Maria Kanellis

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Maria Kanellis

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Maria Kanellis
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Kanellis in April 2016
Birth name Mary Louis Kanellis
Born (1982-02-25) February 25, 1982 (age 35)[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[5]
Maria Kanellis-Bennett
Billed height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[6]
Billed weight 120 lb (54 kg)[1]
Billed from Chicago, Illinois[4]
Trained by Ohio Valley Wrestling[3]
Dave Finlay
Debut 2004[1]

Mary LouisMariaKanellis[7][8] (born February 25, 1982)[1] is an American professional wrestler, actress and singer currently signed to WWE, performing on the SmackDown brand.[5]

Kanellis has wrestled for Ring of Honor (ROH), World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), where she is a former TNA Knockouts Champion. She also acts as a manager for 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, later hired by WWE as a backstage interviewer. Kanellis began competing in the ring as a wrestler in 2005. Kanellis for the April 2008 cover of Playboy magazine. She released her debut album Sevin Sins on April 13, 2010 on iTunes.

Early life

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

Professional wrestling career

World Wrestling Entertainment

Diva Search and beginnings (2004–2005)

She competed in the Raw Diva Search in 2004,[9] deciding to enter the contest after seeing an advertisement while watching Raw.[12] Even though she only placed fifth in the contest, she was hired by the company.[3] She stood out in the contest by giving fellow contestant Carmella DeCesare the finger after being eliminated from the contest.[3] Maria began making appearances in Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), WWE’s then-developmental territory, 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.[13] Her gimmick involved her asking wrong questions, irritating and amusing WWE Superstars and Divas.[3][9] 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][9] On the March 14 episode of Raw, one of Maria’s fillings legitimately fell out after she was slapped by Trish Stratus.[3] She also competed in a Fulfill Your Fantasy Diva Battle Royal at Taboo Tuesday for the WWE Women’s Championship, but was the first to be eliminated, courtesy of Trish Stratus and Mickie James.[14] 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.[15]

On the November 28 episode of Raw, Maria interviewed then-Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff, and asked him whether or not he thought he was going to be fired. He then booked her in a match with Kurt Angle out of spite, and Maria was laid out with the Angle Slam.[16] As a result, one week later, Maria testified in the trial against Bischoff, who was being fired because of his controversial actions as General Manager.[17] 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.”[18]

Various feuds (2006–2007)

Maria in November 2006

On the January 2, 2006 episode of Raw, Maria defeated Victoria in a match.[9] 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.[19] At the event, Maria was the first to enter the Gauntlet match and eliminated Michelle and Wilson before being eliminated by Victoria. The match was ultimately won by Massaro.[14]

Maria teamed with John Cena to take on Edge and Lita in the main event on the February 6 episode of Raw.[3][9][17] Maria scored the victory after a spear meant for Cena hit Lita.[20] 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.[21] 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.[22] Maria, however, lost in the semi-finals of the tournament to Lita.[23]

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.[24] 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,[25] but won the other with Hardy.[26]

Relationship with Santino Marella (2007–2008)

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][27] As a part of the storyline, Maria defeated Beth Phoenix on February 18, to “earn the right” to be on the cover of the magazine.[3] During her Playboy cover unveiling, Maria’s cover was plastered over with images of Marella.[3][12] After Marella offered an ultimatum of posing for the magazine or staying with him as a couple,[28] 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][29] After the match, Maria passionately kissed the Master of Ceremonies, Snoop Dogg.[17][29] 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 various alliances (2008–2010)

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.[30][31] 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,[32] but lost a subsequent match for the title against then-champion Michelle McCool.[33]

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.[34] 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.[35][36] 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.[37][38] 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.[39] Over the next several weeks, Maria competed in various tag-team matches against McCool, with Maria winning three out of four matches.[40][41] 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.[42] Soon after, she entered into an on-screen relationship with Dolph Ziggler, despite her being a fan favorite and him being a villainous character.[43][44] At Night of Champions, Maria accompanied Ziggler to his match with Rey Mysterio for Intercontinental Championship.[45] In the following weeks, Melina implied that Ziggler was cheating on Maria, which Maria did not believe.[46] 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.[47]

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.[48] On the February 12, 2010, episode of SmackDown, Maria began a brief on-screen relationship with Matt Hardy.[49] 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).[50] This was Maria’s final match in the WWE, she was released from her contract the following day.[51]

Ring of Honor (2011–2015)

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.[52] Kanellis continued accompanying Bennett at the January 7, 2012, tapings of Ring of Honor Wrestling, where she was dubbed the “First Lady of ROH”.[53]

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

At the June 21 tapings of Ring of Honor Wrestling, Kanellis accompanied Bennett and Brutal Bob Evans to the ring, where they lost to Eddie Edwards and Adam Cole. After the match, Kanellis, Bennett and Bob attacked Cole and Edwards, but were stopped by Sara Del Rey, who Edwards had brought in to neutralize Kanellis.[54] 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.[55] 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 accompanied 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 accompanied Bennett to the ring where he defeated Jerry Lynn in his final ROH match before retirement.[56] At the Border Wars pay-per-view on May 4, 2013, Kanellis accompanied 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.[57] 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.[58]

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.[59] 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.[60] 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.[61]

Other promotions (2012–2015)

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.[62] She held the championship until March 24, when she lost it to Winter in a three-way match also involving Rosita.[63] In July, Kanellis regained the championship from Winter.[64] Kanellis successfully defended her title against Angelina Love at FWE: No Limits.[65]

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.[66][67][68] 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)

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.[69] Kanellis pinned Amber to win the match.[70] 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.[71]

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2016–2017)

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.[72][73][74] In February, Maria began a feud with Gail Kim after Kim refused Maria’s help to make her go “mainstream“.[75][76] On the April 19 episode of Impact Wrestling, Maria won a ladder match to become the new TNA Knockouts Division Commissioner.[77] On the September 1, episode of Impact Wrestling, Maria berated and forcibly pinned her apprentice Allie to win the TNA Women’s Knockout Championship for the first time in her career.[78] On October 2 at the Bound for Glory pay-per-view, Kim defeated Maria for the title, ending her reign at 50 days.[79][80] On March 1, 2017, it was announced that Kanellis, along with her husband, had departed TNA.[81]

Return to WWE

SmackDown (2017–present)

On June 18, 2017, Kanellis returned to WWE alongside her husband in his WWE debut at Money in the Bank, billed as Mike and Maria Kanellis.[5][82]

Other media

Maria signing autographs at the 2011 Chicago Comic Con

In 2004, she was a contestant on the reality show, Outback Jack.[11][83] She made it to the final three before being eliminated.[84]

During the week of November 5, 2007, she appeared on five episodes of Family Feud with several other WWE superstars.[85] She also appeared on the February 6, 2008 episode of Project Runway with some of the other WWE Divas.[11] On August 17, 2008, Maria, Candice Michelle, and Eve Torres were on an episode of Sunset Tan. Kanellis later appeared on VH1‘s Top 20 Video Countdown, along with John Cena. On December 17, 2009, she was a guest host on G4’s Attack of the Show.[86] 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.[87] 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.[88]

Kanellis was first asked to pose for Playboy when she was nineteen years old, but she turned down the offer in fear of embarrassing her sister.[3][13][27] She eventually posed for the cover of the April 2008 issue, with an accompanying nude pictorial.[11] For the pictorial, she chose her own wardrobe and made the black hooded jacket she wore in one of the photos.[12][29] That same year, FHM named her 53rd of 100 on their “The Sexiest Women 2008” list.[89] 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 web show Funny or Die, and in March 2011 she launched her own perfume line called Signature. In September 2011, Kanellis launched her DVD line in conjunction with Code Red DVD called Maria’s B Movie Mayhem.[90]

In January 2014, Kanellis and Bennett launched a weekly podcast called Mike & Maria in Wonderland.[91]

Discography

EPs

Filmography

List of film performances
Year Title Role Notes Source
2012 Mother Hen Kelly
2013 Army of the Damned Terry
2014 The Opposite Sex Hot Mess
2017 The Santa Files Herself
List of television performances
Year Title Role Notes Source
2004 Outback Jack Herself [11]
2007 Family Feud Herself [85]
2008 Magic’s Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed Herself
2008 Project Runway Herself [11]
2008 Sunset Tan Herself
2009 Attack of the Show Herself [86]
2010 Celebrity Apprentice Herself [88]
2010 Cubed Herself
2011 Swallow: The Series Vicki

Personal life

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.[13][92][93] In a December 2011 interview, Kanellis confirmed she was dating Mike Bennett, and they later got engaged.[94][95] On October 10, 2014, Kanellis and Bennett married.[96]

In 2013, Kanellis was announced as one of the recipients of WWE’s Talent Scholarship, which she utilized to obtain a degree in Sports, Entertainment, and Event Management from Johnson & Wales University, graduating in May 2017.[97][98]

In wrestling

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

Candice Michelle

Candice Michelle

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Candice Michelle
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Michelle in April 2016
Birth name Candice Michelle Beckman
Born (1978-09-30) September 30, 1978 (age 38)[1]
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States[1]
Residence Los Angeles, California, United States[2]
Spouse(s) Ken Ehrlich (m. 2005)
Children 3
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Candice Michelle
Candice
Billed height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[3]
Billed weight 120 lb (54 kg)[4]
Billed from Milwaukee, Wisconsin[3][5]
Trained by Dave Finlay[4]
Arn Anderson[3]
Trish Stratus[1][6]
John Cena[7]
CM Punk[3]
Debut November 15, 2004[4]
Retired 2009

Candice Michelle Beckman Ehrlich[4] (born September 30, 1978) better known as Candice Michelle is an American model, actress, and professional wrestler, best known for her time with World Wrestling Entertainment.

