Alexa Bliss
Alexa Bliss. Image Credits: The Sun

Born on 9 August 1991, Alexis Kaufman signed in as the American professional wrestler to WWE in May 2013. The five-foot-one petite framed Alexis go by the brand of Alexa Bliss in the ring and is one of the feisty wrestlers to perform on the SmackDown brand. At the time of the contract, Alexa was assigned to WWE’s Performance Center and developmental brand NXT.

Three years later, in July 2016. Alexa made her roster debut on the SmackDown brand. From there, Alexa Bliss went on to become a two-time SmackDown Women’s Champion, being the first woman to hold the title twice in the sports.

Alexa Bliss
Alexa Bliss. Image Credits: Pinterest

In April 2017, she was transferred to the Raw brand where she became a three-time Raw Women’s Champion. With her initial reign, Alexa became the first woman to have both the Raw and SmackDown Women’s titles.

Meanwhile, Alexa Bliss is the only second female wrestler to be named as the Women’s Triple Crown Champion as Bliss and Nikki Cross twice won (the first ones in the WWE history) the Women’s Tag Team Champions. In 2018, she became the winner of both – the second Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder match and the first Women’s Elimination Chamber match.

Early Life Of Alexa Bliss

Alexa Bliss was born on 9th August in 1991 in Columbus, Ohio. From a very young age, she was involved in sports – competing in track and kickboxing, excelling especially in gymnastics, and then eventually becoming a Division 1 cheerleader at the University of Akron.

She had spent time in competitive fitness competitions. Alexa Bliss even entered the world of the competitive bodybuilding as she participated in the Arnold Classic International and became the youngest competitors to receive IFBB Professional status.

Young Alexa Bliss
Young Alexa Bliss. Image Credits: WWE

At the age of 15, she suffered from a life-threatening eating disorder – anorexia, her condition so severe that the doctors weren’t sure if she would even survive for the following 24 hours. But Kaufman miraculously recuperated and speedily recovered, while turning to fitness competitions helped her overcome the sickness.

Personal Life

Like most of the three-years-old, Alexa Bliss has been an avid fan of Disney as her family made annual trips to the Walt Disney World despite their low income at that time. She enjoys the cosplays as most of her wrestling outfits such as Freddy Krueger, Harley Quin, Iron Man, The Riddler, Supergirl, and even the Chucky were inspired from there.

Meanwhile, Kaufman has cited Trish Stratus and Rey Mysterio as her influencers in wrestling. Kaufman was previously engaged to Australian wrestler Buddy Murphy which ended in 2018, remaining friends till now.

Professional Wrestling Career

WWE

NXT (2013–2016)

Alexa Bliss was signed as the professional wrestler by WWE in May 2013 where she was first assigned to the WWE’s developmental territory NXT. She made her television appearance on the 24th July episode of NXT where she congratulated the inaugural NXT Women’s Champion, Paige.

In August, Alexa Bliss was added to the NXT roster page of the WWE web domain and was finally assigned the ring name – Alexa Bliss. It is a rather interesting fact that ‘Bliss’ – the second half of her name, was not coined by the WWE creative.

Alexa Bliss NXT
Alexa Bliss NXT. Image Credits: Pinterest

Instead, it was the term given to her because of her catchphrase “Bless Your Heart” that sounded more as “Bliss Your Heart”, hence the Bliss was coined. A year later on 6 April 2014, she made her first televised appearance on the main roster at WrestleMania XXX.

She played the part in the Triple H’s entrance in the episode. And then a month later on 8th May, Alexa Bliss made her televised in-ring debut for the episode of NXT, playing a glitter fairy gimmick while competing in a tournament for the vacant NXT Women’s Championship. She defeated the former Divas Champion – Alicia Fox in the first round but lost to Charlotte in the semi-finals.

Following the recovery from a legitimate injury, Alexa Bliss returned to the ring on the 11th March 2015 episode of NXT and defeated Carmella. The following week on NXT, she defeated the NXT Women’s Champion Sasha Banks by count-out in a non-title match.

This had Bliss feature in the title match against Banks where she was defeated by her opponent. But she took her revenge in the May 13 episode of the NXT where Alexa Bliss defeated Carmella with the help of the NXT Tage Team Champions – Buddy Murphy and Wesley Blake who had set up a distraction that worked in Bliss’ favour.

