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Beatrice St. Clere Priestley (March 22, 1996) is an English-New Zealander professional wrestler, best known by the ring name Bea Priestley. She is currently signed to WWE, where she performs on the NXT UK brand under the ring name Blair Davenport. From 2017 until 2021, she wrestled for World Wonder Ring Stardom and she also made appearances in New Japan Pro-Wrestling serving as Will Ospreay’s Valet.

She is also known for her appearances in All Elite Wrestling, World of Sport Wrestling, Defiant Wrestling, and Progress Wrestling.

Professional wrestling career

Early years

Priestley was trained by Travis Banks and made her in-ring debut as early as January 2016. From there, Priestley quickly appeared in numerous promotions throughout the United Kingdom including International Pro Wrestling: United Kingdom, Revolution Pro Wrestling, British Empire Wrestling, Ultimate Pro Wrestling and Over The Top Wrestling. By her second year, Priestley began wrestling internationally including working in promotions such as Australia's Melbourne City Wrestling and Japan's World Wonder Ring Stardom.

Defiant Wrestling

Priestley debuted on July 27, 2016 in a match lost to Nixon Newell. The following day, Priestley defeated Newell in a rematch. Her first title match occurred as early as August 24 in a Last Woman Standing Match against Nixon Newell. Newell became the new Defiant Women's Champion. Priestley later met Newell in a title rematch on December 1, but did not succeed in winning the Women's Championship. Priestley returned the following year. On February 13, Priestley defeated Newell in a No Disqualification title rematch to become the new Defiant Women's Champion. However, by the time of Refuse To Lose, Priestley was once more challenging for the Women's Title held by Kay Lee Ray. Her final match of the year was on December 12, where she competed for the No. Contendership. She lost the contendership match to Millie McKenzie.

The following year on June 17, 2018 at Built To Destroy, Priestley challenged reigning Women's Champion Millie McKenzie. At the match's conclusion, Priestley won the title back to become the new Women's Champion for a second time. She successfully defended the Women's Championship two months later on August 26, at Stacked, defeating Zoe Lucas. Her final match of the year was on the December 16 episode of Loaded. There she wrestled a Gauntlet title match against Kanji, Kay Lee Ray, Lana Austin, Little Miss Roxxy and Millie McKenzie

Priestly returned on February 9, 2019 at Unstoppable, where she defeated Lana Austin in a Falls Count Anywhere Match.

PROGRESS Wrestling

Priestley debuted on March 13, 2016 at PROGRESS ENDVR:15 in a match lost against Elizabeth. She ended her debut year on December 11 at PROGRESS Chapter 40, where she competed in the Natural Progression Series IV tournament. She was eliminated in the first round by Toni Storm. The following year, Priestley wrestled only three matches. Her first match of 2017 was on March 7 at PROGRESS Freedom's Road: Under The Dome, losing to Jinny. She returned three months later on June 27, for the Freedom's Road Tapings, during which she lost to Isla Dawn. On December 13]] her third and final match of the year was with Laura Di Matteo in a tag match lost to the team of Candyfloss & Zoe Lucas.

Priestley returned the following year on January 10, 2018 at Live At The Dome, where she lost a singles match against Millie McKenzie. A week later, her final match of the year was on January 14 at Chapter 61, where she teamed with Nina Samuels in a tag match lost to Charli Evans & Millie McKenzie.

The following year, Priestley returned on February 24, 2019 at Chapter 84, where she lost a singles rematch to Millie McKenzie.

World Wonder Ring Stardom

Priestly first appeared on October 14 during the first show of the 2017 Stardom Goddesses Of Stardom Tag League event. There she teamed with Kelly Klein in defeating AZM & Starlight Kid. On October 21 at Stardom In Taipei City, Priestley wrestled in her first title match for SWA Undisputed World Women's Championship held by Toni Storm and for the World Of Stardom Championship. Priestley did not win either title on this occasion. On November 19 at Stardom Best Of The Goddesses, Priestley & Kelly Klein challenged reigning champions team Oedo Tai (Hana Kimura & Kagetsu) for the Goddesses Of Stardom Championship. Before the end of the year, Priestly won the 2017 Goddesses Of Stardom Tag League.

The following year on March 25 during the fourth show of the 2018 Stardom Grows Up Stars event, Priestley and teammates Toni Storm & Xia Brookside challenged for the trios title known in Stardom as the Artist Of Stardom Championship held by team Queen's Quest (HZK, Io Shirai & Viper). On March 31 at Stardom Dream Slam, Priestley challenged reigning champion Io Shirai for the Wonder Of Stardom Championship. On April 22 at Stardom Rebirth, Priestley and Chardonnay under the team name Queen's Quest challenged team Oedo Tai (Hana Kimura & Kagetsu) for the Goddesses Of Stardom Championship. On April 30, Priestley competed in the 2018 Stardom Cinderella Tournament. She advanced to the finals where she was defeated Momo Watanabe. During November, Priestley and Chardonnay competed in the 2018 Goddesses Of Stardom Tag League. They advanced to the finals where they were defeated by Momo Watanabe & Utami Hayashishita.

On January 5, Priestley and teammates Utami Hayashishita & Viper won the 2019 Trios Tag Team Tournament.

All Elite Wrestling

As of early 2019, it is reported Priestly is signed as part of the women's talent roster of the newly-formed All Elite Wrestling promotion. She debuted on July 13 during the pre-show at Fight For The Fallen teaming with Shoko Nakajima in a tag match defeating Dr. Britt Baker DMD & Riho. She wrestled her final AEW match durng the March 11, 2020 episode of Dynamite teaming with Nyla Rose in a tag match defeating Hikaru Shida & Kris Statlander.

