Alexa Bliss

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Alexa Bliss

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Alexa Bliss
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Bliss as the SmackDown Women’s Champion in December 2016
Birth name Alexis Kaufman[1]
Born (1991-08-09) August 9, 1991 (age 25)[1]
Columbus, Ohio, United States[1]
Residence Orlando, Florida
Spouse(s) Buddy Murphy (engaged)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Alexa Bliss[2]
La Luchadora
Billed height 5 ft 0 in (1.52 m)[2]
Billed from Columbus, Ohio[2]
Trained by Norman Smiley
WWE Performance Center[3]
Debut September 20, 2013[4]

AlexisLexiKaufman[1] (born August 9, 1991) is an American professional wrestler currently signed to WWE under the ring name Alexa Bliss, where she performs on the Raw brand. She is a former two-time SmackDown Women’s Champion.[2]

In May 2013, she signed a contract with WWE and was assigned to WWE Performance Center and developmental brand NXT in Orlando, Florida.[3] In May 2015, she aligned herself with NXT Tag Team Champions Buddy Murphy and Wesley Blake, thus becoming their valet.[5] Bliss made her main roster debut on the SmackDown brand in July 2016, where she would win the SmackDown Women’s Championship on two separate occasions. [6][7][8] She was then transferred to Raw in April 2017.

Early life[edit]

Kaufman was born in Columbus, Ohio.[1][9] She has been involved in sports since the age of five, competing in softball, track, kickboxing, and gymnastics.[2] In cheerleading, she reached Division I status in college.[10] She also spent time in competitive bodybuilding, and has competed in the Arnold Classic.[2] At the age of 15, Kaufman suffered from a life-threatening eating disorder, but bodybuilding helped her overcome it.[11]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

WWE[edit]

NXT (2013–2016)[edit]

Bliss in March 2015

Kaufman was signed by WWE in May 2013 and reported to WWE’s developmental territory NXT.[12] On the July 24 episode of NXT, which was taped on June 20, she made her first televised appearance, congratulating the inaugural NXT Women’s Champion Paige.[13] In August, she was added to WWE.com’s NXT roster page and assigned the ring name Alexa Bliss.[14][15]

She acted as an unnamed ring announcer for the November 20 episode of NXT.[16][17] Her first televised appearance on the main roster came at WrestleMania XXX on April 6, 2014, when she played a part in Triple H‘s entrance.[18][19] She made her televised in-ring debut on the May 8 episode of NXT, competing in a tournament for the vacant NXT Women’s Championship.[20] She defeated former Divas Champion Alicia Fox in the first round, but lost to Charlotte in the semi-finals.[20][21][22] On the June 19 episode of NXT, Bliss defeated Sasha Banks despite interference from Charlotte and Summer Rae.[23]

After some hiatus from the ring due to a legitimate injury, Bliss returned on the March 11, 2015 episode of NXT, where she defeated Carmella.[24] The following week on NXT, she defeated NXT Women’s Champion Sasha Banks by countout in a non-title match,[25] which led to Bliss being granted a championship match against Banks on the March 25 episode of NXT, which she lost.[26] On the May 13 episode of NXT, Bliss defeated Carmella after the NXT Tag Team Champions Buddy Murphy and Wesley Blake set up a distraction.[27] On May 20 at NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable, Bliss helped Blake and Murphy retain the NXT Tag Team Champioship against Colin Cassady and Enzo Amore, forming an alliance with them and turning into a villainess character in the process.[5] On the June 3 episode of NXT, Bliss once again defeated Carmella, this time with Blake and Murphy in her corner.[28] On the July 29 episode of NXT, Bliss helped Blake and Murphy retain the NXT Tag Team Championship against The Vaudevillians (Aiden English and Simon Gotch), and slapped both English and Gotch after the match.[29] The Vaudevillians were granted a rematch for the NXT Tag Team Championship against Blake and Murphy at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn on August 22, which they won after Blue Pants stopped Bliss from providing a distraction during the match.[30] This led to a match between the two, where Bliss would go on to defeat Blue Pants in a singles match on the September 2 episode of NXT.[31]

Throughout October and November, Bliss started a feud with Bayley over the NXT Women’s Championship, after Bliss interrupted Bayley’s celebration about her match at NXT TakeOver: Respect on October 7, confronting her and stating she has her sights set on the championship.[32][33] After Bliss lost to Bayley in a six-person mixed tag team match,[34] the two faced off in the main event on the November 18 episode of NXT, where Bliss was unsuccessful in capturing the championship.[35] On the January 13, 2016 episode of NXT, Bliss competed in a number one contender’s battle royal, which was won by Carmella.[36] After Blake and Murphy lost to Austin Aries and Shinsuke Nakamura on the May 18 episode of NXT, Bliss and Blake abandoned Murphy, officially disbanding the trio.[37] On the May 25 episode of NXT, Bliss competed in a triple threat match against Carmella and Nia Jax to determine the number one contender to Asuka‘s NXT Women’s Championship at NXT TakeOver: The End on June 8, which was won by Jax.[38] On the August 17 episode of NXT, Bliss competed in a six-woman tag team match along with Daria Berenato and Mandy Rose, in which they were defeated by Carmella, Liv Morgan, and Nikki Glencross in what would be also her last match in NXT.[39]

SmackDown (2016–2017)[edit]

After being drafted from NXT to the SmackDown brand as part of the 2016 WWE draft on July 19,[7] Bliss made her main roster debut for the brand on July 26, where she confronted Becky Lynch before being interrupted by the brand female talents.[40] Bliss achieved her first victory on the main roster by defeating Lynch after she replaced Eva Marie in the match on the August 9 episode of SmackDown Live.[41][42] Bliss made her pay-per-view event debut at SummerSlam on August 21 in a six-woman tag team match, when she teamed with Natalya and Nikki Bella in a winning effort against Becky Lynch, Carmella, and Naomi.[43]