After spending years modeling and acting, Candice Michelle was hired by WWE in 2004, after she participated in the WWE Diva Search.[8] Outside of wrestling, she is known as the Go Daddy Girl,[9] performing in the company’s annual Super Bowl commercials.[10][11] She also posed for a cover and nude pictorial in the April 2006 issue of Playboy.[12] At Vengeance in 2007, she defeated Melina to win her first WWE Women’s Championship and became the first former Diva Search contestant to win a WWE title.[13] She was released from her WWE contract on June 19, 2009.[14]

Early life[edit]

Beckman grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin,[5] and she is of German and Costa Rican descent.[2] She played varsity and college basketball and has an avid interest in many sports.[15] Because she is from the state of Wisconsin, Candice is a Green Bay Packers fan.[2]

At sixteen, Beckman won a modeling competition at her local skating rink.[16] Around 1999, she moved to Los Angeles, California to become a professional model and actress.[17][18] She studied Theater Arts at Santa Monica College and had on-camera acting and Meisner technique training at The Piero Dusa Acting Studio.[19] It was during this time that Beckman adopted her middle name Michelle as her working last name.[1][20] She appeared in numerous bodybuilding and car magazines such as FLEX and Lowrider Magazine, as well as being named Cyber Girl of the Week in the June 2002 issue of Playboy.[1][21][22] Beckman also made appearances on television programs such as Party of Five, 7th Heaven and Hotel Erotica, as well as appearing in such films as Tomcats, Anger Management, DodgeBall and A Man Apart.[23]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

World Wrestling Entertainment[edit]

Vince’s Devils (2004–2006)[edit]

In July 2004, Beckman auditioned to be a contestant for World Wrestling Entertainment‘s Raw Diva Search.[5][24] Despite not being chosen to be in the final ten,[5] she was hired by the company under the gimmick of a makeup artist.[4][8] She competed on Raw in several Diva contests, including lingerie fashion shows and limbo contests, until the end of the year.[25][26]

On June 30, 2005, Candice was moved to SmackDown! where she became involved in a storyline between Torrie Wilson and Melina.[4][27] On July 24, Candice made her pay-per-view debut at The Great American Bash where she served as the Special Guest Referee for the Bra and Panties match between Wilson and Melina.[28] She was then moved back to Raw in a trade along with Wilson.[29] In her next storyline, Candice and Torrie became villains by taunting 2005 Diva Search winner Ashley Massaro, and they joined forces with fellow Raw Diva Victoria to form an alliance known as Ladies in Pink (later Vince’s Devils). On the September 5 episode of Raw, Wilson defeated Massaro after the interference from Victoria and Candice.[4] They continued feuding with Massaro until Trish Stratus returned from a legitimate injury to help Massaro “retaliate” against Vince’s Devils.[30] On the October 17 episode of Raw, where she, Torrie and Victoria faced off against the team of Stratus, Massaro, and their new ally Mickie James in a winning effort after Wilson pinned James.[4] On November 28 episode of Raw, Candice teamed up with Victoria and Torrie Wilson in losing effort to Trish, Ashley and Mickie.[31] In November, Candice signed on to pose for the April 2006 issue of Playboy.[12] She had her first shot at the WWE Women’s Championship in a Fulfill Your Fantasy Battle Royal at Taboo Tuesday but was eliminated from the match by Massaro.[32] At the Tribute to The Troops on December 19, Michelle teamed up with Maria Kanellis in a winning effort defeating then Women’s Champion Trish Stratus and Ashley Massaro in a divas-tag-team match after Candice pinned Ashley.[4]

In January, Candice appeared at New Year’s Revolution in the first ever Bra and Panties Gauntlet match, where she was eliminated by Maria.[33] On the February 13 episode of Raw, Michelle accompanied Torrie in a losing effort to Ashley.[4] After winning a number one contender’s Diva battle royal on Raw, Candice got her first singles WWE Women’s Championship match, but lost to then-champion Trish Stratus on February 27.[34][35] After the match, Candice slapped Wilson, blaming her, in storyline, for the loss.[35] Vince’s Devils later broke up when Torrie became a fan favorite after Candice and Victoria turned on her during Candice’s Playboy cover unveiling.[36] This feud led to a match at WrestleMania 22 in which both Playboy cover girls competed in a Playboy Pillow Fight.[37] Torrie Wilson won the match. On the June 12 episode of Raw, Candice was defeated by Torrie 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.[38] The feud continued sporadically in backstage segments where Candice was depicted as Vince McMahon‘s “sex slave“.[39] On the July 11 episode of ECW, the villainous Candice appeared as Kelly Kelly‘s dance partner on that night’s Kelly’s Exposé segment, and attempted to seduce Kelly in a backstage segment before their performance.[4]

Singles competition and Women’s Champion (2006–2007)[edit]

On the July 17 episode of Raw, Candice was the Special Guest Referee during a tag team match of Stratus and Wilson against Victoria and Mickie James. James entered the match without being tagged in, so Candice threw her out of the ring. Afterwards, Victoria tried to clothesline Candice, but she ducked out of the way, allowing Stratus to perform a Stratusfaction for the victory. As a result of her participation in the match, Candice became a fan favorite.[40] On the Raw following Unforgiven, Candice won a match against Lita.[41] The next week, in her second match against Lita, Candice was pinned after she was speared by guest referee Edge, in the first round of the WWE Women’s Championship tournament.[42] On the November 27 episode of Raw, during the Diva battle royal, Candice suffered a legitimate broken nose when Victoria kicked her in the face.[43] She had surgery on November 30 to repair her deviated septum.[44]

Candice Michelle, Candice as the Women’s Champion 2007

Candice returned at New Year’s Revolution on January 7, when she went to the ring with Maria to fight off Melina as she tried to interfere in the Women’s Championship match between then-champion Mickie James and Victoria.[45] Candice made her in-ring return on January 22 when she and Mickie James defeated Victoria and Melina in a tag team match with Candice scoring the pinfall.[46] Candice then resumed her feud with Melina, who claimed in her blogs that no Playboy cover model was capable of defeating her in the ring.[47] Candice took offense to this, which led to a Bra and Panties match between the two, which she lost.[48] During this time, Candice began training on her off-days to improve her in-ring abilities.[5] Weeks later, Candice was beginning to receive more air-time and higher profile matches, and she won tag matches that pitted her with Mickie James against Victoria and Melina. She also picked up several wins against the latter two in singles matches, which culminated at One Night Stand, where Candice defeated Melina in the first ever match held in a swimming pool full of pudding.[49][50][51] Candice defeated Melina to capture her first WWE Women’s Championship at Vengeance, becoming the first ever WWE Diva Search contestant to win the Women’s Title.[13] Candice retained her title against Melina in a rematch at The Great American Bash as well as debuting a new finisher called the Candywrapper.[52]

Beth Phoenix became the number one contender for the Women’s Title after winning a Diva battle royal at SummerSlam.[53] At the Unforgiven pay-per-view, however, Candice successfully retained her title in their match by countering one of Phoenix’s moves with a crucifix pin.[54] Their feud continued when Phoenix pinned Candice during a non-title mixed tag team match on Raw on September 24. At No Mercy on October 7, Candice dropped the title to Phoenix, ending her reign as Women’s Champion.[55] On October 22, Candice legitimately cracked her clavicle during her rematch for the Women’s Title against Phoenix in a two out of three falls match; Phoenix ran into the ropes, causing Candice to fall face-first off of the turnbuckle onto her face, neck, and shoulders necessitating a rushed finish and putting her out of action for 14 weeks.[56][57]

Injuries and release (2008–2009)[edit]

Candice made her on-screen return on the February 18, 2008 episode of Raw, distracting Beth Phoenix during a match with Maria. She returned to in-ring action on March 17, teaming up with Maria to defeat Jillian Hall and Victoria.[58] During the match, Candice injured her left shoulder by tearing the scar tissue over her previously broken left clavicle.[58] Unlike her previous injury, Candice broke her clavicle in four separate places, in essence, shattering it.[59] As a result, Candice was replaced by Ashley for her scheduled match at WrestleMania XXIV. On March 23, Candice underwent successful surgery on her re-broken clavicle.

