Maryse Ouellet (WWE)

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Maryse Ouellet

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Maryse Ouellet
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Maryse in April 2016
Birth name Maryse Ouellet
Born (1983-01-21) January 21, 1983 (age 34)[1]
Montreal, Quebec, Canada[1]
Residence Los Angeles, California, United States[2]
Spouse(s) The Miz (m. 2014)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Maryse
Billed height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[3]
Billed weight 116 lb (53 kg)[3]
Billed from Montreal, Quebec, Canada[4]
Trained by Al Snow[5]
Dave Finlay[5]
Steve Keirn[5]
Tom Prichard[5]
Ricky Steamboat[5]
Debut August 24, 2006

Maryse Mizanin[6] (/məˈrs/; née Ouellet; born January 21, 1983) is a Canadian professional wrestler, professional wrestling manager, actress, businesswoman and glamour model currently signed to WWE under the ring name Maryse, where she is a former two-time Divas Champion, performing on the Raw brand as a wrestler and the manager of her real-life husband The Miz.

After spending years modeling, including winning Miss Hawaiian Tropic Canada in 2003, Ouellet was hired by the professional wrestling promotion WWE in August 2006, after she participated in the WWE Diva Search competition. She spent time in Ohio Valley Wrestling and Florida Championship Wrestling, WWE’s developmental territories, before being assigned to the SmackDown brand in 2008. In December 2008, Maryse won her first WWE Divas Championship and held it for seven months, which is the third longest reign in the championship’s history. In April 2009, she was drafted to the Raw brand, and won the Divas Championship for the second time in February 2010, making her the first wrestler to have held the championship on more than one occasion. In 2011, she became the co-host of NXT and the manager of Ted DiBiase, prior to her release from the company in October 2011. In April 2016, she returned to the company, and became the manager of her husband The Miz.

In late 2011, she announced plans for a clothing and jewelry line called House of Maryse, and later began working as a realtor.

Early life and career[edit]

Ouellet was born in Montreal, Quebec, but grew up in Edmundston, New Brunswick.[1] In high school, Ouellet was the only girl in her class, and ran the school’s fashion show.[7] She also began developing a range of makeup products.[7] Ouellet began her modelling career as a beauty pageant contestant, winning Miss Hawaiian Tropic Canada 2003 and finishing second at the International Finals of Miss Hawaiian Tropic 2004.[1] She was also on the cover of Playboy‘s 2007 Girls of Canada calendar.[7]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE[edit]

Diva Search and developmental territories (2006–2008)[edit]

In mid-2006, Ouellet tried out for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)’s Diva Search.[1] She made the final cut and was one of the top eight contestants, but was the second person eliminated on July 24. Despite her elimination, she was invited to observe workouts and the training facility at WWE’s developmental territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), along with Brooke Adams.[1] Ouellet later said that she was “very, very excited”, as it was her “dream to become a WWE Diva“.[8]

Ouellet was officially signed to a WWE developmental contract on August 24, 2006 and was assigned to OVW for training.[1] She made her in-ring debut at an OVW live event in December 2006.[1] In March 2007, she began wrestling in dark matches prior to the OVW television tapings.[1] In mid-2007, Ouellet began managing Sylvain Grenier.[9] When Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) opened in mid-2007, Ouellet was transferred to the new developmental facility, and on September 25, she made her FCW debut as the valet of Ryan O’Reilly along with Lacey Von Erich.[1][9] Ouellet then started competing in singles and tag team competition, before managing Ted DiBiase, Jr. in December 2007, and was at ringside when he captured the FCW Southern Heavyweight Championship.[9] She continued making sporadic appearances in FCW until January 2008.[9]

Early years (2006–2008)[edit]

On the September 22, 2006 episode of SmackDown!, Ouellet, known as simply Maryse, was shown on the TitanTron welcoming the Montreal viewers in French to the season premiere of SmackDown! on the CW Network.[1] Maryse made her first official televised appearance on the May 21, 2007 episode of Raw to present American rapper Timbaland‘s new music video for the single “Throw It on Me“, in which she had appeared.[10]

Maryse in 2008

By the time she began appearing regularly on SmackDown at the beginning of 2008, she had adopted a snobby attitude and become a villainous character.[9][11] On the March 7, 2008 episode of SmackDown, Maryse competed in a swimsuit contest against Victoria, Michelle McCool, Cherry, and Eve Torres, which ended in a brawl between Maryse and Torres.[12] The following week, she was the first eliminated from another swimsuit competition.[13] On March 28, Maryse competed in a “Wet and Wild” match, teaming with Victoria against Cherry and McCool in a losing effort.[14] On a “SmackDown after the bell” video on WWE’s website, the tag team Deuce ‘n Domino dumped Cherry, who had been their manager, and replaced her with Maryse.[1] Maryse then insulted Cherry, only for Cherry to slap her.[15] On the May 16 episode of SmackDown, Maryse made her in-ring debut in a loss to Cherry, though she defeated Cherry in a rematch the following week.[16][17] On the June 6 episode of SmackDown!, SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero announced the creation of the WWE Divas Championship, and that same night the Divas competed in a Golden Dreams match to qualify for the championship match at The Great American Bash, which was won by Natalya.[18] On the July 4, 2008 episode of SmackDown!, she competed again in another Golden Dreams match to face Natalya for the championship, however she failed to win.[19] For several weeks, Maryse competed in six-person tag team matches with Victoria and Natalya against Cherry, Michelle McCool and Maria. She suffered a minor broken nose after receiving a bulldog from Maria in August 2008.[20]

Divas Champion (2008–2010)[edit]

Maryse began a rivalry with Michelle McCool in September 2008, unsuccessfully challenging her for the WWE Divas Championship at Unforgiven,[21] and in a rematch the following week on SmackDown, but failed to win on both occasions.[22] On the September 23 episode of ECW, Maryse defeated McCool in a non-title match.[23] After a month-long absence, Maryse returned at Survivor Series pay-per-view event in November, participating in a five-on-five Divas elimination tag team match, eliminating Kelly Kelly, Mickie James and Candice Michelle; Maryse was the sole survivor of her team, but was ultimately eliminated by Beth Phoenix.[24] At the Armageddon pay-per-view on December 14, Maryse teamed up with Jillian Hall, Victoria and Natalya in a losing effort to McCool, Maria, Kelly Kelly and Mickie James in an Eight-Diva Santa’s Little Helper tag team match.[25] On December 19, Maryse pinned Maria to become the number one contender for Michelle McCool’s Divas Championship.[26] The following week on SmackDown, Maryse defeated McCool, with Maria as the special guest referee, to win her first Divas Championship.[27][28] On December 28, at a house show in Raleigh, North Carolina, Maryse dislocated her knee in a tag team match against The Bella Twins (Nikki and Brie). It was later announced that the injury was not major, and therefore only missed a few weeks action.[29] On the January 23, 2009 episode of SmackDown, Maryse returned and sat at ringside commentating during a Divas’ tag team match.[29] She returned to in-ring action on February 20, teaming with Michelle McCool in a win against Maria and Eve Torres, where she pinned Torres.[30]

Maryse wrestling during the WrestleMania XXV event in April 2009

Maryse made her first appearance on Raw on March 2, as a commentator for a match involving the WWE Women’s Champion Melina, with Maryse attacking her after the match.[31] The following week, Maryse made her in-ring debut on Raw in a champion vs champion lumberjill match, which she defeated Melina.[32] The rivalry extended to a tag team match on SmackDown on March 13, where Melina and Maria defeated McCool and Maryse.[33] On March 27 episode of SmackDown, Maryse made her first championship defense, losing by disqualification after the returning Gail Kim attacked Maryse and McCool, and thus retained the championship.[34] On April 5, Maryse competed in a 25-Diva Miss WrestleMania battle royal at WrestleMania XXV, but she was eliminated by Beth Phoenix and the match was won by Santina Marella (Santino Marella dressed in drag).[35] Maryse made her last appearance on SmackDown on April 24, retaining her championship against Gail Kim.[36]

As part of the 2009 WWE Draft on April 13, Maryse was drafted to the Raw brand, and in the process, the Divas Championship became exclusive to Raw.[37] She made her first appearance as part of the brand on April 27, teaming with Beth Phoenix, Rosa Mendes, and Jillian Hall in a loss to Santina Marella, Mickie James, Brie Bella and Kelly Kelly.[38] Maryse then began feuding with Mickie James after she cost James a number one contender’s battle royal, which was eventually won by Kelly Kelly, by spraying hairspray in her eyes. The following week, Maryse lost a championship match against Kelly by disqualification, meaning the championship did not change hands, and won a subsequent rematch by pinfall two weeks later on June 8.[39][40] At Night of Champions on July 26, Maryse lost the Divas Championship to James.[41] Despite being only the second Divas champion, her reign of 216 days remained the longest in the title’s history for nearly five years,[11] until AJ Lee surpassed her reign in January 2014.[42]

After losing the championship, Maryse underwent knee surgery.[43] She returned on the November 23 episode of Raw, disguised as The Gobbledy Gooker, as the guest timekeeper for a Thanksgiving-themed 6-Divas tag team match. After the match, she revealed herself by attacking the Divas Champion Melina.[44] The following week, Maryse made her in-ring return teamed with Jillian Hall in a tag team match against Melina and Gail Kim, where Maryse pinned Melina.[45] On the December 7 episode of Raw, Maryse defeated Gail Kim by dirt tatics, and following the match, Maryse proceed to attack Kelly Kelly, who was working as ring announcer, ordering her to announce she was the next Divas Champion, but was stopped by Melina.[1]

In early 2010, a tournament was held for the newly vacated WWE Divas Championship due to Melina’s injury.[46] Maryse entered the tournament, and defeated Brie Bella and Eve Torres in the first round and semi-finals, respectively, to advance to the finals.[47][48] At Royal Rumble, on January 31, Maryse teamed up with Katie Lea Burchill, Jillian Hall, Alicia Fox, and Natalya in a untelevised match in a losing effort to Gail Kim, Kelly Kelly, Eve Torres, and The Bella Twins.[49] The tournament’s finals were originally scheduled for Elimination Chamber on February 21; instead, the match was changed by the SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero to a interbrand tag team match, where Maryse teamed with her scheduled opponent Gail Kim against LayCool (Michelle McCool and Layla), which was won by LayCool as a result of Maryse abandoning Kim during the match.[50][51] The following night on Raw, Maryse defeated Kim in the finals to win the championship, becoming the first Diva to have held it twice.[11][52]

On March 15 episode of Raw, Maryse defeated Kelly Kelly in a non-title match, attacking her after the match before being attacked by Eve Torres and Gail Kim, and saved by LayCool, then joining with them and Vickie Guerrero.[53] On March 26 episode of SmackDown, Maryse teamed up with LayCool, Guerrero and Alicia Fox defeating Beth Phoenix in a 5-on-1 handicap match before being attacked by Kim, Eve, Kelly and Mickie James.[54] At WrestleMania XXVI, on March 28, she was part of the winning team of a 10-Diva tag team match with LayCool, Fox and Guerrero against Phoenix, James, Kim, Torres and Kelly Kelly,[55] but the following night on Raw, she was pinned by Torres in a rematch.[56] Maryse lost the Divas Championship two weeks later to Eve Torres on the April 12 episode of Raw,[57] and was unsuccessful to regain it at Over the Limit pay-per-view in May.[58] At Fatal 4-Way on June 20, Maryse failed to regain the title in a Fatal Four-Way match that also involved then-champion Eve, Gail Kim, and Alicia Fox, which Fox would win pinning her to become the champion.[59]

Managing Ted DiBiase and NXT (2010–2011)[edit]

On the June 21 episode of Raw, after Ted DiBiase fired Virgil, Maryse became DiBiase’s new personal assistant.[60] At Money in the Bank, on July 18, Maryse accompanied DiBiase in his Money in the Bank ladder match for the WWE Championship contract, which she tried to pick the briefcase, but was stopped by John Morrison.[61] Along with DiBiase, Maryse was announced as a mentor for Brodus Clay for the fourth season of NXT on November 30.[62] On Raw, on December 13, Maryse was involved in a battle royal to determine the winner of the Diva of the Year Slammy Award, but was eliminated by Natalya.[63] Clay traded his mentors, Maryse and DiBiase, for Alberto Del Rio on the January 25, 2011 episode of NXT.[64] In late September 2010, Maryse was involved in an storyline with Goldust, in which he stole the Million Dollar Championship from DiBiase,[65][66] and lost a subsequent mixed tag team match against Goldust and Aksana on October 26.[67]

On March 8, Maryse became the co-host of NXT, alongside Matt Striker.[68] As part of NXT Redemption, Maryse was involved in several romantic storylines, most notably with Yoshi Tatsu, Lucky Cannon, and Hornswoggle.[69][70] In April, DiBiase made an ultimatum to Maryse for her to choose to continue on the NXT or continue with him. The following week, Maryse chose to continue appearing on NXT, disbanding their alliance in the process.[71] In August, Maryse underwent surgery for an abdominal hernia and took time off WWE programming.[72][73] After two months of inactivity, Maryse was released from her WWE contract on October 28.[74]

Independent circuit (2012–2013)[edit]

On October 5, 2012, Maryse appeared at the Family Wrestling Entertainment (FWE) event Back 2 Brooklyn, performing live commentary.[75] She began appearing regularly for FWE, where she commentated during women’s matches.[76][77][78]

Return to WWE[edit]

Managing The Miz (2016–present)[edit]

Maryse celebrating along The Miz after winning the Intercontinental Championship at a Raw event in April 2016

On April 4, 2016 episode of Raw, the episode after WrestleMania 32, Maryse returned during a WWE Intercontinental Championship match between the champion Zack Ryder and her husband, The Miz. During the match, Maryse slapped Ryder’s father, who was in the front row, in order to distract Ryder and allowed Miz to capture the championship for the fifth time, thus becoming his manager in the process.[79] She formally re-introduced herself three days later on the April 7 episode of SmackDown before one more time helped Miz to retain his championship over Ryder.[80] She then began to cut various promos with Miz as his host during the “Miz TV” segments, while calling themselves the “It” Couple.[81]

Followed a hiatus due to the shoot of a WWE film, Maryse returned to WWE television on the June 27 episode of Raw, where she helped Miz to retain his championship against Kane after she faked an ankle injury.[82] After being drafted to Smackdown as part of the 2016 WWE draft which took place on July 19,[83][84] Ouellet made her first appearance for the brand on July 26, where she co-hosted a Miz TV segment along her husband before being interrupted by Randy Orton, who challenged Miz to a non-title match, in which he was subsequently defeated.[85] At Backlash, Maryse successfully helped Miz to retain the Intercontinental Championship by spraying something at Dolph Ziggler whilst Miz distracted the referee.[86] The following week, SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan announced a rematch for the championship due Maryse’s interference at Backlash. On September 20, Maryse tried again to help Miz spraying Ziggler’s eyes, but was caught by the referee, who banned her from ringside before Miz retaining the championship by spraying Ziggler’s eyes while the referee was distracted.[87] On October 9, at No Mercy Miz lost the Intercontinental Championship to Ziggler in a title vs career match when Maryse was banned from the ringside along with The Spirit Squad (Kenny and Mikey), who was contracted by her to help Miz, ending Miz’s reign at 188 days.[88] On November 8 episode of SmackDown, Maryse went on to speak in Miz’s name due Miz refuse to speak with the Daniel Bryan. At that night, Maryse accepted Bryan’s offer to Miz face Ziggler the following week for the Intercontinental Championship in the 900th episode of SmackDown. Later that night, Bryan would state on Talking Smack that if Ziggler successfully retains his championship, The Miz and Maryse would be traded to Raw for someone else.[89] On November 15 at the 900th episode of SmackDown, Maryse helped Miz to win the championship for the sixth time and also retain it at Survivor Series against Sami Zayn.[90]

On December 20, episode of SmackDown, Maryse was banned from the ringside after an attempt to apply a eye poke on Apollo Crews during a championship match for Miz’s Intercontinental Championship; After the match, Miz was interviewed by Renee Young who slapped him after a joke involving her and Dean Ambrose.[91] On December 27, episode of SmackDown, Maryse confronted Renee Young in a backstage segment before Ambrose attacked Miz.[92] On January 3, 2017, episode of SmackDown, Maryse slapped both Ambrose and Young in different occasions, before interfering in the championship match between Miz and Ambrose, slapping Ambrose again and being banned from ringside before Ambrose defeated Miz for the championship. [93] Later on Talking Smack, Maryse was fined $5,000 for slapping Young.[94]

On February 12 at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, Maryse was accidentally hit by Nikki Bella when Natalya pushed Nikki into her during a backstage brawl.[95] On February 21 episode of SmackDown, Maryse was again hit by Nikki and Natalya backstage during their Falls Count Anywhere match, leading to Maryse attacking Bella with a lead pipe and causing her to lose the match.[96] On February 28 episode of SmackDown, during the Miz TV segment, Maryse slapped Nikki’s real-life boyfriend John Cena, causing Nikki to confront her.[97] On March 7 episode of SmackDown, Maryse and Miz attacked Nikki and Cena after they won a match against James Ellsworth and Carmella.[98] On March 14 episode of SmackDown, after another showdown between the couples, SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan announced a mixed tag team match at WrestleMania 33.[99] Maryse and Miz would ultimately lose in what was Maryse’s first match in over six years.[100]

On April 10, Maryse was drafted to the Raw brand along with Miz as part of the “Superstar Shake Up“.[101]

Other media[edit]

Maryse and Miz in 2016 as “It Couple”

In April 2007, she appeared alongside fellow WWE Divas Ashley, Torrie Wilson, Brooke Adams, Layla, and Kelly Kelly in Timbaland‘s music video “Throw It On Me” featuring The Hives.[102]

Ouellet also appeared in the January 2009 issue of Muscle & Fitness, along with Eve Torres and Michelle McCool.[103] She and John Morrison were interviewed on Eurosport in the same year.[104] She also made a special appearance on Redemption Song, which was hosted by WWE wrestler Chris Jericho, along with Candice Michelle, Mickie James, and Eve Torres.[105] She has also appeared in several newspaper interviews, including Tokyo Headline, and was on the cover of Sessions Magazine in October 2010.[106][107]

In 2012, Maryse was featured on the cover of Le Journal de Montréal,[108] and on MDA Show of Strength with The Miz and other celebrities.[109] In 2015, Ouellet had roles in Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! and in Santa’s Little Helper, the latter starring Ouellet’s husband, The Miz.[109] In the same year, she appeared on the E! reality television series WAGS.[109] In 2016, it was announced that Maryse would appear as a main cast member on the sixth season of Total Divas, which prompted her return to WWE.[110]

Maryse has appeared in three WWE video games. She made her in-game debut at WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2010 and appears in WWE Smackdown vs Raw 2011 and WWE ’12.[111]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994 Octobre Pouilleuse Film debut
2015 Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! Officer Davis TV Movie
2015 Karla Sidney
2015 Santa’s Little Helper Melody Straight-to-DVD
2016 Enter the Fist and the Golden Fleecing Macy Does Post-production
2016 Delilah Amy Lannigan
2016 Isle of the Dead Mikaela Usylvich Post-production
2017 The Marine 5: Battleground Ana

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Redemption Song Herself Guest appearance
2010 Musée Eden Religieuse auditorium 1 episode
2011 Trauma Femme de Lemire 1 episode
2012 Unité 9 Infirmière d’Yvon 2 episodes
2015 WAGS Herself Episode: “Never Have I Ever”
2016–present Total Divas Main cast (season 6)

Other endeavors[edit]

Following her release from WWE in 2011, Ouellet announced her plans for a clothing and jewelry line named House of Maryse.[11]

Beginning in late 2013, Ouellet began working as a realtor in Los Angeles after spending a year earning her real estate license.[112]

Personal life[edit]

Ouellet is a native speaker of French, fluent in English, and she is able to read Spanish, although she cannot speak it.[5][7] Ouellet has a tattoo of her late father’s name, Guy, on her left wrist.[5] She has a degree in business administration, and holds a black belt in martial arts.[1] Her favorite actress is Scarlett Johansson, her favorite bands are Simple Plan and Nickelback, and she loves techno music.[113] Ouellet is an avid supporter of animal rights and gay rights, and posed for the NOH8 campaign in 2011. Ouellet is Catholic.[114]

Ouellet was inspired to become a professional wrestler by Lita.[115] She cites Lita and Victoria as her dream opponents.[116]

In July 2011, Ouellet asked a judge for protection from 61-year-old “crazed fan” Lee Silber, and filed a request for a permanent restraining order. She claimed that Silber had sent “numerous terrifying letters to my home and left more than 50 voicemails on my personal cell phone all of which are extremely disturbing and delusional.” In the filed documents and an interview for TMZ, Ouellet stated that she “feared for [her] life”. She also explained that she had beefed up her personal security, and noted that Silber was a “crazy stalker … who needs to either be in a psychiatric hospital or jail!”. On August 3, the court granted her the restraining order.[117]

In 2013, Ouellet got engaged to longtime boyfriend and fellow wrestler Mike Mizanin, best known by his ring name The Miz. The two were married in The Bahamas on February 20, 2014.[118][119][120] The couple reside in Los Angeles, California.[112]

In 2016, she legally obtained a firearm after someone attempted to break into her home. The incident was featured on an episode of Total Divas.[121]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

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Joy Giovanni (WWE)

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Joy Giovanni

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Joy Giovanni
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Giovanni in April 2005
Born (1978-01-20) January 20, 1978 (age 39)[1]
Boston, Massachusetts[1]
Residence Los Angeles, California
Children 1
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Joy Giovanni[2]
Billed height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)[1]
Billed from Boston, Massachusetts
Debut 2004[2][3]
Retired 2005[2]

Joy Giovanni (born January 20, 1978)[4] is an American actress, glamour model, retired professional wrestler, former professional wrestling valet and former WWE Diva. She is best known for her time with World Wrestling Entertainment, where she worked on its SmackDown! brand. She was the first and only winner of the promotion’s Rookie Diva of the Year award.[5]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

World Wrestling Entertainment (2004-2005, 2009)[edit]

Giovanni participated in World Wrestling Entertainment‘s 2004 Diva Search and although she finished in third place in the competition, WWE signed her to a contract just a few days after her elimination.[2][6] Her elimination was aired on the September 13 episode of RAW.[7]

Giovanni debuted for SmackDown! on November 18 as a massage therapist,[1] as Joy Giovanni and also acted as special guest bell ringer. On November 14, she and The Big Show hosted a ‘Thanksgiving’ party, only to be confronted by Luther Reigns. She was later confronted by Luther Reigns again, who tried to force Joy to go on a date with him, causing Big Show to come down and make the save. Joy got into a catfight with Amy Weber on December 16, after Joy gave John Bradshaw Layfield a candy cane.[7] On January 6, 2005 edition of Smackdown! Joy refused to sign Carlito’s petition, resulting in him spitting an apple at her face.[7] On the same episode, Kurt Angle was tricked into walking into Joy’s locker room by Amy Weber, only to scare her during her shower which caused her to run out in a towel and into Big Show’s arms. He chased Angle to the ring in defense of Joy and attacked him.[7] It was revealed to be a ploy by The Cabinet, to get Big Show and Angle angry at each other.[7]

Following this, Joy began another feud with the villainous Amy Weber.[7] The two became involved in Big Show‘s feud with John “Bradshaw” Layfield, with Giovanni serving as a friend and later the on-screen girlfriend of Big Show. The feud included a part on January 13, where Joy was kidnapped and discovered, tied and gagged in JBL’s limo trunk by Kurt Angle. During this time Joy and Amy were scheduled for a wrestling match at the order of Theodore Long, which started from a backstage catfight between Amy and herself. As Big Show attacked the entire group, Kurt Angle bragged about the whole thing and being the mastermind behind it as well.[7]

On January 20, Kurt Angle was forced to issue an open apology to Joy, but when the Big Show came out, Angle tried to leave the ring only to be get ushered back by The Cabinet. It turned out to be another ploy, as Angle and The Cabinet all attacked Big Show.[7] After Weber’s departure from WWE in February 2005, their feud was dropped suddenly and Joy would go on to win the 2005 Rookie Diva of the Year contest at No Way Out after beating out Michelle McCool, Rochelle Loewen, and Lauren Jones.[5] On February 21 at a live event, Joy competed in a bikini contest which was won by Torrie Wilson.[7] After winning the contest, Joy and her fellow Smackdown Divas would become involved in brief feuds with Dawn Marie and Melina.

Following these feuds, she occasionally appeared on SmackDown! during backstage segments with other Divas or occasional bikini and lingerie contests, including one on April 7, where she and other divas competed in a Vivas Las Vegas bikini match, which Torrie also won.[7] She was released from her contract due to budget cuts on July 6, 2005.[1][8]

Giovanni (far left (backwards) making her entrance at WrestleMania XXV in April 2009

Giovanni returned at WWE’s WrestleMania XXV making her official in-ring debut in a 25-Divas Battle Royal to determine the first Miss WrestleMania alongside various other past and present female WWE wrestlers but was eliminated second by the Bella Twins.[9]

Other media[edit]

Giovanni won the 2001 L.A. Model Expo.[1] She competed in the 2004 and 2005 Lingerie Bowl events. She was also a panelist for the G4 show Video Game Vixens.[1] In 2004 and 2005, respectively, she appeared in the films Instinct vs. Reason and When All Else Fails.[1] Giovanni had a role in Avenged Sevenfold‘s music video, The Beast and The Harlot. In 2007, Giovanni starred in the film Pretty Cool Too as June. In preparation for Wrestlemania 21, Giovanni took part in numerous promo videos, including a Taxi Driver parody.

Video Game[edit]

Giovanni appears as a playable character in WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2006

Personal life[edit]

Giovanni is of Italian descent. Since January 2010, She is now working an internship for a chiropractor in Los Angeles, California.[7] She also recently got re-certified in massage therapy for a new business venture she is working on.[7]

Giovanni has a son, whom was born on 20 October 1998.[10]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Modeling
  • L.A. Modeling Expo. (2001)

Lana (wrestling)

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Lana (wrestling)

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Lana
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Lana in March 2016
Born Catherine Joy Perry
(1985-03-24) March 24, 1985 (age 32)
Gainesville, Florida,
United States
Residence Nashville, Tennessee,
United States
Other names C.J.
C.J. Perry
Alma mater Riga Choreography School[1]
Florida State University[2]
Occupation Professional wrestler, professional wrestling manager, model, actress, dancer, singer
Years active 1999–2005 (dancer)
2005–present (model)
2008–present (actress)
2009 (singer)
2013–present (professional wrestling manager)
2016–present (wrestler)
Spouse(s) Rusev (m. 2016)
Modeling information
Hair color Blonde
Eye color Hazel
Ring name(s) Lana[3]
Billed height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[3]
Trained by WWE Performance Center[4][5]
Debut October 23, 2013[6]

Catherine JoyC.J.Perry (born March 24, 1985) is an American actress, dancer, model, professional wrestling manager, professional wrestler, and singer currently signed to WWE under the ring name Lana, performing on the SmackDown brand as a wrestler, while also remaining the manager of her real-life husband Rusev.

Early life[edit]

The eldest of four siblings, Perry was born in Gainesville, Florida[7] to parents of Portuguese and Venezuelan descent.[8] She spent several years of her childhood in the Latvian SSR, where her father worked as a Christian missionary.[7][8] Perry and her family remained in Latvia after it restored its independence from the Soviet Union in August 21, 1991. From an early age, Perry aspired to become a ballet dancer like her mother. She attended the Riga Choreography School (the ballet school of the Latvian National Opera) and began dancing with the Latvian National Ballet at the age of 14.[1][7]

At the age of 17, Perry returned to the United States. She initially lived in New York City, where she danced at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Hispanico, Broadway Dance Center, and the Martha Graham Center of Contemporary Dance. Perry later enrolled in Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee, Florida, majoring in dance and acting.[2][7]

While attending FSU, Perry began attending Florida State Seminoles football games with Jenn Sterger and several other students, cheering from the bleachers while dressed as “cowgirls“. The students, known as the Florida State Cowgirls, entered the public consciousness after being acknowledged by commentator Brent Musburger during a game between the Florida State Seminoles and the Miami Hurricanes that aired on ABC in September 2005, with Musburger quipping “1,500 red-blooded Americans just decided to apply to Florida State”.[9][10][11]

Perry parlayed the exposure into a modelling career, appearing in photoshoots in publications such as the RIDGID Tool Calendar and working as a spokesmodel for the energy drinks Matrix and Red Bull.[7] Upon graduating from FSU, she relocated to Los Angeles, California with the aim of working in show business.[7]

Music and acting career[edit]

In 2009, Perry joined No Means Yes, a girl group signed to Ne-Yo‘s record label comprising Perry (billed as “C.J.”), Kat, Shea, and Tanu. The group released one single, “Would You Like That”, and recorded two others (“7 Years Bad Luck” and “Burn Rubber”) before disbanding in 2010.[7][8] Perry later stated:

A girlfriend of mine in college referred me to the man that was putting the group together. I honestly was so scared to sing and I didn’t even know a song to sing at the audition so I sang “Jesus Loves Me”. I remember them saying “we can work with her tone because she has the right look and she is a model that break dances”. I am so thankful to this day for that experience because I do not think I would have ever gotten the role in Pitch Perfect if I hadn’t overcome my fear to open my mouth and sing.[7]

Perry went on to work as a backup dancer for performers such as Keri Hilson, Nelly, Pink, Usher, Akon, and Rich Boy.[2][7][12] In 2013, she starred alongside Kelley Jakle in the music video for Jakle’s cover of the Paramore song “Ain’t it Fun“. She trained as an actress at The Groundlings School and under the acting coaches Lesly Kahn and Larry Moss.[7] She went on to appear in acting roles such as an episode of The Game in 2011, the lead role in I.C.I.R.U.S. in 2011, the musical comedy film Pitch Perfect in 2012 and the 2015 sequel Pitch Perfect 2, and an episode of Banshee in 2013.[13] In March 2015, it was announced that she would be starring in the WWE Studios production Interrogation, alongside WWE Hall of Famer Adam “Edge” Copeland.[14]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

WWE[edit]

NXT (2013–2014)[edit]

Lana (left) celebrating a win along Alexander Rusev at a Raw event in April 2014

In June 2013, Perry revealed that she had been signed to WWE and was sent to their developmental branch NXT.[15] She debuted on the October 23, 2013 episode of NXT, under the ring name Lana, scouting Alexander Rusev during his match against CJ Parker.[6] On the November 6 episode of NXT, Lana became Rusev’s “social ambassador”, using a Russian accent and developing a character who majored in Foreign Affairs and Business and Social Media Marketing in college.[16] In December 2013, the duo of Rusev and Lana were compared to Ivan and Ludmilla Drago, the antagonists of the 1985 film Rocky IV.[17][18] Rusev and Lana later appeared at NXT Arrival, where Rusev attacked Xavier Woods and Tyler Breeze.[19]

Managing Rusev (2014–2015)[edit]

While Rusev made his main roster debut at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view on January 26, 2014,[20] Lana made her main roster debut on the January 31 episode of SmackDown, where she and Rusev in the following weeks appeared in a series of self-promotional videos and speeches.[21][22][23] Rusev wrestled his first match on the main roster on the April 7 episode of Raw, squashing Zack Ryder.[24] In early May, Lana began dedicating Rusev’s matches to her “hero”, President of Russia Vladimir Putin, as well as adopting an anti-American, Russophilic gimmick.[25][26]

Lana made some controversial comments during an in-ring promo prior to Rusev’s match against Jack Swagger at the Battleground pay-per-view event, blaming the United States for current world events and praising Putin. Although she did not directly mention it, some media outlets said Lana was making reference to the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which happened three days before Battleground, to help build heat for Rusev in his feud against Swagger.[27][28] A representative of WWE later told TMZ that the segment was not specifically about the Malaysia Airlines crash, noting that the Rusev-Lana storyline “has been a part of WWE programming for more than three months. WWE apologizes to anyone who misunderstood last night’s segment and was offended”.[29]

