|Birth name||Živilė Dvareckaitė|
April 29, 1982 |
Alytus, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
|Professional wrestling career|
|Billed height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Billed weight||128 lb (58 kg)|
|Billed from||Alytus, Lithuania|
|Trained by||FCW Staff|
|Debut||October 5, 2009|
Raudonienė began her career as a bodybuilder at the age of 16, where she began her training. At the age of 17, she was the youngest participant in the 1999 IFBB Arnold Classic Contest. During her time as a bodybuilder, she won three medals in Bodybuilding Amateur World Championships (2 silver, 1 bronze).
Raudonienė signed a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment, and was assigned to Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), WWE's developmental territory, debuting in October 2009. She became the Queen of FCW and won the FCW Divas Championship, and also became the first wrestler in history to have both titles simultaneously. In September 2010, she competed in the third season of NXT, but was unsuccessful in winning the competition. She made her debut on the main roster in August 2011, being attracted to SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long.
- 1 Professional wrestling career
- 2 In other media
- 3 Filmography
- 4 Personal life
- 5 In wrestling
- 6 Championships and accomplishments
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Professional wrestling career
Early career (1996-2009)
Raudonienė worked as a successful bodybuilder, fitness model and personal trainer and she won the 2009 IFBB Arnold Classic Contest and has competed in numerous other bodybuilding contests. Raudonienė has been working out since the year 1996 in her home of Lithuania and after a year she entered her first fitness contest. At the age of 17 she was the youngest participant in the 1999 IFBB European Fitness Championships.
World Wrestling Entertainment / WWE
Developmental territories (2009–2011)
In an interview that aired in September 2013, Raudonienė claimed that she had been signed by WWE and was training at their developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling. Raudonienė made her FCW debut under the ring name "Olga" at a FCW house show in a Divas Halloween Costume contest on October 29, 2009. The following month, her ring name was changed to Aksana, and she began to manage Eli Cottonwood. She was also involved in a storyline where she was kidnapped by Sweet Papi Sanchez, over the next couple of weeks, videos of Aksana were shown to Cottonwood until she was returned to him.
Aksana made her in ring debut at an FCW house show on January 15, 2010 when she teamed with AJ Lee, Savannah, and Eve Torres to defeat Serena Mancini, Naomi Night, Courtney Taylor, and Liviana. She began appearing on The Abraham Washington Show, Abraham Washington's in-ring talk show segment, where she acted as his sidekick. She continued to wrestle as well, appearing in several multi-Diva tag team matches. On April 15, 2010 episode of FCW Televison, Aksana teamed with Hunico and Tito Nieves in a mixed tag team match, defeating The Usos and Tamina. When it was announced that there would be a creation of the FCW Divas Championship, Aksana competed in a tournament to determine the inaugural champion, only to be defeated in the first round by Serena at the April 29, 2010 television tapings. She also briefly managed Johnny Curtis in the months of April and May. In July, Aksana competed in several bikini contests against the other FCW Divas, winning one on July 8, 2011. The following month, she began hosting The Aksana Show, a spin-off of The Abraham Washington Show, having guests including Mason Ryan, FCW Florida Tag Team Champions Johnny Curtis and Derrick Bateman, Maxine, Rosa Mendes and FCW Divas Champion Naomi Knight.
At the February 3, 2011, television tapings, Aksana defeated Rosa Mendes to become the new Queen of FCW. Aksana later joined the new villainous group formed by FCW General Manager Maxine with FCW Florida Heavyweight Champion Lucky Cannon, FCW Divas Champion AJ, and Damien Sandow. At the April 7 television tapings, Aksana defeated AJ to win the FCW Divas Championship for the first time after interference from Maxine. Her victory made her the first Diva to hold the Queen of FCW title and FCW Divas Championship simultaneously. On the June 5 episode of FCW Televison, Aksana was challenged by Naomi Knight for FCW Divas Championship but was defeated after the match Maxine attacked Naomi, but was stopped when AJ Lee came to Naomi's aid.
On August 9 episode of FCW television, Aksana defeated Audrey Marie in a non-title match. At the September 1 television tapings, Aksana lost the FCW Divas Championship to Audrey Marie. On the November 13 episode of FCW Television, Aksana teamed up with Caylee Turner to defeat the team of Cameron Lynn and the FCW Diva’s Champion Audrey Marie. On November 17 episode of FCW television, Aksana lost the Queen of FCW crown to Raquel Diaz. On the January 1, 2012, episode of FCW television, Aksana competed in triple treat match but lost after AJ pinned Audrey Marie. On the January 8, 2012 episode of FCW Televison, Aksana defeated Cameron Lynn after a Divo Drop. On the January 29 episode of FCW television, Aksana appeared in backstage segment with Leo Kruger. Later that night, Aksana accimpied Kruger to the ring where he competed against the returning Bo Rotundo.
On August 31, 2010 it was announced that Raudonienė would be part of the third season of NXT, under the ring name of Aksana, with Goldust as her storyline mentor. She appeared on the first episode of the season on September 7, 2010 where she teamed with Goldust in a loss to A.J. and Primo in a mixed tag team match. The following week, she lost to Jamie Keyes in a singles match. On the September 21, 2010 episode of NXT, Aksana began a storyline where she was having problems with her visa and was facing deportation from the United States. On the October 5, 2010 episode of NXT, Aksana won a challenge for the first time by winning the mechanical bull riding contest, before defeating Maxine in a match. The following week, Goldust proposed marriage to Aksana so she could stay in the United States, which she accepted.
