ANGELA FONG

Angela Fong was born on February 3, 1985 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She is known for her work on War (2007), WWE NXT (2010) and WWE Smackdown! (1999).
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Actress (16 credits)
 2014-2017 Lucha Underground (TV Series)
Black Lotus

Ultima Lucha Tres – Part IV (2017) … Black Lotus
Breaker of Bones (2016) … Black Lotus
Aztec Warfare III (2016) … Black Lotus
Brothers in Broken Arms (2016) … Black Lotus
 2014 Black Tiger: Hunter Hunted (Short)
Jennifer / Black Tiger
 2013 Castle (TV Series)
Candice’s Friend

Death Gone Crazy (2013) … Candice’s Friend (uncredited)
 2012 Widow Detective (TV Movie)
Dancer
 2012 Guys Choice Awards 2012 (TV Special)
Secret Service’s Girl
 2012 Who Wants to Date a Comedian? (TV Series)

Nestor Rodriguez (2012)
 2010 WWE Raw (TV Series)
Savannah

Episode #18.26 (2010) … Savannah
Episode #18.25 (2010) … Savannah
Episode #18.24 (2010) … Savannah
3-Hour Viewer’s Choice Raw (2010) … Savannah
Episode #18.22 (2010) … Savannah
 2010 WWE NXT (TV Series)
Savannah

Episode #1.15 (2010) … Savannah
Episode #1.14 (2010) … Savannah
Episode #1.13 (2010) … Savannah
Episode #1.12 (2010) … Savannah
Episode #1.11 (2010) … Savannah
 2010 WWE Smackdown! (TV Series)
Savannah

Episode #11.32 (2010) … Savannah
 2009-2010 E.C.W. (TV Series)
Savannah

ECW: The Final Episode (2010) … Savannah
Episode dated 9 February 2010 (2010) … Savannah
Episode dated 2 February 2010 (2010) … Savannah
Episode dated 26 January 2010 (2010) … Savannah
Episode dated 19 January 2010 (2010) … Savannah
 2009 Ratko: The Dictator’s Son
Sorority Girl #3
 2007 War
Kabuki Dancer
 2006 Masters of Horror (TV Series)
Dancer

Pelts (2006) … Dancer (uncredited)
 2006 John Tucker Must Die
Cheerleader (uncredited)
 2005 Chasing Christmas (TV Movie)
Dancer

Angela Fong

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Angela Fong
Birth name Angela Carolyn Fong
Born (1985-02-03) February 3, 1985 (age 33)[1]
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Residence Tampa, Florida, United States[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Angela Fong[1]
Black Lotus
Miss Angela[1]
Savannah[1]
Billed height 5 ft 5 in (165 cm)[1]
Billed weight 120 lb (54 kg)[1]
Billed from Hong Kong, China[1]
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada[1]
Trained by Florida Championship Wrestling[1]
Debut 2008

Angela Carolyn Fong (born February 3, 1985)[1] is a Canadian professional wrestler, model, ring announcer, cheerleader for the CFL’s BC Lions and actress best known for her time at World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), known by her former ring name as Savannah who served as a ring announcer and backstage interviewer of WWE ECW and the official ring announcer for season one of NXT.

As of 2014, Fong is currently working for Lucha Underground,[2] where she works as Black Lotus.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

World Wrestling Entertainment[edit]

Diva Search and Ohio Valley Wrestling (2007–2008)[edit]

Angela tried out for the 2007 Diva Search, but she didn’t become one of the finalists. In February 2008, WWE signed Angela to a developmental deal and was shown briefly on OVW with Shawn Spears.

Florida Championship Wrestling (2008–2010)[edit]

Fong debuted on FCW in early 2008.[1] She initially started as a valet for The Puerto Rican Nightmares (Eddie Colón and Eric Perez) where they feuded with Nick Nemeth, Brad Allen and Taryn Terrell. The Puerto Rican Nightmares broke up and Angela started to wrestle more.

On the February 5 episode of FCW Television tapings, Angela defeated Alicia Fox in the finals to become the first ever Queen of FCW.[1] Fong and Rosa Mendes established a feud when Mendes tried to steal the crown from Angela.[1] On April 19, 2009 edition of FCW Television, Rosa Mendes challenged Angela for the Queen of FCW Crown only to be attacked by Doctor X, so she won by DQ.[1] After defending the crown for seven months, Fong was defeated by Mia Mancini.

During her time on ECW/NXT Fong still would make appearances in FCW including competing in a tournament for the new FCW Divas Championship, but lost to Naomi Night in the second round.

ECW (2009–2010)[edit]

On September 15, 2009, Fong debuted as “Savannah” on ECW as a backstage interviewer. Fong spent most of her time as the ECW backstage interviewer, until ECW ring announcer Lauren Mayhew departed from the WWE which Fong took over the role as the ring announcer of the show. She was also a lumberjill during Michelle McCool and Melina match on the October 2, 2009 episode of SmackDown!, namely during the 10th anniversary of SmackDown.

NXT (2010)[edit]

After the ECW brand was closed down on February 16, 2010 and was replaced with NXT, she joined the WWE NXT broadcast team as the official ring announcer for the first season of WWE NXT. On June 23, 2010, Fong was released from her WWE contract.

Independent circuit (2010–2013)[edit]

As of July 10, 2010, Fong has since started selling signed memorabilia on eBay.[3] She also revealed via her Twitter account on September 22, 2010, that she would become an MMA dancer for the organization, Xtreme Fighting Championships, dancing in the XFC Cage Dolls.[4] Fong began wrestling in the independent circuit, under her real name and competed in her Post-WWE match in the organization, Ground Breaking Pro Wrestling on September 26, 2010, when she defeated Randi West to win the vacant GBPW Ladies Championship and became its first champion.[1][5] On May 4, 2013, Fong defeated Miyako Matsumoto in a match for Ice Ribbon.[1][6]

Lucha Underground (2014–present)[edit]

In 2014, it was confirmed that Angela Fong would return to the wrestling scene appearing for the new Lucha Underground wrestling series.[2] She made her official television appearance during the November 26th, 2014 episode where she was seen briefly watching the match between Son of Havoc and Mascarita Sagrada. Since then, she has since appeared in many matches over the weeks spectating over different competitors in the Lucha Underground roster. Her role was revealed at the ending of the 28th January, 2015 episode where she approached Lucha Underground owner Dario Cueto claiming to be looking for a man named ‘Matanza‘. It was also revealed on the 4th February episode that she goes by the alias of Black Lotus.

On the June 3 episode, Cueto imprisoned Black Lotus for trying to kill his brother. Lotus was captured by Chavo Guerrero and the Crew, as Guerrero betrayed Lotus to Cueto in exchange for protection from Mexican enemies.[7] At part one of Lucha Underground’s Ultima Lucha, Cueto admitted to Black Lotus that “the Monster” Matanza is his brother, forced by their father to partake in underground fighting. He claimed that it was El Dragon Azteca who had killed Lotus’ parents while framing Matanza for the deed. Despite Azteca trying to save Lotus,[8] Lotus attacked and seemingly killed Azteca on part two of Ultima Lucha on August 5, 2015, also the first-season finale. Cueto then freed Lotus, claiming that Azteca’s death had endangered them and they needed to leave. Cueto and Lotus fled along with Matanza, while the show closed with the Temple being abandoned.[9][10]

Throughout Season 2, Lotus would act as the bodyguard to Dario Cuerto both during their absence from the temple, and later when they resurfaced there. On the Season 2 Finale at Ultima Lucha Dos, she competed in her first televised match against El Dragon Azteca Jr. where the match went to a no contest due to Pentagón Dark breaking her arm. On November 16 episode of Lucha Underground during the Aztec Warfare III she returned to the temple along with The Black Lotus Triad members Hitokiri, Doku and Yurei and all four attacked Pentagón Dark, allowing Johnny Mundo to eliminate him, thus costing him the match.

Other media[edit]

Since 2005, Fong has been pursuing an acting career in television shows and movies. Fong appeared as a contestant on Let’s Make a Deal, where she won a purse and a $500 gift card. On June 7, 2012, Fong appeared as one of the girls looking for a date on Take Me Out, where she appeared on every episode during the season.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

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Renee Young

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Renee Young

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Renee Young
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Young in March 2015
Birth name Renee Jane Paquette[1]
Born (1985-09-19) September 19, 1985 (age 32)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Residence Las Vegas, Nevada,
United States[2]
Spouse(s) Dean Ambrose (m. 2017)[3][4]
Website www.prettyfunnyblonde.com
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Renee Young
Billed height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Billed from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Debut March 29, 2013

Renee Jane Paquette[5] born September 19, 1985) is a Canadian sports broadcaster and occasional actress. She is currently an on-air personality with WWE, appearing for both the Raw and SmackDown brands under the ring name Renee Young, where she performs interviewing and commentating duties. She is a former sportscaster for The Score.[6]

Early life[edit]

Paquette was born in Toronto, Ontario.[7] She was a child model. After high school, she applied to several colleges and began training in improvisational comedy.[8] At the age of 19, she relocated to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career as a comedic actress, but later moved back to Toronto and auditioned for films, music videos, and commercials.[8]

Professional career[edit]

The Score Television Network (2009–2012)[edit]

Paquette began working for The Score Television Network in the later months of 2009 on the program called Right After Wrestling, later to be renamed Aftermath,[9] where she presented alongside Arda Ocal, Mauro Ranallo and former WWE referee Jimmy Korderas.

WWE (2012–present)[edit]

“I always wanted to be an actor. Acting is really where everything started for me. As soon as I got out of high school, I went to The Second City and trained in improv comedy. I always wanted to be more of a comedic actress. That was the path I wanted to take. I fled to Los Angeles at 19 without having worked a day of my life as a performer. I came back to Toronto and auditioned for different films, music videos, and commercials… being in Canada, I got stuck not getting lead role auditions, so I switched gears and got into hosting. I just needed a camera and myself to do that.”
— Young in January 2014.[8]

Paquette signed with the American professional wrestling promotion WWE in October 2012,[10] where she chose the ring name Renee Young (a nod to Neil Young),[11] and made her on-screen debut on the 29 March 2013 episode of SmackDown, interviewing Randy Orton, Big Show, and Sheamus.[12] Young had previously performed interviews exclusively for WWE Active since February 2013,[13] and had also presented the 2012 Survivor Series pre-show alongside Scott Stanford.[14] Young debuted on the January 23 episode of NXT as a backstage interviewer.[15]

Young began co-hosting the World Tour segments, which was a segment detailing the city they were filming in, showcasing various tourist attractions, before later being promoted as a third main presenter on the JBL and Cole Show, which was shown on YouTube and WWE.com, until its cancellation in June 2015.[16] It received a Slammy Award for Favorite Web Show of the Year.[17] She also presents WWE Vintage Collection alongside Hall of Famer Mean Gene Okerlund.

In September 2013, Young made her commentary debut on NXT.[18] She began performing color commentary during NXT Divas‘ matches, before later becoming a full-time color commentator on NXT for several months.[8] From July 3, 2014 to January 9, 2015, Young served as a color commentator on WWE Superstars, alongside Tom Phillips, which made her WWE’s first full-time female announcer in more than a decade.[19][20] In April 2015, Young began hosting her own show titled Unfiltered with Renee Young, in which she interviews fellow WWE employees, which airs on the WWE Network.[21] In June, Young served as the co-host of the sixth season of Tough Enough, alongside Chris Jericho.[22]

Young confronting the WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz in December 2016.

On the December 20, 2016 episode of SmackDown, Young interviewed Intercontinental Champion The Miz following his successful title defense against Apollo Crews. After Young asked Miz about his “obsession” with Dean Ambrose, Miz sarcastically responded by revealing Young and Ambrose’s real-life relationship, prompting her to slap Miz.[23] On December 27, Young was confronted by The Miz’s real-life wife, Maryse, backstage on SmackDown.[24] Maryse slapped Young the following week in retaliation. She also seemed unhappy with Samoa Joe’s comments on the 1 January 2018 episode of Raw when he said that Ambrose became a stay-at-home husband after he injured Ambrose in storyline.[25]

Other media[edit]

Before joining The Score, Paquette worked for BiteTV, where she presented a show about extreme sports and music called Rippin’ It-N-Lippin’ It during 2008 and 2009.[8] She appeared in a commercial for Oxy, and had a part in a Tom Green music video.[8] Prior to this, she had a cameo in the music video for Kelly Clarkson‘s 2005 song “Behind These Hazel Eyes“.[8] She also appeared in a national Noxzema commercial, and did a photoshoot for Toro Magazine.[26] In 2016, it was announced that Paquette would be appearing as a main cast member for the sixth season of Total Divas.[27] She had previously appeared in several episodes on a recurring basis.

Personal life[edit]

On being a wrestling fan, Paquette said: “I attended a few events and WrestleMania VI. My dad is a concert promoter, and he’d get me into the events. I remember being backstage and meeting Stone Cold Steve Austin, Triple H, Chyna, and Trish Stratus as a kid, so it’s really funny to me that I ended up here. I went on a different path than wanting to become a WWE Superstar.”[8]

Since 2013, Paquette has been dating wrestler Jonathan Good, better known by his ring name Dean Ambrose.[28][29] On April 12, 2017, Paquette announced on Twitter that she and Good are now married.[3][30] Official marriage records show they were married on April 9, 2017.[1]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Smart Woman Survival Guide Cute Intern Episode: “Go Big or Go Home”
2010 Gotta Grudge? Herself 8 episodes
2011–2012 Gillette Drafted Judge, mentor
2013,
2015–2017
Total Divas Guest (season 1 & 7)
Recurring (season 4–5)
Main cast (season 6): 34 episodes
2013 WWE: The Top 25 Rivalries in Wrestling History Host
2014 WWE Countdown Episode: “Coolest Catchphrases”
2014–present WWE Music Power 10 Voice-over host
2014–present WWE Quick Hits Host
2015–2017 Unfiltered with Renee Young Host
2015 WWE Tough Enough Co-host
2016–present WWE Talking Smack Host
2016–present WWE Raw Talk Host
2017 Total Bellas 3 episodes

Web[edit]

Year Title Role
2013–2015 The JBL and Renee Show Herself
2013–2015 After Total Divas Herself

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

A TRIBUTE TO THE GREAT BRUNO SAMMARTINO

Bruno Sammartino

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Bruno Sammartino at Celebrate the Season Parade in Pittsburgh, 2005
Birth name Bruno Leopoldo Francesco Sammartino[1]
Born (1935-10-06)October 6, 1935
Pizzoferrato, Kingdom of Italy
Died April 18, 2018(2018-04-18) (aged 82)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Spouse(s) Carol Sammartino (m. 1959)
Children 3; including David Sammartino
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Bruno Sammartino
Billed height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[2]
Billed weight 265 lb (120 kg)[2][3]
Billed from Abruzzo, Italy[4]
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Trained by Ace Freeman
Rex Peery[2]
Debut 1959
Retired 1987

Bruno Laopardo Franceso Sammartino[1] (October 6, 1935 – April 18, 2018) was an Italian professional wrestler, best known for his work with the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF, later World Wrestling Federation, WWF), now known as WWE. There, he held the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship (WWWF Heavyweight Championship during his second reign) for over 11 years (4,040 days) across two reigns, the first of which is the longest single reign in the promotion’s history at 2,803 days. Dubbed “The Living Legend”,[5] Sammartino is widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time.[6]

Sammartino’s wrestling style was less mat-oriented than was typical of wrestlers from his era. His brawling, power moves and personal charisma helped him become the most popular American wrestler in the 1960s and 1970s.

