Aliyah in April 2018
|Birth name||Nhooph Al-Areebi|
|Born||November 23, 1994|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
|Residence||Orlando, Florida, United States|
|Alma mater||George Brown College|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Billed height||5 ft 3 in (160 cm)|
|Billed weight||112 lb (51 kg)|
|Billed from||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Trained by||Rob Fuego|
WWE Performance Center
|Debut||January 20, 2013|
Nhooph Al-Areebi was born in Toronto, Ontario. She is of Syrian and Iraqi descent and grew up in a strict, conservative family. In 2012, she graduated from St. Joseph's College School, and later attended George Brown College, where she studied nursing. She also attended a circus training school.
Professional wrestling careerEdit
Independent circuit (2013–2015)Edit
Al-Areebi wrestled on the independent circuit under the ring name Jasmin Areebi, debuting for Squared Circle Wrestling (SCW) in Toronto in January 2013. She wrestled for a variety of promotions in Canada and the United States, including Pure Wrestling Association (PWA), Absolute Intense Wrestling (AIW), and New England Championship Wrestling (NECW).
On March 17, 2015, it was reported that Al–Areebi had signed a developmental contract with WWE. Her signing was confirmed by WWE on April 13. She made her first appearance at the NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable event on May 20, as part of Tyler Breeze's entrance. She made her in–ring debut on June 20 during an NXT live event, where she competed in a six–person tag team match. In October, she was given the ring name Aliyah.
Aliyah's television debut took place on the January 13, 2016, episode of NXT, where she competed in a number one contender's battle royal for Bayley's NXT Women's Championship, which was won by Carmella. On the April 27 episode of NXT, Aliyah competed in her first televised singles match, where she lost to Carmella. Towards the end of the year, Aliyah debuted new ring gear and entrance music, leaving her Arabian gimmick, and picked up her first victory as part of the brand, as she defeated Billie Kay after a distraction by Liv Morgan, only for both of them to be attacked by Kay and Peyton Royce. This set a six–woman tag team match between Aliyah, Morgan and Ember Moon against The Iconic Duo (Kay and Royce) and Daria Berenato, that was taped on NXT TakeOver: Toronto on November 19, where Aliyah's team was victorious.
On January 3, 2017, Aliyah made her first main roster appearance as she appeared on SmackDown Live, where she lost to Carmella. Throughout 2018, Aliyah continued losing to various competitors such as Lacey Evans, Ember Moon and Mae Young Classic winner Kairi Sane, while also showing signs of a heel turn. In September, Aliyah, now officially working as a heel, started a short alliance with Evans, and the two had an altercation with Dakota Kai and Deonna Purrazzo, which led to a tag team match, where Aliyah and Evans were victorious, making Aliyah's first victory in over a year.
After some time away, on the February 13, 2019, episode of NXT, Aliyah returned working full-time, as she defeated Taynara Conti after interference from Vanessa Borne. The duo then started an alliance and picked up their first victory against Conti and Xia Li, two weeks later on the February 27 episode.
In September 2015, a number of racially insensitive comments made several years prior on Al-Areebi's Twitter account were discovered. WWE subsequently issued a statement regarding the controversy, stating that her account was used by another person at the time.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- Ground Xero Wrestling
- GXW Women's Championship (1 time)
- Great Canadian Wrestling
- GCW Women's Championship (1 time)
- Impact Pro Wrestling
- IPW Women's Championship (2 times)
- New England Championship Wrestling
- Queens of Chaos
- World Queens of Chaos Championship (1 time)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Pure Wrestling Association
- PWA Women's Championship (1 time)
- Southland World Wrestling
- SWW Laddies Championship (1 time)
- SWW Women's Championship (2 times,final)
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