At Bragging Rights, Aksana accompied Goldust where he was defeated DiBiase following after Aksana was attacked by Maryse and she took back the Million Dollar belt, but Goldust still left with the title after Aksana took it back and distracted DiBiase long enough for Goldust to hit his finisher on him. On the October 26 episode of NXT, Maryse teamed up with DiBiase in losing effort to Aksana teamed up with Goldust to defeat Maryse and Ted DiBiase, after the match Maryse proceed to take the belt again but again was stopped by Aksana. On the November 2, 2010 edition of NXT, Goldust and Aksana's wedding took place. As Goldust was about to plant a kiss on his new wife, Aksana slapped him and walked off, turning heel in the process.
The following Monday on Raw Aksana stole Goldust's Million Dollar Championship, which he had stolen from Ted DiBiase. The next night on NXT, Goldust confronted his wife about their wedding. Aksana, now holding the Million Dollar Championship, revealed to Goldust that she never loved him, and only married him to stay in the country as if she returned to Lithuania she'd be beaten with shovels. Goldust responded by putting Aksana in a match with Naomi, in which she lost. The following week on Raw, Goldust took back the Million Dollar Championship from Aksana with help from Kelly Kelly and Dusty Rhodes, and gave it back to Ted DiBiase, Sr. The next night on the November 16, 2010 episode of NXT, Aksana was defeated by AJ via submission, later that night Aksana was eliminated from the competition. She returned on the season finale on November 30, 2010 where she teamed with Alicia Fox and Maxine in a loss to A.J. and The Bella Twins.
Various storylines (2011–2013)
On the October 28 edition of SmackDown, Aksana appeared backstage with Theodore Long for the first time in over a month, this time interrupting his conversation with Hornswoggle. On the October 31, edition of Raw, Aksana competed in her first match on the main roster, which was a Divas Halloween Costume battle royal match to become the number one contender for the WWE Divas Championship at the 2011 Survivor Series pay-per-view. However, she was unsuccessful in becoming the number one contender after being eliminated by The Bella Twins. On the January 27, 2012 edition of SmackDown!, Aksana won her in-ring debut by defeating Natalya. After the match, Natalya attacked Aksana, but Tamina saved her.
After Long was replaced as General Manager at in April, Aksana turned heel by beginning a storyline relationship with the debuting Antonio Cesaro. On the June 29 episode of SmackDown!, Long announced that he would be the acting General Manager for both SmackDown and Raw the next week, then pitted Aksana and Cesaro in a mixed tag team match against The Great Khali and the Divas Champion Layla, which they lost.
On the October 12 episode of SmackDown, Layla and Kaitlyn revealed that Aksana found a blonde wig in the bag belonging to Eve Torres, implicating Eve's involvement in an attack on Kaitlyn at the Night of Champions pay-per-view. On the October 26 episode of SmackDown, it was revealed that it was Aksana who attacked Kaitlyn at Night of Champions and that Eve sent her a text message to do so. Later that night, Aksana teamed up with Eve against Layla and Kaitlyn in a winning effort after Layla's interference backfired. At the Survivor Series pay-per-view, the villainous Aksana again tried to attack Kaitlyn with a blonde wig, but Kaitlyn fought her off and removed the wig. During the pre-show of the TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs pay-per-view on December 16, Aksana participated in her first WWE pay-per-view match competing in the "Santa's Little Helpers" battle royal which was won by Naomi. Eve Torres would quit WWE after she lost her Divas Champion to Kaitlyn, ending their alliance in the process.
On September 6, Aksana aligned herself with Divas Champion AJ Lee along with Alicia Fox and Layla against the Total Divas by attacking them. On November 24 at the Survivor Series pay-per-view, Aksana took part of traditional seven-on-seven elimination tag team match against the cast of Total Divas, where she eliminated Brie Bella, before being eliminated by Nikki Bella.
Aksana pinned The Bella Twins in two separate occasions; Nikki on the December 30 episode of Raw in a ten-Divas tag team match after a distraction by Rosa Mendes, and Brie in a tag team match on the January 6 episode of Raw. Aksana and Fox began being referred to as "Foxsana" as of January 22 episode of Main Event, where they lost to The Bella Twins. On the February 3 episode of Raw she legitimately injured Naomi's eye, fortunately proving to be less severe than first thought. On the February 26 episode of Main Event, Foxsana defeated Eva Marie and Natalya when Aksana pinned Natalya after an miscommunication between Marie and Natalya. Aksana failed to capture the Divas title in the "Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational" match at Wrestlemania XXX, which was ultimately won by AJ Lee. On the June 2 episode of Raw, Foxsana faced Nikki Bella in a handicap match in a winning effort when Fox pinned Nikki. After the match, they attacked Nikki doing Stephanie McMahon's dirty work. On the June 9 episode of Raw, Fox took out her frustrations on Aksana after she lost to Paige, hinting a face turn.
On 12 June 2014, WWE announced that Aksana had been released from her contract, along with 11 other Superstars. Her last match took place on the June 13 episode of SmackDown, where she lost to Fox.
In other media
During the 23 September edition of Raw, Aksana was revealed on WWE.com to be a debuting addition on the main roster of the game, WWE 2K14.
|2013-2014||The JBL and Cole Show||Herself||recurring cast|
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
- Bow and arrow hold
- Catapult backbreaker
- Crawling followed by a side kick to a seated opponent, with theatrics
- Elbow drop, with theatrics
- Figure four headscissors transitioned into multiple push-up facebusters
- High knee
- Russian legsweep
- Scoop slam
- Sidewalk slam
- Single leg Boston crab
- Snapmare, followed by a shoot kick to the back of the opponent's head
- Tilt-a-whirl slam
- Wrestlers managed
- Entrance themes
Championships and accomplishments
- National Physique Committee
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter
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