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Carmella (wrestler)

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Carmella in 2016
Birth name Leah

Van Dale[1]

Born (1987-10-23) October 23, 1987 (age 31)
Spencer, Massachusetts, United States[2]
Residence Tampa, Florida, United States
Alma mater University of Massachusetts Dartmouth[3]
Family Paul Van Dale (father)[4]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Carmella[5]
Billed height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)[5]
Billed from Staten Island[5]
Trained by Sara Amato[4]
WWE Performance Center[1]
Debut June 2013[1]

Leah Van Dale (born October 23, 1987) is an American professional wrestler, dancer, and model. She is signed to WWE under the ring name Carmella, and performs on the SmackDown brand.

In June 2013, Van Dale signed a contract with WWE and was assigned to their developmental brand NXT in Orlando, Florida. In October 2014, she aligned herself with Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady,[6] becoming their manager.[7] In July 2016, she made her main roster debut on SmackDown.[8][9][10] In June 2017, Carmella became the winner of the inaugural women’s Money in the Bank ladder match.[11][12] In April 2018, she became the first woman in WWE to successfully cash-in her Money in the Bank opportunity, when she defeated Charlotte Flair.[13]

Early life

Van Dale is the daughter of Paul Van Dale, a mixed martial artist and former professional wrestler who worked as a jobber for the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) in the 1980s and 1990s. Van Dale is of Italian and Dutch descent.[2][4] She grew up in Spencer, Massachusetts, where she graduated from David Prouty High School in 2006.[2] She graduated from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2010.[3] Van Dale was a cheerleader for the New England Patriots for three seasons, ending in 2010.[3] She successfully auditioned for the Los Angeles Lakers dance team, appearing as a Laker Girl during the 2010–2011 season.[14]

Professional wrestling career

WWE

NXT (2013–2016)

Carmella (down far left) as the manager of Enzo and Cass in March 2015

Van Dale applied to be part of WWE Tough Enough in 2010, but withdrew from the selection process after being accepted as a Laker Girl and moving to Los Angeles.[14] In June 2013, Van Dale signed a contract with WWE and she was assigned to the company’s developmental territory NXT in late September.[1] Later, she adopted the ring name Carmella.[5]

Carmella made her debut on the September 4, 2014 episode of NXT, portraying a hairdresser in a segment with Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady.[15] Two weeks later on NXT, Carmella appeared in another segment with Amore and Cassady at the WWE Performance Center, announcing she had lost her job as a hairdresser due to Amore and Cassady’s actions and asked for a job at NXT.[16] She made her in-ring debut on the October 16 episode of NXT, wrestling an unnamed opponent whom Amore and Cassady dubbed Blue Pants.[6] Carmella defeated Blue Pants on two occasions, but lost to her on the January 1, 2015 episode of NXT after Amore accidentally caused a distraction.[17] In March, Amore and Cassady began a rivalry with the NXT Tag Team Champions Blake and Murphy while Carmella rejected Blake and Murphy’s advances on several occasions.[18] On the May 13 episode of NXT, Carmella was defeated by Alexa Bliss after a distraction by Blake and Murphy.[19] On May 20 at NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable, Bliss attacked Carmella during the NXT Tag Team Championship title match, ensuring the win for Blake and Murphy.[7]

While continuing to manage Amore and Cassady, Carmella began feuding with Eva Marie, which led to a match between the two on the August 26 episode of NXT, which Carmella lost.[20] In January 2016, Carmella won a battle royal to become the number one contender to Bayley‘s NXT Women’s Championship.[21] Carmella unsuccessfully challenged Bayley for the title on February 10.[22] After the match, Eva Marie and Nia Jax attacked the two, which led to a tag team match on the February 24 episode of NXT, which Carmella and Bayley lost.[23] Carmella made her first appearance on WWE’s main roster on March 12 at Roadblock, accompanying Amore and Cassady for their match against The Revival for the NXT Tag Team Championship.[24] On the May 25 episode of NXT, Carmella competed in a triple threat match against Alexa Bliss and Nia Jax to determine the number one contender to Asuka‘s NXT Women’s Championship at NXT TakeOver: The End, but she was pinned by Jax.[25]

SmackDown Women’s Champion (2016–2018)

After being drafted to SmackDown brand on July 19 as part of the 2016 WWE draft,[8][9] Carmella made her main roster debut for the brand a week later, confronting the brand female talents before being interrupted by Eva Marie.[10] On the August 9 episode of SmackDown Live, Carmella achieved her first victory on the main roster by defeating Natalya.[26][27] On August 20 at SummerSlam, Carmella took part in a six-woman tag team match alongside Becky Lynch and Naomi that was won by their opponents Alexa Bliss, Natalya, and Nikki Bella after Bella pinned Carmella.[28][29] Two days later on SmackDown Live, Carmella attacked Nikki Bella, turning heel in the process and starting a storyline feud between the two.[30][31][32][33] Simultaneously with her feud with Bella, Carmella took part in a six-pack elimination challenge to determine the inaugural SmackDown Women’s Champion on September 11 at Backlash. She was the last woman eliminated by Becky Lynch.[34] She was also part of Team SmackDown in the traditional five-on-five elimination tag team match on November 20 at Survivor Series against Team Raw, where she was the first participant eliminated by Alicia Fox.[35] On December 4 at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, Carmella lost to Nikki Bella in a no disqualification match to end their feud.[36]

Carmella then moved into a storyline with James Ellsworth, professing that she found him “uniquely attractive” and he later started accompanying her to her matches.[37][38][39][40] On April 2, 2017, Carmella made her WrestleMania debut, competing in a six-pack challenge for the SmackDown Women’s Championship, but was unsuccessful.[41] In late April, Carmella formed an alliance, dubbed The Welcoming Committee, with Natalya and Tamina, and the three started a feud with Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, and Naomi.[42][43][44][45] The two teams faced off in a six-woman tag team match on May 21 at Backlash, where The Welcoming Committee was victorious.[46][47]

Carmella cashed in her Money in the Bank contract on April 10, 2018 to win the SmackDown Women’s Champion

On June 18 at Money in the Bank, Carmella was declared the winner of the inaugural women’s Money in the Bank ladder match after Ellsworth obtained the briefcase and dropped it to her.[48] Two days later on SmackDown, Carmella was stripped of the briefcase and a second Money in the Bank ladder match was set by SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan.[49] On June 27, Carmella regained the Money in the Bank briefcase after she won the second match with the help of Ellsworth.[50] In November, Carmella ended her association with Ellsworth after he lost to Becky Lynch in an intergender match.[51] On January 28, 2018, at the Royal Rumble, Carmella participated in the first women’s Royal Rumble match, where she entered at number 17, lasting over 18 minutes before being eliminated by her former rival Nikki Bella.[52] She then appeared in the first WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal at WrestleMania 34, but was the first woman eliminated from the match by Sonya Deville.[53]

After 287 days (the longest period ever for a wrestler to hold the contract) and a few unsuccessful attempts to cash in her briefcase on Charlotte Flair,[54][55][56] Carmella officially cashed in her contract on the April 10 episode of SmackDown Live, after The IIconics (Billie Kay and Peyton Royce) attacked Charlotte Flair, she defeated Flair to win the SmackDown Women’s Championship for the first time in her career.[57][58] In her first title defense, Carmella defeated Charlotte Flair at Backlash.[59] Shortly after, Carmella was placed in a feud with Asuka that ultimately led to a title match between the two at Money in the Bank,[60][61][62] which Carmella won after a distraction by the returning James Ellsworth.[63] In a rematch between the two, which took place at Extreme Rules, Carmella again defeated Asuka to retain her title (with Ellsworth suspended in a shark cage).[64] After losing to both Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair in non–title matches,[65][66] it was announced that Carmella will face both in a triple threat match at SummerSlam on August 19.[67] At the event, Flair pinned Lynch to win the championship, ending Carmella’s reign at 131 days.[68] Two weeks later, Carmella received her rematch against Flair but she was unsuccessful in regaining the title.[69][70]

The Fabulous Truth/Glow (2018–present)

Towards the end of her title reign, Carmella was placed in a storyline with R-Truth, after the latter implied that he wants a “title match by pinning her” (similar to Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair’s title opportunities).[71][72] On the September 4 episode of SmackDown Live, Carmella turned face for the first time since 2016, after she agreed to manage Truth for his match with The Miz to avoid Maryse‘s interference.[73] Shortly after, Carmella started managing Truth and the two were also announced as tag team partners for the upcoming season two of Mixed Match Challenge.[74][75][76][77] In November, Carmella once again took part of Survivor Series as part Team SmackDown, where she went on to eliminate Tamina before being eliminated by Bayley.[78][79] Carmella and Truth lost the first three matches of Mixed Match Challenge before defeating Rusev and Lana to qualify for the playoffs. The team went on to defeat Jeff Hardy and Charlotte Flair in the quarter–finals[80] and previous winners The Miz and Asuka in the semi–finals.[81] In the final of the Mixed Match Challenge that took place at the TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs pay–per–view, on December 16, Carmella and Truth defeated Jinder Mahal and Alicia Fox, earning both the number 30 spots for their respective Royal Rumble matches at Royal Rumble.[82]

In January 2019, Carmella competed in a triple threat match to determine the number one contender for the SmackDown Women’s Championship, however, Becky Lynch won the match by submitting her.[83][84] At the Royal Rumble, Carmella lasted 7 minutes and scored an elimination, but she was unsuccessful in winning the match as she was eliminated by Flair.[85] In February, Carmella started teaming up with Naomi.[86][87] Carmella and Naomi competed in a six–team Elimination Chamber match for the inaugural WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship at the namesake pay–per–view, where they were the first team eliminated.[88]

Other media

Carmella made her video game debut as a playable character in WWE 2K17 and also appears in WWE 2K18 and WWE 2K19.[89][90] Carmella joined Total Divas as a main cast member for the show’s seventh season.[91]

Personal life

Van Dale is a certified fitness instructor and a personal trainer.[1] Van Dale is a lifelong fan of professional wrestling, and idolized Miss Elizabeth as a child.[14]

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2015–18 Total Divas Herself Guest (season 4, 6 & 8)
Main cast (season 7): 19 episodes
2019 Total Bellas Episode: “Bellas Are Back in Action” & “Bellas and the City”
2019 The Beach Bum Samantha

Championships and accomplishments

Carmella with the Money in the Bank briefcase at WrestleMania 34

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MARIA KANELLIS

Maria Kanellis

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Kanellis in April 2016
Birth name Mary Louis Kanellis
Born (1982-02-25) February 25, 1982 (age 36)[1]
Ottawa, Illinois, United States[2][3]
Residence Ottawa, Illinois, United States[4]
Alma mater Northern Illinois University
Johnson & Wales University
Spouse(s)
Mike Kanellis (m. 2014)
Children 1
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Maria[4]
Maria Kanellis[5]
Maria Kanellis-Bennett
Billed height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[6]
Billed weight 120 lb (54 kg)[1]
Billed from Chicago, Illinois[4]
Trained by Ohio Valley Wrestling[3]
Dave Finlay
Debut 2004[1]

Mary Louis Kanellis-Bennett[7][8] (born February 25, 1982)[1] is an American professional wrestler, professional wrestling manager, actress, model and singer currently signed to WWE under the ring name Maria Kanellis, where she performs on the cruiserweight-exclusive 205 Live brand as the manager of her real-life husband Mike Kanellis.

She is best known for her time in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and Ring of Honor (ROH). Also, she worked for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), where she is a one-time TNA Knockouts Champion. Kanellis’ career began as a contestant on the reality show Outback Jack in 2004. In the same year, she placed fifth in the Diva Search, later hired by WWE as a backstage interviewer. Kanellis began competing in the ring as a professional wrestler in 2005. She released her debut album Sevin Sins on April 13, 2010.

Early life[edit]

Kanellis was born in Ottawa, Illinois.[3] She has two younger siblings; a brother and sister named Bill and Janny, respectively.[6][9][10] Kanellis grew up with an interest in playing sports, particularly volleyball, basketball, and softball. She graduated from Ottawa Township High School in 2000, and then went on to study at Northern Illinois University.[11] Before her career in wrestling began, Kanellis regularly competed in beauty pageants.[9]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

World Wrestling Entertainment[edit]

Diva Search and beginnings (2004–2005)[edit]

Maria competed in the Diva Search in 2004,[9] deciding to enter the contest after seeing an advertisement while watching Raw.[12] Even though she only placed fifth in the contest, she was hired by the company.[3] She stood out in the contest by giving fellow contestant Carmella DeCesare the finger after being eliminated from the contest.[3] Maria began making appearances in Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), WWE’s then-developmental territory.[3] She contributed booking ideas, and her work at OVW earned her a spot on the Raw brand roster.[3] Maria was brought on to Raw as a ditzy backstage interviewer and the host of WWE KissCam in November 2004.[13] Her gimmick involved her asking wrong questions, irritating and amusing the roster.[3][9]

In 2005, Maria began wrestling and was defeated in her first official match on the January 10, 2005 episode of Raw by Christy Hemme in a Lingerie Pillow Fight.[3][9] On the March 14 episode of Raw, one of Maria’s fillings legitimately fell out after she was slapped by Trish Stratus.[3] She also competed in a Fulfill Your Fantasy Diva Battle Royal at Taboo Tuesday for the WWE Women’s Championship, but was the first to be eliminated.[14] On November 14, Maria competed in a non-title Diva Battle Royal at the Eddie Guerrero tribute Raw show, where she was one of the last three women left but was eliminated by Melina and Trish Stratus.[15]

On the November 28 episode of Raw, Maria interviewed then-Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff, and asked him whether or not he thought he was going to be fired. He then booked her in a match with Kurt Angle out of spite, and Maria was laid out with the Angle Slam.[16] As a result, one week later, Maria testified in the trial against Bischoff, who was being fired because of his controversial actions as General Manager.[17]

Various relationships (2006–2008)[edit]

Maria in November 2006

On the January 2, 2006 episode of Raw, Maria was attacked and stripped of her clothes by Vince’s Devils (Victoria, Torrie Wilson, and Candice Michelle), but she was saved by Ashley Massaro. During a commercial break that night, Vince McMahon announced a Gauntlet Bra & Panties Match for New Year’s Revolution between all five girls.[18] At the event, Maria was the first to enter the Gauntlet match and eliminated Michelle and Wilson before being eliminated by Victoria. The match was ultimately won by Massaro.[14]

On the February 6, 2006 episode of Raw, Jonathan Coachman announced that Edge and Lita would have fought the mixed team of John Cena and Maria in the main event, and before the match Cena kissed Maria, who came into his locker room to express her nervousness for the competition (despite the kiss, any on-screen romance between the pair was born).[3][9][17] Maria scored the victory after a spear meant for Cena hit Lita.[19] On the April 10 episode of Raw, Maria received title match for Mickie JamesWWE Women’s Championship, but lost. On October 16, Maria won a Fatal Four-Way Bra and Panties match against Victoria, Candice, and Wilson to advance to the semi-finals in a Women’s Championship Tournament.[20] Maria, however, lost in the semi-finals to Lita.[21]

On the January 1, 2007 episode of Raw, Maria attempted to interview Kevin Federline, but was instead slapped by Melina. This led to a match between the two later that night, which Melina won. At New Year’s Revolution, Maria and Candice ran to the ring during the Women’s Championship match between Victoria and Mickie James to stop Melina from interfering, helping James retain the title.[22] In the following weeks she faced Melina in two tag team matches, where she won one.[23][24]

Maria began an on-screen romance with Santino Marella in June 2007. On the November 5 episode of Raw, Marella was confronted by the returning Stone Cold Steve Austin for criticizing his movie, The Condemned. As a part of the storyline, the argument ended as Marella received a Stone Cold Stunner from Austin.