Lana holding the United States Championship at WrestleMania 31 in 2015

Following the November 3 episode of Raw, Rusev defeated Sheamus in a WWE Network exclusive match to capture the United States Championship.[30] At Fastlane on February 22, 2015, Lana set up a distraction which led to Rusev defeating John Cena;[31] however, at WrestleMania 31, Rusev lost the championship to Cena after Rusev accidentally crashed into Lana, knocking her off the ring apron.[32]

Managing Dolph Ziggler (2015–2016)[edit]

On April 26, 2015, at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view, during Rusev’s rematch for the United States Championship against Cena in a Russian Chain match, Lana garnered a positive reaction from the crowd, which led to Rusev banishing her from ringside.[33] It happened again, on May 17, at Payback, when Cena defeated Rusev in an “I Quit” match after Lana quit on Rusev’s behalf.[34] The following night on Raw, Lana justified her actions by explaining that Rusev said he quit in Bulgarian, only for him to harshly dismiss her; later that night, Lana kissed Dolph Ziggler, turning her face and officially ending their association.[35][36] On the June 29 episode of Raw, Lana and Ziggler confirmed their storyline relationship, and Rusev allied with Summer Rae.[37] Week later, Ziggler was injured by Rusev, who attacked Ziggler by hitting his throat,[38] and WWE subsequently announced that Ziggler had suffered a bruised trachea in storyline.[39] Ziggler returned on the August 17 episode of Raw, aiding Lana during a confrontation with Rusev and Rae.[40] This altercation prompted a match between Ziggler and Rusev at SummerSlam, on August 23, which ended in a double count-out due to interference from Lana and Rae.[41] Rae went on to “seduce” Ziggler in order to end his relationship with Lana,[42][43] but the storyline ended quietly, after WWE announced that Lana had injured her wrist while training.[44]

On October 11, TMZ reported that Lana had gotten engaged to Rusev,[45] which Lana confirmed.[46] Lana made her return, once again as a villainess, on the November 30 episode of Raw, during a Miz TV segment, where she and Rusev referenced their engagement. Before going on another hiatus from television for unknown reasons, Lana appeared on the January 25, 2016 episode of Raw, during a segment alongside The Rock.[47]

Rusev’s wife (2016–present)[edit]

Lana wrestling Natalya at a live event in April 2016

Lana returned on the February 29 episode of Raw, confronting Brie Bella during a backstage segment, arguing that Brie’s fans only supported her out of pity for having a “bad husband“,[48] and, on the March 3 episode of Main Event, she appeared during Brie’s match to distract her, in a failed attempt.[49] Lana continued with her attempts to distract and attack Brie during the March 7 episode of Raw and the March 10 episode of SmackDown, by executing Brie’s finishing maneuver on her.[50][51] On the March 14 episode of Raw, she once again distracted Brie during a tag team match against Team B.A.D. (Naomi and Tamina), causing her to lose, and aligned herself with Naomi and Tamina, following a backstage confrontation with Paige.[52] On the March 22 episode of Main Event, she brought the returning Emma and Summer Rae to her guild, reconciling with Rae in the process.[53] After a match between Emma and Paige on the March 28 episode of Raw, Lana and her allies attacked Brie Bella, Natalya, Alicia Fox and Paige, before they were saved by Eva Marie.[54] As a result, the two teams faced off in a 10-Diva tag team match at the WrestleMania 32 pre-show, in what would be Lana’s in-ring debut, which her team (dubbed Team B.A.D. & Blonde) would lose.[55][56]

On the April 25 episode of Raw, Lana returned to managing Rusev,[57] and was at ringside when he captured the United States Championship for the second time at Extreme Rules.[58] After being drafted to Raw as part of the 2016 WWE draft which took place on July 19,[59][60] Lana made her first appearance for the brand on August 1, where she accompanied Rusev in a match for the United States Championship against Mark Henry, in which he successfully defended his title.[61] After Rusev’s and Lana’s wedding celebration was usurped by Roman Reigns, Rusev was set on another match for the United States Championship against Cesaro, in which he successfully defended the title before being speared by Reigns on the August 8 episode of Raw,[62] and one week later on the August 17 episode of Raw, he competed in a non-title match for Lana’s honor against Reigns, in which he was defeated.[63] After her husband became injured, Lana was then sent to NXT, taking her off the main roster.[64]

On April 11 episode of SmackDown Live she was drafted to the SmackDown brand as part of the Superstar Shake-up under a new dancer gimmick.

Other media[edit]

Lana has appeared in three WWE video games. She made her in-game debut at WWE 2K15 as an NPC, appearing during Rusev’s entrance and winning celebration. She later made her managing debut in WWE 2K16 and appeared in the follow up, WWE 2K17. In 2016, it was announced that Lana would be featured as a main cast member for the sixth season of Total Divas.[65]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Benny Future and the Madman from Manchester Arabella
2011 Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son Dancer Uncredited
Big Time Beach Party Dancer Television film
2012 Pitch Perfect Footnote #5/Opening Bella
2014 American Hustle Uncredited
2015 Soul Alexis
Pitch Perfect 2 Legacy Bella
2016 Countdown Herself Cameo
Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon Herself Voice
Interrogation[66] Becky
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2008 The Millionaire Matchmaker Herself Episode: “Tai/German”
2009 The Real Housewives of Atlanta Episode “Better Tardy Than Never”
2011 The Game Ashley Episode: “A Very Special Episode”
2011 The Fresh Beat Band Steguitarus Episode: “Veloci-Rap-Star”
2011–2012 I.C.I.R.U.S. Brit Recurring role (7 episodes)
2013 Banshee Crystal Episode: “Wicks”
2015–present Total Divas Herself Guest (season 4)
Main cast (season 6)
2016 Total Bellas Episode: “Quickie Fix”

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Album
2009 “Would You Like That” Non-album single

Personal life[edit]

Perry married fellow WWE wrestler Miroslav Barnyashev, better known by his ring name Rusev, on July 29, 2016.[67] She had previously dated actor and former football player Isaiah Mustafa.[68]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Torrie Wilson (WWE)

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Torrie Wilson

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Torrie Wilson
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Wilson in October 2010
Birth name Torrie Anne Wilson
Born (1975-07-24) July 24, 1975 (age 41)[1]
Boise, Idaho, United States[1]
Residence Los Angeles, California, United States
Spouse(s) Billy Kidman (m. 2003; div. 2008)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Samantha[2]
Torrie Wilson
Billed height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[3]
Billed weight 134 lb (61 kg)[4][5]
Billed from Boise, Idaho[3]
Trained by Dave Finlay[6]
John Laurinaitis[6]
Billy Kidman[6]
Debut February 21, 1999
Retired May 8, 2008

Torrie Anne Wilson (born July 24, 1975) is an American model, fitness competitor, actress and retired professional wrestler. She is best known for her time in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

As a fitness competitor, Wilson won the Miss Galaxy competition in 1999.[1][7] Shortly after, she was signed by World Championship Wrestling, where she stayed from 1999 until 2001 (when it was purchased by WWE).[2][6][7] In 2001, she began appearing on World Wrestling Federation (WWF) television as part of The Invasion (by WCW, of the [then-] WWF) storyline.[4] Her most high-profile storyline took place in 2003 when she feuded with Dawn Marie.[4][8] Wilson has also been a part of the all-female stable (i.e., a group of storyline-associated characters), known as Vince’s Devils, which ended its run in 2006.

Aside from pro wrestling, Wilson has been on the cover of several magazines, including FHM and Playboy (for which she posed twice).[5][7][8]

Early life[edit]

Wilson was born in Boise, Idaho.[1] She claims that while growing up she was painfully shy as a child.[7][8][9] Wilson found her niche in many school activities, including cheerleading, dance, and was very competitive in track and field.[1][7]

During her sophomore year of high school, after Wilson’s interest in modeling grew more serious, her mother urged her to pursue it.[1] They visited an agency and were informed that Wilson would have to lose weight to be considered for jobs.[1] In the process of losing weight, she began a bout with anorexia nervosa and then bulimia that lasted from ages 14-to-20.[1][7]

After recovering from the disorder, Wilson became involved in fitness.[1][6] She began eating six meals a day and working out.[7] She placed third in her first competition,[1] and she later won the Miss Galaxy competition in 1998.[1][7] She then spent some time on the Extreme Fitness Team.[10] As part of the Women’s Tri-Fitness Championships in 1998, Wilson won first place in the Grace and Physique round.[11]

Later in 1998, Wilson moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting.[1][8] She began acting classes and was introduced to an agent who helped her gain a few jobs.[1]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

World Championship Wrestling / WCW (1999–2001)[edit]

Wilson’s start in wrestling came when she attended a World Championship Wrestling (WCW) show with her boyfriend in 1999.[6][7][8] After going backstage, she was asked to walk out to the ring with Scott Steiner.[6] Later, Kevin Nash expressed an interest in doing a storyline with her.[4][6][8] She debuted as “Samantha”, who was brought in by the New World Order (nWo) to seduce David Flair into turning against his father, Ric Flair.[4][12] They appeared together on February 21 at Superbrawl when Wilson slapped Ric, and David zapped him with a taser.[13] After Ric Flair won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship from Hollywood Hogan at Uncensored inside a Barbed Wire Steel Cage match, David and Torrie took some time off from WCW television in April before returning in May to accompany David to the ring for matches. At the 1999 Bash at the Beach, Wilson acted as a valet for Flair as he successfully defended the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship against Dean Malenko.

She continued to accompany David to the ring until September when David was on the telephone with Torrie and later found out that Torrie was in the Filthy Animals’ locker room flirting with Billy Kidman, this resulted in a feud between Flair and Kidman on the October 18, 1999 episode of Nitro when Torrie turned on him, resulting in Flair losing the match and the Animals beating on him, after the Animals stopped assaulting David, Torrie left with the Animals, It was around this time that Wilson began managing Billy Kidman and his Filthy Animals teammates.[4] As a result, she found herself involved in the Animals continuing feud with The Revolution.[4] On the November 22, 1999 episode of Nitro, during a tag team match between Billy Kidman and Konnan facing Creative Control for the WCW World Tag Team Championship, Billy Kidman looked up at the Turnertron and saw that Torrie Wilson and Eddie Guerrero were shown flirting inside his locker room on the “Kidcam”, a hidden camera segment, which led to a storyline feud between Kidman and Guerrero.[4] Following this, Wilson once again disappeared from television. Wilson however returned on the January 19, 2000 episode of Thunder managing Billy Kidman, and in April 2000, Kidman and Wilson joined a stable known as the New Blood, making them both villainous characters. As part of their newest storyline, Kidman became jealous of the attention Wilson began to give to fellow New Blood member Horace Hogan. In June, Wilson gave Kidman a hit at the Great American Bash, causing him to lose to Horace’s uncle, Hulk Hogan.[4]

Wilson was taken off of television following the encounter, reappearing at July’s Bash at the Beach during a match between Shane Douglas and Buff Bagwell. After the match, Wilson and Douglas left together, which led to a feud between Kidman and Douglas.[14] At September’s Fall Brawl, Wilson and Douglas defeated Kidman and Madusa in a mixed tag team match with scaffolding erected above the ring.[2] Wilson was released from WCW in December 2000. Although she would make one more appearance on the March 19, 2001 episode of Nitro being held hostage by Shane Douglas.[2]

World Wrestling Federation (WWF) / Entertainment (WWE)[edit]

The Invasion and feuding with Dawn Marie (2001–2003)[edit]

Main article: The Invasion

Wilson made her television debut as a villain on the June 28, 2001 episode of SmackDown! as part of The Alliance during the Invasion angle in 2001.[4] In her first storyline with the company, she portrayed Vince McMahon‘s latest affair.[15] She also regularly teamed with fellow WCW performer Stacy Keibler. The duo made their wrestling debuts in a Bra and Panties match against Lita and Trish Stratus at the InVasion pay-per-view, which Stratus and Lita won by stripping their opponents to their underwear. The following night on Raw, Wilson defeated Stratus in a Paddle on a Pole match.[2] Despite her relative lack of in-ring experience, Wilson, alongside Keibler and Ivory, regularly feuded with the Divas,[16] as well as interfering in matches on behalf of other wrestlers in The Alliance.

She became a fan favorite during the Invasion storyline when her character began an on-screen romance with Tajiri.[4] This new romance caused Keibler to turn against Wilson, and as a result of this, Wilson defected to the company. Wilson defeated Keibler in the first ever lingerie match at No Mercy.[2] When the first ever brand separation of the company roster took place in April 2002, Wilson was drafted to SmackDown!.[17] Shortly after this, as part of the storyline, Tajiri soon became jealous over the increased attention that Wilson received from other men, so he forced her to wear a geisha outfit,[4][18] and he also appeared to mistreat her in matches.[2] Wilson finally grew tired of this, and during Tajiri’s match against The Hurricane, she got on top of the announcer’s table and stripped off her clothing. The distraction allowed The Hurricane to pick up the win.[2][19] At Rebellion 2002, Torrie and her real life boyfriend at the time Billy Kidman defeated John Cena and Dawn Marie in an intergender tag team match. After the match Torrie and Kidman kissed.[2] Torrie then got her first WWE Women’s Championship match on Smackdown! after Women’s Champion Molly Holly invaded the show interrupting Torrie’s photoshoot and challenging her to a match in which Torrie was unsuccessful in winning.

Wilson started a controversial feud with Dawn Marie in September 2002,[4][8] in which Dawn would start a relationship with Wilson’s real-life father Al Wilson.[6][8][20] On the October 17 episode of Smackdown!, Torrie teamed up with Rikishi in losing effort to the team of Dawn Marie and Matt Hardy[21] In response, Wilson defeated Dawn at No Mercy in October.[22] Soon afterwards, Dawn would get engaged to Al, and told Wilson that she would break it off if she spent a night in a hotel room with her, though Dawn would later reveal this was a lie. Dawn would eventually show footage of this at Armageddon.[4][6][23] The feud continued into the 2003 when Dawn and Al got married on the January 2 episode of SmackDown! in their underwear.[23] One week later, Al then, in storyline, died from a heart attack after having rigorous sex numerous times in succession on their honeymoon.[4][23][24][25] Wilson would defeat Dawn again at the Royal Rumble in what was billed as a Stepmother vs. Stepdaughter match.[4][25] The feud lasted four months.

Playboy and various feuds (2003–2005)[edit]

In May 2003, Wilson appeared in a pictorial and on the cover of Playboy magazine.[4] A few months earlier, when her pictorial was announced, a short storyline feud with Nidia developed, with the latter being jealous of the fact that Wilson was chosen for the cover and spread in the magazine.[26] In weekly vignettes aired on SmackDown!, both Nidia and her on-screen boyfriend Jamie Noble made trips to The Playboy Mansion to complain to Hugh Hefner over his choice.[26]

On the SmackDown! after Wrestlemania XIX, during a segment labeled as Torrie’s Playboy Coming Out Party former Diva and Playboy covergirl Sable made her return to WWE after a four-year absence.[4] This began a storyline between the two women where for weeks, Sable played mind games with Wilson, being friendly one moment and unfriendly the next.[27] This all led up to a bikini contest between the two at Judgment Day, which Wilson won.[28] After the contest, Wilson kissed the former Women’s Champion Sable on the lips, showing her that there was “no hard feelings” due to Wilson’s win over the WWE veteran.[29]

Continuing her feud with Noble and Nidia from earlier in the year, Wilson managed Billy Gunn upon his WWE return in the summer of 2003.[4] The feud came to an end after Nidia and Noble both became fan favorites and sided with Gunn and Wilson. After the formation of this alliance, Wilson, Nidia, and Dawn Marie feuded with Shaniqua for a short period of time, which led to Shaniqua physically dominating Wilson and Nidia in a handicap match.[2]

Wilson in December 2004

Wilson teamed with Sable in March 2004 to feud with Raw Divas Stacy Keibler and Miss Jackie.[4] The feud’s storyline centered on the latter duo’s jealousy of Wilson and Sable as Playboy cover girls, as well as their recently being named cover girls yet again, as the two Divas were announced to be featured together in an upcoming Playboy March 2004 issue.[4] After weeks of rivalry, Wilson and Sable defeated Keibler and Miss Jackie in a Playboy Evening Gown match at WrestleMania XX by stripping their opponents of their evening gowns.[30]

In May 2004, Wilson began a second feud with Dawn Marie. As part of the feud, the two had a match with Torrie’s career on the line when the SmackDown! General Manager at the time, Kurt Angle, made the stipulation for the match at Judgment Day, which Torrie defeated Dawn to keep her career.[31]

Later in the year, Wilson engaged in a short feud with Sable, who defeated her at the Great American Bash.[32][33] On the July 1 edition of SmackDown, Sable was defeated by Wilson in a rematch.

