Ivelisse Vélez

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Ivelisse Vélez
Birth name Ivelisse Milagro Vélez
Born (1988-09-21) September 21, 1988 (age 27)[1]
Ponce, Puerto Rico[2]
Residence Tampa, Florida, U.S.
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Ivelisse[3]
Ivelisse Vélez[1]
Sexy Juliette[3]
Sofia Cortez[4]
Billed height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)[5]
Billed weight 115 lb (52 kg)[5]
Billed from Puerto Rico[4]
San Juan, Puerto Rico[5]
Trained by Carlos Colón, Sr.[5]
Quique Cruz[5]
Savio Vega[5]
Debut 2002[5]

Ivelisse Milagro Vélez (born September 21, 1988)[2] is a Puerto Rican[1] professional wrestler. She is known for her appearances in WWE between 2011 and 2012 under the ring name Sofia Cortez, where she was a contestant on the fifth season of WWE Tough Enough, but was eliminated due to injury. Despite this, she was signed to a contract and appeared in WWE's developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling as well as WWE NXT.[4] She is now working on the independent circuit under her real name, most notably for Shine Wrestling, where she once held the Shine Championship, and Lucha Underground, for which she once held the Lucha Underground Trios Championship, with Son of Havoc and Angélico.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Vélez began her wrestling career at the age of fourteen in Puerto Rico. Soon after, she debuted in World Wrestling Council. She subsequently wrestled in the International Wrestling Association. After gaining experience, she began wrestling in the United States, beginning on the Chicago independent circuit.

WWE (2011–2012)[edit]

In March 2011, Vélez was announced as one of the fourteen contestants for the fifth season of WWE Tough Enough.[6] On the May 10 episode, she was eliminated from the competition due to a leg injury.[7] After being eliminated, on November 11, Vélez signed a contract with WWE.

She was assigned to WWE's then-developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), and made her debut under the ring name Sofia Cortez at an FCW house show in a six-woman tag team match, teaming with Cameron Lynn and Audrey Marie to defeat Caylee Turner, Leah West and Raquel Diaz. She made her televised debut on the December 25 episode of FCW TV, teaming with Turner to defeat Lynn and Kaitlyn.[8] On the February 5 episode of FCW TV, Cortez teamed with Diaz in a losing effort to Audrey Marie and Kaitlyn.[9][10] On the March 11 episode of FCW TV, Cortez formed a stable dubbed The Anti-Divas, consisting of Paige and Raquel Diaz, with the trio attacking Audrey Marie.[11] The following week on FCW TV, Cortez and Paige and lost to Marie and Kaitlyn.[12]

WWE went on to rebrand FCW into WWE NXT.[13] Cortez's NXT television debut took place on the July 4 episode of NXT taped at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida, where she defeated Paige.[14] On the July 25 episode of NXT, Cortez defeated Natalya by count-out but suffered a post-match attack from Natalya.[15] In August 2012, Vélez announced that she had been released from her WWE contract.[16] Her final match saw her lose to Tamina Snuka, taped before her release.[17]

On a May 2015 podcast with Vince Russo, Vélez alluded that her reporting Bill DeMott to the offices as a highly probable reason for her being released from WWE, and that she was one of the first to report DeMott for mistreatment.[18]

Independent circuit (2012–present)[edit]

On October 4, 2012, Vélez made her debut appearance at Family Wrestling Entertainment's pay-per-view, Back 2 Brooklyn, as a special guest along with former WWE Diva Maryse Ouellet. Velez established herself as a villain and delivered a promo about her dislike for "Divas" and her mission to make a statement. Later in the event, Vélez attacked Katarina Leigh after she and Maria Kanellis were defeated by The Beautiful People (Angelina Love and Velvet Sky).[19]

In December, Vélez was revealed as the newest member of the Los Perros del Mal stable.[20] Vélez made her debut as a representative of the stable on January 1, 2013, at a Perros del Mal independent event, where she teamed with Cósmico and Eita to defeat Celestial, Flamita and Sexy Lady.[21][22] On April 21, Vélez defeated Alissa Flash to win the PWR Women's Championship.[23][24] On May 11, she lost the title back to Flash, who now worked under the ring name Cheerleader Melissa.[25]

On October 4, 2014, Vélez defeated Maria Kanellis to win the FWE Women's Championship. However, she lost the title the same night to Candice LeRae.