After former Playboy cover-girl Ashley Massaro‘s return in early 2008, Kanellis engaged in backstage segments where Massaro suggested Maria should be on the cover of Playboy.[3][25] As a part of the storyline, Maria defeated Beth Phoenix on February 18, to “earn the right” to be on the cover of the magazine.[3] During her Playboy cover unveiling, Maria’s cover was plastered over with images of Marella.[3][12] After Marella offered an ultimatum of posing for the magazine or staying with him as a couple,[26] she then broke up with him.[3] Maria, along with Ashley were defeated by Phoenix and Melina at WrestleMania XXIV in a Playboy BunnyMania Lumberjill match.[2][3][27] After the match, Maria passionately kissed the Master of Ceremonies, Snoop Dogg.[17][27] The next night on Raw, Maria wrestled Marella, but the match ended by disqualification. This ended their feud.

Championship pursuits and various alliances (2008–2010)[edit]

As part of the 2008 WWE supplemental draft, Maria was drafted to the SmackDown brand. She made her debut on the August 1 episode of SmackDown by defeating Victoria.[28][29] On the October 17 episode of SmackDown!, Maria won a “Las Vegas Dice on a Pole” match to become the number one contender for the WWE Divas Championship,[30] but lost for the title against then-champion Michelle McCool.[31]

Maria at the 2008 Tribute to the Troops event

Maria participated in the Raw vs. Smackdown Divas match at Survivor Series, where she eliminated Jillian Hall before her team lost the match.[32] On the December 5 episode of SmackDown!, Maria got an upset victory over the Divas Champion Michelle McCool, but she was defeated by Maryse in a number one contender’s match for the title two weeks later.[33][34] At the Armageddon on December 14, Maria was part of the winning team of a Santa’s Little Helper tag team match.[35][36] On the December 26 episode of SmackDown!, she served as a special guest referee in the Divas Championship match between Maryse and McCool, where Maryse became the new champion. After the match, McCool turned heel and attacked Maria, injuring her shoulder. Maria returned and attacked McCool during a match, on the January 23, 2009, episode of SmackDown. On the February 13 episode of SmackDown, she defeated McCool following interference from Eve Torres.[37] Over the next several weeks, Maria competed in various tag-team matches against McCool, with Maria winning three out of four matches.[38][39] She also competed at WrestleMania XXV for the “Miss WrestleMania” crown, but was eliminated by Victoria. Throughout June, Maria served as the special guest referee in Diva matches.

Maria made her in-ring return on the July 3 episode of SmackDown, teaming with Melina to defeat LayCool (Michelle McCool and Layla).[40] Soon after, she entered into an on-screen relationship with Dolph Ziggler, despite her being a fan favorite and him being a villainous character.[41][42] At Night of Champions, Maria accompanied Ziggler to his match with Rey Mysterio for Intercontinental Championship.[43] In the following weeks, Melina implied that Ziggler was cheating on Maria, which Maria did not believe.[44] Maria and Ziggler later broke up on the October 10 episode of SmackDown in a backstage segment, after she cost him his match with John Morrison.[45]

Maria then took a brief hiatus from the ring to film the Celebrity Apprentice, but returned on the December 4 episode of SmackDown by helping Mickie James fend off an attack by LayCool. She made her in-ring return the following week, teaming up with James to defeat LayCool. On December 14, Maria won the Slammy Award for Diva of the Year, which was voted for by WWE fans.[46] On the February 12, 2010, episode of SmackDown, Maria began a brief on-screen relationship with Matt Hardy.[47] On February 26, Maria was released from her contract.[48]

Ring of Honor (2011–2015)[edit]

Maria confirmed on her Twitter account that she would be appearing at Ring of Honor‘s Final Battle pay-per-view on December 23, 2011. She accompanied her real-life boyfriend, Mike Bennett, as a villainess, in a three-way elimination match for the ROH World Television Championship, where he won.[49] On January 7, 2012, tapings of Ring of Honor Wrestling, she was dubbed the “First Lady of ROH”.[50]

Maria in the ring during a Ring of Honor show in 2013

At the June 21 tapings of Ring of Honor Wrestling, Kanellis accompanied Bennett and Brutal Bob Evans to the ring, where they lost to Eddie Edwards and Adam Cole. After the match, Kanellis, Bennett and Bob attacked Cole and Edwards, but were stopped by Sara Del Rey, who Edwards had brought in to neutralize Kanellis.[51] At the Boiling Point on August 11, Maria and Bennett lost to Del Rey and Edwards in an mixed tag team match.[52] In September 2012, Kanellis and Bennett became involved in a storyline with Mike Mondo after he kissed Kanellis during one of Bennett’s matches. On Glory by Honor in October, Bennett defeated Mondo to end the feud. On December 16 at Final Battle 2012: Doomsday, Kanellis along with Bob accompanied Bennett to the ring where he defeated Jerry Lynn in his final ROH match before retirement.[53] On September 19, 2013, Maria and Bennett defeated The Brutal Burgers (Brutal Bob Evans & Cheeseburger) in an Intergender tag team match.[54] On October 26, during Bennett’s match with Kevin Steen at the Glory by Honor XII, Kanellis tried to interfere but was attacked by Lisa Marie Varon.[55]

Kanellis and Bennett returned to ROH at the January 4, 2014, tapings of Ring of Honor Wrestling which aired on February 1, with Kanellis helping Bennett defeat Cedric Alexander.[56] Throughout the summer, Maria and Bennett would get involved in Matt Hardy‘s feud with The Briscoes.[57] During the feud, The Kingdom stole Jay Briscoe’s title; Matt Hardy customized it as the Iconic Championship. At All Stars Extravaganza 6, Bennett and Maria customized the title as the Championship of Love. They were interrupted by Jay Briscoe’s brother, Mark. Bennett and Kanellis left ROH after the December 19, 2015, Ring of Honor Wrestling taping, after failing to come to terms on a new contract with the promotion.[58]

Other promotions (2012–2015)[edit]

On February 25, 2012, Maria won a tournament to determine the inaugural Family Wrestling Entertainment (FWE) Women’s Champion. The victory also marked Kanellis’ first championship in professional wrestling.[59] She held the championship until March 24, when she lost it to Winter in a three-way match also involving Rosita.[60] In July, Kanellis regained the championship from Winter.[61] Kanellis successfully defended her title against Angelina Love at FWE: No Limits.[62]

In September 2012, Kanellis made her debut for Chikara, managing Mike Bennett and The Young Bucks to the finals of the 2012 King of Trios tournament.[63][64][65] Alongside Gavin Loudspeaker, Kanellis hosted the 2014 National Pro Wrestling Day. On October 4, 2014, Maria lost the FWE Women’s Championship against Ivelisse Vélez

New Japan Pro Wrestling (2015)[edit]

On April 6, 2015, Kanellis managed Bennett and Matt Taven to capture New Japan Pro Wrestling‘s IWGP Tag Team Championship at Invasion Attack 2015. The following day, NJPW announced that, due to Kanellis’ popularity, the promotion had booked its first match involving female wrestlers since October 2002, which would see Kanellis team up with Bennett and Taven to take on Amber Gallows, Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson at Wrestling Dontaku 2015 on May 3.[66] Kanellis pinned Amber to win the match.[67] On July 5 at Dominion 7.5 in Osaka-jo Hall, Kanellis accompanied Bennett and Taven to their first IWGP Tag Team Championship defense against Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson. The Kingdom lost the match and the championship, after Doc Gallows superkicked Kanellis, which distracted Bennett, leaving Taven alone to lose the match.[68]

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling / Impact Wrestling (2016–2017)[edit]

On January 5, 2016, during Impact Wrestlings premiere on Pop TV, Maria made her debut as a heel introducing her husband as “The Miracle” Mike Bennett.[69][70][71] In February, Maria began a feud with Gail Kim after Kim refused Maria’s help to make her go “mainstream“.[72][73] On the April 19 episode of Impact Wrestling, Maria won a ladder match to become the new impact Knockouts Division Commissioner.[74] During the feud between Maria and Gail Kim, where a singles match was set up for Slammiversary. On June 10, Maria then revealed on her Instagram account that she suffered a broken hand,[75] and therefore she was not medically cleared to compete at Slammiversary and her match with Kim was called off. Kim was therefore added to the Knockouts Championship match, making it a triple threat match.

On the September 1, episode of Impact Wrestling, Maria berated and forcibly pinned her apprentice Allie to win the TNA Women’s Knockout Championship for the first time in her career.[76] On October 2 at the Bound for Glory pay-per-view, Kim defeated Maria for the title, ending her reign at 50 days and Gail Kim also defeated Maria to step down as the new TNA Knockouts Commissioner.[77][78] On March 1, 2017, it was announced that Kanellis, along with her husband, had left TNA.[79]

Return to WWE (2017–present)[edit]

On June 18, 2017, Kanellis returned to WWE alongside her husband Mike Kanellis in his WWE debut at Money in the Bank, establishing the Kanellis couple as heels for the first time in Maria’s WWE career.[80][5][81] On the July 18 episode of SmackDown, Maria helped Mike defeat Sami Zayn in his WWE debut match.[82] In September, Kanellis went on a leave of absence from WWE, following her pregnancy announcement.[83] On January 22, 2018, at the 25th Anniversary of Raw, a visibly pregnant Maria was honored as part of a segment involving women considered legends that contributed to the company’s success, including The Bella Twins (Brie and Nikki), Maryse, Kelly Kelly, Lilian Garcia, Torrie Wilson, Michelle McCool, Terri Runnels, and WWE Hall of Famers Jacqueline and Trish Stratus.[84]

Nine months later, on the October 10 episode of 205 Live, Maria officially made her television return as she interrupted a match between Lince Dorado and Lio Rush, allowing her husband (who debuted on the show) to attack Dorado.[85][86] Three weeks later, on October 28, in her first match back in WWE in over eight years, Kanellis took part of the first ever all women’s pay–per–view, Evolution, where she competed in a battle royal for a future women’s championship match but she was eliminated by the eventual winner Nia Jax.[87] Throughout the rest of the year, Kanellis would continue her managerial role as she would accompany her husband Mike to his matches on 205 Live where both would appear regularly.[88][89][90][91][92] On January 16, Pro Wrestling Sheet‘s Ryan Satin reported that Maria and Mike recently asked WWE to release them from their contracts. Sources mentioned that the two have “been unhappy with the way they’ve been used in WWE for awhile.”[93] Maria would go on to deny that she asked for her release.[94] Mike Johnson of Pro Wrestling Illustrated reported that they were not backstage at the following episode of 205 Live.[95] On January 27, 2019, at the Royal Rumble, Kanellis competed in her first women’s Royal Rumble match, entering at number 15 and lasting 08:12 minutes before she was eliminated by Alicia Fox.[96] They would not appear on television until the January 29, 2019 205 Live, where Bennett would lose to Kalisto.[97]

Other media[edit]

Maria signing autographs at the 2011 Chicago Comic Con

In 2004, she was a contestant on the reality show, Outback Jack.[11][98] She made it to the final three before being eliminated.[99]

During the week of November 5, 2007, she appeared on five episodes of Family Feud with several other WWE superstars.[100] She also appeared on the February 6, 2008 episode of Project Runway with some of the other WWE Divas.[11] On August 17, 2008, Maria, Candice Michelle, and Eve Torres were on an episode of Sunset Tan. Kanellis later appeared on VH1‘s Top 20 Video Countdown, along with John Cena. On December 17, 2009, she was a guest host on G4’s Attack of the Show.[101] Kanellis began a new career as a mixed martial arts announcer for HDNet on March 26, 2010 at the King of the Cage event in Reno, Nevada.[102] Kanellis was also a contestant on the Celebrity Apprentice, which premiered in March 2010. She was eliminated on the May 16 episode. She placed fifth out of fourteen contestants.[103]

Kanellis was first asked to pose for Playboy when she was nineteen years old, but she turned down the offer in fear of embarrassing her sister.[3][13][25] She eventually posed for the cover of the April 2008 issue, with an accompanying nude pictorial.[11] For the pictorial, she chose her own wardrobe and made the black hooded jacket she wore in one of the photos.[12][27] That same year, FHM named her 53rd of 100 on their “The Sexiest Women 2008” list.[104] With WWE transitioning to PG content a few months after Kanellis’s pictorial and WWE dropping its use of the term WWE Diva in 2016 in favor of referring to the female talent as WWE Superstars along with the men, Kanellis was ultimately the last active WWE Diva to pose nude for the magazine.

Kanellis is also a singer and released her debut album Sevin Sins on April 13, 2010, with “Fantasy” as the first single.

In early 2011, Kanellis starred in online comedy web show Funny or Die, and in March 2011 she launched her own perfume line called Signature. In September 2011, Kanellis launched her DVD line in conjunction with Code Red DVD called Maria’s B Movie Mayhem.[105]

In January 2014, Kanellis and Bennett launched a weekly podcast called Mike & Maria in Wonderland.[106]

Kanellis also owns and operates an event design company called Wonderland Event Productions.[107]

Discography[edit]

EPs[edit]

Filmography[edit]

List of film performances
Year Title Role Notes Source
2012 Mother Hen Kelly
2013 Army of the Damned Terry
2014 The Opposite Sex Hot Mess
2017 The Santa Files Herself
List of television performances
Year Title Role Notes Source
2004 Outback Jack Herself [11]
2007 Family Feud Herself [100]
2008 Magic’s Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed Herself
2008 Project Runway Herself [11]
2008 Sunset Tan Herself
2009 Attack of the Show Herself [101]
2010 Celebrity Apprentice Herself [103]
2010 Cubed Herself
2011 Swallow: The Series Vicki

Personal life[edit]

Kanellis and her husband Mike Bennett at an event in October 2015

In a December 2011 interview, Kanellis confirmed she was dating Mike Bennett, and they later got engaged.[108][109] On October 10, 2014, Kanellis and Bennett married.[110] On September 25, 2017, Kanellis announced she and Bennett were expecting their first child.[111] On April 3, 2018, the couple welcomed their daughter, Fredrica “Freddie” Moon Bennett.[112]

In 2013, Kanellis was announced as one of the recipients of WWE’s Talent Scholarship, which she utilized to obtain a degree in Sports, Entertainment, and Event Management from Johnson & Wales University, graduating in May 2017.[113][114]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

KACY CANTANZARO..WWE

Kacy Catanzaro

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Born
Kacy Esther Catanzaro[1]

(1990-01-14) January 14, 1990 (age 29)[2][3]

Glen Ridge, New Jersey, United States
Other names Mighty Kacy
Alma mater Towson University
Occupation
Employer
  • Alpha Warrior (2013–2017)
  • WWE (2017–present)
Ring name(s) Kacy Catanzaro
Trained by WWE Performance Center
Debut April 19, 2018[4]

Kacy Esther Catanzaro (born January 14, 1990) is an American professional wrestler, gymnast and athletics-based television personality. She is signed to WWE, where she competes on the NXT brand.[5] She was the first woman to qualify for the finals of the television sports show American Ninja Warrior and the first, and so far only, woman to complete a City Finals course.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, Catanzaro grew up and attended high school in nearby Belleville and is of Italian descent.[2][6][7] She is a relatively small woman, standing only 5 ft (1.52) tall and weighing only 95 pounds (43 kg). She began doing gymnastics at age 5. She attended Towson University in Towson, Maryland, from 2009 until 2012, studying early childhood education on an athletic scholarship.[2][3][8]

Collegiate sports career[edit]

Catanzaro competed in gymnastics for Towson in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and was named the Southeast Regional Gymnast of the Year in 2012.[9] She was also named the 2012 Eastern College Athletic Conference Gymnast of the Year and was the top-ranked competitor in that conference for that year.[10]

Obstacle competitor career[edit]

She worked for Alpha Warrior, an obstacle-course gym in San Antonio, Texas, from February 2013.[3]

Catanzaro spent two years training for American Ninja Warrior alongside her then-boyfriend and co-competitor Brent Steffensen.[11] She did not complete the qualifying course in Venice, California, but was an invited wildcard at the 2013 finals,[12] where she fell early on the Giant cycle/ring.