In November 2004, Wilson began feuding with Hiroko.[4] On the December 2 episode of SmackDown!, Wilson teamed up with Rey Mysterio and Rob Van Dam in winning effort against Hiroko, Kenzo Suzuki and Rene Dupree.[2] On February 10, 2005 on a special episode of SmackDown! (recorded on February 4 in Saitama, Japan), Torrie defeated Hiroko in a kimono match by removing her kimono first.[34]

Torrie was then involved in a short-lived feud with MNM valet Melina. The two had a bra and panties match at Great American Bash, with Candice Michelle as the special guest referee. Perez defeated Wilson in that match as well as a rematch later that week on Smackdown!, with the help of Jillian Hall.[35]

Vince’s Devils (2005–2006)[edit]

Main article: Vince’s Devils

Wilson at the ring during a WWE house show in 2005

It was revealed on August 22, 2005 that Wilson and Candice Michelle had been moved to the Raw brand as a part of a trade in exchange for Stacy Keibler and Christy Hemme.[36] On that night, Wilson and Candice became villains by attacking 2005 Diva Search winner Ashley Massaro.[4] Her and Candice’s storyline feud with Massaro continued over the next couple weeks, as the duo, along with their enforcer Victoria (dubbed as the “Skankateers” by commentator Jim Ross), made things difficult for Massaro.[4] On the September 5 episode of Raw, the evil Wilson defeated Massaro after interference from Victoria and Candice.[2] Massaro evened the score on the September 12, 2005 episode of Raw when she brought out the returning Trish Stratus, and the duo proceeded to attack the villains.[37] Later that night, Wilson teamed up with Victoria in losing effort to Trish Stratus and Ashley.[2] This led to a tag team match at Unforgiven, where the team of Stratus and Massaro defeated Wilson and Victoria.[38] The following night on Raw, Wilson was defeated by Stratus after the match Wilson, Victoria and Candice attacked Ashley and Trish.[2] The feud continued into WWE Homecoming, where Stratus and Massaro defeated Wilson, Candice, and Victoria in the first ever three on two Bra and Panties match by stripping all three of their opponents.[39]

Wilson was absent from WWE television for quite some time after this, leading to rumors and false reports that she had been released from WWE.[40][41] In actuality, she had taken a leave of absence to tend to some “personal issues”.[40] Wilson was surprised by the rumors after some media personnel offered to help her find work.[40] WWE issued a statement on their website, in which Wilson also commented, denouncing the rumors.[40] In the statement she joked she had to “call the WWE office and ask them if they forgot to fire me”.[40]

On October 17, Wilson made her return to Raw, where she, Candice and Victoria faced off against the team of Stratus, Massaro, and their new ally Mickie James in a winning effort after Wilson pinned James.[2] On November 28 episode of Raw, Wilson teamed up with Victoria and Candice Michelle in losing effort to Trish, Ashley and James.[42] On the February 13 episode of Raw, Wilson was accompied by Michelle in losing effort to Ashley.[2] Vince’s Devils was a short-lived alliance. Wilson soon became a fan favorite once again, after Candice and Victoria both turned against her. On the March 13 episode of Raw, Torrie helped Trish retain the Women’s Championship against Victoria who was accompied by Candice Michelle.[2] The following week on Raw, Torrie teamed up with Trish to defeat Victoria and Candice.[2] The storyline feud between Candice and Wilson led to a match where Wilson faced Playboys newest cover girl, Candice, at WrestleMania 22 in a Playboy Pillow Fight.[4][43] Wilson won the match,[4] but the feud still continued on-and-off for some time. On the June 12, 2006 episode of Raw, Wilson defeated Candice in the first ever “Wet and Wild match“, a wrestling match involving water balloons and squirt guns, in which the winner of the match would be on the cover of the WWE 2006 Summer Special magazine.[5]

On-screen relationship with Carlito, return to SmackDown! and final feuds (2006–2008)[edit]

Wilson also made a special appearance on WWE’s ECW brand on August 22, 2006 representing Raw in a bikini contest against ECW Diva Kelly Kelly.[44] A winner was not decided, however, and a six-person mixed tag match began pitting Wilson, Tommy Dreamer, and The Sandman against the team of Kelly Kelly, Mike Knox, and Test. Wilson’s team was victorious.[5][44]

Wilson in December 2007

In the final months of 2006, Wilson entered into an on-screen relationship with Carlito.[2] On the November 27 Raw, Torrie Wilson participated in a #1 Contenders Diva Battle Royal that was won by Victoria.[2] On the December 11 Raw, Torrie was defeated by Victoria and after the match Chris Masters proceeded to put Torrie in a Masterlock until she was saved by Carlito.[2] During this time, Ric Flair took an interest in Carlito, and Wilson accompanied the duo in a series of tag matches.[2] On March 12 episode of Raw, Torrie was defeated by then Women’s Champion Melina, after the match Melina attacked Wilson but was stopped by Mickie James, who was then stopped by Victoria, Melina then attempted to escape but was stopped by Ashley Massaro.[2] In May 2007, however, Carlito turned against Flair and dumped Wilson when he became a heel.[45] The storyline came to a halt when on the June 11 episode of Raw, when Wilson was drafted from Raw to SmackDown! as part of the 2007 WWE Draft.[46] As she returned, she acted a valet for Jimmy Wang Yang and the duo was placed in feuds against Victoria and Kenny Dykstra.

At the Summerslam pay-per-view, Torrie participated in a number one contenders Battle Royal which was won by Beth Phoenix.[2] On the September 21 episode of SmackDown! Torrie was one of the bridesmaids at the Theodore Long-Kristal Marshall wedding.[2] On the September 28 episode of SmackDown!, after losing to Victoria, she was attacked in the ring by the debuting villainess Krissy Vaine,[47] but the feud was prematurely dropped when Vaine left the company.[48] On the October 29 episode of Raw, Torrie competed in the Halloween Divas Battle Royal eliminating Victoria before being last eliminated by Kelly Kelly, who defeated her with a strike to the groin.[2] On the November 16 episode of SmackDown!, Torrie teamed up with Mickie James in a losing effort to Beth Phoenix and Victoria.[2] She was on Mickie’s team at Survivor Series, which was victorious over Beth Phoenix’s.[2] Torrie’s last appearance was on the November 23 episode of SmackDown!, defeating long-time rival Victoria.[2] In November, Wilson took time off from wrestling to undergo physical therapy in relation to a previous back injury.[49] On May 8, 2008, Wilson was released from her WWE contract.[50]

One-off appearance (2009)[edit]

Wilson made her in-ring return at WrestleMania

She made her in-ring return at WrestleMania XXV alongside many former divas to compete in the “Miss WrestleMania” battle royal, where she was eliminated by Beth Phoenix.

Other media[edit]

Wilson has appeared in nine WWE video games. She made her in-game debut in WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth, and appears in WWE WrestleMania XIX, WWE Raw 2, WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain, WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw, WWE Day of Reckoning 2, WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2006, WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2007, and WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2008.

Aside from Playboy, Wilson has also appeared on the cover of several other magazines, including the September 2006 cover of FHM magazine.[5][9][51]

Wilson was also number forty-three on FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World list in 2007.[52] She has also been on AskMen.com‘s list of the Most Desirable Women in the World twice: she was number twenty-two in 2006 and number sixty-five in 2007.[5][41]

Wilson, along with several other Divas, filmed Timbaland‘s music video “Throw It On Me” in April 2007.[53] Also in 2007, Wilson made a special appearance, along with Mick Foley, at the Special Olympics World Games in Shanghai.[54] She appeared on the February 6, 2008 episode of Project Runway where the contestants designed wrestling attire for several of the Divas.[55]

In April 2009, Wilson signed on to appear in the NBC reality show, I’m a Celebrity…Get Me out of Here!, which premiered in June.[56] On the show’s season finale, Wilson was named the runner-up to winner Lou Diamond Phillips.

In September 2011, Wilson along with Candice Michelle filmed Lilian Garcia‘s music video “U Drive Me Loca”.[57]

Personal life[edit]

She admits not having watched wrestling when she was younger,[6][9][12] but says that since becoming involved in the industry, she has become a fan of Hulk Hogan.[9]

While working for WWE, Wilson was on the road up to 300 days per year.[12] She has a Maltese named Chloe, who traveled with her.[12] While on the road, Wilson worked out at least four days a week.[8] Usually, her workout consisted of an hour of cardiovascular workouts and a half-hour of lifting weights.[8]

Wilson also has a close friendship with Stacy Keibler.[7][8] At one point, they were roommates in Los Angeles, California.[8]

After dating for four years,[8] Wilson married Peter Gruner (known on-screen as Billy Kidman) on July 11, 2003.[4] They lived in Tampa, Florida, when not traveling.[6][7] The couple divorced in 2008.[58]

In September 2007, Wilson launched her clothing line, “Officially Jaded”, alongside Nick Mitchell, a former WWE wrestler who was known as “Mitch” of the Spirit Squad. The couple began dating in mid-2006.[59] She opened a store in The Woodlands, Texas, at the upscale Market Street district.[60] On September 14, 2008, Torrie made an appearance at the inaugural Wrestler’s Rescue event held in Piscataway, New Jersey, an event to create awareness and to help raise money to support the health care needs of retired professional wrestlers.[61]

Wilson dated New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez from 2011 to 2015.[62][63]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Ashley Massaro (WWE)

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Ashley Massaro

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Ashley Massaro
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Birth name Ashley Marie Massaro
Born (1979-05-26) May 26, 1979 (age 37)[1][2]
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma mater State University of New York
Children 1
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Ashley
Ashley Massaro
Billed height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)[3]
Billed weight 110 lb (50 kg)[3]
Billed from New York, New York
Trained by Dave Finlay[4]
Ricky Steamboat[4]
Trish Stratus[4]
Debut June 27, 2005

Ashley Marie Massaro[1] (born May 26, 1979) is an American former professional wrestler, model, valet, former WWE Diva and current general manager signed to World Independent Ladies Division Wrestling. She is best known for her time with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) under the ring name Ashley (Massaro) and for her appearance on Survivor: China.

Massaro made her debut in WWE after winning the WWE Diva Search in 2005. Following an initial rivalry with Vince’s Devils – an alliance of female villains – she became the valet for the WWE Tag Team Champions The Londrick. Her most high-profile matches were a WWE Women’s Championship match against Melina at WrestleMania 23 and a Playboy Bunnymania Lumberjill match at WrestleMania XXIV. She left WWE in mid-2008. During her tenure in the company, she appeared on the covers of several magazines, including the April 2007 issue of Playboy. She has also made guest appearances on several television shows and performed in music videos.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

World Wrestling Entertainment[edit]

Diva Search (2005)[edit]

Massaro initially found out about World Wrestling Entertainment‘s (WWE) 2005 Raw Diva Search when she met a WWE casting director during a swimsuit pageant.[5] After beating the seven other chosen finalists, Massaro was declared the winner on the August 15, 2005 edition of Raw.[6] Her winnings included $250,000 and a one-year contract with WWE.[1][6]

Feud with Vince’s Devils and Mickie James (2005–2006)[edit]

A week later on Raw, Candice Michelle and Torrie Wilson attacked Massaro after pretending to welcome her to Raw.[5][7] Massaro’s storyline feud with Wilson and Michelle continued over the next couple weeks, as the duo, along with their enforcer Victoria (dubbed as the “Skankateers” by commentator Jim Ross), made things difficult for Massaro.[8] Massaro made her in-ring debut on the August 29 episode of Raw, in losing effort to Victoria.[9] On the September 5 episode of Raw, Massaro was defeated by the evil Wilson due to interference from Victoria and Candice.[3] Massaro evened the score on the September 12, 2005 episode of Raw when she brought out the returning Trish Stratus, and the duo proceeded to attack the villains.[10] On the September 18 episode of Raw, The pair defeated the trio—who became known as the Ladies in Pink (and later Vince’s Devils).[3] This led to a tag team match at Unforgiven, where the team of Stratus and Massaro defeated Wilson and Victoria.[11] The following night on Raw, Massaro accompanied Trish where she defeated Wilson. After the match, The duo were attacked by The Vince Devils.[3] The feud continued into WWE Homecoming, where Stratus and Massaro defeated Wilson, Candice, and Victoria in the first ever three on two Bra and Panties match by stripping all three of their opponents.[12] Massaro continued to wrestle matches through the rest of 2005 and was involved in the annual Fulfill Your Fantasy Diva Battle Royal at Taboo Tuesday for her first shot at the WWE Women’s Championship.[13] Massaro eliminated Candice Michelle before being eliminated by Victoria.[13] At New Year’s Revolution in January, Massaro won the first ever Bra and Panties Gauntlet match by being the final Diva left still wearing her clothes.[14] Following WWE tradition, to please the fans, she removed them herself before making her exit.[14]

Through the early part of 2006, Massaro became the victim of a series of attacks from Mickie James.[15] At the Royal Rumble, James defeated Massaro with then Women’s Champion, Trish Stratus, as the special guest referee.[16] Massaro got her revenge one week later by pinning James in the rematch on Raw.[17] During the February 20, 2006 edition of Raw, however, Massaro suffered a fractured left fibula while being eliminated from the Women’s Battle Royal,[18] and her feud with James was cut short.[15] She underwent surgery to insert a five-inch metal plate and eight screws into her leg.[5] During her recovery, Massaro still occasionally appeared on Raw as part of the Stratus/James feud, albeit in a non-active role.[15] Massaro returned on the March 20, 2006 episode of Raw, being kidnapped by James to lure Stratus in to saving her but James was successful and attacked Stratus.[3]

SmackDown! (2006-2007)[edit]

She returned to television on June 2, now on SmackDown!, as a special guest commentator during the Kristal Marshall versus Jillian Hall match.[19] On the June 9 edition of SmackDown!, Ashley defeated Kristal, Jillian Hall and Michelle McCool in a Bikini contest.[3] Massaro later aligned herself with Hall, and they feuded with Michelle McCool and Marshall. Massaro won her SmackDown! debut match on July 21, when she teamed up with Hall to defeat McCool and Marshall.[20] At The Great American Bash, Massaro won the Fatal Four-Way Bra and Panties match by removing all of her opponents clothing.[21] On the August 4 edition of SmackDown!, Massaro broke her knuckle in a match against Marshall.[22][23]

Massaro at the ring during a WWE house show in November 2007.

