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Dakota Kai

Dakota Kai
Dakota Kai Axxess 2018.jpg
Kai in April 2018
Birth nameCheree Crowley[1]
Born (1988-05-06) 6 May 1988 (age 30)[2]
Auckland, New Zealand[2]
Professional wrestling career
Dakota Kai
Evie[3]
The Big Dog
Billed height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)[3]
Billed weight55 kg (121 lb)[3]
Billed fromEast Auckland, New Zealand[3]Auckland, New Zealand[4]
Trained byWWE Performance Center
DebutDecember 2007

Cheree Crowley (born 6 May 1988) is a New Zealand professional wrestler of Samoan and Irish descent.[5] She is signed to WWE and performs in its NXT UK, under the ring name Dakota Kai. Under the ring name Evie, Crowley has wrestled for Impact Pro Wrestling, Shimmer Women Athletes, Shine Wrestling and Pro Wrestling Women's Alliance.[4]

Professional wrestling career

New Zealand and Australian independent promotions (2007-2016)

Evie made her professional wrestling debut in December 2007 for the Auckland based company, Impact Pro Wrestling.[6]

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 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.

After Impact Pro Wrestling returned after a few months from folding in mid-2013,[7] 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'.[8]

Evie began 2014 in Japan working on a three-month contract awarded to her through Pro Wrestling Zero1. She was the first 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 Championship as part of the Joshi4Hope show.

American independent promotions (2013-2016)

Evie wrestling for Shimmer Women Athletes in April 2013

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. She competed in a losing effort against Hikaru Shida at Shimmer Volume 62 in April 2014. At Volumes 63 and 64, Evie defeated Rhia O'Reilly and Nicole Matthews, respectively.

On 19 April 2013, Evie made her debut for Shine Wrestling at Shine 9, in a losing effort against Mercedes Martinez.[9] At the Shine 18 iPPV on 20 April 2014, Evie and Skater lost to defending champions the Lucha Sisters (Leva Bates and Mia Yim) for the Shine Tag Team Championship.[10]

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

WWE

Early appearances and Mae Young Classic (2015-2017)

Under the ring name Evie, Crowley appeared on the 14 October 2015 episode of NXT, losing to the debuting Nia Jax.[13] On 15 December 2016, Crowley signed a contract with WWE,[14] and few months later she was announced as a participant in the upcoming Mae Young Classic under the ring name Dakota Kai.[15] Kai entered the tournament on 13 July, defeating Kavita Devi in the first round[16] and Rhea Ripley in the second round, before being eliminated in the quarterfinals by Kairi Sane.[17]

Developmental territories (2017-present)

Kai during her match with Nikki Cross in the WrestleMania Axxess tournament that she won in early 2018.

On the 25 October 2017 episode of NXT, Kai made her television return competing in a battle royal, where she was eliminated by Sage Beckett.[18][19] On the 14 March 2018 episode of NXT, Kai scored her first televised victory when she defeated Lacey Evans.[20] Month later, Kai made her WrestleMania debut at WrestleMania 34, competing along with several other NXT women in the WrestleMania Women's Battle Royal, becoming the first female New Zealander to compete at WrestleMania.[21] Kai also participated in a WrestleMania Axxess tournament which she would go onto win, earning herself a match for the NXT Women's Championship but she was eventually defeated by newly crowned champion Shayna Baszler.[22] In May, Kai earned another shot at the championship but was once again unsuccessful in capturing it.[23][24] Throughout the rest of the year, Kai would continue to compete in singles competition, racking up various victories and losses against competitors like Santana Garrett,[25]Bianca Belair,[26] Lacey Evans [27] and Aliyah.[28] After spending a few months away, Kai returned at NXT TakeOver: WarGames where she aligned with Io Shirai and Kairi Sane against Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir.[29]

In parallel to her actives in NXT, Kai also appeared in the newly created NXT UK brand.[30][31] In October, Kai took part of the first ever all women's pay-per-view, Evolution, where she unsuccessfully challenged Rhea Ripley (in a dark match) for the NXT UK Women's Championship.[32]

Other media

In September 2009, Evie starred in the music video for "Sweet December" by Auckland band "These Four Walls".[33] In April 2013, 20/20 aired a story which followed Evie on her lead up to her first tour in the United States.[34] Also that summer, she was similarly profiled on the M?ori Television sports show Code.[35]

She made her video game debut as a downloadable character in WWE 2K19.[36]

Personal life

Crowley's mother is originally from the village of Lepea on the island of Upolu in Samoa.[34] She has two younger siblings, her sister Nyrene is a mixed martial artist and her brother Earl is a DJ in New Zealand.[37] Her grandfather Pat Crowley represented New Zealand as a member of the All Blacks in 1949 and 1950.[38]

Championships and accomplishments

References

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