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Dean Ambrose

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Dean Ambrose
Dean Ambrose WrestleMania 32 Axxess.jpg

Ambrose in March 2016
Birth name Jonathan Good[1]
Born (1985-12-07) December 7, 1985 (age 31)[2][3]
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States[1]
Residence Las Vegas, Nevada, United States[1]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Dean Ambrose[1]
Jon Moxley[2][3]
Jonathan Moxley[3]
Moxley Moxx[3]
Billed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)[4]
Billed weight 225 lb (102 kg)[4]
Billed from Cincinnati, Ohio[4]
Trained by Cody Hawk[5]
Les Thatcher[5]
Debut June 2004[3]

JonathanJonGood (born December 7, 1985) is an American professional wrestler and actor, currently signed to WWE on the SmackDown brand under the ring name Dean Ambrose, where he is the current Intercontinental Champion in his second reign.

In WWE, Ambrose is a one-time WWE World Champion, a two-time Intercontinental Champion, and a one-time United States Champion, with his 351-day United States Championship reign being the third-longest in history and a company record within WWE (who acquired the title upon purchasing World Championship Wrestling in 2001). He was also the 2016 Money in the Bank ladder match winner and successfully cashed in his contract to become WWE World Heavyweight Champion. From 2011, Ambrose competed in WWE developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), before joining the WWE main roster in 2012 as a member of the The Shield with Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins. Ambrose has headlined multiple pay-per-view events for WWE and made his acting debut in the WWE Studios production 12 Rounds 3: Lockdown (2015).

Ambrose is also known for his work on the independent circuit as Jon Moxley between 2004 and 2011. He worked for various promotions including Full Impact Pro (FIP), Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW), Ring of Honor (ROH), Evolve Wrestling (EVOLVE), and Dragon Gate USA (DGUSA), winning the FIP World Heavyweight Championship once, CZW World Heavyweight Championship twice, and the Insanity Pro Wrestling World Heavyweight Championship twice.

Professional wrestling career

Heartland Wrestling Association (2004–2010)

Good began working for Les Thatcher at the Heartland Wrestling Association (HWA) as a teenager; he sold popcorn and set up the ring before beginning to train at the age of 18 (Thatcher refused to train Good until he was 18 years old) as a professional wrestler under Thatcher and Cody Hawk.[5][6] Using the ring name Jon Moxley, he made his debut in June 2004. Less than a year into his career, Moxley teamed up with Jimmy Turner as Necessary Roughness, and on May 11, 2005, they defeated the team of Extreme Desire (Mike Desire and Tack) to win the HWA Tag Team Championship.[5] After Quinten Lee and Ala Hussein, who made up the team Foreign Intelligence, beat Necessary Roughness for the HWA Tag Team Championship, Moxley started teaming with Ric Byrne in a team known as Heartland Foundation. They beat Foreign Intelligence for the title on August 19, 2005, but were stripped of the championship for unknown reasons the same day.

Jon Moxley on the independent circuit in 2010

In 2006, Moxley started challenging for the HWA Heavyweight Championship. He assembled a stable called The Crew which over time had wrestlers like Sami Callihan, Dick Rick, Eric Darkside, and Pepper Parks. On May 9, 2006, he beat Pepper Parks to win the HWA Heavyweight Championship, and held the title for more than four months until he dropped it to Chad Collyer on September 12. Moxley regained the HWA Heavyweight Championship on December 30, by again defeating Parks. Three days later, on January 2, 2007, he lost the title to Brian Jennings.

Moxley returned to the tag team division when he teamed up with his former trainer Cody Hawk.[5] On June 12, 2007, Moxley and Hawk defeated Tack and Tarek the Legend to win the HWA Tag Team Championship. Moxley and Hawk’s reign only lasted four days as Andre Heart and Richard Phillips, collectively known as GP Code, beat them for the title. Moxley continued to work in the tag team division for the rest of 2007 through early 2010. In 2009, Moxley started teaming up with rival King Vu in a team known as Royal Violence. They captured the HWA Tag Team Championship twice while teaming together. The first time they captured the title was on October 14, when they beat the Kosher Klub. They held the title until December 2 when they were beaten by The Irish Airborne (Dave and Jake Crist). Just over two weeks later, Royal Violence regained the HWA Tag Team Championships as they beat Irish Airborne on December 19.

While still one half of the HWA Tag Team Champions with King Vu, Moxley captured the HWA Heavyweight Championship for a third time. On January 6, 2010, he successfully cashed in his “Pick Your Poison” title shot against Aaron Williams. King Vu then turned on Moxley, costing them the HWA Tag Team Championship. On February 24, the Noble Bloods (Lord Matthew Taylor and Sir Chadwick Cruise) defeated Royal Violence for the titles. On July 14, Moxley lost the HWA Heavyweight Championship to Gerome Phillips.[7]

Insanity Pro Wrestling (2007–2011)

After Moxley’s successful defense of the IPW World Heavyweight Championship against Aaron Williams at IPW Desperate Measures on June 5, 2010, Jimmy Jacobs attacked Moxley causing the locker room to come out and separate them both.[8] Moxley wondered why Jacobs attacked him, then both proceeded to have a war of words with each other in the back.[9] On August 21 at IPW 9th Anniversary: Reign of the Insane, Moxley defeated Jacobs to successfully retain the IPW World Heavyweight Championship.[8] On October 2 at Shocktoberfest, Moxley defeated Drake Younger in a three stages of Insanity match to successfully retain the IPW World Heavyweight Championship.[10] On January 1, 2011 at Showdown in Naptown, Moxley lost the IPW World Heavyweight Championship to Jimmy Jacobs in a dog collar match due to referee stoppage.[11]

Combat Zone Wrestling (2009–2011)

Tlyer Black Lose To Moxley in 2009

Moxley after defending the CZW World Heavyweight Championship against Nick Gage in 2010

On June 6, 2009, Moxley was a participant in Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW)’s Tournament of Death VIII. In the first round, Moxley defeated Brain Damage in a Dining Death match, but lost to Nick “F’N” Gage in a triple threat fans bring the weapons match, also including Scotty Vortekz, in the semi-finals. On October 25, 2009, Moxley participated in the CZW Tournament of Death: Rewind, in the first round he faced Thumbtack Jack in a Four Corners of Fun Dog Collar match, which he lost.

At the CZW 11th Anniversary Show on February 12, 2010, Moxley defeated B-Boy to win the CZW World Heavyweight Championship.[5] On August 8, Moxley lost the CZW World Heavyweight Championship to Nick Gage in a Ultraviolent three way dance also involving Drake Younger.[12] On August 14, Moxley regained the CZW World Heavyweight Championship from Gage in a three-way dance, also involving Egotistico Fantastico.[13] At the CZW 12th Anniversary show on February 12, 2011, Moxley lost the CZW World Heavyweight Championship to Robert Anthony.[14]

Dragon Gate USA (2009–2011)

Moxley started working for Dragon Gate USA (DGUSA) in 2009, and on November 28, he defeated B-Boy via submission in a dark match.[3] Moxley continued to work for Dragon Gate USA in 2010, and on January 23, he defeated Darin Corbin in a dark match. Later that night, he attacked Lacey until Tommy Dreamer made the save.[3] Moxley then teamed up with Brian Kendrick on March 26 in a match against Paul London and Jimmy Jacobs in which Moxley and Kendrick won. Following the match Kendrick and London put Moxley through a table.[3] On March 27, Moxley made his pay-per-view debut with Dragon Gate USA in Phoenix, Arizona, facing Dreamer in a hardcore match taped for Mercury Rising, which Moxley won.[5][15] At the May 8 Uprising pay-per-view taping in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada Moxley suffered an injury where his left nipple was nearly severed during a match with Jimmy Jacobs.[16]

At Freedom Fight, which aired on January 7, 2011, Moxley and Akira Tozawa were defeated by Homicide and Open the Freedom Gate Champion BxB Hulk in a tag team match.

Other promotions (2007–2011)

Moxley competed in two matches for Ring of Honor (ROH) in 2007. On February 23, Moxley teamed with Alex Payne in a losing effort against Bobby Dempsey and Rhett Titus in a dark match.[3] On June 22, Moxley lost to Mitch Franklin also in a dark match.[3]

At Full Impact Pro‘s (FIP) Southern Stampede show on April 17, 2010, Moxley defeated Roderick Strong to win the vacant FIP World Heavyweight Championship.[17] On August 7 at Cage Of Pain III Moxley defeated Bruce Santee to retain the title.[5][18]

Moxley made his Evolve debut at Evolve 3: Rise or Fall on May 1, 2010, losing to Drake Younger.[19] On July 23, Moxley fought Brodie Lee to a double disqualification at Evolve 4: Danielson vs Fish.[20] At Evolve 6: Aries vs. Taylor on November 10, 2010, Moxley defeated Homicide in a Relaxed Rules match after the referee called for the bell.[21] On April 19, 2011, Moxley wrestled his Evolve farewell match, facing Austin Aries in a losing effort.[22]

He made his debut for Jersey All Pro Wrestling (JAPW) on October 23, 2010 at Halloween Hell in which he defeated Devon Moore.[23] On February 5, 2011, JAPW debuted in South River, New Jersey. At this event, Moxley became the newest member of the United States Death Machine.

World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE

Florida Championship Wrestling (2011–2012)

On April 4, 2011, it was confirmed that Good had signed a developmental deal with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), and Dragon Gate USA granted his release from the promotion.[24] Good had previously appeared for the promotion as Jon Moxley on January 20, 2006, when he teamed with Brad Attitude in a loss to MNM in a match taped for Velocity.[3] On May 27, 2011, he joined WWE’s developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), under the name Dean Ambrose.[25][26]

Dean Ambrose yelling at fans during an NXT event in October 2012

Ambrose made his televised debut on the July 3 episode of FCW television, where he challenged Seth Rollins, another prominent independent wrestler.[25][27] Ambrose and Rollins had their first match for the FCW 15 Championship in a 15-minute Iron Man match on the August 14 episode of FCW television; the match ended in a draw with neither man scoring a fall, so Rollins retained the title.[28] A subsequent 20 minute rematch for the title two weeks later resulted in a similar 0–0 draw.[28] A second 30-minute rematch for the title on the September 18 episode of FCW television went to a time limit 2–2 draw and the match was sent into sudden death rules, where Rollins scored a pinfall to win the match 3–2.[25][28] Of note, an entire episode of FCW TV was dedicated to hyping and showing the third match in the series.[28] Ambrose finally beat Rollins in a non-title match in the first round of the Super Eight Tournament to crown the new FCW Florida Heavyweight Champion.[29] However, Ambrose was unsuccessful in the tournament final as Leo Kruger won the fatal four-way match.[29] Ambrose also cost Rollins his FCW 15 title by attacking Damien Sandow during his title match with Rollins, causing a disqualification in the deciding fall.[30] Ambrose then unsuccessfully challenged Sandow for the FCW 15 title,[31] before Leakee defeated both Ambrose and Rollins during a triple threat match to determine the number one contender to the FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship.[32]

At an FCW house show on October 21, Ambrose challenged WWE wrestler CM Punk, who was making a guest appearance, to a match; Punk accepted and defeated Ambrose in a 30-minute match, and later paid tribute to Ambrose.[25][33] Ambrose’s behind-the-back attack on WWE wrestler and FCW commentator William Regal set up a match between the two on the November 6 episode of FCW television, where Regal pinned Ambrose to win the match.[25][34] Following the loss to Regal, Ambrose became obsessed about wanting a rematch and regularly taunted Regal by using Regal’s finishing moves to win matches.[35] Ambrose started appearing at WWE house shows in December 2011.[36] At WrestleMania XXVIII Axxess in April 2012, Ambrose had a confrontation with veteran hardcore wrestler Mick Foley, claiming that Foley needed to be held accountable for leading a generation astray.[37] Ambrose continued his verbal assault on Foley through Twitter[38] and WWE reacted by “sending Ambrose home” from the SmackDown taping.[39] Ambrose challenged old nemesis Seth Rollins for the FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship on the June 24 episode of FCW TV, but Rollins defeated him.[40] Ambrose finally received a rematch with William Regal on the final episode of FCW television on July 15, which ended in a no contest when Ambrose kneed Regal’s head into an exposed turnbuckle, causing Regal to bleed from the ear. After the match, Regal applauded Ambrose and allowed Ambrose to deliver the “Knee Trembler”. Afterward, the FCW locker room stormed the ring to separate Ambrose from a fallen Regal while commentators questioned whether Regal would ever be able to wrestle again.[41]

The Shield (2012–2014)

Main article: The Shield

Ambrose (center) as part of The Shield in February 2013

Ambrose made his main roster debut on November 18, 2012, at the Survivor Series pay-per-view alongside Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins; they delivered a triple Powerbomb through an announce table to Ryback during the triple threat main event for the WWE Championship, allowing CM Punk to pin John Cena and retain his title.[42] The trio declared themselves “The Shield” and vowed to rally against “injustice”. They denied working for Punk, but routinely emerged from the crowd to attack Punk’s adversaries, including Ryback and the WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No (Kane and Daniel Bryan).[43][44][45][46] This led to a six-man Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match being set up for the TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs pay-per-view, where Ambrose, Reigns, and Rollins defeated Team Hell No and Ryback in their debut match.[47] The Shield continued to aid Punk after TLC, both on Raw and at the Royal Rumble in January 2013.[48][49] The night after the Royal Rumble, it was revealed through footage that Punk and his manager Paul Heyman had been paying The Shield and Brad Maddox to work for them all along.[50] The Shield then quietly ended their association with Punk while a feud with John Cena, Ryback, and Sheamus led to a six-man tag match on February 17 at Elimination Chamber, which the Shield won.[51][51][52][53] The Shield had their first match on Raw the following night, where they defeated Chris Jericho, Ryback, and Sheamus.[54] They continued to feud with Sheamus, who formed an alliance with Randy Orton and Big Show, and at WrestleMania 29, The Shield defeated the trio in their first WrestleMania match.[55][56] The following night on Raw, The Shield attempted to attack The Undertaker, but were stopped by Team Hell No.[57] This set up a six-man tag team match on the April 22 episode of Raw, where The Shield emerged victorious.[58] Four days later on SmackDown, Ambrose made his singles debut against The Undertaker, but lost via submission, after which The Shield attacked Undertaker and triple-powerbombed him through the announce table.[59][60] On the April 29 episode of Raw, The Shield defeated Team Hell No and WWE Champion John Cena in a six-man tag team match.[61] Later that week, Ambrose picked up his first singles victory by defeating Kane on SmackDown.[62]

Ambrose as United States Champion in July 2013

While The Shield continued to feud with Team Hell No, Ambrose simultaneously entered a storyline feud with the United States Champion Kofi Kingston. Ambrose pinned Kingston to earn victory in a six-man tag team match, and was attacked by Kingston several days later following a singles win over Daniel Bryan.[63][64] On the May 13 episode of Raw, The Shield’s undefeated streak in televised six-man tag team matches ended in a disqualification loss in an elimination match against Cena, Kane, and Bryan, when Ambrose was disqualified as Reigns and Rollins attacked Cena.[65] On May 19 at Extreme Rules, Ambrose defeated Kofi Kingston to win the United States Championship, his first singles title in WWE.[66] Ambrose made his first televised title defense on the following episode of SmackDown, retaining his title by disqualification as the rest of The Shield interfered, and retained again against Kingston on Raw the next week.[67][68] On the June 14 episode of SmackDown, The Shield’s unpinned/unsubmitted streak in televised six-man tag team matches ended at the hands of Team Hell No and Randy Orton, when Daniel Bryan submitted Rollins.[69][70] Two days later at Payback, Ambrose defeated Kane via countout to retain the United States Championship, and successfully defended the championship against Kane the following night, when he won by disqualification.[71][72] On July 14 at Money in the Bank, Ambrose competed in the World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank ladder match, but failed to win the match despite interference from Reigns and Rollins.[73][74] Ambrose retained his United States Championship at SummerSlam by disqualification against Rob Van Dam.[75] In August, The Shield began working for chief operating officer Triple H and The Authority,[76] while Ambrose began a feud with Dolph Ziggler, against whom he successfully defended the title at the Night of Champions pay-per-view and on both SmackDown and Main Event in September and October.[77] On October 27 at Hell in a Cell, Ambrose lost to Big E Langston by countout, but retained his title.[78] Tension began brewing among The Shield in October, especially between Ambrose and Reigns as Ambrose was the only member left with a championship.[79] At Survivor Series, The Shield participated in a traditional Survivor Series match; Ambrose was the first man eliminated while Reigns won the match as the sole survivor.[80] At TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs, CM Punk defeated The Shield in a handicap match after Ambrose received a Reigns spear aimed for Punk.[81] At the Royal Rumble, The Shield participated in the Rumble match; Ambrose eliminated three wrestlers and tried to eliminate Reigns, who retaliated by eliminating both Ambrose and Rollins.[82][83] In February 2014, Ambrose retained the championship against Mark Henry with a disqualification loss;[84] a rematch in March yielded a pinfall victory for Ambrose.[85] Also in February, The Shield lost to The Wyatt Family at Elimination Chamber with Ambrose absent during the finish of the match.[86] Despite more tension, The Shield reconciled in March.[87][88]