Massaro, Paul London, and Brian Kendrick defeated Idol Stevens, K.C. James and Michelle McCool in a Six-Person Mixed Tag Team match.[24] Following the victory, Massaro became the valet for London and Kendrick, accompanying them to the ring for their matches on SmackDown! and pay-per-views.[15] On the October 27 episode of SmackDown!, Ashley participated in a Diva’s “Trick or Treat Battle Royal which was won by Kristal.[3] On the December 19 edition of SmackDown!, Ashley teamed up with Layla in a winning effort defeating Jillian Hall and Kristal in a divas-tag-team match.[3] On the January 2 edition of SmackDown!, Ashley competed against Hall in a winning effort.[3] On the January 26 episode of SmackDown!, Ashley teamed up with London and Kendrick in a losing effort to the MNM (Mercury & Nitro & Melina) in a six-person mixed-tag-team match.[3] During the February 16, 2007 edition of SmackDown!, Massaro unveiled her Playboy cover.[25][26] Surrounding the release of the magazine, Massaro engaged in a feud with Jillian Hall, who was jealous over the attention Massaro received due to the Playboy cover.[5][27] At No Way Out, Massaro won the first ever Diva Invitational by removing her top to reveal her breasts which were covered with Playboy bunny pasties.[28]

Massaro also began a feud with then WWE Women’s Champion, Raw’s Melina, who was angry over the publicity Massaro had been receiving because of the cover.[29] On the March 9 episode of SmackDown!, the rivalry was taken to the next level when a catfight broke out between the Divas on the inaugural edition of Miz TV.[29] On the March 16 episode of SmackDown!, Ashley teamed up with London and Kendrick in a losing effort to the MNM (Mercury & Nitro & Melina) in a six-person mixed-tag-team match.[3] On the March 23 episode of SmackDown!, Ashley would get a catfight after Melina attempted to make an interference during Kendrix and Paul’s match with MNM.[3] On the March 26 episode of Raw, Ashley teamed up with Torrie Wilson and Candice Michelle in a winning effort defeating Melina, Hall and Victoria.[3] At WrestleMania 23, Massaro unsuccessfully challenged Melina for the WWE Women’s Championship in a LumberJill match to retain her title.[15][30]

After WrestleMania, Massaro continued as a valet for WWE Tag Team Champions Paul London and Brian Kendrick.[3] In storyline, on the April 13 episode of SmackDown!, Massaro was attacked by Jillian Hall.[31] In reality, Massaro had loosened a screw in her ankle, which had been inserted the previous year after she legitimately fractured her tibia and fibula while in a battle royal.[5][32] Massaro returned on the June 1, 2007 episode of SmackDown!, helping McCool defeat Hall after she distracted her.[3] This return was short lived when on the June 8 edition of SmackDown!, Massaro was suspended indefinitely after accidentally spilling Mr. McMahon’s coffee on him.[5][33] In reality, Massaro was taking time off to participate on the show Survivor.[15]

Various storylines and departure (2008)[edit]

Massaro returned on January 7, 2008 to the Raw brand, winning a Divas Lingerie Pillow Fight against Maria, Jillian Hall, Melina, and Mickie James.[34] On the January 14 episode of Raw, Ashley teamed up with Mickie James and Maria in a losing effort to the team of Beth Phoenix, Jillian Hall, and Melina in a 6 person-tag-team match.[3]

Ashley along her tag team partner Maria and Master of Ceremonies Snoop Dogg at WrestleMania XXIV.

Ashley began a storyline with Maria and Santino Marella at the January 21, 2008 episode of Raw, attempting to convince Maria to pose for Playboy but was interrupted by Marella.[3] At the Royal Rumble pay-per-view, Ashley again attempted to convince Maria by telling her that Hugh Heffner wanted her to pose for Playboy before Maria could answer Marella interrupted and objected to the proposal. Ashley would then beat down Marella’s surprise Big Dick Johnson when he attempted to perform a strip tease.[3] At the No Way Out pay-per-view, Ashley would appear with Maria in a segment at the Playboy Manison.[3] On the March 24, 2008 episode of Raw, Ashley interfered in the match between Maria and Melina.[3] After the match, Santino Marella came down to the ring so Jerry “The King” Lawler (whom was tired of Marella’s actions over previous weeks) knocked Santino out of the ring. Which set up the six person mixed-tag-team match, in which they lost to Marella, Melina and Phoenix.[3] Massaro replaced Candice Michelle, who was out with an injury, in the Playboy Bunnymania Lumberjack match at WrestleMania XXIV teaming up with Maria, losing to Beth Phoenix and Melina after the interference from Marella.[35]

On the April 14 episode of Raw, Ashley teamed up with Maria in a losing effort to the team of Melina and Hall in a tag-team match.[3] Massaro also participated in a 12 Diva Tag Team match at Backlash, where Phoenix pinned her to get the win for her team.[15] On the April 28 episode of Raw, Ashley competed in her last match by teaming up with Michelle McCool, Cherry, Kelly Kelly, Maria and James in a winning effort defeating Layla, Melina, Phoenix, Natalya, Hall and Victoria.[3] Massaro was released from her WWE contract on July 9, 2008.[36][37] A week prior to her release, she announced that she had asked to be let go from her contract due to her daughter being sick.[15]

Other media[edit]

Survivor[edit]

Massaro was a contestant on CBS‘s Survivor: China, which was the fifteenth season of the show, in 2007.[2][38] Massaro approached the WWE with the idea of doing the show, and after going through the casting process, she found out she made the show ten days before she had to leave for China to film.[39] Prior to the experience, Massaro had never been camping before, so to train for the show she had to get used to being outside.[39] She was assigned to the Zhan Hu tribe in the first episode and quickly began quarreling with fellow contestant Dave Cruser.[40] In the second episode, Massaro was voted off after six days with a 6–1 vote.[40]

Modeling and acting[edit]

She has competed in Miss Hawaiian Tropic pageants and was crowned Miss Hawaiian Tropic USA in 2002 and Miss Hawaiian Tropic Canada in August 2004.[2][41][5] She has appeared in FHM, Stuff, Maxim, and on the cover of Playboy after joining WWE,[5] though she had previously posed for Playboy in 2003 and 2004.[42] Massaro tried out for Playboy scouts when they were searching for models for the 50th Anniversary Playmate Hunt.[43] She appeared in the accompanying pictorial in the December 2003.[43] In addition, she has appeared in both Femme Fatales and Flex magazines.[2][5] Massaro has also hosted several E! channel Wild On! episodes and appeared on Breaking Bonaduce as Danny Bonaduce’s personal trainer.[2][15] Massaro has guest starred on an episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition alongside WWE Superstars John Cena and Batista.[2] In addition, she has appeared in campaign ads for both Hawaiian Tropic and Yamaha.[5]

In February 2007, Massaro and Glenn “Kane” Jacobs filmed an episode of the CW’s Smallville that aired on March 22, 2007.[2] In April 2007, Massaro also appeared as a guest on Fuse TV‘s show The Sauce.[2][44] On April 20, 2007, Massaro and several other Divas filmed Timbaland‘s video, “Throw It on Me” featuring The Hives.[45] In 2008, she appeared in Rev Theory‘s video for “Hell Yeah.”[46]

Filmography[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Smallville Athena
2007 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Herself
2007 Survivor: China Herself
Music Videos
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Throw It on Me Herself
2008 Hell Yeah Herself

Personal life[edit]

Massaro grew up in Babylon, New York, where her brother and father competed in amateur wrestling.[2] She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication with a minor in Business from the State University of New York.[2]

Massaro previously dated fellow wrestler Matt Hardy.[47]

Massaro has one daughter, Alexa “Lexi” Massaro, who was born on July 23, 2000.[48] When her daughter became sick in mid-2008, Massaro asked for an early release from WWE to care for her.[15]

She has several tattoos, including a black and pink nautical star on the back of both of her elbows;[5] a pink and red dragon surrounding kanji lettering that translates to ‘Trust No One’ going down the right side of her torso;[49] symbols on the small of her lower back; and a butterfly on her right hip. She also has several piercings, including a ‘Monroe’ (a piercing near the upper lip that resembles a beauty mark)[50] and ‘Snakebites’ (a piercing on each side of the lower lip).[2][51]

Massaro is a Christian.[52]

In November 2016, Massaro joined a class action lawsuit against WWE, litigated by Konstantine Kyros, who has been involved in a number of other lawsuits against them, alleging that the company concealed risks of injury which caused them neurological damage. Massaro also alleges that she was sexually assaulted at a US military base during a WWE tour of Kuwait and that WWE apologized but persuaded her not to report it to the appropriate authorities.[53]

In wrestling[edit]

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Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Brooke Tessmacher

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Brooke Tessmacher

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Brooke Tessmacher
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Birth name Brooke Nichole Adams
Born (1984-12-04) December 4, 1984 (age 32)[1]
St. Louis, Missouri, United States[1]
Residence Houston, Texas, United States
Children 1
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Brooke[1]
Brooke Adams[1][1]
Brooke Tessmacher[2]
Miss Tessmacher[3]
Billed height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)[1]
Billed weight 112 lb (51 kg)[1]
Billed from Houston, Texas[4]
Trained by Deep South Wrestling[1]
Florida Championship Wrestling[1]
Debut November 2006[1]

Brooke Nichole Adams[5] (born December 4, 1984),[1] is an American model and professional wrestler currently signed for Impact Wrestling under the ring name Brooke. She is a three–time TNA Knockouts Champion, and a former one–time TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champion with Tara, known collectively as TnT. She previously worked for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) between 2006 and 2007, appearing with Kelly Kelly and Layla in the dance troupe Extreme Exposé, on the company’s former ECW brand.[3]

Early life[edit]

Adams was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and moved to Houston, Texas at the age of 7. For a time, Adams and her family lived out of her mother’s Daytona hatchback until they had enough money to afford an apartment. She attended Spring High School, and was active in basketball, volleyball, track and rugby.

Modeling career[edit]

Prior to becoming a wrestler, Adams competed in bikini pageants such as Miss Hawaiian Tropic, Miss Swimsuit USA and Miss Hooters. Her agent told her “You’re way too ripped to keep modeling. You need to go to the fitness side, or gain some weight and get softer and be a model.”[6][7]

After her release from WWE, Adams returned to fitness modeling and went on to place in the Hawaiian Tropic, Planet Beach, Darque Tan, and Bikini USA model search contests.[8] At the 2006 Grand Prix of Houston, she won the local round for the Face of Champ Car beauty contest (with her duties later taken over by 1st Runner Up Angela Rutledge). Adams was crowned Miss Hawaiian Tropic Texas 2008 on November 8, 2008. In late 2010 she took part in the Hooters Texas Swimsuit Pageant Finals to determine seven Hooters girls who would go on to the 2010 International Hooters Swimsuit Pageant competition. In August 2011, Adams announced that she was the winner of the Hooters’ Viewers’ Choice $10,000 award as advertised on the Hooters Swimsuit Pageant competition.[9][10]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

World Wrestling Entertainment[edit]

Diva Search (2006)[edit]

Adams first became involved in professional wrestling by trying out for the 2006 WWE Diva Search, for which she failed to make the top 8.[1] Despite not making the cut, Adams was chosen to observe workouts in WWE‘s then-developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), along with Maryse Ouellet, after which she was offered a developmental contract.

Deep South Wrestling (2006–2007)[edit]

Adams in February 2007

She accepted, and was assigned to Deep South Wrestling (DSW) to train, beginning as the valet for Daniel Rodimer.[1] When Rodimer was called up to WWE’s main roster, Adams became focused on becoming a full-time wrestler. She made her in-ring debut in a loss to Angel Williams, at a DSW TV taping in December 2006.[1] In February 2007, she was, in storyline, promoted to the position of Personal Assistant to DSW General Manager Krissy Vaine, with her main job being to protect Vaine from Angel Williams. This eventually led to another match between Adams and Williams, as ordered by Vaine. On March 15, Adams was fired from her position, as a result of Vaine and Williams forming an alliance together.[11]

ECW (2007)[edit]

On January 23, 2007, Adams debuted on WWE’s main roster on the ECW brand, joining the returning Kelly Kelly and the newly drafted Layla in Extreme Exposé.[5] When Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) opened in the summer of 2007, Adams was transferred to the developmental facility for more training, as well as continuing her role on ECW.[12] Extreme Exposé performed a weekly dance segment on ECW for the next several months, as a successor to the former Kelly’s Exposé segment of a similar nature,[1] until The Miz was placed on the ECW brand in the annual WWE Draft Lottery, at which point all three women began actively pursuing him.[13][14][15][16] Later, Kelly shifted her attentions to Balls Mahoney,[17] to the amusement of Miz and her Exposé sisters, who had been spending their time mocking his appearance, which resulted in Brooke and Layla transitioning into villainous characters.[18][19][20] Brooke, along with the other ECW Divas, as well as the SmackDown and Raw Divas, competed in a number one contender’s battle royal, where the winner would face Candice Michelle for the WWE Women’s Championship at SummerSlam. However, Brooke was eliminated early by Victoria, with Kelly Kelly as the last ECW Diva standing. Brooke’s last match with WWE was a tri-brand Divas Halloween battle royal on the October 29, 2007 episode of Raw; although Brooke was eliminated early, Kelly would eliminate Torrie Wilson and Victoria to get the win for ECW. On November 1, 2007, Adams was released from her WWE contract, and Extreme Exposé dissolved as a group.[21]

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling[edit]

Knockouts Division Commissioner (2010–2011)[edit]

Tessmacher as Eric Bischoff‘s assistant in July 2010

Adams made her debút for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) on the March 29, 2010, episode of TNA Impact!, in a backstage segment portraying as Eric Bischoff‘s assistant, under the name Ms. Tessmacher, named after Lex Luthor‘s girlfriend and assistant in the first two Superman movies.[3][22][23] On the September 30 episode of TNA Impact!, Tessmacher was put in charge of the TNA Knockouts division, as their new Knockout’s Law[24] but the position quickly went to her head, and she began being verbally abusive towards the Knockouts.[25][26] On the October 14 episode of TNA Impact, Bischoff fired Tessmacher from her position as his assistant and Knockout’s Law, after she had leaked information about his plans for Kevin Nash and “The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero, stating that she needed to become a wrestler herself if she was to remain in TNA.[27] On the October 21 episode of TNA Impact!, Tessmacher begged The Beautiful People to teach her how to wrestle, but they refused, due to the treatment they received from her when she was in control of the Knockouts Division.[28] The following week, it was announced that Lacey Von Erich, of The Beautiful People, agreed to train Tessmacher to wrestle[29] but she left the promotion on November 11, ending the angle abruptly.[30]

On the December 16 episode of TNA Impact!, Tessmacher made her in–ring debut as Bischoff’s hand picked partner for Mickie James in the first round match of a tournament for the vacant TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship, in which they were defeated by Madison Rayne and Tara.[31] On December 25, Adams suffered a broken jaw in an out–of–the–ring accident and had wires and metal plates put in her jaw as a result.[32] Tessmacher returned on the April 21, 2011 episode of TNA Impact!, stating that during her time away, she had been training to become the next TNA Women’s Knockout Champion[33] and received her first shot at the title, in her return match, two weeks later, where she was defeated by champion Mickie James.[34] On the June 16 episode of Impact Wrestling, Tessmacher and Velvet Sky challenged Mexican America (Rosita and Sarita) for the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship, but were defeated after outside interference from Sky’s rival, ODB.[35]

Championship reigns (2011–2013)[edit]

On the July 21 episode of Impact Wrestling, Tessmacher and Tara, collectively known as TnT, defeated Rosita and Sarita to win the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship, which would be Adams’ first professional wrestling championship.[36][37] Tessmacher earned her first singles victory by defeating Madison Rayne on the August 4 episode of Impact Wrestling!.[38] The following week, Adams’ ring name was changed to Brooke Tessmacher.[2] TnT went on to successfully retain the titles against Rosita and Sarita at Hardcore Justice in a rematch[39] and against Angelina Love and Winter on October 20[40] before losing them to Gail Kim and Madison Rayne on the November 3 episode of Impact Wrestling.[41] Two weeks later, both Tessmacher and Tara competed in a number one contender’s gauntlet match but were both eliminated.[42]

After pinning Gail Kim on three occasions,[43][44][45] Tessmacher was named the number one contender for her TNA Women’s Knockout Championship and receiver her title match on May 13, at the Sacrifice pay–per–view, which Kim won with her feet on the ropes.[46] Tessmacher received another title shot on the May 17 episode of Impact Wrestling, but was again defeated by Kim in a three–way match, which also included Velvet Sky.[47] On the June 7 episode of Impact Wrestling, a week after Brooke Hogan‘s debut, Adams’ ring name was changed to Miss Tessmacher and she then went on to defeat Mickie James, Tara and Velvet Sky in a fatal four–way match to earn another shot at Kim’s championship.[48]

