Leva Bates

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Leva Bates
Leva Bates at Smash Wrestling.jpg
Bates in October 2016
Born (1983-05-21) May 21, 1983 (age 34)[1]
Madisonville, Kentucky, United States[2]
Residence Orlando, Florida, United States[3]
Alma mater Murray State University
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Blue Pants
Leva Bates[4]
Billed height 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)[5]
Billed weight 115 lb (52 kg)[5]
Billed from Gotham City, Florida[5]
The Clearance Rack[3]
Trained by Bubba Ray Dudley[5]
D-Von Dudley[5]
Debut 2006[5]

Leva Bates[1] (born May 21, 1983)[1] is an American professional wrestler.[1][5] She is currently signed to Impact Wrestling (TNA). She is best known for her appearances with WWE in their developmental territory WWE NXT under the ring name Blue Pants. She is also known for her tenure on the independent circuit, most notably for Shimmer Women Athletes, under her real name.[1]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Early career (2006–2009)[edit]

Bates was trained at the Team 3D Academy under Devon Hughes and Mark LoMonaco, and made her professional wrestling debut in 2006.[5] She spent the next three years wrestling primarily in the Southeastern United States, for promotions such as Southeastern Championship Wrestling (SCW) and Coastal Championship Wrestling. In SCW, she won the SCW Women's Championship on November 8, 2008, by defeating Betsy Ruth and Lexie Fyfe in a three-way match. She also appeared for World Xtreme Wrestling, beginning in 2009, wrestling against Betsy Ruth and Malia Hosaka, among others.[1]

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2008, 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017–present)[edit]

Bates appeared on the May 28, 2008, episode of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's Impact!, accepting Awesome Kong's $25,000 challenge, which she would lose. She later had a try-out match for the company against Isis the Amazon in February 2011, but lost the match.[1] In September 2012, Bates made a further appearance on Impact Wrestling, portraying a villainous stagehand who helped the Aces & Eights faction abduct Sting and Hulk Hogan.[6] Bates made a brief return to TNA for the Knockouts Knockdown 2016 pay-per-view as her cosplayer character losing a well received match to TNA Knockouts champion Jade.[7] Bates returned to Impact Wrestling again for One Night Only: Victory Road – Knockouts Knockdown defeating Allie. Later the same night she teamed with ODB, Alisha and Santana Garrett in an eight-man tag team match where they defeated Angelina Love, Rosemary, Diamanté and Laurel Van Ness.[8]

Full Impact Pro (2008, 2013–2014)[edit]

Bates debuted in Full Impact Pro (FIP) in May 2008, when she and Rain defeated Portia Perez and Mimi in a tag team match. She returned five years later,[1] as part of a Shine Wrestling showcase match against Solo Darling on August 9, 2013. She continued making appearances for FIP throughout 2013 and 2014, as the manager of Dos Ben Dejos (Jay Rios and Eddie Cruz), along with Mia Yim. She also made sporadic wrestling appearances for the company, usually against Darling or Su Yung.[9]

Shimmer Women Athletes (2009–2014)[edit]

Bates made her debut for Shimmer Women Athletes in 2009 at Volume 28, when she and Kimberly Kash lost a tag team match to Kacey Diamond and Sassy Stephie. She returned at the next show in 2010, defeating She Nay Nay in a dark match, before losing to Malia Hosaka on Volume 30. At Volumes 33 and 34, she lost to Allison Danger and Melanie Cruise respectively, before defeating Cat Power at Volume 36. Beginning at Volume 37 in March 2011, Bates formed a tag team with Allison Danger, known as Regeneration X. Over the next year, they defeated the teams of Jamilia Craft and Mia Yim, and Sassy Stephie and Nevaeh, but lost to Nikki Roxx and Ariel and The Knight Dynasty (Britani and Saraya Knight). On March 17, 2012, Regeneration X failed to win the Shimmer Tag Team Championship from Ayako Hamada and Ayumi Kurihara, and were unsuccessful again in a four-way match at Volume 48 the next day.[1] In 2013, Bates returned to singles competition, and unsuccessfully challenged Cheerleader Melissa for the Shimmer Championship on October 19 at Volume 58.[10] She spent the rest of 2013 and 2014 wrestling matches against Nikki Storm, Marti Belle, Veda Scott, and Jessicka Havok.[1][10][11]

Shine Wrestling (2012–2014)[edit]

The Lucha Sisters (Bates, left, and Mia Yim) in November 2014.

