Naomi at WrestleMania Axxess in April 2014
|Birth name||Trinity McCray|
November 30, 1987 |
|Spouse(s)||Jimmy Uso (m. 2014)|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Billed height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Billed from||Orlando, Florida
|Trained by||Florida Championship Wrestling|
|Debut||September 3, 2009|
Trinity Fatu (née McCray; born November 30, 1987) is an American dancer, model, singer and professional wrestler who is currently signed with WWE under the ring name Naomi. In 2010, Naomi was part of the third season of NXT, where she came in second place. In 2012, Naomi joined Cameron in forming The Funkadactyls. Trinity was featured as one of the main cast members of Total Divas for its first three seasons. McCray-Fatu is a member of the Anoa'i family (through marriage to Jonathan Fatu, better known by his ring name, Jimmy Uso), a renowned Samoan-American wrestling dynasty.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Professional wrestling career
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Other media
- 5 In wrestling
- 6 Championships and accomplishments
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Professional wrestling career
World Wrestling Entertainment / WWE (2009-present)
Florida Championship Wrestling (2009–2011)
In August 2009, WWE signed McCray to a developmental contract and would report to their developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). Naomi made her FCW debut as a face on the September 3, 2009 episode of FCW Television tapings, as a Lumberjill for the Queen of FCW match between then-reigning queen Angela and Serena Mancini.
She later became a villainess, teaming with Rosa Mendes, Alicia Fox, Maxine, and Courtney Taylor against the likes of Angela, AJ and Aksana. However due to her persona, fans would often cheer for her despite the fact she was a heel. She soon turned face again by defeating Maxine and Savannah in tournament qualifying matches to eventually defeat Serena in the finals on June 20, 2010 episode of FCW Television, to become the first ever Florida Divas Championship. Knight went on to retain her FCW Divas Championship by defeating both AJ and Serena in a triple threat match, when Night pinned Serena. At the FCW's 100th episode, Naomi fought AJ to a double countout in a match where both the Queen of FCW title and the FCW Divas Championship were on the line. At the September 2 edition of FCW Television tapings, Naomi defeated AJ in a Lumberjill match to end their feud.
On the December 16 edition of FCW Television tapings, Naomi was defeated by AJ for the Florida Divas Championship. On the July 1 episode of FCW Television, Naomi competed against Audrey Marie in a singles match, in a winning effort. On the July 8 episode of FCW Television, Naomi unsuccessfully challenged Aksana for FCW Divas Championship in a triple-treat match also involving Sonia. On the July 21 episode of FCW Television, Naomi teamed up with Caylee Turner in a winning effort defeating Audrey Marie and Kaitlyn in a diva-tag-team match. On the October 9, 2011, episode of FCW Television, Cameron Lynn and Byron Saxton accompanied McCray to ringside during her match against the debuting Leah West. At the October 23 episode of FCW Television Tapings, McCray teamed with Cameron Lynn in a winning effort defeating the team of Caylee Turner and Kaitlyn when Naomi pinned Turner after a leg lariat. On the December 11th episode of FCW Television, Naomi challenged Audrey Marie for the FCW Divas Championship but was unsuccessful in capturing the title.
On the August 31 episode of NXT, it was announced that she would be part of the third season of NXT under the name Naomi with Kelly Kelly as her pro. Naomi debuted on the September 7 episode of NXT, as a face. On the September 7 episode of NXT, she won the "Dance Competition" and a "Capture the Flag" contest and also teamed with her mentor Kelly Kelly to face fellow rookie diva Maxine and her pro Alicia Fox in winning effort when Naomi pinned Maxine. On September 21 episode of NXT, Naomi unsuccessfully competed in the "Talk the Talk" challenge after which was won by AJ Lee and later that day she teamed up with Kelly Kelly and Jamie in a winning effort defeating LayCool and Kaitlyn with Vickie Guerrero in their corner. On October 5 episode of NXT, Naomi and unsuccessfully competed in a "Mechanical Bull Riding" contest and a "Talent Show" contest. On October 12 episode of NXT, Naomi with Kelly Kelly was defeated by Alicia Fox with Maxine in her corner, and Naomi unsuccessfully competed in a WWE Name that Tune contest and won the "Power of the Punch" contest. The next week on NXT, Naomi won the "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). On October 26 episode of NXT, Naomi defeated Maxine in a singles match, and unsuccessfully competed in a "Halloween Candy" contest.
The Funkadactyls (2012–2014)
On the January 9, 2012 episode of Raw, Naomi returned to television along with Cameron as one of the dancers and valets for the returning Brodus Clay. Naomi made her WrestleMania debut at WrestleMania XXVIII alongside Cameron during a segment with Clay.
At the pre-show of the TLC pay-per-view on December 16, 2012, Naomi participated in her first televised WWE match since NXT by winning a "Santa's Little Helpers" battle royal to become the #1 contendership to the Divas Championship. During the pay-per-view, in her first singles match since NXT, Naomi lost to defending champion Eve. On the March 15 episode of Smackdown, The Funkadactyls were attacked backstage by the recently returned Bella Twins. On the March 22 episode of SmackDown and the March 25 episode of RAW, they attacked the Bella Twins. It was announced on March 27 that at WrestleMania 29, the Funkadactyls, Clay and Tensai would team to face Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow and the Bella's in an 8-person tag-team match. Their scheduled match at WrestleMania 29 did not happen, as it was revealed that they were cut. Although they were cut from WrestleMania, the next night on Raw The Funkadactyls and Tons of Funk defeated The Bellas and Team Rhodes Scholars. On the August 26 episode of Raw, Naomi alongside the rest of the Total Divas cast accompanied Natalya and Brie Bella to the ring for their match. After the match, AJ Lee cut a promo talking down on the cast of the show. On the September 2 episode of Raw, Naomi competed in a triple threat match with Brie Bella and Natalya to determine the number one contender to the Divas Championship, but AJ Lee would interrupt and attack all three of them, resulting in Stephanie McMahon putting Natayla, Naomi, and Brie Bella in a fatal four-way match to compete for the title at Night of Champions, where Naomi was unsuccessful in winning the title. The Total Divas defeated The True Divas (Alicia Fox, Aksana, Divas Champion AJ, Kaitlyn, Rosa Mendes, Tamina Snuka and Summer Rae) in a traditional survivor series elimination tag-team match at the Survivor Series pay-per-view and on the following night on Raw.