On November 28, 2014, Vélez made her debut for the Mexican promotion Asistencia Asesoría y Administración (AAA), teaming with Faby Apache to defeat Sexy Star and Taya. Vélez worked the match as a fan favorite, opposite Taya, a representative of Los Perros del Mal, a stable she herself once represented.[26]

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2012, 2013)[edit]

On October 11, 2012, Vélez had a tryout match for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), competing against Tara in a losing effort.[27] On February 24, 2013, it was reported that Vélez would be competing in a TNA Gut Check match,[28] in which she defeated Lei'D Tapa on the February 28 episode of Impact Wrestling. On the March 7 episode of Impact Wrestling, Vélez was eliminated from TNA Gut Check, and therefore failed to earn a contract with the promotion.

Vélez returned to TNA in 2013 at One Night Only: Knockouts Knockdown, where she lost to Tapa. She also appeared at TNA One Night Only: World Cup of Wrestling as part of team Aces & Eights, along with D.O.C., Knux, Mr. Anderson and Wes Brisco. Vélez defeated Mickie James, with help from Aces & Eights, to advance to the finals. In the final, team Aces & Eights were defeated by Team USA (Christopher Daniels, James Storm, Kazarian and James).

Shine Wrestling (2012–present)[edit]

Vélez debuted in Shine Wrestling at Shine 5 on November 16, 2012, where she was defeated by Athena. At Shine 6, on January 11, 2013, Vélez defeated Su Yung. Later that night, the formation of the stable Valkyrie was revealed, consisting of Vélez, Rain, Allysin Kay, Taylor Made and April Hunter. At Shine 8, on March 23, Vélez and the rest of Valkyrie defeated the team of Amazing Kong, Angelina Love, Mia Yim and Christina Von Eerie. At Shine 9 on April 19, Vélez was defeated by Jazz in a Shine Championship tournament qualifying match. On January 24, 2014, Vélez defeated Rain to win the Shine Championship. Following the match, Valkyrie turned on Vélez and kicked her out of the stable.[29]

Vélez went on to defend and successfully retain the championship against the likes of Mercedes Martinez, Leva Bates and Jazz for both Shine iPPVs and other promotion events. At Shine 20, she defended her championship against Serena Deeb and wrestled to a one-hour time limit draw. On November 16, 2014, during Shine's parent company WWNLive's tour of China, Ivelisse lost the Shine Championship to Mia Yim.[30] At Shine 30 on October 2, 2015, Vélez returned to Shine and defeated Thunderkitty.[31]

Lucha Underground (2014–present)[edit]

Vélez debuted on the November 5, 2014, episode of Lucha Underground, simply as Ivelisse, teaming with Son of Havoc in a loss to Sexy Star and Chavo Guerrero Jr.[32] On February 8, 2015, Ivelisse, Havoc and Angélico won a tournament to become the inaugural Lucha Underground Trios Champions.[33] On the February 18 episode of Lucha Underground, Ivelisse earned her first singles victory against Angélico.[34] During the time Ivelisse, Havoc and Angélico held the championships, they defended and successfully retained them against The Crew (Cortez, Castro and Bael) in a ladder match on the May 20 episode of Lucha Underground,[35] and against Cage, DelAvar Daivari and Big Ryck on the June 3 episode, despite Ivelisse suffering from a legitimate foot injury.[36] On July 29, at Ultima Lucha Part 1, they lost the championships to The Disciples of Death (Barrio Negro, Trece and El Sinestro de la Muerte), due to interference from Catrina.[37]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Pro Championship Wrestling
    • PCW Women's Championship (2 times)[5]
  • Pro Wrestling Revolution
    • PWR Women's Championship (1 time)[23]
  • Other titles
    • VWAA Women's Championship (3 times)[5]

See also[edit]


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  27. ^ http://www.wrestlenewz.com/wrestling/tna-news/ivelisse-velez-works-dark-match-following-impact-bound-for-glory-music-video/
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  29. ^ a b Trionfo, Richard (2014-01-24). "Complete Shine 16 report: Havok versus Kay; what is the future of Valkyrie after Rain faces Ivelisse; tag tournament announced for February 28th at Shine 17; and more". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
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