Ambrose along Seth Rollins (left) and Roman Reigns (center) as part of The Shield in April 2014

Later in March, The Shield began a feud with Kane, turning them into fan favorite characters,[89][90] and resulting in The Shield defeating Kane and The New Age Outlaws at WrestleMania XXX.[91] The Shield next turned on Triple H,[92] who reformed Evolution with Batista and Randy Orton to take on The Shield.[93] On April 28, Ambrose surpassed Montel Vontavious Porter as the longest reigning United States Champion under the WWE banner.[94] On the May 2 episode of SmackDown, Ambrose retained his title in a four-way match against Alberto Del Rio, Curtis Axel, and Ryback.[95] As part of their feud with Evolution, The Shield won a six-man tag team match at Extreme Rules.[96] The following night on Raw, Triple H forced Ambrose to defend his championship in a 20-man battle royal with Rollins and Reigns not part of the match; Ambrose survived until the final two but lost to Sheamus, ending Ambrose’s record title reign at 351 days.[97][98] On the next SmackDown, Ambrose failed to regain the championship in a singles match against Sheamus. The Shield once again defeated Evolution at Payback, prompting Triple H to initiate “Plan B”.[99] This involved Rollins turning on Ambrose and Reigns, subsequently aligning himself with Triple H.[100]

Championship pursuits (2014–present)

Ambrose promptly began feuding with Rollins, which included Rollins costing Ambrose a spot in the Money in the Bank ladder match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Money in the Bank and the duo attacking each other.[101] During this period Ambrose and Reigns quietly separated as a team, with Ambrose debuting new ring attire and new entrance music.[102] After being added to the Money in the Bank ladder match at Money in the Bank at Rollins’ request (as he threatened to hijack the match somehow if he wasn’t), Ambrose lost the match when Kane attacked him and helped Rollins win.[103] Ambrose was scheduled to face Rollins at Battleground, but he was ejected from the arena by Triple H for fighting with Rollins backstage, and Rollins subsequently announced that he had won their match by forfeit, prompting Ambrose to return to the arena and attack Rollins.[104] Ambrose and Rollins eventually wrestled at SummerSlam in a lumberjack match, which Ambrose lost with assistance from Kane.[105] Ambrose attacked Rollins again the following night, causing them to face off in a Falls Count Anywhere match, which Rollins won by knockout when Ambrose was attacked by Kane and subsequently had his head driven through a pile of cinderblocks by Rollins.[106] Ambrose was stretchered out of the arena and the storyline was put to place to explain Ambrose’s absence from television while filming Lockdown.[107] He returned at Night of Champions on September 21, attacking Rollins.[108] Following weeks of Ambrose attacking Rollins, the duo faced off in a Hell in a Cell match at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view in October; Ambrose lost the match when the returning Bray Wyatt interfered and attacked Ambrose.[109]

Ambrose in January 2015

The next few weeks saw Ambrose and Wyatt taunting and attacking each other in both backstage and in-ring segments, with Wyatt claiming that he could “fix” Ambrose, leading to a match at Survivor Series.[110][111] Ambrose lost the match by disqualification after utilizing steel chairs, including a table.[112] This led to a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match between the two at TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs in December. During the match, a television monitor blew up in Ambrose’s face, allowing Wyatt to win the match.[113] The feud concluded when Wyatt beat Ambrose in the first Ambulance match held on Raw.[114] Ambrose’s booking during his feuds with Rollins and Wyatt was criticized by commentators, including James Caldwell of the Pro Wrestling Torch, who stated that although “he’s a utility main-eventer“, his lack of victories indicated that he was not a guy WWE was positioning “for a 2-3 year sustained run on top”.[115]

On the January 19 episode of Raw, Ambrose defeated Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett in a non-title match.[116] At the Royal Rumble, Ambrose participated in the Royal Rumble match, but was eliminated by Kane and Big Show.[117] The following weeks, Ambrose demanded a match for Barrett’s title, which Barrett declined, leading to Ambrose attacking him, tying his hands around the ring post, and forcing him to sign a contract for a title match at Fastlane,[118] where Ambrose lost the subsequent match by disqualification, but stole the championship belt afterward.[119] At WrestleMania 31, Ambrose participated in a seven-man ladder match for the championship, but lost after Luke Harper powerbombed him through a ladder and knocked him out of the match as result.[120] On the April 2 episode of SmackDown, Ambrose fought Harper to a no contest after Harper powerbombed Ambrose through an announce table.[121] On the April 13 episode of Raw, Ambrose attacked Harper after Harper lost to Ryback by disqualification.[122] On the April 20 episode of Raw, Ambrose and Harper once again fought to a no-contest.[123] At Extreme Rules, Ambrose defeated Harper in his first singles victory on pay-per-view since the Shield split up.[124]

On the May 4 episode of Raw, Ambrose defeated the WWE World Heavyweight Champion (and former rival and Shield stablemate) Seth Rollins, and as per pre-stipulation by Kane, Ambrose was added to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at Payback, a fatal four-way match also including Randy Orton and Roman Reigns, and Ambrose’s first opportunity for a WWE’s world title.[125] However, at the event, Ambrose failed to win the title.[126] At Elimination Chamber, Ambrose defeated Rollins by disqualification in a title match but failed to win the championship.[127] Despite the loss, Ambrose took the belt with him and challenged Rollins in a ladder match at Money in the Bank which he lost.[128]

After Money in the Bank, Ambrose continued teaming with Reigns, and eventually helped him in his feud with Bray Wyatt after Luke Harper reunited with Wyatt. On the August 6 edition of SmackDown, Reigns challenged Wyatt to a tag team match at SummerSlam, with Reigns and Ambrose facing Wyatt and Harper, which Wyatt accepted.[129] At SummerSlam, Ambrose and Reigns defeated Wyatt and Harper.[130] On the August 24 episode of Raw, Ambrose and Reigns fought Wyatt and Harper in a SummerSlam rematch. During the match, Braun Strowman made his WWE debut, joining The Wyatt Family and helping Harper and Wyatt attack Ambrose and Reigns.[131] At Night of Champions, Ambrose, Reigns and Jericho were defeated by Wyatt, Harper and Strowman in a six-man tag team match.[132]

“Crowd was more into Ambrose than Reigns… Why does Ambrose continue to do more jobs when he’s the most over babyface they have?”.

Wrestling Observer writer Jeff Hamlin in November 2015[133]

Following Seth Rollins’ injury, which forced him to vacate the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in November 2015, Ambrose entered a 16-man tournament to determine a new champion.[134] After defeating Tyler Breeze,[135] Dolph Ziggler[136] and Kevin Owens,[137] Ambrose ultimately made it to the finals at Survivor Series, but lost to Roman Reigns.[138]

In December, Ambrose started a feud with Kevin Owens after Ambrose became the new number one contender for the Intercontinental Championship, which was held by Owens.[139][140][141] Ambrose won the Intercontinental Championship for the first time, after defeating Owens, at the TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs pay-per-view on December 13.[142] On the December 22, 2015 episode of SmackDown, Ambrose defeated Owens and Ziggler in a triple threat match to retain the title.[143] On the January 7, 2016 episode of SmackDown, Ambrose and Owens faced off again, though the result was a double countout.[144] At the 2016 Royal Rumble, Ambrose defeated Owens in a Last Man Standing match to retain the Intercontinental Championship, and was the runner-up in the Royal Rumble match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.[145] The following night on Raw, Ambrose was announced as part of a triple threat match against Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar at Fastlane, with the winner going on to face Triple H for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the main event of WrestleMania 32.[146] In the weeks preceding the match, Ambrose repeatedly taunted and goaded Lesnar.[147] On the February 15 episode of Raw, Ambrose was forced to defend his Intercontinental Championship in a fatal five-way match and lost the championship when Kevin Owens pinned Tyler Breeze.[148]

At Fastlane, Ambrose lost after being pinned by Reigns.[149] The following day, Ambrose was attacked by Lesnar upon arriving at the arena.[150] This set up a confrontation on Raw, where Ambrose would return driving an ambulance, only to be attacked again, and then Ambrose challenged Lesnar to a No Holds Barred Street Fight match at WrestleMania 32, which Paul Heyman accepted on Lesnar’s behalf.[151] On the February 29 episode of Raw, Ambrose interrupted Triple H, issuing a challenge for his WWE World Heavyweight Championship.[152] It would later be announced on WWE.com that the match would be taken place at Roadblock.[153] During the main event, Ambrose executed a Dirty Deeds and pinned Triple H for a three count, but as Ambrose’s foot was under the rope, it was void and Ambrose later lost the match.[154] Ambrose then continued his feud with Lesnar cutting some promos on him, continuously challenging him, and on the March 14 episode of Raw, hardcore legend Mick Foley gave Ambrose his signature barbed wire baseball bat.[155] The following week on Raw, another hardcore legend, Terry Funk, gave Ambrose a chainsaw.[156] Ambrose ended up losing the match between the two of them at WrestleMania 32.[157][158] In April, Ambrose began a rivalry with Chris Jericho after Shane McMahon cancelled The Highlight Reel and replaced it with The Ambrose Asylum.[159] This resulted in a match at Payback, where Ambrose would defeat Jericho.[160] The following night on Raw, Ambrose invited Stephanie McMahon on The Ambrose Asylum and confronted her about being insincere with her recent nice demeanor, and rather than Stephanie give an answer, she cancelled Ambrose’s show and reinstated Jericho’s Highlight Reel. The two then attacked each other, ending with Jericho smashing Ambrose’s potted plant “Mitch” over his head and continuing their feud.[161] After Ambrose destroyed Jericho’s light-up jacket[162] and Jericho put Ambrose in a straitjacket,[163] he challenged Jericho to an Asylum match (a steel cage match with weapons hanging above the cage, and a stipulation where escape from the cage was not allowed or would not allow for victory) at Extreme Rules,[164] where Ambrose won when performing a Dirty Deeds on Jericho after slamming him onto a bed of thumb tacks.[165]

Ambrose as the WWE World Champion in July 2016

On the May 23 episode of Raw, Ambrose defeated Dolph Ziggler to qualify for the Money in the Bank ladder match on June 19,[166] which he won.[167] Later that same night, he cashed-in his briefcase and quickly defeated Seth Rollins to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship for the first time; this was just after Rollins captured the world title from Roman Reigns.[168] When Ambrose won the title, Will Pruett of Pro Wrestling Dot Net wrote that his “character hadn’t truly earned this moment” and that Ambrose was “the kind of wrestler they could have built a WrestleMania around”.[169] Steve Khan of the Wrestling Observer wrote that Ambrose had experienced a “roller coaster ride to the top of WWE”. Now, “WWE put the title on Ambrose when he is at his least interesting point. He’s not red hot anymore…But, the opportunity still exists to make Ambrose a top guy”.[170] After the number one contender’s match between Rollins and Reigns ended in a double countout the next night on Raw,[171] Shane McMahon, on Ambrose’s request, announced a triple threat match for the title, now reverted to being called the WWE Championship, between Ambrose, Reigns, and Rollins at Battleground.[172] In July, Ambrose successfully defended the title in two singles match against Rollins on both Raw and SmackDown before Battleground.[173][174][175]

On July 19 at the 2016 WWE draft, Ambrose was drafted to SmackDown, being the brand’s first draft pick and bringing the WWE Championship with him.[176] At Battleground on July 24, Ambrose successfully retained his title against Rollins and Reigns by pinning the latter; the championship was renamed again to WWE World Championship.[177][178] Ambrose then successfully defended the WWE World Championship, which was now exclusive to SmackDown, against Dolph Ziggler at SummerSlam.[179][180] His next title defense was at Backlash, where he lost the title to AJ Styles after Styles hit Ambrose with a low blow while the referee was down before executing a Styles Clash.[181] On the September 20 episode of SmackDown Live, Ambrose gave Cena his first clean loss in nearly seven years on television shows,[182] but was unsuccessful in regaining the championship at No Mercy on October 9 in a triple threat match also involving Cena, who was pinned by Styles.[183] On the November 1 episode of SmackDown Live, after defeating Styles in a non-title bout, Ambrose became the number one contender for the WWE World Championship[184] and would face Styles in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs on December 4, 2016.[185] Before that, however, Ambrose teamed with Styles as part of Team SmackDown at Survivor Series on November 20, in a winning effort.[186] During this time, Ambrose became working in tandem with James Ellsworth, helping Ellsworth to secure two singles victories over Styles[187][188] before defeating Styles once more on the November 22 episode of SmackDown in a ladder match with a SmackDown contract for Ellsworth on the line.[189] However, Ambrose failed to defeat Styles after Ellsworth initially appeared to help Ambrose, but instead pushed him off a ladder into multiple tables before allowing Styles to retain the championship.[190]

Ambrose began a feud with Intercontinental Champion The Miz, who had defeated Ambrose to retain the Intercontinental Championship after Ellsworth’s effort to help Ambrose backfired on the December 6 episode of SmackDown Live[191] and who costed Ambrose to become the number one contender to the once again renamed WWE Championship on the December 13 episode of SmackDown Live.[192] Their feud got heated after Renee Young interviewed Miz following his successful title defense against Apollo Crews, whe Young asked Miz about his “obsession” with Ambrose and Miz sarcastically responded by revealing Young and Ambrose’s real life relationship, prompting her to slap Miz.[193] The following week on SmackDown Live, Ambrose attacked Miz during his interview with Young with his intention of challenging Miz for the Intercontinental Championship,[194] which Ambrose eventually won for a second time on the January 3, 2017 episode of SmackDown Live after the referee ejected Maryse from the ringside due to an interference.[195] On the January 10 episode of SmackDown Live, Ambrose announced his participation in the 2017 Royal Rumble match set on January 29,[196] but would be eliminated by Brock Lesnar after lasting almost 27 minutes.[197][198]

Wrestling persona

Ambrose’s WWE career has seen him characterized as unstable and unpredictable. Referred to as “The Lunatic Fringe” since his time in The Shield (taking the nickname from Cincinnati radio station WEBN, which itself got the nickname from the 1981 song), his gimmick is portrayed as a wildcard. Ambrose’s gimmick has been compared to that of WWE Hall of Famers Roddy Piper and Stone Cold Steve Austin, and has drawn comparison to Brian Pillman and Heath Ledger‘s portrayal of The Joker.[199][200][201] Despite expectations that Ambrose would become one of WWE’s next top heels even after The Shield turned babyface,[202] Ambrose’s babyface run post-Shield gained popularity, with him being cheered over fellow babyface Roman Reigns when they faced off in three world title matches (Payback and Survivor Series in 2015, and Fastlane in 2016).[203][204][205] Ambrose’s popularity over Reigns has been especially reflective on the live event circuit, where Ambrose was drawing better on WWE’s “B” circuit (usually in smaller markets) than Reigns as champion on the “A” circuit.[206] Ambrose was voted as the “Most Popular Wrestler of the Year” by Pro Wrestling Illustrated in 2014 and 2015.[207]

Other media

Ambrose at WWE Axxess in 2014

In August 2014, Good began filming the LionsgateWWE Studios co-production Lockdown.[208][209] The film was released on September 11, 2015.[210]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2015 12 Rounds 3: Lockdown John Shaw[209]
2016 Countdown Himself Uncredited cameo

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2016–present Total Divas Himself Guest (season 2 and 5)
Recurring (season 6)

Personal life

Much of Good’s wrestling persona is based on his own real-life upbringing in Cincinnati’s East End, where he spent much of his childhood in public housing.[5] An avid wrestling fan who idolized Bret Hart as a child, he used wrestling as an escape from his rough upbringing by immersing himself in wrestling videotapes and reading stories about wrestling’s earlier days.[5][6] A year after beginning to train as a wrestler, he dropped out of high school.[6] An avid fan of both the NFL and the NHL, Good’s favorite teams include his hometown Cincinnati Bengals and the Philadelphia Flyers.[211]

Good is in a relationship with WWE announcer Renee Paquette, better known by her screen name Renee Young.[212][213]

In wrestling

Ambrose setting up the Dirty Deeds (as a headlock driver) on The Miz

Ambrose performing the Dirty Deeds (as a snap double underhook DDT) on John Cena

Ambrose performing a diving elbow drop from the top of a ladder at WrestleMania 31

Championships and accomplishments

Ambrose’s 351 day reign as United States Champion is the longest under the WWE banner, and third longest overall in the title’s history

Ambrose is a two-time and current Intercontinental Champion

TRIBUTE TO IVAN KOLOFF..THE RUSSIAN BEAR

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Ivan Koloff

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Ivan Koloff
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Koloff in November 2011
Birth name Oreal Perras[1]
Born (1942-08-25)August 25, 1942[2][1]
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Died February 18, 2017(2017-02-18) (aged 74)
Winterville, North Carolina, United States[1]
Cause of death Liver cancer
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Ivan Koloff[2][1]
Jim Parris[3]
Orwell Paris
Red McNulty[2]
Billed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[4]
Billed weight 298 lb (135 kg)[4]
Billed from Moscow, Russia[4]
Trained by Jack Wentworth
Dan Koloff
Debut 1961[2][1]
Retired 1994[3]

Ivan Koloff (born Oreal James Perras; August 25, 1942 – February 18, 2017) was a Canadian professional wrestler, best known for once holding the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship.[1][5][2][6] He was known as “The Russian Bear”.