On December 15 at the TLC pay-per-view, Cameron, along with fellow Funkadactyl Naomi and Tensai, abandoned Brodus Clay because of his attitude, effectively disbanding Tons of Funk. The following night on an episode of Raw, Cameron and Naomi aligned themselves with R-Truth and Xavier Woods and started managing them to their matches. In January 2014, Naomi received a push, facing the Divas Champion AJ Lee in various tag team matches, and eventually pinning her on both Raw and SmackDown. On the February 3 episode of Raw, after Naomi defeated Aksana in a singles match, Alicia Fox tried to attack her but was stopped by Cameron. During the match, Naomi suffered a displaced fracture of the orbital bone. On the March 17 episode of Raw, Naomi returned to television with a new diamond studded eye-patch teaming with Cameron to defeat the team of AJ Lee & Tamina. At Wrestlemania XXX, Naomi failed to capture the Divas title in the "Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational" match, which was won by AJ Lee.
On the June 17 episode of Main Event, Naomi defeated the new Divas Champion Paige, while Cameron, who began showing heel tendencies, attacked Paige after the match and ended up being beaten down by Paige. Naomi would then shake hands with Paige, hinting at dissolution between The Funkadactyls. On the June 23 episode of Raw, Naomi defeated Alicia Fox and shook hands with Paige after the match. On the June 27 episode of Smackdown, after once again losing to Paige, Cameron tried to attack her. Naomi got involved and tried to separate the two, but would end up being shoved into Paige by Cameron. At Money in the Bank, Naomi unsuccessfully challenged Paige for the Divas Title.
On the July 7 episode of Raw, Cameron and Naomi lost in a tag team match to AJ Lee and Paige after Cameron refused to tag in. After the match, a brawl began between Cameron and Naomi, officially disbanding The Funkadactyls and solidifying Cameron's heel turn in the process.
Singles competition (2014–present)
On the July 8 episode of Main Event, Cameron was scheduled to team with Naomi, Natalya, Eva Marie, Rosa Mendes and Summer Rae against Nikki Bella in a six–on–one handicap match, but instead showed up only to attack Naomi. On the July 11 episode of Smackdown, during Cameron's match with AJ, Naomi dragged a retreating Cameron back into the ring, allowing AJ to get the win. These events led to a match between Naomi and Cameron on the Battleground pre-show, which Cameron won after she grabbed Naomi's thigh-high socks. On the July 28 episode of Raw, Naomi defeated Cameron via submission in a tag team match. On August 30, after almost a month of inactivity, Naomi announced on Twitter that she had been out of action following minor surgery on her orbital bone She returned on the September 1 episode of Raw in a 6-Diva tag team match. After the match, Naomi hit the Rear View on Cameron. Naomi then secured victories over Cameron on the September 15 episode of Raw and on the October 9 episode of Superstars. At Survivor Series, Naomi participated in a 4-on-4 Divas Traditional Survivor Series elimination tag team match, where she eliminated Cameron before pinning Paige to get the win for her team, with all her teammates surviving.
In December, Naomi became involved with The Usos' feud with The Miz, in which Naomi and Jimmy's relationship was openly acknowledged on-screen. Miz began offering to help further her career as well as showing some hints of flirtation, much to Jimmy's dismay. On the December 16 episode of Main Event, Naomi appeared on "Miz TV", where Miz managed to get Naomi a Divas Championship match against Nikki Bella later that night on Super SmackDown Live. Miz would come out mid-match to support Naomi but she would ultimately lose the match after Jimmy accidentally distracted her due to his anger of Miz being out there.
Naomi played a main role for the first three seasons of the reality television show Total Divas produced by WWE and E!. The show began airing in July 2013. In December 2014, she announced that she would not be part of the upcoming fourth season. She made her video game debut as a playable character in WWE 2K15.
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
- Bootylicious (Inverted headscissors stinkface)
- Diving crossbody, sometimes over the top rope to the outside of the ring
- Front flip clothesline
- Full nelson bomb
- Hurricanrana, sometimes to a seated or kneeling opponent
- Modified surfboard
- Roundhouse kick from the ring apron
- Spinning heel kick
- Split-legged leg drop
- Sitout jawbreaker
- Wheelbarrow stunner
- Wrestlers Managed
Championships and accomplishments
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Accompanied by the beautiful Naomi and Cameron, The Funkasaurus, Brodus Clay, dances his way onto The Grandest Stage of Them All.
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- Caldwell, James (July 8, 2014). "CALDWELL'S WWE MAIN EVENT RESULTS 7/8: Sheamus defends U.S. Title, Jericho hosts Hart on the Highlight Reel". Pro Wrestling Torch.
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She then tries a backslide on Fox and turns it into her new finisher – which she’s calling the Slayomission - a headscissors crucifix choke.
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Naomi with a kick and a head scissors driver
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Naomi hits the rear view and a head scissors driver to score the win
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