In 2014, Catanzaro became the first woman to complete the qualifying course of American Ninja Warrior (Season 6), making it up the warped wall on her second try at 5:26.18 at the Dallas qualifiers, ranking her 21 out of 30; this also makes her the first woman to make it up the warped wall in competition. Later in 2014, Catanzaro competed in the Dallas finals of American Ninja Warrior. She was the first woman ever to complete a city finals course (and the second woman to attempt it after Jessie Graff in season 5), qualifying for the national finals in Las Vegas with a time of 8 minutes, 59 seconds.[13][14] (Through 2017 she remains the only woman to have ever completed a City Finals course.[15]) Host commentator Akbar Gbaja-Biamila remarked “I’ve seen greatness during my NFL career…And I’ve been in awe of people, but I am really in awe of Kacy”.[16] The run had been especially notable because due to her short stature, many of the obstacles looked difficult to manage and in one case, she had to leap between boards whereas other competitors could traverse them. Her achievement made her a social media phenomenon, with her run being viewed over 100 million times; supporters on Twitter coined the hashtag #MightyKacy.[12][17] Kacy Catanzaro failed to complete the first round of the National Finals in Las Vegas. She made it past the first three obstacles, including the Giant Ring and the Silk Slider, before she fell attempting the Jumping Spider, where her full extension was simply too short to hold the position.

In the 2015 Houston Qualifying round (Season 7), Catanzaro failed to complete the course after falling on the cargo crossing. She was given a wild card spot in Vegas and she failed due to a mistimed trampoline jump at the Propeller Bar at Stage 1 of The Finals on September 7. By this time the pressure she felt to live up to her broadcast reputation as Ninja’s greatest female competitor was reportedly showing and she was tearful in the post-run interview.

In 2016, Catanzaro was invited to compete in the 32nd competition of the original Japanese version of ANW, Sasuke. Catanzaro performed well, completing 8 of the stage 1 obstacles before timing out on the final obstacle, the Lumberjack Climb. Since the course’s renewal and increased difficulty, Catanzaro set the record for the furthest a female athlete has gone and the closest a female athlete has got to completing stage 1 since the 2nd competition (until 2017 when Jessie Graff completed stage 1 and became the first woman ever to complete stage 2.)

In the 2016 Oklahoma City Qualifying round (Season 8), Catanzaro failed to complete the course after falling on an early obstacle, the Log Runner, on June 20; however, she was again given a Wild Card spot in Las Vegas. In the Las Vegas National Finals, Stage 1, she fell on the second obstacle.

In December 2016 Catanzaro co-hosted as a broadcaster the Team Ninja Warrior College Madness series of shows.

In 2017, Catanzaro competed in American Ninja Warrior season 9 in the San Antonio city qualifier and finals. In the former she failed on the fourth obstacle, but did well enough to qualify for city finals under the show’s new rules. In that latter run she had her best performance since 2014, making it past the Sky Hooks and the fifth obstacle to get the now-higher Warped Wall, which she failed to surmount. Nonetheless she qualified for the national finals. At the national finals, she failed on Stage 1 at the Double Dipper.

In 2017, Catanzaro announced her retirement from American Ninja Warrior, with season 9 being her last.[18]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

WWE[edit]

NXT (2017-present)[edit]

Catanzaro had been a fan of professional wrestling since childhood, and had wondered what it would be like to step inside the squared circle.[19] On January 4, 2017, Catanzaro received a tryout with WWE at their WWE Performance Center.[20] It was announced on August 27 during the Mae Young Classic that Catanzaro had been signed to a contract with WWE.[21] On January 18, 2018, WWE officially announced Catanzaro had reported to the WWE Performance Center.[22] She made her in-ring debut at a NXT live event on April 19, in Sanford, Florida, in a losing effort to Reina González.[4]

She continued to make appearances during 2018, both in house shows and on NXT television; she wrestles as a face and takes inspiration from WWE’s Alexa Bliss‘s slogan “Five Feet of Fury”, making reference to Catanzaro’s own diminutive size.[19] The 2nd episode of the Mae Young Classic aired on September 12, Catanzaro made her televised debut in a winning effort against Reina Gonzalez in the first round match. On Episode 5, she lost in the second round to Rhea Ripley.

On January 27, 2019 Cantanzaro made her main roster debut, appearing in the Royal Rumble.

TENILLE DASHWOOD

Tenille Dashwood was born on March 1, 1989 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia as Tenille Averil Dashwood. She is an actress, known for WWE NXT (2010), WWE Main Event (2012) and WWE SmackDown Live (1999).
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Actress (18 credits)
 2018 Ring of Honor PPV (TV Series)
Tenille Dashwood

Supercard of Honor XII (2018) … Tenille Dashwood
 2018 ROH 16th Anniversary
Tenille Dashwood
 2018 Ring of Honor Manhattan Mayhem VIII
Tenille Dashwood
 2018 ROH Honor Reigns Supreme 2018 (Video)
Tenille Dashwood
 1995-2017 WWE Raw (TV Series)
Emma / Emmalina

Lumberjack Match (2017) … Emma
WWE No Mercy 2017 Fallout (2017) … Emma
 2014-2017 WWE Main Event (TV Series)
Emma

The King of the Ropes (2017) … Emma
Episode #4.23 (2015) … Emma
Episode #4.15 (2015) … Emma
Episode #4.14 (2015) … Emma
 2014-2016 WWE SmackDown Live (TV Series)
Emma

Episode #18.19 (2016) … Emma
Episode #18.18 (2016) … Emma
Episode #18.15 (2016) … Emma
Episode #18.14 (2016) … Emma
Episode #17.19 (2015) … Emma
 2016 WrestleMania 32 (TV Special)
Emma
 2012-2016 WWE NXT (TV Series)
Emma

Episode #10.13 (2016) … Emma
Episode #10.12 (2016) … Emma
Episode #10.11 (2016) … Emma
Episode #10.9 (2016) … Emma
Episode #10.7 (2016) … Emma
 2015 Breaking Ground (TV Series)
Emma

Proving Ground (2015) … Emma
 2015 Swerved (TV Series)
Emma

You Little Punk (2015) … Emma
 2013-2015 The JBL & Cole Show with Renee Young (TV Series)
Emma

Episode dated 15 May 2015 (2015) … Emma
Episode dated 18 July 2014 (2014) … Emma
Episode dated 1 February 2013 (2013) … Emma
 2014 WWE Superstars (TV Series)
Emma

Episode #6.44 (2014) … Emma
 2014 WrestleMania XXX (TV Special)
Emma
 2009 Shimmer (TV Series)
Tenille

SHIMMER Women Athletes Volume 23 (2009) … Tenille
 2008 Nightmare Wrestling: Armageddon Expo (Video)
Tenille ‘Valentine’ Taylor (as Tenille Taylor)

A TRIBUTE TO GENE OKERLUND

Gene Okerlund

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Gene Okerlund
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Birth name Eugene Arthur Okerlund
Born (1942-12-19)December 19, 1942
Sisseton, South Dakota, United States[1]
Died January 2, 2019(2019-01-02) (aged 76)
Sarasota, Florida, United States
Alma mater University of Nebraska
Spouse(s)
Jeanne Okerlund (m. 1964)
Children 2; including Todd
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Gene Okerlund
Billed height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[2]
Billed weight 213 lb (97 kg)[2]
Debut 1970

Eugene Arthur Okerlund (December 19, 1942 – January 2, 2019)[3] also known by his ring name “Mean” Gene Okerlund, was an American professional wrestling interviewer, announcer and wrestler. He was best known for his work in the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling. Gene was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006 by Hulk Hogan. He was signed to a lifetime contract with WWE and worked for promotional programs, mostly WWE Network programming and occasionally TV.

Professional career[edit]

Early career[edit]

After studying broadcast journalism, Okerlund landed a job as a disc jockey at KOIL, a popular radio station in Omaha, Nebraska. Okerlund would later move to Minneapolis working for a local television station working in the front office.[4]

American Wrestling Association (1970–1984)[edit]

Okerlund left the radio industry for a position at the American Wrestling Association (AWA) in 1970, where he occasionally filled in for ailing ring announcer and interviewer Marty O’Neill, eventually becoming O’Neill’s permanent replacement by the end of the decade.

World Wrestling Federation (1984–1993)[edit]

He would stay with the AWA until the end of 1983, when he was one of many AWA personnel to join the expanding World Wrestling Federation (WWF). He would stay with the WWF for nine years as their top interviewer, and was host of such WWF shows as All-American Wrestling and Tuesday Night Titans.

In 1984, Okerlund and Hulk Hogan faced Mr. Fuji and George Steele in Minneapolis. He was supposed to stay on the apron and let Hogan fight, but when Hogan gave him a high five, the referee mistook it for a tag. Okerlund had to go in, but before his opponent touched him, he quickly got out of the way and tagged Hogan back in. The result: Okerlund pinned Mr. Fuji for the victory.

On March 31, 1985 Okerlund became the first person to sing the National Anthem at WrestleMania doing so at WrestleMania I.

On November 12, 1985, Okerlund, along with Hulk Hogan, Bobby Heenan, Ricky Steamboat, Davey Boy Smith, Corporal Kirchner, Dynamite Kid and Big John Studd, appeared on The A-Team.

Okerlund was also part of one of the most infamous bloopers in pro wrestling history at WWF SummerSlam 1989. Okerlund was set to interview WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion “Ravishing” Rick Rude and Rude’s manager Bobby Heenan prior to Rude’s title defense against The Ultimate Warrior when the SummerSlam backdrop fell backwards. The shot of the SummerSlam backdrop falling can be seen in the video induction of Mean Gene at the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006. Okerlund then turned around and said, “Fuck it,” along with some other words with no audio. The cameras then cut away to a live shot of the crowd, with play-by-play announcer Tony Schiavone and color commentator Jesse Ventura attempting to restore order. After a short while, Okerlund’s interview with Rude and Heenan went as planned. According to a shoot interview with Okerlund, conducted by RF Video, the SummerSlam 1989 blooper was actually taped beforehand. Okerlund explained that the wrong tape was aired during the live broadcast. Meanwhile, a frantic Vince McMahon was on a headset instructing Jesse Ventura to cover for Okerlund. Ventura instead made fun of Okerlund’s on-air gaffe and jokingly regarded Okerlund as a “troublemaker.”

Okerlund also made another unscripted gaffe when on live TV near the end of the 1992 Royal Rumble PPV he, while doing his interview, famously turned towards someone off-camera and said “Put that cigarette out!”, then went right on with his announcement.

World Championship Wrestling (1993–2001)[edit]

Okerlund appeared at SummerSlam 1993 and made his final WWF appearance on the September 18, 1993 edition of Superstars. He then left the WWF entirely when his contract expired. He stated in an RF shoot interview, that although he probably could’ve re-negotiated a new contract, he was never actually offered one, thus opting to become an interviewer for World Championship Wrestling (WCW). He claimed at the time of his hiring with WCW that he had not been on speaking terms with McMahon for the past few years he was working in the WWF.

He debuted on the November 6, 1993 edition of WCW Saturday Night. Three years later, his contract expired with WCW and he was off television for two months in the fall of 1996. His final appearance was at WCW Fall Brawl on September 15, 1996.

Okerlund had reached out to the WWF once again to be re-hired, but he was immediately rejected. Mike Tenay took over Special Interviews and the Pay Per View Reports. Okerlund signed a new contract with WCW and returned on the November 11, 1996 edition of WCW Monday Nitro. After that, he was with WCW until it was sold on March 26, 2001 to the WWF.

During an interview with Booker T, Stevie Ray, and Sister Sherri at Spring Stampede (1997), Okerlund was involved in another infamous botch when Booker T accidentally shouted out during an interview: “Hulk Hogan, we comin’ for you, nigga!” (with Booker T noticeably immediately regretting his use of the epithet and Sherri trying to hold back laughter after the error).[5]

Always considered a neutral commentator throughout his career, he was given a “dirty old man” gimmick by Vince Russo in WCW, where he would stare at the breasts of the women he interviewed and make inappropriate, lustful comments toward WCW interviewer/announcer Pamela Paulshock.

Okerlund wrestled twice in WCW. The first was in mid-2000 when he and Buff Bagwell faced Chris Kanyon and fellow announcer Mark Madden, with Bagwell and Okerlund winning. However, Madden wanted Okerlund back in the ring the next week in a one on one match-up. The two did wrestle again and Okerlund won the match with the assistance of Pamela Paulshock.

Return to the WWF/WWE (2001–2019)[edit]

Gene in the Hall of Fame

Shortly before WWF’s purchase of WCW in 2001, Okerlund rejoined his old promotion (renamed WWE in 2002). His first assignment back with WWF was the Gimmick Battle Royal during WrestleMania X-Seven on April 1, 2001, along with Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. He would go on to host WWE Confidential in 2002, which lasted for two years.

Gene also hosted WWE Madison Square Garden Classics, a weekly series, airing on the MSG Network, featuring classic WWE matches that took place at Madison Square Garden from the last four decades. He’s also the host for the WWE Classics On Demand Hall of Fame section, which takes a look at a different WWE Hall of Famer each month.

Okerlund was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 1, 2006[6] by Hulk Hogan.[7] During his acceptance speech, he quoted a Bobby Knight speech and requested to be buried face down upon his death so his critics can “Kiss my ass”.

In June 2008, Okerlund began hosting WWE Vintage Collection, a program which showcases archive footage from the extensive WWE video library.

On April 4, 2009, the night before WrestleMania XXV, Okerlund inducted longtime WWE ring announcer Howard Finkel into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Okerlund conducted the interviews on the three-hour “Old School” episode of Raw on November 15, 2010, where he interviewed John Cena, Randy Orton, members of The Nexus and Mae Young in similar fashion as to how interviews were done in the 1980s. Okerlund also appeared in a few Old School merchandising segments, promoting WWE’s new Old School merchandise line.

