Monday, July 23, 2018

Michelle McCool - Former WWE Diva

One of the hottest WWE Divas ever, Michelle McCool was born on January 25, 1980 in Palatka, Florida.

She is a female professional wrestler who worked for the WWE on their SmackDown brand, where she was the very first WWE Divas Champion.
Before Michelle got into wrestling, she was a seventh grade teacher in Palatka, Florida.
Michelle started out with the WWE back in 2004 WWE Diva Search. She didn't win, as a matter of fact, she was the fourth woman eliminated.

Regardless, the WWE signed her to a three-year contract in November 2004. She went to Smackdown and was first seen helping Rey Mysterio "stretch out" before a match as a personal trainer.

The WWE sent her down to their developmental wrestling facility, Deep South Wrestling (DSW), for training. There she wrestled, performed interviews, hosted segments, and provided commentary on matches. Her first feud in DSW was against Angel Williams (current TNA Knockout Angelina Love) .
Michelle moved from DSW to Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW). While she was in OVW, she began managing the duo of Amish Roadkill (former ECW star Roadkill) and K.C. James.
She finally was moved up from OVW back to Smackdown and began her " hot teacher" gimmick. Slightly disturbing considering she had actually been a seventh grade teacher.
Michelle turned heel and started teaming up with Kristal to start a feud with (then-face), Jillian Hall and Ashley Massaro.

On November 28th, Michelle was hospitalized with an enlarged kidney, a broken sternum, and an electrolyte imbalance.This was the second time she had been medically sidelined, the first was back in DSW when she was hospitalized after taking prescribed medication.
She returned to the WWE on March 30, 2007, taking part in a 10-Diva Tag Team match on Smackdown. After the match, Michelle did a face turn coming to the aid of Ashley who was begin attacked by her former partner and now heel Jillian Hall.
Michelle began a storyline with Chuck Palumbo and Jamie Noble and after that storyline ended, the matches began to decide the first WWE Divas Champion.

She competed against Victoria, Eve Torres, Maryse and Cherry in a series of matches and came out on top.
Then At The Great American Bash on July 20, 2008, Michelle defeated Natalya to become the first WWE Divas Champion.
This made Michelle the second Diva Search contestant to win a WWE title. ( Candice Michelle was the first).
Considering her lean muscular look, this 5' 10" lady could have been a model or fitness competitor, but instead she chose wrestling.
Michelle is about to debut a new finisher since WWE management decided that her old finisher "Wings of Love" was too rough on the other divas.
Michelle lost her WWE Diva's Title to Maryse.

That signaled her "Heel Turn" and she went on a spree defeating Eve Torres, Gail Kim and Melina, WWE Women's Championship.
She teamed up with Layla El, creating the WWE's version of TNA's The Beautiful People, Lay-Cool.
Michelle was named the Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) number one female wrestler of 2010.
And she won two "Slammys" in 2010, the Slammy Award for Diva of the Year and the Slammy Award for Knucklehead Moment of the Year.
Of course this winning streak and all of the accolades has nothing to do with her dating and marrying the Undertaker.

2011 didn't start out too well for Michelle as at WrestleMania XXVII on April 3, 2011, Michelle, Layla and Dolph Ziggler took on The Jersey Shore's Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Trish Stratus, and John Morrison in a 6-person mixed tag team match.
Michelle lost the match for her team, being the one Snooki.
Then Layla and Michelle had a falling out and started a feud which ended in a Loser Leaves WWE match which Michelle lost at Extreme Rules.
She also became the first Diva to taste the wrath of the debuting Kharma after losing that match.

Although she left the WWE in 2011, Michelle was at WrestleMania 33 and 34 in April 2017 and 2018 to support her husband The Undertaker.
Then on January 22, 2018, she was honored as part of a segment involving women that contributed to the company's success on the WWE Raw 25 Years special episode.
The week after that, she was a surprise entrant in the inaugural women's Royal Rumble match at the 2018 Royal Rumble, scoring the most eliminations in the match at five before being eliminated by Natalya.

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

The Women of Wrestlicious TakeDown

The all female wrestling promotion Wrestlicious: TakeDown was an attempt to bring back the 1980s wrestling phenomena, Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW).
Even if you think the lady wrestlers there weren't used to the best of their abilities, they gave a lot of female wrestlers from the Indy wrestling promotions a chance to shine and got them some PR.
And like they say, "There is no such thing as bad publicity except your own obituary."
The first episode was pretty much "GLOW spun through a time warp" and you could really see it in the sketches and rapping.
Yes...rapping, like the old "Glow Rap"before the matches.
I think Wrestlicious would have been better off toning down the gimmicks, concentrating more on the wrestling, and maybe getting rid of that "Barbie Malibu Dream Ring" thing they have going on.
But like I said, they had some of the best wrestling talent out there, so here is a list of the female wrestlers that Wrestlicious had listed on their roster.
A lot of the roster changed after the first few tapings, but I tried to keep things as updated as I could.

As of now June 3rd, 2018, Wrestilicious has yet to release a second season in any form, secure a television deal, or promote any new shows.

Here are some of the ladies from their roster, starting with...

Tyler Texas - Lorelei Lee
Amy Janas aka Tyler Texas and Lorelei Lee was born on June 22, 1982 and made her pro wrestling debut in 2004.
Amy is not only a wrestler, but also a bikini, figure and fitness competitor as well.

Amber Lively - Madison Rayne
Ashley Simmons was born on February 5, 1986 and made her professional wrestling debut in 2004 as well.
Besides Amber Lively, she has wrestled under the names Ashley Lane, Lexi Lane and in TNA, Madison Rayne.

Charlotte - Amber O'Neal
Kimberly Dawn Davis aka Amber O'Neal was born on June 22, 1974 and made her pro wrestling debut way back in 1999.
She started out in the Professional Girl Wrestling Association (PGWA) as Amber Holly, but changed her ring name to Amber O'Neal to avoid confusion with WWF/WWE Diva "Molly Holly".
Molly actually helped Amber in her tryout matches with the WWE.
Interestingly, Amber used the name "Charlotte" way before Ashley Fliehr.

Lacey Von Erich
Lacey Adkisson is the daughter of Kerry Von Erich and the granddaughter of Fritz Von Erich.
She was born on July 17, 1986 and made her wrestling debut in 2007.
Although Lacey appeared in the promos, she had to be released by the company after signing with TNA.

Paige Webb - Serena Deeb
Serena Deeb was born on June 29, 1986 and made her pro wrestling debut in 2005.
She has wrestled under the names, Mia Mancini, Serena, Serena Deeb, Serena Mancini and Paige Webb.
Serena was the six time OVW Women's Wrestling Champion.
She now works for the WWE as a trainer at their Performance Center.

Marley Sebastian - Daizee Haze
Daizee Haze was born on May 11, 1983 and made her professional wrestling debut in 2002.
Daizee has worked for a ton of Indy wrestling promotions like All Pro Wrestling, Anarchy Championship Wrestling, Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South, NWA Midwest, Shimmer Women Athletes (where she's also the head trainer) and even did some work for TNA.

To be continued...

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