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Cheree Crowley (May 6, 1988), best known by her ring name Evie, is a New Zealander professional wrestler currently signed to WWE under her ring name Dakota Kai. She started competing internationally for the American promotions Shimmer Women Athletes, Shine Wrestling, and also for Pro Wrestling Alliance in Sydney, Australia where she is a former PWWA Champion. She also worked for Impact Pro Wrestling in New Zealand, where she is a former three-time IPW Women's Champion.

Professional wrestling career

Impact Pro Wrestling (2007–2015)

Evie made her professional wrestling debut in December 2007 for the Auckland-based company, Impact Pro Wrestling.

Pro Wrestling Alliance Australia (2012–2016)

In September 2011, she debuted in Sydney, Australia based Professional Wrestling Alliance (Australia) (PWA Australia) for their annual PWWA show, where she defeated Kellie Skater. In August 2012, Evie became the first ever Impact Pro Wrestling NZ Women's Champion, defeating Britenay and Megan-Kate in a triple threat match. A week later, she won the Interim PWWA Championship by defeating Jessie McKay in the finals. She retained the title during her first defense against Kellie Skater on October 6.

Other promotions (2013–2016)

Evie made her debut for the all-female American promotion Shimmer Women Athletes at Volume 53 on 6 April 2013, participating in a five-way match which she lost to Christina Von Eerie and also included Yuu Yamagata, Kalamity, and Rhia O'Reilly. At Volume 54, Evie defeated Kimber Lee to pick up her first win for the promotion, but she was defeated by Mia Yim the next day at Volume 56.

On 19 April, Evie made her debut for Shine Wrestling at SHINE 9, in a losing effort against Mercedes Martinez.

After Impact Pro Wrestling returned after a few months from folding in mid-2013, all the previous title holders were stripped of their championships. Evie won the IPW Women's Championship back in December 2013 and aligned herself with a new heel faction called 'The Investment'.

Evie began 2014 in Japan working on a three-month contract awarded to her through Zero1 Pro Wrestling Australia. She was the first ever female to receive such a contract. She competed with the promotion World Woman Pro-Wrestling Diana. During her stay, Evie also teamed with Madison Eagles in a losing effort against Global Green Gangsters (Kellie Skater and Tomoka Nakagawa) for the Shimmer Tag Team Championships as part of the Joshi4Hope show.

In April, she traveled back to the United States, beginning her second tour in New Orleans, Louisiana. She competed in a losing effort against Hikaru Shida at Shimmer Volume 62. At Volumes 63 and 64, Evie defeated Rhia O'Reilly and Nicole Matthews, respectively.

At the SHINE 18 iPPV on April 20, Kellie Skater and Evie lost to defending champions The Lucha Sisters (Leva Bates and Mia Yim) for the Shine Tag Team Championships.

World Wonder Ring Stardom (2015–2016)

On December 6, 2015, Evie made her debut for Japan's World Wonder Ring Stardom promotion. In her first match she won the vacant Artist Of Stardom Championship alongside Hiroyo Matsumoto and Kellie Skater. They lost the title to Io Shirai, Kairi Hojo and Mayu Iwatani in their third defense on February 28 2016.

World Wrestling Entertainment (2015–present)

NXT (2015-present)

Evie appeared on WWE NXT on the October 14, 2015 episode, losing to the debuting Nia Jax. On December 15, 2016, she signed a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

On June 29, 2017, Evie was announced as a participant in the upcoming Mae Young Classic under the ring name Dakota Kai. On August 28, Kai defeated the villainous Kavita Devi in the first round. A week later, on September 4, Kai defeated Rhea Ripley in the second round, before being eliminated in the quarterfinals by Kairi Sane. On October 4, Kai wrestled in a qualifying battle royal to challenge for the NXT Women's Championship but was defeated by Nikki Cross. On October 27 Kai competed in a Halloween Costume battle royal won by Shayna Baszler. She finished out 2017 with a victory on December 16, teaming with Rhea Ripley in defeating Reina Gonzalez & Sage Beckett.

During 2018 on April 6 at WrestleMania Axxess, Kai joined the NXT Women's Championship Invitational where she advanced in the first round after eliminating Lacey Evans. On the following day, Kai advanced in the semifinals after eliminating Nikki Cross. On the following day of WrestleMania Axxess, Kai had earned her first title match, challenging Shayna Baszler for the Women's Championship. The match concluded with Baszler retaining the title. Kai went on to enter the a women's battle royal held during WrestleMania 34 Kickoff show, but lost to Naomi. On April 14, Kai returned to contendership status after winning a four-way match defeating Bianca Belair, Nikki Cross and Vanessa Borne to become the new number one contender for the NXT Women's Championship. However, Kai once more had to compete for the right to challenge for the Women's title on April 16, defeating Bianca Belair and Vanessa Borne in a triple-threat match. During the course of the month of May, Kai challenged Shayna Baszler for the Women's Championship, beginning on May 5. Kai lost to Baszler in a succession of three later title rematches held throughout the remainder of the month.

Returning the following month, Kai earned two title match opportunities including a rare independent booking with PROGRESS Wrestling, on June 10 at PROGRESS Chapter 71: F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.P.R.O.G.R.E.S.S. against the reigning PROGRESS Women's Champion Jinny. She did not succeed in winning the title. After wrestling in NXT house shows in France and Belgium, Kai returned the United States with NXT where at the June 23 house show, Kai competed in a #1 Contendership Triple Threat match for the NXT Women's Championship against Nikki Cross and Rhea Ripley. A week later during the June 28 house show, Kai met Shayna Baszler for the Women's Championship but was unsuccessful in defeating Bazler for the title. Kai later returned during the July 28 NXT UK-Tapings, where she defeated Portuguese recruit Killer Kelly. On the following day's taping, Kai lost to sister countrywoman Toni Storm. During the August 25 episode of NXT UK, Kai participated in the WWE United Kingdom Women's Championship Tournament to crown the first-ever UK Women's Champion. On that date, Kai advanced in the first round after eliminating Nina Samuels. The following day, Kai was eliminated in the semifinal by Rhea Ripley. Returning stateside for the August 30 house show, Kai teamed with Io Shirai & Nikki Cross in a tag match lost to the all-mixed martial arts team of Jessamyn Duke, Marina Shafir & Shayna Baszler. During the September 14 house show Kai and Io Shirai with new teammate Kairi Sane lost a rematch against Jessamyn Duke, Marina Shaifir and Shayna Baszler. During the September 22 house show, Kai teamed with Candice LeRae and Kairi Sane in a third rematch, facing Duke, Shafir and Baszler in an elimination tag match but were once more defeated.

Other media

In September 2009, Evie starred in the music video for "Sweet December" by Auckland band 'These Four Walls'. In April 2013, 20/20 aired a story which followed Evie on her lead up to her first tour in the United States. Also that summer, she was similarly profiled on the Māori Television sports show Code.

In wrestling

  • Signature moves
    • Kaio Kick to a cornered opponent
    • Scorpion kick
    • Pounce
    • Switchblade Kick
    • Swinging side slam to Backbreaker
  • Entrance themes
    • "High Ground" by APM Music (NXT, 2017-2019)
    • "Kombat" by Def Rebel (NXT, 2020)

Championships and accomplishments

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