World Wonder Ring Stardom (2017–2021)

Priestly's return was made during the opening night of the 2020 New Years Stars event, where under the team name Queen's Quest she joined forces with Momo Watanabe & Utami Hayashishita in a six-woman tag match defeating team Oedo Tai (Natsuko Tora, Natsu Sumire and Zoey Skye). Priestly's return was made during the opening night of the 2020 New Years Stars event, where under the team name Queen's Quest she joined forces with Momo Watanabe & Utami Hayashishita in a six-woman tag match defeating team Oedo Tai (Natsuko Tora, Natsu Sumire and Zoey Skye). Throughout the remainder of the year, Priestly was involved in several title matches beginning at the Stardom 9th Anniversary where she and AEW alumnus Jamie Hayter won the Goddesses Of Stardom Championship. On February 8 at The Way To Major League, Priestly received a title match opportunity for the Wonder Of Stardom Championship. On October 3, Priestly won her second title at the Yokohama Cinderella pay-per-view, when she defeated Momo Watanabe to win the SWA Undisputed World Women's Championship. At Korakuen New Landscape, Priestley and Oedo Tai teammates Natsuko Tora & Saki Kashima won the Artist Of Stardom Championship after defeating team Donna del Mondo (Giulia, Maika & Syuri). At Sendai Cinderella, Priestley lost the SWA Undisputed World Women's Championship to Syuri. On December 16 during the second night of the Stardom Road To Osaka Dream Cinderella event, Priestley and team Oedo Tai lost Artist Of Stardom tag titles to team Cosmic Angels (Mina Shirakawa, Tam Nakano & Unagi Sayaka).

On 4 May 2019, at Golden Week Stars 2019 Queen's Quest Produce, Priestley defeated Kagetsu for the World of Stardom Championship.

In January 2020, Priestley paired with Oedo Tai member Jamie Hayter to capture the Goddess of Stardom Championship, the first foreign tag team to hold the championships. She would later join the villainous Oedo Tai faction after betraying Queen's Quest stable-mate Momo Watanabe. On 20 July 2020, Stardom stripped the tag titles from Priestley and Hayter, as the duo could not defend the titles in Japan due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Priestley made her return to the company on September 19, where she attacked Saya Iida in her match against Natsuko Tora, and later attacked Momo Watanabe and Utami Hayashishita. On October 3 at Yokohama Cinderella, Priestley defeated Watanabe to win the vacant SWA World Championship.

World of Sport (2018–2019)

At the 5 May 2018 tapings of the newly-revived World of Sport Wrestling, Priestley failed to win the vacant WOS Women's Championship in a three-way match against Kay Lee Ray and Viper. She unsuccessfully challenged Ray for the title on subsequent episodes in a battle royal and a singles match against Ray after being attacked by Viper. On 19 January 2019, on a WOS house show tour, Priestley won the title in a singles match when she successfully pinned Viper. On 2 February 2019 Priestley lost the title to Viper after that she left the promotion.

All Elite Wrestling (2019–2020)

On 22 January 2019 it was reported that Priestley was close to signing a contract with All Elite Wrestling (AEW) after turning down a WWE contract. It was announced on the edition of 27 February 2019 of "Road To Double Or Nothing" that Priestley would be joining the company, and would be making her debut at Fight for the Fallen on 13 July 2019, where she would team with Shoko Nakajima to defeat Britt Baker and Riho. She entered an on-screen feud with Britt Baker after legitimately concussing Baker after kicking her in the back of the head- which was her first offensive move barely 3 seconds into her participation in the match. Ending their feud, where Baker openly referred to Priestley as “un-professional”, Priestley eventually lost the conclusive singles match of this feud to Baker at Full Gear. Priestley appeared on the 11 December 2019 edition of Dark, where she was defeated by "the Alien" Kris Statlander.

On the 11 March 2020 episode of Dynamite, Priestley returned and teamed with AEW Women’s Champion Nyla Rose to defeat the team of Hikaru Shida and Kris Statlander. After the match she attacked Nyla Rose and called her shot at the AEW Women’s Championship. Priestley was released from AEW on 13 August 2020 due to being unable to travel from her home in Japan due to restrictions from COVID-19.

New Japan Pro-Wrestling (2020–2021)

On October 16, 2020, Priestley made her debut appearance in New Japan Pro-Wrestling, where she interfered in her boyfriend Will Ospreay's match against Kazuchika Okada in the G1 Climax.

WWE (2021–present)

On June 24, 2021, it was reported that Priestley signed a contract with WWE, where the vignette aired promoting Priestley's arrival to the brand with her new ring name revealed to be Blair Davenport.

Personal life

Priestley was diagnosed with a brain tumour when she was 14 years old. She underwent surgery to remove it at 18 years old. Since 2017, Priestley has been in a relationship with fellow professional wrestler Will Ospreay. In 2019, the couple revealed they were planning on moving to Japan due to both of their wrestling schedules there.

In wrestling

  • Finishing and signature moves
    • Fatality (Double Wristlock)
    • Rolling Cutter
    • Backpack Stunner
    • Curb Stomp
    • Cheeky Nandos
    • Flawless Victory (Diving Double Stomp)
    • Diving Legdrop
    • Regalplex
    • Japanese Ocean Suplex
    • Octopus Hold
  • Tag teams and stables
    • The Swords of Essex (WCPW)
  • Nicknames
  • Entrance themes
    • "I Feel Alive" (WCPW)
    • "Blasphemy" (Stardom)
    • "Top Gaijin" (AEW)

Championships and accomplishments

  • Fight Forever Wrestling
    • Fight Forever Women's World Championship (1 time)

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