Bliss debuted a new look based on Harley Quinn from the film Suicide Squad at Backlash on September 11,[1] competing in a six-pack elimination challenge to determine the inaugural SmackDown Women’s Champion, ultimately won by Becky Lynch.[44] On the September 13 episode of SmackDown Live, Bliss won a fatal five-way match by pinning Nikki Bella to earn a Women’s Championship match against Lynch at No Mercy on October 9.[45] However, due to Lynch suffering a legitimate injury,[46][47][48] the match was rescheduled for the November 8 episode of SmackDown Live, where Lynch successfully defended the title against Bliss, albeit in controversial fashion, as the referee did not see Bliss’ foot on the bottom rope when she submitted to Lynch’s finishing maneuver.[49] On the November 15 episode of SmackDown Live, Raw Women’s Champion Charlotte (now going as Charlotte Flair) appeared at ringside during a match between Carmella and Nikki Bella, which ensued a brawl between all members of the Raw women’s team, with the SmackDown women’s team making the save.[50] At Survivor Series on November 20, the SmackDown women’s team lost to the Raw women’s team in the traditional 5-on-5 Survivor Series elimination match, during which Bliss and Lynch furthered their dissent.[51]

On the November 22 episode of SmackDown Live, Bliss was informed by SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon that her rematch against Lynch for the SmackDown Women’s Championship would be scheduled for TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs.[52] At the event on December 4, Bliss defeated Lynch in a tables match and became the new Smackdown Women’s Champion.[8] In December, an angle began where both Bliss and Lynch used a gimmick named La Luchadora to face each other in matches while trying to conceal their identities.[53] As the feud with Lynch intensified, another woman wearing the La Luchadora costume began assisting Bliss, who was revealed to be the returning Mickie James after Bliss successfully defended her championship against Lynch in a steel cage match, which main evented the January 17 episode of SmackDown Live, with Bliss and James forming an alliance.[54] On February 12, Bliss dropped the championship to Naomi at Elimination Chamber.[55] On the February 21 episode of SmackDown Live, after Naomi was forced to vacate the title due to an injury, Bliss defeated Becky Lynch to capture the title for the second time.[56] Bliss’ partnership with Mickie James dissolved shortly after, and the two would face off in a match, with James defeating Bliss.[57] Bliss would lose the championship again to Naomi at WrestleMania 33, in a six-pack challenge also involving James, Carmella, Natalya and Becky Lynch,[58] and would lose a subsequent rematch for the title on the April 4 episode of SmackDown Live.[59]

Raw (2017–present)[edit]

On the April 10th episode of Raw, Bliss made her first appearance for the Raw brand after being drafted as part of the “Superstar Shake Up” by confronting the WWE Raw Women’s Champion Bayley and Sasha Banks. She defeated Sasha Banks, Mickie James and Nia Jax in a Fatal Four Way Match on the April 17th edition of Raw to become the Number One Contender to the Raw Women’s Title. [60]

Other media[edit]

Bliss made her video game debut as a playable character in WWE 2K17.

Personal life[edit]

Kaufman is an avid fan of Disney,[10] which she attributes to her family’s annual trips to Walt Disney World starting at age three, despite her family’s low income at the time.[9] She has cited Trish Stratus and Rey Mysterio as her influences in wrestling.[61]

In January 2017, it was revealed that Kaufman is engaged to fellow wrestler Matthew Adams, better known by the ring name Buddy Murphy in the NXT division.

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Renee Young

 

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 31)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Residence Las Vegas, Nevada, United States[2]
Spouse(s) Dean Ambrose (m. 2016)
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[1] (born September 19, 1985) is a Canadian sports broadcaster and actress. She is currently an on-air personality with WWE under the ring name Renee Young, where she performs interviewing and commentating duties. She is a former sportscaster for The Score.[3]

Early life[edit]

Paquette was born in Toronto, Ontario.[4] She was a child model. After high school, she applied to several colleges and began training in improvisational comedy.[5] 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.[5]

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,[6] 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.[5]

Paquette signed with the American professional wrestling promotion WWE in October 2012,[7] where she was given the ring name Renee Young, and made her on-screen debut on the 29 March 2013 episode of SmackDown, interviewing Randy Orton, Big Show, and Sheamus.[8] Young had previously performed interviews exclusively for WWE Active since February 2013,[9] and had also presented the 2012 Survivor Series pre-show alongside Scott Stanford.[10] Young debuted on the January 23 episode of NXT as a backstage interviewer.[11]

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 The JBL and Cole Show, which was shown on YouTube and WWE.com, until its cancellation in June 2015.[12] It received a Slammy Award for Favorite Web Show of the Year.[13] She also presents WWE Vintage Collection alongside Hall of Famer Mean Gene Okerlund.

