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    Posted: 07/January/2017 at 21:45
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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.


Julia Ho

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.



Well that should certainly help boost NXT's womens division going forward, especially with Kimber Lee.

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I noticed she (Kimber Lee) jobbed a week or 3 back on the main roster, I don't expect much, so that's probably a good thing. It's all up from here. Hopefully they'll be better than the horrific trio of Billie Kay, Peyton Royce and Liv Morgan. I've seen nothing from them that interests me since the time they were jobbing to the Four Horsewomen. They're fine for jobbers, but I don't like any of their personalities, and their ring work is generic at best. I have a very hard time remember which name belongs to which face, assuming I can remember their names in the first place, which I usually can't.

You know who I remember? Asuka, Ember Moon, Daria Beranato and Daria's starting to slip as she's looking weak (physically, she's booked ok I guess) I think she needs to bulk up so that she can cut a figure that looks more like a Cyborg, Rousey, Nunes, Tate, etc. If that's gonna be her gimmick, that's fucking awesome, but she needs to look the part more than just clothes, hair and makeup.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ihatethatmonkee Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12/January/2017 at 17:16
i'm very interested in Julia Ho. she has a good look, and I was down on her when I read the description first until it got to her MMA career, so it will be interesting if she's allowed to incorporate her skills into her moveset when the time comes.
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Anyone else see Heidi Lovelace as being brought in as a replacement to Paige?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote admin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23/January/2017 at 10:42
This is a new era for E because in the past they wouldn't have signed four women so lacking in looks between the lot of them. Good to see wrestling ability being more important.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pm3qxC7sGWs

Good to show how the Chinese newbies are getting on as they will need all the help they can get.

For new WWE Network content they could put up regular 30 minute shows of them so fans get to know them before they even debut, which will help them out greatly.
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Just goes to show how WWE has evolved over the last 5 years. Who would have thought back then that AJ Styles and Kevin Steen would be main eventing in WWE and that Women would be headlining shows in hard hitting lengthy matches and that Ladies would be recruited based on wrestling talent before looks.

Of course the old regime hasn't completely phased out and the likes of Braun Strowman, Roman Reigns still get pushed to the top due to their size or/and Hollywood looks, but it's progress and you have to wonder what the landscape of WWE will look like when Vince McMahon is no longer a part of things as it's clear it's the influence of Triple H and maybe Shane to a lesser extent that is enforcing the change.
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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.


I can't get over these pictures of early Ruby Riot. Even though this is only a year and a half ago she seems a lot different looking. 

I do confess I haven't seen her as Heidi Lovelace. 

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