Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Nikki Cross: All You Need to Know About the WWE Superstar

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Nicola Glencross, who is popularly known by her ring name Nikki Cross, is a professional wrestler who hails from Scotland and currently performs with the World Wrestling Federation’s (WWE) RAW brand. Before she rose to fame as RAW’s Nikki Cross, she also competed on the independent circuit as Nikki Storm. Some of the notable indie circuits she performed in, include Insane Championship Wrestling, Pro-Wrestling: EVE, Scottish Wrestling Entertainment, and Shimmer Women Athletes. Once she teamed up with immensely popular Alexa Bliss, Nikki Cross’ popularity really skyrocketed. Let’s find out more about her.

Nikki Cross: Interesting Things You Must Know

When was Nikki Cross born?

Nikki Cross was born on April 21st, 1989 in Glasgow, Scotland. She also grew up in the Scottish city.

Where did Nikki Cross study?

Nikki Cross graduated from the University of Glasgow with a Bachelor of Arts in history. Aside from that, she is also a qualified fitness instructor and personal trainer.

Who is Nikki Cross’ husband?

Nikki Cross (left) and husband Killian Dain

Nikki Cross is married to longtime boyfriend Damian Mackle (known by his ring name of Killian Dain). The couple was in the Sanity stable together and tied the knot on January 17th, 2019.

Nikki Cross: Pro-Wrestling Career

Indie Scene (2008–2015) 

In September 2008, Glencross started preparing at the Scottish Wrestling Alliance, where she made her presentation for the advancement, performing under the ring name Nikki Storm. In February 2010, she started dealing with the British indie circuit, and used that to propel her career further, appearing at the Insane Championship Wrestling (ICW), and Pro-Wrestling: EVE, where she held the Pro-Wrestling: EVE Championship multiple times. In 2013, Storm started visiting Japan with JWP Joshi Puroresu, and showed up for World Wonder Ring Stardom until late spring of 2015. In October 2013, Storm started wrestling for American all-female promos Shimmer Women Athletes, Shine Wrestling and Women Superstars Uncensored. She has likewise wrestled for Global Force Wrestling (GFW), Absolute Intense Wrestling (AIW), World Wide Wrestling League (W3L), Queens of Combat, and World Xtreme Wrestling. 

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) (2014) 

Nikki Cross was a part of the roster of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA’s) British Boot Camp 2. 

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) 

Sanity (2016–2018) 

Nikki Cross got a tryout with WWE in London during the second half of 2015, and in April 2016, she was one of ten hopefuls that had started preparing at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. She appeared for NXT on 22 April, during a live program. During a Facebook live video in August, she was presented as Nikki Cross. She showed up and made her in–ring debut on the 17 August episode of NXT under the name “Nikki Glencross”, where she contended in a six-woman tag match alongside Carmella, and Liv Morgan, crushing Daria Berenato, Mandy Rose, and Alexa Bliss. 

On 12th October’s NXT, Cross returned as a feature of the heel stable, Sanity, alongside Alexander Wolfe, Eric Young, and Sawyer Fulton (who was subsequently supplanted by her future husband Killian Dain). She and Young went with Fulton and Wolfe for their triumphant exertion against Bobby Roode and Tye Dillinger in the first round of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. Weeks later, Crossfit her first ever singles triumph over Danielle Kamela, notwithstanding, the match result was turned around when Cross kept on assaulting Kamela after the match.