In September 2013, Young made her commentary debut on NXT.[14] She began performing color commentary during NXT Divas‘ matches, before later becoming a full-time color commentator on NXT for several months.[5] 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.[15][16] 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.[17] In June, Young served as the co-host of the sixth season of Tough Enough, alongside Chris Jericho.[18]

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.[19] On December 27, Young was confronted by Maryse backstage on SmackDown.[20] Maryse slapped Young the following week in retaliation.[21]

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.[5] She appeared in a commercial for Oxy, and had a part in a Tom Green music video.[5] Prior to this, she had a cameo in the music video for Kelly Clarkson‘s 2005 song “Behind These Hazel Eyes“.[5] She also appeared in a national Noxzema commercial, and did a photoshoot for Toro Magazine.[22] In 2016, it was announced that Paquette would be appearing as a main cast member for the sixth season of Total Divas.[23] 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.”[5]

Since 2013, Paquette has been in a relationship with wrestler Jonathan Good, better known by his ring name Dean Ambrose.[24][25] On April 12, 2017, it was announced that the couple had gotten married on Sunday, April 9.[26][27]

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–present
Total Divas Guest (season 1)
Recurring (season 4–5)
Main cast (season 6)
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–present Unfiltered with Renee Young Host
2015 WWE Tough Enough Co-host
2016–present WWE Talking Smack Host
2016–present WWE Raw Talk Host

Web[edit]

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

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

BROOKE NICOLE ADAMS

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Brooke Nichole Adams (December 4, 1984) is an American model, dancer, and professional wrestler, who is currently signed to Impact Wrestling under the ring name Brooke. She previously worked for World Wrestling Entertainment appearing with Kelly Kelly and Layla in the dance group Extreme Exposé on the company’s former ECW brand. She is a former three-time TNA Women’s Knockout Champion, and a one-time former TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champion with Tara, known collectively as TnT.

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Early life

Adams grew up with her twin sister and mother in St. Louis, Missouri. She sees her mother as a hero, and at age 7 her mother, her sister and herself moved to Houston, Texas where she was raised. She began her career there as a model, modeling for various companies across the Texas region such as Hawaiian Tropic & Vertical Smiles. Following her stint as a fitness model, she appeared on several shows as a model such as Ritmo Deportivo and G4’s Street Furry. During this time she was a featured model on Bikini Destinations. Following this she got involved in professional wrestling.

Professional wrestling

World Wrestling Entertainment (2006-2007)

She first became involved in professional wrestling by trying out for the 2006 WWE Diva Search, for which she failed to make the top 8. Despite not making the cut, Adams was chosen to observe workouts in “development territory” Ohio Valley Wrestling along with Maryse Ouellet, after which she was offered a developmental contract. She accepted and was assigned to Deep South Wrestling (DSW) to train, starting as the valet for Daniel Rodimer. When Rodimer was called up to the main roster, she was left without a wrestler and focused on becoming a full-time wrestler herself. She made her in-ring debut, a loss to Angel Williams, at a DSW TV taping in December 2006.

On January 23, 2007 Adams debuted on the ECW brand. Joining Kelly Kelly and Layla El in Extreme Exposé. This would become a weekly dance segment on the show. She continued working in DSW and during February she was (kayfabe) promoted to the position of Personal Assistant to General Manager Krissy Vaine, with her main job being to protect Krissy from Angel Williams. This eventually led to another match between Adams and Williams, as ordered by Vaine. At the March 15, 2007 DSW TV tapings, Adams was kayfabe fired from her position following Vaine and Williams’ alliance together. Adams made her in-ring WWE debut on the May 28, 2007 edition of Raw where she, along with several other WWE Divas from all three brands, competed in a Memorial Day Bikini Beach Blast Battle Royal, which was won by Michelle McCool. When Florida Championship Wrestling opened in the summer of 2007, Adams was transferred to the developmental facility for training, along with continuing her Extreme Exposé role.

Extreme Exposé acted as a weekly dance segment on the ECW show for months until The Miz was placed on the ECW brand in the annual WWE Draft Lottery, at which point all three ladies began actively pursuing him. Later, Kelly shifted her attentions to Balls Mahoney, to the amusement of The Miz and her Exposé sisters, who had been spending their time mocking his look which led her to turn into a heel character with Layla. Brooke, along with the other ECW Divas, as well as SmackDown and RAW Divas, would compete in a Number-One Contender’s Battle Royal for Candice Michelle‘s WWE Women’s Championship at SummerSlam, but Brooke got eliminated early on and with Kelly as the last ECW Diva standing, Beth Phoenix would ultimately win. Brooke’s last match was a tri brand divas Halloween battle royal on the October 29, 2007 edition of Raw and even though she was eliminated early Kelly Kelly would eliminate Torrie Wilson to get the win for ECW.

Just a couple days later on November 1, 2007, Adams was released from her WWE contract.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling

Knockout’s Law (2010–2011)

On the March 29, 2010, edition of TNA Impact!, Adams made her Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) debut in a backstage segment as Eric Bischoff‘s assistant, under the name Ms. Tessmacher, named after Lex Luthor’s girlfriend and assistant in the first two Superman movies. On the September 30 edition of Impact! she was put in charge of the TNA Knockouts as Knockout’s Law. The position quickly went to her head and she began being verbally abusive to all of the knockouts. Just two weeks later Bischoff fired Tessmacher from her position as his assistant and Knockout’s Law, after she had leaked important information about his plans to Kevin Nash and “The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero, stating that she needed to become a wrestler herself if she wanted to remain in TNA. The following week, Tessmacher begged The Beautiful People to teach her how to wrestle, but they ultimately refused, due to the treatment they got from her when she was in control of the Knockouts division. At the following Impact!, it was revealed that Lacey Von Erich of The Beautiful People had agreed to train Tessmacher to wrestle. However, Von Erich would leave the promotion on November 11, ending the angle abruptly.

