WWE Signs Four New Women Wrestlers to WWE Performance Center
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WWE.com has announced that WWE has signed four new recruits to join the WWE Performance Center and potentially NXT, Raw and SmackDown. Among the recruits are popular independent wrestlers “Kimber Lee” and “Heidi Lovelace,” who are ranked by Pro Wrestling Illustrated as #17 and #20, respectively, in its list of top women wrestlers of 2016.
Kimberly Frankele aka Kimber Lee
Frankele has competed for more than six years under the ring alias Kimber Lee. Trained by WWE Cruiserweight Drew Gulak, she came to sports-entertainment from the world of classical dancing, where she earned a degree in dance education and was a ballerina for much of her life. In addition to capturing titles throughout the independent scene, including in both Shine Wrestling and SHIMMER Women Athletes, Frankele was the only female to ever hold the Chikara Grand Championship. Frankele has also fought in NXT, coming up short recently against the undefeated Ember Moon. (via wwe.com)
Dori Prange aka Heidi Lovelace
Joining Frankele will be one of her most noted peers and rivals from the indies, Dori Prange, aka Heidi Lovelace. Nicknamed the “Punk Rock Ragdoll,” the outspoken Prange has competed not only in the U.S. indie scene but also in Japan, where she wrestled under the banner of World Wonder Ring Stardom.
MaryKate Duignan Glidewell aka Andréa
Five-foot-eleven Glidewell, who has competed under the name Andréa, brings a powerful arsenal to the WWE Performance Center. A product of Bubba Ray & D-Von Dudley’s wrestling academy, Glidewell is a 10-year veteran who has fought all over the globe, including matches teaming with and against the likes of Japanese legends Aja Kong and Kyoko Inoue.
Rounding out the newcomers is Julia Ho. A professional model and singer, Ho is looking to parlay her success in mixed martial arts — where she is undefeated — into the squared circle.