On 11th January’s NXT, Cross rescued NXT Women’s Champion Asuka, who was being assaulted by Peyton Royce and Billie Kay, prior to turning on Asuka and assaulting her as well. Therefore, Cross, Royce and Kay were put in a fatal four way match at the NXT TakeOver: San Antonio occasion on 28 January, which Cross couldn’t win. In May, Cross computed to become the number one contender for Asuka’s NXT Women’s Championship, where she, Ruby Riot, and Ember Moon were assaulted by Asuka for being the last contenders left in the match and subsequently, each of them were set into a fatal four–way title match at NXT TakeOver: Chicago, which was subsequently changed to a triple threat match after Ember Moon endured an injury. Cross was unsuccessful in her quest for the title. In the rematch, Riot was attacked before the match which ended with no result as Cross and Asuka fought backstage. This prompted a last woman standing match (the first ever in WWE history) between the two ladies for the NXT Women’s Championship on 28th June’s NXT, in which Cross was indeed defeated. On 19 August at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III, Cross assisted Sanity with catching the NXT Tag Team Championships from The Authors of Pain. In October, Cross acquired herself a spot for the fatal four way match for the empty NXT Women’s Championship at NXT TakeOver: WarGames on 18 November, which was eventually won by Ember Moon. During the 2018 Superstar Shake-up her kindred stable accomplices Eric Young, Alexander Wolfe and Killian Dain were drafted to SmackDown, leaving Cross on NXT to work again as a singles competitor. 

Feuds and Title Pursuits (2018–2019) 

In 2018, Cross started a little series of wins, crushing Lacey Evans and Vanessa Borne. Throughout the middle of the year, Cross began a quarrel with Shayna Baszler over the NXT Women’s Championship, which prompted a match between the two at NXT TakeOver: Chicago, in which Cross was crushed by specialized submission. After a short rest, Cross returned in August and she was put in the Aleister Black assault storyline where she was uncovered to be an observer as she was on the top of the structure at the time he was assaulted. In September, Cross additionally began a short fight with Bianca Belair which prompted a match between the two that finished in a count out for both. One month later, on 17th October’s NXT, a rematch finished in a no challenge, after Aleister Black returned and intruded on it to ask Cross who his assailant was. Johnny Gargano was in the end uncovered as the aggressor and her inclusion in the storyline started a match among Cross and Gargano’s better half Candice LeRae, whom she had the option to overcome in a singles match at NXT TakeOver: WarGames. Cross wrestled her last match on 9th January’s NXT, where she lost to Bianca Belair, authoritatively finishing the quarrel between the two as well. 

On 6th November 2018’s SmackDown from Manchester, England, Cross made her unexpected debut by taking up an open challenge from WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch, who crushed her in a non-title match. On 17th December’s Raw, Cross was promoted as one of the six NXT grapplers going to be moved to the primary roster. On 14 January’s Raw, Cross made her first ever Raw appearance, cooperating with Bayley and Natalya in a triumphant effort against The Riott Squad (Liv Morgan, Ruby Riott and Sarah Logan). 

At the Royal Rumble, Cross entered her first Royal Rumble match at number 8, enduring nine minutes prior to being wiped out by the IIconics (Billie Kay and Peyton Royce).In the subsequent Raw episode, Cross and Alicia Fox were crushed by The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection (Bayley and Sasha Banks) in a match to decide the last Raw contestants in the label group Elimination Chamber match to decide the debut WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions at the Elimination Chamber event.  On 8 April (circulated 24 April) on Worlds Collide, she participated in a triple threat match for the NXT UK Women’s Championship won by reigning champ Toni Storm. 

Joining forces with Alexa Bliss (2019–2020) 

After not being referenced during the 2019 WWE Superstar Shake-up, Cross was affirmed to have been drafted to the Raw brand on the 8th May taping of Main Event (circulated on 11 May). After weeks without showing up on Raw, Cross returned on 13 May in a behind the stage scene with Alexa Bliss; this denoted an adjustment in her character, which seemed more settled and more gathered than during her time in NXT. In the portion, Cross, apparently dismal and guaranteeing that no one even saw that she had joined Raw, came across Alexa Bliss with Bliss, whose ring gear had been lost, and acknowledged to fill in for her in her forthcoming game; Cross dominated her match soon thereafter, a four way contest against Dana Brooke, Naomi, and Natalya. 

This was her first match on Raw since February. She later fruitlessly partook in the Money in the Bank match at the Money in the Bank special event, having supplanted Bliss who endured an injury. After the occasion, Cross, having gotten Bliss’ “best friend” tag, began going about as her administrator and label group accomplice, beginning on 19th May’s Raw during which she, Bliss and Becky Lynch crushed Lacey Evans and the IIconics. 

