Dori Prange (/prn/ prayn, born January 9, 1991) is an American professional wrestler currently is signed to WWE, where she performs on the Raw brand under the ring name Ruby Riott.[5] She is currently inactive due to an injury.

Ruby Riott
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Riott in April 2018
Birth nameDori Prange[1]
Born (1991-01-09) January 9, 1991 (age 29)[2]
Edwardsburg, Michigan, United States[2]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Heidi Lovelace[3]
Ruby Riot[4]
Ruby Riott[5]
Billed height5 ft 4 in (163 cm)[5][6]
Billed weight122 lb (55 kg)[6]
Billed fromLafayette, Indiana[3][5]
Trained byBilly Roc[3]
Ohio Valley Wrestling[3]
WWE Performance Center
Debut2010[3]

Prange has worked on the independent circuit for promotions such as Shimmer Women Athletes, Shine Wrestling, Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), IWA Mid-South, and World Wonder Ring Stardom, under the ring name Heidi Lovelace.

Professional wrestling careerEdit

Independent circuit (2010–2016)Edit

In 2010, Prange began training with Billy Roc at his School of Roc. Lovelace made her debut for Juggalo Championship Wrestling, at the Arena Chicks at the Gathering! event, where she defeated C.J. Lane.[2] Lovelace made her debut for Shimmer Women Athletes competing in Volume 51, where she teamed up with December in a losing effort to Pink Flash Kira and Sweet Cherrie in a tag-team match.[2]

Ohio Valley Wrestling (2012–2013)Edit

On May 16, 2012, Prange received a tryout in Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) against Taeler Hendrix, which she failed to win.[7] Prange made her debut for the promotion under the ring name Heidi Lovelace on the May 23 episode of OVW episode 666, where she lost to C.J Lane.[2] On September 1 at OVW's Saturday Night Special, Lovelace defeated Taeler Hendrix in a no disqualifications match, earning a future championship match against her. Lovelace defeated Hendrix for OVW Women's Championship on September 15 during a live event in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.[8] After winning the Women's Championship, Lovelace had victories over Jessie Belle Smoothers, Epiphany, Josette Bynum and Scarlett Bordeaux.[2] On the November 14 episode of OVW episode 691, Lovelace dropped the Women's Championship to Taryn Terrell after the special guest referee Taeler Hendrix cost her the match.[9] Since January 2013, Hendrix received gifts from a secret admirer which she thought was either Dylan Bostic or Ryan Howe. The conclusion of that story ended on the April 27 episode of OVW when Heidi announced that it was her sending the gifts to Hendrix.[10] On the May 4 episode of OVW, Lovelace tried to express her feelings to Hendrix but ended up alone with Hendrix confused.[11] On the May 31 episode of OVW, Lovelace (after being told by Hendrix that Trina has something against the two of them) confronted Trina and challenged her to a match for the Women's Title on the Saturday Night Special, which Trina accepted.[12] The following day at OVW's Saturday Night Special, Trina reversed Lovelace's attempt of a hurricanrana into a powerbomb to retain her title.

Shine Wrestling (2012–2014)Edit

At Shine Wrestling's Shine 2 event, Prange as Heidi Lovelace faced fellow OVW wrestlers Sojournor Bolt and Taeler Hendrix in a three–way match, which was won by Bolt. On November 16, at Shine 5, Lovelace was defeated by Sassy Stephie in a singles match. On February 22, 2013 at Shine 7, Lovelace was defeated by Brittney Savage. On May 24, Lovelace teamed with Luscious Latasha and Solo Darling to take on Sojournor Bolt, Sassy Stephie and Jessie Belle in a six–women tag team match, in which her team lost. Lovelace's losing streak continued at Shine 15 when she was defeated by Mercedes Martinez in singles action. During Shine 16 on January 24, 2014, her losing streak ended after being confirmed as the newest member of the "All Star Squad" (ASS) faction run by Daffney, after forming a tag team with fellow ASS member Solo Darling called "The Buddy System" and defeated S-N-S Express (Sassy Stephie and Jessie Belle Smothers).