Three days later at the Slammiversary pay–per–view, Tessmacher defeated Kim to win the TNA Women’s Knockout Championship for the first time.[49] Tessmacher retained her championship against Mickie James in June[50] and against Gail Kim in July[51] before losing it to Madison Rayne, on August 12 at Hardcore Justice, who had referee Earl Hebner on her side, ending her reign at 63 days.[52] Four days later, on Impact Wrestling, Tessmacher regained the title from Rayne in a match refereed by the debúting Taryn Terrell.[53] After winning the title, Brooke was defeated by her TnT partner, Tara, in a non–title match[54][55] which led to a title match between the two on September 9, at No Surrender, where Tessmacher successfully defended the title.[56] On the September 13 episode of Impact Wrestling, Tara turned on Tessmacher and officially disbanded TnT.[57] On October 14 at the Bound for Glory pay–per–view, Tessmacher lost the championship to Tara, ending her second reign at 59 days.[58] Tessmacher received a rematch for the title on the October 25 episode of Impact Wrestling, but was again defeated by Tara after an interference from her boyfriend Jesse.[59]

Tessmacher in early 2013

On January 13, 2013, at Genesis, Tessmacher competed in a five–woman gauntlet match to determine the number one contender to the TNA Women’s Knockout Championship, but was eliminated by Gail Kim.[60] On the February 7 episode of Impact Wrestling, Tessmacher defeated Tara in a non–title match and earned another shot at the championship[61] which she received during a fatal four–way elimination match two weeks later, but was eliminated by Velvet Sky.[62] In April, Brooke was defeated by Mickie James in a number one contender’s match.[63]

Aces & Eights (2013–2014)[edit]

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After a four–month absence, Tessmacher returned as a heel on the August 22 episode of Impact Wrestling, revealing herself as Bully Ray‘s girlfriend, joining the villainous Aces & Eights stable.[64] Tessmacher, now billed simply as Brooke, wrestled her return match on the October 3 episode of Impact Wrestling, defeating Velvet Sky in a number one contender’s match for the TNA Women’s Knockout Championship.[65] On October 20, at the Bound for Glory pay–per–view, Brooke competed in a three–way match against ODB and Gail Kim for the championship, in which, Lei’D Tapa attacked both Brooke and ODB, helping Kim to win the championship.[66][67] On the November 21 episode of Impact Wrestling, Brooke managed Bully Ray, who faced Mr. Anderson in a no disqualifications match, which Anderson won, and as a pre–stipulation of the match, the Aces & Eights were forced to disband.[68] On the December 26 episode of Impact Wrestling, in a backstage segment, Bully Ray ended his relationship with Brooke.[69]

On May 10, 2014, after a six–month hiatus, Brooke returned at the tapings for the Knockouts Knockdown 2 pay–per–view (which aired on tape delay on November 7, 2014), defeating Deonna, while still working as a heel, but was eliminated from the gauntlet match later that night.[70] Brooke made her televised return on the June 12 episode of Impact Wrestling, as a fan favorite, in an in–ring segment with Ethan Carter III and Rockstar Spud, where the two would attempt to get her to reveal Bully Ray’s secrets, but she refused. Ray would come out and hug Brooke afterwards.[71] Brooke was then sidelined with a torn ACL and after fully recovering, she took more time off to participate in The Amazing Race alongside Robbie E.

Final feuds and departure (2015)[edit]

On January 7, 2015, during Impact Wrestling‘s debút on Destination America, Brooke returned to TNA and attacked her former boyfriend Robbie E, who insulted her upon his return.[72] On the January 16 episode of Impact Wrestling, in her in–ring return, Brooke and Taryn Terrell lost to The Beautiful People (Angelina Love and Velvet Sky) in a tag team match, after Robbie caused a distraction.[73] The feud between Brooke and Robbie continued throughout February[74][75] and officially ended on the March 13 episode of Impact Wrestling, when Brooke defeated Robbie in an intergender match dubbed as the “Battle of the Exes”, despite interference from Angelina Love and Jessie Godderz.[76]

On the TKO: Night of Knockouts edition of Impact Wrestling on April 24, Brooke became the number one contender to Taryn Terrell’s TNA Women’s Knockout Championship after defeating Angelina Love, Gail Kim and Madison Rayne in a fatal four–way match.[77] Brooke then unsuccessfully challenged Terrell for the championship on the Hardcore Justice edition of Impact Wrestling on May 1[78] and, on July 1, in a three–way match, which also involved Awesome Kong.[79] In June, Brooke and Kong formed an alliance to compete against Terrell and The Dollhouse (Jade and Marti Bell), defeating them in a tag team[80] and three–on–two handicap match at Slammiversary XIII.[81] On June 25, during the tapings of Impact Wrestling, which aired on July 15, Brooke defeated Terrell and won the TNA Women’s Knockout Championship for a third time, after interference from the returning Gail Kim.[82] In her first title defence, Brooke retained the championship against Marti Bell, two weeks later.[83] Brooke was scheduled to face Velvet Sky in a title match on the August 26 episode of Impact Wrestling, but the match, however, ended in a no–contest after interference from Jade and Marti Bell.[84] In September, Brooke once again retained her title, this time via disqualification, after Lei’D Tapa interfered in her match against Kim and attacked Brooke.[85] However, on the September 16 episode of Impact Wrestling, Brooke lost the championship to Kim in a fatal four–way match, which also involved Tapa and Awesome Kong.[86] During October and November (taped in July), Brooke participated in the TNA World Title Series as part of Group Knockouts, along with Madison Rayne, Gail Kim and Awesome Kong; she scored 3 points and tied with Rayne, thus failing to advance to the finals.[87]

On November 15, Adams announced her departure from the promotion,[88] later revealed to be due to her pregnancy, which she did not publicly disclose until February 2016.[89]

Family Wrestling Entertainment (2012)[edit]

On February 25, 2012, Tessmacher made her debut for Family Wrestling Entertainment (FWE), losing to fellow TNA Knockout Winter in the first round to determine the inaugural FWE Women’s Champion.[90] Later that night, Tessmacher and TnT partner Tara helped Maria defeat Winter in the finals of the tournament, making this her last independent circuit appearance.[91]

Return to IW (2017–present)[edit]

On January 7, 2017, during the tapings of the January 19 episode of Impact Wrestling, Brooke returned to TNA, defeating Deonna Purrazzo and after the match, was attacked by Sienna,[92][93] which led to a match between the two, where Sienna defeated Brooke after interference from Maria.[94] This led to a rematch between the two, on the February 16 episode of Impact Wrestling, where Brooke scored a victory over Sienna.[95]

Other media[edit]

In April 2007, Adams, along with Ashley, Kelly Kelly, Layla El, Torrie Wilson, and Maryse, appeared in Timbaland‘s music video “Throw It On Me” featuring The Hives, which premiered on Raw on May 20.[96] In August 2007, Adams, along with Extreme Exposé, appeared on FHMOnline.com.[97] In June 2011, Adams was featured in a music video for Dorrough titled “Bounce Dat”. On November 10, 2012, Adams, along with several other TNA workers, was featured in an episode of MTV‘s Made.[98]

In 2014, Adams and fellow TNA wrestler Robert Strauss, better known as Robbie E, participated in the 25th season of The Amazing Race. They survived until the middle part of the final leg of the race, where they were the eighth team to be eliminated and placed fourth.[99]

Personal life[edit]

Adams has a non-identical twin sister, Brittaney Adams, whom Brooke is 8 minutes older than.[100][101]

Adams is engaged to model and personal trainer Weston Wayne Piper.[102][103] Their first child, a boy named Jace, was born on September 3, 2016.[89][104]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Christy Hemme (WWE)

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Christy Hemme
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Hemme in October 2009
Birth name Christina Lee Hemme
Born (1980-10-28) October 28, 1980 (age 36)[1]
Poway, California, United States[1]
Residence Los Angeles, California, United States[1]
Alma mater Mt. San Jacinto College
Spouse(s) Charley Patterson (m. 2010)
Children 1
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Christy
Christy Hemme
Kristy Hemme
Billed height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)[2]
Billed weight 110 lb (50 kg)
Billed from Los Angeles, California
Trained by Dave Finlay[3]
Dean Malenko[3]
Ricky Steamboat[4]
Scott D’Amore[5]
Debut July 15, 2004[4]
Retired December 16, 2009[6]

Christina Lee “Christy” Hemme (born October 28, 1980)[1] is an American professional wrestling valet, ring announcer, singer and retired professional wrestler and model. She is known for her time in WWE as a WWE Diva and was the winner of the 2004 WWE Diva Search, receiving $250,000 and a one-year contract with the company and also known for her time in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA, now known as Impact Wrestling) as a ring announcer and former wrestler.

Early life[edit]

Hemme was born in Poway, California,[1] but she grew up in Temecula, California.[7][8][9] She enjoyed racing street bikes and dirt bikes.[1][8] She was a “self-described” tomboy.[8] She grew up watching wrestling and favored The Undertaker.[7][10]

She was a cheerleader for two years at Temecula Valley High School.[10][11] She graduated in 1998 at age seventeen.[10] Hemme attended Mt. San Jacinto College, where she majored in dance.[9]

Modeling career[edit]

After graduating, she relocated to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career in modeling.[9][10] Hemme initially joined a burlesque dance team known as “The Purrfect Angelz”.[1][8][10] She performed at Easyrider tours and Harley motorcycle rallies.[12] She went on to appear in magazines such as Maxim,[9] Playboy, Rolling Stone, and Stuff.[8][12] In addition, she appeared in the music video of the Trace Adkins songs “Chrome”, and “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” and in videos for bands Blink-182 and Sonic. She also had parts in commercials for AT&T Corporation and TrimSpa,[8] and she was a spokesmodel for Hawaiian Tropic.[9] Other early jobs included a waitressing job at Hooters.[11]

In past years, her image has also been found on Bench Warmer trading cards as Christy “Sunni” Hemme.[8] As Sunni, she was Bullz-eye.com’s featured model in September 2002.[8][13] Her modeling career led to her joining the cast of Comedy Central’s The Man Show as a member of the “Juggy Dance Squad” in 2003.[1][7][10][14] Hemme remained with the series for a year, during which she appeared on The Commies, a Comedy Central produced award show, on December 7, 2003.[8]

Hemme took part in the 2004 Lingerie Bowl.[8][14] She appeared on the cover of the April 2005 issue of Playboy magazine.[5][7][14] Before appearing nude in the magazine, Hemme got the permission of her father,[11] who had previously requested that she never pose nude.[7] She also competed as a quarterback for the Chicago Bliss Lingerie Football League team in the 2006 Lingerie Bowl.[5][9][14]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

World Wrestling Entertainment[edit]

Diva Search (2004)[edit]

Hemme during her time with WWE

In mid-2004, Hemme participated in the Diva Search, a competition held by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in order to recruit new WWE Divas.[12] In the course of the competition, Hemme and the five other finalists faced seven existing Divas in a game of dodgeball at SummerSlam on August 15, eliminating all eight Divas with the loss of just one finalist, Joy Giovanni. Hemme was announced as the winner of the competition on September 20, with a prize of a one-year contract with WWE, with remuneration of $250,000.[1][10][12]

Brand switches (2004–2005)[edit]

Hemme began her WWE career as a member of the Raw roster. She quickly began a feud with Carmella DeCesare, the runner-up of the Diva Search. The feud culminated in a “lingerie pillow fight” at Taboo Tuesday on October 19, which Hemme won.[4]

Following her feud with DeCesare, Hemme began a rivalry with WWE Women’s Champion Trish Stratus. Stratus, along with Molly Holly and Gail Kim, threw Hemme an initiation party, but, it soon turned into a 3-on-1 Bra and Panties Handicap match, which Hemme lost. As Stratus was ostensibly scornful of Hemme’s appearance in the April 2005 issue of Playboy, Stratus interrupted Hemme’s unveiling and spray painted all over the cover. Hemme responded by slapping her, which resulted in Stratus delivering a Chick Kick to her and spraying the word “slut” on her back.[15] Hemme eventually challenged Stratus to a match at WrestleMania 21,[3][5][7] with Stratus’s nemesis Lita training her in the weeks preceding the event.[11] At the event on April 3, Hemme unsuccessfully challenged Stratus for the Women’s Championship.[4]

In the months after WrestleMania, Hemme began a feud with Victoria, who claimed to be jealous of the opportunities afforded to Hemme.[4] Hemme would feud with Victoria during Raw house shows, and defeated her on several occasions.[4][16] On the June 6 episode of Raw, Hemme teamed up with Rosey and The Hurricane in a losing effort to Victoria and The Heart Throbs (Antonio and Romeo) in a six-person mixed tag team match.[4] The feud culminated in a bout at Vengeance on June 26, which Victoria won.[14] With her feud with Victoria over, Hemme briefly aligned herself with Eugene, before she and Stacy Keibler were traded to the SmackDown! brand in exchange for Candice Michelle and Torrie Wilson, on August 25.[4]

On the September 30 episode of SmackDown, Hemme began a feud with Melina, the valet of MNM, after losing to her in a singles match, and in the process joined forces with the Legion of Doom.[4] At No Mercy on October 9, Hemme and the Legion of Doom defeated MNM in a six-person intergender tag team match.[4] On the November 5 episode of SmackDown!, Hemme defeated Melina in a Bra and Panties match.[4] Her feud with Melina continued into November, with Melina defeating Hemme in two singles bouts.[4]

Ohio Valley Wrestling and departure (2005)[edit]

On November 30, Hemme debuted in Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), a WWE developmental territory, aligning herself with Matt Cappotelli in opposition to Aaron Stevens, Beth Phoenix, and Shelly Martinez.[4] On the December 7 episode of OVW TV, Hemme teamed up with Cappotelli in a winning effort defeating Stevens, Phoenix, and Martinez in three-on-two handicap match.[17]

On December 5, 2005, Hemme was released from her WWE contract.[5] The release happened shortly after WWE asked her to relocate to Louisville, Kentucky in order to train at OVW.[18] The company cited budget cuts and the creative team having nothing for her as the reason for her dismissal.[18]

In November 2008, in her column for TNAwrestling.com, Hemme stated her departure from WWE was on her own terms.[19]

Hemme appeared at the 2017 WWE Hall of Fame to support Beth Phoenix, the first time she has been seen in the WWE since 2005.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling[edit]

The Rock ‘n Rave Infection (2006–2008)[edit]

Hemme signed with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) in April 2006,[5] and she debuted on April 23 at Lockdown. In addition to her hosting role on Impact!, she was also the co-host of the Internet show TNA Global Impact! with Jeremy Borash. At Hardcore War, Hemme refereed a match between Traci and Gail Kim.[4] In July 2006, she was featured on the Women of Action special. She also began traveling to Windsor, Ontario to train under TNA agent Scott D’Amore in between TNA television tapings. Hemme was also voted the 2006 Knockout of the Year.[4]

Hemme at an Impact! taping in Orlando, Florida

On January 14, 2007 at Final Resolution, Hemme interrupted the Voodoo Kin Mafia (VKM) and cut a promo about the involvement of women in wrestling.[4] She said that she wanted to wrestle too, and the mostly male crowd in the TNA arena jeered her. Kip James called her a “slut”, which garnered him a slap from Hemme, while B.G. James attempted to play peacemaker, turning Hemme heel in the process.[4] In the following weeks, Kip and Hemme argued over his lack of respect for her and women in general. Hemme made her TNA in-ring debut at Against All Odds, where she wrestled and defeated “The Big Fat Oily Guy” in a Tuxedo match, but after his match, Kip James stripped her of her clothes.[4] On the March 8 episode of Impact, Hemme asked Jim Cornette for a match pitting the Voodoo Kin Mafia against her new, previously undisclosed, team, at Destination X. Cornette consented and booked the match. At the pay-per-view, Hemme introduced The Heartbreakers. Despite Hemme’s attempts to give Kip James a low blow, the VKM defeated her team, who she later browbeat at ringside.[4] Hemme later announced that she had found another team to face the VKM. On the pre-show prior to the Lockdown pay-per-view, the mystery team was revealed to be Serotonin (Havok and Kaz), but VKM defeated them as well.[4] She then brought in Basham and Damaja as her new permanent tag team in her battle with VKM.[4] The team beat Kip in a handicap match at Sacrifice, as B.G. had been attacked by them earlier in the night.[4] At Slammiversary, VKM beat Basham and Damaja, but VKM’s associate Lance Hoyt turned on them and kissed Hemme.[4]