On the September 1 episode of Raw, Candice made her in-ring return match teaming up with Kelly Kelly and Mickie James to defeat Jillian Hall, Katie Lea Burchill and Beth Phoenix, with Candice pinning Phoenix.[60] Candice received a push upon her return as she was named the number one contender for the Women’s Championship, but lost to Beth Phoenix at No Mercy. On the February 2 episode of RAW, Candice unsuccessfully challenged Beth Phoenix for the Women’s Title after the interference by Mendes and Marella.[4] On the February 16 episode of RAW, Candice, James and Kelly stopped Marella and Mendes from interfering in the Women’s Championship match between Melina and Phoenix, which was won by Melina.[4]

On April 15, 2009, Candice was drafted to the SmackDown brand as part of the 2009 Supplemental Draft.[61] She, however, never reappeared on the brand and was released from her WWE contract on June 19, 2009.[14]

Other media[edit]

Music videos[edit]

In December 2011, Candice along with Torrie Wilson filmed Lilian Garcia‘s music video “U Drive Me Loca”.[62]

Television and modeling[edit]

During the week of November 5, 2007, Candice appeared on five episodes of Family Feud with several other WWE superstars and Divas.[63] Also in 2007, Candice Michelle was No. 82 on AskMen.com’s “100 Most Desirable Women” list.[9]

Beckman appeared on the February 6, 2008 episode of Project Runway, in an episode where the contestants were challenged to design wrestling attire for several of WWE’s female wrestlers.[64] Beckman made a special appearance on the November 12, 2008 episode of Redemption Song, which is hosted by fellow WWE wrestler Chris Jericho, with several other Divas.[65] She also appeared in the February 2009 issue of FLEX magazine.[66]

Go Daddy

Beckman gained national attention in 2005 when she appeared in a commercial for internet domain provider Go Daddy, which aired during Super Bowl XXXIX.[5][10][15] She played a character named “Nikki Cappelli” who had trouble with a snapped spaghetti strap on her tank top as she testified before a panel holding broadcast censorship hearings.[2][67] The commercial was a parody of the 2004 “wardrobe malfunction” in which Janet Jackson‘s right breast was exposed.[10] She then became widely known as “Miss GoDaddy.com” and the “Go Daddy Girl”.[5][9][68]

The following year, she was featured in several more Go Daddy commercials. During the 2006 NFC playoffs, she was featured cleaning windows.[11] She later appeared in a commercial during Super Bowl XL, where she seduced an ABC executive to acquire an advertising slot for Go Daddy.[9] She appeared in another commercial for Super Bowl XLI in 2007, where she danced in a room being doused with champagne.[69] Beckman appeared on American Chopper to promote the commercial as well as Go Daddy’s custom made chopper.[70][71] In 2008, she was featured in her fourth consecutive Go Daddy commercial for Super Bowl XLII, entitled “White Light”, but Fox refused to air it.[72]

Personal life[edit]

Michelle and Barbie Blank in 2008

On May 7, 2005, she married Ken Gee Ehrlich, a Los Angeles chiropractor.[17] Together they have three daughters: AkiAnne Rose, born May 23, 2010,[73] Ryumi Grace, born October 20, 2012[74] and Aloha Von Ehrlich, born July 17, 2015.[75]

She has a tattoo of the word “faith” on her inner wrist, which she considers a “personal affirmation”.[76] It is also a reminder, in her words, to “believe in myself and have ‘faith'”.[76] She got the tattoo, which was documented on the reality show LA Ink, after breaking her collarbone in 2007.[76] The tattoo is also related to her Christian beliefs.[76][77] When Candice made her return, she had new tattoos on her back, her new tattoos are of five stars, which starts at the lower part of her back then finished at the middle of her back.

Candice, along with Batista, Shelton Benjamin, and Josh Mathews, represented WWE at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in an effort to persuade fans to register to vote in the 2008 Presidential election.[78]

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 as SmackDown Women’s Champion
Birth name Alexis Kaufman[1]
Born (1991-08-09) August 9, 1991 (age 25)[1]
Columbus, Ohio, United States[1]
Residence Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Alexa Bliss[2]
Billed height 5 ft 1 in (1.55 m)[2]
Billed from Columbus, Ohio[2]
Trained by WWE Performance Center[3]
Debut September 20, 2013[4]

Alexis Kaufman[1] (born August 9, 1991) is an American professional wrestler currently signed to WWE under the ring name Alexa Bliss, where she performs on the Raw brand and is the current Raw Women’s Champion in her first reign.

In May 2013, she signed a contract with WWE and was assigned to WWE Performance Center and developmental brand NXT in Orlando, Florida.[3] Bliss made her main roster debut on the SmackDown brand in July 2016 and became the first woman to win the SmackDown Women’s Championship twice.[5][6][7] She was transferred to the Raw brand in April 2017 and became Raw Women’s Champion later that month.[8] Bliss is the first woman to have won both the Raw and SmackDown women’s championships.[2]

Early life

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

Professional wrestling career

WWE

NXT (2013–2016)

Bliss in March 2015

Kaufman was signed by WWE in May 2013 and reported to WWE’s developmental territory NXT.[11] On the July 24 episode of NXT, which was taped on June 20, she made her first televised appearance, congratulating the inaugural NXT Women’s Champion Paige.[12] In August, she was added to WWE.com’s NXT roster page and assigned the ring name Alexa Bliss.[13][14]

She acted as an unnamed ring announcer for the November 20 episode of NXT.[15][16] 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.[17][18] 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.[19] She defeated former Divas Champion Alicia Fox in the first round, but lost to Charlotte in the semi-finals.[19][20][21] On the June 19 episode of NXT, Bliss defeated Sasha Banks despite interference from Charlotte and Summer Rae.[22]

After some hiatus from the ring due to a legitimate injury, Bliss returned on the March 11, 2015 episode of NXT, where she defeated Carmella.[23] The following week on NXT, she defeated NXT Women’s Champion Sasha Banks by countout in a non-title match,[24] which led to Bliss being granted a championship match against Banks on the March 25 episode of NXT, which she lost.[25] On the May 13 episode of NXT, Bliss defeated Carmella after the NXT Tag Team Champions Buddy Murphy and Wesley Blake set up a distraction.[26] On May 20 at NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable, Bliss helped Blake and Murphy retain the NXT Tag Team Championship against Colin Cassady and Enzo Amore, forming an alliance with them and turning into a villainess character in the process.[27] On the June 3 episode of NXT, Bliss once again defeated Carmella, this time with Blake and Murphy in her corner.[28] On the July 29 episode of NXT, Bliss helped Blake and Murphy retain the NXT Tag Team Championship against The Vaudevillians (Aiden English and Simon Gotch), and slapped both English and Gotch after the match.[29] The Vaudevillians were granted a rematch for the NXT Tag Team Championship against Blake and Murphy at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn on August 22, which they won after Blue Pants stopped Bliss from providing a distraction during the match.[30] This led to a match between the two, where Bliss would go on to defeat Blue Pants in a singles match on the September 2 episode of NXT.[31]

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

SmackDown (2016–2017)

Bliss as the SmackDown Women’s Champion in December 2016

After being drafted from NXT to the SmackDown brand as part of the 2016 WWE draft 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.[40] Bliss achieved her first victory on the main roster by defeating Lynch after she replaced Eva Marie in the match on the August 9 episode of SmackDown Live.[41][42] Bliss made her pay-per-view event debut at SummerSlam on August 21 in a six-woman tag team match, when she teamed with Natalya and Nikki Bella in a winning effort against Lynch, Carmella, and Naomi.[43] Bliss debuted a new look based on Harley Quinn from the film Suicide Squad at Backlash on September 11,[1] competing in a six-pack elimination challenge to determine the inaugural SmackDown Women’s Champion, ultimately won by Lynch.[44]

On the September 13 episode of SmackDown Live, Bliss won a fatal five-way match by pinning Nikki Bella to earn a Women’s Championship match against Lynch at No Mercy on October 9.[45] However, due to Lynch suffering a legitimate injury,[46][47][48] the match was rescheduled for the November 8 episode of SmackDown Live, where Lynch successfully defended the title against Bliss.[49] On the November 15 episode of SmackDown Live, Raw Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair appeared at ringside during a match between Carmella and Nikki Bella, which ensued a brawl involving the Raw women’s team, with the SmackDown women’s team making the save.[50] On November 20 at Survivor Series, the SmackDown women’s team lost to the Raw women’s team in the traditional 5-on-5 elimination match, during which Bliss and Lynch furthered their dissent.[51] On December 4 at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, Bliss defeated Lynch in a tables match to become the new SmackDown Women’s Champion.[7]