Early life[edit]

Born in Pizzoferrato, Abruzzo, Italy on October 6, 1935,[2] Sammartino was the youngest of seven brothers and sisters. Four older siblings died during his time in Italy. During his childhood, Sammartino’s family hid from German soldiers in a mountain called Valla Rocca, during the latter stages of World War II.[7] During this time, Sammartino’s mother, Emilia, would sneak into their German-occupied town for food and supplies.[7] In 1950, he moved to the United States and settled in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where his father had already lived for several years.[7]

When Sammartino first came to the United States, he spoke no English and was sickly from his experiences of surviving during the war years.[7] This made him an easy target for bullies in school. Sammartino wanted to build himself up physically and became devoted to weight training. Sammartino’s devotion to weightlifting nearly resulted in a berth on the 1956 U.S. Olympic team. He was edged out by Paul Anderson – who outweighed Sammartino by 70 pounds. In the early years of Sammartino’s career, he was measured at 5’10” and weighed around 280 pounds.

Sammartino set a world record in the bench press with a lift of 565 pounds in 1959. Sammartino completed this lift while not wearing any elbow or wrist wraps. When he brought the bar down, he did not bounce it off his chest, but set it there for two seconds before attempting the press.[3] Sammartino also competed in bodybuilding and won “Mr. Allegheny” in the late 1950s.

His high school, Schenley High School, did not have a wrestling program, but he worked out with the University of Pittsburgh wrestling team under storied coach Rex Peery.[2] Sammartino became known for performing strongman stunts in the Pittsburgh area, and sportscaster Bob Prince put him on his television show. It was there that he was spotted by local wrestling promoter Rudy Miller, who recruited Sammartino for professional wrestling.[2] Miller knew that Sammartino could easily be marketed as an ethnic strongman, and that he would appeal to Italian immigrants who supported wrestling.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Studio Wrestling (1959–1974)[edit]

Sammartino made his professional debut in Pittsburgh on December 17, 1959, pinning Dmitri Grabowski in 19 seconds.[3] On December 23, he defeated Miguel Torres for the local Spectator Sports promotion in Pittsburgh. He soon became extremely popular, appearing frequently on the local TV wrestling program, Studio Wrestling.

In 1966, Sammartino bought the Pittsburgh-based Spectator Sports promotion which promoted in the Tri-State area of Western Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. The promotion was a stopping point for national stars such as Gorilla Monsoon, The Crusher, Bill Watts, George Steele, and Bobo Brazil, as well as featuring local talent like Johnny De Fazio, Tony “The Battman” Marino, and an early Sammartino protege John L. Sullivan (who later gained fame as Johnny Valiant). The Pittsburgh promotion was truly independent, ran its own storylines and had its own tag team champions – despite the use of Northeast’s based promotion World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF, currently WWE) talent. Before the Civic Arena was built, Spectator Sports held their big Pittsburgh shows at Forbes Field – the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Capitol Wrestling Corporation (1960–1961)[edit]

Sammartino’s first match in Madison Square Garden in New York City was on January 2, 1960[1] against Bull Curry (who was substituting for Killer Kowalski). In order to give him a push, Toots Mondt paired him with the iconic Antonino Rocca in tag team matches. Working with Rocca helped somewhat, but Sammartino remained no more than an upper mid-carder at best for the next few years.

On February 18, 1961, Sammartino faced Chick Garibaldi in an afternoon match at the Sunnyside Gardens in New York. During the match, Sammartino bodyslammed Garibaldi and immediately noticed his opponent’s eyes roll up inside his head. By the time the ref checked on the fallen wrestler, he was dead in the ring. It was later determined that Garibaldi had died from a heart attack. In the movie Legends Never Die, Sammartino stated that it took him many years to get over that incident.

Various promotions (1961–1963)[edit]

Bruno Sammartino and Mario Trevi

After tiring of low payoffs and broken promises, Sammartino left Vince McMahon Sr.‘s Capitol Wrestling Corporation to join a rival New York promoter and former McMahon Sr. partner Kola Kwariani. Kwariani’s hold on New York soon weakened because of low attendance and athletic commission pressure to curb violence. In an effort to increase attendance, Kwariani had Sammartino wrestle his tag team partner Antonino Rocca twice during this time. Sammartino was then told by Rudy Miller to jump back to McMahon.

Sammartino found himself with even fewer dates and payoffs than the first time he wrestled for McMahon. He gave notice to McMahon that he was going to San Francisco, and its large Italian population, to wrestle for promoter Roy Shire. Very soon after arriving, Sammartino was informed by the local athletic commission that he was suspended. Unable to find work across the country (because every state athletic commission honors suspensions given by other state athletic commissions), Sammartino headed back to Pittsburgh to work as a laborer. Sammartino found out that his suspension was due to his skipping a match he was booked for in Baltimore. He was also booked to wrestle in Chicago that same night. In his autobiography, Sammartino states that he believed McMahon set him up, by double-booking him and not informing him of his match in Baltimore, as a way of punishment for working for Kwariani.[8]

On the advice of wrestler Yukon Eric, Sammartino contacted Toronto promoter Frank Tunney hoping to take advantage of Toronto’s large Italian population. Despite McMahon trying to blackball him there as well, Tunney decided to take a chance. Sammartino made his Toronto debut in March 1962 and very quickly, with the help of self-promotion in local newspapers and radio programs, became an attraction. His ability to speak Italian also ingratiated himself with that immigrant population. With Canadian legend Whipper Billy Watson, Sammartino won his first professional wrestling championship in September 1962, the local version of the International Tag Team Championship. Soon, he was in demand by other promoters in different Canadian territories.

During his tenure in Toronto, Sammartino wrestled and beat then National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) World Heavyweight Champion Buddy Rogers for the title. However, Rogers was unable to continue after being accidentally butted in the groin while attempting a leap frog, and Sammartino refused to accept the title under the circumstances.

Sammartino also wrestled NWA World Heavyweight Champion Lou Thesz twice in Canada. One match ended in a draw and the other with Thesz scoring a fluke pin after a collision, despite Sammartino controlling the 20 minute match from the beginning. Like Thesz’s win over Buddy Rogers, this match was booked by NWA kingpin Sam Muchnick as a preliminary to the forming of the WWWF, to ensure the dominance of the senior organization and its championship.[9] Thesz recounted the matches as nothing special.

Meanwhile, McMahon Sr. was having a tough time drawing fans with newly created World Wide Wrestling Federation World Heavyweight Champion Buddy Rogers in New York. Promoter Willie Gilzenberg appeared on Washington D.C. TV; referred to a non-title match in Canada; and “returned” the championship belt to Buddy Rogers (which thus created the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship belt). It was also mentioned that Rogers lost to Thesz in a one fall bout; NWA rules specified that the title could only change hands in a two-out-of-three-falls match. Thus, Rogers had not legitimately lost the title.

Eventually, promoters Toots Mondt and McMahon Sr. cleared up Sammartino’s suspension by paying his $500 fine. After many weeks of phone calls with McMahon trying to lure Sammartino back, Sammartino demanded a title match with Rogers.

World Wide Wrestling Federation/World Wrestling Federation[edit]

First World Heavyweight Championship reign (1963–1971)[edit]

Sammartino won the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship on May 17, 1963, defeating “Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers in 48 seconds.[10] After the bell rang, Bruno rushed Rogers, shoved him into the turnbuckles and put Rogers up in a backbreaker. Bruno claims he never heard Rogers give up but heard the ref telling him to put Rogers down. The ref then raised Bruno’s hand to a thunderous uproar of approval from the crowd. Rogers claimed until his dying day that he had suffered a heart attack a week before the match and was dragged out of a hospital to have the match. Sammartino has said (and other wrestlers on the card verify) that all wrestlers were examined and passed by the State Athletic Commission doctor that night as was customary in those days. Sammartino has also pointed out that if Rogers was sick, he never took time off from his schedule after he lost the belt. Others have pointed out that Rogers worked mainly in short tag team matches until his first retirement one year later (he would later return for two brief comebacks, and much later as a manager).[11]

Sammartino and Rogers did face each other two months later at Madison Square Garden in a tag team match, with Rogers and Handsome Johnny Barend defeating Sammartino and Bobo Brazil by 2 falls to 1. Sammartino did not trust Rogers and the two did not work together very much during the match. Rogers pinned Sammartino for the third and deciding fall.

Rogers retired prior to their scheduled title rematch on October 4, 1963, in Jersey City, New Jersey’s Roosevelt Stadium. Sammartino instead that night had his first match against new No. 1 contender, Gorilla Monsoon (Monsoon won by disqualification). Sammartino kept this title for seven years, eight months, and one day.

Sammartino headlined cards that filled both the third and current Madison Square Gardens on a monthly basis. He battled the top bad guys of his time, including Killer Kowalski,[2] Giant Baba, Gene Kiniski,[2] Dr. Bill Miller,[2] Dr. Jerry Graham, Bull Ramos, Hans Mortier, Waldo Von Erich, The Crusher, Johnny Valentine, The Sheik, Freddie Blassie, Curtis Iaukea, Tarzan Tyler, Bill Watts, Gorilla Monsoon, Professor Toru Tanaka, “Handsome” Johnny Barend, Spiros Arion, Oscar “Crusher” Verdu, Ernie “The Big Cat” Ladd, John Tolos, The Kentucky Butcher, and George “The Animal” Steele.

On January 18, 1971, Sammartino lost the championship at Madison Square Garden to Ivan Koloff.[12] After the pin, Koloff slowly walked across the ring while the ref raised his hand three times, and the announcer came into the ring with the championship belt; however, fearful of a riot, he did not present it to Koloff. Koloff left the ring while Sammartino stayed inside to keep the crowd’s attention off Koloff. As Sammartino left the ring, people started crying. Three weeks later, Pedro Morales beat Koloff to win the title, and Sammartino congratulated the new champion as he was announced.

Meanwhile, on January 14, 1972, Sammartino returned to Los Angeles for the first time in five years to participate in a 22-man battle royal, which included competitors such as Rocky Johnson, Mil Máscaras, John Tolos, Haystacks Calhoun, and Ripper Collins. The final two men left in the ring were Collins and Sammartino. After brawling for about five minutes, they noticed that they were the only ones left. After Sammartino bodyslammed Collins several times, he then applied the bearhug. Collins submitted and Sammartino was the $11,000 winner of the third annual Olympic battle royal. This battle royal marked the first time that The Wrestler, an “Apter Mag”, had fans vote on “Match of the Year“, which it won.

Later in 1972, Sammartino was asked back by McMahon Sr. to regain the title. After refusing McMahon’s initial offer, Sammartino was offered a percentage of all the gates when he wrestled and a decreased work schedule that only included major arenas. Soon after, Sammartino and then champion Pedro Morales teamed up for a series of tag team matches. In a televised match, Professor Tanaka blinded both men with salt and they were maneuvered into fighting each other. When their eyes cleared, they kept fighting each other. Two weeks later, all syndicated wrestling shows in the WWWF showed a clip of Sammartino and Morales signing a contract for a title match at Shea Stadium. When McMahon gestured for them to shake hands, both wordlessly turned and walked away. On September 1, 1972, Sammartino and Morales wrestled to a 65-minute draw at Shea Stadium in New York.[13]

Second World Heavyweight Championship reign (1973–1977)[edit]

Sammartino signing an autograph in August 1974 for bodybuilder Kathy Segal, who later won the Ms. International

Eventually, on December 10, 1973, Sammartino regained the WWWF Heavyweight Championship by defeating Stan Stasiak, who had won the title from Pedro Morales nine days earlier in Philadelphia. In his second reign, Bruno defeated contenders such as John Tolos, Bruiser Brody, Spiros Arion, Ken Patera, Bugsy McGraw, Freddie Blassie, Baron von Raschke, Waldo Von Erich, Ivan Koloff, Superstar Billy Graham, Don Leo Jonathan, Angelo Mosca, Ernie “The Cat” Ladd, George Steele. Big Bob Duncum, and Nikolai Volkoff. He also encountered old foes Killer Kowalski and George “The Animal” Steele. His second title run lasted three years, four months, and twenty days. On November 5, 1975, Sammartino was also a guest on Tomorrow with Tom Snyder.

During this time, on April 26, 1976, Sammartino suffered a legitimate neck fracture in a match against Stan Hansen at Madison Square Garden, when Hansen improperly executed a body slam and dropped Sammartino on his head. He managed to wrestle for an additional 15 minutes and did the planned finish of a stoppage due to blood. After two months, Sammartino returned and faced Hansen in a rematch on June 25, 1976 at Shea Stadium, which was on the closed circuit TV undercard of the Ali vs. Antonio Inoki match for WWWF cities. The match was rated 1976 “Match of the Year” by a number of wrestling magazines. Subsequently, after a chance to recover and train, Sammartino scored decisive steel cage match wins over Hansen around the WWWF circuit.

In early 1977, after suffering the broken neck and many other ailments, Sammartino informed McMahon Sr. that he was done with his second title reign, which ended in Baltimore on April 30, 1977, when he was defeated by Superstar Billy Graham.[14] In a controversial ending, Graham had both feet braced on the ropes (which is illegal in professional wrestling) while successfully pinning Sammartino.

Later career and initial retirement (1978–1981)[edit]

Despite a very long series of rematches against Graham, Sammartino was unable to regain the title. His final attempt was in Philadelphia, just a few days before Graham was scheduled to lose the title to Bob Backlund. The Philly match was the only documented instance of Sammartino losing a steel cage match, as he lost by accidentally knocking a bloody and battered Graham through the cage door.

After his second reign ended, Sammartino leisurely toured the U.S. and the world. He wrestled then NWA World Heavyweight Champion Harley Race to a one-hour draw in St. Louis. He also wrestled and defeated Blackjack Mulligan, Lord Alfred Hayes, Dick Murdoch, Kenji Shibuya, and “Crippler” Ray Stevens. Also during this time, Sammartino began serving as color commentator for the WWF’s syndicated programs, WWF Championship Wrestling and WWF All-Star Wrestling.

On January 22, 1980, his former student Larry Zbyszko turned on him at the World Wrestling Federation‘s Championship Wrestling show. Sammartino, shocked and hurt by Zbyszko’s betrayal, vowed to make Zbyszko pay dearly. Their feud culminated on August 9, 1980, in front of 36,295 fans at Shea Stadium.[15] As the main event of 1980’s Showdown at Shea, Sammartino defeated Zbyszko inside a steel cage.[15] In his autobiography, Hulk Hogan claimed that his match with André the Giant was the real reason for the huge draw at Shea Stadium; however, the feud between Sammartino and Zbyszko sold out everywhere in the build-up to the show. In contrast, Hogan and André headlined exactly one card in White Plains, New York before they wrestled at Shea, and they drew a paltry 1,200 in a building that held 3,500.[16]

Sammartino retired from North American wrestling full-time in 1981, in a match that opened the Meadowlands Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Sammartino pinned George “The Animal” Steele in his match. Sammartino then finished up his full-time career by touring Japan.