Okerlund made an appearance at Wrestlemania XXVII in a segment with The Rock and Pee-wee Herman.[8]

On April 10, 2012, during the WWE Smackdown: Blast from the Past, Okerlund teamed with World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus, in a winning effort, against the team of Daniel Bryan and Alberto Del Rio.

On the December 17, 2012 edition of WWE Raw, Gene Okerlund appeared alongside Jim Ross and Ricky The Dragon Steamboat to announce the winner of the Slammy Award for Match of the Year.

On March 4, 2013, Okerlund appeared at the second Old School Raw for Mae Young’s 90th birthday party which was interrupted later by CM Punk.

On January 7, 2014, Okerlund made an appearance at the third Old School Raw, in which he made references to the premium rate “wrestling hotlines” of the 1980s and 1990s.

Okerlund inducted Mr. T into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 6, 2014.

From April to June 2014, Okerlund was a regular cast member on the WWE Network original reality show Legends’ House.

In November 2016, Okerlund became the narrator for the WWE Network original animated series WWE Story Time.

On January 22, 2018, Okerlund made his last appearance on WWE TV, appearing on the 25th anniversary episode of Raw to interview AJ Styles.

Other media[edit]

Okerlund was one of the professional wrestling legends on the WWE Network’s show “Legends House”.[9]

Okerlund appeared as a “Celebrity Prognosticator” on ESPN Radio‘s The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz on November 27, 2013.[10]

In 2018, Okerlund appeared in a Mountain Dew Kickstart commercial featuring Kevin Hart who during the commercial semi-impersonated Randy Savage.

Personal life[edit]

Forming a band in his high school days, “Gene Carroll & The Shades” were based out of Sisseton, South Dakota, recording a single in 1959 “Red Devil / Do You Remember” (M&L 1001). A second single was released in 1962 “Is It Ever Gonna Happen / Holly” (Wausau C-1100) as “Gene Carroll”. They played parties throughout the Midwest and the Dakotas, and in 2009 were inducted into the South Dakota Rock and Roll Music Association’s Hall of Fame.[11]

In his AWA days, Okerlund was given the nickname “Mean Gene” by Jesse “The Body” Ventura – an irony, considering that throughout the years many wrestlers and promotion staff considered Okerlund the friendliest person in the game. Okerlund was close friends with Hulk Hogan, The Iron Sheik and the late Bobby Heenan. Okerlund served as best man at the Iron Sheik’s wedding.

His name has been associated with fast food concept, Mean Gene’s Burgers, the brainchild of food-distributor Orion Food Systems (headed by two of Okerlund’s nephews), which appeared on college campuses including Duke University and West Virginia University, as well as Mean Gene’s Pizza, a chain of pizzerias located within bowling alleys. Mean Genes’s Burgers locations are also located at select overseas US Navy base eatery locations (e.g. United States Fleet Activities Yokosuka). These are owned by Hot Stuff Foods, which was headed by two of his nephews. Early in 2006, Okerlund and Hot Stuff split. Okerlund and one of the nephews were planning to start their own food company on the brands, but Hot Stuff sued, claiming they had “Mean Gene” trademarked. Okerlund lost, with the judge saying that Okerlund can’t use the name “Mean Gene” for his new food company. Okerlund succeeded in canceling the trademark registrations held by Orion, but remains enjoined from competing with Orion.

Okerlund had been married to his wife Jeanne since March 27, 1964 and had two grown children. Gene’s son Todd starred on the University of Minnesota ice hockey team from 1983 to 1987. Todd played on the 1988 United States Olympics team that competed in Calgary. He played four games with the NHL‘s New York Islanders. A chronic knee injury ultimately forced his early retirement.

Okerlund (who was a heavy drinker for the majority of his adult life) had two kidney transplants, his first in 1995 and his second in 2004, one of which he received from his wife.

Okerlund was a resident of Osprey, Florida.

Death[edit]

Okerlund died on the morning of January 2, 2019, at the age of 76 in a Sarasota, Florida hospital. This was later confirmed on WWE social media and its official website later that day revealing no apparent cause of death. [12][13]

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

Bayley (wrestler)

Bayley (wrestler)

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Bayley
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Birth name Pamela Rose Martinez[1]
Born (1989-06-15) June 15, 1989 (age 29)
Newark, California, United States[2]
Residence Austin, Texas, United States[3]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Bayley
Davina Rose
Billed height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)[4]
Billed weight 119 lb (54 kg)[5]
Billed from San Jose, California[4]
Trained by WWE Performance Center
Jason Styles
Debut September 19, 2008[6]

Pamela Rose Martinez[1] (born June 15, 1989)[7] is an American professional wrestler. She is signed to WWE, where she performs on the Raw brand under the ring name Bayley. She is a former Raw Women’s Champion, as well as a former NXT Women’s Champion.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Independent circuit (2008–2012)[edit]

Martinez had been attending shows by Big Time Wrestling, a professional wrestling promotion in Northern California, since she was eleven.[8][6] She started her professional wrestling career at the age of eighteen in April 2008 by attending Big Time Wrestling’s training classes by her head trainer Jason Styles,[8][6] which was one of the reasons why Martinez considered Big Time Wrestling as her home promotion.[8][6] She had her first match in September 2008.[6] On the American independent circuit, Martinez wrestled under the ring name Davina Rose.[9] Rose wrestled for Big Time Wrestling from 2008 to 2012.[10][11] From 2011 to 2012, Rose branched out to wrestle for other promotions like NWA Championship Wrestling from Hollywood, Pro Wrestling Destination and Shine Wrestling.[12][13][14]

Rose first met her mentor Serena in October 2010 when they teamed together for a tag team match.[8] When Rose made her debut for Shimmer Women Athletes in October 2011 at the tapings of Shimmer Volume 41–44, she became embroiled in Serena’s feud with the Canadian Ninjas (Portia Perez and Nicole Matthews).[8][6] At the tapings, Rose lost all four matches wrestled including her debut match to Mercedes Martinez.[15] Rose continued to wrestle for Shimmer in 2012 and she received her first victory on Volume 48 as she teamed with Mia Yim to defeat Melanie Cruise and Mena Libra; on Volumes 51 and 52, Rose picked up her first two singles victories in Shimmer with wins over Cherry Bomb and Rhia O’Reilly.[16]

WWE[edit]

Early storylines (2012–2015)[edit]

Bayley in 2014

In December 2012, it was reported that Martinez had signed with WWE. In late January 2013, Martinez made her debut for WWE’s developmental territory NXT at a live event, wrestling under a mask. She then adopted the ring name Bayley and made her NXT television debut in a loss to Paige on the March 20 episode.[17] On June 12, Bayley adopted a new character of a doe-eyed fangirl, then lost to Alicia Fox in the first round of the NXT Women’s Championship tournament to crown the inaugural champion.[18][19] On August 21, Bayley unsuccessfully challenged AJ Lee for the Divas Championship.[20] Bayley got her first win, by teaming with Charlotte against Alicia Fox and Aksana on September 4.[20] To Charlotte’s annoyance, The BFFs—Beautiful, Fierce Females (Sasha Banks and Summer Rae), attempted to convince Bayley to join them,[21] but this led to Charlotte attacking Bayley during their match against the BFFs on November 13 and promptly joined the BFFs instead.[22] Bayley then formed a brief alliance with main roster Diva Natalya, defeating Sasha Banks in both tag team and singles matches.

On May 1, 2014, Bayley failed to advance in a tournament for the vacant NXT Women’s Championship after losing to Banks in the first round.[23] After pinning Charlotte in a tag team match,[24] Bayley defeated Sasha Banks to become the number one contender to Charlotte’s NXT Women’s Championship,[25] but she was unsuccessful in capturing the title at NXT TakeOver: Fatal 4-Way,[26] and in a rematch that took place on October 2.[27] In mid-October, after losing to Banks, Bayley was attacked by her former friend Becky Lynch, who allied with Banks, and Bayley later formed an alliance with former rival Charlotte to feud with Banks and Lynch throughout the following several weeks.[28] On the November 27 episode, Bayley was attacked by Banks and Lynch, injuring her knee in the storyline.[29] She returned on the January 21, 2015, episode, saving Charlotte from an attack by Banks and Lynch, before reluctantly attacking Charlotte herself.[30] On February 11 at NXT TakeOver: Rival, Bayley competed in a fatal four-way match for the NXT Women’s Championship, but she failed to capture the title.[31]

In March, Bayley began a feud with Emma after she criticized Bayley for her niceness and claimed that it had prevented her from winning the NXT Women’s Championship.[32][33] This led to a match between the two on the April 1 episode, which Bayley won.[34] On the April 29 episode, Bayley was defeated by Dana Brooke after a distraction by Emma.[35] Bayley gained revenge on Emma the following week, where she attacked her after Emma’s loss to Charlotte in a match.[36] At NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable on May 20, Bayley teamed up with Charlotte to defeat Emma and Dana Brooke.[37] On the May 27 episode, Bayley was defeated by Emma, and after the match she and Charlotte were attacked by Emma and Dana Brooke.[38] After a short hiatus, Bayley returned from a broken hand injury, on the July 22 episode, where she defeated Emma and stated she had her sights set on the NXT Women’s Championship, officially ending their feud.[39]

NXT Women’s Champion (2015–2016)[edit]

Bayley in March 2015

In March, Bayley began a feud with Emma after she criticized Bayley for her niceness and claimed that it had prevented her from winning the NXT Women’s Championship.[40][41] This led to a match between the two on the April 1 episode, which Bayley won.[42] On the April 29 episode, Bayley was defeated by Dana Brooke after a distraction by Emma.[43] Bayley gained revenge on Emma the following week, where she attacked her after Emma’s loss to Charlotte in a match.[44] At NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable on May 20, Bayley teamed up with Charlotte to defeat Emma and Dana Brooke.[45] On the May 27 episode, Bayley was defeated by Emma, and after the match she and Charlotte were attacked by Emma and Dana Brooke.[46] After a short hiatus, Bayley returned from a broken hand injury, on the July 22 episode, where she defeated Emma and stated she had her sights set on the NXT Women’s Championship, officially ending their feud.[39]

In August, after defeating Charlotte,[47] Bayley defeated Becky Lynch to become the new number one contender for the NXT Women’s Championship.[48] On August 22 at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn, Bayley defeated Sasha Banks to win the NXT Women’s Championship for the first time, and after the match she celebrated with Banks, Lynch and Charlotte.[49] In a rematch between the two, contested in the main event of NXT TakeOver: Respect on October 7, in the first ever women’s 30-minute Iron Man match in WWE history,[50] Bayley defeated Banks with three falls to two after securing the third fall with three seconds left in the match to retain the championship.[51][52] Throughout her championship reign, Bayley went on to fend off title contenders like Alexa Bliss,[53][54][55] Eva Marie,[56][57] Nia Jax[58][59][60][61] and Carmella.[62][63][64]

Bayley staring at Asuka after losing her championship at NXT TakeOver: Dallas in April 2016

On the March 16 episode, after Bayley and Asuka won a tag team match, NXT general manager William Regal announced that Bayley would defend her championship against Asuka on April 1 at NXT TakeOver: Dallas.[65] At the event, Bayley lost the championship to Asuka, ending her reign at 223 days.[66] After a brief hiatus from in-ring competition, Bayley returned on the May 18 episode after being challenged by Nia Jax to a match, in which she was defeated.[67] After being replaced by Jax at NXT TakeOver: The End due to a storyline injury which made her unable to compete in a rematch for the NXT Women’s Championship against Asuka,[68] Bayley made her return on the June 22 episode, where she defeated Deonna Purrazzo.[69] On the July 27 episode, Bayley asked NXT general manager William Regal for a rematch against Asuka for the NXT Women’s Championship at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II, which he granted.[70] Two weeks later on the August 10 episode, a contract signing was held between both women, which they accepted and signed.[71] At the event on August 20, Bayley failed to regain the title, in what was her final match in NXT.[72]

Raw Women’s Champion (2016–2017)[edit]

On July 24, 2016, at Battleground, Bayley made her WWE main roster and pay-per-view debut in a one-off appearance as Sasha Banks‘s mystery tag team partner, defeating Charlotte and Dana Brooke.[73] On the August 22 episode of Raw, Bayley made her official main roster debut after being established as part of the brand by Raw general manager Mick Foley, where she confronted and challenged the Raw Women’s Champion Charlotte to a title match, which Charlotte refused and instead forced protégé Brooke to face her, whom Bayley defeated.[74] At Clash of Champions, Bayley was unsuccessful in winning the championship from Charlotte in a triple threat match, which also included Banks.[75] Throughout this time, she entered a feud with Brooke and the two brawled and traded victories in matches. This culminated in a match at Hell in a Cell on October 30, which Bayley won. At Survivor Series on November 17, Bayley survived alongside Charlotte Flair as members of Team Raw, but as was attacked by Flair after the match.

On January 2, 2017, Bayley defeated Nia Jax to become the number one contender for Flair’s Raw Women’s Championship. She challenged Flair at the Royal Rumble but was unsuccessful in capturing the title.[76] She earned a rematch after she, Cesaro and Sheamus defeated Flair, Gallows and Anderson the next night on Raw, with Bayley pinning Flair.[77] Two weeks later on the February 13 episode, Bayley defeated Flair in the main event to win the Raw Women’s Championship after an assist from Sasha Banks.[78] At Fastlane, Bayley retained the title against Charlotte thanks to a distraction from Banks and in turn gave Charlotte her first pay-per-view loss.[79] At WrestleMania 33 in Bayley’s WrestleMania debut, she retained the title against Charlotte, Banks and Nia Jax in a fatal four-way elimination match.[80] On April 30, Bayley dropped the title to Alexa Bliss at Payback, ending her reign at 76 days.[81] She failed to regain the title in a kendo stick on a pole match at Extreme Rules on June 4. In late July, Bayley again became the number one contender for the championship and was slated to face Bliss at SummerSlam in August, but she suffered a separated shoulder injury which left her unable to perform.[82] Bayley returned from her injury on the September 18 episode of Raw to help Sasha Banks fend off Alexa Bliss and Nia Jax. At No Mercy six days later, she lost a fatal five-way match for the Raw Women’s Championship.

Various storylines (2017–present)[edit]

On November 19 at Survivor Series, Bayley once again was a part of Team Raw in a five-on-five elimination tag team match from which she was eliminated by Tamina.[83] At the end of 2017, Bayley alongside Sasha Banks and Mickie James started a feud with Absolution (Paige, Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville)[84][85] that led to various singles[86] and tag team matches,[87] mostly won by Absolution.[88][89][90][91] At the Royal Rumble, Bayley competed in the inaugural Women’s Royal Rumble match, entering at number 29. She helped eliminate Nia Jax before she was eliminated by her best friend, Sasha Banks. At Elimination Chamber, she participated in the first women’s Elimination Chamber Match. Bayley was eliminated by Alexa Bliss, after Banks had pushed her off of a pod.

