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Ashley Massaro
Ashley Massaro 2011.jpg
Birth nameAshley Marie Massaro
Born (1979-05-26) May 26, 1979 (age 39)[1][2]
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma materState University of New York
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Ashley
Ashley Massaro
Billed height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)[3]
Billed weight110 lb (50 kg)[3]
Billed fromNew York, New York
Trained byDave Finlay[4]
Ricky Steamboat[4]
Trish Stratus[4]
DebutJune 27, 2005
RetiredJuly 9, 2008

Ashley Marie Massaro[1] (born May 26, 1979) is an American retired professional wrestler and model. She is best known for her time with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and for her appearance on Survivor: China.

Massaro made her debut in WWE after winning the WWE Diva Search in 2005. Following an initial rivalry with Vince's Devils – an alliance of female villains – she became the valet for the WWE Tag Team Champions Paul London and Brian Kendrick. Her most high-profile matches were a WWE Women's Championship match against Melina at WrestleMania 23 and a Playboy Bunnymania Lumberjill match at WrestleMania XXIV. She left WWE in mid-2008. During her tenure in the company, she had appeared on the covers of several magazines, including the April 2007 issue of Playboy. She has also made guest appearances on several television shows and performed in music videos.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

World Wrestling Entertainment[edit]

Diva Search (2005)[edit]

Massaro initially found out about World Wrestling Entertainment's (WWE) 2005 Raw Diva Search when she met a WWE casting director during a swimsuit pageant.[5] After beating the seven other chosen finalists, Massaro was declared the winner on the August 15, 2005 edition of Raw.[6] Her winnings included $250,000 and a one-year contract with WWE.[1][6]

Feud with Vince's Devils and Mickie James (2005–2006)[edit]

Ashley Massaro in 2006

A week later on Raw, Candice Michelle and Torrie Wilson attacked Massaro after pretending to welcome her to Raw.[5][7] Massaro's storyline feud with Wilson and Michelle continued over the next couple weeks, as the duo, along with their enforcer Victoria (dubbed as the "Skankateers" by commentator Jim Ross), made things difficult for Massaro.[8] Massaro made her in-ring debut on the August 29 episode of Raw, in losing effort to Victoria.[9] On the September 5 episode of Raw, Massaro was defeated by the evil Wilson due to interference from Victoria and Candice.[3] Massaro evened the score on the September 12, 2005 episode of Raw when she brought out the returning Trish Stratus (who then turned face), and the duo proceeded to attack the villains.[10] On the September 18 episode of Raw, The pair defeated the trio—who became known as the Ladies in Pink (and later Vince's Devils).[3] This led to a tag team match at Unforgiven, where the team of Stratus and Massaro defeated Wilson and Victoria.[11] The following night on Raw, Massaro accompanied Trish where she defeated Wilson. After the match, The duo were attacked by The Vince Devils.[3] The feud continued into WWE Homecoming, where Stratus and Massaro defeated Wilson, Candice, and Victoria in the first ever three on two Bra and Panties match by stripping all three of their opponents.[12] Massaro continued to wrestle matches through the rest of 2005 and was involved in the annual Fulfill Your Fantasy Diva Battle Royal at Taboo Tuesday for her first shot at the WWE Women's Championship.[13] Massaro eliminated Candice Michelle before being eliminated by Victoria.[13] At New Year's Revolution in January, Massaro won the first ever Bra and Panties Gauntlet match by being the final wrestler left still wearing her clothes.[14] Following WWE tradition, to please the fans, she removed them herself before making her exit.[14]

Through the early part of 2006, Massaro became the victim of a series of attacks from Mickie James.[15] At the Royal Rumble, James defeated Massaro with then Women's Champion, Trish Stratus, as the special guest referee.[16] Massaro got her revenge one week later by pinning James in the rematch on Raw.[17] During the February 20, 2006 edition of Raw, however, Massaro suffered a fractured left fibula while being eliminated from the Women's Battle Royal,[18] and her feud with James was cut short.[15] She underwent surgery to insert a five-inch metal plate and eight screws into her leg.[5] During her recovery, Massaro still occasionally appeared on Raw as part of the Stratus/James feud, albeit in a non-active role.[15] Massaro returned on the March 20, 2006 episode of Raw, being kidnapped by James to lure Stratus in to saving her but James was successful and attacked Stratus.[3]

SmackDown! (2006-2007)[edit]

