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Sunny shines in role of 'golden-haired fox'
Ex-med student is a pro wrestling fan favorite



By LINDA BARNARD -- Toronto Sun

 They love their "golden-haired fox." They are also, for the most part, about 12 years old.

And that's okay by Sunny, a 24-year-old medical school dropout from New Jersey who now earns somewhere in the mid-six figures touring with the World Wrestling Federation.

She's happy to be their fox, their gal next door. It means she can go back to med school in a couple of years with her tuition paid up front through the next decade.

As the WWF's newest uberbabe, Sunny finds herself constantly written up in wrestling mags, the stories gushing over her "stunning beauty and sparkling charisma." She is the most downloaded image on America On Line, with her photos, with titles like "Hot Buns," being selected for viewing some 2.6 million times.

"It's a pretty wild thing to think people have downloaded your picture 21/2 million times. It can get a little eerie," Sunny admitted in a telephone interview from the road earlier this week. The travelling WWF Live! show hits SkyDome tonight. And yes, you can have a fox sighting of your own. Seats are still available.



No sleazy stuff

As a gauge of her appeal, Calgary native Brett "Hit Man" Hart's six-year-old son, Blade, has chosen Sunny as his first bedroom pinup. Six. Ye gods.

Sunny, who says she is happiest surrounded by kids and animals, doesn't miss a beat when she adds being on the road with the WWF fits the bill. "The kids are in the audience and the animals are in the locker room."

She first showed up in the WWF a couple of years back, managing tag teams like The Body Donnas and The Godwinns. In a sport where women traditionally only have roles as "valets" -- meaning they take their husband's cape off and look good at ringside -- Sunny charged on the scene displaying brain power along with her considerable charms.

She moved from managing to refereeing. "My first match was a midget match. I was the largest person in the ring," she says, laughing.

Tonight, she'll do some ring announcing, a task that often falls to her when there are Hispanic or Japanese grapplers on the card. "I'm the only one who can pronounce their names," says Sunny with a chuckle.

She wants young fans to see her as a strong woman in a leadership role, and to appreciate that "I have a brain behind the bleach blonde hair." Yes, Sunny says, she's naturally more of a light brunette, but that's showbiz.

Uncle Earl, one of Toronto's more loyal wrestling fans, is anxious to see Sunny return to a managing.

"She's being misused. She should be a manager. She's great at it," says Earl. "The WWF demographics are pre- and post-teen men, and they love her because of her ample charms."

Yes, the boys do love her. "That's because her role is to teach young guys about puberty," suggests Earl.

She may be doing that, but Sunny is a woman who knows her mind and controls her image. No sleazy stuff, no partial nudity for her photos. She turned Playboy down flat.

It's not an easy life for Sunny. She's been on the road up to 300 days a year, travelling with what can probably best be described as a troupe of frat boys. But Sunny says they're very well behaved and treat her like "a younger sister."

As for suggestions that wrestling may be, shall we say, embellished with theatrics, Sunny says she stands ringside and knows that "they go out and give 150%.

"They come backstage crying and moaning and saying this hurts and this hurts. They feel everything. There are injuries all the time." She once stitched up a wrestler in a dressing room when no doctor was available. Calling Dr. Sunny.

And Sunny has not been exempt from WWF dangers. Her nose has been broken twice after being accidentally backhanded by wrestlers. She was bumped out of the ring and landed on a concrete floor, shattering her hand. Her foot has been broken, and she has a one-inch scar on her forehead from a blow to the face. All accidents, all part of the job.

And so is making a pitch for the WWF. "Come to SkyDome and watch the WWF at its finest," she says to her fans. "See me in the flesh. It doesn't happen that often."



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