Over the next several weeks, Bayley and Banks’ friendship imploded after weeks of tension, including a segment of them brawling in the locker room. On the WrestleMania 34 kickoff show, she competed in the inaugural WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal, where she made it to the final two. She would pay Banks back for the Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber by eliminating her, but she was eliminated by winner Naomi.[92][93] On the April 16 episode of Raw, during the first day of the 2018 WWE Superstar Shake-up, Bayley fought Banks to a no contest after interference from the Riott Squad (Ruby Riott, Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan), who had recently been traded to the Raw brand. The following week, despite the tension between the two, Bayley would team with Banks in a 10-woman tag team match, along with Nia Jax, Ember Moon and Natalya against Alexa Bliss, Mickie James and The Riott Squad, where her team would lose via disqualification. On the June 4 episode of Raw, Bayley replaced an injured Alexa Bliss in a six-woman tag team match, teaming with Banks and Moon to defeat the Riott Squad. However, the decision was reversed by General Manager Kurt Angle as Bayley wasn’t considered as an official participant in the match. The following week on Raw, she was defeated by Riott, following a distraction from Morgan and Logan. On June 18 episode of Raw, Bayley and Banks lost a tag match against Morgan and Logan. Following the match, Bayley would brawl with Banks backstage, thus ending their friendship in the process. Later in that night, Bayley followed Banks into the parking lot to speak to Banks, but Banks refused and drove away. The following week, Bayley, Banks and Moon lost another match to The Riott Squad. Following the match, Bayley attacked Banks from behind, which resulted in Angle assigning Bayley to mandatory counseling the following week, or she would face termination.[94] The night after Extreme Rules, Banks and Bayley teamed up in a losing effort against Dana Brooke and the returning Alicia Fox after Banks attacked Bayley, after Angle issued an ultimatum where should they fail to co-exist, one of them will be traded to the SmackDown brand.[95], Banks and Bayley attend counsellor meetings to help maintain their friendship. [96][97][98] Sasha would confess her love for Bayley on the July 16 edition of Raw and the two reconciled their relationship the following week, creating a tag team, known as “The Boss ‘N’ Hug Connection”.[99][100][101]

Other media[edit]

Bayley is playable in two WWE video games, making her video game debut in WWE 2K17[102] and appearing again in WWE 2K18.[103] She was also confirmed for WWE 2K19.

Personal life[edit]

Martinez cites Randy Savage, The Rock, The Hardy Boyz, Lita, Rey Mysterio, John Cena, Eddie Guerrero, Ivory, Victoria, Bret Hart, Triple H, The Fabulous Moolah, and Trish Stratus as her influences in wrestling.[104]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Bayley is a one-time NXT Women’s Champion

SHARMELL SULLIVAN-HUFFMAN

Sharmell Sullivan-Huffman was born on November 2, 1970 in Gary, Indiana, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for WWE Hall of Fame (2017), WCW Monday Nitro (1995) and TNA Impact! Wrestling (2004). She has been married to Booker Huffman since February 5, 2005.
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Actress (10 credits)
 2009 Hard Justice (TV Movie)
Sharmell
 2007-2009 TNA Impact! Wrestling (TV Series)
Sharmell

Episode #6.26 (2009) … Sharmell
Episode #6.10 (2009) … Sharmell
Episode #6.5 (2009) … Sharmell
TNA iMPACT! #213 (2008) … Sharmell
TNA iMPACT! #212 (2008) … Sharmell
 2009 Against All Odds (TV Movie)
Sharmell
 2002-2007 WWE Smackdown! (TV Series)
Sharmell / Queen Sharmell

Episode #9.1 (2007) … Queen Sharmell
SmackDown! Special (2007) … Sharmell
Episode #8.31 (2007) … Queen Sharmell
Episode #8.30 (2007) … Queen Sharmell
Episode #8.28 (2007) … Queen Sharmell
 2001-2007 WWE Raw (TV Series)
Queen Sharmell / Sharmell

Episode #15.34 (2007) … Queen Sharmell
Episode #15.33 (2007) … Queen Sharmell
Episode #15.32 (2007) … Queen Sharmell
Episode #15.31 (2007) … Queen Sharmell
Episode #15.30 (2007) … Queen Sharmell
 2007 WrestleMania 23 (TV Special)
Queen Sharmell
 2006-2007 E.C.W. (TV Series)
Queen Sharmell

Episode dated 27 March 2007 (2007) … Queen Sharmell
Episode #1.15 (2006) … Queen Sharmell
 2005 WWE Velocity (TV Series)
Sharmell

Episode dated 10 September 2005 (2005) … Sharmell
Episode dated 25 June 2005 (2005) … Sharmell
 2000 WCW Thunder (TV Series)
Paisley

Episode dated 11 October 2000 (2000) … Paisley
Episode dated 20 September 2000 (2000) … Paisley
Episode dated 6 September 2000 (2000) … Paisley
Episode dated 29 March 2000 (2000) … Paisley
 2000 WCW Monday Nitro (TV Series)
Paisley

Episode #1.262 (2000) … Paisley
Episode #1.258 (2000) … Paisley
Episode #1.257 (2000) … Paisley

Self (51 credits)
 2017 Trailblayzer: The Alundra Blayze Story (TV Movie documentary)
Herself (uncredited)
 2017 WWE Hall of Fame (TV Special)
Herself
 2016 WWE Hall of Fame (TV Special)
Herself (as Sharmell Sullivan)
 2015 W.W.E. 24 (TV Series documentary)
Herself

Booker T: Sentenced to Greatness (2015) … Herself (as Sharmell Huffman)
 2014 WWE Hall of Fame (TV Special)
Herself (as Sharmell Sullivan)
 2013 WWE Hall of Fame 2013 (TV Special)
Herself (as Sharmell Sullivan)
 2012 WWE Hall of Fame 2012 (TV Special)
Herself (as Sharmell Sullivan)
 2009 Victory Road (TV Special)
Sharmell
 2009 Lockdown (TV Special)
Sharmell
 2008 TNA Wrestling: Bound for Glory IV (TV Special)
Sharmell
 2008 TNA Wrestling: Hard Justice (TV Special)
Sharmell
 2008 TNA Wrestling: Lockdown (TV Special)
Sharmell
 2008 TNA Wrestling: Final Resolution (TV Special)
Sharmell
 2007 TNA Wrestling: Turning Point (TV Special)
Sharmell
 2007 TNA Wrestling: Genesis (TV Special)
Sharmell
 2007 Family Feud (TV Series)
Herself

WWE Special: Superstars vs Divas Day 4 (2007) … Herself (as Sharmell Sullivan)
WWE Special: Superstars vs Divas Day 3 (2007) … Herself (as Sharmell Sullivan)
WWE Special: Superstars vs Divas Day 2 (2007) … Herself (as Sharmell Sullivan)
WWE Special: Superstars vs Divas Day 1 (2007) … Herself (as Sharmell Sullivan)
 2007 Summerslam (TV Special)
Herself
 2007 WWE Great American Bash (TV Special)
Queen Sharmell
 2007 WWE Vengeance (TV Special)
Queen Sharmell
 2007 WWE Draft Special (TV Special)
Sharmell
 2007 WWE Hall of Fame 2007 (TV Special)
Herself (as Sharmell Sullivan)
 2007 WWE No Way Out (TV Special)
Sharmell
 2007 Royal Rumble (TV Special)
Herself
 2006 Survivor Series (TV Special)
Herself
 2006 WWE Cyber Sunday (TV Special)
Queen Sharmell
 2006 WWE No Mercy (TV Special)
Sharmell
 2006 WWE Unforgiven (TV Special)
Sharmell
 2006 Summerslam (TV Special)
Herself
 2006 WWE Great American Bash (TV Special)
Sharmell
 2006 WWE Saturday Night’s Main Event (TV Series)
Queen Sharmell / Sharmell

Episode #1.33 (2006) … Queen Sharmell
Episode #1.1 (2006) … Sharmell
 2006 The World’s Greatest Wrestling Managers (Video documentary)
Herself (as Paisley)
 2006 WWE Judgment Day (TV Special)
Sharmell
 2006 WrestleMania 22 (TV Special)
Sharmell
 2006 WWE Hall of Fame 2006 (TV Special)
Herself (as Sharmell Sullivan)
 2006 WWE Divas Do New York (Video documentary)
Herself / Sharmell (as Sharmell)
 2006 WWE No Way Out (TV Special)
Sharmell
 2006 WWE Royal Rumble (TV Special)
Sharmell
 2005 WWE Armageddon (TV Special)
Sharmell
 2005 The Smackdown! Special (TV Special)
Sharmell
 2005 Survivor Series (TV Special)
Sharmell
 2005 WWE No Mercy (TV Special)
Sharmell
 2005 The Great American Bash (TV Special)
Sharmell
 2005 WWE Judgment Day (TV Special)
Sharmell
 2002 WWF Divas: Tropical Pleasure (Video documentary)
Herself (as Sharmell Sullivan)
 2002 WWF Divas: Sex on the Beach (TV Special documentary)
Sharmell
 2000 WCW Mayhem (TV Special)
Paisley
 2000 Fall Brawl (TV Special)
Paisley
 2000 BET Tonight with Ed Gordon (TV Series)
Herself – Interviewee

Taking It to the Mat (2000) … Herself – Interviewee (as Sharmell Sullivan)
 2000 WCW Slamboree (TV Special)
Paisley
 2000 Ready to Rumble
Herself (as Storm)
 2000 WCW SuperBrawl 2000 (TV Special)
Paisley
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Billie Kay

Billie Kay

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Kay in April 2018
Birth name Jessica McKay[1]
Born (1989-06-23) 23 June 1989 (age 29)[2]
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia[3]
Residence Orlando, Florida, United States[4]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Billie Kay[5]
Jessie[6]
Jessie McKay[2]
Billed height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)[7]
Billed weight 132 lb (60 kg)[8][9]
Billed from Sydney, Australia[5][8][9]
Trained by Madison Eagles[2]
Debut 23 June 2007[9]

Jessica McKay (born 23 June 1989) is an Australian professional wrestler. She is signed to WWE under the ring name Billie Kay and performs on the SmackDown brand.

In June 2007, Kay made her professional wrestling debut at Pro Wrestling Alliance (PWA),[4] and she debuted one-year later for the Pro Wrestling Women’s Alliance promotion, where she became a two-time PWWA Champion.

She later started competing on the independent circuit for multiple promotions in the United States for several years, most notably and commonly for Shimmer Women Athletes.[10][11]

Early life[edit]

McKay began watching wrestling at the age of 10 along with her brother, and started her professional wrestling career first attending to the Australian promotion based in Sydney, Pro Wrestling Alliance.[4] Prior to becoming a wrestler, McKay excelled in basketball.[5] She attended the same high school (Westfields Sports) as fellow wrestler Peyton Royce.[4]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Pro Wrestling Alliance Australia (2007–2015)[edit]

McKay was trained by Madison Eagles.[2] She debuted on 23 June 2007, on her eighteenth birthday, at PWA Australia with a win over Eagles and Aurora, wrestling under her birth name as Jessie McKay.[4][12]

On 2 August 2008, McKay defeated defending champion Kellie Skater to win the PWWA Championship for the first time.[13][14] She had one successful title defence on 8 November against Tenille Tayla.[13] On 22 November, she lost her title to Penni Lane.[13] After Lane vacated her title due to injury, McKay won the PWWA Championship for the second time in a four-way match against Kellie Skater, Sway. and Shazza McKenzie on 14 September 2009.[13] McKay had two successful title defenses against KC Cassidy and Madison Eagles in March and May 2010, but lost the title to Eagles on 11 June 2010.[13]

In September 2011, McKay failed to win a three-way match for the Shimmer Championship also featuring champion Madison Eagles and Nicole Matthews.[13][15] In August 2012, in a match to crown the interim PWWA Champion, she was defeated by Evie.[13]

Shimmer Women Athletes (2008–2015)[edit]

McKay began wrestling for the American all-female promotion Shimmer Women Athletes in October 2008, making her debut at Volume 21 along with Madison Eagles as the Pink Ladies,[16][17] participating in a tag team gauntlet match to determine the inaugural Shimmer Tag Team Champions, but were the first team eliminated.[16][18] McKay made her singles debut in Shimmer with a loss to Kellie Skater at Volume 24.[11][19][20]

At Volume 33 in September 2010, McKay defeated Nicole Matthews,[21][22] after losing to Matthews earlier that year in April at Volume 30.[23][24] She followed up with an upset victory over Ayako Hamada and Sara Del Rey in a three-way match by pinning former Shimmer Champion Del Rey at Volume 34.[15][21][25] As a result, later in September 2010, McKay was granted a title match against her trainer and former tag partner, Shimmer Champion Madison Eagles at Volume 35, but failed to win.[21][26][27]

After her failed title challenge, McKay continued her feud with Nicole Matthews. At Volume 36, she teamed up with Tenille, challenging The Canadian NINJAs (Matthews and Portia Perez) for the Shimmer Tag Team Championship, but were defeated.[20][21] However, she gained a victory over the Canadian NINJAs at Volume 38 while teaming with Serena.[20][28] McKay concluded her feud with Matthews with a loss in a two-out-of-three falls match at Volume 39 in March 2011.[20][28]

In March 2012, victories over Mia Yim at Volume 45 and former Shimmer Champion MsChif at Volume 46 led to McKay receiving another shot at the Shimmer Championship,[15][29] but lost to defending champion Cheerleader Melissa at Volume 47.[30][31] At Volume 53 in April 2013, McKay was defeated by Madison Eagles in Eagles’ return match.[32][33] At Volume 57, Kay defeated Mercedes Martinez.[34][35]

Other promotions (2008–2015)[edit]

Other than wrestling for Shimmer, McKay has also wrestled for other American promotions, including Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) and Ring of Honor (ROH) in 2008,[36][37] and Chikara in 2011.[38] She also wrestled for the Canadian promotion NCW Femmes Fatales in 2012.[39] McKay debuted for the American promotion Shine Wrestling at Shine 9 in April 2014, with a victory in a six-person tag team match, teaming with Kellie Skater and Shazza McKenzie to defeat Nikki Roxx, Santana and Mia Yim.[40]

WWE[edit]

NXT (2015–2018)[edit]

Kay prior to a match at WrestleMania 32 Axxess in April 2016

McKay received a tryout with WWE during their tour of Australia in August 2014.[4] On 13 April 2015, WWE announced McKay as part of a new class of NXT trainees.[1] McKay made her televised in-ring debut on the 10 June episode of NXT, where she competed in a losing effort against Becky Lynch under the ring name Jessie.[6] On 7 August, she was given the new ring name Billie Kay.[41] After competing in most of her matches at NXT as a face,[42][43] Kay competed on her first match as a heel on the 21 October episode of NXT, losing to Asuka.[44] Through the end of 2015, Kay started being managed by fellow wrestler, Sylvester Lefort, during multiple NXT live events,[45][46] however it did not last for long after Lefort was released from his contract in February 2016.[47]

On the 13 January 2016 episode of NXT, Kay competed in a number one contender’s battle royal for Bayley‘s NXT Women’s Championship, which was won by Carmella.[48] Kay made her first appearance on the main roster on the 30 June episode of SmackDown, where she worked as a jobber losing to Dana Brooke.[49] Kay finally made her return to NXT television on 27 July, where she achieved her first live victory in the company by defeating Santana Garrett.[50] After asking NXT’s general manager William Regal for a match at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II on the 17 August episode of NXT, she was granted one against the debutant Ember Moon.[51] At the event on 20 August, Kay was defeated by Moon.[52] Following a brief hiatus, Kay returned on the 21 September episode of NXT, where she defeated Aliyah.[53]

In October, Kay started an alliance with Peyton Royce, later dubbed The Iconic Duo,[54] and later entered a feud with Liv Morgan with the duo attacking and defeating Morgan in singles matches.[55][56][57] This ultimately led to a six–women tag team match at NXT TakeOver: Toronto, which was taped and aired for the 23 November episode of NXT, in which Aliyah, Ember Moon and Morgan defeated Kay, Royce and their partner Daria Berenato.[58][59] In the end of December, Kay and Royce were placed in a brief feud with the NXT Women’s Champion Asuka after the latter stated there is no competition for her.[60][61][62][63] This resulted in a fatal–four-way match, which also involved Nikki Cross, at the NXT TakeOver: San Antonio event on 28 January 2017, in which both Kay and Royce failed to capture the Women’s Championship.[64]

SmackDown (2018–present)[edit]

The IIconics debuted on SmackDown by interrupting Charlotte Flair

Kay and Royce, now dubbed The IIconics debuted on the 10 April 2018 episode of SmackDown Live attacking then SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair, whilst she was cutting a promo about her match at WrestleMania 34.[65] Week later, Kay lost to Flair.[66] In their first match together as part of the main roster, Kay and Royce racked up their first victory against Asuka and Becky Lynch.[67] Throughout the summer, Kay continued to compete in various matches but would be on the losing end.[68][69][70][71] In August, Kay and Royce started their first feud on the main roster, with Naomi, and the two were able to defeat her in singles matches.[72][73] Eventually, Naomi started teaming with Asuka which led to the announcement of a tag team match between the two teams at the WWE Super Show-Down in which the The IIconics won.