Basham and Damaja were then released from the company, and Hoyt formed a partnership with Jimmy Rave, dubbed The Rock ‘n Rave Infection, with Hemme as their manager.[4] In the winter of 2007, Hemme, Rave, and Hoyt began a feud with The Latin American Xchange (LAX) faction after being attacked several times by a mysterious assailant.[4] The assailant was revealed to be Salinas at Final Resolution following LAX’s victory over the Infection.[4] Shortly after Final Resolution, The Rock ‘n Rave Infection began a new gimmick, portraying a rock band, with Hemme as the lead singer. On the March 13 episode of Impact, Hemme, Rave and Hoyt won a six-person tag team match against LAX after Hemme hit Salinas with a guitar.[4] At No Surrender, Hemme, Hoyt, and Rave lost in an intergender six-person tag team match against the Prince Justice Brotherhood (Shark Boy, Curry Man, and Super Eric).[4]

Singles competition (2008–2009)[edit]

Hemme wrestling Hamada

On the October 16, 2008 episode of Impact!, Hoyt and Rave were attacked by Kurt Angle, and were hospitalized. As Hemme attempted to leave the building and go to the hospital, The Beautiful People (Angelina Love and Velvet Sky) and Cute Kip confronted and insulted her, which led to the trio attacking her and placing a brown paper bag over her head.[4] Hemme transitioned into a face by defeating Sky on the October 23, 2008 episode of Impact!.[4] She feuded with the Beautiful People, which resulted in two consecutive tag team matches with ODB and Sojourner Bolt as per partners, respectively.[4] After showcasing improved wrestling skills, Hemme was then placed into a more active in-ring role, being pushed to challenge Awesome Kong for the TNA Women’s Knockout Championship at Final Resolution, after defeating Raisha Saeed on the November 27 episode of TNA Impact!.[4] Hemme then teamed with A.J. Styles in a mixed tag team match against Kong and Scott Steiner, where Hemme pinned Kong.[4] At Final Resolution, Hemme was attacked by Saeed and Rhaka Khan and won the match by disqualification, and thus Kong retained the title.[4] Hemme was subsequently granted a rematch at Genesis.[4] A week later, Hemme teamed with ODB against Khan and Saeed in a winning effort.[4] On January 2009, Hemme sustained a neck injury while training in the ring with Styles for her match, and was deemed unable to compete at Genesis.[4]

After a seven-month absence, Hemme returned on the August 13, 2009 episode of Impact!, defeating Sojournor Bolt.[4] The following week on Impact, she formed an alliance with her former rival Tara, when they helped save Madison Rayne from an attack from Angelina Love and Velvet Sky.[4] Later that night, Hemme competed in a four-way match against Sarita, Awesome Kong and Traci Brooks, which Brooks won.[4] On the September 3 episode of Impact, Hemme competed in the first round of the tournament for the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship alongside her tag partner Tara against Sojourner Bolt and Hamada, which Hemme and Tara won.[4] However, on September 17, the duo lost in the semi finals to the Beautiful People due to interference from Madison Rayne.[4] On the October 1 episode of Impact!, Hemme defeated Traci Brooks in a “Battle of the Playboy Models” match, but was attacked by Brooks after the match.[4][20] On the October 29 episode of Impact!, Hemme teamed with Hamada and ODB in a six-woman tag team match, where they were defeated by Rayne, Sky and Lacey Von Erich, after Von Erich pinned Hemme.[4]

Ring announcer and interviewer (2009–2016)[edit]

Hemme ring announcing Impact Wrestling in January 2013

On the December 10 episode of Impact! Hemme debuted in her new role as a backstage interviewer.[21] On December 16, 2009, Hemme announced her retirement from in-ring competition.[6] On April 7, 2010, Dixie Carter announced that Hemme had signed a new multi-year deal with the company.[22] On the December 2 episode on Impact!, Hemme was involved in a small backstage catfight with Cookie during a brawl with Cookie’s cohort, X Division Champion Robbie E, and Jay Lethal.[23] On the December 16 episode of Impact!, Hemme came out during an X Division Championship match between Robbie E and Lethal and handcuffed herself to Cookie, thus preventing her from interfering in the match and subsequently costing Robbie the X Division Championship. After the match, Hemme and Lethal celebrated, which led to a kiss between the two.[24]

On the April 28, 2011 episode of Impact!, Hemme began working as a ring announcer.[25] On the September 20, 2012 episode of Impact Open Fight Night, Hemme was called out by Tara, only to be attacked by her after she refused to say Tara was her favorite Knockout. Miss Tessmacher then made the save for Hemme.[26]

In November 2013, Hemme was put in a storyline with Samuel Shaw, after Hemme interviewed Shaw at his home.[27] Shaw later became an obsessed fan of Hemme, and started asking her on dates, including one in his house, where it was shown that Shaw had a room full of posters and a mannequin of Hemme.[28] Hemme was confronted by Shaw on the February 27 episode of Impact Wrestling after an incident the previous week, in which she was injured when Shaw attacked Mr. Anderson. Hemme was used as a shield by Shaw to fend off Mr. Anderson after Anderson attempted to save Hemme from Shaw after she slapped him as well as exact revenge for the previous week’s attack.

On April 7, 2014, Hemme was announced as member of the TNA creative team.[29] On April 24, 2015, episode of Impact Wrestling, Hemme was attacked by the debuting Jade and Marti Bell of The Dollhouse, after Jade lost a match to Laura Dennis. In February 2016, Hemme took an hiatus from TNA being replaced by Jeremy Borash. On April 1, 2016, she announced her departure from TNA.

Independent circuit (2006–2009, 2011)[edit]

In November 2006, Hemme participated in the Queens of Chaos shows in Paris, France.[5][30] She wrestled in a pair of singles matches against the villainous April Hunter; Hemme won the first match, but lost the second. She then defeated British wrestler Minx to earn the right to referee the championship match, which was eventually won by Hunter. On July 21, 2007, Hemme defeated Ann Brookstone at a Heavy on Wrestling event in Superior, Wisconsin with Nora Greenwald acting as Special Guest Referee. She has also competed in Women Superstars Uncensored under the ring name Kristy Hemme.

Christy made her debut for Northeast Wrestling (NEW) on the November 7, 2009 at the Saugerties Slam pay-per-view, where competed against Velvet Sky.[16] On November 13, at the Hart Attack pay-per-view, Hemme captured her first victory, defeating Alexxis Nevaeh with Kurt Adonis as the special guest referee.[16] On November 14, at the NEW special event Autumn Ambush pay-per-view, Hemme defeated Lea Morrison in a singles match.[16]

On May 14, 2011, Hemme made her debut for Family Wrestling Entertainment (FWE) at the Meltdown pay-per-view, as a special guest referee for match between fellow TNA Knockouts Winter and Rosita.[31][32]

Music and acting[edit]

In September 2006, Hemme recorded a song entitled “Society Box”, which was featured on TNA’s November 21, 2006 music release, 3rd Degree Burns. Hemme is also the founder and lead singer in HEMME. The band released five songs on their MySpace: “In This Moment”, “Visit Me Mom”, “Shine”, “Dear You”, and “Dirty”; the songs have since been removed following the departure of original members Randy “Slick” Ramirez, Steve “Slide” Goodwin, Roland “Rollin” Maniago, and Rocky “Rock” Ramirez, all from the band POLARIS. Hemme released another song, “Don’t Give Up”, and an EP entitled “Where are You”, which is available on iTunes.

In December 2006, Hemme recorded a scene for Bloodstained Memoirs, a wrestling documentary. Her scene can be seen in the special extras of the DVD.[33] Hemme made her acting debut in the film Fallen Angels, portraying the deadly sin “Lust”. She also filmed a role in another horror film titled Bubba’s Chili Parlor, playing a zombie.

In November 2010, Hemme was a contestant on an all TNA week of Family Feud, teaming with Angelina Love, Lacey Von Erich, Tara and Velvet Sky against Jay Lethal, Matt Morgan, Mick Foley, Mr. Anderson and Rob Van Dam.[34]

Personal life[edit]

Hemme has a brother, David, and a sister, Deena Hemme,[7][10] who is also a model. Hemme is an avid motorcyclist.[8] She owns a Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider.[11]

Hemme is married to Charley Patterson. On January 3, 2015, Hemme gave birth to her first child, a girl, named Charlie Rose.[35]

In wrestling[edit]

Hemme as a member of The Rock ‘n Rave Infection in 2008

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Peaches & Herb

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Peaches & Herb

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Peaches & Herb
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Peaches and Herb in 1968.
Background information
Origin Washington D.C., United States
Genres Disco, Funk, R&B, Soul
Years active 1966–present
Labels Date Records, Columbia Records, Imagen Records
Associated acts Van McCoy
Website Peaches & Herb.com
Members Wanda Makle
Herb Fame
Past members Francine Hurd Barker (“Peaches” was her actual nickname since childhood)
Marlene Mack
Linda Greene
Patrice Hawthorne
Miriamm Wright
Meritxell Negre

Peaches & Herb are an American vocalist duo, once comprising Herb Fame (born October 1, 1942) and Francine “Peaches” Hurd Barker (April 28, 1947 – August 13, 2005). Herb has remained a constant in “Peaches & Herb” since its creation in 1966, while seven different women have filled the role of “Peaches”.

History[edit]

Herb Fame (born Herbert Feemster, October 1, 1942, in Anacostia, Washington, D.C.), sang in church and neighborhood groups as a child. After graduation from high school, he worked in a local record store where he met record producer Van McCoy and was signed to Columbia subsidiary Date Records by McCoy and A&R executive Dave Kapralik.[1] Francine “Peaches” Barker (born Francine Edna Hurd, April 28, 1947, in Washington, D.C.), using the stage name Francine Day,[2] started a singing trio initially dubbed The Darlettes and later renamed The Sweet Things after a change of record label to Date Records.[3] Having produced two releases for the trio, McCoy decided to record Feemster/Fame and Hurd/Day together at Kapralik’s suggestion.[4][5][6] The resulting single, “We’re in This Thing Together,” was distributed to radio stations but went nowhere for months until December 1966, when a St. Louis disc jockey broadcast the single’s B-side, a revival of the 1934 hit “Let’s Fall in Love”.[5][7]

The new duo, christened “Peaches & Herb”, had a string of successful singles and albums over the next two years such as “Let’s Fall in Love”, “Close Your Eyes”, “For Your Love“, and “Love Is Strange“. Despite burgeoning success and a media image as the “Sweethearts of Soul”, Barker chose to semi-retire from the duo after two years because of the rigors of touring. Marlene Mack (aka Marlene Jenkins), who had sung on the Jaynetts‘ hit “Sally Go ‘Round the Roses” and had recorded as Marlina Mars,[8] replaced Barker on stage, but Barker remained on all of the duo’s recordings for Date Records. During this period, the semi-retired “Peaches” also worked as a solo artist using her married name, Francine Barker. She released three singles in total on the Columbia Records label,[3] including “Angels in the Sky” and “Mister DJ”.

Fame retired the act in 1970 when, for personal reasons, he enrolled in the police academy of Washington, D.C. and thereafter joined the city’s police department.[9] Peaches & Herb lay dormant until Fame decided to re-enter the music business in 1976. In his search for a new “Peaches”, Herb again enlisted the assistance of Van McCoy, who suggested that Linda Greene would be suitable for the position. Fame met Greene and concurred, thereby leading to formation of the most successful of the “Peaches & Herb” incarnations to date. Linda’s early musical training (while growing up in Washington, D.C.) was at The Sewell Music Conservatory.

Fame and Greene recorded seven albums altogether, including one album released only in Argentina. Their first album, Peaches & Herb, was recorded for MCA Records and produced by Van McCoy, but it generated only one charted hit, “We’re Still Together”. Peaches & Herb signed with MVP/Polydor and under the management of Paul J. Cohn, released 2 Hot, which went gold. The album’s first single, “Shake Your Groove Thing“, went gold and peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March 1979. The follow-up single, viewed as the album’s “secret weapon” by producer/songwriter Freddie Perren, was the triple platinum hit “Reunited“.[1] This song, evoking the 1960s Peaches & Herb hit “United” (originally recorded and made a hit by The Intruders), reached #1 on both the Hot 100, the Billboard R&B chart, and in Canada. “Reunited” was nominated for a Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1980. Subsequent releases with Polydor produced several more hits, including the lasting wedding staple, “I Pledge My Love”. After changing labels again to the Entertainment Company, Fame and Greene released their seventh album in 1983. Scoring only one minor hit, Greene and Fame decided to make no more albums and retired their partnership. Once again, Fame returned to law enforcement and joined the U.S. Marshals Service in 1986 as a deputized court security officer at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.[9] Greene returned to her family and, together with her husband Stephen Tavani, went on to release three gospel albums and start the charity WOW (Winning Our World).[10]

While remaining employed at the court, Fame again revived the brand in 1990. For the fourth “Peaches” he chose Patrice Hawthorne, fresh from television exposure on the Natalie Cole-hosted talent show Big Break.[11] The duo appeared infrequently in concerts, and did not release any recordings. Hawthorne remains a Philadelphia bandleader of her own orchestra, CTO Soho.

Due to unpaid royalties, Fame’s financial state was far from wealthy despite years of hits and selling nine million records with Greene. Thus, in 2001, Fame and Greene hired attorneys Oren Warshavsky and Steven Ames Brown through Artists Rights Enforcement Corporation. The attorneys brought a lawsuit against MVP Records, then headed by Christine Perren. Perren’s testimony at trial revealed a series of contradictions in MVP’s defense, with the result that Fame and Greene received royalties, income, and a reaffirmation of their artists’ rights. Those rights have since been vigorously defended.[12][13] Having financial security, Fame would then have been able to leave the court and focus solely on his music career. Instead, he banked significant funds and continued enjoying the work.[9]

A fifth “Peaches”—singer, songwriter, and breast cancer advocate Miriamm—joined the duo in 2002. Miriamm began touring with Herb and was introduced to the world as the new “Peaches” when she joined Herb in the PBS televised “Rhythm, Love & Soul” Fundraising drive. They shared the stage with greats such as Aretha Franklin, Gloria Gaynor and Lou Rawls, among others. Their performance re-introduced Peaches and Herb and their on-stage chemistry was so well received, it sparked another invitation to the duo for the follow-up star-studded installment of the PBS show featuring R&B greats such as Irene Cara, Heatwave, and Anita Ward. Both performances currently air periodically throughout the year. Miriamm currently performs as a free-lance vocalist and has founded a breast cancer foundation, EPW Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., in honor of her mother, Edith P. Wright, providing support to families facing breast cancer.

Wanda Makle subsequently performed with Fame in weekend appearances,[14] and in 2008 they were reported to be planning a recording together.[10] Those plans dissolved, and instead Makle was ultimately dropped in favor of another “Peaches,” Meritxell Negre from Barcelona, Spain.

Negre, who was introduced to Fame by producer Bill Davis, is the first-ever non-black “Peaches” and third recording artist to co-record a Peaches and Herb album.[15] Together, Fame and Negre recorded Colors of Love, the first album from Peaches & Herb since 1983. Combined with Fame’s classic, zesty tenor flair, Negre’s soulful, alto-soprano range seamlessly replaces Linda Greene 25 years after the Peaches & Herb album Remember.[16] Colors of Love was released in May 2009 by Imagen Records, approximately three months after Negre’s stage debut as “Peaches”.[17]

Fame has since returned to touring with Wanda Makle.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Label Year of release Country of release Peak Billboard chart position* Peaches: LP CD
For Your Love Date 1967 USA 13 Francine Barker LP
Let’s Fall in Love 30 LP
Peaches & Herb MCA 1977 Linda Greene LP
2 Hot MVP / Polydor 1978 2 LP CD
Twice the Fire 1979 31 LP
Demasiado Candente Argentina LP
Worth the Wait 1980 USA 120 LP CD
Sayin’ Something 1981 16 LP
Remember The Entertainment Co. / Columbia 1983 204 LP
Colors of Love Imagen 2009 NA Meritxell Negre CD

*Based on Billboard’s Hot 100, R&B, and Disco/Dance singles charts. [Source: Billboard Top Pop Hits and Billboard Top R&B Hits by Joel Whitburn.]