Early life[edit]

Perras was born in Glasgow, Scotland. and raised on a dairy farm in rural Ontario along with his six brothers and three sisters.

Since first watching professional wrestling on TV at the age of eight, he wanted to become a wrestler, and would often wrestle with his brothers growing up. At age 18, he left high school and joined Jack Wentworth’s wrestling school in Hamilton, Ontario, where he would lift weights and learn wrestling holds. He stood 5′ 7 1/2″ tall, and weighed approximately 270 pounds. Towards the end of his career, he dropped a considerable amount of weight and was tipping the scale at 205 pounds.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Perras debuted as an Irish rogue villain character named Red McNulty, billed from Dublin, Ireland and wrestling with an eyepatch.[2] For the next three years, he wrestled around the Toronto area, eventually quitting his regular job to wrestle in the north-western area of Canada. There, Perras acquired much wrestling experience, and from there he made his first trip to Japan.

The Russian Bear[edit]

In 1967, Perras became “The Russian Bear” Ivan Koloff, a bearded villainous character billed from Ukraine, and debuted with the International Wrestling Association in Montreal, Québec. He defeated Johnny Rougeau for the IWA International Heavyweight Championship the following year. Koloff debuted in the World Wide Wrestling Federation in late 1969, managed by “Captain” Lou Albano.[7] He soon started a rivalry with then-WWWF World Heavyweight Champion Bruno Sammartino. On January 18, 1971, Koloff defeated Sammartino in Madison Square Garden for the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship by pinfall after a knee drop from the top rope, ending Sammartino’s seven and two-third years reign. Koloff lost the championship 21 days later to Pedro Morales, essentially being used as a “transitional champion” (as he was used to move the title from Sammartino to Morales without having the two fan favorites work against each other), much like Stan Stasiak and The Iron Sheik would be in later years. After the loss, Koloff remained a contender for the title but never reclaimed it, leaving the WWWF in 1971.

During his time in the WWWF, Koloff wrestled WWWF World Heavyweight Championship title matches against Sammartino, Morales, Superstar Billy Graham and Bob Backlund, holding the distinction, with fellow villain Stan Stasiak, as one of only two men to challenge all four of these fan favorite champions. Koloff would also be the first opponent to ever challenge for the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship in a steel cage match in a rematch loss against Sammartino. He fought in the WWWF from 1975–1976, 1978–1979 and 1983.

During the 1970s and 1980s, Koloff found success in the National Wrestling Alliance, winning many regional tag team and singles titles in the Georgia, Florida, and Mid-Atlantic territories. In February 1981, he teamed with Ray Stevens to defeat Paul Jones and Masked Superstar to capture the NWA World Tag Team Championship. This would be the first of his four reigns as NWA World Tag Team Champion, later winning the belts with Don Kernodle and twice with his “nephew” (kayfabe), Nikita Koloff as “The Russians”.

The Russians (which also included Krusher Kruschev) were a top villainous group from 1984 to 1986, and Nikita, under Perras’ training and mentoring, and by association, became a hated villain in his own right, and would go on to have a successful singles career of his own. After Nikita turned on Ivan to join their enemy Dusty Rhodes in 1986, the latter teamed with Vladimir Petrov and Dick Murdoch to get revenge. Koloff’s biggest NWA feuds were against Rhodes, The Road Warriors, The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express (Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson) and Magnum T.A..

In 1988, Koloff spent time in Paul Jones‘ faction, The Paul Jones Army, where he was a “coach” of sorts for The Powers of Pain, The Barbarian and The Warlord. He later split with Jones, reunited with Nikita, and feuded with Jones’ team, The Russian Assassins, before leaving Jim Crockett Promotions in January 1989. He also spent time in Eastern Championship Wrestling,[7] appearing on the very first ECW card in 1992. In 1992, Koloff also wrestled in the first television main event of Jim Cornette‘s Smoky Mountain Wrestling, beating Bobby Fulton.

Personal life[edit]

Perras wrote a book titled Is That Wrestling Fake? The Bear Facts in 2007. He became a born again Christian in 1995 and traveled to churches to share his testimony as an ordained minister.[2] Koloff spoke openly and candidly of his conversion to Christianity and struggles with alcohol and drugs and the crazy days of wrestling in the recent book, Life in the Trenches.[8]

Perras was named as a defendant in a 2015 lawsuit filed by WWE after they received a letter from him indicating that he intended to sue them for concussion-based injuries sustained during his tenure with them. He is represented by attorney Konstantine Kyros, who is involved in several other lawsuits involving former WWE wrestlers.[9]

Koloff died in Winterville, North Carolina, on February 18, 2017, after suffering from liver cancer.[10]

Other media[edit]

Koloff is featured as a playable character in the video games Legends of Wrestling, Legends of Wrestling II and Showdown: Legends of Wrestling.[citation needed]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

TRIBUTE TE GEORGE “THE ANIMAL” STEELE

 

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George Steele

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George Steele
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George Steele in 2009
Birth name William James Myers
Born (1937-04-16)April 16, 1937
Detroit, Michigan, US
Died February 16, 2017(2017-02-16) (aged 79)
Cocoa Beach, Florida, US
Cause of death Kidney failure
Alma mater Michigan State University
Central Michigan University
Spouse(s) Pat Myers (m. 1956–2017; his death)
Children 3
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) The Animal Machine[1]
George Steele[1][2]
The Student[1][2]
Billed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Billed weight 288 lb (131 kg)[2]
Billed from Detroit, Michigan
Trained by Bert Rubi[3]
Debut 1967
Retired 1988

William James “Jim” Myers (April 16, 1937 – February 16, 2017), better known by his ring name George “The Animal” Steele, was an American professional wrestler, school teacher, author and actor. His career lasted from 1967 until 1988, though he made occasional wrestling appearances into the 1990s and 2000s.

Steele portrayed Swedish wrestler and actor Tor Johnson in Tim Burton‘s film Ed Wood.[4]

Early life[edit]

Myers was born in Detroit on April 16, 1937,[1][2] and was raised in Madison Heights, Michigan.[5] During high school, he found success in track, baseball, basketball and football.[5] In 1956, Myers entered Michigan State University as a football player for the Michigan State Spartans,[5] but his career as a football player was immediately cut short as a result of knee problems.[5] In 1961, he was with the Grand Rapids Shamrocks (UFL) 1st place Western Division.[6]

After earning a bachelor of science degree from Michigan State University and a master’s degree from Central Michigan University,[7] Myers became a teacher, amateur wrestling coach, and football coach at Madison High School in Madison Heights, Michigan. There he would eventually become a member of the Michigan Coaches Hall of Fame.[2][8]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Looking to supplement his income, he got into the world of Detroit-area professional wrestling, but in order to protect his privacy, he wrestled using a mask and the name The Student.[3] Gary Hart served as The Student’s manager and had to explain to the announcers why his client could not apply any legitimate holds or maneuvers instead relying on only his undisciplined brute strength.[9] Myers was soon scouted by World Wide Wrestling Federation champion Bruno Sammartino and began working in Pittsburgh in 1967 on the popular Studio Wrestling TV show broadcast on WIIC-TV (later WPXI-TV) Channel 11. Sammartino had liked the character Myer’s developed of a wild man with incredible strength. However, he had him drop the mask, as well as title of The Student. Looking to hide his real name, Myers opted for the alias “George Steele”. According to Michigan High School Hall of Fame Coach George Steele of Warren, he and Myers were coaching against each other in a high school JV match-up while both were early into their careers. At halftime, Myers approached Steele and told him about his venture into wrestling and that he was looking for a name. Myers allegedly asked Steele if he could use his name, that he liked it a lot and the future Hall of Fame coach told him no problem. Steele states in an interview available on YouTube that he was in Pittsburgh when he was looking for a stage name. Local wrestler “Jumpin'” John DeFazio suggested Jim Steele since he was in the “Steel City”. He didn’t like the first name Jim and he suggested George which is what he eventually went with.[10]

Working well with Sammartino, he was invited for a full run in the WWWF. He told WWWF TV commentator Ray Morgan that he was the nephew of Ray Steele (kayfabe) and had an extensive amateur background. He sold the story by using an array of armlocks on opponents, weakening them for his finisher, the Flying Hammerlock (Steele would lift his opponents off the mat by a hammerlocked arm). He also revealed his teaching background to interviewers that made his in-ring Neanderthal image all the more incongruous. He wrestled Sammartino to an hour-long draw at Madison Square Garden but lost the rematch. In Boston, being set up to face Sammartino for a long series in that city, he got one of the few clean wins over Victor Rivera, a top babyface, with the flying hammerlock submission, at a huge Fenway Park outdoor show. He was then relegated to a feud with Chief Jay Strongbow, and lost to Edouard Carpentier at the Garden before taking a brief hiatus to reinvent his wildman character.

Steele became a true crazy heel, acting like a wild man in the ring, tearing up the turnbuckle with his teeth and using the stuffing as a weapon as well as sticking out his green tongue (an effect accomplished by eating green Clorets breath mints).[8] The Animal had a stooped posture and a hairless head, but a thick mat of fur on his back; wrestling broadcasters often speculated that The Animal was indeed “the missing link.” At best, The Animal could occasionally manage to utter a word or two during interviews with one of them usually being “Duh-da-dahh” or “YOU! YOU go!”.

George Steele in 2009.

As Steele recalled in a later shoot interview, his infamous “Duh-dahh” interview style happened by accident. Throughout his career, Steele prided himself on being able to cut eloquent and effective promos, and ranked his mic skills with the best in the business. At a WWF TV taping in the early 1980s, he was cutting one of these promos when Vince McMahon cut him off, and reminded Steele that his gimmick was the “Animal”, and for an animal he was “making too much sense”. Incensed, Steele did a second take of nothing but garbled and incoherent syllables (“Duhh-dahh”). Steele did this deliberately and out of pure frustration, thinking that McMahon would acquiesce and allow Steele to cut his normal, eloquent promos. Much to Steele’s shock, McMahon replied, “That’s exactly what I want!”, and this would remain Steele’s interview style for the rest of his WWF run. Steele started to fully cultivate his gimmick of a menacing imbecile.

Steele eventually became one of the more popular and recognizable wrestlers during most of the 1980s professional wrestling boom. He turned face during the first episode of Saturday Night’s Main Event when his partners in a six-man match, Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron Sheik, abandoned him to their opponents, Ricky Steamboat and the U.S. Express (Barry Windham and Mike Rotunda), leading to Steele being taken under the wing of the Express’ manager, Capt. Lou Albano, who consoled him following the loss. His most famous feud was in 1986 against “Macho Man” Randy Savage, after Steele developed a crush on Savage’s valet, Miss Elizabeth. The feud was meant to last only a couple of months (and end with Steele being disappointed), but it proved so popular with fans that it continued well into 1987. In 1988, Steele began carrying a stuffed animal named “Mine” to the ring. He participated in the Wrestlemania IV Battle Royal, but was outside of the ring the whole time. According to Steele, he suffered a knee injury at a house show prior to the event, which was the reason he didn’t get in the ring. Late in 1988, Steele retired after being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. Steele then became a road agent for the WWF until he was released in October 1990 due to budget cuts. Soon after, however, Steele was re-hired by the WWF and continued to work as an agent until the late 1990s. Though he left the WWF without any WWF championships behind him, Steele grew to become one of the most recognised and popular figures in WWF history, and was inducted into the WWF Hall Of Fame in 1995.

In 1998, during the WWF’s “Attitude Era“, Steele returned as part of The Oddities.[2] Then on January 10, 2000, he appeared on an episode of WCW Monday Nitro as one of three legends Jeff Jarrett had to face that night.[3] Eight years later, Steele made an appearance at TNA Wrestling‘s 2008 Slammiversary pay-per-view event as a groomsman in the wedding for “Black Machismo” Jay Lethal and SoCal Val, along with Koko B. Ware, Kamala, and Jake “The Snake” Roberts.

Steele made several appearances for Tony Vellano’s Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame when it was located in Amsterdam, New York. At its first event in 2003, Steele was interviewed by journalist “Handsome” Randall Burton for the Rochester, New York television show Wrestlevision. Steele became frustrated while a nervous Burton stammered through several odd questions. Rather than answering questions, Steele became agitated and abruptly walked away from the interviewers. The clip circulated on YouTube, and many have questioned whether Steele’s frustration was legitimate or kayfabe. Opponents have cited that it would make little sense for Steele to perform the interview as a heel, as he had been a face for the majority of his career, though the Burton character was a heel interviewer.

Steele made a surprise appearance on Monday Night Raw on November 15, 2010, during a match between Kofi Kingston and David Otunga.

Personal life[edit]

George Steele in 2005.

Myers had dyslexia and was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 1988,[11][12][13] an inflammatory bowel disease which currently has no cure but can be brought into remission.[14] In 1998, doctors told Myers that his Crohn’s Disease had gone into remission and that he no longer suffered from any of the disease’s symptoms.[13] In 2002, to prevent the symptoms from returning, Myers had his colon removed.[13]

Myers was a devout Christian. He attended the First Baptist Church Merritt Island, and lived in Cocoa Beach, Florida with his wife Pat,[15] whom he married before he entered Michigan State in 1956.[5] Together, Pat and Jim have two sons, Dennis and Randy, and a daughter, Felicia.

Death[edit]

On February 16, 2017, Myers died in hospice care due to kidney failure, at the age of 79.[16][17]

Acting career[edit]

In 1994, Steele made his professional acting debut as Swedish wrestler-turned-actor Tor Johnson in Tim Burton‘s Ed Wood.[2] Coincidentally, Steele was often mistaken for Johnson earlier in his career. According to Steele, a New York novelty shop once sold a Tor Johnson mask as a George Steele mask to increase sales, due to Steele’s popularity at the time.[citation needed]

Steele also appeared in a Minolta commercial with actor Tony Randall.[citation needed]

Other media[edit]

Steele appears in the video game WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain as a legend character. He is also featured in all three games in the Legends of Wrestling series.

A song about Steele titled “George Steele” appears on the album Charmed Life by punk rock band Half Japanese.[18] The lyrics include “There’s a man who I admire, a man who set his hair on fire.”

Steele is referenced in the Seinfeld episode, The Bizarro Jerry. Repulsed by the “man hands” of his current girlfriend, Jerry complains, “I feel like I’m dating George ‘The Animal’ Steele.”[19]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Other honoree (2004)
  • Grande Wrestling Alliance
  • GWA Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[20]
  • Class of 2005
  • PWI ranked him # 267 of the 500 best singles wrestlers during the “PWI Years” in 2003.
  • SoW Canadian Heavyweight Championship (1 time)[21]
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards

Christy Hemme

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Christy Hemme

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

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

Early life[edit]

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

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

Modeling career[edit]

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

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

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

Professional wrestling career[edit]

World Wrestling Entertainment[edit]

Diva Search (2004)[edit]

Hemme during her time with WWE

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

Brand switches (2004–2005)[edit]

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

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

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

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

Ohio Valley Wrestling and departure (2005)[edit]

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

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

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

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling[edit]

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

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

Hemme at an Impact! taping in Orlando, Florida

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

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

Singles competition (2008–2009)[edit]

Hemme wrestling Hamada

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

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

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

Hemme ring announcing Impact Wrestling in January 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Music and acting[edit]

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

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

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

Personal life[edit]

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

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

In wrestling[edit]

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

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

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Maria Kanellis
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Kanellis in April 2016
Birth name Maria Louise Kanellis
Born (1982-02-25) February 25, 1982 (age 34)[1]
Ottawa, Illinois, United States[2][3]
Residence Ottawa, Illinois, United States[4]
Spouse(s) Mike Bennett (m. 2014)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Maria[4]
Maria Kanellis
Maria Kanellis-Bennett
Billed height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[5]
Billed weight 120 lb (54 kg)[1]
Billed from Chicago, Illinois[4]
Ottawa, Illinois[6]
Trained by Ohio Valley Wrestling[3]
Dave Finlay
Debut 2004[1]

Maria Louise Kanellis-Bennett (born February 25, 1982)[1] is an American professional wrestler, valet, actress and singer currently signed to Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) under the ring name Maria, where she is a former TNA Knockouts Champion and leader of the stable known as the Lady Squad. She is best known for her time with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), and Ring of Honor (ROH) as the valet of her real-life husband Mike Bennett.

Kanellis’s career began as a contestant on the reality show Outback Jack in 2004. In the same year, she placed fifth in the Raw Diva Search, but was later hired by WWE as a backstage interviewer. Kanellis began competing in the ring as a wrestler in 2005. She also posed for the April 2008 cover of Playboy magazine, which was incorporated into a storyline on Raw. She released her debut album Sevin Sins on April 13, 2010 on iTunes.

