Kelly Klein

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Kelly Klein
Born (1986-01-28) January 28, 1986 (age 33)
St. Louis, Missouri
Spouse(s)Kyle Kraven (divorced)
B.J. Whitmer (m. 2017)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Kelly Klein
Billed height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Billed weight162 lb (73 kg)
Billed fromCincinnati, Ohio
Trained byB.J. Whitmer
Jimmy Yang
Les Thatcher
Tarek Puska

Kelly Klein (born January 28, 1986), is an American professional wrestler who is currently a free agent and the reigning ROH Women's Champion.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Ring of Honor (2015–2019)[edit]

Klein made her debut at ROH on October 24, 2015, at the event ROH Glory By Honor XIV: Champions Vs. All Stars in Dayton, Ohio, defeating Ray Lyn in one minute via submission.[2]

Klein made her televised debut on the June 26, 2016 episode of ROH, from Nashville, Tennessee. In the main event of the first ever episode of Women of Honor, she defeated Taeler Hendrix via submission after a hard-fought battle between the two.[3] On the December 14, 2016 episode of ROH, the second WOH special, she faced ODB in a winning effort when ODB passed out in Klein's submission.[4]

As a heel, she was on a Undefeated Streak in ROH until it was ended by Karen Q with help from Deonna Purrazzo during an event in May 2017. This led to a triple threat match in July in the 3rd Women of Honor event, which Karen Q also ended up winning. Klein later defeated Purrazzo in another singles match on the July 29 tapings, with the win coming after Karen Q turned heel and attacked Purrazzo. On Finale Battle, Klein won the Women of Honor World Championship for the first time, where she defeated the champion Sumie Sakai in a Four Corner Survival match, which also involved Madison Rayne and Karen Q.[5] At Bound by Honor 2019, she lost the title to Mayu Iwatani, ending her reign at 58 days. Klein regained the championship on April 6, 2019 at ROH's Madison Square Garden debut, the G1 Supercard show, and shook hands with Iwatani afterwards, turning face in the process.[6] Klein was attacked by the debuting Velvet Sky and Angelina Love who was joined by Mandy Leon, with Leon turning heel by attacking Klein from behind.[7]

On November 22nd, 2019, it was revealed that Klein would be let go by Ring of Honor whilst recovering from post-concussion syndrome and while still the reigning Women of Honor champion. She previously spoke out against the company on Twitter for refusing to pay her the living wage and ROH not having a concussion protocol and not allowing her time off to heal from injury. It was these comments that reportedly led to ROH deciding not to renew her contract.[8]

World Wonder Ring Stardom (2017–present)[edit]

On October 14, 2017, Klein made her debut for the World Wonder Ring Stardom promotion by entering the Goddesses of Stardom Tag League tournament. She ended up winning the tournament along with Bea Priestley.[9] Following the tournament, Klein and Bea unsuccessfully challenged Oedo Tai (Hana Kimura and Kagetsu) for the Goddess of Stardom Championship.[10]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]


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  2. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "ROH Glory By Honor XIV: Champions Vs. All Stars « Events Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database".
  3. ^ "6/29 ROH TV Results – Metzger's Report on "Women of Honor" themed show, including very good singles match, Overall Reax". Retrieved 2016-06-29.
  4. ^ "'Women Of Honor' Special, ODB Vs. Kelly Klein, Jessicka Havoc". Retrieved 2016-12-14.
  5. ^ a b Powell, Jason. "12/14 Powell's ROH Final Battle 2018 live review: Jay Lethal vs. Cody for the ROH Title, Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky vs. The Briscoes vs. The Young Bucks in a Ladder War for the ROH Tag Titles, Jeff Cobb vs. Adam Page for the ROH TV Title". Pro Wrestling Dot Net. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  6. ^ Knipper, Justin (April 6, 2019). "ROH/NJPW G1 Supercard live results". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  7. ^ Knipper, Justin (April 6, 2019). "ROH/NJPW G1 Supercard live results". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
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  9. ^ a b "2017年11月5日 第7回 GODDESSES OF STARDOM~タッグリーグ戦~優勝戦 - 株式会社スターダム".
  10. ^ Wilson, Kevin (December 10, 2017). "Stardom Best Of The Goddesses on 11/19/17 Review". 411MANIA.
  11. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "CP Women's Championship « Titles Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database".
  12. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "EMERGE Women's Championship « Titles Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database".
  13. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "MEGA Fighting Spirit Championship « Titles Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database".
  14. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated Top 100 Female Wrestlers Results". Wrestling Travel. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
  15. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "VOW Vixen's Championship « Titles Database « CAGEMATCH - The Internet Wrestling Database".