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Stephanie Finochio
Ring name(s) Stephanie Starr
Starfire
Untamable Spirit
American Power
Italian Finesse
Trinity
Billed height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)[1]
Billed weight 130 lb (59 kg)[1]
Born December 1, 1971 (1971-12-01) (age 38)[1]
Long Island, New York[1]
Billed from New York City
Trained by OVW Staff
Mikey Whipwreck[2]
Debut September 2002[2]
Retired 2007

Stephanie Finochio (born December 1, 1971) is an Italian American stuntwoman and retired professional wrestler and valet better known by her ring name Trinity. She is best known for her work in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling and World Wrestling Entertainment.

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Career

Finochio has done stunt work for such movies as Daredevil (2003), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Swimfan (2002), and School of Rock (2003).

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling

Finochio worked with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, as well as many other promotions on the independent circuit. Finochio was first paired with Kid Kash, after the two feuded (including a notably violent match between the two on April 27, 2003), as a valet and occasionally tag team partner. She was used as an equalizer for the likes of Desire, Alexis Laree, and Traci Brooks. After Kash departed for the WWE, Finochio formed "The New York Connection" (The NYC) with Glenn Gilberti, Vito LoGrasso, and Johnny Swinger. Trinity defeated Desire on the June 23 Pay-Per-View in a stretcher match with assistance from Lograsso. At the 2004 Victory Road pay-per-view, Finochio downed Jacqueline Moore in an open challenge.

After the NYC disbanded, Finochio entered into an angle with Brooks and TNA's Director of Authority Dusty Rhodes, over the position of Rhodes' personal assistant. Brooks eventually won the job after her team of The Disciples of Destruction defeated Trinity's Phi Delta Slam at the 2005 Destination X. Trinity then became the manager of Michael Shane, and again feuded with Brooks, as she had become the manager of Chris Sabin. The two ladies were the only on-screen female talent at the time. At the 2005 Lockdown pay-per-view, Finochio executed a Moonsault from the top of a cage onto several compeititors during an Xscape match. At Hard Justice, Trinity and Shane defeated Brooks and Sabin after Brooks turned on Sabin and Shane turned on Trinity. Finochio then left TNA, and rumors began to circulate that she was heading to the WWE.

World Wrestling Entertainment

Ohio Valley Wrestling

Finochio started receiving try-out matches with World Wrestling Entertainment in Ohio Valley Wrestling in 2005. She debuted November 9 at a show in Louisville, Kentucky. She appeared in the WWE with fellow female wrestler Talia at the Heat tapings on January 2, 2006. The two were spotted on WWE Kiss Cam with The Heart Throbs. Ten days later, Stephanie signed a developmental contract with WWE. At the March 18, 2006 OVW TV tapings, Trinity served as special referee for the Beth Phoenix vs Shelly Martinez match. After the match, Trinity started arguing with Beth. On April 1, Trinity defeated Sosay via submission, and was immediately attacked by Phoenix following the conclusion of the bout. Trinity lost a match to Beth Phoenix and was written out of OVW storylines for some time. During this stretch, it was reported that she would be moving to SmackDown! to manage Orlando Jordan. That idea was nixed and Jordan was released.

ECW brand

Trinity would later go on to join the revived ECW brand on June 13, 2006 where she debuted as the manager for the Full Blooded Italians (this would earn her the nickname "The Full-Bodied Italian").

Trinity suffered a minor knee injury during an ECW house show. She participated in a Bikini Contest with contestants Kelly Kelly and ECW veteran Francine. After a three-way catfight broke out, Trinity executed her Fall From Grace finisher to the outside of the ring and missed the two competitors. Days later, she underwent surgery to repair her knee and was told she will be out of action for six to eight weeks.[1][3] She returned to ECW television on the September 19, 2006 edition of ECW on Sci Fi when she appeared backstage greeting Queen Sharmell. On October 31, 2006 edition of ECW on Sci Fi, Trinity won the first ever ECW Diva Halloween Costume Contest, beating Kelly Kelly and Ariel. Trinity's costume was simply a piece of caution tape covering her breasts. She would then start competing at ECW Houseshows in a losing effort against ECW veteran Jazz. She later teamed up with fellow ECW Diva Kelly Kelly to face SmackDown! Divas Jillian Hall and Michelle McCool at house shows.

Throughout November and December, she would appear on to manage the F.B.I. in tag team matches. In January 2007, F.B.I. member Tony Mamaluke was released from WWE along with several other wrestlers. Trinity would not appear on WWE television for over three months. Her final appearance was at WrestleMania 23, participating as one of the lumberjills in the WWE Women's Championship match between then-champion Melina and Ashley.

Trinity was later released from her WWE contract on June 22, 2007.[4] Since her WWE release, Finochio has not made any wrestling appearances and now focuses primarily on her stunt work.[5]

In wrestling

  • Nicknames
    • "The Italian Goddess of Wrestling"
    • "The New York Knockout"
    • "The Full-Bodied Italian"

Championships and accomplishments

  • CyberSpace Wrestling Federation
    • CSWF Women's Championship (1 time)

Filmography

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