She returned to television on June 2, now on SmackDown!, as a special guest commentator during the Kristal Marshall versus Jillian Hall match.[19] On the June 9 edition of SmackDown!, Ashley defeated Kristal, Jillian Hall and Michelle McCool in a Bikini contest.[3] Massaro later aligned herself with Hall, and they feuded with McCool and Marshall. Massaro won her SmackDown! debut match on July 21, when she teamed up with Hall to defeat McCool and Marshall.[20] At The Great American Bash, Massaro won the Fatal Four-Way Bra and Panties match by removing all of her opponents clothing.[21] On the August 4 edition of SmackDown!, Massaro broke her knuckle in a match against Marshall.[22][23]

Massaro at the ring during a WWE house show in November 2007

Massaro, Paul London, and Brian Kendrick defeated Idol Stevens, K.C. James and Michelle McCool in a Six-Person Mixed Tag Team match.[24] Following the victory, Massaro became the valet for London and Kendrick, accompanying them to the ring for their matches on SmackDown! and pay-per-views.[15] On the October 27 episode of SmackDown!, Ashley participated in a “Trick or Treat Battle Royal which was won by Kristal.[3] On the December 19 edition of SmackDown!, Ashley teamed up with Layla in a winning effort defeating Jillian Hall and Kristal in a tag-team match.[3] On the January 2 edition of SmackDown!, Ashley competed against Hall in a winning effort.[3] On the January 26 episode of SmackDown!, Ashley teamed up with London and Kendrick in a losing effort to the MNM (Mercury & Nitro & Melina) in a six-person mixed-tag-team match.[3] During the February 16, 2007 edition of SmackDown!, Massaro unveiled her Playboy cover.[25][26] Surrounding the release of the magazine, Massaro engaged in a feud with Jillian Hall, who was jealous over the attention Massaro received due to the Playboy cover.[5][27] At No Way Out, Massaro won the first ever Diva Invitational by removing her top to reveal her breasts which were covered with Playboy bunny pasties.[28]

Massaro also began a feud with then WWE Women's Champion, Raw's Melina, who was angry over the publicity Massaro had been receiving because of the cover.[29] On the March 9 episode of SmackDown!, the rivalry was taken to the next level when a catfight broke out on the inaugural edition of Miz TV.[29] On the March 16 episode of SmackDown!, Ashley teamed up with London and Kendrick in a losing effort to the MNM (Mercury & Nitro & Melina) in a six-person mixed-tag-team match.[3] On the March 23 episode of SmackDown!, Ashley would get a catfight after Melina attempted to make an interference during Kendrick and Paul's match with MNM.[3] On the March 26 episode of Raw, Ashley teamed up with Torrie Wilson and Candice Michelle in a winning effort defeating Melina, Hall and Victoria.[3] At WrestleMania 23, Massaro unsuccessfully challenged Melina for the WWE Women's Championship in a LumberJill match to retain her title.[15][30]

After WrestleMania, Massaro continued as a valet for WWE Tag Team Champions Paul London and Brian Kendrick.[3] In storyline, on the April 13 episode of SmackDown!, Massaro was attacked by Jillian Hall.[31] In reality, Massaro had loosened a screw in her ankle, which had been inserted the previous year after she legitimately fractured her tibia and fibula while in a battle royal.[5][32] Massaro returned on the June 1, 2007 episode of SmackDown!, helping McCool defeat Hall after she distracted her.[3] This return was short lived when on the June 8 edition of SmackDown!, Massaro was suspended indefinitely after accidentally spilling Mr. McMahon's coffee on him.[5][33] In reality, Massaro was taking time off to participate on the show Survivor.[15]

Various storylines and departure (2008)[edit]

Massaro returned on January 7, 2008 to the Raw brand, winning a Lingerie Pillow Fight against Maria, Jillian Hall, Melina, and Mickie James.[34] On the January 14 episode of Raw, Ashley teamed up with Mickie James and Maria in a losing effort to the team of Beth Phoenix, Jillian Hall, and Melina in a 6 person-tag-team match.[3]

Ashley along her tag team partner Maria and Master of Ceremonies Snoop Dogg at WrestleMania XXIV

Ashley began a storyline with Maria and Santino Marella at the January 21, 2008 episode of Raw, attempting to convince Maria to pose for Playboy but was interrupted by Marella.[3] At the Royal Rumble pay-per-view, Ashley again attempted to convince Maria by telling her that Hugh Hefner wanted her to pose for Playboy before Maria could answer Marella interrupted and objected to the proposal. Ashley would then beat down Marella's surprise Big Dick Johnson when he attempted to perform a strip tease.[3] At the No Way Out pay-per-view, Ashley would appear with Maria in a segment at the Playboy Manison.[3] On the March 24, 2008 episode of Raw, Ashley interfered in the match between Maria and Melina.[3] After the match, Santino Marella came down to the ring so Jerry “The King” Lawler (whom was tired of Marella's actions over previous weeks) knocked Santino out of the ring. Which set up the six person mixed-tag-team match, in which they lost to Marella, Melina and Phoenix.[3] Massaro replaced Candice Michelle, who was out with an injury, in the Playboy Bunnymania Lumberjack match at WrestleMania XXIV teaming up with Maria, losing to Beth Phoenix and Melina after the interference from Marella.[35]