Tag Team and Knockout Champion (2011–2013)

Main article: TnT

On the December 16 edition of Impact! Tessmacher returned and made her TNA in–ring debut as Bischoff’s hand picked partner for Mickie James in the first round match of a tournament for the vacant TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship, in which they were defeated by Madison Rayne and Tara. On December 25 Adams suffered a broken jaw in an out–of–the–ring accident and had wires and metal plates put in her jaw as a result. Tessmacher returned to TNA on the April 21, 2011, edition of Impact!, saying that during her time away from TNA she had been training to become the TNA Knockout Champion and that “Miss Tessmacher’s back”. On the May 5 edition of Impact!, she had her return match as she unsuccessfully challenged Mickie James for the TNA Women’s Knockout Championship. On May 12, she teamed with Mickie James against Tara and Madison Rayne in a successful effort pulling up the win with a victory roll against Rayne. On the June 16 edition of Impact Wrestling, Tessmacher and Velvet Sky challenged Mexican America (Rosita and Sarita) for the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship, but were defeated following outside interference from Sky’s rival, ODB.

At the tapings of the July 21 edition of Impact Wrestling, Tessmacher and Tara defeated Rosita and Sarita to win the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championship, Adams’ first professional wrestling title. On the August 4 edition of Impact Wrestling! Tessmacher got her first singles match victory, defeating Madison Rayne. Tessmacher and Tara made their first title defense on August 7 at Hardcore Justice, defeating Mexican America in a rematch. On the following edition of Impact Wrestling, Adams’ ring name was switched to Brooke Tessmacher. On the November 3 edition of Impact Wrestling, Tessmacher and Tara lost the Knockouts Tag Team Championship to Gail Kim and Madison Rayne. On the November 17 episode of Impact Wrestling, both members of TnT competed in a gauntlet match to earn a title match with the new Women’s Knockout Champion, Gail Kim, but were both eliminated. Tessmacher was eliminated by Velvet Sky and Tara was eliminated by Mickie James who would go on to win the gauntlet match.

After pinning Gail Kim on three occasions, Tessmacher was named the number one contender for her TNA Women’s Knockout Championship. On May 13 at Sacrifice, Tessmacher failed in her title challenge against Kim, when Kim pinned her with her feet on the ropes. Tessmacher received another shot at the title on the following episode of Impact Wrestling, but was again defeated by Kim in a three-way match, which also included Velvet Sky. On the June 7 episode of Impact Wrestling, a week after Brooke Hogan‘s TNA debut, Adams’ ring name was switched back to Miss Tessmacher. She then went on to defeat Mickie James, Tara and Velvet Sky in a four-way match to earn another shot at Gail Kim’s Women’s Knockout Championship. Three days later at Slammiversary, Tessmacher defeated Gail Kim to win the TNA Women’s Knockout Championship for the first time. On the June 21 episode of Impact Wrestling Tessmacher made her first successful title defense, defeating Mickie James. On the July 12 episode of Impact Wrestling, Tessmacher successfully defended her title in a rematch against Gail Kim. On August 12 at Hardcore Justice, Tessmacher lost the title to Madison Rayne, who had referee Earl Hebner on her side, ending her reign at 63 days. Tessmacher regained the title from Rayne on the following episode of Impact Wrestling in a match refereed by the debuting Taryn Terrell. On September 9 at No Surrender, Tessmacher successfully defended the title against her TnT partner Tara. On the following episode of Impact Wrestling, Tara turned into a villainess and attacked Tessmacher, officially ending TnT. On October 14 at Bound for Glory, Tessmacher lost the Knockouts Championship to Tara.

On January 13, 2013, at the Genesis pay-per-view, Tessmacher competed in a five-woman gauntlet match to determine the #1 Contender to the TNA Knockouts Championship, but was eliminated by Gail Kim. On the February 7 edition of Impact Wrestling, Tessmacher defeated Tara in a non-title match to earn another shot at the Knockouts Championship. Tessmacher received her title opportunity in a four-way elimination match on the February 21 episode of Impact Wrestling, but she was the second woman eliminated from the match by the eventual winner Velvet Sky, and also included Gail Kim and Tara. Tessmacher participated in the Knockous Knockdown event March 17 (aired September 6); competing in a winning effort against Santana Garrett. On the April 18 episode of Impact Wrestling, Tessmacher was defeated by Mickie James in a #1 Contender’s match for the Knockouts Championship.

Aces and Eights and Hiatus (2013-2014)

After a five-month absence, Tessmacher returned as a heel on the August 22 episode of Impact Wrestling, revealing herself as Bully Ray’s girlfriend and joining the villainous Aces & Eights stable. Tessmacher, now billed as Brooke, wrestled her return match on the October 3 episode of Impact Wrestling, defeating Velvet Sky in a #1 Contender’s match for the TNA Knockout Championship. On October 20 at Bound for Glory, Brooke unsuccessfully challenged for the title in a three-way match, also involving then-champion ODB and Gail Kim, when Kim pinned Brooke to win the match with help from Lei’D Tapa. On the November 21 episode of Impact Wrestling, Brooke managed Bully Ray, who faced Mr. Anderson in a no disqualifications match. Anderson won the match, and as a pre-stipulation of the match, the Aces & Eights were forced to disband. On the December 26 episode of Impact Wrestling, Brooke was seen backstage speaking to Bully Ray, who rudely threatened her, ending their relationship.