Chikara (2013–2016)Edit

 
Lovelace at a live event in September 2014

On May 18, 2013, Lovelace made her debut for Chikara, when she and Saturyne entered the 2013 Tag World Grand Prix. They were, however, eliminated in their first round match by Arik Cannon and Darin Corbin.[13] On December 6, 2014, in the pre-show of the Tomorrow Never Dies iPPV, Lovelace defeated Missile Assault Ant in the finals of a tournament to win the Chikara Young Lions Cup.[14] She defended her Young Lions Cup multiple times in 2015, remaining undefeated in the year.

Also in 2015, Heidi took part in the "Challenge of the Immortals" tournament, which was a season-long double round-robin event. She was drafted to Dasher Hatfield's team, christened "Dasher's Dugout", which also included Dasher's fellow Throwbacks teammate "Mr. Touchdown" Mark Angelosetti, and then Chikara Grand Championship holder, Icarus. Their team led in points for much of the tournament, before ultimately forfeiting their points due to it being revealed that "Mr. Touchdown" had been cheating late in the tournament, by giving Dasher a secretly "loaded" elbow pad. Even so, Dasher and Heidi took part in the season-closing "Tourneo Cibernetico" 16-man match together.[citation needed]

On Saturday, March 19, 2016 she received a title shot at the Chikara Grand Championship against fellow female wrestler Princess Kimber Lee in Gibsonville, North Carolina at the Mid-Atlantic Sportatorium. Kimber retained after escaping the Chikara Special submission and then locking on a bow and arrow style submission that contorted Heidi to the point she had to tap (she had suffered neck damage due to the double-digit German suplexes she sustained over the course of the match).[citation needed]

World Wonder Ring Stardom (2015)Edit

On January 11, 2015, Lovelace made her Japanese debut for the World Wonder Ring Stardom promotion, teaming with Act Yasukawa in a tag team match, where they defeated Hudson Envy and Kris Wolf.[15] On January 18, Lovelace, Yasukawa and Dragonita were forced to join the villainous Monster-gun stable, after being defeated by Envy, Wolf and the stable's leader Kyoko Kimura in a six-woman tag team match. Following the addition of the new members, Monster-gun was renamed Oedo Tai.[16] On February 8, Lovelace, Dragonita and Envy unsuccessfully challenged Heisei-gun (Io Shirai, Mayu Iwatani and Takumi Iroha) for the Artist of Stardom Championship.[17]

WWEEdit

NXT (2016–2017)Edit

On December 15, 2016, it was reported that Prange had signed with WWE and reported to the WWE Performance Center.[1] She made her in-ring debut on January 13 at an NXT live event, losing to Daria Berenato.[18] Going by the ring name Ruby Riot,[4] she made her television debut on the March 22 episode of NXT, attacking Nikki Cross and the rest of Sanity, alongside Tye Dillinger, No Way Jose and Roderick Strong,[19] which led to a match between the two teams at NXT TakeOver: Orlando, on April 1, where Riot's team lost.[20]

In her first singles match, which aired on the April 12 episode of NXT, Riot defeated Kimberly Frankele with Nikki Cross attempting to distract her. The following week, Cross called out Riot and a brawl ensured. William Regal booked the two in a match, which again led to a brawl that had to be split up.[21][22] On the May 3 episode of NXT, Riot participated in a #1 contender's battle royal for Asuka's NXT Women's Championship and made it to the final three before Asuka attacked her, Cross, and Ember Moon, resulting in a no contest.[23] A fatal four-way match between all four women for the championship was later scheduled at NXT TakeOver: Chicago, but Moon was later taken out of the match due to a legitimate injury. Riot lost the match at the event after Asuka pinned both her and Cross simultaneously.[24] On the October 18 episode of NXT, Riot competed against Ember Moon and Sonya Deville in a triple threat qualifying match for a title opportunity at NXT TakeOver: WarGames, but was unsuccessful as the match was won by Moon. She later competed twice against Sonya Deville on NXT, with Riot winning the first one on November 22 but losing the second one on December 7 in a No Holds Barred, which turned out to be her last match on NXT after already being on the main roster.[25]