Alexa Bliss, Buddy Murphy, Wesley Blake
Alexa Bliss, Buddy Murphy, Wesley Blake. Image Credits: WWE

On 2- May at the NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable, Bliss formed an alliance with Blake and Murphy (turning into a villainess character in the process) and helped them to retain the NXT Tag Team Championship against Colin Cassady and Enzo Amore.

On the 29th July episode of NXT, Bliss again helped Blake and Murphy retains the NXT Tag Team Championship against The Vaudevillains (Aiden English and Simon Gotch). The Vaudevillians were granted a rematch for the NXT Tag Team Championship against Blake and Murphy at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn on August 22.

The Blue Pants stopped Bliss from providing the needed distraction and The Vaudevillains won the match. This led to a match between the two, where Bliss went on to defeat Blue Pants in a single match on NXT’s 2nd September episode.

Throughout October and November, Bliss was involved in a feud with Bayley over the NXT Women’s Championship. On the 18th November episode of NXT, the two finally faced each other in the main event, where Bayley defeated Bliss in the end. On the NXT’s 13th January 2016 episode, Alexa Bliss competed in a number one contender’s battle royal, but she lost the competition again.

Alexa Bliss vs Bayley
Alexa Bliss vs Bayley. Image Credits: WWE

On the 25th May episode of NXT, Bliss competed in a triple threat match against Carmella and Nia Jax to become the number one contender to fight against Asuka in the NXT Women’s Championship which later was won by Jax. And then on the 17th August episode of NXT, she teamed with Daria Berenato and Mandy Rose to compete in a tag team match, where they lost to Carmella, Liv Morgan and Nikki Glencross.

Although she never captured the NXT Women’s Title, the relatively small-framed Bliss was a constant threat, pushing the likes of Bayley and Carmella to their limits.

SmackDown Women’s Champion (2016–2017)

On July 19, Alexa Bliss became a part of the SmackDown brand of the 2016 WWE draft, making her main roster debut on the 26th July episode of the SmackDown Live. On the 9th August episode of the SmackDown Live, Alexa Bliss achieved his first victory on the main roster as she defeated Becky Lynch.

Alexa Bliss, Becky Lynch
Alexa Bliss, Becky Lynch. Image Credits: WWE

And then on 21st August at the SummerSlam, she teamed up with Natalya and Nikki Bella against Lynch, Carmella, and Naomi. On September 11 at the Backlash, Alexa Bliss competed in a six-pack elimination challenge for the inaugural SmackDown Women’s Champion. But she was unsuccessful as the inaugural Becky Lynch won the competition and became the first SmackDown Women’s Champion.

Two days later the inaugural event, in the episode of SmackDown Live Bliss won a fatal five-way match and earned a title match against Lynch at No Mercy on 9 October. But with the match was rescheduled to November 8th because of Lynch suffering a legitimate injury.

There Lynch successfully defended the title against Bliss. On the November 20 episode, Bliss participated in the elimination match of the Raw vs SmackDown Women’s tag team at Survivor Series with her team losing the match eventually. Alexa Bliss became the ultimate winner on 4th December at the Tables, Ladders & Chairs (TLC) where she defeated her opponent Lynch in tables match, becoming the new SmackDown Women’s Champion.

The following year, on the 17th January episode of the SmackDown Live, Alexa Bliss successfully defended her title against Lynch in a steel cage match where Mickie James interfered as she aligned herself with Bliss to mark her return. But she could not keep it for long and on February 12, Bliss dropped the title to Naomi at Elimination Chamber.

But Naomi met to an injury and was forced to vacate the title. Later on the February 21 episode of SmackDown Live, Bliss defeated Lynch, once again, to capture the title for the second time – became the first two-time SmackDown Women’s Champion. Bliss’ partnership with Mickie James dissolved shortly after and the two-faced off each other in a match on SmackDown Live where James defeated Bliss.

Alexa Bliss vs Naomi
Alexa Bliss vs Naomi. Image Credits: WWE

On April 2, Bliss lost the title to Naomi in a six-pack challenge also involving Carmella, James, Lynch, and Natalya at WrestleMania 33. Bliss and Naomi faced off in a rematch on the April 4 episode of SmackDown Live, where Alexa Bliss was once again defeated.

Raw Women’s Champion (2017–2018)

After joining the SmackDown in the 2016 draft, Alexa Bliss was drafted to the Raw brand on the 10 April 2017 episode of Raw as a part of the Superstar Shake-up. There she was to confront the Raw Women’s Champion, Bayley. This was followed by her becoming the number one contender for the title as the feisty Bliss won a fatal four-way match.

On the April 30 episode at Payback, Bliss defeated the reigning champion Bayley and became the new Raw Women’s Champion. She became the first woman to win the Raw and SmackDown Women’s Championships in the process. Bliss went on to retain her title in the rematch held between her and Bayley on 4th June at Extreme Rules.

She then started a feud with Sasha Banks, whom she defeated on July 9 at Great Balls of Fire via count-out before losing the title to Banks on August 20 at SummerSlam, ending her reign at 112 days. She regained the title eight days later on Raw. And then once again, Bliss successfully defended her title on 24th September at No Mercy in a fatal five-way match against Bayley, Nia Jax, Emma, and Sasha Banks.

Alexa Bliss vs Sasha Banks
Alexa Bliss vs Sasha Banks. Image Credits: WWE

The following night, Bliss was confronted by Mickie James on Raw for the remarks passed by her about James. At TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, Bliss defeated James to retain the title and did so again on the October 30 episode of Raw.

The following year she added another victorious title at the Elimination Chamber as Alexa Bliss won the inaugural Women’s Elimination Chamber match on February 25, 2018, while she successfully retained her title. She was already labeled as the most dangerous female wrestler in the singles activities when she would go on to participate in the Mixed Match Challenge tournament with Braun Strowman as her partner.

The duo qualified for the semi-finals of the tournament where they were defeated by the eventual winners –Asuka and The Miz. At the WrestleMania 34 held on April 8, Alexa Bliss lost the title to Nia Jax putting an end to her reign at 223 days. On May 6 at Backlash, Bliss invoked her rematch clause and challenged Nia Jax for the title. However, she was unsuccessful and suffered a shoulder injury during the match.

In mid-May, shortly after losing the rematch, Bliss won a triple threat match against Bayley and Mickie James, earning a spot at the Money in the Bank ladder match which she won in the June 17 episode. That same night, Bliss cashed in her contract on Nia Jax and defeated her, winning the Raw Women’s Championship for the third time.

This made her the first woman, and the third wrestler overall, to cash-in the Money in the Bank contract the same night after winning it. At Extreme Rules, Bliss ended her feud with Jax as she retained the championship against Jax in the inaugural women’s extreme rules match.

Alexa Bliss vs Nia Jax
Alexa Bliss vs Nia Jax. Image Credits: WWE

On August 19, at SummerSlam, Bliss’s 63-day reign met to end as she lost the championship to Ronda Rousey. She failed to regain the title in the rematch held the following month at Hell in a Cell.

Limited in-ring competition and hosting roles (2018–2019)

In October, Bliss and Mickie James started a feud with WWE Hall of Famers Trish Stratus and Lita. This later led to the announcement of a tag team match between the two duos at WWE Evolution, the first-ever all women’s pay-per-view.

However, just three days before the event, on October 25, Bliss’ name was pulled off the match and replaced by Alicia Fox, as she had fashioned a concussion during her match with Ronda at Hell in a Cell. During that time it was also revealed that Bliss would be taking time off from in-ring competition to heal from various injuries that she had sustained.

A few weeks later, Bliss was announced as the team captain of Team Raw in a non-wrestling role for the traditional inter-brand women’s five-on-five tag team elimination match held at the Survivor Series event, with her team winning the match.

Meanwhile, the following night, at Raw’s 18th November episode, the Acting Raw General Manager Baron Corbin named Bliss as the new head of the Raw women’s division. Later in December, Bliss’ role along with those of other authority figures on Raw and SmackDown Live were removed after the announcement of the McMahon family restating their charge over the Company.

Alexa Bliss, Baron Corbin
Alexa Bliss, Baron Corbin. Image Credits: WWE

The following year, in January 2019, Bliss made debut an interview segment titled A Moment of Bliss, where she interviewed various guests as the segment’s host. Being in the in-ring hiatus for nearly five months, on January 27, Bliss competed in her first women’s Royal Rumble match at the Royal Rumble, lasting 12 minutes and eliminating Ember Moon and Sonya Deville prior to being eliminated by Bayley and Carmella.

In April, Bliss hosted the WrestleMania 35 event. The following night on Raw, Bliss defeated Bayley in her first singles match since her hiatus from in-ring competition in late 2018. At The Shield’s Final Chapter event, Bliss teamed up with Lacey Evans and defeated Dana Brooke and Nikki Cross in a dark match.