Other media[edit]

Kay made her WWE video game debut as a playable character in WWE 2K18 and WWE 2K19.[74]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

LISA MARIE VARON AKA LADY VICTORIA

Lisa Marie Varon

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Varon in 2017
Birth name Lisa Marie Sole
Born (1971-02-10) February 10, 1971 (age 47)[1]
San Bernardino, California, U.S.[2]
Residence San Diego, California, U.S.[3]
Spouse(s)
Lee Varon
(m. 1994; div. 2015)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Head Bitch in Charge[4]
Queen “Tara” Victoria[4]
Tara[4]
Victoria[4]
Lisa Marie Varon
Billed height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Billed weight 155 lb (70 kg)[5]
Billed from Chicago, Illinois
Los Angeles, California
Louisville, Kentucky
Trained by Ultimate Pro Wrestling
Memphis Championship Wrestling
Ohio Valley Wrestling
Dave Finlay[6]
Debut 2000[1]

Lisa Marie Varon[2] (née Sole; born February 10, 1971) is an American professional wrestler, fitness competitor, and bodybuilder best known for her time as a WWE Diva under the ring name Victoria and her time spent as an Impact Wrestling Knockout under the ring name Tara. Varon held both companies woman’s championships on several different occasions.

Varon began competing in fitness competitions and won ESPN2‘s Fitness America Series in 1997.[7][8] In 1999, she placed second at a fitness event in New York City to earn her International Federation of BodyBuilders (IFBB) Professional Fitness Card.[1][5][8]

Through a chance meeting, Varon met World Wrestling Federation (WWF) performer Chyna, who encouraged her to become a professional wrestler.[1][5][7] She trained in the WWF’s developmental territories for three years before being moved to the main roster to compete full-time under the ring name Victoria.[7] Her first television appearance came at WrestleMania 2000, where she portrayed one of The Godfather’shos“. She debuted in June 2002, and four months later she was pushed to win the WWE Women’s Championship, a title she would go on to hold twice in her wrestling career. After leaving WWE in 2009, Varon debuted in TNA later that year as Tara. In TNA, she became a five-time TNA Knockouts Champion, making her a seven-time Women’s Champion overall.[4] She was also a one-time TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champion, with Brooke Tessmacher, collectively known as TnT.

Early life[edit]

Varon was born in San Bernardino, California, to a Puerto Rican father (who is a Vietnam veteran) and a Korean-born Turkish mother who worked as a singer in Japan.[9][10] She grew up with three older brothers, all of whom became amateur wrestlers, with her oldest brother, Bobby, winning a gold medal at the 1983 Pan American Games.[1][2][11] Varon attended Eisenhower High School in Rialto, California. During high school, she was active in cheerleading, a sport in which she competed since the sixth grade.[1][2]

During her senior year in high school, she was nationally recognized by the National Cheerleading Association, earning an All-American award and being chosen to cheer at half-time of the NFL 1989 Pro Bowl, alongside 70 other women.[2][11][12] She participated in track and field events in the ninth grade.[1] After graduating, she studied biology at the University of California, Los Angeles and medicine at Loma Linda University, with the intent on becoming a physician.[5][7][11] She worked as a human tissue coordinator at the Inland Eye and Tissue Bank in Redlands, California, where she was involved in the process of organ donation.[5][2][6][7][11]

Bodybuilding and fitness career[edit]

While working at the eye and tissue bank, Varon became a personal trainer and taught aerobics. While training at a gym, she was offered an opportunity to compete in a bodybuilding competition, a contest she won as a middleweight.[5][7] She competed in fitness competitions, such as ESPN2‘s Fitness America Series in 1997 and 1998, winning the former, and the Miss Galaxy Competition in 1998, where she met and befriended Torrie Wilson.[1][7] After Wilson moved to Los Angeles, California and signed with the professional wrestling promotion World Championship Wrestling (WCW), she invited Varon to one of the shows. While backstage, an agent asked her to appear in a segment with Scott Hall.[1][7][11] Through Wilson, Varon unsuccessfully attempted to obtain a contract with WCW.[1] She later moved to Los Angeles to find work in televised news fitness segments.[1] In 1999, she earned her International Federation of BodyBuilders (IFBB) Professional Fitness Card after placing second at the National Physique Committee (NPC) Team Universe show in New York City.[1][5][2][8][11] It was during her time working in fitness competitions that Varon also first met Trish Stratus.[5]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment[edit]

Training and debut (2000–2001)[edit]

After moving to Los Angeles, Varon worked as a trainer at the gym Crunch Fitness, where she met World Wrestling Federation wrestler Chyna, who complimented Varon on her appearance and encouraged her to become a wrestler.[1][5][7] Varon would then put together a biography package and sent it to the WWF.[1][5][11] She heard from Kevin Kelly two days later, who invited her to an interview in a month’s time. With no previous wrestling experience, she looked up professional wrestling schools, and eventually began training at Ultimate Pro Wrestling (UPW) in Southern California in June 2000.[1][5][13] She wrestled under the ring name Head Bitch In Charge (HBIC), and appeared in a cheerleading outfit, with a snooty gimmick, similar to WCW Nitro Girl Miss Hancock.[1][13][14] She impressed WWF talent scout Bruce Prichard during her first UPW show.[1][11]

Varon made her on-screen debut in the WWF portraying one of The Godfather’shos“. She was referred to as the “head ho”, and led the “Save the Hos” campaign.[2][15] On the August 7 episode of Raw, Varon took a bump by being powerbombed through a table by The Godfather’s next persona, The Goodfather.[1][2][13] After this, she was given the name Victoria.[2][13] She was removed from television in November, and sent to WWF’s then-developmental territory Memphis Championship Wrestling (MCW) for extensive training.[2][11][13] Victoria briefly acted as the commissioner for MCW, and was involved in storyline feuds with Stacy Carter and Ivory.[11][13] She also managed Steve Bradley before MCW closed in 2001.[1] Varon later relocated to Louisville, Kentucky to train in Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), using the ring name Queen Victoria.[1][2][7][13] She was placed as the manager of the tag team the Basham Brothers, and managed one of the team members, Doug Basham, to win the OVW Heavyweight Championship on July 25, 2001.[13]

Women’s Championship reigns (2002–2004)[edit]

Varon returned to the renamed World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) as Victoria on the July 7, 2002 episode of Sunday Night Heat, in an angle with Trish Stratus, who Victoria claimed had betrayed her when they worked together as fitness models.[13][16] The storyline had her character become a demented, sadistic villain, as she and Stratus feuded for months.[13][17] Her first pay-per-view match came at No Mercy, where she was defeated by Stratus. The following month at Survivor Series, Victoria defeated Stratus in a hardcore match, to win the WWE Women’s Championship for the first time.[18][19] Victoria would go on to successfully retain her championship against Stacy Keibler, with the debut of her finishing move, the Widows Peak. The following night on Raw, Victoria was attacked in the ring by Stratus. Steven Richards came to her aid, establishing an on-screen relationship between Victoria and Richards.[13][20][21]

Victoria continued to feud with Trish Stratus into 2003, competing against her in successful title defenses and mixed tag team matches, during which Victoria teamed with Richards.[13] At WrestleMania XIX, Victoria dropped the Women’s Championship back to Stratus during a Triple Threat match that also involved Jazz.[22][23] Throughout the rest of the year, Victoria was involved in matches against other Divas, such as participating in a Fatal Four-Way match for the Women’s Championship at Judgment Day, and defeating Lita in the first women’s steel cage match in WWE history on November 24.[24][25] Victoria also defeated Ivory in a number one contender’s match for the Women’s Championship on the last episode of Sunday Night Heat of 2003. After the match, Women’s Champion Molly Holly struck Victoria in the head with the title belt.[26]

The next week on Raw, Victoria became a fan favorite for the first time in her WWE career, when she attacked Holly after the two women were placed in a team, along with Miss Jackie, for a six-woman tag team match. During her face run, she abandoned her sadistic and unstable personality, and began wearing hippie shorts and performed a gyrating moonsault. On January 5, 2004, Victoria was set for a title match with Molly Holly, however she was attacked by Test before the match.[17][27][28]

The angle with Molly Holly continued into the next year, with Victoria defeating Holly in tag team matches.[29][30] On February 23, 2004, Victoria defeated Holly, Lita and Jazz in a fatal four–way elimination match, to win her second Women’s Championship.[31] After defeating Holly in a tag team match the next week, Victoria was challenged by Holly to a rematch for the title at WrestleMania XX, which later became a hair vs title match.[32][33] At the pay-per-view, Victoria won the match, and shaved Holly’s head bald.[33][34] She held the Women’s Championship until June 13, when she dropped the title to the villainous Trish Stratus during a Fatal Four-Way match at Bad Blood, that also included Lita and Gail Kim, and was unsuccessful in regaining it in a rematch a week later.[34][35][36] After defeating Molly Holly at Vengeance to become the number one contender,[37] Victoria lost to Stratus at Unforgiven for the championship.[38][39] Prior to Unforgiven, several of Victoria’s matches were interrupted by a mysterious person in drag, who was later revealed to be Steven Richards, with whom she was previously allied.[39] After the match with Stratus, the storyline culminated when Richards challenged Stratus’ ally Tyson Tomko to a match, which Richards lost.[40]

Vince’s Devils (2005–2006)[edit]

Victoria during a WWE house show in 2006

On the May 30, 2005 episode of Raw, Victoria participated in a swimsuit contest, losing to Christy Hemme. Following the loss, the storyline had Victoria become a villainess by attacking the other contestants, as well as host Jerry Lawler, claiming that she had enough of the attention Hemme was receiving.[17][41] The two engaged in a short feud which culminated in a match at Vengeance, which Victoria won.[42] During her heel run, Victoria adopted the gimmick of a bully-like enforcer, when she was placed in an angle alongside Torrie Wilson and Candice Michelle (collectively known as the Ladies in Pink, and later Vince’s Devils) on August 29, portraying the role of the group’s enforcer, as the three women joined forces against the 2005 Diva Search winner Ashley Massaro.[43] Massaro was assisted in the storyline feud by Trish Stratus, and at Unforgiven, Victoria and Wilson were defeated by Stratus and Massaro.[44] The angle continued into WWE Homecoming, where the Ladies in Pink lost a Handicap Bra and Panties match to Stratus and Massaro. The three of them competed in the first ever Bra and Panties gauntlet match, where Ashley was declared the winner by last eliminating Victoria. At the 2006 Royal Rumble, they appeared flirting with Vince McMahon.

On the March 6, 2006 episode of Raw, Victoria and Candice turned on Wilson during Candice’s Playboy cover unveiling, starting an angle between the former teammates.[45] A scheduled match was set to take place at WWE Saturday Night’s Main Event on the March 18 episode with Victoria and Candice against Wilson and Stratus. As part of the storyline, however, on the episode of Raw prior to the event, Wilson was found unconscious, with the implication being that Victoria and Candice had attacked her.[46][47] The match eventually took place on March 27, with Victoria and Candice being defeated.[48] The alliance of Victoria and Candice fell apart during a tag team match on July 17, in which Victoria and Mickie James were defeated by Wilson and Trish Stratus, with Candice as the special guest referee.[49]

SmackDown and departure (2007–2009)[edit]

Victoria was given a push on November 27, after she won a number one contender’s battle royal.[50] Varon gained notoriety from the match when it was reported that her kick to Candice Michelle‘s face had resulted in a legitimate broken nose that required surgery.[51][52] Following the victory, the angle had her carry a checklist to the ring which contained the names of other Divas.[53] Each week, she checked a name off the list after defeating them in matches.[54] She also defeated WWE Women’s Champion Mickie James in a non-title match.[55] Victoria lost the championship match against James at New Year’s Revolution, and a rematch on January 15, 2007.[56][57]

On June 17, Victoria was moved to the SmackDown brand as part of the WWE Supplemental Draft.[58] Victoria became involved in an on-screen relationship with Kenny Dykstra,[59] and the duo was placed in feuds against Torrie Wilson and Jimmy Wang Yang,[60][61] as well as Michelle McCool and Chuck Palumbo.[62] While on a tour of Europe with WWE in December 2007, Varon claimed to have legitimately broken McCool’s nose.[63]

Victoria alongside Natalya during an SmackDown house show in 2008

Victoria later allied herself with the debuting Natalya in April. At the Backlash pay-per-view on April 28, Victoria teamed up with Natalya, Beth Phoenix, Jillian Hall, Layla and Melina to defeat Mickie James, Maria Kanellis, Ashley, Michelle McCool, Cherry and Kelly Kelly.[4] On the May 2 episode of SmackDown!, Victoria and Natalya defeated McCool and Cherry.[64] In October, Victoria lost to the debuting Brie Bella, when Brie disappeared under the ring during the match, emerged appearing refreshed, and won. On the September 26 episode of SmackDown, Victoria and Natalya lost to Maria and Brie.[4] On the October 31 episode of SmackDown, Victoria teamed up with Natalya and Maryse in losing effort to Michelle McCool, Maria and Brie.[4] On the November 7 episode of SmackDown!, Victoria was accompanied by Natalya, where she was once again defeated by Brie. After the match, it was revealed that Brie had been switching places under the ring with her twin sister, Nikki Bella, and the twins proceeded to attack Victoria and Natalya.[4] On the November 21 episode of SmackDown, Victoria teamed up with Natalya in losing effort to The Bella Twins (Nikki and Brie).[4] On the November 28 episode of SmackDown, Victoria teamed up with Natalya and Maryse to defeat the Bella Twins and Michelle McCool.[4] Following a loss in a singles match to a McCool which aired on the January 16, 2009 episode of SmackDown, Victoria announced that she would be retiring from WWE. She then thanked the fans, and gave farewell to staff at ringside.[4]

