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Dakota Kai
Dakota Kai
Birth name Cheree Crowley
Born (1988-05-06) May 6, 1988 (age 29)[1]
Auckland, New Zealand[1]
Professional wrestling career
Dakota Kai
Billed height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)[2]
Billed weight 55 kg (121 lb)[2]
Billed from East Auckland, New Zealand[2]
Trained by Impact Pro Wrestling
WWE Performance Center
Debut December 2007

Cheree Crowley[3] (born May 6, 1988)[1] is a New Zealand[4]professional wrestler of Samoan and Irish[5] descent, currently signed to WWE, where she performs in their development territory NXT, under the ring name Dakota Kai.[6] 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.

Professional wrestling career

Impact Pro Wrestling (2007-2015)

Evie made her professional wrestling debut in December 2007 for the Auckland based company, Impact Pro Wrestling.[7]

Pro Wrestling Alliance Australia (2012-2016)

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.

Other promotions (2013-2016)

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.

On 19 April, Evie made her debut for Shine Wrestling at Shine 9, in a losing effort against Mercedes Martinez.[8]

After Impact Pro Wrestling returned after a few months from folding in mid-2013,[9] 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'.[10]

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.

At the Shine 18 iPPV on 20 April, Kellie Skater and Evie lost to defending champions the Lucha Sisters (Leva Bates and Mia Yim) for the Shine Tag Team Championships.[11]

World Wonder Ring Stardom (2015-2016)

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.[12] They lost the title to Io Shirai, Kairi Hojo and Mayu Iwatani in their third defense on 28 February 2016.[13]


NXT (2015-present)

She appeared on NXT on the 14 October, 2015 episode, losing to the debuting Nia Jax.[14]

On December 15, 2016, she signed a contract with WWE.[15] On June 29, 2017, Crowley was announced as a participant in the upcoming Mae Young Classic under the ring name Dakota Kai.[16] Kai entered the tournament on July 13, defeating Kavita Devi in the first round.[17] The following day, Kai defeated Rhea Ripley in the second round, before being eliminated in the quarterfinals by Kairi Sane.[18]

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.

Other media

In September 2009, Evie starred in the music video for "Sweet December" by Auckland band 'These Four Walls'.[19] In April 2013, 20/20 aired a story which followed Evie on her lead up to her first tour in the United States.[20] Also that summer, she was similarly profiled on the M?ori Television sports show Code.[21]

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments


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  3. ^ "WWE signing updates". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved 2016. 
  4. ^ "Childhood passion takes shape". Stuff.co.nz. 2012-10-31. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ ".. #HappyStPatricksDay from this Irish / Samoan hybrid!! + =". @DakotaKai_WWE. 2016-03-16. Retrieved . 
  6. ^ "NXT St. Petersburg, FL, live results: Evie and Gunner debut". 29 June 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  7. ^ "Evie -". Impactprowrestling.co.nz. Retrieved 2014. 
  8. ^ Namako, Jason (20 April 2013). "4/19 Shine #9 iPPV Results: Ybor City, Florida". Wrestleview.com. Retrieved 2014. 
  9. ^ "IPW Closes Doors". NZ Wrestling. 3 April 2013. Retrieved 2014. 
  10. ^ Taylor, Brendon (12 December 2013). "2013 Live Event Recap: The Investment take control! -". Impactprowrestling.co.nz. Retrieved 2014. 
  11. ^ Namako, Jason (20 April 2014). "4/18 SHINE 18 iPPV Results: Ybor City, FL (Ivelisse vs. Knight)". Wrestleview.com. Retrieved 2014. 
  12. ^ a b 2015?12?6? Goddesses of Stars2015. World Wonder Ring Stardom (in Japanese). 6 December 2015. Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 2015. 
  13. ^ 2016?2?28? ?. World Wonder Ring Stardom (in Japanese). 28 February 2016. Retrieved 2016. 
  15. ^ "411MANIA - WWE Signs Kimber Lee, Heidi Lovelace, Evie & More". Retrieved 2017. 
  16. ^ "Evie gets new in-ring name, confirmed for WWE Mae Young Classic". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved 2017. 
  17. ^ Williams, JJ (July 13, 2017). "WWE Mae Young Classic taping spoilers: The tournament begins". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved 2017. 
  18. ^ Williams, JJ (July 14, 2017). "WWE Mae Young Classic taping spoilers: The finals are set". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved 2017. 
  19. ^ "These Four Walls - Sweet December Music Video". YouTube. Retrieved 2014. 
  20. ^ We Are Grounders - Part Two (11 April 2013). "Bid to become NZ's first female pro wrestler - TV News Video". TVNZ. Retrieved 2014. 
  21. ^ "Code | M?ori Television". Maoritelevision.com. 1 May 2014. Retrieved 2014. 
  22. ^ defendindywrestling (2015-09-03), DEFEND Indy Wrestling Spotlight : Evie, retrieved  
  23. ^ "Mae Young Classic field widens with addition of international sensations, including Japan's Kairi Sane". WWE. Retrieved 2017. 
  24. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "PWWA Interim Title Tournament « Tournaments Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database". Retrieved 2017. 
  25. ^ "Title History - Impact Pro Wrestling". Retrieved 2017. 
  26. ^ "Internet Wrestling Database - Evie: Pro Wrestling Illustrated Ratings". Retrieved 2017. 
  27. ^ Bentley, Martin (June 27, 2016). "Shimmer Volumes 84 & 85 results from Berwyn, IL". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved 2016. 

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