Aliyah (wrestler)

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Aliyah
Aliyah WrestleMania Axxess April 2018.jpg
Aliyah in April 2018
Birth name Nhooph Al-Areebi[1]
Born (1994-11-23) November 23, 1994 (age 23)[2][3]
Toronto, Ontario, Canada[2]
Residence Orlando, Florida, United States[4]
Alma mater George Brown College
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Aliyah[5]
Jasmin[3]
Jasmin Areebi[3]
Billed height 5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)[6]
Billed weight 112 lb (51 kg)[3]
Billed from Toronto, Ontario, Canada[6]
Trained by Rob Fuego[4]
Taylor Wilde[7]
WWE Performance Center[8]
Debut January 20, 2013[3]

Nhooph Al-Areebi[pronunciation?] (born November 23, 1994) is a Canadian professional wrestler. She is signed to WWE, performing on the NXT brand under the ring name Aliyah.

Early life[edit]

Nhooph Al-Areebi was born in Toronto, Ontario.[9] She is of Arab descent and grew up in a strict, conservative family.[4][10] In 2012, she graduated from St. Joseph's College School, and later attended George Brown College, where she studied nursing.[10] She also attended a circus training school.[4]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Independent circuit (2013–2015)[edit]

Aliyah in 2013

Al-Areebi wrestled on the independent circuit under the ring name Jasmin Areebi, debuting for Squared Circle Wrestling (SCW) in Toronto in January 2013. She wrestled for a variety of promotions in Canada and the United States, including Pure Wrestling Association (PWA), Absolute Intense Wrestling (AIW), and New England Championship Wrestling (NECW).[7]

WWE (2015–present)[edit]

On March 17, 2015, it was reported that Al-Areebi had signed a developmental contract with WWE.[7] Her signing was confirmed by WWE on April 13.[1] She made her first appearance at the NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable event on May 20, as part of Tyler Breeze's entrance.[11] She made her in-ring debut on June 20 during an NXT live event, where she competed in a six-person tag team match.[12] In October, she was given the ring name Aliyah.[5]

Aliyah's television debut took place on the January 13, 2016, episode of NXT, where she competed in a number one contender's battle royal for Bayley's NXT Women's Championship, which was won by Carmella.[13] Aliyah returned on the April 27 episode of NXT, where competed in her first televised singles match, losing to Carmella.[14] She made her third television appearance on the August 3 episode of NXT, losing to the NXT Women's Champion Asuka in a non-title match.[15] On the August 31 episode of NXT, she debuted new ring gear and entrance music, leaving her Arabian gimmick.[16][17] On the October 26 episode of NXT, she defeated Billie Kay due to a distraction by Liv Morgan, before she and Morgan were attacked by Kay and Peyton Royce.[18] On the November 16 episode of NXT, Aliyah and Ember Moon saved Morgan after another attack by Kay and Royce.[19] This resulted in a six-woman tag team match that took place the following week, in which Aliyah's team won.[20]

On January 3, 2017, Aliyah appeared on SmackDown Live, where she competed in a losing effort to Carmella.[21] Few months later, on the October 4 episode of NXT, Aliyah was defeated by Mae Young Classic winner Kairi Sane, while also showing signs of a heel turn.[22] Throughout 2018, Aliyah continued losing to different competitors such as Lacey Evans[23] and Ember Moon.[24] Aliyah turned heel on the August 15, 2018 edition of NXT, when she was shown taking advice from NXT Women's Champion Shayna Baszler regarding Aliyah's match against Kairi Sane, only to be defeated by Sane via submission.[25]

For the latter half of 2018, Aliyah has been primarily used as enhancement talent to up and coming wrestlers, losing all but 1 of her televised matches and losing all of her singles televised matches.[26]

Other media[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Al-Areebi first decided she wanted to become a wrestler after watching Beth Phoenix and Mickie James compete at a taping of Raw on May 5, 2008. Her favorite wrestlers include Edge and Jeff Hardy.[4]