After leaving WWE, Varon began training for a career in mixed martial arts, and practiced Jiu Jitsu.[65][66] She returned to WWE for one night only in April 2009, when she was part of the 25 Divas battle royal at WrestleMania XXV, outlasting the five other former WWE Divas. She eliminated Maria, but was eliminated by The Bella Twins.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling[edit]

Debut and Knockouts Champion (2009–2010)[edit]

Varon signing autographs at the Chicago Comic Con in August 2009

On May 24, 2009, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) confirmed that Varon had signed a contract with the company.[67] She debuted on the May 28, 2009 episode of TNA Impact!, under the ring name Tara, later revealed to be short for “Tarantula“. She made her intentions known by attacking The Beautiful People (Angelina Love, Velvet Sky, and Madison Rayne) after Love’s match with Sojournor Bolt, establishing herself as a fan favorite. On the June 11 episode of Impact!, Tara won her debut match against Madison Rayne. On the July 1 episode of Impact!, Tara began bringing her pet tarantula, named Poison, with her to the ring. After winning a tag team match against The Beautiful People, she put the spider on the unconscious body of Velvet Sky. On the July 9 episode of Impact!, after Tara threatened to put her spider on Sky once again, Angelina Love agreed to put her TNA Knockouts Championship on the line, which Tara ultimately won,[68] only to lose the title back to Love two weeks later at Victory Road.[69]

On the September 24 episode of Impact!, Tara teamed with the new Knockouts Champion ODB to challenge Sarita and Taylor Wilde for the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship, but they lost after Awesome Kong interrupted and distracted her during the bout.[70] During the following two weeks of Impact!, Tara and Kong both received one-on-one Knockouts Championship matches from ODB, but both of them ended up losing after the other interfered in the match.[71][72] At Bound for Glory, ODB defeated both Tara and Kong in a three-way match to retain the title.[73] During the match, Tara was confronted by mixed martial artist Kim Couture to set up an MMA fight between the two, which, however, never came to fruition.[74][75] At Turning Point, Tara defeated Kong in a Six Sides of Steel match.[76] On November 26, Tara won a ten-woman battle royal to earn a shot at the Knockouts Championship at Final Resolution.[77] At the event, she defeated ODB to win the Knockouts Championship for the second time.[78] On the January 4, 2010 episode of Impact!, Tara lost the title back to ODB.[79] Two weeks later at Genesis, Tara defeated ODB in a two out of three falls match to regain the title, making her a three-time champion.[80]

On the February 18, 2010 episode of Impact!, Tara defeated Daffney by disqualification, after she hit Tara with a toolbox.[81] At Destination X, Tara successfully defended her title against Daffney, who stole Poison the tarantula from her after the match.[82] On the March 29 episode of Impact!, Tara retained her title against Daffney for a second time, this time in the first ever women’s First Blood match in TNA.[83] On the April 5 episode of Impact!, Tara was one of the four winners in an eight-Knockout Lockbox match. The box she opened contained her pet tarantula, Poison. At the same time, however, Tara lost the Knockouts Championship to Angelina Love.[84] After losing the title, Tara began turning villainous due to her friction with Love heading into their match against The Beautiful People (Madison Rayne and Velvet Sky). At Lockdown, Tara cemented her heel turn by attacking Love after losing a tag team steel cage match against Rayne and Sky.[85]

Alliance with Madison Rayne (2010–2011)[edit]

On April 28, 2010, Varon announced on her MySpace blog that she would be leaving TNA the following month, after refusing to re-sign with the company, due to not receiving a pay increase.[86] On the May 3 episode of Impact!, Tara challenged Madison Rayne to a match at Sacrifice, where she would put her career on the line against Rayne’s Knockouts Championship.[87] At Sacrifice on May 16, Tara failed to win the match, and as a result her TNA career came to an end.[88] After her TNA career came to a halt, she continued to discuss a new contract with Dixie Carter.[89]

Tara upon her return to TNA while wearing a motorcycle helmet in 2010

She returned to the company on July 11 at Victory Road as a villainess, disguising herself by wearing a motorcycle helmet and attacking Angelina Love during her match for the Knockouts Championship.[90][91] In the following weeks, she aligned herself with Madison Rayne against Love and Velvet Sky.[92][93] Tara was ultimately unmasked on the September 2 episode of Impact!, when she and Rayne defeated Love and Sky in a tag team match, after hitting Sky with the motorcycle helmet.[94] On the September 30 episode of Impact!, Rayne signed a waiver to allow Tara to return to in-ring competition.[95] At Bound for Glory, Tara defeated Angelina Love, Velvet Sky, and Madison Rayne in a Four Corners match to win the Knockout Championship for the fourth time, much to the dismay of Rayne, who thought Tara’s intention was to help her regain the title.[96] On the following episode of Impact!, Tara laid down for Rayne and allowed her to pin her to regain the Knockouts Championship, giving Tara the shortest reign in the title’s history. The following week, Tara attacked Mickie James after her victory over Sarita.[97][98] At Turning Point, Tara wrestled James to a double disqualification, after James pushed the referee, and they began brawling.[99] On the December 2 Impact!, Tara attacked James while she was singing her single “Hardcore Country”, which later led to James attacking her.[100][101] At Final Resolution, Tara defeated James in a Falls Count Anywhere match, following interference from Madison Rayne.[102] On the following episode of Impact!, James defeated Tara in a steel cage match.[103] During the match, Tara legitimately tore a ligament in her elbow, but the injury did not require surgery.[104][105] On the December 16 episode of Impact!, Tara and Rayne defeated James and Ms. Tessmacher to advance the finals of a tournament for the vacant TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship.[106] The following week, they were defeated in the finals by Angelina Love and Winter.[107]

In 2011, Madison Rayne would start a rivalry with Mickie James over the Knockouts Championship, and would successfully defend the title against her at Genesis and Against All Odds, after Tara interfered in both matches.[108][109] During the feud, Tara began claiming that Rayne had gone too far in her brutality towards Mickie James, but was forced to follow her orders due to being under exclusive contract with her, and not TNA.[110] After Rayne lost the Knockouts Championship to James at Lockdown, James agreed to give her a rematch on the condition that if she is unable to regain the title, Tara would be released from her contract with Rayne.[111][112] On May 15 at Sacrifice, Tara became a fan favorite after knocking out Rayne during her match with James, costing her the Knockouts Championship and guaranteeing herself a release from her contract with Rayne.[113]

TnT and relationship with Jesse (2011–2013)[edit]

Tara and Madison Rayne had their first match against each other since the break–up of their partnership on the May 19 episode of Impact Wrestling, where Tara teamed with Mickie James and Ms. Tessmacher against Rayne, Sarita and Rosita. Tara won the match for her team by pinning Rosita, after Rayne, who avoided her former partner throughout the match, sacrificed her in order to get away from the ring.[114] Tara and Rayne faced each other again on the July 14 episode of Impact Wrestling, where Tara was victorious after distracting Rayne with her tarantula.[115] On the July 21 episode of Impact Wrestling, Tara and Ms. Tessmacher, later named TnT, defeated Mexican America (Rosita and Sarita) to win the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship.[116][117] Tessmacher and Tara made their first title defense on August 7 at Hardcore Justice, defeating Mexican America in a rematch.[118] On the September 29 episode of Impact Wrestling, Tara was defeated by her former partner Madison Rayne in a match to determine the third and final challenger for the TNA Knockouts Championship at Bound for Glory.[119] On the November 3 episode of Impact Wrestling, Tara and Tessmacher lost the Knockouts Tag Team Championship to Gail Kim and Madison Rayne.[120] On the January 26, 2012 episode of Impact Wrestling, Tara defeated Mickie James and Velvet Sky in a three-way match to earn a match for the Knockouts Championship.[121] On February 12 at Against All Odds, Tara was unsuccessful in her title challenge against Gail Kim.[122]

On the August 23 episode of Impact Wrestling, Tara defeated the new Knockouts Champion and TnT partner Miss Tessmacher in a non-title match, and was subsequently named number one contender for her title.[123][124] On September 9 at the No Surrender, Tara challenged Tessmacher for the Knockouts Championship, but failed to capture the title.[125] On the following episode of Impact Wrestling, Tara congratulated Tessmacher on her victory, only to attack Tessmacher shortly afterwards, turning Tara into a villainess and effectively disbanding TnT.[126] On the September 27 episode of Impact Wrestling, Tara defeated ODB in a number one contender’s match to earn another shot at Miss Tessmacher’s Knockouts Championship.[127] On October 14 at Bound for Glory, Tara defeated Tessmacher to win the TNA Knockouts Championship for a record-tying fifth time. Afterwards, Tara introduced her “Hollywood boyfriend”, the debuting Jesse.[128] Tara made her first successful title defense on the October 25 episode of Impact Wrestling, defeating Tessmacher in a rematch following interference from Jesse.[129] On November 11 at Turning Point, Tara and Jesse were defeated by ODB and Eric Young.[130] On December 9 at Final Resolution, Tara successfully defended her Knockouts Championship against Mickie James after a distraction from Jesse.[131] On the December 20 episode of Impact Wrestling, Tara defeated James again to retain her title.[132] Tara went on to have another successful title defense on the January 25, 2013, episode of Impact Wrestling, defeating Velvet Sky.[133] On the February 21 episode of Impact Wrestling taped in London, England, Tara lost the championship to Sky in a fatal four–way elimination match, also involving Gail Kim and Miss Tessmacher, ending her reign at 104 days.[134] Tara received her rematch on the February 28 episode of Impact Wrestling, but was again defeated by Sky.[135] The following months, Tara would make increasingly fewer appearances, and would be rarely used competing in matches.[136][137][138] On the July 14 episode of TNA Xplosion, Tara would wrestler her final match in TNA losing to ODB. Two days later on July 16, Tara was released from her TNA contract.[139][140]

Varon later stated in an interview that she was close to leaving TNA prior to her release, and that she would never return to TNA.[141] She also stated that her tenure in TNA was great, but different from WWE and made her “appreciate WWE a lot”.[142]

Independent circuit (2011–present)[edit]

Tara took part of Family Wrestling Entertainment‘s FWE: Fallout pay-per-view on November 15, 2011, defeating Madison Rayne with Christy Hemme as the special guest referee. Tara returned to the promotion on February 25, 2012, taking part of a tournament to determinate the inaugural FWE Women’s Champion at FWE: No Limits, losing to Maria Kanellis. Tara then helped Maria defeat Winter to win the championship alongside her partner Ms. Tessmacher.[143] On November 9, 2013, Varon debuted at House of Hardcore 3, where she and Stevie Richards were defeated by Carlito and Rosita.

On June 19, 2015, Varon returned to the independent circuit at Maryland Championship Wrestling‘s Ladies Night event, serving as the special guest referee for the MCW Women’s Championship main event match between Mickie James and Amber Rodriguez, which also featured Melina as the outside enforcer. Varon attacked Melina during the match, after Melina turned heel and attacked James, who went on to capture the title.[144]

On September 2, 2016, Victoria made her debut for Chikara, when she entered the 2016 King of Trios tournament as part of Team Original Divas Revolution, alongside Jazz and Mickie James. They defeated Team Shimmer (Candice LeRae, Crazy Mary Dobson and Solo Darling) in their first round match.[145] The following day, Team Original Divas Revolution was eliminated from the tournament by The Warriors Three (Oleg the Usurper, Princess KimberLee and ThunderFrog).[146]

On December 2, 2017, Varon appeared at House of Hardcore 36 as Candice Michelle’s opponent in Candice’s retirement match. Varon turned heel and attacked Candice after feigning an injury, only to be defeated by Candice with a DDT.[147]

Ring of Honor (2013)[edit]

Varon debuted for Ring of Honor on October 26, 2013, under her real name. She made an FAQ before Glory by Honor XII. At the event, she attacked Maria Kanellis with a Widow’s Peak.[148]

Professional wrestling style and persona[edit]

Varon uses the Widows Peak as finisher, a move she adapted from Roderick Strong.[149]

Business ventures[edit]

Varon owned a restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky named Fat Tony’s Pizzeria, but sold it in May 2007.[150] In May 2008, she and her husband opened a custom car shop, Black Widow Customs, in Louisville.[151][152] The shop was destroyed on December 16, 2010, in a fire, which the authorities deemed suspicious.[153] This occurred the day after a local TV show’s “Consumer Watch” segment. Antwane Glenn, a football player at the University of Kentucky, wanted a refund after claiming his car was left un-drivable following Black Widow Customs’ work on it. He contacted WHAS11 and the story was profiled on the show.[154]

In March 2013, Varon opened a wrestling themed restaurant in Chicago, Illinois named The Squared Circle.[155][156] In January 2015, Varon announced that she would be moving back to California, leaving the restaurant under her husband and a friend. Despite this, Varon continues to make regular visits to the restaurant.[157]

Other media[edit]

Varon has made guest appearances on television shows V.I.P. and Nikki, as well as participated in two fitness competitions for the Univision program Sábado Gigante.[2][12] In November 2010, she was a contestant on an all-TNA week of Family Feud, teaming with Angelina Love, Christy Hemme, Lacey Von Erich and Velvet Sky against Jay Lethal, Matt Morgan, Mick Foley, Mr. Anderson and Rob Van Dam.[158] On November 10, 2012, Varon, along with several other TNA employees, were featured in an episode of MTV‘s Made.[159]

Personal life[edit]

Varon was married to Lee Varon from 1994 to 2015.[160][161][162]

Varon has a tattoo of a heart on her ankle, which she got in high school and hid from her parents.[163] She is a fan of motorcycles and owns a Suzuki Hayabusa.[6][150]

In an interview for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Varon was quoted as saying she was legitimately jealous of the 2004 WWE Diva Search winner Christy Hemme. She retracted the statement on her website, claiming the reporter had misquoted her when she mentioned that she was jealous of Hemme’s paycheck, as it was a lot higher than what Varon received in her rookie year.[164]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Victoria is a two-time WWE Women’s Champion

Tara is a five-time TNA Knockout’s champion

Cheerleading[edit]

  • National Cheerleading Association
    • NCA All-American Award

Fitness and figure competition[edit]

  • Debbie Kruck Fitness Classic
    • 1st (Tall Class; 1999)[8]
  • ESPN2 Fitness America Series
    • 1st place (1997)[8]
    • 2nd place (1998)[8]
  • Lifequest Triple Crown
    • Top 20 (1997)[8]
  • National Physique Committee
    • NPC Inland Empire – 1st (MW; 1995)[8]
    • NPC Team Universe – 2nd (Tall Class; 1999)[8]
  • Women’s Tri-Fitness
    • Ironwoman Tri-Fitness – 4th (1998)[8]
    • Tri-Fitness Hall of Fame (2012)[165]

Professional wrestling[edit]

Luchas de Apuestas record[edit]

Winner (wager) Loser (wager) Location Event Date Notes
Victoria (championship) Molly Holly (hair) New York City, New York WrestleMania XX March 14, 2004 [33]
Madison Rayne (championship) Tara (career) Orlando, Florida Sacrifice May 16, 2010 [88]

Eve Torres

Eve Torres

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Torres in December 2008
Birth name Eve Marie Torres
Born (1984-08-21) August 21, 1984 (age 33)[1]
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Residence Los Angeles, California, United States[2]
Spouse(s) Rener Gracie (m. 2014)
Children 1
Family Gracie
Phil Torres (brother)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Eve[3]
Eve Torres[4]
Billed height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[5]
Billed weight 131 lb (59 kg)[5]
Billed from Denver, Colorado[6]
Los Angeles, California[3]
Trained by Dave Finlay
Florida Championship Wrestling[7]
Debut May 2007[5]
Retired 2013[2]

Eve Torres Gracie[8] (born Eve Marie Torres on August 21, 1984) is an American dancer, model, and actress, and former professional wrestler. She is best known for her work with WWE as Eve Torres or simply Eve.