Early life[edit]

Kanellis was born in Ottawa, Illinois.[3] She has two younger siblings; a brother and sister named Bill and Janny, respectively.[5][7][8] Kanellis grew up with an interest in playing sports, particularly volleyball, basketball, and softball. She graduated from Ottawa Township High School in 2000, before spending some time as a student at Northern Illinois University.[9] Before her career in wrestling began, Kanellis regularly competed in beauty pageants.[7]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

World Wrestling Entertainment[edit]

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

She competed in the Raw Diva Search in 2004,[7] deciding to enter the contest after seeing an advertisement while watching Raw.[10] Even though she only placed fifth in the contest, she was hired by the company.[3] She stood out in the contest by giving fellow contestant Carmella DeCesare the finger after being eliminated from the contest.[3] Maria began making appearances in Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), WWE’s then-developmental territory, under head trainer Paul Heyman.[3] She contributed booking ideas, and her work at OVW earned her a spot on the Raw brand roster.[3] Maria was brought on to Raw as a ditzy backstage interviewer and the host of WWE KissCam in November 2004.[11] Her gimmick involved her asking wrong questions, irritating and amusing WWE Superstars and Divas.[3][7] The gimmick would last all the way until 2007.

In 2005, Maria began wrestling more matches, and was defeated in her first official match on the January 10, 2005 episode of Raw by Christy Hemme in a Lingerie Pillow Fight.[3][7] On the March 14 episode of Raw, one of Maria’s fillings legitimately fell out after she was slapped by Trish Stratus.[3] She also competed in a Fulfill Your Fantasy Diva Battle Royal at Taboo Tuesday for the WWE Women’s Championship, but was the first to be eliminated, courtesy of Trish Stratus and Mickie James.[12] On November 14, Maria competed in a non-title Diva Battle Royal at the Eddie Guerrero tribute Raw show. Maria stood by herself for most of the match, only getting involved when she saw the opportunity to eliminate a competitor, and ultimately eliminated both Jillian Hall and Victoria. She was one of the last three women left in the match, but was eliminated by both Melina and Trish Stratus.[13]

On the November 28 episode of Raw, Maria interviewed then-Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff, and asked him whether or not he thought he was going to be fired. He then booked her in a match with Kurt Angle out of spite, and Maria was laid out with the Angle Slam.[14] As a result, one week later, Maria testified in the trial against Bischoff, who was being fired because of his controversial actions as General Manager.[15] As Mick Foley questioned her, she answered, “Last week Bischoff abused his power in a way that was both malicious and capricious, and it’s this rash of discourse that ultimately led to a locker room of disdain and mutiny, and it should be grounds for his immediate dismissal.”[16]

Various feuds (2006–2007)[edit]

Maria in November 2006.

On the January 2, 2006 episode of Raw, Maria defeated Victoria in a match.[7] Afterwards, she was attacked and stripped of her clothes by Vince’s Devils (Victoria, Torrie Wilson, and Candice Michelle), but she was saved by Ashley Massaro. During a commercial break that night, Vince McMahon announced a Gauntlet Bra & Panties Match for New Year’s Revolution between all five girls.[17] At the event, Maria was the first to enter the Gauntlet match and eliminated Michelle and Wilson before being eliminated by Victoria. The match was ultimately won by Massaro.[12]

Maria teamed with John Cena to take on Edge and Lita in the main event on the February 6 episode of Raw.[3][7][15] Maria scored the victory after a spear meant for Cena hit Lita.[18] One month later, Maria lost a singles match to Lita. After the match, Edge was preparing to spear Maria, but Mick Foley ran in to help her.[19] On the April 10 episode of Raw, Maria received a shot at the WWE Women’s Championship, but was defeated by the defending champion Mickie James. On October 16, Maria won a Fatal Four-Way Bra and Panties match against Victoria, Candice Michelle, and Torrie Wilson to advance to the semi-finals in a Women’s Championship Tournament.[20] Maria, however, lost in the semi-finals of the tournament to Lita.[21]

On the January 1, 2007 episode of Raw, Maria attempted to interview Kevin Federline, but was instead slapped by Melina and called a “bitch”. This led to a match between the two later that night, which Melina won. At New Year’s Revolution, Maria and Candice Michelle ran to the ring during the Women’s Championship match between Victoria and Mickie James to stop Melina from interfering, helping James retain the championship.[22] For two consecutive weeks afterward, Maria had two tag team partners, Mickie James and Jeff Hardy, respectively, to take on Melina and a partner. She lost the match with James,[23] but won the other with Hardy.[24]

Relationship with Santino Marella (2007–2008)[edit]

Santino and Maria in 2007.

Maria began an on-screen romance with Santino Marella in June 2007. She also resumed competing in the ring occasionally, often jobbing, or losing quickly, in short matches. On the November 5 episode of Raw, Marella was confronted by the returning Stone Cold Steve Austin for criticizing his movie, The Condemned. As a part of the storyline, the argument ended as Marella received a Stone Cold Stunner from Austin, who then went backstage, only to return with a Budweiser beer truck to hose down Marella and Maria with beer.

After former Playboy cover-girl Ashley Massaro‘s return in early 2008, Kanellis engaged in backstage segments where Massaro suggested Maria should be on the cover of Playboy, including at the Royal Rumble, to the disdain of Marella.[3][25] As a part of the storyline, Maria defeated Beth Phoenix on February 18, to “earn the right” to be on the cover of the magazine.[3] During her Playboy cover unveiling, Maria’s cover was plastered over with images of Marella.[3][10] After Marella offered an ultimatum of posing for the magazine or staying with him as a couple,[26] she stated, “No man and no one is going to make this decision for me” and broke up with her on-screen boyfriend.[3] Maria, along with Ashley, (who had replaced an injured Candice Michelle) were defeated by Phoenix and Melina at WrestleMania XXIV in a Playboy BunnyMania Lumberjill match.[2][3][27] After the match, Maria passionately kissed the Master of Ceremonies, Snoop Dogg.[15][27] The next night on Raw, Maria wrestled Marella. Seven other women ganged up on him, and held his legs apart for Maria to headbutt his testicles and pin him. This ended their feud.

Championship pursuits and Diva of the Year (2008–2010)[edit]

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

Maria at the 2008 Tribute to the Troops event.

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

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

Maria then took a brief hiatus from the ring to film the Celebrity Apprentice, but returned on the December 4 episode of SmackDown by helping Mickie James fend off an attack by LayCool. She made her in-ring return the following week, teaming up with James to defeat LayCool. On December 14, Maria won the Slammy Award for Diva of the Year, which was voted for by WWE fans.[46] On the February 12, 2010, episode of SmackDown, Maria began a brief on-screen relationship with Matt Hardy.[47] Her last match in WWE was a six-person-tag-team match on the February 25 episode of WWE Superstars, where she, Hardy, and The Great Khali lost to The Hart Dynasty (Tyson Kidd, David Hart Smith and Natalya Neidhart).[48] Maria was released from her WWE contract on February 26.[49]

Ring of Honor (2011–2015)[edit]

Maria confirmed on her Twitter account that she would be appearing at Ring of Honor‘s Final Battle pay-per-view on December 23, 2011. She accompanied her real-life boyfriend, Mike Bennett, as a villainess, in a three-way elimination match against Jay Lethal and El Generico for the ROH World Television Championship. At the event, Bennett was unsuccessful in winning the title.[50] Kanellis continued accompanying Bennett at the January 7, 2012, tapings of Ring of Honor Wrestling, where she was dubbed the “First Lady of ROH”.[51]

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

At the June 21 tapings of Ring of Honor Wrestling, Kanellis accompanied Bennett and Brutal Bob Evans to ring, where they lost to Eddie Edwards and Adam Cole. After the match, Kanellis, Bennett and Bob attacked Cole and Edwards, but were stopped by Sara Del Rey, who Edwards had brought in to neutralize Kanellis.[52] At the Boiling Point pay-per-view on August 11, Maria and Bennett lost to Del Rey and Edwards in an mixed tag team match.[53] Kanellis’ storyline with Del Rey ended abruptly the following month, when Del Rey signed a contract with WWE. In September 2012, Kanellis and Bennett became involved in a storyline with Mike Mondo after he kissed Kanellis during one of Bennett’s matches. Mondo continued to cost Bennett matches, until Glory by Honor in October, when Bennett defeated Mondo to end the feud. At the November 3 tapings of Ring of Honor Wrestling, Maria accompied Bennett to the ring where he unsuccessfully challenged Kevin Steen for the ROH World Heavyweight Championship. On December 16 at Final Battle 2012: Doomsday pay-per-view, Kanellis along with Bob accompied Bennett to the ring where he defeated Jerry Lynn in his final ROH match before retirement.[54] At the Border Wars pay-per-view on May 4, 2013, Kanellis accompied Bennett to the ring where he was defeated by Roderick Strong, despite Kanellis attempting to interfere on Bennett’s behalf. On September 19, Maria and Bennett defeated The Brutal Burgers (Brutal Bob Evans & Cheeseburger) in a Intergender tag team match.[55] On October 26, during Bennett’s match with Kevin Steen at the Glory by Honor XII pay-per-view, Kanellis tried to interfere but was attacked by Lisa Marie Varon.[56]

Kanellis and Bennett returned to ROH at the January 4, 2014, tapings of Ring of Honor Wrestling which aired on February 1, with Kanellis helping Bennett defeat Cedric Alexander.[57] Throughout the summer, Maria and Bennett would get involved in Matt Hardy‘s feud with The Briscoes, which would result a tag team match at the Best in the World pay-per-view on June 22, which Hardy and Bennett would lose despite Maria’s interference.[58] During the feud, The Kingdom stole Jay Briscoe’s title; Matt Hardy customized it as the Iconic Championship. At All Stars Extravaganza 6, Bennett and Maria customized the title as the Championship of Love. They were interrupted by Jay Briscoe’s brother, Mark. Bennett and Kanellis left ROH after the December 19, 2015, Ring of Honor Wrestling taping, after failing to come to terms on a new contract with the promotion.[59]

Other promotions (2012–2015)[edit]

On February 25, 2012, Maria won a tournament to determine the inaugural Family Wrestling Entertainment (FWE) Women’s Champion. The victory also marked Kanellis’ first championship in professional wrestling.[60] She held the championship until March 24, when she lost it to Winter in a three-way match also involving Rosita.[61] In July, Kanellis regained the championship from Winter.[62] Kanellis successfully defended her title against Angelina Love at FWE: No Limits.[63]

In September 2012, Kanellis made her debut for Chikara, managing Mike Bennett and The Young Bucks to the finals of the 2012 King of Trios tournament.[64][65][66] Alongside Gavin Loudspeaker, Kanellis hosted the 2014 National Pro Wrestling Day. On October 4, 2014, Maria lost the FWE Women’s Championship against Ivelisse Vélez

New Japan Pro Wrestling (2015)[edit]

On April 6, 2015, Kanellis managed Bennett and Matt Taven to capture New Japan Pro Wrestling‘s IWGP Tag Team Championship at Invasion Attack 2015. The following day, NJPW announced that, due to Kanellis’ popularity, the promotion had booked its first match involving female wrestlers since October 2002, which would see Kanellis team up with Bennett and Taven to take on Amber Gallows, Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson at Wrestling Dontaku 2015 on May 3.[67] Kanellis pinned Amber to win the match.[68] On July 5 at Dominion 7.5 in Osaka-jo Hall, Kanellis accompanied Bennett and Taven to their first IWGP Tag Team Championship defense against Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson. The Kingdom lost the match and the championship, after Doc Gallows superkicked Kanellis, which distracted Bennett, leaving Taven alone to lose the match.[69]

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2016–present)[edit]

Main article: Lady Squad

On January 5, 2016, during Impact Wrestlings premiere on Pop TV, Maria made her debut as a heel introducing her husband as “The Miracle” Mike Bennett.[70][71][72] In February, Maria started her first feud in the company, with Gail Kim, the then TNA Women’s Knockout Champion, after the latter refused Maria’s help to make her go “mainstream“.[73][74] On the April 19 episode of Impact Wrestling, Maria won a ladder match to become the new TNA Knockouts Division Commissioner.[75] On the September 1, episode of Impact Wrestling, Maria forced her apprentice, Allie, to lay down and let her pin her to win the TNA Women’s Knockout Championship for the first time in her career.[76] This later on led to a match between Maria and Gail Kim, which occurred on October 2 at the Bound for Glory pay–per–view, where Kim defeated Maria, ending her reign at 50 days.[77] [78]

Other media[edit]

Maria signing autographs at the 2011 Chicago Comic Con.

In 2004, she was a contestant on the reality show, Outback Jack.[9][79] She made it to the final three before being eliminated.[80]

During the week of November 5, 2007, she appeared on five episodes of Family Feud with several other WWE superstars.[81] She also appeared on the February 6, 2008 episode of Project Runway with some of the other WWE Divas.[9] On August 17, 2008, Maria, Candice Michelle, and Eve Torres were on an episode of Sunset Tan. Kanellis later appeared on VH1‘s Top 20 Video Countdown, along with John Cena. On December 17, 2009, she was a guest host on G4’s Attack of the Show.[82] Kanellis began a new career as a mixed martial arts announcer for HDNet on March 26, 2010 at the King of the Cage event in Reno, Nevada.[83] Kanellis was also a contestant on the Celebrity Apprentice, which premiered in March 2010. She was eliminated on the May 16 episode. She placed fifth out of fourteen contestants.[84]

Kanellis was first asked to pose for Playboy when she was nineteen years old, but she turned down the offer in fear of embarrassing her sister.[3][11][25] She eventually posed for the cover of the April 2008 issue, with an accompanying nude pictorial.[9] For the pictorial, she chose her own wardrobe and made the black hooded jacket she wore in one of the photos.[10][27] That same year, FHM named her 53rd of 100 on their “The Sexiest Women 2008” list.[85] With WWE transitioning to PG content a few months after Kanellis’s pictorial and Playboy itself announcing it would go non-nude starting with the March 2016 issue, Kanellis was ultimately the last active WWE Diva to pose nude for the magazine.

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

In early 2011, Kanellis starred in online comedy webshow Funny or Die, and in March 2011 she launched her own perfume line called Signature. In September 2011, Kanellis launched her DVD line in conjunction with Code Red DVD called Maria’s B Movie Mayhem.[86]

In January 2014, Kanellis and Bennett launched a weekly podcast called Mike & Maria in Wonderland.[87]

Discography[edit]

EPs[edit]

Filmography[edit]

List of film performances
Year Title Role Notes Source
2012 Mother Hen Kelly
2013 Army of the Damned Terry
2014 The Opposite Sex Hot Mess
List of television performances
Year Title Role Notes Source
2004 Outback Jack Herself [9]
2007 Family Feud Herself [81]
2008 Project Runway Herself [9]
2008 Sunset Tan Herself
2009 Attack of the Show Herself [82]
2010 Celebrity Apprentice Herself [84]
2010 Cubed Herself
2010 Magic’s Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed Herself
2011 Swallow: The Series Vicki

Personal life[edit]

Maria & Michael Bennett at an indy wrestling show in October 2015

Kanellis previously dated fellow wrestler CM Punk between 2005 and 2007, after the pair met during their tenures at OVW.[11][88][89] In a December 2011 interview, Kanellis confirmed she was dating Mike Bennett, and they later got engaged.[90][91] On October 10, 2014, Bennett and Kanellis got married. Following her wedding she became a step mother to Bennett’s son Austin.[92]

In 2013, Kanellis began working toward an associate degree in art at university.[93]

In wrestling[edit]

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

Maria with Michael Bennett and Matt Taven in October 2015

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Trish Stratus

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Trish Stratus
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Birth name Patricia Anne Stratigeas[1][2]
Born (1975-12-18) December 18, 1975 (age 41)
Flemingdon Park, Ontario, Canada
Residence Toronto, Ontario, Canada[1]
Spouse(s) Ron Fisico (m. 2006)
Children 2
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Trish Stratus
Billed height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)[3][4]
Billed weight 125 lb (57 kg)[3]
Billed from Toronto, Ontario, Canada[4][5]
Trained by Ron Hutchinson
Dave Finlay[6][7]
Debut March 19, 2000
Retired September 17, 2006

Patricia AnneTrishStratigeas (/ˈstrætəs/; born December 18, 1975) is a Canadian retired professional wrestler, former fitness model, fitness master, actress, television personality, and best known her time in WWE under ring name Trish Stratus.

After beginning her career as a fitness model, Stratus began working for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), which was later renamed World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Early in her career, she was mostly involved in sexually themed storylines, such as managing the team T & A and an affair with Vince McMahon‘s Mr. McMahon character. As Stratus spent more time in the ring, her perceived wrestling skills strengthened and her popularity increased. Because of this, she was made a one-time WWE Hardcore Champion, three-time “WWE Babe of the Year” and was proclaimed “Diva of the Decade”. After nearly seven years in the business, Stratus retired from professional wrestling at WWE Unforgiven on September 17, 2006 after winning her record-setting seventh WWE Women’s Championship. In 2011, Stratus was a trainer for WWE Tough Enough and she was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013.

Aside from professional wrestling, Stratus appeared on a number of magazine covers and has been involved in charity work. She has also hosted several award and television shows, and owns a yoga studio.