Return to WWF (1984–1988)[edit]

It was during this time Sammartino found out through Angelo Savoldi, a recently fired office employee of Capitol Wrestling Corporation, that he had been cheated by Vince McMahon Sr. on the promised gate percentages for his entire second title run. Sammartino filed suit against McMahon and his Capitol Wrestling Corporation.[17] The suit was eventually settled out of court by McMahon’s son, Vince McMahon after his father had died. Part of the settlement included Sammartino returning to do color commentary on WWF television in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars for what amounted to nineteen days of work.

At the inaugural WrestleMania at a sold out Madison Square Garden in 1985, Sammartino was in his son David‘s corner for his match against Brutus Beefcake. The match ended in a double-disqualification after the Sammartinos began brawling with Beefcake and his manager Johnny Valiant. He returned to in ring action soon after with his son, as they wrestled against Beefcake and Valiant at Madison Square Garden. The Sammartinos also teamed against “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff and Bobby “The Brain” Heenan in various arenas. Despite being in his early-50’s, Sammartino frequently proved to be in much better physical shape than his opponents, often leaving them “blown up” by the middle of the match.

Sammartino’s highest-profile feud during this run was with “Macho Man” Randy Savage. An irate Sammartino attacked Savage during a TV interview, after Savage bragged about injuring Ricky Steamboat, by driving the timekeeper’s bell into Steamboat’s throat during a televised match. Sammartino defeated Savage in a lumberjack match for the WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship via disqualification at the Boston Garden.[18] This allowed Savage to keep the championship belt, as titles cannot change hands via countout or disqualification. He was often teamed with Tito Santana and his old enemy George “The Animal” Steele (who was a fan favorite at this point in his career) to wrestle Savage and “Adorable” Adrian Adonis. The climax of their feud came was a victory for Sammartino and Santana in a steel cage match in Madison Square Garden.

Sammartino also engaged in a feud with “Rowdy” Roddy Piper after Piper insulted his heritage on a segment of Piper’s Pit at Madison Square Garden. Sammartino faced Piper in both singles and tag team matches. Sammartino teamed with Paul Orndorff in his matches against Piper, while Piper would tag with his “bodyguard”, Ace “Cowboy” Bob Orton. Sammartino would eventually get the upper hand in the feud, by defeating Piper in a steel cage match at the Boston Garden.

In 1986, Sammartino competed in a 20-man battle royal at WrestleMania 2 at the Rosemont Horizon in Chicago. The battle royal featured not only professional wrestlers, but also professional football players, and Sammartino was eliminated by Killer Kowalski protege Big John Studd. Later on in 1987, Sammartino teamed up with Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Santana in a six-man elimination tag team match against The Hart Foundation and then Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion The Honky Tonk Man. Sammartino was the sole survivor of the match pinning the Honky Tonk Man for the win.

Sammartino’s final WWF match saw him teaming up with Hulk Hogan to defeat King Kong Bundy and One Man Gang. Sammartino continued doing commentary on Superstars of Wrestling until March 1988.

Post-WWF career (1988–2013)[edit]

After leaving the WWF, Sammartino was an outspoken critic of the path McMahon has taken professional wrestling, particularly in the use of steroids, other illicit drugs and borderline obscene wrestling angles. In the last stage of his career, he refused to travel with the younger wrestlers for fear of being stopped in a vehicle containing drugs. McMahon provided wrestler-turned-road-agent Chief Jay Strongbow as a travel partner. He appeared in the media in opposition to the WWE on such shows as The Phil Donahue Show, Geraldo and CNN.

Sammartino began doing commentary for Herb Abrams’ upstart Universal Wrestling Federation (UWF) as it attempted to go national and compete with the WWF, the NWA, and World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW).

On October 28, 1989, Sammartino made a special appearance at the NWA pay-per-view event Halloween Havoc, where he was the special guest referee in a “Thunderdome” cage match which featured Ric Flair and Sting taking on Terry Funk and The Great Muta. Sammartino ended up exchanging blows with Muta at the end of the match and ran him off. Sammartino also worked several World Championship Wrestling (WCW) events in a minor analysis role in the early 1990s, as well as a brief run doing color commentary with Jim Ross on Saturday Night in 1992.

In 2006, he signed an independent deal with Jakks Pacific to produce an action figure, which is part of the WWE Classic Superstars line, Series 10.[19]

On March 25, 2010, Sammartino was honored at the 74th annual Dapper Dan Dinner, a popular awards and charity fundraising event in Pittsburgh, with a lifetime achievement award, for which fellow former Studio Wrestling personalities Bill Cardille, “Jumping” Johnny De Fazio, Dominic DeNucci, Frank Durso, and referee Andy “Kid” DePaul were all present.[20]

On October 8, 2011 Sammartino briefly returned to the professional wrestling scene as a special guest when he joined a wrestling show held in his honor by Adriatic Wrestling League, an Italian pro-wrestling promotion.

WWE Hall of Famer (2013–2018)[edit]

Sammartino with Triple H at WrestleMania Axxess in April 2014, unveiling a statue created in Sammartino’s image and honor

In 2013, Sammartino accepted an invitation for induction into the WWE Hall of Fame, after having declined several times in prior years. He finally accepted the offer to join because he was satisfied with the way the company had addressed his concerns about the direction of the business.[21] The ceremony took place at Madison Square Garden on April 6, 2013, and Sammartino was inducted by Arnold Schwarzenegger.[22]

Sammartino appeared on the October 7, 2013, episode of Raw and received a birthday greeting in his hometown of Pittsburgh.[23] On March 28, 2015, Sammartino inducted Larry Zbyszko into the WWE Hall of Fame.[24]

Backstage incidents[edit]

In the late 1960s, Sammartino was involved in a fight with former Pennsylvania Athletic Commissioner Joe Cimino. Cimino was new to his post and intervened in a match finish involving Sammartino, who took a shot at Cimino in the ring and the argument continued backstage. Sammartino ended up in a screaming match with Cimino on Pittsburgh’s local Studio Wrestling program, and Cimino suspended him for a month. Sam Muchnick mentioned the incident in his book, Wrestling Babylon.[25]

In his autobiography, The Cowboy and the Cross: The Bill Watts Story: Rebellion, Wrestling and Redemption,[26] Bill Watts told of witnessing a backstage incident between Sammartino and Gorilla Monsoon. Watts wrote that Monsoon “soon found himself in deep water” when messing with Sammartino, and he did not go into further detail on the incident out of respect for Monsoon.

On July 26, 2004, Sammartino and Ric Flair were involved in the “Who snubbed who?” non-confrontation at the Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh. Flair had denigrated Sammartino’s wrestling ability in his book To Be the Man.[27] Flair said Sammartino refused to shake his hand at the event, while Sammartino said Flair saw him coming down the hall, turned, and rushed away.

Other media[edit]

Sammartino is included in two DVDs summarizing his career and life: Bruno Returns to Italy With Bruno Sammartino (2006) and Bruno Sammartino: Behind the Championship Belt (2006). Both were only released in Pittsburgh. Sammartino is honored on the Madison Square Garden walk of fame.

On March 24, 2007, Sammartino received the Key to the City in Franklin, Pennsylvania as part of IWC’s Night of Legends 3. On April 6, 2013, he received the Key to the City in Jersey City, New Jersey. May 17, 2013 was declared “Bruno Sammartino Day” in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. In 2013, Sammartino appeared as one of the Board of Governors in the nationally televised 69th Annual Columbus Day Parade. Later on in the event, Sammartino arm wrestled Grand Marshal Joseph Perella in a losing effort.

Sammartino appeared in the WWE 2K14 video game as a downloadable character.[28]

Personal life[edit]

Sammartino has been married to his wife Carol since 1959 and they have three sons, David, and fraternal twins, Danny and Darryl. They are also grandparents of four grandchildren. He and his wife have lived in Ross Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh since 1965.[7] In 1998, he said he had been estranged from David since retiring from wrestling against David’s wishes for a tag team.[29]

Sammartino died on April 18, 2018 at the age of 82.

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Sammartino was inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum in 2002

Sammartino was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013

Sammartino received a WWE Bronze Statue in 2014

Liv Morgan

Liv Morgan

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Morgan in April 2017
Birth name Gionna Jene Daddio
Born (1994-06-08) June 8, 1994 (age 23)
Paramus, New Jersey,
United States
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Gionna Daddio[1]
Liv Morgan[2]
Marley[3]
Billed height 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)[4]
Billed weight 110 lb (50 kg)[5]
Billed from Elmwood Park, New Jersey[4]
Trained by WWE Performance Center[6]
Debut June 25, 2015[5]

Gionna Jene Daddio (born June 8, 1994)[5] is an American professional wrestler currently signed to WWE, where she performs on the Raw brand under the ring name Liv Morgan 1/3 of the Riot Squad stable.

Early life[edit]

Daddio was born in Paramus, New Jersey.[5] She grew up in Elmwood Park, New Jersey and attended Henry P. Becton Regional High School in East Rutherford,NJ. She has four older brothers and a sister, and following the death of her father, Daddio’s mother was a single parent raising six children.[7] Daddio is a longtime fan of professional wrestling, and would participate in backyard wrestling with her siblings.[7] Daddio described the matches as core to start her foray into wrestling, saying:

“I would literally take pedigrees and powerbombs like it was my job. I always pretended to be Lita. All the Divas were so glamorous and girly, and I was such a tomboy and didn’t have nice clothes. When I saw Lita come out in baggy pants and sneakers, wrestling the boys, I thought she was the coolest thing ever. I related to her.”[7]

Daddio is a former competitive cheerleader,[4] and she previously worked and modeled for the restaurant chain Hooters.[6][8]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

WWE[edit]

NXT (2014–2017)[edit]

In 2014, after being discovered at the Joe DeFranco’s gym in Wyckoff, New Jersey,[7] Daddio signed a contract with WWE, assigning her to their developmental territory, NXT in October 2014.[6] She made her first televised appearance at the NXT TakeOver: Rival event on February 11, 2015, as a planted fan, who jumped on Tyler Breeze during his ring entrance.[9] She later appeared at NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable on May 20, again as part of Breeze’s entrance.[10] In October 2015, she briefly worked under the ring name Marley,[3] debuting on the November 4 episode of NXT, where she worked as a jobber losing to Eva Marie.[11]

On the December 2, 2015 episode of NXT, Daddio made her return under the new moniker Liv Morgan, losing to Emma.[2] On the January 13, 2016 episode of NXT, Morgan competed in a battle royal to determine the number one contender to Bayley‘s NXT Women’s Championship, which was won by Carmella.[12] On the August 17, 2016 episode of NXT, she competed in a six-woman tag team match, along with Carmella, and Nikki Glencross, in which they defeated Daria Berenato, Mandy Rose and Alexa Bliss.[13]

On the August 31 episode of NXT, Morgan picked up her first televised singles win, defeating Aliyah.[14] On the September 14 episode of NXT, Morgan defeated Rachel Fazio in singles competition via submission, and would issue a challenge to the NXT Women’s Champion Asuka.[15] The following week, however, Morgan was submitted by Asuka in under a minute, and would afterwards begin a rivalry with Billie Kay and Peyton Royce, with both women confronting her following her match, leading to match between Morgan and Kay two weeks later, with Kay picking up the victory after interference by Royce.[16] On the October 26 episode of NXT, she interrupted a match between Kay and Aliyah by attacking Royce, causing a distraction that allowed Aliyah to defeat Kay.[17] Morgan went on to compete against Royce on the November 16 episode of NXT, which ended in a disqualification after Kay interfered in the match, attacking Morgan and Aliyah until Ember Moon made the save.[18] The three would face off in a six-person tag team match against Kay, Royce, and Daria Berenato on the November 23 episode of NXT, with Morgan’s team coming out victorious.[19] On the May 3, 2017 episode of NXT, Morgan competed in a number one contender’s battle royal, where she eliminated Sarah Bridges, before being eliminated by Nikki Cross.

After a four month hiatus, on the September 27 episode of NXT, Morgan defeated Vanessa Borne by pinfall. On October 11 episode of NXT, Morgan competed in a Triple Threat match against Cross and Royce, in which Morgan failed to enter a fatal four-way match for the NXT Women’s Championship at NXT TakeOver: WarGames.

Riott Squad (2017–present)[edit]

On the November 21, 2017 episode of SmackDown, Morgan made her main roster debut along with Ruby Riott and Sarah Logan as heels, attacking both Becky Lynch and Naomi. On the same night, they interrupted a match between SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair and Natalya, then proceeded to attack both of them.[20] The following week on SmackDown, The Riott Squad made their in-ring main roster debut, defeating Charlotte Flair, Natalya and Naomi in a six-woman tag team match, with Riott pinning Flair. On the first SmackDown of 2018, all the members of The Riott Squad confirmed themselves for the 2018 Royal Rumble.[21] On the January 16th episode of SmackDown, The Riott Squad defeated the team of Charlotte Flair , Becky Lynch and Naomi with Liv Morgan picking up the win for her team by pinning Naomi. The following week, she was defeated by Naomi in a singles match. At the Royal Rumble 2018 event, Liv entered at Number 11 before she was eliminated by Michelle McCool. During the 2018 Superstar Shake-Up, the Riott Squad was drafted to Raw and caused the match between Bayley and Sasha Banks to end in a no-contest.