Torres began her career as a model and dancer. She danced for The Southern California Summer Pro League and went on to become a member of the National Basketball Association‘s Los Angeles Clippers Spirit Dance Team for the 2006–2007 season. She also appeared on several television shows, including Show Me The Money, Sunset Tan, and Deal or No Deal.

In 2007 she entered the 2007 Diva Search and won, earning a contract with WWE. Torres first appeared on WWE programming as a backstage interviewer in 2008 and became a full-time wrestler and Manager in 2009. She won the WWE Divas Championship in April 2010. She held the championship on a further two occasions, becoming the first person to win it three times. Following her retirement from professional wrestling in 2013, Torres focused on her role as an instructor for the Gracie Women Empowered self-defense program and continued to act, with roles in Skiptrace and Supergirl.

Early life[edit]

Torres was born in Boston, Massachusetts, but grew up in Denver, Colorado.[9][5] She has “a Latina background” as she is of Nicaraguan descent, as well as German and Swedish.[10][11] She has one younger brother, Phil, who is a television presenter.[12][13]

Torres attended the University of Southern California (USC) on a full tuition scholarship.[5] During college, she was one of the founding members of the Omega Phi Beta sorority chapter on her campus and held the vice-president position for several years.[14] While in Omega Phi Beta, Torres was awarded for Academic Excellence at the Order of Omega Greek Awards.[15] She graduated with honors and a Grade Point Average above 3.5 in May 2006, with a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering.[5][14]

Dancing and modeling career[edit]

While attending USC, Torres appeared in commercials and music videos.[14] Torres was the co-captain of the USC Fly Girls dance squad and created much of their choreography.[5][16] She also danced for The Southern California Summer Pro League, the only summer league for National Basketball Association (NBA) players, in Long Beach, California.[14][16] After graduating from college, she began dancing and modeling full-time.[5] After reaching the tryout finals in previous years, Torres became a member of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers Spirit Dance Team for the 2006–07 season.[5][14][16] She also appeared on the game show Show Me The Money.[5]

World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE[edit]

Diva Search (2007)[edit]

In May 2007, Torres entered World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)’s Diva Search.[5][17] She was chosen by WWE officials as one of the eight finalists from a group of 50 women.[5] On October 29, 2007, in Philadelphia, live on Raw, she was crowned the 2007 WWE Diva Search winner, defeating finalist Brooke Gilbertsen and becoming a WWE Diva.[17][18] Following her win, she began training for her wrestling debut in WWE’s developmental territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW).[5]

SmackDown (2008–2009)[edit]

Videos promoting Eve’s debut on SmackDown began airing on January 11, 2008.[19] The promo aired for three weeks before Eve made her official debut on the February 1, 2008 episode of SmackDown interviewing former World Heavyweight Champion Batista.[20] During early 2008, Eve participated in a contest to determine the top Diva on SmackDown, participating in a bikini contest, an obstacle course, and an arm wrestling competition before being eliminated.[21][22][23][24] Eve appeared at WrestleMania XXIV as a Lumberjill in the BunnyMania match between Maria and Ashley against Beth Phoenix and Melina.[7] Eve spent the rest of the year competing in similar contests, including a dance-off and a bikini contest, before participating in the Halloween Costume Contest on October 26 at the Cyber Sunday pay-per-view, where she was dressed as Raphael from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.[25][26] On the 800th episode of Raw on November 3, 2008, Eve made her televised in-ring debut in a 16-Diva tag team match, which her team lost although she was never tagged in.[27]

Her first main storyline began in early 2009, when she began a scripted feud with Michelle McCool after McCool attacked her.[5][28] On the February 6 episode of SmackDown, Eve made her singles match debut in a losing effort against McCool via submission.[29] Their feud continued for the next few months, with them competing against each other in singles and tag team matches.[7][30] Eve then moved into a feud with Layla in mid-2009.[5] After the pair competed in dance and arm wrestling competitions, Eve defeated Layla on the May 29 episode of SmackDown in a wrestling match.[31][32][33] On the June 18 episode of Superstars, Eve pinned Layla once again. After the match, they both shook hands.[34]

Around the same as her scripted rivalry with Layla, Eve became associated with Cryme Tyme (Shad and JTG), appearing in several backstage segments with them.[7][35] She also began accompanying them to the ring as their manager during their storyline rivalry with The Hart Dynasty (David Hart Smith, Tyson Kidd, and Natalya).[36] Eve and Cryme Tyme participated in multiple six-person mixed tag team matches against The Hart Dynasty, and Eve also faced Natalya in singles matches and tag team matches involving other Divas.[37][38][39] Her final match on SmackDown was on October 9, when she was defeated in a singles match by McCool.[40]

Divas Champion (2009–2011)[edit]

Torres after winning the WWE Divas Championship for the second time at the 2011 Royal Rumble

On October 12, 2009, Eve was traded to the Raw brand.[5] On the November 2 episode of Raw, she competed in her first match after being traded: a battle royal which was won by Alicia Fox.[41] She then entered into a storyline romance with Chris Masters in December 2009, becoming his valet.[42][43] In January 2010, the WWE Divas Championship was vacated and a tournament was set up to determine the new champion. Eve made it to the semi-finals, before being defeated by the eventual winner, Maryse.[44][45] At WrestleMania XXVI Eve was on the losing team in a 10-Diva tag team match, but the following night on Raw, she pinned Maryse in a rematch to earn the victory for her team.[46][47]

On the April 5 episode of Raw, Eve won a “Dress to Impress” battle royal to become the number one contender to the WWE Divas Championship, and the following week on Raw, she defeated Maryse to win the championship for the first time.[48][49][50] She successfully defended the championship against Maryse at the Over the Limit pay-per-view in May.[51] At the Fatal 4-Way pay-per-view in June, Eve lost the championship in a fatal four-way match, when Alicia Fox pinned Maryse to win the championship.[52] On the July 5 episode of Raw, Eve invoked her rematch clause against Fox but was unsuccessful after Fox feigned an ankle injury.[53] As a result, she received another rematch at the Money in the Bank pay per-view, but lost again to Fox.[54][55] In mid-2010 she began acting as the valet for R-Truth.

At the Royal Rumble on January 30, 2011, the Raw General Manager added Eve to a two-on-one handicap match for the Divas Championship, turning it into a fatal four-way match. Eve pinned Layla to win the match and become a two-time Divas Champion.[56][57] She retained the championship against Natalya in a Lumberjill match on the February 14 episode of Raw, and against Nikki Bella on the March 7 episode.[58][59] She held the championship until the April 11 episode of Raw, when she lost it to Brie Bella.[60]

Eve then formed an alliance with Kelly Kelly, and after Kelly won the Divas Championship in June, Eve accompanied her to the ring during her matches.[61][62] Eve and Kelly began feuding with The Divas of Doom (Beth Phoenix and Natalya), and after Phoenix won the Divas Championship from Kelly, Eve defeated Natalya to earn a title match against Phoenix.[63] She faced Phoenix at the Vengeance pay-per-view, but was unsuccessful.[64] On the October 31 episode of Raw, Eve won a battle royal to become the number one contender to the Divas Championship.[65] She received her championship match at the Survivor Series pay-per-view, but lost a Lumberjill match to Phoenix.[66] She later described the match as her favorite.[67]

Authority figure (2011–2013)[edit]

Eve moved into a storyline with Zack Ryder in December 2011, and the pair won a mixed tag team match against Natalya and Tyson Kidd on the December 26 episode of Raw.[68] On the January 9, 2012, episode of Raw, Eve agreed to a date with Ryder beginning a storyline relationship.[69] Eve quickly became involved in the storyline between Ryder, his ally John Cena, and Kane, who began targeting Ryder. After injuring Ryder, he turned his attention to Eve, and tried to attack her until he was stopped by Cena. On the February 6 episode of Raw, Eve suffered a legimiately broken nose when Beth Phoenix clotheslined her during a match. The following week, Cena saved Eve from being kidnapped by Kane, and Eve kissed him in thanks. On the February 20 episode of Raw, Eve began turning into a villainous character after she confessed backstage to The Bella Twins that she had never liked Zack Ryder and had disingenuously used him for publicity and planned to take advantage of Cena the same way. Cena overheard her revelation and scorned her as she begged for forgiveness.[70] Eve justified her actions by stating that she had no problem using men to achieve her goals and that she was “a woman in a man’s world.”[71] She wrestled her first match as a villain on the March 2 episode of Smackdown, defeating Natalya.[72] Ryder returned on the March 5 episoder of Raw, confronting Eve over her recent actions, but she managed to seduce him into forgiving her.[73] At WrestleMania XXVIII, Eve and Beth Phoenix lost to Kelly Kelly and Extra corrspondent Maria Menounos in a tag team match. Later that night, she accompanied Ryder to the ring for the Team Johnny vs. Team Teddy matchup where she distracted Ryder, costing him and Team Teddy the match.[74]

Torres (left) with Beth Phoenix at the Wrestlemania XXVIII pay-per-view in April 2012

As a result, John Laurinaitis appointed her the Executive Administrator of Raw and SmackDown.[75] As her first order of business as Executive Administrator, on the April 30 episode of Raw, Eve fired the Bella Twins.[76] Despite her new authority figure role, she continued to participate in matches throughout mid-2012.[77][78][79] On the August 10 episode of SmackDown, Eve asked SmackDown General Manager Booker T if she could be his assistant, but Kaitlyn was given the job instead. Eve threatened Booker T that she would tell the Board of Directors about his discriminatory hiring practices and was given a match against Kaitlyn the following week. Eve won the match and the job.[80]

In August, she began a storyline where she appeared friendly and nice, diminishing her villain characteristics.[81] As part of this apparent personality change, she shook hands with her rival Kaitlyn following a match and teamed with her and Layla on the September 10 episode of Raw.[82] At the Night of Champions pay-per-view, Kaitlyn was attacked and injured by a masked figure; as a result, Eve replaced Kaitlyn in a match against Divas Champion Layla, which she won.[83] Her victory made her the first woman to hold the Divas Championship on three occasions. After Kaitlyn revealed her attacker was blonde, Eve accused Beth Phoenix, and attacked her on the September 24 episode of Raw.[84] The following week, Eve suspended Phoenix, pending an investigation into Kaitlyn’s attack. It was later revealed that Kaitlyn was attacked by Aksana, on Eve’s orders. On the October 8 episode of Raw, Eve defeated Kaitlyn via submission to retain the Divas Championship, and following the match, she attempted to re-injure Kaitlyn, but was stopped by Layla.[85] The following week, she defeated Layla to retain the championship.[86] The three-way feud led to a match at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view, where Eve retained the Divas Championship against Layla and Kaitlyn in a triple threat match.[87] Eve continued to feud with the duo, facing them in tag team matches with multiple partners and defeating Kaitlyn at Survivor Series to retain the championship.[88][89][90] At Tables, Ladders & Chairs, Eve stopped Kaitlyn from winning a number one contender’s match, and defeated winner Naomi to retain the title.[91] Kaitlyn won a non-title match against Eve, and won the subsequent title match by disqualification on December 18, however Eve retained the championship.[92][93] The rematch occurred on the January 7, 2013, episode of Raw, in which Eve successfully defended the championship after losing by countout.[94] The following week, on the special “20th Anniversary” episode of Raw, Eve lost the Divas Championship to Kaitlyn.[95] She quit immediately following the loss in storyline.[96] In reality, Torres had asked for her release in December 2012 to plan her upcoming wedding and focus on her role as an instructor for the Gracie Women Empowered Self-defense program.[2][97]

Ambassador (2013–present)[edit]

On December 9, 2013, Torres made her return to WWE, presenting the Slammy Award for Diva of the Year to The Bella Twins.[98] Since April 2014, she has served as an ambassador for WWE.[99] Torres appeared on the June 19, 2017, episode of Table for 3 on WWE Network alongside Maryse and Kelly Kelly.[100]

Other media[edit]

Torres with The Miz at an autograph signing in 2010

In August 2008, Torres, along with fellow WWE Divas Maria and Candice Michelle, appeared on an episode of Sunset Tan.[101] On October 2, 2008, Torres and Maria appeared on a special episode of Magic’s Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed.[102] Torres appeared on the November 3, 2009 episode of Deal or No Deal with Maria and Dolph Ziggler.[5][103] On July 1, 2012, Torres, Kelly, and Michelle McCool appeared on Extreme Weight Loss.[104] In 2012, she was part of NBC‘s celebrity reality competition series called Stars Earn Stripes; she won the competition on September 3, earning over $100,000 for her charity, the United Service Organizations. On September 7, 2012, Torres appeared on G4‘s Attack of the Show for an interview.

Torres, along with Maryse and Michelle McCool, appeared in the January 2009 issue of Muscle & Fitness magazine.[105]

On April 30, 2012, it was announced that Torres would be featured in the WWE Studios and Kare Production Project “Les reines du ring” (English: Queens of the Ring), alongside fellow wrestlers The Miz and CM Punk.[106] In mid-2013, Torres filmed a role for the film The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power, which was released in 2015.[107] She later earned a role in Matador as Reyna Flores, a journalist reporting on the leading character’s career.[108] The show was cancelled after a single season.[109] In 2016, Torres appeared in the film Skiptrace as a Russian assassin.[110] The same year, she appeared in an episode of the Supergirl television series as Maxima.[111]

Personal life[edit]

Torres is trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and holds a purple belt from the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy based in Torrance, California.[5][112] Torres also participates in kickboxing.[17] She is a spokeswoman and head instructor for the Gracie Women Empowered self-defense program.[2] Torres was the first female instructor for the academy.[2]

Torres met Rener Gracie when she attended the Gracie Academy for training.[2] They married in April 2014.[2][113] She gave birth to her first child, a son, in September 2015.[114] In March 2018, Torres and Gracie revealed her second pregnancy via Gracie’s YouTube channel.[115]

Torres and her sister-in-law Sage operate an event rental company named “inJOY The Party”.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2013 Queens of the Ring Herself
2015 The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power Chancara [107]
2016 Skiptrace Dasha [110]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2005 Show Me The Money Herself [5]
2007 The Best Damn Sports Show Period
2008 Sunset Tan [101]
Magic’s Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed [102]
2009 Deal or No Deal [103]
2012 Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition Special edition of “Diva’s Boot Camp” [104]
Stars Earn Stripes Competed for the “USO” charity; Winner
Attack of the Show
The Soup [116]
2014 Matador Reyna Flores [108]
2016 Supergirl Maxima Episode: “Myriad” [111]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

A dark-haired woman standing on the turnbuckle of a wrestling ring, with one foot on the red ring ropes. She is wearing an orange crop top with dark shorts and dark-coloured wrestling boots. Her right hand is holding a wrestling championship in the air.

Torres as the WWE Divas Champion in February 2011