Early life and fitness modelling[edit]

Stratigeas grew up in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada where she attended Bayview Secondary School.[8][9] She enrolled at York University, where she studied biology and kinesiology and played soccer and field hockey.[4][7][10] Due to a faculty strike in 1997, she was forced to change her plans.[4][7][8][9][10] She was working as a receptionist at a local gym when she was approached by the publisher of MuscleMag International to do a test shoot for the magazine.[9][11] She later appeared on the cover of the May 1998 issue and was signed to a two-year contract.[11] For the next six months, she worked on her body and appeared on numerous magazine covers.[9] During this time, she joined Big Daddy Donnie & Jeff Marek as the third host of Live Audio Wrestling on Toronto Sports Radio, The FAN 590.[4][12][13]

Stratigeas had been a fan of wrestling since childhood and her modelling work caught the attention of the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).[4][8][12][13][14] In November 1999, she was signed to a multi-year contract with the company, who sent her to Sully’s Gym where she was trained by Ron Hutchinson.[4][8][9][13]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment / WWE[edit]

Managing and T & A (2000–2001)[edit]

Main article: T & A

Stratigeas made her debut as a villainous character on the March 19, 2000 episode of Sunday Night Heat, under the ring name Trish Stratus.[4] She appeared on stage to scout Test and Prince Albert. The next night on Raw, Stratus began her first role in the company, managing Test and Albert in the tag team T & A.[4][15] It was during her stint managing T & A that Stratus took her first major bump in the ring, by being driven through a table by the Dudley Boyz at Backlash, after she had been taunting Bubba Ray Dudley for several weeks.[16] In June, she was on the receiving end of a stink face from Rikishi on Raw.[17]

Stratus as Val Venis manager during the 2000 King of the Ring event

She also began managing then-heel, Val Venis to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship, but their partnership ended at SummerSlam after Venis lost the title.[8] Stratus made her in-ring debut at the June 22 taping of SmackDown!, winning a tag team match with T & A against the Hardy Boyz and Lita. A storyline feud between Stratus and Lita developed after the match with Stratus attacking Lita on episodes of Raw and SmackDown!. This led to an Indian Strap match between the two women on the July 24 episode of Raw, which Stratus won with help from Stephanie McMahon.[3] She finished the year competing unsuccessfully for the WWF Women’s Championship numerous times, and separating from Test and Albert when the team disbanded.[18]

In early 2001, Stratus became involved in an angle with WWF Chairman Vince McMahon, during a time when Vince’s wife Linda was kayfabe institutionalized following a demand Vince had made for a divorce during an episode of SmackDown! on December 7, 2000.[8][19] Vince and Stratus’ relationship increasingly angered the boss’ daughter, then-heel, Stephanie McMahon.[4][5] At No Way Out on February 25, Stratus and Stephanie squared off, with Stephanie scoring the victory after a run-in by William Regal.[20] In the midst of a tag team match that pitted Vince and Stratus against Regal and Stephanie the next night on Raw, Stratus was the victim of a set-up by Vince, Stephanie and Regal. Regal executed his finisher, the Regal Cutter, on Stratus and Stephanie then dumped sewage over Stratus’ body. Vince stood over Stratus, and he told her she was a “toy” with which he had “grown tired of playing with”.[21] The angle continued the next week on Raw, with Vince forcing Stratus to strip down to her black bra and panties in the ring and bark like a dog.[22] The storyline came to an end at WrestleMania X-Seven, when Stratus slapped Vince during his match against his son Shane,[4] becoming a fan favorite in the process.[8][23][24]

Women’s Champion (2001–2003)[edit]

Following her first face turn, Stratus began wrestling part-time. She teamed up with Lita against then-heels, Stacy Keibler and Torrie Wilson at InVasion.[5] After suffering an ankle injury in the summer, however, she was sidelined for the following three months. This interrupted not only her recent venture into wrestling, but also an on-screen romance with Jeff Hardy and budding storyline with Team Xtreme.[25] As she rehabilitated, she kept herself visible by co-hosting Excess on TNN.[5] After returning in autumn, Stratus appeared at Survivor Series where she won the WWF Women’s Championship for the first time in a six-pack challenge.[4][26][27] Stratus was next involved in a feud with Jazz over the Women’s Championship, where she retained the championship at the Royal Rumble, but dropped the championship to Jazz two weeks later on the February 4, 2002 episode of Raw.[28][29] Stratus then attempted to regain the title for several months, including competing in a triple threat match at WrestleMania X8 against Lita and Jazz in her hometown of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, but failed to win the match.[7][30] While chasing after the Women’s Championship, Stratus won the WWE Hardcore Championship on May 6, pinning Crash Holly after Bubba Ray Dudley hit him over the head with a trash can.[8][26] She lost the title to Steven Richards soon afterward however, due to the stipulation that the belt was to be defended 24/7 as long as there was a referee present.[8][26] One week later, she regained the Women’s Championship in a tag team match with Bubba Ray Dudley.[31] During this time, Stratus began wrestling solely on the Raw brand after being drafted in the WWF Brand Extension.[32]

Trish celebrating after winning the Women’s Championship at WrestleMania XIX in 2003

Stratus’ second reign as champion came to an end on June 23, when she was defeated at King of the Ring by Molly Holly.[33] The two Divas continued their storyline feud for the next three months. After a failed attempt to win the title in July, Stratus won the championship back at Unforgiven.[34][35] While feuding with Holly, Stratus was also involved in an angle with new Diva Victoria, who held a storyline grudge against Stratus, claiming she was betrayed by Stratus when they both worked as fitness models.[8] The two competed in several title matches, with Stratus retaining until Survivor Series, where Victoria won the title in a Hardcore match.[36][37] On March 17, 2003, Victoria and Steven Richards defeated Jazz and Stratus in a tag team match when Jazz walked out on Stratus. After the match, Jeff Hardy saved Stratus from an attack by Victoria and Richards and then kissed her, resulting in Stratus becoming Hardy’s on-screen girlfriend once more.[38] The two would talk and kiss backstage, compete as an intergender tag team, and come to each other’s aid when in danger during singles competition. At no point was their previous relationship acknowledged.[39] The storyline was suddenly dropped when WWE released Hardy in April. This marked the second time in two years that a romance between Stratus and Hardy was abruptly scrapped due to a setback in one of their personal lives. In neither instance did the angle fully play out or reach a conclusion.[8]

At WrestleMania XIX, Stratus ended her feud with Victoria by defeating her and Jazz to capture her fourth Women’s Championship, only to lose the title to Jazz at the following pay-per-view, Backlash.[40] The Raw after Backlash, Eric Bischoff ordered a No Disqualification match between him and Stratus. If Stratus won, she would get a championship rematch the next week; if Bischoff won, he would get to spend a night with her. Bischoff would go on to win the match, though the stipulation was nulified when Linda McMahon confronted him after the match.

Teaming and feuding with Lita (2003–2005)[edit]

In the following months, Stratus was placed into an alliance with Gail Kim. It was short-lived, however, as Kim turned on Stratus and teamed with Molly Holly, putting the women in a storyline feud.[8] The duo defeated Stratus and several tag team partners until Stratus allied herself with a returning Lita.[41][42][43] The team defeated Kim and Holly in several matches, including a match at Unforgiven.[44] Stratus began an on-screen romance with Chris Jericho during the November 10 episode of Raw when she agreed to go on a date with him.[45] Subsequently, they participated in an intergender tag team match as partners on December 1. After the match, Stratus overheard Jericho talking to then-heel, Christian, who was involved in an on-screen romance with Lita at the time, about who could sleep with their respective woman first.[46] One week later, Stratus and Lita confronted the men about their actions, leading to a feud between the two men and women which resulted in a “Battle of the Sexes” tag team match at Armageddon, which the women lost.[47] A rematch the next night ended in a no contest.[48] Her relationship with Jericho continued into the next year with a new angle of Stratus developing feelings for Jericho. Christian would also briefly turn face once again, but only revealed to be a hoax as he would attack and defeat her in a match ordered by Eric Bischoff. This would start a feud between Christian and Jericho, who was defending Stratus. During their match at WrestleMania XX, however, Stratus became a villainess for the first time since her debut by betraying Jericho and siding with Christian. Stratus claimed her reasons for siding with Christian were that he was a “real man”, and Jericho was a “love sick puppy”.[5][12] The duo feuded with Jericho for several months and competed in a 2-on-1 Handicap match at Backlash.[49] The team of Stratus and Christian were joined by “problem solverTyson Tomko the next night on Raw.[50]

Trish Stratus along Molly Holly during a WWE house show in October 2004

Stratus won the WWE Women’s Championship for a fifth time at Bad Blood on June 13.[51] She defended the title until she suffered a legitimate broken hand in July that caused her to be out of action for approximately a month.[52] Upon her return, she continued to defend the title against numerous challengers before losing the championship to Lita on December 6, when both women wrestled in the main event of Raw for the championship.[5] Stratus recaptured the title a month later at New Year’s Revolution, after Lita suffered a legitimate knee injury during the match.[53] Stratus was originally booked to lose the championship back to Lita at WrestleMania 21, but due to Lita’s injury, she wasn’t cleared to wrestle. A new angle was then developed between Stratus and 2004 Raw Diva Search winner Christy Hemme over jealousy of Hemme’s Playboy magazine exposure, with Stratus attacking Hemme and spray painting the word “slut” across her back.[54] Stratus was challenged by Hemme, who later revealed she was being trained by Lita, for a championship match at WrestleMania 21, where Stratus successfully retained her championship.[54] Stratus would then demand a rematch against Hemme the next night on Raw; before the match started, Stratus hit Hemme with the Chick Kick, and re-injured Lita’s knee. The next week, after losing a tag team match, Stratus was chased around the arena by Lita’s storyline husband, Kane, narrowly escaping. The week after, Stratus almost got chokeslammed onto the stage, but Viscera saved her. Stratus would then form a short-lived alliance with Viscera, who was ordered to protect her. A tag team match was held at Backlash 2005 where it was Lita and Kane vs. Trish Stratus and Viscera in which the Lita and Kane were victorious.

Storyline with Mickie James and retirement (2005–2006)[edit]

Trish Stratus at the 2005 Tribute to the Troops event

In May 2005, Stratus was sidelined with the Women’s Championship after suffering a herniated disc, with the storyline explanation that Viscera had injured her at Backlash after she insulted him for losing to Kane.[5][25] This left the company without a Women’s Champion for four months, as Stratus remained the recognized champion during the time of her injury, thus ignoring the 30 day clause stating that a champion must defend their respective title at least once every 30 days. She returned to Raw on September 12, 2005 as a face by siding with Ashley Massaro against Vince’s Devils (Candice Michelle, Victoria and Torrie Wilson).[55] The feud also involved the debuting Mickie James, who introduced herself as Stratus’ biggest fan.[5] In November, during the Eddie Guerrero Tribute Show, Stratus took part in an inter-promotional Divas battle royal that was won by SmackDown! Diva Melina.[56] The next week, MNM (Joey Mercury and Johnny Nitro) kidnapped Stratus for Melina, who challenged a tied up and gagged Stratus to a match for the Women’s Championship.[57] The two fought at Survivor Series, with Stratus defeating Melina.[58][59] Stratus and Mickie James continued teaming together in late 2005, while James became increasingly obsessed with Stratus.[60] On the December 26 episode of Raw, the storyline between Stratus and James developed into a lesbian one, when James initiated an intimate kiss with Stratus under a sprig of mistletoe, causing a surprised Stratus to flee the locker room.[61]

The odd relationship between Stratus and James continued into 2006, with the two Divas competing against each other in a title match at New Year’s Revolution, where Stratus emerged victorious.[62] Despite the defeat, James continued to be enamored of Stratus which made her feel uncomfortable, and on March 6, Stratus confronted James, telling her that she needed space.[63][64] The duo briefly reconciled on the March 18 episode of Saturday Night’s Main Event, teaming together to defeat Candice Michelle and Victoria; however, after the match, James turned on Stratus and attacked her.[65] A match at WrestleMania 22 saw Stratus lose the Women’s Championship to James, ending her 448-day reign.[66] The match, at the time, was widely recognized as one of the best women’s matches in the company. During a rematch at Backlash, Stratus suffered a legitimate dislocated shoulder after taking a bump to the outside of the ring.[67] While she was rehabilitating for six weeks, she continued to appear on-screen.[8][68]

Stratus returned to the ring on June 26, where she had a Women’s Championship match with Mickie James. Stratus would go on to lose the match, thus finally ending their nine-month long storyline. On the same night, she started a romantic angle with Carlito after he saved her from a double team attack by Melina and Johnny Nitro.[69] They competed as a team, and won a mixed tag team match against Melina and Nitro at Saturday Night’s Main Event on July 15.[70] As a couple, Stratus and Carlito briefly feuded with WWE Champion Edge and Lita (who turned heel) after the pair interrupted Stratus’ title match with Mickie James. The two couples competed in several tag team matches, including a six-person tag team match where Edge, Lita and Randy Orton defeated Stratus, Carlito and John Cena after Orton RKO‘d Stratus and Lita followed up with the pin. Stratus’ last match on Raw occurred on September 11, 2006 where she defeated former rival Mickie James.[71][72] In late August, Lita stated that Stratus would retire following the Unforgiven pay-per-view, which was later confirmed by Stratus.[73] At Unforgiven on September 17, in her hometown of Toronto, Stratus won against Lita with fellow Canadian Bret Hart‘s signature submission maneuver, the Sharpshooter.[74][75][76] Her victory earned her a seventh Women’s Championship, the most in WWE history, and she retired as the champion.[77]

Post-retirement appearances and WWE Hall of Famer (2007–present)[edit]

Trish making her entrance at WrestleMania XXVII in April 2011

Stratus and Lita made a special appearance on December 10, 2007 during Raw’s 15th Anniversary special, attacking Jillian Hall.[78] The following year, Stratus appeared on Raw in Toronto on May 5, in a backstage segment involving Ron Simmons and Trevor Murdoch.[79]

Stratus wrestled her first match in over two years on the December 22, 2008 episode of Raw, when she and John Cena defeated Santino Marella and her former on-screen protégé Beth Phoenix in a mixed tag team match.

On September 14, 2009, Stratus served as the guest hostess of Raw, and participated in a six-person tag team match, teaming with Montel Vontavious Porter and Mark Henry to defeat Phoenix, Chris Jericho, and Big Show.

Stratus made a surprise appearance at the 2011 Elimination Chamber pay-per-view to announce that she would be a trainer on the revival of WWE Tough Enough, and stopped LayCool (Layla & Michelle McCool) from attacking Kelly Kelly. The following month, on March 14, she lost a match to Vickie Guerrero due to interference from LayCool and Dolph Ziggler. After the match, John Morrison and Raw guest star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi came to her aid.[80] At WrestleMania XXVII, Stratus, Snooki, and Morrison defeated the team of Ziggler and LayCool. The night after WrestleMania, on Raw, Stratus and Morrison defeated Guerrero and Ziggler.[81] She also appeared on Raw on June 6 and SmackDown on September 16.

The following year, on July 23, 2012, she made a guest appearance on Raw‘s 1000th episode.

On the January 28, 2013, episode of Raw, Stratus was announced as a WWE Hall of Fame inductee as part of the 2013 class, making her the youngest inductee in WWE history. Stratus chose Stephanie McMahon to induct her into the Hall of Fame in April.[82]

The following year, Stratus inducted Lita into the WWE Hall of Fame.[83]

On August 16, 2016, Trish Stratus appeared on WWE Network special WWE 24: Women’s Evolution, discussing the history of the women back in her era known as the Attitude Era & Golden Era and also her rivalry with Lita.

Legacy[edit]

Trish’s sixth reign as WWE Women’s Champion is the title’s longest reign in the 2000s with 448 days. She is also the woman who most had reigns in WWE history, with eight; seven-times Women’s Champion and one-time Hardcore Champion.[84][85]

She is also the first woman along with Lita to wrestle in the Raw main event when she defended unsuccessfully the Women’s Championship on December 6, 2004. This only happened again for the second time just 12 years later by Charlotte and Sasha Banks.[86][87] She is also the female wrestler with the most appearances on Raw, and the third overall with 278 appearances.[88]

Trish Stratus is cited as inspiration for several women, such as: Kia Stevens,[89] Natalya, Rosa Mendes,[90] Kelly Kelly,[91] Emma,[92] Taryn Terrell,[93] Shazza McKenzie,[94] Maria Kanellis,[95] Alexa Bliss,[96] Carmella,[97] Deonna Purrazzo,[98] Santana Garrett,[99] Sasha Banks,[100] and Bayley.[101]

Other media[edit]

On June 3, 2006, she hosted the Canada’s Walk of Fame induction ceremony and performed a song and dance number inspired by the soundtrack from the film Chicago at the event.[102][103] During the show, Stratus ad libbed a kiss with fellow Canadian actress Pamela Anderson.[74][102][104]

From late November 2006 to mid-January 2007, Stratus temporarily moved to Muncie, Indiana for the CBS reality show Armed & Famous.[105][106][107] She was given a spot in the series after Paul Heyman had mentioned her name to CBS.[105] The concept was that she was one of five celebrities who trained as volunteer officers with the Muncie Police Department.[108] After finishing her training, Stratus and her real life officer partner were followed around by a camera crew while going on legitimate police calls.[106] Although the show was scheduled to broadcast seven episodes starting on January 10, 2007, CBS canceled the series after just four of the episodes were aired.[105][108][109] After the cancellation of Armed & Famous, Stratus hosted The Second City’s Next Comedy Legend.[105] The contest was similar to the style of America’s Next Top Model, with Stratus portraying the “Tyra Banks” role as contact between the contestants and judges.

Stratus is the host and subject of the show Stratusphere, which debuted in 2008 on the Travel + Escape television channel. The show follows Stratus as she visits different locations around the world to participate in local sports and adventure. Bill Harris wrote that, “Every week, Stratus embarks on a trip in search of exotic locations and daring physical challenges. In the first episode, for example, Stratus is in Kochi, India, where she learns the ancient martial art of kalarippayattu, progressing from fighting with sticks to fighting with metal swords. Through the 10-episode run of Stratusphere, Stratus does everything from reindeer racing in Norway to bungee jumping in Bali. Her athleticism obviously sets Stratusphere apart from most travel shows.”[110] Stratus also guest-starred in the Canadian show Da Kink in My Hair new season, which started on February 12, 2009.[111] In 2009, Stratus became a spokesperson for sports betting website, Sports Interaction.[112]

Stratus starred in the Canadian independent movie, Bail Enforcers, which marked her acting debut. She played a bounty hunter named Jules Taylor, which released on April 19, 2011, premiering at ActionFest 2011.[113] The movie was then released on DVD as “Bounty Hunters”.

Stratus co-starred in the 2015 film, Gridlocked, as the villainous Gina.[114]

Video games[edit]

Stratus has appeared in twenty WWE video games. She made her in-game debut at WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role and appears in WWF No Mercy, WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It, WWE Raw, WWE WrestleMania X8, WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth, WWE WrestleMania XIX, WWE Raw 2, WWE SmackDown Here Comes the Pain, WWE Day of Reckoning, WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw, WWE WrestleMania 21, WWE Day of Reckoning 2, WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2006, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010, WWE 12 (DLC), WWE 13,[115] WWE 2K16 (DLC) and WWE 2K17.[116]

Yoga studio[edit]

In 2008, Stratus opened a yoga studio named Stratusphere in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario.[117] The studio is billed as “Canada’s largest eco-friendly yoga studio”.[118] In 2009, Stratusphere was awarded Top Choice Awards’ Best New Business award, and the following year, Stratus won the award for Business Woman of the Year. The studio won Top Choice Awards’ Best Yoga Studio award in 2013.[119]

Personal life[edit]

Stratigeas is of Greek and Polish descent[120] and is the eldest daughter of John and Alice Stratigeas.[1][14] Her sisters are named Christie and Melissa.[14] Stratigeas married her high school sweetheart and boyfriend of fourteen years, Ron Fisico, on September 30, 2006.[74][105][108] Several WWE Divas were in attendance at the wedding, and her bridal gown was featured on a cover of Today’s Bride magazine.[1][11] Shortly after the wedding, Stratus got the call to be a part of Armed & Famous, so she filmed the show instead of going on her honeymoon. In 2013, Stratigeas announced her pregnancy at the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony, and her first child, a son named Maximus Stratus Fisico, was born on September 30, 2013.[121][122] Stratigeas is best friends with former wrestler Amy Dumas, a.k.a. “Lita”, even naming Dumas as the godmother to her son. In October 2016, Stratigeas announced on Twitter that she was expecting her second child. On December 6, 2016, Lilian Garcia announced on her podcast that Trish is expecting a baby girl in early 2017. On January 14, 2017, Trish gave birth to baby girl named Madison-Patricia Fisico, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Stratigeas has also been involved with numerous charities such as Ronald McDonald House, Dreams Take Flight, and the Special Olympics.[123] From 2001, she was a spokesperson for the World Natural Sports Association.[4][124] On March 29, 2008, she participated in the Island Triathlon Series as part of a celebrity relay team to help raise money for Dignitas International.[125]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
2011 Bail Enforcers Jules
2015 Gridlocked Gina
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Armed & Famous Herself
The Second City’s Next Comedy Legend Host
2008 Stratusphere Herself Aired on Travel + Escape
2009 Da Kink in My Hair Herself Season 2, Episode 1: “Everything In Its Right Place” [126]

In wrestling[edit]

Stratus performing the Stratusfaction on Victoria
Stratus wrestling Ivory during a WWE Raw show in 2003

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Stratus as WWE Women’s Champion celebrating after wrestling her final match in 2006

Paige (wrestler)

 

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Paige
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Paige in March 2016
Birth name Saraya-Jade Bevis
Born (1992-08-17) 17 August 1992 (age 24)[1]
Norwich, England,
United Kingdom[2]
Residence San Antonio, Texas,
United States[3]
Spouse(s) Alberto Del Rio (engaged)
Family Ricky Knight (father)
Sweet Saraya (mother)
Zak Zodiac (brother)
Roy Bevis (half-brother)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Britani Knight[4][5]
Paige[1][6]
Saraya[7][8]
Billed height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1][5][6]
Billed weight 120 lb (54 kg)[5]
Billed from Norwich, England[1][5][6]
Trained by Jason Cross[9]
Ricky Knight[10][11]
Roy Bevis[10][11]
Sweet Saraya[9]
Zak Zodiac[10][11]
Debut 2005[5][10]

Saraya-Jade Bevis[2][8] (born 17 August 1992)[2][10] is an English professional wrestler and actress currently signed to WWE under the ring name Paige, performing on the Raw brand. She is currently on hiatus due to injury. She is a two-time Divas Champion and was the inaugural NXT Women’s Champion in WWE’s developmental branch, NXT. She held both championships concurrently, making her the first female to hold two championships at the same time in WWE history.

In 2005, at the age of 13, Bevis made her debut in the World Association of Wrestling, a promotion run by her family, under the ring name Britani Knight. She went on to hold several championships on independent circuits within Europe. In 2011, she signed a contract with WWE and started wrestling within its developmental systems, eventually debuting on WWE’s main roster in April 2014. In her debut match on the main roster, she won the Divas Championship, becoming the youngest champion in the title’s history at the age of 21.

Early life

Bevis was born and raised in Norwich, Norfolk, the daughter of professional wrestlers Ian Bevis and Julia Hamer-Bevis, who once unknowingly wrestled while she was seven months pregnant with Bevis.[11] As a child, Bevis was scared of wrestling because of the injuries her family received and the concept that her parents fought other people for a living.[10][11] She also intended to become a zoologist.[12] When she was around 10 or 11 years old,[specify] her father started running a wrestling training school every month. She took this opportunity to occasionally enter the wrestling ring, where her brothers taught her about wrestling. She did this until she was 13, when she officially made her debut as a wrestler.[10] At the age of 15, Bevis worked as a bouncer and bartender at her parents’ bar while they were away.[13] She attended The Hewett School in Norwich, graduating in 2008.[14]

Professional wrestling career

European independent circuit (2005–2011)

Bevis made her debut in 2005,[5] at the age of 13, when her father, who was running the show, asked her to replace a wrestler who failed to turn up.[10][11] Her earliest recorded match was in April 2006 when she, using the ring name Britani Knight, teamed with her mother for a loss in a triple threat tag team match in World Association of Wrestling (WAW).[15][16] Knight then allied with Melodi to form a tag team called the Norfolk Dolls (based on the movie The California Dolls) and they wrestled in multiple English promotions.[16][17] The Norfolk Dolls won the new World Association of Women’s Wrestling (WAWW) Tag Team Championship in June 2007 by defeating the Legion of Womb,[17][18][19] but it became inactive due to no title defenses by the Norfolk Dolls.[20][21]

Knight at a Swiss Championship Wrestling event in November 2010

At the age of 14, Knight sent résumés to numerous wrestling promotions around Europe and earned a chance to wrestle in countries like Scotland, Wales, Belgium, France, Turkey, Denmark, Norway, and Germany, as well as the United States, managing to travel by herself at 14.[10][11] She began to compete for singles championships without much initial success. In Scotland, Knight competed for the World Wide Wrestling League (W3L) Women’s Title, but lost to Sara in the tournament finals in September 2007.[19][22][23] In December 2007, Knight took part in a tournament where the winner would become the first WAWW British Champion, but lost in the finals to Jetta.[19][24] In 2008, Knight challenged both Sara and Jetta for their respective titles, but failed in her title bids.[25][26]

Knight went on to achieve more singles success from 2009. In August 2009, Knight defeated her mother Sweet Saraya in a two-out-of-three falls match to capture the vacant Herts and Essex (HEW) Women’s Championship.[27][28] Later that month, Knight once again defeated Saraya to capture the WAWW British Championship.[27][28] In November 2009, Knight captured the Real Deal Wrestling (RDW) Women’s Championship from her mother in an elimination match also featuring Chelsey Love and Stacey Baybie.[27][29][30] In December 2009, while in HEW, Knight won the RQW Women’s Championship by defeating Jetta in a champion vs. champion match with her HEW Women’s Championship on the line.[27][31] In May 2010, Knight and her mother challenged Amazon and Ananya for the PWF Ladies Tag Team Championship, which they won.[32][33] On 17 July 2010, Knight lost the HEW Women’s Championship to her mother.[34][35][36][37]

On 22 January 2011, Knight captured the German Stampede Wrestling Ladies’ Championship from Blue Nikita.[38][39][40] Knight also competed at debut show of Turkish Power Wrestling in Ankara in January 2011, with a losing effort against Shanna for the inaugural TPW Ladies Crown. On 11 March, she recaptured the HEW Women’s Championship from her mother.[39][41] Knight returned to Pro Wrestling: EVE on 8 April to participate in a two-night tournament to crown the first ever Pro-Wrestling: EVE Champion. In the first night, Knight lost a four-way match to Jenny Sjödin, won a Last Chance battle royal, then defeated Sjödin in the quarter-final match.[42] The next day, she defeated Jetta in the semi-final match,[42] and later in the finals defeated Nikki Storm to win the Pro Wrestling: EVE Championship.[5][42] On 30 April, Knight won the SCW Ladies Championship by defeating champion Amy Cooper.[43] Also in 2011, Knight won an elimination match to become WAWW Hardcore Champion.[39][44]

On 4 June, Knight lost her Pro-Wrestling: EVE Championship to Jenny Sjödin,[45] and on 26 June, Knight lost her SCW Ladies Championship to her mother during a four-way match also involving Amy Cooper and Laura Wellings.[46] On 2 August, Knight and her mother lost their PWF Ladies Tag Team Championship to Amazon and Destiny in a two-out-of-three falls match.[47][48] On 12 November, Knight vacated the HEW Women’s Championship.[49] Knight also lost the WAWW British Championship to Liberty on 19 November 2011, while also vacating the RQW Women’s Championship on that day.[50]

Shimmer Women Athletes (2011)

Bevis, again billed as Britani Knight, debuted for the American all-female promotion Shimmer Women Athletes on 26 March 2011 at the tapings of Volume 37 in Berwyn, Illinois. Teaming with her mother Saraya Knight, as the Knight Dynasty, they were managed by Rebecca Knox and defeated Nikki Roxx and Ariel via disqualification after the other team used the Dynasty’s brass knuckles.[51][52] This led to the Knight Dynasty receiving Shimmer Tag Team Championship match against the Seven Star Sisters (Hiroyo Matsumoto and Misaki Ohata) at Volume 38, which the Knight Dynasty lost.[51][52]

In October 2011 at Volume 42, the Knight Dynasty lost another Shimmer Tag Team Championship match against champions Ayako Hamada and Ayumi Kurihara when Saraya refused to help Britani. Saraya then scolded Britani after the match.[51][53] At Volume 43, Britani lost to Jessie McKay, which was her third consecutive loss. This led to Saraya disowning (in storyline) and slapping Britani, before a brawl between the two ensued and had to be pulled apart.[51][54] Britani subsequently challenged Saraya to a match at Volume 44, where Britani defeated Saraya under no disqualification rules, in what was her final Shimmer match.[54][55]

WWE

Developmental territories (2011–2014)

Bevis was first informed that there would be try-outs for WWE when a talent scout came to a show in England.[10] She was unsuccessful in her first try in November 2010, but succeeded in April 2011.[10][56] In September 2011, Bevis signed a contract with WWE and was assigned to its then-developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW).[57] She made her debut for FCW at a house show on 5 January 2012, using the ring name Saraya.[7] Her ring name was then changed to Paige, as she made her televised debut in an appearance on the 26 February episode of FCW TV.[58] From March 2012, Paige formed an alliance with Sofia Cortez, dubbing themselves the “Anti-Diva Army”. Paige made her televised in-ring debut in a tag team match alongside Cortez on 19 March, where the duo lost to Audrey Marie and Kaitlyn.[59] Paige and Cortez then formed a brief association with Rick Victor, winning a mixed tag team match against Audrey Marie and Aiden English.[60] On 6 May, Paige pinned the FCW Divas Champion, Raquel Diaz in a non-title triple threat match, which also involved Audrey Marie.[61] This earned Paige a championship match against Diaz on the 27 May episode of FCW TV, where Diaz’s chicanery led to Paige being disqualified and Diaz retained her title.[62] Dissension was teased within the Anti-Diva Army as Paige moved on to feud with Audrey Marie. Paige lost to Marie on 11 June on FCW TV after Cortez interfered against her, signalling the end of the alliance.[63] On the final episode of FCW TV on 15 July, Paige and Cortez ended their feud with Marie emerging victorious in a no disqualification match.[64]

WWE went on to rebrand its developmental territory FCW into NXT.[65] Paige’s NXT television debut took place on the third episode of the rebooted NXT, taped at Full Sail University, in which she lost to Sofia Cortez.[66] From September 2012, after gaining a large surge in crowd support[67][68] Paige went on a winning streak defeating the likes of Audrey Marie,[69] Sasha Banks,[70] Emma,[71] Aksana,[72] and multiple victories over Alicia Fox.[73][74]

On 30 January 2013, Paige was assaulted by ring announcer Summer Rae, due to Rae’s jealousy of Paige’s popularity and success.[72][75] On the 13 February episode of NXT, Paige suffered a shoulder injury after brawling with Rae, which Rae exploited later that episode to end Paige’s undefeated streak.[76] After Paige continued to confront Rae,[77][78] Paige defeated Rae in a singles match, despite Rae’s pre-match attack, on the 1 May episode of NXT.[79] In June, Paige entered a tournament to determine the first NXT Women’s Champion. She defeated Tamina Snuka and Alicia Fox en route to the final, in which she defeated Emma to become the inaugural champion (the episode aired on tape delay on July 24, 2013, the day WWE officially begins her reign).[80][81][82][83]

Paige made her first successful title defense on the 14 August episode of NXT, defeating Summer Rae.[84] In the following months, Paige teamed up with Emma to feud with Summer Rae and Sasha Banks.[85] Paige successfully defended her title against Natalya on the 4 December episode of NXT, and against Emma on 27 February 2014 at NXT Arrival.[86][87] On 24 April, Paige was forced to vacate her NXT Women’s Championship, ending her reign at 274 days, due to being elevated to the main roster and winning the Divas Championship.[88]

Divas Champion (2014–2015)

Paige posing just after winning the Divas Championship at her main roster debut in April 2014

Paige made her unannounced debut on the main roster on the 7 April 2014 episode of Raw,[89] the night after WrestleMania XXX, congratulating Divas Champion AJ Lee on her successful title defense at the pay-per-view event, after which AJ slapped Paige, challenging her to an impromptu match for the championship, which Paige quickly won,[90][91] making her the youngest Divas Champion in history at the age of 21, the first Diva to win the title in her debut match and the only woman to hold both Divas and NXT Women’s Championships.[10][92] Paige had her first successful title defense on 28 April episode of Raw in an impromptu match against Brie Bella, which went to a no contest due to Kane attacking Brie, as Paige escaped.[93][94] In her first successful title defense on pay-per-view, Paige defeated Tamina Snuka on 4 May at Extreme Rules.[95][96]

Paige suffered her first defeat on the main roster on the 19 May episode of Raw against Alicia Fox in a non-title match,[97] which led to a title match between the two at Payback, where Paige prevailed.[98] In June, Paige started a feud with Cameron and defeated her in two non-title matches.[99][100] However, Cameron’s tag team partner Naomi went on to defeat Paige in a non-title match[101] and was granted a title match Money in the Bank, which Paige won.[102] During this time, WWE was criticized for failing to develop Paige’s character despite being able to do so for Paige’s opponents[103][104] and for portraying Paige as a vulnerable champion while she was proving herself in the storyline.[105][106]

AJ Lee and Paige feuded throughout 2014 (left) before they allied together in March 2015 (right)

On the post-Money in the Bank episode of Raw on 30 June, a role reversal occurred when a returning AJ Lee quickly defeated Paige in a title match to regain the Divas Championship, in which Paige was initially reluctant to face Lee, but she then agreed to the match per request of the live audience.[107] Despite the championship loss, Paige acted as if she were best friends with Lee during tag matches in which they teamed together.[108][109] At Battleground, Paige lost a rematch for the Divas Championship to Lee.[110] On the post-Battleground episode of Raw on 21 July, after Paige and Lee won a tag match against Emma and Natalya, Paige turned villainous after viciously assaulting Lee.[111] This eventually set up another title match between the two on 17 August, Paige’s 22nd birthday, at SummerSlam, which Paige won to capture her second Divas Championship.[112] A month later at Night of Champions, Paige lost the title back to Lee in a triple threat match which also involved Nikki Bella.[113] Paige then formed an alliance with Alicia Fox while still feuding with Lee[114] but after Fox failed to secure Paige a victory in another title match against Lee at Hell in a Cell, Paige dissolved their alliance by attacking Fox the following night on Raw.[115][116] At Survivor Series, Paige participated in a 4-on-4 elimination tag team match where she was the last person from her team to be eliminated, courtesy of Naomi.[117]

On the 5 January 2015 episode of Raw, Paige became a fan favorite again as she rescued Natalya from a post-match assault by Divas Champion Nikki Bella[118] which led to a non-title match between the two the following night on Main Event, which Paige won.[119] This led to a tag team match between Paige and Natalya against The Bella Twins at the Royal Rumble, which The Bella Twins won.[120] Following weeks of being tormented by The Bella Twins, Paige unsuccessfully challenged Nikki for the Divas Championship at Fastlane[121] and on the 2 March episode of Raw, after which, the returning AJ Lee saved Paige from a post-match attack by The Bellas.[122] This led to a tag team match at WrestleMania 31 between Paige and Lee against The Bella Twins, which Paige and Lee won in Paige’s WrestleMania début.[123] On the 13 April episode of Raw, Paige won a battle royal to become the number one contender to Nikki Bella’s Divas Championship[124] and was attacked after the match by Naomi, who injured her in the storyline and made her unable to compete.[125] Paige returned on the 18 May episode of Raw, after a one-month absence, saving Nikki Bella from an attack by Naomi and Tamina Snuka, before attacking Bella as well.[126] This prompted a triple threat match between Paige, Naomi and Nikki at Elimination Chamber, which Paige lost.[127] In June, Paige went on to unsuccessfully challenge Nikki for the championship in two singles matches on Raw and Money in the Bank, after Nikki and Brie switched places[128][129] and in a triple threat match on 4 July at The Beast in the East, which also involved Tamina.[130]

Women’s Revolution (2015–2016)

See also: Team PCB

On the 13 July 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 Divas division, introducing the débuting Charlotte and Becky Lynch as Paige’s allies and NXT Women’s Champion Sasha Banks as an ally of Naomi and Tamina, which led to a brawl between the three teams.[131] The trio of Paige, Charlotte and Lynch, originally dubbed as “Submission Sorority”, was renamed to “Team PCB“, after the first–name initials of each wrestler.[132][133] The three teams would ultimately face off at SummerSlam in a three-team elimination match, which PCB won after Becky Lynch pinned Brie Bella.[134] On the 31 August episode of Raw, all members of PCB competed in the first ever “Divas beat the clock challenge“, but Charlotte was named number one contender for the Divas Championship, as Paige fought Sasha Banks to a time limit draw.[135] This led to two matches between Paige and Banks on the 7 and 14 September episodes of Raw, which Banks won,[136][137] and on the 10 September episode of SmackDown, where the two fought to a no contest.[138]

Paige celebrating with her fellow Total Divas co-stars after their victory at WrestleMania 32 in April 2016

Charlotte won the Divas Championship from Nikki Bella on 20 September at Night of Champions,[139] and during her celebration the following night on Raw, Paige turned on her partners and cut a worked shoot promo, where she claimed Charlotte was only there because of her father and berated other members of the Divas division, including Lynch and Natalya.[140][141] This also led to Paige having multiple confrontations with Natalya.[142][143] Throughout October, Paige acted as if she wanted to reconcil with Lynch and Charlotte,[144][145] only to attack them.[146] In November, Paige became the new number one contender for Charlotte’s Divas Championship after winning a fatal four-way match,[147][148] but was unsuccessful in regaining the title on three different occasions: at Survivor Series, when she lost by submission,[149][150][151] the following night on Raw in a rematch, which ended in a double countout,[152] and at TLC, when she once again lost.[153]

Paige took some time off television after her rivalry with Charlotte due to injury,[154] and returned on the 18 January 2016 episode of Raw, accompanying her former rival Natalya to her match against Brie Bella.[155] Upon her return, Paige started competing in various singles and tag team matches, ending on both winning and losing sides.[156][157][158][159][160][161] Paige then aligned herself with fellow Total Divas cast members Brie Bella, Natalya, Alicia Fox and Eva Marie, facing Lana, Naomi, Tamina, Summer Rae and Emma in a 10-Diva tag team match on the WrestleMania 32 kick-off show, which Team Total Divas would win.[162] After defeating WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte on two occasions, Paige was granted a title match on the 20 June episode of Raw, where she failed to capture the title, and would be attacked by Charlotte and her accomplice Dana Brooke post-match, before being saved by Sasha Banks,[163] this led to a tag team match the following week on the 27 June episode of Raw, where Paige and Banks scored the victory.[164]

Hiatus (2016–present)

As part of the 2016 WWE draft which took place on 19 July, Paige was drafted to Raw.[165] On 3 August, her mother revealed on Twitter that she was on a hiatus due to injury.[166] On 17 August, Paige was suspended for 30 days after violating the company’s wellness policy.[167][168] She later explained that she had not failed a drug test, but that the suspension was due to a procedural issue.[169] In September 2016, Paige revealed that she would be undergoing neck surgery and would not be wrestling for an undisclosed amount of time.[170] On 10 October, Paige was suspended again for her second violation of the wellness policy; this time for 60 days.[171] Bevis subsequently tweeted, “Same shit different day. Kids..Please don’t get prescriptions or doctors notes. Not acceptable”. Her father released a statement saying she had been prescribed medication for her neck injury.[169] However, WWE issued a statement, saying that she had “tested positive for an illegal substance, not a prescription drug”.[172] On 19 October, she underwent successful neck surgery.[173]

Other media

In July 2012, Channel 4 produced a documentary about Bevis and her family titled The Wrestlers: Fighting with My Family.[174][175]

Paige has appeared in three WWE video games. She made her in-game debut as a downloadable character in WWE 2K15,[176] and is featured as a playable character in WWE 2K16 and WWE 2K17.

In October 2014, Paige joined the cast of Total Divas, a reality television show produced by WWE and E!, for the second part of the show’s third season, which began airing in 2015.[177] Paige guest starred on the 14 January 2016 episode of the MTV series Ridiculousness.[178] She appeared alongside Natalya, Brie Bella, and the Chrisley family on the 88th Academy Awards edition of E! Countdown to the Red Carpet on February 28.[179]

In March 2015, Paige was featured in Smosh‘s 131st installment of Game Bang, along with Xavier Woods, Seth Rollins, and Daniel Bryan.[180] Paige frequently appears at Wizard World comic con events across the United States, hosting fan signings, photo ops, and Q&A sessions.[181][182][183] In June 2015, Paige became one of the judges on the sixth season of Tough Enough.[184] Before the show started, Paige predicted that she would fulfill a role similar to Simon Cowell as a judge.[185] On 3 August 2015, Paige was a guest on Stone Cold Steve Austin‘s Stone Cold Podcast, which aired on the WWE Network.[186] She was a guest on Conan on 22 October.[187]

Paige has appeared in two WWE Studios films; Santa’s Little Helper, released in November 2015,[188][189] and Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon, in which she provided a voice role and was released in July 2016.[190] She will provide a voice role in the WWE Studios and Sony Pictures Animation film Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania, which is due for release in 2017.[191][192]

Filmography

Film

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2015 Santa’s Little Helper Eleanor Straight-to-DVD[188][189]
2016 Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon Herself Voice performance
Straight-to-DVD[190]
2017 Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania Paige Voice performance
Straight-to-DVD[191]
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2012 The Wrestlers: Fighting With My Family Herself Documentary
2015 WWE Tough Enough Judge Season 6
2015 Conan Herself Season 5, episode 155
2015–present Total Divas Main cast (season 3–present)
2016 Ridiculousness Season 7, episode 12

Business ventures

In September 2015, Bevis co-launched a coffee and company called The Dark Gypsy with Blackcraft Cult clothing company owners Bobby Schubenski and Jim Somers.[193][194][195] However, in October 2016, Bevis tweeted that she was no longer affiliated with the company.[196]

Personal life

Bevis is part of a professional wrestling family. Her parents, Julia Hamer-Bevis and Ian Bevis, and her older brothers, Roy Bevis and Zak Frary, are professional wrestlers.[4][8] The family runs the World Association of Wrestling (WAW) promotion in Norwich. Her mother owns and operates Bellatrix Female Warriors, a women’s wrestling promotion also based in Norwich.[197] For a time, WWE Hall of Famer Jake “The Snake” Roberts lived with the family.[13] Bevis cites Bull Nakano, Alundra Blayze, Lita, Rikishi, and Stone Cold Steve Austin as some of her favorite wrestlers.[13]

Bevis suffers from scoliosis. She was unaware that she had the condition until after signing with WWE, when a trainer noticed that her back looked wrong.[13][198]

On the WWE reality television show Total Divas, Paige acknowledged having previously “been with another woman”.[199] Total Divas also featured Paige having a relationship with Emarosa singer Bradley Walden.[200][201] She dated A Day to Remember guitarist Kevin Skaff from May 2015[202][203][204] until February 2016.[205] In May 2016, Bevis and fellow wrestler José Rodríguez, better known as Alberto Del Rio, went public with their relationship.[206][207] The two became engaged in October 2016.[208]

In wrestling

Paige setting up to perform the Ram-Paige on Brie Bella
Paige performing a side kick on Nikki Bella
Britani Knight executing a suplex on Amy Cooper in Swiss Championship Wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

Paige held the Divas Championship two times
Paige is the inaugural NXT Women’s Champion and at one point held both titles simultaneously

Torrie Wilson (WWE)

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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 7 in (1.70 m)[3]
Billed weight 133 lb (60 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 (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/Entertainment[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 March 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]

Carlito’s girlfriend, 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 and Carlito in August 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]

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]

STACEY KEIBLER (ACTRESS, WWE WRESTLER)

Stacy Keibler

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Stacy Keibler
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Keibler in 2011
Born Stacy Ann-Marie Keibler
(1979-10-14) October 14, 1979 (age 37)
Rosedale, Maryland, United States
Alma mater Towson University
Occupation Actress, model, professional wrestler
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Jared Pobre (m. 2014)
Children 1
Website stacykeibler.com
Residence Atlanta, Georgia
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Stacy Keibler
Skye
Miss Hancock
Super Stacy[1]
Billed height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[2]
Billed weight 130 lb (59 kg)[3]
Billed from Baltimore, Maryland[2]
Trained by WCW Power Plant
Debut 1999
Retired 2006

Stacy Ann-Marie Keibler (born October 14, 1979) is an American actress, model, dancer, cheerleader, retired professional wrestler and valet who is best known for her work with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) as a WWE Diva.

Keibler was a contestant on the second season of Dancing with the Stars, where she placed third.[4] She has also appeared on other American Broadcasting Company (ABC) shows such as What About Brian, George Lopez, and October Road, as well as the 100th episode of the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother as a bartender and on the USA Network show Psych. Keibler has also modeled, appearing in both Maxim and Stuff magazines.[5][6]

She began her professional wrestling career as a part of the Nitro Girls in WCW.[7][8] She quickly moved on to a more prominent role in the company as the manager, Miss Hancock. As Miss Hancock she was known for doing table dances, her relationship with David Flair, and a pregnancy angle.[9][10] After WCW was purchased by WWE, she moved to the new company, taking part in the Invasion storyline and managing the Dudley Boyz.[9] Keibler also managed Test and Scott Steiner. Before her departure she was affiliated with The Hurricane and Rosey and nicknamed “Super Stacy.”[1][4]

Keibler is known for her unusually long legs, making her the tallest WWE Diva.[5][7][8] She has been known as both “The Legs of WCW” and “The Legs of WWE”.[4] During her time on Dancing with the Stars, judge Bruno Tonioli nicknamed her “The Weapon of Mass Seduction” because of her long legs.[10]

Early life[edit]

Keibler was born on October 14, 1979, in Rosedale, Maryland, the daughter of Patricia and Gary Keibler.[7][11] Beginning at the age of three, Keibler took ballet, jazz, and tap dancing classes at Jean Kettell Studio of Dance in Dundalk, Maryland. She went to St. Clement Mary Hofbauer School in Rosedale for her early schooling.[7][8]

After attending The Catholic High School of Baltimore, an all-girls school, she attended Towson University, where she studied mass communication.[8] She attended the university on a partial scholarship and had a 3.7 grade point average (GPA).[8][12] She had minor parts in movies such as Pecker and Liberty Heights, as well as small modeling jobs.[7][8] Keibler became a cheerleader for the Baltimore Ravens football team when she was 18.[7][8]

Modeling and acting career[edit]

As the Fitness Editor at Stuff magazine during 2005 and 2006, Keibler wrote and modeled for her own occasional column, Getting Fit with Stacy Keibler.[6] She has appeared on the cover of that magazine twice -June 2005 and March 2006. Maxim named Keibler No. 5 in its 2006 Hot 100 issue, and No. 70 in its 2007 Hot 100.[5][13] In 2008 she was named No. 89 in Maxim’s annual Hot 100 list.;[14] the following year she was No. 77.[15] In 2010 she was No. 82[16] and in 2011 she was No. 72. And in 2012 she was ranked 51.[17] Keibler has declined each of two invitations from Playboy to pose in the nude for its magazine.[7]

Keibler starred in a commercial for AT&T Corporation alongside Carrot Top.[7] She also auditioned and earned a role in Big Momma’s House 2,[7] but she did not appear.

She competed in the second season of Dancing with the Stars, alongside her dance partner, Tony Dovolani.[18][19] Keibler received a perfect score of 30 from the three judges for her samba dance routine in week five.[4] This prompted judge, Bruno Tonioli, to nickname her a “weapon of mass seduction.”[10] Overall, Keibler and Dovolani received four perfect scores.[4] Keibler was eliminated in the final episode,[18] coming in third to Jerry Rice, who placed second in the final round of the competition, and Drew Lachey, the winner of the season. Two of the judges, Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman, felt she should have at least placed second.[20] Oddsmakers had considered her the favorite to win the competition.[18]

Keibler has appeared on MTV‘s Punk’d twice. In season five Keibler took part in helping prank fellow WWE Superstar, Triple H, which also included Stephanie McMahon. In season seven, however, Keibler was seen as a victim of a prank by her then-boyfriend, Geoff Stults.[21]

In February 2007 Keibler began a recurring role in ABC’s What About Brian.[19] She played the role of Brian’s new neighbor and love interest.[19] This was Keibler’s first major acting role, following her previous minor roles in both Bubble Boy and Pecker.[8][22] Keibler guest starred on George Lopez on ABC.[19] In the fall of 2007 Keibler appeared both in The Comebacks and on ABC’s drama October Road.[23][24]

In April 2008 she was named No. 64 in FHM‘s annual 100 Sexiest Women list.[25] Keibler was featured in an advertisement in the 2008 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. Keibler appeared on ABC Family’s mini television series, Samurai Girl as the character Karen that September.[26] On November 23, 2008, Keibler was named the “World’s Hottest Athlete” by a sixty-four contestant bracket on InGameNow.[27][28]

Keibler recently hosted the E! Special Maxim’s Celebrity Beach Watch: 15 Hottest Bodies on September 16, 2009, and The Ultimate Spike Girl 2009 Finale on Spike TV on October 1, 2009. On January 11, 2010, Keibler appeared as “the hot bartender”, a new conquest for Barney, in the How I Met Your Mother 100th episode, “Girls Versus Suits“. On February 3, 2010, Keibler appeared on an episode of the USA Network show “Psych“. Keibler is currently host of Call of Duty Elite’s Friday Night Fights.[29]

In July 2013, Keibler began hosting a Lifetime show called Supermarket Superstar, where home chefs fight for their product to be sold in supermarkets.[30]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Pecker Blonde on Bus Uncredited
1999 Liberty Heights Extra Uncredited
2001 Bubble Boy Working Girl Cameo
2006 Dancing With the Stars Herself Placed third
2007 George Lopez Lindsay Cafferty 2 episodes
2007 What About Brian Stephanie 5 episodes
2007 Comebacks, TheThe Comebacks All-American Mom
2008 October Road Rory Dunlop 1 episode
2008 Samurai Girl Karen 2 episodes
2009 In the Motherhood Keli Lee 1 episode
2009 Mayne Street Herself 1 episode
2010, 2014 How I Met Your Mother Karina 2 episodes
2010, 2011 Chuck Greta/Captain Victoria Dunwoody 2 episodes
2011 Psych Jessica 1 episode
2011 Blue Mountain State Thad Castle’s Future Wife 1 episode
2011 Dysfunctional Friends Storm
2011 Fixing Pete Mandy Television Movie
2011 WWE Tough Enough Herself 1 episode
2012 Men at Work Keri 1 episode
2012 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Hours 1 episode
2013 Fashion Police Herself Guest
2013 The View Herself Guest Co-Hostess
2013 Supermarket Superstar Host 10 episodes
2013 Hollywood Game Night Herself 1 episode