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Charlotte Flair

Charlotte Flair

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Flair in March 2015
Birth name Ashley Elizabeth Fliehr [1]
Born (1986-04-05) April 5, 1986 (age 32)[2]
Charlotte, North Carolina, United States[2]
Residence Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.
Alma mater North Carolina State University[2]
Spouse(s) Riki Johnson (m. 2010; div. 2011)
Thomas Lattimer (m. 2013; div. 2015)
Parent(s) Ric Flair
Elizabeth Harrell
Relatives David Flair (half-brother)[3]
Reid Flair (brother)[4]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Ashley Flair[3][5]
Charlotte[6]
Charlotte Flair[7]
Billed height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[7]
Billed weight 144 lb (65 kg)
Billed from The Queen City[7]
Trained by Lodi[8]
Sara Del Rey[9]
Debut July 3, 2013[10]

Ashley Elizabeth Fliehr[11][12] (born April 5, 1986) is an American professional wrestler, author, and actress currently signed to WWE, where she performs on the SmackDown brand under the ring name Charlotte Flair and is the current and longest-reigning SmackDown Women’s Champion in her first reign.[7] A second generation professional wrestler, she is the daughter of two time Hall of Famer Ric Flair.[7][3][4]

As a teenager, Flair appeared alongside her father in World Championship Wrestling. In 2012, she began training with WWE, debuting in its developmental brand NXT in 2013.[10] In 2014, she won the NXT Women’s Championship[13] and was named “Rookie of the Year” by Pro Wrestling Illustrated.[14]

Flair was promoted to WWE’s main roster in 2015, quickly winning the WWE Divas Championship. In 2016, she was crowned the inaugural WWE (Raw) Women’s Champion.[15][16] Her match against Sasha Banks at Hell in a Cell in October 2016 was the first match featuring women to headline a WWE pay-per-view event.[17] Together in 2016, they also main evented Raw in a singles match in October and November 2016, the first for a women’s match since 2004,[18][19] and became the first women to win the PWI award for “Feud of the Year“.[20] They also set the new record for a WWE women’s match at Roadblock: End of the Line in December 2016 at over 34 minutes.[21] Pro Wrestling Illustrated named Flair both “Woman of the Year” and the world’s top female professional wrestler for 2016.[22] Flair is an overall six-time champion since making her main roster debut, and is the only wrestler to have held the three currently active WWE women’s titles, the NXT Women’s, Raw Women’s, and SmackDown Women’s championships, as well as the retired Divas Championship.[23]

Early life[edit]

Flair was born in Charlotte, North Carolina to Ric Flair and his then-wife Elizabeth.[24] She has an older half-sister, Megan, and an older half-brother, David, while her younger brother Reid died in March 2013.[4] Flair holds two NCHSAA 4 A-State championships for volleyball during her time at Providence High School, including being a team captain and player of the year from 2004–2005.[25] She attended Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, playing volleyball in the 2005 and 2006 seasons,[26] before transferring to North Carolina State University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in public relations in Spring 2008, while also being a certified personal trainer prior to becoming a wrestler.[2]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

World Championship Wrestling (2000)[edit]

Flair made her first appearances in professional wrestling at the age of 13, appearing with her father in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) as “Ashley Flair” during his feud with Vince Russo and her half-brother David. On the May 15, 2000 episode of Monday Nitro, Flair appeared in a vignette in which Russo, David and Daffney invaded the Flair family home until being confronted by Flair, her mother Beth, and her brother Reid.[27] At The Great American Bash on June 11, 2000, Flair was at ringside for a retirement match between Ric and David. After Russo attempted to interfere in the match on David’s behalf, she and her brother Reid attacked him and handcuffed him, enabling their father to go on to defeat David.[3] On the following evening’s episode of Monday Nitro, David and Russo faced Ric in a handicap match with the Flair family once again at ringside. Flair attempted to interfere on her father’s behalf, but was restrained by R&B Security, Russo’s henchmen, allowing David and Russo to defeat Ric and partially shave his head.[5]

WWE[edit]

NXT (2012–2015)[edit]

On May 17, 2012, Flair signed a developmental contract with WWE. She trained under Lodi in North Carolina before joining NXT, the WWE developmental territory, in Tampa, Florida.[8][28] Her trainers in NXT included Sara Del Rey.[9] Fliehr adopted the ring name Charlotte, and had her first televised singles match on the July 17, 2013 episode of NXT, where she defeated Bayley.[10]

In late 2013, Charlotte formed a tag team with Bayley, and the two defeated Aksana and Alicia Fox on the September 4 episode of NXT.[29] On the October 10 episode of NXT, Bayley accompanied Charlotte to a match against Santana Garrett, which she won, and during the match, “The BFFs (Beautiful, Fierce Females” (Sasha Banks and Summer Rae) came to the ring and attempted to convince Bayley to join them, to Charlotte’s annoyance.[30] However, on the November 13 episode of NXT, Charlotte attacked Bayley and joined the BFFs, establishing herself as a villainess in the process.[31][32]

Flair in April 2014

After a two-month absence due to a legit injury, Charlotte returned on the January 8, 2014, episode of NXT, and began accompanying Rae and Banks to their matches.[33][34][35] In February, Charlotte confronted and challenged NXT Women’s Champion Paige during an interview with Renee Young.[36][37] Following Rae’s elevation to WWE’s main roster, Charlotte and Banks went on to feud with Bayley, who formed an alliance with Natalya, who defeated Charlotte by disqualification after Banks interfered on the March 27 episode of NXT.[38] On April 6, at WrestleMania 30, she appeared alongside Sasha Banks and Alexa Bliss in Triple H’s entrance in his match against Daniel Bryan. The feud between Charlotte and Paige ended on the April 24 episode of NXT, when Charlotte and Banks defeated Emma and Paige, with Charlotte scoring the pinfall over Paige.[39]

In early May, Charlotte competed in the tournament for the vacant NXT Women’s Championship, defeating Emma in the first round, Alexa Bliss in the semi–finals,[40] and Natalya in the final at NXT TakeOver on May 29, to win the NXT Women’s Championship for the first time.[41] After a four-month absence from the show, Summer Rae returned on the June 6 episode of NXT, distracting Bayley and allowing Charlotte to defeat her, after which the BFFs attempted to attack Bayley, only to be chased away by Emma and the returning Paige.[42] The altercation prompted a six-woman tag team match on the June 12 episode of NXT, which the BFFs lost after Bayley pinned Charlotte.[43] On the July 3 episode of NXT, Charlotte got a measure of retribution over Bayley in a tag team match, where she and Banks defeated Bayley and Becky Lynch, only for Charlotte to leave Banks after the match to get attacked by Bayley, with Banks officially disbanding the BFFs in a backstage segment later that night.[44]

Flair wrestling Sasha Banks during a live event in March 2015

On the July 24 episode of NXT, Charlotte successfully defended the women’s championship against Summer Rae.[45] Charlotte then went on to defeat Bayley on at NXT TakeOver: Fatal 4-Way on September 11 to retain the championship, after which she stopped Banks from attacking Bayley afterwards,[46] and after defeating Bayley in a rematch on October 2 episode of NXT, she raised Bayley’s arm before they shared a hug and shook hands, thus turning Charlotte back into a fan favorite character.[47] Following this, Charlotte and Bayley feuded with Banks and her partner Becky Lynch throughout the following several weeks.[48] Charlotte made her first appearance on WWE’s main roster on the Slammy Awards special episode of Raw on December 8, where she lost to Natalya in a non-title match.[49] Charlotte retained the NXT Women’s Championship against Banks at NXT TakeOver: R Evolution on December 11,[50] and in rematches that took place on the December 25[51] and the January 21, 2015 episodes of NXT, respectively.[52] At NXT TakeOver: Rival on February 11, Charlotte dropped the championship to Banks in a fatal four-way match that also involved Bayley and Becky Lynch, ending her reign at 258 days.[53] She failed to regain the championship in a rematch against Banks that took place on the March 4 episode of NXT.[54]

At NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable on May 20, Charlotte teamed up with Bayley to defeat Emma and Dana Brooke.[55] After defeating Emma and Brooke again on the July 8 episode of NXT, this time teaming with her rival Sasha Banks, Charlotte challenged Banks to an NXT Women’s Championship match, which Banks accepted.[56] They had their championship match the following week on the July 15 episode of NXT, in which Banks retained the championship, and afterwards the two shared a hug and Banks raised Charlotte’s hand as a sign of respect.[57]

Women’s Revolution (2015–2016)[edit]

On the July 13 episode of Raw, Stephanie McMahon called for a “revolution” in the Divas division, subsequently introducing Charlotte, Becky Lynch, and Sasha Banks as members of the main roster. Charlotte and Lynch allied with Paige, who was engaged in a feud with Team Bella (Alicia Fox and The Bella Twins), while Banks allied with Tamina and Naomi, starting a rivalry between the three teams.[58] The trio of Charlotte, Lynch, and Paige was dubbed Team PCB after the first name initials of each wrestler.[59] On July 19 at Battleground, Charlotte defeated Banks and Brie Bella in a triple threat match in her WWE pay-per-view debut.[60][61][62] The three teams would ultimately face off at SummerSlam in a three team elimination match, which Charlotte’s team won after Lynch pinned Brie Bella.[63] On the August 31 episode of Raw, Charlotte overcame fellow Team PCB members’ records in the first ever Divas Beat the Clock challenge, and was named the new number one contender to Nikki Bella‘s Divas Championship.[64] Her title match against Nikki Bella, initially advertised for Night of Champions,[65] took place on the September 14 episode of Raw, so Charlotte could stop Bella from surpassing AJ Lee‘s record and becoming the longest-reigning Divas Champion.[66] Charlotte won the match by disqualification after she pinned Brie due to the twins switching places, causing Nikki to retain her title.[67] On September 20 at Night of Champions, Charlotte defeated Nikki in a rematch to win the Divas Championship for the first time.[68] During Charlotte’s celebration the following night on Raw, Paige cut a worked shoot promo and turned on her Charlotte and Lynch, berating them and the Divas division.[69] Throughout October, Paige appeared to have reconciled with Lynch and Charlotte.[70][71] Paige cemented her departure from the team by attacking both Charlotte and Lynch the night after Charlotte successfully retained her championship against Nikki at Hell in a Cell.[72][73] Charlotte successfully defended her title against Paige on three different occasions, at Survivor Series on November 22,[74][75][76][77][78] in a rematch the following night on Raw,[79] and at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs on December 13.[80]

On the November 30 episode of Raw, Charlotte began displaying villainous traits after defeating Lynch by feigning a leg injury, followed by a distraction provided by her father.[81] Throughout December, the relationship between Charlotte and Lynch continued to strain,[82][83][84][85][86] and after losing to her on the January 4, 2016 episode Raw, Charlotte attacked Lynch and solidified her villainous turn in the process.[87][88] Charlotte successfully retained the Divas Championship against Lynch with help from her father three days later on SmackDown,[89] and at the Royal Rumble on January 24.[90] On the February 1 episode of Raw, Charlotte lost to Brie Bella in a non-title match.[91] The two later competed in title match at Fastlane on February 21, where Charlotte successfully retained the title.[92] She also retained the title against Natalya at Roadblock on March 12.[93] On March 3, Charlotte caused a number one contender’s match between Lynch and Banks to end in a no contest after Charlotte attacked both competitors.[94] As a result, a triple threat match between Charlotte, Banks and Lynch for the Divas Championship was scheduled for WrestleMania 32.[95][96] At the event on April 3, it was announced that the three women would compete for the new WWE Women’s Championship, which replaced the Divas Championship.[97] Later that night, Charlotte defeated Banks and Lynch to become the inaugural champion in her WrestleMania debut.[98][99]

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

Flair with the then-WWE Women’s Championship the night after WrestleMania at Raw in April 2016

Following WrestleMania 32, Charlotte began a feud with Natalya, successfully defending the title against her on the April 11 episode of Raw.[100][101] Due the disqualification ending, a rematch took place at Payback on May 1,[102] where she defeated Natalya after referee Charles Robinson ended the match as Charlotte held Natalya in the Sharpshooter, even though Natalya had not submitted, making reference to the infamous “shoot screwjob” the Montreal Screwjob.[103] After the match, both Natalya and Bret Hart, who was in Natalya’s corner, applied the Sharpshooter on Charlotte and Ric Flair.[104] At Extreme Rules on May 22, Charlotte retained her title against Natalya in a submission match after a distraction provided by Dana Brooke dressed as Flair.[105] The following night on Raw, Charlotte turned on her father by claiming she no longer needed him, further aligning herself with Brooke.[106] At Money in the Bank on June 19, Charlotte and Brooke defeated Natalya and Lynch in a tag team match.[107] On the June 20 episode of Raw, Charlotte retained her title over Paige with help of Brooke, with the two attacking Paige after the match, which ended with Banks making the save.[108] This led to a tag team match the following week, where Banks and Paige scored the victory.[109] On July 24 at Battleground,[110] Charlotte and Brooke were defeated by Banks and the debuting Bayley.[111]

After being drafted to the Raw brand as part of the 2016 WWE draft on July 19,[112][113] Charlotte made her first appearance for the brand on the July 25 episode of Raw, where she lost the WWE Women’s Championship to Sasha Banks, ending her reign at 113 days.[114] On August 21 at SummerSlam, Charlotte competed against Banks in a rematch for the title, in which Flair was victorious, thus becoming a two-time champion.[115][116] At Clash of Champions on September 25, Charlotte retained the title – which had been renamed Raw Women’s Championship after the creation of the SmackDown Women’s Championship[16][117] – in a triple threat match against Banks and Bayley.[118] However, Charlotte dropped the title to Banks once again in the main event of the October 3 episode of Raw.[119] Around this time, Charlotte began going by the ring name Charlotte Flair.[120] At Hell in a Cell on October 30, Flair regained the title from Banks in the first women’s Hell in a Cell match to become a three-time champion.[17] This was also the first time a women’s match was the last match on a WWE pay-per-view.[121] The following night on Raw, Flair was revealed as captain of Team Raw for Survivor Series on November 20, where Team Raw defeated Team SmackDown with Flair and Bayley being the survivors for Team Raw.[122] On the November 28 episode of Raw, Flair competed against Banks in a Falls Count Anywhere match, where Banks defeated Flair for the title, after which Ric Flair came out and celebrated with Banks.[123] A 30-minute Iron Man match between the two was scheduled for Roadblock: End of the Line on December 18,[124] which resulted in a 2–2 draw, but Flair defeated Banks 3–2 in sudden death overtime, becoming a record four-time Raw Women’s Champion as well as ending their long-time feud since it was stipulated that Banks could not invoke her rematch clause.[125][126]

At Royal Rumble on January 29, 2017, Flair successfully retained the title over Bayley in singles competition.[127][128] On the February 13 episode of Raw, Flair dropped the title to Bayley in the main event.[129] She later failed to regain the title in a rematch against Bayley at Fastlane on March 5,[130] marking her first pay-per-view singles match loss after 16 singles victories.[131][132][133] At WrestleMania 33 on April 2, Flair competed in a four-way elimination match against Bayley, Banks and Nia Jax, where Bayley retained the title.[134] On the April 10 episode of Raw, Flair was defeated by Jax in her final match for the brand.[135]

SmackDown Women’s Champion (2017–present)[edit]

On April 11, Flair made her debut on SmackDown Live after she was traded to the SmackDown brand as part of the Superstar Shake-up.[136] The following week on SmackDown Live, after defeating Naomi in a non-title match[137] she was granted a match for the SmackDown Women’s Championship, which ended in a no contest after an interference by Natalya, Carmella and Tamina.[138] This match made Flair the first woman in WWE history to compete in the main events of Raw, SmackDown Live and a pay-per-view.[139] On the May 2 episode of SmackDown Live, Flair began to transition into a fan favorite after she was attacked backstage by Carmella, Natalya and Tamina, later unsuccessfully competing against the former two alongside Naomi in a tag team match.[140] Flair cemented her change of character on May 21 at Backlash, where she teamed with Naomi and Becky Lynch in a losing effort against Natalya, Tamina and Carmella.[141] On June 18 at Money in the Bank, Flair competed in the inaugural women’s Money in the Bank ladder match, which was won by Carmella, due to outside interference by James Ellsworth.[142] On July 23 at Battleground, Flair competed in a five–way elimination match to determine the number one contender for the SmackDown Women’s Championship, in which she was pinned by Natalya, who won the match as a result.[143]

After an almost two–month hiatus due to her father’s legitimate health condition, Flair returned on the September 19 episode SmackDown Live, thanking the WWE Universe for her family’s support and later that night in the main event defeating Lynch, Naomi and Tamina in a fatal four-way match to become the number one contender to the SmackDown Women’s Championship on October 8 at Hell in a Cell,[144] where she defeated Natalya by disqualification and thus did not win the title.[145] However, Flair received her rematch and defeated Natalya to win the championship in her hometown on the November 14 episode of SmackDown Live, becoming the first ever wrestler to win the Divas, NXT, Raw and SmackDown Women’s titles.[146] With the win, Flair replaced Natalya in the interbrand champion vs. champion match against Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss on November 19 at Survivor Series which Flair won.[147] At Clash of Champions, Flair retained her championship against Natalya in a lumberjack match. At Fastlane, Charlotte retained the SmackDown Women’s Championship against Ruby Riott. After the match, inaugural women’s Royal Rumble winner Asuka came to confront her and pointed towards the WrestleMania sign, confirming their match at WrestleMania 34 for the Smackdown Women’s Championship. At the event, Flair would submit Asuka to retain her championship, thus ending Asuka’s undefeated streak at 914 days. After the match, Flair was endorsed by Asuka.

