The following was Written by: Marc Middleton.
If you recall, former WWE Diva Terri Runnels held a writing contest last summer where the winner would become the owner of a “beautiful house” located in Gainesville, Florida. However, the contest would only go into effect if they garnered a certain number of entries — 5,000 minimum. As expected, the contest was eventually scrapped due to the lack of entries.
However, according to their own rules, they were supposed to refund the entry fee ($180.00 after the $20.00 processing fee) in case the Entrant Number Amount was not met — which it was not. The rules specifically state: “If the Entrant Number Amount is not met, the Sponsor may elect in its sole discretion (i) to have all entries received judged (“Close the Contest”) or (ii) to return the entry fee of $200.00 less the processing fee of $20.00 per each Entrant Fee to cover administrative fees.”
According to a legal attorney, contest entrants have yet to receive a refund of their entry fee nearly a year later. As a result, he is currently investigating the matter. He sent in the following note, dubbing the former WWE Diva’s contest “a giant fraud”:
“Former WWE women’s wrestler Terri Runnels website www.MakeTheWorldWrite.com turned out to be a giant fraud. The contest was scrapped due to “not receiving enough entries.” However, the entrants still have not received a refund of their $200 entry fee nearly a year later. To be fair and legal, we do not know if Ms. Runnels had any direct control over the payments but whomever was in charge of handling the website/funds took the money and ran. Those are all the details we can provide at the moment.”
Georgiann Makropoulos of WrestlingFigs.com contacted Runnels regarding the situation, with the former WWE Diva issuing a response. Runnels assures that everyone was refunded and she has the records to prove it. She also adds that if anyone was not refunded, all they would have to do is contact her through her manager on her official website to rectify the situation.
Here is her response in its entirety:
“I just got off the phone with Terri Runnels and she was not very happy. She received an email w/ the link to this story. She said she would never do such a thing and would love to know who if anyone did not receive their refund. She has all records from PayPal which is where contestants sent their money and how they were refunded. As far as she knows everyone was refunded…and if they weren’t she would have hoped that they would have contacted her through her manager on her website www.TheTerriRunnels.com.
“Terri said, “The sad thing is that I sincerely wanted to help other people with this contest. It hurts me that someone is trashing my name as opposed to contacting me, if they truly were not refunded. I can assure you that if someone accidentally fell through the cracks…all they would have had to do is send an email to my manager and say that. I would also love to know names of people and the attorney’s name!”
Warmest Regards, Terri