On the January 17, 2017 episode of SmackDown Live, Bliss successfully defended her championship against Lynch in a steel cage match, following an interference by the returning Mickie James, who allied herself with Bliss.[52] On February 12, Bliss dropped the championship to Naomi at Elimination Chamber.[53] On the February 21 episode of SmackDown Live, Bliss defeated Lynch to capture the title for the second time after Naomi was forced to vacate the title due to an injury, becoming the first two-time SmackDown Women’s Champion.[54] Bliss’ partnership with Mickie James dissolved shortly after, and the two would face off in a match, with James defeating Bliss.[55] On April 2, Bliss lost the championship to Naomi in a six-pack challenge also involving James, Carmella, Natalya and Lynch at WrestleMania 33.[56] She was unsuccessful in recapturing the title in a subsequent rematch on the April 4 episode of SmackDown Live.[57]

Raw (2017–present)

On the April 10 episode of Raw, Bliss made her first appearance for the Raw brand after being drafted as part of the Superstar Shake-up, confronting Raw Women’s Champion Bayley and Sasha Banks.[58] A week later, Bliss defeated Banks, Mickie James, and Nia Jax in a fatal four–way match to become the No. 1 contender for the Raw Women’s Championship by pinning Banks.[59] On April 30, Bliss defeated Bayley to become the new Raw Women’s Champion at Payback. In doing so, she became the first woman to have held both the Raw and SmackDown women’s division titles.[60][61]

Other media

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

Personal life

Kaufman is an avid fan of Disney,[10] which she attributes to her family’s annual trips to Walt Disney World starting at age three, despite her family’s low income at the time.[9] She is also a fan of her hometown Columbus Blue Jackets.[62] She has cited Trish Stratus and Rey Mysterio as her influences in wrestling.[63]

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

In wrestling

Alexa Bliss executing a Chokehold STO on Bayley

Championships and accomplishments

Bliss is a two-time SmackDown Women’s Champion

Bliss is a one-time and current Raw Women’s Champion

Dave Bautista

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Dave Bautista

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Dave Bautista
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Bautista in July 2016
Born David Michael Bautista Jr.
(1969-01-18) January 18, 1969 (age 48)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Occupation Professional wrestler, actor, mixed martial artist, bodybuilder
Years active 1999–2010; 2014 (wrestling)
2006–present (acting)
2012 (MMA)
Spouse(s) Glenda Bautista
(m. 1990; div. 1998)
Angie Bautista
(m. 1998; div. 2006)
Sarah Jade
(m. 2015)
Children 2
Ring name(s) Batista
Deacon Batista[1][2]
Khan[3]
Leviathan[3]
Billed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)[4]
Billed weight 290 lb (130 kg)[4]
Billed from Washington, D.C.[4]
Trained by Afa Anoaʻi[5]
Marrese Crump[3]
Debut October 30, 1999[6]

David Michael Bautista Jr.[7] (born January 18, 1969)[8] is an American actor, semi-retired professional wrestler, former mixed martial artist, and bodybuilder.

From 2000 to 2010 and 2013 to 2014, he was signed to WWE under the ring name Batista, where he became a six-time world champion, winning WWE’s World Heavyweight Championship four times and the WWE Championship twice. He holds the record for the longest reign as World Heavyweight Champion at 282 days, and has also won the World Tag Team Championship three times (twice with Ric Flair and once with John Cena) and the WWE Tag Team Championship once (with Rey Mysterio). He was the winner of the 2005 Royal Rumble match and went on to headline WrestleMania 21, one of the top five highest-grossing pay-per-view events in professional wrestling history. When Bautista returned to WWE in 2014, he won the 2014 Royal Rumble match, after which he headlined WrestleMania XXX.[9]

In August 2012, Bautista signed a contract with Classic Entertainment & Sports to fight in mixed martial arts.[10] He won his MMA debut on October 6, 2012, defeating Vince Lucero via TKO in the first round. He was representing the Philippines during the fight.[11] Bautista first entered the world of acting in 2006. As an actor, Bautista has starred in The Man with the Iron Fists (2012), Riddick (2013), as Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), the 24th James Bond film, Spectre (2015), L.A. Slasher (2015), the 2016 Kickboxer reboot, Kickboxer: Vengeance, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017).[12] Bautista is set to reprise his character Drax in Avengers: Infinity War (2018). He has also appeared in several direct-to-video films since 2009.

Early life

Bautista was born in Washington, D.C.[3] His mother, Donna Raye (née Mullins), has Greek ancestry, and his father, David Michael Bautista (a still active hairdresser in the DC area), is the son of Filipino immigrants.[7][13] His parents separated and eventually divorced. His paternal grandfather served in the Philippines military, worked as a taxicab driver and barber, and held other jobs to feed the family. Bautista has said that he is not ashamed to admit he lived in poverty.[14] He has admitted to having a hard life; before he had reached the age of nine, three murders had occurred on his front lawn.[15] As young as age 13, he was stealing automobiles.[16]

By age 17, Bautista was estranged from his parents and lived on his own.[17] He later admitted: “I am proud of my parents. They are good, honest, hard-working folks. They taught me the values of working hard”.[16] He became a regular bouncer for clubs until he was arrested after a fight that left two patrons injured, one of whom was rendered unconscious.[17] After a trial, he was sentenced to one year of probation.[17] He also worked as a lifeguard[18] before pursuing a career in bodybuilding.[17] He credits bodybuilding with potentially saving his life.[19]

Professional wrestling career

Training and early career

Bautista tried out at the World Championship Wrestling (WCW) Power Plant, but was told he would never make it in the wrestling business by Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker.[20] He then went to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), who sent him to train with Afa Anoa’i in the Wild Samoan Training Center wrestling school,[21] he soon after started competing in Anoa’i’s World Xtreme Wrestling (WXW) promotion. Bautista also trained with Marrese Crump in Muay Thai and Eskrima.[22] Most recently, he trained at Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu under Cesar Gracie and has become a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.[23]

World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment/WWE

Ohio Valley Wrestling (2000–2002)

Upon signing with the WWF, Bautista was sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), a WWF developmental territory. He made his OVW debut in 2000 under the ring name Leviathan, where he immediately joined forces with Synn.[5] As a member of the Disciples of Synn stable, he went undefeated until being beaten at Christmas Chaos by Kane with help from Stone Cold Steve Austin. He later won the OVW Heavyweight Championship from “The Machine” Doug Basham before losing the belt to The Prototype. A few months later, Bautista left OVW after he was promoted WWE’s main roster.[24]

Deacon Batista (2002–2003)

While still in OVW, Bautista began appearing on non-televised WWE events. He began his televised WWE career on May 9, 2002 on an episode of SmackDown! as Deacon Batista, a villainous enforcer for Reverend D’Von.[25] He made his WWE in-ring debut in a tag team match teaming with D’Von against Faarooq and Randy Orton, pinning Orton. Over several weeks, Orton tried to beat D’Von and Batista with different partners, but ultimately lost each time.[26] Batista suffered his first loss in a match against Rikishi after D’Von accidentally punched him, allowing Rikishi to take advantage and pin Batista. Batista and D’Von argued over the forthcoming weeks, with Batista eventually turning on D’Von. On the November 11 episode of SmackDown, Batista defeated D’Von to end their feud.[27] After splitting with D’Von, he was assigned to the Raw brand and was renamed Batista. He aligned himself with Ric Flair[28] and feuded with Kane, whom he defeated at Armageddon.[29]

Evolution (2003–2005)

In January 2003, Batista joined Triple H, Ric Flair and Randy Orton to form the villainous stable Evolution.[30] Batista, however, was sidelined for much of 2003 after he tore his right triceps muscle at a Raw live event in a match against Brock Lesnar. While training after the injury, Batista re-tore his triceps, extending his stay on the sidelines.[31] Batista made his return on October 20 episode of Raw, interfering in a match between Bill Goldberg and Shawn Michaels and “shattering” Goldberg’s ankle with a chair. After the interference, Evolution came out, and Triple H rewarded Batista with $100,000.[32] On November 10 episode of Raw, Goldberg defeated Batista by disqualification when Triple H interfered.[33]

At Armageddon, Batista took part in two matches; losing to Shawn Michaels in a singles match,[34] and winning a tag team turmoil match along with Ric Flair to become one-half of the World Tag Team Champions.[35] By the end of the event, all four members of Evolution held every male championship on Raw, with Triple H winning the World Heavyweight Championship and Randy Orton winning the Intercontinental Championship.[36] They held the title until February 16, 2004 episode of Raw, when they were defeated by Booker T and Rob Van Dam.[37] They later regained the title for a short period.[38][39]

At Survivor Series, Triple H, Batista, Gene Snitsky and Edge were defeated by Maven, Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit, and Randy Orton in an eight-man elimination tag team match for control of Raw over the following month;[40] the members of the winning team would each be the Raw general manager for a week. Throughout the next two months, the relationship between Batista and Triple H began to deteriorate. After a loss to Chris Jericho, Triple H verbally insulted Batista. Batista teased leaving Evolution that night, but declared that he was still part of Evolution and that they tricked everyone.[41] Despite this ploy, Batista began behaving more like a fan favorite over the next few weeks in comparison to Evolution’s villainous tactics. One particular moment saw Batista express disgust as Triple H and Ric Flair boasted about how they had intimidated and/or beat up Jim Ross, Danny Hodge, and Stacy Keibler. Regardless, he continued to show his loyalty to Triple H and Evolution by running down to the ring and assisting them in matches.

