Taeler Hendrix, real name Taeler Conrad-Mellen, is one of the hottest prospects in female wrestling today.
Trained by the likes of Spike Dudley and Nic Dinsmore (Eugene) she has been wrestling on the independent circuits since 2008. Taeler had a brief glimpse of mainstream wrestling when she appeared for Ring of Honor in 2010, the same year she achieved a monumental win over former TNA Knockout Champion, Awesome Kong.
In 2011 she received a tryout for Ohio Valley Wrestling, the developmental promotion for TNA, which was successful. After further training by Al Snow, Taeler’s career was further accelerated by three OVW Woman’s Championship reigns and in 2012 she appeared for TNA in it’s Gut Check Challenge, in a losing effort to Tara.
The Gut Check judges awarded her a TNA contract and subsequently she has divided her attention primarily on OVW and the occasional appearance on TNA programming.
At only 23 years of age, Hendrix is the definition of future prospect. The TNA Knockout division has it’s fair share of ups and downs over the years. Currently however, even though I loathe to use the word, it has become stale. I honestly believe if (and they should) go down the youth route, Taeler Hendrix could help spearhead the division in the future. She has an excellent and exciting in-ring style, which coupled with her gorgeous looks, should easily get her over with the crowds. Admittedly, she lacks somewhat with her mic skills but is still a notch above the majority of female wrestlers and still has plenty of time to improve.
I believe she is ready to make an impact in TNA and should start being used immediately If it was possible, I would perhaps have her associate/manage another up and coming star (Joey Ryan maybe?). It would help with exposing her better than simply throwing her headfirst into the Knockout division.
Taeler Hendrix is here for the long haul and has everything to become a success in TNA.