Other media[edit]

Flair appeared in the January 2016 issue of Muscle & Fitness.[148]

Flair appeared in two games, her video game debut as a playable character in WWE 2K17, and WWE 2K18.[149]

On July 5, 2017, Charlotte announced that she would be in Psych: The Movie as Heather Rockrear.[150]

In September 2017, Charlotte published Second Nature: The Legacy of Ric Flair and the Rise of Charlotte, which she co-wrote with her father and Brian Shields, author of the WWE Encyclopedia.

Flair ranked 29th out of 50 in the 2017 Sports Illustrated fittest woman athletes of the year.[151]

Personal life[edit]

Flair was arrested on September 5, 2008 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina for assaulting a police officer after a fight involving Flair, her then-boyfriend, and her father. She pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and was sentenced to 45 days in jail, which was suspended to supervised probation and a $200 fine.[152]

She married Riki Johnson in May 2010 and they divorced in 2011.[153][154] In Second Nature, a joint biography of her and her father released in late 2017, she revealed that she left Johnson after having been the victim of multiple domestic assaults.[155] In 2013, Flair was married a second time to Thomas Latimer, better known by his ring name Bram.[156][unreliable source?] Their divorce was finalized on October 29, 2015, in the state of Florida.[157]

Flair has multiple tattoos, including two hearts above her waistline, a heart on her left wrist, a quote from the Bible on the left side of her torso, that reads “guard your heart above all else, for it will determine the course of your life”, a cross on the right side of her torso, and a quote on her right forearm, reading “a little patience…”, from the Guns N’ Roses song “Patience“. The latter two are tributes to her late brother, Reid Flair.[158]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Psych: The Movie Heather Rockrear Television Movie

In wrestling[edit]

Charlotte being accompanied by her father at WrestleMania 32

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Flair is a seven-time champion in WWE, holding the Divas Championship once (left), the Raw Women’s Championship four times (right), and the SmackDown Women’s Championship once

1 Charlotte Flair’s first reign was when the championship was called the WWE Women’s Championship.[188] As a result of the 2016 brand extension draft, which happened during her first reign, the title became exclusive to Raw.[113] It was renamed to Raw Women’s Championship during her second reign after SmackDown created the SmackDown Women’s Championship.[16]

A TRIBUTE TO…Johnny Valiant

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Johnny Valiant

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Johnny Valiant
Birth name Thomas Sullivan
Born (1946-11-25)November 25, 1946[1]
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.[1]
Died April 4, 2018(2018-04-04) (aged 71)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.[2]
Residence Queens, New York[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Johnny Valiant[1]
Luscious Johnny V[1]
John L. Sullivan[1]
Billed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[1]
Billed weight 245 lb (111 kg)[1]
Billed from New York, New York[1]
Trained by Al Costello[1]
Debut 1967[1]

John L. Sullivan (born Thomas Sullivan;[1] November 25, 1946 – April 4, 2018) was an American professional wrestler and manager, better known by his ring name, Johnny Valiant. He competed in the World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF), which became the World Wrestling Federation during his time with the promotion. He won the World Tag Team Championship two times. The first run (which lasted over a year) was with his first and most famous storyline brother Jimmy Valiant over Tony Garea and Dean Ho on May 8, 1974; his second title run was with his second storyline brother Jerry Valiant over Tony Garea and Larry Zbyszko on March 6, 1979.[3][4]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Sullivan grew up in Pittsburgh’s North Hills suburb, not far from wrestling champion Bruno Sammartino. After asking for advice on how to become a professional wrestler, Sullivan became close friends with Sammartino and began his career in the Detroit territory wrestling, refereeing and working the ring crew for the wrestling villain and promoter, The Sheik. Kangaroo Al Costello trained Sullivan in the mat wars and soon he began traveling the twenty-five regional territories throughout the U.S, Puerto Rico and Canada.[5] From 1969 through 1973, he enjoyed a protracted stint in the WWWF as a mid-card babyface, losing to top-tier heels like Killer Kowalski and Toru Tanaka, but repeatedly holding the Mikel Scicluna to a draw, and regularly defeating low-carders like Angelo Savoldi and Johnny Rodz. On one of his visits to Ontario working for Dave McKigney, Sullivan met Jimmy Valiant. Jimmy took a shine to the young, enthusiastic Sullivan and shortly thereafter, brought him to the World Wrestling Association, where Dick the Bruiser teamed up Sullivan with Jimmy Valiant as the Valiant Brothers.[5] A victory for the WWA tag team titles over Dick the Bruiser and Bruno Sammartino put the name of the Valiant Brothers on the marquee and the Valiants proceeded to have a five-year run.[5][6]

Managerial career[edit]

After he retired from active competition, Valiant went on to a successful career as a manager. He managed Hulk Hogan as a face in the AWA in the early 1980s and soon moved back to the WWF to manage Brutus Beefcake. The pair appeared at the inaugural WrestleMania I event with Beefcake battling David Sammartino (seconded by his father Bruno Sammartino) to a double disqualification after Valiant slammed David on the floor before being attacked by Bruno who threw him into the ring where all four continued the fight. Valiant and Beefcake were also regulars on other WWF television shows including the weekly syndicated WWF Championship Wrestling.

Soon after in May 1985, Valiant and fellow heel manager Jimmy Hart put together The Dream Team with Beefcake teaming with then Intercontinental Champion Greg Valentine. After initially feuding with Tito Santana (who reclaimed the IC title from Valentine in July) and the Junkyard Dog, The Dream Team began to challenge The U.S. Express (Barry Windham and Mike Rotundo) for the WWF World Tag Team championship after Valentine had lost the IC title to Santana in July. On August 24, 1985 at The Spectrum in Philadelphia, Valiant led the Dream Team to the Tag Team championship,[5] when they defeated The U.S. Express after Beefcake rubbed Johnny V’s lit cigar in Windham’s eyes.[3] The Dream Team held on to the title for eight months, facing challenges from teams such as the U.S. Express and The Killer Bees (Jim Brunzell and B. Brian Blair) before losing it to the British Bulldogs (Dynamite Kid and Davey Boy Smith) in the Chicago segment of WrestleMania 2. The Dream Team chased the Bulldogs for the next few months but were unsuccessful in regaining the championship belts.

Johnny V added Dino Bravo to his stable in early 1987. At WrestleMania III in front of 93,173 at the Pontiac Silverdome, Valiant, Valentine and Bravo abandoned Beefcake in the ring after the Dream Team had defeated The Rougeau Brothers (Jacques and Raymond) and The New Dream Team of Valentine and Bravo was born.[7] Not as successful as the first incarnation, this Dream Team had a lengthy feud with the scorned Beefcake, now nicknamed “The Barber”, who cut Johnny V’s hair on an episode of Superstars of Wrestling when an overly confident Luscious had given the New Dream Team the night off.[7] The New Dream Team initially feuded with The Islanders (Haku and Tama) as well as continuing the feud with the Rougeaus. The Dream Team also had a couple of unsuccessful Tag Team Championship matches against then-champions The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart). These matches were unusual for the time as both teams were heels with The Hart Foundation managed by Jimmy Hart.

Also in this stint in the WWF, Johnny V was known to do commentary on matches from time to time (filling in on Wrestling Challenge for fellow heel manager/commentator Bobby “The Brain” Heenan when he had to leave the broadcast booth to manage one of his wrestlers) and introduced the team of Demolition (Ax and Smash before the original Smash (Moondog Rex) was replaced by Barry Darsow due to fans recognizing him as one of The Moondogs). After a few months, Demolition was managed by Mr. Fuji.

One of Valiant’s last appearances as a manager in the WWF was at the 1987 Survivor Series. After this show, Valiant was phased out as manager of the New Dream Team and was then relegated to the role of a wrestler once again, as a jobber to the stars.[8] Valiant left the WWF in March 1988, just before WrestleMania IV, and then returned to the AWA as a manager and led the Destruction Crew (Wayne Bloom and Mike Enos) to the AWA World Tag Team Championship in 1989 (defeating Greg Gagne and Paul Diamond in a tournament final).[4]

After wrestling[edit]

Sullivan went by the moniker of Johnny Valiant as an actor and comedian. He appeared on multiple episodes of The Sopranos and Law & Order.[4] He also had several feature films on his resume. His one-man show “An Evening with Johnny Valiant” garnered critical praise from “Time Out New York,” “The Village Voice” and WBAI Pacifica Radio.[4] He was remarried in 2004 and lived in Queens, New York City.[4]

A documentary and sequel featuring Johnny Valiant, Jimmy Valiant, and indy wrestlers Sky Hosoya and Larry Brisco called “The Absolute Truth About Pro Wrestling (Parts 1 and 2)” was released in 2008.

Death[edit]

Sullivan was struck and killed by a pickup truck in Ross Township, a northern suburb of Pittsburgh, on April 4, 2018. Police are treating it as an accident.[2] Police told local news Sullivan was not in a crosswalk, and the driver of the vehicle remained on the scene.[9]

In wrestling[edit]

  • Wrestlers managed

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Taryn Terrell

Taryn Terrell

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Taryn Terrell
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Terrell in January 2013
Birth name Taryn Nicole Terrell[1]
Born (1985-12-28) December 28, 1985 (age 32)[1]
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States[1]
Residence Tampa, Florida, United States
Spouse(s) Drew Galloway (m. 2010; div. 2011)
Joseph Dryden (m. 2015)
Children 2
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Taryn Terrell[2]
Tiffany[1][3]
Billed height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)[3]
Billed weight 120 lb (54 kg)[3]
Billed from New Orleans, Louisiana[1]
Orlando, Florida
Trained by Dusty Rhodes[4]
Steve Keirn[4]
Tom Prichard[4]
Debut 2007

Taryn Nicole Terrell-Dryden[1] (born December 28, 1985) is an American professional wrestler, ring announcer, referee, model, actress and stunt woman. She is best known for her time with Impact Wrestling, formerly known as Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) under her real name Taryn Terrell and also had short stint in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), where she performed under the ring name Tiffany.[3] She is a former TNA Knockouts Champion, and she holds the record for the longest reign with the title at 279 days. During her time in WWE, she trained at WWE’s then-developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), and served as the final general manager of the now-defunct ECW.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

World Wrestling Entertainment[edit]

Florida Championship Wrestling (2007–2010)[edit]

Tiffany on Raw in 2008

Terrell tried out for the 2007 WWE Diva Search. She made it to the final eight, but was eliminated fourth.[5] In February 2008, WWE signed her to a developmental contract.[6]

Terrell debuted in Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), WWE’s developmental territory, alongside Beverly Mullins, and they competed in various matches together, including lingerie matches. Soon afterwards, Terrell and Mullins drifted apart, leading to Terrell receiving a larger singles wrestling role as she competed against various other FCW Divas, including Mullins (now renamed to Wesley Holiday), Miss Angela, The Bella Twins, Alicia Fox, and Roucka.[1] Terrell made her FCW television debut when she competed in a twist competition, which ended in a no contest. She and Angela were then used as ring announcers. On the March 11, 2008 episode of FCW TV, Terrell teamed up with Nic Nemeth and Brad Allen to defeat The Puerto Rican Nightmares (Eric Pérez, Eddie Colón and Angela Fong).[2] On the August 2, 2008 episode of FCW TV, Terrell teamed up with The Bella Twins to defeat Alicia Fox, Roucka and Daisy and again on August 9, 2008.[1]

Later on, Terrell, now renamed Tiffany, lost her first FCW televised match in a fatal four-way match including Roucka, Holiday, and Fox.[1] She then teamed with Nikki Bella and Eve Torres on the December 14 episode of FCW TV to defeat Roucka, Holiday, and Fox.[1] Tiffany participated in the tournament to determine the inaugural Queen of FCW, and defeated Holiday in the first round before losing to Fox in the semi-finals.[1] She teamed up with Angela Fong on several occasions, and also competed against Serena Mancini, April Lee, and Fox in a four-pack challenge to determine the new number one contender to the Queen of FCW crown, but was unsuccessful.[1]

On July 30, 2009 episode of FCW TV, Tiffany tamed up with Angela Fong and April Lee to defeat Alicia Fox, Roucka and Serena Deeb in a 6-Diva tag team match.[7] On the August 6 episode of FCW TV, Tiffany and Yoshi Tatsu defeated Fox and Ricky Ortiz in a mixed tag team match.[1] Tiffany unsuccessfully challenged the newly crowned Serena Mancini for the Queen of FCW crown and injured her humerus bone, on the September 24 taping of FCW TV.[1] She returned on the February 19, 2010 episode of FCW TV, teaming with Aksana to defeat Courtney Taylor and Liviana in a tag team match.[1][8]

Brand switches (2008–2010)[edit]

On the June 10, 2008 episode of ECW, Terrell made her main roster debut as Tiffany, the on-screen Assistant General Manager under Theodore Long.[9] Tiffany participated in the Halloween costume contest on October 26 at the Cyber Sunday pay-per-view, and was dressed as a nun.[10] Tiffany made her in-ring debut in a 16-Diva tag team match on the 800th episode of Raw teaming up with Mickie James, Candice Michelle, Michelle McCool, Brie Bella, Kelly Kelly, Eve Torres and WWE Hall of Famer Mae Young against Beth Phoenix, Layla, Lena Yada, Jillian Hall, Natalya, Maryse, Victoria and Katie Lea Burchill, which her team lost, despite Tiffany never being tagged into the match.[11]

Tiffany (far left) at WrestleMania XXV in 2009

On the March 30, 2009 episode of Raw, Tiffany competed in an 18-Diva tag team match, which she won for her team by pinning Katie Lea Burchill. On April 5, Tiffany made her WrestleMania debut as she competed in a 25 Diva battle royal at WrestleMania XXV to crown the first-ever “Miss WrestleMania”, which was won by Santina Marella.[12] On the April 7 episode of ECW, Tiffany was announced by Theodore Long as the new General Manager of ECW due to Long returning to SmackDown to again become its General Manager. As the new General Manager, her first order was to announce an elimination chase to determine who would face Jack Swagger for the ECW Championship at Backlash, with the participants being Mark Henry, Tommy Dreamer, Christian and Finlay, which Christian would ultimately win.[13] In late June 2009, Tiffany was promoted to full-time General Manager of ECW. However, Tiffany was absent from television due to a storyline car accident with William Regal. In reality, Tiffany had injured her arm in an FCW match. She returned on the October 6 episode of ECW. On the final episode of ECW on February 16, 2010, Tiffany speared Rosa Mendes after she and Zack Ryder interfered in the ECW Championship match.[14]

On the March 5, 2010 episode of SmackDown, Tiffany made her debut for the brand in a backstage segment, being welcomed by Rey Mysterio.[15] On the March 12 episode of SmackDown, Tiffany made her in-ring debut, winning a match against Michelle McCool via disqualification after Vickie Guerrero interfered. Following the match, McCool, Guerrero, and Layla attacked Tiffany, until she was saved by Beth Phoenix.[16] The following week, Tiffany and Phoenix defeated McCool and Layla (collectively known as LayCool) in a tag team match, and again in a rematch on the April 2 episode of SmackDown.[17]