In September 2015, a number of racially insensitive comments made several years prior on Al-Areebi's Twitter account were discovered. WWE subsequently issued a statement regarding the controversy, stating that her account was used by another person at the time.[27]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Aliyah is a one-time PWA Women's Champion
  • Ground Xero Wrestling
    • GXW Women's Championship (1 time)[28]
  • Great Canadian Wrestling
    • GCW Women's Championship (1 time)
  • Impact Pro Wrestling
    • IPW Women's Championship (2 times)
  • Queens of Chaos
    • World Queens of Chaos Championship (1 time)
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • Ranked 42 of the top 50 female wrestlers in the PWI Female 50 in 2017
  • Pure Wrestling Association
    • PWA Women's Championship (1 time)
  • Southland World Wrestling
    • SWW Laddies Championship (1 time)
    • SWW Women's Championship (2 times,final)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "WWE Performance Center welcomes new class of recruits". WWE. April 13, 2015. Retrieved April 13, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Jasmin Areebi". The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved September 2, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Jasmin Areebi". Online World of Wrestling. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 18, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Bobby, Melok (June 25, 2015). ""It's like Disneyland to me:" Nhooph Al-Areebi on her NXT dreams". WWE. Retrieved October 4, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Twiss, Andrew (October 15, 2015). "10/15 WWE NXT IN COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA LIVE REPORT: WWE DIVA RETURNS TO ACTION, CHALLENGES BAYLEY, BALOR VS. DILLINGER, EVA MARIE AND MORE". PWInsider. Retrieved October 18, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Aliyah". WWE. Retrieved May 26, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b c Johnson, Mike (March 17, 2015). "CENA TALKS TAKING MORE ADULT ACTING ROLES, FINAL NASSAU COLISEUM EVENT, NEW WWE SIGNINGS AND MORE NEWS". PWInsider. Retrieved March 18, 2015. 
  8. ^ Clapp, John (December 14, 2015). "'WWE Breaking Ground' Season 1, Episode 7 recap: Proving ground". WWE. Archived from the original on December 25, 2015. Retrieved December 24, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Could Toronto's Nhooph Al-Areebi be the next big thing in professional wrestling? | National Post". National Post. May 8, 2015. Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b Oliver, Greg. "SUN shines on Ontario's Jasmin Areebi". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved March 18, 2015. 
  11. ^ Johnson, Mike (May 20, 2015). "Former TNA Knockout appears on NXT show". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved May 20, 2015. 
  12. ^ Martin, Adam (June 21, 2015). "6/20 NXT RESULTS: LAKELAND, FLORIDA (BREEZE VS. CORBIN)". WrestleView. Retrieved June 22, 2015. 
  13. ^ James, Justin (January 13, 2016). "1/13 WWE NXT – Women's #1 contender Battle Royal, NXT Title drama, more". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved January 14, 2016. 
  14. ^ Richard, Trionfo (April 27, 2016). "WWE NXT REPORT: NAKAMURA AND ASUKA IN ACTION, FOOTAGE OF LOWELL TITLE CHANGE, THE REVIVAL ARE NOT IN A GOOD MOOD, AND MORE". PWInsider. Retrieved April 27, 2016. 
  15. ^ Richard, Trionfo (August 3, 2016). "WWE NXT REPORT: REVIVAL VERSUS TM61, ASUKA SENDS A MESSAGE TO BAYLEY, BOBBY ROODE MAKES HIS NXT DEBUT, SAMOA JOE SHOWS WHAT HE THINKS ABOUT HYPE, AND MORE". PWInsider. Retrieved August 5, 2016. 
  16. ^ Richard, Trionfo (August 21, 2016). "WWE NXT REPORT: THE NEW CHAMPION SPEAKS, AA VS. AA?, A GLORIOUS CAMEO, AND MORE". PWInsider. Retrieved October 2, 2016. 
  17. ^ Richard, Trionfo (September 21, 2016). "WWE NXT REPORT: DOES ALEXANDER KEEP THE MOMENTUM FROM THE CWC GOING?, LIV MORGAN MAY HAVE BITTEN OFF MORE THAN SHE CAN CHEW, JOE VOWS TO HURT PEOPLE, AND MORE". PWInsider. Retrieved October 2, 2016. 
  18. ^ Richard, Trionfo (October 26, 2016). "WWE NXT REPORT: DUSTY CLASSIC CONTINUES, ASUKA HAS HER TAKEOVER OPPONENT REVEALED, SOME POST MATCH AGGRESSION FROM THE WRESTLERS. AND MORE". PWInsider. Retrieved October 27, 2016. 
  19. ^ Richard, Trionfo (November 16, 2016). "WWE NXT TELEVISION REPORT: TAKEOVER IS SUNDAY, ALMAS VERSUS ALEXANDER, THE DRIFTER IS BACK, A WOMEN'S TRIOS TEAM, AND MORE". PWInsider. Retrieved November 25, 2016. 
  20. ^ Richard, Trionfo (November 23, 2016). "WWE NXT REPORT: MATCHES FROM TORONTO, COMMENTS FROM PARTICIPANTS AT TAKEOVER, AND THE REMATCH HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED". PWInsider. Retrieved November 25, 2016. 
  21. ^ Richard, Trionfo (January 3, 2017). "WWE SMACKDOWN REPORT: INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE MATCH, A CONTRACT SIGNING, TAG TITLE REMATCH NEXT WEEK, LOVE MAY BE BLIND, AND MORE". PWInsider. Retrieved January 3, 2017. 
  22. ^ Richard, Trionfo (October 4, 2017). "WWE NXT REPORT: MCINTYRE VERSUS STRONG FOR THE TITLE, LIO RUSH DEBUTS, KAIRI SANE MAKES HER NXT DEBUT, AND MORE". PWInsider. Retrieved October 4, 2017. 
  23. ^ Trionfo, Richard (2018-01-17). "WWE NXT REPORT: FISH AND O'REILLY HAVE OPPONENTS FOR TAKEOVER, SO DOES EMBER, STRONG MAKES A CHALLENGE, GARGANO PROVES HIMSELF NEXT WEEK, AND A FEATURE ON TM61". 
  24. ^ Trionfo, Richard (2018-03-21). "WWE NXT REPORT: CIAMPA HAS A VISITOR, THE DUSTY CLASSIC CONTINUES, COLE VERSUS OHNO, AND MORE". 
  25. ^ Rueter, Sean (August 15, 2018). "NXT results, live blog (Aug. 15, 2018): TakeOver 'go home' show". Cageside Seats. Retrieved August 15, 2018. 
  26. ^ http://www.profightdb.com/wrestlers/aliyah-11598.html?prom_id=103
  27. ^ Johnson, Mike (September 10, 2015). "WWE Statement on Controversy Surrounding Developmental Diva Jasmine". PWInsider. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
  28. ^ "gxw-wrestling". gxw-wrestling. Retrieved August 15, 2017. 

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