Laurel Van Ness

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Laurel Van Ness
Laurel Van Ness in 2017.jpg
Van Ness in February 2017
Birth nameChelsea Anne Green[1]
Born (1991-04-04) April 4, 1991 (age 28)[1]
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada[1][2]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Chelsea[1][2]
Chelsea Green[1][2]
Laurel Van Ness[1][2]
Megan Miller[3]
Reklusa[1][2]
Billed height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[1][2]
Billed weight125 lb (57 kg)[1][2]
Billed fromVictoria, British Columbia
Trained byLance Storm[1]
WWE Performance Center
DebutMay 31, 2014[1][2]

Chelsea Anne Green (born April 4, 1991) is a Canadian professional wrestler currently signed to WWE performing for their developmental territory NXT. She is best known for her work with Impact Wrestling under the ring name Laurel Van Ness, where she is a former Impact Knockouts Champion; and Lucha Underground as Reklusa. She also wrestled on the independent circuit under her real name. In 2015, she was a contestant on WWE's Tough Enough.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Independent circuit (2014–2018)[edit]

Under the ring name Jaida, she wrestled on for Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling (ECCW). Her first match on May 31, 2014, at ECCW Better Than You. She teamed with Brady Malibu and MR2 in a losing six-man tag match against Billy Suede, Kenny Lush & Nicole Matthews. She next joined a Women's title tournament, winning the first round against Kaitlin Diamond. On December 8, 2014, at the conclusion of the Women's title tournament held at ECCW Payoff, she defeat Kate Carney in the semi-finals.[citation needed]

Van Ness (left) with Taeler Hendrix as the Queens of Combat Tag Team Champions

In 2016, Green toured Japan twice for World Wonder Ring Stardom (WWRS). Her first tour was three months long, but was cut short by a broken collarbone while wrestling in India. Green's second tour of Japan was in late 2016, where she teamed with Santana Garrett for the 2016 Goddesses of Stardom Tag League. During this tour, Green also challenged Wonder of Stardom Champion Kairi Hojo to a match, but lost. Green was undefeated in singles bouts in Japan, prior to her loss to Hojo.[citation needed]

Queens of Combat 17 on February 18, 2017 saw the start of the QOC Tag Team Championship tournament to crown the first QOC Tag Team Champions. Van Ness teamed with Taeler Hendrix and defeated Aja Perera and Kiera Hogan in the first round.[4] At Queens of Combat 18, also on February 18, they defeated Nevaeh and Rachael Ellering in the semi-finals. Hendrix and Van Ness defeated The Lucha Sisters (Leva Bates and Mia Yim) to become the first QOC Tag Team Champions.[5]

On March 24 at WrestleCircus' Raise The Curtain event, Green lost to Tessa Blanchard, failing to win the WrestleCircus Lady of the Ring Championship. On May 4, Green lost the PCW ULTRA Women's Title to Tessa Blanchard.[citation needed]

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling/Impact Wrestling (2016–2018)[edit]

On January 7, 2016, Green made her TNA debut under the ring name Chelsea, losing to Jade. The following night on January 8 at TNA One Night Only: Live!, she wrestled in a number one contenders gauntlet battle royal match for the TNA Knockouts Championship, entering the ongoing match at number four before being eliminated by Awesome Kong.[citation needed]

In June, Green officially signed with TNA.[6] She made her televised debut as a heel on the September 29 episode of Impact Wrestling under the new ring name Laurel Van Ness, defeating Madison Rayne.[7] On the October 20 episode of Impact Wrestling, Van Ness attacked Allie which lead to a match between the two where Van Ness was victorious. She attacked Allie again the following week, which led to another match between the two on the December 8 episode of Impact Wrestling, Van Ness was defeated.

In late 2016, Van Ness formed an on-screen relationship with Braxton Sutter. On February 23, 2017, the two were set to marry until Van Ness got rejected by Sutter during their wedding when he professed that he was in love with Allie (who is Sutter's legitimate wife).[8] The following week of Impact Wrestling, the Lady Squad quietly disbanded when former leader Maria's contract expired.

In March, Van Ness started a maniacal gimmick, competing in her trashed wedding dress and make-up, wrestling barefoot and carrying a wine bottle. Grado tried to propose to her on July 27, however he was interrupted by Kongo Kong.[9]

Van Ness at Bound for Glory in November 2017

On the August 24 episode of Impact, Van Ness came out all cleaned up, during Grado's deportation farewell address. She then took out a ring, asked Grado if he wanted to marry her and he said yes, establishing herself as a face for the first time in her TNA career. After Grado found out that Van Ness was Canadian however, he called off the wedding on the September 7 episode of Impact. Van Ness began turning heel when she reverted to her psychotic gimmick, which later included going out in the crowd and campaigning for a husband. On November 5, at Bound for Glory, the evil Van Ness attacked Grado during his Monster's Ball match against Abyss, cementing herself as a villainess once again, only to be on the receiving end of Rosemary's mist.