Shortly after that, Bliss was announced as a participant of the annual Money in the Bank ladder match at the namesake pay-per-view. However, she was not medically cleared to compete in time for the event and therefore, was removed from the match.

Partnership with Nikki Cross (2019–present)

In June 2019, Bliss reignited her rivalry with Bayley whom she’s set to face at the Stomping Grounds pay-per-view after she won a triple threat match to become the number one contender for the SmackDown Women’s Championship.

However, at the event, Bliss failed to win the title from Bayley. Following the loss, Bliss teamed up with Nikki Cross to challenge The Ilconicsin her first attempt at capturing the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship, but two of them were unsuccessful. Then, Bliss and Cross would challenge Bayley to a two-on-one handicap match at Extreme Rules, as Bayley once again retained the championship by pinning Bliss.

Alexa Bliss, Nikki Cross
Alexa Bliss, Nikki Cross. Image Credits: Bleacher Report

In a fatal four-way tag team elimination match held at the August 5 episode of Raw, Bliss and Cross won the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship. The two retained their titles against Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville at Clash of Champions but went on to lose the titles at the Hell in a Cell to The Kabuki Warriors (Asuka and Kairi Sane), ending their reign of 62 days.

Even though the two drafted separately, Bliss and Cross remained on Raw. But, then, the team was traded to SmackDown. After a brief hiatus, Bliss returned on the November 29 episode of SmackDown, saving Cross from an attack by Rose and Deville, leading to a short program.

At Starrcade, Bliss and Cross competed in a Fatal 4-Way tag team match for the Women’s Tag Team Championship but lost the match to the defending champions The Kabuki Warriors.

Meanwhile, at the Royal Rumble, Bliss entered the namesake match at number 1 and lasted 27 minutes, eliminating Kairi Sane, Mia Yim, and Chelsea Green. Leading up to Wrestlemania 36, Bliss and Cross reignited their feud with the Kabuki Warriors.

Bliss went on to defeat Asuka in a singles match to earn a match for the Women’s Tag Team Championship at Wrestlemania. At the event, the duo defeated the Kabuki Warriors to claim the titles for a second time. Immediately after Wrestlemania, on the Smackdown, once again the two defeated the Kabuki Warriors in a rematch for their titles.

Bliss and Cross were subsequently challenged by Carmella and Dana Brooke, defending the titles against them on Smackdown two weeks later. On the May 18 episode of Raw, Bliss and Cross retained their titles against the IIconics via disqualification, after losing to them in a non-title match the week prior.

The duo ended their reign at 62 days to the team of Bayley and Sasha Banks on the June 6 episode of Smackdown. At Backlash, Banks managed to roll up Bliss and the duo (Bliss and Cross) were rendered unsuccessful in regaining their titles in a triple threat tag team match also involving The IIconics.

At The Horror Show at Extreme Rules, Bliss appeared to Braun Strowman, luring him into a trap set by Bray Wyatt. It’s unknown why Bliss appeared in that moment, but it’s theorized that she may be some visual representation of “Sister Abigail”, a character featured prominently in the history of Bray Wyatt.

Other Media

On 24 July 2017, Bliss was announced to be joining the seventh season of the Total Divas, an American reality television series impacting the Women’s Division at WWE. She is also a recurring guest on the Xavier Woods’s YouTube channel – UpUpDownDown, where she goes by the nickname of Miss Bliss.

Alexa Bliss Total Divas
Alexa Bliss Total Divas. Image Credits: Twitter

In November 2019, she defeated Cesaro, Rusev, and The Miz in the finals of a Brawlhalla tournament to win Cesaro’sUpUpDownDown Championship. However, she lost the title to Tyler Breeze in the Saturday Night Slam Masters.

Bliss also appeared in the music video for a song by Bowling for Soup released in early 2020. Meanwhile, on 23 June 2020, Bliss confirmed her long-rumoured WWE podcast titled Uncool with Alexa Bliss.

Championships and accomplishments

Bliss is the first woman to hold both the Raw and SmackDown Women’s championships

Pro Wrestling Illustrated

  • Ranked No. 2 of the top 50 female wrestlers in the PWI Female 50 in 2018

Sports Illustrated

  • Ranked No. 6 in the top 10 female singles wrestlers in 2018

WWE

  • WWE Raw Women’s Championship (3 times)
  • WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship (2 times)
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Nikki Cross
  • Money in the Bank (Women’s 2018)
  • Second Women’s Triple Crown Champion

 

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