As 2005 began, Triple H realized the possibility of Batista becoming a threat to his World Heavyweight Championship. Triple H suggested that he not enter the Royal Rumble, claiming that it would be selfish of him to do so, and to simply focus on Triple H retaining the title. Batista entered anyway and went on to win the Rumble earning the right to participate in the main event of WrestleMania 21 against the World Champion of his choice.[42] In an attempt to persuade Batista to challenge WWE Champion John “Bradshaw” Layfield and challenger John Cena in a triple-threat match rather than him, Triple H concocted a scheme to have Batista run over in a limousine resembling the one used by Layfield. Initially, Dave did not want help from Evolution and wanted to confront JBL by himself. Triple H insisted that Evolution stick together and accompanied Dave anyway, saving him from the oncoming vehicle.[43] Batista became aware of the plot while sneakily eavesdropping on fellow Evolution members and signed a contract guaranteeing him a match with the World Heavyweight Champion Triple H at WrestleMania 21, thus leaving Evolution and officially turning into a fan favorite. Batista initially pretended that he would sign with SmackDown!, giving Triple H and Flair the “thumbs up”, but turned it into a “thumbs down” before attacking the pair. He emphasized his departure by powerbombing Triple H through the table used for the contract signing.[44]

World Heavyweight Champion (2005–2008)

Batista in September 2005 as the World Heavyweight Champion

Batista won the World Heavyweight Championship on April 3 in the main event of WrestleMania 21.[4][45] WrestleMania 21 received 1.09 million pay-per-view buys worldwide – the then-highest ever number of buys for any non-boxing pay-per-view. Batista’s match with Triple H was described by sports journalist Dave Meltzer as “the peak of one of [WWE’s] best storylines in years”.[9] Batista won a rematch with Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship at Backlash.[46] After Batista retained his title against Edge, he was betrayed by Ric Flair, who helped Triple H viciously attack the champion as Triple H challenged Batista to a Hell in a Cell match at Vengeance.[47] Batista won the match at Vengeance, retaining his title yet again. With this win, Batista became the first wrestler to pin Triple H in a Hell in a Cell match.[48]

Batista in 2006

On June 30, Batista was revealed as the last pick in the 2005 WWE Draft Lottery; he made a surprise appearance while JBL was celebrating his victory in a six-man elimination match to win the new SmackDown! Championship.[49] JBL defeated Batista at The Great American Bash by disqualification after the referee saw Batista use a steel chair.[50] They had a rematch at SummerSlam in a No Holds Barred match in which Batista pinned JBL.[51] The feud culminated in a Bull Rope match with Batista retaining his championship.[52] Soon after retaining the title in a feud with Eddie Guerrero,[53] WWE.com reported that Batista suffered a muscle tear in his back at the taping for November 11 episode of SmackDown! due to a double chokeslam from Big Show and Kane.[54] Plans had been made for Batista to defend the title in a Triple Threat match with Eddie Guerrero and Randy Orton on November 18 episode, but the match did not take place due to the unexpected death of Guerrero on November 13, the date of the taping. Batista paid homage to Guerrero during the SmackDown! and Raw tribute shows dedicated to Guerrero’s memory.[55]

Batista led Team SmackDown! against Team Raw in an inter-brand feud before Survivor Series. The feud saw Big Show and Kane chokeslamming Batista several more times in the weeks leading up to Survivor Series in an on-camera explanation for Batista’s injury.[56] Batista ultimately helped his team win the match.[57] After Batista saved Rey Mysterio from Big Show and Kane,[58] it was announced that Mysterio would team with Batista to face the Big Show and Kane at Armageddon.

On December 16 episode of SmackDown!, Batista and Mysterio defeated WWE Tag Team Champions[59] MNM to win the titles in a match they dedicated to Eddie Guerrero, and thus Batista became a double champion.[60] and the clash with Big Show and Kane at Armageddon turned into a Champions vs. Champions encounter. Batista and Mysterio lost to Big Show and Kane at Armageddon.[61] Two weeks later on SmackDown!, MNM defeated Batista and Mysterio after help from the returning Mark Henry to regain the WWE Tag Team Championships. During the interference, Henry attacked Batista, and performed his World’s Strongest Slam.[62] The teams met again in a steel cage match that Henry also became involved in, and Batista and Mysterio were defeated again.[63] On January 9, WWE.com announced that Batista tore his right triceps during a match with Mark Henry at a live event on January 6. Due to his injury, Batista was forced to vacate the World Heavyweight Championship at the SmackDown! tapings on January 13, two days after surpassing Triple H’s previous mark of 280 days for longest reigning champion. In his book, Batista Unleashed, Batista said that he believed that Henry was “careless” during their match as he never gave Batista any warning that the move was coming. Batista went on to have successful surgery on his arm on January 12.[64]

Batista during his second World Heavyweight Championship reign

Batista made an appearance at No Way Out and told the crowd that once his arm had healed he would return to regain the World Heavyweight Championship.[65] At WrestleMania 22, he interrupted a Randy Orton interview, putting SmackDown! on notice that the World Heavyweight Championship would return to him by WrestleMania 23.[66] Batista made his official return during July 7 episode of SmackDown! immediately calling out and entering into a feud with Mark Henry.[67] At Saturday Night’s Main Event, Batista won a six-man tag match with Rey Mysterio and Bobby Lashley taking on King Booker, Finlay, and Mark Henry.[68] Henry was legitimately injured and was ruled out of the scheduled match between the two at The Great American Bash, thus further delaying a potential feud between the two after being delayed by Batista’s initial injury.[67]

Batista put out an open challenge to replace the injured Henry, which was answered by Mr. Kennedy.[69] Batista lost this match via disqualification for failing to stop choking Mr. Kennedy into the turnbuckle with his boot, but continued to attack Kennedy resulting in a laceration on his forehead so severe that it exposed his cranium and required more than 20 stitches to close.[70][71] Batista lost another match with Kennedy via count out in a rematch on SmackDown! before finally defeating Kennedy by pinfall on August 4 episode of SmackDown!.[72][73]

During this time, Batista tried to regain a world title, facing both Big Show for his ECW World Championship on ECW,[74] and King Booker for his World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam and on SmackDown!. Batista won the SummerSlam match, but not the title as the contests ended via disqualification meaning Booker retained the title.[75] In the SmackDown! about a few weeks later, Booker retained with help from his Court.[76] Batista remained a top contender to the World Championship, competing against King Booker on several occasions while feuding with Finlay,[77] before finally defeating Booker to regain the World Heavyweight Championship at Survivor Series.[4] Ironically, the win occurred at the same arena where he surrendered the title in January.[78]

Batista holding the World Heavyweight Championship in 2006

At WrestleMania 23, Batista lost the championship to the winner of the Royal Rumble match, The Undertaker.[79] They continued to battle over the title to a stalemate in a Last Man Standing match at Backlash[80] and a Steel Cage Match on 11 May episode of SmackDown!, in both matches Batista and The Undertaker ended in draw, thus Undertaker retained the championship. Following the latter, Edge took advantage and won the title from The Undertaker by cashing in his Money in the Bank contract.[81] Afterward, Batista challenged Edge unsuccessfully for the World Heavyweight Championship at Judgment Day, One Night Stand (in a Steel Cage Match), and Vengeance: Night of Champions (in a Last Chance match).[82][83] The loss at Vengeance stipulated that Batista could no longer get another chance at the World Heavyweight Championship while Edge remained champion.[84]

Batista accepted an open challenge from The Great Khali at The Great American Bash. Edge relinquished the title due to an injury the week before the pay-per-view, and Khali became the new World Heavyweight Champion, winning a Battle Royal and eliminating Batista. Batista and Kane, Edge’s title opponent, faced Khali at The Great American Bash in a Triple Threat match where Khali retained the title.[85] Batista received a disqualification victory against Khali at SummerSlam after Khali used a steel chair, thus retaining the title again.[86] Batista finally claimed his third World Heavyweight Championship after eight consecutive attempts, by defeating Khali in a match that included Rey Mysterio at Unforgiven.[4][87] His first challenge was from The Great Khali in a Punjabi Prison Match at No Mercy where Batista retained his title. He won the match by leaping from the inner bamboo structure to the outer one, shortening his escape route and beating Khali to the floor.[88]

After the return of The Undertaker at Unforgiven, the duo reignited their feud at Cyber Sunday where the fans chose Stone Cold Steve Austin as the Special Guest Referee. Batista pinned The Undertaker after two Batista Bombs.[89] The feud continued with a Hell in a Cell match at Survivor Series. During the match, Edge returned and interfered by giving The Undertaker a con-chair-to. He then pulled an unconscious Batista on top of The Undertaker for the pinfall to retain the World Heavyweight Championship.[90] At Armageddon, Edge won a Triple Threat match, alongside The Undertaker for Batista’s World Heavyweight Championship.[91]

Various storylines (2008–2009)

Batista in June 2008

Batista appeared in the Royal Rumble and was eliminated by Triple H. At No Way Out, he was part of the SmackDown Elimination Chamber Match and eliminated Big Daddy V, but was last eliminated by The Undertaker. At WrestleMania XXIV, he defeated Umaga in an interpromotional match. After Shawn Michaels defeated Ric Flair at the same event,[92] Batista began a feud with Michaels, calling him selfish and egotistical. The two faced off at Backlash with Chris Jericho as the Special Guest referee. Michaels won after faking a knee injury and performing Sweet Chin Music.[93] Batista then defeated Michaels at One Night Stand in a stretcher match, thus ending their feud.[94]

On June 23, Batista was drafted from SmackDown to the Raw brand during the 2008 WWE Draft.[95] Batista became a World Tag Team Champion for a third time on August 4 episode of Raw when he teamed up with John Cena to defeat Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase for the title,[96][97] but they failed to retain the titles against the former champions on the next episode of Raw.[98] Batista defeated Cena at SummerSlam.[99]

On October 26 at Cyber Sunday, Batista defeated Chris Jericho for his fourth World Heavyweight Championship in a match in which Stone Cold Steve Austin was voted in as the special guest referee.[100] Batista’s reign, however, only lasted eight days when Jericho won the title back in a Steel Cage match on a three-hour special episode of Raw.[101]

Batista then entered a feud with former Evolution partner, Randy Orton; at Survivor Series, Batista led a team of himself, CM Punk, Kofi Kingston, Matt Hardy, and R-Truth to face the team of Randy Orton, Shelton Benjamin, William Regal, Cody Rhodes, and Mark Henry. Orton’s team won with Orton pinning Batista, winning the match for his team. His feud with Orton continued up to Armageddon where Batista defeated Orton. On December 15 episode of Raw, Batista was put into a handicap match against The Legacy with John Cena as his partner. During the match, Orton struck Batista with a punt to the head. Batista was knocked out and put out of action indefinitely due to a storyline head injury. WWE.com later reported that Batista elected to undergo surgery to repair a hamstring tear.[102] The hamstring was injured at SummerSlam, in the same match that former World Heavyweight Champion John Cena was forced out of action with a neck injury. He was expected to be out of action for six to eight months.

WWE Champion and Departure (2009–2010)

Batista returned on the April 6, 2009, episode of Raw, to save Triple H, Shane McMahon, and Vince McMahon from The Legacy (Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase Jr.). Vince McMahon then announced that Batista would take his place at Backlash, where he would team up with WWE Champion Triple H and Shane McMahon to face The Legacy. During the match, Batista had brought out a chair, but Triple H tried to stop him, so they would not get disqualified. This distraction however, cost Triple H his championship, after he lost it to Orton. The following night on Raw, Batista won a singles match against Big Show due to a distraction by John Cena, to become the number one contender for the WWE Championship at Judgment Day.[103] Batista went on to defeat Orton in a rematch at Extreme Rules in a Steel Cage match to capture the WWE Championship.[104] However, on June 8 episode of Raw, Batista was to vacate the title due to a staged brutal attack by Orton and the Legacy. It was later revealed that Batista had suffered a legitimate torn left biceps similar to what he suffered in 2006. Legacy was given on-screen credit for his injury.[105]

Batista returned on the September 14 episode of Raw with his arm still in a vice and began his announcement. Randy Orton, assuming Batista was announcing his retirement, then came out and stated that he ended Batista’s career. Batista then went on to remove his arm vice, as it was a fake just to lure out Orton, and proceeded to attack Orton. He then announced that he will not retire, but moving to SmackDown instead. Later that night, he defeated Orton in a no-holds barred match which was to be his last match on Raw.[106]

Following his return to SmackDown, Batista defeated Unified Tag Team Champions Jeri-Show (Chris Jericho and The Big Show) in singles competition.[107][108] These two victories culminated in a tag team title match against Jeri-Show with his partner Rey Mysterio On October 4 at WWE Hell in a Cell, which Jeri-Show won.[109] That same month at WWE Bragging Rights, Batista was unsuccessful in winning the World Heavyweight Championship in a Fatal Four-Way match including CM Punk, Rey Mysterio, and champion and event winner The Undertaker. During the match, Mysterio broke up Batista’s pin on Undertaker possibly costing him the match and the title. After the match, Batista and Mysterio appeared to patch things up, but Batista said he was tired of coming so close only to be stabbed in the back and told Mysterio he was going to rip his head off. Batista proceeded to brutally attack Mysterio, turning heel in the process.[110] Batista faced Mysterio on November 22 at Survivor Series, where Batista won via referee stoppage after delivering three Batista Bombs to Mysterio.[111] Batista defeated Mysterio again in a street fight on the December 11 episode of SmackDown.[112] A few weeks later, Batista lost to Mysterio in a number one contenders match for the World Heavyweight Championship;[113] Mysterio’s title match against The Undertaker ended as a no-contest after interference from Batista.[114] On December 13 at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, Batista faced Undertaker for the World Heavyweight Championship in a Chairs match. Batista initially won the match and the title, but SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long reversed the decision because Batista had hit Undertaker with a low blow behind the referee’s back. The match was restarted with The Undertaker winning and retaining the championship.[115]

Batista then became involved in WWE Chairman Vince McMahon and Bret Hart‘s rivalry in February 2010 by assisting McMahon in attacking Hart; John Cena attempted to save Hart, but was assaulted by Batista.[116] On February 21 at Elimination Chamber, as payment for Batista attacking Hart, McMahon allowed Batista to face Cena for the WWE Championship immediately after Cena won the title in an Elimination Chamber match. Batista won the match and thus his second WWE Championship, which resulted in Batista moving back to Raw.[117] On March 28 at WrestleMania XXVI, Batista lost the WWE Championship to John Cena in a rematch, ending his reign at 35 days.[118][119] Batista received his rematch for the title in a Last Man Standing on April 25 at Extreme Rules, but was defeated by Cena after Cena duct-taped his legs around a ring post, preventing him from standing up.[120] Batista and Cena faced off once again for the WWE Championship on May 23 at Over the Limit, but he failed again to regain the title from Cena in an “I Quit” match, quitting as Cena threatened to give him the Attitude Adjustment off the roof of a car. Cena did so anyway, throwing Batista off of the car and through the stage below.[121] The following night on Raw, Batista opened the show in a wheelchair and claimed that he would be pursuing legal action against Cena and WWE for his injuries (which he revealed in 2014 to be a legitimate compression fracture of his L1 spine).[122] His promo was interrupted by new Raw General Manager Bret Hart, who requested he face an injured Randy Orton to qualify for a shot at WWE Championship against Cena again at the new Fatal 4-Way pay-per-view. Batista refused and quit the company after Hart named Orton winner by forfeit. His profile was subsequently moved to the WWE.com alumni page.[123] He later said in an interview that he left WWE because he “did not like the direction the company was going in”.[124]

Return to WWE (2013–2014)

Batista at WrestleMania XXX in the main event

On the December 23, 2013 episode of Raw, a vignette aired announcing the return of Batista on January 20, 2014 episode of Raw.[125] It was later announced that Batista would be participating in the 2014 Royal Rumble match.[126] Batista returned as a face to confront WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton on the January 20 Raw, and vowed to win the Royal Rumble match and become champion at WrestleMania XXX. Later that night, Batista confronted Alberto Del Rio, who had been trash talking him for several weeks, and eventually attacked him with a Batista Bomb.[127] Six days later at the Royal Rumble, Batista entered the Rumble match at number 28 and last eliminated Roman Reigns to win the match, becoming the fifth wrestler to win multiple Rumble matches, and the first, and so far only multi-time Royal Rumble winner to win from the same entrant number (28).[128] The live crowd reacted negatively towards Batista’s win, as Daniel Bryan did not take part in the match. Despite a positive reaction originally, the crowd began to boo Batista after Reigns was eliminated.[129] After the show went off the air, Batista mocked Bryan and gestured his middle finger at the crowd.[130] According to Batista, he thought a return as face was a bad idea because of the fans being so invested in Daniel Bryan’s “Yes Movement”.[131] On the February 3 Raw, Batista was confronted and was ultimately assaulted by Del Rio before chasing him off.[132] Batista retaliated the following week, powerbombing Del Rio through the announce table.[133]

