Giovanni in April 2005
January 20, 1978 |
|Resides||Los Angeles, California|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Joy Giovanni|
|Billed height||5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)|
|Billed from||Boston, Massachusetts|
Joy Giovanni (born January 20, 1978) is an American actress, glamour model, retired professional wrestler, former professional wrestling valet and former WWE Diva. She is best known for her time with World Wrestling Entertainment, where she worked on its SmackDown! brand. She was the first and only winner of the promotion's Rookie Diva of the Year award.
Professional wrestling career
World Wrestling Entertainment (2004–2005, 2009)
Giovanni participated in World Wrestling Entertainment's 2004 Diva Search and although she finished in third place in the competition, WWE signed her to a contract just a few days after her elimination. Joy debuted on SmackDown! as a massage therapist, and Joy Giovanni acted as special guest bell ringer. She was later confronted by Luther Reigns who tried to force Joy to go on a date with him, causing Big Show to come down and make the save. On January 6, 2005 edition of Smackdown! Joy refused to sign Carlito's petition, resulting in him spitting an apple at her face. Soon after, Joy began a feud with the evil Amy Weber. The two became involved in Big Show's feud with John "Bradshaw" Layfield, with Giovanni serving as a friend of Big Show. The feud included a part where Joy was kidnapped and discovered, bound and gagged in JBL's limo trunk in which at the time Joy and Amy were scheduled for a wrestling match, as well as a backstage catfight between Amy and herself. After Weber's departure from WWE, their feud was dropped and Joy would go on to win the 2005 Rookie Diva of the Year contest at No Way Out after beating out Michelle McCool, Rochelle Loewen, and Lauren Jones. After winning the contest, she and her fellow SmackDown! Divas would become involved in brief feuds with Dawn Marie and Melina. Following these feuds, she occasionally appeared on SmackDown! during backstage segments with other Divas or occasional bikini and lingerie contests. She was released from her contract due to budget cuts on July 6, 2005.
Giovanni returned at WWE's WrestleMania XXV making her in-ring debut in a 25-Divas Battle Royal to determine the first Miss WrestleMania alongside various other past and present female WWE wrestlers but was eliminated second by the Bella Twins.
Giovanni won the 2001 L.A. Model Expo. She competed in the 2004 and 2005 Lingerie Bowl events. She was also a panelist for the G4 show Video Game Vixens. In 2004 and 2005, respectively, she appeared in the films Instinct vs. Reason and When All Else Fails. Giovanni had a role in Avenged Sevenfold's music video, The Beast and The Harlot. In 2007, Giovanni starred in the film Pretty Cool Too as June. In preparation for Wrestlemania 21, Giovanni took part in numerous promo videos.
Championships and accomplishments
- L.A. Modeling Expo. (2001)
- "AskMen profile". AskMen. Retrieved 2009-03-09.
- "Cagematch profile".
- "WWE Diva Search Contestant Joy Giovanni". Online World of Wrestling. 2004.
- "Joy Giovanni Pictures, Profile".
- "No Way Out results".
- OWOW (July 9, 2008). "12/10/04 Internet News". OWOW. Retrieved 2008-07-09.
- "Joy wins 25-Diva Battle Royal for title of Miss WrestleMania".
- "Wrestlers managed".