Tiffany then formed an alliance with Kelly Kelly, with the pair being dubbed “The Blondetourage”, and they continued to feud with LayCool. On the June 12 of SmackDown!, Tiffany lost her first singles match to Layla after an interference from McCool.[18] On May 21 episode of SmackDown!, Tiffany and Kelly lost to LayCool in a tag team match.[19] On the July 2 episode of SmackDown!, Tiffany managed Kelly where she defeated McCool, and during the match Tiffany stopped Layla from interfering.[20] On the July 10 episode of Superstars, Tiffany and Kelly again lost to LayCool.[21] On the July 16 episode of SmackDown!, Tiffany managed Kelly and Chris Masters where they defeated Layla and Trent Barreta after interference from Rosa Mendes.[22] She also managed Kelly in her WWE Women’s Championship match against Layla at Money in the Bank.[23] On July 23 episode of SmackDown!, Theodore Long announced that Tiffany would receive a match for the Women’s Championship,[24] which occurred on the July 30 episode of Smackdown, however she failed to capture the championship. She was originally scheduled to fight Layla, however, she instead fought McCool, as the two defended the title under the Freebird rule.[25][26]

On August 13, 2010, it was reported that WWE had suspended Terrell because of an incident involving her real-life husband, Drew McIntyre.[27] Before she could return to WWE programming, Terrell was released from her contract on November 19, 2010.[28]

Independent circuit (2010–2013)[edit]

On December 4, 2010, it was announced that Terrell would make her independent circuit debut in a match against Alissa Flash at the Pro Wrestling Revolution’s ChickFight event in San Francisco, California on February 5, 2011.[29] On January 4, 2011, it was announced that Terrell had pulled out of the show, citing personal reasons.[30] ChickFight later claimed that the promotion could not cater to Terrell’s requests that she had made despite already having an agreement with the promotion.[30]

On April 5, 2012, Terrell made her debut for Powerslam Brewsky Brawl, where she teamed up with Jack Jameson to defeat Barbi Hayden and Houston Carson.[31] On April 8, Terrell made appearance at Coastal Wrestling Federation, where she teamed with Sho Funaki in a winning effort, again defeating Hayden and Carson.[31] Earlier in that event, Terrell defeated Jen Alise in singles match.[31] Terrell also appeared at Maryland Championship Wrestling‘s Bodyslam Autism event on April 27, 2013.[31]

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling[edit]

Ohio Valley Wrestling (2012–2013)[edit]

On November 4, 2012, Terrell made her debut for Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA)’s then-developmental branch, at OVW’s Saturday Night Special event, being introduced as the special guest referee for the OVW Women’s Championship match between Josette Bynum, Taeler Hendrix, and Heidi Lovelace.[32] During the match, Terrell ignited a feud with Hendrix after Terrell cost Hendrix the match, after she put her hands on Terrell.[32] On the November 10 episode of OVW, Terrell was interrupted by Hendrix during an interview, who then provoked Terrell, only to get attacked in return.[33] Later that event, Terrell refereed a tag team match between Lovelace, Jessie Belle against Hendrix and Epiphany.[33]

Terrell made her in-ring debut on the November 17 episode of OVW, where she defeated Heidi Lovelace with Hendrix as special guest referee to win the OVW Women’s Championship.[34][35] On the November 24 episode of OVW, Terrell defeated Scarlett Bordeaux in a non-title match, but was attacked by Hendrix post-match. On the November 28 episode OVW, Terrell attacked Hendrix during a in-ring segment, but was stopped by Bostic.[36] OVW announced that Terrell issued a challenged to Hendrix at OVW’s Saturday Night Special with the OVW Women’s Championship on the line, with the stipulation that the loser will swim in a pool of “animal feces”.[37] At the event on December 1, Terrell lost the Women’s Championship to Hendrix. After the match, Hendrix tried to attack Terrell, but she gained a measure of revenge when she moved out the way and Hendrix fell in the pool.[38]

Knockouts referee and feud with Gail Kim (2012–2013)[edit]

On August 16, 2012, Terrell made her debut for TNA, being introduced by the Vice President of the Knockouts Division, Brooke Hogan, as the special guest referee for the TNA Women’s Knockout Championship match between Madison Rayne and Miss Tessmacher.[39][40][41] Terrell later became the official referee for the Knockouts division.[42]

On January 13, 2013, at Genesis, Terrell began a storyline with Gail Kim after making a bad call during a gauntlet match, thus costing Kim’s chance to become the number one contender to the Knockouts Championship.[43] On the following episode of Impact Wrestling, Terrell appeared backstage with Kim, who told Terrell not to make another mistake. Later that night, during Kim’s match with Velvet Sky, Kim would argue with Terrell, costing herself the match in the process.[44] On the February 21 episode of Impact Wrestling, Terrell helped Sky defeat Tara, Miss Tessmacher and Kim in a fatal four–way elimination match, with Sky lastly eliminating Kim to win the Knockouts Championship after Kim provoked Terrell into getting involved in the match.[45][46] On March 10 at Lockdown, towards the end of the Knockouts Championship match, Terrell would attack Kim, again costing her the title. After the match, Terrell was attacked by Kim backstage during an interview.[47] On the following episode of Impact Wrestling, Kim revealed that Brooke Hogan put Terrell on probation for attacking Kim. In a tag team match between Mickie James and Velvet Sky against Gail Kim and Tara, Terrell would again cost Kim the match by attacking her.[48]

On the March 21 episode of Impact Wrestling, Terrell was terminated as Knockouts referee by Hogan, and was subsequently signed as a TNA Knockout.[49] On the March 28 episode of Impact Wrestling, Terrell challenged Kim to a match, however the match never started when Kim and Tara attacked Terrell, only to be saved by the Knockouts Champion, Velvet Sky.[50] On the April 4 episode of Impact Wrestling, Terrell and Sky were defeated by Kim and Tara after the special guest referee Joey Ryan made a fast count on Terrell.[51] Terrell finally faced Kim in a match on the April 11 episode of Impact Wrestling, which Terrell won.[52] On the May 2 episode of Impact Wrestling, Terrell and Mickie James defeated Kim and Tara. After the match, Kim attacked Terrell.[53] The rivalry between Terrell and Kim culminated in a Last Knockout Standing match on June 2 at Slammiversary XI, which Terrell would win.[54] On the July 11 episode of Impact Wrestling, Terrell was defeated by Kim in a ladder match to determine the number one contender to the Knockouts Championship.[55] The following month, Terrell was granted time off from TNA due to her real life pregnancy.[56]

Knockouts Champion and departure (2014–2016)[edit]

Terrell made her televised return on the June 19, 2014 episode of Impact Wrestling, being welcomed by her former rival Gail Kim and later interrupted by The Beautiful People (Angelina Love and Velvet Sky).[57] This led to Terrell’s in–ring return, the following week on Impact Wrestling, where Kim and Terrell defeated Love and Sky in a tag team match.[58] Terrell went on to unsuccessfully challenge Kim for the TNA Women’s Knockout Championship on July 24[59] and on August 14 in a fatal four–way match also involving Love and Sky.[60] After defeating the evil Madison Rayne on August 27 to become the number one contender,[61] Terrell received her title match on the September 3 episode of Impact Wrestling, where she was again unsuccessful.[62] After the match, both Terrell and Kim were attacked by the debuting Havok.[63]

On the November 19 episode of Impact Wrestling, Terrell defeated newly crowned champion Havok and Gail Kim in a three–way match to win the TNA Women’s Knockout Championship for the first time.[64] On January 7, 2015, during Impact Wrestlings debut on Destination America, Terrell successfully defended the championship in a battle royal against the other TNA Knockouts, with lastly eliminating Havok.[65] Terrell went on to successfully retain her championship in various matches: on January 30 against Kim and Madison Rayne in a three–way match[66] and against Angelina Love on February 20.[67] After that Terrell started a feud with the recently returned Awesome Kong, after Kong attacked her.[68] This led to a match between the two, on March 6, which Taryn won via disqualification and Kong would continue her attack after the match, with Kim making the save.[69] This led to a three–way match, where Terrell again prevailed.[70] On April 18, Terrell became the new longest reigning TNA Women’s Knockout Champion in TNA history, surpassing Kim’s previous record of 210 days.[71]

On the special episode of Impact Wrestling, titled TKO: Night of Knockouts on April 24, Terrell retained her championship against Kong in a no disqualification match after The Dollhouse (Jade and Marti Bell) interfered and attacked Kong, ultimately assisting Terrell in putting Kong through a table as a “receipt” for an earlier attack in which Kong put Terrell through a table.[72] After the match, Terrell transitioned into a villainess for the first time in her wrestling career and joined The Dollhouse as their leader.[73] Terrell retained her championship on the Hardcore Justice episode of Impact Wrestling on May 1, against Brooke, with help from Jade and Marti.[74] In their first match as a team, the following week, The Dollhouse were defeated by Kong and Kim in a three–on–two handicap match.[75] On the May 29 episode of Impact Wrestling, in a steel cage match, Terrell again retained her championship against Kim.[76] At Slammiversary XIII, The Dollhouse were defeated by Kong and Brooke in another three–on–two handicap match.[77] After successfully retaining her championship against Brooke and Kong in a three–way match,[78] Terrell lost the championship to Brooke, on the July 15 episode of Impact Wrestling, after interference from Gail Kim, ending her reign at 279 days.[79] After her loss, Terrell went on a hiatus citing a hand injury, courtesy of Kim[80] but continued to appear in segments on the jumbotron, orchestrating attacks on various Knockouts.[81][82][83] During her absence, Rebel joined The Dollhouse.[84] On January 4, 2016, Terrell announced that she had parted ways with the company, describing her departure as a personal decision.[85][86]

On October 2, 2016, Terrell made an appearance at Bound for Glory alongside Awesome Kong, Christy Hemme, and Chairman Dixie Carter to induct Gail Kim into the TNA Hall of Fame.[87]

Return to Impact Wrestling (2017)[edit]

On August 17, 2017, at Destination X, Terrell made her return to the newly rebranded Impact Wrestling, attacking Gail Kim during her GFW Knockouts Championship match against Sienna.[88] On the September 7 episode of Impact!, in her first match back after her two years hiatus, Terrell teamed with Sienna and defeated Kim and Allie in a tag team match.[89] On October 20, 2017, it was announced that Terrell had parted ways with Impact Wrestling.[90]

Acting career[edit]

Terrell made a special appearance on The Showbiz Show with David Spade in 2007.[91] Terrell was featured in a segment on Lopez Tonight on August 4, 2010.[91][92] She received her start in acting after appearing alongside Will Ferrell in the 2012 comedy film The Campaign.[91][93] She was later hired as a stunt double for Kayla Ewell in the film The Demented.[91][93]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2012 The Campaign Janette
2013 Jake’s Road Sylvia
Empire State Hot Guidette #1
Oldboy Girl in park
2014 Search Party Kenny’s Mom #2
2015 Daddy’s Home New Orleans Pelicans Cheerleader
Aztec Warrior Marcella Completed
N.O.L.A Circus Sabrina
2016 Two Faces of Colin DR. Williams Pre-production
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Showbiz Show Herself
K-Ville Brothel girl
2012 Treme Cindy 6 episodes
Common Law Yoga girl
2015 NCIS: New Orleans Shauna
2015 W.I.N.O. Eve TV Movie
Stunts
Year Title Role Notes
2012 The Demented Stunt double
American Horror House
2013 Now You See Me
Empire State
Pawn Shop Chronicles
This Is the End
2015 Jurassic World
Get Hard topless girl on car
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2010 WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 Tiffany Voice
DVDs
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Women of Playboy Herself Model

Personal life[edit]

“I told people before that some people grow up watching wrestling from day 1, that wasn’t my case and I grew up as always as an athlete, I did powerlifting, cheerleading in school and college, it was in college when I had a friend whom was obsessed with wrestling, he told me that I have to come to a show, I told him okay I’ll go. We had front row tickets and I was like OMG this what I wanted to do I figured out what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I was so excited, there was this perfect hybrid of athleticism and beauty as a women wrestler. This what you get to do is look beautiful and kick some ass, how frecking cool is this! This is my dream job and I’ll do whatever to get in that ring and that’s what I did.”

— Terrell on becoming a wrestler[94]

Terrell is attending the University of New Orleans, majoring in marketing.[95] Terrell is a co-leader for a volunteer mission group called Hope Children’s Home that provides love and time to children that have been neglected, abused, and discarded.[96] Terrell is a founder for a volunteer mission foundation called Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.[91]

In 2008, Terrell became a vegan due to animal rights.[97] However, she revealed she was no longer a vegan in 2010.[98] She is also a Christian.[99]

Terrell first appeared in Playboy in the special College Girls edition of January 2007. She next appeared in the February/March 2010 issue of the Playboy Lingerie Special Edition. The photos were an accumulation of previous photoshoots that she had done for the magazine prior to signing with WWE, and show her naked.[100] She appeared again in Playboy in November 2010, in the special issue Big Boobs, Hot Buns, with the photos having been taken prior to her signing with WWE.[101] Terrell has appeared in an issue of Maxim and on Sky Sports.com.[91]

Terrell previously dated Alfonso Ribeiro in 2008.[2] Terrell got engaged to Drew Galloway, who appeared on-screen as wrestler Drew McIntyre, in July 2009.[102][103] The couple married in Las Vegas in May 2010.[104][105] On May 24, 2011, Terrell announced that she and Galloway were divorcing.[106]

Terrell gave birth to a girl named Emerson on March 2, 2014.[107] Terrell married professional motorcyclist and stunt man Joseph Dryden in 2015.[85]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Melina Perez

Melina Perez

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Melina Perez
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Perez at Wizard World in Chicago 2012
Birth name Melina Nava Perez
Born (1979-03-09) March 9, 1979 (age 39)[1]
High Desert, California, U.S.[2]
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.[3]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Kyra[4]
Melina[2]
Melina Perez[2]
Billed height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)[4]
Billed weight 124 lb (56 kg)[4]
Billed from Los Angeles, California[5]
Hollywood, California[6]
Trained by Jesse Hernandez[2]
School of Hard Knocks[4]
Dave Finlay
Debut 2001[2]

Melina Nava Perez[2] (born March 9, 1979) is an American model, actress, professional wrestler and valet. She is best known for her time with World Wrestling Entertainment under the ring name Melina.

