Cheree Crowley, also known as Dakota Kai, has become the first ever New Zealand woman to be hired by global powerhouse World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
Crowley is the first New Zealander in just over two decades to be a part of the WWE. The last ones to be part of the global brand were The Bushwhackers during the late 1980’s up until the mid-1990s.
Kai began her professional wrestling career under the name of Evie in 2007 at the Auckland based promotion Impact Pro Wrestling. She stayed there until 2015 and in that time she won their Women’s championship a total of three times.
By the time 2012 and 2013 rolled around, she was being picked up by many promotions not only across the ditch in Australia but in other parts of the world as well. She ended up being hired by promotions such as Melbourne City Wrestling in Australia and the all-female Shimmer Women Athletes, located in the United States.
The first time she appeared on WWE programming was on their development programme NXT during October 2015 in a one-off appearance where she was pitted against a debuting Nia Jax in a losing effort.
Just over a year later she was officially signed by the WWE in December 2016.
Kai is taking part in the Mae Young Classic Tournament which will air on the WWE Network on August 28.
If you want to know more, there has been a short documentary made about her career: