Dakota Kai

Dec 20, 2016 - by Jamie Cruickshank


Real name: Cheree Crowley
Height: 5’6″
Weight: 132 lbs.
Date of birth: May 6, 1988
Hometown: Auckland, New Zealand
Pro debut: December 2007
Trained by: Impact Pro Wrestling
Finishing move: TTYL


– Evie began her career with IPW in her native New Zealand
– In 2012, Evie started to branch out from her homeland, making her first appearance in Australia
– On August 25, 2012, Evie defeated Jessie McKay to win the PWWA Interim Title
– On January 12, 2013, Evie defeated Shazza McKenzie to retain the PWWA Interim Title
– On April 27, 2013, Evie defeated Olivia Shaw to retain the IPW:NZ Womens Title
– On July 5, 2013, Evie defeated Jessie McKay & Kellie Skater to retain the PWWA Interim Title
– On August 3, 2013, Evie defeated Madison Eagles to unify the PWWA Interim Title with the PWWA Title
– On November 8, 2013, Evie defeated Jessie McKay, Michelle K Hasluck & Shazza McKenzie in a 4-Way Match to retain the PWWA Title
– In early 2014, Evie toured Japan with the Diana promotion
– Later that year, she began competing in the US for both SHIMMER and SHINE
– In October 2015, Evie made an appearance on NXT, losing to Nia Jax
– On December 6, 2015, Hyper Destroyers (Evie, Kellie Skater & Hiroyo Matsumoto) defeated Oedo Tai (Act Yasukawa, Kris Wolf & Kyoko Kimura) and Io Shirai, Momo Watanabe & Mayu Iwatani in a 3-Way Match to win the Artist of Stardom Titles
– On December 23, 2015, Hyper Destroyers defeated Hiromi Mimura, Momo Watanabe & Jungle Kyona to retain the Artist of Stardom Titles
– On January 24, 2016, Hyper Destroyers defeated Oedo Tai (Kyoko Kimura, Kaitlin Diemond & Viper) to retain the Artist of Stardom Titles
– On June 26, 2016, Team Slap Happy (Evie & Heidi Lovelace) defeated BaleSpin (Xandra Bale & KC Spinelli), Fly High WDSS (Kay Lee Ray & Mia Yim) and The Kimber Bombs (Kimber Lee & Cherry Bomb) in an Elimination Match to win the SHIMMER Tag Team Titles
– On November 11, 2016, Team Slap Happy defeated Fly High WDSS to retain the SHIMMER Tag Team Titles
– The next day, Team Slap Happy defeated The Rejected (Christina Von Eerie & Hudson Envy) to retain the SHIMMER Tag Team Titles
– On December 15, 2016, she signed a contract with WWE
– On June 29, 2017, Crowley was announced as a participant in the upcoming Mae Young Classic under the ring name Dakota Kai. She would make the quarter final, losing to eventual winner Kairi Sane
– On October 25, Kai made her televised NXT debut in a battle royal
– In July 2018, Kai began splitting time between NXT and NXT UK
– At an NXT live event in December, Kai tore her ACL
– Kai returned to action for NXT in September 2019
– At Takeover War Games III, Kai, Candice LeRae, Rhea Ripley & Tegan Nox defeated Io Shirai, Bianca Belair, Shayna Baszler & Kay Lee Ray in the titular match. Kai turned on her team during the contest
– Kai entered the 2020 Royal Rumble
– At Takeover Portland, Kai defeated Tegan Nox in a Street Fight
– At Takeover War Games IV, Kai, Candice LeRae, Toni Storm & Raquel Gonzalez defeated Io Shirai, Rhea Ripley, Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart
– Kai competed in the 2021 Royal Rumble
– Kai & Raquel Gonzalez won the 2021 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, defeating Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart in the final, held at Takeover Vengeance Day. For winning the tournament, they became the first NXT Womens Tag Team Champions
– In August 2021, Kai began working Smackdown dark matches, seemingly indicating an impending main roster call-up, but nothing came of it and she was back on NXT in November
– At the Stand & Deliver 2022 pre-show, Kai & Raquel Gonzalez defeated Toxic Attraction (Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne) to win the NXT Tag Team Titles, but would lose them back on the next televised NXT show
– On the March 10, 2021 episode of NXT,
– In April 2022, Kai was released by WWE by mutual consent
– On July 30, 2022, Kai re-signed with WWE and returned at SummerSlam alongside Bayley and Iyo Sky, the three forming the Damage CTRL stable
– At Clash At The Castle 2022, Damage CTRL defeated Alexa Bliss, Bianca Belair & Asuka
– On the September 12 episode of Raw, Damage CTRL (Kai & Sky) defeated Raquel Gonzalez & Aliyah to win the WWE Womens Tag Team Titles
– On the October 21 episode of Smackdown, Damage CTRL (Kai & Sky) defeated Raquel Rodriguez & Shotzi to retain the WWE Womens Tag Team Titles
– All four members of Damage CTRL were moved to the Raw brand in the 2024 Draft

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