In 2000, Perez began training to be a professional wrestler at Jesse Hernandez‘s School of Hard Knocks, and made her debut in 2002.[7] In late 2002, Perez auditioned for World Wrestling Entertainment‘s reality show Tough Enough III, but was eliminated in first round,[5][8][9][10] and was inspired by Al Snow to continue pursuing her wrestling career.[11] In March 2004, Perez signed a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), and was assigned to Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), WWE’s developmental territory,[2] where she began managing Johnny Nitro and Joey Mercury, dubbed MNM, to three reigns as WWE Tag Team Champions,[12] as well as Nitro to two reigns as WWE Intercontinental Champion.[2][13][14] Perez is a three-time WWE Women’s Champion,[15][16] and a two-time WWE Divas Champion.[17][18] After winning her second WWE Divas Championship, Perez became the first woman in WWE history to become a multiple-time champion with both the Women’s and Divas titles.[19] Famed for her flexibility, utilized during her entrance and in her in-ring maneuvers, Perez was called “one of the best wrestlers in the world” by Bret Hart, and cited by WWE as having “perhaps the most impressive arsenal of offensive maneuvers in WWE history.”[20]

Early life[edit]

Perez was born in High Desert but was raised in Los Angeles, California.[4][2][5] Perez is Mexican American.[2][1][5]

Modeling career[edit]

Perez began her career as a beauty pageant contestant, winning Miss Hawaiian Tropic Anaheim. During her modelling career, she has won many modelling competitions such as Group USA Bridal Show, Group USA Fashion Show, and Ms. California Belleza Latina.[21] Melina was body painted by artist Mark Greenawalt for a modeling photo shoot in 2007 where she posed with her WWE Women’s Championship belt.[22]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Early career (2001–2004)[edit]

Perez began training at Jesse Hernandez‘s School of Hard Knocks in San Bernardino, California, and made her in-ring debut in April 2002.[7] Many officials stated that she had the most natural ability of any woman who came through their school.[8] In late 2002, Perez auditioned for World Wrestling Entertainment‘s reality show Tough Enough III, making it through to the final twenty-one, before being eliminated in the final cut of the first episode.[5][8][9][10] After she was eliminated from the contest, trainer Al Snow encouraged her to keep trying to pursue her dream as a wrestler.[11]

World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE (2004–2011)[edit]

Ohio Valley Wrestling (2004)[edit]

Perez debuted in WWE‘s then-developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) in March 2004, being placed in a storyline as John Hennigan‘s ex-girlfriend. The storyline had Matt Cappotelli introduce her to the ring as a way to taunt Hennigan.[2] Melina, however, turned on Cappotelli and aligned herself with Hennigan, who later changed his ring name to Johnny Nitro.[2] Soon after, the duo began teaming with Joey Matthews, later known as Joey Mercury.[2] The trio became known as MNM and on November 10, Melina managed Mercury and Nitro to win the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship, holding it for over two months.[23][24] During her time in OVW, Melina, Nitro, and Steven Adkins came up with Melina’s trademark split ring entrance.[25]

Melina made her first Raw appearance on November 29, 2004, when Randy Orton was the guest General Manager and hosted a Diva lingerie fashion show.[26] She made another Raw appearance in December, participating in a limbo contest when Chris Jericho was General Manager for the night.[27]

MNM (2005–2006)[edit]

Melina made her official debut in WWE as a villainess, resuming her role as the manager of MNM, on the April 14, 2005 episode of SmackDown!.[28] The team interrupted the first ever Carlito’s Cabana interview segment, where one half of the WWE Tag Team Champions, Rey Mysterio, was a guest.[28] Melina insulted Mysterio and had Mercury and Nitro attack him, leading to MNM’s in-ring debut the next week on SmackDown! in a title match. The team won the match against Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero, starting their first WWE Tag Team Title reign.[29]

Melina (center) with Johnny Nitro (left) and Joey Mercury (right) as MNM in 2006

While managing the Tag Team Champions, Melina’s character was developed to be more egotistical, as she declared herself “the most-dominant Diva in WWE”.[5] She made her official in-ring debut on June 30 against Michelle McCool, and had her first pay-per-view match against Torrie Wilson at The Great American Bash in a bra and panties match, winning both matches.[30][31] In the same night, MNM dropped their championships to the Legion of Doom, prompting a new storyline where Melina hired Jillian Hall, a fixer, to assist them.[31][32] MNM regained the titles on October 28 in a fatal four-Way tag team match.[33] On the Eddie Guerrero Tribute Show, Melina won a Divas battle royal by eliminating the Women’s Champion Trish Stratus.[34] The next week, as a part of a new storyline, MNM kidnapped Stratus, tied her up and gagged her for Melina, who then challenged her to a match for the Women’s Championship.[35] The two fought at Survivor Series, with Melina losing to Stratus with the help of Mickie James.[36]

During this time, MNM defended their titles against Rey Mysterio and the World Heavyweight Champion Batista. Melina was placed in a storyline where she tried to make Batista call off the match by visiting him in his locker room and attempting to seduce him. The storyline had the two engage in sexual intercourse, after which he simply thanked her for the “warm-up” before leaving to take part in the match, where he and Mysterio defeated MNM for the titles.[37] The storyline played over to the next episode of SmackDown! when, before MNM invoked their rematch clause, Melina held a press conference in the ring where she claimed that Batista had sexually harassed her. During the tag team match, Mark Henry aided MNM in winning back the WWE Tag Team Championship.[38] The storyline with Henry continued into the next year. On the first SmackDown! of 2006, Melina announced that Henry was her personal protection against Batista. He accompanied her and aided the other members of MNM in matches against Batista and Mysterio.[39]

At Judgment Day on May 21, 2006, MNM lost their titles to Paul London and Brian Kendrick.[40] After the match, Melina and Nitro, as part of the storyline, attacked Mercury, blaming him for the loss.[40] Later that night, Melina lost a singles match against Jillian Hall, and after slapping General Manager Theodore Long in anger, she and Nitro were fired from the SmackDown! brand.[41] The team then broke up because off-screen, Nitro and Mercury did not get along, and WWE management decided to send Nitro and Melina to the Raw brand.[42] Melina and Nitro debuted on Raw on May 29, with Nitro losing to WWE Champion John Cena.[43] Melina continued to manage Nitro during his successful hunt for the WWE Intercontinental Championship, and in another storyline with Trish Stratus.[44][45] The storyline turned into a tag team feud when Carlito teamed with Stratus after he saved her from the attacks of Melina and Nitro.[46] At Saturday Night’s Main Event on July 15, Melina and Nitro lost to Carlito and Stratus in a mixed tag team match.[47]

Singles competition and Women’s Champion (2006–2009)[edit]

Melina during her first reign as WWE Women’s Champion in 2007

After Melina’s arrival on Raw, Mick Foley began to mention her in promos and on his WWE.com columns, playing on their real-life friendship, and they soon formed an on-screen friendship.[48][49] At SummerSlam, Melina was involved in Foley’s “I Quit” match against Ric Flair, when Flair threatened to hit her with a barbed wire baseball bat, causing Foley to quit the match to save her.[50] The next night on Raw, the storyline had Vince McMahon order Foley to join the Kiss My Ass club. After begging Foley not to go through with it, Foley “joined the club” to save Melina’s job, only to have her suddenly turn on him by delivering a low blow and firing him at the behest of McMahon.[51] The storyline was concocted by Foley to refresh the idea of the Kiss My Ass club.[51][52] It was also around this time that Melina added another characteristic to her gimmick: screaming loudly at ringside while managing or in tag team action, which became known as the “primal scream”.[53]

On January 29, 2007, Melina became the number one contender for the WWE Women’s Championship after defeating Maria in a number one contender’s match.[54] On the February 5 episode of Raw, Melina received her title match against Mickie James but was unsuccessful.[55] After pinning James in a mixed tag team match, Melina was granted another title match.[56] On the February 19 episode of Raw, as part of her first major singles push, Melina defeated James to win the WWE Women’s Championship for the first time in her career.[57][58] The feud between the two Divas continued and Melina later retained the title in a rematch during the first ever Women’s Falls Count Anywhere match in WWE history.[59][60]

In March, Melina was placed in an angle where she became jealous of SmackDown! Diva Ashley Massaro, who was receiving attention because of her appearance in Playboy.[61] The angle had Melina claim in her blogs that no Playboy cover models were capable of fighting her.[62] This resulted in scheduled matches against former Playboy cover girls Torrie Wilson and Candice Michelle, with both women losing to Melina.[63][64] The storyline came to an end at WrestleMania 23, where Melina pinned Ashley in a Lumberjill match to retain her Women’s Championship.[65] After WrestleMania, Melina organized a photo op with the Women’s Championship belt in the ring, but was interrupted by Mickie James, resulting in another storyline feud between the two Divas.[66] On April 24, at a house show in Paris, France, Melina lost the Women’s Championship in a Triple Threat match to James when James pinned Victoria, but on the orders of Jonathan Coachman, she was entitled to a rematch on the same night, where she pinned James by putting her hands on the ropes to regain the title and become a two-time WWE Women’s Champion.[15]

In May 7, 2007, Melina began feuding with Playboy cover girl Candice Michelle, after she was defeated in a tag team match alongside Victoria against Candice Michelle and Mickie James.[67] Melina continued to lose to Candice in various tag team matches, as well as in non-title bouts over the next few weeks.[68][69][70] At Vengeance, Melina lost the Women’s Championship to Candice, and failed to recapture the title at The Great American Bash.[71][72]

Melina during a WWE house show in 2009

In April 2008, Melina, along with then-ally Beth Phoenix, competed at WrestleMania XXIV in a tag team match, defeating Maria and Ashley.[73] On the May 5 episode of Raw!, Melina unintentionally attacked Phoenix with her boot during a lumberjill match with Mickie James.[74] The following week, Phoenix walked out on Melina during a tag match against James and Maria, when Melina accidentally bumped Phoenix off the apron. Melina was then attacked by Phoenix during a backstage segment following the match, leading to Melina turning into a face for the first time in her WWE career.[75] On the May 19 episode of Raw, Melina commentated during Beth Phoenix’s match against Maria, which Phoenix won, and Melina would afterwards attack Phoenix with her boot before being attacked by Phoenix.[76] At the One Night Stand pay-per-view, Melina competed in the first ever in women’s “I Quit” match against Beth Phoenix, but was unsuccessful in winning the match. The next night on Raw, Melina teamed with former rival Mickie James in a tag team match against Beth Phoenix and Katie Lea in a losing effort.[77] On June 23, 2008, Perez suffered a heel injury after falling from the turnbuckles during a tag team match with Mickie James against Natalya and Victoria.[78]

Melina returned from injury on the November 24 episode of Raw, teaming with former rivals Mickie James and Candice Michelle to defeat Phoenix, Jillian Hall, and Katie Lea Burchill.[79] The following week, she made her singles return by defeating Hall. Following the match, Melina stated her intentions to take the WWE Women’s Championship from Beth Phoenix.[80] On December 29, Melina won a six-woman battle royal to become the number one contender for the Championship. After the match, Melina and Phoenix engaged in a confrontation over a fan of Phoenix’s named Rosa Mendes, who had attacked Melina.[81] On January 25, 2009, Melina won her third WWE Women’s Championship at the Royal Rumble by defeating Phoenix.[16] She retained her championship against Beth Phoenix on February 16 episode of Raw,[82] and again during a dark match at No Way Out.[83]

Divas Champion and departure (2009–2011)[edit]

Melina posing as Divas Champion in September 2010

On the April 13, 2009 episode of Raw, Melina was drafted back to SmackDown as part of the 2009 WWE Draft, thus making the WWE Women’s Championship exclusive to the brand.[84] She began a feud with Michelle McCool, who was named as the number one contender to the title.[85] McCool attacked Melina after her victory over Alicia Fox on the June 19 episode of SmackDown.[86] Melina would then lose the Women’s Championship to McCool at The Bash after an interference from Alicia Fox, failed to regain the championship at Night of Champions.[87][88]

On October 12, Melina was traded back to the Raw brand, and won the WWE Divas Championship from Divas Champion Jillian Hall, who had won the belt from Mickie James only a few minutes earlier.[17] On the November 23 episode of Raw, Melina teamed up with Mickie James and Kelly Kelly to defeat Jillian Hall and LayCool (Michelle McCool and Layla). After the match, guest timekeeper The Gobbledy Gooker was revealed as Maryse by attacking Melina.[89] The following week, Melina was pinned by Maryse in a tag team match.[90] On the December 7 episode of Raw, Maryse defeated Gail Kim, and following the match, Maryse proceed to attack Kelly Kelly but was stopped by Melina.[2] On December 29, at a WWE live event in Manchester, New Hampshire, Melina tore her ACL during a six-woman tag team match, and as a result she relinquished the Divas Championship on January 4.[2]

Melina made her return on the August 2, 2010 episode of Raw, attacking WWE Divas Champion Alicia Fox after a six-woman tag team match in which she, Jillian Hall, and Tamina defeated Eve Torres, Gail Kim, and Natalya.[91] At SummerSlam, Melina defeated Fox to capture the Divas Championship for the second time in her career. After the match, she was attacked by Michelle McCool and WWE Women’s Champion Layla.[18] On the 900th episode of Raw, after winning a match, she was challenged by either Layla or McCool to a match at Night of Champions, to unify the WWE Women’s and WWE Divas Championships, which McCool would win, after Layla attacked Melina during the match, to unify the championships.[92]

On the December 20 episode of Raw, Melina became the number one contender to the Divas Championship and turned villainous when she slapped Natalya, who had attempted to congratulate her following her victory.[2] When the two fought for the Divas Championship on January 24, 2011 on Raw, Melina was defeated.[2] On the August 1 episode of Raw, Perez participated in a #1 contender’s battle royal, which was won by Beth Phoenix. This would be her final match with WWE, as she was released later that week.[93]

Independent circuit (2011–2012)[edit]

Melina Perez during a live wrestling event in March 2012

In November 2011, Perez wrestled her first match outside of WWE by defeating Lexxus at the Women Superstars Uncensored November 19 pay-per-view. Perez appeared on the World Wrestling Fan Xperience (WWFX) Champions Showcase Tour in Manila, Philippines on February 4, 2012, where she wrestled under her real name.[94] On February 5, 2012 episode of WWFX, Melina defeated Jillian Hall.[95]

Melina appeared at the Family Wrestling Entertainment (FWE) event, signing autographs and serving as Eric Young‘s valet as he became the new FWE Heavyweight Champion. At the Empire City Showdown, on August 20, Melina made a further appearance for FWE in a segment with Charlie and Jackie Haas. On the April 28 episode of FWE Television, Melina was defeated by Winter with Lita as the special guest referee in a FWE Women’s Championship match.[96]

Melina debuted for North East Wrestling on March 23, 2012, competing in a victorious effort against Velvet Sky, but lost to Sky the following day in a rematch.

From June 30 to July 2, 2012, Melina participated in World Wrestling Council‘s (WWC) Anniversario weekend in Puerto Rico. On the first two nights, Melina defeated Velvet Sky in singles matches, but on the final night, she and Davey Richards were defeated in a mixed tag team match by Sky and Xix Savant.[97] At the time, this was Perez’s last wrestling match, and she began referring to herself as a former professional wrestler.

Return to the independent circuit (2015–present)[edit]

On June 19, 2015, after a three-year hiatus, Melina returned to the independent circuit at Maryland Championship Wrestling‘s Ladies Night event, serving as the villainous enforcer in the MCW Women’s Championship main event match between Amber Rodriguez and Mickie James. During the match, the evil Melina attacked James, but was then attacked by guest referee Lisa Marie Varon, after which James won the title.[98]

On August 5, 2015, Melina appeared as a villainess at Lucha Undergrounds Ultima Lucha; helping Johnny Mundo in his match against Alberto El Patron by hitting El Patron with his title belt while the referee was knocked down.[99]

On October 16, 2015, Melina made her debut for Japanese promotion World Wonder Ring Stardom, during their first American tour in Covina, California. She teamed with Santana Garrett in a tag team match to defeat Hudson Envy and Thunder Rosa.[100]

On June 20, 2016, Melina announced her official in-ring return at Southside Wrestling Entertainment (SWE), taking part at SWE’s Queen of The Ring tournament.[101]

On October 1, 2016, Perez made her official in-ring return in a tag team match at SWE Speed King 2016, teaming with Nixon Newell participating against the team of Alex Windsor and Kay Lee Ray. The match was declared a no contest.[102]

On October 2, 2016, Melina entered the SWE Queen of the Ring tournament. She defeated Lana Austin and Viper to advance to the finals, when she defeated the Queen Of Southside champion Kay Lee Ray, winning the tournament and the championship at the process.[103] At the same day, Melina wrestled SWE KirbyMania, in an eight-man tag team match. She teamed with Jessicka Havok, Leah Vaughan, and Nixon Newell, and successfully defeated the team of Alex Windsor, Kasey Owens, Kay Lee Ray and Viper.[104]

On October 29, 2016, at SWE 6th Anniversary Show, Melina successfully defended her championship against Alex Windsor, Dahlia Black, Kay Lee Ray, Nixon Newell, and Ruby Summers in a six way match.[105]

On November 5, 2016, Melina captured her first MCW Women’s Championship, defeating Renee Michelle.

