Maxine (wrestler)

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Birth name Karlee Perez[1]
Born (1986-04-19) April 19, 1986 (age 29)[2]
Tampa, Florida, U.S.[3]
Resides Tampa, Florida, U.S.
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) The Candy Girl[3]
Karlee Perez[3]
Billed height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)[1][5]
Billed weight 120 lb (54 kg)[1][5]
Billed from Tampa, Florida
Trained by Florida Championship Wrestling[1]
Debut 2009[1]

Karlee Perez (born April 19, 1986) is an American actress, model, professional wrestler and valet, best known for her appearances with the professional wrestling promotion WWE under the ring name Maxine between 2009 and 2012. She is currently working for Lucha Underground under the ring name Catrina.[1][6][5]

Early life[edit]

Perez was born in Tampa, Florida.[2] She majored in criminology at college and worked in a state's attorney office upon graduating.[7]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

World Wrestling Entertainment / WWE[edit]

Florida Championship Wrestling (2009–2012)[edit]

In 2009, Perez signed a developmental contract with the professional wrestling promotion WWE. She was assigned to Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), where she made her debut later that year under the ring name "The Candy Girl" in a diva handicap tag team match, where she teamed with Alicia Fox and Rosa Mendes to defeat Tiffany and Angela.[1] She later changed her name to Liviana and became a manager for Sweet Papi Sanchez.[1] She competed in an 8 diva tournament to determine the inaugural FCW Divas Champion.[1] Liviana was eliminated by Naomi Night in the first round.[1] On the August 27, 2010 episode of FCW Television teamed up with AJ Lee to defeat the team of Naomi Knight and Aksana.[1]

After returning to FCW under the name Maxine, she became the acting general manager and formed a villainous group with Aksana, Lucky Cannon and Damien Sandow.[8] On the July 19, 2011 edition of FCW Television, Maxine was defeated by Miss Florida who later revealed as Naomi.[9] On the October 17 edition of FCW television, Maxine defeated Kaitlyn.[10] On an episode of FCW television, Maxine defeated Aksana after an inference from Aksana's "husband" Goldust.[11] On an episode of FCW television, after Naomi lost to Aksana in a FCW Divas Championship match. Maxine attacked Naomi, but was stopped when AJ came to Naomi's aid. On the February 17 episode of FCW TV, Maxine competed against Kaitlyn in a winning effort.[12] On the March 10 episode of FCW TV, Maxine teamed up with Aksana to defeat Naomi and Sonia.[12] On the March 16 episode of FCW TV, Maxine teamed up with Aksana in a losing effort to AJ and Naomi.[12] On the April 7, 2011 episode of FCW Television, Maxine interfered in the match, helping Aksana to defeat AJ for the FCW Divas Championship making Aksana the first Diva to ever simultaneously hold both the FCW Diva's Championship and the title of Queen of FCW.[13]

At the March 11, 2012 episode of FCW Television, Maxine was fired from the position of the acting General Manager and was later replaced with Summer Rae.[14]

NXT (2010–2012)[edit]

Maxine (right) wrestling Kaitlyn in April 2012.

On the August 31 episode of NXT, it was announced that she would be part of the third season of NXT under the name Maxine, with Alicia Fox as her pro.[5][15] On the September 7 episode of NXT, she competed in a "Dance Competition" and a "Capture the Flag" contest unsuccessfully, and also teaming with her mentor Alicia Fox to face fellow rookie diva Naomi and her pro Kelly Kelly in a losing effort.[5][16] On September 21 episode of NXT, Maxine competed in singles competition against AJ in a losing effort and later that day she unsuccessful in competed in the "Talk the Talk" challenge.[17] On October 5 episode of NXT Maxine lost to Aksana, and unsuccessfully competed in a "Mechanical Bull Riding" contest and a "Talent Show" contest after Hornswoggle shoved pie in her face.[18] On October 12 episode of NXT, Maxine accompanied Alicia Fox in a match against Naomi, who was accompanied by her pro Kelly Kelly in a winning effort, and Maxine unsuccessfully competed in a WWE Name that Tune contest and a "Power of the Punch" contest.[19] The next week on NXT, Maxine won her first singles match defeating Kaitlyn, but unsuccessfully competed in "WWE's Who's That Body" and the limbo contest (although host Matt Striker incorrectly declared Naomi the winner without her successfully completing the round Maxine failed).[20] Her match with Kaitlyn was voted the Worst Worked Match of the Year by readers of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.[21] On October 26 episode of NXT, Maxine lost a singles match to Naomi, and won a "Halloween Candy" contest.[22] On the November 2 episode of NXT, Maxine lost a "Kissing" contest, and was later that night eliminated from competition.[23][24] After her elimination, Maxine later made an appearance on the season finale of NXT Season 3 on November 30, 2010, where she teamed with Alicia Fox and Aksana in a loss to AJ and the Bella Twins.[25]

After a period of absence from WWE programming, Maxine began appearing on the fifth season of NXT, returning on the August 16, 2011 episode of NXT Redemption and attacking AJ. She established herself as the girlfriend of Derrick Bateman, and the pair feuded with AJ and Titus O'Neil,[26] which resulted in Maxine and Bateman losing to AJ and O'Neil on the September 6 episode of NXT Redemption.[27] While trying to sow discord between AJ and her "boyfriend" Hornswoggle, Maxine would trade victories with AJ in a series of matches from August to October 2011.[28][29][30][31] On the October 26 episode of NXT Redemption, Bateman proposed to Maxine, who accepted the proposal after slapping and kissing him.[32] On the November 2 episode of NXT Redemption, Bateman and Maxine became known as "Beta-Max", and they participated in a 3 on 3 mixed tag match along with JTG in a loss to AJ, O'Neil and Percy Watson.[33]