On 17th June’s Raw, Cross and Bliss confronted the IIconics for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship (Cross’ first title opportunity on a major show), yet were fruitless because of an interruption by Bayley, who was likewise in a quarrel against Bliss for Bayley’s SmackDown Women’s Championship; Cross, exceptionally furious about the misfortune, requested that Bliss be in her corner at Stomping Grounds, where Bliss would challenge Bayley for the title. Bliss was ineffective at the occasion; during the match, Cross, actually steamed at Bayley, had attempted to assault her, which she along these lines accepted to be the reason for Bliss’ loss. Two days after the match, she showed up on SmackDown requesting another title opportunity for Bliss; she at that point crushed Bayley in a non-championship match, acquiring Bliss one more counterpart for the title at Extreme Rules. Cross made the match at Extreme Rules a Handicap match for Bayley’s title where she collaborated with Bliss in a losing effort. On 5th August’s Raw, Bliss and Cross won the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship, denoting Cross’ first title in WWE. Bliss and Cross successfully defended their titles against the IIconics at SummerSlam, The Kabuki Warriors the next night on Raw and Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville at Clash of Champions. She and Bliss lost the titles at Hell in a Cell to the Kabuki Warriors, after Asuka utilized green fog on Cross, finishing their rule at 62 days. 

Nikki Cross (left) and husband Killian Dain

In spite of the fact that they were drafted independently rather than as a group during the 2019 WWE Draft, Cross and Bliss stayed in Raw, however the group was then sent to SmackDown. Cross had a prompt effect on the brand, dominating a match to procure a future shot at the SmackDown Women’s Championship. On the 1 Nov episode of SmackDown, Cross ineffectively tested Bayley for the SmackDown Women’s Championship because of obstruction from Sasha Banks. After seven days on the 8 Nov episode of SmackDown, Cross lost to Banks. Cross got declared that she would be in Team SmackDown at Survivor Series alongside Banks, Carmella, Lacey Evans, and Dana Brooke. At Survivor Series, Cross was eliminated quickly and Team SmackDown would proceed to lose that match. On the SmackDown after Survivor Series, Bliss would return and save Cross from an assault by Fire n’ Desire after Cross crushed Rose. At WrestleMania 36 Cross and Bliss won the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships by overcoming The Kabuki Warriors. 

They lost the titles against Bayley and Sasha Banks on Smackdown. On 19 June 2020 scene of SmackDown, Cross assaulted WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Bayley and Sasha Banks, which prompted a match between Cross and Banks that Cross lost. The next week, Cross won a four on four match to procure a SmackDown Women’s Championship match against Bayley at The Horror Show at Extreme Rules. Unfortunately, Cross lost the match when Bayley attacked Cross. On the 24th July SmackDown episode, a perturbed Cross requested a rematch for the SmackDown Women’s Championship. Bayley consented to the rematch, notwithstanding, Bayley expressed that Cross should overcome a commendable enemy in Bliss, setting up a match among Bliss and Cross where the victor would confront Bayley for the title on the next week’s SmackDown. Cross crushed Bliss to procure a rematch. On the 31st July 2020 episode of SmackDown, Cross pushed Bliss onto the floor in the wake of losing a SmackDown Women’s Championship match against Bayley. Alexa Bliss was assaulted by The Fiend Bray Wyatt.

Singles draft (2020–present)

During the 2020 Draft, Nikki Cross was drafted to the Raw brand. The first thing she did after getting drafted was to try and get back with Alexa Bliss. However, Alexa Bliss chose to join hands with The Fiend instead of befriending Nikki Cross again. 

The storyline eventually led to Cross and Bliss squaring up in the ring.

Bliss went on to win that match. After the loss, Nikki Cross started a feud with Peyton Royce and Lacey Evans. She hasn’t made any TV appearances since that feud.

So that was a brief snapshot into the life and career of Nikki Cross. She has had a steady career so far and hopefully she can continue to build on it going forward.

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