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Nicola Glencross[1] (born 21 April 1989) is a Scottish professional wrestler currently signed to WWE under the ring name Nikki Cross performing on the Raw brand. Cross previously wrestled on the independent circuit under the ring name Nikki Storm, most notably for Insane Championship Wrestling, Pro-Wrestling: EVE, Scottish Wrestling Entertainment, and Shimmer Women Athletes. She is currently one-half of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions alongside Alexa Bliss.

Nikki Cross
Nikki Cross Axxess 2018.jpg
Cross in April 2018
Birth nameNicola Glencross[1]
Born (1989-04-21) 21 April 1989 (age 30)[1]
Glasgow, Scotland[1][2]
ResidenceOrlando, Florida, United States[3]
Alma materUniversity of Glasgow[4]
Spouse(s)Killian Dain (m. 2019)[5]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Nicola Glencross[2]
Nicola Storm[2]
Nikki Cross[6]
Nikki Glencross[7]
Nikki Storm[1][8]
Billed height5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)[8]
Billed weight119 lb (54 kg)[8]
Billed fromGlasgow, Scotland[6]
Trained byKillian Dain[4]
Robbie Brookside[4]
Finn Bálor[4]
Johnny Kidd[4]
Paul Tracey[4]
Debut20 September 2008[9]

Early lifeEdit

Glencross was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland,[10] and graduated from the University of Glasgow with a Bachelor of Arts in history. She is also a qualified fitness instructor and personal trainer.[1][4]

Professional wrestling careerEdit

Independent circuit (2008–2015)Edit

In September 2008, Glencross began training at the Scottish Wrestling Alliance, where she made her debut for the promotion, performing under the ring name Nikki Storm.[4] In February 2010, she began working on the British independent circuit, and became a mainstay for promotions such as her debuting at the Insane Championship Wrestling (ICW),[8][9] and Pro-Wrestling: EVE, where she held the Pro-Wrestling: EVE Championship three times.[9] In 2013, Storm began touring in Japan with JWP Joshi Puroresu, and made some appearances for World Wonder Ring Stardom until the middle of the summer of 2015.[4][9] In October 2013, Storm began wrestling for American all-female promotions Shimmer Women Athletes, Shine Wrestling and Women Superstars Uncensored.[9] She has also wrestled for Global Force Wrestling (GFW), Absolute Intense Wrestling (AIW), World Wide Wrestling League (W3L), Queens of Combat, and World Xtreme Wrestling.[2][9]

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2014)Edit

Glencross competed in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA)'s British Boot Camp 2, which began airing in October 2014, in which she was unsuccessful.[1]

WWE (2016–present)Edit

NXT (2016–2018)Edit

Glencross received a tryout with WWE in London during the autumn of 2015,[11] and in April 2016, she was one of ten signees that had begun training at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.[12] She debuted for NXT on 22 April, during a live event.[13] During a Facebook live video in August, she was introduced as Nikki Cross.[14] She made her first televised appearance and in–ring debut on the August 17 episode of NXT under the name "Nikki Glencross", where she competed in a six-woman tag team match along with Carmella, and Liv Morgan, defeating Daria Berenato, Mandy Rose, and Alexa Bliss.[7]

 
Cross with fellow Sanity member Alexander Wolfe during a live event in 2017

On the 12 October episode of NXT, Cross returned as part of the debuting heel stable, Sanity, along with Alexander Wolfe, Eric Young, and Sawyer Fulton (who was later replaced by Killian Dain). She and Young accompanied Fulton and Wolfe for their winning effort against Bobby Roode and Tye Dillinger in the first round of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.[15] One week later, Cross scored her first televised singles victory over Danielle Kamela, however, the decision was reversed when Cross continued to attack Kamela after the match.[16]

On the 11 January 2017, episode of NXT, Cross came to the aid of NXT Women's Champion Asuka, who was being attacked by Peyton Royce and Billie Kay, before turning on Asuka and attacking her as well.[17] As a result, Cross, Royce and Kay were placed in a four-way match at the NXT TakeOver: San Antonio event on 28 January, which Cross failed to win.[18] In May, Cross participated in a number one contender's battle royal for Asuka's NXT Women's Championship, where she, Ruby Riot, and Ember Moon were attacked by Asuka for being the last competitors left in the match and as a result, all four of them were placed into a four–way championship match at NXT TakeOver: Chicago,[19] which was later changed to a three–way match after Ember Moon suffered an injury. [20] At the event, Cross failed to capture the title.[21] In a rematch which was contested in a three–way elimination match once again against both women, Riot was the first eliminated before the match ended in a no contest as Cross and Asuka brawled backstage.[22] This led to a last woman standing match (the first ever in WWE history) between the two women for the NXT Women's Championship on the 28 June episode of NXT, in which Cross was once again defeated.[23] On 19 August at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III, Cross accompanied and helped Sanity to capture the NXT Tag Team Championships from The Authors of Pain.[24] In October, Cross earned herself a spot for the fatal four–way match for the vacant NXT Women's Championship at NXT TakeOver: WarGames on 18 November,[25][26] which was ultimately won by Ember Moon.[27]