On May 10, 2014, after a six-month hiatus, Brooke returned at the tapings for the Knockouts Knockdown 2 pay-per-view (which aired on tape delay on November 7, 2014). Continuing to portray her heel character at the event, the villainous Brooke defeated Deonna but was eliminated from the gauntlet match later in the evening. Brooke returned to Impact Wrestling on June 12, 2014 as a special guest during a segment

Naomi (wrestler)

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Naomi (wrestler)

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Naomi
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Naomi in March 2016
Birth name Trinity McCray
Born (1987-11-30) November 30, 1987 (age 29)
Sanford, Florida, United States
Residence Pensacola, Florida, United States
Spouse(s) Jimmy Uso (m. 2014)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Naomi[1]
Naomi Knight[2]
Naomi Night[3]
Trinity McCray
Ms. Florida[4]
Billed height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)[5]
Billed from “Planet Funk”
Orlando, Florida[5]
Trained by Florida Championship Wrestling[6]
Debut September 3, 2009[6]

Trinity Fatu (née McCray; born November 30, 1987)[6] is an American professional wrestler, actress, model, dancer, and singer. She is signed to WWE, where she performs on the SmackDown brand under the ring name Naomi, where she is the current WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion in her second reign. Through her marriage to Jonathan Fatu (better known by the ring name Jimmy Uso), she is a member of the Anoaʻi family, a renowned Samoan-American wrestling dynasty.

In August 2009, McCray signed with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and was assigned to Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), WWE’s past developmental territory in Tampa, Florida, where she became the inaugural FCW Divas Champion. In August 2010, she competed in the all-female third season of NXT, where she came in second place under the tutelage of Kelly Kelly.[7] In January 2012, she made her main roster debut joining Cameron in forming The Funkadactyls, and also becoming the backup dancers to Brodus Clay and Tensai.[8] In December 2013, they both were nominated and awarded Slammy Awards for Best Dance Moves of the Year.[9] She would form another alliance with Tamina in May 2015,[10] later being joined by Sasha Banks in July 2015, forming the trio Team B.A.D.[11][12][13]

In 2017 at Elimination Chamber, Naomi won the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship, her first title in WWE; however, she was forced to vacate the championship nine days later due to an injury sustained during the match, taking her out of action. She later returned to announce that she would be competing in the SmackDown Women’s Championship match at WrestleMania 33. During the match, Naomi made Alexa Bliss submit to regain the Smackdown Women’s Championship. She is the first and only African-American to hold the title, as well as the only African-American woman to win a championship at WrestleMania.

Early life[edit]

McCray was born in Sanford, Florida.[6] She was a cheerleader and dancer for the NBA Orlando Magic basketball team franchise from 2007 to mid-2009. She has also starred as a background dancer for rapper Flo Rida.[5]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE[edit]

NXT (2010–2011)[edit]

On the August 31 episode of NXT, it was announced that Naomi would be part of the all-female third season of NXT, with Kelly Kelly as her pro.[7] Naomi debuted on the September 7 episode of NXT, where she won the “Dance Competition” and “Capture the Flag” contests, and also teamed with her mentor Kelly Kelly to face fellow rookie Diva Maxine and her pro Alicia Fox in winning effort, when Naomi pinned Maxine.[14] On the September 21 episode of NXT, Naomi unsuccessfully competed in the “Talk the Talk” challenge, was won by AJ Lee. Later, she teamed with Kelly Kelly and Jamie Keyes in a winning effort, defeating LayCool (Layla and Michelle McCool) and Kaitlyn with Vickie Guerrero in their corner.[15] On the October 5 episode of NXT, Naomi unsuccessfully competed in the “Mechanical Bull Riding” and “Talent Show” contests.[16] On the October 12 episode of NXT, Naomi and Kelly Kelly were defeated by Alicia Fox with Maxine in her corner, and Naomi unsuccessfully competed in a “Name that Tune” contest, but won the “Power of the Punch” contest.[17] The following week, Naomi won the “Who’s That Body” and the limbo contests, although host Matt Striker incorrectly declared Naomi the winner without her successfully completing the round Maxine had failed. However, the rules were stated in the beginning of the challenge that the last Diva left standing would win, leaving the win valid.[18] On the October 26 episode of NXT, Naomi defeated Maxine in a singles match, and unsuccessfully competed in a “Halloween Candy” contest.[19] The following week on November 2, Naomi earned immunity from elimination for having the most challenge wins. Over the following two weeks, Naomi won matches against Aksana and Kaitlyn, as well as the “Diss the Diva” contest. On November 30, in the final episode, Naomi lost to Kaitlyn, placing second in the season.[20]

The Funkadactyls (2012–2014)[edit]

Main article: The Funkadactyls

Naomi (left) at the ring along Brodus Clay, dance partner Cameron, and Hornswoggle (front) in April 2012

On the January 9, 2012 episode of Raw, Naomi made her main roster debut along with Cameron, as The Funkadactyls, the backup dancers and valets for the returning Brodus Clay.[8] Naomi made her WrestleMania debut at WrestleMania XXVIII alongside Cameron during a segment with Clay.[21]

On the TLC pre-show on December 16, Naomi participated in her first televised match by winning a “Santa’s Little Helpers” battle royal to earn WWE Divas Championship match against defending champion Eve later that night,[22] which she lost.[23] On the March 15 episode of SmackDown, The Funkadactyls were attacked backstage by the Bella Twins. On the March 22 episode of SmackDown and the March 25 episode of Raw, Naomi and Cameron attacked the Bella Twins.[24] It was announced on March 27 that at WrestleMania 29, The Funkadactyls, Clay and Tensai, collectively known as Tons of Funk, would face Team Rhodes Scholars (Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow) and the Bella Twins in an eight-person tag team match. However, the match did not happen, as it was revealed that they were cut due to time constraints.[25] The match instead took place the following night on Raw, with The Funkadactyls and Tons of Funk coming out victorious. On the August 26 episode of Raw, Naomi alongside the rest of the Total Divas cast accompanied Natalya and Brie Bella to the ring for their match. After the match, Divas Champion AJ Lee cut a worked shoot promo, where she insulted the cast of the show. On the September 2 episode of Raw, Naomi competed in a triple threat match with Brie Bella and Natalya to determine the number one contender to the WWE Divas Championship, however AJ Lee attacked all three of them, resulting in Stephanie McMahon putting Naomi, Natalya, and Brie Bella in a fatal four-way match to compete for the title at Night of Champions, where AJ was successful in retaining the title. The cast of Total Divas went on to defeat The True Divas (Alicia Fox, Aksana, Divas Champion AJ, Kaitlyn, Rosa Mendes, Tamina Snuka and Summer Rae) in a 7-on-7 elimination tag-team match at the Survivor Series pay-per-view, and in a rematch on the following night on Raw.[26][27]