Professional wrestling career[edit]

World Championship Wrestling (1999–2001)[edit]

Keibler began watching wrestling with her boyfriend at the time, Kris Cumberland.[8] She can be seen in the crowd at Starrcade 1998 before the television title match, dancing in an nWo Wolfpac t-shirt. In late 1999, Keibler entered a contest held by World Championship Wrestling (WCW) to find a new member of the Nitro Girls dance troupe.[7][8] In November, she defeated 300 other girls for a spot on the dance troupe and $10,000.[8][31] Her winning routine was watched by 4.4 million viewers.[8] Keibler performed dance routines every week on WCW’s flagship show Monday Nitro under the name Skye.[8] By 2000, Keibler was appearing on WCW as a Nitro Girl, attending school full-time, and cheering for the Baltimore Ravens.[8]

She soon accepted a larger role and became a valet using the stage name Miss Hancock (some weeks spelled “Handcock”),[9][32] briefly serving as an associate for the tag team of Lenny Lane and Lodi dubbed Standards and Practices.[31][33] Despite wearing business suits, her character was known to climb on top of the announcers’ table and dance sensually.[9] It was also during this period that she began using what would become her trademark ring entrance: slowly putting her forty-two inch legs through the second tier of ropes, pausing to let the crowd momentarily see her panties.[34] At 5 feet 11 inches, Keibler was one of few women in professional wrestling tall enough to step over the middle of the three ropes that surround the ring.[31]

For a brief period, she dated David Flair (both on-screen and off), who was already involved in an on-screen relationship with Daffney. This led to Keibler’s in-ring debut at the Bash at the Beach in a Wedding Gown match, which she lost after she removed her own gown.[35] Hancock next briefly feuded with Kimberly Page, but the storyline ended abruptly when Page quit the company.[8][36] Keibler and Flair then began a feud with the Misfits in Action stable, including a mud wrestling singles match against Major Gunns at New Blood Rising.[9][35] During the match, she was kicked in the stomach, and she revealed herself to be pregnant the next night, beginning a new angle for herself and Flair.[9] Two proposed endings to the storyline were for either Ric Flair or Vince Russo to be the father of her child.[32] The angle, however, ended prematurely, as she revealed the pregnancy to be false, broke up with David Flair, and was taken off of television.[10] When she returned, she was known by her real name on-screen.[9]

World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment[edit]

The Invasion (2001)[edit]

Main article: The Invasion

When WCW was purchased by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 2001, Keibler’s contract was bought by the WWF. She portrayed a heel character in The Alliance. She made her WWF television debut on the June 14, 2001 episode of SmackDown! when then-face, Shane McMahon brought her to the ring to distract then-heel, Rhyno, causing him to lose a match.[37] Keibler originally teamed up with real-life friend, then-heel, Torrie Wilson, and the pair feuded with Divas, Trish Stratus and Lita. During this feud the four Divas competed in the first-ever tag team Bra and Panties Match at the InVasion pay-per-view, which Trish and Lita won by stripping Stacy down to her yellow underwear and Torrie Wilson to her white underwear.[9][38]

Duchess of Dudleyville (2001–2002)[edit]

Main article: The Dudley Boyz

Keibler during the WrestleMania X8 event in March 2002

Towards the end of the WCW/ECW Invasion, Keibler managed the heel gimmicks of The Dudley Boyz and was nicknamed the “Duchess of Dudleyville”.[9] During this time, she began an on-screen rivalry with former ally Torrie Wilson after Wilson left The Alliance, with Keibler helping The Dudley Boyz put Torrie through a table. Torrie, however, got her revenge after giving Keibler a wedgie then pantsing her on an episode of SmackDown!.[39] She then defeated Keibler in the first-ever lingerie match, a match wrestled in lingerie, at No Mercy.[38] Keibler made her WrestleMania debut at WrestleMania X8 alongside The Dudleyz.[38][40] Keibler’s role with the Dudley Boyz came to an abrupt end when she was powerbombed through a table after accidentally costing the team a match.[41] She then set her sights on the WWE Women’s Championship at Judgment Day, facing Trish Stratus in a losing effort.[42] She faced Stratus several more times in the succeeding weeks, but she never won a match against her.[10]

On-screen relationships (2002–2003)[edit]

Keibler was originally drafted to the SmackDown! brand in 2002,[43] where her character showed an interest in becoming the personal assistant to WWE chairman, then-heel, Vince McMahon.[7] McMahon was ready to hire another attractive female until Keibler interrupted and performed a table dance in the ring.[41] Keibler became McMahon’s personal assistant,[7] as well as his on-screen mistress. She was frequently shown flirting and ‘making out’ with him in backstage segments, until Stephanie McMahon became general manager of the SmackDown! brand.[44][45] then-babyface, Dawn Marie made her debut on SmackDown! as McMahon’s legal assistant, who competed with Keibler for McMahon’s affections.[46]

A key storyline for Keibler’s on-screen character occurred when she left SmackDown! for Raw. Keibler made her official Raw debut on August 12, 2002. For the remainder of 2002 and most of 2003, Keibler was paired with her real-life boyfriend at the time, Test. As Test’s on-screen marketing agent, she came up with the idea that Test should call his fans “Testicles,” cut his hair, and reshape his image.[47][48] The couple were originally villains but due to popularity of the gimmick, they became fan favorites. In the spring of 2003, Test, however, became to verbally abuse Keibler, who also started managing Scott Steiner. After months of build-up, Keibler finally left Test for Steiner on the June 2 edition of Raw.[49] Steiner defeated Test for Keibler’s services at Bad Blood, and Keibler seemed happy as Steiner’s new manager, as the two alluded to having more than a professional relationship.[50] Test, however, continued to harass Keibler and Steiner until Steiner accepted a rematch with Stacy’s services on the line. On the August 18 episode of Raw, Test won the match after faking a leg injury and then blindsiding Steiner with a big boot. A match was then set for Unforgiven with the stipulation that if Test won, he would not only retain Keibler’s services,[34] but would acquire Steiner’s services as well. During the match, Keibler’s interference backfired, and Test won the match.[51] Steiner then turned heel by attacking Keibler after her interference in his match on the September 29 episode of Raw backfired.[52] For a time, Test and Steiner worked as a tag team, sharing the services of Keibler as their on-screen sex slave.[34] The storyline finally ended on the December 1 episode of Raw, when general manager Mick Foley freed Keibler from her obligatory contracts with Test and Steiner by temporarily firing them.[53]

Various storylines (2004–2005)[edit]

Keibler was chosen to record a track on the album WWE Originals. She and WWE music producer Jim Johnston recorded the song “Why Can’t We Just Dance?” for the album.[54] She was then placed in a feud involving SmackDown! divas Torrie Wilson and then-babyface, Sable, who both had recently posed for a Playboy cover. Keibler aligned with Miss Jackie, neither of whom had posed for the magazine, claiming that they deserved to be in Playboy over Sable and Wilson.[55] Keibler and Jackie challenged Sable and Wilson to a Tag Team Evening Gown match at WrestleMania XX, which they lost when Jackie was pinned by Wilson, and the feud was dropped afterward. Before the feud was dropped, all divas were playing face characters at the time.[56]

Keibler wrestling Trish Stratus during a house show in October 2004

She took over the 2004 Raw Diva Search for a few weeks, which led to several tag matches against the heel gimmicks of Gail Kim, Trish Stratus, and Molly Holly and with partners Nidia and the face gimmick of Victoria.[10] Keibler got upset victories over Kim, Stratus, and Holly.[10] She earned a Women’s Championship title match on October 11, 2004, but she was defeated by Stratus, who retained the title.[10][57] Keibler also competed in the first-ever Fulfill your Fantasy Diva Battle Royal for the WWE Women’s Championship at Taboo Tuesday along with Victoria, Nidia, Gail Kim, Molly Holly, Jazz, and then-champion Stratus.[56] She was eliminated second to last after jumping over the top rope to avoid hitting the turnbuckle, followed by Holly knocking her off the apron to eliminate her.[56]

In February 2005, Keibler began appearing in backstage segments with then-babyface, Randy Orton, and eventually became his on-screen girlfriend.[58] When Orton challenged The Undertaker to a match at WrestleMania 21, Orton ended the relationship by hitting Stacy with an RKO, incapacitating her. He justified it by claiming he was demonstrating how ruthless he could be in order to defeat The Undertaker.[59]

Super Stacy and departure (2005–2006)[edit]

Keibler as Super Stacy

Keibler then joined forces with Rosey and The Hurricane.[4] She became one-third of the trio as a superhero sidekick nicknamed Super Stacy, complete with her own superhero costume.[1] She was ringside during several matches as they defended their World Tag Team Championship.[10] During this time, Keibler feuded on-screen with then-heel, Victoria, including confrontations and a mixed-tag-team match on Raw and a singles match on Heat.[10][60]

After a long tenure on Monday nights, Keibler and fellow Raw Diva, Christy Hemme, were moved to SmackDown! on August 25, as part of a trade that brought Torrie Wilson and Candice Michelle to Raw.[61] On SmackDown! Keibler participated in lingerie matches and bikini contests.[10] After a short absence Keibler began a short feud with Jillian Hall, which led to the two having a match on Velocity, which Keibler lost.[10] This would be Keibler’s final match with WWE.[62] Keibler then asked for time off to appear on Dancing with the Stars.[18] After completing her stint on Dancing with the Stars, Keibler left WWE in early 2006 to move on to other endeavors.

WWE Tough Enough (2011)[edit]

After leaving WWE in July 2006, Keibler made a special guest appearance for WWE’s reality show, Tough Enough. Being a former NFL Cheerleader, she helped prepare the contestants to perform publicly in Universal Studios.

Personal life[edit]

In 2000, after winning $10,000 in the contest to become a part of the Nitro Girls, Keibler used the money to buy season tickets for the Baltimore Ravens, the team for which she used to cheer.[7] Keibler moved to Los Angeles in 2004,[19] where she was a roommate with her friend, Torrie Wilson.[7] Keibler and Geoff Stults were part-owners of the now defunct Hollywood Fame, a 2006 expansion franchise of the new American Basketball Association.[63] Keibler started dating George Clooney in July 2011.[64] Clooney and Keibler ended their relationship in July 2013.[65][66]

Keibler began dating Future Ads CEO Jared Pobre[67] in fall 2013, though they had been friends for several years previously. They were married on March 8, 2014 in Mexico.[68] They have one daughter, Ava Grace Pobre, born on August 20, 2014.[69]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Alexa Bliss

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Alexa Bliss

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Alexa Bliss
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Bliss in December 2016
Birth name Alexis Kaufman
Born (1991-08-09) August 9, 1991 (age 25)
Columbus, Ohio, United States
Residence Orlando, Florida, United States
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Alexa Bliss[1]
Billed height 5 ft 1 in (1.55 m)[1]
Billed weight 102 lb (46 kg)
Billed from Columbus, Ohio[1]
Trained by Norman Smiley
WWE Performance Center
Debut September 21, 2013

AlexisLexiKaufman[2] (born August 9, 1991) is an American professional wrestler. She is signed to WWE under the ring name Alexa Bliss, where she performs on the SmackDown brand and is the current SmackDown Women’s Champion in her first reign.[3]

In May 2013, Kaufman signed a contract with WWE, and was assigned to WWE’s Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. In May 2015, she aligned herself with NXT Tag Team Champions Blake and Murphy, thus becoming their valet.[4] Bliss made her main roster debut on SmackDown in July 2016 and proceeded to win the SmackDown Women’s Championship in December 2016.[5][6][3]

Early life

Kaufman was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio.[2] She has been involved in sports since the age of five, competing in softball, track, kickboxing, and gymnastics.[1] In cheerleading, she reached Division I status in college.[7] She also spent time in competitive bodybuilding, and has competed in the Arnold Classic.[1] Kaufman suffered from a life-threatening eating disorder when she was younger, but bodybuilding helped her overcome it.[8]

Professional wrestling career

WWE

NXT (2013–2016)

Kaufman was signed by WWE in May 2013 and reported to WWE’s developmental territory, NXT. On the July 24 episode of NXT, taped on June 20, she made her first televised appearance, congratulating the inaugural NXT Women’s Champion, Paige.[9] In August, she was added to WWE.com’s NXT roster page and assigned the ring name Alexa Bliss.[10][11]

Bliss in March 2015

She acted as an unnamed ring announcer for the November 20 episode of NXT.[12][13] 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.[14][15] 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.[16] She defeated former WWE Divas Champion Alicia Fox in the first round, but lost to Charlotte in the semi-finals.[16][17][18] On the June 19 episode of NXT, Bliss defeated Sasha Banks despite interference from Summer Rae and Charlotte.[19]

After some hiatus from the ring due to injury, Bliss returned on the March 11, 2015 episode of NXT, defeating Carmella.[20] The following week, she defeated NXT Women’s Champion Sasha Banks by count-out in a non–title match,[21] which led to Bliss being granted a championship match against Banks on March 25, which she lost.[22] On the May 13 episode of NXT, Bliss defeated Carmella after the NXT Tag Team Champions Blake and Murphy set up a distraction.[23] On May 20, at NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable, Bliss helped Blake and Murphy retain their championships against Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady, forming an alliance with them and turning heel in the process.[4] On the June 3 episode of NXT, Bliss once again defeated Carmella, with Blake and Murphy in her corner.[24] On the July 29 episode of NXT, Bliss helped Blake and Murphy retain their championships against The Vaudevillians (Aiden English and Simon Gotch), and slapped both English and Gotch after the match.[25] The Vaudevillians were granted a rematch for the NXT Tag Team Championships against Blake and Murphy at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn, which they won, after Blue Pants stopped Bliss from providing a distraction during the match.[26] 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.[27]

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, confronting her and stating she has her sights set on the championship.[28][29] After Bliss lost to Bayley in a six–person mixed tag team match,[30] the two faced off in the main event on the November 18 episode of NXT, where Bliss was unsuccessful in capturing the championship.[31] On the January 13, 2016, episode of NXT, Bliss competed in a number one contender’s battle royal, which was won by Carmella.[32] 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.[33] One week later on the May 25 episode of NXT, Bliss competed in a triple–threat match against Nia Jax and Carmella to determine the number one contender to Asuka’s NXT Women’s Championship at NXT TakeOver: The End, which was won by Jax.[34] On the August 17 episode of NXT, she 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, which would be also her last match in NXT.[35]

SmackDown Women’s Champion (2016–present)

After being drafted from NXT to SmackDown Live as part of the 2016 WWE Draft which took place on July 19,[6] 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.[36] Two weeks later, 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.[37][38] Bliss made her her pay–per–view debut at SummerSlam in a six—woman tag team match when she teamed with Natalya and Nikki Bella in a winning effort against Naomi, Lynch and Carmella.[39]

Bliss debuted a new look based on Harley Quinn from the film Suicide Squad,[2] competing in a six-pack elimination challenge to determine the inaugural WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion, ultimately won by Becky Lynch.[40] Two days later on the September 13 episode of SmackDown, Bliss won a fatal five–way match by pinning Nikki Bella to earn a Women’s Championship match against Lynch at No Mercy.[41] However, due to Lynch suffering a legitimate injury, the match was rescheduled for the November 8 episode of SmackDown.[42] 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.[43] On the November 15 episode of SmackDown, Raw Women’s Champion Charlotte appeared at ringside during a match between Nikki Bella and Carmella, which ensued a brawl between all members of the Raw women’s team, with the SmackDown women’s team making the save.[44] At the Survivor Series pay-per-view, the SmackDown women’s team lost to the Raw women’s team.[45] On the November 22 episode of SmackDown, Bliss was informed by SmackDown Live Commissioner Shane McMahon that her rematch against Lynch for the SmackDown Women’s Championship would be scheduled for the TLC pay-per-view.[46] At the event, Bliss defeated Becky Lynch in a tables match and became the new Smackdown Women’s Champion.[3] A storyline began where both Lynch and Bliss used a new gimmick called “La Luchadora” to face each other in matches while trying to conceal their identities.[47] As the feud with Lynch intensified, another lady wearing a La Luchadora costume began assisting Bliss. On the 17 January edition of SmackDown, Lynch lost a steel cage title match due to La Luchadora assaulting her. Then Lynch unmasked La Luchadora, to reveal the returning Mickie James was the one behind the recent attacks, with James having reverted back to a heel.[48] Bliss and James then left Lynch laying.

Other media

Bliss made her video game debut as a playable character in WWE 2K17.[49]

Personal life

Kaufman is an avid fan of Disney.[7] She has cited Trish Stratus and Rey Mysterio as her influences in wrestling.[50]

In January 2017, it was revealed that Kaufman is engaged to fellow wrestler Matthew Adams, better known by his ring name Buddy Murphy.[51]

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments