Terri Runnels’ Explains Why She Brought A Loaded Gun Into Tampa Airport (Video)

Terri Runnels

Former WWE Superstar Terri Runnels got arrested Wednesday in Florida after bringing a loaded gun to Tampa International Airport.

According to a report by TMZ Sports, Runnels was arrested by the Tampa International Airport Police at 7:32 a.m. for “carrying a concealed firearm,” a class 3 felony.

Runnels got arrested at a security checkpoint with a loaded Glock 9mm. She was taken to jail and bond was set at $2,000. According to her arrest record on the Hillsborough County Sheriff‘s Office Jail Management System, she was released at 1:04 p.m.

The charge carries a punishment of up to five years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines. 

According to her arrest record, Runnels is 52 years old, 5 feet tall and 119 pounds. To see her mug shot, click here.

In a two-minute video posted on Twitter last night, Runnels said she “wanted to take a hot minute” to explain why she packed heat to go to the airport.

“Evidently, it’s everywhere that I took a loaded handgun into the Tampa International Airport,” Runnels said.

“And I literally—when I go to see my mom, I pack my gun because she has armadillos that ruin her garden and other critters that go after her chickens. I usually take my gun when I go to see her. I was with her for about a week and a half, and helping her out. I got home and was literally, I think I got eight hours sleep in three days. And then I got up this morning, Wednesday the 29th, I think it was 4 am when I got up to make this early flight to go to Allentown for the show, for the benefit, for Sam.

“And literally it did not even cross my mind that my gun was in my Vera Bradley tote that I always take on the plane with me. It was the most—God, I’ve never in trouble in my life and it scared the hell out of me. It was a simple mistake, dear God, it was just horrible. If you’re a praying soul, pray, because it still scares me. I don’t even know what to say because I’m going to start crying, so, I’m going to shut up. But I at least wanted you guys to know what mistake I had made and what happened. I think some places are reporting as if I had intended to do something terrible. I simply forgot that it was in that bag.”

The show Runnels is referring to is a fundraiser for Samu Anoa’i, better known as Samu of The Headshrinkers. The event was presented by WXW-C4 last night and featured appearances by Samoa Joe, Michael Hayes and Billy Kidman.