Naomi in April 2014

On December 15 at the TLC pay-per-view, Naomi, along with fellow Funkadactyl Cameron and Tensai, abandoned Brodus Clay because of his attitude, effectively disbanding Tons of Funk.[28] The following night on Raw, Naomi and Cameron aligned themselves with R-Truth and Xavier Woods, and subsequently began accompanying them to their matches.[29] In January 2014, Naomi received a push, facing the Divas Champion AJ Lee in various tag team matches, and eventually pinning her on both Raw and SmackDown.[30][31][32] On the February 3 episode of Raw, after Naomi defeated Aksana in a singles match, Alicia Fox attempted attack her but was stopped by Cameron.[33] During the match, Naomi suffered a legitimate displaced fracture of the orbital bone.[34] Naomi returned on the March 17 episode of Raw, donning a diamond studded eye-patch, teaming with Cameron to defeat AJ Lee and her bodyguard Tamina Snuka. On April 6, Naomi made her WrestleMania in–ring debut, competing at WrestleMania XXX in the 14–DivaVickie Guerrero Invitational match” for the WWE Divas Championship, which was won by the defending champion AJ Lee.[35] On the June 17 episode of Main Event, Naomi defeated the new Divas Champion Paige, while Cameron, who had begun showing villainous tendencies, attacked Paige after the match and ended up being beaten down by Paige. Naomi then shook hands with Paige, hinting at dissolution between The Funkadactyls. On the June 23 episode of Raw, Naomi defeated Alicia Fox and shook hands with Paige after the match. On the June 27 episode of SmackDown, after once again losing to Paige, Cameron tried to attack her. Naomi got involved and tried to separate the two, but wound up being shoved into Paige by Cameron. At Money in the Bank, Naomi unsuccessfully challenged Paige for the Divas Championship.[36]

On the July 7 episode of Raw, Cameron and Naomi lost in a tag team match to AJ Lee and Paige. After the match, a brawl ensued between Cameron and Naomi, officially disbanding The Funkadactyls.[37] On the July 8 episode of Main Event, Cameron was scheduled to team with Naomi, Natalya, Eva Marie, Rosa Mendes, and Summer Rae against Nikki Bella in a six–on–one handicap match, but instead showed up only to attack Naomi.[38] On the July 11 episode of SmackDown, during Cameron’s match with AJ, Naomi dragged a retreating Cameron back into the ring, allowing AJ to get the win. These events led to a match between Naomi and Cameron on the Battleground pre-show, which Cameron won after she grabbed Naomi’s tights. On the July 28 episode of Raw, Naomi defeated Cameron in a tag team match. On August 30, after almost a month of inactivity, Naomi announced on Twitter that she had been out of action following minor surgery on her orbital bone.[39] She returned on the September 1 episode of Raw in a six-woman tag team match, and attacked Cameron afterwards.[40] Naomi then secured victories over Cameron on the September 15 episode of Raw[41] and on the October 9 episode of Superstars.[42] At Survivor Series, Naomi participated in a 4-on-4 elimination tag team match, where she eliminated Cameron before pinning Paige to get the win for her team in a clean sweep, gaining a measure of revenge for her pay-per-view losses against Paige and Cameron from the months prior.[43]

Managing The Usos (2014–2015)[edit]

Naomi making her entrance during the WrestleMania 31 event in March 2015

In December, Naomi became involved with The Usos‘ feud with The Miz, in which Naomi and Jimmy Uso’s real-life relationship was openly acknowledged on-screen. Miz began offering to help further Naomi’s musical career as well as showing some hints of flirtation, much to Jimmy’s dismay.[44][45] On the December 16 episode of Main Event, Naomi appeared on “Miz TV”, where Miz managed to get Naomi a WWE Divas Championship match against Nikki Bella later that night on Super SmackDown Live. Miz came out mid-match to support Naomi, but she lost the match after Jimmy accidentally distracted her due to his anger of Miz being present.[46] On the December 29 episode of Raw, Naomi hugged Miz backstage and thanked him for his services, while Miz acted as if he had no expectation that the producer he had hired would help her music career. She later celebrated with her husband and brother-in-law after the Usos won their second WWE Tag Team Championship from Miz and Damien Mizdow.[47] The feud continued with Alicia Fox joining Miz and Mizdow after she attacked Naomi backstage, leading to a series of mixed tag team matches, which Naomi and the Usos lost.[48][49] Through February, Naomi and Jimmy started a brief feud against Natalya and Tyson Kidd, facing off during an intergender tag team match on the February 16, episode of Raw, which Naomi and Jimmy win.[50] At Fastlane, Naomi was at ringside when The Usos lost the WWE Tag Team Championship’s against Tyson Kidd and Cesaro.[51] The following night on Raw, The Usos lost a rematch for the titles after a distraction provided by Natalya, which result on Naomi attacking her.[52] On the February 26 episode of Smackdown, the now villainous Natalya defeated Naomi in a singles match, before the feud ended.[53] On March 29, she accompanied The Usos during the WrestleMania 31 pre-show, in which they unsuccessfully challenged Kidd and Cesaro for the Tag Team Championships.[54]

Team B.A.D. (2015–2016)[edit]

Main article: Team B.A.D.

