Aksana (wrestler)

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Aksana
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Aksana in 2011
Birth name Živilė Dvareckaitė
Born (1982-04-29) April 29, 1982 (age 33)[1][2]
Alytus, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union (now Lithuania)[3]
Resides Englewood, Florida, U.S.
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Aksana
Olga[1]
Billed height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)[3]
Billed weight 128 lb (58 kg)[4]
Billed from Alytus, Lithuania[3]
Trained by Florida Championship Wrestling[1]
Debut October 5, 2009[1]

Živilė Raudonienė[5] (née Dvareckaitė)[6] (born April 29, 1982)[1][2] is a Lithuanian fitness model, bodybuilder, professional wrestler and former WWE Diva. She is best known under the ring name, Aksana.[3]

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.[7] During her time as a bodybuilder, she won three medals in Bodybuilding Amateur World Championships (2 silver, 1 bronze).[8]

Raudonienė signed with WWE and was assigned to their developmental system, Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), debuting in October 2009. She became the Queen of FCW and won the FCW Divas Championship, and was the first wrestler to hold both titles simultaneously.[9][10][11] In September 2010, she competed in the third season of NXT, placing fourth.[12] She made her debut on the main roster in August 2011, being attracted to SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long.[13]

Body fitness career[edit]

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.[14] 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.[7]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

World Wrestling Entertainment / WWE[edit]

Developmental territories (2009–2011)[edit]

In an interview that aired in September 2013, Raudonienė stated that she had been signed by WWE and was training at their developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW).[15][16] Raudonienė debuted under the ring name "Olga" at a FCW house show in a Divas Halloween Costume contest on October 29, 2009.[17] The following month, her ring name was changed to Aksana, and she began to manage Eli Cottonwood.[17] 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.[17]

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 Knight, Courtney Taylor, and Liviana.[18] She began appearing on The Abraham Washington Show, Abraham Washington's in-ring talk show segment, where she acted as his sidekick.[19] She continued to wrestle as well, appearing in several multi-Diva tag team matches.[18] On April 15 episode of FCW Television, Aksana teamed with Hunico and Tito Nieves in a mixed tag team match, defeating The Usos and Tamina.[18] 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 television tapings.[18] She also briefly managed Johnny Curtis in the months of April and May.[19] In July, Aksana competed in several bikini contests against the other FCW Divas, winning one on July 8.[19] 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.[19]

At the February 3, 2011, television tapings, Aksana defeated Rosa Mendes to become the new Queen of FCW.[9] Aksana later joined the new villainous group formed by FCW General Manager Maxine with FCW Florida Heavyweight Champion Lucky Cannon, FCW Divas Champion AJ Lee, and Damien Sandow.[10] At the April 7 television tapings, Aksana defeated AJ to win the FCW Divas Championship for the first time after interference from Maxine.[11] Her victory made her the first Diva to hold the Queen of FCW title and FCW Divas Championship simultaneously.[10] On the June 5 episode of FCW Television, 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.[1]

On August 9 episode of FCW television, Aksana defeated Audrey Marie in a non-title match.[1] At the September 1 television tapings, Aksana lost the FCW Divas Championship to Audrey Marie.[20] On the November 13 episode of FCW Television, Aksana teamed up with Caylee Turner to defeat the team of Cameron Lynn and the FCW Divas Champion Audrey Marie.[21] On November 17 episode of FCW television, Aksana lost the Queen of FCW crown to Raquel Diaz.[22] On the January 1, 2012, episode of FCW television, Aksana competed in triple treat match but lost after AJ pinned Audrey Marie.[23] On the January 8, 2012 episode of FCW Television, Aksana defeated Cameron Lynn after a Divo Drop.[24] 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.

