|Birth name||Cheree Crowley|
May 6, 1988 |
Auckland, New Zealand
|Professional wrestling career|
|Billed height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Billed weight||55 kg (121 lb)|
|Billed from||East Auckland, New Zealand|
|Trained by||Impact Pro Wrestling
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Cheree Crowley (born May 6, 1988) is a New Zealandprofessional wrestler of Samoan and Irish descent, currently signed to WWE, where she performs in their development territory NXT, under the ring name Dakota Kai. Under the ring name Evie, Crowley also wrestled internationally for the American promotions Shimmer Women Athletes and Shine Wrestling as well as for Pro Wrestling Alliance in Sydney, Australia, where she is a former PWWA champion. She also worked for Impact Pro Wrestling in New Zealand, where she is a former three-time IPW Women's Champion.
In September 2011, she debuted in Sydney, Australia-based Pro Wrestling Alliance Australia (PWA Australia) for their annual PWWA show, where she defeated Kellie Skater. In August 2012, Evie became the first ever Impact Pro Wrestling NZ Women's Champion, defeating Britenay and Megan-Kate in a triple threat match. A week later, she won the Interim PWWA Championship by defeating Jessie McKay in the finals. She retained the title during her first defense against Kellie Skater on 6 October.
Evie made her debut for the all-female American promotion Shimmer Women Athletes at Volume 53 on 6 April 2013, participating in a five-way match which she lost to Christina Von Eerie and also included Yuu Yamagata, Kalamity, and Rhia O'Reilly. At Volume 54, Evie defeated Kimber Lee to pick up her first win for the promotion, but she was defeated by Mia Yim the next day at Volume 56.
After Impact Pro Wrestling returned after a few months from folding in mid-2013, all the previous title holders were stripped of their championships. Evie won the IPW Women's Championship back in December 2013 and aligned herself with a new heel faction called 'The Investment'.
Evie began 2014 in Japan working on a three-month contract awarded to her through Zero1 Pro Wrestling Australia. She was the first ever female to receive such a contract. She competed with the promotion Diana. During her stay, Evie also teamed with Madison Eagles in a losing effort against Global Green Gangsters (Kellie Skater and Tomoka Nakagawa) for the Shimmer Tag Team Championships as part of the Joshi4Hope show.
In April, she traveled back to the United States, beginning her second tour in New Orleans, Louisiana. She competed in a losing effort against Hikaru Shida at Shimmer Volume 62. At Volumes 63 and 64, Evie defeated Rhia O'Reilly and Nicole Matthews, respectively.
On 6 December 2015, Evie made her debut for the Japanese World Wonder Ring Stardom promotion. In her first match she won the vacant Artist of Stardom Championship alongside Hiroyo Matsumoto and Kellie Skater. They lost the title to Io Shirai, Kairi Hojo and Mayu Iwatani in their third defense on 28 February 2016.
On December 15, 2016, she signed a contract with WWE. On June 29, 2017, Crowley was announced as a participant in the upcoming Mae Young Classic under the ring name Dakota Kai. Kai entered the tournament on July 13, defeating Kavita Devi in the first round. The following day, Kai defeated Rhea Ripley in the second round, before being eliminated in the quarterfinals by Kairi Sane.
On the October 25, 2017 episode of NXT, Kai made her television debut in a battle royal, where she was eliminated by Sage Beckett. On January 10, 2018 episode of NXT, Kai was defeated by Shayna Baszler.
In September 2009, Evie starred in the music video for "Sweet December" by Auckland band 'These Four Walls'. In April 2013, 20/20 aired a story which followed Evie on her lead up to her first tour in the United States. Also that summer, she was similarly profiled on the M?ori Television sports show Code.