Naomi holding the Divas Championship during a WWE house show in April 2015.

On the March 30[55] and April 6 episodes of Raw,[56] Naomi pinned the WWE Divas Champion Nikki Bella, making her the number one contender for Bella’s championship, however, other Divas, requested and, were granted a number one contender’s battle royal by acting general manager Kane.[57] On the April 13 episode of Raw, Naomi turned heel for the first time in her WWE career by assaulting Paige after she had lastly eliminated Naomi from the battle royal.[58] It was subsequently announced that Paige had been injured at the hands of Naomi, rendering her unable to compete in the storyline.[59] With this Naomi was granted a championship match against Nikki at Extreme Rules,[60] but she failed to win after interference from Brie Bella.[61]

In May, Naomi started an alliance with the returning Tamina and the two attacked both Nikki and Brie,[10] which led to a tag team match between the two sides at Payback, which Naomi and Tamina won.[62] On the May 18 episode of Raw, Naomi lost another title match to Nikki after Tamina caused a disqualification.[63] After Paige returned, a triple threat match was made between Naomi, Paige and Nikki at Elimination Chamber, however she once again failed to capture the title.[64] On the July 13 episode of Raw, after weeks of being outnumbered by The Bella Twins and their ally Alicia Fox, Stephanie McMahon called for a “revolution” in the WWE Divas division and introduced the debuting NXT Women’s Champion Sasha Banks as an ally to her and Tamina, after bringing in Charlotte and Becky Lynch to ally with Paige, leading to a brawl between the three teams.[11][12][13] The three teams would ultimately face off at SummerSlam, on August 23, in a three team elimination match, won by Team PCB.[65]

Naomi during the presentation of the WWE Women’s Championship on April 4, episode of Raw.

Naomi, Tamina and Sasha Banks, known as Team B.A.D. remained together throughout the rest of the year,[66][67][68][69][70][71] however, on the February 1, 2016 episode of Raw, Banks announced her departure from the team and Naomi and Tamina attacked her, officially ending their association.[72][73] The feud between Naomi, Tamina and Banks would continue throughout February,[74][75][76][77] and would lead to a tag team match at Fastlane, where Naomi and Tamina lost to Banks and her partner Becky Lynch.[78] In late March, Naomi and Tamina allied with Lana, Emma and Summer Rae, leading to a 10-Diva tag team match on the WrestleMania 32 pre-show, which Naomi’s team lost.[79] In early May, Tamina underwent knee surgery in order to repair torn ligaments,[80] while Naomi also claimed to be injured on May 5, due to a torn ankle tendon, which would mean the end of the team.[81]

SmackDown Women’s Champion (2016–present)[edit]

Following a hiatus due to injury,[81] and the shoot of a WWE film, Naomi was drafted to SmackDown as part of the 2016 WWE draft which took place on July 19,[82] she made her first appearance for the brand on July 26, where she confronted Alexa Bliss before being interrupted by Carmella.[83] On the August 16 episode of SmackDown, Naomi debuted a new style, entrance, theme, and established herself as a fan favorite for the first time in over a year, as she was set to face Eva Marie, however, she no-showed due to traffic problems. Later that night, during a match between Carmella and Becky Lynch against Natalya and Alexa Bliss, Naomi, and Marie interfered causing a distraction for the competitors.[84] One day later, a six-woman tag team match was announced for SummerSlam between Bliss, Natalya, and Marie against Naomi, Lynch, and Carmella, but following Marie’s suspension on August 18,[85] her place was taken by the returning Nikki Bella, and Naomi’s team would ultimately lose the match at the pay-per-view.[86] At Backlash, on September 11, Naomi competed in a six-pack elimination challenge to determine the inaugural WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion, where she would eliminate Alexa Bliss before being eliminated by Natalya.[87] At the No Mercy pay-per-view, Naomi was Alexa Bliss’ replacement opponent for the injured Becky Lynch, and she defeated Alexa, and ultimately won the match.[88] On the November 1 episode of SmackDown, Naomi was revealed to be the final member to the SmackDown women’s team against the Raw women’s team at the Survivor Series pay–per–view,[89] which they were unsuccessful in winning.[90]

After two months of inactivity, Naomi made her return on the January 24, 2017 episode of SmackDown starting a feud with the SmackDown Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss over the championship.[91] Naomi pinned Bliss twice, in two different tag team matches,[92][93][94] and was given a championship match at the Elimination Chamber pay–per–view, where Naomi defeated Bliss to win the SmackDown Women’s Championship, also becoming the first African–American woman to win the title.[95] However, on the February 21 episode of SmackDown, Naomi was forced to relinquish the title due to injury she sustained during the title match.[96][97] After a month of healing, Naomi made her return on the March 28 episode of SmackDown announcing that she would be a part of the WrestleMania Women’s Championship match.[98] On April 2nd at WrestleMania 33, in her hometown of Orlando, Naomi made Alexa Bliss submit in a six–pack challenge to regain the Smackdown Women’s Championship.[99] Two days later, Naomi defeated Bliss in a rematch to retain the championship, ending the feud between the two.[100]

Other media[edit]

Naomi has played a main role for the reality television show Total Divas produced by WWE and E!. The show began airing in July 2013.[101] In May 2014, Naomi released her first single song entitled “Dance All Night”, and the accompanying music video was released on WWE’s YouTube channel.[102] In December 2014, she announced that she would not be part of the second half of season three that aired January 2015 to March 2015.[103] On April 1, 2015 a press release stated that she would be returning as a main cast member for season four.[104] However, on September 9, she revealed on her Twitter account that she had been replaced in the cast[105] by Mandy for the upcoming fifth season.[106] On April 6, 2016, it was confirmed that Naomi would once again be returning to the show as a main cast member for the sixth season.[107]

