Nikki Cross

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Nikki Cross
Nikki Cross Axxess 2018.jpg
Cross in April 2018
Birth name Nicola Glencross[1]
Born (1989-04-21) 21 April 1989 (age 29)[1]
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom[1][2]
Residence Orlando, Florida, United States[3]
Alma mater University of Glasgow[4]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Nicola Glencross[2]
Nicola Storm[2]
Nikki Cross[5]
Nikki Glencross[6]
Nikki Storm[1][7]
Billed height 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)[7]
Billed weight 118 lb (54 kg)[7]
Billed from Glasgow, Scotland[5]
Trained by Killian Dain[4]
Robbie Brookside[4]
Finn Bálor[4]
Johnny Kidd[4]
Paul Tracey[4]
Debut 20 September 2008[8]

Nicola Glencross[1] (born 21 April 1989) is a Scottish professional wrestler currently signed to WWE under the ring name Nikki Cross, where she performs on the NXT brand. Cross previously wrestled on the independent circuit under the ring name Nikki Storm, most notably for Insane Championship Wrestling, Pro-Wrestling: EVE, and Shimmer Women Athletes.

Early life

Glencross was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland,[9] and graduated from the University of Glasgow with a Bachelor of Arts in history. She is also a qualified fitness instructor and personal trainer.[1][4] Glencross began watching professional wrestling at 10 years old.[9]

Professional wrestling career

Independent circuit (2008–2015)

In September 2008, Glencross began training at the Scottish Wrestling Alliance, where she has made her debut for the promotion, performing under the ring name Nikki Storm.[4] In February 2010, she began working on the British independent circuit, and became a mainstay for promotions such as her debuting at the Insane Championship Wrestling (ICW),[7][8] and Pro-Wrestling: EVE, where she held the Pro-Wrestling: EVE Championship three times.[8] In 2013, Storm began touring in Japan with JWP Joshi Puroresu, and made some appearances for World Wonder Ring Stardom until she stops making the appearances in the middle of the summer of 2015.[4][8] In October 2013, Storm began wrestling for American all-female promotions Shimmer Women Athletes, Shine Wrestling and Women Superstars Uncensored.[8] She has also wrestled for Global Force Wrestling (GFW), Absolute Intense Wrestling (AIW), World Wide Wrestling League (W3L), Queens of Combat, and World Xtreme Wrestling.[2][8] In October 2014, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) began airing the British Boot Camp 2, where Glencross competed and was unsuccessful at it.[1]

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2014)

Glencross competed in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA)'s British Boot Camp 2, which began airing in October 2014, in which she was unsuccessful.[1]

WWE (2016–present)

Glencross received a tryout with WWE in London during the autumn of 2015,[10] and in April 2016, she was announced as one of ten signees that had begun training at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.[11] She debuted for NXT on 22 April, during a live event.[12] In August, it was announced during a Facebook live video that she would be competing under the new ring name Nikki Cross.[13] Under the ring name Nikki Glencross, she made her first televised appearance and in–ring debut on the 17 August episode of NXT, where she competed in a six-woman tag team match along with Carmella, and Liv Morgan, in which they defeated Daria Berenato, Mandy Rose, and Alexa Bliss.[6]

Cross with fellow Sanity member Alexander Wolfe during a live event in 2017

On the 12 October episode of NXT, Cross returned as a heel while she was introduced as part of the debuting stable, Sanity, along with Alexander Wolfe, Eric Young, and Sawyer Fulton (who was later replaced by Killian Dain). She and Young accompanied Fulton and Wolfe for their winning effort against Bobby Roode and Tye Dillinger in the first round of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.[14] One week later, Cross scored her first televised singles victory over Danielle Kamela, however, the decision was reversed when Cross continued to attack Kamela after the match.[15]

On the 11 January 2017, episode of NXT, Cross came to the aid of NXT Women's Champion Asuka, who was being attacked by Peyton Royce and Billie Kay, before turning on Asuka and attacking her as well.[16] As a result, Cross, Royce and Kay were placed in a four-way match at the NXT TakeOver: San Antonio event on 28 January, which Cross failed to win.[17] In May, Cross participated in a number one contender's battle royal for Asuka's NXT Women's Championship, where she, Ruby Riot, and Ember Moon were attacked by Asuka for being the last competitors left in the match and as a result, all four of them were placed into a four–way championship match at NXT TakeOver: Chicago,[18] which was later reversed in a three–way match as Moon suffered an injury. [19] At the event, Cross failed to capture the title.[20] In a rematch which was contested in a three–way elimination match once again against both women, Riot was the first eliminated before the math ended in a no contest as Cross and Asuka brawled backstage.[21] This led to a last woman standing match (the first ever in WWE history) between the two women for the NXT Women's Championship, which took place in the main event of the 28 June episode of NXT, where Cross was once again defeated.[22] On 19 August at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III, Cross accompanied and helped Sanity to capture the NXT Tag Team Championships from The Authors of Pain.[23] In October, Cross earned herself a spot for the fatal four–way match for the vacant NXT Women's Championship at NXT TakeOver: WarGames on 18 November,[24][25] which was ultimately won by Ember Moon.[26]

In early 2018, Cross began a little winning streak, defeating Lacey Evans[27] and Vanessa Borne.[28] During the 2018 Superstar Shake-up her fellow stable partners Eric Young, Alexander Wolfe and Killian Dain were drafted to SmackDown, leaving Cross on NXT to work again as a singles competitor.[29] Throughout the summer, Cross started a feud with Shayna Baszler over the NXT Women's Championship, which eventually led to a match between the two, in which Cross was once again unsuccessful and was defeated by technical submission.[30] After a short hiatus, Cross returned on the 8 August episode of NXT, defeating Amber Nova.[31] Shortly after her return, Cross was placed in the Aleister Black attack storyline where she was revealed to be a witness as she was on the roof of the building at the time. Johnny Gargano was revealed as the attacker and her involvement in the storyline sparked a match between Cross and Gargano's wife Candice LeRae, whom she was able to defeat in a singles match.[32]

On the November 6, 2018 episode of SmackDown Live, Cross faced WWE SmackDown Women's Champion Becky Lynch after she answered the open challenge issued by the latter.[33]

Other media

Cross made her video game debut as a playable character in WWE 2K18.[34]

Championships and accomplishments

References

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  35. ^ https://wrestlingtravel.org/2018/11/01/pro-wrestling-illustrated-top-100-female-wrestlers-results/

External links

  • Nikki Cross on WWE.com
  • Nikki Cross on Twitter
  • Nikki Cross's profile at Cagematch.net, Wrestlingdata.com, Internet Wrestling Database
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