At the Elimination Chamber event and on the following Raw, Batista was heavily booed by the fans during matches against Del Rio.[134] Batista won the match at Elimination Chamber, but continued to suffer a torrid fan reaction with “Boo-tista” chants.[135] Batista responded to the audience on the February 28 episode of SmackDown, saying that he did not come back to be liked, then mocked the other wrestlers by stating that they were not “real men” and promised to be the next WWE World Heavyweight Champion, thus turning heel.[136] After Orton retained his title at the Elimination Chamber, the scheduled WrestleMania XXX main event was Batista vs. Orton, however Bryan was added to the match after defeating Triple H in the opening contest of the show. Batista ultimately lost the triple threat match at WrestleMania after Bryan forced him to submit to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.[137] The next night on Raw, Batista and Orton teamed together to face The Usos for the WWE Tag Team Championship, but the match ended in a double count out.[138] Later that night, Batista and Orton, along with Kane, attacked Bryan before he was set to defend his title against Triple H. Before Triple H could defeat Bryan, The Shield interrupted by spearing Triple H and taking out Batista, Orton and Kane, causing Bryan to retain his title via disqualification.[139] On the April 14 episode of Raw, Batista, Triple H and Randy Orton came down to the ring to attack The Shield after their 11-on-3 handicap match, using the name and the theme of Evolution.[140] At both Extreme Rules and Payback, Evolution lost to The Shield.[141][142] On the June 2 episode of Raw, Batista quit WWE after Triple H denied him a shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.[143] After the episode, he made one last appearance for WWE at an NXT event on June 12 as a face, receiving a positive reaction from the crowd, cutting a promo with Bo Dallas before attacking him with a spinebuster.[144] Batista legitimately quit the WWE due to creative differences soon after.[145][146]

In April 2015, Batista said that he would be interested in returning to WWE, but only at non-televised events.[147] He was contacted to appear at WrestleMania 32 in 2016, but turned down the offer.[148]

Regarding his tenure in professional wrestling, he said that his greatest achievement was “putting guys over” and “repaying favors”.[149]

Mixed martial arts career

Dave Bautista
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Bautista after his first mixed martial arts win
Other names Brass Body[150]
Weight 265 lb (120 kg; 18 st 13 lb)
Division Heavyweight (265 lb) (MMA) [151]
Team Gracie Fighter Tampa
Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
Rank      Purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Cesar Gracie
Years active 2012
Mixed martial arts record
Total 1
Wins 1
By knockout 1
Losses 0
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

After being released from WWE, Bautista attended Strikeforce: Los Angeles on June 16, 2010, having previously registered an interest in competing in mixed martial arts. On June 21, 2010, Bautista announced to TMZ.com that he would be embarking on an MMA career.[152] He also became a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under the tutelage of Cesar Gracie.[23]

Bautista had announced that he and Strikeforce had agreed on a price and were negotiating a contract. However, in April 2011, Batista announced to TMZ.com that negotiating a contract with Strikeforce fell through when Strikeforce was bought by Zuffa, LLC.[153]

The closing moments of Bautista’s win against Vince Lucero in 2012.

Bautista was expected to make his MMA debut against Rashid Evans (not Rashad Evans) on October 6, 2012 at Classic Entertainment and Sports: Real Pain in Providence, Rhode Island.[154] However, on October 1, 2012, it was announced that Evans was forced out of the bout after a probation violation landed him back in jail. With Bautista’s MMA debut still on for the event, Evans was replaced by journeyman and 40-fight veteran Vince Lucero. Batista would go on to win the fight by TKO at 4:05 in the first round.[155]

Mixed martial arts record

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 1–0 Vince Lucero TKO (punches) CES MMA: Real Pain 000000002012-10-06-0000October 6, 2012 1 4:05 Providence, Rhode Island, United States MMA debut

Film career

Batista worked alongside Rob Van Dam, Marrese Crump, and Ja Rule in the action film titled Wrong Side of Town.[156]

Batista appeared as the villainous Brass Body in the Universal Studios film The Man with the Iron Fists. He played Drax the Destroyer in the 2014 Marvel Studios film Guardians of the Galaxy, which was a critical and commercial success.[157] He played Mr. Hinx in the James Bond film, Spectre (2015), and starred as the villain Tong Po in the reboot of the 1989 martial arts film Kickboxer, opposite Georges St-Pierre.[158] Batista has also joined the cast of Blade Runner 2049, which is scheduled to begin filming July 2016.[159] He reprised his role as Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, released in May 2017.[160]

Other media

Batista at a WWE meet and greet in 2005

In addition to wrestling, Batista has been in several commercials and on several magazine covers. He was shown breakdancing in a commercial promoting WWE SummerSlam in 2004 where he did his take on a “floor routine”, a routine that parodied the floor routines shown at the Olympic Games.[161] He was also on the cover of the April 2005 Flex[162] and Muscle & Fitness for September 2008.[163]

Moreover, Batista has acted and has guest-starred in several television shows as both himself and in-character as Batista. He guest-starred in the eighth episode of season 6 of the American drama action/adventure television series Smallville; he played an extraterrestrial alien named Aldar that escaped from the Phantom Zone, who sucks the bones out of people for nourishment.[164] Along with John Cena and Ashley Massaro, Batista appeared representing WWE on an episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition in January 2007, giving the kids of the family whose house was renovated WWE merchandise and eight tickets to WrestleMania 23.[165]

During the week of November 5, 2007, he appeared on Family Feud with several other WWE superstars.[166] On September 7, 2008, he appeared on an episode of Iron Chef America as one of the judges, with snails as the theme ingredient.[167] Batista, along with Candice Michelle, Shelton Benjamin, and Josh Mathews, represented the WWE at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in an effort to persuade fans to register to vote in the 2008 presidential election.[168] Batista has also appeared on MTV Cribs showing his house and his cars.[169]

On May 2, 2009, he was shown on camera where he accompanied boxer and fellow Filipino Manny Pacquiao in his fight against British boxer Ricky Hatton in which Pacquiao won in the second round. He told The Sun that he loves Hatton, but Manny is in a league of his own and he tends to support his fellow Filipinos out of patriotism, adding that he is thrilled to be there to support Manny before his bout.[170]

In June 2009, Batista made a cameo appearance as himself in an episode of the Australian soap opera Neighbours.[171] In 2010, he made an appearance on an episode of Chuck.[172] He has also made a cameo appearance in Relative Strangers.[16]

Dave Batista had his first biographical DVD released through WWE Productions entitled Batista: I Walk Alone. It was released October 20, 2009.[173]

In August 2010, Batista, in conjunction with The South of France Spa Naturals and Monday Night Mayhem wrestling released a video to obtain monetary contributions to Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. The video showed Batista in various locales and included his long-time friend and veteran mixed martial arts fighter Imani Lee, his friend and trainer, Marrese Crump, his daughter, Athena and ex-wife Angie. Bautista dedicated the video to Angie, who has battled ovarian cancer for several years and is in remission.

Controversies

Incident with Booker T

Batista’s backstage problems continued at the 2006 SummerSlam pay-per-view commercial shoot. It was reported that Batista got into a real-life fistfight with Booker T. The incident was reported on WWE.com, with both men telling their sides of the story. The fight was believed to stem from the idea that Batista considered himself to be better than the rest of the roster due to his main event status and relatively quick climb to achieve it. It was said that wrestlers backstage were praising Booker for speaking his mind to Batista about his attitude.[174][175][176]

Steroid allegations

In August 2007, Batista was accused of anabolic steroid use after an ESPN article released the names of wrestlers that were clients of Signature Pharmacy of Orlando, Florida, one of many pharmacies under investigation for filling illegal prescription drugs.[177] Batista released a statement denying ESPN’s allegations and was reportedly furious over the report. He denied ever being a customer of Signature and stated that he has been “tested regularly by the WWE, and I am in full compliance with the WWE Wellness Program“.[178] WWE reportedly suspended ten wrestlers named in the controversy, though Batista was not one of them.[177]

Personal life

Bautista was married to a woman named Glenda in the early 1990s and had two daughters with her, Keilani (born in 1990) and Athena (born in 1992) before divorcing.[179] Bautista married his second wife Angie on October 13, 1998; however, they divorced in 2006. Before the age of 40, Batista had already become a grandfather of two grandsons: Jacob and Aiden by Keilani, his first daughter.[180][181] During his marriage with Angie, Batista became an avid collector of vintage metal lunch boxes. He admits his favorite is the 1967 Green Hornet lunch box, as it has Bruce Lee on it. This collection started when he bought Angie an ET lunchbox and she did not want to break it, so he bought a second one.[182] Batista revealed that he and Angie were separated in the August 2006 edition of WWE Magazine.[183] He later revealed, in his autobiography, a relationship with WWE Diva Melina Perez after the divorce from his wife in 2006, which led to a brief angle on SmackDown! during a feud with MNM.[184] Batista previously dated WWE Diva Kelly Kelly briefly.[185][186] In an interview on September 2, 2009, Batista said that he had previously dated WWE Diva Rosa Mendes.[187] In October 2015, he married competitive pole dancer Sarah Jade.[188]

In October 2007, his autobiography Batista Unleashed was released.[24] In an interview about the book, Batista claims “I didn’t want to tell my story unless it was honest,” and that “you have to go through three sets of lawyers: Simon & Schuster lawyers, WWE lawyers, my lawyers. Everything now being the way it is, you can be sued for the simplest thing.”[189] One source of controversy was the book’s mentioning of Chris Benoit, who was almost completely removed due to his double murder and suicide. Batista responded saying, “I loved the guy. I despise what he did, but that doesn’t erase him from my life. I fought to keep him in there and glad they did.”[189] When asked about his ex-wife, Angie, he says “[we] have really become close again, which we really haven’t been in years. I really learned a lot about her, and she learned a lot about me from reading the book. She actually saw things from a different perspective from reading the book. So that was definitely therapeutic.”[189]