NXT (2010)[edit]

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.[25] On the September 7 season premiere, she teamed with Goldust in a loss to AJ and Primo in a mixed tag team match.[12] The following week, she lost to Jamie Keyes in a singles match.[26] On the September 21 episode of NXT, Aksana began a storyline where she was having problems with her visa and was facing deportation from the United States.[27] On the October 5 episode of NXT, Aksana won a challenge for the first time by winning the mechanical bull riding contest, before defeating Maxine in a match.[28] The following week, Goldust proposed marriage to Aksana so she could stay in the United States, which she accepted.[29]

At Bragging Rights, Aksana accompanied Goldust, where he was defeated by Ted DiBiase after Aksana was attacked by Maryse, who took back the Million Dollar Championship that had been stolen by Goldust. However, Goldust and Aksana recovered the title after the match, and Goldust hit his finisher on DiBiase.[30] On the October 26 episode of NXT, Aksana teamed up with Goldust to defeat Maryse and DiBiase. Maryse again proceeded to take the title, but was stopped by Aksana.[1] On the November 2 episode of NXT, Goldust and Aksana's wedding took place. As Goldust was about to kiss his new wife, Aksana slapped him and walked off, turning heel in the process.[31]

The following Monday on Raw, Aksana stole Goldust's Million Dollar Championship.[32] The next night on NXT, Goldust confronted his wife about their wedding. Aksana, now holding the Million Dollar title, 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.[33][34] Goldust responded by putting Aksana in a match with Naomi, which she lost.[35] 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.[36] The next night on the November 16 episode of NXT, Aksana was defeated by AJ via submission, and was later that night eliminated from the competition.[37] She returned on the November 30 season finale, where she teamed with Alicia Fox and Maxine in a loss to AJ and The Bella Twins.[38]

Various storylines (2011–2013)[edit]

Aksana in July 2013

On the August 5, 2011 episode of SmackDown, Aksana made her debut as a face character, where she introduced herself to SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long in a backstage segment.[1][13] On the October 28 episode of SmackDown, Aksana appeared backstage with Theodore Long for the first time in over a month, this time interrupting his conversation with Hornswoggle.[1] On the October 31 episode of Raw, Aksana competed in her first match on the main roster, which was a Divas Halloween Costume battle royal match to determine the number one contender for the WWE Divas Championship, but was unsuccessful in the match.[1] On the January 27, 2012 episode of SmackDown, Aksana won her in-ring debut by defeating Natalya. After the match, Natalya attacked Aksana, but Tamina saved her.[39]

After Long was replaced as General Manager at in April, Aksana turned heel by beginning a storyline relationship with the debuting Antonio Cesaro.[40][41] 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.[42][43]

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, Aksana was revealed to be the attacker, due to orders from Eve.[44] Later that night, Aksana teamed up with Eve against Layla and Kaitlyn in a winning effort after Layla's interference backfired.[45] At the Survivor Series pay-per-view, the evil Aksana attacked Kaitlyn while disguised in a hoodie and a blonde wig, but Kaitlyn fought her off and removed the wig. During the TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs pre-show on December 16, Aksana competed in the "Santa's Little Helpers" battle royal which was won by Naomi.[46][47] Eve would quit WWE after she lost her Divas Champion to Kaitlyn, ending their alliance in the process.

Foxsana (2013–2014)[edit]

On September 6, 2013, Aksana aligned herself with Divas Champion AJ Lee along with Alicia Fox and Layla against the Total Divas by attacking them.[48] 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.[49]

Foxsana posing together in April 2014

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, 2014 episode of Raw.[50][51][52] Aksana and Fox began being referred to as "Foxsana" as of January 22 episode of Main Event, where they lost to The Bella Twins.[53][54] 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.[55]

Aksana unsuccessfully challenged for the Divas Championship at WrestleMania XXX in the "Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational" match, which was won by defending champion AJ.[56] On the June 2 episode of Raw, Foxsana faced Nikki Bella in a handicap match in a winning effort when Fox pinned Nikki.[57] Following a loss to Paige on June 9 episode of Raw, Fox attacked Aksana, turning Aksana face in the process as well as provoking a feud between the two.[58]

On June 12, 2014, WWE announced that Aksana had been released from her contract, along with ten other talents.[59] Her last match aired on the June 13 episode of SmackDown, where she lost to Fox.[60]

Other media[edit]

Aksana was featured as a playable character in the WWE 2K14 video game.[61]

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013–2014 The JBL and Renee Show Herself recurring (stock and archive footage for 2 episodes)

Personal life[edit]

Raudonienė was born in Alytus, Lithuania and was raised in a small family. She lived in New York City for a time before moving to Tampa, Florida and then Englewood, Florida.

In wrestling[edit]

Aksana as a special guest referee at a live SmackDown house show in January 2012

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

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