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Label Year of release Country of release Peak Billboard chart position* Peaches:
Greatest Hits Date 1968 USA 18 Francine Barker
Greatest Hits Epic 1979
Sweathearts of Soul Original Sound Entertainment 1994
Reunited: At Their Best PSM 1995 Linda Greene
Best of Peaches & Herb MVP / Polydor 1996
Reunited Rotation / MVP / Polydor 2001 EU
20th Century Masters MVP / Polydor 2002 USA
Two of a Kind Collectables 2005 Francine Barker
Old School Cruzin’ with Peaches & Herb Thump
The Best of Peaches & Herb: Love Is Strange Epic / Legacy 2007
Greatest Hits Wounded Bird 2009
Golden Duets

*Based on Billboard’s Hot 100, R&B, and Disco/Dance singles charts. [Source: Billboard Top Pop Hits and Billboard Top R&B Hits by Joel Whitburn.]

7″ Singles and promos[edit]

Title Label Year Country of release US Billboard chart * US R&B Chart UK chart position #[18] NL (Dutch) Peaches:
Close Your Eyes b/w I Will Watch Over You Date 1967 USA 8 4 Francine Barker
For Your Love b/w I Need Your Love So Desperately 20 10
Two Little Kids b/w We’ve Got to Love One Another 31 25
Let’s Fall in Love b/w We’re in This Thing Together 21 11
Love is Strange b/w It’s True I Love You 13 16
United b/w Thank You 1968 46 11
Let’s Make a Promise b/w Me & You 75 34
The Ten Commandments of Love b/w What a Lovely Way (To Say Goodnight) 55 25
Let Me Be the One b/w I Need Your Love So Desperately 1969 74 40
When He Touches Me (Nothing Else Matters) 49 10
Darling How Long b/w Cupid
The Sound of Silence 1970 100
It’s Just a Game, Love b/w Satisfy My Hunger 110 50
God Save This World Columbia 1971
I’m Counting on You MCA 1977 Linda Greene
We’re Still Together 107 98
Shake Your Groove Thing MVP / Polydor 1978 5 4 26 22
Reunited b/w Easy As Pie 1 1 4 2
Reunited b/w We’ve Got Love Germany
We’ve Got Love b/w Four’s a Traffic Jam USA 44 25 14
Roller Skatin’ Mate 1979 66 30
I Pledge My Love b/w (I Want Us) Back Together 19 37
Howzabout Some Love b/w Put It There Spain
Sacude Tu Alegria b/w Todo Tu Amor Argentina
Funtime 1980 USA 37
All Night Celebration
Hearsay
Freeway b/w Picking Up the Pieces 1981 37
Bluer Than Blue b/w Go with the Flow 45
Remember The Entertainment Co. / Columbia 1983 35
In My World b/w Keep On Smiling

*Based on Billboard’s Hot 100, R&B, and Disco/Dance singles charts. [Source: Billboard Top Pop Hits and Billboard Top R&B Hits by Joel Whitburn.]
# Based on Complete UK Hit Singles 1952 – 2006 published by Collins UK.
“I Pledge My Love” also reached number one on the New Zealand Singles Chart for a week in 1980.

12″ and maxi singles[edit]

Title Label Year of release Country of Release Peak Billboard chart position* Peaches:
Shake Your Groove Thing MVP / Polydor 1978 USA Linda Greene
Roller Skatin’ Mate 1979
Fun Time 1980
Freeway 1981
Shake Your Groove Thing (Serious Rope Remixes) Mother / MVP / Polydor 1994 UK

*Based on Billboard’s Hot 100, R&B, and Disco/Dance singles charts. [Source: Billboard Top Pop Hits and Billboard Top R&B Hits by Joel Whitburn.]

Legacy[edit]

The disco song “Shake Your Groove Thing” has featured prominently in many films such as An Extremely Goofy Movie, Monster, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Connie and Carla, Marock, Sausage Party and The Country Bears,[19] as well as in an advertisement campaign by Intel in the late 1990s. The song was covered by Alvin and the Chipmunks with Drew Seeley for their album Undeniable, and again with the Chipettes on the soundtrack for Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. Also, the cast of That ’70s Show sang it in the episode “That ’70s Musical”.

In June 2009, rock band Faith No More opened their set at Brixton Academy with their own cover of “Reunited” the song alluding to the band’s own eleven-year break up and subsequent reunion. They subsequently did the same for their headlining slot at Download Festival on June 12.

Maria Bartiromo

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Maria Bartiromo

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Maria Bartiromo
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Bartiromo moderating a session at the World Economic Forum in 2007
Born Maria Sara Bartiromo
(1967-09-11) September 11, 1967 (age 49)
Brooklyn, New York, New York, U.S.
Alma mater New York University
Occupation Journalist, columnist, news anchor
Employer Fox Entertainment Group
Spouse(s) Jonathan Steinberg (m. 1999)
Website bartiromo.com

Maria Sara Bartiromo[1] (born September 11, 1967) is an American television journalist, magazine columnist, and author of three books. She is host of Mornings with Maria and is Global Markets editor at Fox Business Network[2] as well as the host of Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo on the Fox News Channel.[3] She also hosts Fox Business Global Power Players segments. Bartiromo is a native of New York City and attended New York University.

She worked at CNN for five years before joining CNBC television. On November 18, 2013, it was reported that Bartiromo would join Fox Business Network and Fox News.[4] At CNBC, she was the anchor of the Closing Bell program and the host and managing editor of On the Money with Maria Bartiromo and is credited for becoming the first reporter to broadcast live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.[5] She has appeared on various television shows and been the recipient of various journalism awards including being inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame.

Early life[edit]

Bartiromo was born to Italian-American parents Vincent and Josephine Bartiromo,[6] and grew up in the Dyker Heights section of southern Brooklyn in New York City.[7][8]

She attended Fontbonne Hall Academy in Bay Ridge, and later graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in journalism and economics.[9]

Career[edit]

Maria Bartiromo at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, , in 2008

Before joining CNBC in 1993, Bartiromo spent 5 years as a producer and assignment editor with CNN Business News.[10] She replaced analyst Roy Blumberg at CNBC when she began reporting live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and began hosting and contributing to the Market Watch and Squawk Box segments.

Bartiromo was the anchor and managing editor of the CNBC business interview show On the Money with Maria Bartiromo.[9] Since 2007, Bartiromo has been the host of the TV show The Business of Innovation. She hosted several other programs, including Closing Bell (2002–2013), Market Wrap (1998–2000), and Business Center (1997–1999). Bartiromo has also appeared on the television shows: NBC Universal’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with Conan O’Brien, CBS Television Distribution‘s The Oprah Winfrey Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, Warner Bros. Television‘s short lived The Caroline Rhea Show, McEnroe, and The Colbert Report, as well as guest-hosting on Live with Regis and Kelly.[11]

Peter Löscher, President and CEO of Siemens, with Maria Bartiromo, the television journalist, at the FT CNBC Davos Nightcap, 26th January 2012.

Bartiromo was nicknamed the “Money Honey” in the late 1990s due to her striking looks and for being the first woman to report live from the raucous floor of the New York Stock Exchange.[10][12] She also received the nickname “Econo Babe”.[13] In January 2007, Bartiromo filed trademark applications to use the term “Money Honey” as a brand name for a line of children’s products including toys, puzzles and coloring books to teach kids about money.[14][15]

Bartiromo has anchored the television coverage of New York City’s Columbus Day parade since 1995 and was the Grand Marshal in 2010.[16] She appeared as herself in the films Risk/Reward, the documentary about the lives of women on Wall Street (2003); the 2009 remake of The Taking of Pelham 123, an action film about armed men who hijack a New York City subway train; the drama film Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010); the documentary Inside Job (2010); and the Richard Gere finance thriller, Arbitrage. Bartiromo is the author of three books. Her first book, Use the News: How to Separate the Noise from the Investment Nuggets and Make Money in Any Economy (2001) ISBN 978-0-06-662086-2, appeared on both The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller lists. Her other books are the The 10 Laws of Enduring Success (2010) ISBN 978-0-307-45253-5 and The Weekend That Changed Wall Street (2011) ISBN 978-1-59184-351-1.[17] Bartiromo signed a new five-year contract with her then employer, CNBC, in late 2008.[18]

Bartiromo also writes a Monthly column for USA Today called “One-On-One”.[11]

On November 18, 2013, it was announced that Bartiromo was leaving CNBC to join the Fox Business Network. CNBC issued a statement on her departure from the network: “After 20 years of groundbreaking work at CNBC, Maria Bartiromo will be leaving the company as her contract expires on November 24. Her contributions to CNBC are too numerous to list but we thank her for all of her hard work over the years and wish her the best.”[19] According to the Drudge Report, Bartiromo’s deal with Fox Business calls for her to anchor a daily market hours program and she will have a role on the Fox News Channel as well.[20]

Awards[edit]

Bartiromo’s awards include: Excellence in Broadcast Journalism Award, presented by the Coalition of Italo-American Associations, 1997;[17] Lincoln Statue Award, presented by the Union League of Philadelphia, 2004;[17] Gracie Award, for Outstanding Documentary, in 2008;[9][21] Emmy Award, for Outstanding Coverage of A Breaking News Story in 2008;[9][22] Emmy Award, for Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting, in 2009;[9][23] Financial Times 50 People Who Shaped the Decade in 2009;[9][24] Cable Hall of Fame, the first journalist to be inducted, in 2011.[9][25] On 14 February 2017, Bartiromo was listed by UK-based company Richtopia at number 2 in the list of 250 Most Influential Business Journalists.[26][27]

Popular culture[edit]

Joey Ramone, of The Ramones, developed a crush on Bartiromo after his band broke up in the late 1990s. He subsequently wrote a song titled “Maria Bartiromo” that appeared on the Don’t Worry About Me album released posthumously in 2002.[28]

Personal life[edit]

In 1999, Bartiromo married Jonathan Steinberg, chief executive officer of WisdomTree Investments, and son of financier Saul Steinberg.[29][30]

Jodie Sweetin

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Jodie Sweetin

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Jodie Sweetin
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Sweetin at the 2015 Wizard World Chicago
Born Jodie Lee-Ann Sweetin
(1982-01-19) January 19, 1982 (age 35)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma mater Chapman University
Occupation Actress, singer, dancer, television personality
Years active 1987–present
Known for The role of Stephanie Tanner on Full House and Fuller House
Spouse(s)
  • Shaun Holguin (m. 2002; div. 2006)
  • Cody Herpin (m. 2007; div. 2010)
  • Morty Coyle (m. 2012; div. 2016)
Children 2

Jodie Lee-Ann Sweetin (born January 19, 1982)[1] is an American actress, dancer, singer,[2] and television personality. She is known for her role as Stephanie Tanner on the sitcom Full House and its spin-off series Fuller House.

Early life and career

Sweetin was born in Los Angeles, California. Her parents were both in prison at the time, and she was adopted and raised as an only child by her uncle Sam Sweetin and his second wife Janice when she was nine months old.[3] The adoption was not formalized until she was two years old because her birth father was one-fourth Native American. Years later, she said she was told not to talk about her adoption publicly out of fear that people would think she was forced into acting.[4] While in high school, she and actor Matthew Morrison performed in the musical theatre together.[5]

Her debut acting role was in the sitcom Valerie in 1987 when she played Pamela, the niece of Mrs. Poole (Edie McClurg). Jeff Franklin cast her as Stephanie Tanner in Full House in 1987 and she played that role until the show ended in 1995. This has become her most famous role to date. After the show’s finale, Sweetin graduated from Los Alamitos High School in Los Alamitos, California in 1999, and attended Chapman University in Orange, California.[1]

Sweetin returned to television by hosting the second season of the Fuse TV show Pants-Off Dance-Off. She starred in a TV pilot, Small Bits of Happiness, a dark comedy centered around a suicide prevention specialist; it won Best Comedy at the 3rd Annual Independent Television Festival, in Los Angeles. In 2009, Sweetin focused on independent films and appeared in two films: Port City and Redefining Love. In 2011, she appeared in five webisodes of the internet show Can’t Get Arrested. In 2012, she appeared as Leia in the TV film Singled Out.

In 2015, it was announced Sweetin would reprise her role as Stephanie Tanner on the Netflix spin-off series Fuller House.

Dancing with the Stars

On March 2, 2016, Sweetin was announced as one of the celebrities to compete on Dancing with the Starsseason 22.[6] Her professional dance partner was Keo Motsepe. Sweetin and Motsepe were eliminated on week eight of competition and finished in sixth place.

Week Dance/Song Judges’ scores
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Tango/ “Confident 7 6 7
2 Samba / “Bun Up the Dance” 7 7 7
3 Foxtrot / “Rise Up” 8 7 8
4 Cha-cha / “Try Everything 7 6/71 7
5 Paso doble / “Under Control 9 8/92 9
6 Contemporary / “Try 9 8 8
7 Quickstep / “For Once in My Life 8 9 9
8 Jive / “Something’s Got a Hold on Me 10 10 10
1Score from guest judge Zendaya; 2Score from guest judge Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Personal life

Sweetin at Rutgers University, March 2007

In 2002, at age 20, Sweetin married her first husband, Los Angeles Police officer Shaun Holguin. Fellow Full House castmate Candace Cameron served as her matron of honor; Cameron’s daughter, Natasha, served as a flower girl.[7] Sweetin and Holguin divorced in 2006.[8]

Sweetin met Cody Herpin, a film transportation coordinator, through friends, and they started dating in May 2007. They were married in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 14, 2007.[9] Together they have one daughter, Zoie (born 2008).[10] On November 19, 2008, Sweetin filed for legal separation from Herpin.[11] Their divorce was finalized on April 20, 2010.[12]

On April 30, 2010, Sweetin’s representative confirmed that she and her boyfriend of one year, Morty Coyle, were expecting a child.[13] Their daughter Beatrix was born in 2010.[14] Sweetin and Coyle became engaged in January 2011,[15] and married on March 15, 2012, in Beverly Hills.[16] Sweetin filed for legal separation from Coyle in June 2013.[17] The divorce was finalized in September 2016.[18]

On January 22, 2016, she announced her engagement to Justin Hodak,[citation needed] who, like Sweetin, is a recovering drug addict.[19] On March 24, 2017, Sweetin announced the couple’s separation.[20]

Substance abuse

Sweetin is a recovering drug addict. She started drinking alcohol when she was 14, shortly after Full House wrapped. Over parts of the next 15 years, she used ecstasy, methamphetamine, crack, among others,[4] stating that she turned to drugs because she was “bored”.[21] In 2009, Sweetin wrote a memoir called unSweetined, which chronicles her downward spiral of alcohol and drug abuse that began with the ending of Full House.[22] In one passage of the book, Sweetin discusses breaking into tears while addressing a crowd at Wisconsin’s Marquette University while coming down from a two-day bender on methamphetamine, cocaine, and ecstasy. She spoke about growing up on television and about how much her life had improved since getting sober.[23]

Filmography

Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1987 Hogan Family, TheThe Hogan Family Pamela Poole Episode: “Boston Tea Party”
1987–1995 Full House Stephanie Tanner Main role, 192 episodes
1989 The All-New Mickey Mouse Club Stephanie Tanner Episode: “Guest Day”
1992 It’s Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown Sally Brown TV short; voice role
1996 Brotherly Love Lydia Lump Episode: “Downtown Girl”
1999 Party of Five Rhiannon Marcus Episodes: “Bye, Bye, Love”, “Fate, Hope and Charity”
2003 Yes, Dear Maryanne Episode: “Sorority Girl”
2006 Farce of the Penguins He’s so gross penguin Voice role
2007 Pants-Off Dance-Off Host Season 2[citation needed]
2008 Small Bits of Happiness Margaret Williams Short film
2009 Redefining Love Ally
Port City Nancy
2011 Can’t Get Arrested Jodie Main role, 5 episodes
2012 Singled Out Leia TV film
2013 Defending Santa Beth TV film
2015 Walt Before Mickey Charlotte Disney
2016 Fuller House Stephanie Tanner Main role, 26 episodes
Dancing with the Stars Herself Contestant on Season 22
Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry Herself Season 1: “Episode 3”

Discography

Year Single Album Chart position
US
2016 “The Boy Next Door”[2] Non-album single