He has numerous tattoos, including a large dragon on his back, red Kanji lettering on his upper left biceps which says “Angel” in tribute to his former wife Angie, a signature design on his upper right biceps, and a small sun on his stomach which encircles his belly button.[190] He also has a tattoo on his arm of the flags of the Philippines and Greece. While taking time off due to injury in 2009, Batista had both upper arms covered in large, tribal style tattoos, including the word “DC soldier” on his right bicep.[191] On November 11, 2011, it was announced via Twitter that Batista had been confirmed for the third WWE ’12 DLC pack which was released in January 2012.[192]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Relative Strangers Wrestler Uncredited cameo
2009 My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done? Police officer
2010 Wrong Side of Town Big Ronnie
2011 House of the Rising Sun Ray Action On Film Award for Performer of the Year
2011 Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption, TheThe Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption Argomael
2012 Man with the Iron Fists, TheThe Man with the Iron Fists Brass Body
2013 Riddick Diaz
2014 Guardians of the Galaxy Drax the Destroyer Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble
Nevada Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated – Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated – Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Acting
2015 L.A. Slasher The Drug Dealer #1
2015 Spectre Mr. Hinx
2015 Heist Cox
2016 The Boss Chad Uncredited
2016 Kickboxer: Vengeance Tong Po
2016 Marauders Stockwell
2016 The Warriors Gate Arun the Cruel
2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Drax the Destroyer
2017 Bushwick Stupe Completed; also executive producer
2017 Final Score Michael Knox Post-production; also producer
2017 Blade Runner 2049 Post-production
2018 Avengers: Infinity War Drax the Destroyer Filming
2018 Escape Plan 2: Hades Post-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Smallville Aldar Episode: “Static”
2009 Head Case Himself Episode: “All About Steve”
2009 Neighbours Himself Episode: “1.5719”
2010 Chuck T.I. Episode: “Chuck Versus the Couch Lock
2015 TripTank Delivery Guy (voice) Episode: “Short Change”

Web

Year Title Role Notes
2016 The #Hashtagged Show Dr. Jason Rush 2 episodes

In wrestling

Batista delivering his finishing move, the Batista Bomb, to Finlay
Batista performing a spinebuster to Edge
Batista performing a vertical suplex to Chris Jericho

Championships and accomplishments

Alexa Bliss

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Alexa Bliss

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

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

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

Early life[edit]

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

Professional wrestling career[edit]

WWE[edit]

NXT (2013–2016)[edit]

Bliss in March 2015

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

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

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

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

SmackDown (2016–2017)[edit]

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

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

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

Raw (2017–present)[edit]

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

Other media[edit]

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

Personal life[edit]

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

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

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Renee Young

 

Renee Young

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Renee Young
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Young in March 2015.
Birth name Renee Jane Paquette[1]
Born (1985-09-19) September 19, 1985 (age 31)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Residence Las Vegas, Nevada, United States[2]
Spouse(s) Dean Ambrose (m. 2016)
Website www.prettyfunnyblonde.com
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Renee Young
Billed height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Billed from Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Debut March 29, 2013

Renee Jane Paquette[1] (born September 19, 1985) is a Canadian sports broadcaster and actress. She is currently an on-air personality with WWE under the ring name Renee Young, where she performs interviewing and commentating duties. She is a former sportscaster for The Score.[3]

Early life[edit]

Paquette was born in Toronto, Ontario.[4] She was a child model. After high school, she applied to several colleges and began training in improvisational comedy.[5] At the age of 19, she relocated to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career as a comedic actress, but later moved back to Toronto and auditioned for films, music videos, and commercials.[5]

Professional career[edit]

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

Paquette began working for The Score Television Network in the later months of 2009 on the program called Right After Wrestling, later to be renamed Aftermath,[6] where she presented alongside Arda Ocal, Mauro Ranallo and former WWE referee Jimmy Korderas.

WWE (2012–present)[edit]

“I always wanted to be an actor. Acting is really where everything started for me. As soon as I got out of high school, I went to The Second City and trained in improv comedy. I always wanted to be more of a comedic actress. That was the path I wanted to take. I fled to Los Angeles at 19 without having worked a day of my life as a performer. I came back to Toronto and auditioned for different films, music videos, and commercials… being in Canada, I got stuck not getting lead role auditions, so I switched gears and got into hosting. I just needed a camera and myself to do that.”
— Young in January 2014.[5]

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

Young began co-hosting the World Tour segments, which was a segment detailing the city they were filming in, showcasing various tourist attractions, before later being promoted as a third main presenter on the The JBL and Cole Show, which was shown on YouTube and WWE.com, until its cancellation in June 2015.[12] It received a Slammy Award for Favorite Web Show of the Year.[13] She also presents WWE Vintage Collection alongside Hall of Famer Mean Gene Okerlund.

In September 2013, Young made her commentary debut on NXT.[14] She began performing color commentary during NXT Divas‘ matches, before later becoming a full-time color commentator on NXT for several months.[5] From July 3, 2014 to January 9, 2015, Young served as a color commentator on WWE Superstars, alongside Tom Phillips, which made her WWE’s first full-time female announcer in more than a decade.[15][16] In April 2015, Young began hosting her own show titled Unfiltered with Renee Young, in which she interviews fellow WWE employees, which airs on the WWE Network.[17] In June, Young served as the co-host of the sixth season of Tough Enough, alongside Chris Jericho.[18]

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

On the December 20, 2016 episode of SmackDown, Young interviewed Intercontinental Champion The Miz following his successful title defense against Apollo Crews. After Young asked Miz about his “obsession” with Dean Ambrose, Miz sarcastically responded by revealing Young and Ambrose’s real-life relationship, prompting her to slap Miz.[19] On December 27, Young was confronted by Maryse backstage on SmackDown.[20] Maryse slapped Young the following week in retaliation.[21]

Other media[edit]

Before joining The Score, Paquette worked for BiteTV, where she presented a show about extreme sports and music called Rippin’ It-N-Lippin’ It during 2008 and 2009.[5] She appeared in a commercial for Oxy, and had a part in a Tom Green music video.[5] Prior to this, she had a cameo in the music video for Kelly Clarkson‘s 2005 song “Behind These Hazel Eyes“.[5] She also appeared in a national Noxzema commercial, and did a photoshoot for Toro Magazine.[22] In 2016, it was announced that Paquette would be appearing as a main cast member for the sixth season of Total Divas.[23] She had previously appeared in several episodes on a recurring basis.

Personal life[edit]

On being a wrestling fan, Paquette said: “I attended a few events and WrestleMania VI. My dad is a concert promoter, and he’d get me into the events. I remember being backstage and meeting Stone Cold Steve Austin, Triple H, Chyna, and Trish Stratus as a kid, so it’s really funny to me that I ended up here. I went on a different path than wanting to become a WWE Superstar.”[5]

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

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

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

Web[edit]

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

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

BROOKE NICOLE ADAMS

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

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Early life

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

Professional wrestling

World Wrestling Entertainment (2006-2007)

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

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

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

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

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling

Knockout’s Law (2010–2011)

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

Tag Team and Knockout Champion (2011–2013)

Main article: TnT

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

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

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

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

Aces and Eights and Hiatus (2013-2014)

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

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

Naomi (wrestler)

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Naomi (wrestler)

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

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

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

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

Early life[edit]

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

Professional wrestling career[edit]

World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE[edit]

NXT (2010–2011)[edit]

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

The Funkadactyls (2012–2014)[edit]

Main article: The Funkadactyls

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

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

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

Naomi in April 2014

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

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

Managing The Usos (2014–2015)[edit]

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

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

Team B.A.D. (2015–2016)[edit]

Main article: Team B.A.D.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other media[edit]

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

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

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

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

Television[edit]

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

Personal life[edit]

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

In wrestling[edit]

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

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Maryse Ouellet (WWE)

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Maryse Ouellet

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

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

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

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

Early life and career[edit]

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

Professional wrestling career[edit]

World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE[edit]

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

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

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

Early years (2006–2008)[edit]

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

Maryse in 2008

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

Divas Champion (2008–2010)[edit]

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

Maryse wrestling during the WrestleMania XXV event in April 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Independent circuit (2012–2013)[edit]

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

Return to WWE[edit]

Managing The Miz (2016–present)[edit]

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other media[edit]

Maryse and Miz in 2016 as “It Couple”

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

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

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

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

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

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

Television[edit]

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

Other endeavors[edit]

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

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

Personal life[edit]

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

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

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

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

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

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Joy Giovanni (WWE)

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Joy Giovanni

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

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

Professional wrestling career[edit]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other media[edit]

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

Video Game[edit]

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

Personal life[edit]

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

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

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

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