirement, Spruill worked as a personal trainer.
In June 2005, she posed for a website owned and operated by wrestling divas Francine and Missy Hyatt. In February 2006, Spruill returned to the independent circuit. Spruill made her Women’s Extreme Wrestling debut on April 6 under the ring name of Lucy Furr (“Lucifer”), acting as a lumberjack in a match between Amy Lee and Tai Killer Weed. On June 2 in Irondale, Alabama, Spruill faces El Mexico for the NWA Wrestle Birmingham Junior Heavyweight Championship. With the help of his manager, Robert Fuller (who called Spruill his “Million Dollar Baby”), Spruill beat El Mexicano to claim his third wrestling title. In February 2007, she began making appearances with Georgia Wrestling Promotions both as a manager and a referee.
In April 2007, Spruill made her debut as Daffney for Shimmer Women Athletes. She conducted an interview where she revealed that her goal was to go back to what she had been doing since the beginning of her career and which was to manage. Later that evening, she appeared as the manager of wrestler MsChif. In April 2008, she started wrestling as the character of Shark Girl. However, she returned to wrestling as Daffney after just a few months. On November 8, 2009, Daffney teamed up with Rachel Summerlyn against the International Home Wrecking Crew in Volume 27, only to get mean by dropping Summerlyn during the match, resulting in a loss to the IHWC. Later that night in Volume 28, Daffney was disqualified in a match with Summerlyn, after she failed to release an illegal hold on her opponent. On April 11, 2010, during the recording of volume 31, the evil Daffney defeated Summerlyn in a match without disqualification.
On June 27, 2010, Daffney won her only women’s championship by beating Rachel Summerlyn in the 1st round of the 2010 Joshi Queen of Queens US Anarchy Championship Wrestling tournament. She lost the title in the second round to Jessica James. On April 6, 2013, Daffney returned to Shimmer Women Athletes during the promotion’s very first internet pay-per-view, Volume 53, where she appeared as the manager of Regeneration X (Allison Danger and Leva Bates).
Daffney spent the next two months mainly managing Stevie and Raven, before making his return to the ring on February 18, 2010, episode of Impact! After the match, Daffney continued her assault, before being dragged by Dr. Stevie. The following week on Impact! she annihilated ODB in the same way as it was noted that she had her eyes set on the title.
In the March 8 episode of Impact !, Daffney cost Tara and her partner Angelina Love the Knockouts Tag Team Championship by hitting her with the Women’s Knockout Championship belt during a game for the vacant titles. At Destination X, Daffney failed in her attempt to win the Knockout Championship from Tara, but managed to steal her Poison Spider after the match. The next day on Impact! Daffney used Poison’s distraction to pin Tara in an eight-wrestler tag team match to earn her a First Blood match for the Women’s Knockout Championship the following week. The following week, Tara beat Daffney in a First Blood match after hitting her with a toolbox. The following week, Daffney was one of four winners in an eight Lockbox knockout match, contested for four keys from four boxes containing prizes. During the contest, Tara, one of the other three winners, regained Poison, while Daffney came empty-handed and was forced to undress, but before she could do so she was attacked by Lacey Von Erich. The attack resulted in a match during the April 19 episode of Impact !, where Daffney, now apparently a face, and a partner of his choice, ODB, unsuccessfully challenged Von Erich and Velvet Sky for the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship. To the Impact of the next day! records, Daffney was injured in a dark match against Miss Betsy in her test match and was taken to hospital, where she was diagnosed with a deeply bruised breastbone, severe sting and concussion.
On May 26, it was announced that Spruill had been cleared to resume wrestling. She made her return during the Xplosion recordings on June 14, wrestling as a heel again and beating Taylor Wilde with a chain, only for the match referee to catch up with her afterwards, leading Wilde to defeat her after a reboot. During the December 9 episode of Impact, Daffney teamed up with Sarita in a first round match of a tournament for the vacant TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship, where they were defeated by the Beautiful People (Angelina Love and Velvet Sky). This marked Daffney’s last appearance for the TNA on March 15, 2011. On September 1, 2018, Daffney was inducted into the Alabama Hall of Fame.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for contributions to be made in honor of “Shannon Claire Spruill” to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, https://namiga.org and / or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy of the Boston University, https://www.bu.edu / cte /.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.crowellbrothers.com.
Arrangements entrusted to Crowell Brothers Funeral Homes & Crematory, 5051 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092. 770-448-5757.
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