On November 12, 2016, Melina was the special guest referee during the What Culture Pro Wrestling (WCPW) Women’s Championship match between Kimber Lee and Nixon Newell at WCPW True Legacy.

Other media[edit]

Perez signing autographs at Wizard World in Chicago 2012

On April 13, 2008, she appeared in an episode of Celebrity Fit Club Boot Camp along with Mickie James, Layla, and Kelly Kelly.[106]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
2011 Serial Buddies Devin Film Debut
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2008 Pop Stars 2 Control Auditioner
2008 Celebrity Fit Club: Boot Camp Herself 1 episode
2010 Undateable Episode: “Hour 1–5”
2011 Cake Boss
2012 Bad Girls Club After Buzz Show

In wrestling[edit]

Melina performing the Primal Scream on Alicia Fox
Perez performing a Diving seated senton on Mickie James
Melina performing her split entrance

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Kairi Hojo

Kairi Hojo

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Kairi Hojo
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Hojo in August 2014
Birth name Kaori Housako (宝迫 香織, Hōsako Kaori)
Born (1988-09-23) September 23, 1988 (age 29)[1][2][3]
Hikari, Yamaguchi, Japan[1][2][3]
Residence Orlando, Florida, U.S.[citation needed]
Alma mater Hosei University[4]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Doku[5]
Kairi Hojo[1]
Kairian[6]
Kairian 3.0[7]
Kairi Sane[8]
Pirates Kaiser[9]
Billed height 155 cm (5 ft 1 in)[1][3][10]
Billed weight 52 kg (115 lb)[1][2][3]
Billed from Yamaguchi, Japan[10]
Trained by Fuka[11]
Debut January 7, 2012[1][2][3]

Kaori Housako (宝迫 香織, Hōsako Kaori, born September 23, 1988)[1][2][12] is a Japanese professional wrestler and actress, currently signed to WWE on the NXT brand under the ring name Kairi Sane (カイリ・セイン, Kairi Sein).

Better known under her previous ring name Kairi Hojo (宝城 カイリ, Hōjō Kairi), she made her professional wrestling debut in January 2012 for the World Wonder Ring Stardom promotion, where, over the next five years, she became a one-time World of Stardom Champion, three-time Goddess of Stardom Champion and a four-time Artist of Stardom Champion, while also winning the 2015 5★Star GP and 2016 Goddesses of Stardom Tag League. Housako left Stardom in June 2017, after signing a three-year deal with WWE. The following September, she won the inaugural Mae Young Classic tournament.

In 2016, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter called Hojo and her fellow Stardom workers Io Shirai and Mayu Iwatani “three of the best wrestlers in the world”.[13]

Early life[edit]

Housako has an extensive sports background in yachting, competing in intercollegiate and national competitions, while also taking part in world championships with dreams of making it to the Olympics.[2][3][14] After graduating from Hosei University with a bachelor’s degree in Japanese literature,[10] Housako began pursuing a career in acting.[4] She also did some theater work and one of her performances, where she performed as a professional wrestling villain, was seen by Fuka, the general manager of the World Wonder Ring Stardom promotion, who invited Housako to one of their events.[14] She quickly fell in love with professional wrestling’s aspect of combining acting with sports and decided to become a wrestler herself.[4][14]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

World Wonder Ring Stardom (2011–2017)[edit]

Hojo in March 2013

Housako started training with Stardom in 2011.[15] On November 14, 2011, she passed her “pro test” and graduated as part of Stardom’s third class of trainees, alongside Act Yasukawa, Natsumi Showzuki and Yuuri Haruka.[3][16][17] Housako, now working under the ring name “Kairi Hojo”, made her debut for Stardom on January 7, 2012, losing to Yuzuki Aikawa.[18] Playing off her yachting background, Hojo was dubbed “Pirate Princess”.[19] She quickly became a founding member of the Zenryoku Joshi stable, led by Aikawa.[4][20] In November 2012, Hojo formed a new tag team with Natsumi Showzuki, with the two finishing second in the 2012 Goddesses of Stardom Tag League.[4] Zenryoku Joshi disbanded in January 2013, when Hojo unsuccessfully challenged her stablemate Yuzuki Aikawa for the Wonder of Stardom Championship.[20][21] Hojo won her first title on April 29, 2013, at Ryōgoku Cinderella, where she and Showzuki, billed collectively as “Ho-Show Tennyo”, defeated Hailey Hatred and Kyoko Kimura for the Goddess of Stardom Championship.[14][22] Their reign, however, lasted only a month, as they were stripped of the title when Showzuki was sidelined with a cervical spine injury.[23] Showzuki never returned from her injury, instead resigning from Stardom.[14]

On June 23, 2013, Hojo teamed with Kaori Yoneyama and Yuhi to defeat Christina Von Eerie, Hailey Hatred and Kyoko Kimura for the vacant Artist of Stardom Championship.[24] They lost the title to Kimura, Alpha Female and The Female Predator “Amazon” on November 4.[25] In May 2014, Hojo made her Mexican debut by representing Stardom in the DragonMania 9 and Lucha Fan Fest 8 events.[26][27][28] In August, Stardom’s roster was split in half as part of a storyline rivalry between older wrestlers born in the Shōwa period and younger wrestlers born in the Heisei period. Hojo, having been born in the Shōwa period, aligned herself with the likes of Nanae Takahashi and Miho Wakizawa.[29] On August 10, Hojo regained the Goddess of Stardom Championship, when she and Takahashi defeated Alpha Female and Kyoko Kimura.[30] After an eight-month reign, she was again stripped of the title, when Takahashi was sidelined with an ankle injury.[31]

In February 2015, following an incident between Act Yasukawa and Yoshiko, Hojo was named an intermediary between the wrestlers and management in order to bring the two sides closer.[32][33] Following the incident, Stardom’s top title, the World of Stardom Championship, was declared vacant with a tournament scheduled to determine the new champion. On March 29, Hojo defeated first Kyoko Kimura and then Io Shirai to win the World of Stardom Championship for the first time.[34][35] After a four-month reign, she lost the title to Meiko Satomura on July 26.[36][37] Hojo bounced back by winning Stardom’s top singles tournament, the 5★Star GP, by defeating Hudson Envy in the finals on September 23.[38] At the end of the year, Hojo was named Stardom’s MVP of 2015.[39] In January 2016, Hojo came together with former rivals Io Shirai and Mayu Iwatani to form a new stable.[40] On February 28, 2016, the three, now billed collectively as “Threedom” (a combination of the words “Three” and “Stardom”), defeated Evie, Hiroyo Matsumoto and Kellie Skater to win the Artist of Stardom Championship.[41] In April, Hojo, along with Iwatani and Shirai, traveled to the United States to take part in events held by Lucha Underground and Vendetta Pro Wrestling.[42] On May 15, Hojo won another title, when she defeated Santana Garrett for the Wonder of Stardom Championship, winning the title in her fourth attempt.[43] On August 8, Hojo debuted for the Inoki Genome Federation (IGF), defeating Jungle Kyona at an event in Shanghai.[15] On September 3, Hojo defeated Io Shirai to take over the leadership of the Red Stars block in the 2016 5★Star GP. However, during the match, she suffered a concussion, which forced her to pull out of her remaining tournament.[44][45][46] On October 2, Threedom lost the Artist of Stardom Championship to Hana Kimura, Kagetsu and Kyoko Kimura in their third defense.[47][48]

On November 11, Hojo and Yoko Bito defeated Io Shirai and Mayu Iwatani in the finals to win the 2016 Goddesses of Stardom Tag League. Following the match, Shirai turned on Iwatani and disbanded Threedom.[49][50] On December 22, Hojo and Bito defeated Kagetsu and Kyoko Kimura to become the new Goddess of Stardom Champions.[51][52] They lost the title to Hiroyo Matsumoto and Jungle Kyona in their second defense on March 5, 2017.[53][54] Also in March, it was reported that Hojo had told Stardom’s office that she was leaving the promotion for WWE the following month.[55] On March 20, Hojo unsuccessfully challenged Io Shirai for the World of Stardom Championship.[56][57] On May 6, Hojo, Hiromi Mimura and Konami defeated AZM, HZK and Io Shirai to win the Artist of Stardom Championship.[58] Following the match, Hojo confirmed her impending departure from Stardom, without specifically mentioning WWE.[59][60] Hojo had contemplated retirement due to her age and injuries, but decided to go wrestle overseas after consulting Bull Nakano.[61] The following day, Threedom reunited for one final match together, defeating Hiromi Mimura, HZK and Jungle Kyona in a six-woman tag team match.[62][63] Hojo’s one-year reign as the Wonder of Stardom Champion ended on May 14, when she lost the title to Mayu Iwatani in her ninth title defense, falling one defense short of tying Santana Garrett’s record for most defenses.[64][65] Hojo wrestled her final matches for Stardom on June 4. After Hojo, Mimura and Konami lost the Artist of Stardom Championship back to AZM, HZK and Shirai in their second defense, Hojo wrestled an unadvertised ten-match one-minute time limit series against members of the Stardom roster that ended in three wins, six draws and one loss.[66][67]

WWE[edit]

Signing and Mae Young Classic (2016–2017)[edit]

In October 2016, Housako was contacted and offered a WWE contract, starting the following year. Reportedly, Housako had stated that she was interested in going to WWE, but had not made a final decision yet. There were also questions over whether she could pass the company’s physical examination due to her two concussions during the past two years.[68] In March 2017, Housako signed a three-year contract with WWE,[55] reportedly for $60,000 per year, which was less than she was making in Japan.[69]

On June 30, a video at a WWE house show in Tokyo, introduced Housako as “Kairi Sane” to WWE’s developmental division, NXT, while also announcing her participation in the upcoming Mae Young Classic tournament.[70][71] On July 13, she defeated Tessa Blanchard in the tournament’s first round in her WWE debut match.[72] The following day, Sane first defeated Bianca Belair in the second round, then Dakota Kai in quarterfinals and finally Toni Storm in the semifinals to advance to the finals of the tournament.[73] Reportedly, Sane suffered both a concussion and a neck injury during the tapings.[74] On September 12, Sane defeated Shayna Baszler in the tournament finals and thereby earned a shot at the vacant NXT Women’s Championship at the next NXT TakeOver show.[75][76]

NXT (2017–present)[edit]

Sane made her NXT debut at a house show on August 10, 2017, in a six-woman tag team match pitting her, Aliyah and Dakota Kai against Billie Kay, Peyton Royce and Shayna Baszler; Sane pinned Kay for the win.[77] Sane made her NXT television debut on October 4, defeating Aliyah.[78] On November 18 at NXT TakeOver: WarGames, Sane, Nikki Cross and Peyton Royce were defeated by Ember Moon in a four-way match for the vacant NXT Women’s Championship.[79] She made her first appearance on the main roster by participating in the inaugural Women’s Royal Rumble match at the 2018 Royal Rumble, entering the match at #6 and lasting 04:49 before being eliminated by Dana Brooke.[80]

Personal life[edit]

Housako has a sister, who is three years older than her.[81] She is an ambassador to her hometown of Hikari, Yamaguchi.[12]

Acting career[edit]

Filmography[edit]

  • 2012: Sūpu~Umarekawari no Monogatari~ (スープ~生まれ変わりの物語~)[2]

Television[edit]

  • 2011: Zenigata Kintarō (銭形金太郎)[2]
  • 2012: Waratte Iitomo! (マッスルビーナス)[2]
  • 2012: Gachigase (ガチガセ)[2]
  • 2013: Sekai Fushigi Hakken (世界ふしぎ発見)[2]
  • 2014: Nakai Masahiro no Mininaru Toshokan (中居正広のミになる図書館)[2]
  • Naruhodo! Haisukūru (なるほど!ハイスクール)[2]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Anna Bogomazova (WWE

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Anna Bogomazova

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Anna Bogomazova
Born (1990-04-07) 7 April 1990 (age 27)[1]
Voronezh, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union[1]
Other names The Master of Sports
Residence Miami, Florida
Nationality Russian
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2]
Weight 155 lb (70 kg)
Division Middleweight
Style Kickboxing, Taekwondo
Fighting out of Miami, Florida
Rank Black belt in Taekwondo
Years active 2004–present
Website www.annabogomazova.com

Anna Bogomazova[1][3] (born 7 April 1990)[1][2] is a Russian kickboxer, martial artist, professional wrestler and valet. She worked in WWE competing in their developmental territory NXT Wrestling, under the ring name Anya.

Early life[edit]

Bogomazova was born on 7 April 1990 in Voronezh, Russia.[1] At the age of 5 she took up calisthenics, which she studied for seven years.[1] Her parents insisted that she should quit because of her height.[1] From 2003 till 2004, Anna played tennis.[1] At the age of 14 she took up kickboxing.[1] Her styles consist of kickboxing and taekwondo. She eventually earned her black belt in taekwondo.[1]

She graduated from the Voronezh Cooperative Institute and Voronezh State University with the qualifications of a lawyer and a translator in the field of professional communications.[1]

Martial arts career[edit]

Kickboxing[edit]

Bogomazova began her career in competitive kickboxing in 2004 with Aleksei Dedov as her coach.[1] She has placed second in the Kickboxing World Championship in 2006 and 2008.[3] She has also placed first in the Kickboxing Russian Championship in 2008 and the Kickboxing World Cup in 2011.[4]

Since November 2010, she has been training in the USA.[1]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Anna Bogomazova
Born (1990-04-07) 7 April 1990 (age 27)[2]
Voronezh, Russia[2]
Residence Miami, Florida
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Anya[2]
Billed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2]
Billed weight 155 lb (70 kg)
Billed from Voronezh, Russia[2]
Trained by FCW Staff[2]
Debut 2012

WWE (2012–2013)[edit]

In August 2012, Bogomazova signed a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment and was assigned to its developmental territory NXT Wrestling (NXT).[3]

In early 2013, she broke her arm during a training session which she claimed lead to being released from her developmental contract on May 17, 2013.[5] She plans on suing WWE for injury and extra for damages due to having two surgeries and now she has a scar on her hand.[6] Bogomazova filed suit against Steve Keirn Inc. and World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. d/b/a Florida Championship Wrestling in Hillsborough County, Florida Circuit Court on March 8, 2017, claiming that the defendants did not properly train other amateur wrestlers, who ran into plaintiff while she warmed-up.[7] On June 23, 2017, the lawsuit was voluntarily dismissed.

In wrestling[edit]