Bates debuted in Shine Wrestling at their first event in July 2012. Initially a singles competitor, she faced Mercedes Martinez, Portia Perez, and Jessicka Havok, before having a series of matches with Kimberly, with the pair trading wins.[1] This prompted at a Last Woman Standing match at Shine 7, which Bates won. After being attacked post-match by Kimberly,[12] they faced off again at Shine 8 in a Fans Bring the Weapons I Quit match, which Kimberly won by referee stoppage.[13] The feud ended at Shine 9, when Bates won an "Arkham Asylum" steel cage match.[14] Bates then competed in the tournament to determine the inaugural Shine Champion. She defeated Taylor Made before losing to Mia Yim.[15][16] This was followed by a feud with Nevaeh, which led to a hardcore match at Shine 15, in which Bates emerged victorious.[1]

In February 2014, Bates teamed up with Mia Yim to enter the tournament to determine the inaugural Shine Tag Team Champions. Collectively known as The Lucha Sisters, Bates and Yim defeated The Kimber Bombs (Cherry Bomb and Kimber Lee), and Jessie Belle Smothers and Sassy Stephie en route to the final, where they defeated Made in Sin (Taylor Made and Allysin Kay) to win the championships.[17] They successfully defended the titles against Evie and Madison Eagles, and Candice LeRae and Ivelisse, before losing them to Legendary (Brandi Wine and Malia Hosaka) at Shine 20 on June 27, 2014.[1][18][19] The Lucha Sisters failed to regain the championship in a rematch at Shine 21 in August.[20]


NXT (2014–2015)[edit]

Bates made her debut in WWE's developmental territory on the October 16, 2014, episode of NXT, as an enhancement talent, losing to the debuting Carmella. She was introduced as "Blue Pants" by Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady because of her blue ring attire, and retained the name for her subsequent appearances.[21] She returned at the NXT television tapings on October 23, losing again to Carmella; the match aired on November 27.[22] Blue Pants earned her first victory on the January 1, 2015, episode of NXT, defeating Carmella in their third match.[23] She made further appearances on the February 18, April 15, and June 10 episodes, losing to NXT Women's Champion Sasha Banks, Dana Brooke, and Emma respectively.[24][25] Blue Pants made a surprise appearance at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn on August 22, managing The Vaudevillains (Aiden English and Simon Gotch), where they won the NXT Tag Team Championship. Blue Pants also had an altercation with Alexa Bliss during the match.[26] Bliss would go on to defeat Blue Pants in a singles match on the September 2 episode of NXT.[27]

Blue Pants made her final appearance on the December 2 episode of NXT, facing Nia Jax in a losing effort.[28]

WrestleCircus (2016–present)[edit]

Leva Bates made her debut with WrestleCircus at their inaugural show on October 16, 2016. In her debut, she cosplayed "Broken" Matt Hardy in a losing effort against Christi Jaynes and Jessica James. While Leva is known as "The Queen of Cosplay", her gimmick in WrestleCircus is to cosplay as whoever the hottest wrestling act is during that month.[29]

WrestleCircus Event: Date: Cosplay Character: Based On:
The Opening Act 10/16/2016 "Broken" Leva Bates[30] Matt Hardy
The Main Attraction Pt. II 11/20/2016 "The List of Leva"[31] Chris Jericho
The Grandest Wrestling Show On Earth 12/19/2016 Shinsuke Levamura[32] Shinsuke Nakamura
Tough Act To Follow 01/14/2017 "The Cleaner" Leva Omega[33] Kenny Omega
Taking Center Stage 02/19/2017 Joanna Ryan[34] Joey Ryan

On February 19th, 2017, Leva Bates (as Joanna Ryan) defeated Scorpio Sky to win the WrestleCircus Sideshow Championship under 24/7 rules. Less than two minutes later, she was defeated by Joey Ryan.

Personal life[edit]

Bates dressed as The Bride from Kill Bill in March 2014.

Bates has a degree in theater and radio/television production with a minor in dance from Murray State University. She works during the week as one of the entertainers at the Universal Orlando theme park.[35]

Bates is known for her use of cosplay in her ring outfits; she regularly dresses as characters from movies, video games, and comic books.[36]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]


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