On the November 30 episode of NXT Redemption, Maxine lost a match against her former NXT Season 3 pro Alicia Fox when she was accidentally distracted by Derrick Bateman and his mother, and ended up leaving the arena with Johnny Curtis told by JTG and Tamina.[34] On the December 7 episode of NXT Redemption, Maxine broke up with Derrick Bateman thinking he flirted with her mother. On the December 28 episode of NXT Redemption, Maxine would again turn on Derrick Bateman thinking he is trying to ruin her career, kissing Johnny Curtis and leaving with him.[35] The next week on the January 4 episode of NXT Redemption, Maxine and Johnny Curtis interrupted Derrick Bateman's match with Darren Young, causing him to lose by announcing that she and Curtis are getting married in Las Vegas.[36] On the 100th episode of NXT Redemption, Maxine and Johnny Curtis' wedding ceremony was interrupted by Derrick Bateman who was showing a security camera video clip in his locker room of Johnny Curtis stealing Bateman's iPad and sending an e-mail to Theodore Long about getting rid of Maxine and going to Smackdown, and was later reunited with Bateman after she slapped Curtis. The following week on NXT Redemption, Curtis offered a truce with Maxine and Derrick Bateman, but Maxine gave Curtis a low blow.[37]

Maxine then began a feud with Kaitlyn on the February 1 episode of NXT Redemption, who were both seen backstage with Maxine accusing Kaitlyn of liking Derrick Bateman.[38] On the February 8 episode of NXT Redemption, Maxine defeated Kaitlyn in singles competition. Maxine attacked Kaitlyn on the February 15 episode of NXT Redemption, thinking that Derrick Bateman bought Kaitlyn chocolate for Valentine's Day.[39] Two weeks later on the February 29 episode of NXT Redemption, Maxine again brutally attacked Kaitlyn after she confessed her love for Derrick Bateman by kissing him, and went on to face Kaitlyn in the main event unsuccessfully.[40] On the March 7 episode of NXT Redemption, Maxine was backstage with Johnny Curtis and Derrick Bateman, who revealed to Bateman that they are no longer dating after Kaitlyn kissed Bateman, leading to a mixed tag team match with Maxine teaming with Curtis being defeated by Bateman and Kaitlyn on the March 14 episode of NXT Redemption, and Bateman would afterwards confess his love for Kaitlyn and kissed her, thus solidifying their relationship.[41][42][43]

After William Regal was appointed as NXT's match coordinator, Maxine would attempt to get close to him in the hopes that he would help her get off NXT. On the March 21 episode of NXT Redemption, Maxine and Johnny Curtis knocked out Matt Striker with chloroform so that Maxine could join Regal on commentary, with Maxine giving Regal several massages on commentary, however, Striker was then kidnapped (kayfabe) by unknown persons, later revealed to be Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks, who intended to blackmail Maxine and Curtis into using her charms to get Regal to leave them alone.[44][45] Matt Striker was then rescued by Bateman and Kaitlyn on the April 11 episode of NXT Redemption.[46] For being involved with Matt Striker's kidnapping, on the March 18 episode of NXT Redemption, after Maxine defeated Kaitlyn in singles competition, she and Johnny Curtis were forced by William Regal to sign a contract to permanently be each other's manager or be fired, and was afterwards handcuffed together leaving the announce table.[47] On the May 7 episode of Raw, Maxine made her first appearance on Raw again teaming with Natalya in a losing effort against Layla and Kelly Kelly.[48][49] The "New" Maxine turned face and defeated Tamina Snuka on the May 9 episode of NXT Redemption, and was later released from being handcuffed with Johnny Curtis by Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks.[50][51]

On June 28, 2012, it was reported that Perez had quit WWE.[52] The next day, Perez confirmed that she had asked for and received her release from WWE to pursue other options, but commented that she was not going to join another wrestling company.[53] Perez later commented that "after sitting for a while, and the chance not really coming, [she] just decided to take it in [her] own hands and make a chance for [herself] which is what [she] did".[54]

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2014)[edit]

On May 10, 2014 Perez appeared on the Total Nonstop Action Wrestling pay-per-view event One Night Only: Knockouts Knockdown 2. Competing under her real name, Perez lost to Taryn Terrell.[55][3]

Lucha Underground (2014–present)[edit]

In September 2014, Perez announced that she had been cast on the El Rey network's new show Lucha Underground.[2] She made her first appearance with the promotion on the second episode of Lucha Underground on November 6, 2014, where she was introduced as "Catrina", the girlfriend and valet of Mil Muertes.[4] After the storyline with Mil Muertes came to an end, Catrina began managing Fénix on January 17, 2015.[56]

Acting career[edit]

During her WWE career, Perez took acting lessons for three and a half years. In June 2013, Perez joined the talent agency MPC Models and began auditioning for acting roles.[7] Perez received her first role in August 2013, when she was cast in the web series The Cell.[57]



Year Title Role Notes
2014 Interview with the Prince Racquel Phillips
2015 Funny Sophiena


Year Title Role Notes
2014 The Cell Garcia Episode: "Spanish Lullaby"
2014 Changelings Camilla Reiquist Episode: "Descension"

Personal life[edit]

Perez is of Spanish, Cuban, Italian, Hawaiian, English, and Chinese ancestry.[2]

In wrestling[edit]


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