In early 2018, Cross began a little winning streak, defeating Lacey Evans[28] and Vanessa Borne.[29] During the 2018 Superstar Shake-up her fellow stable partners Eric Young, Alexander Wolfe and Killian Dain were drafted to SmackDown, leaving Cross on NXT to work again as a singles competitor.[30] Throughout the summer, Cross started a feud with Shayna Baszler over the NXT Women's Championship, which led to a match between the two at NXT TakeOver: Chicago, in which Cross was once again unsuccessful and was defeated by technical submission.[31] After a short hiatus, Cross returned in August[32] and she was placed in the Aleister Black attack storyline where she was revealed to be a witness as she was on the roof of the building at the time he was attacked. In September, Cross also started a short feud with Bianca Belair which led to a match between the two that ended in a double count–out.[33] One month later, on the 17 October episode of NXT, a rematch ended in a no contest, after Aleister Black returned and interrupted it to ask Cross who his attacker is.[34] Johnny Gargano was eventually revealed as the attacker and her involvement in the storyline sparked a match between Cross and Gargano's wife Candice LeRae, whom she was able to defeat in a singles match at NXT TakeOver: WarGames.[35] Cross wrestled her final match on the 9 January 2019 episode of NXT, where she lost to Bianca Belair, officially ending the feud between the two as well.[36]

Main roster and storyline with Alexa Bliss (2018–present)Edit

On the November 6, 2018 episode of SmackDown from Manchester, England, Cross made her surprise main roster debut by answering an open challenge from WWE SmackDown Women's Champion Becky Lynch, who defeated her in a non-title match.[37] On the December 17, 2018 episode of Raw, Cross was advertised as one of the six NXT wrestlers about to be moved to the main roster.[38][39] On the January 14, 2019 episode of Raw, Cross made her Raw debut, teaming with Bayley and Natalya in a winning effort against The Riott Squad (Liv Morgan, Ruby Riott and Sarah Logan). [40]

At the Royal Rumble, Cross entered her first Royal Rumble match at number 8, lasting nine minutes before being eliminated by the IIconics (Billie Kay and Peyton Royce).[41] On the February 4th episode of Raw, Cross and Alicia Fox were defeated by The Boss 'n' Hug Connection (Bayley and Sasha Banks) in a match to determine the final Raw entrants in the tag team Elimination Chamber match to determine the inaugural WWE Women's Tag Team Champions at the Elimination Chamber event.[42] On April 8 (aired April 24) on Worlds Collide, she took part in a triple threat match for the NXT UK Women's Championship won by defending champion Toni Storm. [43]

After not being mentioned during the 2019 WWE Superstar Shake-up, Cross was confirmed to have been drafted to the Raw brand on the May 8 taping of Main Event (aired on May 11).[44][45][46] After weeks without appearing on Raw, Cross returned on May 13 in a backstage scene with Alexa Bliss; this marked a change in her character, who appeared calmer and more collected than during her time in NXT. In the segment, Cross, seemingly sad and claiming that nobody even noticed that she had joined Raw, appeared to bond with Bliss, whose ring gear had been lost, and accepted to fill in for her in her upcoming match; Cross won her match later that night, a fatal four-way match against Dana Brooke, Naomi, and Natalya.[47] This was her first match on Raw since February.[48] She later unsuccessfully took part in the Money in the Bank ladder match at the Money in the Bank event, having replaced Bliss who suffered an injury.[49][50] After the event, Cross, having become Bliss' "best friend", started acting as her manager and tag team partner, starting on the May 19 episode of Raw during which she, Bliss and Becky Lynch defeated Lacey Evans and the IIconics.

On the June 17 episode of Raw, Cross and Bliss faced the IIconics for the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship (Cross' first title opportunity on the main roster), but were unsuccessful due to a distraction by Bayley, who was also in a feud against Bliss for Bayley's SmackDown Women's Championship; Cross, very upset by the loss, asked Bliss to be in her corner at Stomping Grounds, where Bliss would challenge Bayley for the title.[51] Bliss was unsuccessful at the event; during the match, Cross, still upset at Bayley, had tried to attack her, which she subsequently believed to be the cause of Bliss' loss.[52][53][54] Two days later, she appeared on SmackDown asking for another title opportunity for Bliss; she then defeated Bayley in a non-title match, earning Bliss another match for the title at Extreme Rules.[55][56][57] Cross made the match at Extreme Rules a Handicap match for Bayley's title where she teamed with Bliss in a losing effort. On the August 5th edition of Raw, Bliss and Cross captured the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship, marking Cross' first championship in WWE.[58]

Personal lifeEdit

On January 17, 2019, Glencross married her longtime boyfriend and fellow Sanity stablemate, Damian Mackle, better known as Killian Dain.[59]

Other mediaEdit

Cross made her video game debut as a playable character in WWE 2K18.[60] She didn't appear in WWE 2K19, but she returns to the series in the upcoming WWE 2K20.[61]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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