Main roster (2017–present)Edit

 
The Riott Squad at WrestleMania 34

On the November 21, 2017, episode of SmackDown Live, Riot, now known as Ruby Riott, made her main roster debut, alongside Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan, by attacking both Becky Lynch and Naomi. Later that night, they interrupted a match between SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair and Natalya and attacked both.[26] The following week, the trio, now dubbed The Riott Squad, made their in ring-debuts, defeating Flair, Natalya and Naomi in a six-woman tag team match.[27] On January 28, 2018, at the Royal Rumble event, Riott competed in the inaugural women's Royal Rumble match where she lasted 11:00 and eliminated Becky Lynch and Vickie Guerrero before she was eliminated by Nia Jax.[28] Riott challenged Flair for the SmackDown Women's Championship at Fastlane, but was unsuccessful.[29] In April, Riott also competed in the first ever WrestleMania Women's Battle Royal on the WrestleMania 34 kickoff show, but she was unsuccessful in winning the match.[30]

On April 16, The Riott Squad were drafted to Raw as part of the 2018 Superstar Shake-Up.[31] Later that night, the group attacked both Bayley and Sasha Banks during their match.[32] Two weeks later, Riott defeated Banks in her first match for on Raw.[33] Six days later during the Backlash Kickoff, Riott defeated Bayley.[34] The following night, Riott competed in a Money in the Bank qualifying match against Banks and Ember Moon; Moon pinned Riott for the victory.[35] She competed in a Gauntlet Match on the May 28 episode of Raw, but was unsuccessful.[36] On the August 6 episode of Raw, Riott (who had been sidelined with a knee injury)[37] returned and assisted Morgan and Logan in defeating Bayley and Banks in a tag team match.[38]

In September, The Riott Squad began a feud with The Bella Twins,[39][40] who aligned themselves with Ronda Rousey.[41] This prompted a six–woman tag team match to take place at Super Show-Down, where The Riott Squad were defeated.[42] The Riott Squad took part of the first-ever all women's pay–per–view, Evolution, where they were defeated by Bayley, Banks and Natalya.[43] On the November 12 episode of Raw, Riott was named as the final member for Team Raw in the five–on–five elimination match at Survivor Series.[44] During the event's Kickoff, Riott and Natalya fought in the locker room. This led to team captain Alexa Bliss removing them from the team and replacing them with Banks and Bayley.[45] On January 27, 2019, at the Royal Rumble, Riott competed in the second women's Royal Rumble match, entering at number 21, lasting 13:08 and eliminating four competitors before she was eliminated by Bayley.[46] The following month, on February 17, Riott challenged Ronda Rousey for the Raw Women's Championship at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, but was unsuccessful in winning the title.[47] The following night on Raw, Riott faced Rousey again (this time in a non-title match), however, she was once again defeated by submission.[48] On April 7, during the WrestleMania 35 kick–off show, Riott again competed in the WrestleMania Women's Battle Royal but the match was won by Carmella.[49] During the 2019 WWE Superstar Shake-up, Morgan was moved to SmackDown Live, effectively ending the group.[50] Following the disbandment, Riott underwent shoulder surgery to repair a bilateral injury in May.[51] She underwent the same procedure on her other shoulder in August.[52]

Other mediaEdit

Riott made her video game debut in WWE 2K18 as a downloadable character,[53] and appeared in the succeeding titles WWE 2K19[54] and WWE 2K20.

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

 
Lovelace as A1 Alpha Male Champion

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