On the April 14 episode of Raw, Ashley teamed up with Maria in a losing effort to the team of Melina and Hall in a tag-team match.[3] Massaro also participated in a 12 wrestler Tag Team match at Backlash, where Phoenix pinned her to get the win for her team.[15] On the April 28 episode of Raw, Ashley competed in her last match by teaming up with Michelle McCool, Cherry, Kelly Kelly, Maria and James in a winning effort defeating Layla, Melina, Phoenix, Natalya, Hall and Victoria.[3] Massaro was released from her WWE contract on July 9, 2008.[36][37] A week prior to her release, she announced that she had asked to be let go from her contract due to her daughter being sick.[15]

Other media[edit]


Massaro was a contestant on CBS's Survivor: China, which was the fifteenth season of the show, in 2007.[2][38] Massaro approached the WWE with the idea of doing the show, and after going through the casting process, she found out she made the show ten days before she had to leave for China to film.[39] Prior to the experience, Massaro had never been camping before, so to train for the show she had to get used to being outside.[39] She was assigned to the Zhan Hu tribe in the first episode and quickly began quarreling with fellow contestant Dave Cruser.[40] In the second episode, Massaro was voted off after six days with a 6–1 vote.[40]

Modeling and acting[edit]

She has competed in Miss Hawaiian Tropic pageants and was crowned Miss Hawaiian Tropic USA in 2002 and Miss Hawaiian Tropic Canada in August 2004.[2][41][5] She has appeared in FHM, Stuff, Maxim, and on the cover of Playboy after joining WWE,[5] though she had previously posed for Playboy in 2003 and 2004.[42] Massaro tried out for Playboy scouts when they were searching for models for the 50th Anniversary Playmate Hunt.[43] She appeared in the accompanying pictorial in the December 2003.[43] In addition, she has appeared in both Femme Fatales and Flex magazines.[2][5] Massaro has also hosted several E! channel Wild On! episodes and appeared on Breaking Bonaduce as Danny Bonaduce's personal trainer.[2][15] Massaro has guest starred on an episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition alongside WWE Superstars John Cena and Batista.[2] In addition, she has appeared in campaign ads for both Hawaiian Tropic and Yamaha.[5]

In February 2007, Massaro and Glenn "Kane" Jacobs filmed an episode of the CW's Smallville that aired on March 22, 2007.[2] In April 2007, Massaro also appeared as a guest on Fuse TV's show The Sauce.[2][44] On April 20, 2007, Massaro and several other wrestlers filmed Timbaland's video, "Throw It on Me" featuring The Hives.[45] In 2008, she appeared in Rev Theory's video for "Hell Yeah."[46]

In September 2017, Ashley Massaro returned to professional wrestling by competing in Zero1 Professional Wrestling USA with former WWE diva Jillian Hall.[47]


Year Title Role Notes
2007 Smallville Athena
2007 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Herself
2007 Survivor: China Herself
Music Videos
Year Title Role Notes
2007 "Throw It on Me" Herself
2008 "Hell Yeah" Herself

Personal life[edit]

Massaro grew up in Babylon, New York, where her brother and father competed in amateur wrestling.[2] She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communication with a minor in Business from the State University of New York.[2]

Massaro previously dated fellow wrestler Matt Hardy.[48]

Massaro has one daughter, Alexis, who was born on July 23, 2000.[49] When her daughter became sick in mid-2008, Massaro asked for an early release from WWE to care for her.[15]

She has several tattoos, including a black and pink nautical star on the back of both of her elbows;[5] a pink and red dragon surrounding kanji lettering that translates to 'Trust No One' going down the right side of her torso;[50] symbols on the small of her lower back; and a butterfly on her right hip. She also has several piercings, including a 'Monroe' (a piercing near the upper lip that resembles a beauty mark)[51] and 'Snakebites' (a piercing on each side of the lower lip).[2][52]

In November 2016, Massaro joined a class action lawsuit against WWE, litigated by Konstantine Kyros, who has been involved in a number of other lawsuits against them, alleging that the company concealed risks of injury which caused them neurological damage. Massaro also alleges that she was sexually assaulted at a US military base during a WWE tour of Kuwait and that WWE apologized but persuaded her not to report it to the appropriate authorities.[53]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]


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