On November 8, which aired on a tape delay on December 14, Van Ness defeated Rosemary in a tournament final for the vacant Impact Knockouts Championship. During that time she also returned to her normal ring gear leaving the wedding dress but continuing with her psychotic gimmick.[10][11] Reportedly, after winning the title, Green asked for her release from Impact Wrestling, but the company turned down to release her with the title. On January 15, 2018, Green was officially granted her release from the promotion after she finished out the television tapings, where she lost the Knockouts championship to Allie.[12]

Green engaging in post-match theatrics following a loss, at a PWA show in Guelph, Ontario in February 2018

Lucha Underground (2018)[edit]

Green debuted during the fourth season tapings of Lucha Underground on February 25, 2018 under the name Reklusa. She was involved in a fatal four-Way with Jeremiah Crane, XO Lishus, and Marty "The Moth" Martinez. On October 10, Reklusa lost to Pentagón Dark in the main event.

WWE[edit]

Early appearances and Tough Enough (2014–2015)[edit]

During the feud between Brie Bella and Stephanie McMahon, Green appeared on the August 11, 2014, episode of Raw as Megan Miller portraying Daniel Bryan's physical therapist, where she confessed having an affair with him before an infuriated Brie stormed into the ring slapped her and attacked McMahon.[3]

In 2015, Chelsea reappeared under her real name, as a contestant on the sixth season of the re-launched Tough Enough finishing in fourth place for the females.[13]

NXT (2018–present)[edit]

In 2018, Chelsea took part in the WWE tryouts and was signed on August 3, 2018.[14] Chelsea started at the WWE performance center on October 8, 2018 and made her NXT in-ring debut at a live event on October 26, 2018, competing under her familiar "psychotic" gimmick. She made her TV debut at the March 13, 2019 NXT TV tapings under her real name. She defeated Jessie Elaban, but broke her wrist during the match. Despite the injury, she completed the match. Green underwent surgery the following day on March 14.[15]

Green returned on June 29 at a NXT live event where she and Deonna Purrazzo lost to Kacy Catanzaro and Lacey Lane.

Personal life[edit]

On April 4, 2019, Green announced her engagement to fellow professional wrestler, Matthew Cardona, known in WWE as Zack Ryder. The two have been dating since January 2017.[16]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Van Ness posing with the Queens of Combat Tag Team Championship belt

References[edit]

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  3. ^ a b Mike, Tedesco (August 11, 2014). "WWE RAW Results – 8/11/14 (Hulk Hogan's Birthday Bash)". WrestleView. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  4. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "QOC 17". Cagematch – The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  5. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "QOC 18". Cagematch – The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  6. ^ "Meet TNA Knockout Chelsea Green – Impact Wrestling". 20 June 2016. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  7. ^ Bocook, Gerald (30 September 2016). "TNA Impact Wrestling Results – 9/29/16 (Lethal Lockdown headlines, go-home show for Bound For Glory)". WrestleView.com. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  8. ^ "2/23 Powell's TNA Impact Wrestling TV Review: Braxton Sutter and Laurel Van Ness wedding, Broken Matt and Jeff Hardy seek more gold, Josh Barnett and Lashley – Pro Wrestling Dot Net". 23 February 2017. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  9. ^ Bocook, Gerald (31 March 2017). "Impact Wrestling Results – 3/30/17 (New Tag Team Champions crowned) – WWE News and Results, RAW and Smackdown Results, TNA News, ROH News". Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  10. ^ Adam, Martin (December 1, 2017). "Impact Results – 11/30/17 (Alberto El Patron vs. Johnny Impact)". WrestleView. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  11. ^ a b Stuart, Carapola (December 14, 2017). "COMPLETE IMPACT WRESTLING REPORT: THE NEW KNOCKOUTS CHAMPION AND HER #1 CONTENDER ARE DETERMINED, JIMMY JACOBS MAKES HIS IN-RING DEBUT, STORM AND LAMBERT AGREE TO PUT IT ALL ON THE LINE, THE SAMI CALLIHAN-KONNAN SUMMIT, AND MORE". PWInsider. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  12. ^ "IMPACT NOTES: TWO TITLE CHANGES AT TV TAPINGS, ANOTHER DEPARTURE". f4wonline. January 13, 2018. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
  13. ^ "Tough Enough". Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  14. ^ Currier, Joseph (October 18, 2018). "Chelsea Green among newest group of WWE signees". FW4Online.com. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  15. ^ "Chelsea Green Breaks Wrist During Full Sail WWE NXT Debut". Wrestling Inc. 2019-03-14. Retrieved 2019-03-15.
  16. ^ Thomas, Jeremy (April 4, 2019). "Zack Ryder & Chelsea Green Announce Engagement". 411mania.com. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  17. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "ASW Women's Championship". Cagematch – The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  18. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) Female 50 for 2017". The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
  19. ^ Kreikenbohm, Philip. "QOC Tag Team Championship". Cagematch – The Internet Wrestling Database. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
  20. ^ Hollie, Matthew (February 20, 2017). "Full Results: Queens Of Combat 17 & 18". Diva Dirt. Retrieved May 28, 2017.

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