Naomi has appeared in five WWE video games. She made her in-game debut at WWE ’13 as an NPC along with her then-tag team partner Cameron, appearing during Brodus Clay’s entrance and winning celebration as well as in WWE 2K14, she would later appear as a playable character in WWE 2K15, WWE 2K16[108] and WWE 2K17.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2017 The Marine 5: Battleground Murphy Film Debut

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013–present Total Divas Herself Main cast (season 1–4, 6)
Guest (season 5)
2015 WWE Tough Enough Herself Guest (season 6)

Personal life[edit]

McCray and longtime boyfriend Jonathan Fatu, best known by his ring name Jimmy Uso, were married in Maui on January 16, 2014.[109] They reside in Orlando, Florida.[110] She is the stepmother to Fatu’s two children.[111]

In wrestling[edit]

Naomi hitting the Rear View on Nikki Bella
Naomi applying the Slay–o–mission on Cameron
Naomi performing a diving crossbody on Nikki Bella

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Maryse Ouellet (WWE)

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Maryse Ouellet

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

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

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

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

Early life and career[edit]

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

Professional wrestling career[edit]

World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE[edit]

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

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

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

Early years (2006–2008)[edit]

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

Maryse in 2008

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

Divas Champion (2008–2010)[edit]

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

Maryse wrestling during the WrestleMania XXV event in April 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Independent circuit (2012–2013)[edit]

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

Return to WWE[edit]

Managing The Miz (2016–present)[edit]

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other media[edit]

Maryse and Miz in 2016 as “It Couple”

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

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

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

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

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

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

Television[edit]

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

Other endeavors[edit]

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

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

Personal life[edit]

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

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

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

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

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

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Joy Giovanni (WWE)

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Joy Giovanni

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

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

Professional wrestling career[edit]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other media[edit]

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

Video Game[edit]

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

Personal life[edit]

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

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

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

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

Lana (wrestling)

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Lana (wrestling)

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

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

Early life[edit]

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

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

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

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

Music and acting career[edit]

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

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

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

Professional wrestling career[edit]

WWE[edit]

NXT (2013–2014)[edit]

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

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

Managing Rusev (2014–2015)[edit]

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

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

Lana holding the United States Championship at WrestleMania 31 in 2015

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

Managing Dolph Ziggler (2015–2016)[edit]

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

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

Rusev’s wife (2016–present)[edit]

Lana wrestling Natalya at a live event in April 2016

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

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

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

Other media[edit]

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

Filmography[edit]

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

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

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

Personal life[edit]

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

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Torrie Wilson (WWE)

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Torrie Wilson

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

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

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

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

Early life[edit]

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

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

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

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

Professional wrestling career[edit]

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

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

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

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

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

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

Main article: The Invasion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wilson in December 2004

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

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

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

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

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

Vince’s Devils (2005–2006)[edit]

Main article: Vince’s Devils

Wilson at the ring during a WWE house show in 2005

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

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

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

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

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

Wilson in December 2007

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

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

One-off appearance (2009)[edit]

Wilson made her in-ring return at WrestleMania

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

Other media[edit]

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

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

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

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

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

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

Personal life[edit]

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

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

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

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

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

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

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Ashley Massaro (WWE)

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Ashley Massaro

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

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

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

Professional wrestling career[edit]

World Wrestling Entertainment[edit]

Diva Search (2005)[edit]

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

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

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

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

SmackDown! (2006-2007)[edit]

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

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

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

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

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

Various storylines and departure (2008)[edit]

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

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

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

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

Other media[edit]

Survivor[edit]

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

Modeling and acting[edit]

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

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

Filmography[edit]

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

Personal life[edit]

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

Massaro previously dated fellow wrestler Matt Hardy.[47]

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

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

Massaro is a Christian.[52]

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

In wrestling[edit]

  • Finishing moves

As Ashley Massaro

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Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Brooke Tessmacher

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Brooke Tessmacher

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Brooke Tessmacher
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Brooke in 2013
Birth name Brooke Nichole Adams
Born (1984-12-04) December 4, 1984 (age 32)[1]
St. Louis, Missouri, United States[1]
Residence Houston, Texas, United States
Children 1
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Brooke[1]
Brooke Adams[1][1]
Brooke Tessmacher[2]
Miss Tessmacher[3]
Billed height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)[1]
Billed weight 112 lb (51 kg)[1]
Billed from Houston, Texas[4]
Trained by Deep South Wrestling[1]
Florida Championship Wrestling[1]
Debut November 2006[1]

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

Early life[edit]

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

Modeling career[edit]

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

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

Professional wrestling career[edit]

World Wrestling Entertainment[edit]

Diva Search (2006)[edit]

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

Deep South Wrestling (2006–2007)[edit]

Adams in February 2007

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

ECW (2007)[edit]

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

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling[edit]

Knockouts Division Commissioner (2010–2011)[edit]

Tessmacher as Eric Bischoff‘s assistant in July 2010

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

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

Championship reigns (2011–2013)[edit]

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

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

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

Tessmacher in early 2013

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

Aces & Eights (2013–2014)[edit]

Main article: Aces & Eights

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

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

Final feuds and departure (2015)[edit]

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

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

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

Family Wrestling Entertainment (2012)[edit]

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

Return to IW (2017–present)[edit]

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

Other media[edit]

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

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

Personal life[edit]

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

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

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]